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- [Narrator] This is CBN NewsWatch.

- And thank you so much for joining us

for this edition of CBNNewsWatch, I'm Efrem Graham.

Confirmation hearingsfor the President's pick

for attorney general are underway.

Senators on both sides of the aisle

questioning William Barr.

Our Mark Martin joinsus now from the newsroom

with more on this story, Mark?

- Efrem, democrats on theSenate Judiciary Committee

wanna make sure Barr will protect

the Special Counsel Russia investigation.

Barr's predecessor, Jeff Sessions,

resigned after the Presidentwas upset with his decision

to recuse himself from that investigation.

Democrats say the stakesare extremely high,

taking into account a May2017 memo that Barr wrote

after former FBI director,James Comey, was fired.

Barr wrote that anyobstruction of justice charge

against Trump, would befatally misconceived.

He spoke about the memoin today's hearings.

- My memo was narrow,explaining my thinking

on a specific obstructionof justice theory

under a single statute.

The memo did not address, orin any other way question,

the Special Counsel's core investigation

into Russian efforts tointerfere in the election.

- [Mark] Unlike Sessions,Barr will control the terms

of Robert Mueller's investigation.

But Barr told the committee,it's important that

the Special Counsel is allowed to finish.

- Given his public actions to date,

I expect that the SpecialCounsel is well along

in his investigation.

At the same time, thePresident has been steadfast

that he was not involved in any collusion

with Russian attempts tointerfere in the election.

I believe it is in thebest interests of everyone,

the President, Congress,and the American people,

that this matter be resolved by allowing

the Special Counsel to complete his work.

The country needs a credibleresolution to these issues.

- Barr also served as Attorney General

under the late President George H.W. Bush.

Today he said, if he'sconfirmed, he will serve

with the same independencethat he did in 1991.

He told the committee,when Bush selected him,

the late president wanted no promises.

Barr said in the sameway, Trump has wanted

no promises from him.

Efrem, back to you.

- Now Mark, what is Barr'srelationship with Mueller?

- Barr told the committeehe has known Mueller

for 30 years and theyworked closely together

during Barr's time at theDepartment of Justice.

He went on to say theyhave been friends since

and he has the utmost respect for Mueller

and his distinguishedrecord of public service.

Barr side he has confidencethat Mueller will handle

the Special Counselinvestigation properly.

Back to you.

- Thanks Mark.

The government shutdownnow in its fourth week

with President Trump sayinghe will never back down.

The President has rejecteda short term legislative fix

to reopen the governmentfor several weeks.

While negotiations wouldcontinue with democrats

over his demands for five billion dollars

for the border wall,President Trump spoke Monday

at the American Farm BureauFederations annual convention,

telling farmers, legalimmigration to help farmers

would be made easier.

- With criminal recordsincluding 100,000 assaults,

30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000violent murders or killings,

the crisis of illegal immigrationimpacts all Americans,

threatening public safety,overwhelming public resources,

straining our local schools and hospitals,

undermining US workers,

and claiming countless innocent lives.

And I will tell you, I wantpeople to come into our country.

But, they have to come inlegally, they have to come in

through a process.

- The President did sayhe is no longer looking

to declare a national emergency.

Another caravan ofCentral American migrants

set out from Honduras Mondayseeking to reach the US border.

The group of about 600migrants is following

the same route used by thousands last year

in at least three caravans.

Reports say about 300 people,mainly women and children,

clamored aboard 30 smallbuses, intent on reaching

the Guatemalan border.

Another 300 or so beganwalking in the rain toward

the border town of OkuCaliente late Monday.

Officials say they expect thecaravan's members would grow

as additional migrantsset out sometime today.

More details surfacing on the man accused

of kidnapping a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl

and murdering her parents.

Jake Patterson told investigatorshe spotted Jayme Closs

a few days prior to the abduction

and decided she was thegirl he was going to take.

The 21-year-old suspectspent days planning

before he forcefullyentered the family's home,

took Jayme and used ashotgun to kill her parents.

For three months, Pattersonkept her inside his home,

often forcing her to hide under his bed

when guests would come over.

Investigators say Jaymewent without food, water,

or bathroom breaks forlong periods of time.

