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Inquiry Into Libya Blames David Cameron For Overstating Threat, Underestimating Security Risks; Donald Trump Visits Dr. Oz; Clinton Cancels California Trip; U.S.-Israel Reach Historic Defense Aid Package. 11:00a- 12:00p ET

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[11:00:25] BECKY ANDERSON, HOST: This is what a ceasefire sounds like in rebel-held Aleppo: a truce holding and aid ready to go. So, why is it

still not getting in? We're live in the Syrian capital Damascus for you in a moment and on the border with Turkey.

Also, ahead, a manhunt in Britain after a pregnant woman loses who baby in a racist attack. We're going to take a look at hate crimes on the

cusp of Brexit.



DAVID CAMERON, FRM. BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: There is no intention to get involved in another war.


ANDERSON: Five years on, a scathing verdict on Britain's role in ousting Libya's Gadhafi. We look at the chaos in the oil rich state.

Welcome to the show, I'm Becky Anderson in Abu Dhabi. It's just after 7:00 here.

The scenes we see from Syria are often cruel. And nowhere is that more so than in rebel held Aleppo where images of crushing devastation in

the city is sadly all too common. But tonight, as we close in on Syria's ceasefire holding for two full days, take a moment to enjoy these scenes.

With the slaughter of the war on pause, the crushing noise of exploding bombs and relentless guns has given away to this: the sound of

kids enjoying the simple joys of childhood.

Well, while the children enjoy the moment, the future for many Syrians remains uncertain. Other dangers like hunger and sickness are haunting many

as deliveries of food and medicines to the hundreds of thousands of people who need it in eastern Aleppo are stuck.

The UN insists they can't get the aid to them, so their trucks wait until they're given promises that their people on the ground will be safe.

But a lot of that aid is being held along Turkey's border into Syria. That is where we find my colleague, Arwa Damon, this evening who is there

following the very latest for us. And CNN's Fred Pleitgen is over in the Syrian capital Damascus.

And Fred, while the UN wants assurance that their people will be safe, it does seem that the sickening fact is that politics is holding up the

delivery of what Syrians need most, which is the basics like food, water, and medicine. What's the perspective from the Syrian government at this


FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, it certainly is very complicated. And, you know, Becky, having covered some of

these aid convoys in the past, it always is a real waiting game and negotiating game that the UN has to play to try and get these aid goods

into besieged areas, not just Aleppo, but others as well.

So far what the Syrian government is saying that no aid trucks are going to be allowed to move inside Syria, also towards Aleppo, without the

express consent of the Syrian government and the United Nations. So far, that consent has not been forthcoming.

And they say that goes especially for aid convoys coming from Turkish areas.

And so, therefore, that permission simply isn't there at this point in time yet.

And then on the other hand, of course, you also have those major safety concerns. What the United Nations having to deal with and having to

negotiate it with various rebel factions to make sure that their aid trucks get safe passage through that territory.

And then, of course, also still have to negotiate with the Syrian government as well and all of their affiliated forces like, for instance,

the National Defense Force, various militias that are on the ground around Aleppo as well, to make sure that those trucks would be allowed to go


What the UN is saying so far is that they have 20 trucks packed with food that are ready to go at any point in time. And the reason why food is

so important is because food is generally an aid that's all sides are more easily able to allow through, or more easily allowed to go through.

They say with medical supplies there are often restrictions. The trucks get checked. Food is something that is usually allowed through.

So, those are ready to go at any point in time. But at this point in time, Becky, the permission from the Syrian government simply isn't there

yet. It's something that the United Nations says that it's working very hard on to try and obtain as fast as possible, because as you say, time is

of the essence.

[11:05:02] ANDERSON: Right. I want to go Syria - sorry, to Turkey in a moment. Just stay with me for one moment, because I'm getting some

breaking news lines here from Reuters, citing the Russian news agency saying that the Syrian army is ready for staged withdrawals from what is

known as the Costello Road near Aleppo from 9:00 a.m. on September 15 at the same time as the opposition.

Can you stand these reports up for us at this point? And as you're talking, we are seeing an animation of what is this key corridor into


PLEITGEN: Well, we haven't heard that news yet, or we haven't been able to confirm that news yet, but it's certainly would be a very important

step if, in fact, the two sides were able to coordinate that.

On the one hand, the Syrian government and their Russian backers, and then on the other hand the Rebels.

