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Search And Seizure Warrants Issued for American Swimmers in Rio; Picture of Injured Young Boy in Aleppo Sparks International Cries for Ceasefire; After Defection, What's Next for North Korean Diplomat?; President Duterte's Brutal Crackdown on Drugs in Manila; Trump's New Strategy: Be Himself

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ANDREW STEVENS, HOST: I'm Andrew Stevens in Hong Kong and welcome to News Stream.

The young, haunting face of Syria's civil war: the image of this young boy injured in an Allepo air strike draws global outrage as authorities plead

for a cease tire.

What really happened in Rio? Two U.S. swimmers are pulled off a plane as police probe their story about being robbed.

And Duterte's war on drugs. We take you to the streets of The Philippines capital to see the president's iron fist crackdown firsthand.

More destruction in the Syrian city of Aleppo, prompting an urgent appeal from the United Nations. The UN special envoy to Syrian is calling for a

48 hour pause in the fighting. Now, there have been repeated air strikes there as Syrian forces battle rebels for control of the city.

Fighting remains intense after opposition forces broke a government siege earlier this month. And now here is an image that shows you the reality of

that bloodshed, the face of a young boy.

The boy's name is Ameran (ph). And he pulled from the rubble of a building hit from one of those air strikes on Aleppo. He appears to be 4 to 5 years

old. He's sitting on a chair inside an ambulance, but one thing you do notice, that he's not crying. He's just bewildered at the chaos around

him, a boy deep in shock.

We are now starting to get more details about Ameran (ph). Let's bring in our senior international correspondent Nima Elbagir. She joins us from

London.

Nima, what have you been able to find out about him?

NIMA ELBAGIR, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: We were able to speak to one of the men who was there when Ameran (ph) one of the activists. And

genuinely, Andrew, he is almost taken aback by how this picture has reverberated around the world.

This is a moment like so many others, a direct strike to a home inside Aleppo. And Ameran (ph), extraordinarily is one of the lucky ones. His

family survived.

But in that moment that you see him sitting on their own, wiping at the massive blood on his face, almost shocked to see it on his fingertips, he

didn't know that. He didn't know if his siblings, if his brother, and his sister, if his parents were alive. He was the first to be rescued.

And I think it is that moment of silence that has -- it is the reality of that silence in that moment

that has captured the imaginations, that has pierced so many hearts around the world because let's be honest, people have become so accustomed to

seeing the horror, to hearing the wails, the hearing the noise, the booms and the crashes, but it was the silence of this little 5-year-old boy that

seems to have actually spoken louder than so much else of the suffering that we've seen come out of Syria, come out of Aleppo over the last five

years.

His family and he are continuing to receive treatment. He has actually been discharged, but one of his siblings is pretty critically injured. He

is still in the hospital. But Ameran (ph) hopefully he's getting what he needs most now, the reassurance and the love of his parents, Andrew.

STEVENS: We talk about the word icon, an iconic image so often now, NIma. But this really is a searing image as we look at that picture, that still

picture of that young boy.

And I just wonder, the United Nations has been calling for a 48 hour pause to facilities now

on humanitarian grounds. Are we any closer to achieving that when pictures like this are beamed around the world, is there a feeling that this time

there would be some movement?

ELBAGIR: Well, the UN envoy Staffan de Mistura is certainly hoping. He actually spoke about young Ameran (ph) when he called on the security

council, on the warring parties, to put in place this 48 hour cease fire.

But there is also the reality that this isn't the first young Syrian boy whose picture has reverberated, whose pictures has been beamed around the

world. There is a searing picture of a lifeless body being carried out of the Mediterranean Sea.

In that moment in time, so many people promised said that that would be a changing point, that that would be a turning point, and yet it wasn't.

Staffan de Mistura was absolutely -- he was incandescent, speaking about the fact that this little boy, his family, his neighbors, the people stuck

alongside him inside Aleppo, they have not received aid for a month now.

A few days ago, Russia proposed a three hour window, which many of the activists we spoke to, a three hour window of a ceasefire, which many of

the activists we spoke to, essentially likened to a modesty blanket. They said it wasn't enough to actually achieve anything, that it was just enough

to give the appearance that something perhaps was changing on the ground.

They need an actual practicable moment in time. They need 48 hours. And their hope is that they can perhaps put about the horrors of Ameran's (ph)

pain in that moment, they can actually try and turn that into something and get aid in not just to him and his family, but to so many others trapped

alongside him inside Aleppo, Andrew.

