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Stranded Migrants Desperate To Get Past Barriers; Europe Holds Emergency Summit On Migrants; U.S. Attack Kills 150 Militants In Somalia; Clinton And Sanders Clash At CNN Debate; Michigan Among Four Republican Contests Tuesday; Tensions Spiking on the Korean Peninsula; Greece Struggling to Handle Influx of Migrants; State of the GOP Presidential Race; Maria Sharpova Fails Drug Test at Australian Open; Peyton Manning Retires. Aired 3-4p ET

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HALA GORANI, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: Hello, everyone. I'm Hala Gorani. We're live from CNN London and this is THE WORLD RIGHT NOW.

There's no denying it. Europe needs Turkey right now. It's asking the country for help in trying to stem that unprecedented influx of migrants.

But Turkey made it clear in Brussels today its help will not come for free.

Here what's reportedly on the table at this emergency summit, Turkey wants an additional $3.3 billion in aid. It is promising, it is understood, to

take back some migrants from Greece.

In a draft proposal reported today did state that Europe is saying it would take in some refugees in return. But as the diplomats talk, the misery on

the ground continues to grow. Arwa Damon reports from a bottleneck in the crisis.


ARWA DAMON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): For the youngest, this will be among their first memories. Small comfort investors

as parents try to shelter their children from their fear. Not fear of the bombs they fled.

Fear that the better life they risked so much for was just an illusion. Upwards of 10,000 people are stuck along what was a transit point. This is

Greek side of the border with Macedonia, demarcated by a fence where there used to be none.

In recent weeks, Macedonia has only been allowing a few dozen people a day through, and only Iraqis and Syrians. The overarching logic that transit

and destination countries are maxed out. And that risks turning Greece into a massive refugee camp.

This man and his family have been waiting around two weeks, but they might never make it. His wife does not have her Syrian I.D. When the strikes

hit, we just ran away, he says. I happened to have my I.D. in my pocket. Hers was in the house.

They never had a chance to go back and stricter regulations make identification many fled without mandatory. He says they had no idea. His

relatives made to it Germany in just six days a few months ago. The line for food, a sandwich, is a two-hour wait.

(on camera): These women, young mothers from Aleppo, were just telling us that the hardest thing about all this -- and they can put up with just

about everything -- is the uncertainty of it all.

Not knowing how long they will have to continue living like this. They are, like the others here, aware that there are high level meetings that

will be taking place between European leaders and Turkey. And it gives them the slightest bit of hope that perhaps this misery will end.

(voice-over): Life does morph as those who fled war know too well. This man, who went broke getting here reopen his Aleppo barber salon, a far cry

from the business he used to own back home.

This boy, one of six siblings, highly entertained by our mic has big plans for his future or so we think. (Inaudible) wow! Who knows who will happen

to these children's dreams, given Europe's rising anti-immigrant states?

And the reality that in the last eight months since the refugee crisis first made major headlines instead of viable solutions there have simply

been barricades and blame games. Arwa Damon, CNN, on the Greece-Macedonia border.


GORANI: Let's go to Atika Shubert live in Athens right now. Atika also covering this refugee crisis. What is going to happen to all these people

stranded in Greece?

ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, this is the big question. They now have more than 34,000 refugees stranded here. Not

just the 12,000 up on the border. All through Athens here you see signs of the refugee crisis.

In nearby Victoria Square, less than 5 minutes away from here, refugees have camped out. At the port, where we were earlier today scores of people

disembarked from the ferries this morning and there wasn't a single official there to tell them what was happening, where to go, what options

they had.

[15:05:07]There was just one U.N. official trying to figure out who had tents and blankets. So people here are stuck, basically. They don't want

to go back to Turkey. They don't want to go back home, but they can't move forward either.

And while Turkey is saying that it will do its part but it needs aid, well, so does Greece, frankly. And it's only been promised about $700 million

over the course of the next three years for helping the accommodate many of the refugees here. But what's going to happen in the long term is what

many Greeks are now asking.

GORANI: Right. And you mentioned this emergency summit and what the Turks are saying. I want to play for our viewers something the Turkish prime

minister said in Brussels today and then we'll get back to you, Atika.


AHMET DAVUTOGLU, TURKISH PRIME MINISTER: This new proposal, our objective is to rescue the lives of the refugees. To discourage and to those who

want to misuse and exploit the desperate situation of the refugees, meaning human smugglers, to fight against human smugglers, and to have a new era in

Turkish U.N. relations.


GORANI: So how are officials in Greece responding to this plan? Because essentially, E.U. leaders are saying to Turkey, look, if you help take back

some of these migrants -- it's unclear how that would work anyway -- then we -- according to this draft proposal that was reported in many news

outlets, then we will take some Syrians in return. How are Greeks reacting?

