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[08:00:14] KRISTIE LU STOUT, HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. And welcome to News Stream.

Now, polls show Donald Trump is closing the gap on Hillary Clinton as the Republican presidential nominee says allegations of sexual assault were


Iraqi civilians flee the fighting as government forces edge closer to a stronghold of ISIS, the city of Mosul.

And Samsung's profits take another huge hit from the Galaxy Note 7 after exploding batteries

force it to scrap its flagship phone.

And we begin with the U.S. presidential election and the race for the White House. Now Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is still leading the

polls, but Republican candidate Donald Trump may be gaining some ground. The Trump campaign heads to Ohio this Thursday. And Clinton will hold a

rally in North Carolina with first lady Michelle Obama at her side for the first time this campaign.

Now, Trump's treatment of women has been in focus during the race. He's vowed to sue the women who accuse him of sexual misconduct, and that

includes a People magazine reporter who wrote about him and his wife.

Now, Trump appeared on ABC with Melania a short time ago and had this to say.


GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC NEWS: The People magazine story, they brought forward six women.

DONALD TRUMP, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Why didn't she write the story 12 years ago?

STEPHANOPOULOS: She said she was afraid.

TRUMP: Oh, she was afraid. Give me a break. She was afraid to write it - - she would have gotten the Pulitzer Prize. Give me a break.

STEPHANOPOULOS: All these women, everyone they talked to are lying?

TRUMP: They're made up stories. You know why? Fame or they wanted to help Clinton or something. They made up stories.

STEPHANOPOULOS: They came out after you denied the behavior.

TRUMP: George, let's not waste anymore time. These stories were fabricated. They're total lies.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you're going to go through with the lawsuit?

TRUMP: We'll find out. Let's see what happens with the election.


LU STOUT: Donald Trump speaking to ABC there.

Now, on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton took aim at Trump for mixing business with politics. CNN's Chris Frates reports.


CHRIS FRATES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: With only 12 days until the election, a new national poll shows the race tightening. And now more battleground

states are up for grabs. Hillary Clinton in a dead heat with Trump in Nevada as Trump now edges out in the must-win state of Florida.

DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I really think that we're going to have a tremendous victory. I believe we're winning. I actually think

we're winning.

FRATES: Trump says he will invest millions more into his campaign. The billionaire so far has spent $56 million of his own money.

TRUMP: Let me just tell you that we have -- I'll have over $100 million in the campaign. FRATES: A source telling CNN that earlier this RNC Chairman


Priebus asked Trump to put more money into his campaign to help compete with Clinton's advertising blitz. The source said Trump did not listen.

HILLARY CLINTON, (D) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Donald Trump is taking time off the campaign trail to officially open the hotel.

FRATES: Meanwhile, Clinton is blasting Trump for stepping off the campaign trail to advance his business empire.

CLINTON: Donald Trump is the poster boy for everything wrong with our economy. The facts show he has stiffed American workers, he has stiffed

American businesses.

FRATES: After opening a new hotel just blocks from the White House, the billionaire got back to campaigning with two rallies in North Carolina.

Trump hitting back at Clinton, attacking her stamina.

TRUMP: Here's a woman, she makes a speech for 15 minutes, she goes home and goes to bed. She has less energy than Jeb Bush.

FRATES: And getting upset when CNN's Dana Bash asked him about the hotel stop.

TRUMP: For you to ask me that question is actually very insulting because Hillary does one stop and then goes home and sleeps, and yet you'll ask me

that question. I think it's a very rude question, to be honest with you.

FRATES: And doubling down in an interview with ABC bringing up Clinton's attending an Adele concert in Miami.

TRUMP: Hillary Clinton goes to see an Adele concert last night and everybody says oh, wasn't that nice, isn't that wonderful. I have stopped -

- I did eight stops yesterday, three major rallies.

FRATES: Adele wasn't the only star to help Clinton ring in her 69th birthday.


FRATES: Stevie Wonder serenaded Clinton on a radio show.


LU STOUT: Now, Donald Trump, he has been singing his own praises, saying that he will win this election, but can he win? And what would that take?

Now, CNN's John King maps out the state of the race.


JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A brand new FOX News national poll puts Hillary Clinton's lead at three points. And when you average that

out with all the other recent national polls, our CNN poll of polls shows a shrinking but still significant Clinton lead, 47 to 41 nationally over

Donald Trump as we head into the final 12 days of campaigning.

