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[08:00:34] KRISTIE LU STOUT, CNN HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong and welcome to News Stream.

Now anti-terror raids across Germany, three suspects are targeted, all accused of helping to recruit for ISIS.

Also, Trump under fire yet again. But this time some say his remarks toward Hillary Clinton

have crossed a dangerous line.

And the Olympic king: Michael Phelps cements his place in sporting folklore, clinching his 21st gold medal.

An anti-terror raid is taking place right now in Germany. No arrests have been made, but authorities say three suspects are at the center of the

investigation. They are suspected of recruiting fighters for ISIS, one may have also provided money for the terror group.

Now, Frederik Pleitgen has the latest from Berlin. He joins us now live. And Fred it's still a very fluid situation. The raids are ongoing. What

have you learned?

FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Kristie, the raids started taking place in the early morning hours here in Germany, especially

in the western part of the country, in the state known as North Rhine- Westphalia specifically in the towns of Dusseldorf, Dortmund as Tunisforth (ph) and Duisburg. So, all of those very much in the western part of


And there's also one raid that is ongoing in lower Saxony, which is sort of in the central part of Germany.

I got off the phone with the authorities that are in charge of these raids a couple of minutes ago, and they said that as of now those raids still

seem to be underway. As I've said, they've been going on for a couple of hours. No arrests have been made yet. But as you said, these are related

to individuals who apparently were providing support for ISIS. One of them apparently possibly logistical and financial support even though the

authorities at this point in time are not saying what exactly that financial and logistic support could look like.

The other ones they were quite specific saying that they had been trying to recruit both members as well as supporters of ISIS here in Germany. So,

certainly there's a big raid taking place, or a big number of raids taking place. The latest that we're hearing is about 150 police officers were

involved in these raids. And the information is still coming in to us as the situation is still ongoing.

However, there has been a press conference by the German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere, which took place about an hour ago, and he really

didn't want to get into any specifics of the raids because that situation is still ongoing. But he did say the fact that the German authorities here

are being so tough and are moving so quickly is actually part of a new shift in their policy. And he says,

quote, there is an understanding between the federal and the state governments that we will act early and be tough and energetic in our

searches in order to protect our population from threats.

A lot of that, of course, also in the wake of the fact that you have had some pretty serious security situations here in this country over the past

couple of weeks with a stabbing rampage by a man who apparently had come here to seek asylum, that happened in Bavaria on a commuter train. And

then of course by all accounts first suicide attack that took place in the town of Ansbach also a couple of weeks ago, Kristie.

LU SOTUT: Fred, these suspects are accused of supporting ISIS and ISIS recruitment. There in Germany, just how seductive is the appeal of ISIS

and its ideology?

PLEITGEN: Well, I certainly think that it is out there and it is certainly something that the authorities are dealing with. In fact, what you have

here yesterday evening is the authorities coming out and saying that they had also arrested one man in the southwest of Germany whom they also said

was very close to ISIS, someone who say said they said might have even been a member of ISIS. And they say that he was possibly plotting attacks on

German soccer matches for the start of the Bundesliga season which is just around the corner set to happen at the end of August.

And today the authorities came out and said that they've arrested an additional person also in the town of Dusseldorf, which again in the west

of Germany whom they also say might have had ties to ISIS and where they said that they found suspicious material on his cell phone.

So, certainly ISIS membership is a problem here. It's something that's becoming an increasing problem and I think the German authorities are well

aware of the fact that with this large wave of refugees that they had come in here last year, that also there may have been some ISIS operatives that

did come in to this country as well as some that Angela Merkel has denounced is a problem and certainly something that the German authorities

are trying to address at this point -- Kristie.

[08:05:17] LU STOUT: All right, Fred Pleitgen reporting live for us from Berlin. Thank you, Fred.

And now to a major controversy in the U.S. presidential election campaign. Donald Trump is under fierce criticism over remarks that he made at a

rally. Now, opponents say that this time he incited violence against democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Trump strongly denies that, insisting

that he was just suggesting that gun rights supporters vote against her.