One of the things that the Russians had been talking about for some time actually, Becky, is that they say that they would be willing to secure

some of these aid corridors into eastern Aleppo. And of course the Costello Road is, by far, the most important one.

For a very long time, it was the only road that the opposition had into their part of Aleppo, or the rebel-held part of Aleppo. It was

recently cut by Syrian government as they closed that ring of siege. So, certainly, if this is something that is stood up. And if, indeed, all

these sides have managed to reach some sort of agreement to open the Costello Road, to allow aid to go through there, then that certainly would

be a significant breakthrough.

ANDERSON: Yeah. And Arwa, I just want to get your reaction ot this news should we be able to confirm it. It's certainly being reported by

some of the news agencies out there.

You're thoughts at this point.

ARWA DAMON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: I mean, look, as Fred was just pointing out, it was a very significant thoroughfare for aid and

other supplies to be able to get into rebel-held eastern Aleppo and when it fell back to regime forces, that is when that part of Syria's second

largest city was under siege once again.

But there's going to be a lot of questions as to who actually controls that road and what does the control of, say, the Russian military on that

road mean for the flow of aid to come in, does it mean that people will be able to move out? What does it mean for the fighting? Will it be some

sort of neutral zone that they're trying to create?

So, I think it would potentially be fairly significant in the sense that it could maybe mean that the siege on Aleppo is broken, but one also

has to bear in mind if it is under the control of the Russians, is this something that the opposition is going to be willing to accept at this


So, there's again a lot of factors that would potentially go into this. And that's even assuming that the opposition would be willing to see

the Russians openly and actively controlling one of their own key routes to get in and out of territory that they control in eastern Aleppo.

ANDERSON: Yeah. And you're making some really good points, both of you here, because I think the bigger picture, of course, is this. As we

are, what, two days into this temporary truce, quieting the guns, quieting the bombs from the air, it is so clear, isn't it, that aid is a weapon of


It isn't clear, at this point, whether a route for the delivery of this aid has even been agreed upon.

Now, we are discussing some news that is breaking at the moment, should we be able to stand it up, of course, as you've rightly pointed out

Arwa, this would be good news.

But this is the point, isn't it, that we're two days in and we can't get this aid on the move, because it is being used as a weapon of war.

DAMON: And it really has been, historically speaking, not just in Syria, one must also point out, but if we do use Syria as an example, areas

that the rebels have basically had to hand back over to the regime have been mostly because they have been under siege for so long that people

quite simply could not hold out any longer. And this has been something that activists have been highlighting for quite some time now.

They do accuse the regime of using starvation as a weapon of war, because at the end of the day it forces the rebels, it forces people within

these areas to have to move out.

But there's another thing, Becky, that I think these last 48 hours have proven as well. And that is just how significant it is to have the

skies quiet down. And that is why countries like Turkey, for example, have been calling for a no-fly zone, at least in some parts of Syria, because it

can be very effective if what we put at the center of the debate is actually the welfare of the Syrian population.

So, there's a lot that one can learn from these last 48 hours, but of course there's a lot of challenges as well. And then the big question is

how does one move forward from here? I mean, a lot of people will tell you that right now the logical steps would be to try to enforce some sort of

ceasefire, to try to allow for humanitarian corridors to be opened up. But the problem is that, in some cases, that goes against the interests not

only of parties on the ground that are actively involved in the fighting, but also of their, respectively speaking, different global backers.

[11:10:31] ANDERSON: You make a very good point. All right, for both of you. For the time being, thank you.

Hate crimes are in the spotlight in the United Kingdom. They surged following the country's decision to leave the European Union, and horrible

stories a recent brutal attack where a pregnant woman suffered a miscarriage.

CNN correspondent Eric McLaughlin is following the story for us from London -- Erin.

ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Becky, this was an absolutely horrific attack that unfolded according to police on Saturday

night. They say they believe this attack was racially motivated, though they haven't said why. A 34-year-old pregnant woman was shopping at a

grocery store when the suspect approached her, made racial remarks, followed her to her car and then, according to police, another man

intervened on her behalf. The suspect allegedly striking that man over the head with a bottle and some ice and then he struck the pregnant woman in

her torso. Tragically, she would go on to lose her baby.

This is an apparent hate crime, though one of many that we have seen here in the United Kingdom in the wake of the EU referendum. NGOs I've

been speaking to say that there has been a marked uptick on attacks against foreigners as well as immigrants

but especially members of the Muslim population as well as the Eastern European populations.

