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[11:00:12] HILLARY CLINTON, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party's



BECKY ANDERSON, HOST: Hillary Clinton makes history, set to be the first female presidential nominee of a major American political party.

Also ahead this evening, he was once denied entry to the United States. Now, India's prime minister Narendra Modi is set to address a

joint meeting of congress.

And we'll have the very latest on a final push in the United Kingdom to register voters ahead of what is the historic Brexit referendum.

Hello. I'm Becky Anderson. This is Connect the World. It's been a long time coming, not only for Hillary Clinton, but for the entire United

States. Nearly 100 years after American women first got the right to vote, a female candidate appears set to lead the presidential ticket of a major

U.S. political party.

Well, presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton celebrated her historic achievement last night after a strong showing in the final Super

Tuesday contests as they are known. We are going to bring you the highlights from her speech and see where her campaign goes from here just


Well, Clinton, of course, hoping to grab the White House in Washington this November, but

right now, there is another big event going on in the American capitol. The Indian prime minister set to

address U.S. lawmakers in a joint meeting of the congress there, that is upcoming. And we will bring you that live as soon as Modi begins speaking.

He is in Washington for a three-day visit and on his fourth trip to the U.S. as prime minister.

Well Sumnima Udas is following this visit very closely for us from the Indian capital. He joins us now.

Today, it's congress, yesterday Modi sat down with President Obama. Can you talk us through how that came about and what it is that they


SUMNIMA UDAS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Sure, Becky. First, I just want to talk about the significance of this speech that's coming up

any minute now. As Prime Minister Modi enters the U.S. House of Representatives, he will no longer be the pariah that he once was,

basically blacklisted by the United States for two years -- for many years until two years ago until he became the prime minister of this country,

blacklisted because of his alleged involvement in the killings of thousands of Muslims in some anti-Muslim riots in his state of

Gujarat back in 2002 when he was chief minister.

That's when a lot of U.S. lawmakers lobbied against him, lobbied that his U.S. visa be revoked and that's what happened.

So the fact that he's now addressing a joint meeting of the U.S. congress is very, very significant, Becky, because it shows a very

important -- it gives a very important signal to many Indians here -- and, of course, the Indians in the United States as well and, of course, people

all over the world that the U.S. has finally in some ways accepted him, not just President Obama, not just the businessmen, but also U.S. lawmakers --


ANDERSON: And, of course, he met with the American defense minister, Ash Carter -- so Obama, as you say, businessmen, congress and Ash Carter.

What happened there? Do we know?

UDAS: The details haven't been revealed yet,, but we know that when Ash Carter met with the

defense -- his counterpart from India a few days ago, they talked about development in terms of co-production and co-manufacturing of defense

equipment, of also trying to include India more in terms of their patrolling of the areas around the South China Sea, but again the details

have not been released yet.

But Becky, back to your previous question about what was discussed with President Obama yesterday, the main highlight from that was really an

agreement of sorts, Prime Minister Modi, saying that India has basically agreed to support the ratification of the Paris agreement in terms of

climate change.

Now as we know, India has -- was a reluctant party of that during the Paris conference. India had often talked about climate, saying because of

all the developed nations like the U.S. and many countries in Europe, had gone through that industrialization phase and had basically polluted the

world in the past hundred years, that these are the countries that need to come up -- somehow come up with some sort of climate financing to help

developing nations like India embrace renewable energy.

So, that was -- India was seen as this real stumbling block at that time, but now, after yesterday's meeting, both of them came out, President

Obama and Prime Minister Modi. And Prime Minister Modi basically saying that India will -- has agreed to that Paris accord.

So, that is a significant development. And we know about how important the issue of climate change is for President Obama, especially as

he's completing his term there as he ends his -- well he's looking for -- he will be in control for the next three to four months.

So, this is the real development as far as President Obama is concerned during this visit -- Becky.

[11:06:18] ANDERSON: Good stuff. And we are waiting, of course, to hear from Narendra Modi as he addresses congress in the U.s.

