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HALA GORANI, CNN HOST: I'm Hala Gorani. You've been watching Guns in America, special CNN town hall event. Thanks for joining us at this hour.
"The World Right Now," begins.
[15:15:04] It is a busy Friday everyone. Welcome to the program. We are following multiple breaking stories on CNN this hour. In a few minutes
we'll update you on an attack underway at a hotel in Egypt. The Red Sea resort there, there have been some injuries. We understand it was an
attack that started with the gunmen storming a hotel from the water. We'll bring you the latest on that.
But we begin with Mexico where authorities say they've captured fugitive drug lord Joaquin Guzman better known as "El Chapo." That's according to a
Tweet from President Enrique Nieto. Guzman has been on the run since July when he tunneled, you might remember this, out of a maximum security
prison. The search for Guzman had spread to the United States and parts of South America. And by the way, some of the most recent images we've been
getting in are images of the location of the raid.
Let's bring those up. You see some very heavy firearm, fire power there scattered on the on the ground. If we could bring those images up please,
two of the latest images, here this looks to be where potentially the raid took place where all El Chapo was taken in custody. And here you have some
have some weapons scattered on the ground. Let's bring in our Senior Latin American Affairs Editor, Rafael Romo. He joins as know from CNN Center
with more. Do we know Rafael where this took place, how this happened?
RAFAEL ROMO, CNN SENIOR LATIN AMERICAN AFFAIRS EDITOR: Yeah. The Mexican Government has confirmed that this happened in the City of Los Mochis,
Mexican State of Sinaloa. And lets remember Hala, this is home-base for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and also the state that gives its name to the
Sinaloa Cartel. So that's where he has been hiding, apparently for the last 182 days since he escaped from a maximum security prison around Mexico
Now the operation itself happened according to Mexican officials at 4:30 in the morning. It was carried out by the Mexican Navy. There was a
shootout, and a number of people surrounding El Chapo, presumably, some of his hit man died in that shootout. There was one injury on the part of the
Mexican Navy, and finally the shootout stopped and that's when they were able to capture El Chapo.
Now, we cannot overemphasize who this man is. He is the most wanted man in Mexico and the United States, responsible for a Sinaloa Cartel, which
according to officials in both Mexico and the U.S., ships cocaine by the ton to the United States and has done so for multiple years.
And listen to this Hala, Forbes Magazine at one point including Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in their list of the most powerful people in the world,
estimating his fortune to be at $1 billion. So this is a huge victory for the Mexican government. Hala.
GORANI: And you mentioned the sort of -- his drug empire estimated as well that a quarter of the illegal drugs entering the United States come from
operations linked to his cartel. So the big question now is, he's recaptured, he's clearly going back to jail. Will Mexican authorities
extradite Chapo to the United States?
ROMO: There was a lot of criticism when he escaped only at last July only a year later after his capture, and so there was a lot of pressure on the
Mexican government that if he was ever captured again, he should be extradited. And, the reason why a lot of people say Mexico should do that
right away is not only because he escaped but because there are drug trafficking cases pending in several states in the United States, just to
mention some, Arizona, California, Texas, Illinois, New York, and Florida.
So, a lot of law enforcement officials here in the United States who would like to see El Chapo extradited to this country right away. Hala.
GORANI: Rafael Romo, thanks very much. We'll stay in touch with you for more in this breaking story. Let's get more on this recapture. He
escaped, he's been captured, he's escaped, he is been recaptured, and this is the third time he's brought back to jail.
Let's bring in Former U.S. Department and Pentagon Official, Ana Maria Salazar. She's on the phone from Mexico City. What was your reaction when
you heard they'd gotten him today Madam Maria?
ANA MARIA SALAZAR, FORMER US DEPARTMENT OF PENTAGON OFFICIAL: Well, my initial reaction was -- and I, that -- and this is I think the correct
position of the Mexican government. Is that he is captured alive. When you have these (inaudible) criminals, it would be very easy for either the
Mexican government or even for El Chapo to make the decision not be allowed to be captured alive. So I think the big challenge for the Mexican
government is, believe it or not, that he was captured alive.
