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One Dead, 18 Injured in Jerusalem Blasts; Nationwide Power Outages in Ukraine, Three Dead in New Attacks; Mass Shooting in Virginia Walmart Leaves at least Six Dead; Abu Dhabi Becomes Hot Spot for Entrepreneurs. Aired 10-10:45a ET
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BECKY ANDERSON, CNN HOST (voice-over): Searching for suspects in Jerusalem: Israeli police are investigating a deadly combined terror
There are more power outages in Ukraine after a fresh wave of Russian missile strikes targeted infrastructure there and a maternity ward. We are
live in Odessa for you.
And a mass shooting at a Walmart store in the United States leaves police looking for answers just ahead of Thanksgiving.
ANDERSON: I'm Becky Anderson. Hello and welcome to a special CONNECT THE WORLD live from Doha in Qatar, where the FIFA 2022 World Cup is underway.
We will get to that in a moment. First up, these international news headlines.
A first responder is calling injuries from twin explosions in Jerusalem very tragic, something we haven't seen in a very long time. These two
blasts killed at least one person, a teenage boy, and injured 18 others. The first happened at a bus right by the entrance of the city, the second
at another bus station not far from there, about a half hour later. Hadas Gold is following developments for you from Jerusalem this hour.
Hadas, what are police saying about possible suspects and motive?
HADAS GOLD, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, Becky. I'm at the scene of the first of those two explosions. This is a bus stop along the main
artery in and out of this city and this attack took place just after 7 am at the height of morning rush hour.
Now police say the first bomb took place here. A package, a bag of some sort, was placed at this bus stop. It exploded and, just about 30 minutes
later, another explosion just down the hill from here, not far away, also exploded.
Now police say this was a coordinated, almost a professional attack. They say the bags were packed with shrapnel, with things like nuts and bolts,
things that could cause maximum damage.
I want to show you how much of an impact this was. I'll have my cameraman show. Just where these people are standing, behind them, there is the
impact site. You can see a fence, a stone wall was blown up and the shrapnel went so far, it went all across the sidewalk. You can see a bus
station sign with impact marks.
And actually, we got here in the morning. We saw debris all the way across this three-lane street here, almost reaching the median of this highway. It
just goes to show you the blast radius here, how strong a blast this was.
Authorities say one person, a 16 year old Canadian Israeli student, was killed in this attack. At least 14 others were injured. Now this has
already been, as we've been talking about for months, a deadly and violent year in this region.
But this sort of attack, this sort of bombing, this level of coordination and planning is not something that Jerusalem or Israel has seen in years.
It's bringing back, for many people, memories of the Second Intifada when suicide bombings and bombs placed at bus stations or at restaurants became
a common occurrence.
But in the last few years, people have not been used to this. This is not the sort of attacks they are used to seeing. Police still have not
identified any sort of suspect and no militant group has claimed responsibility.
Groups like Hamas have celebrated what they call an operation. I want to play this clip from the soon outgoing prime minister, Yair Lapid.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
YAIR LAPID, ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTER (through translator): I want to say to the citizens of Israel, we will find them. They can run. They can. Hide
it won't help them. The security forces will reach them. If they resist, they will be eliminated. If not, we will punish them to the fullest extent
of the law.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
GOLD: Now as you could hear from there, they still haven't identified suspects. Right now, we have just learned that the Israeli chief of staff
of the military is cutting short a trip from the United States to come back to Israel, because of the situation.
Now there is the question of what will come next?
There are fears of further attacks.
And how will the Israeli security forces and the military react?
ANDERSON: Hadas Gold is on the scene. Thank you.
To Ukraine now. A new wave of Russian missile attacks across the country. A national power supply firm reports every region of Ukraine is a seeing
power outages after the strikes hit critical infrastructure.
ANDERSON: Kyiv authorities posted video they say shows a residential building on fire after a missile strike. At least three people in the
capital were reported killed. The city's water supply has been suspended.
This wave of attacks follows a Russian strike in the Zaporizhzhya region, where authorities say a maternity ward was hit and a newborn baby was
The Kremlin says Russian president Vladimir Putin will meet this week with the mothers of reservist soldiers called to fight in Ukraine. This comes as
complaints have been flooding in from Russian soldiers on the front line. CNN's Fred Pleitgen has the story.
FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Stark images from what many believe to be the second strongest military in
the world. This video posted on social media purports to show new Russian recruits, camped out in the snow and cold, with little more than tarps for
shelter, some trying to warm up by fires.
CNN cannot independently verify its authenticity but those posting it say the soldiers even have to buy their own food to survive. Problems during
training, problems on the battlefield, these recruits vent their anger at the Russian military.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): We were abandoned without equipment, without everything.
Where are the tanks?
Where are the armored personnel carriers?
Come on, bring it or I'll come for you.
PLEITGEN (voice-over): Dilapidated barracks, horrendous sanitary conditions, poor food: the list of complaints, often documented in social
media posts like this, runs long since Russia says it has mobilized more than 300,000 men for the war in Ukraine since September, with more than
50,000 allegedly already on the battlefield, the Kremlin says.
