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Two Officers Killed In "Ambush" While Serving Warrant Near Atlanta; King Charles Departs For Buckingham, Will Address World Today; CNN In Pakistan, Where A Third Of Nation Is Under Water. Aired 7:30-8a ET

Aired September 09, 2022 - 07:30   ET



BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN ANCHOR: This morning, two sheriff's deputies in Georgia are dead after being ambushed Thursday while trying to serve a warrant. Police say they now have two suspects in custody after an hours-long standoff.

CNN's Martin Savidge is live for us in Atlanta with more. Martin, what happened here?

MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, Brianna, this was last evening in suburban Atlanta, Cobb County.

These two deputies, according to law enforcement, were attempting to serve a warrant for failure to appear in court -- it's a pretty simple warrant -- on a theft charge. Knocked on the door, rang the doorbell, according to the sheriff, and got no answer. Then they went back to their vehicles.

Another vehicle pulls up in front of the home. They thought it was the suspect. They begin to exit their vehicles when they're shot.

We don't know if there is two shooters or one. We know that there are two that are in custody. There was a standoff by one of the suspects that barricaded in the home for several hours until just after midnight.

It was a very emotional sheriff that faced reporters. Take a listen.


SHERIFF CRAIG OWENS, COBB COUNTY, GEORGIA: The Cobb County Sheriff's Office has lost two young, bright deputies. They were killed in the line of duty this evening while serving a warrant. These two deputies served Cobb County with dignity and honor. Please pause with me for a second as we recognize these two lost deputies.


SAVIDGE: The deputies were able to call for help but they did not survive. The authorities have not released their identities. We know they were on the department longer than five years. We don't know the identities of the suspects involved.

According to the sheriff, this is the first deaths by gunfire in their sheriff's department in its history, Brianna and John.

KEILAR: An awful story.

Martin Savidge, thank you for the latest.

So, we're just getting our first images of King Charles III as he makes his way to Buckingham Palace for the biggest speech of his life -- the first time that he will be in London as king. We'll take you there.

This is CNN's special live coverage of the end of a historic era.



DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: And we're back now. I'm Don Lemon live at Buckingham Palace.

The first images just in of King Charles as he makes his way to Buckingham Palace from Scotland where the queen died. We saw the images just moments ago at Aberdeen airport in Scotland.

So joining me now, CNN's Max Foster, and the royal editor of, and that's Emily Nash. Welcome, Emily. Welcome back, Max.


LEMON: What do you make -- first time as king -- we're seeing these images? He's coming back to London.

NASH: It's a huge moment. It's a historic moment for the U.K. We've only had one monarch for 70 years and now we have her successor, King Charles III. We're seeing him for the first time with this new title. It must be an incredibly difficult moment for him personally and you can only imagine the pressure that he is feeling under the day after losing his beloved mother.

LEMON: I was going to ask you, it's one thing to have prepared for this all of your life, but then to have it suddenly happen and without the person who you relied upon all of these years for advice and to, really, make the tough decisions.

NASH: Absolutely, and he's kind of had a longer apprenticeship, really. He's the longest-serving heir to the throne in history. And yet, emotionally, this is like nothing he's ever experienced before. And the pressure of coming here as king and meeting the people for the first time as king is going to be huge. But I'm sure he has had this long training for the job and he's going to take it in his stride.

LEMON: This is a big question and perhaps it -- I mean, both of you can answer, but -- and maybe this also leads into it because I know you have some new information about succession, but what changes here? Do you know at this moment? Do we know at this moment?


LEMON: What changes here to have a king instead of a queen? Is there a certain sentiment that changes? Is there a temperament that changes, or will the country be led in a way differently than it was before?

FOSTER: I think it is different. She -- I think she transcended the monarch in a way. She was a matriarch to the nation and she was who we looked to in times of crisis like this and she's not there, and we're expected to look to Charles. And we don't know him as a monarch. You don't know what someone's going to be like as a leader until they actually are a leader.

At the same time, all this confusion about the fact we've got a new prime minister as well. It's very chaotic. We don't know where to look. It's uncomfortable. We're sort of lost.

And this is -- you know, Emily speaks about the challenge. I mean, just to the nation, will be Charles convincing 15 countries that he is the unifying figure they need to rise above politics and represent them.

And I think do we identify with Charles? We don't yet, frankly. We did identify with Elizabeth, which is extraordinary because she isn't someone we can relate to in any way, but she was relatable. She made herself relatable.

LEMON: But the succession does change and you have news on that.

FOSTER: Well -- so it comes in many stages. I've been asked about the coronation. This is something that is -- you know, this is about the relationship with God, really, that happens in six months' time.