And it's going to raise a lot of important issues, one, when is he going to be extradited, when he's going to be extradited in the United States, into
[15:20:05] Two, will he provides this basic information as to how integrated escaped the second time from one of Mexico's most secure prisons
through a tunnel. Is he going to provide information as to how it happened and how -- and the conspiracy and who participated in his escape? And it's
really, that's, you know, what impact this is going to have on the trafficking organization, not only El Chapo Guzman Organization but also
the other cartels, whether there's going to be increased violence. I'm sure there's a lot of questions, a lot of concerns among these Mexican law
enforcement, that could definitely happen.
So this is very good for Mexico. This is very important for the Mexican President. He needed this to happen. But it does raise a series of
questions as to what's going to happen now.
GORANI: All right. Certainly, we'll follow the story closely. Breaking news out of Mexico. Ana Maria Salazar joining us from Mexico City. Thanks
I told you at the top of the program we have a lot of breaking news in different parts of the world. From Mexico, I want to take you to go to the
Middle East now.
An attack on a tourist hotel in the Egyptian coastal city of Hurghada. It is now over, thankfully. According to Egypt al-Ahram news agency, two
gunmen stormed the hotel, they attempted to take hostages. Egyptian security forces shot and killed one of the gunman, wounded the other. Two
Swedish tourists were stabbed in the assault. The details are still very sketchy. The Bella Vista Hotel was the target of the attempted attack.
Let's get more on the situation. Ian Lee is following developments. What more can you tell us what happened and how the attackers made it unto the
beach and tried to storm the hotel?
IAN LEE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Oh, sketchy, really much indeed, Hala. We're hearing right now from the Ministry of Interior that there were two
assailants. They were carrying blades and one has been described as an imitation headphone. Now, what that exactly means is still unclear. But
they stormed this hotel. We're hearing that three tourists were injured in this attack.
The police were able to kill one of the assailants and capture the other. This though is a trend that we're starting to see more and more in Egypt
where tourists are being captured going back to October, the end of October when ISIS claimed responsibility for the downing of a Russian airliner that
killed 224 people. Yesterday, near the pyramids there was an attack against tourists. Luckily, no one was injured in that incident.
But we have seen a militants shift their focus away, not so much completely away from security forces but also including tourists in their targets,
today being the latest example where we do have these men going into a hotel, trying to attack tourists, and at the end of it, three people were
injured. And, again, one person was killed. One assailant was killed and the other was injured.
GORANI: And Ian, we saw it in Tunisia with more tragic consequences. Dozens of people mainly Britains just murdered on the beach in Sousse.
Presumably this type of attack was trying to mirror something like this. Although I realized its early days, but it does appears as though it's a
similar M.O. They were neutralized quite quickly. Are these Red Sea resorts now really taking security into their own hands and very seriously,
how are they trying to secure the perimeter around these hotels that are clearly becoming targets now?
LEE: You know, that is a very good question. Back when we were covering the downing of that Russian jet that was the question when I talked to
Egyptian officials about how are you going to secure these resorts? It's millions of tourists a year coming there visiting, they stay not only at 5-
star hotels but 2-star hotels, and now knowing Egypt, you do have -- they do report what tourists are staying at the hotel. A lot of hotels do have
some sort of security at them, but if you do have millions of tourists staying at a multitude of hotels, it is very difficult to secure them.
That really is when it comes to intelligence, finding out who is going to attack, when they're going to attack, and really preventing it before it
GORANI: Right. I'm not sure that's -- those are very comforting words for someone considering a vacation in some parts of the world sadly, because
the local economy relies so much on tourist of money. Ian Lee, thanks very much for joining us here with the very latest on what happened today in
Next, we head to the United States, more breaking news.
[15:25:05] A man allegedly fired 13 shots at a police car before pledging allegiance to ISIS in Philadelphia. The details, just ahead.
