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[11:00:42] NICK PARKER, CNN HOST: The merciless cycle of violence intensifies in Baghdad as two car bombs target the city, killing more than
100 people. Now, Iraqis are taking out their anger on the country's prime minister. We'll have a live report ahead.
Plus, security is tightened as Bangladesh mourns those killed in a terror siege. We'll bring you the latest on what we know about the victims and
Then, after surviving the worst humanity had to offer, he came to symbolize the very best of
it. The world is paying tribute to Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel.
Hello and welcome to Connect the World live from New York. I'm Nick Parker sitting in for
We begin with breaking news for you. Two separate car bombs killed at least 126 people -- 126 -- in Iraq's capitol this weekend. You're looking
at pictures of the first and most deadly blast, which happened on a busy shopping street in central Baghdad. ISIS claimed responsibility for that
CNN's international correspondent Ben Wedeman was just in Baghdad. And he's joining us live now from Cairo.
Ben, thank you for joining us.
A particularly horrific toll. Do we know why it was so high?
BEN WEDEMAN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It was high, Nick, because it was late at night, everybody was out enjoying the relatively cool of the
evening. This is the district of Qarada (ph), a very busy, vibrant, shopping district. So you had people out enjoying the weather. It's just
a few days before the holy month of Ramadan, so people were out for that as well. And if you look at the details of the death toll it's even more
disturbing, 25 children killed, 20 women killed.
This is the worst bombing in Baghdad since 2007. And of course, this is a city that has had to endure hundreds of these mass bombings. But this is
by far the worst in many years. And what we saw was that there is so much anger that when the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi came to the scene
to inspect the damage, many people took their anger out on him, throwing bottles and rocks and other projectiles, forcing him to leave.
We understand that, in fact, there had been a security alert in the area just hours before the bomb went off. The road was closed, but then it was
reopened just about an hour before the bomb went off.
So, yes, this is by far the worst bombing, the worst massacre in Baghdad in many years -- Nick.
PARKER: Certainly a grim milestone. The worst since 2007. We know that ISIS has claimed
responsibility for one of these blasts. We also know that they're under pressure in Iraq. To what extent do you think these attacks are symptoms
WEDEMAN: Well, it would appear to be the case.
Now, Iraqi officials have long said that many of the car bombs and suicide bombers that have plagued the Iraqi capitol for years came from Fallujah,
which is a city just to the west of Baghdad just an hour's drive away.
Now of course recently, Iraqi forces were able to drive ISIS out of Fallujah. And Iraqi officials had reassured the populace that now that
ISIS was -- rather Fallujah was secured, this sort of bombing wouldn't occur again.
But it did occur. And this, of course, raises the possibility that as ISIS increasingly loses territory, just about over a year ago, ISIS controlled
40 percent of Iraqi territory. They're now down to less thank 15 percent. So it appears that they may be moving from their territorial fetish, so to
speak, and going back to their older and more deeply held fetish, that is, of shedding innocent blood -- Nick.
[11:05:04] PARKER: And Ben, as you mentioned, a lot of local anger directed at the prime minister when he visited the scene of one of the
blasts. What has his security record been like up until now?
WEDEMAN: Well, it's been spotty, to say the least. Now, you have to realize that securing the capitol, Baghdad, a city of several million
people, is no easy task. All entrances are -- everyone entering the city is checked, cars are inspected, security is tight, but clearly, it's not
tight enough. And certainly when an incident like this occurs, whatever the efforts, good or bad, successful or indifferent, that are made by the
government to secure the capitol, obviously this will reignite the anger of ordinary people who say that we can't even go out at night and enjoy life
in our city and, therefore, this sort of anger is to be expected -- Nick.
PARKER: Ben Wedeman live for us in Cairo on the worst bomb blast in Baghdad since 2007.
Ben, thank you very much. Appreciate it.
Now for some other stories that are on our radar today. Perhaps fleeing violence like that in Iraq, hundreds of bodies from a migrant boat that
sank off the coast of Libya last year were finally recovered when Italian authorities razed the boat on Saturday. Most of them were trapped in a
compartment below deck, at least 500 people died when the boat sank last April.
Turkey plans to offer Syrian refugees a chance to become Turkish citizens. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the plan on Saturday. The UN
estimates that nearly 3 million Syrian refugees live in Turkey.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced is planning to run for presidency once again. Sarkozy announced he's stepping down as the head of
the country's Conservative Party. And that paves the way for him to become a candidate. The Conservative Party's primaries are in November.