SHUBERT: Well, I think Greece realizes that it is essentially becoming a transit point for refugees, but now they are stuck here. So Greece is

trying to cope with this the best they can.

What they are doing in the short-term is putting them up in whatever space they have available. So an abandoned airport, and the former Olympic park

here are being converted into refugee camps holding several thousand people.

And they are looking to expand further to former military barracks as well. But that is a very short-term solution. The longer term solution is to

speed up relocation of refugees from Greece to other parts of Europe.

Consider that they promised to free up 160,000 spaces across Europe in November. Since then they have only relocated some 700 at the most

refugees from Greece and Italy. So that is very slow progress.

Especially when you consider that Canada in the last three months has managed to take in 25,000 Syrian refugees from camps in Jordan, Lebanon,

and Turkey. The E.U. frankly has a lot of catching up to do when you look at the example set by countries like Canada.

GORANI: All right, thanks very much. Atika Shubert is live in Athens with the very latest. We'll see more of your reporting later this hour, Atika,

on THE WORLD RIGHT NOW. Thanks very much.

Now moving on to another story -- and here's a number for you, 150. The U.S. says it killed 150 Al Shabaab militants in Somalia. It is a drone

strike we understand that took place Saturday stopping what the Pentagon says was an imminent terror threat.

Pentagon correspondent, Barbara Starr, joins me now with more details on this military operation. Tell us more. That's a very -- it's not number

we are accustomed to hearing, 150. Tell us more about what the Pentagon is saying.

BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Exactly right, Hala. The Pentagon now amending its initial statements in fact and saying it was a

combination of U.S. drones and manned fighter jets that attacked this camp about 120 miles north of Mogadishu.

They say there were 200 Al Shabaab militants there and that the U.S. airstrike killed 150 of them. I'm not sure I recall any single air strike

operation killing 150 militants anywhere in one fell swoop.

But they say that the militants were outside in some sort of military personnel formation and they were able to move in. The U.S. claim at this

hour is that these Al Shabaab militants were in the final stages of getting ready to depart the camp.

And that they had plans for an imminent attack on U.S. troops and African amazon peacekeepers in Somalia. It is generally known there are a small

number of U.S. troops at the airport in Mogadishu.

They occasionally go out and about. Was Al Shabaab in the final stages of planning some sort of storming of the airplane and trying to attack the

U.S. and African personnel there? We don't know. They are not saying.

But quite a significant strike. They say that they have had this camp under observation for several weeks, had been watching the militants there,

and they moved in when they determined that they were in the final stages of getting ready to go on this attack.

But I think it is worth underscoring, you know, there are very few details being made public. Al Shabaab clearly making its move in recent weeks said

to be responsible for bringing that commercial airliner down and other recent attacks.

[15:10:07]Not a lot of information here about what led the U.S. to strike this camp in such an overwhelming fashion -- Hala.

GORANI: Barbara, I was going to say, this sounds like a major camp that they were able to target so many militants at once. Would it then disrupt

the operational ability of Al Shabaab in Somalia and its efforts to mount attacks and organize attacks in Somalia and outside of its own borders?

STARR: I think that's a really good point because of course it's very sensitive for the Kenyans to talk about. But clearly Al Shabaab militants

in the past have tried to cross into Kenya, recruit, carry out attacks there and other places in Africa.

Al Shabaab has not got a reputation for having large numbers of fighters in one particular place. Somalia being of course terribly rural and

impoverished, they generally have training camps that aren't really training camps by the standards we perhaps might think of them.

They are very rustic affairs where basically people might gather, small numbers of people, and do some training for some attacks. But 150 in one

place, that is quite a footprint for Al Shabaab. And something that clearly caught the U.S. attention -- Hala.

GORANI: One last quick question. The U.S. is not giving more details, but is it giving assurances that this was purely a military camp, that there

were no civilian casualties as a result this attack?

STARR: That's a terrific question. We asked that, if there were 200 people there, how can you be sure that there were no family members, women,

children, no civilians associated with this camp?

What the Pentagon has said is conducting the surveillance of the camp for several weeks before the strike, they feel they were able to ensure there

were no civilians there. But this, you know, in the past, there have been problems, there have been instances when civilians have been struck.

So we will have to watch this carefully over the coming hours and days and see what reporting, what local reports may come out of Somalia from this

very area where the camp was.

GORANI: All right, Barbara Starr at the Pentagon. Thanks so much for joining us.

This is THE WORLD RIGHT NOW. Coming up, the gloves are clearly off. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clash at the latest CNN debate. Who

came out on top? We'll be right back.


GORANI: There was no name calling or vulgar innuendos but there were still plenty of fireworks at the latest CNN debate. Hillary Clinton and Bernie

Sanders clashed over the economy, gun control, and Clinton's ties to Wall Street.

