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UK Voters Decide: In or Out? Record 46.5 Million People Registered to Vote; Flooding Disrupts Polling Stations; Macy's Shares Rise After Management Shake-up; Source: EgyptAir Black Box Badly Damaged; German Police: Man Posed Imminent Threat at German Cinema; House Democrats End Sit-In Over Gun Control; Supreme Court Blocks Obama Immigration Plan; Obama: Officer Acquitted of Charges in Freddie Gray Death; South Korea: North Korea Hails Missile Test Success; CNN Poll: Trump Should Cut Business Ties; Thousands Protest in Paris Over Labor Reforms; Iraqi Camps Overwhelmed by Fallujah Fight; Led Zeppelin Did Not Copy "Stairway" Intro; Jury Rejects Claim by Family of "Spirit" Musician; Problems in Brazil as Olympics Loom; Political Scandals Rock Brazilian Government

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[16:00:00] ZAIN ASHER, CNN ANCHOR: Tonight, just one hour left. The polls are about to close in Britain's EU referendum. It has been a day of

democracy and drizzle. The fight is not over. Democrats vow to fight for more gun control as their sit-in comes to an end. And Led Zeppelin wins

the battle. A court says they did not rip off another band. Hello, everyone, I'm Zain Asher in for Hala Gorani, and this is THE WORLD RIGHT


Voters in the U.K. have one hour left on the clock. The fate of the country and Europe is in their hands. After months of campaigning, a

record 46.5 million people are answering the same question -- should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or should it leave?

Prime minister David Cameron walked hand in hand with his wife, Samantha, and cast his ballot earlier today in London. Further south in Kent, the

politician Nigel Farage, also went to the polls as well.

Now, I'll just to explain some reporting for you, during the hours of U.K. voting today, British rules are in place which prevent us from discussing

the issues that could affect voters there in England since the polls are still open. Reporting has to be purely factual. So it's OK for us to

discuss the awful British weather, for example, but we can't actually report on the arguments of the different sides of the campaign. Reporting

restrictions also apply to people we interview as well, in case you were wondering, there you have it. Our CNN International Correspondent, Nima

Elbagir, outside a polling station in north London. She joins me now live. Nima, just explain to us, what sort of turnout are we seeing there?

NIMA ELBAGIR, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, as you said, a record number of voters registered. But whether the weather has allowed

many of those who hope to vote to actually vote remains to be seen. We'll know after polls close in just under an hour. The British sense of humor

seems to have remained intact. One woman who described being carried into a flooded out polling station said all that's missing is a plague of

locusts. She says it's been a pretty biblically epic day. But in yet, people are still trying to have their voices heard. This has been such a

divisive campaign season. In fact, this issue has loomed over the political discourse in this country for years before it even became --

before even the concept of a referendum was tabled. So people are really keen to get out there in spite of the weather. The hope is that after the

polls close, by about 4:00 in the morning we'll start seeing those returns and seeing the results, Zain.

ASHER: Nima Elbagir live for us there, thank you so much, we appreciate that.

Just so you know, our special coverage of the referendum results begins at the top of the hour, just a few minutes from now. We'll have key

interviews and the very latest on the results as they come in. Join our correspondents across the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond. Plus, as

always extensive coverage online, just go to

U.S. markets staged their biggest rally of the week. The Dow end up more than 200 points to close above the 18,000 mark. Paul La Monica is live for

us in New York, So Paul, the market is up triple-digit, who can we thank for that?

PAUL R. LA MONICA, CNN MONEY CORRESPONDENT: I think we can probably thank Janet Yellen. There is still hope that the Federal Reserve is not going to

raise interest rates any time soon. Her testimony earlier this week to congress really showing Wall Street that she is concerned about a lot of

things troubling the global economy, including the outcome of the Brexit vote. That is still uncertain. And the Fed definitely didn't want to

raise rates a few weeks ago before this historic vote.

ASHER: Let's talk about one company that a lot of people are discussing today. Macy's, their CEO basically deciding to step down next year.

Explain the company's strategy here. They're basically trying to appeal to younger shoppers.

LA MONICA: Macy's has had a difficult time, to put it mildly, attracting those younger shoppers. Lately the stock has struggled. Macy's, like many

retailers, has faced challenges from Amazon and many other online retailers. Terry Lundgren has been at Macy's for a long time. And this is

an orderly transition.

[16:05:00] You have the president of the company will be taking over in 2017. But they have faced activist shareholder pressure lately as well.

So shaking things up might be something that investors really would applaud, because Macy's has been a bit of a laggard lately.

ASHER: What do we know about the new CEO, Jeff Gennette?

LA MONICA: Jeff Gennette's been the president of the company. This seems like a pretty orderly transition. I think while it's a little surprising

that Macy's is making the announcement right now, there is no reason I think for investors to be panicking. They're obviously not looking for

someone outside of the company. They clearly groomed a successor for Terry Lundgren. The challenge is going to be making Macy's a cool, hip store

again, because it arguably hasn't been for a long time.