Jason Carroll has the fallout.


JASON CARROLL, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Donald Trump on the defensive again.

TRUMP: There can be no other interpretation. I mean, give me a break.

CARROLL: Blaming media bias for the firestorm over this quip at his campaign rally.

TRUMP: Hillary wants to abolish -- essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick -- if she gets to pick her

judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don't know. But --

CARROLL: Trump doing damage control, claiming he was calling on the political powers of Second Amendment voters to make their voices heard, not

advocating violence toward his rival.

TRUMP: This is a political movement. This is a strong powerful movement, the Second Amendment. You know, Hillary wants to take your guns away, she

wants to leave you unprotected in your home.

CARROLL: Clinton's campaign quickly denouncing Trump, saying he is dangerous and a presidential candidate should not suggest violence in any

way. Other Democrats echoing the same sharp rebuke. Senator Chris Murphy, calling it an assassination threat. Elizabeth Warren slamming him as a

pathetic coward, who can't handle losing to a girl. And Gabby Giffords who survived being shot in the head says, "Americans must draw a bright red

line between political speech and suggestions of violence." Republicans blasting Trump as well.

GEN. MICHAEL HAYDEN, FORMER CIA AND NSA DIRECTOR: That's actually a very arresting comment. If someone else had said that outside the hall, he would

be in the back of a police wagon now with the Secret Service questioning him.

CARROLL: Trump, blaming the desperate media for trying to distract for what he calls Clinton's anti-Second Amendment stance even though Clinton has

never called for abolishing gun rights. The NRA and running mate Mike Pence, coming to Trump's defense.

GOV. MIKE PENCE (R), VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Donald Trump is urging people around this country to act in a manner consistent with their

convictions in the course of the election. And people who cherish the Second Amendment have a very clear choice in this election.

CARROLL: Trump has taken heat for violent rhetoric on the stump before.

TRUMP: I'd like to punch him in the face. Knock the crap out of him.

CARROLL: Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, once again, issuing a tepid defense of Trump.

REP. PAUL RYAN (R), HOUSE SPEAKER: It sounds like just a joke gone bad. I hope he clears it up very quickly. You should never joke about something

like that.


LU STOUT: And that was Jason Carroll reporting. And he joins me now live from Abindon, Virginia where Trump is campaigning later today.

And Jason, what's the feeling there? Do some supporters concede that yes, Trump, kind of crossed a line here with his comments?

CARROLL: Well, not his die-hard supporters. His die-hard supporters still seem to be squarely behind him regardless of what he has said. And as you

know, Kristie, he has said many controversial things in the past.

When it comes to some of his surrogates, though, we've heard various explanations in terms of what Trump says he meant by this comment. You

know, for example, you have New York City's former mayor Rudy Giuliani who basically said that he thought Donald Trump was joking, but he also said it

was clearly a call for political action, not violence, but then also saying that this was clearly an attempt by the Clinton group there to spin what

was going on.

So we've heard various explanations from Trump's surrogates.

But when it comes to his die-hard supporters, some of the folks who come out to his rallies, they are still squarely behind him.

LU STOUT: And Jason, his campaign despite all that support, it does remain under pressure. Another day, another bunch of Republicans fleeing Donald

Trump. What's the latest on these defections from the GOP?

CARROLL: Well, look, you know, we've seen these defections before. You heard about that -- that open letter that was published and put out by 50

national security experts, many of them Republicans, prominent Republicans, who have now distanced themselves from Donald Trump.

What we're going to have to see going forward is will this add to this sort of growing chorus

of members of Donald Trump's own party which are uncomfortable with his rhetoric, uncomfortable

with his temperament. We'll have to see if this latest controversy has any effect on that.

[08:10:05] LU STOUT: All right, Jason Carroll reporting. Thank you.

And turning now to the Philippines. The president suggests that he could declare martial law. Rodrigo Duterte was responding to criticism from the

chief justice slamming him for naming more than 150 officials said to be linked to the illegal drug trade.

