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[11:00:09] BECKY ANDERSON, HOST: A special guest from the north, pomp and ceremony in Washington as it welcomes the first Canadian leader on a
state visit in nearly two decades. We'll be live in the American capital for you where President Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau are expected to
speak any time this hour.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When I talk to my people in Aleppo, they are still hurting -- finding it very hard to find any food and medicine.
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ANDERSON: A personal tale of war. I sit down with a Syrian plastic surgeon who left his Beverly Hills practice to help his beleaguered
And serious consequences, the inventor of a banned drug used by tennis star Maria Sharapova says she could face long-term damage to her health.
ANNOUNCER: Live from CNN Abu Dhabi, this is Connect the World with Becky Anderson.
ANDERSON: At just after 8:00 in the evening, welcome.
The U.S. and Canada have announced a new partnership to battle climate change and protect the fragile ecosystem of the Arctic. Now, President
Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement before their meeting at the
White House earlier, the first by a Canadian prime minister in 19 years.
Well, that statement lays out their commitment to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.
And we are expecting a news conference shortly. And I will get you to that live as soon as it begins. It could be in the next ten minutes or so.
To the campaign to replace President Obama in the White House in November. Donald Trump says he wants a, quote, nicer, softer, lighter
Republican presidential debate tonight, but all bets are off as his rivals are fighting for their political lives. It is their last chance, and best
chance, to knock Trump off course before next Tuesday's winner takes all contests.
Now, the democratic candidates faced of in Florida last night. The questions were tough and the answers were intense.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sparred on a number of issues but they agreed on a pledge that will certainly come up in the general
election. Their vow to stop deportations of illegal immigrants highlights a massive divide with Republicans.
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HILLARY CLINTON, 2016 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I do not want to deport children. I do not want to deport family members either,
Jorge, I want to -- as I said, prioritize who would be deported -- violent criminals, people planning terrorist attacks, anybody who threatens us,
that's a relatively small universe.
JORGE RAMOS, UNIVISION: So, I want to be very specific. So, you're telling us tonight that if you become president you won't deport children
who are already here?
CLINTON: I will not.
RAMOS: And taht you won't deport immigrants who don't have a criminal record?
CLINTON: That's what I'm telling you.
SEN. BERNIE SANDERS, 2016 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I will not deport children from the United States of America.
RAMOS: And can you promise not to deport immigrants who don't have a criminal record?
SANDERS: I can make that promise.
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ANDERSON: All right. Well, let's get more now from CNN's Manu Raju. He's live in Miami for us.
Where does this race stand at this point? Let's start with the Democrats and move on to the Republicans.
MANU RAJU, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, hey there. You know, this debate last night was very contentious, probably one of the most contentious of
the cycle so far. And for the Hillary campaign, they are feeling pretty confident. They are well ahead of Bernie Sanders in the terms of
delegates, but the one thing that is unnerving to them is when you look at the results that happened this week's primaries in Michigan. The fact that
Bernie Sanders was able to win in Michigan, a very diverse state, the first time he was able to win with minority voters when Hillary Clinton was not.
He had typically had been winning in states with largely white populations, this is the first time he was able to show he could broaden his coalition.
So last night, that's why we saw a very contentious debate as Bernie Sanders really tried to go aggressively for the Latino vote and you played
that sound of immigration, that's one reason why that issue became such a hot one last
night because here in Florida, where I am right now, a very heavily Hispanic population, both campaigns are going very aggressively for that vote.
We'll see how it turns out. But clearly now for the Clinton campaign they know it's not over yet. They need to put Bernie Sanders away and he's
not going away just yet.
ANDERSON: The candidates on the Republican side know that they need to do something to put Donald Trump away if they are to continue in this
race don't they. What is that? And are they close?
RAJU: Well, it's benn -- that's been the riddle of this entire campaign. What do you do about Donald Trump? You see Marco Rubio, the
Florida senator, trying all these different tactics over the last several weeks, to go after Donald Trump, particularly personal jabs, everything
about the size of his hands, or the the fact that he sweats a lot.
Those things actually sort of backfired it seemed. Marco Rubio sort of falling off the map. Now, he heads into the the state on Tuesday in
Florida, his home state. He has to win here otherwise he's out of this campaign. Similarly, John Kasich, the Ohio governor, another establishment
favorite, if he does not do well in his home state in Ohio, he is gone.
So watch for tonight how these candidates deal with Donald Trump. I expect Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, the Texas Senator, to go after Trump, or
maybe changing up their tactics slightly, because what they've done so far just has not worked.
ANDERSON: Thank you, sir.
And a reminder that the Republican candidates will go head to head just hours
from now. CNN's Jake Tapper will moderate the debate from the University of
Miami beginning at 8:30 local time. You'll see it in its entirety Friday morning at 5:30 a.m. if you're up for Abu Dhabi time right here on CNN.
