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[11:00:09] TURKI BIN FAISAL, : We need to provide the means to stop the aerial bombardment.


BECKY ANDERSON, HOST: I sit with Saudi Arabia's elder statesman Prince Turki bin Faisal to get his thoughts on arming the Syrian rebels and

putting boots on the ground.

Also ahead, a show of strength for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as they win further backing in the race for the White House.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Saturday Night Live has a new home.


ANDERSON: The debut for Saturday Night Live in Arabic. How is it being received in Egypt? We'll get you a live reaction from Cairo.

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

ANDERSON: A very good evening from the UAE. We begin with several new developments in Syria for you this evening where violence goes on despite

talk of a cease fire. We have just received word of three suicide car bombings, three suicide car bombings in Damascus where many casualties are

feared. That's according to the Syrian observatory for human rights.

Now, this follows twin car bombings in the western city of Homs that killed at least 39 people earlier. Now, the bombings in the district there that

is controlled by the government and home to member of the same Shiite sector as the Syrian president.

It is unclear who is responsible.

Let me bring in CNN's Jomana Karadsheh who is joining us live from the capital of Oman -- capital of Jordan tonight.

Firstly, let's talk about the violence. What can you tell us about the details?

JOMANA KARADSHEH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Becky, in the last hour we are receiving reports of, as you mentioned, three blasts in

southern Damascus in the area of Saeed al-Zanab (ph). This is a predominantly Shia area of Damascus. It is home to a holy shrine, that of

the granddaughter of Prophet Muhammed, a very holy shrine for Shiites and it is known in the past that this area has seen a heavy concentration of

Shia militiamen who are loyal to the Assad regime, many of them coming from places like Iraq. And we have seen several attacks in the past targeting

Saeed al-Zanab (ph), the shrine and the area itself.

The last such attack we saw a devastating attack there about three weeks ago. And now we are hearing from, as you mentioned, the Syrian

Observatory for Human Rights, the monitoring group, that is in London. And also state media

reports that there have been three blasts struck Saeed al-Zanab this evening in Damascus with reports of about 30 people possibly killed in

these attacks.

We will bring you more as soon as we have more information. And s you mentioned, Becky, this is coming after that devastating attack we saw

earlier in the day in the city of Homs in the center of Homs two cars packed with explosive, striking a busy and bustling area in that city, it's

a residential and commercial area there.

And according to local officials telling state media that it happened near a busy bus terminal in the morning, as you mentioned, killing at least 39


No claims of responsibility for any of these attacks so far today, but we have seen similar attacks like this in the past that have been claimed by

ISIS, in Homs for example, this is the fourth such attack in three months and the last three were claimed by ISIS, Becky.

ANDERSON: Jomana, the Syrian president says he is ready for a ceasefire with conditions. And U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Jordan today

says a provisional agreement has been reached with Russia and it could take effect within days. It is difficult to reconcile the optimism for this

ceasefire (inaudible) when the evidence on the ground is that the violence continues unabated.

KARADSHEH: Well, Becky, it's the same kind of optimism that we heard from officials including Secretary Kerry coming out of the Munich agreement

saying that they have reached this agreement to implement a cessation of hostilities. That was supposed to go into effect, they were aiming for

last Friday, and that did not happen.

But again, we are hearing that this could be happening in the coming days. Secretary Kerry speaking in a joint press conference here in Amman with his

Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh saying that as you remember, Becky, in the past few days we know that American and Russian officials have been

meeting to try and reach the details of the ceasefire. And now Secretary Kerry saying that they have been been closer to this deal, that they have

reached a provisional agreement in principle.

And the next step we are going to see President Obama and President Putin speaking in the coming days on what he said, quote, to complete the task


But when it comes to the bigger picture, Becky, the political situation, to try to reach a political situation to try to reach a political resolution.

It seems that is far from being resolved, far from reaching any sort of agreement. Here is what Secretary Kerry said about the future of

President Bashar al-Assad.


JOHN KERRY, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: Nothing will do more to make the fight against Daesh effective than to put in place a political transition

that finds a government responsive to the desperate needs of the Syrian people. And my

friends, that is a government that cannot possibly have Assad at its head. That is why we have said again and a#again that with Assad there this war

cannot and will not end.


KARADSHEH: And Becky, as world powers and the various players involved in Syria try to reach some sort of an agreement on the cessation of

hostilities to implement, as we've seen today, it is the civilians in Syria that continue to bear the brunt of that violence.

