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[10:00:14] DONALD TRUMP, HOST: I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength.


BECKY ANDERSON, HOST: A change in tact and in tone: Donald Trump strikes a dramatically different note in his first speech to congress. Next, details

of what he said in that address.

Also, neighbor to the north, how Canada is welcoming students from around the world when other countries seem to be closing their doors.

And a Picasso, a Matisse and a Modigliani, all stolen by the so-called Spider-Man art thief. Later this hour, we speak to one man on the hunt for

the missing masterpieces.

ANDERSON: A very good afternoon in London. I'm Becky Anderson with Connect the World.

Before we get to those stories, some breaking news for you. And America's most watched stock index is just smashed through a new record. The Dow

topping 21,000. The first time ever. That rally coming just hours after U.S. President Donald Trump gave his first speech to congress.

Maggie Lake is in the house for you. And it does seem there is no limit to this market, except that you and I have been around long enough to know

what goes up can also come crashing down.

So, is there a fundamental reason why this market, Maggie, is in fifth gear, or should we be concerned about the sort of nasties of irrational

exuberance, as it were?

MAGGIE LAKE, CNN MONEY: I don't think we're at the point of irrational exuberance, Becky, but you're right to raise that question. And I have

been doing so with everyone I have talked to as well. Because listen, this has come so far so fast, and it hasn't

taken any pause, really, or any kind of consolidation.

There are some fundamental reasons behind this. Earnings were better. We're just coming through the tail end of the earnings season. They were

better than expected. The economy isn't where people want it, but it's steady. Consumer confidence is high, wages are increasing, the fed is

sounding more confident. Those are all real reasons. Do they justify this rally? No. It is one that's billed on what one trader yesterday said to

me is hopium, the hope that they're going to get the fulfillment of these promises that Donald Trump has made.

And right now, they're willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

They didn't hear a lot of details in the speech last night that guarantee those things will happen. It's early days. but what they did see, and I

think this is what they're responding to today, is that change in tone. Yes, it is just style right now, but it indicates that maybe, just maybe,

this deal making potential to bring people together in unified businessman Donald Trump is emerging as the person who will lead the country, rather

than the divisive tweeting Donald Trump.

That made investors very uncomfortable. This is what they like to see.

So, I think in this case, that tone is really driving what we're seeing today.

ANDERSON: So, when he talks fair trade, not free trade, and you consider those companies that are in this index who will mostly be global companies,

they're not concerned about where he goes next so far as this more protectionist stance is concerned, it's more about this sort of reduction

in regulation, is it, that will suit business going forward?

LAKE: They're terribly concerned about free trade. They're concerned about free trade. They're concerned about frankly some of the foreign

policy stances. They're concerned about immigration. They're concerned about the visa programs. There's a lot they're concerned about.

But they care about the tax reform, regulation, and I think that they are still hanging on to the idea that these very, sort of again, inflammatory

comments coming on trade are a negotiating stance. They're the beginning. I had a guest on last hour saying this, and that somewhere, once that

happens, this is just his negotiating style. And they will end up somewhere up closer in the middle and there will be room to compromise and

do business with trading partners.

Is that realistic? We don't know. Again, it is the hope and the dream that is the case. But that

seems to be what they are betting on.

A concrete indication of something otherwise would cause a lot of scare in the market and

in the business community. I see some reverse some of theses gains that we have seen, Becky.

ANDERSON: Yeah, watch this space.

Always a pleasure. Thank you.

Maggie in the house for you on what is breaking news this hour.

21,052 is where that index stands at present.

Well, Donald Trump says from now on America will be empowered by aspirations, not burdened by fears. The U.S. president looked to inspire a

nation with his first address to congress, reaching beyond political divides to call for unity. And he left the combative rhetoric behind,

staying on script as he struck a statesmanlike tone.

Senior Washington correspondent Joe Johns begins our coverage this hour.


JOE JOHNS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): President Trump striking a more presidential and optimistic tone...

TRUMP: I'm here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength.

JOHNS: ... in his hour-long speech to a joint session of Congress.

TRUMP: It is a message deeply delivered from my heart.

JOHNS: Off the top, the president condemning the surge in hate crimes since he took office.