Now to Bangladesh where there has been a period of mourning amid very tight security after Islamic terrorists killed 22 people in this weekend's siege
in Dhaka. Seven Japanese aid workers were mostly among the foreign victims in Dhaka's diplomatic zone. A Japanese
envoy visited the scene a short time ago but he didn't speak with reporters. ISIS has claimed the Ramadan attack. Bangladesh says that one
surviving assailant remains hospitalized, but so far he's not been interrogated.
Nine of the victims were Italian. CNN contributor Barbie Nadeau has more on their story from Rome, but first our Alexandra Field joins us with the
very latest on the ground in Dhaka.
Alexandra, thanks for joining us. So, describe the very latest in the developments in the investigation today if you could.
ALEXANDRA FIELD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Nick, the crime scene itself is still under investigation, which is why you see so many security forces who are
lined up out here this evening. This is a changing of shifts. They've been rotating in more armed officers to guard that scene through day and
At the same time, you've got these flowers and candles that have been placed out here left to commemorate the 20 people who were inside that
restaurant, who were slaughtered, hacked to death, according to investigators, and also the two police officers who died in trying to free
the 13 hostages who were ultimately rescued from inside the Holey Artisan Bakery.
We know that ISIS claimed responsibility for this attack and that U.S. officials are looking at ISIS as the perpetrators of this attack. ISIS has
posted claimed on their web sites, and affiliated web sites, even showing pictures of the men who they purport to be the assailants.
All of the attackers died when commandos rushed in try and free those hostages, except for one. And an official here in Bangladesh tells me that
that remaining attacker is too injured at this point to be able to speak investigators. He remains in the hospital. But officials say all the
attackers were from Bangladesh, their victims coming from a range of different countries, bu tincluded one woman from
And while there is investigation into whether or not ISIS is behind this. The government here
in Bangladesh continues to say that groups like ISIS and al Qaeda do not operate here despite other attacks for which these groups have taken
responsibility in the last year or two years.
Instead, officials here are saying that they are investigating whether a local banned Islamic group carried out the horrific massacre here, Nick.
PARKER: Alexandra, the prime minister addressed the nation in a televised address yesterday. From the people that you've been speaking to on the
ground, has that message resonated? What is the public mood right now?
[11:10:10] FIELD: Look, a lot of people were looking toward the prime minister. They were hoping to hear some strong words of resolve and
commitment to fighting this problem which seems to be this uptick in violence over the last two years. It started with these more targeted
attacks, specifically the murders of prominent secular figures -- writers, bloggers, atheists, LGBT activists. Nothing of the scale or scope of what
you saw in that cafe, a wide-ranging attack on civilians of so many different nationalities.
So, people were hoping for a very strong line from government officials. They were hoping to hear a commitment to root out terrorism. Some people
believe that the government line has fallen short of what they wanted to hear. There are people, family members of the victims, who we have spoken
to who said they want to hear the government to come out and acknowledge that there are ISIS or al Qaeda operatives here in this country. That is
not, again, the line that the government is taking. They are focusing on the possibility that this was the work of a locally banned group.
So, you do hear from family members and from people on the ground here who say that they want the government to take a stronger line, that they want
the government to be a little more forceful in saying that this could be the work of a group like ISIS.
PARKER: Certainly, U.S. officials are looking at ISIS as the prime suspect at this stage.
Describe for us the strategic significance of Bangladesh for ISIS if, indeed, it was them that perpetrated this attack.
FIELD: Look, this is a secular state. It was founded on principles of secularism back in 1971, but the majority of the population here is Muslim.
This has been looked at by ISIS as a fertile ground ripe for recruitment. And you have seen this spate of attacks they have taken credit for in the
last year or two.
But what's really striking is when you speak to people who are here they say that this country is changing rapidly, that the culture here is
changing rapidly. And it's not just that climate of fear that they've been living under given this series of attacks -- murders against secular people
and atheists, but they're saying there really does seem to be this sea change, this lack of tolerance, a lessening of tolerance that they had
growing up living in a much more open and tolerant kind of society.
So, that's really been the immense concern here. And there are a lot of fears from people we talked to that ISIS is looking at the population here
in Bangladesh as a good place to pick from, frankly, Nick.
PARKER: Right. Alexandra Field joining us with the latest on the ground in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Alexandra, thank you.
Now for some reaction from Italy where some nine nationals were reported killed in that attack.
CNN contributor Barbie Nadeau joins us from Rome. Barbie, it must be an extremely somber mood there. And we understand Pope Francis addressed the
BARBIE NADEAU, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: That's right, Pope Francis in his noontime Angeles gathering where people come to St. Peter's Square to hear what he
has to say and to be blessed, asked everyone to pray for the victims in Bangladesh and for the victims in Baghdad as well.