- And if you read the criminal complaint,

you can see the amount of control

that he was exerting over her.

- In an interview withCBS News This Morning,

Jayme's relativespraised her for surviving

such a harrowing ordeal.

A war of words erupted Mondaybetween President Donald Trump

and Turkish officials.

After the President threatened

economic sanctions against Turkey

if they attack the Kurds,who are American allies.

As Chris Mitchell nowreports from Jerusalem,

it is the latest developmentin the President's announcement

that US troops will begetting out of Syria.

- [Chris] President Trump fired a salvo

on Twitter to Turkey.

He warned the US woulddevastate Turkey economically

if they hit the Kurds.

Turkey's foreign minister fired back.

(speaks foreign language)

- [Interpreter] We have said many times

that we are not afraid of the threat

and we won't be deterred by any threat.

We have said it in the past, therefore,

you cannot achieve anything

by threatening Turkey economically.

- [Chris] After Trump'sthreat, the Turkish lira

fell 1.6% in value.

And it's not the firsttime Trump has affected

the Turkish economy.

Last year he imposed sanctions on Turkey

after it failed to releaseimprisoned pastor Andrew Brunson.

That helped push the Turkish lira

to a record low last August.

The Kurds have been allies of the US

in the fight against ISIS.

But, Turkey sees the sameKurdish fighters as terrorists

and allied with a Kurdishgroup inside Turkey,

called the PKK, that's beenfighting Turkey for decades.

Late Monday, Trump spoke withTurkish President Erdogan,

about cooperating withTurkey during the pullout

of US troops.

Last week US Secretaryof State, Mike Pompeo,

told CBN News, the USwill try to meet the needs

of the Turks and the Kurds.

- Well, our message is straight forward.

The work that the Kurdishforces did with us alongside

in Syria, has been important.

It took down Al Khalifa andwe'll work with the Turks

to make sure that there'ssecurity for them as well

and that the Kurdish peoplein Syria are indeed protected.

- Trump also warned theKurds not to provoke Turkey

and raised the idea ofa 20 mile security zone

along the Turkish-Syrian border.

If Turkey monitored that zone,many Kurds and Christians

in the region say, thatwould put them in danger.

Which raises another dilemma.

The Kurds may rather alignwith Russia and Syria

and therefore, Iran, if theUS doesn't protect them.

Chris Mitchell, CBN News, Jerusalem.

- Gunfire and explosionsrocked Kenya's capital city

of Nairobi this afternoon.

The attack happened in apopular upscale neighborhood

sending people fleeing for their lives.

The target was a wellknown hotel in the area.

The Islamic terror group, al-Shabaab,

has claimed responsibility and say

that they still have meninside the hotel complex.

Kenya has witnessed awave of terror attacks

in recent years while pursuing

an aggressive military campaignto flush the terrorists

from the neighboring countries.

Joining me now for more onthis, what's happening today,

is Senior InternationalCorrespondent, George Thomas.

Now George, we know you've been actually

to the specific area.

Tell us what you can aboutthe location and why you think

it was targeted.

- I've lived in this particular location.

I've done numerous interviews,met sources actually

at this hotel over the years like I said.

Many, many times I've lived in this area.


Because it's very close to the CBD,

the Central Business District.

It's very close to theheart of Nairobi, Kenya.

It's very close to various Western hotels.

It's very close to popularnightspots, hotels,

and restaurants, andnightlife and so forth.

So it's a hubbub of activity.

So, as we know in the past,al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda, ISIS,

they always like to have maximum impact

and look for symbols of structures

that represent Western society

or just a prosperity in thesecities around the world.

- [Efrem] Now we know al-Shabaabhas claimed responsibility

and you believe thisattack is possibly related

to a high-profile terrorism trial?

- That's right, in fact, just on Monday,

a top judge in Nairobisaid that three individuals

who were involved in, you'llremember back in 2013, Efrem,

the Westgate attackwhere al-Shabaab attacked

this very, very popularmall, 67 people were killed,

Just on Monday, three individuals

were ordered to stand trial.

All three had links to al-Shabaab.

They were training, funding,preparing for the attacks.

Could there be a possibleretaliation for these three men

being held, being brought to trial?