STEVENS: But right now, the agony for Aleppo, indeed for Syria, continues encapsulated so brutally in the picture of that small boy. Nima, thank you

for that.

Nima Elbagir joining us from London.

Well, there has been yet another attack on a police station in eastern Turkey. Turkish media report three police officers were killed in a bomb

blast at a police headquarters in the city of Elazi (ph). As many as 100 people were wounded.

Well, Thursday's blast is just the latest in a series of attacks in Turkey. Let's bring in senior international correspondent Ben Wedeman following the

developments from Istanbul.

Obviously, Ben, a very powerful blast outside that station, and one of just the latest. Just tell us the details about this latest attack.

BEN WEDEMAN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Andrew, this is the fifth attack in two weeks on a police station. In this instance, the bomb went

off. It's believed it was a car bomb around 9:00 a.m. in the morning when many of the policemen were there.

Now, the numbers we have at the moment are that three policemen were killed and 145 people

wounded. Of the wounded, 85 are policemen, 60 are civilians. 14 people remain in critical condition.

Now, we've seen video of a column of smoke rising to the sky from this explosion.

Now, the Turkish prime minister is on the scene at the moment and he just said that he believes that this is the work of the PKK, the Kurdish Workers

Party, a party that's a separatist party that has been at war essentially since 1984 against the Turkish state.

In that war, more than 40,000 people have been killed, however there has been no claim

of responsibility until now.

In addition to that in the town of Vann (ph), also in eastern Turkey, there was an attack on a police building where three policemen were killed in

addition to one civilian.

And of course we're hearing this afternoon of more violence. Two separate attacks on Kurdish soldiers, rather Turkish soldiers in the eastern part of

the country, in this case three soldiers were killed and one village guard was also killed in these attacks. One of those attacks was an ambush on a

military vehicle.

So, what we are seeing is clearly some sort of escalation by the PKK. And it was just a few weeks ago that a senior PKK official came out and said

that Turkish policemen will not be safe in the centers of Turkish cities. And it seems that that threat was certainly not made lightly -- Andrew.

STEVENS: OK, Ben, thank you very much. Ben Wedeman joining us live from Istanbul.

Three U.S. swimmers can expect more questions from Rio about their accounts of being

robbed at gunpoint along with two other Olympians at the weekend. Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, they were pulled from their flight home on

Wednesday.

Brazilian authorities appear to have doubts about the accounts of what happened.

And as police are busy investigating that, the British Olympic Association now says that one of its athletes have been the victim of theft. We don't

know a lot of detail at this stage, but the athlete is said to be OK.

Well, joining us now from Rio with the very latest on the U.S. swimmers is CNN's Nick Paton Walsh.

Nick, this is turning into a diplomatic incident of some proportions. Where do we go from here?

NICK PATON WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It's bizarre, isn't it, how everybody involved seem to want to mishandle this as much as possible.

Yes, we now have search and seizure warrants for high profile American athletes, their passports requested by police, American swimmers being

taken off a plane they were supposed to be flying home on, further questions being asked by Brazilian police to the three U.S. swimmers we

know were still in Brazil. That is James Feigen, Gunner Bentz and Jack Conger. And according to many people looking at this to inconsistencies,

questions still being asked about quite how long the period was when they supposedly left the nightclub and found themselves back at

home. Well, a judge says maybe three hours, their lawyer and a police chief says potentially one.

So many questions.

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NICK PATON WALSH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: American swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz are pulled out their plane and ordered not to leave Rio. The

Olympic duo detained after a Brazilian judge ordered them to get official statements because of discrepancies in their claims that they were robbed

at gunpoint on Sunday night along with teammates James Feigen and 12-time medalist Ryan Lochte. Just hours after the alleged incident, Lochte told

NBC news.

RYAN LOCHTE, U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMER: They told the other swimmers to get down on the ground, they got down on the ground. I refused. I was like,

"We didn't do anything wrong, so I'm not getting down on the ground." And the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he

said, "Get down" and I was like, I put my hands up, I was like, whatever. He took our money, he took my wallet.

WALSH: Lochte is now back in to U.S. unlike his teammates now conceding to NBC last night that his initial statement was a traumatic

mischaracterization of what happened. This surveillance video obtained by the "Daily Mail" shows the swimmers returning to the Olympic village just

before 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. The judge says it shows them seemingly unshaken and joking around after the alleged robbery.

