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Death Toll Climbs Over 100 in Tianjin; Nouri al-Maliki Blamed for Fall of Mosul; 54 Feared Dead After Indonesian Plane Goes Down In Mountains; Protests Against Dilma Rousseff Call for Her Impeachment; Hillary Clinton's Email Troubles Continue; Donald Trump's Improbable Popularity in Iowa. Aired 11a-12p ET
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[11:00:38] BECKY ANDERSON, HOST: Wreckage of a crashed Indonesian passenger plane may have been found in the country's mountainous Papua
region. Tonight, the latest no the flight that lost contact with air traffic control just minutes before it was scheduled to land.
Also ahead, blame for the fall of Mosul. An Iraqi parliamentary panel faults this man, former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other former
officials, for the ISIS takeover of Mosul last year.
And refusing to eat: Palestinian prisoner Mohammad Allan goes on hunger strike for two months to protest being held by Israel without charge. We
speak to this lawyer coming up.
ANNOUNCER: Live from CNN Abu Dhabi, this is Connect the World with Becky Anderson.
ANDERSON: Past 7:00 here in the UAE. We begin with breaking news from Indonesia. Authorities working to confirm reports from villages that a
missing passenger plane has been found crashed into a mountainside.
Now contact was lost on Sunday afternoon as the plane crossed a remote area of Papua Province.
The plane had 54 people on board for what was supposed to be a 50 minute trip from Jayapura to Oksibil.
For more, CNN Indonesia anchor Desi Anwar joining us live from Jakarta.
And authorities insisting that details yet to be verified, but at this point what do we know?
DESI ANWAR, CNN INDONESIA ANCHOR: Yes, Becky, there was a press conference given earlier by the director-general for aviation for the ministry of
transportation saying, yes, they confirm that the Trigana air flight IL257 has been found at Camp 3 in Ok Bape district which is in the Bintang
Mountain range regency, which is around 15 miles from Oksibil, which is where the plane was due to land.
Now, this information at the moment is largely based on what the local people in the area saying. They saw the plane crashing into Mount Tangok,
which is in the Bintang Mountain range although this information is still being confirmed.
Now the Trigana air flight IL257 was on a regular scheduled frlight from Santani (ph) airport in Jayapura heading to Oksibil, which is in the
eastern most part of Papua on the border between Papua New Guinea.
It took off at 2:25 p.m. local time. It was due to land at 3:04 p.m. local time. However, ten minutes before it was due to land, the Oksibil air
traffic control tower lost touch with the aircraft. The last contact it made was at 2:55 p.m.
Now, Becky, flight Trigana IL257 was carrying 49 passengers, five crew members. And 44 adults, three children and two infants. And however, until
up to this moment, the whereabouts or the cause of the crash or the disappearance of the flight is still yet unknown -- Becky.
ANDERSON: And what about any evidence of any survivors at this point?
ANWAR: Becky, until this moment, the whereabouts or the cause of the crash is still unknown. However, earlier we spoke to the head of police in Papua
saying that they will start conducting search and rescue mission at 6:00 a.m. in the morning local time.
And currently in Indonesia, it's nighttime and Papua is two hours ahead of Jakarta time. And the search and rescue mission will be conducted by
Now Becky, this part of Indonesia is very mountainous. It's very treacherous, so the search will be conducted by a helicopter because land
search is very, very difficult.
ANDERSON: Desi, thank you. CNN Indonesia anchor Desi Anwar from Jakarta for you with the very latest.
Let's get an idea, then, of what role weather may have played and how it may affect search and rescue going forward. Meteorologist Ivan Cabrera has
that part of the story for you.
What was the weather like at the point at which this plane lost contact with air traffic control?
IVAN CABRERA, CNN METEOROLOGIST: From the weather satellites that we have been able to watch here, clear, in fact, as far as any thunderstorm
We'll put this into motion and be able to show you what was happening in and around 3:00 to 3:30 time frane here. We showed you this last time.
This is the area that we're talking about here. And again, no thunderstorm activity rolling through here, so that is certainly right now what is
Now, what has happened in the last several hours -- we'll put this into motion again and you'll be able to see some thunderstorms beginning to
bubble up now, so that's going to be an issue for search and rescue.
I want to take you, though to the topography here, because that's going to be important. We're talking about an area here that has -- as we've been
saying, very mountainous here. And the latest report we're getting, the elevation that they're going to have to be dealing with here if it has in
fact crashed and it is in fact in that area, we're talking 5,000 feet. So that in itself is going to be causing us some problems for -- over the next
couple of days as they get things going.