The other significant thingis that back on this very date

in 2016 in Somalia, al-Shabaablaunched a very brazen attack

on a Kenyan military base in Somalia.

180 soldiers were killedon this day two years ago.

So, there could be somelink there as well.

- Now we know you've reportedon al-Shabaab's activities

for several years.- Yes.

- What is al-Shabaab?

And what does it want?

- Number one, al-Shabaabwas basically created back

in 2006 when Somalia was a failed state.

What do I mean by a failed state?

They had no government,no authority, no police.

There was basically lawlessness.

And this group came in and said,

Islam, Sharia law will be the rule

and the governance of the country.

So, they wanted to turn Somaliainto an Islamic country.

Which then led to a fightbetween Ethiopian, Kenyan,

and other regional powers totry and extricate this group.

And since 2006, they'vebeen fighting in Somalia.

Not just in Somalia, but,as we have seen today,

in Kenya and other neighboringEast African nations.

- Now, in that mission, they'vetargeted Christians as well?

- They have.

In fact, back in 2015 we reported on this

in the north eastern part of Kenya

in a town called Garissa.

It was a horrific attack on

a predominantly Christian school.

148 students lost theirlives, the majority of them,

as I said, were Christian

so, they are goingafter Christians as well

in this war that they have against Kenya

and other East African nations.

- Where is America when it comes

to fighting terrorism inKenya and Africa at large?

- Yeah, excellent question.

I mean, look, prior to,after 9/11, the United States

took an aggressivestance around the world.

Africa was one of them.

It was dealing with al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab,

and other terror groups.

Now the United States, andthis particular White House,

is shifting focus.

Some of the moneys getting diverted

to what the administrationcalls old, sort of foes,

China, Russia, Iran, and so forth.

Are we still involved in Africa?


Are we helping theKenyans with intelligence

on groups like al-Shabaab,al-Qaeda, ISIS-inspired groups?


But, the funding has come down.

But, clearly, this is anotherexample that these groups,

it doesn't matter, you haveto be right all the time.

Authorities have to be right all the time.

And we just need to make one mistake

and this happens as a result.

- Yep, unfortunate indeed.

George Thomas thank you for you insight.

- You're most welcome.

- Iran conducted one of at least

two satellite launches Tuesday.

But officials say, thesatellite failed to reach orbit.

Despite criticism from theUS, Iran has said it plans

to send two satellites into orbit.

Iranian officials say therocket in today's launch

had successfully passedits first and second stages

before developing problems in the third.

Israeli Prime Minister,Benjamin Netanyahu, on Tuesday,

slammed Iran over the satellite launch.

Netanyahu accusing Tehran of lying

and alleging the satellitewas actually the first stage

of an intercontinentalmissile Iran is developing

in violation of international agreements.

A UN Security Councilresolution calls on Iran

to undertake no activity related

to ballistic missiles capableof delivering nuclear weapons.

Iran insists the launches donot violate that resolution.

Israeli doctors havebanned conversion therapy

for gay people.

The Israel MedicalAssociation says members

who perform conversion therapy,

could now be expelledif a complaint is filed

to its ethics committee.

Officials say the so-calledconversion therapy treatments

are ineffective and canlead to mental damage

including anxiety, depression,and suicidal tendencies.

Activists say the ban is meantto protect the LGBTQ society

from doctors suggesting there is a cure

to their sexual orientation.

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Coming up.

It is an important weekfor pro-life activists.

How they're preparing for the

upcoming annual March for Life.

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- Hello, I'm Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know that there aremore than 148 million orphans

in the world today?

148 million.

But it was three littlegirls that taught me

about the plight of orphans.

My husband and I spentnearly a month immersed

in the daily activitiesof a Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw firsthand, the utter loneliness,

the pain of rejection, andthe overwhelming desire

to be loved.

That experience changed me forever.

And out of it, grew aministry from my heart,

called Orphan's Promise.

Today we're helping orphan'sand vulnerable children

in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Thousands of childrenare now in safe homes.

They're being educated andthey're learning life skills.

I'm asking you to join with me

and become family to these children.

Will you call the numberon your screen right now?

Because every child deservesa chance to be happy.

- Many outlets are praisingstatistics showing abortions

are down in America.

