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[11:00:14] BECKY ANDERSON, HOST: Engulfed by hell, the moment Tianjin is rocked by a series of massive explosions leaving a scene of utter

devastation and dozens dead. We have the very latest from the Chinese port city for you just ahead this evening.



FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It's impossible not to see the utter destruction that the years of fighting have caused

here in Yarmouk Camp.


ANDERSON: CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports from inside Syria. We'll bring you what he found at the Yarmouk refugee camp.

Plus, the Syrian deputy foreign minister says his government is ready to sit down with the opposition. That exclusive interview coming up.

And a touchline spat that's become the talk of the town. Why doing her job could jeopardize this Chelsea football club doctor's position with

the football team.

ANNOUNCER: Live from CNN Abu Dhabi, this is Connect the World with Becky Anderson.

ANDERSON: This just after 7:00 here in the UAE. We begin with the aftermath of a series of deadly explosions that rocked the Chinese port

city of Tianjin. This hour, it's still unclear if the fire caused by those blasts is even out yet.

These images captured by a drone as day broke over the scene of devastation. It smoldered for most of the day. And as of an hour ago, as

night fell, CNN's Will Ripley reported seeing orange flashes in the sky. Investigators say all signs point to an horrific industrial accident.

At least 50 people were killed and hundreds were injured.

Thousands more spending the night in shelters and are fearful there could be more explosions.

Will Ripley now reports.




WILL RIPLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Horrific video pouring in of a series of catastrophic explosions in a major Chinese port city late



RIPLEY: Watch this surveillance video obtained by ABC News of a man standing near the entrance of building. The blast decimating the wall,

caving in right on top of him.


RIPLEY: The explosion's felt miles away, emanating from an industrial warehouse in Tianjin, a city of 15 million, two hours south of Beijing.



RIPLEY: The chemical material inside, unknown, and dangerous, according to Xinhua state-run news agency. Xinhua reporting firefighters

are now suspended from tending to the building flames in fear the mysterious chemicals might pose a further threat.


RIPLEY: This, as the death toll continues rising. Dozens now dead, including firefighters and more than 500 injured.

"The house collapsed. We didn't know what happened," says one survivor.


RIPLEY: During my live report from outside the hospital, tempers flared.


RIPLEY: A group of apparently distraught survivors, along with security officers, demanding to see the pictures on my phone, forcing me

off the air. Police don't stop them. Emotions running high.

The massive exPLOsion is equivalent to a small earthquake, according to a China data center.

(on camera): When you look around at all the devastation here, it's really remarkable.

(voice-over): The aftermath, found far and wide, buildings destroyed, and cars are completely charred, more than a mile away from the blast site.


ANDERSON: Well, that was Will Ripley reporting from Tianjin. We want to leave you with this one last image of the blast. It is an unusual one,

but gives you a sense of just how big it was. This is video taken from a weather satellite. The blast was so big it registered on this view from


The yellow image is the moment of the explosion, and the orange is the fire afterwards.

Well, a fight against ISIS is now a lot more efficient. But how much more effective it will be remains to be seen. U.S. war planes are now

taking off from bases in southern Turkey much closer to ISIS targets across the border in Syria.

Despite this new cooperation in the coalition campaign, though, ISIS is trying to prove its resilience. The terror group says it bombed a

vegetable market in Baghdad today. The UN says at least 45 people were killed, tens of others were injured.

Well, we have extensive coverage of what are these new developments in that region. CNN's Jomana Karadsheh will tell us more about that attack in

Baghdad. Nick Paton Walsh is outside an air base in Turkey where these U.S. war planes have been taking off en route to ISIS targets in Syria, but

I want to start tonight with CNN's Fred Pleitgen who is in Damascus for you.

And Fred, you're just back from an interview with Syria's deputy foreign minister. What did he say?

[11:05:19] PLEITGEN: Well, of course the fight against ISIS, Becky, was one of the main topics that we talked about in this interview. He

feels that the additional war planes that the U.S. has sent to Incirlik will not make much of a difference. He says there's six jets more or less

that really won't change anything on the battlefield.

He also called on the United States to coordinate its effort with the Syrian government. Of course, that's something that the U.S. so far has

ruled out.

Now, of course, one of the reasons why ISIS has been expanding inside Syria is the Syrian civil war that's been going on. And it was

interesting, because the Iranian foreign minister Jawad Zarif was just in town yesterday apparently with a new peace proposal. The deputy foreign

minister didn't want to discuss the details of that, but did say that in principle, the Syrian government is willing to talk to the opposition.

Let's listen in.