Now, if weather did play a role, it would not have been a big thunderstorm over the region. It would have been what we call these eddies, because of
the mountainous terrain you get these upslope winds. And that can cause an aircraft to have some problems. That could certainly cause some turbulence
as we get difference in wind speed, not in the horizontal, but in the vertical and you get these spinning eddies. And that certainly could have
been a problem for them, clear air turbulence as opposed to what you normally get during thunderstorms.
So, let's get back to the forecasts and show you what we have over the next few days, which is more activity here. And in fact things getting a little
-- a little more moist as far as the action here. So we're going to get these thunderstorms building.
As you can see here, the area we're talking about here, more rain is going to be on the way. And at times it could be heavy, and as it comes down the
mountainside, we could have additional problems with that. So we'll watch that closely.
But the pattern, again, this is not the wet season here, but it's not -- it is the tropics and you can certainly get showers and storms this time of
year, especially along the higher elevation. As the winds converge, go up, and then we get some showers and thunderstorms, which as you saw in the
satellite there, we're beginning to see now at nighttime.
So we'll keep you posted over the next couple of days, but clear, as I saw it, during the time of the potential crash here, and now the weather
getting a little iffier over the next couple of days -- Becky.
ANDERSON: Ivan is at the weather center. Ivan, thank you.
Well, in Iraq lawmakers are pointing the finger at prime minister, or former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, accusing him of letting ISIS
militants seize control of the city of Mosul.
A parliamentary panel is calling for them to be referred to court. That is according to the Reuters news agency. He won't be alone, though, the
sweeping report wants to see dozens of other high ranking officials face a similar fate.
Now you'll remember that the terrorist group took control of Iraq's second largest city in June of 2014.
Well, CNN's Nick Paton Walsh joining us live tonight out of Istanbul, Turkey with more on this. And Nick, of course, you've been in and out of
Baghdad over the past couple of years. You covered the Iraq story extensively. And you've reported out of Mosul. Just how significant is
this report and the involvement if that is what we are looking at here, of the former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki?
NICK PATON WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, it's something that it does do and it does not impact the fight right now for Mosul, which
hasn't really begun. Long heralded or telegraphed the possibility of an offensive to push ISIS out. This doesn't have any impact on that.
What this is about, it seems, is a kind of political cleaning of the house. We've had Haider al-Abadi's administration in the past week or so announce
pretty far reaching reforms of how the government is run, abolishing key positions. There is a sectarian impact in terms of how power is divided in
Iraq and that many people, certain groups, will lose their jobs, but there's been a bid to try and clean up government, to let those Iraqis
suffering from electricity shortages, the general sort of corruption and at times incompeten of the Iraqi government feel something is happening.
And as part of that today, we have had two, in fact, quite substantial moves to explain massive recent military disasters.
Now the Mosul report, we've spoken to one member of parliament who has -- familiar with it. He says, yes, there are high ranking officials named
It is said that tomorrow it will be revealed to parliament, we may even get a chance to vote on it, but Reuters and Agence France Presse are saying in
fact they've seen the report. I'm familiar with those who have seen it as well. And in fact, yes, Nouri al-Maliki is key in receiving the blame for
the fall of Mosul.
Remember, that was a quite disastrous (inaudible) collapse where ISIS moved in and it seems just about a day or so. The Iraqi military, despite the
billions spent on it by the United States holding it together completely ill-prepared to hold them off.
So, perhaps part of this bid, Becky, to tidy up Iraq's government here, we're seeing a finger of blame being pointed for Mosul. But interestingly
today as well another report coming out about a more recent military disaster, that's the fall of Ramadi in May in which the same Iraqi security
forces, after a lengthy fight, according to this investigation basically pulled out, decided, though commanded on a higher level that they should
leave the area.
Now we actually spoke ourselves, the speaker of Iraq's parliament who made similar accusations. It does appear that Haider al-Abadi is using this
kind of reform that he's trying to kind of ride in and take his government out of trouble for accusations of corruption, to point the singer squarely
at Nouri al-Maliki if these media reports are correct.
His predecessor and the man, frankly, who many blame for exacerbating sectarianism in the Iraqi government and those elements of sectarianism,
which perhaps some say contributed to the fall of particularly Ramadi, a key Sunni city in a key Sunni which have turned out the Iraqi security
forces simply weren't ordered to continue the fight for, Becky.
[11:10:56] ANDERSON: Nick Paton Walsh on the story for you today reporting from Istanbul in Turkey. Nick, thank you.
Meanwhile, in Syria, the country's civil war is continuing to exact a deadly toll. The government is accused of launching air raids on the
rebel-held town of Duma.
Now the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say at least 82 people were killed, 250 others wounded.