And Sumnima, what more can you tell us about the U.S., helping get some ancient artifacts to India worth apparently more than $100 million?

UDAS: That's right. These are artifacts that are -- some of them dating back to more than 2,000 years ago, very prized artifacts. And they

were actually stolen quite some time ago and U.S. investigators had been looking into it, they had been following this case since 2007, I believe.

So now basically the U.S. is returning these artifacts. It is very important for India, of course,

because Indians are deeply spiritual. For many people, these artifacts are not just artifacts they represent manifestations of gods and goddesses as


So, this is an important signal or sort of message that the U.S. is giving during this visit -- Becky.

ANDESRON: Sumnima, thank you.

And we've been talking as we await the Indian prime minister. He will be addressing a joint meeting of the U.S. congress in Washington. Live

pictures for you. And as and when that happens we will, of course, bring you the sound from that.

India is the world's biggest democracy. And it is going through a lot of change right now.

CNN's Fareed Zakaria speaking to some of the country's key figures from India's richest man to Bollywood's number one star, that is in India's

Big Chance, airing Friday at 10:30 a.m. in London, 1:30 p.m. here in Abu Dhabi only on CNN of course.

Well, your top story this evening. Arms outstretched his crowds as adoring crowds cheered. Her triumphant smile said it all -- Hillary

Clinton has made history becoming the first woman ever to be the presumptive presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party.

But a win is more than a political achievement, it broke barriers and Clinton

hopes it will be a game changer for little girls.

Before she took to the stage, she posted this tweet, "to every little girl who dreams big, yes, you can be anything you want, even president.

Tonight is for you."

But even as Clinton savored the moment she said it's only the beginning of the work that lies ahead.

Jeff Zeleny has more for you.


JEFF ZELENY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hillary Clinton's history making moment.

HILLARY CLINTON, (D) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party's nominee.


ZELENY: Savoring a triumph in her long Democratic primary fight exactly eight years after extinguishing her first trailblazing campaign.

CLINTON: Tonight victory is not about one person. It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed, and made this

moment possible.

ZELENY: Extending her hand to Bernie Sanders after finishing strong in the final round of primaries, wins in New Jersey and California.

CLINTON: And let there be no mistake. Senator Sanders, his campaign, and the vigorous debate that we've had have been very good for the

Democratic Party and for America.


[11:10:02] ZELENY: Sanders winning in two states and vowing to fight on, but his argument is fading fast.

BERNIE SANDERS, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I know that the fight in front of us is a very, very steep fight. But we will continue to fight for every

vote and delegate.


ZELENY: This as Sanders campaign tells CNN they plan to cut half their staff.

SANDERS: The struggle continues.


ZELENY: After a bitter primary duel, early signs of peacemaking. CNN has learned campaign manager for Sanders and Clinton, Jeff Weaver and Robby

Mook, are talking behind the scenes.

The end is near with Sanders heading to the White House tomorrow to meet with President Obama in hopes of bringing the party together, which

Clinton says, she knows can be difficult.

CLINTON: Now, I know it never feels good to put your heart into a cause or a candidate you believe in and to come up short. I know that

feeling well.


CLINTON: As we look ahead to the battle that awaits, let's remember all that unites us.

ZELENY: The biggest point of teen for Democrats may well be defeating Donald Trump.

CLINTON: We believe that we are stronger together. And the stakes in this election are high, and the choice is clear. Donald Trump is

temperamentally unfit to be president and commander in chief.


ZELENY: She is making a full pivot to Trump, inviting voters who are skeptical of him to rally behind her.

CLINTON: We won't let this happen in America. And if you agree, whether you're Democrat, Republican or independent, I hope you will join



ANDERSON: Hillary Clinton.

Well Donald Trump didn't wait for Clinton to claim victory before taking her head on, but this time, he stuck to the script. The presumed

Republican nominee gave a very measured speech last night reading off a teleprompter. And while Clinton was a big target,

Trump also tried to reassure his own party that in his own words he understands the responsibility of carrying the mantle.