Still, pro-life supporterswant people to know

with 60 million unbornbabies killed since 1973,

the abortion holocaust is far from over.

As Paul Strand now reports,that's the backdrop

for the 46th annual Marchfor Life, this Friday.

- Here on the NationalMall, tens of thousands

of participants, will begintheir mile and a half trek,

past the Capitol to the Supreme Court

as part of the March for Life.

This year they see bothvictories and challenges

for their cause.

- It's a tough battleto win hearts and minds

so that abortion becomesunthinkable in our culture.

- [Paul] March for Lifepresident, Jeanne Mancini,

says the new democrat majority

in the House of Representatives,makes her job harder.

- With the House leadershipin terms of committees

and what have you, thatside of the Congress

is the most pro-abortionCongress that we've ever had.

So, I think sadly, we'regonna have to fight

to keep the status quo.

- [Paul] On the positiveside, abortion clinics

have dropped from their 1991 high of 2,176

to just 697 clinics now.

An almost 80% decrease.

And the yearly rate of theunborn killed in America,

has gone from more than amillion in the late 1990s,

to less than 800,000 these last few years.

- The number of abortionsis down every year,

which speaks volumes.

The number of abortionclinics is down under 700

for the first time ever,

I mean since like a year or two after Roe.

The number of pregnancycare centers is the highest

that it's ever been.

- As the nation honors thelife of Civil Rights icon,

Martin Luther King, Jr,this coming weekend,

the points being made howearly abortion activists

targeted the black population.

Reverend Dean Nelson,

quotes Planned Parenthoodfounder, Margaret Sanger.

- We don't word to get outthat we want to exterminate

the negro population.

- [Paul] Sadly, that strategy

has proven to be devastatingly effective.

- African American makeup 12 to 13% of the adult,

the women population in America.

However, over 33% ofabortions are performed

on African American women.

- [Paul] And in a placelike new York City?

- There are more abortionson black children,

then black children being born alive.

- Let's keep in mind that we have lost

60 million Americans to abortion.

This is our 46th annual March for Life.

These bad laws are still on the books.

And that almost every year,or that every year we lose

almost 800,000 people to abortion.

- [Paul] So, what canpeople do, who wanna battle

for the unborn?

- Pray.

I mean we're in a spiritual battle here.


Vote pro-life.

Your vote matters.

Get out there, come to the March for Life,

got to your local March for Life.

Bare witness to the truth of life

and do things like host a baby shower

for your local pregnancy care center.

- As with each year,the march will end here

at the Supreme Court, the same place

the battle began in 1973.

Participants vow to keep making the trek,

til the abortion fight is won.

Paul Strand, CBN News,reporting from the Supreme Court

and National Mall.

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- [Efrem] Coming up, what newdrug is topping new surveys

in the leading cause ofdeath in the United States.

We're gonna have thatstory when we come back.

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- A new study highlights the growing reach

of the opiod crisis in our nation.

According to the National Safety Council,

American's are now more likely to die

of an opiod overdose thanin a motor vehicle accident.

It is now the fifth leadingcause of death in the nation.

The report says Americanshave a one in 96 chance

of dying by opiod overdose,

and a one in 103 chanceof dying in car crash.

What's even more troubling though,

is the fact that the opiod deaths

have been under reportedby as much as 35%.

Health correspondent, Lorie Johnson,

joins us now with moretroubling numbers indeed.

So much attention's beenplaced on the opiod epidemic

in this country.

But, it's getting worse.

- Right.

- What's going on here?

- We hear all thepoliticians talking about it.

And everybody's just sick over it.

I know for me, it makesmy heart literally sick.

I've been covering this for years,

and it's only getting worse.

And it all comes down toone word Efrom, one word.



This is the problem.

Fentany, it's a synthetic opiod,

it's a 100 times more powerful

than heroine if you can believe it.

And what's happening is this fentanyl

is being laced into the heroine,

it's being laced intothese prescription drugs

that are sold on the street

and the users are not aware of it

and then they overdose.

So, it's these heroine users,

they don't realize thatwhat they think is heroine,

is actually heroinelaced with the fentanyl,

that's 100 times worse andit kills almost on the spot.

