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[11:00:12] MALLIKA KAPUR, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: She has taken my poem and framed it, and by framing I put it in a sheet of plastic and
she had stuck it right here.
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BECKY ANDERSON, HOST: We get a personal look at the Catholic Church's newest saint
from our correspondent who grew up alongside her in India. We're live in Vatican City and Calcutta for all the details on the ceremony and a figure
both cherished and controversial.
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JOHN KERRY, U.S. SECFETARY OF STATE: An awful lot of technical things have been worked out, a lot of things are clear, but there still remains, I say,
a couple of tough issues.
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ANDERSON: The U.S. and Russia push for a deal on Syria on the sidelines of the G20. We'll have the very latest from Hangzhou ahead.
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CROWD: No Trump. No Trump. No Trump. No Trump.
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ANDERSON: Sending a message: protests greet Donald Trump in Detroit, but he is not deterred as he continues to woe the black vote.
Hello and welcome to Connect the World. I'm Becky Anderson in Abu Dhabi. We begin with that canonization mass for Mother Theresa at The Vatican.
Tens of thousands faithful packed Saint Peters Square to hear the late catholic nun proclaimed a saint.
The ascension to sainthood comes just 19 years after her death.
Pope Francis set the ceremony enrolling her among the church's saints. The order she founded in Calcutta, India celebrated the canonization, too.
Mother Teresa is known for dedicating her life to the poor there.
Well, let's get the view from both places, shall we? CNN Delia Gallagher joining us from Vatican City and Mallika Kapur is in Calcutta, India, a
city she grew up in and she called home for many, many years. She'll share her personal experiences with Mother Teresa.
Delia, let's start with you. Let's bring up the images of the tens of thousands of people gathered today in Saint Peter's Square. Describe the
atmosphere at the Vatican, if you will.
DELIA GALLAGHER, CNN VATICAN CORRESPONDENT: Becky, it has been a wonderful celebration. It is a sweltering hot day, but it didn't keep about 120,000
people from all over the world -- India, of course, from Albania, from all countries in between to come and celebrate the life of Mother Teresa and
hear Pope Francis say those words in Latin, which officially declared her Saint Teresa of
The pope called her a model of holiness and an eloquent witness of god's closeness to the poor.
And Becky, in the pope's own gesture of closeness the poor after this very solemn ceremony here in Saint Peter's, he offered a pizza party to some
1,500 of the poor and homeless in The Vatican -- Becky.
ANDERSON: That's remarkable.
What does Mother Teresa mean to those gathered there today?
GALLAGHER: Becky, I think most people thought she was already a saint, frankly. You know, everybody knew about her life, about her dedication to
the poor and certainly Pope Francis who didn't have a personal relationship with her, he saw her once from a far, mingling with bishops, and he said,
you know, I would be afraid to have her as my superior such was her demeanor.
So, he kind of joked about it. But I think for many people she was already a model of service to the poor, that is one of the main points of Pope
Francis's pontificate and one of the reasons that many people around the world admired her.
ANDERSON: Mallika, thousands of miles away in India, the prime minister describing this as a proud moment for the country. You grew up in her
adopted home city of Calcutta where you are tonight, and have very personal memories of Mother Teresa. Just explain for us.
KAPUR: Yeah, Becky. At the moment, I'm right outside Mother House. And this is the building where Mother Teresa lived and died. Mother Teresa,
but now of course we have to all get used to saying Saint Teresa.
And it's a building where I, too, have a lot of personal memories. You know, my own mother used to volunteer and continues to volunteer with the
Missionaries of Charity, which is Mother Teresa's order. So, I had a good fortune of being able to tag along with my mother several times when she
came here. The doors to this house were always open, Becky. And people have all backgrounds and all religions were always, always welcome over
here to say hello, to pray with Mother Teresa or to ask the nuns to pray for somebody we wanted. The doors here were always open.
[11:05:16] KAPUR (voice-over): When Mother Teresa came to India, a young nun following her calling, she came to this bustling city in the east and
never left. Calcutta became her home. It's where my home is too.
I enjoyed a simple, happy childhood here. It revolved around family, friends, school, and Mother Teresa featured prominently in each of those
spheres of my life.
(on camera): Initially, Mother Teresa was part of the Loreto Order of Nuns, the same order of nuns that set up this school, Loreto House, my school.
And I remember sitting in these very classrooms, listening to nuns tell us stories about Mother Teresa.