TRUMP: Recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind

us that, while we may be a nation divided in policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly


JOHNS: Spending much of his speech laying out an ambitious agenda.

TRUMP: Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed.

JOHNS: His solution: an echo from his campaign, "America first."

TRUMP: Buy American and hire American.

JOHNS: And once again, using national security as the basis for his proposed border wall with Mexico.

TRUMP: We want all Americans to succeed, but that can't happen in an environment of lawless chaos.

We will soon begin the construction of a great, great wall along our southern border.

JOHNS: The president touting his deportation efforts of undocumented people with criminal convictions.

TRUMP: We are removing gang members, drug dealers and criminals that threaten our communities and prey on our very innocent citizens.

JOHNS: And defending his controversial travel ban, halted by a federal court weeks ago.

TRUMP: It is not compassion but reckless to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur.

JOHNS: But signaling that he might be open to compromise on immigration.

TRUMP: I believe that real and positive immigration reform is possible.

JOHNS: The president told network news anchors before the speech that he's open to a legal status for millions of undocumented immigrants if they

never committed a crime.

TRUMP: I believe Republicans and Democrats can work together to achieve an outcome that has eluded our country for decades.

JOHNS: On health care, the president laying out five points for a plan to replace Obamacare.

TRUMP: We should ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions have access to coverage.

JOHNS: Arguing that people should be able to buy insurance across state lines and leaning on tax credits to ensure that Americans can afford their


TRUMP: It must be the plan they want, not the plan forced on them by our government.

JOHNS: The president also announcing a huge plan to boost the nation's infrastructure.

TRUMP: I will be asking Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure of the United States, financed

through both public and private capital, creating millions of new jobs.

JOHNS: On the war against ISIS, the president using this controversial reference.

TRUMP: Radical Islamic terrorism.

JOHNS: Even though sources say his new national security adviser urged him not to use "radical Islamic terrorism" in his speech, because it alienates


TRUMP: Extinguish this vile enemy from our planet.

JOHNS: The president ending his speech with a very emotional moment, honoring the widow of Ryan Owens, a Navy SEAL killed last month in Yemen,

saying he was part of a highly successful terror raid.

TRUMP: Ryan is looking down right now. You know that. And he's very happy, because I think he just broke a record.

For the Bible teaches us there's no greater act of love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.

JOHNS: Joe Johns, CNN, Washington.


ANDERSON: What that emotional tribute to the Navy SEAL who was killed and his widow was the most moving moment of the night. Here is how a CNN

political commentator and frequent critic of president Donald Trump described it.


VAN JONES, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: He became president of the United States in that moment. Period. There are a lot of people who have a lot

of reason to be frustrated with him, to be fearful of him, to be mad at him, but that was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen

in American politics. Period.


ANDERSON: Well, the Yemen raid had been in the works for awhile, but it was Mr. Trump who approved it just days after taking office.

In an interview with Fox, he emphasized the roles other played in planning the mission and appeared to put responsibility on his generals for the Navy

SEAL's death. Have a listen.


TRUMP: The mission was started before I got here. This was something that was - you know, just - they wanted to do. They came to see me. They

explained what they wanted to do, the generals, who are very respected. My generals are the most respected than we have had in many decades, I

believe. And they lost Ryan.


ANDERSON: I'm joined now by our CNN, senior international correspondent Clarissa Ward. Let's talk about this speech.

As Van Jones, one of Donald Trump's most outspoken critics said this was the moment that Donald Trump became president. What's your perspective?

CLARISSA WARD, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, it's so interesting to hear people on both sides of the political divide, seemingly for the

first time in months, come together in unison and say this was a water mark. This was a shift. We did hear something from President Trump last

night that we really haven't heard before. It was much less combative in tone. It was much more moderate, much more sober, much more somber. He

was apparently reaching across the aisle, talking about the need for political cooperation between the two different parties. He alluded to the

battle that he will face in congress when it comes to this huge amount of money he wants to allocate to military spending, when it comes to the huge

sums that he wants to allocate to rebuilding America's infrastructure.

So I think it was really one of the first times that we have heard President Trump really sound

like a president. And he was sticking to that script, Becky. He was reading from that teleprompter. And we did not see any of the kind of more

freewheeling shoot from the hip kind of rhetoric that has so often gotten him into trouble in the past.