[11:06:22] ANDERSON: Jomana Karadsheh in Jordan, neighboring Syria of course. Thank you, Jomana.

And ahead on Connect the World, I sit down with Saudi Arabia's veteran diplomat Prince Turki al-Faisal. Hear what he says about arming Syrian

rebels with anti-aircraft weapons.

Get you to the U.S. presidential race now where Democrat Hillary Clinton and the Republican Donald trump are each enjoying another major win.

Trump tells CNN's Jake Tapper he thinks he will face Clinton in the general election. He predicts voters will turn out in record numbers.

Our Brianna Keilar has a look at how Clinton bested her rival Bernie Sanders in the Nevada caucus. But first, Vanu Raju looks at Trump's

commanding win in the South Carolina primary.


VANU RAJU, CNN CORRESPONDENT: What a big night in Republican Party politics last night. Who would have guessed a year ago that Donald Trump

would have driven out a man who hailed from a dynasty of Republican Party politics, that being Jeb Bush. And that is exactly what happened last

night with Donald Trump's really resounding victory in South Carolina.

He has now taken two of the first three states and runs into Nevada on Tuesday with a head of steam. Very good chance that Donald Trump could win

the Nevada caucuses in Tuesday ahead of Super Tuesday when a lot of southern states will vote.

Now, last night in Spartenburg, when Donald Trump addressed his supporters he did not hold back his excitement.

DONALD TRUMP, 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I love you all. Again, South Carolina we will never forget you. We will never forget you. We will

never, ever forget South Carolina. We will never forget our great volunteers. We love our volunteers. We will never forget all of the

people that have helped us so much, my family. And folks let's go, let's have a big win in Nevada, let's have a big win at the SEC. Let's put this

thing away.

RAJU: The question for Donald Trump going forward is now how he will deal with the attacks that are going to be coming from him, from Marco Rubio.

Marco Rubio did surprisingly well last night. He ended up in second place. Going into the contest, we probably looked at maybe a third place finish

for him after that really poor showing in New Hampshire.

But Marco Rubio did very well with voters who presumably would have voted for Ted Cruz and now Rubio has his sights set on Donald Trump. Now that

Jeb Bush is out of the race, Marco Rubio is trying to make the case that he is the guy who could take on Donald Trump.

Back to you.

BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The Clinton campaign savoring a win this morning that they really thought could have been a loss in Nevada.

Talking to top campaign aides they said this was the best day of the campaign since Hillary Clinton declared her candidacy. She came here to

Houston immediately pivoting forward to South Carolina and the issues that mattered to voters there. She went to a historically black college here in

Houston where she accused Bernie Sanders of over promising.

And now it is on to the first in the south primary in South Carolina on Saturday. This is friendlier terrain for Hillary Clinton. She is

outperforming Bernie Sanders overall with African-American voters, a key voting bloc in the Palmetto State.

He is trying to chip away at that support with younger African-Americans. But she has a sizable lead in South Carolina. And then looking forward to

Super Tuesday here in a week and change, she also has the advantage there.

Bernie Sanders going to have to try for a game changer if he wants to make this up.


ANDERSON: Vanu Raju and Brianna Keilar reporting for you.

Meanwhile, six Republican contenders became five. Jeb Bush has suspended his campaign after a dismal finish in South Carolina. His exit could give

a major boost to either Marco Rubio or John Kasich seen as other establishment


CNN's Athena Jones has this report.


ATHENA JONES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, there. South Carolina proved to be the end of the road for Jeb Bush. He suspended his campaign here after

coming in a distant fourth place behind frontrunners Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

In fact, it was the governor's former protege Marco Rubio that the campaign really hoped to beat to show that Jeb would be the best mainstream or so-

called establishment candidate in the race.

In the end, Rubio bested him by more than a dozen points despite the fact that Bush pulled out all the stops, bringing out his popular brother and

mother to campaign with him here.

Take a listen to what he told crowd of supporters gathered in a hotel ballroom here.

JEB BUSH, FRM. GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA: But the people of Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken and I really respect their

decision. So, tonight I am suspending my campaign.


BUSH: Yeah, yeah.

JONES: Bush also said that he believes the next president has to be someone who sees himself as a servant and not as a master and that despite

what you may have heard ideas matter, policy matters, those two lines sounded like veiled references to Trump who was perhaps Bush's chief

sparring partner over the course of this campaign.