ASHER: Paul La Monica live for us there, thank you so much, appreciate that.

I want to update you for a story we've been following basically, for the past half-hour. The flight records from crashed EgyptAir flight 804 are so

badly damaged, Egyptian investigators cannot pull any information from them at all. And that's according to a U.S. official talking to CNN. The

equipment will now be sent to France where experts will try to download some of that data next week.

Police say only the attacker was shot after a masked gunman stormed a German cinema in Viernheim Thursday. Details are still emerging right now.

But we know the attacker entered the movie theater with a rifle. Police received reports of four shots fired. At some point there was a hostage

situation and police say an imminent threat as well. Officers responded by shooting the man dead. Authorities are say there were no injuries from the

attack. A German police spokesperson says the details of the hostage situation are still unclear.


BERND HOCHSTAEDTER, GERMAN POLICE SPOKESMAN (through interpreter): There were hostages or hostage-taking, you could call it. The hostage-taking of

course called for challenging the perpetrator, to constrain the person somehow. I don't know if it actually took place or if the people were only

held in the building by the perpetrator. I cannot say anything about hostage-taking right now.


ASHER: Atika Shubert is live for us from Berlin. Atika, what do we know about the suspect?

ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, not a whole lot. The prosecutor's office and the police are being very careful about

releasing any details. They won't say who he is or where he's from or what his motivation was for being there. What we know is basically from

eyewitnesses who say that a masked man entered the cinema shortly before 3:00 p.m., and shot at least four shots in the cinema. Now, he appeared to

be carrying a number of weapons. One eyewitness described it as sort of a long rifle. There are also reports of other weapons being carried. The

prosecutor's office confirmed to us multiple weapons were found at the scene. But who he was, why he was there, we still don't really know. He

did appear to roam inside the cinema at some point. There were a number of people still inside. And he did appear to take hostages. Whether or not

he made demands, what his reason for this, we still don't know.

ASHER: Explain for us, how difficult is it to purchase a weapon in Germany?

SHUBERT: It's very difficult to purchase a weapon here. There are much more restrictive gun laws. However, having said that, we have seen

recently that some of the weapons being used in the Paris attacks, for example, were actually smuggled through Germany. So while it is difficult

to legally get a gun here, it is certainly possible to get something illegally. So the big question is, what kinds of weapons were used, how

were they obtained? This is all still very much a mystery. We don't know what kinds of weapons were used here. We are hoping for more details from

the prosecutor's office who is handling the case. They say they'll give a full report tomorrow morning.

ASHER: Atika Shubert live for us there, thank you so much, appreciate that.

Barack Obama calls it a heartbreaking day for millions of immigrants in the United States. The Supreme Court has block a signature piece of his

presidential legacy. We'll have more as political tensions flare in Washington, and tensions in Baltimore as a judge rules on murder charges

against a police officer in the death of Freddie Gray. All that and much more when THE WORLD RIGHT NOW continues. That's next.


ASHER: Washington is locked right now into very bitter disputes over issues that have divided the American people for decades -- guns and

immigration. After coming to a four to four deadlock, the Supreme Court blocked President Obama's plan for immigration reform. It's a crushing

blow to the White House, one that Mr. Obama calls heartbreaking for the nation's immigrants.

Meanwhile, there are dramatic scenes in the House of Representatives as Democrats ended a day-long sit-in to protest Republican inaction on gun

control. It was a response to the massacre last week in Orlando. Democrats wanted to force Republican leadership to call a vote on

legislation that would ban gun sales to people on terror watch lists. Republicans have adjourned for the July 4th holiday. Democrats say their

fight will resume on July 5th.

Sit-ins are a very rare occurrence in the U.S. capitol building, but they play a very important role in American history. Fifty years ago, a half

century ago, representative John Lewis used to arrange sit-ins at segregated lunch counters demanding that black people could go to the same

restaurants in this country as white people. He led the protests for lawmakers that we watched unfold over the last 24 hours. Back in 1995,

Democrats spent a few hours on the floor protesting the Republican budget proposals during a government shutdown. And Republicans staged a

successful sit-in in 2008, demanding the Democrats allow a vote on oil drilling during a time of extraordinarily high petrol prices. Sunlen

Serfaty has more from Washington.


PAUL RYAN, U.S. HOUSE SPEAKER: Floor promises the gentleman from Kentucky seeks recognition.

SUNLEN SERFATY, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): 24 hours after seizing control of the house floor, the "no bill, no break" protest is taking a


JOHN LEWIS, U.S. HOUSE DEMOCRAT: We must never, ever give up or give in. We must keep the faith. And we must come back here on July the 5th, more

determined than ever before.

SERFATY: Democrats are ending the sit-in for now but promising to restart the push for new gun control measures in the wake of the Orlando attack

that has brought the debate back to the forefront. Vowing the fight on and threatening to restart the sit-in on the floor after a two-week recess.

