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U.S. GOP Debates Reviewed; More MH370 Debris Reportedly Found; Formula 1 Star Robbed; Jon Stewart Leaves Daily Show

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[15:00:14] HALA GORANI, HOST: Tonight, the Republican Candidates went head to head.


GORANI: But with Donald Trump taking center stage we hear whether any of his rivals got a look in.

Plus France steps up the search for MH370 debris as Malaysia's Transport Minister insists to CNN that more aircraft parts have been discovered


Also, was this Formula 1 star gassed by robbers during a brazen burglary at his holiday villa?

Also this, Jon Stewart's victims have the last laugh, the master of political satire bows out of the Daily Show. End of an era, we'll look at

that as well.


GORANI: Hello, everyone. I'm Hala Gorani, we're live at CNN, London. Thanks for your company this hour this is the World Right Now.

Well you could call it "good television" and it was, it was an electrifying start to the race for the White House.

Thursday's Republican Presidential showdown was full of fireworks and it was the highest rated primary debate ever.


GORANI: Billionaire, Donald Trump, was center stage of course. He's leading in the polls and he used the opportunity to his advantage

dismissing his detractors and dodging tough questions although he did get a lot of criticism for other things we'll discuss.

The other candidates had their time in the sun as well. How did they do? Here's a wrap up with Dana Bash.

DANA BASH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORREPSONDENT: Right out of the gate Donald Trump's presence made this a very different Republican debate. A question

about a pledge not to run as an independent.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Raise your hand now if you won't make that pledge tonight. Mr. Trump?

DONALD TRUMP: I cannot say, I have to respect the person that if it's not me the person that wins. If I do win, and I'm leading by quite a bit,

that's what I want to do. I can totally make that pledge if I'm the nominee I will pledge I would not run as an Independent.

BASH: As the GOP crowd booed Rand Paul whose outsider status tumbled thanks to Trump, couldn't wait to pounce.

RAND PAUL, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Remember this is what's wrong, he buys and sells politicians of all stripes. He's already . ay

look, look, he's already hedging his bet on the cleanse, OK.

BASH: Though Trump later lashed out at a Paul.

TRUMP: I don't think you heard me, you're having a hard time tonight.

BASH: Most of his (inaudible) was aimed not at a competitor but the Fox moderator.

FOX MODERATOR: You call women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals. Your Twitter account says several .

TRUMP: Only Rosie O'Donnell.

I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I've been (applause) I've been challenged by so many people and I don't

frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn't have time either. And honestly, Megyn, if you

don't like it, I'm sorry, I've been very nice to you although I could probably maybe not be based on the way you have treated me, but I wouldn't

do that.

BASH: But the biggest fireworks flew over Trump's head, between Chris Christie, and Rand Paul, over personal liberties versus security.

CHRIS CHRISTIE, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: When you're sitting in a sub-committee just blowing hot air about this, you can say things like


RAND: I don't trust President Obama with our records. I know you gave him a big hug, and if you want to give him a big hug again, go right ahead


CHRISTIE: And you know - you know Senator Paul - Senator Paul you know the hugs that I remember are the hugs that I gave to the families who lost

their people on September 11th.

BASH: And all GOP establishment eyes were on Jeb Bush to see if he showed fire in the belly often lacking in his performances.

JEB BUSH, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I believe that the great majority of people coming here illegally have no other option, they want to

provide for their family. But we need to control our border, and there should be a path to earn legal status for those who are here. Not

(inaudible), earn legal status.

BASH: Bush's former prodigy, Marco Rubio, showed off his talent for rhetorical flare.

MARCO RUBIO, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I think god has blessed us. He's blessed the Republican Party with some very good candidates. The

Democrats can't even find one.

BASH: And Ohio Governor, John Kasich, had this memorable moment.

JOHN KASICH, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I just went to a wedding of a friend of mine who happens to be gay. Because somebody doesn't think

the way I do doesn't mean that I can't care about them or can't love them. So if one of my daughters happened to be that of course I would love them

and I would accept them.

[15:05:11] BASH: These candidates know a key test for many GOP voters, it's who can best take on Hilary Clinton.

SCOTT WALKER, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: For the cyber-attack with Russia the other day it's said to think right now but probably the Russian

and Chinese Government know more about Hillary Clinton's email server than do the members of the United States Congress. (Applause), and that has put

our national security at risk.

BASH: But the stand out moments against Clinton didn't happen at this debate, but hours earlier with the undercards.

CARLY FIORINA, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Hilary Clinton lies about Benghazi, she lies about emails, she is still defending Planned

Parenthood and she is still her party's front runner.


GORANI: All right, well Dana Bash was reporting there. Now let's talk a little bit about Ohio and why it's important. It's key to Republican hopes

of winning the White House.