In fact, Channel 4 just this week caught one of these verbal attacks on camera. It was at a woman's house, a young Polish woman named

Alexandra. They were interviewing her because a Polish man had been assaulted by a group of teenagers in her front garden. And during that

interview she was verbally attacked. I want you to take a listen to a portion of that report.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I am not less than anyone else just because I am Polish, I'm still a person. I'm still an individual who lives here, pays


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: At this point, we hear a screech of brakes and a car stops outside.

UNIDENITIFIED FEMALE: This is just my home.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don't know. I have no idea.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A group of youngsters listening to the conversation in their car...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They just shouted out (EXPLETIVE DELETED) Polish.

Is this something that -- is this something that you have experienced before in any way?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In what way? What do you mean?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We had stones being thrown at our windows, and I have been sweared at many times.


ANDERSON: Erin, I want to read you the latest figures from the British national police chiefs counsel, which say that from August 5 to the

18 this year there were 2,778 hate crimes and incidents. That is an increase of 14 -- 1-4 percent -- year on year. Remember that their peak,

hate crimes were up 58 percent year on year. The figures peaking in the fourth week after the referendum with just over 1,860-odd reported


So, Erin, what is the bigger story here, do you think?

MCLAUGHLIN: Well, Becky, in terms of those figures, I was actually speaking to a spokesperson from the NPCC. And she was saying that actually

following that spike in reporting in the last week of July, they've actually seen a decline in the number of reports of these kinds of

incidents. Though it is still up compared to the numbers seen in 2015.

And she was attributing that to this idea that the police are trying to encourage members of the public to come forward more and therefore we're

seeing more of these reports. However, I was speaking to a spokesperson from the NGO Worrying Signs and she was saying her website has noticed a

decline in the number of incidents being reported to that website, but she was attributing that to the normalization. She said it's possible that

this kind of behavior is becoming normal, everyday occurrence here in the UK and therefore people are less inclined to report it.

And if that is the case, Becky, that is truly worrying.

[11:15:01] ANDERSON: Fascinating. All right. Thank you.

Right, let's get you some of the other stories on our radar today and the Iraqi army dropped 7 million leaflets in the north of the country

saying the victory on Mosul is imminent. Now, the leaflets include information about victories in other areas. This is ahead of an expected

push to retake Mosul, Iraq's second biggest city, from ISIS.

The World Anti-Doping Agency says a Russian hacking group has gained access to confidential athlete information connected to the Rio Games.

Now, the group known as Fancy Bear broke into WADA's database and published records from the Team USA athletes online.

The Russian government denies involvement.

Well, the typhoon has now weakened, but remains a dangerous storm equivalent to a category 4 hurricane which is expected to make landfall in

southeastern Mainland China on Thursday. Earlier, it hit southern Taiwan hard with heavy rains and destructive winds. And you can get a lot more

information about the typhoon's path on our website. That is And there you will see a link to a story about

the typhoon and some of the other fascinating stories that our weather team is chasing. We've got the storm chasers on those stories for you.

Well, a new, damning report on the war on Libya. Erroneous assumptions and

inaccurate intelligence, just some of the words used to describe the British intervention in Libya five years ago. And much of the finger

pointing is directed at then-Prime Minister David Cameron.

Well, this inquiry by the UK parliamentary foreign affairs committee says British

intervention helped pave the way for the rise of Islamic extremism. And it goes on to say, quote, the government failed to identify the threat to

civilians. It was overstated. And that the rebels included a significant Islamist element. The consequence was political and economic collapse into

militia and inter-tribal warfare, humanitarian and migrant crisis, widespread human rights violations and the growth of ISIS in North Africa.

Well, for more on this, let's get to Nic Robertson who is in London. He has reported extensively from Libya.

And, Nic, the U.S. president, back in March, it was described he uses some pretty colorful language in private to describe the UK's role in

allowing Libya to spiral out of control as he put it then. And this report today only serving, it seems,

to underscore Obama's criticism of the UK and its European allies, Nic.

NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, it does. And it points the finger not just at David Cameron, but also the French as

well. And if we go back to those days in the middle of March in 2011 as the world was considering the intervention in Syria, the intervention there

in Libya, rather, what was happening was the population in Benghazi in the east of the country felt under imminent danger from Gadhafi's forces.