NANCY PELOSI, U.S. HOUSE MINORITY LEADER: We cannot stop until we get a bill, until one is passed. This isn't about politics. It's not about

elections. It's not about campaigns. It's about the safety of the American people.

SERFATY: Meantime, in the Senate, another fight. Republican Senator Susan Collins trying to move forward her bill, seen as a bipartisan compromise,

to prevent those on the no-fly list from buying guns. Getting a procedural test vote, which failed.

The yeas are 46, the nays are 52. The motion is not agreed to.

SERFATY: Pre-dawn today, the Republican leadership in the house adjourned for recess, looking to draw to a close the act of defiance from Democrats

in the House. Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan today clearly enraged.

RYAN: This is the people's house. This is Congress, the House of Representatives. The oldest democracy in the world. And they're

descending it into chaos.

SERFATY: Blasting the Democrats' tactics and questioning their intentions.

RYAN: We watched a publicity stunt, a fundraising stunt, descend an institution that many of us care a great deal about. So, yes, I think it

sets a very dangerous precedent.

SERFATY: The sit-in on the floor live streaming on the social media accounts of members, leading to dramatic and at times contentious moments.

[16:15:00] UNIDENTIFIED SENATOR: Suspected and known to be a terrorist. Why, why can you get a machine gun?

SERFATY: Going throughout the night.

TED DEUTCH, U.S. HOUSE DEMOCRAT: I'm cold and I'm tired and I'm hungry. But these are feelings that I'm so privileged to have because so many will

never feel that again.

SERFATY: With protests outside.

PROTESTORS OUTSIDE: Do your job. Do your job.

SERFATY: And inside. Lasting into the late morning.

SENATORS SINGING: Deep in our hearts


ASHER: That was our Sunlen Serfaty reporting there. I want to go back now to that Supreme Court decision on immigration. The highest court in the

U.S. is evenly divided on the issue of immigration. It means that President Obama's plan to provide a path to citizenship for more than 4

million undocumented Americans will not take effect. The president urges the congress to fill the vacancy on the nation's highest court and avoid

these deadlocked decisions going forward. Take a listen.


BARACK OBAMA, U.S. PRESIDENT: With respect to the Republicans, I think what it tells you is that if you keep on blocking judges from getting on

the bench, then courts can't issue decisions. And what that means is then you're going to have the status quo frozen and we won't be able to make

progress on some very important issues.


ASHER: Constitutional attorney, Paige Pate, joins me now. As the president was saying this proves that vacancy on the on the Supreme Court

is hugely important.

PAGE PATE, CONSTITUTIONAL ATTORNEY: Right, I think he's absolutely correct. What happens when justices are split on an issue like this, is

whatever the lower court decided stands as the law. So the Supreme Court was unable to issue any kind of an opinion. The actual order is just one

sentence, saying the court is split, therefore the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, their decision in the case will be the law of the land.

ASHER: For the millions of undocumented Americans, living in the shadows, they can't work, what does this mean for them now?

PATE: Uncertainty. They're still caught in that legal limbo. They are here. They're not being prosecuted. They're not being actively sought out

and removed at this point. But because the Supreme Court rejected this case, there's a possibility that that could happen.

ASHER: But President Obama did say, he reiterates it in his speech, that his priority is to go after undocumented immigrants who are criminals, not

people who are just sort of trying to make a living.

PATE: And that's true as long as he's in office. But if there's a change in the presidency, if Donald Trump has elected. He has already indicated,

not just his willingness, but his desire to go after folks who are undocumented and now not subject to any legal protection.

ASHER: Let's assume, I don't know what's going to happen in November, but let's assume that Hillary Clinton wins. Do these executive actions somehow

have a path forward? Do these undocumented immigrants have any sort of hope going forward?

PATE: The status of the law as a result of the decision today is that the injunction stays in place. The federal government cannot change the way

they are dealing with this particular set of undocumented immigrants in the country. So what I think is going to have to happen, if we're going to

have any kind of permanent solution, is Congress is going to have to act. They are going to have to make a final decision as to whether or not we're

going to give protections to the parents of undocumented children in this country.

ASHER: A lot of Republicans are saying this sort of proves that one man, even the president of the United States, cannot change the laws.

PATE: That was certainly their argument. I mean, the White House responded saying, we're not really changing the law, it's just that

congress has left the door open, it's very vague as to how we're supposed to treat these folks, and so it's within our discretion as the executive to

determine how we enforce this law. So as president I'm going to instruct our officers not to take action and deport these folks. So the White House

said, we weren't really changing the law, simply interpreting it.

ASHER: So if Hillary Clinton appoints a sort of left-leaning Supreme Court Justice, assuming she wins, can they take up a similar case? Can she

institute or introduce, rather, more sort of executive actions?

PATE: That's a great case. This case can actually come back to the Supreme Court.

ASHER: This exact case?

PATE: Absolutely. Because all they've done at this point is sustain the preliminary injunction. The case has not been finally decided. It will go

back to the district judge in Brownsville, Texas, who will have to make a final decision on the constitutionality of this particular program. I'm

certain that will be challenged by the government. We may see this case again in front of the cream court.