13 rounds unloaded into a police cruiser followed by a pledge of allegiance to ISIS. That's what police in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania say happened
late Thursday night. Take a look at these surveillance images of the shooting. Philadelphia's police captain calls this an attempted
assassination. You see someone clearly shooting into the driver side window of this police cruiser.
The officer survived and even managed to fire back. The injured suspect is in custody. Police are searching a home. Let's go straight to
Philadelphia for more. Miguel Marquez joins us now live. So, this is -- we heard just a few hours ago that police are saying the man claimed
allegiance to ISIS. What more do we know about this suspect?
MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, we know he is 30 years old, we know that he has some criminal history here in the Philadelphia area. He's
been charged with terroristic threats before but it sounds like that's related to a domestic dispute that he had and not necessarily terrorism
essentially. But, that is the charge that they actually charge him with.
This is an individual who may also suffer some mental issues, at least according to an interview he -- his mother did with a local news paper
here. But what is unbelievable in this story is that the way this unfolded with a five-year veteran of the police department, Jesse Hartnett driving
along the West Philadelphia Street with his window down. He's on regular patrol. He's flagged down by this individual who then walks up to the car
with a 9mm semiautomatic and fires round after round.
At one point his hand is in the police cruiser. The officer hit three times in the left arm. Very badly hurt, the man then runs away. The
officer jumps out of his car and while he's on the radio with dispatcher, bleeding profusely from his arm, he shoots this individual in the butt.
Other officers are able to then grab him and arrest him. And this officer has lost a lot of blood, but he miraculously survives after doing all of
The FBI is involved. They're serving search warrants on Edward Archer's residences here in Philadelphia, trying to figure out if this claim that he
has now made -- he told investigators. It's not clear whether he is being truthful with the investigators or he is just trying to play them
essentially after is not speaking them for sometime, he said, "I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic State. I believe in Allah, and that's the reason
I did what I did."
Also something to the effect that he didn't believe that -- he believed that the Quran taught certain things that wasn't -- that police agencies
basically don't follow what the Quran says, and that's another reasons he may have done this.
[15:30:15] The FBI basically trying to figure out all of this, and whether or not there's any link to international terror groups at this point, was
he speaking to them, was somebody -- was he speaking to them?
Were they speaking to him? Was he in touch with anybody either here in the U.S. or overseas, or is this just all the figment of this one man's
imagination? Unbelievable story however you cut it though. Hala?
GORANI: All right Miguel Marquez, thank you very much, in Philadelphia.
Still to come, a brutal weapon of war is threatening 40,000 people, but could we soon see some relief for the starving town of Madaya in Syria?
I'll speak to a Red Cross official on his way there, next.
GORANI: Welcome back, a lot of breaking news this Friday. Authorities in Mexico have captured fugitive drug lord Joaquin Guzman better known as El
Chapo. He was found hiding, the whole time apparently, in his home state of Sinaloa. Guzman has been on the run since tunneling out of a maximum
security prison last July.
Also among our top stories, an attack on a tourist hotel along Egypt to Red Sea coast is now over. It happened in the city of Hurghada according to
the Egyptian government. Two gunmen stormed the hotel carrying knives and what's being described as an imitation pistol. Egyptian security forces
shot and killed one of the assailants and one wounded another. Three tourists were injured as well.
The police chief of Cologne, Germany has been dismissed over the rising number of criminal complains coming from New Year's Eve assaults in women.
Officials have identified 31 suspects, more than half of them, asylum seekers.
Police say a man suspected of shooting an officer pledged allegiance to ISIS. The officer survived the shooting and actually fired back wounding
Let's bring you more now on our top story, the capture of El Chapo Guzman. CNN Law Enforcement Analyst Tom Fuentes joins me from our Washington
Bureau. So it looks like this was a serious raid, we saw some of the images and I don't know if we can bring him up, of the aftermath of that
raid. Lots of weapons on the ground, we also saw the outside of some sort of building, some sort of structure there. What did you make of the
operation, the Mexican operation that finally nabbed the El Chapo?