But he wanted solidarity against this sort of violence in the name of god, which yesterday he
It is a day of mourning, absolutely, in this country. The Italian delegation has arrived in Bangladesh to bring the dead home, and people are
preparing all across Italy in these small towns and larger cities to bury their dead.
And the country is just really in a state of shock and mourning, especially as the details about
these ordinary people whose lives were cut short emerged.
There was a pregnant woman, there was a father of twins, there were people who were really enjoying the moments of their lives that they should be.
They're also worried now a little bit about the economic impact. There are so many businesses in the textile garment industry that do business in
Bangladesh. It's unclear if that will affect that as well both on the Italian side and Bangladeshi economy. So many things, Nick, to consider at
PARKER: Absolutely. Barbie Nadeau joining us from Rome. Barbie, thanks very much for that update. appreciate it.
And still to come tonight, 13 suspects appear in court over the Ataturk airport attack. We'll have a live report from Istanbul with an update on
And after 6 tense years, an aid ship from Turkey arrived in Israel. We'll have the details, next.
[11:16:41] PARKER: You're watching CNN. And this is Connect the World with me, Nick Parker. Welcome back.
Turkish officials say that they have detained some three additional suspects on Saturday night in connection with the Istanbul airport terror
attack. That brings the total of people held to 27. 13 of them appeared at an Istanbul court on Sunday, according to Turkish state media. The
court must now decide to arrest them or set them free.
Meanwhile, some 49 survivors are still in hospital, many of them in critical condition. 44 people were killed last Tuesday in the terror
attack believed to have been planned by a top ISIS lieutenant.
Our Nima Elbagir joins us live now from Istanbul with very latest.
So, Nima, a string of arrests. Any word yet on what kind of intelligence these might have yielded?
NIMA ELBAGIR, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: As yet, the Turkish authorities are playing their cards very close to their chest. But we know
from senior Turkish officials that very early on, the evidence as far as they were interpreting it, pointed to this attack being planned, being
overseen and being commissioned from the ISIS headquarters in Raqqa and that the three attackers crossed from Syria, from Raqqa, into Turkey and
holed up in a flat in the Fateh (ph) district here in Istanbul, right in the heart of the tourist zone.
So the sense is that as both foreigners and Turks are being picked up during this latest round of arrests, that the Turkish authorities are
seeking to target the network that supported these attackers. The working assumption is that these attackers would have need a support base, would
have needed those within the country to provide them with the necessary resources to continue hiding out here for that amount of time.
A month is quite a substantial amount of time, so you're seeing both Turks and foreigners targeted in this latest probe.
But also Turkey has had to contend with a really concerning, pretty deep- rooted home-grown terror network for quite some time now. Two of the recent ISIS attacks -- well attacks that the Turkish
government believes were perpetrated by ISIS, they were carried out by Turkish citizens. And while Turkey for some while has been behaving as if
the two were very much separate -- that you had this homegrown terror threat and you had the threat emanating from across the border for foreign
jihadis, it seems that now the Turkish government is having to accept that these two threats are coalescing into one, Nick.
PARKER: And a possibility, as you say, that they may well be interacting.
On that he subject of this known ISIS lieutenant that was able to slip just into Turkey, this really illustrates and highlights that Turkey's uniquely
vulnerability to ISIS, isn't it? What more can they do to try and shore up their country?
ELBAGIR: Absolutely. It does put back under the magnifying glass Turkey's inability -- there's really no other way to put it, in spite of ongoing
efforts to fully police the border. And it is an 800-kilometer border with Syria alone and then some 320 kilometers with Iraq.
They're putting up a physical security barriers, they're calling it, a wall that joins that spans about 190 kilometers of that border with Syria. But
even though there had been some limited successes, it appears now with Ahmed Shetaev's (ph) ability to move and what appears to be his involvement
in this attack, that they're going to have to really go back to the drawing board on this one, Nick.
PARKER: Nima Elbagir joining us with the very latest from Istanbul. Nima, thank you.
Well, as the investigation continues, so, of course, does the grief over lost loved ones. People have been gathering to remember and mourn the 44
people who died in those terror attacks. A beloved high school teacher was among the victims. Family members and many of his former students atended
his funeral on Thursday to say their final goodbyes.
HASAN: I'm Hasan. I'm 27 years old. I'm his brother.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): We pray for the soul of teacher Husein (ph) and the rest of the other victims in the name of god.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: These are very, very difficult times in Turkey.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A very innocent, very good intentioned boy, a teacher. He was only 28.