In his own remarks, Rubio hailed Governor Bush and calling -- talking of his admiration for the former governor and his affection for him and said

taht he had run a campaign of ideas.

Back to you.


ANDERSON: Athena Jones reporting there.

Still to come tonight, it's Ssaturday Night Live. No, not from New York but from Cairo. We will have more on a landmark for the region. Taking

a very short break. Back after this. Lots more to come.


ANDERSON: Right, you are watching Connect the World with me, Becky Anderson. And this is CNN. Welcome back. 13 minutes past 8:00 in the UAE

Returning to our top story the hour, Syria and the escalating conflict. Saudi Arabia says it supports arming moderate Syrian rebels with surface-

to-air missiles to help defend against air strikes.

CNN interview with Germany's Der Speigel, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Hadal al-Jubeir said we believe that introducing surface-to-air missiles in

Syria is going to change the balance of power to the ground. This has to be studied very carefully, however, because you don't want such weapons to

fall into the wrong hands.

Well, that's one of the topics I talked about with Saudi Arabia's veteran diplomat Prince Turki al-Faisal in a wide ranging discussion earlier today.

I started by asking if he agrees with the foreign minister.


AL-FAISAL: They should be provided with those weapons. Of course, we have to be careful as to who gets those weapons. You need to provide the means

and the capability to stop the aerial bombardment of these civilians who are the victims of this oppressive regime.

ANDERSON: We were promised a ceasefire, a cessation of violence in Munich. That is just gone by the by. Meantime, the ratcheting up of violence on

the ground is horrific. What happens next? What needs to happen next?

AL-FAISAL: It needs for us to sit down and simply say as I said we are not going to accept that anymore.

ANDERSON: But that's talking the talk. Nobody is walking the walk. Does Saudi need to put ground troops into Syria?

AL-FAISAL: The kingdom has said we are willing to put ground troops if there is a coalition with us to make that offer work. We already have a

coalition operating from the air. It takes that extra step to have it implemented on the ground, as well.

ANDERSON: What do you understand to be these military exercises in Saudi at present with many of its allies on the ground? Is this a move towards

what you have been discussing here which is the possibility of more intervention

involvement on Syria?

AL-FAISAL: I hope so.

I think the -- before you enter into any such an engagement you need to know what your capabilities are. And these maneuvers I hope will be a

testing ground for not just Saudi but whoever is participating. There are 20 countries participating in these hopefully they can reach some kind of

consensus on where their best know-how and techniques can employ.

ANDERSON: These are military exercises under the auspices of the new defense minister in Saudi. Can you describe as you understand it Saudi

Arabia's new defense doctrine?

AL-FAISAL: The king has decided that the kingdom will be much more active in protecting its interests not only internally, but also in the

surrounding area. We have means to deploy, to protect our interests and we are going to use those means and we are going to solicit the support of our

friends throughout the world to help us in providing those means.


ANDERSON: Prince Turki al-Faisal. We also discussed the news that Saudi Arabia has suspended a military aid package to Lebanon because Beirut did

not condemn attacks on Saudi Arabia's diplomatic posts on Iran. Have a listen

to what Prince Turki said.


AL-FAISAL: I think the message is that the conduct of the Lebanese authorities, particularly on issues that effect their relationship with

Saudia Arabia, has not lived up to the quality of friendship that we have traditionally had.

ANDERSON: What do you mean by that?

AL-FAISAL: Well, I mean the Arab League meeting, for example, Lebanon stayed out of the Arab consensus.

ANDERSON: This was after the execution of a Shia cleric in Saudi?

AL-FAISAL: And Iran's attack on the embassy. And the consulate in Mashad (ph). And so that was an indication, I think, to the Saudi officials that

the official position of Lebanon should have been to support Saudi Arabia against such a flagrant attack on Saudi sovereignty.


ANDERSON: Saudi Arabia's elder statesman, Prince Turki al-Faisal speaking to me earlier. Live from Abu Dhabi, this is Connect the World with me

Becky Anderson.

Coming up, the state of the union in Europe. Britain's prime minister warns

against an exit from the European Union.

Taking a break. Back after this.


[11:20:58] ANDERSON: Right, we are back with you at 20 minutes past 8:00 here returning to -- let's move on for you tonight. I'm going to get you

into Egypt and the hit sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live is now on air with an Arabic version.