Lochte's lawyer tells CNN, "That video shows me nothing. It shows guys coming home at 6:00 or 7:00 in the morning and shows me they're happy that

they're alive."

Among the inconsistencies the judge says Lochte told police there was one robber while Feigen says there were more. Brazilian police are now asking

their taxi driver to come forward to verify their claims.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

WALSH: Now, as I say, extraordinary that we see this high profile incident over such small inconsistencies in the claims when they left the club.

There's a lot of politics at work here.

Brazil doesn't like the idea of people accepting the fact that people could be dressing up as police officers and committing armed robbery here. This

was a very high profile case when it happened.

There's also a suspicion, too, this in the mind of many Brazilians echoed by a police spokeswoman I spoke to who said, look, it's odd, frankly, to be

victim of an armed robbery here and walk away with your cellphone.

Now, Ryan Lochte in his own words admitted that wasn't taken from him. And when you see the men return to the Olympic Village, they have a lot of high

value items on them. Now, there could be a very simple explanation for that. The speed, for example, in which the robbery was done.

And nobody is suggesting any major misdemeanor by anybody at this stage. There are so many questions and as those questions don't get answered and

every side tries to justify their position, we see the spiral frankly into the incident that it's become, Andrew.

STEVENS: Absolutely. Nick, thanks very much. Nick Paton Walsh joining us live from Rio.

Now, let's take a quick look at some of the sporting drama from Rio, as well. Day 12 of the games was an historic one for the U.S. women's track

team. Three runners lead by Brianna Rollins swept the podium, taking first, second, and third in the 100 meter hurdles.

That's the first time a single country has done so in that event.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt is on course for a so-called triple-triple, crushing the 200 meter semi-final. He looked as effortless as ever, actually

smiling at Canada's Andre Degrasse who will face Usain Bolt once again in the final on Thursday.

So let's see who sits where in the medal count after a dozen days of competition. Team USA continues to lead the way, 30 golds now, 93 medals

in all. Great Britain second with 19 golds, 19 silvers. China can tally or match Great Britain on golds, but it has fewer silvers than Team GB.

Russia and Germany round out the top five.

Still ahead here on News Stream, The Philippine president's war on drugs and the impact on the country's jails. We're live in Manila.

And why did a high level North Korean diplomat in decide to leave to South Korea? We'll talk to an expert about one of Pyongyang's highest level

defections ever.

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STEVENS: Pretty clear night in Hong Kong. That is the view looking to downtown. Welcome back.

You're watching News Stream.

North Korea is reeling from an embarrassing defection by a high level diplomat. Its deputy ambassador of the North Korean embassy in the UK has

fled to South Korea. An official in Seoul says Thae Yong-ho is now under government protection together with his family.

A little earlier I spoke to Sokeel Park. He's director of the organization Liberty in North Korea. Now that works with North Korean refugees. And I

asked him how this diplomat may have exactly planned that defection.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

SOKEEL PARK, LIBERTY IN NORTH KOREA: It's a unique situation because this is a top diplomat in a European capital that had his whole family in

London. And so he may have had some clandestine contact with South Korean officials in London or he may have

used an intermediary, but then it is interesting that he decided not to defect to the UK, but actually bring his whole family to South Korea and to

defect to the south.

STEVENS: And why would that be the south rather than the United Kingdom, do you think?

PARK: Well, really, we can only speculate. He actually spent a long time in the UK and his family, his sons had studied in the UK. So it would have

maybe seemed to be a natural choice to stay there, but maybe the incentives and the inducements to defect to the South

Korea would have been higher and maybe he would have, you know, better career prospects for

instance if he came to South Korea, worked with the national intelligence service in South Korea instead

of staying in the UK.

STEVENS: You have worked with defectors. Obviously, there is the actual physical act of defection, but much harder is the decision to defect in the

first place. What would have been going through his mind?

PARK: One of the factors is that it seems that his immediate family will be safe, because they were outside of the country with him. That is quite

rare even for a North Korean diplomat. A lot of the time there will be a son or an immediate family member that is still back in North Korea kind of

as a kind of collateral to make it harder for people to defect.

But in this case, you know, it's hard to know again what was going through his head. You know, he was slightly older and more senior diplomat. It

seems like maybe he wasn't too bought into the actual ideology, that's one of the things that we think about some of the senior officials even at this

stage not being as ideological as they used to be.

And so maybe just more pragmatic.

STEVENS: Yeah, in your experience, Sokeel, is there an enormous amount of guilt associated with the people who have decided to defect, because of the

risk that their families in North Korea face?