Many bombs are exploding around and many people are dying. And those that live, there is
not any precautions we have taken. This is going to go on.
He was an electrician teacher. His students loved him very much. He had all the time a smiling
When he was only five years old, his father is dead.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): I hand you to God and there is nothing else I can do.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK, OK, our duty ends here. Don't cry my child.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They did not only kill him, they also shot and dead Malike (ph).
PARKER: Another story we are following for you, the Turkish aid ship Lady Leyla has docked in Ashdod Port in Israel. It is carrying 11,000 tons of
supplies bound for Gaza.
The ship left Turkey on Friday after Turkey and Israel signed a reconciliation deal. As you may recall, relations were tense for six years
between the two sides after an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla left several Turkish activists and an American citizen of Turkish origin dead.
Oren Liebermann is following this story for us from Jerusalem.
And Oren, clearly, a landmark aid delivery today.
OREN LIEBERMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It was very much not only for Gaza, for 11,000 tons of humanitarian supplies, medical supplies, and even toys
headed for Gaza, significant for the population there, but also of course very significant for what it means between -- for the relations between Israel and Turkey.
As you mentioned, it's been six years of strained relations ever since the raid on the Mavi Marmra (ph) back in May of 2010. There were signs that
relations were moving -- or improving, I should say, back in March of 2013. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized for the raid, and there were
predictions that tensions would thaw.
That didn't fully happen until late last year. Secret negotiations started between Israel and Turkey. Finally just last week, the two countries
signed a reconciliation agreement, including a $20 million compensation fund from Israel for Turkey for Mavi Marmra (ph) raid. The two countries
will return their ambassadors. Turkey will be allowed to send aid to Gaza through Ashdod. And that was ond of the first announcements they made,
that they would be sending this ship, the Lady Leyla.
It left on Friday. It took a two day journey down to the port of Ashdod in Israel. Its contents will be checked, more than 42 containers. The first
bit of that aid will reach Gaza tomorrow as it crosses through the checkpoint there from Israel into Gaza and the rest will make its way in
through the next few days according to the foreign ministry.
A big step for what it means is these two countries normalize relations, Nick.
PARKER: Certainly two big regional powers, Oren. What do we think these improved ties are going to do for the region itself?
LIEBERMANN: Well, as much as there was politics behind here, both countries looking for regional allies. Perhaps there was more economics
behind it. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was pushing a natural gas deal, trying to develop Israel's natural gas. What he needed was a buyer.
After relations soured between Turkey and Russia, Turkey suddenly a huge user of natural gas suddenly need a seller. That could be the long-term
economic effect for both countries -- Israel looking to sell natural gas, Turkey looking to buy it.
Prime Minister Netnyahu talked quite a bit about the natural -- or his hopes for the natural gas deal when he announcement the deal. Turkey was a
little more tepid in what they said about the deal, saying it was a possibility. That could be the long-term effect of this deal in terms of
regional economics, Nick.
PARKER: Oren Liebermann reporting from Jerusalem. Oren, thank you very much for that. Appreciate it.
The latest news world news headlines are just ahead, plus U.S. Republicans call it unprecedented. Democrats, however, are hoping it will fizzle out.
Coming up, what sources tell us about the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of email.
PARKER: Bangladesh says the one remaining surviving assailant in the Dhaka terror siege remains hospitalized. And so far he has not been
interrogated. Seven Japanese aid workers were among the 22 mostly foreign victims in Dhaka's diplomatic zone. A Japanese envoy visited the
scene but did not speak to reporters.
We also understand the Italian delegation has also arrived in Dhaka.
Let's get more now from Bangladesh. Saad Hammadi is an investigative journalist and Guardian Newspaper correspondent. He joins us live now from
Saad, thank you very much for your time today. We do appreciate it.
SAAD HAMMADI, GUARDIAN: Thank you.
PARKER: So, in terms of what you've seen so far at this stage, do you think the evidence is pointing to a specific perpetrator? Certainly the
government has been claiming that it is a localized issue. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
[11:30:38] HAMMADI: See, ISIS and al Qaeda claimed these attacks a number of times, a different kind of attacks, the (inaudible) attacks that have
taken place in the past and also the recent recent, and in fact the biggest terrorist attack that has taken place for the history of Bangladesh for
But that is yet to be identified and investigated. Without investigation, it's very difficult to say.
What remains as a fact is the fact there has been an attack that has shocked and hurt a lot of the Bangladeshis because of the kind of -- the
scale of these operations that have gone on in the last 24 hours. It has never happened in the history. And that's what concerns everyone about
where this is going to. And if this is a case of political fallout.
