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Greece Sees 400 Percent Migrant Increase; ISIS Kills Antiquities Expert, Destroys Syrian Artifacts; FDA Approves female "Viagra"; Subway Spokesman Jared Fogle Expected to Plead Guilty; Women Allowed in U.S. Navy SEALs, 2 Graduate Ranger School; Bangkok Police Search for Bombing Suspect; Trump Clear GOP Front Runner; E-mails Dog Clinton as Black Lives Matter Video Released; U.S. Spending $100 a Week Fighting Fires; 2nd Democratic Senator Rejects Iran Nuclear Deal. Aired 2-3a ET

Aired August 17, 2015 - 02:00   ET

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[02:00:06] ERROL BARNETT, CNN ANCHOR: Police need your help tracking down this man who they believe may be connected to a deadly bombing in central Bangkok.

ROSEMARY CHURCH, CNN ANCHOR: A new CNN poll suggests that the controversy surrounding Donald Trump is not hurting him in the polls.

BARNETT: And a new drug known as female Viagra wins approval of U.S. regulators.

CHURCH: Hello. And welcome to our viewers here in the United States and all around the world. I'm Rosemary Church.

BARNETT: I'm Errol Barnett. We're your team for the next two hours. This is CNN NEWSROOM.

BARNETT: Now it is 1:00 in the afternoon in Bangkok, Thailand, where the Erawan Shrine is open to the public once again. But the statue bears visible scars from the deadly bombing. 22 people were killed and more than 100 others were injured.

CHURCH: We are expecting an update from police on their efforts to find out who is responsible. They say surveillance video shows the bomber but they don't know his motive.

Here's CNN's Asian-Pacific editor, Andrew Stevens.

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ANDREW STEVENS, CNN ASIAN-PACIFIC EDITOR (voice-over): Another bomb goes off in Bangkok. This video shows water shooting to the air. The bomb exploding on the pier only a few miles away from Monday night's bomb --

(EXPLOSION)

STEVENS: -- that ripped through central Bangkok.

Thai officials are on the hunt for this man, seen on surveillance video putting a backpack under a bench and then walking away.

(EXPLOSION)

STEVENS: Newly released cell phone video catches the chaotic scene on Monday. Unexpected tourists and locals walk along a foot bridge before the exPLOsion below.

This tourist was hit by shrapnel in the exPLOsion.

"I turned back to look where the sound came from and saw people scattered on the streets everywhere. I decided to abandon my motor bike and run off," he said. "I've never been through anything like this before, I'm still scared." (EXPLOSION)

STEVENS: People waiting in traffic captured the bomb going off right in front of them. Smoke and embers filled the air.

Surveillance video capturing the large and deadly blast lighting up the night sky.

UNIDENTIFIED WITNESS: I saw about five ambulances screaming away from the scene. I saw hundreds of medics, police, fire brigade.

(SHOUTING)

STEVENS: The bomb, claiming more than 20 lives and injuring over 100. Local police believe this was, quote, "a deliberate act of terror."

Thailand's prime minister making it clear this was an attack on the economy. "In our country," he said, "there are individuals or groups of individuals who are seeking to destroy the country. The ongoing attempts at destruction might be politically motivated, targeting the economy, tourism, for whatever reason."

(on camera): The people of Bangkok are coming out to show and share their grief. There is a suspect now. The government says they know why the Erawan Shrine was targeted but, as yet, there is no motive for what the Thai prime minister describes as the worst attack ever on Thai soil.

Andrew Stevens, CNN, Bangkok.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

BARNETT: We're going to bring in Kim McQuay now. He is Thailand's country representative for the Asia Foundation, a non-profit working to improve the lives of the people in the region. He joins us now live.

Kim, thanks for your time.

We have what appearing to be a young man as a suspect but no clear motive and we are waiting for a press update by officials. It could be political, economic, or even religious. But how unusual is it that we have not heard a call of responsibility and does that rule anything out?