Now, he spoke in both English and Tagalog. Take a listen.


RORIDGO DUTERTE, PHILIPPINES PRESIDENT: If this continue (SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE). Or would you rather that I were to declare martial law?


I grieve for the so many women raped, men killed, infants raped, (SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE)


LU STOUT: Now, the chief justice of the Philippines says it was premature for Duterte to name officials suspected for crimes but Duterte says he did

not order any arrests, only investigations.

Now, over to Brazil where political turmoil has also gripped the Olympic host nation, we've learned that suspended President Dilma Rousseff will

face an impeachment trial over allegations that she tried to cover up budget deficits.

The Brazilian senate voted 59-21 in favor. It's likely the trial will soon begin as the Olympics wrap up.

This guy, he's the talk of the Rio games: American swimmer Michael Phelps earned two more gold medals on Tuesday, bringing his career count to an

incredible 21. Now, Tuesday's gold came in his signature event, the 200 meter butterfly, and in the 4x200 meter freestyle relay.

It was also winning night for the U.S. women's gymnastics team. They earned gold in the team competition, retaining their title as the women's

all-around champions.

CNN's Amanda Davies has been covering the games for us. She joins us now live. Amanda, good to see you once again. And it was a golden day for

team USA. Give us the highlights.

AMANDA DAVIES, CNN WORLD SPORT: It absolutely was, Kristie. And I was lucky enough to be there in the gymnastics arena to see team USA complete

that victory, that really everybody had presented to them before the gymnasts even took the floor last night.

One of the Russian competitors had said that they were unbeatable, the race was for second and

third, for silver and bronze. And that was very much how it turned out to be.

But the poise, the control, it was absolutely fantastic for team USA. And whatever else was

going on around the arena last night, every time Simone Biles got up to put on her displays, the whole place went silent. It was absolutely electric

as she performed those signature tumbles, with such style and grace and athleticism.

And rightly so. This USA gymnastics team being talked about as perhaps the greatest of all time. Simone Biles herself, a 19-year-old, looking, of

course, to win five gymnastics golds at this games.

Across in the pool, though, Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky were putting on shows of their

own. Phelps went in saying he was on a mission, and he completed that mission in style, wanting to avenge that defeat from four years ago in

London in the 200 fly, his signature event.

He took revenge on South Africa's Chad Le Clos, the guy who had beaten him four years ago, and then went on just 70 minutes later to help team USa to

gold in the relay, as well. He really did put everything in to it.

And it was a particularly special night for him.

It might be gold number 20 and 21, but it seemed as impressive and as wanted and celebrated as

the first and second.

Katie Ledecky, again, absolutely putting on a show. This is her toughest event, the 200 meters freestyle. She says it's her weakest event. She

admitted afterwards it was really, really tough. But another gold medal for her.

And we are going to see both Phelps and Ledecky back in the pool today. It doesn't stop for the swimmers.

LU STOUT: Yeah, all eyes again on the pool today. And a big talker there in Rio and around the world, Amanda. Why is the diving pool green?

DAVIES: We still don't know, Kristie. But it is like something out of a scene from Ghostbusters or Alien Invasion. That was the big question here

on Tuesday. How, within the space of 24 hours, did the diving pool go from beautiful bright blue, as you would expect, to bluntly, a slime green?

It was tested. The organizers said it was safe for the divers to take part. I was laughing at one of the comments from one of the Canadian

bronze medalists, she said it seemed absolutely fine, I just made sure I didn't open my mouth.

The competition went ahead as planned. But, the organizers have said they're investigating. They think it might be something to do with a -- an

imbalance in the chlorine levels.

But the competition is continuing. And thankfully nobody seems to have been made ill or anything too untoward as a result.

[08:15:28] LU STOUT: Yeah, they say it's safe. Here's hoping that it is, in fact, safe.

Now security is in focus again today. Amanda, reports that an official Olympic games bus carrying reporters on board was hit by rocks. What

happened here?