When you go the states, though, it gets more interesting when you start thinking about, can Donald Trump poll up an epic comeback?

Let's start in Florida. You look at the numbers here in the state of Florida, a new Bloomberg Politics poll out today shows Donald Trump

actually leading in Florida, 45 percent to 43 percent. That's a statistical tie. Over polls have shown Secretary Clinton with a narrow lead.

But clear Trump momentum in Florida. That's good for Donald Trump because he needs to win Florida.

The reasons why are quite interesting. If you look at why candidates get their support, if this election is about creating jobs and about changing

Washington, Donald Trump wins by a big margin. If it's about who has the right temperament to be president, who will be a role model for our

children, Hillary Clinton wins on that.

So, watch the candidates in these final 13, 12 days to try to frame to voters what this election is most about. Some other polling out at the

state level, battleground New Hampshire. It's a smaller state, a mixed verdict here.

If you look at this poll from Monmouth University, it shows a closer race, a four-point Clinton lead in that state, where she has had a big lead. But

NBC/"Wall Street Journal" also out with some new numbers that still show a nine-point Clinton lead. So, we'll keep an eye on New Hampshire, clearly a

volatile electorate, some changes as we head into the final weeks. But we leave that one advantage Clinton at the moment.

And now, let's head out west. This one here is more encouraging news for the Trump campaign, Nevada, key to both of Barack Obama's big victories.

Well, NBC News/"Wall Street Journal" poll tonight has it 43-43, a dead heat in the state of Nevada, a critical state for Trump as he tries to get to

270 and critical for Hillary Clinton as she hopes to block him.

So, let's go to the map that matters most, the race to 270. We at the moment still have Secretary Clinton winning overwhelmingly so. But what

this new data do? It makes us think about Nevada. Maybe Donald Trump can take Nevada. If he does that, he changes the map.

What about Florida? If he can hold that momentum, Donald Trump needs to win Florida. If he can do that, she is still above 270, but now, Trump is back

in play. Back in play, but still a very steep hill for the final dozen days.

Donald Trump must win North Carolina, must win Ohio. And Mike Pence out in Utah today. Mike Pence campaigning in the west. These are ruby red

Republican west states, Donald Trump doesn't have them yet. He must get them back heading into the final week.

If he gets them back, then he is in play. But even, he needs to change another one of those blue states to get there.

So, is Donald Trump in play? Are these new poll more encouraging? But is the hill still very, very steep? Absolutely.


[08:07:27] LU STOUT: Wow, that was CNN's John King there. And you can play with voting scenarios on that very same electoral map and see all the

latest news from the campaign here at

Now, we're getting new information on what Iraqi-led forces are facing in their push to retake Mosul. The U.S. military says that there are as many

as 5,000 ISIS fighters in the city and up to 2,000 in the defensive zone around it. Iraqi troops have now advanced within five kilometers of Mosul.

And here you see men, women, and children running from a village. Now, they are among the thousands of Iraqis who have been displaced by the


Now, let's take you near front line outside of Mosul. Michael Holmes is there. He joins us now.

Michael, it's a week into the battle for Mosul. Where does the offensive stand now, and what's next?

MICHAEL HOLMES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, it has been a pretty quick, a rapid advance, really, when you think about it. It has only just been over

a week since this began. Iraqi and Kurdish forces are close to Mosul, but only in certain places. To the north, the Kurds are about four kilometers

away. To the south, there is a forward unit of Iraqi intelligence which apparently -- and special forces, which apparently is within sight of


And there are other various units within 10, 20 kilometers or so.

There are still a lot of towns and villages to be taken -- Bashik (ph) near where we are is yet to be secured. That's about 20 kilometers away.

There's another town called Hammam al-Alil (ph). Now that is a key town. It's the last major population center from the south before Mosul. And

what's interesting there is Iraqi troops say they have surrounded it, but ISIS has apparently, according to local reports, sent in some of their most

capable fighters to be defend that place, foreign fighters, Chechens, people from Tunisia and Morocco, Afghanistan, and they are there obviously

to fight to the death.

Why defend that place and not stay within Mosul city limits? Well, perhaps to try to slow that rapid advance, do damage to men and equipment and even

perhaps morale.

It's likely to be a fierce fight. And it also diverts a lot of resources. Iraqi military having to put a lot of resources into taking out a

comparatively smaller number of ISIS enemy.