FAISAL MEKDAD, SYRIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER: Yes, the Syrian government is ready to sit with the opposition, but with the real

opposition not with armed groups. We are ready to sit with all kinds of opposition, but not with terrorist groups.


PLEITGEN: Of course, one of the qualification in all of that that the opposition parties outside of Syria have made is they say they want Bashar

al-Assad to step down before there can be any negotiations. The deputy foreign minister absolutely ruled that out saying, quote, that only Bashar

al-Assad can be the guarantor of peace here in this country, Becky.

ANDERSON: Is, lest we forget...


PLEITGEN: Few places epitomize the tragedy of Syria's ongoing civil war more than Yarmouk. This Damascus district was home mostly to

Palestinians, but as we walk through the debris to the front line, all we see is a wasteland.

This Palestinian, pro-government fighter who didn't want to be identified, tells me the battles are intense.

"It's always difficult because our enemies are not only from ISIS, but from Palestinian groups as well," he says. "So we're fighting each other

even though we know each other and they know this area. That's why it's difficult."

With pro-regime forces laying siege to Yarmouk from the outside and various rebel and extremist factions holed up inside, civilians are caught

in the middle, subject to the ongoing violence and starving with humanitarians aid often unable to reach them.

We were on hand when thousands were allowed to flee last year. One of the youngest, this baby, then only 15 days old.

"There's not enough food inside. I simply didn't have enough food for him," his mother told us.

Even worse, ISIS took over Yarmouk for several days earlier this year. But its fighters have since withdrawn to other Damascus areas.

The fighting hasn't subsided though.

It's impossible not to see the utter destruction that the years of fighting have caused here in Yarmouk Camp. And at the same time, the

fighters here acknowledge that the gains that they're making aren't very big. They say there might be a day when they take a building, then they

might lose a little it of ground, but by and large, the front line is pretty static.

The pro-government fighters keep geese on the front line to warn them of rebels possibly trying to infiltrate their lines in this urban combat


"People leave. And we're very sure that we will get all of Yarmouk back and very soon," the Palestinian fighter says.

But even if they do prevail and take Yarmouk back, it seems clear their prize will consist mostly of rubble and ruins.


PLEITGEN: Yeah, Becky, and I can tell you visiting Yarmouk Camp, that area there where of course so many civilians are still trapped inside, is a

staunch reminder of why diplomatic efforts are so important. And even though so far, of course, they've come nowhere near getting some sort of

ceasefire here in Syria going, it is very important for all parties to keep trying and make something like that happen.

It was interesting, also, speaking to the deputy foreign minister, because in the past when you've spoken to Syrian officials they've always

told you, you know, we believe that this crisis will be over pretty quickly. We believe we can solve this pretty quickly. However, today, the

deputy foreign minister said we don't believe this is going to be over very soon. We believe that this conflict is going to go on for a very long

time, Becky.

ANDERSON: And lest we forget as your report pointed out, this is a civil war that is ruining people's lives.

Fred, thank you.

Let's get to CNN"s Nick Paton Walsh. He's outside Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey.

Nick, we know these F-16s, these U.S. F-16s are now at in the air flying sorties. What are the targets of these missions?

[11:10:10] NICK PATON WALSH: So far what the Pentagon are saying that yesterday the first sorties out of here -- I should point out, Becky, the

reason they'd been negotiating so tortuously and the length of the Turkish to use the runways behind me is that they are a mere 15 minutes flying from

Syrian airspace. The reason for that of course is they want to have that sped up sense of tempo, the increased duration they can spend in the air.

But yesterday's targets were apparently mostly in Syria, mostly in fact long-standing targets they'd wanted to hit. It's unclear precisely

what they were and all of attention actually is focused on an airstrike which seems to have happened just before yesterday's beginning of

airstrikes here, perhaps from a different base from which U.S. aircraft have launched out of, which has been blamed on the coalition. They haven't

said it was them. It hit a weapons facility for an extremist group called Jaesh al-Sunar (ph) near the Turkish border in a town called Atmar (ph).

10 fighters and perhaps eight civilians killed in that.

But it's not at all clear that's related at all to yesterday's beginning of moves here or from the coalition behind it. They say they're

looking into the allegation.

But the fact that the U.S. can now use this runway behind me. Vital for them. They're keen to reduce the flight time. It's taken them ours to

get aircraft to come from different bases in the Gulf to Syrian and Iran airspace in the months previous to this. Now that tempo is much faster --

faster refueling, faster reloading of ammunition, and greater opportunity to hit ISIS targets if they happen to see them open up below them when

they're in the skies, Becky.

Nick, on the story out of Turkey for you this evening. Thank you.