We know that a police officer overdosed

because when he was working a crime scene

there was some fentanylthat he brushed off

the victim's coat andhe got it on his skin

and breathed it in and overdosed.

Luckily he survived.

But, we hear about kids who come across it

in bad neighborhoods or in their homes

and then they die.

It's just the worst thing.

It's called fentanyl andwe need to deal with this.

This is the problem.

- Where is fentanyl coming from?

- Well, it's manufactured, it's synthetic,

it doesn't grow from poppies like heroine.

It's manufactured inlabs, mostly in China.

And so what happens is it'sbeing sent in the mail,

the US mail, and it's coming over here

and so that's the problem.

But it's also being mailed to Mexico

and coming up through ourporous Southern border.

Now we do know thatfentanyl is also being used

in pharmaceutical settingsand this is the safe kind,

the kind that's being used in the ICU,

we're not talking about this.

This is the street fentanyl

that's a powdered form.

- Ugly, ugly.

So, what can be done tocurtail this epidemic?

- Well, I think first, asChristians we need to pray.

Because what's going onhere, comes in my opinion,

straight from the pit of hell.

It's demonic in every fashion.

This drug gets ahold of it'svictims and won't let go.

Same with heroine and theprescription pain killers.

These drugs are sovicious and so addictive

that the best people, thenicest people, Christians even,

become so addicted becausethe body craves it.

The people aren't evenlooking for a high anymore,

they're just doing it because they're body

is calling out on it.

It's a means of survival

so, the main thing is to pray.

Second thing is to not start.

If we only have to deal withthe people who are addicts now

and not future ones, then it's manageable.

But we mustn't start.

And one thing that Iwould recommend highly

is be careful of those pain pills.

So many people gethooked on the pain pills

after having surgery,

and they can't get anymore pain pills

so then they go to theheroine on the street

and then the heroineis laced with fentanyl.

I know recently I had an oralsurgery and my doctor give me

a great big huge bottle of pain pills.

And I was so frightened by that pill

because I know how addictive,

even after three daysyou can become addicted,

I felt like I was holding a revolver.

It's so scary.

So, be careful with these drugs

and know, especially thestreet drugs, don't start.

And then for those who have started,

I've seen in my reporting, thatthe Christian rehab centers

seem to be the most effective.

So, we need the power of God to help

with any type of addictionand especially this one.

- Indeed, it is a spiritualbattle as you said.

And you can find morehealth news right here

on CBN News, on the CBN News channel.

With every episode of Healthy Living.

It airs Tuesday nights at 9:30.

You can catch it tonight.

Lorie, thank you.

After the break, whathappened 10 years ago today

that's been called a miracle?

We'll have the story next.

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- [Narrator] When yougive, smiles grow bigger.

When you care, homes are happier.

When you comfort, the hurt goes away.

But we all come together to love.

Miracles happen.

- Hello I'm Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there are morethan 148 million orphans

in the world today?

148 million.

But it was three littlegirls that taught me

about the plight of orphans.

My husband and I spentnearly a month immersed

in the daily activitiesof a Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw firsthand the utter loneliness,

the pain of rejection, andthe overwhelming desire

to be loved.

That experience changed me forever.

And out of it, grew a ministry

from my heart called Orphan's Promise.

Today we're helping orphan'sand vulnerable children

in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Thousands of childrenare now in safe homes.

They're being educated andthey're learning life skills.

I'm asking you to joinwith me and become family

to these children.

Will you call the numberon your screen right now?

Because every child deservesa chance to be happy.

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- Today is the 10th anniversaryof the Miracle on the Hudson

and the crew and passengersaboard the flight

are back together in an emotional reunion.

On January 15th, 2009, a USAirways flight lost power

in both engines from a birdstrike shortly after takeoff

from New York's LaGuardia Airport.

Captain Chesley SullySullenberger guided the jet

to a successful crashlanding on the Hudson river.

All 155 people on board survived.

The crew celebrated the anniversary

with a small reunion.

The passengers say theystill thank Captain Sully

to this day and have learnedto live life to the fullest.

Well that is gonna do it for this edition

of CBN NewsWatch.

Thank you so much for watching.

Make it a terrific Tuesday.

We'll see you right backhere same time tomorrow.

Goodbye everybody and God bless.

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