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U.S. Wildfires; Coronavirus Pandemic; Afghanistan Peace Talks in Doha; Moria Camp Disaster; Remembering 9/11. Aired 2-2:45a ET

Aired September 12, 2020 - 02:00   ET

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PAULA NEWTON, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): Out of control, widespread and destructive wildfires from Oregon to California, entire neighborhoods already wiped out.

New worries about a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the U.K., we are live in London.

And desperate and angry migrants with nowhere to call home and are protesting against the rebuilding of a new shelter.

Hello and welcome to CNN NEWSROOM. I'm Paula Newton.

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NEWTON: At least 26 people have been killed by the unprecedented wildfires raging across the Western United States. At this hour and throughout the last few weeks. Oregon is now bracing for what one official calls a mass fatality incident.

Now some communities there have already been burned to the ground. The governor says dozens of people are still missing. Most of the fatalities so far have been in California.

Many of the fires there were sparked by lightning last month. The California governor is calling it a climate change emergency. The state has lost a record amount of land to fires this year. The burning season still has 4 months to go.

Altogether, there are about 100 large blazes burning in 12 states now. The air quality in the region is deteriorating and medical experts say that can make people more vulnerable to COVID-19.

The smoke is so bad in some areas that officials can't even assess the damage or report on how many damages and homes have been lost. CNN's Sara Sidner has more.

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SARA SIDNER, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Massive wildfires from southern California to Washington State. Nearly the entire West Coast of the United States is now covered in smoke. In California, infamous for its infernos, 5 of the largest fires ever

recorded in the state are burning now. Firefighters are battling California's biggest blaze in history in the northern part of the state. None of these big fires are close to containment. Just a week after record temperatures reached 121 degrees in Los Angeles.

GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM (D-CA): This is a climate damn emergency. This is real.

SIDNER (voice-over): Governor Gavin Newsom is saying he's done debating deniers of climate science.

NEWSOM: When you have temperatures, record-breaking temperatures, record droughts, then you have something else in play. What we are experiencing right here is coming to communities all across the United States unless we disabuse ourselves of all the BS that's being spewed by a very small group of people.

SIDNER (voice-over): Newsom says firefighters from as far away as Canada and Israel are on the way to help.

JEFF BRITTON, SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT: This canyon has not burned in recorded history. So it is a powder keg.

SIDNER (voice-over): One Northern California fire has already claimed 10 lives this week. More than a dozen are unaccounted for.

DENICE HENDRICKSON, FIRE EVACUEE: We watched those trees right there beside us go up and then embers flying across the lake.

SIDNER (voice-over): At this Butte County shelter, Denise Hendrickson says she jumped into a lake to survive.

HENDRICKSON: Eight of us had to go down to the end of our road, go into the sand to get down in the water to avoid the fire.

SIDNER (voice-over): Statewide, the fires are burning 1,000 acres every 30 seconds, turning day into night this week in San Francisco.

In Oregon, destroyed neighborhoods are stained pink with fire retardant while some 10 percent of the population is evacuating.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We came here a year ago after leaving the Paradise fire. We lost everything then. So it is not much to lose now, I guess, for us. But, God this is terrible.

SIDNER (voice-over): Contrasting satellite images show entire communities in the city of Phoenix, Oregon, now reduced to little more than ash. In Washington State, more acres have been burned in the last three days than in all of last year.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I never seen anything like this in my life.

SIDNER (voice-over): The entire town of Malden (ph) is now gone.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is very devastating to our town. We have no chance.

SIDNER: In California, in many places, it's been raining ash for more than a week. To give you some idea just how much acreage is actually burning, it's double the size of the state of Delaware. That is what is on fire here in the state of California -- Sara Sidner, CNN, Monrovia, California.

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NEWTON: John Sykes lives in Berry Creek, California, and evacuated as the fire moved in. He joins me on the phone where he has been evacuated to Sparks, Nevada.

John, I have this picture in my head of you guys getting out in the nick of time, jumping into your car. But then looking in the rearview mirror and seeing everything gone.

Is that how quickly it happened?