DAVIES: It was a story late last night that emerged that one of the media buses that are put on

here by the official organizers that transports the media around the venues, which we know are in four clusters, was traveling from Deodoro (ph)

which is the venue where the rugby sevens, the equestrian events are taking place to the main Olympic Park media center in Baja (ph) about 45 minutes

from here. It was traveling past one of the most notorious favelas, the City of God favela, and the pictures

that have emerged, and the stories that we're hearing are that the bus was attacked a couple of windows were broken, and as a result of that, two

journalists were injured.

The initial report suggested the rocks were thrown at the windows. There have been some conflicting reports, saying that shots were fired and they

broke the windows.

Nothing has been confirmed, but we do know police are investigating. But certainly, worrying times for the organizers, at this state of heightened

security that we're in that has penetrated across Rio for the last two weeks with all those extra security officials on duty. It's certainly not

the kind of story the organizers were looking for.

LU STOUT: Yeah. A very troubling report there. Amanda Davies reporting live for us from Rio. Thank you, Amanda. Take care.

Now, let's take a look at which countries are on top in the gold medal count as of day four. The U.S. is in first place right now with nine gold

medals. China is close behind with eight golds, while Hungary and Australia have four apiece. And rounding out the top six are Russia and

Italy with three golds each.

Now, later this hour we'll tell you about an athlete considered to be the best male gymnast in world, Japan's Koi Uchimura. He's known for his

sharp, mechanical style, something that he is very, very proud of. And we'll find out what drives him to achieve excellence.

Coming up right here on News Stream, tragedy in Baghdad. A fire at a maternity ward has

killed nearly a dozen newborns.

Also ahead in the program, leaked files containing distressing details of abuse at Australia's offshore detention center.

Keep it here.


[08:20:05] LU STOUT; Coming to you live from Hong Kong you're back watching News Stream.

Now, government forces in Syria are locked in fierce clashes with rebels in Aleppo where an estimated 2 million people remain trapped. Now much of the

fighting now centers on a crucial corridor still too dangerous for aid to be delivered. The UN is calling for a pause in the fighting to allow

supplies to pass through.

Now, a fire raged through the maternity ward of a hospital in Baghdad killing at least 11 babies. Investigators say that the newborns were in

the premature birth unit and they died from suffocation. And the fire appears to have been caused by a short circuit.

Arwa Damon has spent a lot of time in Baghdad. She's reported extensively there. Right now, she joins us live from Istanbul. And Arwa this was just

such a horrific event. Why did so many infants have to die in this fire?

ARWA DAMON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONENT: And that, exactly, Kristie, is the question that so many people are asking in a he country, a city, that

has already suffered so much. These babies were in incubators we understand at the time that the blaze broke out and it seems that they

weren't rescued in time. Most of the people did manage to somehow evacuate the building. Firefighters arriving to the scene struggling to get to the

location where the blaze broke out. The maternity ward, as we are hearing, located towards the back of the hospital.

But then underlying all of this, beyond the suffering of those parents that now have to somehow cope with what this tragedy means to them, the loss of

their newly born baby, something truly unimaginable. But alongside all of this, there's also quite a lot of rage being expressed by the population.

People taking to social media directing their rage squarely at the Iraqi government because it is very likely that these babies did not have to die.

People tweeting things like even in a hospital, those are not safe from your criminality. Going on to say in another tweet, their corruption --

meaning the government's corruption -- has reached infant's only hours old even those who are just born are not safe of their theft. The there again

referring to the government.

Look, infrastructure in Iraq was always a major problem, even during the days of Saddam

Hussein. But with the U.S.-led invasion, with all these various different governments that the country has gone through, the various promises of

politicians to improve things like infrastructure, when Iraq was actually in some points making significant amounts of money due to oil revenue, none

of it really trickled down to the population.

Those promised refurbishments of critical institutions such as the medical institutions did not actually take place, or if they did, the work that was

done on them was very inadequate so what you have are things like hospitals, where there's poor electrical wiring -- again this was caused by

what we believe to a malfunction when it comes to that. You've got shoddy, inadequate, antiquated infrastructure, and no real fire escapes for people

to be able to utilize, Kristie.