The showdown took place in Flint, Michigan, a city gripped by a toxic water crisis. Briana Keilar has our story.


[15:15:05]HILLARY CLINTON (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: It is raining lead in Flint and the state is derelict in not coming forward with the money

that is required.

BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): With Michigan's primary looming, contaminated water and lost jobs dominated.

BERNIE SANDERS (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Children in America should not be poisoned.

KEILAR: Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton sparring more aggressively than ever before over Wall Street ties and the economy.

CLINTON: I voted to save the auto industry. He voted against the money that ended up saving the auto industry.

SANDERS: If you are talking about the Wall Street bailout where some of your friends destroyed this economy --

CLINTON: You know --

SANDERS: Excuse me. I'm talking.

CLINTON: If you're going to talk, tell the whole story Senator Sanders.

SANDERS: Let me tell my story. You tell yours.

CLINTON: I will.

KEILAR: Sanders supported a standalone auto bailout bill that failed but voted against a larger bill that included money to bail out Wall Street and

money to bail out the auto companies. Sanders cutting Clinton off a second time to make his point.

SANDERS: I said let the billionaires themselves bail out Wall Street. Shouldn't be the middle class of this country.


SANDERS: Wait a minute, can I finish? You will have your turn.

KEILAR: Clinton, optimistic about growing the economy.

CLINTON: We're going to stop this kind of job exporting and we're going to start importing and growing jobs again.

KEILAR: Only to be slammed by Sanders over trade agreements she supported two decades ago.

SANDERS: I am very glad, Anderson, that Secretary Clinton has discovered religion on this issue. It's a little bit too late. Secretary Clinton

supported virtually every one of these disastrous trade agreements written by corporate America.

KEILAR: And butting heads again over gun control.

SANDERS: Essentially, your position is there should not be any guns in America, period.

CLINTON: That is -- NRA position, no.

SANDERS: Can I finish, please?

KEILAR: Post debate, Clinton's campaign chair telling me Sanders performance was a disappointment.

JOHN PODESTA, HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN: He wants to run a positive campaign, but in recent days it was negative, more desperate and I

thought his tone bordered on the disrespectful.

KEILAR: The Sanders campaign dismissing the charge as a distraction.

JEFF WEAVER, BERNIE SANDERS CAMPAIGN MANAGER: They don't want to talk about her bad trade record. They don't want to talk about her record of

taking Wall Street contributions. They don't want to talk about these things. It was really a good night for the Clinton people.


GORANI: There you have it. Let's go to CNN's M.J. Lee. She joins me now live from New York. So M.J., let's talk a little bit first about the

Democrats. Who benefitted most from what happened at this debate in Michigan according to experts here?

MJ LEE, CNN POLITICS REPORTER: Look, I think it's very much worth noting that the substance aside, the tone from last night's debates was pretty

remarkable. I think this is probably the most frustrated and maybe even angry that we have seen Bernie Sanders at a debate stage so far this cycle.

Perhaps because he is seeing the window to his path to a nomination closing a little bit. Obviously, Hillary Clinton is starting to get away in terms

of her lead in the delegates count. And I think heading into tomorrow when they will be competing in Michigan, I think Bernie Sanders -- we are seeing

him get a little more feisty.

We saw some of the clips from last night where he kept saying to Clinton, can I finish please? Basically saying don't interrupt me. And we've seen

the Hillary Clinton campaign really seize on that to suggest that he was maybe a little bit condescending in his tone.

And that's something that could maybe hurt his image as we head into the month of March. When he really needs to be winning these states and

putting a positive image out there.

GORANI: He does. And let's talk a little bit about Michigan for the Democrats and the latest polling. Hillary Clinton ahead at 55 percent.

Bernie Sanders, 42 percent. So there is 13 points here, a big advantage for Hillary Clinton in Michigan.

Michigan, of course, is one of the states voting in primaries tomorrow for Super Tuesday two. Let's pivot to the Republicans here. Let's talk again

about Michigan. Trump ahead once again. Cruz at 23 percent.

So here you have, once again, a scenario in which Donald Trump is leading. Is he getting -- I mean, what could still get in his way in terms of a

nomination here?

LEE: Yes, that's right. I think that is the big question that establishment Republicans are facing right now. It really does seem like

he is running away with the nomination and there are not a lot of scenarios that party officials can imagine where Trump suddenly loses momentum.

We are talking about Tuesday, but we're also obviously thinking ahead to March 15th. That is the day next Tuesday when Florida will be holding its


[15:20:09]And someone like Marco Rubio, that is his home state, his home turf. And he has said over and over again, look I am prepared to win this


However, you look at the polling that has come out recently from that state, and Trump does have aside sizable lead in that state.