JOHN SYKES, FIRE EVACUEE: Yes, it was pretty quick. And I was concentrating on getting my wife and my -- the woman I'm caretaking out of there in safety. I just had a chance to look in the rearview. I could see it all burn.

NEWTON: All burned?

Everything, gone?

SYKES: Yes, gone.

NEWTON: What is left of your home and Berry Creek?

SYKES: Nothing is left at my home. I built a little jewelry shop for my wife. That appears to be intact.

NEWTON: How do you actually try and take in all that has happened?

From what we can understand, the town is incinerated.

SYKES: Yes, the town is gone. I don't know that I'm fully taking it in. It's all material possessions. I'm healthy. I have my wife and the woman I was caring for in that little town.

NEWTON: Do you hope to go back and rebuild?

SYKES: No, ma'am, I don't want to see it again.

NEWTON: Really?

You just never want to go back?

SYKES: My wife wants to go dig through the debris for mementos of a 50-year life there. But no, I never want to see it.

NEWTON: Why not?

SYKES: It's too heartbreaking for me. That's where I raised my children. I've been there a long time. That was my whole life. OK?

NEWTON: Certainly, can hear the pain in your voice, John. And so sorry for everything you have been through. Obviously, a long road ahead. You said it best, off the top, you are alive, everyone is with you and safe. I am hoping we can take some solace in that for what we are looking at now. It's complete devastation. John, thank you so much. Appreciate your time.

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NEWTON: Yes, you can hear the pain in his voice. So heartbreaking. More to come.

I spoke with Doug Grafe in Salem, Oregon. He is the chief of fire protection at the Oregon Department of Forestry. He told me about the strategy they are using to try and get some control of the fires.

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DOUG GRAFE, OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY: (INAUDIBLE) shift towards maintaining, establishing control lines and really taking an offensive and aggressive approach on these fires. That has been because of a wind shift.

We've lived with four days of aggressive, dry east winds driving these fires. Today, the wind settled down. The smoke is really unfortunate but what it's brought with us is a more coastal breeze, coming from the west, which is cooling the temperatures and increased moisture in the air.

It gives us the position to turn and start being aggressive with these fires.

NEWTON: What will it take though?

You say being aggressive and, yet, the scope and the scale of this.

What could you tell people in your state of the hours, the days to come and what they are facing?

GRAFE: We have 16 large fires on the landscape across Oregon. This covers just over 1 million acres of ground. To give some scale of this, on average, we burn approximately 500,000 acres on an annual basis. We burned close to 1 million acres in 4 days.

What we are talking about here, it's shifting from safety and finding anchor points, every place we can get them safely and beginning to flank these fires and push fires back up into the mountains away from homes and communities.

NEWTON: In terms of what has happened though, two communities, at least in Oregon, now completely devastated.

What do you tell the residents of Oregon about what might be ahead here?

Can you tell them the worst is behind them?

Or you just don't know yet?

GRAFE: Relative to fighting fire, we have some opportunity over the next seven days to find success where we haven't had with the winds we've been facing.

But relative to recovery, we absolutely have a long road ahead of us. We will need to do that together, with humanity on the front end of every conversation and decisions moving forward, recognizing these losses across the board.

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GRAFE: We do not have a total at this point. We are working our way back into these fires, clearing roads systems and starting the assessment process to really understand where our losses are.

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NEWTON: Here on CNN NEWSROOM, the U.K. scrambles to get a grip on a sharp rise in COVID cases. We are live, next.

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NEWTON: Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, many in the United States are still wondering when will life return to normal?

The nation's top infectious disease expert says it will be a while. He warns, even with a vaccine, it could take until late 2021.

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DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES: I feel cautiously optimistic that we will have a vaccine by the end of this calendar year, as we go into early 2021.

But it will not be turning a switch off and turning a switch on. It will be gradual. I think it will take several months before we get to a point where we can really feel something that approximates how it was, normally, before COVID-19.

(END VIDEO CLIP) NEWTON: So far, more than 6.4 million people in the United States have been infected with the virus. The country's death toll is, at least, 192,000. Some health experts warn that the number is likely to rise this winter.