GORANI: Cleveland, the site of last nights' debate, will also host the RNC, the Republican National Convention and that's less than a year from


Also Ohio is the only American State to vote for the winner in the past 13 Presidential elections going all the way back to 1964. In fact no

Republican has ever run the Presidency without carrying Ohio. Let's get some perspective from last night's debate from Matt Borges, he's the

Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, and he joins me now live from Cleveland.

Thanks for being with us. First of all day after impressions Matt? What did you make of the debate? It was the most watched primary debate in




BORGES: And I'm not surprised that it was because it was - there was so much controversy and there was so much build up and excitement around here

I was not at all surprised that there was, you know - so much coverage, and so many eyeballs on that debate last night. It was really exciting to see.

GORANI: All right, and what was the big takeaway for you? I mean as Chairman of the Republican Party in Ohio, are you already throwing your

weight behind one of the candidates here based on this debate?

BORGES: Well obviously John Kasich is our home state Governor and he's very popular here, he is - he carried Cuyahoga County where we stand right

now. Cleveland which has typically been a Democratic stronghold in many previous election cycles. Barack Obama won it in 2012 by over 250,000

votes. And only won the entire state by 160,000 votes, so you do the math about how important the Cuyahoga County is in terms of the math for all of

Ohio. But John Kasich won Cuyahoga County when he ran for re-election as Governor in 2014.

So a candidate like him, we think he might be the best chance to beat someone like Hilary Clinton should she emerge from the Democratic side as

their nominee.

GORANI: Of course I'm sure you guessed I was going to ask you about Donald Trump. Internationally I think it's probably the only name that's a

household name outside of the United States among the Republican Candidates.

Now there were fireworks from the beginning especially with Megyn Kelly, the Fox News anchor who asked him a question about some offensive language

he used to describe some women. And he got very upset with her and just went on this attack on Twitter for hours after the debate. What did you

make of that?

BORGES: It seems to be his MO. It's kind of what he seems to do. He's been doing it long before he even announced his candidacy. He goes after

these people on Twitter for any perceived slight, I don't think it's a good idea for him to go after Megyn Kelly, or for anyone.

Look, we're going to be back here in Cleveland in a little less than a year when we actually come together to have our convention and we - when we

formally name our nominee. And I'm certain of one thing it's not going to be Donald Trump.

GORANI: Why are you certain of that? He's leading in the polls. People dismissed him early on. But he's actually performing well.

BORGES: Look, I've been through a lot of these campaigns. You know I defy folks to remember who was ahead in the polls a year and a half or a year

plus before the elections.


BORGES: In some of these primaries, you know it was Michelle Bachmann in 2011, it was Howard Dean on the Democratic side in 2004. It was a lot of

these folks, they didn't become the nominee, they certainly didn't become President of the United States.

And what's going to happen is one of the nominees - one of the candidates who was on that stage last night is going to ultimately emerge from the

field and is going to stand taller and run an excellent campaign and become the nominee. And that is the person who I believe is going to end up being

the next President of the United States.

[15:10:05] GORANI: Let me of course, being the Chairman of the Republican Party you'd say that. But there was one individual and that man,

individual wasn't in the primetime debate, Carly Fiorini, now was a business woman who now defines herself as conservative. She was in the

lesser of the two debates because she doesn't fall in the top ten nationally. But many Republicans are saying she did so well they want her

to be part of the main debate. Do you agree with that? Do you think she performed well and would you - do you have faith in her as a candidate?


BORGES: Yes, I don't think there's any question that she did well, some others did well. I was proud of our party for making sure that all 17 of

the - you know - candidates - the major candidates that have announced their intention to run at this point in time were able to participate in

the debates last night either at 5pm which was broadcast live, or at 9pm. She was one of them.

She might face a little bit of an electability issue with our - with our primary electorate because she's only run for office really one other time.

She ran for the United States Senate in California, and didn't do particularly well.


BORGES: But we're going to ultimately figure this out. Not a single vote has been cast yet and it's going to be months and months until votes get

cast and we start with the early primary states in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada. We don't have a national election for President,

we do a state by state and you build momentum that way. And a guy like John Kasich for example who is very popular here in Ohio, is already

pulling second in New Hampshire. And so that's one of the states that often sets the tone to see who our nominee may very well be.


BORGES: And we'll take it from here. So it's going to be a long process and .

GORANI: OK, I'm certainly getting a sense .

BORGES: . a long way to go.


GORANI: I'm getting a sense of who you're supporting here, who your favorite is, unsurprisingly there in Ohio. Matt Borges, thanks very much

to the Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party for joining us live here on CNN, we appreciate your time.

