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BECKY ANDERSON, HOST: An ugly scene unfolds at the Brussels memorial site, the victims of last week's attack. We are live tonight in the

Belgian capital for you where police are still looking for some of the people behind the bombings.

Also ahead this hour...


SEN. BERNIE SANDERS, 2016 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: All right, are you ready for a news alert? We just won the state of



ANDERSON: A sweep for Bernie Sanders. The Democratic presidential nominee wins big in three states. But does the math still favor Hillary


And 100 years since a violent uprising in Ireland, is it still dividing people after so many years?

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


ANDERSON: A very good evening. It is 7:00 here in the UAE. We begin with more extraordinary events in Brussels. What had been a somber scene

turned tense just a couple of hours ago when hundreds of right wing protesters converged on a memorial to victims of Tuesday's terror attacks.

Well, the protesters shouted anti-immigrant slogans and performed Nazi salutes, as you can see All of this as investigators carry out more raids

and try to track down more clues to the bombings that left 28 people dead.

Well, those tensions have deescalated somewhat. CNN's Clarissa Ward has been following these protests as they unfolded. And she joins us now.

Describe, Clarissa, if you will, what has been going on in the past hour or so. Is it clear who these protesters are?

CLARISSA WARD, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, first of all, Becky, it is not clear exactly who the protesters are. They did tell some

CNN staff that they are supporters of various football or soccer groups. But essentially what you saw was -- it was a very relaxed somber atmosphere

as you're seeing now behind me, people paying their respects and then apparently out of nowhere hundreds of men, mostly clad in black, began

storming down the street. They were chanting nationalist slogans, anti- immigrant slogans. The one we heard over and over again is "On est chez nous," which mean in a sense "this is our home."

They were doing Nazi salutes, as you said. Some of them appear to be drinking alcohol. And very quickly it had become quite a tense atmosphere

with the people who had been here laying candles, laying flowers, lighting candles, saying prayers for the dead, chanting their own chants back,

saying we are all the sons of immigrants.

Some scuffles broke out, riot police essentially flooded the square and began slowly pushing back the nationalist demonstrators bit by bit.

They used some water canons to try to disperse the group. And there were small scuffles, but essentially nothing major in terms of any violence. It

was a very tense atmosphere, though, and really, Becky, this is exactly what Belgian authorities had wanted to avoid. This is why they told people

to stay at home today, not because there was threat of an attack on a march, but because they didn't want to

see their precious police resources which they want to be focused on the manhunt diverted to policing these types of events, Becky.

ANDERSON: Yeah, OK, as you say, the atmosphere a lot less tense behind you now than it was some hours ago.

Clarissa, what is the latest in the investigation into the attacks last week?

WARD: Well, there have a been a number of raids today, 13 raids today, many arrests being carried out. But the primary focus at the moment

is on a man who Belgian authorities are only identifying as Faisal C. He is being charged with terrorist murder, attempted terrorist murder, and

participation with terrorist activities, all of that seeming to indicate that he played a very central role in these attacks.

Now, police did launch a raid on his residence after he was arrested on Thursday outside the prosecutor's office. They didn't find weapons.

They didn't find any explosives, but certainly looking at the nature and the severity of those charges, many people are speculating that he must

have played a central role.

Of course, what everybody wants to know is could Faisal C. be one of the two

men who are most wanted now, those two men of course the third bomber in the light jacket from the airport surveillance video we've seen, or

possibly the second bomber, or would-be bomber, outside the metro station who was carrying that large bag.

So, we don't know yet, but we have definitely seen an uptick in the number of arrests, also an Algerian man arrested in Italy as the

investigation fans out beyond Belgium, beyond France, also to Germany and now to Italy, too, Becky.

[11:05:1] ANDERSON: And counterterrorism experts and western officials have cited open borders and crucially gaps in European security

services particularly Belgium's as a major issue that allowed for Brussels to face these attacks.

You've talked about this investigation going wider and across borders. What is being done, if anything, to close those perceived gaps in counter


WARD: Well, I think what we are hearing again and again at the moment from European officials is this emphasis on European cooperation, European

information sharing because there is no doubt that some of these men were very well known to -- well, so let's say some Belgian men were Belgian

officials and some Frenchman were known to french officials, they were known to have traveled to Syria. But when they come into Europe they don't

necessarily fly into the country that they are from. They might fly into another EU countries, try to exploit those open Schengen borders and so

essentially what has been demanded by people here is more information sharing about the movement of these men particularly men who have criminal

records, particularly men who have traveled to Syria. And so far we have seen a lot of talk about that. There was a lot of talk after Paris about

building a Pan-European database that would essentially share all this information and keep all of these men's movements in a shared sort of


But so far it's not clear that we have seen anything really tangible to show that that is actually happening in a meaningful way, Becky.