A new model, from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, predicts up to 415,000 Americans could die from COVID by the end of this year. That would be another 200,000 deaths in just the next four months. CNN's Nick Watt has more.

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FAUCI: We need to hunker down and get through this fall and winter, because it's not going to be easy.

NICK WATT, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): We will need to carry on wearing masks, avoiding crowds, because, even before the cold weather kicks in ...

FAUCI: Right now today, in real time, we're averaging close to 40,000 new infections a day and 1,000 deaths. So, we are still in the middle of this.

WATT: Only eight states right now seeing average case counts rise, but 30 seeing more than 5 percent of tests coming back positive. That's still too high.

Remember, the 1918 flu pandemic surged again when it got cold and killed many, many more people. So could this. Still, many places now trying out an ounce or two of normal, these fans in the stands at last night's NFL season opener in Kansas City, limited indoor dining now allowed in Orange County, California.

AARON KWESKIN, OWNER, THE HANGOUT RESTAURANT AND BEACH BAR: So, getting to go back inside and doing it responsibly, which we appreciate them and we understand that we're in a serious situation.

WATT: Can be risky. In a new CDC survey, COVID-positive adults were about twice as likely to say they'd eaten inside a restaurant than those who tested negative.

Bars across Florida can open half-capacity starting Monday. Miami, that one-time hot spot, also opening the door for in-person school.

GOV. RON DESANTIS (R-FL): The fact is kids being index cases and fueling secondary transmission, the data just doesn't support it as it currently stands.

WATT: Well, researchers in Utah just revealed the 12 kids who caught COVID at childcare facilities passed the virus on to at least a dozen others.

Six months since the World Health Organization declared this a pandemic, the U.S. is leading the world by far in confirmed cases and deaths. And it's not just because the U.S. is a big country. European Union, 100 million more people live there than in the U.S. and the death rate in the E.U. is almost half what it is in the United States -- Nick Watt, CNN, Los Angeles.

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NEWTON: There are concerns in Europe, again, that infections are growing in the U.K. The crucial R number or reproduction rate is back above 1 for the first time since the plight of the pandemic in early spring. It's significant, it means the virus is spreading again. There's a resurgence in the whole continent, in fact.

We head to London and CNN's Scott McLean.

The U.K. trying to get a handle on this, new restrictions will be in place, starting later this weekend. How quickly, right, now in the U.K., do they believe the virus is spreading?

SCOTT MCLEAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It is not looking good at this point, Paula. We knew the virus was kind of making a resurgence for a while now. But lately, the numbers have really jumped up in a steep way. At last count, 35,000 daily cases reported. The U.K. hasn't seen numbers like that since May.

Now France and Spain, may provide a bit of a glimpse into the U.K.'s future.

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MCLEAN: Health experts here believe that they are a few weeks ahead of the U.K. in terms of the development of the virus. The future is not pretty. Both of those countries have started to see steep increases in both deaths and hospitalizations.

What is worse is what you mentioned, Paula, the R rate. The government estimates it's above 1 and an Imperial College study estimates it's closer to 2.

By the Imperial College numbers, putting it at about 1.7, that means for every 10 people with the virus, will got and infect 17 more people. That number needs to get under control in a hurry.

The good news is it's being found primarily in young people, the largest group people in their 20s with the virus. But a new report out this week shows it's starting to migrate into older parts of the population, particularly those 85 plus. As we know, that's the most vulnerable part of the population.

In response, as you said, the government brings in brand new rules. Starting on Monday, the maximum size of a social gathering will go from 30 people, down to six people. The only expectations are for things like work and school.

The government's M.O. lately is to get the economy restarted. Schools are reopening, the government are also pushing employers to send employees back to the office.

So these rule changes will not really require the government to backtrack on that messaging. The only question is, will it actually be enough to reverse the trend?

NEWTON: And will people actually listen?

There is a lot of confusion. Scott, thanks for the update, really appreciate it.

Now for three consecutive days, India has broken the global record for new coronavirus cases in a single day. It reported more than 97,000 on Saturday alone. While cases surge, a Russian vaccine could be on its way to the country. CNN's Matthew Chance has the details.

