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CNN’s Kate Bolduan struggles to hold back tears while covering boy who barely survived Syria bombing

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CNN anchor Kate Bolduan took deep breaths as her voice wavered as she read the recent story about a 5-year-old Syrian boy covered in debris, dirt and blood that went viral Thursday.

The boy was in an ambulance after being injured in airstrikes on rebel-held districts in the war-torn country. Bolduan remarked that in many places in the world a 5-year-old would be getting ready to start school for the first time, while this young child was just trying to stay alive.

“They’re dying, they’re surviving and many, somewhere in between,” Bolduan said, shaking her head and holding back tears. “According to activists, this is Omran,” she said as her voice quivered and she cleared her throat looking down.

She paused, took a deep breath, looked at the teleprompter and continued to read the harrowing tale of survival for the tiny child. “He lives with his mom, his dad and his brother and sister. Their home is inside Aleppo, Syria. It was hit by a bomb. An air strike. Who’s behind it, we do not know. He and his family were pulled alive from what is left of their home after being buried in the rubble.”

CNN rolled footage of the boy being carried by first responders into the ambulance. He sat on a gurney looking at his arms covered in dust and dirt. “Omran is left inside that ambulance alone, bloodied, as rescuers go back into the rubble looking for anyone else who may have survived,” she continued. “His family did.”

“What strikes me is we shed tears, but there are no tears here. He doesn’t cry once. That little boy is in total shock. He’s stunned,” she said through tears. “He’s inside his home one moment and the next he’s lost in the fury of war and chaos.”

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Bolduan isn’t the first reporter who has been forced to cover difficult stories this year. Journalists were allowed into the Pulse nightclub after the shooting before bodies had even been removed. One local journalist posted on his personal Facebook page that all they could hear were haunting sounds of cell phones ringing from loved ones looking for their friends, hoping they were still alive.

“He’s alive, we wanted you to know,” Bolduan closed.

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Longtime Donald Trump political advisor Roger Stone is headed to jail, a former federal prosecutor explained on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber on Thursday.

"News in the Roger Stone criminal case, federal prosecutors tonight say Stone has broken his gag order, allegedly again," Melber reported.

"This judge has been somewhat resistant to put Stone in jail the way many other defendants are treated around the country. In fact, even after he posted a picture of the judge herself next to what many interpreted as crosshairs, she provided him a second chance," he explained.

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Hope Hicks admitted she didn’t ask Trump if hush payments happened — before public denial during the 2016 election

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On Thursday, CNN's Manu Raju reported that one of the topics of discussion in ex-White House Communications Director Hope Hicks' closed-door testimony to the House Judiciary Committee was the payoffs to women facilitated by President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen, who is currently serving a three-year federal prison sentence for tax evasion and campaign finance violations.

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Global retail chain Walmart agreed on Thursday to pay $282 million to settle long-running US probes over charges it did too little to prevent bribery of foreign officials as it aggressively expanded its overseas operations.

The settlements address civil and criminal complaints over Walmart's conduct from 2000 through 2011 as it rapidly built new stores in Brazil, China, India and Mexico.

The US Justice Department said a Walmart's Brazilian subsidiary, WMT Brasilia, pleaded guilty to a criminal charge connected to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the US anti-bribery law.

US regulators said Walmart repeatedly looked the other way and did not heed red flags about possible corruption, allowing its foreign subsidiaries to open stores faster than they would have otherwise and garner additional profits.

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