ASHER: But for President Obama, for him though, this particular case is over?

PATE: Right. He will not be in office by the time this case comes back, by the time they have a new Supreme Court Justice. So he is not going to

be able to implement what he considered to be one of his most important legacies.

ASHER: This has a huge impact on President Obama, how he'll be remembered, his legacy, et cetera, right?

PATE: Absolutely. And I think it will also have political ramifications, not just for President Obama, but for Congress as well. Because many

Americans see this as the result of inaction. Inaction both on immigration and the refusal to consider a new Supreme Court Justice during the

remainder of Obama's term.

ASHER: OK. Paige Pate, live for us there, thank you so much, we appreciate that.

[16:20:00] A second Baltimore police officer has been acquitted in the death of a man in custody. He was the only one of the six officers who was

charged with the death of Freddie Gray. A judge cleared him of all charges. CNN's Miguel Marquez joins us live now from Baltimore. So

Miguel, given the other not guilty verdicts, I assume the Gray family had been bracing themselves.

MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The Gray family, one, they weren't in court today, and I think at this point they feel like this is a fait

accompli. The judge in this case -- this was a bench trial. Officer Goodson decided to have the judge decided and not a jury of his peers. So

the judge, on all seven of the counts, from second-degree murder to reckless endangerment, said the state just did not prove its case, there

just wasn't enough information. Mistakes may have been made in the field, but he said there was nothing that added up to criminal negligence on the

part of officer Goodson.

The verdicts met with a range of reaction, you can imagine. In the courtroom, officer Goodson himself just sat stone cold silent, staring as

the judge, as the judge went through this lengthy half hour discussion, point by point, on the evidence in each charge that he was charged with.

When he said not guilty, Goodson just looked straight ahead. His family in the audience was crying. A fellow officer stood up at the very last not

guilty and said "yeah." on the other side of the courtroom, Marilyn Mosby, the prosecutor who brought these charges, who many people think may have

overcharged these officers, just sat with her head down, sort of shaking it back and forth through much of the verdict. A lot of frustration across

Baltimore, but not entirely unexpected. One thing that people have said is at least they were charged. At least the police here are being looked at.

At least there is some light being shown on the treatment that young African-American males have from the police force here, Zain.

ASHER: Miguel, just to recap for our international viewers, who may not have been following this story, just explain to us what sort of picture did

the prosecutors try to paint for this driver's role in Freddie Gray's death?

MARQUEZ: So Freddie Gray died about a year ago. And it was a highly celebrated case. The prosecutor came out and made great promises about the

six police officers that she had charged and promised to get justice for the people of this town and for people watching around the world. What

prosecutors argued in this particular case is that officer Goodson, the driver of the van, took Freddie Gray on what they called a "rough ride."

the judge in his ruling sort of come back on that and challenged prosecutors throughout this to say, well, what is a rough ride? What

evidence do you have of that rough ride? Gray suffered a terrible neck injury and then damage to his spinal cord and eventually died a week after

those injuries sustained while in that van. While everybody agreed across the board that the injuries happened in that van, what the judge said is

that the evidence wasn't there to prove that officer Goodson took him on a rough ride, that it was somehow his neglect, criminal or otherwise, that

led to those injuries to Freddie Gray, Zain.

ASHER: Miguel Marquez, live for us there, thank you so much, we appreciate that.

One day after North Korea claimed it conducted a successful missile test, South Korea corroborated the story, warning the launch shows that Pyongyang

has, quote, significantly improved its engine technology. Here is our Paula Hancocks with more.

PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: North Korea is claiming a great success, putting its leader Kim Jong-un front and center. State run media

is saying that the leader guided a test fire of an intermediate range missile. They say it flew about 400 km. That's around 250 miles, the same

distance that U.S. and South Korean officials agree that the second of two Musudan missiles flew on Wednesday morning.

In fact, one U.S. official says it actually entered space before reentering the earth's atmosphere. In these images you can see that there is clearly

jubilation in North Korea. Kim Jong-un looks delighted, even hugging one of the men around him at one point. He's quoted as saying he can now

attack Americans in the Pacific in an overall and practical way.

[16:25:00] The testing has been fast and furious of this missile. Six attempts since April. North Korea is trying to perfect the delivery system

for a nuclear weapon that it has already claimed to have militarized. Although how far exactly he is in the process is unknown for sure. One

North Korean official currently in Beijing for a forum, also attended by U.S. and South Korean officials, conveyed her country's pride that this

missile that they call Hwasong-10.


UNIDENTIFIED NORTH KOREAN OFFICIAL (through translator): We are extremely happy that Hwasong-10 means our delivery method has clearly succeeded, so

we are very happy. We can now confidently deal with whatever nuclear war the U.S. forces on us.