So I think a lot of the questions that Rubio's supporters and his allies are starting to ask is if he does not win that state, then does he really

have a path forward? That's a question they will have to answer by March 15th, if not sooner than that.

GORANI: All right. Tomorrow, Tuesday, march 8th. And march 15th, very significant and important dates coming up in this race for the White House

and race for the nomination. M.J. Lee, thanks very much joining us from New York.

Coming up, a major emotional announcement from Maria Sharapova. No, she is not retiring. She admitted a problem with a drug test. All the latest

coming up.


GORANI: We have some breaking news into CNN, tennis star, Maria Sharapova says she has failed a drug test at the Australian Open. Sharapova made the

announcement just moments ago at a news conference in Los Angeles.

She said she tested positive for a drug called "meldonium." She says she had taken it for a decade before learning that it had recently been banned.

World Sports, Alex Thomas, is here with more. Everyone is furiously Googling that drug right now. Essentially, it is a drug used sometimes to

treat angina, but can have energy boosting properties.

ALEX THOMAS, CNN WORLD SPORT: I think the properties of the drug itself is not the crux here. The crux here is that she claims, Maria Sharapova

claims she was taking it for a long term health problem. The doctor knew about it.

She didn't declare to it tennis authorities because this substance was never on the banned list. The banned list is constantly being revised and

updated. It's up to an athlete to be the final arbiter of what goes into their body.

That's what she admitted at this news conference, saying it was her mistake. The banned drug list was updated at the ends of last year, but

because it had never been a problem before, she didn't declared it at the Australian Open. Let's listen to her news conference.


MARIA SHARAPOVA, TENNIS PLAYER: I wanted to let you know a few days ago I received a letter from the ITF that I failed a drug test at the Australian

Open. I did fail the test and I take full responsibility for it.


THOMAS: Now we have contacted the ITF, which is the International Tennis Federation, one of several governing bodies that rule the sport and we're

yet to hear back why Maria Sharapova is telling us at news conference rather than the tennis authority.

GORANI: This has recently been, late last year, correct, because she said she had been taking this drug for years prior to its inclusion into this

list of banned drugs.

THOMAS: The athletes get sent the letter. She said he got letter from the World Anti-doping Agency and probably the ITF as well with the latest list.

It's probably like junk fail mail, she opened it without even thinking about it. She is not trying to excuse the fact. She is taking

responsibility. This is huge news. A high-profile tennis player to get caught up taking drugs.

[15:25:07]GORANI: So what happens now because when you hear tested positive for drugs. I think immediately your mental image is it is

something much graver. It sounds like a substance that wasn't on the banned list for many reasons, for instance it doesn't have the impact on

your physical performance that some other illegal substances might have. What happens to her now?

THOMAS: We don't know is the short answer. Even she doesn't know. She says she is yet to discuss with the ITF what the next step is. It seems an

innocent mistake. The rules are very clear. It doesn't matter if it was a mistake or not.

If you end up with that substance in your body, you have cheated an opponent. No matter how small or big the advantage. She is one of the

highest paid athletes. She is worth well over $30 million a year.

She is the most marketable female athlete in any sport ever in the history. This is going to hurt that image hard.

GORANI: All right, Alex Thomas, thanks very much with our breaking news, Maria Sharapova announcing herself that she has tested positive for a drug

called "meldonium" at the Australian Open in late January.

A quick break, still ahead this hour --


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is a pretty extraordinary scene, families are sleeping out here in these abandoned buildings.


GORANI: CNN goes to the Greek capital to see how a place that once inspired Olympic dreams is now housing refugees with very different dreams

of their own.

And later, it's a must-win for Marco Rubio. But a new poll could spell trouble for the Republican presidential hopeful, in his home state of

Florida. We'll be right back.


GORANI: Welcome back. A look at our top stories this hour. Turkey is driving a hard bargain in talks with the E.U. over how to handle the

migrant crisis. Draft proposals reportedly include demands for an extra $3 billion in funding in exchange for other measures such as taking back some

my grants who have travelled on to Greece.

Also among our top stories this hour. The U.S. says an aerial attack has killed 150 Al Shabaab militants at a single training camp in Somalia. It

happened Saturday in a remote area 100 kilometers north of Mogadishu.

Pentagon official says the group was in final preparations for an imminent attack against American troops and African peacekeeping forces in Somalia.

Also this hour, Tunisian authorities say at least 35 militants have been killed in clashes after a deadly assault on police and army posts. That

happened in a town near Tunisia's border with Libya.

[15:30:03] Here is some video from that incident. The militant's attack killed at least 18 people, including civilians and security forces.


GORANI: Tensions are spiking again on the Korean peninsula with North Korea threaten a nuclear strike, no less.


GORANI: This is in response to those annual joint military exercises by the U.S. and South Korea that began this Monday. Paula Hancocks has the latest

from Seoul.

PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Threats were expected and North Korea did not disappoint. (inaudible) annual military drills between the U.S. and

South Korea, and North Korea has threatened a preemptive and offensive nuclear strike against both countries also an indiscriminant nuclear


Clearly North Korea is not happy that the drills this year are the largest ever. 300,000 South Korean troops, 17,000 Americans all involved in eight

weeks of drills on land, sea, and air.

Now South Korea's defense ministry says they have increased surveillance on the north to see if there are any signs of a possible attack. At this point

they say there is no movement.

Now tensions are always high at this time of year because of these military drills. Pyongyang thinks that the U.S. and South Korea are practicing for

an invasion. Although, Washington and Seoul say they are defensive in nature.

But this year it is even more tense. Consider the year that has gone so far. January North Korea carried out a nuclear test. In February, they

carried out a satellite launch which most people saw as a missile test. And then just last week the U.N passed unprecedented sanctions against North

Korea. And then on Friday Kim Jong-Un, the North Korean leader said he wanted his nuclear weapons at the ready so he could use them a moment's


But don't expect things to calm down anytime soon. These drills between the U.S. and South Korea go on until the end of April.

Paula Hancocks, CNN Seoul.


GORANI: Almost 135,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean Sea into Europe already this year. Many of them are arriving in Greece. A small

country that is struggling economically and is struggling to handle this influx. Now officials are housing some new arrivals dreaming of a better

life in place that once fostered dreams of Olympic glory. Here's CNN's Atika Shubert.


ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Jet planes left to rust on a runway in Athens. A former airport, this vast space was converted

into an Olympic park more than a decade ago. And now it is home to thousands of refugees stranded in Athens. Laundry lines the entrance to the

terminal. Most here are from Afghanistan. But also Pakistan, Iran, and Morocco. Barred from crossing the border because they are considered to be

from a safe country. While they wait in limbo, this is where the Greek government has placed them until they can find more permanent shelter.

I want you to take a look at this. It's almost as though they've preserved it as a kind of museum or a time capsule. And if you can see up here, they

still have some of the signs up, Paris, now boarding. London, on time. There is something very surreal about having them camped out at an

abandoned airport.

Every hour planes used to leave here for Paris, for London. And now all those refugees want to get to those exact destinations but they can't. So

there is nothing for them to do but to wait.

At the former stadium, where Olympians once competed for gold, Afghan kids now play with a deflated ball. Residents invited us in to see how an

estimated 3,000 people are living here. This is a pretty extraordinary scene. The families sleeping out here in these abandoned buildings

children, mothers.

Inside, a sea of grey U.N. blankets, supplemented with thin padded sleeping mats. There are no beds only the occasional cot. It took one month for

(Mustafa Saidi) to get here from Kabul with his wife and two daughters smuggled in by car and boat. Like so many here, he has only one destination

in mind.


SHUBERT: Why Germany.

SAIDI: Germany accept free (inaudible)

SHUBERT: But the borders are closed now.

SAIDIP: Yes, we're being forgotten.

SHUBERT: This is the warehouse of souls, the Prime Minister of Greece warned his country would become, not a refuge, but a purgatory of fading

hopes and broken dreams.

Atika Shubert, CNN at Hellinikon Airport in Athens, Greece.



GORANI: Well Turkey's cooperation is key to stemming the influx of those migrants to Greece. And at emergency talks in Brussels today, the Turks

made clear they need help as well.

Let's go to Washington. I'm join live now by James Jeffrey. He is a former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Turkey. Turkey has a point though, does it not?

I mean it has more than 2 million Syrian refugees inside its own borders. And it's asking you for financial help the President Erdogen said help was

pledged in November and even that money hasn't made it to Turkey. So they're playing their cards here aren't they?

JAMES JEFFREY, FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR TO IRAQ AND TURKEY: Hala, you're right. The Turks are playing a very, very tough game but also it's



JEFFREY: They have almost 3 million refugees and of course they have a very tense situation along their southern border with the Russians, with

the Syrians, you know the airplane shoot down. They've had three ISIS attacks in Turkey in the last few months. So they have their hands full.

What Erdogan wants for the Europeans is a total with the money promised last year of 6 billion euros, almost $7 billion, plus free entry of Turkish

citizens without visas to Europe. And accelerated negotiations for Turkey's eventual entry into the E.U. This is a lot for the E.U. to swallow. But to

stop this flow of at least a million refugees a year into a Europe that will not take them anymore, Europe is going to have to been to Turkey's


GORANI: How much will Europe then -- I mean, how much of this list will it agree to? I mean the money I imagine was pledged in November, never really

made it. Now another pledge, perhaps. Now Turkey might be forgiven for thinking well you need to show me some money at this point. But the other

points for instance, accelerating negotiations for Turkey's entry into the E.U.?