ANDERSON: Clarissa Ward on the ground in Belgium for you this Sunday. Clarissa, much appreciated. Thank you.

We're going to have a lot more on the terror attacks in Brussels throughout

this broadcast. We will hear from a government spokesman about the challenges

in identifying some of the victims. And sometimes the differences between life and

death can be just minutes. Some airline and metro passengers avoided the explosions but are still traumatized.

Plus, we hear from parents of a young American missionary wounded in the attacks. He is badly burned, but they say he still has his eyes and his


Well, Democratic Bernie Sanders starting off the week with momentum in the U.S. presidential race. He knocked off wins in three western states on

Saturday and by wide margins, let me tell you.

But wisconsin is next battleground for much-needed delegates. CNN's Suzanne Malveaux is there with the latest on what was Saturday's sweep.


SUZANNE MALVEAUX, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It was 142 delegates at stake over the weekend. Bernie Sanders coming in with a victory in Alaska as

well as Washington state. The caucuses there a big win for him and all a part of this

strategy to pick up those delegates as well as pick up the momentum leading to contests in much

bigger states more significant later on. The senator celebrating here in Madison, Wisconsin before thousands and thousands of fans.

SANDERS: We knew from day one that we were going to have politically a hard time in the deep south. That is a conservative part of our country.

But we knew things were going to improve as we headed west. And last week we won Utah with

78 percent of the vote. We won Idaho with 79 percent of the vote and we won Democrats abroad with 67 percent of the vote.

MALVEAUX: Campaign vows that it will go to the very end. They are talking about going to bigger states and trying to win those critical

states. Here of course Wisconsin, and then moving on to New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and of course a big prize California. It is far from

clear whether or not that is possible, but in speaking with Sanders aides they say that, yes, he will take it all the way to the Democratic



ANDERSON: Well, his path forward appears unclear. Hillary Clinton has over 60 percent of the so-called delegates awarded so far. And

observers say that Sanders needs a series of landslide victories to even compete.

CNN's Jake Tapper, then, asked Bernie Sanders what the candidate thinks he can pull off and whether he thinks the next few weeks may just

tip the scales. Have a listen to this.


SANDERS: I think every vote is pivotal. We are now winning in state after state the Latino vote. We're doing better now that we're out of the

South with the African-American vote. We're doing extraordinarily well with young people.

And we are -- we think we do have a path toward victory.

[11:10:02] TAPPER: What is that path to victory, sir? Because, as you know, you really need to score landslide victory after landslide victory in

order to overtake her when it comes to the pledged delegates.

SANDERS: Well, I think there are two aspects to it, Jake.

As you have just indicated, the last five -- we have won the last five out of six contests, all of them in landslide victories. What we have said

from day one is, the South is the most conservative part of America. We did not do well there. Secretary Clinton gained a lot of delegates. No debate

about that.

We're out of the South. We're heading to the West Coast, which is the most progressive part of America. We think we're going to do very well

there. But in addition to that, in terms of superdelegates, a lot of super delegates have pledged to Secretary Clinton.

But I think when they begin to look at the reality, and that is the we in poll after poll are beating Donald Trump by much larger margins than is

Secretary Clinton -- in your own CNN last poll, we were 20 points ahead of him. In the last national poll, we actually beat Secretary Clinton by a

point. We started 50 points behind.

I think the momentum is with us. A lot of these super delegates may rethink their position with Hillary Clinton. A have not yet declared. And

then you have got super delegates who are in states where we win by 40 or 50 points. I think their own constituents are going to say to them, hey,

why don't you support the people of our state, vote for Sanders?


ANDERSON: Bernie Sanders speaking to my colleague Jake Tapper.

Well, the U.S. presidential race once centered on Hillary Clinton's use of emails. Well, now it turns out Clinton wasn't the only official

off the government grid even after her controversy made headlines. CNN went through documents released by the Pentagon and found Defense Secretary

Ash Carter kept using a personal account., even after Clinton's email was under

investigation and even after he apologized for using one.

Use for that full story.

You are watching Connect the World with me Becky Anderson out of the UAE. Coming up for you this evening, Iraqi forces say they have launched

an offensive to retake Mosul in Iraq. We'll bring you the very latest on the efforts to liberate Iraq's second largest city from ISIS.

And the difficult task of identifying the dead and wounded from Tuesday's terror attacks in Brussels, plus the latest on the investigation

up next.


ANDERSON: You are watching Connect the World with me Becky Anderson live from abu Dhabi. It's nearly a quarter past 7:00 here.

Returning to our top story for continuing coverage of the Brussels terror attacks. Right wing protesters who were met by riot police at what

was a large public memorial in central Brussels for victims of Tuesday's attacks.