PARKER: Certainly as you say attacks until this one had been confined to mostly isolated assassinations of certain targeted people. Now we have
mass casualties targeting a civilian area. What do you think was behind this escalation?
HAMMADI: See, it has a lot of political implications behind these attacks. And we would have to look back into the election that has taken place in
2014 and since then how the government has acted. The government has promised previously to hold a fresh election, because of the controversy
that unfolded following that election where the main opposition boycotted and did not participate in that election. And ever since there has been a
lot of suppression going on.
There has been all these attacks taking place since 2015, and investigations have been under (inaudible) most of these cases. That kind
of sums up a lot of the details about how the political scenario has given space to democracy in the country.
And when there is little political scope for the opposition to raise their voice, that leads to
suppression and that leads to anarchy as well, because you're suppressing voice and it gives you very limited opportunity to kind of practice
democracy in a country of sort.
PARKER: So what you're referring to is the government's crackdown on militancy that has seen a large number of people arrested over the previous
months, and you think that this attack was in response to that?
HAMMADI: It's very difficult to say. These attacks are a response -- is a response to the previous arrests, it's very difficult. It's not possible
to say that this is a reaction to the arrests that have taken place. I did not say that. I did, in fact, say the fact that it has happened over a
course of time, and because of the political circumstances that exist, that prevail in the country, and that's possibly a reaction.
This attack -- and often directly associated to what has happened last week or the previous week or arrests the arbitrary arrests that have taken
place, these are all summation of a situation.
PARKER: And briefly, I just wanted to ask you about the strategic importance of Bangladesh from your point of view. A lot of people are
pointing to the fact that it is a Muslim nation that has a growing number of young men in it which could be potentially a fertile recruiting ground
for ISIS. How much have you seen of that aspect in your investigations?
HAMMADI: I'd say that I definitely do not agree to that ideology or the viewpoint that's being held out. In fact, it is a Muslim nation, it has
been a Muslim nation for a long number of years and it has a legasian (ph) history of having a majority Muslim population.
But, however, you must also know the fact that there is other other faiths who have existed in this society for a long number of years without this
kind of situation unfolding previously.
And in fact that's why the government maintains the secular party, and it has a popularity for that as well.
This attack is, for the first time, that has taken place, and that has tormented almost religious
faiths. And in my investigation, I found the same. Breeding ground, being a breeding group because of the fact that it's a Muslim nation, it is very
weak point to say at this time. It needs to be investigated.
These are individuals who are recruited very tactically, and identifying the soft spots, That's what I understand from examining the people who
have been recruited in the past who have IS, or al Qaeda, so to speak, or (inaudible) outfit, those who have been arrested by law enforcement, these
are all very individual case, not because it's a Muslim nation and it's an easy target. That's not how it should be interpreted.
[11:35:10] PARKER: Yeah, an extremely valuable point. And obviously to recall that it is a secular nation and has had many, many years of peace
until this recent upsurge in violence. Saad Hammadi joining us live from Bangladesh, thank you very much. Appreciate your time today.
PARKER: Now, let's get back to our top story, the violence in Iraq. Joining me now from our
Washington bureau is colonel Cedric Leighton. He's a CNN military analyst and a retired air force colonel.
Colonel, thank you very much for joining us. We do appreciate your time.
CEDRIC LEIGHTON, CNN MILITARY ANALYST: Thank you, Mick.
PARKER; I wanted to begin with your reaction to this very grim milestone that we're facing, that this is the deadliest bombing since 2007. You
know, what do you think is behind this escalation?
LEIGHTON: It's very clear to me, Nick, that this is ISIS's reaction to not only its setbacks on the military battlefield, but also the fact that it is
being squeezed from a financial perspective, it is also being squeezed from an operational perspective.
So ISIS is reacting in a manner that, unfortunately, is predictable on a strategic level, but in terms of tactically, it is very hard to actually
predict when and where they're going to strike.
PARKER: So what is the purpose of this attack? Is it just propaganda and headline grabbing?
LEIGHTON: No, I think the purpose is to destabilize Iraq. You noticed the reaction already
from the population in the Shiite neighborhoods that were affected by this blast, the most directly affected by this blast. And the fact that they
acted so vociferously against Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, shows that the ISIS attacks are having some effect in actually driving a wedge between
the Iraqi government and the population, especially the Shiite population. There's what's already a wedge there, it's fairly easy to exploit this.
But the unity that al-Abadi needs for his efforts to succeed against ISIS is very much in jeopardy because of what's going on here.