Even as those coalition jets target ISIS, the Sunni extremist group still poses a deadly threat. It's now claiming responsibility for another

bombing in Iraq that has killed at least 45 people and wounded dozens more. That is according at least to the latest UN figures. The blast targeted a

crowded vegetable market on the eastern Shiite dominated side of the capital Baghdad.

CNN's Jomana Karadsheh reports.


JOMANA KARADSHEH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It was a scene reminiscent of Iraq's dark days: a sectarian war between 2005 and 2007.

Dozens killed and wounded in one of the worst attacks to hit Baghdad in more than a year.

A truck, rigged with explosives (inaudible) a busy vegetable marked in the predominately Shia Sadr city, one of the capital's most impoverished


In a statement circulated online, ISIS claimed responsibility saying its target was Shia militiamen and members of the popular mobilization

units, paramilitary groups that have been at the forefront of the war on the terror group.

The attack comes after a number of other major bombings also targeting Shias northeast of Baghdad in Diyala Province. ISIS claimed responsibility

for the blasts there that killed and wounded hundreds in recent weeks. That province claimed liberated by Iraqi officials earlier this year.

One year since the military campaign against ISIS began, U.S. officials are offering a grim assessment of the battle against the group in

Iraq, describing it as, quote, a stalemate with no certain outcome.

On Wednesday, the United States' top outgoing General Ray Odiermo suggesting the option of an expanded U.S. military role in Iraq.

GEN. RAY ODIERMO, U.S. ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF: I believe if we find in the next several months that we are not making the progress that we have,

we should probably absolutely consider embedding some soldiers for them, see if that would make a difference. That doesn't mean there would be

fighting, but it would be, you know, maybe vetting them and moving with them. I think that's an option we should present to the president when the

time is right.

KARADSHEH: Attacks like this aimed at stoking sectarian tensions, also sent a message that ISIS is still capable of carrying out devastating

attacks that can strike at any time, anywhere.


ANDERSON: Well, Jomana joining me live from Amman in Jordan this evening. Jomana, unfortunately we spend an awful lot of time talking about

attacks in Iraq.

I want to step back for a moment and remember that no international leader has ever been held accountable for what some would say is the

original sin in all of this, the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein and brought about instability.

Now, as you will remember, British Prime Minister Tony Blair was a key part of the so-called coalition of the willing. And even though the

British government launched an inquiry into the war in 2009 that has cost many millions of dollars, a report still hasn't been published.

Now, Jomana, British news reports say some family members of UK servicemen killed in the war are threatening legal action against a man

leaving the inquiry, a man who goes by the name of John Chilcott (ph) in an effort to force him, force him to release his findings.

Well, that prompted this editorial on saying the invasion, quote, "set in stage the chaos and lawlessness in which Daesh now

thrives, where countless tens of thousands of Iraqis are died and for all of these events, not a single leader of an invading nation has been held


Jomana, how important is accountability, not only for the families of those killed, of course, fighting in Iraq, but for the millions of Iraqi

civilians forever scarred by it?

KARADSHEH: Absolutely, Becky. For years, we've asked Iraqis that question while we were in Iraq asking them how they felt about the

international community leaders who are not being held accountable for what happened where they should be held accountable for, as they described it,

the mess in Iraq post-2003 and really the invasion, Becky, the Saddam days, all that is such a distant memory for Iraqis, people will tell you what

they care about is the present. They want to survive. No Iraqi family is really immune from this violence that we have seen. Almost everyone you

talk to has been hit in some way by the violence and the chaos that is Iraq right now. And they would tell you what they want to see is the

international community step up and do more for them right now, especially as we're seeing a worsening situation there.

And ISIS, as you saw today, still striking and able to strike in Baghdad and other places so much uncertainty there, Becky, and they would

tell you that international community is still not doing enough a year into this military campaign against ISIS. They feel that more needs to be done.

Iraqis would tell you that fighting this battle on behalf of the world.

ANDERSON: Joamna in Amman, Jordan on the story in Iraq for you this evening. Jomana, always a pleasure. Thank you.

Still to come this evening, a key longtime critic of the Iran nuclear deal is now backing it. After the break, we'll find out why.


ANDERSON: You're with CNN. This is Connect the World with me Becky Anderson. 18 odd minutes past 7:00 here in the UAE. Well, picking up a

theme from earlier in the program, Iran's foreign minister is on a two-fold regional tour shopping a new peace deal for Syria and trying to get backing

for this nuclear deal.

Here you see him in Pakistan meeting with the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Next up is India and then Russia. On the other side, U.S.

officials who are still trying to push for a somewhat less than enthusiastic congress to approve the deal have been given a boost.