Of course, once these units all get to within range of Mosul, they will then sit, they will wait, they will coordinate before they start to go into

the city. And what they will face is a very well-prepared enemy.

We're told that dozens of suicide car and truck bombs have been pre- positioned around the city, Katusha (ph) rocket launchers as well. And then perhaps one of the most important points, something that ISIS doesn't

have to worry about and doesn't worry about, and that is civilians, perhaps a million, a million-and-a-half civilians inside of Mosul. The Iraqi

military and police are going to have to be very cognizant of that, Kristie.

[08:10:22[ LU STOUT: Yeah, absolutely. As you just reported, there with thousands of ISIS militants inside Mosul surrounding the city, foreign

fighters have been sent in, these so-called suicide squads being sent in from Raqqa. What is the coalition strategy to stop

the flow of those fighters coming in from there?

HOLMES: Yeah, that's been one of the difficulties is that that area of land west of Mosul, that is ISIS-held territory and goes all the way into

Syria. A couple days ago, we were reporting that a local tribal leader up there, a Sunni tribal leader, had seen hundreds, in his words, of ISIS

families, fighters, and even leaders heading out of Mosul and into Syria.

And then as you said then, you've got now these hundreds of suicide squad members coming in, wearing distinctive uniforms, actually wearing their

suicide belts, locals said, as they came into town, and most of them foreign fighters as well. That is the weak point at the moment.

The coalition is trying to take out verified targets from the air as they head between Mosul

and Syria. But obviously you can't just hit every moving vehicle. You don't know what's in it. Shia paramilitary are moving up that way. That

is part of their job to do some blocking from that side of Mosul, but obviously that is the weak point at the moment. And they're

going to have to deal with that too, to stop that flow -- Kristie.

LU STOUT: All right. Michael Holmes reporting live for us. Thank you, Michael.

Now, thousands of people have left Mosul and the villages around it, but many are still trapped in the war zone. Now Nick Paton Walsh visited a

village just to the northeast of Mosul where people are just emerging from the wreckage.


NICK PATON WALSH, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Each new day is hard-fought here in the dust around Mosul, where it covered even

the tiniest village.


WALSH: Even with American help and armor, it takes days to tackle ISIS, dug in.


WALSH: The problem, civilians, trapped inside here, but also in the town next door.

(on camera): That tiny white flag symbolizing an increasingly hazardous problem for advances forces here moving against ISIS, and that's civilians,

caught, in this case, inside that tiny town, and increasingly now, in the crossfire.

(voice-over): There could be as many as 1.2 million people caught between ISIS's medieval death cult and the rival forces taking them on. They, with

the village, before ISIS kicked them out, and they sheltered for months in an old farm.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translation): We were humiliated, humiliated in every way.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translation): My brother, nephew and another relative went to Mosul when it fell to ISIS. They were abducted and


WALSH: Suddenly, two men are led forward. The village has informed on them. One, the father, and an ISIS leader, and another brother.

(on camera): This is the process of recrimination that will be happening now slowly over villages all across this area in northern Iraq, who

collaborated with ISIS, who worked with them. And what happens to these people now?

(voice-over): Tomorrow is no easy task. They're assembled on still spotless at Astroturf, children, insuppressible. Yet, still mortars land, meters

away. The men trying to digest it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translation): I took my cousin's body from the morgue. It had a bullet in the head. They came after him, took him for 20

days, then told me to pick up his body from the morgue. I saw horrible things there. It was full of bodies. That's what they do to people.

WALSH (voice-over): We drive into the village to see what is left.

(voice-over): Endless mines we are warned. Yet, very few ISIS flags. Maybe not needed as only ISIS' loyal fighters lived here and then died here, too.

Their contortions hide whether they felt fear or abandoned when they fell.

(on camera): The nightmare of having ISIS, live it in and be purged from it. But they can't even clear away the dead bodies from the fighting in

case they're booby-trapped. This is a place where ordinary life will be impossible for the near future. (voice-over): Dust falls and yet more flee

the olive groves into the dust again, frisked, herded, unsure who to ask where home is now.

Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, northern Iraq.


LU STOUT: Now central Italy faces more aftershocks after two strong earthquakes hit. No injuries have been reported, but buildings are damaged

and the electricity is out. The larger quake had a magnitude of 6.1.