PARKER: And let's look at where we are right now with ISIS in Iraq. Fallujah is liberated. Clearly, Mosul would be the next major city to move
in on ISIS's stronghold in Iraq. Do you think these attacks could worsen as the campaign progresses?
LEIGHTON: Most certainly. I think that is actually within ISIS's game plan right now. And what they are trying to do is they are trying to
create enough chaos in Iraq itself that the Iraqi forces will find it very difficult to actually take advantage of the forward momentum that they've
achieved because of their victory in Fallujah. And that is a very serious issue that the al-Abadi administration
is going to have to address. And, of course, the United States will have to help them address that issue along on our coalition partners.
So, this is a very, very difficult time. It is a very risky time just because the political fissures are so great within Iraq, that they're so
easily exploitable by ISIS and its fellow travelers.
PARKER: Colonel Cedric Leighton joining us live. Sir, thank you very much for your
time today. We appreciate it.
LEIGHTON: Absolutely, Nick. Any time.
PARKER: Rescue operations are taking place right now in parts of India and Pakistan following deadly flash floods in the region. At least 28 people
have been killed in northern India, many villages were submerged near their country's border with Tibet. 41 people were killed in separate flooding in
northern Pakistan, 23 people there are still missing.
Several people were praying inside a mosque that got washed away.
The Pakistani army has been assisting in relief and rescue efforts.
I want to bring in CNN meteorologist Alison Chinchar at this stage. Alison, thanks for joining us.
Alison, a tragic picture emerging now.
ALISON CHINCHAR, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Yes. And unfortunately, it looks like it may continue for the folks in India.
But let's look at Pakistan. Again, you can kind of see water in the background here but also water here. Now, it's meant to be in the
background. In the foreground, these are roadways, so it's not necessarily meant to be in the foreground of this image.
And again, you can see the folks trying to reach higher ground.
Again, most of the flooding was in northern portions of Pakistan. You can kind of see that big
blur right there on the satellite kind of showing that rain from the last couple of hours. Again, in the last 24 hours, Islamabad picked up 146
millimeters of rain. Now, that particular storm finally moved back out.
But we also take a look at India. Again, we are kind of in that big, heavy monsoon rain season right now. And again, it certainly is bringing it to
many portions of India, including a lot of the northern region. That's really what's been some of the areas that have been hardest hit is north
and also some portions of western India. Here you can kind of see this is
where they had those mud flows and some of flooding that comes down. The cleanup crews are out there
trying to take a look, also looking for any of the people that might still be remaining missing in some of these areas. They have to kind of account
Also, in northern India, again, you can kind of see a lot of the rescue efforts here, but also a lot of folks that live in the area just holding
the umbrellas because for many of these folks, it was still raining as they trying to begin the cleanup process.
Here's a look at some of the rainfall totals. Again, notice most of them are in the northern region of India but we also have some in western India.
But all equally impressive, especially when you consider this was just in 24 hours. This wasn't spread out over multiple days, this was simply
in 24 hours. And in some of these locations, we're talking 130, 170, as much as 280 millimeters. Some of these locations, they got this rain in
about 12 hours. So, again, a lot of rain.
Our current position with respect to a monsoon is where you see this white, dotted line. For some folks, especially in extreme northern India, it's a
little earlier. But for folks in western India, again, notice, it's a little behind where it should be.
So, again, we have got some areas that are dealing with a little bit of rain a little early, others that are still awaiting the official arrival of
the rain. However, pushing out the next 48 hours, again notice we still have a significant amount of rain that is expected over some of these
And that's going to make the recovery and rescue efforts in some of these instances these positions that much more difficult. Because you don't have
that drying out period to make it easy to access some of these roads that were either washed away or just very hard
to travel on when they are wet.
Because remember, not all these roads are going to be paved. You have got some that are just dirt roads. And again, that turns into complete mud
when you get into this heavy rain.
Here's a look at the forecast accumulations. Now again, we're looking at widespread, maybe under around 100 millimeters. That's going to be what we
see in most of these locations.
But we still have some of the areas that are much higher than that. We're talking 150, 200, even
some areas in excess of 250 millimeters over the next five days.
And one perk, yes, it will be spread out over multiple days, but again, you have to keep in mind
a lot of these locations have already had several days of rain leading up to this. So then you're just adding more rain on top of what they've
So, again, it's going to be something we'll have to keep a close eye on. And I know all the villages again keeping a very close eye. They want the
rain, just not too much in a short period of time -- Nick.
PARKER: Worrying outlook, indeed. Alison, thank you for that update.