Now, this was slightly earlier today. Many of them seen trampling on the flowers left at the memorial and giving Nazi salutes. Well, this comes

a day after officials postponed a rally planned for Sunday saying they didn't want police to be distracted from the investigation.

Well, also today police carried out more than a dozen new terror raids in and around the Belgian capital. They picked up a total of nine people,

we're told, five of them were released after questioning.

Well, identifying the dead and wounded from Tuesday's terror attack has not been easy, that's because of the extent of their injuries, or lost

travel documents. CNN's Alexandra Field talks with the spokesman for Belgium's foreign ministry about some of the challenges investigators have

been dealing with.


DIDIER VANDERHASSELL, SPOKESMAN, BELGIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY: Well, we have one big advantage here in Brussels that is that almost all countries

are represented here in the capital. It's a huge diplomatic capital. We have the European Union and NATO here. So the contact with different

countries is rather easy. And we have established already during other crises direct lines with them. So, we have been able from moment one to

get in touch with more than 100 embassies here in Brussels.

ALEXANDRA FIELD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Is it more difficult to identify some of these victims because they come from so many different countries?

VANDERHASSELL: I think it is a difficult issue in general. People are in transit. People are found without any documents. People have been

severely wounded so there are many, many issues. And I don't think that it is more difficult to identify foreign nationals than to identify Belgian


FIELD: What role are the embassies taking right now as far as communicating with families of victims or providing support. What is the

relationship here?

VANDERHASSELL: So the embassies, they have -- their role is to inform the families through the local authorities in the different countries. Our

role is to be sure that they get the correct, 100 percent correct information from us and that's why it might take some more time to give

them the information, but we want to be 100 percent sure and so we have been basing ourselves on the information we are getting from our disaster

identification team and from the ministry of public health.

FIELD: What do we know about the victims right now? Can you give me a breakdown?

VANDERHASSELL: 31 are -- is the total. Three suspect and then a number of unidentified still, and a number of Belgians. So, but we are

able to confirm for the moment, 100 percent sure, 11 foreign nationals from eight different nationalities.

FIELD: How many Americans?

VANDERHASSELL: For the moment, we are able to confirm two Americans among the deceased.

FIELD: When we saw 31 are deceased, how many more -- if there a handle on how many more -- have not been identified at this point?

VANDERHASSELL: So for the moment the number is 31.

FIELD: Do you expect it to go up?

VANDERHASSELL: This number could go up because there are some people still in the hospital fighting for their lives.

FIELD: 31 (inaudible).


FIELD: And everyone who is alive (inaudible).

VANDERHASSELL: Not yet, because some people are in a coma, so we still have to identify people that are wounded.

FIELD: Do you know how many people fall into that category?

VANDERHASSELL: I can't give you the numbers because that is public health. Sorry.


ANDERSON: Well, for some it was just a matter of minutes that separated them from Tuesday's terror attacks. Alexandra Field also talked

with some of the airport travelers who barely missed the explosions.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It was a matter of time. So you live with that.

FIELD: Every minute mattered, but only some people get time to think about that.

They are here waiting to go back.

Minutes before that, you had been in the same spot where these bombs went off.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, yes, yes. But I was lucky I did my -- I did online check-in, because I came in and immediately I went to the gate.

FIELD: He narrowly missed the blast.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: At the beginning, nobody could reach me. I couldn't call after 10, 15 minutes I could call my wife. She was very in

panic. She was panicked. She couldn't reach me.

FIELD: Another woman tells us she touched down right in the aftermath.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We saw the whole facade, basically from the bus we could see the roof that was completely shattered, the glass roof, and

then when we got out of the bus we could see the whole front area was all the glass shattered.

So, and people were just still walking down from there and ambulances driving up.

FIELD: When you realized that you could have been in that airport at the time...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, in a few minutes, yeah. It's a real shock. We -- it was a really bad day and the days after. It is starting to get

better now. But really tough.

[11:20:04] FIELD: The airport is still a crime scene. It's being guarded 24 hours a day by both police and members of the military. The

only people who have gotten through that barricade are the ones who are part of the investigation until now.

Some of the first people who are getting back in here are some of the last people who got out.

It's time. They're picking up many of the 6,000 cars left behind. But no one will be allowed into the terminal.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The crime scene investigation is still ongoing. There is still, of course, a lot of luggage, hand luggage and personal

belongings that are in the buildings. These buildings are not accessible to us yet.

FIELD: Engineers are surveying the damage. There is still no word on when the building where two bombs exploded will be back open, another

matter of time.

Alexandra Field, CNN, Brussels.