We'll have a lot more there on this first debate and the debate that attracted more viewers than ever in American Political history. And one of

the big draws, you can imagine, Donald Trump. He's gotten so many headlines for some of the comments he's made. He's certainly a name also

that is recognizable internationally and that's something that's interesting as far as our coverage is concerned.

We'll have a lot more on that. And also undecided voters in the United States, they tip the balance one way or the other, we'll take a look at


Now back to MH370, the hunt for debris from that missing flight is entering a new phase. France is now beginning air, land and sea searches around

Reunion Island.


GORANI: A military plane carried out the first search flights over the island today. Meanwhile Malaysian officials insist that more plane debris

has been found on Reunion. But French investigators say they have not received any new material. So again some confusion there.

Malaysian's Transport Minister spoke with CNN's Andrew Stevens, listen to what he told him.

LIOW TIONG LAI, MALAYSIA'S TRANSPORT MINISTER: We managed to find additional debris and this debris are all (inaudible) materials, window

pane materials, the cushion materials. So once we collect it, immediately we hand it over to the military police.

ANDREW STEVENS, CNN ASIA-PACIFIC EDITOR: Are you sure this is aircraft grade material as you say. How do you know?

LAI: That is how the experts on the technical side from the Malaysian team and they train in these areas. So they will be able to define whether it

is aircraft materials or whether it's a cushion.


GORANI: The conflicting narratives from Malaysian and French officials have proven confusing but mainly upsetting for the relatives of those who

were on board MH370. Today their frustration spilled out into the streets of Beijing.

From Beijing, here's CNN's Will Ripley.


WILL RIPLEY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Consumed by anger, sorrow, desperation, MH370 families beg for information outside the Malaysian

embassy in Beijing, Police shoe them away.

Help us make our voices heard pleads Dai Shuqin. She lost her sister, brother-in-law, niece, nephew, and her sister's grandson; an entire family

on MH370.

More than 17 months into one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries these families need the one thing nobody can give them, closure. French

investigators say they still don't have 100% certainty a piece of the wing found on Reunion Island is from MH370.

NAJIB RAZAK, MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER: An international team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion

Island, is indeed from MH370.

[15:15:01] RIPLEY: That announcement from the Malaysian Prime Minister only fuelling the suspicion of many families that the Malaysians want to

close the case without all the facts, without being fully transparent.

It's quite suspicious that Malaysia Airlines has never showed us the video of the passengers boarding the plane she says. And some of the passenger's

cell phones were still working during the first few days, so we believe the passengers are still alive.

Most families refused the Airline's initial offer of $50,000 in compensation calling their treatment insulting.

Under these circumstances I will not accept their money says Jiang Hui. More than 150 Chinese were on MH370 bound together outside the Malaysia

airlines office demanding a meeting with Malaysian Authorities who never showed up.

Please I beg you, bring my child back to me cries Zhang Hui Jui, her daughter was on the plane one of 239 people still missing. Their families

refusing to be silenced wondering if they'll ever know the truth.

Will Ripley, CNN, Beijing.


GORANI: Still to come tonight


GORANI: Formula 1 star Jenson Button is the victim of a bizarre burglary while on holiday in the South of France. We'll tell you what happened to


Plus, really gruesome details emerge as Russian officials arrest a woman dubbed "The Granny Ripper." How this pensioner is being linked to some

really atrocious murders.

We'll be right back.




GORANI: Welcome back. Now to that brazen burglary against one of the world's top Formula 1 stars.

Jenson Button was asleep apparently in a rented holiday villa in the South of France when nearly half a million dollars of jewelry was apparently

stolen from him and his spouse.

The F1 star believed that gas was used to knock him out and pull off the daring theft. Fred Pleitgen has that story.


FRED PLEITGEN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: One of the top race drivers in the world robbed when he was most vulnerable.

Jenson Button was asleep in a rented villa in France, his wife Jessica and some friends also in the house.

Jenson, Jessica, and friends were on holiday in a rented villa in St Tropez when on Monday evening two men broke into the property whilst they all

slept and stole a number of items of jewelry including most upsettingly Jessica's engagement ring Button spokesman said.

The ring alone is allegedly worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. In total media reports say almost $500,000 worth of jewelry may have been


Even more disturbing, Button believes the burglars may have used gas to knock him and his guests out according to his spokesman.

St. Tropez is on the French Riviera and frequented by the right and famous and break-ins happen quite frequently says Will Gettes, who runs an

international corporate protection company.

[15:20:12] WILL GETTES, MANAGING DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE PROTECTION: There have been a number of reported incidents where gas has

been used by intruders, burglars, who've been trying to obtain properties to burglarize especially when the occupants are in residence.