(voice-over): Locals call her simply "mother." I often saw mother and her sisters going about their work, helping, caring, and feeding the poorest of
Back then I had no idea I was watching history unfold. She lived in the heart of the city, in this simple room where she later died. Visitors from
all faiths and all walks of life were always welcome at mother's house. It's where I first met her.
(on camera): She gave me this prayer and then she took my hand in her hands. She had a really strong grip. Then she said to me over and over
again, God bless you, my child, God bless you.
(voice-over): Mother adored children and many local families, including mine, often helped out at her home for abandoned children.
(on camera): When I was a little girl I wrote a poem on Mother Teresa. The next time I came here, I tagged along with my mother who was volunteering
here at the children's home, and Mother Teresa met me and she said, come here, I want to show you something. She had taken my poem and
framed it, I mean, put it in a sheet of plastic, and she had stuck it right here.
(voice-over): Some residents complained she put Calcutta on the global map for the wrong reasons, poverty and desperation. But most locals are
protective of her. They say they're proud our city produced a saint.
KAPUR: And Becky, you see those brown windows behind my shoulder, now right through that is where
Saint Teresa's tomb is and people have been lining up here all day to come and to pay their respects to Saint Teresa and to be part of what is truly a
historic day for the millions of people who believe in her, follow her and are keeping her legacy alive -- Becky.
ANDERSON: And what is that legacy in Calcutta, Mallika?
KAPUR: It is a legacy of selfless service. And that is really, really what people in Calcutta
are so proud of. You know, there have been critics who say that many of her hospices weren't up to the mark. And you know, these critics do have a
right so have their voices heard, but really what the people of Calcutta they have seen and I have seen firsthand just what she and her sisters have
done for the people of this city. Until just about two weeks ago, I was here in Calcutta, and I visited her home, Shishu Bhavan home for abandoned
children, Becky, and every baby who is in there -- you know, they were babies who were really sick, critically sick, who were injured, who were
blind, every baby who is in there had a chance at life because somebody from the Missionaries of Charity took them off the streets and brought them
in there. Every person who is at one of her hospitals has a shot at living because of what these nuns have done.
And that is her legacy of selfless service, that's what people here are incredibly proud of.
But of course, it's interesting that here -- you know, she's been declared a saint today, but as Delia was also saying earlier, for most people here
they say what happened today at The Vatican was a mere formality, they always knew that she had saintly qualities throughout her life.
ANDERSON: In Calcutta and at Vatican city today, to both of you, we thank you very, very much indeed. An important day for the Catholic Church.
We'll have much more on Mother Teresa's canonization later in the show. The Catholic saint is revered by many, but still has her critics, as
Mallika was pointing out. We'll tell you why some are skeptical of the miracles she's said to have performed.
Plus, why was her rise to sainthood so rapid? We'll discuss that with our senior Vatican analyst.
Well, it's some of the other stories in our radar today.
And Turkey opening up a new front against ISIS in northern Syria, sending tanks and armored vehicles rolling across the border on Saturday. Turkey,
supporting Syrian rebels attacking ISIS positions and says they've retaken ten villages from the militants.
Well, the search has been called off for two Americans who disappeared while climbing one of the highest mountains in Pakistan. The men haven't
been heard from since a storm hit the mountain nearly two weeks ago.
Polls have closed in Hong Kong's election for a new legislative council. It's the first major vote there since the 2014 pro-democracy protests known
as the Umbrella Movement. Some activists question whether the election would be entirely fair.
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[11:10:57] JOSHUA WONG, STUDENT ACTIVIST: I urged the international committee to keep their eyes on Hong Kong, because after the Umbrella
Movement we faced a political censorship of some of the pro-independence politicians have been disqualified to run in the election.
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ANDERSON: Well, the G20 summit kicked off for the very first time in China. World leaders have come together with many issues on their agenda,
including that war in Syria.
U.S. and Russia have been at odds, of course, over the conflict. Their top diplomats held talks earlier, but the U.S. secretary of state says no deal
has been made.
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KERRY: An awful lot of technical things have been worked out. A lot of things are clear, but
there still remain, as I say, a couple tough issues. We have got to figure out how to make certain -- both of us can be comfortable with the
resolution to those issues. So that's what we're working on.
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ANDERSON: Meanwhile, trade, terrorism and climate change among the other major topics. And all eyes are on U.S. President Barack Obama this year as
he attends his last G20 summit.