HANCOCKS: Washington, Seoul, and Tokyo all strongly condemning this missile launch. The South Korean military saying they have significantly

improved on this technology. And it really shows that the leader, Kim Jong-un, is clearly undeterred by ongoing condemnation, by the recent

sanctions, at least up until this point. And he's staying true to his word that he will continue to test and improve his nuclear and missile program.

Paula Hancocks, CNN, Seoul.

ASHER: Time for a quick break here. French president Francois Hollande saying he's taking his labor reforms to the finish line despite thousands

of protesters taking to the streets of Paris.

And later, Donald Trump is running his company as he runs for president. Most voters, even Republicans, do not think that's such a good idea, that's



ASHER: Polls in the U.K. are due to close about 30 minutes from now. More than 46 million people are eligible to vote on the question of whether the

U.K. should remain in the EU. Some voters have faced torrential rain on their way to the polling stations.

Democrats in the United States House of Representatives have decided to end their day-long sit-in over gun control. The lawmakers are protesting

Republican inaction over that issue. They say they'll come back after the July 4th recess more determined than ever before.

Colombia's president has signed a cease fire agreement with the rebel group. Negotiators are still working on a final peace deal. The conflict

has lasted more than fifty years claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

Police say only the attacker was shot after a masked gunmen stormed a Germany cinema on Thursday. Police responded after reports of four shots

fired and say the attacker took hostages and posed an imminent threat.

A new CNN poll says a vast majority of voters think that Donald Trump should give up control of his business empire while he is running for U.S.

president, 69 percent of those surveyed say that Trump should actually step down as chairman and president of the Trump organization, 28 percent

believe the presumptive Republican nominee should continue to run his company.

[16:30:00] Even a majority of Republicans think he should step away. Joining us now to discuss this from Washington is David Swerdlick,

assistant editor at "The Washington Post".

David, thank you so much for being with us, before we get to that, I want to talk about where Trump is right now. This is his first trip as the

presumptive nominee and he's going to Scotland. Is he putting his business interests ahead of his political ones?

DAVID SWERDLICK, ASSISTANT EDITOR, THE WASHINGTON POST: I don't think he is putting his interests ahead. Scotland is a convenient way for him to

remind people that he's a businessman. He's got these real estate properties in Scotland, specifically golf courses, and also an excuse for

him to go across the pond, if you will, and demonstrate that he has some sort of familiarity with Europe, familiarity with foreign affairs.

The problem is he's visiting Scotland at a time when his golf course is losing money, and he's got neighbors of the golf course flying the flag of

Mexico in solidarity with Latinos, who Trump has disparaged over the course of his campaign. It's a mixed bag for him to say the least.

ASHER: David, given sort of the blurring of the line not sure how to put this but the blurring of line between his political and his business

interests, do you think he should be under more sort of financial scrutiny?

SWERDLICK: Well, he should certainly be scrutinized vigorously by those of us in the media in terms of trying to determine how good of a businessman

he is. In other words, is he as good of a businessman as he claims to be? At a minimum, I think's reasonable for the press to ask him to release his

tax returns, since Secretary Clinton has released hers, since candidates in both major parties going back years, decades, have released their tax

returns. Republicans going all the way back to Richard Nixon have released their tax returns. The fact that he hasn't at this point I think is a

question that journalists should be asking him routinely.

In terms of how good of a businessman he is and how that reflects on his electoral prospects, I would look at it like this. Back in 2012, Mitt

Romney was criticized for being the kind of businessman who took a lot of money for his own gain at the expense of working folks, who maybe didn't

pay his fair share of taxes, whose business interests maybe didn't coincide with the average person on main street. But no one questioned that Mitt

Romney was a shrewd and very successful businessman.

With Donald Trump he clearly lives a life of multimillionaire or billionaire, he clearly has a lot of money, clearly owns a lot of real

estate, and his name is on buildings all over the world. But there is this lingering question about what kind of businessman he is in terms of the

bottom line. USA Today reported a couple of weeks ago that many vendors say they've been stiffed by Trump companies. We don't know about his

actual income year over year because of his tax returns. A lot of the Trump business model as reported by The Washington Post reporters and

others is branding, his name on properties that his company maybe manages but not that he actually owns. So that is what we're looking into right


ASHER: Shouldn't there be more of some kind of separation then? Instead of Trump using his plane, for example, for campaign purposes, should he be

hiring more outside companies to separate that line?

SWERDLICK: Back to that poll that you cited, clearly if Trump wins the election and becomes president, the majority of Americans think he should

step away from his company. And he has made signals that he would turn over the reins of his company to his three oldest children to run in his

stead while he served in the presidency. Until we get to that point, I don't see Trump stepping away. But I don't think Trump has pushed back too

hard on the idea that it might be a conflict of interest to both be president and run the Trump organization at the same time.

But the other component of this is that you pointed out he flies around in the Trump-branded plane, he has lent his campaign money, he has used his

own companies as vendors for his campaign. I think that's something that is seeing more scrutiny now, Zain. You're right people are looking more

closely at this as we move from the primaries to the general election season. It does at least in the minds of some people call into question

what Trump's real motives are.