TOM FUENTES, CNN LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST: Hi Hala. Well I think that the Mexicans have been committed to trying to recapture him and that's why
they've used their -- basically their special forces from the military brought in from a separate part of Mexico so they wouldn't be influenced by
local relatives or politics in the Sinaloa area.
So, in this case, it was quite an operation, and five of El Chapo's people were killed in the shootout that they had with the authorities. So, that
was quite an operation to get him back into custody.
GORANI: They called in the Mexican navy, it happened at 4:30, it was dark. Now, the big question is going to be, now will the Mexicans extradite El
Chapo to the United States? They were criticized very much for not having done so before, before he escaped in July.
FUENTES: I think President Nieto got a really hard decision this time. You know the last time when El Chapo was recaptured, the President said
"All right we're gonna put him in a maximum security in prison here in Mexico." "He'll never escape, we don't need to send him to America", and
then lo and behold he escapes. So now you're going to have even greater pressure politically from the United States to say, "Okay, we've tried it
your way it didn't work. The corruption down there is too extensive. He's gonna get help getting out yet again. Bring it then to the United State.
[15:35:16] If he goes into a U.S. federal prison, super max facility, he's never getting out the rest of his life.
GORANI: But the question too, is you have El Chapo, he was captured before, he spent years in jail. His cartel is responsible for perhaps up
to a quarter of all illegal drugs that make their way into the United States. This won't make a difference in the "drug war," will it? I mean,
it's not going to slow the flow of illegal drugs making it to the U.S.?
FUENTES: No that's true. And typically, you know, when you take out the leader, somebody else moves up. It just creates, you know, management
succession within the organization. However, he's been so dynamic and so prolific in running this cartel that his absence will create a gap if he's
no longer in Mexico. If the perception is that he was captured and he was extradited back to the United States that will have, I think, a political
impact if nothing else that will have some impact on the trafficking operations.
GORANI: And you were in law enforcement for many, many years. This -- for several years now, Mexico has adopted more of a military approach in its
own drug war inside of Mexico. What would it take at this stage to really put a dent in the illegal drug trade and the illegal drug trafficking from
Mexico or even transiting through Mexico into the U.S.?
FUENTES: Well I think eventually the power of these cartels has to be neutralized, and, you know, in fairness to the Mexican authorities, I run
FBI international operations my last five years in the bureau which included about a half a dozen offices in Mexico working very closely with
the Mexican authorities as does the DEA, the U.S. Marshals, Customs, other federal agencies from the United States.
The problem down there isn't just greedy Mexican police that will take bribes from these cartels it's a fact that these cartels are terrorists.
They will behead, dismember, disfigure your -- members in your family, everything else. And that's part of why they have so much power. The
sheer terror they exert.
GORANI: Tom Fuentes, thanks very much. Our Law Enforcement Analysts with a distinguished career in law enforcement bringing his insight and
analysis. Thank you so much for joining us.
We are expecting a presser from the President of Mexico, President Neito on this (ph) when he made the announcement in Twitter, essentially in Spanish,
it translated in English into mission accomplished. This is very important for him. It's very important for his administration now to register this
gain. He's going to want to publicize it. And when he does come up to speak publicly about this arrest, we will take that live for you on CNN.
Let's get more now on a disturbing story we brought you yesterday, the starvation of an entire town in Syria.
Take a look at the location of Madaya, to the West of Damascus. It's nearly boarder with Lebanon. It's a town of 40,000 hemmed in by Hezbollah
and Syrian regime forces, and its isolation has meant starvation for the people who still live there.
We must warn you, the following video is disturbing. This little boy says he hasn't had a real meal in a week. There are other images of babies and
the elderly suffering and emaciated. We cannot confirm the authenticity of this amateur video. It comes though from an activist group that has shared
images such as these from other parts of Syria in the past.