Michelle Kosinski looks at how things got off to a bit of a shaky start.
MICHELLE KOSINSKI, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Becky.
Well, there's still lots of buzz around here, especially among members of the press about how Chinese security has handled some of these events. I
mean, four times in two days the U.S. press traveling with President Obama was not given the kind of access that they either expected or that they
Covering these events that in some cases are little more than photo ops anyway and aren't covered by cameras any way. It's not as if they were
looking for some kind of special access. I mean, there were those two notable incidents where shouting matches broke out between members of the
U.S. delegation and Chinese security. At one point it looked like it was going to come to blows and the two individuals had to be separated.
President Obama addressed it today when he was asked about it. He said tensions do happen when he travels to China among the delegations and it
just shows you that often other countries, including China, aren't used to the kinds of access that we in the United States sometimes take for
But there has been a lot going on. I mean, today President Obama sat down with the new British Prime Minister Theresa May. He talked about comments
he made a few months ago that raised some eyebrows when said when dealing with trade, Britain would now be at the back of the queue in terms of
formalizing a new relationship with the U.S. on trade.
But he said he didn't mean that as some kind of punishment to Britain for leaving the EU, but
he reiterated that working with the EU is a priority first for Britain and also a first priority for the U.S. because they've already been dealing
with the EU on that.
The president also sat down with Turkish President Erdogan, you know, there have been tensions there over a number of subjects. And when the president
spoke, he really emphasized democracy, even though Turkey has been criticized on what some have called a crackdown after the coup attempt
there in which Turkish officials either arrested or fired tens of thousands of people including teachers.
Here is some of what President Obama said.
BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: By taking to the streets to resist the coup attempts, the Turkish people once again affirmed their
commitment to democracy and the strength of the democratic institutions inside of Turkey.
I indicated at the time the unequivocal condemnation of these actions and spoke personally to President Erdogan to offer any support that we might be
able to provide in both ending the attempted coup but also in investigating and bringing these illegal actions to justice.
KOSINSKI: Well, at some point during this visit, President Obama is also expected to meet on the sidelines, not in a formal bilateral meeting, but
with Russian President Vladimir Putin, that's another relationship that has been fraught lately, to say the least.
On that same note, we heard from Secretary of State Kerry today saying that there isn't yet an agreement with Russia over a cease fire in Syria, but
that's something they continue to work on -- Becky.
[11:15:25] ANDERSON: Right.
Still to come tonight, Donald Trump goes to church as part of his outreach to minority voters in Detroit. But not everybody welcomed the presidential
candidate more on that story later this hour.
But first, tonight, we speak to a woman who says Mother Teresa miraculously cured her as well
as a critic who thinks that's nonsense. We're live in Rome to look at the life legacy of the The Vatican's newest saint. That's next.
ANDERSON: And with those words from Pope Francis, Mother Teresa became Saint Teresa. Already known as the saint of the gutters, she now
immortalized to Catholics for a lifelong devotion to helping the poor, sick and forgotten.
You're watching CNN. This is Connect the World with me Becky Anderson back at base in Abu Dhabi. Welcome back.
The Vatican believes Teresa carried out two miracles, the first said to be the curing of an Indian woman of stomach cancer.
CNN's Alexander Fields spoke to her as well as a critic who doesn't believe a word of it and thinks Mother Teresa's holy image isn't quite the full
ALEXANDRA FIELD, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Mother Teresa's ascension to sainthood is rooted in a modest village in eastern India.
You believe, really, that you're here today because of a true miracle?
"I have been cured by Mother Teresa's blessings, not because of doctor's treatments," she says.
Thank you so much for having us here in your home.
Monica Besra (ph) says there was a miracle here 18 years ago.
"I saw spark of light emerge from mother's photo and reflect on my tumor," she tell us. Later, a pennant given to her by one of Mother Teresa's
missionaries was placed on that tumor. The sister left the locket on my stomach where I had the tumor and tied a black thread there and put me to
sleep. When I woke up at 5:00 a.m., I saw there was a photograph of Mother Teresa behind me. I told sister that the big tumor in my stomach is no
longer there. Then I showed everyone where the tumor was and the locket.
The majority of people here are Hindu, but after she was cured Monica converted. There are now about ten families in the village who are all
Catholic. They even built a church in Mother Teresa's name.