You are looking at what's said to be the aftermath of the attack that hit a marketplace. The town about 15 kilometers north of Syria's capital
I want to get now to China for you where rescue workers are still searching for survivors of Wednesday's deadly chemical blast in the port city of
Tianjin. 95 people are still missing, most of them are firefighters. Their families are growing increasingly desperate for answers after getting
little from authorities.
CNN's Will Ripley has been on the ground for us there and has some dramatic new footage of the blast.
WILL RIPLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: To understand just how powerful these explosions were, all you need to do is look at the damage behind me. This
was a two-story temporary office building that has -- would have collapsed on people had the explosions happened during office hours, thankfully it
happened late at night on Wednesday evening.
And there is new video surfacing. And I want you to watch, because it was taken just a couple of hundred meters in an apartment building overlooking
the blast site. And just watch and listen to what happened when the explosion and the shockwave hit.
Just incredible and terrifying to imagine what it was like inside the homes of thousands of people in the immediate vicinity of the explosion. And
there were people living at this site here as well in temporary housing. And they described their homes falling around them.
Now, the biggest fear for people is what has been left behind from this disaster in terms of the environmental impact. The Chinese government says
that the air quality in this area and other areas has returned to normal. They say it's completely safe only with slightly heightened levels of
ammonia right by the blast site. But even, they say, that is safe in short doses.
But one thing that they're not sure about is chemicals and toxins that may have been launched into the air and then sprinkled onto the ground in the
surrounding area of the explosion. They've already acknowledged that there were 700 tons of sodium cyanide. This releases a potentially deadly gas.
And there is a lot of fear about what could happen if this particular compound is exposed to water. And there's rain in the forecast for
So, the government is trying to send troops. They have 2,000 that are scouring the area trying to find sodium cyanide. They're trying to
neutralize it with hydrogen peroxide or build a structure over it to prevent it from interacting with water if it were to rain.
But that's not good enough for some people who own homes in this area. They say they will never feel safe again.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): I just want an answer from the government. Are the officials corrupt or what? Why did they build a
hazardous chemical warehouse near our home without telling us? Who would want to live next to a ticking time bomb? No one.
RIPLEY: Those homeowners are asking the government to buy back their apartments, to pay them for their housing, saying that it might be the
government's fault for allowing the chemical facility to sit so close to people's homes.
Meanwhile, China's highest legal authority is announcing that they will pursue criminal charges of not only criminal negligence but also possibly
abusive power against anybody who allowed this to happen, to allowed this shipping port to operate and to have so many dangerous toxins sitting
together just waiting, literally, to explode.
Meanwhile, they continue to search for possible survivors, but it seems unlikely. And with at least 95 still missing, 85 of them firefighters, the
death toll sadly could, and is expected to continue to rise in the days to come.
Will Ripley, CNN, Tianjin, China.
[11:15:00] ANDERSON: Still to come tonight, the president of Brazil is the target of mass protests. Find out why she is facing calls for impeachment.
And we'll take an in depth look at why the Indian prime minister wants to make the UAE here one of his country's top priorities. That is next.
ANDERSON: You're watching CNN. This is Connect the World with me Bcky Anderson out of the UAE. We're turning to our top story for you this hour.
And authorities in Indonesia are working to confirm reports from villagers that a missing passenger plane has been found crashed into a mountain side.
Now, contact was lost Sunday afternoon as the plane crossed a remote area of Papua province. The plane had 54 people on board for what was supposed
to be a 50 minute trip from Jayapura to Oksibil. We will have a live report from Jakarta for you in just a few minutes.
Well, Narendra Modi has become the first Indian prime minister to visit the United Arab Emirates in 34 years. Despite the long wait, relations between
the two countries are strong and diverse with more than 2.6 million Indians living here in the UAE.
CNN's John Defterios has been looking at the contribution of one of them.
JOHN DEFTERIOS, EMERGING MARKETS EDITOR: If one wants to gauge the growth of health care in the Middle East simply talk to this man, Dr. B.R. Shehti
(ph). Shehti (ph) proudly wears his order of Abu Dhabi medal, the highest for a private citizen as he tours the First New Medical Center hospital
that he built.
New Medical Center started from very humble beginnings. This is a hospital today, but in 1975 B.R. Shehti (ph) set up a pharmacy and a diagnostic
clinic in his flat.
His is a true rags to riches story coming in 1973 to Abu Dhabi with a small loan from his hometown in India.
Is it a true story? I mean, you came to this country with $8?
B.R. SHEHTI (ph), DOCTOR: It's not only true, $8 borrowed by somebody. It's not $8 mine. I borrowed $8 and came.
DEFTERIOS: And that's how you started the business?