We'll have a lot more on this as you would imagine later on in the show.

And millions of fans are getting ready to travel to France for the Euro 2016 championship and

with a looming terror threat, security is tight. Very short break at this point. Back after this.


ANDERSON: All right. And some breaking news for you just coming in. The Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova has been banned for two years for

doping by the International Tennis Federation, that is according to the ITF's website -- one of, if not the richest female athlete, of course.

Maria Sharapova, banned for two years for doping by the International Tennis Federation.

We will await an official response for Maria Sharapova as we get that we will bring it to you.

To Washington, where Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, is walking in to the building in order to address the U.S. joint congress.

Let's listen in.

making his way up to the podium. it's been what is it now, four trips to Washington. And this is, it seems ironic doesn't it, this after he was

banned from the country in the past, addressing a joint meeting of U.S. congress. This is Narendra Modi. He is in Washington, for

you this evening.

His fourth trip to the U.S. as prime minister. This was a three-day visit. He has met with President Obama. He's met with business leaders.

He met with the defense chief, Ash Carter, and now in a position to address those lawmakers who will be intent on hearing what Modi's plans are for his

country and his Make in India project.

He's been two years in the job, of course, and very outspoken and on a mission to extend his

hand to the rest of the world and, indeed, get the rest of the world very much more interested in what is going on in India.

Let's just listen in to the atmosphere here.


ANDERSON: Narendra Modi about to address congress, invited to Capitol Hill by the House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan who in April

described U.S.-Indian ties as a pillar of strength in an important region of the world.


[11:41:23] ANDERSON: Well on his fourth visit to the United States, during which he has met with President Barack Obama, business leaders and

think tank chiefs, Mr. Obama and Mr. Modi announced Tuesday the U.S. and India would move ahead with the construction of six nuclear reactors in

India by an American company and today, in front of congress, celebrating India/U.S. ties as the two

countries seek to deepen their engagement.

He said of the U.S., this temple of democracy has encouraged and empowered other democracies the world over. In a wide ranging speech, he

said he honored the courage and sacrifice of American service men and women of the land of the free and the home of the brave in the service of

mankind, his words not mine.

More Americans, he's just said are practioners of yoga than practitioners of throwing a curveball to which he got a round of applause.

Speaking to the ties the U.S./India ties which are being celebrated on this three-day visit.

Well, our Sumina Udas has clearly been following this visit very closely for us from the Indian capital New Delhi, as I'm sure millions of

Indians are, too.

Your thoughts on what you've just heard?

UDAS: Yeah, very wide ranging speech, indeed, Becky.

Of course, he stressed on the shared relationship of the two countries, how these are the two

biggest democracies in the world and as Obama has said before, President Obama has said before, this is a defining relationship of the 21st Century.

And as Prime Minister Modi just said, a relationship that has overcome the hesitation of history, a relationship that is based on comfort and

conversions, and that is really what's defining their conversation at the moment.

That's something that really struck me because, of course, India has always sort of followed this foreign policy of nonalignment for a very long

time. And, obviously, with -- not just with this speech, but Prime Minister Modi reaching out to the United States since he took over this

country two years ago, there's really been a clear shift there.

It's not like relations between the two countries were not great before, as Prime Minister Modi himself talked about, the civil nuclear

energy deal that was signed back in 2008, that's really when the relationship between the two countries changed.

President Obama always talked about very fondly about the previous prime minister, Manmohan Singh, as well. So, the relationship was always

very, very positive.

Of course things fell apart a little bit during that very -- diplomatic spat when an Indian diplomat was strip searched, but since then

a lot has changed since Prime Minister Modi has come into power -- Becky.

ANDERSON: Sumnima Udas is in New Delhi for you today. Thank you.

Well, returning to our breaking news of this hour, Maria Sharapova says she plans to appeal a two-year ban by the International Tennis

Federation. The tennis star failed a drug test after this year's Australian Open. She admitted to taking a substance that was only recently

banned by the federation.