To the Catholic Church, she is a saint in part because of Besra's (ph) miracle, one of two needed to fulfill the church's requirements for
But Mother Teresa's critics say the canonization is more veneration for a woman whose deeds
never measured up to the size of her global reputation. Some have made allegations about poor hygienic conditions at facilities run by her
charity. A long time volunteer for her organization the Missionaries of Charity rejected the claims, calling them rubbish.
Doctor Chatterjee is one of her most vocal critics. He doesn't believe there was a miracle. He credits doctors who had previously treated Besra
(ph). Some doctors claim her tumor was really a cyst caused by tuberculosis.
DR. AROUP CHATTERJEE, CRITIC OF MOTHER TERESA: Even in India, hardly anybody believes the miracle is to be genuine. The doctors made
statements to the effect that there were no miracles.
FIELD: But Mother Teresa remains revered the world over. Catholic sainthood will further
cement her legacy of doing good among admirers, among believers.
To them, Monica Besra (ph) is living proof.
Alexander Field, CNN, West Bengal, India.
ANDERSON: Let's get you to Vatican City now where our analyst John Allen is for us today. John is also the editor of Crux, a website that covers
Good to have you, John. The canonization of Teresa has been one of the fastest ever. Why has The Vatican made this happen so quickly?
JOHN ALLEN, VATICAN ANALYST: Well, Becky, I mean, to be quite honest with you what I think is that most Catholics around the world would not be
asking why this happened so quickly today. I think they're probably asking why it took so long.
I mean, I think for most Catholics around the world they were convinced of Mother Teresa's sainthood during her lifetime and so the fact that it's
taken almost 20 years to them would be once again evidence that The Vatican resists conclusions that strike virtually
everybody else as blindingly obvious.
Now, however, you are right that in terms of the long history of sainthood to be able to get from
soup to nuts in about 20 years is fairly quick. There are often procedures that take hundreds of years.
I think the reason this was so quick, first of all, because Pope Benedict XVI made the decision to waive the standard five-year waiting period after
the death of the candidate and the formal beginning of a sainthood process. So, that obviously kickstarted it.
Beyond that, usually what takes so long is you have to spend a lot of time digging up information about a candidate, but Mother Teresa lived one of
the most documented Catholic lives of all time. I mean, if you were to come up with a short list of Catholic figures in the 20th Century, about
whom the most was written, the most was said, the most articles were written, the most documentaries
were filmed, you know, the most books were put together, she has got to be in the top three.
So there was certainly no shortage of material for this process. The only thing that actually
sort of got in the way of setting a new land speed record was that they had to wait for miracles. And in your report just indicated the two miracles,
the basics, that were involved in that process.
Had it not been for the wait for those two things, quite honestly, Becky, this probably would have happened a long time ago.
Well, the late author and prominent atheist Christopher Hitchens, John, was as you know among Teresa's most fervent critics, writing in Slate magazine
back in 2003, six years after she died -- I know you'll remember this, but for our viewers' sake, he said and I quote, many more people are poor and
sick because of the life of Mother Teresa, even more will be poor and sick if her example is followed.
He said she was a fanatic, a fundamentalist and a fraud and there are other reports as well
of the conditions her order treats patients in. How opaque are her foundations finances are even to this day? How opaque are they? And is
there some sense even among Catholics there are some cracks in her image?
ALLEN: Well, Becky, I suppose the first thing to say here is that when the Catholic Church
declares someone a saint, that is not the same thing as claiming they were a perfect human being. Often, the declaration of sainthood means that this
person strove to live a holy life despite their flaws and their setbacks and drawbacks.
I mean, there have been saints throughout the history of the Catholic Church that we all know had terrible tempers. There are saints that we
know were not necessarily the nicest people you would ever meet, but despite all of that, what a declaration of sainthood means is that there
was something about the life of this person that was commendable.
Now, that said, when it comes to the substantive criticisms of Mother Teresa, you are quite
right, Christopher Hitchens and others have argued not merely that the conditions in Mother Teresa's facilities were substandard, not merely that
she was operating on the basis of religious rather than humanitarian convictions, you know, they have also argued that she took
money from some fairly suspect characters.