We were there in the town of Ajbadiyah (ph) about 100 miles away from Benghazi. The Libyan government was incredibly proud to show off its

fighting force. The men on the road. The next day, the UN security council has a meeting and then backs the French plan to put fast jets in

the air and strike Gadhafi's force literally as they were thundering towards Benghazi.

But that was a humanitarian intervention. Britain signed up for it, David Cameron signed up for it. And this report criticizes them for sort

of turning this humanitarian effort to save lives in Benghazi into a decision somewhere down the line for regime change.

Let's not forget, the United States did not want to play a front-line role here, wanted the Europeans to take care of business in their own back

yard, the north of Africa, and provide sort of more intelligence and logistics support, for the weeks and weeks of NATO bombing.

But, you know, if you talk to Libyans, their most critical of the likes of Cameron and Sarkozy in France for essentially, once Tripoli fell,

then Gadhafi was killed a few months later, of turning their backs on Libya and not paying attention.

So, all these criticisms that sound like that they happened, you know, in the space

of a few weeks.

You know, al Qaeda came into the country, that happened. It was documented over a period of a year, a year-and-a-half, to end of 2011, 2012

really begins in earnest. And then ISIS comes after. So, all of this really, you have to say realistically. We're getting this report now, but

this has been playing out in slow motion for everyone to see in Libya for the past few years, Becky.

[11:20:00] ANDERSON: Yeah, so lessons not learned off the back of Iraq and the intervention there, of course. On the ground, Nic, more


And a change, it seems, in those who may or may not have control going forward. Very briefly if you can explain.

ROBERTSON: Briefly is the challenge here, isn't it.

Look, we just said how complicated Libya is and the -- that Cameron and others didn't have an intelligence assessment.

So, what do you have? You have the principal general allied with the, what was until earlier this year, the internationally recognized government

of Libya. They're in the east of Libya now. They left Tripoli a couple of years ago. They were chased out by Islamist militias the recognized

government in Libya until the United Nations and the international community decided to sanction a new government, the -- there in --

government of national accord in Tripoli.

It is struggling to get on its feet. But in the east of the country, the general there, who as I say, allied with the former -- formerly

internationally recognized government has decided to take control of oil fills from Sidra (ph) from Rashdabiyah (ph), Rashlanouf (ph), all

significant oil facilities on the coast for putting oil aboard ships. And that now appears to have been sanctioned by the national oil company,

Mustafa Sinala (ph), the national oil company in Libya. So that appears to be sanctioned by somebody who nominally supports the new internationally

backed government in Tripoli.

If it sounds complicated, it is. But what it highlights here is the lack of overall strength and authority of this new internationally backed

government and the political differences that exist actually inside Libya.

And here it is playing out with Libya's key asset and the NOC saying they should be now, with the control of these areas, these oil terminals by

the General Hafta, that they should be able to up oil exports, which of course that will be good news keen ears (ph) in the rest of the world.

ANDERSON: Yeah, oil revenues making up something like 95 percent of the income for the country, so clearly the ownership and management of

those strategically important.

Nic, thank you. Nic did an extremely good job trying to sort of work out and make less complicated what is a very complicated story as we have

been discussing. We'll have a lot more on this, and hopefully it will become clearer as we go on.

I'll speak to the chair of the committee behind the report that we've been discussing, the report which was damning, particularly for David

Cameron and his colleagues in Britain. That is coming up right after this short break.

And later, a made for TV moment won't happen afterall. Why Donald Trump's campaign apparently reversed course, scrapping plans for a big

reveal about his health.


[11:25:18] ANDERSON: Welcome back. The tug of war over Libya's lucrative oil and gas export facilities continues. These images show one

of the contested sites days after it was taken over by forces loyal to a powerful general. The body in charge of selling Libya's oil, the National

Oil Corporation, says it is working to start exports again, quote, immediately.

Well, if you watch this show regularly, you'll know that Libya has two governments and both are vying for control of the country's vast energy

resources. A spokesperson for the forces loyal to the government in the east, which is not now backed by the U.S. and European states, told this

show, Connect the World, that the seizure of four oil facilities at the weekend was just the beginning.


UNIDENTIIFIED MALE (through translator): The Libyan National Army, after liberating and clearing these ports, is now preparing to hand over to

the National Oil Company and is preparing for another military duty to clear all these areas of our country of all forms of terrorism, be it

financial, psychological or ideological terrorism.


ANDERSON; Well, a new British report today states that the intervention was based on erroneous assumptions. I am talking about the

intervention five years ago. I had a chance to speak to the man who chaired the committee behind what is a damning report. I begin by asking

if David Cameron, the former British Prime Minister at the time, bears full responsibility.