KIM MCQUAY, COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVE, ASIA FOUNDATION: I think that the fact that we have not heard a call of responsibility is one of the signatures of the attack that authorities are taking account of. Certainly the authorities move swiftly which we would think of discounting the southern insurgency. That is not the signature. But as of yet no one has come forward to claim responsibility.

BARNETT: In the meantime, though as we look at the only evidence that the public has access to which is this video, the attack itself has frightened potential tourists considering a trip to Bangkok right now despite the locals who are shocked as well. The Erawan Shrine is open and people are paying their respects. Do you expect a tourism dip in Bangkok because of this and because we have no answers yet?

[02:05:22] MCQUAY: I think we will see an impact on the tourist trade. Thailand is a popular destination for tourists from the regions and people from other parts of the world for their holidays. What we see typically is an economy that is resilient. But certainly in the lead up, the political events that led up to the 2014 coup we saw an impact on the tourist economy and the knock-on effects on the larger economy.

And on that point, the current military-led government which took over in the coup last year did so in an effort to restore security, they say. But so far it's been tight lipped about their leading theories. We are standing by to get an update. But what do you make of the government's handling of this so far?

MCQUAY: I think so far in a span of 36 hours the government has handled in an appropriate and mature and responsible manner. They have been careful to avoid the speculation and I really do think based on what we're reading from the statements that have been made and the investigation they are leaving no stone unturned in terms of the possibility. The fact they are approaching this in a -- way and drawing on the forensic and other skills they have is a positive sign and everyone in the international community will be reading a lot into that.

BARNETT: As we wait for answer no one is inflaming tensions at the moment. We hope this all does get cleared up.

Thanks to Kim McQuay, the country representative for the Asia Foundation. Thanks for your time today.

China SAYS is investigating the director of the country's work safety agency following last week's deadly chemical exPLOsion in Tianjin.

CHURCH: Authorities are working to clean up the toxins left behind.

Will Ripley reports on the challenges they face.

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WILL RIPLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Right now, several thousand people are on the ground working to clean up the chemical disaster unfolding here. You can see the crews behind me. They had to throw out the hazmat suits they were wearing and they changed into these new yellow suits because they were contaminated with sodium cyanide. They have detected and collected that deadly toxin and other deadly chemicals in this area.

We are a half a mile from the blast site and the chemicals that they found, they have deposited in this truck. You can see they have the storage containers to secure it safely and ship it to an area where it can be contained and away from the public. Keep in mind, we are standing just across the street from thousands of apartments where people are supposed to be moving in, in less than two months.

A state reporter, who tagged along with the crews and travelled to the center of the blast site, which is heavily restricted, so there's no access to the general public. This reporter was embedded with the crews. As they got closer to the center of the blast site, the levels of sodium cyanide and neurotoxins exceed the measuring capacity of their testing meters. That shows you just how heavily concentrated these chemicals are.

And it's made worse on the ground by the fact it has been raining today. While the rain clears the pollution in the air it makes things more

complicated on the ground. The water can interact with the chemicals that these folks here, these hazmat workers here are working to detect.

The cleanup effort continues and so does the process of identifying the bodies. The death toll is holding steady and more and more families are getting confirmation that their loved ones were killed in this disaster a week ago but it's there is a search underway for the missing. And there are dozens missing a full week after this exPLOsion and the ensuring environmental disaster that this city and this country is still coming to terms with.

Will Ripley, CNN, Tianjin, China.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

BARNETT: Britain's Sebastian Coe has been elected as the president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, the world governing body for track and field events.

CHURCH: He beat out a fellow former Olympian of Ukraine for the post. Coe is a four-time Olympic medalist and considered one of the greatest middle distance runners in history.

[02:10:06] BARNETT: The election was held three days before the 2015 championships in Beijing and it comes in the midst of a series of doping allegations and cover-up by the organization.

Donald Trump stands as the clear front runner in the Republican race for the U.S. president.