We -- you know, when the queen died, Charles automatically became king. The next stage to this is we've been -- it's been confirmed that the Accession Council will happen tomorrow morning. And Emily is going to help me with his because it's deep, dark, constitutional stuff.

But in order for the monarch to allow the functioning of government, all the seals need to be sort of, effectively, moved from Elizabeth to Charles. And that's what will happen tomorrow morning at St. James's Palace, which is another palace down the road, which is actually the oldest, most senior palace. So we all think of the throne at Buckingham Palace. Actually, the throne is at St. James's Palace.

And there will be a moment when the Privy Council, as it is called, will announce that the queen has passed and there's a new king. He will be invited into the room to sit on the throne and he will be declared king. And for the first time, that proclamation -- am I getting this right?


NASH: You are. FOSTER: The proclamation will be made from the balcony by the Guard's King of Arms to the public where we now formally know we have a new king.

NASH: And that is actually one of the things that will feel slightly familiar because we are known in this country for pomp and pageantry, and traditions dating back almost 1,000 years. And so, that part of it may feel more familiar to people.

You are right in saying the queen was an enigma and people could really project their own feelings onto her. In that way, people identified with her.

But Charles we know a lot more about. What motivates him. What drives him. He's been a lot more outspoken than she ever was. And while I think he's going to rein that in now -- he said he will no longer be as outspoken -- most people have their own opinions of him already.

LEMON: Thank you, Emily. Thank you, Max. If there is an indication, though, of the interest, you can tell that people are interested around the world just by the number of people who have gathered here at Buckingham Palace.

Brianna and John, it is amazing to see the number of people who are flowing in and out of this palace today to honor the former queen and also to maybe see or get word from the new king.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN ANCHOR: Yes, and Max reports or suspects that perhaps King Charles will stop by to lay flowers there at the palace. I think the entire nation -- the entire kingdom, Don, wants to be part of this moment in a certain way and they'll have a chance to participate over the course of today and certainly, the coming weeks.

Prince Harry was seen boarding a flight in Scotland just a short time ago. We're going to have much more on the day ahead for the royal family, next.



BERMAN: This morning, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arriving in Pakistan appealing to the international community for help in response to the devastating floods that have hit that country, killing almost 1,400 people, and sweeping away entire villages, roads, and bridges, and livestock.

CNN's Clarissa Ward joins us now live from a shelter for the displaced in Karachi. And Clarissa, I imagine there is just so much of a need right now.

CLARISSA WARD, CNN CHIEF INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, John, you heard the Secretary-General. He said the support that they have received so far for the U.N. is just a drop in the ocean of what is needed. And we are here at one of these makeshift camps. They've sprung up all

over this area to try to accommodate the millions of people who have been pushed from their homes. And you can see it is a desperate situation here. This used to be a girls' school.

People are sleeping on the floor. There are flies everywhere. There are 50 families sharing a single bathroom. A lot of the people we've been talking to have been here for weeks. They're sick -- many of them. They are lucky to get food.

But simply put, this is not a sustainable situation and this is also an incredibly expensive situation for the government of Pakistan. The army chief telling the U.N. secretary-general that they have spent roughly $40 billion.

That number is only going to go up because guess what, John? The people we're talking to here say that even when those floodwaters recede, they don't want to go back to their homes because they're too fearful that this will happen again. Take a look.


WARD (voice-over): It's stopped in Sindh province but the waters are not subsiding. The city of Sehwan had been something of a sanctuary for some of the more than six million people displaced by the floods in this region.

Now, the main highway has become a waterway. Smaller roads into the city are choked with traffic.

WARD (on camera): You can see there's just a steady stream of vehicles pouring into this area. These are all people who are desperately trying to escape their villages, which are now completely submerged under water.

WARD (voice-over): Pakistan is responsible for less than one percent of the world's emissions, but it is paying a stiff price for global warming. Heavy monsoon rains and melting glaciers have left nearly a third of this country under water, wiping out villages like Sehta. When the floods hit, residents carried whatever they could save to a narrow strip of land by the roadside.

WARD (on camera): So this is how you're living now?

WARD (voice-over): Inan Satoh (PH) has been living in a makeshift shelter for over a week. There's no gas to cook what little food they have left. Outside aid has yet to arrive. And the prospects of returning home anytime soon are dim.

INAN SATOH, VILLAGE FLOODED: (Speaking foreign language).

WARD (voice-over): "It's very painful to see, but where can we go," he says. "This is my ancestral village."

A few miles down the road, locals are racing to stay ahead of the relentless waters. The government left them sand to make sandbags but little other assistance, overstretched by the unprecedented scale of the crisis.