Some relatives, especially mothers, complaining about the treatment of their loved ones. This group in southwestern Russia saying their husbands
and sons have been sent to the front line without adequate training or gear.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): The commander who gave the order that our men should hold the defense ignored the decree of the supreme
commander in chief that the newly mobilized should not be sent to the first line of contact.
PLEITGEN (voice-over): Even in the areas of Ukraine that Russia has annexed, mothers are taking a stand.
"Return students to their studies," this sign in Donetsk says.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): Vladimir Vladimirovich, please return our children. There are many dead, many captured. The rest of the
children are physically and morally decimated.
PLEITGEN (voice-over): Soldiers' mothers traditionally carry a lot of sway in Russia. And Russian president Vladimir Putin seems eager to show he's
not tone-deaf to their plight, recently visiting what the military says were new recruits, firing a sniper rifle himself, trying to convey he cares
about the new recruits.
VLADIMIR PUTIN, PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA (through translator): About our country, of course, we have costs. Most notably regarding losses in the
special military operation. I think about it all the time.
PLEITGEN (voice-over): But many mobilized Russians and their relatives seem to feel left out in the cold after their country called them up to
serve in a war that was never supposed to last this long -- Fred Pleitgen, CNN, Moscow.
ANDERSON: The community of Chesapeake in Virginia is facing the aftermath of a mass shooting that left at least six people and five others wounded. A
suspect opened fire at a Walmart around 10 in the evening, local time.
It happened as customers were doing their last minute shopping for what is the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Here is Brian Todd with more.
BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The police chief of Chesapeake, Virginia, Mark Solesky, was able to fill in some gaps for reporters this morning,
some information gaps we had not had before.
A short time ago, he did confirm that the shooter at this Walmart behind me, who killed six people, was an employee of the store. We were not able
to get the identity of the shooter because police said the next of kin had not been identified. They're not ready to give the identity of the shooter
We are told the shooter used a pistol. We pressed them on whether there were any other weapons used. They did not believe there were other weapons
used, other than a pistol in this attack.
The police chief, Mark Solesky, gave a timeline of how this unfolded. He said the first calls to 9-1-1 went out at 10:12 pm Eastern time last night.
That's just before closing time at this Walmart behind me.
The police officers arrived two minutes later at 10:14 pm. They entered the building at 10:16 pm, according to the police chief. So total time elapsed
between the first 9-1-1 calls and when police entered the building, four minutes.
The chief said they declared the building safe at 11:20 pm. but we can tell you, in the overnight hours, the police were not able to give much
information, because they were combing through this building, searching for anybody who was hurt, anyone who might be hiding.
TODD: It is a huge Walmart store, with row upon row of merchandise, counters, other things and they had a lot to go through to process that
scene and try to find other victims of the attack.
Again, they are not giving the shooter's name, because next of kin have not been notified. They were not able to tell us how long the shooter was
active in the store. There were reports that there was a body found outside the store but he was -- the chief, Mark Solesky, was not able to confirm
whether a body was found outside or not.
They do not know exactly how many people were inside the store at the time. But we can tell you, this was just before closing time, according to
Walmart. Back to you.
ANDERSON: Coming up on CNN, the Arab world still celebrating Saudi Arabia's historic triumph over Argentina here at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
I'll ask the country's sports minister about the significance and the team's odds for the coming days.
And there are some tough choices ahead for both Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo. Details on that, after this.
ANDERSON: Welcome back. I'm Becky Anderson in Doha in Qatar. This is your World Cup coverage on CONNECT THE WORLD.
Right now, in Ukraine, though, more loss of life and destruction of electricity and water after a new onslaught of Russian missile attacks
across the country, including Kyiv. Police say a residential building in the capital was hit, killing 3 people. Authorities report every region in
Ukraine is seeing power outages.
Kyiv has also suspended water service and the power units at 3 nuclear plants have been switched off due to the attacks. CNN senior international
correspondent Matthew Chance is in Odessa on the Black Sea.
Matthew, Ukrainian officials saying earlier the entire region is without power.
What's the situation now?
What are the details on the ground?
MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, the situation here in Odessa is pretty bleak. It's one of the areas that's been
very badly affected by the Russian missile strikes on energy infrastructure, targets and (INAUDIBLE) behind me. The city is almost in
People have generators, of course, and they are providing their own electricity as much as they can. But in general, it is a very dark city,
which is sort of bracing itself for further attacks in the future.
There's been a wave of missile strikes just over the course of the past few hours, not just in this region but across the country. You mentioned the
Kyiv region around the capital being struck as well, with 3 people killed there, causing damage to missile strikes to a residential area on the
outskirts of the Russian capital.
But also in central Ukraine as well, a horrific attack by a Russian missile on a maternity clinic or a hospital, in which a small child, a small baby,
was killed just a couple of days old. The mother and the doctor were pulled out of the rubble alive but the child lost their life.
Another indication of just how grim and brutal and full of blood this conflict has become. It all comes, of course, amid that concerted campaign
by Russia to target Russia -- target Ukrainian -- sorry -- infrastructure systems to really plunge the country into darkness and into cold.
This as the temperatures really start to plunge as well. In the beginning of the winter, here, the first snows have settled over much of the country.