The program broadcasts from Cairo debuted across the region last night. But as Ian Lee reports, cast members are watching what they say.


IAN LEE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Saturday Night Live has a new home. The popular comedy sketch show is now in Egypt. Not this Egypt. Here SNL star

Steve Martin singing King Tut.

The Cairo show follows the New York Model known as the SNL bible.

There are celebrity guests, sketches, digital shorts, the news with weekend update and live performances.

KHALID MANSOUR, CAST MEMBER: We're trying to do something original. We are not trying to break taboos, but like on the way we do a little bit but

not intentionally. And we are trying to make it suitable for Middle Eastern audience.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are just a couple of bald idiot comedians who are try to get on TV and make people laugh about things we shouldn't make them

laugh about.

LEE: One such topic hard to laugh at the terror group ISIS also known by a more derogatory name in Arabic.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They get pissed off from Daesh, so we say Daesh.

MANSOUR: It's quite different than if you know that enemy or if you know all the inside information that could give you the upperhand in making

people laugh.

LEE: SNL in Arabic has the blessing of the show's creator and support of the New York cast.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Welcome to the SNL family and good luck.


OK, yeah, good luck. They're doomed.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's going to be very tough.

YARA FAHMY, CAST MEMBER: It is hell. Yes, thank you very much. They were right about that, but it's an amazing kind of hell.

LEE: yara Fahmy is one of the four female cast members. Like most of the Egyptian cast, she didn't know Saturday Night Live.

FAHMY: I went online. I looked it up and then I started binge watching SNL. I loved it so much.

Kristin Wiig. She's amazing. She just appears and people start laughing. She is awesome.

LEE: Unlike New York, Egypt has red lines and the cast knows crossing them could shut them down.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Because we still do push the envelope and by some people's standards that is not cool.

But we will crush them.

MANSOUR: We will.

No, a little bit ISIS now. Don't...

LEE: For now, their first job is to introduce to the region a different way to laugh.


ANDERSON; Well, Ian joining us now live from Cairo. I assume you saw the show go out last night. How did it go down there?

LEE: Well, Becky, it's a bit too soon to tell if this is going to be a smash hit like its predecessor which they say reached about 50 million

people across the region. But on social media there was a lot of praise for this new show. It is going to have to walk a bit of a tight rope, if

you will. Its predecessor was shut down and the cast members do take that into account going forward. They just hope for right now that they can

just turn people on to this kind of humor, this kind of show and just build an audience.

[11:25:01] ANDERSON: All right, when you talk about Bassem Youssef, who is Egypt's most popular comedian, of course, also known as the Egyptian Jon

Steward, he said this about government pressure on artists, "they will not jail you because of whaty you say, they'll always find something: taxes,

arbitration, whatever, but it will not be ab out freedom of expression," he said.

Youssef now living in exile partly due to his comedy. Why is the government cracking down?

LEE: Well, the government you see a lot of these lawsuits that are brought about by citizens who believe that this kind of comedy offends them. And

when we saw Bassem Youssef's program from 2011 to 2013, his main target was Mohamed Morsy, then the president of Egypt. And he had a lot of lawsuits

filed against him. But it wasn't until after the overthrow by the military of Mohamed Morsy that we say Bassem Youssef really get targted.

And there seems to be this notion that it is fine when you are targeting someone else to laugh at them, but the power is not to be made fun of. And

so it is going to be difficult for this new Saturday Night Live to walk that balance

because if they do believe that your humor is in poor taste then they can shut you down. We have not only seen this with TV shows but we have also

seen it with literature, with writers and other mediums, as well.

ANDERSON: Yeah, author Ahme Naji (ph), for example, another sign that the crackdown on intellectual community is alive and well as it were. His book

was touched upon issues like sex and drugs, of course, given a two year prison sentence on Saturday. His lawyer called the decision


Ian, what is the sense on the ground there? Obviously artists and entertainers are not happy with the way that they are being dealt with.

What do ordinary Egyptians think?

LEE: For a lot of people they are in shock by this ruling. Because when you followed the initial sentencing -- or rather, the initial ruling by the

first judge he said how do we determine what is offensive for the common person? What may be offensive for one person isn't for another. And a lot

of prominent authors testified for Ahmed Naji (ph) saying that if you look in Islamic literature there

are things that talk about the similar subjects of sex and drugs and so this isn't new.