WARD (on camera): So just so I understand, you are building up these dikes to try to stop that water from completely destroying your village.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (Speaking foreign language).

WARD (voice-over): "There's too much water coming in," Imran Uto (PH) tells us, "and we're afraid of it."

WARD (on camera): He's showing how deep it is. Can you see how deep that is?


WARD (voice-over): One man plunges into the floodwater to show how high the waters are.

The flooding here has now reached its cruelest phase. The days no longer bring rain but -- nor do they bring relief. And for the many who have lost everything, there is nothing to do but wait.


WARD: John and Brianna, the U.N. Secretary-General said to the international community that more needs to be done and more needs to be done now -- not just out of solidarity but out of justice. You heard in that piece Pakistan contributing a microscopic amount of the world's emitting gases and paying the heaviest price.

Guterres also said that the world's attitude towards combating climate change amounts to insanity at this stage. Just collective suicide if the international community does not get on board to try to deal with this country and support countries like Pakistan that are paying the heaviest price.

KEILAR: Yes, and watching it unfold. How many people it is affecting here.

What are these families telling you, Clarissa?

WARD: You know, we've been sitting here talking to a bunch of different families and every one of them has a horror story to tell. They are in a state of acute poverty. Their houses have been destroyed.

We spoke to one family who sold all their livestock to make it here to Karachi, and now they're subsisting on the handouts they get twice a day. They say we're grateful to have that food to keep our family alive. But in the long run, this is not a sustainable solution.

And as I mentioned before and what has just been so striking, talking to a lot of these people, they don't want to stay here but they don't want to go back home. Because they say until we see meaningful change in terms of combating the climate crisis, and as long as we continue to see these terrible epic floods every single year, why would we go back? Why would we invest in rebuilding our homes when we could find ourselves in the exact same situation in one year's time, Brianna?

KEILAR: Yes, and it is an understandable fear.

Clarissa Ward, thank you for that report.

Next, more on our special coverage out of the United Kingdom as King Charles prepares to address the world.




GEORGE W. BUSH, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The American people are proud to welcome Your Majesty back to the United States, a nation you've come to know very well. After all, you've dined with 10 U.S. presidents. You helped our nation celebrate its bicentennial in 17 -- in 1976.

QUEEN ELIZABETH II: Mr. President, I wondered whether I should start this toast saying when I was here in 1776.


BERMAN: That was Queen Elizabeth teasing President George W. Bush in 2007 during her final visit to the White House.

With us now is CNN presidential historian and former director of the Nixon Presidential Library, Tim Naftali. And it is a fact of history that Queen Elizabeth met with or at one point, met every person who was U.S. president from Harry Truman until now.

TIM NAFTALI, CNN PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN, FORMER DIRECTOR OF NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY: Queen Elizabeth II was the most knowledgeable person in the world about world events. She was not only briefed by 15 prime ministers, but it's clear that when she met our president she actually had substantive conversations. They didn't engage in negotiations but they talked about world affairs and they talked about, to the extent she knew something about it, domestic affairs.

And one of the key delights for American presidents was actually talking with her. Not just talking about tea -- they actually had real conversations. Bill Clinton noted that. Jimmy Carter noted that. Jimmy Carter noted it in his diary. They were actually surprised at the extent to which Queen Elizabeth was not only familiar with the broad strokes of international relations but real details.

So imagine a person -- a person who watched the world for 70 years and was given access to her government's best information about the world, and met some of the most important people. There's never been anyone like her and I suspect there never will be anyone like her in terms of her knowledge of international affairs. And she shared that with 12 American presidents.

KEILAR: Who did she like, Tim -- which presidents? NAFTALI: Well, we know which ones she really liked because she knighted them. She knights -- she knighted two American presidents, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. She was very friendly with Barack Obama. She liked Bill Clinton.

I don't think she disliked any president. She perhaps wasn't that fond of LBJ. It's not LBJ's fault maybe but LBJ didn't meet with her. However, the queen corrected that. She never met LBJ after he left office but she made a point of going to the LBJ library in 1991 to meet Lady Bird.

But as I said, the ones she was closest to were the ones that ultimately she knighted.

BERMAN: Tim Naftali, you're a prince and a knight. Thank you so much for being with us this morning.

NAFTALI: A pleasure.

BERMAN: NEW DAY's special coverage continues right now.

LEMON: Good morning, everyone, to viewers here in the United States and all around the world. It is Friday, September 9. I'm Don Lemon live in London. Brianna Keilar joins me from Washington, D.C. John Berman is in New York.