PARK: There can be some guilt and just anxiety from separating from the family, of course, and that I think is common.

But a lot of the time actually these people are able to re-establish contact with their families back home, they're able to send information,

have direct phone calls through mobile phones that are smuggled from China into North Korea and send money back home and that is crucial because that

money that is going into the families in North Korea is able to be used to pay bribes to keep the family safe and then actually make the family much

better off than they would be otherwise.

So these days, especially in some of those border towns, we hear that it's a known thing that

people are defecting and actually people are jealous of families that have a defector in the family because they know that they're getting money from

South Korea.

So, moreso than guilt, there may actually be envy in those kind of circumstances.

STEVENS: That's very interesting. So, they can buy their way out of trouble, effectively, in North Korea.

But, for the extended family of such a high ranking official, would you be surprised to be -- to see some sort of retaliation against family members

in North Korea? To set an example, if nothing else.

PARK: This is somebody that came from a very elite family, actually. This is the son of a high level general in North Korea, and so that whole family

will have some kind of position in the elite in the North Korean government system. And so you might -- there might be people that lose their jobs,

maybe even have to leave Pyongyang as a result of this. So, there will be repercussions. But it's hard to say whether that's going to go as far as

people actually being sent to do forced labor or something like that.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

STEVENS: Sokeel Park there, director of the group Liberty in North Korea speaking a little earlier. He also said that South Korean officials will

likely spend weeks or even months interviewing the diplomat, debriefing him. And he'll probably be placed under tight security partly over fears

of potential retaliation from the north.

Meanwhile, the shocking claim from North Korea. It says it's processing plutonium and has no plans to stop. That was the response by North Korea's

nuclear agency to japan's Kyoto News Service.

It's the first time the North Korean agency has actually responded to an inquiry from foreign media.

Now, the new president of The Philippines is having an impact since he launched his war on

drugs. But the crackdown is also causing outrage as well as fear. Rodrigo Duterte and his chief of police claim the operation has prompted more than

half a million dealers and users to turn themselves in. But the body count is also climbing and concern about extrajudicial killings and forced

surrenders are growing.

Well, our CNN's Ivan Watson is in The Philippine capital Manila. Ivan, you've been getting a firsthand look at the actual effects of the

crackdown.

IVAN WATSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: That's right. I mean, there is a great deal of fear out on the streets. There is also substantial

support for the newly elected president and his war on drugs according to official statistics, there is something around a 1.5 million drug users,

mostly methamphetamines, in this country with a population of more than 100 million people.

But the statistics are staggering. In about seven weeks, you've had Philippines police carrying out more than 9,000 -- sorry, more than 6,000

raids, arresting more than 9,200 suspects. But also shooting at least 659 suspects and killing them, Andrew.

The police insist in self-defense. There has also been a mysterious spike of about 899 unsolved deaths under investigation. Many of them suspected

to be vigilante killings nicknamed cardboard justice because sometimes the killers leave a cardboard that says drug pusher, a sign, next to the

victim.

So we've been getting a look at the pressure this is putting on different institutions if in Philippines society and we have to warn viewers that

some of the images in this upcoming report are quite graphic. They may want to turn away.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

WATSON: This is part of the new war on drugs in the Philippines. Police send a local government official going house to house, calling out

residents by name.

The authorities call these operations knock and plead. They go door to door inviting suspected drug users and dealers to voluntarily surrender

themselves to the authorities. And so far we haven't seen anybody turn down the invitation.

Police lead suspect back to town hall. Here, urine tests, fingerprints, and mug shots looking awful lot like procedures for an arrest, until the new

arrivals are instructed to take this oath.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I voluntarily surrendered to the police and government authorities that I am an illegal drug user.

WATSON: More than half a million Filipinos have turned themselves in this way in just seven weeks, says the country's brand new national police

chief. With no evidence, arrest warrant or trial, many of them will just end up on a watch list.

GEN. RONALDO DELA ROSA, PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE CHIEF: We have zero tolerance for drugs. So as much as possible we want to be -- to have a

drugless society.

WATSON: Is that realistic?

DELA ROSA: No, it cannot be achieved.

WATSON: The country's largest government-run drug rehabilitation center is crowded and overwhelmed says the head doctor. He says he's seen a sudden

surge in new patients.

Thirty new patients today and are they telling you why they're coming?

BIEN LEABRES, MANILA REHABILITATION CENTER HEAD: Most of them are here because of fear.