LU STOUT: It's such a horrific event, tragic loss. And then there's just the possibility that something like this could be repeated again because of

the poor infrastructure, the corruption, all the other issues that you mention there in Iraq. Arwa Damon reporting for us, thank you.

Now, we are learning new details about a UN worker charged by Israel with assisting Hamas. Now this is the second time in a week that an

international aid worker has been accused of helping Hamas. A spokesman for the UN development program says that they are conducting an internal

review and they will cooperate with authorities.

Now, Oren Liebermann joins me now live from Jerusalem with more. And Oren, again, Israel has charged an aid worker for aiding Hamas. What is Hamas?

What is the UN saying about the charge?

OREN LIEBERMANN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, the UN is taking the allegations very seriously, saying that they're not only waiting for

the investigation to conclude, to draw their own conclusions from what happened here, but they're also exactly examining their own internal

mechanisms for making sure that their humanitarian aid goes where it's supposed to. That's a very similar response to what World Vision said just

a couple of days earlier. That's the other humanitarian aid organization involved that was with the first person charged.

Both taking these allegations very seriously, both waiting to see what comes out of these



LIEBERMANN: The United Nations Development Program has poured millions of dollars in to Gaza helping to rebuild the coastal enclave after the 2014

Gaza War. A slow and difficult process.

Now a UN worker, 38-year-old Waheed Abd Bossh has been indicted by an Israeli court with

directing UN aid to Hamas, the militant Jihadist organization that runs Gaza.

Israel says Bossh directed UN aid to benefit Hamas, claims Hamas says are baseless.

SAMI ABU ZUHRI, HAMAS SPOKESMAN (through translator): It's possible Israel plans to restrict the work of international relief organizations operating

in Gaza in order to tighten the Gaza blockade.

[08:25:05] LIEBERMANN: It's the second time in a week an aid worker has been charged with aiding Hamas. On Thursday 38-year-old Mohammed al-Halabi

was charged with siphoning millions of dollars from World Vision, a U.S.- based humanitarian to Hamas.

Israel says al-Halabi was a member of Hamas' military wing and used his position as the director of World Vision in Gaza to divert money to Hamas.

In a video statement, Major General Yoav Mordechai spoke directly to the people of Gaza.

MAJ. GEN. YOAV MORDECHAI, ISRAELI ARMY (through translator): Hamas is burying

you and your hope of living a normal life. I want to say clearly this exploitation of Israel's civil policy harms you and we will not stand idly


LIEBERMANN: al-Halabi's (ph) father says his son had nothing to do with Hamas.

KHALIL AL-HALABI, FATHER OF MOHAMMED AL-HALABI: We don't know why this media was created by Israel on this subject. They know and I know -- and

I'm convinced he has nothing to do with all these charges.

LIEBERMANN: In Gaza, protesters demonstrate in support of al-Halabi.

World Vision said the charges are very serious but they are skeptical. President Kevin Jenkins released a statement saying, "if any of these

allegations are proven to be true we will take swift and decisive action. Unfortunately, we still have not seen any of the evidence. World Vision's

cumulative operating budget in Gaza for the past ten years was approximately$22.5

million, which makes the alleged amount of up to $50 million being diverted hard to reconcile."


LIEBERMANN: Israel has long accused Hamas of using UN facilities and humanitarian aid facilities for the storage of weapons and the firing of

rockets into Israel. Now it seems they're shifting the focus of the investigation to look at where Hamas gets its financing,

its supplies and its funding, especially if Israel believes that financing and supplies comes from humanitarian aid organizations.

The investigation into World Vision has already had an effect. World Vision has suspended their operations in Gaza pending the outcome of the

investigation and two major donor countries Australia and Germany have announced that they will suspend funding of World Vision projects in Gaza

until they learn the outcome of the investigation -- Kristie.

LU STOUT: All right, CNN's Oren Liebermann reporting live for us from Jerusalem. Thank you, Oren.