ANDERSON: Well, in just the last few hours in Syria, government forces reportedly have retaken all of the ancient city of Palmyra from

ISIS, that is according to state TV at least there.

Now, the Syrian army, along with military loyal to the government, battled on the ground helped by punch of Russian air power. The loss is a

big strategic and symbolic hit for ISIS, which took control of the city, you'll remember, nearly a full year ago back in May. Ever

since, it has been systematically destroying the rich heritage there.

Well, in neighboring Iraq, the army has launched the first phase of an operation to retake the ISIS stronghold of Mosul. The military says it has

retaken several villages to south of the city. We are watching now as residents flee the fighting with nearly 2 million people.

Mosul was Iraq's second largest city before being seized by ISIS in 2014.

What's next then? Well, for the latest we are joined by Ali Khedery, the CEO of the Dragoman Partners, advisory firm, and a special assistant to

five American ambassadors to Iraq.

Has probably forgotten more about the country than we will ever know.

Thank you for joining us.

This is the main hub for ISIS in Iraqi. Victory in Mosul, of course, would be a major boost for Iraqi forces. How significant is this offensive

coming as it does now? And are the Iraqi forces and paramilitary on the ground up to the task?

ALI KHEDERY, CHAIRMAN & CEO DRAGOMAN PARTNERS: Well, obviously the offensive is extremely important because as you said Mosul is Iraq's second

largest city and it has since 2003 been the basis of the Baathist and al Qaeda insurgency. The problem is, though, is that because Mosul is Iraq's

second largest city, it is four times larger than, for example, Ramadi, which was recently liberated.

And so, with 2 million people and an Iraqi army that's still reeling form its defeat recently, and Iran backed Shia militias involved, this

could be a very destructive damaging operation.

ANDERSON: The top U.S. military officer General Joseph Dunford speaking Friday said the

secretary of defense -- and I'm quoting him here -- the secretary of defense and I both believe that there will be an increase to the U.S.

forces in Iraq in the coming weeks.

Ramping down -- sorry, ramping up, not ramping down in Iraq, not what the U.S. president would have hoped for just months out from the end of

his term, Ali. What is your analysis of the scope of the U.S. role on the ground? We know they are in the air in

support as part of the coalition, but on the ground going forward?

KHEDERY: Well, Becky, the problem that has transcended both Presidents Bush and Obama, both Republicans and Democrats, is with the

exception of the surge period from 2006 through 2008 the White House and Washington have been employing tactics rather than strategy. And so the

thing that I'm deeply concerned about is that like his predecessor President Obama is sending thousands of young

American men and women out in the field to fight in Iraq by absent a grand political strategy, one with political reconciliation in Baghdad among

Iraq's Sunni Arabs, Shia Arabs and Kurds, one that is absent a grand regional strategy that restored balance of power to the region, my very

deep concern is that more young American men and women will basically die in vain fighting an enemy we should be fighting ISIS, but the question has

been what comes the day after.

ISIS is a morally bankrupt organization so its defeat was always really assured whether it was going to take years or a decade, it was

assured. The question is what comes a day after.

If there is not national reconciliation in Iraq, then something worse than ISIS will come along just like after we defeated al Qaeda in Iraq,

ISIS came along after that.

ANDERSON: We are going to talk about regional reality shortly. I just want to refer, though, to the dam there. This is important. Iraqi

forces say they have begun to retake Mosul from ISIS, but to the north of the city another catastrophe looms.

The Mosul dam, Iraq's largest, is in dire need of repairs and has a concern for officials for years.

Now, Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, tweeted earlier this month that Mosul would be totally submerged should the dam collapse.

An Italian company has been contracted to repair the dam, but one expert told CNN there is no assurance the repairs will work.

As this offensive, we are told, has begun. How big a concern should this dam be to those on the ground and those of us who are observers?

KHEDERY: Well, the dam, as you know, was constructed by Saddam Hussein's regime in

the 1980s, but unfortunately was constructed on a soluble foundation. And so the gypsum foundation underneath the dam is literally eroding, or has

been eroding, since the day it was constructed.

The only solution for that was what they call grouting which is continuously pumping 24 hours a day cement into the holes that were forming

underneath the dam.

Unfortunately, when ISIS took Mosul and the surrounding two years ago, they also were able to capture Mosul dam and were able to loot 90 percent

of the equipment that was used for the grouting.

It is my understanding that 300 staff -- out of the 300 staff, only 10 percent have come back and again they don't have the equipment they need.

So, in those intervening 18 months or so the foundation has been continuously eroding as the water is washing underneath the dam eroding

away. So, it is like a Swiss cheese foundation for a very large dam.