CHURCH: Athena Jones takes a look at a new CNN/ORC poll.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

(SHOUTING)

ATHENA JONES, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Drawing crowds wherever he goes, Donald Trump is dominating the Republican field nationwide.

DONALD TRUMP, (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE & CEO, TRUMP ORGANIZATION: I'm going to New Hampshire, going to Iowa, going to South Carolina, going to Tennessee, we're going all over.

JONES: And growing his lead. In the new CNN/ORC poll, the billionaire businessman earns the support of nearly a quarter of GOP voters. Nearly double the support of his nearest rival, Jeb Bush, and three times the support of Scott Walker, two governors who were close behind him just a month ago.

Trump's favorability is also on the rise. 58 percent of Republicans now have a favorable view of him even after comments about Megyn Kelly.

TRUMP (voice-over): You could see there were blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her -- wherever.

JONES: And former prisoner of war, John McCain.

TRUMP: He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured, OK? I hate to tell you.

JONES: The tough-talking Trump tops the field on every issue, with Republicans trusting him most to deal with the economy, social issue, ISIS and illegal immigration. In fact, he is setting the agenda and driving the conversation on illegal immigration.

TRUMP: We have to make a whole new set of standards.

JONES: He is calling for, among other things, deporting all of the undocumented, an idea some of his opponents blasted as unworkable.

JOHN KASICH, (R), OHIO GOVERNOR & PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: It's not doable and, secondly, it's not right. I don't think it's right or humane.

JONES: But on the proposal to end birthright citizenship, a right enshrined in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, there seems to be some agreement.

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM, (R), SOUTH CAROLINA & PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I don't mind changing that law. I think it's a bad practice to give citizenship based on birth.

SEN. MARCO RUBIO, (R), FLORIDA & PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I am open to doing things to prevent people from taking advantage of the 14th amendment. But I'm not in favor of repealing it.

JONES: Agreement from some, but not everyone. JEB BUSH, (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE & FORMER FLORIDA GOVERNOR: To

suggest that people born in this country are not United States citizens and they don't have this in the Constitution, I just reject out of and.

JONES: Athena Jones, CNN, Washington.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

CHURCH: In the meantime, Donald Trump appears to be contradicting his own proposals. His plan, among other things, would make it more difficult for foreigners to obtain documents to stay and work in the U.S. legally.

BARNETT: But on Tuesday, Trump sent out this tweet, quote, "When foreigners attend our great colleges and want to stay in the U.S., they should not be thrown out of the country. I want talented people to come into this country to work hard and become citizens. Silicon valley needs engineers, etc."

CNN reached out to Trump's campaign to explain the discrepancy but, so far, they've not responded.

CHURCH: Democratic U.S. presidential front runner, Hillary Clinton, is once again addressing the e-mail controversy that has been dogging her campaign.

BARNETT: And new video from a meeting she had with the Black Lives Matter group has surfaced revealing a tense exchange.

CNN's Jeff Zeleny has more.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

HILLARY CLINTON, (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE & FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE: I regret this has become such a cause celebre. But that does not change the facts.

JEFF ZELENY, CNN SENIOR WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: Tonight, in Nevada, Hillary Clinton on defense.

CLINTON: I know there is a certain level of, you know, sort of an anxiety or interest in this but the facts are the facts.

ZELENY: She's struggling to fend off a campaign controversy, fallout from her decision to use a private e-mail server as secretary of state.

CLINTON: You may have seen I recently launched a Snapchat account.

(CHEERING)

CLINTON: Those messages disappear all by themselves.

(LAUGHTER) ZELENY: As Republicans call her out for laughing, the Clinton campaign is reverting to a familiar play book, diminishing the issue as an old partisan fight.

CLINTON: It's not anything that people talk to me about as I travel around the country. It is never raised in my town halls. It is never raised in my other meetings with people.

ZELENY: But in Nevada today, a few voters waiting to see her said they wanted an explanation.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That's one of the reasons I'm here. I'd like the record to be set straight. I'd like to know what she has to say about everything.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's sad she would end up in this situation because she's such a woman with integrity.