SHEHTI (ph): Yes, that's how I started.
Once I cleared the loan, there was no question of looking back. Completely all forward, all out forward.
DEFTERIOS: He's not kidding. NMC became the first UAE company to list on the London stock exchange. Back in 2011, the company raised $187 million
with an IPO for 33 percent of NMC. Now the market cap is ten times that amount, or $1.8 billion.
A pharmacist by trade, he started as a door to door salesman learning the business from the ground up.
SHEHTI (ph): I was the first medical (inaudible) in the whole country, not only in Abu Dhabi, UAE. So, no infrastructure, road, sand, everything
you're walking and doing. But I enjoyed it.
[11:20:14] ANDERSON: Well, a remarkable story there, highlighting the significant role that Indians have played in the development of this, the
And to get more on that relationship, John Defterios joining me now. This is a man who has grown a fantastic mustache over the years.
John, if you look at it, these Indian billionaires are incredible brand ambassadors for the Prime Minister Modi. Interesting that they choose to
come to the Gulf and the UAE to make it. Why is that?
DEFTERIOS: It's interesting, isn't it, Becky? Small is good to say it in a phrase here. They found less bureaucracy than they would have found back
in India. They came early as the federation of the UAE was coming together. And they built up a lot of trust within the ruling family.
We decided to kind of take a tally of the top 10 of the billionaires. B.R. Shehti (ph) is one of them. And their net worth is $29 billion. That's
pretty goo,d Becky. And they've dominated in a number of different sectors -- heavy industry, construction and property, retail, health care. Another
one that stands out for me is the CEO of the Lulu hypermarket chain. They have 100 outlets in South Asia and the Gulf. They're not really known
outside this region, but the firm is worth $4.5 billion.
It's M.A. Yousuf Ali (ph). Yousuf Ali (ph) has another amazing story, started as a corner shop here in the UAE and then built from there. He
competes against Carrefour, the big French giant, in the region. So now they're starting to reinvest in India. And they provide that link, the corporate link between Prime Minister Modi and of course UAE inc. here
in the United Arab Emirates.
ANDERSON: So, how does the UAE fit into the prime minister's bigger picture for India, do you think, so far as sort of strategic planning for
investment is concerned?
DEFTERIOS: Excellent question, because Prime Minister Modi wants to go beyond traditional trade, if you will. And he has this make in India
campaign. And to do so, Becky, he needs to raise a trillion dollars to build out the infrastructure to be able to set up a manufacturing hub, for
He's coming off a very good base, by the way. Let's take a look at the bilateral trade between India and the UAE. Just about 10 years ago it was
worth just over $7 billion. And look at where it's swollen today, Becky, to over $20 billion. Quite extraordinary in 10 years alone.
But he needs to build out infrastructure. As chance would have it, the sovereign funds of the UAE have over a trillion. The Abu Dhabi investment
authority is one of seven that we have in the country right now.
And we've seen a number of the UAE brands going and investing in India. He just wants to boost it up in a very large way. Imar (ph) the property
developer; DP World, the port operator, Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi has taken a stake, of course, in Jet Airways (ph).
But Prime Minister Modi is suggesting here, everybody has thought of China in the past, but India is going to outgrow China in 2015 with 7.5 percent.
He wants to solidify energy and investment from the UAE going forward.
ANDERSON: John, thank you for that. John Defterios on the Indian prime minister's trip here, two day trip to the UAE and why he may be here and
what he is looking for.
Live from Abu Dhabi, this is Connect the World with me Becky Anderson. Coming up, rallying against the president. Protesters take to the streets
of Brazil. I'm going to tell you why and what is fueling their outrage up next.
[11:25:15] ANDERSON: You're watching Connect the World live from Abu Dhabi, welcome back. It is 25 minutes past 7:00 here. Protesters are
rallying in cities across Brazil to demand the impeachment of the country's president.
Now, Dilma Rousseff has faced growing outrage over Brazil's faltering economy and a corruption scandal there.
CNN's Shasta Darlington has more.
SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It wasn't that long ago, a booming Brazil surpassed the UK as the world's sixth largest
economy, foreign investors flocked to the South American giant, its large offshore oil reserves and global sporting events.
Last October, President Dilma Rousseff won reelection in a tight runoff race.
So why have thousands of people now vowed to take to the streets in protest while the president's approval rating sinks below 25 percent?
Here is the president's take?
DILMA ROUSSEFF, BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT (through translator): Our country is going through some very difficult problems, but we are a country with a
DARLINGTON: For critics, the answer is different: economic recession and political corruption.
Brazil is bracing for a protracted recession and high inflation that many blame on mismanagement during Rousseff's first presidential term.