If Mosul dam collapses, as Ambassador Power said, all of Mosul would be submerged. Hundreds of thousands, maybe a million or more, people will

be killed, but that water will also flow down the river valley and submerge almost half of Baghdad to include the seat of government in the green zone

in the U.S. embassy, other allied embassies.

So, this would be a catastrophic event. It's one that really nobody has any control over at this point, because the Italian firm that was

contracted to begin the repairs, Trevi (ph), will take several months to deploy along with some Italian forces.

So, it really is beyond our control, especially now that it is spring and the snow caps are melting in the Turkish mountains, which is where --

that's how the Mosul dam -- or the Mosul Lake is filled.

[11:27:15] ANDERSON: Yeah, crucial to keep an eye on that, then. Ali, bear with me, then, just for a second finally. I want to read

something to our viewers that you wrote a couple of months ago saying, and I quote, Washington should accept the fractuous reality on the ground,

abandon its fixation with artificial borders and start allowing the various parts of Iraq and Syria to embark on the

journey to self determination.

Will a new Middle East, separated nationally by ethnic and religious fault lines, of course, really be any more stable than that which we have

at present?

KHEDERY: Well, I think the experience in India and Pakistan and the Balkans empirically tells us that the odds are more likely for the Middle

East to be stable than under the current borders which as you know were drawn at the end of World War I in the wake of the collapse of the Ottoman


These borders that were drawn by the European powers artificially created what is now known as Iraq and Syria and the rest of the region.

And unfortunately they pitted minorities as rulers against majorities who were the ruled.

In the intervening 100 years, we have seen genocide, we have seen ethnic cleansing, we have seen vast corruption and we have seen turmoil,

instability in Iraq basically the entire region.

The reality of what is happening today across Iraq and Syria and other parts of Asia to include

Yemen is that de facto on the ground these countries are partitioning. In Iraq, you have the Kurdistan region government, which is all Kurds. You

have ISIS basically ruling the Sunni areas and you have Iran backed Shia parties ruling the south. So, these are the realities on the ground. And

I think rather than trying to hold on to artificial constructs, pumping billions of dollars and lots of lives, Washington and our allies should

back a UN mandated right to self-determination which is espoused in the UN charter.

Very briefly, has that been your message to the five American ambassadors to Iraq that you have been special adviser to over the years?

KHEDERY: Well, the ambassadors I served -- last one was Ambassador Crocker, we -- at the

end of my time there the violence had gone down by 90 percent and the country was being held together. Unfortunately after we left,

coincidentally, the country was ruled by Prime Minister Malaki, and really him and Bashar al-Assad in Syria basically I think ended the Iraqi and

Syrian national identities.

So, in the wake of those realities, the hundreds of thousands of people that have died, the the millions that have been displaced, there are

new hardened ethno-sectarian identities that have emerged in the wake of the collapse of the national identities, which is why I think again Syria

and Iraq no longer exist and we should give the power to the people to rule their own destinies and decide their own fates, rather than international

country -- or neighboring countries and world powers trying to do it for them, which hasn't worked.

[11:30:01] ANDERSON: Analysis tonight. From our regular guest on our Ali Khedery out of Dubai this evening. Thank you.

Well, this just in to CNN, before we take a break, I want you to get this, a suicide bomber has killed at least 38 people in Pakistan after

detonating a bomb outside a park in the city of Lahore. We're getting that from the police there. Speaking to Reuters, more than 100 others are

injured as we get more on that, of course, we will bring it to you.

The latest world news headlines are just ahead here on CNN. Plus, a young American badly wounded in the Brussels attack. His parents talk with

CNN. That coming up.



[11:34:19] ANDERSON: Let's get you caught up with the Brussels terror attacks. Again, now police raided 13 new sites across Belgium at a

Brussels square. Well, it's quieter after hundreds of right-wingers protested a few hours ago. They shouted anti-immigrant chants and

performed Nazi salutes in the heart of a memorial for the 28 terror victims. Now, police used water canon earlier to help push those protesters


Well, the 300 people wounded in the attacks, one is a 20-year-old missionary from the U.S. His parents are at his bed side and they talked

with CNN's Saima Mohsin.


SAIMA MOHSIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Proud parents show me a photo of their family, tears of relief and worry. Their oldest, Joseph

Dresden, was at the airport check-in exactly where the bomb went off.

[11:35:11] AMBER EMPEY, SURVIVOR'S MOTHER: He is the oldest of five kids. And he was -- he's just been (inaudible) since he was born, you

know, from the time he was little he's just stepped up and taken care of all of us. He is responsible and kind, loving.

MOHSIN: Joseph called his parents from hospital. His voice was calm and then he then sent them these photos.

AMBER EMPEY: It was devastating.

MOHSIN: He is being treated for second degree burns to his hands, face and head with surgery for shrapnel wounds on his legs.