Christopher Hitchens' famous book "The Missionary Position," which was basically an indictment of Mother Teresa opens with the discovery that she
had taken from money from a Papa Doc Duvalier in Haitian who not exactly the world's nicest guy, right? And that conversation about some of the
details of Mother Teresa's work goes on and will continue to go on, but what I think honestly, Becky, is that in the gut of Catholics -- and not
just Catholics, it has to be said, but also many, many non-Catholics around the world, you know, I think the popular verdict is this: are there things
we can criticize about Mother Teresa, are there things that if you and I were going to set up an outreach to the world's poor, we would do
differently? For sure. Can you actually, however, question at rock bottom the fact that this woman poured her life into trying to serve people that
most of us abandoned and forget about and neglect? I don't think there's any serious question about that.
And that's why think, to be quiet honest with you, for most people around the world what happened today here in the square behind my shoulder might
have been a nice show, but it didn't mean anything because for them they had decided Mother Teresa was a saint a long
[11:26:52] ANDERSON: That's right. During her life time, John, Teresa was given more earthly recognition. She was of course awarded the Nnobel Peace
Prize back in 1979 for what the Nobel committee described as her respect for the worth and dignity of all human beings and her inspired efforts to
do away with poverty and hunger.
So very briefly, her legacy, if you will.
ALLEN: Well, I think in a legacy her -- in a word her legacy is mercy in action. Let us not forget that it was Pope Francis who declared her a
saint today and he wanted this to be the peek event of her jubilee year of mercy. Because he is trying to make the point that when Christians talk
about mercy, it's not some abstract spiritual virtue, it's about getting out on
the street, to the people who really need mercy and delivering it to them.
If you need a user's manuel, an instruction guide for what mercy in action looks like, it's
Mother Teresa. That was her legacy in her own lifetime, it's her legacy today, and now that she has the halo, it is her legacy for all time.
ANDERSON: John is at Vatican City for us today. John, thank you very much indeed
Well, before we move on from this story and something that Delia mentioned, how do you think Pope Francis celebrates after making someone a saint?
Well, the answer a pizza party. Have a look at this. The pontiff got among the crowd earlier keeping in the newly sainted Mother Teresa's
message, reports say The Vatican brought in as many as 1,500 homeless people to share the meal.
Well, latest world news headlines are just ahead for you at just before half past 7 in the UAE. Plus, the race for the White House tightens. New
polling shows Hillary Clinton's lead over Donald Trump is shrinking. An update on the presidential election is coming up.
And Dubai's latest architectural marvel. Later, we go inside the newly opened Dubai Opera House where the Arias soar as high as the city's
[11:32:54] ANDERSON: To the race, then, for the White House in the U.S. And Donald Trump trying to appeal to African-American voters. In a bid to
pick up support, the Republican presidential candidate went to a predominantly black church in Detroit in Michigan on Saturday.
Now, this marks the first time Trump has directly addressed a largely black audience since he
began his presidential bid. CNN's Jeremy Diamond has more on Trump's visit for you.
JEREMY DIAMOND, CNN POLITICS: Donald Trump took his outreach to African- American voters right to the African-American community here in Detroit. Donald Trump spoke to the Great Faith Ministries where he abandoned his
characteristic brashness in favor of a little more subdued tone.
DONALD TRUMP, U.S. REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTAIL CANDIDATE: For centuries, the African-American church has been the conscience of our country, so true.
It's from the pews and pulpits and Christian teachings of black churches all across this land that the civil rights movement
lifted up its soul and lifted up the soul of our nation. It's from these pews that our nation has been inspired toward a better moral character, a
deeper concern for mankind, and spirit of charity and unity that binds us all together and we are bound together. And I see that today. This was --
this has been an amazing day for me.
The African-American faith community has been one of god's greatest gifts to America and to its people.
DIAMOND: That rhetoric was very different from the kind that Trump has employed on the
campaign trail in recent weeks, as he made his outreach to African-American voters largely before predominantly white crowds. Donald Trump has talked
saying African-Americans saying that they have, quote, nothing to lose in voting for him saying that they have no jobs no, no schools. I also caught
up with Dr. Ben Carson who went with Donald Trump to his childhood home here in Detroit and this is how Dr. Carson talked about Donald Trump's
DR. BEN CARSON, FRM. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Well, if you allow him to explain
his comments, though, and allow him to explain it, you'll see that he says very readily, I have a lot of
African-American friends who are very wealthy who do very well and I know that majority of black people don't live that way, but the problem is we
have very large percentage of people in our inner cities who are not experiencing any of the benefits of our society. And that's a problem for
all of us.
DIAMOND: But here outside the church where Donald Trump spoke to African- American voters, there were a number of protesters who showed up and they've said that they're not going to forget Donald Trump's brash words
any time soon.