And still to come right here on News Tream, a cache of major one of leaked reports reveal more allegations of abuse under Australia's offshore

detention center in Nauru.



[08:31:05] LU STOUT: There's a damning new report on the treatment of asylum seekers, especially children, at Australia's offshore detention

center on the Pacific island of Nauru.

Now, documents leaked to The Guardian newspaper highlight 2,000 cases, including reports of assault, sexual abuse and child abuse.

Now, CNN cannot confirm the authenticity, but the allegations match those made by Human Rights Watch. and Amnesty International says they detail a

dysfunctional and cruel system.

But the Australian government told CNN many of the reports reflect unconfirmed allegations.

Now, earlier I spoke to The Guardian's Paul Farrell in Sydney and began by asking him about what the leaked document reveal.


PAUL FERRELL, THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER: There are constant allegations and reports of self-harm attempts, of sexual assault allegations, of abuse, all

kinds of horrible things.

And it is truly a staggering rate. I mean, this is the largest leak we've ever seen from inside

Australia's detention network. And it really paints a picture that is quite devastating.

LU STOUT: The size of the leak is staggering and the details, as well. And we learn that children are really bearing the brunt of the abuse in


FERRELL: One of the things that is really striking about these reports is that even though children only make up 10 percent of the population on

Nauru, they make up 50 percent of the reports of serious incidents contained in these reports. I mean, that's massively disproportionate.

And it shows that there are very serious incidents of sexual assaults, of self-harm, of abuse, happening to these children in Australia's care.

LU STOUT: And the leaked documents also contain disturbing details of behavior by traumatized children, including a girl who had sewn her lips

shut. Is this actually happening?

FERRELL: This absolutely is happening. And what the files show is that it's happening with alarming frequency. It's common throughout those

reports to see cases of young children or young girls sewing their lips together or beginning to trying to slash their wrists. It's really


And sometimes what's even more staggering is the response to those. I mean, there's one report that really stuck with me, which is of a young

girl who sewed her lips together and then she said that a guard came up to her and just started laughing at her. So they show a really difficult

picture. And while there are certainly some caseworkers there who seem to really care about these asylum seekers and want to take care of them, they

do show a really cruel side to Australia I think.

LU STOUT: And what does the leak show about the sexual assault of women at Nauru? How big an issue is that?

FERRELL: The sexual assault of women remains a serious issue on Nauru. And this is despite an Australian parliamentary inquiry into this precise

issue, it's despite a Human Rights Commission report in it. It's despite other reviews. It shows that these reports are continuing. They've

continued beyond that. And the Australian government hasn't stopped it. And that is really alarming.

LU STOUT; And after reading just pages and pages of the ongoing abuse in these leaked files taking place at this detention facility of Nauru, how do

you answer the question, what went wrong, and who is ultimately responsible?

FERRELL: The buck stops with Australia. It's trying to outsource its asylum seekers to another

Pacific nation. It's trying to outsource its asylum seekers to private companies. But at the end of the day the buck stops with the Australian


LU STOUT: It has been so difficult to get detailed information about conditions at this camp in Nauru. How did this leak come to light?

FERRELL: There are vast numbers of former staff and people linked to the detention system who are so frustrated and so infuriated by what they've

seen and witnessed, and what they know the Australian government isn't aware of going on in these detention camps.

And, the reality is there are huge impediments to getting out even the most basic information, and people have had enough of it. And many people have

taken the step of speaking out.


LU STOUT: And that was Paul Ferrell from The Guardian speaking to me earlier.

Now, one of the companies that provides detention services on Nauru told CNN it's dealt appropriately with all the allegations. Now no response yet

from a second provider.

Now, you're watching News Stream and still to come, Kohei Uchimura has led the Japanese men's gymnastic team to gold, and a major source of his

inspiration might surprise you.

Up next find out what spurs him on ahead of his individual competition.


LU STOUT: Welcome back.

Now, he is widely considered to be the greatest male gymnast of all time. Kohei Uchimura competes again Wednesday in the individual all-around event.

He already led Japan to the gold in the mean's team all-around, a feat he says he cares more about than individual gold.