Now, both quakes struck near the town of Visso about 80 kilometers from the August quake in

Amatrice, that killed nearly 300 people.

Now, Barbie Nadeau joins us now live from Campi, Italy, that's near the epicenter of the most recent earthquakes.

And Barbie, you've been feeling the aftershocks, you've been surveying the devastation. What have you seen.

BARBIE NADEAU, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Well, what we've seen over the course of the last hour or so are a lot of officials here coming to survey the damage

of this church behind me. This is a 15th Century church that was destroyed in part in the first earthquake that hit on Wednesday night at around 7:00,

5.5 magnitude, and was completely destroyed on the 6.1 earthquake that hit two hours after.

We have seen all sorts of authorities here, obviously to try to assess if they can repair this church, if they should repair it, and maybe how to get

some of those important artifacts out of there.

We can see with the absence of the ceiling and the facade of this church, there are ancient

frescos in there. There are important pieces of art that need to be taken out of this church and saved before the elements destroy them.

You know, it's been a rainy week here. It's beautiful right now, but that's not expected to stay.

So authorities now really have to try to shore up the houses so people whose houses so people whose houses haven't been destroyed have a safe

place to sleep. They need to get them to an area where they are safe, where they feel secure if their houses have been rendered unlivable, which

is the case of many houses in this area.

But we're hearing hearing it could have possibly been a greater loss of property, loss of life, if it hadn't been for the August earthquake that

killed around 300 people that struck in this area as well. As a result of that, so many people evacuated and are no longer in this area. There's

generally a much larger population than there was Wednesday night when these earthquakes struck.

And the houses that were damaged, a lot of them had already been made vulnerable in that August earthquake. That's hardly a silver lining for

the people who lost their homes, but at least there are fewer people who lost their lives than in that August -- deadlier August earthquake.

LU STOUT: That's right. At least that tragedy in August made the communities there more vigilant when they felt the tremors, they left as

soon as possible to a safer area.

Barbie Nadeau reporting from near the epicenter. Thank you, Barbie.

Now, the CEO of the company that owns the Australian theme park where four people were killed will donate her bonus to the Red Cross to help families

affected by the tragedy. Now, the park has meanwhile canceled a memorial service planned for Friday. It has also postponed reopening parts of the

theme park because of the ongoing investigation into the cause of the accident.

Two men and two women died when the ride that they were on flipped, throwing them on to a

conveyor belt, where they were caught in the machinery.

Now, Samsung is struggling with the backlash to its Note 7 crisis. Its profits have gone up in

flames after a worldwide recall. We'll have an update next.

And Alibaba defends itself against accusations it's not serious about clearing out fake goods from its site. We'll hear what several trade

groups have to say.


[08:20:31] LU STOUT: Coming to you live from Hong Kong, you're back watching News


Now, a new report from the World Wildlife Fund has found that our planet has lost almost 60 percent of its wildlife in less than half a century.

Scientists say the rapid extinction is caused by the loss of habitat: that comes from pollution, the exploitation of resources, as well as climate

change. The report highlights a number of species, elephants, for example, whose numbers have dropped by a fifth in just ten years. As for sharks and rays,

a third are threatened by over fishing.

WWF says that we can do something about this. Using renewable energy is one way, another is to look for products that are certified as sustainable.

Now, Samsung's failed flagship Note 7 seared a giant hole in its profits. Third quarter mobile operating profits crashed 96 percent compared to last

year. And that knocked Samsung's overall profit down 30 percent. Even though Samsung tried to stem the bleeding by

killing off the Note 7, it expects to lose an additional $3 billion in the next six months.

So what's happening here, and what's the next step? Well, our Alexandra Field is in Seoul,

where Samsung's headquarters are, of course, located. She joins us now live. And, Alex, as expected, the Galaxy Note 7 has burned through

Samsung's mobile profits. What can you tell us?

ALEXANDRA FIELD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, look, these are staggering numbers, but they are not surprising numbers by any stretch because you had

executives from Samsung actually come out earlier this month anticipating that they would suffer these kinds of losses. And this puts them on track to suffer that $5 billion worth of

losses to profit by March of 2017.