At the same time, the state-run oil company Petrobras, once the darling of investors, is hammered by a massive corruption scandal. The highest court
is investigating dozens of politicians, most of them from the ruling coalition, as part of an alleged bribery scheme whereby construction
companies paid millions under the table for lucrative contracts with Petrobras.
Rousseff herself hasn't been implicated, but she was the chairwoman of Petrobras when much of the alleged corruption took place.
Now, many Brazilians say they'll march to demand her impeachment.
Concerns are growing we could see a repeat of the massive demonstrations of 2013.
On Thursday, Rousseff addressed those concerns.
ROUSSEFF (through translator): We have to treat protests in Brazil with complete calm. Everyone has the right to protest and to criticize whoever
it may be. There is just one thing that we cannot accept, that this turns into violence against other people or anyone's property, be it public or
DARLINGTON: Impeachment is unlikely, but it's in this toxic climate the Rousseff will have to introduce austerity measures aimed at shoring up the
economy and putting it back on the path to those boom times.
ANDERSON: I'm going to have the latest world news headlines just ahead. Plus, we'll have the latest on our top story, the search for a missing
You're watching CNN. This is Connect the World Becky Anderson out of the UAE. We'll be back after this.
[11:31:06] ANDERSON: You're watching Connect the World with me Becky Anderson.
AS ever, the top stories for you this hour at this point.
Newly released video shows the moment an explosion rocked the Chinese city of Tianjin. Residents of a nearby apartment were filming the aftermath of
an initial explosion at a chemical warehouse when several others erupted. At least 112 people were killed in the disaster and nearly 100 people
Well, protesters are rallying in cities across Brazil to demand the impeachment of the country's president. They are angry over the nation's
faltering economy and over a corruption scandal that has plagued Dilma Rousseff's administration.
The Italian navy has rescued more than 300 migrants and four 40 people dead on Saturday. The survivors were transferred to a Norwegian supply ship
that is patrolling the central Mediterranean Sea as part of an ongoing migrant rescue operation. More than 2,300 migrants have died this year
trying to reach Europe.
Well, it's early Monday in Indonesia, and in about five-and-a-half hour's time, searchers will head out to the wreck also to check to see if the
wreckage, spotted by villages, is in fact a missing Air Trigana airplane. The domestic flight disappeared over the Papua region with 54 people on
Villagers say they saw a plane crash into a mountain, but this is all still very early.
CNN producer Kathy Quiano joining us now by phone from Jakarta. And authorities insisting that they need to verify details at this point, but
certainly they appear to believe that this plane did crash into what was a remote area. What have villagers told them about what they've seen and
what they've heard?
KATHY QUIANO, CNN PRODUCER: Well, Becky, transport ministry officials here told a news conference in Jakarta this evening that they received this
information from villagers and they assume it's quite credible because they are going to work on finding out what did happen to this Trigana aircraft
and the 50 people on board. Their fate is still uncertain right now.
But according to them, the villagers told them that they saw the plane crash into a mountain near Oksibil, where the flight was headed to. They
did not provide any other details saying teams will verify this information first thing in the morning on Monday.
Now it will be an aerial search first over a very remote and mountainous area in Papua eastern Indonesia. The transport ministry said that about
seven to eight aircraft will be deployed to help in the search and logistics. One thing sight the wreckage where the plane ran aground. Then
search will be launched.
This is a very anxious time for families and friends of those who were on board. And they're all waiting for final word on what happened to their
loved ones -- Becky.
ANDERSON: Yeah, of course they are.
Any details as to whether these villagers spotted anybody surviving this seeming crash?
QUIANO: No. According to officials here, there were not many details given to them from Papua. All they know is that the villagers claim to
have seen this plane crash into that mountain. They were not certain if the plane was still intact. They could not get any details about any
possible survivors from the plane. All they're working on this lead that the plane was spotted by these villagers in a very remote part of Oksibil.
And again, as I said the search will continue tomorrow. And they will update as soon as they get any more information is what they told us --
ANDERSON: Kathy Quiano on the phone for you with the very latest out of Indonesia.
Well, to U.S. politics now where Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump is breaking all the rules in the key state of Iowa. Saturday,
Trump arrived at an Iowa state fair in his $7 million personal helicopter. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton was heavily criticized when she used
a helicopter during her 2008 campaign.
Well, Trump also skipped the traditional Des Moines Register soap box where potential voters shout questions at the candidates. Instead, he walked
through the crowd and met people one-on-one before offering helicopter rides to the assorted kids there.
Well, CNN correspondent Jeff Zeleny joining me now from Iowa with more.
And we've seen and heard what Mr. Trump, or the Trump man is on. What's Hillary Clinton been saying?