It's when energy requirements are at their highest.
So it is looking at this point, even though authorities are doing all they can to restore energy connections, it's looking like the prospect of a very
cold, dark winter in the months ahead, Becky.
ANDERSON: And what prospects of a solution to all of this, an end of this war at this point, Matthew?
CHANCE: I don't think we're, unless I've missed something, I don't think we're looking at much of a prospect of that the moment. It seems that both
sides are digging in, trying to hold on to the territory they've got at the moment as we approach those winter months where the fighting will
inevitably decrease in its intensity.
That is because the temperatures are expected to go so low.
CHANCE: Perhaps as low as minus 20 degrees centigrade in some parts of Ukraine. And it's also the fact that both sides have kind of minimum
conditions, if you like, for peace talks to take place.
But neither side are willing to meet those conditions of the other. Ukraine, at this point, feels it has been taking territory in significant
quantities from the Russian occupying forces and it is in no mood to make compromises when it comes to territory.
For their part, the Russians, they feel they haven't started or completed things they set out to do in the first place. So my guess is the conditions
are not there at the moment. And the political will is not there at the moment for a serious peace negotiation.
ANDERSON: Matthew Chance is on the ground in Odessa, Ukraine. Matthew, thank you.
The death toll rising in Indonesia following Monday's deadly earthquake there. At this hour, the search for survivors continues. More than 270
people lost their lives in West Java, when a magnitude 5.6 quake struck.
Officials there said at least 150 people are still missing, as crews dig through rubble, looking for any signs of life. Aftershocks and landslides
are making that job an awful lot harder.
Let's get you up to speed on some of the other stories on our radar this hour. Aftershocks also rippling through northwestern Turkiye, following a
strong earthquake that was felt as far away as Istanbul. That happened in the northwestern Duzce province on Wednesday.
At least 50 people were injured. Local media report the quake was a magnitude 5.9.
You are looking at social media video of workers protesting a Foxconn iPhone factory in central China. They are confronting police in hazmat
suits. The plant is in Zhengzhou and it's one of Apple's largest suppliers. It has been wrestling with a major disruption since mid October, due to a
CNN has learned more than 3,000 tickets were sold for access to a suspension bridge on the day it collapsed in India's Gujarat state; 135
people were killed. Authorities say some 200 people were on the newly renovated bridge when it gave way last month. That is far higher than the
More news here on CNN, with me, Becky Anderson, after this short break. Stay with. Us.
ANDERSON: One of the most beloved modern Christmas movies is turning 20 next year.
ANDERSON: To mark the occasion, the cast of "Love Actually" is reuniting a bit early for a TV special. Have a look at this.
(VIDEO CLIP, THE LAUGHTER & SECRETS OF `LOVE ACTUALLY': 20 YEARS LATER -- A DIANE SAWYER SPECIAL)
The reunion will air on ABC next week in the States. The cast may relive some of the laughs about the quote, "total agony" of being in love or
whether lobsters were present at the birth of baby Jesus. Of course, there was that moment a young Englishman headed west to find love in Wisconsin.
And the first time ever, people around the world will have the chance to vote for Oxford dictionary's Word of the Year. There are three candidates
on the short list this year: metaverse, #istandwith and goblin mode. The dictionary says each one is, quote, "relevant to the year in a different
way." They write there.
The last day to vote is December the 2nd. Sports up after this short break. Before we go, all this week on the show, we've been looking at how
successful start-ups, are frankly successful and why Abu Dhabi is becoming a hot spot for young entrepreneurs. Have a look at this one.
ELENI GIOKOS, CNN ANCHOR AND CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): For any successful start-up, there comes a time when it's necessary to expand to
new markets. And choosing the right location can make or break a company.
With more than 200 islands making up the city, Abu Dhabi was the perfect place for Vriko Yu and Deniz Tekerek to launch their regional headquarters
for their start-up, Archireef.
DENIZ TEKEREK, CO-FOUNDER, ARCHIREEF (voice-over): As soon as we landed here, there was an incredible amount of support and one thing led to
another, essentially. So we ended up seeing a very, very smooth operation from the side of people who were interested in us and we were very quickly
able to win over clients and win over investors as well. Since then, we decided to really establish some roots here.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Clear.
GIOKOS (voice-over): Founded in Hong Kong, Archireef's mission to accelerate the recovery of marine ecosystems in our oceans. That is
achieved by placing these 3D printed tiles on the sea floor.
VRIKO YU, CO-FOUNDER, ARCHIREEF (voice-over): So for coral to settle in a sea bed, they need to have a stable substrate. But they don't have roots by
themselves. So what we are creating is basically renovating an inhospitable environment to a livable substrate for coral to regrow.
GIOKOS (voice-over): The reefs are manufactured and one of Abu Dhabi's industrial areas. This 3D printer, the first of its kind in the world,
allows the team to print up to seven tiles a day using clay, a material Archireef says is not toxic to ocean life.
Like most companies that move to Abu Dhabi, the founders see the city as the gateway to a wide region, a place where they can build and eventually
expand from the UAE to the world -- Eleni Giokos, CNN.