The presumptive U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton met with the FBI on Saturday to talk about the investigation that is casting a
long shadow over her campaign. Sources say the whole thing could be wrapped up soon, however.
Chris Frates has the details.
CHRIS FRATES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hillary Clinton came to FBI headquarters behind me on Saturday to sit for a three and a half hour interview with
federal officials, who are investigating the use of her private e-mail server.
The Clinton campaign putting out a statement that read, quote, "Secretary Clinton gave a voluntary interview this morning about her e-mail
arrangements while she was secretary.
"She's pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Department of Justice in bringing this review to a conclusion out of respect for the
investigative process. She will not comment further on her interview."
That was from spokesman Nick Merrill. But what we do know is that this is a routine part of the investigation. Hillary Clinton's aides have been
brought in and have talked to the FBI and this is part of what happens at the end of an investigation, when the FBI brings in the subject for an
In fact, sources telling CNN that, right now, there's not enough evidence to charge Hillary Clinton with any crimes. And barring any big game-
changers in this interview today, they don't expect that there will be any charges brought against Hillary Clinton. And they may announce that in the
next few weeks.
That would be welcome news for the Clinton campaign and Democrats, who want to put this issue off the table before the Democratic convention in three
Now Republicans, though, continue to hit Hillary Clinton on this issue. In fact, Donald Trump tweeted this on Saturday.
He said, quote, "It is impossible for the FBI not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton. What she did was wrong. What Bill did was
stupid," Donald Trump there talking about Bill Clinton, earlier this week meeting with Loretta Lynch on the tarmac of Phoenix International Airport.
He popped over when their planes were sharing a tarmac to have a social call with Loretta Lynch. Came under huge criticism for that because, of
course, as the attorney general, Loretta Lynch is overseeing this investigation. But certainly Republicans are going to continue to hit
Hillary Clinton on this, no matter what the outcome of this FBI investigation is.
Chris Frates, CNN, Washington.
PARKER: Live from New York, this is Connect the World. Coming up, you can forget about
David and Goliath. In just a few hours from now, Iceland takes on the host of Euro 2016. We'll find out what to expect in Iiceland versus France.
[11:47:13] PARKER: Hello, you're watching CNN. This is Connect the World with me Nick Parker. Welcome back.
Germany has just knocked out Italy from the Euro 2016 football championship. But right now, we're going to look ahead to the next
kickoff, Iceland is warming up to take on France, no less, in just a few hours from now.
It's something of a David and Goliath matchup. France are a favorite and the tournament's host. But Iceland have never made it anywhere near the
finals. They're upset over England on Monday stunned fans. And nearly a tenth of Icelanders are flying out to cheer them on.
Their match kicks off in the coming hours. Let's find out who stands the best chance.
Our Amanda Davies joins us from Paris. Amanda, great to have you with us.
So, certainly a bit of a fairy tale run for Iceland, but some pretty tough competition, it would seem.
AMANDA DAVIES, CNN WORLD SPORT: Yeah, absolutely, Nick. But this is a tournament where we're learning to expect the unexpected. It's certainly
been a fantastic story so far.
And wandering around Paris today, you would be forgiven for maybe getting a little bit confused and questioning whether or not you're actually in
Reykjavik, France. There are so many Iceland fans who have traveled here by plane, by train, by car. There really has been a fight for fans to make
their way here after that victory over England. The biggest, really, in their footballing history to date.
That was a match in the round of 16 that saw Iceland and their fans dare to dream, but this one really is a step up, as you said, against the pre-
tournament favorites, the hosts and their home support. Iceland are undoubtedly the underdogs, a country with more active volcanoes than they
actually have professional footballers. 130 active volcanoes, just 90 professional footballers, none of whom actually play their football within
A little bit earlier on, I caught up with a man fans of the TV series Fortitudes might recognize, Joi Johansson. He said he had to be here.
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JOI JOHANNSON, ICELAND FOOTBALL SUPPORTER: We think of ourselves as winners just getting into the tournament. We're the only nation that has
never lost a game to the Euros, remember that. And we are the smallest nation ever to gain a seat at the Euros.
So, I mean, we're winners any way you look at it, and that's going to be a celebration. No matter how the match goes, it's going to be a big
celebration everywhere for Iceland.
DAVIES: Can you do the clap?
[11:50:02] JOHANNSON: Sure. I mean, it's always best when the Aron Gunnarsson is leading it, the captain of the Icelandic team, but I'll try.
DAVIES: It's the new Haka, isn't it, really?
JOHANNSON: It is, yeah. Fantastic. And I think it originated from Scotland, actually. But then a team in Iceland starting using it. And
that sort of grew into the Icelandic big cheer.