JEFF ZELENY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Becky.
I mean, it's so long before the election time. It's the summer here. So all the candidates are out meeting people.
But one of the things on the minds of a lot of voters, Democrats and Republicans alike, is about the emails. This email controversy that
Hillary Clinton could not leave behind her, even when she was campaigning here at the Iowa State Fair.
The back story is that she used a private email address, of course, when she was secretary of state. She finally a greed to turn over that private
email server. and those questions are dogging her.
So, yesterday she addressed some of that. Let's take a listen.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
HILLARY CLINTON, FRM. U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: I never sent classified material on my email and I never received any that was marked classified.
So, I'm going to let whatever this inquire go forward and we'll await the outcome of it. The State Department has confirmed what I just said to you.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
ZELENY: Well, she's going to hold off until this inquiry is underway. But that's the challenge and the potential problem here. Any presidential
campaign that's happening simultaneously with a congressional investigation and a Justice Department investigation is a risky thing.
And of course Republicans being led by Donald Trump are not letting this stand. Donald Trump is all too eager to talk about Hillary Clinton's email
problem. We caught up with him at teh State Fair yesterday. Let's listen to what he said.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
DONALD TRUMP, REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER: It's a criminal problem. I mean, it's going to be a very serious problem for her yet. It's going to be
about as serious as it gets.
If you look at General Petraeus, and he was destroyed over a much lesser event. So, I think she's got a very big problem.
ZELENY: But his emails were marked classified, hers were not.
TRUMP: Well, I think some of hers were. And it seemed like they took a lot of markings off.
I mean, somebody has got a big problem and it looks like it's Hillary.
ZELENY: Any worry Republicans could over play their hand on this email controversy?
TRUMP: Look, it is what it is. It was a terrible thing she did. It was actually a very foolish thing. There was no reason to do it. And she's
got a big problem.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
ZELENY: Well, the voters, of course, will have the final say on this, not Donald Trump, of course, but it is one of those things that is dogging her
But the question is, Becky, will there be any Republican overreach here on this? Will this just become another partisan controversy where Democrats
dig in and support Hillary Clinton and Republicans object to this. That's something we'll have to see as this campaign plays on.]
ANDERSON: OK. We've heard what Donald Trump had to say about this email controversy that seems to be dogging Hillary Clinton. Are we hearing much
about what any of these candidates believe to be the right policy on anything going forward?
ZELENY: Sure. They're talking about policy a fair bit. I mean, foreign has not come up as much in this presidential campaign as you would think it
might, given all the challenges around the world. But there are a few candidates who are trying to talk policy.
I would put Jeb Bush in that category. He's been talking about the rise of ISIS under the Obama administration. Of course, the Iraq war under his
brother's administration also becomes a part of that discussion.
So, there is a lot of policy discussion going on, not as much from some candidates. But certainly from others.
Bernie Sanders is one, I have to tell you, Becky, drew a very, very large crowd here. He's the Democratic senator from Vermont who is challenging
Secretary Clinton for the nomination. He talks about economic policy from start to finish, about the billionaire business class. So he certainly
talks about policy.
But at the Iowa state fair, at this festive setting that you see behind me here, of course this is more about shaking hands and actually meeting
voters one on one who will actually start this process six months from now on a long, long road to the White House.
ANDERSON: Yes, absolutely, some 16 months from now the campaign in full swing, as you say, six months from now.
All right, thank you for that.
Live from Abu Dhabi, this is Connect the World with me Becky Anderson. It is 39 minutes past 7:00 in the UAE.
I'm going to take a very short break. Back after this.
[11:42:16] ANDERSON: Well, these are live pictures coming to us from outside a hospital in the Israeli city of Ashkalon (ph) just north of Gaza.
Inside, a Palestinian man, whose hunger strike has raised the debate of force feeding prisoners. Outside, protesters on both sides of the debate.
Well, we've been keeping a close eye on Israel's decision to allow force feeding prisoners on hunger strike if their lives are in danger. The
knesset passed the law last month. Over the weekend, the case of a Palestinian man has put the law to the test. 31-year-old Mohammad Allan
fell unconscious after entering his 60th day on hunger strike.
Well, to get more, let's cross to Oren Liebermann in Jerusalem -- Oren.
OREN LIEBERMANN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Becky, right now according to the latest info from the hospital, Mohammad Allan is on -- in
a medical induced coma. He's on a respirator. He has an IV drip giving him fluids, vitamins and salt. The hospital says his condition has
Now Mohammad Allan started this hunger strike 62 days ago to protest administrative detention, a policy by which Israel holds prisoners without
charge or trial for security reasons. That was what this was all about from the beginning. But now in his 62nd day of hunger strike the bigger
issue here has become this new force feeding law that allows the Israeli government with the court's approval, with the attorney general's approval,
to force feed a patient if his life is in danger, that's the question now. That's what everyone outside that hospital is wondering, that's what many
people here are wondering what will happen with this law.