JEFFREY: That's tough because at the same time all this is happening, Turkey is cracking down on internal dissent, press freedom, and the rights

of many of its citizens as the President Erdogan goes ever more towards an authoritarian regime. This is hard to the Europe to swallow.

Also under some of the rules refugees that are "legitimate" such as Syrians will not be taken back to Turkey. They will be sent forward. And some

people in Europe, the Hungarians are against this.


JEFFREY: So this isn't over yet but my prediction is that in the end the Europeans will come up with the money and there'll be some sort of

resolution at least for the moment.

GORANI: Well right now we understand that talks in Brussels have ended without any kind of formal announcement or agreement. But one of the sort

of vaguely worded proposals in this draft text that was circulating that reporters were able to see in Brussels was for Europe to take in one Syrian

refugee for every irregular migrant that Turkey agreed to take back. But I just can't understand how that would even work logistically. Once they've

made to it Greek shores, do you then deport hundreds if not thousands of irregular migrants back to Turkey? It's difficult to see how that would

even work.

JEFFREY: That is the plan and everybody is more or less in agreement. Turkey has said that it would accept those refugees. It would even accept

them if taken from the sea if they are "irregular."


JEFFREY: That is not from conflict countries like Iraq and Syria. But there are European countries, notably Hungary that don't even want the Syrians.

So that's one thing that hang up that lead to the delay in the negotiations. And then other countries are still pushing for criticism of

Turkey on the press freedom front.

So we're not there yet. I still think that Europe is going to have to bend to Turkey's will on this. This is an existential question now for both

Turkey and Europe.


GORANI: And Greece, meantime, is the country that is left having to take in all these refugees and migrants. I mean, they are putting them in Olympic

Parks, in abandoned airports.


GORANI: There's 35,000 stranded refugees and migrants in Greece right now not able to cross into Macedonia. I mean, this is already a country on the

verge of bankruptcy and it's having to shoulder this burden. And it's asking for money and not necessarily getting what it's asking for.

JEFFREY: Absolutely. This is -- I mean, this is a tragedy not only for the millions of refugees and for their homelands that are being destroyed from

Afghanistan to Syria as we see every night on T.V. It's also a tragedy for the whole idea of a Europe that can show solidarity, that can hold

together, that can come up to solutions. There have been a series of mistakes beginning with Merkel's call for anybody anywhere to come to

Germany as you heard in your clip a few minutes ago. And this has just multiplied. And Europe is on the precipice of falling apart over this



GORANI: And you know you make of course the point that this is about refugees. These are desperate people fleeing conflict zones if they didn't

have to they probably wouldn't choose to cross a treacherous stretch of water between Turkey and Greece with families, babies, children, et cetera.

But it does seem living here in Europe, I mean there is fatigue. People just don't want to hear about these refugees anymore. A lot of times, even

people who are politically not even very far to the right. You get the sense that the politicians who are the ones making the decisions right here

in Brussels, are not responding to a public desire to accept more refugees. So this is making it harder for them.


JEFFREY: That's true in Brussels, the E.U. capital. It's still true in Berlin. But in the rest of the Europe the politicians have listened to

their populations. And the question -- it's not a bad question -- is why can't these people be housed in camps under the U.N. in areas closer to the

crisis zone so they can go back?


JEFFREY: Because frankly a refugee ticket to Europe usually means immigration and remaining there forever. That's the problem that Europe is

confronting right now.


GORANI: Uh-huh. Yes. And you also wonder why not a no-fly zone. All these people are fleeing for the most part Assad bombings in Syria at last.

Thanks very much, James Jeffrey, always a pleasure to have you on the program we really appreciate your time.

JEFFREY: Thank you Hala.

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U.S. Republican Presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz can agree on at least one thing.


GORANI: They both think Marco Rubio should quit the race. Will he? We'll be right back.



GORANI: Welcome back. As Donald Trump and Ted Cruz rack up more and more delegates, Marco Rubio is trying to say relevant until the race reaches his

home turf. Turning now to the Republican campaigns for the White House, Rubio lagged behind in contests during the weekend.


GORANI: Although he did win the tiny U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. He is holding out for the critical primary next week in Florida, his delegate

rich home state.

Here's the bad news for Marco Rubio. A new poll shows that even there he is running behind Donald Trump. Both Trump and Ted Cruz want Rubio to throw in

the towel.

DONALD TRUMP, U.S. REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: He comes in third, he comes in fourth. Every time he comes in third or fourth he says you've got

to be able to win. And he is not been able to win and I think it's time that he drops out. I would love to take on Ted one on one. That would be so

much fun. Because Ted can't win New York, he can't win New Jersey, he can't win Pennsylvania, he can't win California. I want Ted one on one, OK.