CRISPIN BLUNT, CHAIRMAN, BRITAIN FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE: We believe he bears the ultimate responsibility. He doesn't bear the total

responsibility, as we made clear in the report. We look at the quality of analysis and information intelligence he and other decision-makers were

relying on around the decision to intervene and make clear it's deficient.

The understanding of Libya that the stabilization unit was relying on and trying to put a plan together during the course of the battle to defeat

the Gadhafi regime was also woefully deficient.


ANDERSON: Well, that's a worry for those of our viewers who are watching in the Middle East as countries like the UAE -- UK get involved


I want to play you a clip from 2011. David Cameron, the British prime minister then, of course, addressing the House of Commons. Have a listen.


DAVID CAMERON, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: There is no intention to get involved in another war or to see an invasion or massive ground troops,

that is not what is being looked at. What's being looked at is how do we tighten the pressure on an unacceptable, illegitimate regime to try to give

the country a chance of peaceful transition. And I think we will be letting down ourselves as well as the Libyan people if we do nothing and

say this is all too difficult.


ANDERSON: Did you support David Cameron at the time?

BLUNT: Well, I did. And I was his (inaudible). I was a member of his

administration. So, I confess with those responsibilities I wasn't looking particularly closely at what was going on in the National Security Council

of which I honestly wasn't a member.

And, indeed, my department, up until 2011 had a contract with the Libyan Justice ministry to help them improve their prison system. So, I

had some input into that as part of my personal background.

But, yes at the time I did support him, as did the vast majority of the House of Commons, because it appeared to be the right thing to do on

the evidence we had.

ANDERSON: We know it is a total mess at present in Libya. I wonder what you think the consequences of this report are. What would your

message to the Libyans be today as the UK k naval gazes about whether it got this right or wrong?

BLUNT: Well, there is a very clear message to everybody, both in Libya and

the whole international community about what we've got to do now.

We have to support the government of national accord. There is no realistic alternative. Aand the United Kingdom must play its role

alongside the United States, who are absolutely in lockstep in trying to support the government of national accord and the UN secretary-general's

special representative there and other countries who are playing covert games with other power centers in Libya need to desist, because by that way

leads disaster.

ANDERSON: This is fascinating because you are suggesting that the international community throw its weight behind the internationally

recognized Libyan government of national accord. Sir, a government that is highly unlikely at this point to survive, as the balance of power shifts

once again in Libya.

So, if your report today concludes that the lessons of Iraq were ignored when it comes to Libya, it seems the fact that the UK is throwing

its weight behind an effort which is unlikely, as I say, to survive, it seems that the lessons of Libya are now being ignored at will.

BLUNT: Well, you tell me if you think there is a better option in Libya than the success of the government of national accord. My committee

certainly couldn't find one.

ANDERSON: What about the internationally -- the formerly internationally recognized government in Tabruk and the army of General

Haftar, for example?

BLUNT: They -- the House of Representatives are meant to be a part of the

government of national accord. That's how the...

ANDERSON: They didn't sign up. They didn't sign up.

BLUNT: That's how the -- and they have been obstructed from signing up.

We visited there in March this year as part of our inquiry, met members of the House of Representatives who were unable to meet in Tobruk,

obstructed by the speaker of the house and the forces of Mr. Haftar. But the majority of them had got together to sign a letter supporting the

government of national accord.

Now, that's an absurd position to be in. And the international community, who

have leverage over Khalifa Haftar, need to make absolutely clear to him that Libya's future, frankly, is in his hands and of his supporters.

If he signs up to the government of national accord, gives it his support, then this thing is going to work.

If he is going to selfishly pursue his own interests and the interest of a small part of the Libyan community, then that is a road to hell.

ANDERSON: Let me put this to you, that at the moment the GNA is using militia on the ground to do its military work, because it doesn't have an

associated army. Is that better than a fully equipped and trained military?

BLUNT: No, of course it -- no. I agree with you. It would be the best option that

that equipped and trained military that has been supported by Egypt, particularly with a degree of air power and ground capability and has had

French special forces working alongside it in Benghazi, that that military force needs to be at the disposal of the Libyan

state, all of it, all of the Libyan people.

And it should not be a force that's being led in the interests of one man or one community or whatever sectional interest he represents and not

at the interest of the whole country.