Now, the protesters outside the hospital urging the government, the administrators and security officials here to release Mohammad Allan form
administrative detention as this whole force feeding debate plays out.
Now with regards specifically to Mohammad Allan, the government says he is a member of the militant Islamic Jihad and that he has taken part in
terrorist activities. His family denies those claims. But the government says this new law that would allow them to force feed with the proper
approvals from the courts is necessary, they say, to make sure that prisoners don't commit suicide, that's how they view these extended hunger
strikes. And also necessary to make sure that this dosen't become common place, that prisoners held on administrative detention believe that they
can be released if they take these hunger strikes.
So all of this is playing out as Mohammad Allan is in this hospital, Becky.
ANDERSON: Thank you, Oren.
Well, the case of Mohammad Allan has led the International Red Cross to issue a statement saying his life was at risk.
I'm joined by one of his lawyers now. Sawain Zaher who is in Haifa.
Before we move on and talk about the veracity of the legal case here and what happens going forward, how is Mohammad?
SUWAIN ZAHER, MOHAMMAD ALLAN'S LAWYER: Anesthetized on Friday morning after he lost consciousness. He had now infused minerals to his vein,
transferred to his vein. His life is in under danger. And we are trying to do the best we can together with other lawyers that represent him to
release him. And tomorrow we are approaching the court. We are submitting a petition for his release based on the new humanitarian and new health
conditions, which basically obliges the official authorities to reconsider the justifications or the considerations behind the administrative
detention, which basically are the basis for his protests and for his hunger strike.
ANDERSON: Let me ask you this, Israel's public security minister, Gilad Erdan wrote this on his Facebook page last week, quote, "medical feeding is
carried out is carried out on the one hand to save the life of a person and on the other hand to prevent a situation where terrorists have a tool to
effectively put pressure against a state that will lead them to them being freed from prison.
What do you say to that? Can you understand the need to force feed to save lives, for example?
ZAHER: No. Force feeding has always been meant as a tool in order to torture every person who has undertaken protest in order to deliver a
political message. And this is case here in the case of Mohammad Allan who decided to take the hunger strike in order to politically protest in a
peaceful legitimate way against the hunger -- against the admin detention, which basically is putting him in jail for no conviction, no indictment and
no trial. Hunger -- force feeding, sorry, forced feeding has always meant to oppress and suppress just struggles, mainly political struggles like in
Let me remind you as well one hunger strike -- one forced feeding was used in 1913 to suppress the just struggles of women suffragists in the west.
And everyone then knew that it was the only political tool in order to suppress it.
So, it is not about saving the life of Allan or other, it is basically to suppress and make the political struggle silent.
ANDERSON: All right.
Mohammad is one of, as I understand it, some 400 political prisoners who have been held in administrative detention without trial. Some -- up to,
what, eight, 10, 11 years. Is the veracity of that law, administrative detention, something that you are fighting or are prepared to fight at this
ZAHER: Of course.
We have been fighting not only us, all human rights organizations have been fighting and challenging administrative detention, which have been used
excessively in contrast to international norms against political prisoners, political Palestinians prisoners. We can also see how excessive it is to
the extent that if we are talking about two years ago when we there were only 190 or even 200 admin detention, now we are talking about 400
So, the fact that we have 400, which is a huge number, being detained without a trial, without being convicted, without being indicted, which is
a very, by the way, easy and convenient way for the state not to interpret and not to provide any reasoning, but of course we are challenging. And
this is again the reason for the hunger strike.
So, the political prisoners are paying the price in their own lives.
ANDERSON: With that, we're going to leave it there. We thank you very much indeed for joining us. And we will continue to monitor this story.
Live from Abu Dhabi, this is Connect the World with me Becky Anderson. Coming up, golf's Jordan Spieth tries for his third major title this year.
A look at his chances up next.
[11:51:08] ANDERSON: Well, you have probably heard of carrier pigeons, right? Those birds used to deliver messages from point a to point b. What
about narco pigeons? Well, that is the name that was given to this bird when it was detained in Costa Rica for smuggling cocaine and cannabis into
Now you can see the small pouch strapped to its chest, containing, we're told, around 15 grams of each drug.
Guards believed the pigeon was trained by an inmate.
You're watching CNN. This is Connect the World with me Becky Anderson. Welcome back.