Certainly the fallout is not over yet. Right now we're talking about third quarter earnings, but when you take a look at the timeline of this

catastrophe for Samsung, the recall of the Note 7s that were bursting into flames and then the decision to cancel the phone altogether, it's clear

that the impact will carry over into the fourth quarter, which is, of course, what executives have to brace for. However, they're putting out

signs that they're optimistic, saying that they believe that the launch of the next generation of flagship phones, the Note 8, and the S8 will bring

about the kind of recovery that they're looking for. And really, people in South Korea are also looking for that because when you talk about a

company that is Samsung's size, when you talk about all the Samsung property put together, they contribute to about 20 percent of South Korea's


What we see here in South Korea in the third quarter is a slowdown in growth compared to the second quarter. And just this week, you had

officials from the central bank coming out and saying that they believe that some of that slowdown in growth could be directly attributed to the

problems that Samsung has been facing, Kristie.

LU STOUT: Yeah, so a number of factors at play here. But if there's a silver lining to the report card that we got in terms of Samsung's mobile

phone unit, we found out that sales for Samsung's cheaper phones actually grew. So what does that mean for the future of Samsung and its brand?

FIELD: Yeah, that's important. And it's particularly important to Samsung. And they're really selling that message today that they had

stability with the S7 sales and a growth in the S7 Edge sales. And to them, that says that the global reputation for this global brand has not

been damaged beyond repair, that people were still buying these phones, and that's why they have some confidence that the launch of the next generation

of flagship to bring about that kind of recovery that we talked about.

LU STOUT: All right. Alexandra Field reporting live for us from Seoul. Thank you, Alex.

Now, the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba is also in hot water. Now more than a dozen trade groups are petitioning Washington to list Alibaba as a

notorious market for pirated goods. Alibaba protested the accusations saying that it has consistently fought counterfeit products on its site.

Andrew Stevens asked the head of the American Apparel and Footwear Association why it's going after Alibaba now.


RICK HELFBEIN, AMERICAN APPAREL & FOOTWEAR ASSOCIATION: They were on the list. They fell off the list. The USCR has been very specific as to what

they require of Alibaba. We don't see evidence that they've complied. We'd like them to comply. We'd like to love Alibaba, particularly Taobao

(ph), but it hasn't happened. So we think they should be back on the list.

ANDREW STEVENS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: When you say it hasn't happened, what hasn't happened? What do you specifically want to see Ali


HELFBEIN: Look, they're very slow to react to take down some counterfeits. We know for a fact there's a lot of counterfeits on their site. The

Chinese government, SAIC themselves last year said 67 percent of everything on the site is counterfeit. How can that be? One counterfeit is too much,

67 percent? That's bad.

[08:25:03] STEVENS: So what do you want Ali to do?

HELFBEIN: Right now they're the bad boys of retail. We'd like them to clean up their image. We'd like them to be better citizens. We'd like

them to work harder at doing the right thing. They have an enormous amount of transactions.

STEVENS: But what is the right thing? I mean, specifically.

HELFBEIN: The right thing is identify the fact that you have counterfeits on your site

and do something about it. Don't expect us to do something about it. We represent a thousand brands. We can't go out and chase you down.

STEVENS: But some would say that it's not Ali's responsibility. They provided an online

marketplace, if you like. And what happens on that marketplace is really up to the traders and how it's policed. Should they have to police it


HALFENBEIN: Somebody's got to police them, I'm not going to do it. I mean, realistically, we're not after Amazon. We're not after eBay.

Alibaba is doing something wrong, they've got to fix it. It's their problem. It's not our problem.

STEVENS: And what does Ali say to you when you talk to them about this?

HELFBEIN: It would be nice if they talked to us more often, then they could say something to us and then we could have a civil discussion. We don't

want to be their enemy. This is a fight we don't want to be in, but they are the bad boys of retail right now, and they need to clean that up.


LU STOUT: And that was the head of the American Apparel and Footwear Association speaking to our Andrew Stevens.

Now, Alibaba and its Taobao (ph) shopping site were actually on the notorious market list before, but the office of U.S. trade representative

took them off in 2013 after Alibaba promised it was working on the problem.

You're watching News Stream. And still to come, the child migrants left behind after the

camp at Calais is closed by French authorities.

Plus, paramilitary recruits in training: where and why they are donning uniforms at their government's request.



[08:30:37] LU STOUT: Now, there are serious concerns for the plight of 1,200 children who have been in limbo after the evacuation of the Calais

migrant camp known as The Jungle. Aid groups say many young people were left without shelter overnight after French authorities closed the camp.