PLEITGEN: In 2006 burglars allegedly pumped sleeping gas into the Cannes home of French soccer star, Patrick Vieira, before breaking in. But the

Vice-President of London's Royal College of Anesthetists says he's skeptical.

Dr. LIAM BRENNAN, VICE PRESIDENT ROYAL COLLEGE OF ANAESTHETISTS: Anesthetic agents that we use in an operating theatre would need to be

delivered in enormous quantities to produce the effect that has been reported and that would be very difficult. The delivery devices that we

use in an operating theatre would just not fit the bill for this purpose.

PLEITGEN: Whether or not gas was used, Button says he and his wife and friends didn't notice the break-in as it was going on and that all of them

are shaken by the events.

Fred Pleitgen, CNN, London.


GORANI: It's a case straight from the script of a horror film. A woman is under arrest in Russia suspected in the deaths of at least 11 people.

The accused serial killer is thought to have dismembered and even eaten some of her victims. But here's the twist, the murder suspect is 68 years


Matthew Chance has more on the woman that is now being dubbed "Russia's Granny Ripper."


MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Security video shows a frail old pensioner struggling with some heavy bags. The Russian police

say this is a suspected serial killer caught on camera disposing of her latest victim's body parts. She makes repeated nighttime journeys outside.

68 year old Tamara Samsonova has been dubbed Russia's "Granny Ripper" arrested after police in St. Petersburg found the mutilated remains of the

elderly woman she cared for dumped in the street outside.

Samsonova was pictured in court blowing kisses to the media. I'm haunted by a maniac she tells reporters who forced me to kill.

TAMARA SAMSONOVA: (As translated) I have nowhere else to live, I'm a very old person and I put the whole matter to rest deliberately. I have thought

77 times about it and then decided that I must be in prison, I will die there and the state will probably bury me.

CHANCE: Well we've come to the apartment block in St. Petersburg, where Samsonova lived with the 79 year old woman she was meant to be looking

after. Of course it's now a crime scene. You can see some neighbors have left flowers as a memorial.

Police say they have evidence linking the suspect with at least 11 more grisly murders, neighbors, tenants, even her own husband reported missing

10 years ago.

Police say Samsonova kept a detailed diary of her alleged crimes. State media says investigators are looking at cannibalism and a cult sacrifice as

possible motives.

Neighbors of the latest victim say they're shocked at what happened but not all together surprised.

She's a very strange woman says Natalie Fedatovskaya, tricky and suspicious. When I confronted her about my missing friend, she begged me

not to call the police and grabbed my arm. The police told me later I was lucky to escape.

But some were much less fortunate. Police say they're now scouring records of unsolved murders to see just how many people Russia's "Granny Ripper"

may have killed.

Matthew Chance, CNN, St. Petersburg.


GORANI: Coming up.


GORANI: A massive typhoon is heading toward Taiwan. We'll have the latest. Authorities are saying the storm has already claimed two lives.

People there are preparing for some really terrible weather.

Stay with us.




[15:25:45] GORANI: What is being called the strongest storm on earth so far this year is suspected to make landfall in Taiwan in just a few hours.


GORANI: There were already huge waves generated by Typhoon Soudelor crashing ashore, you see them there. Residents are taking last minute

precautions. Already two deaths are being blamed on the storm.

Our Jennifer Grey joins me know from CNN Center in Atlanta with more.

We're seeing these storm systems just dancing around that area really potentially a big threat for the people who live in that part of the world


JENNIFER GREY, METEOROLOGIST: Yes, and as we know this area definitely no stranger to storms like this but you'd never want a storm this strong

barreling towards you, and that's exactly what we have this morning.

We're looking at winds of 195 km/h within this storm with gusts up to 240 km/ph moving to the northwest at 24 km/ph. Taiwan getting the brunt of it

as we speak; this will last for several more hours and then it will continue to move westward and impact the east coast of China where about a

million people have evacuated ahead of this storm.

As we go forward in time though it will continue to weaken ever so slightly. Once it makes landfall in China, the winds are expected to be

about 120 km/ph and then weaken significantly to about 75 km/ph as we move forward.

But right now the northern side of Taiwan and the eastern edge getting the brunt of the winds. 113 km/ph winds right now. We're also seeing 72 km/ph

winds on the coast of China. So windy conditions.

Here are some of the wind gusts you can see Yilan 150 km/ph and some areas seeing winds as high as 165 km/ph. Rainfall also very impressive. Some of

the higher elevations 625 mm of rain so far. Taipei has received 342 mm and Taipei has been one of the areas hardest hit. In fact that entire

northern edge of Taiwan.