Let's get you back to Suzanne Malveaux at the White House. We have been interested to report on the fact that for the first time in nearly two
decades you have got a Canadian leader at the White House. It seems like an awfully long
time. Why so long?
SUZANNE MALVEAUX, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It is an awfully long time. And of course they are saying that, look, he's relatively new. It's a
wonderful chance for the two leaders to get to meet each other, not just meet each other, but get to know each other much better. The first met
back last year in the Philippines, but also this is a chance to reset the relations for Canada.
Under Stephen Harper it was a little bit frosty, because of the pipeline deal that did not work between the U.S. and Canada, but Becky, I
have to tell you here if you just take a lock at the pictures from this morning, we really haven't seen this kind of excitement for a world leader
here in Washington in the White House since we saw the pope here some time ago, and really since we saw Tony Blair back in the Bush administration,
those years, when Americans really kind of went crazy over this guy. I mean, he is very popular here. He's young. He's 44 years old. He is
handsome. And people like his story. They like his life story. And many people compare it to the Obama administration.
I mean, this is a guy who was a boxer, who is a snowboard instructor, who also comes from a famous family, if you will, the former Prime Minister
And once famously went up against a boxer and got his face really bashed in, beaten up pretty badly, but ended up winning, tiring out this
boxer saying you can learn more about yourself when you're in this fight, you lose the fight, and it shows more about your character getting up and
actually surviving something like that. That was an event that was done for charity.
But, Becky, you want to talk a little bit about the agenda here at the White House, what we expect to see, what's going to happen. Of course,
trade is the biggest thing here between the two countries. We're talking about $2 billion
of trade that crosses the border every single day. 8 million Americans who depend
on Canada for their jobs so they are going to talk about stressing those trade deals, also security. Security is very important. We know that
Prime Minister Trudeau has allowed 25,000 Syrian refugees to enter into the country,
humanitarian causes, as you know, that is something that the United States has not done, about 2,000 or so, very controversial because the U.S. is
looking at border security. They are looking at law enforcement, things like that.
And Canada is looking at ways to open that border. So you're going to see an
agreement between the two countries talking about ways to make trade easier, to make it easier in terms of clearance for shippers and truckers
and things like that, people from Canada coming into the United States wanting to sell and go back and forth with their goods. So that's going to
Climate change also a big issue for both of these countries on the same page when it comes to Trudeau and the president. And we're also going
to see as well things about the election and it's not surprising some Americans, some of the media, have dubbed Trudeau as the anti-Trump because
of his stance on refugees, because of his stand on Muslims and other things.
And so we'll see how he responds to that.
So far he's been very diplomatic about the U.S. political climate saying he doesn't support Trump. He doesn't not support Trump, but
certainly he will work with anybody who is put forward to Canada coming next year, Becky.
ANDERSON: All right, and these live pictures as you've been speaking, we are expecting the two leaders to walk out and hold a joint news
I have to correct myself. This is the first time in 19 years that the Canadian leader, or a Canadian leader, of course, has been on a state
visit. I'm sure there's been Canadian leaders who have been back and forth through Washington over the past two decades. But this is the first state
visit in nearly 20 years.
All right, Suzanne, thank you very much indeed for that.
Let's turn to what may prove to be a vulnerability for ISIS going forward. A Syrian opposition newspaper has published 100 pages of
documents that it says were handed over by a defector from the terror group. They contain extremely detailed information on fighters from dozens
of countries, including the answers to a 23 question recruitment form of sorts that they had to fill in. Well, among them, their name, blood type
and any previous jihadi experience.
Let's bring in CNN's Fred Pleitgen who is standing by for us in London tonight.
Fred, what's the latest on the authenticity of these documents? They have been doing the rounds for some days.
[11:10:58] FRED PLEITGEN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, they have. It's very hard to tell whether or not these documents are
authentic. So far what we have is we have been in touch with German authorities, or the German federal criminal authorities and they say that
they have these documents and they say that they believe that these documents are authentic and they are going to use them in their law
Now, they've always been reported not just by publications in the Middle East
but and also by European publications in Germany, here in and Britain as well. All of them saying they believe that these documents are, indeed,
And so therefore, if they are indeed real, it would indeed be probably a treasure-trove for law enforcement authorities and also of course give a
glimpse into the bureaucracy of ISIS and to all the information ISIS gathers. Essentially what this seems to be, is it seems to be something
like an entry form into the Islamic State, people who want to come to the so-called Islamic State had to fill out this form, give all of this
information, to get in.
So, if this holds true, this would by and large be a registry or a membership form for the so-called caliphate, Becky.
ANDERSON: All right. I'm going to stop you there. Fred, thank you.
U.S. President Barack Obama and the Canadian prime minister making their way out to the podium for a news conference. Let's listen in.
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