I have not done the reporting on his financials myself, but I do know that that poll reflects that people say, hey, wait a second, is this campaign a

money-making opportunity or are you really, you know, going full-on, full- out to try and lead the country and be president of the United States? His message is dependent on this idea that he's a successful businessman,

right? He's not a politician, he's the guy who knows how to make money and create jobs. So he's got to maintain some ties to himself as this private

sector guy, his private sector image. At the same time, he's now having to answer these questions about conflicts of interest.

[16:35:00] ASHER: David, thank you so much, we appreciate that.

Scrap the labor reforms. That's the message from thousands of demonstrators who marched through Paris earlier today. President Francois

Hollande's government had originally banned the protests after months of violent confrontations with labor unions. Budget airlines RyanAir has

called on the European Commission to now take action over fears of further strikes and travel disruption. Joining me live now from Paris

is CNN international correspondent Will Ripley. How strong is public support for these continued protests?

WILL RIPLEY, CNN, INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, here in France, as you know, Zain, protesting is really part of the fabric of life here.

There was an air traffic control strike today that forced two large European airlines to cancel dozens of flights. They put out a statement

saying they've had 51 strikes since 2009, the last seven years, 51 strikes for air traffic controllers affecting two airlines.

Here in Paris, Jim Bittermann, the bureau chief here, was telling me they issue about a thousand permits every year for people to protest. And

public opinion polls show that people believe that protests, even if they do at times turn violent, is the only effective way to guarantee workers'

rights. While you look at the situation over in the U.K., which is very business-friendly, very easy for companies to hire and fire, it's a much

different situation here in France. There's a 35-hour workweek. There is very generous and often nonnegotiable vacation time.

That's of course in addition to the fact that businesses have a very hard time once somebody has been brought on full-time to actually let them go,

even if they're near bankruptcy. The point of these labor laws that the government has tried to push through, they've already pushed them through

the lower house, is to modernize and streamline, allow companies to hire and fire more easily, allowing them to negotiate things like vacation and

the workweek. And workers are very unhappy about that, especially those that have the protected status and all these benefits. That's why you see

all these people out in the streets.

ASHER: How overstretched are police officers there in France, especially between these protests and also security for euro 2016?

RIPLEY: You mentioned it. They have euro 2016, they have the ongoing threat of terrorism. It was just last week that a police officer off-duty

police was targeted, a couple of weeks ago, actually. Then these protests just a couple of weeks ago in early June, protests over this labor reform

bill turned very violent. There were tens of thousands of people who turned out. Several hundreds of them, the minority, but they were able to

do an extreme amount of damage, picking up chunks of pavement, throwing them, setting cars on fire. There was a severe damage to a children's


Police said they are so overstretched, on the verge of collapse, the head of the police union said the city for the first time in fifty years was not

going to allow today's protest to take place. Last night they worked out a compromise, they were allowed to protest around the Bastille, it was a 1.5

kilometer area. Officers hermetically sealed the area, every bag in or out was checked. They preemptively arrested people at least 95 people

who had objects in their bags that could be used as projectiles. These people were detained until after the protest subsided and so we saw a

relatively peaceful event. There were some rumors things might flare up around the city. But in the end, it turned out well, no injuries or

damage, and the protests, almost 20,000 people, the police say, went off peacefully.

ASHER: Will Ripley, live for us there, thank you so much.

Iraqi forces say they've retaken as much as 90 percent of the city of Fallujah. They're still fighting ISIS militants in the northeast. CNN's

Ben Wedeman tells us for the thousands who fled the city, a full-fledged victory can't come too soon.


BEN WEDEMAN, CNN, SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Searing hot dusty winds blew through the camp now home to thousands who escaped Fallujah.

Conditions here are dire. Dozens crammed together for a bit of shade. A sudden influx of tens of thousands fleeing the city has overwhelmed the

camp set up by the Iraqi government. More than 80,000 have come, and more are expected. Supplies of water and food are running low. Many are

sleeping outside on the desert floor.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We hope to go home as soon as possible, says this man. This is a bad place. Tomorrow there will be sand storms. All the children

will become ill.

[16:40:00] WEDEMAN: It may be a while before he can return home. Street by street, fighting still rages inside Fallujah. And while ISIS may have

been driven from many areas, the bombs remain. All of these houses are bobby trapped, says sergeant Yusuf. They don't leave any house without

first rigging it with explosives.

On the edges of the city we met Abdul Wahab al Saadi, the head of Iraq's counterterrorism services. He's directing the battle. Even he qualifies

claims that the city has been liberated from ISIS.

Some officials said Fallujah has been liberated, he says. They meant we've reached the city's center, the government complex. The battle of Fallujah

has been clinched, but there are still some pockets of resistance. Through the rubble strewn roads of Fallujah, we went to one of the city's main

hospitals. The heavy gunfire nearby yet another reminder, if one was needed, that the battle isn't over yet.