World Sport's Christina Macfarlane joins me now from London.

Christina what have you got?

CHRISTINA MACFARLANE, CNN WORLD SPORT: Yeah. That's right, Becky. We've been waiting for the announcement from the International Tennis

Federation for some time. And we know as you say that Maria Sharapova has been issued with a two-year ban.

the Now, interestingly, this ban is back dated to the day when she was

found to have failed that drug test which was January 26th of this year during the Australian Open. So, effectively she has already served six

months of that ban.

Now the ban, of course, is for Maldonium, which as you say, was December 2015 last year when it was found to be performance enhancing.

That was struck off by WADA. And you will remember that hastily arranged press conference by Maria Sharapova in March of this year when she admitted

she had failed the drug test and she pleaded innocent saying that she wasn't aware that the drug had been added to WADA's list.

Now, the ITF have taken this into consideration, but this ban is considered to be rather heavy. And in the past few minutes, Maria herself

has issued a statement on Facebook, very quickly in response to this. She says "the ITF spent tremendous amounts of time and resources to prove I

intentionally violated the anti-doping rules and the tribunal concluded I did not. You need to know that the ITF asked the tribunal to suspend me

for four years."

She then went on to say, "I will immediately appeal the suspension portion to this ruling to cast the courts of arbritration for sport, which

of course is we did expect."

But, Becky, I think point she makes about the fact that ITF concluded she was -- this was not intentional is a key one because this has been an

issue that has divided the tennis world. Some thinking she was guilty, others think she isn't.

And in the past few minutes Billie Jean King, a legend of the sport, has actually tweeted her support of Maria Sharapova. She says "thinking

about Maria Sharapova with today's news. She accepted responsibility early on and that is a big part of her true character."

It's been an issue that's really divided the tennis world.

[11:46:58] ANDERSON: Christina, I think you're absolutely right to point out these two lines, while the tribunal correctly I did not

intentionally violate the anti-doping rules, it had been looking for a longer ban of four years.

A really interesting sort of juxtaposition there. What happens next?

MACFARLEANE: Well, as Maria says, she is planning to appeal this to the court of arbitration for sport. That is the highest level at which any

athlete can appeal a decision of this nature. But it has to be said, if the court of arbitration for sports -- if she loses that appeal with them,

the questions remain, as to what happens next with her career?

You know, she's 29 years of age. She hasn't really been at the top, in the forefront of world tennis for two years now. Last time she won a

grand slam was in 2014. And she's dropped down to 26th in the world rankings.

So, if she is out of tennis now for another year and a half, can she come back, can she be the force she once was in tennis? I just don't see


ANDERSON: Christina Macfarlane on what is the story of the hour, Maria Sharapova there, banned for two years for doping.

We're going to take a very short break at this point. Back after this.


[11:50:27] ANDERSON: Right.

Well, Hillary Clinton hoping to grab the White House in November, of course. She is the presumptive democratic nominee, the first woman of a

leading U.S. party to do that in U.S. politics.

Women in power, though, are nothing new in other parts of the world. In fact, there are currently 18 female world leaders according to the

United Nations. We've been discussing Modi's visit to Washington, for example, this hour. Indira Gandhi among one of the most well known past

and present females, the first women to serve as prime minister of India.

Golda Meir was prime minister and one of the founders of Israel, of course. Margaret Thatcher, Iron Lady, Britain's first and so far only

female prime minister.

And then you've got Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia since 2006. She's Africa's first elected female head of state. And Park Geun-

hye, became South Korea's first female leader taking office in 2013. There you go.

Still, a historic feat in the U.S., of course. Clinton's Republican rival in the general election, also gave a victory speech after what was

the final Super Tuesday contest last night, effectively U.S. time. And while he repeatedly attacked Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump may have had an

even bigger objective as Jim Acosta reports.


TRUMP: To those who voted for someone else in either party, I'll work hard to earn your support.

JIM ACOSTA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Donald Trump trying to change the subject and his delivery, using a teleprompter in his victory lap speech at

the official end of the Republican primary season.