ANDERSON: You alluded to the investment in military spending an historic, $54 brillion, I think, if I'm correct in saying. Clearly that money speaks

to the president counter terror efforts. We have been promised a plane to defeat ISIS. Are we any clearer to knowing when that plane will be

revealed and what it might say?

WARD: Well, we are not really closer to that. I mean, we are sort ardently waiting to see what

the Secretary of Defense James Mattis is waiting to propose.

We know that there are a number of different options on the table. One of them even includes having U.S. military troops on the ground in Syria,

which is a very controversial idea for many different reasons. And we know that this massive amount, as you said $54 billion, will essentially be at

the military's disposal to try to facilitate I believe President Trump talked about extinguishing ISIS.

In reality, any one of us who has spent a lot of time on the ground in the Middle East, in Syria particularly and watching the battle against ISIS,

you start to understand that ISIS is a symptom. IT's not the cause. And that if you are only using a military track in order to defeat ISIS and you

are kind of not paying attention to all the contributing geopolitical and social factors that conflate together to create groups like ISIS, then you

are going to find yourself back at square one again in no time at all.

ANDERSON: Have to spent a lot of time on the ground in the Middle East, particularly in Syria over the last decade. You have in the past month

also spent a considerable amount of time reporting on Mr. Trump and his positions in regard Russia. You've been in Moscow. Given what we heard

last night, clearly there is, I think it would be safe to say, an effort by the administration to move I think it would be safe to say that an effort

by the administration to move on.

Did he achieve that? Are we over Russia at this point?

WARD: Well, I think it's become such a political hot potato in the U.S., that it's difficult to talk about moving past this. And while he did not

mention Russia in his speech last night, there was the kind of the hanging presence of Russia all around.

I just want to draw your attention to one thing he said, where he talked about the importance of finding new friends and forging new partnerships

where interests align.

And he talked about being friends with former enemies. It was hard for anyone who covers foreign policy listening to that not to think hold on a

second he's talking about Russia here, because he does have this adamant belief that the U.S. and Russia can forge a meaningful partnership.

But as long as he is trying to pushing that partnership forward, he is going to face questioning from within his own party and certainly from

within the Democratic Party about what his real ties to Russia may be and how they possibly could have influenced the election, Becky.

[10:15:13] ANDERSON: Always a pleasure. Thanks. Clarissa Ward for you.

We didn't really hear anything about the White House's plans to slash it's foreign aid budget in last night's speech, but it is an important story

that could affect all of us, even those of us in the world's richest countries.

In about 10 minutes, we're going to break it all down for you with a fantastic guest in Washington. So do stay with us for that.

Well, unrelenting violence, war crimes committed by all sides and attacks intentionally terrorizing civilians, a new and blistering UN Human Rights

Council report blames all sides in the Syria civil war for targeting civilians and causing widespread carnage in

Aleppo. But it saves it's most damning accusations for Russia and Syria. It accuses pro-government forces of carrying out daily, deadly airstrikes

using chemical weapons, summary executions of rebels, and the forced displacement of civilians.

Well, Nina Dos Santos is reviewing the report for us. She is standing by in Istanbul -- Nina.


Yes, well, it's a damning report. They're trying to be balanced her. And they do level accusations against both sides. Let's start with some of the

most damning accusations that you ran through there, Becky, particularly in eastern Aleppo. The United States accuses the Assad regime ther

civilians will be caught up in the conflict and that they had scant access to enough resources like food and also water.

And then it goes on to say that daily sorties, daily bombardments by Russian and Syrian air strikes, shattered what little infrastructure was

left there, in particular targeting things like hospitals, which the wounded needed so badly, but also food supplies like, for instance,

bakeries that were servicing the city as well, but really most damning is the use of banned chemical weapons, in particular chlorine bombs, which are

used as well as cluster bombs with increasing frequency during the period of September 2016.

I should mention that this report in particular takes a look into the use of certain types of weapons throughout the period of summer of 2016 right

until December 2016 when eastern Aleppo, which is held by the rebels eventually fell.

And then they go on to say that the people who were in eastern Aleppo were then forcibly evacuated to other parts of Syria, some of the civilians to

western Aleppo, some of them to Idlib as well.