TED CRUZ, U.S. REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: We have beaten Donald not once, not twice, but seven times all across the country. No other candidate

has beaten him more than once. And I think that's part of why people are coming together is they recognize if we are divided, Donald wins. And if

Donald wins, in all likelihood Hillary wins and so we have to come together. We have to unite.



GORANI: Well, as for the Republican Party, I mean, can you call it panic? Can you call it disarray. Whatever you want to call it, you have the

establishment of the GOP trying to come up with any plan that it can to stop Donald Trump. You know we are living in strange times when a prominent

conservative talk show host warns America against his own party's front- runner suggesting he's as dangerous as Adolf Hitler.


GLENN BECK, CONSERVATIVE TALK SHOW HOST: We all look at Adolf Hitler in 1940 we should look at Adolf Hitler in 1929. He was a kind of a funny kind

of character that said the things that people were thinking. Where Donald Trump takes it, I have absolutely no idea. But Donald Trump is a dangerous



GORANI: Glenn Beck is saying Donald Trump is dangerous. Let's bring in CNN political commentator and Republican party member S.E. Cupp and she joins

us now from Washington. So this - the Republican Party, is it fair to say they are starting to panic a little bit now?

S.E. CUPP, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: I think the Republican Party has been panicking for some time. When Donald Trump first showed that the early

polls were bearing out at the ballot boxes. For a long time, myself included, a lot of us thought that the polls weren't really an accurate

indication of how people were going to vote.


CUPP: And it turns out they were. Now he still only holds a plurality of Republican voters, not a majority. That is more Republican -- registered

Republicans are voting for other people than they are Donald Trump. But as you know in these primaries he can win states with just a plurality.

So yes, it's looking more and more inevitable he could be our nominee, which is why you are seeing people like former Governor Mitt Romney who

also ran for President twice come out and try to sort of get the party -- have a come to Jesus moment and really sort of snap out of the Trump



CUPP: But I don't know that that has worked.

GORANI: Now the race is not as - I mean I looked at the delegate estimates so far; Trump is at 389, but Cruz is at 302, Rubio at 149, and Kasich

behind at 37.


GORANI: So I mean if there's still mathematically, if Rubio dropped out, who would benefit? Because they are not that far apart, Cruz and Trump.

CUPP: Yes, Ted Cruz would benefit. Donald Trump asking Rubio to get out is not smart, to put it kindly.


CUPP: I mean, he wants Rubio in as long as he can be to keep the not Trump vote divided.


CUPP: Once Rubio gets out, I think Kasich isn't far behind. Then Ted Cruz does have an opportunity to surpass Donald in the delegate count or at

least keep him from clinching the delegates, which would mean an open convention. So Marco Rubio and John Kasich are actually Donald Trump's best

friends right now.

GORANI: But all the non-Trump candidates have a reason to stay in.


GORANI: Kasich is polling well in Michigan. Rubio can say in a general election I'm the best Republican candidate you could have. Cruz is saying

I've won primaries and caucuses and I'm constantly polling in the number two position and I would certainly be able to attract more of the sort of

mainstream Republican vote. Why does anyone here in the Republican field have an incentive to drop out at this stage.

CUPP: Yes, some of those - some of those insistences are more credible than others. Obviously Ted Cruz has a bunch of wins on the board. Ted Cruz has

clearly been the most formidable at attacking Donald Trump and winning some primaries.


CUPP: He had a very good night on Saturday winning in Kansas and Maine. Marco Rubio's argument that he is more electable in a general is 100% true.

The problem is, he can't get there if he doesn't start winning some states.

John Kasich -

GORANI: Apparently he can't even get there in Florida, it looks like according to the latest polls.

CUPP: Yes, we'll see. You know winning in Puerto Rico, those 23 delegates in Puerto Rico, that was good there's a lot of Puerto Ricans in Florida.

And actually among early voters people that have already voted in Florida, Rubio is up 20 points against Donald Trump. So we'll see how he does. But

he certainly has an uphill battle.

John Kasich, finally, I'm not sure. Even if he wins in Ohio, that's 66 delegates. It's a drop in the bucket compared to where everyone else is.

You know, he is making that play for the rust belt. I just don't think that's going to bear out.


GORANI: All right, S.E. Cupp, always a pleasure. Thanks very much joining us from Washington with the latest on the Republican race. CNN has a huge

week of political coverage ahead.

It continues tomorrow. We'll have the complete coverage of four state contests, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, and Mississippi. For Republicans, 150

delegates are at stake. Again, that's Tuesday right here on CNN. We'll be right back.



GORANI: Just in to CNN at this hour, an update for you on our top story.