I want to show you on the floor what's going on because when you get that much rainfall it's got to go somewhere. And the problem with Taiwan it is

so mountainous and the rain is just going to slide down those mountains, into the rivers, into the valleys, and then places like Yilan right behind

- right in front of me, this is going to be one of those areas at risk of landslides, as well as flooding.

So you not only have the storm surge moving in Hala, you also have landslides to worry about as well as the massive flooding from all of this

water rushing down those mountains.

GORANI: Well we hope people stay safe there. Jennifer Grey, thanks very much we'll continue to follow that with you and our weather team.


GORANI: We'll update you on a new arrest in Calais, France, and the MH370 investigation in France next.


GORANI: Plus, did the Republican Presidential Debate sway undecided voters? Our Senior Washington Correspondent joins us from the campaign

trial. We'll be right back.




[15:31:10] GORANI: A look at our top stories. The first Republican President Debate was full of fireworks last night.


GORANI: Billionaire, Donald Trump, generated most of them it has to be said but did not answer many of the questions directly.

Some analysts also said that Jeb Bush did not demonstrate his strength as a candidate. We'll get more analysis on this in a moment.


GORANI: Also among the top stories; the hunt for debris from missing flight MH370 is entering a new phase.


GORANI: French authorities began new searches on and around the island of Reunion today. They ramped up - the ramped up effort I should say includes

air, water and ground patrols.


GORANI: Al Qaeda's Bangladesh branch in the Indian sub-continent has claimed responsibility for a brutal murder of a blogger in the country's

capital Dhaka.


GORANI: The killing of the secular blogger who uses the pen name Niloy Neel, is at least the fourth this year all renown to be critics of Islamic



GORANI: Greece and the European Union need to do more to help migrants coming ashore in the Greek Islands.


GORANI: That message today was from the United Nations Refugee Agency.

The UNHCR says the islands are scenes of total chaos and lack the most basic services for migrants.

Meanwhile a Sudanese man is facing charges in England after nearly walking the full length of the tunnel - of the Channel tunnel between the U.K. and

France on Tuesday.

This brazen case comes in with thousands of similar attempts by migrants in recent weeks.


GORANI: Same sex marriage, immigration, terrorism, women, no topic was off limits during Thursday's Republican Presidential Debate. Watch this.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is there anyone on stage, and can I see hands, who is unwilling tonight to pledge your support to the eventual nominee of the

Republican party and pledge to not run an independent campaign against that person?


Mr. Trump?

MEGYN KELLY, HOST: You call women you like, fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals. Your twitter account says several .

TRUMP: Only Rosie O'Donnell. (Applause)

KELLY: No it wasn't.

BUSH: I'm going to have to earn this maybe the barrier - the bars even higher for me, that's fine.

KASICH: I just went to a wedding of a friend of mine who happens to be gay. Because somebody doesn't think the way I do doesn't mean I can't care

about them or can't love them.

CHRISTIE: I want to collect more records from terrorists but less records from other people, how are you supposed to know Megyn?

PAUL: Use the force of men then.

CHRISTIE: What are you supposed to - how are you supposed to .

PAUL: Use the force of men then.

CHRISTIE: No, I'll tell you how to.

PAUL: Get a warrant.


GORANI: Fireworks there between Chris Christie and Rand Paul. Last night's debate continues to dominate social media. Donald Trump is by far

of course the most talked about candidate.


GORANI: Mentioned more than 30% of tweets about the debate he's the - really the headline generator and not just according to Twitter, but in

this case that's the metric we're using.

Ben Carson was next at just under 12% followed by Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee and John Kasich of Ohio. And of course the debate was taking place in



GORANI: You saw Trump there getting into a testy exchange with the Fox host, Megyn Kelly. Well after the debate he let loose on the popular

anchor on Twitter saying "Wow Megyn Kelly really bombed tonight. People are going wild on Twitter, funny to watch. Then Trump re-tweeted this barb

"Fox viewers give low marks to bimbo Megyn Kelly."


GORANI: Bimbo. So will the candidate's attacks on Kelly and women in general knock him out of the top spot and what about undecided voters?

Joe Johns joins me now live from Des Moines, Iowa. So Joe, we keep saying to our viewers it's very early on, I mean we're months away from Iowa, New

Hampshire, et cetera. But any reaction from undecided voters based on any of the candidates' performance yesterday in Cleveland?

[15:35:17] JOE JOHNS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well we do have some reaction and we're in Iowa because this is the state of the first in

the nation caucuses. It's relevant to ask how's it playing in Pella. Pella, Iowa about 50 miles down the road.

We talked to 11 undecided voters and you would expect they're all Republicans but they're concerned about electability, they're concerned

about getting a Republican into the White House this time round when the November election comes.