But when we're talking about also the rebels, well, they do come in for stiff criticism as well, in particular the use of what it calls

indiscriminate shelling of western parts of Aleppo where they knew that civilians would be there. This was supposedly two, quote, unquote,

terrorize the local population that's killed many women and children. And it also says that when it comes back to eastern Aleppo. indiscriminate

shelling of western Aleppo when the civilians tried desperately to flee. The UN report accuses the rebels of holding them back as human shields,


ANDERSON: Nina Dos Santos is reporting for you from Istanbul today. Nina, thank you.

Still to come, we are finding out how Donald Trump wants to spend taxpayers dollars. But what about the sense? Well, we look at how some of his

biggest planned cuts could affect all of us. The details up next.

Plus, Canada's prime minister has been known to welcome refugees personally. We look at how his country is also rolling out the red carpet

for foreign students.


[10:21:04] ANDERSON: You're back with Connect the World. 20 past 3:00 here in London. I'm Becky Anderson. Welcome back to the show.

Donald Trump's first speech before congress getting the predictable mixed reviews from politicians, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan called this

speech a home run.

But in the official Democratic response, the former governor of Kentucky slammed the president.

But let's hear from the people. CNN's Tom Foreman has reaction from thousands of Americans who watched the speech at home.



TOM FOREMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: More than 39,000 people cast about 15 million votes moment to moment, telling us what they thought of the speech.

The line goes up if they like it, down if they don't. Democrats in blue, independents in purple, Republicans in red.

And the president had them all pointing the right direction early on, when he talked about hate crimes. Watch the lines.

TRUMP: Recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind

us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms.


FOREMAN: That is what any president would want. Look, everybody's clustered together here, up in the positive territory.

But these moments were very hard to come by, especially when he talked about policy. Yes, they agreed when he talked about helping out veterans.

Yes, they agreed a little bit when he talked about jobs. We saw plenty of area where is they disagreed, particularly on policy, and particularly when

he brought up Obamacare.

Watch the lines.

TRUMP: Tonight, I am also calling on this Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare.


FOREMAN: Yes, big applause line in the room. They all jump up. But, look, Democrats hated it. Independents didn't like it. Interestingly, the

Republicans in our sample, look at that, they're falling off, too.

At no point did these lines ever cross. Democrats never liked it more than independents. Independents never liked it more than the Republicans. And

interestingly enough, men always liked what he had to say more than women did.


ANDERSON: Well, America spends more on helping out other people than any other country. Its current foreign aid budget soars well above $40 billion

a year. But that's just a tiny fraction of Washington's total spending, just about 1 percent of it, in fact. All that cash goes to everything

from helping other country's economies, to humanitarian relief, to military help or now a lot of it, could be about to vanish, because U.S. President

Donald Trump wants to take cash from elsewhere in America's accounts and pump it into the country's already formidable military budget. We have

been discussing this earlier on today.

Let's break down what all of that then could mean with Tom Hart. He's in charge of North America for one, an organization working to end extreme

poverty. And he's with us now live from Washington.

And Tom, it's not clear yet how swinging (ph) these cuts will be to foreign aid, but it does seem evident they are likely to be fairly severe.

You've been around the world of said in Africa for years. Who and what would suffer?

TOM HART, NORTH AMERICAN EXECTUIVE DIRECTOR, ONE: Well, the proposed cuts that we're hearing sort of 30 percent and 40 percent cuts to foreign said

would be devastating. This is not a proposal rooted in what programs are working would be about eliminating programs and really putting in jeopardy

people who depend on life saving assistance like anti-retroviral medicines for HIV/AIDS, food assistance for people in famine, bed nets for people

fighting malaria, and anti-corruption measures. So this would be a very, very damaging proposal.

ANDERSON : Tom, in his book, "The White Man's Burden," economist William Easterly estimates that the west spent more than $2 trillion on aid in 50

years and that it's done little good, lambasting it as a, and I quote him, mistaken approach to tackling world poverty. Is there a case to answer

him, that aid, especially in Africa, promotes a perpetual dependency on itself?

HART: You know, I really disagree with that. You know, extreme poverty has been cut

around the world, in half in the last 20 years. We've - the United States has actually led the way in

combating preventable diseases like HIV/AIDS and malaria and other diseases. Aid has really undergone a revolution, particularly the way the

United States does it in the lat 15, 20 years where it is driven by results, it is transparent and it is working in partnership with African

governments and partners on the ground.