The man you see here is Gary Samore who was the head of what is a major group opposed to the deal, called United Against Nuclear Iran. Well,

he was. But he's now stepped down from that role.

And he joins me live from Massachusetts.

Why did you step down, sir?

GARY SAMORE, HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL: Well, I've studied the agreement. And I decided that on balance I could support it, because I

think the strengths of the agreement outweigh the weaknesses. But the organization is opposed to the agreement and is seeking to encourage

congress to vote against it. So, obviously under those circumstances I couldn't continue as president.

ANDERSON: OK. I understand.

In a recent article in the New York Times, you made it clear that you are not convinced that Iran will adhere to the accord once sanctions are

lifted. If there are no guarantees that Iran won't cheat, sir, why would you now back the deal?

SAMORE: Well, first of all I think we have to look at Iran's record of compliance with its existing nuclear obligations, which is of course

very poor. So, I think we have to assume that there's a risk that once sanctions are lifted somewhere down the road, not immediately, Iran might

decide to resume nuclear activities, that it's promised not to carry out.

I think the agreement is constructed in a way so that we would have a good chance of catching Iran in significant violations. And there's a

mechanism in the agreement for automatically restoring international sanctions.

So, I think in some ways the agreement provides us with better protection against cheating than if we didn't have an agreement.

ANDERSON: Let me remind you and our viewers of course what you said in a senate hearing just last week. Let's have a listen.


SAMORE: Even more likely is that I think Iran would try to build secret enrichment facilities nested underneath or inside of a much larger

program, because they would have thousands of technicians and a -- you know, facilities for producing centrifuges and so forth.


ANDERSON: Well, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been adamant that with current -- with the current deal Iran can't engage in any secret

activity without it being detected. And clearly you're buying the deal at this point. Do you agree with that assessment, though?

SAMORE: I think for the first 15 years the combination of physical constraints and additional inspection and reporting mechanisms create a

strong capability to detect clandestine activity involving nuclear material. After 15 years, most of the physical constraints and most of the

special inspection measures expire.

So, the biggest weakness of the agreement is the possibility that in 15 years time, Iran would be free from the constraints that exist under the

first 15 years of the agreement and would have more practical options to pursue nuclear weapons.

Of course, we can't predict what kind of government will be in power in Iran in 15 years. But that's the basic gamble of the agreement, that we

buy time, we buy 15 years, which could be a long time. But we may be in a difficult situation in 15 years if the Iranian government at that time

still is interested in pursuing nuclear weapons.

ANDERSON: Fascinating, sir. We'll have you back. Thank you.

Live from Abu Dhabi, this is Connect the World with me Becky Anderson. Coming up, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has fought for peace and

human rights around the world. Now he is facing another battle for his health. We're going to do that story for you.

First up, though, we'll follow the ancient Silk Road to India to look at how spice manufacturers are adapting in the modern age. You're watching

CNN. This is Connect the World. Stay with us.


[11:26:01] ANDERSON: Well, just before the break, we were talking about the tensions between east and west as the world tries to hammer out

its differences over the Iran nuclear deal.

But once, things were a little more straightforward between the two. The map that you are now seeing shows the epic journey as CNN is taking to

retrace the Silk Road. The ancient route was once a vital commercial path linking the two sides of the world as part of our special Silk Road series.

This week, Sumnima Udas is in India.


SUMNIMA UDAS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: At 93-years-old, (inaudible) is still willing to shake his hips (inaudible) selling spices.

For him, they are more than just seasoning.

"Life is all about spice. Without spice, there would be no flavor in life. Pulati (ph) runs one of India's largest spice manufacturers. It's

called Mahashia Dehati (ph) or MDH. He opened the family-run business in Delhi in 1947 out of a small shop. Today, his company, like India's spice

industry, has expanded to keep pace with growing worldwide demand.

Rainder Kumar shows me their Delhi factory where workers prepare spice plans, or marsala.

Shana marsala (ph).

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Shana marsala (ph).

UDAS: I love these.


UDAS: In recent years, they've had to modernize to stay competitive. A few decades ago all this was done by hand. Now, technology makes the

process easier and faster.

It is, in many ways, a science. Lab technicians test for changes in flavor depending on the crops.

RAINDER KUMAR, VICE PRESIDENT, MDH: We need to upgrade ourselves continuously, adopting new techniques of manufacturing.

UDAS: India is the world's largest producer of spice, manufacturing over 1.5 million tons a year. Kumar says demand is going on. Consumers'

habits, though, are changing. These days, most buyers prefer the ease of prepackaged mixes.