Let's take a look at just how sky high food prices are in Madaya compared to Damascus because of the fact that this town is besieged. It's just 42
kilometers away from Damascus. You'd pay around $0.80 for a kilo of flour in Damascus. In Madaya, it would cost you $120. Sugar prices as well
fetching around $200 a kilo in Madaya, the biggest price spike has been milk selling for over a dollar in Damascus more than 280 times that in
This is what happens to the price of food when a town is cordoned off. I put these disturbing reports and images to a member of the International
Committee of the Red Cross, Pawel Krzysiek, he's an ICRC spokesperson who joined us via Skype from Damascus. He's heading by the way to Madaya and
other parts of Syria that are also suffering from shortages of food and medicine. You will see more difficult pictures during our conversation. I
began by asking him with the most urgent need is in Madaya.
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PAWEL KRZYSIEK, SPOKESPERSON INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS: We are in touch with the people who are -- not only in Madaya but also in
Foah, Kefraya, Arberbasi (ph), Chariaf (ph). Pretty much the story that are coming out from those places are pretty much similar.
[15:40:04] That people are hungry, that people are missing basic food supplies, basic medical supplies. There is no running water. There is no
electricity. The conditions are precarious. I remember one doctor telling me, when we were in Madaya (ph) last time, "Please bring baby milk, because
this is what is needed. This is a must to feed our children because the mothers, malnourished mothers, stressed mothers, they cannot feed their
GORANI: But the pictures and the video we've been seeing over the last few days show people so emaciated, so thin they look like pictures from a
concentration camp during World War II. I mean these look like people who have not eaten in weeks. Is that what you're hearing as well?
KRZYSIEK: Well, definitely it's very difficult for us to verify the reports that are coming out on social media. That's for sure. However, we
do take these reports very seriously. Look, we went there for the last time in October, 2015. The situation was very precarious in all three
locations included in the political agreement that allow us to bring the supplies to those besieged places. I would expect that by now the
situation from bad would have gone to way worse.
KRZYSIEK: Whether this is the face of starvation or famine, I mean, I don't know, but are we missing the point, do we really have to wait for
people to actually starve, to face the famine, or is it just enough for people to be hungry and not having enough food?
GORANI: Yes, and...
Yeah. And you make that point others have made it as well. Let me ask you. This is 500,000 people we're talking about in all those areas
including Kefraya and Madaya. In this delivery, this mission that will start on Sunday, hopefully, will you have enough to meet the needs of all
KSZYSIEK: Well, we will definitely bring enough supplies to cover immediate, urgent need of the people in those three towns. The ICRC and
Red Crescent will bring medicine. The U.N. will take care of foods. Then we will bring, you know, other essential supplies such as blankets such as
But you are making here a very important point. One-time food distribution will never be enough to cover the long-term needs of those people. We need
to be able to access those places on a very regular basis.
GORANI: Well, why do you think the government OK'd to this mission now? Do you think it's because of some of the media coverage of Madaya?
KRZYSIEK: Well, I would love to think that, but we have to also remember that the humanitarian assistance that was going on since October to those
four towns, so to Madaya, Radani (ph), Foah, and Kefraya on the other side was a part of the wider political agreement between the war infractions.
So, this is a political settlement that, in fact, enabled us the humanitarian community in Syria to deliver humanitarian aid.
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GORNAI: Pawel Krzysiek is with the ICRC in Damascus talking to me about the new development today that there's been a negotiation that is allowed
some food, some aid to be delivered to Madaya and other parts of Syria where this is aid is desperately needed and telling me that he expects the
convoy of trucks carrying that aid to depart on Sunday and hopefully arrive on Monday.
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This is "The World Right Now," coming up, fallout from the New Year's Eve attacks on women in Germany. There are accusations of a cover-up and it's
becoming a political crisis for the German Chancellor.
And, the new majority in Venezuela's parliament touches a nerve (ph) by yanking something down from the assembly walls. We'll have that story when
we come back.