And they also said that in the Egypt constitution there is freedom of speech, freedom of literature and they said this lawsuit violates the


So, in this appeal a lot of people thought the higher courts would again rule in the favor of Ahmed Naji (ph). We do see higher courts tend to be a

bit more lenient. So, a lot of people were surprised.

But right now Egypt is still very much a conservative country so you have a lot of people split on this ruling but it did come at a shock because the

first trial there was a very good case made why his work wasn't against the law but this higher court says that it was and he has one more appeal.

ANDERSON: All right. Ian is in Cairo for you this evening. Ian Lee, thank you.

Well, the latest world news headlines are just ahead and she isn't even old enough to talk. But this baby is at the center of a huge debate on

refugees in Australia. An update on the case of Baby Asha coming up and more. Stay with us.



[11:32:04] ANDERSON: The U.S. Pentagon cannot confirm the deaths of two Serbian hostages following air strikes targeting terrorists in Libya, but

it has offered condolences. Local officials say at least 49 people were killed. CNN's Barbara Starr has more.


BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A suspected ISIS camp in Libya now destroyed by U.S. warplanes on the orders of President

Obama. U.S. intelligence believes foreign fighters there were training to launch an attack, possibly in Europe or Africa. It's only the second time

the U.S. has gone after ISIS inside Libya. This time just days after the president warned the U.S. would strike.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We will continue to take actions where we've got a clear operation and a clear target in mind.

STARR: With 5,000 ISIS operatives in Libya, the threat of an attack from there is growing.

JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: The president will make good on his promise to continue to apply pressure to ISIL leaders who threaten the

United States and our interests.

STARR: Two U.S. F-15s from the U.K. and drones from Italy flew to Sabratha on the North African coast of Libya. This video claims to show the

aftermath of the U.S. dropping bombs on four buildings that the U.S. said housed 60 ISIS operatives.

U.S. military and intelligence agencies had watched the camp for weeks. Aerial reconnaissance flights saw advanced weapons and tactics training.

A top ISIS operative Noureddine Chouchane at the camp was targeted and killed. He is said to be responsible for two deadly attacks over the border

in Tunisia last year.

EARNEST: This individual is a known ISIL leader, a facilitator, and an individual who has facilitated the flow of foreign terrorist fighters

across North Africa.

STARR: Tonight, U.S. officials believe, Libya, with no central government in control, has become a fully functioning third front for ISIS, along with

Iraq and Syria, a place from which they can plot new attacks against the West.


ANDERSON: Barbara Starr reporting for you.

Well, Britain's prime minister is urging politicians to back the campaign to stay in the European

Union. The country has just four months before it decides on its future in Europe, but the issue already dividing the UK cabinet. Nima Elgabir has



NIMA ELBAGIR, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Britain's prime minister in the fight of his political life.

DAVID CAMERON, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: Let me be clear, leaving Europe would threaten our economic and our national security. Those who want to

leave Europe cannot tell you if British businesses will be able to access Europe's free trade single market or if working people's jobs are safe or

how much prices would rise. All they are offering is a risk at a time of uncertainty, a leap

in the dark.

[11:35:13] ELBAGIR: Britain's relationship with Europe strikes to the heart of the nation's

popularly espoused island mentality: part of Europe, but separate from it. And to to the heart of the ruling party's conservatism.

Cameron has relieved his ministers of the responsibility to back him on this issue which means

come polling day collegial relations could deteriorate as cabinet colleagues fight to convince the British public come the June 23 referendum

that their vision for Britain's future is best.

An early boost for the stay campaign came from home Secretary Theresa May who said in a statement for reasons of security protection against crime

and terrorism trade with Europe and access to markets around the world, it is in the national interest to remain a member of the European Union. The

numbers certainly seem to back the stay campaign's rhetoric.

EU countries invested more than $700 billion in the United Kingdom in 2014, that's almost half of all outside investments in the country.

According to official figures, trade supports 3.4 million jobs, according to the London School

of Economics European Institute, 45 percent of the UK's exports go to other EU states while 53 percent of the UK's imports come from within the

European Union.

What we heard there from the British prime minister was in essence his campaign speech. Those are the key points that he will be hitting again

and again in the months to come. He's arguing that Britain in Europe is a Britain who is standing and influence is amplified, because of course this

isn't just about Britain's place in Europe, this is about Britain's place on the international stage and no one inside that building is under any

illusions about the reality that what happens on referendum day is going to reverberate around the world.