"We no longer have to buy individual spices, clean them, peel them, then grind them. Now you can buy ready-made spice mixes. It's so much


MDH has adapted to those changing lifestyles. They now sell over 50 boxed mixes, already their most popular items.

More demand also means greater competition.



UDAS: For Pulati (ph) who is still the face of the company, always finds new ways to spice things up to keep selling one of India's oldest


Sumnima Udas, CNN, along the Silk Road.



[11:31:46] ANDERSON: You're watching Connect the World with me, Becky Anderson. The top stories this hour here on CNN. And thousands of people

are spending the night in shelters after they were forced from their homes by a series of explosions in the Chinese port city of Tianjin. It's still

unclear if the fire caused by those blasts is out yet. Investigators say all signs point to an horrific industrial action. At least 50 people were

killed and hundreds were injured.

Britain is calling for Ecuador to allow the extradition of Julian Assange who has been holed up in their embassy in London for three years.

Now this comes as Swedish prosecutors drop some of the investigations into sexual assault claims against the WikiLeaks founder. Assange still faces

one allegation of rape, but says that he is innocent.

ISIS claiming responsibility for a bomb attack in Baghdad which killed at least 45 people and wounded dozens more, according to the United

Nations. It happened in the east of the city, a truck laden with explosives detonated at a busy vegetable market in the Suq Jamila (ph)


And Greece has detained thousands of migrants in a stadium on the island of Kos with little food or water this week, that is according to a

medical charity Doctors Without Borders which first raised the alarm.

The situation is said to have improved somewhat today as Greek ministers hold talks to address a crisis.

A tent blowing into a Palestinian Bedouin family has been set on fire in the West Bank. No one was injured. A Palestinian official tells CNN

Jewish extremists are suspected in this attack. It comes two weeks after an arson attack on a Palestinian home killed a toddler and his father.

Oren Liebermann has the latest.


OREN LIEBERMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The attack happened early this morning in the Bedouin village of Ensamya (ph), northeast of Ramallah.

Police say suspected Jewish extremists lit a Bedouin tent on fire. There was no one in the tent, but the family says this arson destroyed many of

their belongings.

This attack comes two weeks after another arson, this one in Douma in the West Bank where suspected Jewish extremists torched a Palestinian home

killing a father, his 18-month-old toddler and leaving the mother and another son critically injured.

These attacks are labeled as pricetag attacks. A pricetag attack is carried out by Jewish extremists often in response to a specific on the

part of the government or police that goes against settlements in the West Bank, for example, a decision to tear down an illegal building in a

settlement or something similar.

In this most recent case, it looks like this arson, the arson of this Bedouin tent, was a response to the government's decision to hold three

Jewish extremists on administrative detention, which is where they're held without charge or trial.

Police are investigating, but no arrests yet.

Oren Liebermann, CNN, Jerusalem.


ANDERSON: Well, well wishes pouring in for former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. The 90-year-old revealed that he is battling cancer and that

it has spread throughout his body. He's getting support from around the world, a clear sign of just how big an impact he's had on global affairs.

Carter served as the 39th president of the United States. He was in office for one term from 1977-1981 and has been very active since then.

While in office, Carter spearheaded the Camp David accords, helping negotiate the 1978 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. After his

presidency, he and his wife founded the Carter Center Organization. Now, its mission is to advance human rights and alleviate human suffering.

Carter was honored with the first United Nations human rights and alleviate human suffering.

Carter was honored with the first United Nations human rights prize in 1998, and the Nobel prize in the -- the peace prize in 2002. And he has

not shied from controversy.

Starting in 2008, Carter met with senior Hamas officials. The organization classified as a terrorist group by the U.S., Israel and

Europe. And in 2012, the former president wrote in a New York Times opinion piece that the U.S. was no longer a champion of human rights in

light of drone strikes and recent legislative action.

Well, for some perspective, I want to bring in our Martin Savidge. He's with us from the Carter Center in Jimmy Carter's home state of


And Martin, and this is a statesmen who went in office. And after he left has been tireless in his humanitarian activities and has been -- not

been scared to court controversy.

I mean, you've met the man. Just tell us a little more about him.

MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, what's interesting about the American opinion of Jimmy Carter is if you ask Americans what they thought

of his presidency, you get a very divided picture. And it's mainly divided along political lines.

If you talk to Americans about, well, what kind of post president has he been. There, the opinion levels rise dramatically. In all, in his

favor. Primarily because of the humanitarian work that he has done with Habitat for Humanity along with his wife, or the medical work that he's

done in Africa. So there are a lot of things that people look at him differently after he got out of the White House.