AMBER EMPEY: It was a long trip.

MOHSIN: And when you first saw him?

COURT EMPEY, SURVIVOR'S FATHER: His eyes were beautiful. You can see through all the burns and all of his injuries that it is still the same

soul and heart in there. And he will need some time to rehabilitate and heal on the outside, and I'm sure with his emotions as well.

AMBERY EMPEY: Eyes and his smile. he has got bandages all around his face, you know, but he has got these pretty blue eyes and I'm thankful and

excited to see us.

MOHSIN: Joseph was just a few months away from the end of his two year missionary tour to Europe when the bombing happened. He described the

scene to his parents.

COURT EMPEY: It was horrifying what he went through. He remember the blast that knocked

him out and he was very scared and hiding. And then he went in to helping those around him looking for his three missionary colleagues to help them.

MOHSIN: I asked what they thought of the terrorists?

COURT EMPEY: I don't understand it. I just know that there is so much more good and love in the world that will always win.

MOHSIN: Joseph has more surgery and treatment to go through. His family can't take him yet where his brothers and sisters are anxiously

waiting to see him again.

Saima Mohsin, CNN, Brussels.


ANDERSON: Well, to the U.S. presidential race now where Democrat Bernie Sanders trounced Hillary Clinton in all three nominating contests

held on Saturday. His message appears to be pushing young liberal voters to the polls, that is wins in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington State came

thanks to high turnout.

But there may not be enough for Sanders to overcome Hillary Clinton's lead in the all important delegate count for the Democrats. Here's a look

at how the results came in.


TAPPER: The stakes are very high for Senator Bernie Sanders in his struggle to catch up with Hillary Clinton in the delegate race. A total of

142 delegates on the line.

JOHN KING, CNN CORRESPONDENT: So what does Bernie Sanders really need to do? If he wins 80-20 in all these of these three states, well, then he

cuts a decent chunk into her lead then.

TAPPER: It's all about margins, Kate Bolduan.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Margins matter. That's the line of the day and the night.

SARA SIDNER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: This room was actually cordoned off, fake walls put up basically. They pushed those out and had to open up the

room because just so many people streamed in.

PAUL VERCAMMEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's your version of democracy in action, Jake. They are literally hand counting them.

TAPPER: CNN projecting that independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will be the victor in the contest in Alaska.

DAVID CHALIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: One thing that's happening here is because Hillary Clinton is focusing a little bit more on the general, she's

no longer in the business so much of trying to define Bernie Sanders in some sort of negative light. That allows Bernie Sanders to still really

define himself.

SANDERS: All right, are you ready for a news alert. We just won the state of Washington.

We are making significant inroads in Secretary Clinton's lead.

With your support coming here in Wisconsin, we have a path toward victory.

BILL PRESS, CNN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR: June 3, that's when Barack Obama wrapped up enough delegates in 2008 and Hillary stayed in until that

very point. We are March 26. There is a long way to go.


ANDERSON: Well, for some perspective on Saturday's contest, I want to get you now to Nina Turner. She's a former state senator from Ohio. And

she's shifted her support away from Hillary Clinton last November to Bernie Sanders. She joins us from Washington.

And it's great to have you today.

Saturday a big day for Bernie. How does he maintain this momentum?

NINA TURNER, FRM. STATE SENATOR OF OHIO: By continuing to win, Becky, as you know. He started off this contest about ten months ago only 3

percent in the polls and look at him now. His message is resonating all across the country. And as we saw last night in Alaska, Hawaii and

Washington huge wins all in those three states. So, he is going to keep winning, keep pushing his message, keep talking to the voters, talking to

them about what America can be, and it's resonating.

[11:40:10] ANDERSON: Yeah, OK. He addressed a rally of supporters after his triple sweep on Saturday saying, and I quote him here, we have a

path towards victory, end quote. The delegates math, though, as it is called in The States is still in favor of Hillary Clinton.

So, is this about maintaining a platform at this point, acknowledging that he probably won't win the nomination in the end, will he?

TURNER: Becky, no such thing. Senator Bernie Sanders is in this race to win it. This is not just about a platform, this is really about saying

to Americans that you can have an America that is as good as its promise, as Congresswoman Barbara Jordan once talked about.

Listen, there is less than a 300 delegate difference between Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders. We have big states coming up, as you know,

such as California and New York. Senator Bernie Sanders is in this to win this and he can do it.

ANDERSON: When you switched camps back in November from Hillary Clinton to Bernie Sanders you were accused by one Clinton supporter of

doing a disservice to the country. You describe that exchange as very insulting.