[02:15:01] ZELENY: All this as Hillary Clinton came face to face with protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement, captured on camera in video released today.

CLINTON: Respectfully, if that is your position, I will talk only to white people about how we will deal with very real problems.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That's not what I mean. That's not what I mean.

ZELENY: A passionate moment from a new movement confronting presidential candidates.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What you are saying the Black Lives Matter movement needs to do to change white hearts and --

(CROSSTALK)

CLINTON: I don't believe you change hearts. I believe you change laws and you change allocation of resources, you change the way systems operate.

ZELENY: Bernie Sanders surrendering the stage in Seattle.

(BOOING)

ZELENY: Martin O'Malley heckled in Phoenix.

MARTIN O'MALLEY, (R), MARYLAND GOVERNOR & PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: All lives matter.

(SHOUTING)

ZELENY: A movement drawing attention to African-Americans dying, often at the hands of police and high incarceration rates. It is front and center in the presidential campaign.

CLINTON: -- that Black Lives Matter!

(CHEERING)

ZELENY (on camera): Running for president is about navigating obstacles whether it is the Black Lives Matter activists or answering questions about the controversy over the private e-mail server that she decided to use as secretary of state. On that score, Hillary Clinton was defiant Tuesday night in Nevada saying, "I know there is a certain level of anxiety or interest in this but the facts are the facts."

Jeff Zeleny, CNN, Washington.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

CHURCH: This just in from Indonesia. A government official says more than $470,000 was on board the Trigana Air flight that crashed over the weekend. The cash was being brought by Indonesian post officers to distribute to poor families.

Meanwhile, rescue teams reached the remote site in Papua Province on Tuesday. None of the people on board survived. The plane's black boxes have been found in good condition. The flight lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday shortly before it was scheduled to land.

BARNETT: Still to come here on CNN NEWSROOM, a second Democratic Senator delivered another blow to the Iran nuclear deal.

CHURCH: The U.S. Forest Service says as the number of wildfires increase, so does the cost to battle them. More on their record spending, just ahead.

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[02:21:18] CHURCH: The U.S. Forest Service says for the first time, it is devoting more than half of its budget to fighting fires across the country. The agency says it is spending more than $100 million a week on firefighting. About 100 wildfires have scorched more than one million acres, or 445,000 hectares in 10 western states.

BARNETT: Now the good news here is much cooler weather is in store for the Western U.S. The bad news is that does not necessarily mean conditions will be much better for five-day forecasts.

Our Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri is here to explain why the good and bad news is happening at the same time -- Pedram?

PEDRAM JAVAHERI, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Good news, as you said, is that cooler temperature trend in the forecast. You see a significant cooling trend from 90 down into the '70s. Portland in the upper 70s. But the winds will pick up pretty dramatically over the heart of where the active fires are. The 95 large flames burning in this portion of the United States in Washington state, Oregon and Idaho as well. It highlights the region we touched on. The wind potential from 30 to 50 miles an hour will not help firefighters contain what is happening over this region. But I want to share with you spectacular footage. This is coming outside Boise, Idaho. You see this and it's impressive as what is known as a fire tornado that develops here. You see this with a fire for a core but because there is so much smoke and debris it has made that invisible over this region.

I want to show you how this forms. You put the flames down, the temperatures can get up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. With that you have rising vertical columns of air like a chimney in your house where the air is rising and hot at the bottom and getting to the top. But in fires you have the weather patterns and the winds pick up in intensity. And you put it together and you have the recipe to spin up some of this and you have a fire tornado and you get the temperatures within the core of these firenados in the 1,000 to 2,000 degree mark, and you run the risk of taking debris lofting it and starting spot fires elsewhere. And the winds can get from 120 to 160 miles an hour.

In Australia, in 2003, there was a firenado that brought down large trees, an EF-2 scale of a tornado. Impressive to think it can be created because of the erratic and turbulent conditions firefighters are dealing with, you guys.