And that's part of the reason why you're seeing such a tremendous outpouring of support that has been coming in. And it's coming in not just

from Democrats, of course, but also from Republicans, some who are running for presidency now. And there's also a statement that of course came from

President Obama. I'll read it to you. He says, "Michelle and I send our best wishes to President Carter for a fast and full recovery. Jimmy,

you're as resilient as they come. And along with the rest of America, we are rooting for you."

Well, it isn't just the rest of Americas, the rest of the world because he has been such an ambassador. There's been some controversy,

without a doubt. But he is a man who has recognized for primarily doing good in difficult places.

The cancer, it has not been revealed what kind of cancer. And his family has had a very bad string of it with -- well, with certain

aggressive styles of cancer. And I think that that is the concern here. I won't go into what they think it could be, but clearly the treatment plan

is to move forward at Emory here and the idea is that even though he is 90 years of age and that, too, surprises many people. He's been on the go so

much. That he can be successfully treated.

So, here, the attitude is very much positive, very much looking forward at seeing Jimmy Carter around doing good for a long time to come,


ANDERSON: Good stuff. And well wishes from us here and from this region, I know. Thank you.

Well, live from Abu Dhabi, this is Connect the World with me Becky Anderson. Coming up, when should you hold back on doing your job? We'll

find out about the latest row in football surrounding this lady -- Chelsea Football Club's medic.

And Donald Trump likes to play up his position in the polls. Can he still do that after a new survey from the key state of Iowa? We'll find

out more after this.


[11:40:47] ANDERSON: You're with CNN. And this is Connect the World with me Becky Anderson. Welcome back. It is 20 to 8:00 here in the UAE.

Many have wondered whether recent controversies would cost Donald Trump in the pre-U.S. election polls. Well, a new survey from the key

state of Iowa suggests -- well, not really. Trump has the most support of any Republican candidate with 22 percent saying that they are behind him.

Iowa is important, remember, because its voters are the first to weigh in on the presidential hopefuls when the state holds its caucuses early next


2016 being election year in the United States.

Let's cross over to Washington now, then, and our CNN political correspondent Sara Murray joining us with a closer look at this new opinion

poll -- Sara.

SARA MURRAY, CNN CORREPSONDENT: Hi, Becky. Like you said, Donald Trump is still on top. But being on top comes with a price, and that means

there is a big target on your back. Let's take a look at how some of his GOP rivals are punching back.


MURRAY (voice-over): Donald Trump dominating the airwaves once again this morning.

DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: In many cases, I probably identify more as a Democrat.

MURRAY: This time in the form of an attack ad released by rival candidate Senator Rand Paul. The punch thrown as Trump tops the field in

Iowa with 22 percent, eight points ahead as his closest rival, Dr. Ben Carson, and a whopping 17 points ahead of Paul, according to the latest

CNN/ORC poll of likely caucus goers. But Paul isn't backing down.


MURRAY: Even using the limelight at last night's Nashua Town Hall to do his best Trump impression.

PAUL: My favorite is, "You know the reason I tell women they're ugly is because I'm so good-looking. Everybody knows I'm good-looking. Right?"

MURRAY: Just hours before Paul's event in New Hampshire, Trump spoke with CNN's Jake Tapper about the ongoing sparring match.

TRUMP: You know, you look at a guy like Rand Paul, he's failing in the polls. He's week on the military. He's pathetic on military. Hasn't his

whole team been indicted? I mean, I've been reading where this...

JAKE TAPPER, CNN ANCHOR: That's his -- the super PAC that's supporting him.

TRUMP: Yes. They've been indicted. So, you know, he's a mess. There's no question about it.

MURRAY: But last night's political drama wasn't just limited to Trump versus Paul.

CROWD: Black lives matter! Black lives matter! Black lives matter! Black lives matter! Black lives matter! Black lives matter!

MURRAY: Jeb Bush abruptly left his Las Vegas town hall after a crowd of "black lives matter" activists chanted during his exit, their response

to his final answer about racial equality.

JEB BUSH (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I have a report of empowering people in communities that had no chance. They were told they were assigned

to failing schools, and it was very easy to understand why that exists, why people don't think the system works for them.


MURRAY: Now, that wasn't the only bad news for Jeb Bush. Our new Iowa polls shows him moving out of the top five falling down with

candidates (inaudible) favorability. Moving up, however, is Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard. One other thing to note from that poll,

two-thirds of Republican caucus goers said they're still unsure who they're going to vote for, so it's still a very fluid field on the GOP side --


ANDERSON: All right.