Bulldozers have moved in, demolition of the site is now well under way. So what will happen to these children? Now, CNN's Melissa Bell is in Calais.

She joins us now live. And Melissa, we have these unaccompanied minors sleeping in the camp overnight without beds. Why and what will happen to

them next?

MELISSA BELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, the situation here is still extremely chaotic

and very unclear. And the aide associations that are here to help the children are extremely concerned about the welfare of some of them.

Now, if you can look behind me, Kristie, you'll see the demolition there of The Jungle is continuing. And just next to it, within that perimeter

fence, are the containers in which those unaccompanied minors have been -- those that have -- those that have been registered by French

authorities -- have been able to sleep overnight and in which they will stay until a decision can be made about whether they can get to the United

Kingdom or not. Some of them will get to the United Kingdom, some of them will be relocated here in France.

But there are those other children who did not get registered in time. And several of them spoke of queueing for many days to try and get through the

registration process. They are still unregistered, about a hundred of them, we've just seen, have been ushered out of the camp by the aid

associations who were asked to take them out. They're now being prevented from coming back in. And the aid associations are being told that they're going to be

taken several hours from here. And they're extremely concerned about what's going to happen.

And so you can see that on day four of this evacuation process, the French officials in charge who are pleased with how it's gone, who talk about a

mission that's been accomplished, and are happy that they've been able to move ahead with the demolition as quickly as they

have, have in a sense been able to do so at the expense of this thorniest of questions, and that was always going to be the fate of these 1,500

unaccompanied minors who are still on this site today.

LU STOUT: It begs the question, who is going to be looking after these unaccompanied minors? And also, the fate of all the migrants who have

called The Jungle there in Calais home for the last two years.

BELL: Well, so far it has largely been aid associations. You can see where I'm standing. This is the spot where a number of unaccompanied

minors spent a very uncomfortable night, a very frightening night. And you have to understand that this camp was swept by huge fires yesterday. And

the associations who stayed with these kids overnight said they were extremely scared by what they seen, extremely scared about what was going

to happen to them, explaining to us that we had to understand that these were kids who have seen -- fled war, crossed the world to come here to be

treated like this. And that they were extremely traumatized.

Now, what they tell us, the aid associations, is that the they've been told by the French authorities that it is now France one of the aid associations

here in France, which is working in partnership with the French government, which is going to take charge of these migrant children that have not yet

been registered to try and get them registered.

But the fact they could be taken away from this site is extremely worrying to those who have come to care for their welfare. That is the NGOs.

Now, what we've seen as well, Kristie, over the course of the last hour is a very heavy police presence getting in place, dozens more riot police

trucks have arrived. The police have now entirely surrounded the perimeter of the camp and closed off its main entrance. So

that there are children, even those registered with arm bands that give them the right to be in these

containers that are being blocked from coming back into the camp.

And that is obviously extremely worrying to those who are takings care of their welfare at this hour and those are the aid associations rather than

the French authorities.

LU STOUT: And your thoughts on how French authorities have managed the crisis there in Calais. Earlier, French authorities said that the camp was

empty. That is definitely not the case with thousands of migrants still there, scores of unaccompanied minors who have to say there overnight.

What's going on here?

BELL: Well, Kristie, they started saying this at lunchtime yesterday, even as though fires were raging. We spent the entire day inside, and we saw

hundreds of children milling around the camp, some on bicycles, some going through the tents that had been left behind in this vacant camp that had

largely been burned down and where deconstruction work had already begun. So just not the kind of place that you would expect children to be left on

their own, and yet that was what happened.

Now, the other big concern for the aid associations is that they've been told by the police that from 2:00 p.m., so half an hour ago local time

unaccompanied minors not yet registered, and we're talking about a huge number of them, would begin to be arrested. And their fear is that that

police presence is all about securing this camp, closing it off, and arresting those who have not been able to get through the registration

process so far.

[08:35:33] LU STOUT: A deeply alarming situation there in Calais. Melissa Bell reporting for us. Thank you, Melissa.

Now, NATO is bolstering its presence in eastern Europe to counter what it calls assertive military posturing by Russia. The alliance is sending

troops to former Soviet republics, including Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia, as well as Poland.

Now, it is to be the largest deployment since the Cold War. And Poland no longer has military

draft, but more and more Poles are volunteering for their country's paramilitary forces as a guard against Russian aggression.

Nic Robertson visited Poland for an up-close look at the training of the recruits.


NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Marsha (ph) is running like her life depends on it. And one day it might. The 20-year-old

student hopes to join the army one day, but for now she's trying out for an elite unit in one of Poland's growing militias.

Why did you like this? Why do you want to do it?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Because I love sport. (inaudible) my condition, but I love this.

ROBERTSON: But not everyone in her unit of fresh volunteers is up to it. This 30-year-old banker who read about the militia on their website is

struggling, many volunteers motivated by concerns about Russia.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): I think that it worries three- quarters of our society. Everyone should feel worried in this situation.

ROBERTSON: This unit traces its roots back to the First World War, but what's changed now is a revival in patriotism, this being backed by the


Poland's deputy defense minister explains to me why.

TOMASZ STRATKOWSKI, POLISH DEPUTY DEFENSE MINISTER: Because it helps to have a better trained, better skilled pool of people that could be called

into military service in a time of crisis.

ROBERTSON: And right now that crisis is Russia's escalating unpredictability, not a factor when Poland abandoned its compulsory

military service eight years ago.

STRATKOWSKI: The situation is indeed increasingly starting to resemble the situation during

the Cold War.

ROBERTSON: Jan Piotkovski (ph), a 23-year-old student, is exactly the type of person the government wants to help. He's been in the militia seven

years, long enough to be training new recruits like Marta.

And long enough to know government support will up their game.

UNIDENITFIED MALE: More money, more training, and better training. So, that's good.

We want to be ready for anything that causes threat to Poland.

ROBERTSON: And that means a lot more cold, wet weekends ahead.

Nic Robertson, CNN, Warsaw, Poland.


LU STOUT: In the heat of election season in the U.S., candidates could learn a thing or two from this. Well, coming up, a pretty funny political

ad that's unlike any other. How one woman is trying to get husband re- elected.


[08:40:29] LU STOUT: Welcome back.

Now, in a campaign season that's seen no shortage of insults and bickering, one woman in the U.S. is taking a very different approach when it comes to

political ads. Gerald Doughtery is running for a local election in Texas. And as Jeannie Moos reports, his wife is desperate to get him into office

and out of the house.



JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Had enough of Trump bashing Clinton?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (voice-over): So how did Hillary end up filthy rich?

MOOS: And Clinton bashing Trump?

SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R), FLORIDA: He's a con artist.


MOOS: Maybe you'd prefer a political ad in which a wife begs voters to relieve her of her husband, a number-crunching nerd.

GERALD DAUGHERTY: And it costs us about $103 a day.

CHATLYN DAUGHERTY: Gerald really doesn't have any hobbies.

G. DAUGHERTY: Last year's tax rate was 14169.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So is he always like that?

C. DAUGHERTY: Yes, all the time.

MOOS: He is Gerald Daugherty, a Republican running to be a Travis County, Texas, commissioner, with a little eye-rolling help from his wife of 21


(on camera): And does your wife really roll her eyes that often?

G. DAUGHERTY: She actually does. She didn't have to take but two or three takes on that.

C. DAUGHERTY: Most people leave their work at the office.

G. DAUGHERTY: We've got three light rail cars. You can put 60 people on each car. So even if you add two cars...

MOOS: Do you really like your light rail cars well done?

G. DAUGHERTY: You know, my opponent, I asked him, I said, is there anything that you didn't like about the ad? And he said, I think the meat was


MOOS (voice-over): Gerald's political consultant dreamed up the ad inspired by "The Office." It took six hours to shoot. The neighbors were played by


C. DAUGHERTY: All he wants to do is fix things.

G. DAUGHERTY: You have fumes all over the place but, quite frankly, it's not a code violation.

You know, I think I like helping around the house here.

C. DAUGHERTY: Please re-elect Gerald. Please.

MOOS: Gerald thinks his ad went viral because humor takes the edge off the rancor of the 2016 campaign.

(on camera): Do you think your wife really wants to get you off her hands and get you out of the house?

G. DAUGHERTY: Oh, absolutely. I mean, you know, she does love me a lot, but she loves me away.

C. DAUGHERTY: Please re-elect Gerald.

MOOS (voice-over): Jeanne Moos, CNN...


MOOS: New York.


LU STOUT: The way she rolls her eyes: classic.

And that is News Stream. I'm Kristie Lu Stout, but don't go anywhere. World Sport with Christina Macfarlane is next.