So, I really do think that it's doing a tremendous amount of good. And cutting it back like this would do nothing but harm.

ANDERSON : And let me just speak to what you have just said, because, you know, Donald Trump's attitude, certainly suggests that he doesn't equate

foreign aid, for example, with security, who - and there are those whose supporters of foreign aid who would say that is exactly what it is, it

helps, it's soft power to a certain extent.

You have talked about transparency and the verification of metrics and where this money goes. The problem has been, hasn't it, that over the

years, there has been a lack of transparency at times, programs have lacked focus and metrics and that the argument for aid and soft power loses some

weight when that happens.

Clearly I know you don't agree with that, but you must concede that that is the case at times over the years?

HART: Of course. Foreign aid programs all over the world are not always perfect over time. But the perception that a vast majority of foreign aid

is lost to waste and corruption is simply not true. The vast majority of assistance is going for a life saving programs that people all over the

world in need. And through better transparency, through partnership with people on the ground, through targeted goals - meeting targeted goals and

metrics, aid has him improved incredibly, and actually as you mentioned at the top of your question, is now viewed by our military leaders as a key

tool in the toolbox for national security.

ANDERSON: I mean, to quote Mr. Mattis, he said that foreign aid is cut - if it is cut, he will need to buy morebullets.

Do you think in the end that congress would approve a significant and swinging (ph) cut in foreign aid?

HART: Well, I don't. We've had 200 meters on Capitol Hill with our volunteers just yesterday and the overwhelming sentiment from both sides of

the aisle is that these cuts are not wise, they're not well considered and they are rejecting them.

ANDERSON: With that, we're going to leave it there. We thank you for coming on. Tom Hart of the North American Executive - is the North

American Executive director at ONE talking to us today. Thank you.

HART: Thank you.


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The latest World News headlines are just ahead, as you would expect at the bottom of the hour here, nearly half past 3:00, plus, Uber's CEO issues an

apology after Bloomberg posts an extraordinary video of him and a driver. We'll have that for you and explain why he now says he needs to grow up.


[10:33:27] ANDERSON: Well, the CEO of the international ride sharing service, Uber, has

issued a remarkable apology after a confrontation with an Uber driver. Travis Kalanick told employees in an email that he must fundamentally

change as a leader and grow up.

That came after a dashcam video Boomberg obtained from a driver showed Kalanick arguing with the driver who said Uber's low fares are bankrupting

him. Have a look.




KALANICK: Some people don't like to take responsibility for their own...


KALANICK: They blame everything in their life on somebody else?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ...send an email for (inaudible).

KALANICK: Good luck.


ANDERSON: Well, CNN Money business and technology correspondent Samuel Burke joining us now with more on that.

And this is one of only what would be the latest of a number of controversies for the CEO of Uber. Why?

SAMUEL BURKE, CNN MONEY: Becky, I would say that this could not come at a worse time for Uber except I would be the second time I've said that in as

many weeks.

First, they had the scandal with their perceived relationship with Donald Trump. Many would say that was unfair, but it cost them 200,000 users.

Then, a former employee making very serious accusations of sexual harassment and the company failing to do anything for her.

And now this, a driver merely trying to give - file a complaint, really, with the big boss and Travis Kalanick reacting this way.

Listen, at the end of the day, it could not come at a worse time for Uber. You don't want to have these come in one, two, or three.

Now, he's also somebody who has a reputation for being very aggressive and we see this playing out in the video. But, Beck, here I am at one of the

biggest tech conference in the world. Most of the small startups would kill just to be in a position where somebody was asking them, wanting to

tell the big boss their opinion.

But we have big tech companies here. And I talked to one of the biggest tech companies in the world and they said, listen, Samuel, there are tech

CEOs who act like this all across Silicon Valley, but they do it in their offices.

If Tim Cook is upset with an engineer, he might talk to them directly, but you would never find a Tim Cook in one of the Apple Stores - really the

equivalent of the Uber driver making minimum wage, or just above, yelling where he could be seen on camera and that's the real mistake here: acting

like this in public when you're worth over $6 billion.

[10:35:50] ANDERSON: Yep. Thank you, Samuel.