And Sara, while it's too early to really tell whether these polls will translate into votes given that we're still, what, 16 months out. Be that

as it may, what's happening in the Democratic race?

MURRAY: Well, sure. Let's take a look at how the Democrats are doing in Iowa. This is still very much a Hillary Clinton state. She has 50

percent support among likely Democratic caucus goers. Bernie Sanders is following her, but not particularly closely. He's at 31 percent.

Interesting number there for Vice President Joe Biden, though. He has not even announced whether he's going to run for the presidency. And he's

already at 12 percent in Iowa.

The situation is a little bit different if you look at New Hampshire. Something maybe for Hillary Clinton to worry about there, because Bernie

Sanders is in the lead for the first time. She's trailing there by seven points, so I'm sure that's not a number her campaign is very happy to be

looking at today.

MURRAY: Sara, thank you. Your correspondent out of Washington this evening.

Live from Abu Dhabi, this is Connect the World. Coming up, find out why Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is center stage once again, this time -- and

well, it's the latest row in football that's all I'm going to tell you. That's next.

And the movie world says good-bye to this star of the Oscar-winning movie The Artist. Stay with us.


[11:47:13] ANDERSON: You're watching CNN. This is Connect the World with me Becky Anderson. Welcome back.

Now to a row that has erupted in the world of football. It's the beginning of the season, of course. Chelsea's team doctor is seeing some

support after a very public admonishment for how she reacted during a match. Eva Carneiro was blasted by manager Jose Mourinho after she rushed

on to the field to treat an injured player.

Well, Mourinho called the decision impulsive and naive.

Well, now her fellow medics have hit back saying she was just doing her job.

Well, let's get more from CNN world sport's Christina Macfarlane.

All right, just explain what happened, Christina.

CHRISTINA MACFARLANE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, Becky, it's interesting because I was at this match on Saturday, and I was even sitting

just a few rows back from Jose Mourinho. And I saw him explode to this incident.

What happened was that in the dying moments of the game, Swansea were 2-all against Chelsea, a match that Chelsea were expected to win. And they

were down to 10 men, because they previously had their keeper shown a red card earlier in the match.

Now, Eden Hazard, one of their star players went down and the medical team rushed on to assist him, which meant that the team were left with nine

players on the pitch because any injured players have to be taken off to the side to be treated.

Now Jose Mourinho exploded on the sidelines to this. And afterwards, he lambasted the medical team, as you say, and called them naive, and said

they weren't acting in the interests of the game.

Now the British press are reporting today, not confirmed, but they're reporting that Carneiro has been removed from her duties on the bench and

for training sessions, although she will remain in her post.

And as you can see, Becky, there's been a real outcry to this not just from medical experts but from fans as well, because she was acting,

according to the general medical council guidelines, which say that a doctor must take prompt action if they believe patient's safety to be


And what I saw, and what many others saw sitting on the sideline on Saturday, was that the referee motioned to the medical teams not once, but

twice to come on and assist Eden Hazard, so as you can see many saying that this is rather unjust.

ANDERSON: So, if she hadn't gone on, is what we are saying, if she hadn't gone on she would have been bereft in her job?

MACFARLANE: Well, that's the belief, according to the medical guidelines that are set out by the medical general council. So she would

have been -- she was being called on to the pitch as well by the referee. So, absolutely. If she hadn't responded to that, then her job and what she

does on the sidelines would have been called into question.

And now Jose Mourinho is being called upon to apologize to Eva Carneiro. And he's being criticized for putting results ahead of the

welfare of his players.

It was quite interesting, because in the press conference afterwards he was very controlled about trying to not let his anger show over the

results of the match, but what's happened, of course, is that this has led to such drama now that I think even he didn't anticipate -- and it will be

interesting to see what he has to say in the press conference tomorrow ahead of his Chelsea's match against Manchester City on Saturday.

[11:50:29] ANDERSON: He doesn't like to draw the first match of the season. He would have hated to have lost it. One can understand that he

is frustrated, but is he right or is he wrong? Well, let's move on.

I want to bring in Karen Middleton. Thank you, Christina.

Karen Middleton joining us now who is with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in London.

Jose Mourinho claims his medical team, Karen, didn't understand the game. As a professional, is it the game you're interested in or the health

of the players?

KAREN MIDDLETON, CHARTERED SOCIETY OF PHYSIOTHERAPY: The absolute priority for the medical team, the physio and the doctor is the player on

the floor. And they have a duty of care to that player, which supersedes everything else: the context in which the physio or the doctor is working,

the duty of care is to the player. That is the primary role that they have to perform.