Nima Elbagir, CNN, 10 Downing Street.


ANDERSON: Well, one of the sticking points within Europe has has been Britain's demand not to pay benefits to migrants from other EU nations.

And as that crisis dominates discussions on the continent, on the other side of the world, Australia is facing a refugee issue of its own.

Well, at the center it all is this 1-year-old girl. Baby Asha, who was born in Australia to Nepalese parents was one of hundreds of asylum seekers

facing deportation.

Well, authorities now say she can stay in Australia for the time being at least. Ivan Watson has more.


IVAN WATSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The Australian government has announced that it will not be imminently deporting a baby girl who has

been at the center of a contentious national debate over immigration policy.

Instead, the immigration minister announced that Baby Asha will be discharged from a hospital in Brisbane and allowed to go with her family

into what Australia describes as community detention.

PETER DUTTON, AUSTRALIAN IMMIGRATION MINISTER: The advice (inaudible) say that the doctors from the hospitals have said that the baby's treatment has

now concluded and that they would be happy for the baby to go out into community detention.

WATSON: Asha was born in Australia but has been denied citizenship because both of her parents are from Nepal and they have been seeking asylum in

Australia. Instead, they were put into a controversial offshore detention center on the tiny Pacific island of

Nauru, that is until she suffered burns in the tent they were living with and were brought for emergency medical care at a hospital in


Now, the doctors and staff there they went into a storm of controversy when they refused to discharge Baby Asha after her burns were treated when they

argued that the detention center was not safe or healthy for a little girl.

The Australian government contends that its number one priority is still to prevent people from

trying to reach Australian shores on boats illegally. They also say they are trying to reduce the number of children being held in Australian

financed detention centers. CNN has reported extensively on scores of children being held a ta detention center on that small island of Nauru.

Now, advocates for asylum seekers, they are celebrating what they claim is a major reversal by the Australian government in the case of Baby Asha and

they are calling similarly for at least 267 other refugees and migrants not to be deported from Australia.

The Australian government says that all of these people, including Baby Asha, still could be deported as their cases are looked at in the weeks and

months ahead.

Community detention for Asha and her family means that they will be allowed to live in an

Australian town but their activities will be limited and they will be under surveillance from Australian authorities.

Ivan Watson, CNN, Hong Kong.


ANDERSON: Well, from Australia to Europe there are many ways that you can help the hundreds of thousands of refugees struggling around the world.

You can find links to organizations working to solve the crisis on our website, that is

You are watching Connect the World. I'm Becky Anderson live for you out of Abu Dhabi. At 20 to 9:00 in the evening here.

coming up, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton come out on top again. What would it take for them to clinch their party's nominations then? A look at

their potential road to victory? That's next.


ANDERSON: All right, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are riding a wave of new momentum after big wins in the race, the U.S. race for president.

Clinton claimed a crucial victory in Nevada on Saturday, blunting the rise of her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders.

Speaking after she won, Clinton zeroed in on a topic that has been a chief issue in this

campaign, Wall Street.


HILLARY CLINTON, 2016 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: In the campaign, you have heard a lot about Washington and Wall Street. We all want to get

secret accountable money out of politics, that starts with appointing a new justice to the Supreme Court who will protect the right of every citizen to

vote, not every corporation to buy elections.

And we also agree that Wall Street can never be allowed to threaten Main Street again. No bank can be too big to fail, no executive too powerful to



ANDERSON: Well, on the Republican side Trump dominated Saturday's primary in South Carolina snagging about a third of the vote there.


TRUMP: We will never ever forget South Carolina. We will never forget our great volunteers. We love our volunteers. We'll never forget all of the

people that have helped us so much -- my family. And folks let's go -- let's have a big win in Nevada. Let's have a big win at the SEC. Let's

put this thing away.


ANDERSON: Well, winning the nomination isn't going to be easy. It is relatively early in the

race with plenty of action yet to come. Of course, the election isn't until November, following Saturday's results and our chief U.S.

correspondent John King broke it down with Wolf Blitzer, my colleague, what it would take for Trump to win.


[11:45:13] JOHN KING, CNN CORRESPONDENT: On we go into Nevada next. Here for the sake of this hypothetical, we're assigning this to Donald Trump

saying he is going to win essentially with the margins we have tonight: 35 percent, the other candidates getting 20, 20, 20 splitting up the delegates

there. That is what you have after Nevada, four states in.