JOHNS: On the positive side it reflects some of what we're seeing on social media and other places, there are a lot of interest in hearing more

from Ben Carson, Dr. Ben Carson as well as from Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.


JOHNS: On the negative side it really touched a nerve, Donald Trump did. Especially at the very beginning of the debate when he refused to forswear

a third party run or say that he would support the eventual nominee.

Listen to what a couple of the people in our focus group told us.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The leadership that he has shown in the corporate world but done so not as a threat and not in again an arrogant way, that

just would not work in the Presidency.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Before tonight, I would have voted for anyone of those people as President if they got the nominee. Now, after tonight I can say

I'd vote for 9 of them.


JOHNS: And there was another big reaction from the group about the language Trump used to describe women, including Rosie O'Donnell in that

exchange with Megyn Kelly. Listen to this.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I didn't like his comments about women and women make up half of the population and he's called them names like dogs and things.

And he didn't even really take that back, and even made a you know a negative comment to Megyn Kelly in the process. So, I mean he's not going

to get the women's' vote and women's' issues are a hot topic according to the Democrats even though it's kind of an old subject. But, still, I just

don't think he respects women.


JOHNS: So, of those 11 people all said they are still undecided. As I said at the top, they do want to hear more from Marco Rubio and Ben Carson.

One person they said they would not give a second look, Donald Trump. Back to you.

GORANI: Interesting Joe Johns, thanks very much in Iowa.


GORANI: And you can see the first debate featuring the Democrat Presidential Candidates including Hilary Clinton and Senator Bernie

Sanders, right here on CNN. That will be Thursday, October 13th, it's happening in Nevada.

CNN's First Republican Debate will be Wednesday, September 16th at the Ronald Regan Presidential Library in California. We'll see where we are in

the polls in September, things might be different by then, who knows.


GORANI: U.S. President Barack Obama is standing by a controversial comparison he made between Iranian hardliners inside Iran, and American

Republicans, who he says are dead set on derailing any nuclear deal.

The comments were criticized by Republican Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. Mr. Obama was speaking to CNN's Fareed Zakaria, listen.


FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: In your speech at American Universe you made a comparison; you said that Iran's hardliners

were making common cause with Republicans. It's come under a lot of criticism, Mitch McConnell says even Democrats who oppose the deal should

be insulted.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: What I said is absolutely true factually. The truth of the matter is inside of Iran the people most

opposed to the deal are the Revolutionary Guard, the Quds Force, hardliners who are implacably opposed to any cooperation with the international


The reason that Mitch McConnell and the rest of the folks in his caucus who oppose this jumped out and opposed it before they even read it. Before it

was even posted is reflective of a ideological commitment not to get a deal done.

In that sense, then they do have a lot in common with hardliners who are much more satisfied with the status quo.

GORANI: Well the Iran nuclear deal, one of the topics that CNN's Fareed Zakaria covered with the President and you can watch it on Sunday at 8:00

p.m. in London, 9:00 p.m. Central European time on Fareed Zakaria GPS


GORANI: Meanwhile President Obama has suffered a blow as he aims to get congressional approval for the nuclear deal with Iran from someone within

his own party.


GORANI: Influential Jewish Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer will oppose the deal writing on the website medium that he gave his reasons saying I

believe Iran will not change, and under this agreement it will be able to achieve its dual goals of eliminating sanctions while ultimately retaining

its nuclear and non-nuclear power.

[15:40:15] Should President Obama be worried and why? Their descent within the Democratic Party, our global affairs correspondent, Elise Labott

joins me now.

So is this a blow? I mean is this something President Obama will look at and say Chuck Schumer is just publicly coming out against this deal when

I'm actively lobbying for it on Capitol Hill. Is this a blow to President Obama or would he shrug this off?

ELISE LABOTT, CNN GLOBAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT: Well, I think it's a blow but I think it was expected Hala. I mean look, this is not just any

influential Democrat. Senator Chuck Schumer is on tap to be the next senate minority leader and so his opinion and his vote definitely carries

weight within the Democratic party.


LABOTT: But it wasn't unexpected. I think a lot of people expected that you know, Senator Schumer is under a lot of pressure in his home state of

New York, there's a very large Jewish-American constituency that is really lobbying hard against the deal. He was under a lot of pressure to oppose

the deal, just as much pressure as he was from the White House and nationally to support the deal. So there was an expectation that Senator

Schumer might wait until he had some assurances that the President had enough votes in the senate to hold his veto, and then he would come out and

reject it.

And you saw yesterday Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York actually voted in favor - said she would vote in favor of the deal and that's when Senator

Schumer came out against him.