GORANI: More criminal complaints in Cologne, Germany today. The police chief dismissed suspects including asylum seekers identified in a rash of
New Year's Eve assaults on women, allegedly by men of North African or Arab descent. It is fueling anger and protest and also debate over the German
Chancellor's policy on accepting migrants. But the problem is not limited to Germany. Police in Finland, Switzerland and Austria are investigating
Kellie Morgan has our story.
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KELLIE MORGAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The German public demand action and answers from authorities. Even the police union says there was no
justification for withholding details of mob sex attacks on women in Cologne, Hamburg and Stuttgart on New Year's Eve.
ARNOLD PLICKERT, CHIEF ED POLICE (through translation): Regarding communication with the public, the first press statements on New Year's day
at 9:00 saying that everything was fine and that the evening before had been peaceful, that was a catastrophe. And we must say that clearly.
MORGAN: Authorities were accused of covering up the attacks to avoid fueling anti-immigrant sentiment which has been growing after Angela Merkel
opened the doors to more than a million migrants last year. Eight days on, the Cologne police chief has now been sacked and the investigation
CHRISTOPH GILLES, COPLOGNE POLICECHIEF (through translation): The 80- person team investigating New Year has been significantly strengthened with a further 80 officials. They're facing 170 criminal complaints, at least
120 of which have a sexual angle.
MORGAN: New details have also emerged from an internal police report dated January 4. According to German media, it describes how women had to run
the gauntlet through an inebriated mass of men that police struggled to help because they were being stopped by masses of men, and this which CNN
cannot verify, quoting one officer saying he was told, "I'm Syrian. You have to be nice to me. Mrs. Merkel has invited me." But in her strongest
words yet, the German Chancellor has warned of deportation for foreigners found guilty of sex offenses.
ANGELA MERKEL, GERMAN CHANCELLOR: What happened at New Year is completely unacceptable. Those are despicable criminal acts which a state will not
accept including Germany. That's why an intensive investigation by the relevant institutions is underway. This investigation must be supported.
The feeling women had in this case of being completely defenseless and at mercy is for me, personally intolerable.
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MORGAN: At Friday prayers local Muslim worshippers also condemned the wave of violence. This man saying he has a daughter, a sister and a wife. If
someone attacks them, he would not accept it either.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (Speaking foreign language).
MORGAN: As anti-Muslim group together prepares to rally in Cologne on Saturday. Acceptance and tolerance are also fast becoming victims of the
attacks. Kelley Morgan, CNN, London.
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GORANI: The new majority of Venezuela's National Assembly is stirring controversy. Why? Because it is removing images of the late President
[15:50:04] The move was slammed by current President Nicolas Maduro who countered by hanging pictures of his predecessor in a capital plaza and
placing them under armed guard, nobody is getting near of those. Hundreds of people have taken to the streets to protest the removal of the Chavez
Shasta Darlington is following this story, and she joins me now with more. So, are these are pictures all back up? What's the latest?
SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Hala, it's interesting because this week really marks a new era in Venezuelan politics
with the opposition taking control of Congress for the first time in nearly 17 years, and yet, it's this particular measure that's really sparking most
of the debate, especially because it was caught on amateur video. And you see the new president of the assembly Henry Ramos Allup having them
And you can even hear him at one point saying "Take them away". "You can even throw them in the toilet, but nothing stays here." And that's pretty
much where the opposition stands. They do not want to be the portraits of the late Hugo Chavez on the wall because they say they want to break from
the past. They want to show as at the Marxist ideology that he comes to represents for them no longer stands in the assembly, and they're not going
to have them back.
But I think the problem here is just that really sets a very combative tone as this new assembly starts off. Hala.
GORANI: But where do ordinary Venezuelans stand on this? I mean, do they see this as just simply part of a history of the country or do they too
want to draw a line here? I mean what are they saying about this?