Golf's final major of the year wraps up today in the United States and it is in the state of Wisconsin. Jason Day leads going into final round of
the PGA championship after overtaking a two shot lead by Matt Jones in the second round.
Jordan Spieth second at 13 under par as he looks for his third title this year.
Don Riddell joining me now from Whistling Straits course near Kohler, Wisconsin.
Don, how is Jason Day's past experience at majors prepared him for today?
DON RIDDELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, he certainly had a lot of experience contending in majors, Becky. Of the 20 he's played so far, he's had nine
top 10 finishes. Four years ago he was actually second in the Masters and the U.S. Open.
So he knows what it's like to compete on the final day. His critics would say well maybe there's a bit of scar tissue there and that could hold him
back. But he is absolutely brimming with confidence this week. To hear him speaking to the media after his round last night, after he'd been back
out onto the practice range just to get a bit more -- a few more swings in, he is absolutely ready for this. And he believes all of his experience so
far is going to help him in the final round on Sunday. But he knows that of all the people hot on his tail, Jordan Spieth is the one to look out
Spieth absolutely in phenomenal form this year, Becky.
ANDERSON: Yeah, reigning Masters and U.S. Open Champion Jordan Spieth finding himself near the top at another major.
Then, what would a win today mean for him, do you think?
RIDDELL: Well, it would mean everything to him. It would mean an awful lot for the history of the sport. I mean, this guy at the start of the
year was 21. Remember, he ran away with the Masters. He won the U.S. Open. He was very, very close at St. Andrews. If it wasn't for a blip on
the penultimate hole, he could well have won that as well and be going for the grand slam.
That is now not on the table, but if he was to win here, and I think he's in with a terrific chance given that he's only two back and he was on fire
on the back nine yesterday. It would be his third major in the year. Only Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods have done that before. And he would become the
first player ever to win all three American majors.
And he admits that what happened at St. Andrews is really motivating him here.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
JORDAN SPIETH, GOLFER: I certainly have a little chip on my shoulder this week that I want to get back from those last few holes at St. -- last
couple of holes at St. Andrews, but that won't be in my head tomorrow. Tomorrow it'll be draw on all the positives that we've done when we did
win. Why did we win. What was there. And how are we going to make it happen again.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
RIDDELL: Becky, Jordan Spieth birdied six of his last eight holes on Saturday Afternoon. And it tells you everything you need to know about
this young man that at the age of just 22, he's already thinking about his legacy and how his career is going to look in the years ahead when he's
looking back. He knows that it's crucial that he pushes on and makes the most of his opportunity here.
ANDERSON: And, Don, leaving that young man aside, as you reflect on the year of golf, briefly, what are your standout moments?
[11:55:00] RIDDELL: Well, I mean you've got to talk about Jordan Spieth. I mean, once he got going a lot of people got really excited about the
rivalry between he and Rory McIlroy. Unfortunately, McIlroy's injury when he hurt his ankle ligaments playing footie with his mates back home in
Ireland meant that he couldn't compete in the Open Championship where he was the defending champion and of course he's only just getting back to
form in competitive golf here.
So the story of the year has been Jordan Spieth.
Whether or not he wins here, it has been his season and he is going to be around contending in these majors for a very long time to come.
ANDERSON: Exciting stuff. Thank you.
In tonight's Parting Shots, the thought his life -- let me start that again -- in tonight's Parting Shots he thought his life was over after a
paralyzing accident. But now he has found a new way to live. Meet mouth artist Henry Fraser.
HENRY FRASER, MOUTH ARTIST: Drawing or painting something a lot of people just don't believe they can do. A lot of people were shocked that I was
able to do it, and do it quite well just by using my mouth.
In July 2009, I was on holiday with a group of mates. And I was just running down the beach, ran into the sea and just dove as I had done
earlier that day, as I've done pretty much my whole life whenever I visited the beach.
I completely misjudged the dive and I've gone head first into the sea bed.
The doctors in Portugal said to me you're never be able to move your arm and legs again.
It wasn't until the day I was put into a chair for the first time and it was the lowest that I've ever felt in my entire life.
But then that night I was lying in bed and just thought to myself no one is to blame for what has happened. There's no going back. (inaudible) about
anything. You might as well just go on with it.
And really from that day my mind is just in a completely different place.
Rather than look at everything I can't do, I look at everything I can do and everything I have got. I wake up every morning just feeling very
grateful for everything I've got and kind of drives me to kind of push myself and getting the most out of life as I possible can.
ANDERSON: Your parting shots this evening. And what an inspiration.
I'm Becky Anderson. That was Connect the World. From the team here and those working with us around the world, it is a very good evening. CNN of
course continues after this short break.