Then you come ahead to Super Tuesday.

WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Which is a week from Tuesday.

KING: A week from Tuesday when you have got a dozen states voting. And you watch this now, under this scenario Trump wins them all again

essentially 35, 20, 20, 20. I know some of you at home are saying no way. But let's say if he won them all under that relatively close to that split,

he would start to pull away in the delegate chase.

So, let's say you are a Ted Cruz supporter. You say no way Ted Cruz is going to win in Texas. So, let's give Ted Cruz first in Texas and give

the other -- sorry, keep, one, then three and four. You assign it that, Cruz catches up a little bit.

Dana just mentioned a few minutes ago, Governor Kasich tonight is in Massachusetts. It's a more moderate state. We will see what happens


But let's just say for the sake of argument either Kasich or Rubio wins that. We will give it to Kasich here, two, three, four. Two, three, four

don't matter, as you see, because the delegates come in easy. So, it doesn't mean how they come in.

Even if you do that, if Trump wins most he starts to pull away a little bit in the delegate chase.

So, this is where it gets interesting when you go forward, because the map -- you have so many states voting at once. Donald Trump has such an


These other candidates who are saying they're still int he race. Cruz has a decent amount of

money. Rubio is trying to raise money fast. Kasich doesn't have that much money. Donald Trump has celebrity, 100 percent name ID and money if he

wants to spend it.

So, this is where it gets interesting, because with the momentum he has right now, you assume

Trump is in the lead just about everywhere.

And the question is can the other candidates -- they're going to have to pick and choose. And if you are Ted Cruz you are going to have to worry

about home.

BLITZER: They call it Super Tuesday, with about 11 or 12 contests, a quarter of all the delegates are awarded on the Republican side on Super

Tuesday March 1. That's going to be a huge, huge prize.

KING: Right, that is a big prize. And if you run it out. And again, this is a hypothetical. We are assigning these states to Trump. On a 35, 20,


If you run it out, Wolf, that is Super Tuesday. By the end of March, 50 percent of the delegates on the Republican side will have been decided.

So, if you assigned them all out to Trump this way he could pull out a stretch.

And if you took a few states away, Trump would have a big lead. It doesn't mean he's going to be the nominee. But at the moment, the challenge for

the other candidates as the calendar gets crowded, Wolf, and as the calendar gets busy pick your targets and for several of the candidates you

better raise money and raise it fast because you need resources to win when the map expands so quickly.


ANDERSON: All right. Well, the next Republican contest in Nevada will take place on Tuesday. The Democrats will face off in South Carolina next


Let's get you some analysis. Joining me now to take a look at the landscape going forward in the race is CNN political commentator Donna

Brazil. She's joining us from Washington. It's a joy to have you on.

It seems the question is no longer is Trump viable, the question is can he be stopped? And who in the Republican Party can stop him? I want to talk

about money in a moment. What is your analysis so far as this Trump run is concerned?

DONNA BRAZILE, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, first of all, I think Donald Trump proved last night that he not only understands how to win so-called

Tea Party support and evangelical, but his support was broad, it was strong, it was deep. He has momentum going into the next round which is

Nevada and then beyond that Super Tuesday where 12 states will be holding their primary or caucuses.

So, I think Donald Trump is still a front runner in the Republican race and until the Republican

contest is narrowed down to perhaps two or three, Cruz, Rubio, perhaps Mr. Kasich I think Donald Trump is going to will to not just dominate in terms

of the polls, but dominate in terms of winning the Republican nomination.

ANDERSON: Donna, let's talk about resources. He has name recognition. But that, it seems was that. Jeb Bush is the guy that apparently spent

some $2,800 per vote in a state of Iowa alone, a war chest over $100 million wasn't enough to keep Jeb in the running.

So, we follow the money here. Trump says he's invested something like 17.5 million of his own

cash to date. Financial documents show Democrat Bernie Sanders has spent more than 30 million in January alone. His rival Hillary Clinton on the

Democratic side has major investors but began February with only $33 million in her wallet as it were.

How much will money matter going forward?

BRAZILE: For Donald Trump he has a tremendous war chest but it is his mouth, it's his ability to message just about every hour on the clock that

allows him to have such an outsized role in this process.

Donald Trump when he holds press conferences or rallies or even meetings, Donald Tis able

is able to get a vast amount of media attention. As a result of that, he is able to get his message out every day.