DARLINGTON: I think that's the problem. What we're seeing is this back and forth between the President Nicolas Maduro and the new opposition in
the assembly fighting over images, fighting over portraits of Hugo Chavez, when the country itself is in the worst economic crisis in over a century.
They've got triple digit inflation, shortages of the most basic of goods. I'm talking about toilet paper and milk.
And the reason the opposition won by a landslide in this legislative elections is because they want these economic issues addressed. And that's
not what we're seeing happening. So you're going to see some anger on both sides. That being, obviously the Chavez supporters are angry about the
portraits, but at some point this angers gonna boil over all around, why aren't people addressing what matters. Hala.
GORANI: All right, Shasta Darlington, thanks very much. This is "The World Right Now," coming up, as tensions persists on the Korean Peninsula,
CNN gets rare access inside a North Korean science park, stay with us.
Welcome back, just a reminder that we are expecting a news conference from the Mexican President Nieto. We're expecting him to provide details on the
capture of drug kingpin, El Chapo Guzman. Meantime, take a look at this new video of Guzman after his arrest. His being led to a plane, looks like
an amateur video there filmed on a phone. One of the individuals there, this is, we understand his transfer possibly from Sinaloa States back to
There you see, as well -- there you see him there with that what looks like some sort of sheet or towel over his head into that small plane after his
arrest earlier today, an operation that started at 4:30 in the morning, a military operation that involved the navy. We'll have a lot more on the
breaking news on El Chapo Guzman a little bit later.
But for now, back to the Korean Peninsula. South Korea is turning up the volume in it's war of words with the North quite laterally, it started a
blasting out propaganda at the demilitarized zone that including news reports and Korean pop music.
CNN, Will Ripley had gained rare access to North Korea and sent this report from a science park.
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WILL RIPLEY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: As the clock strikes midnight on Kim Jong Un's birthday, an melody reminding North Koreans of
the sacrifices of their leaders.
[15:55:10] Musical propaganda echoes through Pyongyang everyday, every night, reinforcing a message of loyalty to the supreme leader. On the
front page of North Korea's main state newspaper, Kim Jong-un signing the order to test what the regime calls a hydrogen bomb, many outside observers
questioned the claim.
But there is no doubt among these students lined up outside Pyongyang's Science and Technology Center, the North Koreans say we're the first
foreign media to visit the brand new building.
LEE WON, NORTH KOREAN RESEARCHER: It looks like a symbol of science.
RIPLEY: North Korean researcher, Lee Won believes this week's nuclear test ensures peace, even as much of the world calls it a dangerous provocative
WON: It is only for the self defense.
RIPLEY: So the North Koreans want to be friends with Americans?
WON: Why not?
RIPLEY: But the current political climate makes that impossible. Years of isolation began during the previous Kim regimes. Young future scientists,
doctors and other students have little or no access to the internet. Only a state-controlled intranet.
You see a lot of students doing research here in the library and they're using North Korea's version of the iPad.
They study surrounded by photos of their leaders.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The tank number is 312.
RIPLEY: And models of North Korean weapons.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It means that our nation is very powerful.
RIPLEY: Medical student, Lee Joo Seung sits beneath a replica of a rocket that launch a North Korean's satellite into orbit.
LEE JOO SEUNG, MEDICAL STUDENT: This is also peaceful purpose. You know, we don't want war.
RIPLEY: But outside experts accused North Koreas space program of being a front for ballistic missile development, missiles that could someday carry
nuclear warheads across the region or even the world.
Will Ripley, CNN, Pyongyang, North Korea.
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GORANI: Finally tonight, it's not very often you find something exciting on a traffic camera. But this one in Canada was an exception with the help
of a feathered friend. It's gone a bit viral online. It's a snowy owl were moving across your screen, it was filmed by a traffic camera on a road
in Montreal over the weekend. Thankfully it avoided it and didn't fly right into the lens.
This has been "The world right now." Thanks for watching, I'm Hala Gorani, have a great weekend. I'll see you here on Monday at same time, same
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