ANDERSON: Crispin Blunt speaking to me earlier.

Well, world news headlines are just ahead. Stay with us.


[11:36:40] ANDERSON: Doctors say former Israeli President Shimon Peres is in

severe but stable condition. The 93-year-old was hospitalized after suffering a stroke on


Peres retired from political life just two years ago. Oren Libermann joining me now live from just outside Tel Aviv with the very latest --


OREN LIBERMANN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Becky, we got the latest update just a bit ago. And so far over the past 24 hours since

former president, former prime minister Shimon Peres, suffered the major stroke, it is the most positive update we have got.

He's in stable condition. His doctors say, the doctors here, at Shiba Medical Center (ph), say he is increasingly alert and his son-in-law, who

is his personal physician, says when he is brought out more and more from under sedation. He is increasingly responsive.

He says he was able to communication with him to ask his father-in-law to press his hand and he pressed it, he said, quote, energetically.

So, you felt in this press conference as they were able to give this positive update that Shimon Peres's condition, his health is moving and

trending in the right direction. You could almost feel a sigh of relief here.

Becky, they are not out of the -- they're not in the clear just yet here. There are many critical, many difficult hours ahead. This is still

less than 24 hours after Peres had that stroke. But at least for now Peres's health is moving in the right direction.

ANDERSON: Oren, meantime, an historic deal between the U.S. and Israel when it comes to aid. What do we know?

LIEBERMANN: Well, a lot going on here today. We know that this is the biggest military aid deal in U.S. history, pegged at $38 billion over

10 years, set to start in 2018, two years from now.

That is more than a 20 percent increase over the current U.S./Israel military aid deal, and that's on both leaders, President Obama and Prime

Minister Netanyahu will paint it as the largest U.S.-Israel military aid deal of any kind in history.

But, Netanyahu made some major concessions on this deal. First, up until now, Israel was able to spend some 26 percent of that aid deal on its

own technology. It was effectively a part of Israel's own defense budget. That will be no more, that eventually it will go down to zero and all of

that money will go back to the U.S. to spent on American technology.

Second, every year under the current deal, the one that's set to expire, Netanyahu could go to congress and ask for more money, for hundreds

of millions a year for missile defense and other systems like that.

That also will be no more.

This deal says all the money is already in the deal and Netanyahu cannot go back to Congress to ask for more money.

Finally, Netanyahu, analysts and critics say, was looking for a bigger deal, somewhere in the $40 or $50 billion range. That didn't come.

Becky, analysts and critics of Netanyahu say there was a golden hour to get the best possible deal, the best ever deal between the U.S. and

Israel. That was right after, about a year ago, right after the Iran deal was signed. That's when these two could have worked together, these two

leaders could have worked together, and possibly hammered out an even bigger deal. But Netanyahu's critics say because he was so critical of the

Iran deal and stayed so, there's a missed opportunity there to get a better deal.

ANDERSON: Yeah, fascinating. All right. Oren is near Tel Aviv for you this

evening with both of those stories. Thank you for that.

Well, we have come to expect the unexpected in the U.S. presidential race, haven't we? But the controversy over medical records is turning into

a drama fit for reality TV.

First, we heard that Donald Trump was going to reveal the promised result of a recent physical exam on what's known as the Dr. Oz Show. That

came from the celebrity physician himself.

But now, just as Trump and Dr. Oz are taping the interview that will air tomorrow, the campaign says there will be no big reveal, only a general

discussion about health.

Well, Trump surrogates have been hammering Hillary Clinton over a lack of transparency over her health after she withheld her pneumonia diagnosis.

But candidates have pledged to release more medical information this week.

Well, President Barack Obama warning voters not to treat the election like a reality show, saying the very meaning of America is at stake. He

hit the campaign trail for Clinton on Tuesday as she recovers from her illness.

As Phil Mattingly reports, the attacks on Donald Trump flew fast and furious.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I really, really, really want to elect Hillary Clinton.

PHIL MATTINGLY, CNN CORREPSONDENT (voice-over): Dubbed Hillary Clinton surrogate in chief, President Obama blasting Donald Trump's qualifications

to replace him.

OBAMA: One candidate who's traveled to more countries than any secretary of state ever has, and the other who isn't fit in any way, shape

or form to represent this country abroad and be its commander in chief.

One candidate's family foundation has saved countless lives around the world. The other candidate's foundation took money other people gave to his

charity and then bought a six-foot tall painting of himself.