On the other hand, candidates like Jeb Bush really suffered because he is unable to get the

press attention that Donald Trump has received.

That being said, this is not the year where the size of your wallet matters, it's the size of your argument or your message that has really

resonated with the American people on both sides, whether it's Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump.

So, I'm not counting pennies today, because I don't think it matters that much.

Although, it is important in terms of how you get around, how you get your message, how you pay your staff, how do you maneuver. But still at the end

of the day Donald Trump has been able to dominate the political conversation throughout this entire political season.

ANDERSON: OK, well Donna, Donald Trump spoke to CNN earlier today and made his own

predictions about the race including who he will face if he makes it to the general election. Have a listen to what he said.


TRUMP: so we are going to bring over a lot of Democrats. We are going to bring over a lot

of independents. Nobody else will. In all fairness, the other candidates they will never bring over independents. They will never bring -- we are

talking about Reagan Democrats. We are going to bring over tremendous numbers.

We are going to bring over youth. Bernie is not going to make it in my opinion, and I never thought he would. Hillary won't make it. I mean,

frankly, if she gets indicted that is the only way she is going to be stopped. And I think it's going to be between Hillary and myself.


ANDERSON: All right, he says it is going to be between Hillary and himself. Do you agree that a Clinton/Trump face-off is the most likely

outcome at this point?

I know we're only in February. Election isn't until November. But are the numbers stacking up already?

[11:51:38] BRAZILE: Well, first of all he should be careful for what he wished for. And he shouldn't discount Bernie Sanders who I think is

running a fabulous campaign a candidate who was an asterisk just months ago is now a major contender for the Democratic nomination.

Look, Donald Trump first has to win the Republican nomination. We know his ceiling. We have seen that he has been able -- he was beaten in Iowa. He

doesn't have a real credible organization in all of these so-called Super Tuesday states. So, I still believe that Donald Trump will have to cross

the foothills of Georgia and get to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado before he can claim victory in the Republican race.

And once that's over, we will see if Donald Trump will face Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

ANDERSON: Fascinating.

All right, Donna, pleasure having you on. Thank you. Talk to you again.

We'll be right back with your Parting Shots, viewers. Thank you.


ANDERSON: Your Parting Shots this evening. A U.S. military vet on a mission. Amost Gregory paints as a form of therapy. Well, now he is using

his paint brush to brighten the lives of Syrian refugee kids in Turkey. Here is Gregory in his own words.


AMOS GREGORY, U.S. VETERAN: My name is Amos Gregory. I am a U.S. military veteran

artist, activist and I served in the U.S. military from 1988 through 1994 during the collapse of the

Soviet Union.

I'm a former submariner and I'm here in Istanbul, Turkey in the Fati (ph) district in Istanbul. And i'm painting murals within the school, a very

special school here because it is a school for Syrian refugees.

I'm the founder of a mural project in San Francisco called Veterans Alley where I paint with my fellow veterans in the Tenderloin District. And we

create public art to raise awareness around our plight, but it is also very therapeutic and healing for ourselves.

It was my desire to take these things that we have been doing as veterans to help heal ourselves and take these to those that are in need right now.

I wanted to bring this artwork out to Syrian children. So I ask the children if they had a balloon and if they wanted to release it from their

hand and the balloon traveled around the world what would be the message that they would put on that balloon so that the world could see that


This is Moahem (ph). Moahem is my apprentice. Moahem (ph) is a 20-year- old young man who came to Istanbul by himself. And he is part of a group that I'm

calling the lost boys. These are young military age men that don't want to fight. And he has been painting with me for the last three months. And

I'm teaching him everything I know so that he can go into these schools and create these mural projects.

And so what we have behind us is the map of Syria. We have the hands of all of these children of the school, the children of Syria, but then we are

creating a freeway sign. And the freeway sign is in English, Arabic, Kurdish and Turkish. And the word that we are putting in the middle of the

freeway sign is home. It's empowering, an empowering impact, because you have

given them a tool, an instrument to be able to express these things that they have had inside of them.


[11:52:00] ANDERSON: One man making a difference in the lives of so many. And you can see Amos's story and the other stories that the Connect the

World team is working on, on our Facebook page. Of course, that's

And get in touch with me on Twitter @BeckyCNN.

I'm Becky Anderson. That was Connect the World. Your headlines follow this short break. Stay with us.