WATSON: Fear?

LEABRES: Fear. What's going on outside, the government's actions, especially the PNP .

WATSON: And the police.

LEABRES: . the police, the crackdown has made them fear that they might be either incarcerated or worst, even killed.

WATSON: Since the Philippines' president launched his war on drugs on July 1st, police say they've killed at least 659 people across the country.

Are the police being ordered to kill suspected drug dealers?

DELA ROSA: We have to kill them if they endanger our lives.

WATSON: Human rights groups are sounding the alarm about the growing body counts and what that means for the rule of law, while some local government

officials are worried about other new logistical problems.

ANTONIO HALILI, TANAUAN CITY MAYOR: I never thought that this would happen. I never thought that this would be overpopulated.

WATSON: Cells in the brand new Tanauan City jail built to hold 30 prisoners, now holding more than 50, many of whom were recently arrested on

drug charges.

Is there room in prisons, in the jails, in the court system for these thousands of new suspects?

DELA ROSA: They have to do like that inside the prison cells. Yeah, they're stuck inside.

WATSON: In his rush to combat drugs, this country's top cop seems to have little time for the idea that a suspect is presumed innocent until proven

guilty.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

WATSON: Andrew, yesterday I met the sister of a man who was shot dead a couple days ago. A police report says the man was a suspected drug deal

who tried to open fire on police who then killed him in self-defense. The sister insists that her brother was a methamphetamine user who used to buy

the drugs from corrupt cops who then killed him and she lays the blame squarely on President Duterte who she claims has given dirty cops a license

to kill.

She says why not just send these people to rehab. Well, here is a reason. There are only 40 privately and government-run rehabilitation centers in

the entire country with a combined bed count of about 4,500 people in a country of over 100 million people. There simply

isn't capacity to take in drug addicts.

I asked the police chief of the country did you prepare for this war on drugs? Have you expanded drug rehab centers or prisons. And he said we

simply didn't have time. It was too urgent. The threat of the illegal drugs was too great to society. We had to move forward -- Andrew.

STEVENS: And the president showing no sign at all of changing direction on that push either.

Ivan, thanks very much. Ivan Watson joining us live from Manila.

Now still ahead on the show, the Trump campaign revamps its team of senior advisers. We'll tell you what they think will turn around Trump's sliding

poll numbers.

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(HEADLINES)

STEVENS: Now, in the U.S. presidential race, Republican Donald Trump appears to be counting on another campaign reorganization to reverse his

slipping poll numbers. The central theme seems to be let Trump be Trump.

Here is CNN Politics reporter Sara Murray.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

KELLYANNE CONWAY, TRUMP CAMPAIGN MANAGER: The advice I would give him is be authentic, because that's what Americans appreciate.

SARA MURRAY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Donald Trump's new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, suggesting Trump is going back to basics.

CONWAY: People do want change. They are tired of the corrupt system.

MURRAY: And playing up the outsider persona and bombastic style that catapulted him on the nomination, instead of sticking to the script to

appease the Republican establishment.

Sources tell CNN that Trump has grown frustrated with the direction of his campaign and he believes he still has a chance to win. But if he loses, he

wants it on his terms.

COREY LEWANDOWSKI, FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN MANAGER: You have with Donald Trump a person who wants to be true to himself, that got him through the

primary process by being true to himself.

MURRAY: But some Republicans are wary that the appointment of combative Breitbart executive Steve Bannon as the campaign's chief executive could

drive Trump further from the establishment fold. Bannon, so divisive that he has been characterized by Bloomberg politics as the most dangerous

political operative in America, something Trump's own campaign is touting. Bannon even nudged Trump not to bow to the political establishment on his

radio show in May.

STEVE BANNON, TRUMP CAMPAIGN MANAGER: The Trump people want to know, for unity, are you not prepared to give up on what they backed you on from the

beginning? Because when they hear Paul Ryan talking unity, what they feel is going to be a collapse of what you ran on, and a collapse of what they

backed you on.

DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: My folks have absolutely nothing to worry about. That's the way it is. I mean, I won in landslides based on

what I was saying and based on my ideas and themes and my statements and my policies. So I'm not going to go into a room and go right back to the old

stuff that's not working.

MURRAY: As some GOP officials urged the RNC to abandon Trump and shift resources to down ticket races, others warn that the party needs to

continue supporting Trump in order to hang on to vulnerable Republican seats in Congress, all as Hillary Clinton appears to relish her rival's

latest reset, insisting it won't change his fortunes in November.