ANDERSON: Aand here is a look at those protesters Jeremy just mentioned.
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CROWD: No Trump. No Trump. No Trump. No Trump. No Trump.
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ANDERSON: And well Trump spoke to the congregation inside the church, these protesters outside were calling for him to leave their city. He's
been criticized throughout his campaign for divisive rhetoric that his critics say alienate minorities.
Well, for more on this I'm joined by CNN politics reporter Eugene Scott. And stick with me, because we had another figure on our air earlier on
today. Donald Trump not the only one making the pitch to minority voters, his campaign surrogates are,too, Eugene of course.
Take a listen to what Trump's supporter and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
told our colleague Jake Tapper on State of the Union a short time ago.
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RUDY GIULIANI, FRM. NEW YORK CITY MAYOR: I think Donald Trump is the first Republican since Jack Kemp and me to go into minority poor communities and
say the Democrats have failed you for 50 years and you are reflexively giving them your vote and
they're going from bad to worse.
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ANDERSON: He needs a pitch -- I'm talking Trump here -- he needs a bump in the polls with minority voters. Is this the sort of pitch that is
resonating with black voters?
EUGENE SCOTT CNN POLITICS: Well, obviously not, given how he is doing in the polls. I think we saw yesterday that there are black voters,
particularly in Detroit, which is a region that has been significantly impacted by the economic downturn in the years afterwards, there's
definitely a desire to hear different candidates' solutions to the problems that they are facing.
But the way that Donald Trump seems to be talking about it isn't really resonating with voters. It's worth mentioning that there are polls where
both Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are doing better than Donald Trump with black voters. And so, while some people saw yesterday as a beginning,
there certainly is a desire for many -- from many black voters to see more from Mr. Trump.
ANDERSON: all right. Let's -- you were eluding to polls. Let's take a look at a new CNN
poll of polls which shows Hillary Clinton's once double-digit lead over Donald Trump now cut in half. The democratic presidential nominee has 42
percent support to Trump's 37 percent in what is a four-way matchup, Compare that to Clinton's 10-point lead immediately after the Democratic
convention, the poll an average of the five most recently released national surveys.
It's Labor Day in the U.S. Monday. After that, of course, campaigning for both candidates
will begin again in earnest, although Donald Trump has been out and about as we've been reporting over the past week or so not least in Arizona and
in Mexico last week.
How concerned will the Clinton camp be as she gets back into the fray, as it were, she had
been raising money up the east coast, hadn't she? How concerned will they be that her convention bounce is clearly well and truly over?
SCOTT: I think there's certainly concern. I get emails from the campaign and from the Democratic National Committee that are usually fundraising
emails. And the tone of them at times seems to be a desire to rally the base to support Clinton, to get on board, to give, to campaign, to
And so I don't think they are taking their lead for granted, especially considering some of
the harmful press she has received since the convention, including new revelations about the emails as well as concerns about the integrity of the
So I don't think anyone is taking anything for granted at this point. While we are much closer
obviously to election day than we were when the conventions happened, there's still enough time for things to happen that could definitely lead
independent voters not to support either candidate.
ANDERSON: Well, okay. Like what?
SCOTT; Well, I think in terms of more revelations from emails, more investigations in terms of
the integrity and honesty of some Trump supporters and allies. There's certainly enough time for anyone to say anything that can be offensive to
voters. And there is certainly enough time for more investigations from the media to come out that will be harmful to either candidate based on
what has happened in the past with their businesses or their government leadership.
[11:40:19] ANDERSON: Yeah. How significant is it that when Hillary Clinton was out and
about last week past ten days or so raising cash, she raised -- I think I'm right in saying as much as $143 million. What she going to do with that?
SCOTT: Well, we have seen an increase in the number of ad buys in battleground states. And so I think there will be a move towards getting
her message to independent voters, people who are not yet on board, that she believes she's the best candidate to lead this country and more ads in
terms of getting the message out that she believes that Donald Trump is harmful.
We will probably also see just an increase in campaigning and visiting battleground states and
places where she really needs voters to come out and actually support her.
So, I'm thinking we're going to see more face time, more campaigning and more attack ads.
ANDERSON: All right. International viewers will, if they're not already, I'm telling them -- they are now aware, that we're talking 60 days and
counting effectively. 60-odd days and counting until this November 8th election.
We are within a month of the first presidential debate, which we've been talking about the debates in the past when there are a number of candidates
involved on both sides, and many people suggesting this is becoming more like a reality show than a sort of classic presidential debate.