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MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Learning about a major deal for Russia to supply India with millions of doses of its Sputnik vaccine. A source telling CNN they expect the deal to be announced early next week and that it will involve tens of millions of doses of the vaccine.

India is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 infections, reporting a new global record on Friday, up more than 95,000 cases in a single day.

Russia's vaccine is controversial, not least because it was developed at breakneck speed, last month becoming the first COVID-19 vaccine to be approved by any government, even before critical phase 3 human trials have been completed.

Russian officials say their vaccine technology, which uses human adenoviruses, which cause the common cold, is much safer than vaccines that are being produced using more experimental methods being developed elsewhere.

In the past few days, there has been a slew of deals. One state in Brazil ordering 50 million doses of the Russian vaccine; earlier Mexico, agreeing to take 32 million doses. Russian officials say dozens of countries around the world are now looking at ordering their vaccine as part of a portfolio of measure to contain the COVID-19 pandemic -- Matthew Chance, CNN, Moscow.

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NEWTON: Bahrain joins the UAE in agreeing to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel. How the deals are part of U.S. president Donald Trump's hopes for peace in the Middle East.

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NEWTON: You are looking at live pictures as peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government, are underway at this hour in Qatar. The 2 sides have come to the negotiating table in the hopes of ending a conflict that, yes, has lasted nearly 2 decades.

U.S. secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, also there. The U.S. has been drawing down troops in Afghanistan since reaching its own agreement with the Taliban earlier this year. Some experts worry, the Taliban may be less likely to seriously negotiate these new talks, if they believe the U.S. will leave, regardless of the outcome.

For the second time in a month President Trump is touting a deal that he helped broker between Israel and Arab Gulf nation. He announced Friday that Bahrain and Israel will establish full diplomatic relations.

It comes on the heels of a similar deal between Israel and the UAE. Trump says there will be more deals like this to come.

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TRUMP: As more countries normalize relations with Israel, which will happen quite quickly we believe, the region will become more and more stable, secure and prosperous.

In the meantime we're pulling most of our soldiers out. So we're doing it the opposite way they were doing it with nothing but fighting and blood all over the place. The sand was loaded up with blood and now you can see that a lot of that sand is going to be loaded up with peace.

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NEWTON: Our Oren Liebermann has details from Jerusalem.

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OREN LIEBERMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: A major foreign policy accomplishment for Donald Trump and prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in this normalization agreement between Israel and Bahrain.

This comes on the heels of a similar agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. All 4 of those countries, United States, Israel, Bahrain and the UAE will be at the White House on Tuesday for a ceremony, a signing, marking these normalization agreements.

The timing can't be overlooked. Two months before a U.S. election in which Trump is behind in the polls, he is looking for victories and foreign policy accomplishments. This certainly falls into that category.

From certain perspectives it is surprising Bahrain is a Sunni kingdom in the Gulf and it was expected that it would only normalize agreements if the Saudis did first.

To this day, Saudis and Israelis do not have diplomatic relations, so the Bahrainis , at least at this point, struck out on their own without Saudi, at least, overt approval.

But it does raise the question of whether there was tacit consent on the part of the Saudis. But perhaps this shouldn't have been that surprising. Bahrain has been close to the White House and for years behind the scenes very close to Israel.

So this agreement, even if it comes to fruition now and it comes out into the open, was years behind-the-scenes in the making.

Where does this leave the Palestinians?

Trump said they're welcome to come on board in a changing region that's moving toward general peace between Israel and Arab states. That would be under the White House's vision for peace or, it seems, the White House is more than happy to leave them behind in a changing Middle East -- Oren Liebermann, CNN, Jerusalem.

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NEWTON: In Greece, thousands of migrants live on the streets, and a new camp is going up to replace the one that was destroyed. But the refugees do not want that to happen. We explain why, next.

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NEWTON: Welcome back to CNN NEWSROOM. I am Paula Newton.

More on our top story, wildfires raging, the western United States, as the flames consume lands and lives. Hundreds of thousands of people have had to leave their homes and everything they have. Their stories are heartbreaking as Lynda Kinkade tells us.