BARNETT: Remarkable there.

CHURCH: It is. A lot of people in Australia very unnerved by that. I remember friends and family being very upset.

JAVAHERI: Scary sight.

BARNETT: Pedram, thank you. See you next hour.

A high-ranking U.S. Democratic lawmaker has come out against the Iran nuclear deal, becoming the second Democrat to do so.

CHURCH: Jim Acosta takes a closer look at the outspoken critics of the deal and President Obama's plan to keep it in play.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

(APPLAUSE)

JIM ACOSTA, CNN SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The list of Democrats against the Iran nuclear deal is growing. This time, the Senate Foreign Relations committee's former chairman, Bob Menendez.

SEN. ROBERT MENENDEZ, (D), NEW JERSEY: If Iran is to acquire a nuclear bomb, it will not have my name on it.

(APPLAUSE)

[02:35:07] ACOSTA: But Menendez's announcement, which was expected, is hardly the biggest setback of the week. That distinction goes to Republican Senator Jeff Flake who likely ended hopes bipartisan support of the deal.

SEN. JEFF FLAKE, (R), ARIZONA: The president and the administration are saying that it doesn't tie or hands but the plan text of the agreement seems to do so.

ACOSTA: But the president is not throwing in the towel just yet. A White Official says the president is engaged on the issue, adding, "We remain confident that ultimately a majority of Democrats in both the House and Senate will support the deal."

That is critical as the Republicans face an uphill battle, needing 11 more Democrats to block the president.

Which explains why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was quoted by reporters in Kentucky as saying the president has a great likelihood of success.

CARLY FIORINA, (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE & FORMER CEO, HEWLETT- PACKARD: New deal. New deal.

ACOSTA: But Republicans in the race for the White House vow they will have the final say and tear up the deal when they enter the Oval Office.

FIORINA: Until you open every nuclear and military facility to any time inspections the United States without anyone else's permission or collaboration will make it as difficult as possible to move the money around the global financial system.

ACOSTA: The deal's critics say that Iran is still dangerous noting this tweet from the ayatollah saying, "Tehran Iran will take all possible means to support anyone who fights Israel."

SEN. MARCO RUBIO, (R), FLORIDA & PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: It guarantees Iran, run by a radical dictator with an apocalyptic vision of the future won't possess a nuclear weapon and a long-range missile capable of hitting the United Stats.

ACOSTA (on camera): But White House officials argue support for the Iran deal will start growing as more Democrats announce they are backing the agreement and the bottom line for the Iran deal has not changed. The numbers in the Senate and the House, White House officials say, are still in their favor.

Jim Acosta, with the president on Martha's Vineyard.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

CHURCH: Russia's president, Vladimir Putin is back to his old stunts on his latest trip.

BARNETT: Take a look at this. He plunged 83 meters underwater on a submarine off the coast of Crimea on Tuesday. You see a roll of tissues. You think he would need more than that. He went to look at a shipwreck in the Black Sea.

CHURCH: The official purpose of the trip was to promote tourism in the region, which voted to leave Ukraine last year. Petro Poroshenko criticized Mr. Putin's visit and says Crimea's future is still with Ukraine.

Let's take a short break here. But still to come here on CNN NEWSROOM, ISIS is destroying priceless artifacts as it claims new territory across Syria. We will show you how the government is trying to save its cultural treasures.

BARNETT: Migrants are flocking to Europe for the chance of a new life. But one country is taking on a particularly large number of them. Stick with us.

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[02:31:36] ERROL BARNETT, CNN ANCHOR: You are watching CNN NEWSROOM. Thanks for staying with us. I'm Errol Barnett.

ROSEMARY CHURCH, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Rosemary Church. We want to check the headlines this hour.

In Bangkok, the Hindu shrine at the center of the deadly bombing is open to the public once again. Police are searching for a man seen in surveillance video who they say left a backpack at the shrine minutes before the violent explosion. 22 people were killed.