Let's get you back to our top story this hour: U.S. President Donald Trump's address to congress on Tuesday and the new tone that we heard. He

spoke of, quote, real and positive immigration reform that could allow millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. to get legal status.


TRUMP: Our current immigration system costs American taxpayers many billions of dollars a year, switching away from this current system of

lower skilled immigration and instead of adopting a merit based system, we will have so many more benefits, it will save countless dollars, raise

workers wages, and help struggling families, including immigrant families, enter the middle class and they will do it quickly. And they will be very,

very happy indeed.


ANDERSON: Well, two teenagers whose mom was recently deported were listening to President Trump as he outlined his vision for immigration.

CNN's Polo Sandoval spoke to them.


POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Jackie and Angel Rayos- Garcia traveled 2300 miles from their Phoenix home to Washington to hear the president speak after the deportation of their mother under his new

immigration policy.

JACQUELINE RAYOS-GARCIA, DAUGHTER OF DEPORTED MOTHER: It was really sad seeing how people were blinded. It was sad seeing how people agreed with


SANDOVAL: President Trump's rousing speech to Congress taking place on their mother's 36th birthday.

J. RAYOS-GARCIA: Told her happy birthday and that I loved her a lot and that I miss her.

ANGEL RAYOS-GARCIA, SON OF DEPORTED MOTHER: She told us that she's really proud of us.

SANDOVAL: We first met Guadalupe Rayos-Garcia in Sonoma, Mexico earlier this month, just after immigration officials acted on a 2013 order to

deport her. The 36-year-old was arrested in 2008 and later pleaded guilty to making up a Social Security number on a job application. That's a non-

violent felony. Immigration and Customs officials detained Rayos-Garcia.

TRUMP: We are removing gang members, drug dealers and criminals that threaten our communities and prey on our very innocent citizens.

A. RAYOS-GARCIA: What he said, it was just -- it was a lie. It's not just the bad people he's taking out, it's just everyone in general.

SANDOVAL: Arizona congressman Ruben Gallego hopes to send this message to President Trump.

REP. RUBEN GALLEGO (D), ARIZONA: These are kids, and that his policy really has destroyed their lives. His policy did not make, you know, this country

safer by deporting Guadalupe.

SANDOVAL: Working to get Jackie and Angel's mother back home to the U.S., but with a 10-year ban in place before she can legally re-enter, chances

are many more birthdays will be celebrated apart.

A. RAYOS-GARCIA: We're not afraid. We're going to stand up for our community.

J. RAYOS-GARCIA: I won't stop fighting until things change.


ANDERSON: Well, a month ago, a presidential order briefly banned anyone from seven countries the Trump administration considered a security risk

from entering the United States. You'll remembers that.

Well, a new order is to be rolled out soon. But one immediate effect was scenes like these, asylum seekers, so fearful they will be denied refuge in

the U.S., they risk dangerous crossing into Canada in mid-winter, hoping for a better welcome there.

Well, toughened U.S. immigration law will affect industries as well as individuals. And there's one multi-billion dollar sector that stands to be

particularly effective. And that is education. Christopher Manfredi is the provost and vice principal of McGill University in Montreal, one of the

top universities in Canada, and the country, sir, already benefiting from the Trump effect as it were. What are we seeing at McGill?

CHRISTOPHER P. MANFREDI, MCGILL UNIVERSITY: well, Becky, thank you for having me on. First of all, Canada has always been an attractive

destination for international students in Canada. At McGill we have almost 11,000. We have in the past few months seen a 20 percent increase in

applications from U.S.-based students and around a 25 percent increase in applications from other international students since the election.

[10:40:08] ANDERSON: Now, these figures certainly look good, don't they, for Canada right now. From 2015, I think I'm right in saying, to 2016 -

international student population grew by 8 percent. More than 350 odd thousands. Put that in perspective. That is roughly 1 percent - 1 percent

of the population.

Those numbers rising and the government taking steps to make it easier for those students to become citizens. Do you see, though, any possible

pitfalls to Canada's open doors policy with regards to students?

MANFREDI: No, I think having international students on our campuses enriches the quality of the education that all students receive if they

find Canada an attractive place to remain, the ability to retain that talent, the ability to make Canada stronger economic destination. I think

it's all a positive for us.