TRUMP: If I'm forced to fight for something I really care about, I will never, ever back down. And our country will never ever back down.

ACOSTA: The speech, with only a couple of Trump ad-libs, had some Republicans cheering. The chairman of the RNC tweeting "Exactly the right

approach and perfectly delivered."

NEWT GINGRICH, (R) FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: If he can stay on this path, and stay this disciplined, he is going to be very formidable.

ACOSTA: Trump did respond to the growing outcry over his attacks on federal judge Gonzalo Curiel's Mexican-American heritage.

TRUMP: I will tell you it's a little disappointing, some of the Republicans.

ACOSTA: He told his Republican critics to move on.

TRUMP: There is a lot of anger, I guess, anger. They just can't come back. They can't get over it. So they have to get over it. Ideally, as to

whether or not they endorse me, that's OK if they don't, but they have to get over it. They shouldn't be so angry for so long.

ACOSTA: Too late, says Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk, who is in a tough reelection battle and rescinded his endorsement of Trump.

SEN. MARK KIRK (R), ILLINOIS: I cannot support him because of what he said about the judge. That was too racist and bigoted for me.

ACOSTA: That coming after hours of stinging comments from the nation's two top Republicans.

REP. PAUL RYAN (R-WI), SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: Claiming a person can't do the job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of

a racist comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed.

SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY), MAJORITY LEADER: It is time to quit attacking various people you competed with or various minority groups in

the country.

ACOSTA: Trump attempted to put the controversy to rest, with a statement that said his comments about Judge Curiel were misconstrued. He

did have a few supporters coming to his defense.

GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE (R), NEW JERSEY: I've known him for 14 years, and Donald Trump is not a racist.

ACOSTA: But Trump is hearing warnings from top Republicans who are demanding their presumptive nominee start acting presidential before the

GOP mutiny gets any worst.

SEN. BOB CORKER (R), TENNESSEE: He's got to demonstrate a different level of professionalism.

ACOSTA: The real estate tycoon insists he's got the message, and is ready to turn his attention to Hillary Clinton.

TRUMP: The Clintons have turned the politics of personal enrichment into an art form for themselves.

ACOSTA: Up next for Donald Trump, a speech set for early next week on the Clinton's personal financial dealings. No word on whether a

teleprompter will be used again.

Jim Acosta, CNN, New York.



CLINTON: Able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you -- it has got about 18 million cracks in it.


ANDERSON: Hillary Clinton there exactly eight years and a day ago, conceding the democratic nomination to Barack Obama.

Well, now the glass isn't cracked it's nearly smashed. Frankly, it's a little behind big leaps taken elsewhere in the world, but Clinton is now

just a step away from becoming the U.S. president.

That step coming after the long march of countless women before her.

Here, men read information on the windows of a group dedicated to stopping women from even

being allowed to vote. The kicker, many women themselves backed it, but they were all on the wrong side of history. Their (inaudible) after these

suffragettes paraded their defiance of the status quo, marching themselves, and America, towards a new era.

They may not have known it then, but their decades' long battle was almost won. Just three years later, the U.S. constitution changed and so

did all of the future's of women in the U.S. who were finally allowed to vote, finally.

Just think about this, in the 2008 presidential election, just over 65 percent of eligible women voted, meaning millions simply didn't.

Food for thought.

And a reminder tonight of our breaking news for you this hour. Maria Sharapova says she plans to appeal a two-year ban by the International

Tennis Federation. The tennis star failed a drug test after this year's Australian Open. She admitted to taking a substance that was only recently

banned by the federation. She made her professional debut at the age of 14, since then

she's won five grand slam titles and over $36 million in prize money.

Last year, Forbes named her the highest paid female athlete.

Stay with CNN for all the latest on this and all the other developing stories of the day. I'm Becky Anderson, of course. That was Connect the

World from the team here and those working with us hard around the world, it's a very good evening. Thank you for watching.

CNN continues after the short break.