BARNETT: An Indonesia government official says more than $470,000 was on board the Trigana Air Service flight that crashed over the weekend. Money of the 54 people on board survived. Officials are removing bodies from the crash site.

CHURCH: Britain's Sebastian Coe has been elected as the president of the world governing body for athletics. He is a four-time Olympic medalist and considered one of the greatest middle distance runners in history.

BARNETT: We move our focus to Greece. The country's seen a 400 percent increase in the number of migrants arriving there just this year.

CHURCH: 20,843 migrants reached Greece in just one week from August 8 through to the 14th. That brings the total number of migrants who reached degrees in 2015 to almost 160,000. For comparison, the total number of migrants in 2014 was 43,500.

BARNETT: Thousands of desperate immigrants are hoping to find shelter on a cruise ship the Greek government has set aside to house migrants.

CHURCH: Media are not allowed on the ship, but CNN's Atika Shubert is on the island of Kos and has obtained exclusive footage.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over) (voice-over): This is the solution to the migrant crisis on the island of Kos, a cruise ship to house 25,000 at a time.

(on camera) This is how it works: Refugees can temporarily live aboard the ship while they are getting registered. Once they have their papers, they can move off the island. For many here that is the doorway to Europe.

(voice-over): But will it work? Greek officials won't let media on board. But these pictures taken from inside from one of the refugees shows good conditions and hot meals provided. But backed up toilets and the boat is filling up fast.

This man is happy to be on board.

UNIDENTIFIED MIGRANT: This is a good solution.

SHUBERT: But this woman warns the boat is getting crowded.

"Now it's getting full," he tells us and it's better to process our registration quickly. There will be too many people inside. I told my neighbor there must be 2,000 people just inside this cafeteria."

The number on the streets has diminished. But this is only a partial solution. The boat is for refugees fleeing the war in Iraq and Syria only.

For thousands of others, the wait is much more, weeks or longer.

The crowd outside the police station to registration in the baking sun, camped in squalid conditions.

Plus, the cruise ship is only scheduled to be here until the end of the month, and with as many as 1,000 arriving every day, Kos may find it needs more than a boat.

Atika Shubert, CNN, Kos, Greece.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

[02:35:16] CHURCH: Activists say ISIS has killed an antiquities expert in the public square of an historic Syrian city, Palmyra, famous for its collection of ruins.

BARNETT: ISIS seized this city back in May. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the man ISIS beheaded was the former general manager for antiquities and museums there.

CHURCH: ISIS has been wiping out artifacts throughout the region. But the Syrian government is going to great lengths to protect its priceless history.

BARNETT: CNN's Fred Pleitgen tells us about the measures they have taken to save it.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

FRED PLEITGEN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The ancient castle of Palmyra now under ISIS control. It's one of many historic and archaeological sites threatened by Syria's ongoing civil war and weighing heavily on Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of Syria's antiquities and museums.

MAAMOUN ABDULKARIM, DIRECTOR, SYRIAN ANTIQUITIES AND MUSEUMS: I am -- each day, I receive new message from destruction of the city.

PLEITGEN: But he vowed to put up a fight. Wanting a massive operation to evacuate artifacts and bring them to Damascus for cataloging and storage in secret locations.

ABDULKARIM: We are saving objects like this from Syrian sites. It's from 2,000 B.C.

PLEITGEN: Syria has the greatest and most diverse cultural treasures in the world. They have saved hundreds of thousands of pieces and they get sport from both the Syrian government and opposition forces.

ABDULKARIM: And finally, professional for all Syria.

PLEITGEN: The only ones who don't cooperation are ISIS militants. ISIS recently advanced to Palmyra, pushing out government forces. But by then, Abdulkarm's workers had already taken hundreds of pieces to safety.

(on camera): In total, the folks here at the antiquities ministry have managed to recover and catalog 400 statues and busts from Palmyra.

(voice-over): Saving Syria's history comes at a heavy price. 13 employees have been killed.