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LYNDA KINKADE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This is all that's left of one neighborhood in Oregon. A smoldering pattern of squares where houses once stood, where families once lived. Now the only signs of life are the cries of this stunned pet on an empty street.

Some residents who returned say there is not much to salvage.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I only managed to grab my family and my dog and some supplies. But otherwise, it's awful. It's awful.

KINKADE (voice-over): In Oregon alone, officials estimate that half a million people have been forced to evacuate. That'll be more than 10 percent of the state's population. That number is expected to grow.

Wildfires rage up and down the West Coast, fueled by high winds and hot temperatures. Devastating communities, like this close call from Washington State, earlier this week.

This flame, so close to one backyard, rescuers begged a resident to leave immediately even though she had just a garbage bag full of her belongings.

In California, this family said they left in the middle of the night to escape the approaching Creek fire, one of several fires scorching the state right now. They found shelter together in a room in a hotel, close quarters. But they, say at least they are safe.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I looked outside and I said, wow, let's go, we have to go. So I made sure all the children were in the car and we started to throw stuff in the truck. That was all we have time for.

KINKADE (voice-over): They were lucky enough to get out. Something fire officials across the West Coast say, not everyone has been able to do. As the death toll rises, the fires rage on -- Lynda Kinkade, CNN.

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NEWTON: Riot police have been deployed to the site of a new refugee camp in Greece. That is replacing what used to be the largest migrant camp in Europe. The Moria camp on the island of Lesbos was destroyed this week by a series of fires. Around 13,000 people are now without shelter.

Many of them are protesting the decision to build a new camp, instead of letting them off the island. The Greek government tells CNN, most migrants will remain on Lesbos and that it will, in its words, not be blackmailed by the demonstrators.

That decision does not go over well, as you can imagine, whether it's with refugees or locals. CNN's Melissa Bell reports.

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MELISSA BELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: What strikes you most about what is left of the Moria migrant camp is the stench, the smell of so many thousands of lives, having lived here over so many years, in such cramped and squalid conditions, all, now, burned to the ground.

As we came in this morning to have a look, we passed the migrants who've been living on the outskirts of the camp and they were headed to the sea, with the few belongings they've managed to take with them, as they scrambled to safety on Tuesday night.

They heard there was a ship that had docked. Greek authorities have confirmed, ships are being brought to Lesbos and they will be housing the migrants temporarily. That, of course, is not a long term solution. We learned more about that this morning.

Beyond the 406 unaccompanied minors who are sent to be elsewhere in Europe, the other ones will be relocated here in Lesbos. That will cause a great deal of anger both for the migrants themselves and with the locals. Tensions are pretty high between the two right now and that's only likely to worsen.

The office for the Greek migration minister has confirmed to CNN that they will be kept here on the island, that they will not be sent elsewhere, because the Greek government would not be blackmailed by, what he called, a burn and go policy.

The migrants themselves dispute the idea that they were the origin of the fire but just that debate tells you something about the tension that surrounds this camp of some 13,000 people -- Melissa Bell, CNN, Lesbos.

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NEWTON: Greek authorities and aid agencies, in the meantime, are trying to get ready to shelter the migrants. They've been living on the streets for three days. That can't continue. Greek soldiers have put up temporary tents for them to be using over the next few weeks.

The U.N. Refugee Agency says that more than 11,000 migrants were likely living at the Moria camp just before the fire destroyed the entire camp.

Joining me now live near that camp is Astrid Castelein. She is the head of the U.N. Refugee Agency's Lesbos office.

Plenty to go through here, given the history, not just in the last few hours but the last few days. This is a humanitarian catastrophe, even that's a cliche now. But now it's likely, a flashpoint for more violence and conflict.

What do you think?

Is it wise to try to house these people?

Continue to house them on the island of Lesbos?

ASTRID CASTELEIN, UNHCR LESBOS: Good morning, indeed, 12,000 asylum seekers, including 2,200 women and 4,000 children, have been affected by the fire incidents that occurred in the last few days. All of them are, today, homeless, including also some persons with confirmed COVID.