MATTINGLY: Obama rejecting Trump's claim he is fighting for the working class.

OBAMA: This guy who spent 70 years on this earth showing no concern for working people. This guy suddenly going to be your champion?

MATTINGLY: And discrediting Trump's portrayal of the economy.

TRUMP: We have a false economy. We have a bad economy.

OBAMA: By so many measures, America's stronger and more prosperous than when we started out on this journey together.

MATTINGLY: Obama's case bolstered by new U.S. Census numbers, showing the middle-class wages rising for the first time since the recession and

poverty rates dropping sharply.

The president also slamming Trump for his praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

OBAMA: Their nominee is out there praising a guy, saying he's a strong leader, because he invades smaller countries, jails his opponents, controls

the press and drives his economy into a long recession.

MATTINGLY: Trump fighting back on social media, tweeting, "Why isn't Obama working?" And "Russia took Crimea during the so-called Obama years.

Why does Obama get a free pass?"

Obama pressing the media to do more to hold Trump accountable.

OBAMA: Donald Trump says stuff every day that used to be considered as disqualifying for being president. And, yet, because he says it over and

over and over again, the press just gives up and they just say, "Well, yes, you know, OK."

We cannot afford suddenly to treat this like a reality show.

MATTINGLY: Trump keeping up his attack on Clinton for calling half of his supporters deplorable.

TRUMP: Well, my opponent slanders you as deplorable and irredeemable. I call you hard-working American patriots.

MATTINGLY: And continuing to go after his rival over her one-time use of a private e-mail server.

TRUMP: This is far bigger and a far bigger scandal than Watergate ever was.


ANDERSON: A lot of political developments to cover.

let's get back to the news that trump won't be revealing the results of his physical exam on TV first. We're joined by CNN's senior media

correspondent Brian Stelter.

And Brian, it looked like we had this Dr. Oz flip-flop as described by the Wall Street Journal today, as an effort by his new campaign manager to

steer him away from wall-to-wall TV interviews towards sort of moments that show him as more presidential.

But you are hearing differently. What's going on?

BRIAN STELTER, CNN MEDIA CORRESPONDENT: There is a lot of curiosity about what Donald Trump is telling Dr. Oz right now. They are over at his

studio nearby here taping an episode of Dr. Oz's show.

For viewers who don't know, Dr. Oz is a famous television doctor. He has a popular day-time talk show in the United States. And so he has Trump

on this show today talking about Trump's health, also talking about how Trump's policy prescriptions for the country.

Earlier today, Trump's campaign said no, Trump is not gn to be talking about his recent physical, not going to be sharing the results of his exam.

But I have a feeling Trump might surprise us. This episode is going to air tomorrow, but we'll find out more later today once the audience leaves the

room and tells us.

This is just another example, Becky, of Trump being a master showman. You know, Hillary Clinton, she releases a doctor's letter. What does Trump

do? He goes on a nationally televised talk show to talk about his health.

So, we'll see what he says about his fast-food eating habits and things like that. We'll get details later today for you.

ANDERSON: All right, OK. Well, we look forward to that.

Very briefly, as I was listening to Phil's report that we played ahead of speaking to you, we heard President Obama blaming the media again for

the apparent rise of Donald Trump. Is that fair?

[11:45:56] STELTER: There is some fairness to it. And I'll tell you why I think there is. Donald Trump was a unique figure the moment he

entered this election more than 15 months ago. He was a shocking figure, an entertaining figure, for some of the reasons I am describing today --

his appearance on Dr. Oz.

Tomorrow he is on The Tonight Show.

So, Trump was a master media manipulator, seizing the power of television which did contribute to his rise in the GOP primary.

But more than anything else, it was Trump's positions that led him to win the GOP nomination. And now the question is whether the coverage is

balanced between Clinton and Trump. The answer is Trump is held to a different, sometimes

lower standard than Clinton. And I think we in the media have to be sensitive about that and make sure we're holding both candidates


ANDERSON: Fascinating. All right. Thanks, Brian.

STELTER: Thanks.

ANDERSON: A national disgrace and an international pariah. We know that's what former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell thinks of Donald

Trump, but he has also some harsh words for Hillary Clinton.