ABDULKARIM: We need our job have very difficult but finally, it is not -- (INAUDIBLE).

PLEITGEN: A battle they hope to win and one day bring back all cultural treasures from their secret hiding places and display them once again.

Fred Pleitgen, CNN, Damascus.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

CHURCH: We'll have more global news after this very short break. Don't go anywhere.

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[02:41:30] BARNETT: Surely this is in the good-news column. There is now a pharmaceutical option for women who lost their sex drive. The U.S. FDA has approved adding.

CHURCH: Elizabeth Cowen has details on what is being called the female Viagra.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

ANNOUNCER: This is the age of knowing how to make things happen.

DR. ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): We've heard the pitches and the questions.

ANNOUNCER: Why does erectile dysfunction get in your way?

COHEN: Men have had an answer in pills like Viagra for more than 15 years. ANNOUNCER: Ask your doctor if Viagra is right for you.

COHEN: But now the Food and Drug Administration is finally answering a long-lingering important question from women.

ANNOUNCER: What the (EXPLETIVE DELETED), are we so far behind that we don't think women have the right for sexual desire.

COHEN: And the FDA has approved a pill for women.

ANNOUNCER: There's not one available on the market.

COHEN: Spoof ads like this are part of a campaign called Even the Score, sponsor in part by Sprout Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Flibanserin.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It works on key chemicals in the brain to increase desire and decrease distress.

COHEN: The problem is more psychological than physical for a lot of women. According to a 2002 study, up to one-third of adult women experience hypoactive sexual desire disorder.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I am pleading for help, for an option.

COHEN: FDA committee meetings have acted as a platform to address the agency, most recently in June.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's not just about me but about the millions of other women I represent today who are looking to the FDA far solution.

COHEN: Many desperate for help.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I want to want my husband. It is that simple.

COHEN: But it's not that simple. The FDA previously rejected Flibanserin twice.

But for some women, the hope for help is greater than the side effects.

AMANDA PARRISH, FLIBANSERIN USER: Is it not an easy conversation to have with the man that you love to say, I love you, I'm highly attracted to you. But for some reason, I just don't want to cozy up and have sex. I think women finally are on a level playing ground or heading in the right direction to being on a level playing ground.

COHEN: Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, reporting.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

CHURCH: Tech expert says hackers who targeted a cheaters dating site have published stolen data for more than a million users.

BARNETT: When the hackers hit the site, they warned the owners to shut it down or they would release the profiles and credit card numbers. The information is posted on the dark web, which can only be viewed with a special browser.

CHURCH: Disturbing developments. Former Subway pitchman, Jared Fogle, is expected to plead guilty to charges related to possession of child pornography.

BARNETT: Subway suspended its relationship with Fogle earlier this year after investigators raided his home and seized several computers and DVDs. In May, they charged Russell C. Taylor, the former executive director of Fogle's Foundation, with production and possession of child pornography.

[02:25:02] CHURCH: At the time, Fogle said he was shocked at the allegations and his foundation severed ties with Taylor.

It is a huge reversal of fortune for someone whose name had become synonymous with Subway.

BARNETT: Randi Kaye has more on Jared's rise to fame and his shocking fall from grace.

JARED FOGLE, FORMER SUBWAY SPOKESMAN: I'm Jared, the Subway guy.

RANDI KAYE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Long before the world got to know Jared Fogle as the Subway guy, he was an overweight college student. He told Larry King in 2002 about the moment he hit rock bottom.

FOGLE: The straw that broke the camel's back was getting on the scale and seeing I weighed 425 pounds.

KAYE: As a junior at Indiana University is where his story began. There was a Subway sandwich shop next to where he lived and one day he took a look at the low-fat menu. The rest is history.

FOGLE: If I were to eat the turkey for lunch and the veggie for dinner, maybe this could work for me.