Now, since then we have had a campaign that has described by the president, no less, as vulgar and divisive, a campaign which Obama said is

tarnishing the American brand around the world. Now, Nina, there is no doubt that this has been a spectacle for those of us who are observers.

But has the campaign rhetoric troubled you or is this just business as usual?

TURNER: Well, more on the Republican side, Becky, I will say, but in some ways it is unfortunate that in American politics that you can try to

tear your opponent down on personal issues instead of talking about the substance of the thing. And Senator Bernie Sanders has never run a

negative ad in all of his political career.

The differences that he has drawn between him and the secretary is really about a difference of

policy position, how he has stood up consistently against trade deals that have taken away middle

class jobs in this country. How he believes that people should have a living wage, Becky, that they should be able to earn $15 an hour so that we

should be able to invest in our young people so that they don't graduate with debt in one hand and a degree on the other. It has been the

differences of ideas.

Now, on the Republican side, you know, when they come out talking about each other's wives

and comparing hand sizes, that is when the deterioration is coming down to. And Americans are going to have to make a decision about what type of

leader you want to lead you and what type of America we are going to be going forward.

And the Republican side hasn't been too good, except for Governor John Kasich who was trying his best to keep it above the fray.

ANDERSON: Yeah, and what sort of America does -- or do Americans want the country to be going forward is also a question that's being asked by

the international viewer.

What kind of experience does your man Bernie Sanders have on the international stage if at all?

TURNER: Well, you know, he is a senator from Vermont. Vermont has about 600,000 residents. But he is on that national stage right now. He

has been fighting these issues. He has been a member of House of Representatives and also a federal senator. So, he has engaged in those

international issues.

He has talked about the crisis about making sure that in this country that we protect the folks here. He is very concerned about what is

happening in the middle East. He understands that we rise and fall together and that is not just Americans who are American but that's also

Americans to their neighbors in the rest of the world that we are in this together and what

impacts one directly, as Dr. Martin Luther King once said, impacts us all indirectly.

So, Senator Bernie Sanders, he understands the human condition and that is beyond our great

nation the United States of America.

And I think our international folks could take great pride in Senator Bernie Sanders becoming the next president of the United States. He will

be a magnificent partner with our international neighbors.

ANDERSON: All right, well, he's sticking around, certainly, after this weekend for a little bit longer.

Let's see how long it continues. It's been a pleasure having you on. Thank you very much indeed for joining us. Your U.S. politics news.

I have got to get you an update on breaking news for you now, a sharp rise in the dead and wounded in Pakistan. At least 50 people killed and

more than 200 others wounded by a suicide bombing in Pakistan.

Now, this happened outside a park in the city of Lahore. I'm going to continue to monitor the situation for you as we get more into CNN, of

course, you will be the first to hear it.

We are going to take a very short break. Back after this.


[11:47:02] ANDERSON: You're watching CNN. And this is Connect the World with me Becky Anderson. Welcome back.

You were just listening to and seeing there a ceremony in Ireland marking 100 years since the Easter rising there, a violent rebellion

against British rule. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets earlier for a parade in Dublin to remember those who were killed.

Now, the uprising lasted for less than a week, but left hundreds of people dead and you can see parts of the city just after this night 100

years ago in ruins.

Well, let's speak to Ronin McGreevy now who was at that parade earlier and joins us now on Skype from Dublin where he is a reporter with the Irish


Ronin, describe the atmosphere today, if you will.

RONIN MCGREEVY, JOURNALIST: It is very celebratory. It was very proud for many of the people here. We saw thousands of relatives of those

who fought in the Easter Rising, came to Dublin for this occasion, people from as far as Australia, Canada, America, Britain, Germany and so on.

It's -- I think the overwhelming emotion for most people here was pride also a sense of gratitude that the Easter Rising is regarded in this

country, despite what you said there about -- it was a rebellion, but it is regarded as a sort of foundation act of the modern Irish state as we have

it today.

ANDERSON: The actual rebellion, of course, happened 100 years ago in April, which was the month that Easter fell that year. But be that as it

may, this centennial, of course, being celebrated today, How significant do you think this event is to the average Irish person today?

MCGREEVY: Hugely significant, I think. This is falling in falling in what is called the (inaudible) centennial. This is commemorating an

extraordinary decade in Irish history from 1912 to 1923, which started with the Third Home Rule Act and finished with the civil war in 1923, in which

Ireland became an independent nation and also led to partition of Ireland as we have it today.

But the Easter Rising is the fundamental -- it's the most important event as far as people in this state are concerned.

As I said to you, it was the foundation of act of the Irish Republic. I don't think any serious

historian suggests that it wasn't an important catalyst for Irish independence and it is seen in that regard is really, you know -- as much

as anything else, this is a celebration of Irish independence.