ANDERSON: All right. Does she or he wait for the coach to decide whether they hit the pitch for a player? OR is it that they wait to see

whether they are motioned on by the ref, for example, and the linesman?

MIDDLETON: Well, my understanding of this incident is that the referee asked the player do they need medical attention. The player said

yes. He signaled to the bench and the medical team ran on.

As I say, while the player is on the floor, the priority for that medical team is absolutely to attend to his needs. And so they did

absolutely the right thing. And if they hadn't done that, they would have been breach of their professional code of conduct.

Their duty of care has to be to the player.

ANDERSON: Let me ask you this, do you think we'd have seen the same reaction from Jose Mourinho is this has been a man?

MIDDLETON: If this had been?

ANDERSON: A man, a bloke as opposed to a woman physio or doctor?

MIDDLETON: I have absolutely no idea. I can't comment. But Joe Fern is a man, and he was the physio and he was -- he ran on at the same time as

the doctor.

ANDERSON: Do you think she deserves an apology from Jose Mourinho?

MIDDLETON: Well, I think the important thing is that they did the right thing. They followed their professional code of conduct and to be

berated or to be termed naive for doing what they're paid to do I think does deserve an apology, yes.

ANDERSON: How tough a job is it, do you think, under the sort of pressure that these guys are under given just how big the game is these


MIDDLETON: It's a highly pressured job. I mean you've not only got the football club itself, but I mean remember you're watched by however

many millions of people on the television at the ground who we all think we're experts in that game and we all have an opinion. So it's highly


And under those highly pressurized conditions, the most important thing you have to do is focus on the player. You have to focus on your

duty of care and your professional code of practice.

ANDERSON: Are you a football fan yourself?

MIDDLETON: I certainly am.

ANDERSON: I think we've lost communications with our guest. That's a shame.

All right. Well, while we were doing this story, let's see whether we get a -- well, she gets an apology out of Jose Mourinho.

We'll keep on this story for you here at CNN.

What do you think? Was Carneiro right to run over and treat the injured player? Or should she have stayed away?

Let us know what you think, what you might have done in her shoes by going to our Facebook page, Or get in touch and

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comes in and we try and use it within the body of what we are building during the day as the team looks towards the hour of Connect the World. So

do stay in touch.

Now, one of the most famous four-legged stars in Hollywood has died. 13-year-old Uggie melted our hearts in the 2011 Oscar-winning film The

Artist. And back in 2012, I was lucky enough to interview him and his trainer.

Well, Lynda Kinkade has more.


LYNDA KINKADE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier, show to fame with his starring role in the Oscar-winning

silent movie "The Artist" after making a career in television commercials.

The four-legged film star always had a trick up his sleeve. But his life in the spotlight is now over.

His owner confirmed on Facebook that the 13-year-old Jack Russell terrier had been put to sleep. He said, "we regret to inform all our

friends, family and Uggie's fans that our beloved boy has passed away. Uggie had a cancerous tumor in the prostate and is now in a better place

not feeling pain."

Uggie came from humble beginnings, being rescued from the pound by dog trainer Omar van Mueuller (ph). Since his first sniff of success, he

enjoyed a celebrity lifestyle, lapping up the attention on the red carpet.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Uggie, I love the bow tie. How long did it take you to get ready?

KINKADE: And according to his co-stars, developing a taste for the finer things in life.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He wouldn't come out of his trailer unless you brought him lots of sausages. And then even then, he wanted Cristal

champagne. It had to be chilled to a certain temperature.

KINKADE: Uggie went on to become the first dog to have his paw prints on Hollywood's walk of fame. Fans campaigned for him to be given an Oscar.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think animals should be recognized in the Academy. I don't know exactly if this is going to be Oscars like humans,

but they should get some type of award. It takes a lot of work to get them where they are.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And the golden collar goes to.

KINKADE: Uggie documented his glittering career in an autobiography with just a little help from a ghost writer, dedicating it to his one true

love: Reese Witherspoon.

With the last chapter on Uggie's life now closed, one of Hollywood's most famous dogs has taken his final bow.

Lynda Kinkade, CNN.


ANDERSON: Well, your Parting Shots tonight: jaw dropping images of a shark off the coast of Mexico. It gives new meaning to the words Great


This is Deep Blue, thought to be the largest Great White shark ever filmed. You can see just how big she is as she swims right up against the

cage full of divers.

Deep Blue is estimated to be 20 feet long, 2,200 kilograms and at least 50 years old. She is also pregnant.

The researchers who filmed Deep Blue are tracking pregnant Great Whites to protect their nursery grounds.

I'm Becky Anderson. That was Connect the World. From the team here, it is a very good evening.