Now, his motivation for sport he says is for the victims of a devastating disaster that struck

his country.


KOHEI UCHIMURA, OLYMPIC GYMNAST: My name is Kohei Uchimura and I am a gymnast.

(through translator): A lot of foreign athletes say he performs like a machine. For me, moves and performances that are mechanical are perfect.

So I take it as a compliment.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: 24 hours after a record earthquake and terrible tsunami, we're getting a closer look at the incredible devastation...

WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: The devastating wall of water up to 30 feet high...

LU STOUT: ...a sea of liquid destruction, utter devastation...

Mud and debris...

UCHIMURA (through translator): For the people of Japan, the great disaster is something they will never forget. And I thought I have to do something

for the people of Tohoku.

In the years of 2011 and 2012, I felt that I was performing for people in the afflicted areas. I often thought about how to give them strength

through gymnastics. All I could give was great performances.

I think it's fate. Just as I will be on the verge of retiring, there will be Tokyo Olympics. I think the Olympics will be a great motivation, and

it's my goal to perform in front of my country. We must win a gold medal as a team.


LU STOUT: Oh, he is such an inspiration. You can follow the Rio games any time at You can get the latest medal count, the wins,

the losses and profiles of some of the most compelling athletes. And be sure to take the CNN Olympics quiz that's there as


Now day five of the Rio Olympic games is just beginning, but in Japan, one person is already looking ahead to the Tokyo games in 2020. Yuriko Koike

has just taken office as the city's first female governor. And she sat down recently with Will Ripley for this exclusive interview.


[08:40:17] WILL RIPLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: As billions around the world watch Rio 2016, the clock is already ticking towards Tokyo 2020. The

Japanese capital's first female governor will attend the closing ceremony in Rio.

Training to hold that flag.

YURKIO KOIKE, MAYOR OF TOKYO: I'm training my muscles.

RIPLEY: Koike hopes to avoid the Olympic-size problems that plagued Brazil in the run-up to the games.


RIPLEY: Tokyo has had its own trouble since winning the 2020 bid. A scrapped Olympic stadium design, logo plagiarism allegations, construction

delays, not to mention massive overspending.

KOIKE: The cost of running the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics is so enormous.

RIPLEY: Cutting those costs is one of her main goals. Money scandals forced the last two governors to resign, making Koike the third in three


Her resume doesn't read like a typical Japanese politician. The Arabic speaking former news

anchor has been a member of parliament, minister of the environment, and Japan's first female defense minister. Koike is used to shattering glass


KOIKE: As a matter of fact, in Japan it's not a glass ceilings, it's steel ceilings.

RIPLEY: Steel ceiling. And why is the steel ceiling?

KOIKE: It's more ridged. It's more chauvinistic.

RIPLEY: Her outspoken views have made Koike unpopular with the establishment, but popular with voters. She broke away from the ruling

Conservative Party, winning 3 million votes as an independent, more than 1 million ahead of the second place candidate.

There's talk Koike could be Japan's first female prime minister, which leads to inevitable comparisons to another candidate in the midst of a

grueling U.S. presidential race.

KOIKE: It's unthinkable for us. I mean, it's too long sometime, but she's doing a very good campaign.

RIPLEY: Are you rooting for Clinton or Trump?

KOIKE: It's hard to tell. It depend on the people, of the U.S. decides.

RIPLEY: Koike's focus is being the first female governor of a mega urban area.

KOIKE: Tokyo is fantastic, a magnificent city.

RIPLEY: Permission, make sure scandals, delays, and overspending don't cast a shadow when the Olympic spotlight shines on Japan in four short


Will Ripley, CNN, Tokyo.


LU STOUT: Muscle flexing there.

Now before we go I want to show you something that Pokemon Go players and naysayers will both love. Pranksters dressed up as Pikachus, also throwing

pokeballs at gamers. Now, this is part of an ad campaign, it's inviting tourists to go catch or get caught by Pokemon in Basel, Switzerland.

Got to love it.

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