DAVIES: Do you practice at dinner parties?
JOHANNSON: We all do, yeah, yeah. But not that loud, you know. We just do it with a knife and fork, we go, just to keep the rhythm going.
DAVIES: Who is going to be the star for Iceland against france?
JOHANNSON: I have two friends in the team, the Captain Aron and Hannes, the goalkeeper. And for me they're all stars. And there isn't really -- I
mean, Gylfi Sigurosson is, of course, is the biggest name in the Icelandic team, there is one on the bench who is a real heavy hitter with his -- Aron
Gunarsson, of course, you know. He is our biggest star ever.
But basically it's flat out. I mean, it's a team. And I think the team is the star of the tournament. They're our new vikings.
DAVIES: It's a fantastic story, Nick.
We've been practicing our hoos here, but whoever wins is either going to be an Icelandic party or a France party here on the streets of Paris later on
France, though, adamant that they don't care about the fairy tale, they have their own history to write here as the hosts. And coach Didier
Deschamps says their side absolutely learned lessons from where England went wrong.
PARKER: Great interview.
And I love that statistic that 1 in 10 Icelanders flew out to join them in Paris.
Amanda Davies joining us live from little Reykjavik. And thanks very much for that.
We'll be back after this short break.
PARKER: Hello, you're watching CNN and this is Connect the World with me, Nick Parker. Welcome back.
Now for our Parting Shots. We want to take a look at the extraordinary legacy of Elie Wiesel, the renowned holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate
has died at the age of 87.
Wiesel worked tirelessly to advance human rights during his life. U.S. President Barack Obama called him one of the great moral voices of our
time, and in many ways the conscience of the world.
Our Richard Roth has more on his life and legacy.
RICHARD ROTH, CNN SENIOR U.N. CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): He would become the most famous survivor of the Holocaust. But at the age of 15, Elie
Wiesel had no fears when his family was rounded up in Hungary by the Nazis.
ELIE WIESEL, NOBEL PRIZE WINNER AND HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR: At the very last minute I wasn't worried. We have no idea that Auschwitz existed.
ROTH (voice-over): That changed when he was transported by cattle car with hundreds of others.
WIESEL: I knew something terrible, it was something terrifying that was in store for us.
ROTH (voice-over): Arrival at Auschwitz, the extermination camp; an older inmate advises them, "Tell the Germans you're 18 years old, a candidate for
It saved his life or what would pass as life in the death camps.
Trapped in a nightmare, Wiesel sustained himself by keeping his father alive. Father and son were later taken to Buchenwald camp. Wiesel's father,
Shlomo, died just weeks before the U.S. Army arrived.
[11:55:21] UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All along the Allied advance, the gates swing open from German concentration camps.
ROTH (voice-over): This picture was taken after liberation. Wiesel is in the second level of the bunk next to the beam. He would later say he didn't
Wiesel lamented there was no grave of his father to visit when he toured Buchenwald in 2009 with German Chancellor Merkel and President Obama.
WIESEL: What can I tell him?
That the world has learned?
I am not so sure.
ROTH (voice-over): Wiesel started asking questions after the war, becoming a journalist. It took years before he talked about the horrors he
experienced, in his book called "Night" an eventual bestseller.
In 1985 as he received the Congressional gold medal, he implored President Reagan -- unsuccessfully -- not to visit a German cemetery filled with
members of the SS. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The humanitarian would later speak out against other atrocities.
On Saddam Hussein...
WIESEL: It's not a method of war. It's a method of intervention.
ROTH (voice-over): -- Darfur, Sudan...
WIESEL: It's a scandal that we didn't stop the bloodshed.
ROTH (voice-over): -- and on Iranian President Ahmadinejad.
WIESEL: I will tell you, frankly, this man is a disgrace.
ROTH (voice-over): He was named a messenger of peace by the United Nations, the organization founded as a result of World War II. He would ask the U.N.
WIESEL: Why am I involved in tragic events that occurred to people I have never met on the other side of oceans and continents?
It is because I belong to a traumatized generation, haunted by the world's indifference.
ROTH (voice-over): The Elie Wiesel Foundation was set up to fight indifference and intolerance. In 2008, Wiesel and his foundation learned
they were among the victims of financial schemer Bernard Madoff.
Wiesel always said he was a writer and a teacher. He said he never spoke for all the Holocaust victims but serves to remind nations to not let it
WIESEL: As a teacher, I always believe in questions.
The question is, will the world ever learn?
PARKER: I'm Nick Parker, and that was Connect the World. Thanks for watching.