Be that as it may, that may be the next time that our viewers internationally get to hear from each candidate about where they stand so
far as far as foreign policy is concerned. Are there clear lines in the sand?
SCOTT: Well, no, there not. I think it's worth mentioning, I was just having a conversation with one of our editors. We -- it's still not
completely clear where Donald Trump stands on his immigration policy in the area of deporting undocumented immigrants. And so there's been some
suggestion that clarifications will be made in the very near future.
But where we stand on that issue is uncertain. There's still questions to be remained regarding both candidates in a trade. There's a lot of --
there have been a lot of promises made to American workers that trade deals that will benefit them will be made if either candidate is elected to the
But what that looks like exactly has not been explained to the depth and desire many voters would like. So -- and those international areas there's
Obviously, also, there still remains questions regarding both candidate's involvements with foreign governments in terms of their business dealings
and their philanthropic work and individuals who are abroad as well.
ANDERSON: Fascinating. All right, Eugene, thank you for that.
It's Sunday. Today, Washington time -- what is it, five hours before -- about half past -- quarter to three in the afternoon, quarter to 8 here in
the UAE. Another as we've been discussing hot button issue in the election of course has been immigration.
Let's look at what the current president has done during his two terms. President Barack Obama deported more people than other presidents in U.S.
history. These figures show deportations between 2009 and 2014, an average of 404,000 people were deported each year, totaling a record 2.4 million
Breaking it down further, this is a chart of the number of criminal unauthorized immigrants
that were deported. It shows an increase every year between 2010 and 2013, but a decline in 2014. That's when the Obama administration began focusing
exclusively on deporting those deemed a threat to public safety, those with criminal convictions.
President Obama's legacy there.
Now, to learn more about the candidate's stances on immigration, you can head to our website
CNN.com/Politics. There you'll find the latest on what Donald Trump has said about amnesty and the wall he is proposing to build between the U.S.
and Mexico. Again, CNN.com/politics. Lots of good stuff there.
Live from Abu Dhabi, this is Connect the World. Coming up, thousands of Palestinians are facing a series health risk. We're going to tell you why
after this very short break. Don't go away.
[11:46:50] ANDERSON: Summertime in the West Bank often means a shortage of clean
water to drink, to cook with and to wash with.
But this year I'm afraid it's been particularly bad. Many Palestinians are resorting to unsafe water sources as Palestinian and Israeli authorities
blame each other for the shortage. Ian Lee explains.
IAN LEE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It's a long journey for a 3 and 5-year-old -- one kilometer there, one kilometer back, but five times a day Relatin Fatin
(ph) journey to this spring. This is how this Ismael family and the village of Artoss (ph) fetch water. Thousands of people rely on this
stream, used for cooking, drinking as well as cleaning and beating the heat.
Hanan Ismael (ph) takes me to her house to show me why. Their faucet ran dry two months
"Everyday I take my daughters to the spring to fill up tanks and bottles. Water has become our main daily concern," the mother of three tells me.
The source of the water crisis in the occupied West Bank is muddled. As Palestinian authorities see it, Israel is to be blame.
JAMAL DAJANI, PALESTINIAN PRIME MINISTER'S SPOKESMAN: The Israeli National Water Company, has cut off supply sometimes by 50 percent and sometimes
totally to some localities and towns in villages.
I believe that this is part and parcel of getting rid of the indigenous people from their own land.
LEE: A 1995 agreement gives 80 percent of the West Bank's water to Israel. The divide is stark between Palestinian towns and Israeli settlements.
Palestinians store water in tanks on their roofs, while settlers have communal tanks. Palestinians receive less than the World Health
Organization's recommended 100 liters a day.
Settlers at times have faced shortages, too. Israel national water company recently announced a plan to significantly increase the amount of water to
settlements. CNN requested an interview with Israeli authorities, but they gave us a statement. They accused the
Palestinian Authority of stealing water and not upgrading infrastructure, saying, "the reasons for problems with the water supply is an increase in
the demand of water for agriculture and drinking. The poor infrastructure, stolen water and delay in projects because the joint water committee hasn't
That Israeli/Palestinian committee hasn't met in over five years. While both sides blame each
other, Palestinians face health risks. Many Palestinians are forced to use unsafe sources like this Artoss (ph) spring. You can see there is trash
nearby and if you continue to look around over here, you can see that there's also animal feces.