HILLARY CLINTON, (D) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: He can hire and fire anybody he wants from his campaign, but he is still the same man who insulting Gold

Star families, demeans women, mocks people with disabilities, and thinks he knows more about ISIS than our generals.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

STEVENS: Sara Murray reporting on that. The latest developments in the Trump campaign.

Now, Mexican authorities believe they have narrowed down the whereabouts of notorious drug

lord kidnapped son. Surveillance images appear to show the moment of the abduction of the son of imprisoned drug deal Joaquin El Chapo Guzman was

taken at gunpoint from a restaurant in Puerto Vallarta along with several other people. There has been no word from them since.

Well, investigators suspect a rival drug cartel may have been behind that kidnapping. Well, CNN's senior Latin American affairs editor Rafael Romo

joins us now from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with the latest.

Police think they're closing in. How close are they getting, Rafael?

RAFAEL ROMO, CNN LATIN AFFAIRS EDITOR: They're now very close, to be totally frank with you, Andrew. What they are saying is that they are

looking for the six people who were abducted from this restaurant where I'm standing in four different states in this part of Mexico.

Meanwhile, Andrew, there have been several revelations regarding how things transpired here at this restaurant. First of all, I want to call your

attention to a video that has been released by a Mexican blogger, a blogger that posts videos online anonymously. The video seems

to show the moment in which Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, one of the sons of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, is being attacked by a group of seven armed

then with long rifles.

We have also been able to see some pictures that show the moment of the attack, pictures that show the son of El Chapo down on his knees and with

his hands behind back of his head.

And again, just moments after they were whisked away from this restaurant called La Leche here on Puerto Vallarta's main thoroughfare avenue Medina

Placencia (ph). Now, one other thing that we have learned the last 12 hours is that the restaurant itself has been given permission by

authorities to reopen its doors. That will happen at some point today. This is a very upscale, trendy restaurant that has attracted many visitors

both domestic and international.

And they say they have absolutely nothing to do with what happened here, it was just bad luck that they had these customers here and that the attack

happened at their place.

And again Mexican officials at this point are not closer to finding out what happened to the six people who were abducted or where they might be at

this point, Andrew.

STEVENS: What are they saying, police, if anything at all, about the motive? Why would they want to abduct El Chapo's son? What do they want

with him? He's a bargaining chip, I take it.

ROMO: Andrew, one of the lines of investigation right now has to do with the fact that there is a relatively new criminal organization operating

here in the Mexican state of Jalisco. It is known as the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. They are rivals to the Sinaloa Federation, the cartel

of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, a cartel that recently, since El Chapo was imprisoned in

January, reportedly is being run by the sons, one of them being Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, who was abducted from this restaurant on Monday.

And also we're hearing from Mexican officials who say that the youngest son of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman his first marriage was being careless, was

partying too much here in Puerto Vallarta and essentially was caught off guard when that happened, Andrew.

STEVENS: A little bit too high profile.

Rafael, thank you very much for that. Rafael Romo joining us from Puerto Vallarta.

Now, still ahead on the show -- dancing, spinning and twirling, we'll show you the South Korean athlete whose fans call her Fairy.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

STEVENS: Welcome back. She's known as South Korea's Fairy rhythmic gymnast. And on Friday, Son Yeon-jae begins her quest for gold in Rio

after finishing fifth in the London Olympics.

Her routines look majestic, but she knows the tiniest slip up could cost her the dream of an Olympic medal.

(BEING VIDEOTAPE)

SON YEON-JAE, SOUTH KOREAN OLYMPIC GYMNAST: My name is Son Yeon-jae. I am 21-years-old. I am South Korean rhythmic gymnastic.

I first started when I was five. I can't even remember myself before I started the sport. I perform with a hoop and ball and clubs and ribbons.

I think it's really difficult. We training a lot because we have to perform without any mistakes. We have to show our emotion and everything.

I was fifth place in Londong Olympic games. And I got the gold medal in 2014 International Game. And I got the medal in hoop in (inaudible).

I'm so proud of myself because I'm doing and people call it first time and first time Korean

gymnast, everything is first. So, I'm so happy.

I think rhythmic gymnastic it is like fighting with myself, because it's competition, yes, I go to the floor alone and I go there and I do my

performance.

I feel so free and I feel so happy.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

STEVENS: And we wish Son Yeon-jae the very best of luck at Rio.

And that is News Stream for this evening. thanks so much for joining us.

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