KAYE: It worked so well that a college pal who was the editor of the campus newspaper didn't recognize him when they bumped into each other on campus. His friend insisted he write an article about him and how he did it. It ran in the "Indiana Daily Student."

"When Fogle registered for a class, he based which classes to register on whether he could fit into the classroom seats."

The article ended with this quote from Jared, "Subway helped save my life. And start over."

Jared's diet became national news after "Men's Health" magazine included his daily food ritual. Jared got the call from Subway after that. And by 2000, he was at the center of the advertising campaign.

ANNOUNCER: This is Jared. He weighed 425 pounds. Inspired by Subway's low-fat sandwiches, he invented a diet of his own, called the Subway diet. KAYE: Jared claimed to have lost 245 pounds in one year and got very,

very rich. He was on the road 200 days a year, sharing his weight loss story for Subway and he rarely left home without his famous pants.

FOGLE: 60 inches.

PIERS MORGAN, CNN HOST: You have your old fat pants. Let's have a look at them.

FOGLE: These are more famous than I am, Piers. If I can't make an event I send the pants.

KAYE: Jared became a celebrity in his own right, parodied on "Saturday Night Live" and featured on "South Park," but he kept the weight off for 15 years now.

But that did not stop Subway from cutting ties with Fogle this week as police and FBI agents sift through documents and computers taken from his home. It's unclear what is next for the famous pitchman.

Randi Kaye, CNN, New York.

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BARNETT: We'll take a short break here. Still to come, two women make history by passing one of the U.S. Army's most grueling physical tests. We'll tell you why they still won't be accepted to an elite regimen, next.

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[02:52:19] BARNETT: Welcome back. A wild scene erupted during a scrimmage between the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Rams. Take a look at this.

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CHURCH: Oh, dear. This brawl came after the league sent a memo to all teams warning them to stop the recent fighting. The player who may have taken the worst of the fight, Dez Bryant, who was apparently not wearing a helmet when he was punched.

BARNETT: The U.S. Army will allow women into the SEAL teams.

CHURCH: And this comes as two female soldiers are about to graduate from the Army's rangers school on Friday.

CNN's Barbara Starr has the details.

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BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): For military women, history is made.

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STARR: For the first time, two female soldiers have passed the grueling ix 62-day Army Ranger training program.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Secretly, sense of pride and I say secretly because we can't really cheer these females on, but it is definitely a humbling experience to kind of sit back and get a chance to see these women come through.

STARR: But even after all of the hard training, the Pentagon still won't let women actually join the elite 75th Ranger regiment, one of the nation's premier operations units. That decision must be made by January.

Army women say they want no special treatment. Amber Smith flew helicopters in Iraq and Afghanistan.

AMBER SMITH, RETIRED ARMY HELICOPTER PILOT: It needs to be across the board and there needs to be that physical and mental strength to accomplish the mission.

STARR: The 75th Ranger regiment's expertise, large-scale entry in to a combat zone under fire while executing surgical raids on target to take out any threats.

How hard is Ranger School? 400 students started. Only 96 graduated. Of the 19 women who began, 16 dropped out. One is still working to get through the program.

Little sleep and food is just the beginning. Soldiers must do 49 pushups, 59 sit-ups, a five-mile run in 40 minutes, 12-mile foot march in three hours, parachute jumps, helicopter assaults, and 27 days of mock combat patrols.

The Army's top general has yet to make his recommendation about whether women will be allowed to serve as Rangers and in other front- line combat units.

[02:25:15] GEN. MARK MILLEY, U.S. ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF: I want to take a hard look at all of that and make sure the standards are being met in the readiness force.

There's no doubt in my mind women can engage in ground combat with the enemies of our nation because they have done it.

STARR (on camera): Since 9/11, more than 150 military women have died, more than 1,000 wounded assigned to operations in the war zones. Many will say women already are in combat.

Barbara Starr, CNN, the Pentagon.

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CHURCH: That is impressive. Congratulations to those two women.

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CHURCH: You are watching CNN NEWSROOM. I'm Rosemary Church.

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