Leaked emails have revealed some blunt opinions that Powell would have preferred to keep private. You can read more about that story on the


You are watching the show live from Abu Dhabi. Coming up, rember the Ethiopian marathon runner who made this gesture when crossing the finishing

line in Rio? Well, now he says he fears for his family's safety. We'll tell you why.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Communication is key to any rising economy. In Rwanda, roughly 70 percent of the population is a mobile phone user, but

only 18 percent have access to consistent electricity, so keeping your device charged can be a problem.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We, are a business in a box, solar kiosk solution to deliver key services.

[11:50:12] UNIDENTIFEID FEMALE: Henry Yakanrundi (ph) developed a solar powered solution when he moved back to Rwanda from the U.S. four

years ago.

UNIDENITIFIED MALE: I was looking for something that would be more impactful. For a long time all I did was pretty much chase money.

UNIDENITIFIED FEMALE: Roadside phone kiosks already exist in Rwanda, but Yakarundi saw an opportunity to not only improve them, but to make them

more user friendly and self-sufficient. He invented the African renewable energy distributor.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The way they charged phones, for example, was battery. People get old battery and plug it in. It was really bad for the

phone battery.

So, if you had a person charging phone, it only does charging phone. If you have a person selling air time, you only sell air time. What we do,

we combine everything under one umbrella.

UNIDENITIFIED FEMALE: Having worked in a variety of businesses, Yakarundi (ph) had the entrepreneurial experience to create a solar start-

up, he just lacked the technical know-how.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I had never done solar -- solar kiosk. And how do I learn this business? Very simple: world wide web.

UNIDENITIFIED FEMALE: With research and development complete and around $100,000 of his own money invested, Yakarundi he took the kiosk to

the streets of Rwanda. There are currently 25 in operation.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Here is one of our biggest, busiest locations. We charge about 30 to 40 phones a day, but because today there is a power cut,

we'll be probably be at 64. Our number one clients are the motocycle, because it's a solar powered technology it doesn't matter if we have

electricity or not.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Henry's success is also down to the way the business model works.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The number one way we make money is sharing revenue of the services we sell with the micro-franchisee that works on the

kiosk. We give just them the kiosk for free.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yakarundi sees his kiosk as more than just a business, it's an opportunity to give back as well.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We can have African product by African for African that solves an African problem.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Leading by example, Yakarundi is ramping up production and plans to have more than 600 solar kiosks in the next two



ANDERSON: You're watching CNN. This is Connect the World with me, Becky Anderson at 54 minutes past 7:00, nearly 8:00 here in the UAE. An

act of defiance, we all remember the striking image of an Ethiopian marathon runner from the finishing line at the Rio Olympics with one simple

gesture, Feyisa Lilesa brought global attention to his people's fight for equality.

The Oromos are Ethiopia's largest ethnic group and they've been protesting for nearly a year over a land dispute. They say they have been

treated like second class citizens.

Well, Feyisa opened up to Connect the World about taking the biggest risk of his life.


FEYISA LIESA, ETHIOPIAN MARATHON RUNNER: I was practicing to go to Rio, but there were a lot of suffering all around me. I knew I couldn't

join them on the streets and I couldn't speak up in that country, because if you speak up, you can get killed.

So I decided that, if I work hard, go to Rio and win and get a good result, I knew that the media would be watching me, at least for a few

minutes . And I wanted to use those few minutes to send that message and raise the voice of my people.

In the last nine months things got really worse, and we have a situation where pregnant women are being killed and the young children are

being killed.

I asked the government to stop the killings and also start thinking about where all of this is taking the country and allow for people to have

equal rights and equal participation in politics.

The questions I had in my mind were what would happen to my children, what would happen to my family? But for my part, I decided that I will not

have any regret even if i die for my people.

I knew that millions of people would be watching in Rio. I didn't expect that it would open so many doors for me and amplify my voice so that

I become a voice for my people and tell the story of their sufferings.


ANDERSON: Fearless for sure.

Well, look, I hope you have enjoyed the show tonight. It is interviews like that, the captivating stories that we think as a team are

so important to get out. You can find the best parts of the show, and I hope most of it is the best part as far as

you're concerned, but much of what we do we post on our

Facebook page, just head there check there at You can find everything from tonight's show and an awful lot more.

The team works very hard to ensure that you get some value added out of that as well.

Right. We'll end our hour with you today where we began, on the streets of rebel-held Aleppo where, frankly, I can say it is so good to see

kids enjoying life, in a city that has been too often, so often, haunted by death. So, for your Parting Shots this

evening, I'm going to leave you with these scenes.

I'm Becky Anderson, that was Connect the World. Thank you for joining us this