ANDERSON: And also, one assumes, on a day, as you say, of celebration, breaking up for some the memories of a very violent 1970s and

'80s with the IRA. Is that something that will also be considered today?

MCGREEVY: Absolutely.

This is probably the first time really that we have been able to commemorate the Easter Rising

without it in some ways being tainted with republicanism of his troubled era. I mean, the 75th anniversary was very muted celebrations, at least it

gives succor to republicans of (inaudible).

That debate is still going on, but it certainly -- since we've had the peace process, it has given us a space to put these Easter Rising in its

proper perspective as an event, a very important event in Irish history, and also very important event in both British and world history.

[11:50:35] ANDERSON: Fascinating. With that we are going to leave it. We thank you very much indeed.

We are going to take a very short break. From Abu Dhabi, this is Connect the World. Thank you.

Coming up, capturing the Middle East for how people here look and think compared to how they used to just a few decades ago. The answer may

not be what you expect. That's ahead.

Also tonight, we are going to tell you how one race horse has just become the winningest American thoroughbred ever. That was at the Dubai

World Cup. And that report after this.


ANDERSON: You're watching CNN. This is Connect the World with me Becky Anderson. 52 minutes past 7:00 here in the UAE. Welcome back.

American thoroughbred California Chrome has won the world's richest horse race, the Dubai World Cup just down the road here. Ridden by jockey

Victor Espinoza, the victory makes Chrome the highest earning U.S. thoroughbred ever with winnings of $12.4 million.

Ally Vance has more.


ALLY VANCE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It's a glittering night at Maidan (ph) Race Court where racing royalty, both equine and human, come together for a

$30 million race card. The main event, the World Cup, again drew a world class group of international stars. But make no mistake, this year it was

all about one horse, California Chrome.

Could the 2014 Kentucky Derby winner make up for his disappointment last year and overcome his unfavorable wide draw?

ANNOUNCER: Gates fly. They're racing at the Dubai World Cup.

He's two lengths in front. He's clear above the (inaudible), then (inaudible), but it's California Chrome in front. It's Alchemy in Dubai,

Chrome turns to gold. California Chrome wins the Dubai World Cup from (inaudible) and Opportunity.

VANCE: This horse must be one of the most popular winners ever of the Dubai World Cup. Few horses have such a global following as California

Chrome. He came to win within just lengths of winning the U.S. Triple Crown in 2014. It has his own fame group called The Chromies. They're

going to be celebrating hard tonight as will trainer Arch Sherman winning this race for the first time, and jockey Victor Espinoza.

Your a Triple Crown winning jockey with American Pharoah, now a Dubai World Cup winner with California Chrome, how does that sound to you?

VICTOR ESPINOZA, JOCKEY: Pretty amazing right? You know, it's -- a lot of things that I've done sometimes they don't not make any sense right,

but hey I'm here and finally I win the World Cup.

VANCE: In winning the race the horse becomes America's all time leader in thoroughbred earnings. He will return home to the U.S. where he

can expect a hero's welcome.

Ally Vancy for CNN in Dubai.


[11:55:00] ANDERSON: And if you're looking looking for more stories throughout the day you can use our Facebook site.

You can find there the latest stories catching our attention as a team like this slide show of Holy Week photos from around the world.

And don't forget you can always tweet me @BeckyCNN. That's @BeckyCNN

Right, just time for your Partins Shots tonight. And to many people around the world this region is thought of as being very conservative but

it hasn't always been that way. Now, a young photographer from Yemen is pushing boundaries by framing the Middle East's people through the

lens of his parents' generation.

Your parting shots this evening.


IBI IBRAHIM, YEMENI PHOTOGRAPHER: From my (inaudible) what I was trying to do is speak up as a young Arab, discuss what this young

generation is living through a rather different, Middle East, very conservative, very traditional.

I feel now after the Arab Spring that young average Arab person is more provocative, is more outspoken.

We grew up in a society where we were not able to question. Many of the photographs from the (inaudible) social code were taken in the United


When I went back to Yemen, it was always difficult to try to find a model who is willing to portray a rather provocative pose.

The men always dress differently. You wore a suit when you went to the office. You wore the traditional Zenda (ph) when you sent to the

mosque or a wedding, when you went out with your friends, you were wearing jeans. But the women were always in black.

Most of the girls I photograph they don't necessarily wear a head scarf, yet they Arab, they are Muslims.

Putting on this outfit takes them to a different world and makes them want to be provocative and alluring when in nature they are not.

My name is Ibi Ibrahim. These are my Parting Shots.


ANDERSON: I'm Becky Anderson. That was Connect the World. Thank you for watching. I'll be back with the latest on the Pakistan bombing after

this very short break. Don't go away.