GORANI: We are hearing of "good progress" in talks over how to resolve Europe's migrant crisis from an official close to European Commission

President, Jean Claude Juncker. E.U. nations are hoping to reach a deal with Turkey over how to stem the flow of migrants. We understand that

there were some proposals on the table to increase the amount of aid to Turkey. Turkey saying it pledged to take in some migrants, to take them

back, those who were "irregular," if Europe agreed to take some legitimate refugees in. So we will continue to monitor what's going on in Brussels.


GORANI: A reminder now of the breaking news we brought you earlier this hour.


GORANI: Tennis star Maria Sharapova says she has failed a drug test and that this happened at the Australian open this year. Sharapova made the

announcement about 40 minutes ago at a news conference in L.A. She says she tested positive for a drug called Meldonium. She said she had taken it for

a decade before learning that it had only recently been banned. We'll have a lot more on this story at the top of the hour on "Quest Means Business."


GORANI: Now when we heard that Maria Sharapova was going to make a major announcement, some speculated it was about retirement. Could that have been

on everyone's mind because another mega star is retiring today.


GORANI: Even if you're not an American football fan, the name is Peyton Manning probably rings a bell. The two time super bowl winning quarterback

is officially ending his career. Here's Coy Wire.

COY WIRE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Arguably the most important position in football is that of the quarterback.

PEYTON MANNING: I was always been a fan of quarterbacks.

WIRE: And Peyton manning didn't have to look hard to find an influential quarterback figure. His father (Archie) played 14 years in the NFL.

MANNING: If I can do it like he did it then that's a great accomplishment because there are a lot of days when he got beat up on the field and they

lost badly but he signed every autograph, he did every single interview and that's what it's all about.

ARCHIE MANNING: PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME: I don't go around bragging about my children but he will compete.

WIRE: Peyton rejuvenated the colts franchise setting a bevy of records along the way. The only thing missing was a Super Bowl title. After eluding

him for nearly a decade Peyton captured his first Lombardi trophy when he led the Colts to victory in Super Bowl 41.

MANNING: This is special. Nice to be able to put it together with a championship.

WIRE: Off the field, Peyton found success as the NFL's top pitch man appearing in numerous commercials. According to Forbes Magazine, Payton

earned $12 million a year in endorsement deals. He turned his folksy country boy charm into a brand all in itself and sponsors noticed.

MANNING: Epic comeback starts right here. Lucky shot.

WIRE: It became evident that Peyton's acting skills weren't limited to commercials when his comedic performance hosting Saturday Night Live became

an instant classic.

MANNING: OK, I'm sorry. Do you want to lose? I throw. You catch. It's not that hard. Ok?

WIRE: But injuries began to mount on the field. After a series of neck surgeries and a multimillion dollar bonus owed to their iconic quarterback

the Colts decided to part ways with Peyton.

MANNING: To Colts fans everywhere, thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. I truly have enjoyed being your quarterback.


WIRE: It didn't take long for Peyton to find a new team in the Denver Broncos where he would win his record fifth NFLMVP Award and become the

league's career leader in passing yards and touchdown passes.

MANNING: I think it is a unique thing and a neat thing to be a part of NFL history.

WIRE: In the final months of his playing career two allegations created questions about Peyton's legacy. He was one of the several athletes named

in a title 9 lawsuit against his alma mater the University of Tennessee. He was also listed in a Al Jazeera documentary that alleged his wife received

a supply of (HGH) back in 2011. But Peyton has denied taking any of it.

MANNING: It stings me whoever this guy is insinuating I cut corners, I broke NFL rules in order to get healthy. It is a joke. Its a fricking joke.

WIRE: The alleged controversies didn't prevent Peyton from winning his second Super Bowl title, becoming the first starting quarterback to win the

big game for two different teams.

MANNING: We were very grateful to be here, to be in this game, to play in the 50th Super Bowl and certainly to be victorious. It's very special.

WIRE: Riding off into the sunset as the NFL's winningest quarterback and Super Bowl champion puts a poetic ending in this ending chapter of Peyton

Manning's unfathomable football story.

Coy Wire, CNN.


GORANI: It's the gift that keeps on giving. The U.S. Presidential race is providing a gold mine of material for late night comedy shows. Saturday

Night Live has been mocking the candidates from the beginning, including of course Donald Trump. But it's now skewering Trump's supporters as well.

Take a look at this fake add that ran on Saturday.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He's been saying some pretty negative things about Donald Trump. But what are real Americans saying?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The guy's a winner.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So when people ask why you support Donald Trump, you just tell them --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's going to take our economy from here to here.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He's not some cautious politician. He says what I'm thinking.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A message from Racists for Donald Trump.


GORANI: There you have it. On Saturday Night Live. This has been "The World Right Now." I'm Hala Gorani. Thanks to all of you for watching. I'll see

you all at the same time, same place tomorrow. "Quest Means Business" is up next.