So NHR advised the government to isolate those persons and provide special care. We are supporting the Greek authorities in providing shelter and material assistance through more than sufficient beds for all those currently homeless, also relief items, such as blankets, mats, relief hygiene items for them to have at least the basics.

And we provide (INAUDIBLE) virus with (INAUDIBLE) cyclan (ph), bothras and dishing hygiene (ph).

We have also (INAUDIBLE) citizen including (INAUDIBLE) to the mainland and the women in survives children (ph) (INAUDIBLE) to accommodation inside the city of (INAUDIBLE).

We have also supported with the top of (INAUDIBLE) assistance of about 5,000 of those affected. It is indeed a difficult situation where there is -- where peace needs to exist because all of them need to go through the asylum system so we need to find -- (CROSSTALK)

NEWTON: You know --

CASTELEIN: -- provide temporary but also (INAUDIBLE) --

NEWTON: -- right but everything you've been discussing are Band-aid solutions. And I understand that is the best UNHCR has been able to do over several years, now. I understand and many people have heard about the conflict within the E.U. itself.

But the one thing everybody agrees on is that this camp was deplorable and even rebuilt, with all the humanitarian aid, will likely still be overcrowded and deplorable.

What progress has anyone been able to make on getting some kind of a migration policy together within the Europe?

Is this not a good crisis in which to say to the E.U., this can't stand?

CASTELEIN: Indeed, NHR has reiterated at -- on several occasions the need to decrease the population in Moria to improve the living conditions, to transfer all those that are authorized from and also have schools up in the E.U. member states to share the responsibility of this amount of asylum seekers that are reaching the Greek territory.

NEWTON: Yet do you believe that the E.U. will go to more of a long- term program here, a long term policy on what is to happen with these people who are just so fed up and frustrated, with being abandoned on the island?

CASTELEIN: We welcome the ongoing location of the acomplin piners (ph) that has started to in May of this year and also the relocation of families who have children with serious medical conditions.

We do encourage this relocation effort to continue and just to have a global response to the asylum program, starting as we school the group of compacts (ph) starting from the peace and state of law in the countries of origin.

And durable solution among different countries where providing asylum to refugees.

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NEWTON: Well, some tense days ahead, for sure, we'll see how this whole story unfolds. Astrid Castelein, thank you so much for joining us. Appreciate it.

CASTELEIN: Thank you very much for your interest.

NEWTON: The U.S. is marking 19 years since the September 11th terror attacks claims the lives of nearly 3,000 people. Twin lights are being beamed over New York City's skyline, you can see it there, representing the World Trade Center towers which fell after being hit by two hijacked planes.

Another plane hit the Pentagon and United Flight 93 was also hijacked and later crashed in rural Pennsylvania. One of the people who rushed to New York's Ground Zero to offer aid in the wake of the attacks appeared on CNN earlier. He reflected on how the tragedy unified the country and on the work that still needs to be done.

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PAUL RIECKHOFF, 9/11 FIRST RESPONDER: Because we are so divided and we may forget that that was a time when we actually came together in a moment of crisis and showed the best of what America is all about.

But we've also got to never forget that it's not over and thousands of our friends who served in 9/11 died and many more are suffering now from the adverse health conditions and exposures of 9/11.

If we really want to never forget, we have to recognize the importance of that day but commit to remembering it and driving a lot of the future. And that really is about what we do now and what we do in the days to come.

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NEWTON: And here are some of the sights and sounds from this day's remembrances.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Steven George Atkins (ph).

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ignatius Hudo Leftanga (ph).

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Kristie A. Adamo (ph).

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Bryan Goes (ph), not a day that goes by I don't think of you. I've been asked how one gets over something like this. What can I say? All I can say is that we don't get over it. We just learn to live with it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The stories and memories of you that we will always share, future live in our hearts.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And my husband, Bernard Ketronica (ph), we miss you every day. Time does not heal (INAUDIBLE) wounds. It still hurts.

GEN. MARK MILLEY, USJC CHAIRMAN: Let us resolve here yet again today to forget those who were murdered by the terrorists. Never forget those who, rushed to save, lives and in the proceed gave their own.

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