This is the entrance to Fallujah's teaching hospital. Incidentally, this was also the command and control center for ISIS. The soldiers say they

have cleared this particular area of IEDs. They said there were ten in here. However, if you go down the hall, it's no longer safe. And it will

be some time before Fallujah is safe. Even longer before its residents can move back to the ruins that was their city. Ben Wedeman, CNN, Fallujah.


ASHER: This is The World Right Now. A jury sounds off. Did Led Zeppelin steal one of the most iconic licks in music history? The verdict is in.

We'll tell you after the break.


ASHER: A jury in Los Angeles has found that Led Zeppelin did not steal one of the most famous guitar licks in music history. The family of a musician

from a 1960s band called spirit claimed Robert Plant and Jimmy Page ripped off the intro to "Stairway to Heaven." A jury deliberated for five hours

before finding absolutely no copyright infringement.

Take a listen for yourself, I want to play you first "Stairway to Heaven" followed by the Spirit song, called "Taurus."



[16:45:00] ASHER: Judge for yourself. Joining us now to discuss from Los Angeles is Rebecca Sun, senior reporter at The Hollywood Reporter. So,

Rebecca the two songs especially when you play them side by side, they do sound similar. I'm sure a lot of people would agree. What's your reaction

to the verdict?

REBECCA SUN, SENIOR REPORTER, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: They both employ descending arpeggios in a minor key, and the jury noted that. But the

question is whether they are legally plagiarized from Spirit, the jury decided that although Led Zeppelin certainly had access to the song, they

weren't similar enough to be considered plagiarism.

ASHER: How do you prove plagiarism versus, you know, I was just simply inspired by someone else's song?

SUN: It's really difficult. Both sides presented -- had numerous musicologists come and talk about the construction of these songs. One

thing I think that really helped Led Zeppelin's case is they had an expert play the jury dozens of songs similar to "Stairway to Heaven" in terms of

proving that this was not ripped off of this specific song, Taurus, but rather that this type of musical construction, this type of riff, is very,

very common in music.

And one kind of moment of levity came when they even mentioned the Mary Poppins song "Chim Chim Cheree" as an example of something that uses this

very, very similar type of construction. And so I think that rather than being so unique, they used the argument that this is a very common, you

know, structure, and therefore not specifically ripped off from this song.

ASHER: I'm sure you remember last you're we got that verdict from "Blurred Lines," the song by Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke. They were accused

of copying a Marvin Gaye song, are these copyright lawsuits becoming more common, and if so, why?

SUN: I think certainly with, you know, Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke lost that "Blurred Lines" lawsuit, and a lot of artists and legal experts

worried that that would set the precedent for more of these copyright claims to come forward. But then this sort of serves as a corrective, that

it is actually not easy to win one of these cases. And so yes, we might see more of these. But not necessarily actually as a reaction to the Led

Zeppelin case, which ruled in favor of the artist, in favor of the defendants.

ASHER: Is it a problem that the plaintiff waited so long, decades to bring this case?

SUN: Yes, certainly actually in this case the actual songwriter of the band Spirit, he died in `97. So the plaintiff is the trustee of his

estate. And that may have weakened the case. You know, Randy California, the front man of Spirit, during his lifetime he did say, yes, you know, my

song sounds a lot like "Stairway to Heaven," but he was always very ambivalent about pursuing the lawsuit himself. And so, you know, if the

songwriter himself was so ambivalent, it was definitely an uphill battle for his trustee to be able to make this case.

ASHER: Rebecca Sun, live for us there, thank you so much, we appreciate it.

SUN: Thank you.

ASHER: Next, Brazil is preparing to host more than half a million tourists at this summit's Olympic games. The country's defense minister is assuring

them of safety. That's next.


ASHER: Brazil is increasing security levels in Rio ahead of this summer's Olympic games, with the defense minister saying the tourists will

experience a feast of joy. And joining us now to discuss this CNN's world sports Patrick Snell.

PATRICK SNELL, CNN, WORLD SPORT: Explain to us, what are Olympic officials doing to make sure that people are safe, this is a genuine concern for a

lot of people.

Absolutely, Zain, yes, this is a very visible and high profile press conference held in Brazil, basically saying and spelling out just how

seriously the authorities are taking it. We're 43 days out, six weeks on Friday from the start of the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. And a very, very

visible statement of intent. Remember, last weekend we had that attack at knifepoint, at gunpoint, in fact, on the Australian Paralympic sailors.

That led to the Australian Olympic committee calling for tighter security after that really, really disturbing report we had of that.

But we're seeing other things in play here as well. We are getting facts and figures as well, some 85,000 in terms of a total security force, of

those 38,000 armed forces. Always this was catching my eye as well, this will be the first ever Olympic intelligence center we'll be seeing,

bringing together 100 countries in total. You referenced the nation's defense minister there, Paul Youngman.