JUNE KURTUGI, UNICEF SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE: It's about 140,000 people in need of basic water, safe water for daily life. Their children get
diseases. They see worms in the water, but they have no other choice.
LEE: It's a risk the families of Artoss (ph) continue to take as they're left with lit choice but to gamble on the spring down the road.
Ian Lee, CNN, Artoss (ph), the West Bank.
[11:50:05] ANDERSON: Live from Abu Dhabi, this is Connect the World. I'm Becky Anderson for you. Coming up, it took three years and $330 million to
build, but now Dubai's opera house opens its doors. Next we take you inside the state of the art concert hall.
Plus, a woman tries some acrobatics in the middle of a flight. How her workouts in the sky went awry. That's just ahead.
ANDERSON: Abu Dhabi, London, Paris, Atlanta, New York, and probably one or two other places I'm forgetting our regular viewers all know I've been
flying left, right and center over the last few weeks. Frankly, my inflight entertainment normally consists of falling
asleep before takeoff, actually that looks a little more like this.
Anyway, maybe if I kept my eyes open I would catch a little more action. Here is Jeanne Moos.
JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): As if shoes on the armrest, bare feet on the tray table, ponytail over the screen aren't bad enough,
how about a headstand on an aisle seat?
RAAD MOBREM, PASSENGER: We were all laughing because this was, in my opinion, the best in-flight entertainment I've ever had.
MOOS: Raad Mobrem whipped out his phone and captured this passenger limbering up on a two-hour United flight from L.A. to Mexico. He started a
live tweet making up names from the moves, from the dragonfly shuffle, to the raptor spirit.
But when she started to do a second headstand, a flight attendant intervened. And Raad tweeted "my face right now."
MOBREM: She is saying, like, Miss, if you could please stop doing that. And the lady is like, I guess. She was a little weird. I'll be honest. But she
seemed like a sweet lady too.
MOOS: At least she wasn't naked wearing a pillowcase over her eyes or giving herself a pedicure or trying smash the door to the jetway.
(on camera): The lady doing the headstand told the flight attendant said she wasn't feeling well.
This latest example of a passenger misbehaving comes just as American Airlines has launched a new ad campaign.
(voice-over): A campaign showcasing how the greatest flyers are supposed to behave. They like babies, but bring noise-canceling headphones. They always
ask before they raise and lower the window shade. But shouldn't you ask before raising your legs?
MOBREM: In all fairness to her, she did it really well.
MOOS: So well she didn't even wake up the guy sleeping next to her.
MOBREM: We told him afterwards when he woke up. And we showed him videos and he could not believe it.
MOOS: Feet in the air, at 35,000 feet, Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.
ANDRESON: Well, in a city known for its architectural feats, Dubai has another marvel. The newly opened Dubai Opera House sits in the shadow of
the world's tallest building, you can see there, the Burj Khalifa. It resembles a Dow, this being the opera house, a traditional wooden sailing
vessel used here in the Gulf.
Now, the ship-like building's glass exterior allows light to stream in and offers views of the dancing Dubai foundation.
Well, inside the hall, the legendary Spanish tenor Placido Domingo welcomed the first audience over the weekend. The curtain rose on Rossini's The
Barber of Seville. And in tonight's Parting Shots, a behind the scenes tour for you.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is a genuinely ground breaking technological marvel.
It's a theater. It hosts productions and concerts, but it's much more than that. What we can do here that almost no one else in the world can do is
transform ourselves very, very quickly -- some buttons and a few strong arms, a couple hours work and before you know it we can be a completely
different looking building.
The use of hydraulics, get rid of something like 950 seats here in the stalls. We can create a completely flat floor environment.
PLACIDO DOMINGO, OPERA TENOR: It is wonderful to be able to inaugurate an opera house there is the modern conception, but having the old opera house
feeling, I was in the hall when they were doing the rehearsal of the Barber of Seville, and that will tell me a lot of the acoustics and the
possibilities of the theater, which I find it fantastic.
It has been done a lot for culture already. In this country, the icing of the cake is to have an opera house.
ANDERSON: Well a different note, Dubai pioneering another innovative project, it built the largest indoor theme park, as big as 28 football
fields. That story is on our Facebook page if you missed it on the show last week. Facebook.com/CNNconnect. I'm Becky Anderson, that was Connect
the World. Thank you for watching. Your headlines follow this very short break. Stay with us.