LABOTT: But you already do see you know important Democrats following Senator Schumer's lead. Elliot Engle the top House Democrat on the House

Foreign Affairs Committee came out against the deal. And I think in the senate it's a little bit of a wildcard. But really what's very important

is the House where President Obama needs a lot of Democratic support to hold the House.

And minority leader, Nancy Pelosi is really trying to build what they call a firewall against Republican opposition.

GORANI: All right, Elise Labott, thanks very much in Washington.

This is The World Right Now. Ahead friends and foes say goodbye to John Stewart as he hosts the Daily Show for the last time.


GORANI: We'll be live with our Senior Media Correspondent. End of an era everyone, we'll have it covered for you.

We'll be right back.




GORANI: He hosted the Daily Show for 16 years turning it into a cultural phenomenon.


GORANI: But on Thursday John Stewart finally said goodbye. He'll be joined by former correspondents including Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert,

as well as videotaped farewells from politicians and media personalities that he derided through the years.

[15:45:06] Let's go live to our Senior Media Correspondent, Brian Stelter and he joins me now live from New York.

So let's talk about the standout moments here and we see - we're seeing there in the split screen, Stephen Colbert who had a really touching moment

where he essentially told John Stewart you know we owe you everything.


BRIAN STELTER, CNN SENIOR MEDIA CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely, Colbert was in someways the spokesman for all the correspondents, all the stars whose fame

and fortune can be traced back to Stewart's Daily Show.

You know I was thinking about what it meant for someone like Colbert to be out there because he is now going on to bigger and better things. He's

over to CBS taking over the Late Nigh Show there, starting next month. But it was very important that he come back and talk to Stewart and see


The ratings by the way just came in as the second highest rated episode of the Daily Show here in the U.S. of all time. That goes to show a lot of

fans wanting to say goodbye to Stewart or at least tune in for the goodbye.

And like you said it was emotional, we're used to seeing Stewart as the funny man; but last night it was quite an emotional rollercoaster.


STELTER: An emotional night for the 16 year veteran of razor sharp satirical comedy.

Jon Stewart signing off with an all-star lineup. Turning the tables the ones he made fun of the most, [Video].

Even our very own, took a shot at the cable news critic. Stewart not leaving without some profanity laden wisdom.

JON STEWART: [Video] Patriot act because are you scared enough to let me look at all your phone records (inaudible), it doesn't sell. So whenever

something's been titled freedom, family, fairness, health, America, take a good long sniff. Chances are it's been manufactured in a facility that may

contain [bleep].

STELTER: But it wouldn't have been a finale.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: [Video] Jon, one of us is adult size and does not have hairy toes.

STELTER: Without late night cable colleague, and close friend, Stephen Colbert.

STEWART: I just want to say that I am so touched that everybody could be here tonight.

COLBERT: Me John, is there a party or anything? Because I brought a lot of people from CBS.

STELTER: And just when Stewart thought they were going to commercial .

COLBERT: We're not quite done, just a moment Jon. No you can't stop anyone because they don't work for you anymore. (Inaudible) Jon it'll be

quick if you just hold still.

STELTER: Colbert put all jokes aside with this heartwarming speech.

COLBERT: You were infuriatingly good at your job, OK. (Applause). All of us who were lucky enough to work with you, and you can edit this out later,

all of us who were lucky enough to work with you for 16 years are better at our jobs because we got to watch you do yours.

STELTER: Stewart visibly emotional.

COLBERT: And it's almost over. I know you are not asking for this, but on behalf of so many people whose lives you've changed over the past 16 years,

thank you.

STELTER: Joining him on stage his entire on-air team.

STEWART: That's our show, I think you so much for the privilege of being able to perform it for you for the privilege of being able to do it. And

so here it is, my moment is end.

STELTER: Bruce Springsteen closing up the hour long Daily Show with his song Land of Hope and Dreams.

The lyrics, you don't know where you're going now but you know you won't be back.


STELTER: I guess all I can say is good luck Trevor Noah, it's going to be a very hard act to follow isn't it.

GORANI: You bet. Thanks very much, and Brian we have to leave it there but he just sounded like such a great guy to work for too. Really

encouraging people, helping them thrive, many of them got their own successful careers. So, and you can tell in all the thank yous.

STELTER: Yes. That's his legacy.

GORANI: Absolutely. Brian Stelter, thanks very much. Brian mentioned Trevor Noah, imagine being that guy, who has to follow that act. That

daunting task falls to the South African, a star in his home country, but certainly less well-known in the United States. He begins as host on

September 28th. Here's Diana Magnay.


DIANA MAGNAY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Big shoes to fill for John Stewart's successor on the Daily Show.

The big question, can this 31 year old South African comedian really cut it in the best of U.S. satire?