What exactly did he have to say? Let me elaborate a little further in a statement from Thursday in Brazil. He's saying, we will from the first day

of July, giving a visible comfort and ostensible security to all of those who come to Rio de Janeiro. There will be approximately 500,000, 600,000

tourists. We will ensure the safety of all Olympic access, pathways, the railway station, airport. I can assure you that Brazil will show the world

a feast of joy but also of peace. Those words there highly prominent, joy and peace.

ASHER: Are some teams considering taking matters into their own hands, things like curfews and no-go zones?

SNELL: You're looking at individuals making their own private choices. We saw that earlier last week, not the best of weeks for organizers. One very

high profile example, the former world 1 golfer, I'm talking about Rory McElroy, announcing he's pulling out. He's engaged to be married, the man

from Northern Ireland, basically referencing the fact that the Zika virus is a concern. This is another issue that's dominated and blighted the

buildup to the 2016 Olympics.

Rory, a former world number 1, now world number 4, citing that as a real fear, saying quite simply he's putting family and those closest to him

first, and he can leave nothing to chance. He's not the only high profile figure as well. Another Australian golfer, Adam Scott as well, masters

champion, he's pulling out. He wasn't citing Zika, he's referring to the fact that it was a scheduling issue. When you broaden this out, you look

to the world of basketball as well.

[16:55:00] Steph Curry, now former NBA champion, the Golden State Warriors as well again after a long, tough season, he's not citing Zika, but he's

pulling out of the Olympics as well, just another in a long series of blows for Olympic organizers there. But as I say the key date is 43 days and

counting, six weeks on Friday is when it actually gets going.

ASHER: Patrick Snell live for us, thank you so much.

Today is Olympic Day, with activities all over the world in anticipation of the summer games in Rio. With opening ceremonies just six weeks away,

Brazil is still dealing with a host of high profile issues. They include, as Patrick mentioned, the Zika virus, and security, as well as political

corruption, and it's threatening to topple the government. Here is our Nick Paton Walsh with more.


NICK PATON WALSH, CNN, SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: As Brazil's house of cards crumbles, listen carefully. The people are listening aghast

to their leaders devouring each other with sleaze allegations. The world listening too and wondering can this tiny clique run the Olympic games?

But above all it's Brazil's elite who are listening in on each other. Secretly recording sometime friends and allies discussing alleged dirty

dealings in a bid to get the upper hand. This is who it began with the former senator, Delcidio do Amaral was the country's former kingmaker. He

was first to fall because of a secret taping in a fancy hotel, allegedly arranging for someone silenced over corruption.


WALSH: This is his brother's bar. That's Eric Clapton's old guitar behind him.

DO AMARAL: The taping was a conversation with someone I had known since childhood, a family friend. When I found out I had been taped, it was a

big shock for me.

WALSH: He took a plea deal to tell all for his freedom. He says the house, including then-President Rousseff, came down. You everything and

you still do.

DO AMARAL: Of course you're right, I could have come forward earlier. I knew and I know a lot. My collaboration, if not the most important factor,

was close to that in the process of ousting President Dilma. After it, the government lost control of the situation.

WALSH: Indeed, they did. But then the education minister was secretly recorded discussing alleged payments for silence. The planning minister

secretly recorded allegedly plotting to impede a legislation. He resigned. An adviser to former president Lula secretly recorded calling Amaral part

of male genitalia.

Where does it stop? You yourself have been called a traitor and there's been foul language used about you in some of these recordings. Have you

yourself been shocked by the scale of the treachery in Brazil's elite?

DO AMARAL: This Delcidio is the most dangerous in the world they say because I knew too much. I'm not the person they are portraying. I really

explained who was who and who did what. That's why they swear and use filthy language about me. This Delcidio is a son of --

WALSH: Brazil's elite sliding down the pole of public opinion together.

DO AMARAL: In Brazil we have an expression, the stick that beats Chico also beats Francisco, it means if a conversation in which I was taped led

me to prison and the loss of my political term, what about the others?

WALSH: Saints, sinners, king makers, all live on. Even halos here are made of gold.

DO AMARAL: Politics is the only art in life in which you can resurrect more than once. You die, you are resurrected. You die, you are


WALSH: Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, Sao Paolo, Brazil.


ASHER: It was a daring 2500 km journey to the most remote part of our planet, all on a tiny twin prop airplane that lands on skis. The rescue

team has managed to safely return from the Amundsen Scott Station at the south pole with two patients in need of serious medical care. The flight

had never before been attempted during Antarctica's six-month-long winter night. The brave gale force winds and temperatures dipping to minus 60

degrees Celsius to reach the station. The only lighting for the landing came from the moon and not aurora Australis.

In a matter of seconds, London's iconic Big Ben clock tower will strike 10:00, and with that the polls for the U.K. European referendum will

officially close. A record 46.5 million people registered to vote to make their voices heard on whether or not the U.K. will stay or leave the

European Union. And here on CNN we will have extensive coverage across Europe as the votes are counted.

Our correspondents are fanned out across the continent and across the United Kingdom on this very historic night. This has been The World Right

Now. I'm Zain Asher at CNN center. Our special coverage of Britain's EU referendum starts right now.