[15:50:03] MAGNAY: Trevor Noah is a household name back home rising to fame in his 20s through stand-up and as a talk show host. But friends say

his brand of comedy has evolved from fairly vanilla to something much more interesting.


MAGNAY: Donovan Gollaith hosts a standup evening in Johannesburg's trendy (inaudible) and knows Noah well.

DONOVAN GOLLAITH, COMEDIAN: Because now he knows that people listen to him he pushes the like the edgy, really progressive, the really ooh, stuff that

you know a lot of South African Comics are too scared or shy away from.

MAGNAY: It's been a meteoric rise from a childhood in the townships to the corridors of Comedy Central. The poster child of South Africa's post

(inaudible) comedy scene from at that time illegal union between a white Swiss father, and a black South African mother.

His Grandmother still lives in the house in Soweto where she looked after him as a boy.

And you've been through a very difficult time in South Africa's history. And she was born during that time. Did he talk about it with you?

TREVOR NOAH'S GRANDMOTHER: What does he know? The mother knows, I here to hide him. When he plays with the kids in the street they all shout and run

away, the (inaudible).

MAGNAY: It's a legacy which has informed his generation.

TREVOR NOAH: We're not the romantic because we had other things to worry about. You can't be picking flowers when your dodging tear gas.

MAGNAY: But the friends he's left behind say he's open up the realm of what's possible for South Africa's comedy youngsters.

ROBBY COLLINS, COMEDIAN: When we were kids and thought like when you wanted to do comedy we didn't have that guy. Like you look to America for

that guy. Now we've guys coming to the club for the first time they thinking Trevor Noah's success.

MAGNAY: And they're confident he'll take the Daily Show by storm.

GOLAITH: Trevor's very smart. Trevor would not have taken it on if he could not be the best at it. Three weeks - I say three weeks then he's

going to be very comfortable and he'll look like he's been doing this show for years.

No pressure Brother Noah.

MAGNAY: Diana Magnay, CNN, Johannesburg.


GORANI: No pressure, we'll all be watching though. Don't forget you can get all the latest news, interviews and analysis from my Facebook page - Let me know what you think about the show, what you'd like us to cover, and whatever else is on your mind.

Coming up as the world focus on the killing of Cecil the lion.


GORANI: Locals say they have far more pressing concerns than animals. That's next. We'll be right back.




GORANI: Turning to Zimbabwe where a tour (inaudible) says they have spotted Cecil the lion's seven cubs.


GORANI: The tour operator says the three lionesses and seven cubs were seen on Tuesday. The beloved lion was killed during an alleged illegal

hunt by an American dentist last month and it sparked international outrage.

But as our David McKenzie reports for Zimbabweans the death of a lion seems to be the least of their worries.

DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: On the early morning walk to school rural Zimbabwean children can face long distances and hidden


(Tanaka) walks two miles each day, her mother is relieved when she makes it home.

[15:55:07] I hope she can walk to school and come back safely she says because of the wild animals.

The (inaudible) live on the edge of Hwange National Park, near where Cecil the lion was killed. (Surbanda) means lion in (Ndebele) but they say lions

are a pest.

If a lion is killed, I really don't care says Margaret because it destroys our cattle.

Their family grinds out a living after successive droughts decimated their savings and as foreign tourists passed them by.

Tourists and hungers travel down this road bringing big money for Zimbabwe's wildlife but the local communities here say they don't see a

cent. In fact it's money not lions on the mind of most people here.

Our Zimbabwean money is worthless Georgina tells me, we can't use it.

Hyperinflation means now Zimbabwean's use only American dollars and struggle with the high cost of living.

Charles (inaudible) saved three years to buy his van but the police want bribes all the time he says and it's getting worse.

(CHARLES): There is no - the life we are living here now is difficult, you can't live.

MCKENZIE: Like many here (inaudible) feels more attention should be put on the plight of Zimbabwe's people, not on the plight of its lions.

David McKenzie, CNN, Hwange, Zimbabwe.


GORANI: Finally, in North Korea they're getting to set - they're getting set I should say to turn back time literally.


GORANI: On August 15th the reclusive country will set its clocks back 30 minutes to what it is calling "Pyongyang Time". That's the time the

country used before it was colonized by Japan nearly 70 years ago.

North Korea already uses its own calendar by the way based on the birth of the founding leader, that means that in 2015 in Pyongyang it's not 2015,

it's the year 104.

South Korea's already warning that for those affected the change to Pyongyang time may not go like clockwork. They share (inaudible) - there's

an industrial complex, remember, up on one side one time, on the other another time, half an hour difference.


GORANI: This has been the World Right Now, I'm Hala Gorani. Thank you for watching. Quest Means Business is up next.