ANDERSON: So, just to follow the money, just bear with me on this, if Canada forecasts having some half a million foreign students in the next

decade, this isn't just about a warm welcome, is it, sir, foreign students are big business for your universities like yours. Just how important are


MANFREDI: Well, I think they're important in terms of the tuition they bring. They're important in terms of their economic impact on the places

where universities are located. And again if we can retain that talent that we've trained that we know are good they're an economic benefit to the

country as a whole and for the places where they stay.

ANDERSON: Have seen a difference in the sort of applications that you've been getting of late?

MANFREDI: No, as I said, McGill and Canada in general, have always been attractive destinations. The numbers are up across the country. We have a

fairly strong base. We've always been an attractive destination for American students and international students. I don't think we have seen a

very strong shift in terms of the types of students that are applying.

ANDERSON: OK. We're going to leave it there. We thank you very much indeed for joining us. There's a lot more on the website, including a look

on how wealthy Arabs are trying to beat an immigration crackdown the U.S. immigration crack you were by getting investor visa's, that's an in depth

report by our Zara al-Khalisi (ph) in Dubai. That is only on, a CNN Money special for you.

Live from London, today, at what is 42 minutes past the hour, you are very welcome. This is Connect the World. I'm Becky Anderson.

Coming up, an emotional return to Mosul, a CNN reporter and photojournalist who survived a terrifying ambush return to the Iraqi city, to find out what

happened after they escaped. We are taking a very short break. Back after this.


[10:45:09] ANDERSON: You're with CNN. This is Connect the World at 45 minutes past 3:00 in London. I'm Becky Anderson, welcome back.

Now to a very personal journey for some of my own CNN colleagues who survived a terrifying ordeal. Back in November, senior international

correspondent Arwa Damon and photojournalist Bryce Lane entered Mosul with advanced units of the Iraqi army looking to liberate the city from ISIS.

Now, their convoy was ambushed, and they spent 28 hours under siege with wounded soldiers and frightened families.

From the day they escaped they've wanted to return. And now they have. Here is an excerpt from what is their special report.


ARWA DAMON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It's always a bit emotional going back after such an intensive experience. We are excited to see the

soldiers, again, but at the same time, we're a bit apprehensive, because we're not entirely sure who survived.


And we're looking for Major Hassan, he's Salahideen's (ph) commander, and as we walk up to him, he breaks into this huge smile.


DAMON: He's always joking. A classic tough Iraqi man constantly trying to hide his emotions with dark humor.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (subtitles): Come, come say hi to your aunt.

DAMON: One of the first soldiers we saw was Nisam (ph) who had been wounded in his side.




They keep asking about us and if we're okay. And I'm like, no, we're the ones that were worried about you, wondering if you guys were okay.

And then Ahmed walks in. He was the staff sergeant who was shot in the leg that day. Despite

being wounded he had taken complete control.



We looked at the photos on my phone of the men who were with us that day and all four were killed.

This is Haider (ph), and he was the soldier who was killed the day He was the soldier who was

killed the day in that first suicide car bomb that hit the back of the convoy. And now they carry this picture with them.

Some of the soldiers, like Wael (ph), they haven't returned. He was sitting up front in our armored vehicle and he got a shrapnel wound in the

eye after a grenade exploded.


DAMON: But a lot of the other troops, they were patched up and returned to the frontline. They don't get a break from the war, but they still have

this determination to beat ISIS to win.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (subtitles): The more we advanced, the weaker ISIS became. They were using a lot of car bombs. Now their new tactic is to

drop explosives from drones.

DAMON: We were snapping selfies and laughing, and gunfire broke out a few doors down.

ISIS is basically flying one of their drones overhead. They were just saying, so they were trying to shoot it down, some of the other guys are in

a different location.

But this is how unfazed everybody is, because in the middle of all of that, they're still trying to take photographs.

These drones loaded with explosives, it's what ISIS has shifted towards. And it's time for us to leave.


ANDERSON: That, my friends, is real life.

Return to Mosul, a CNN special report with Arwa Damon airs several times this weekend. And do see if you can catch it Saturday 7:00 p.m. local time

in Abu Dhabi, that's 3:00 p.m. London. You can work out from where you are watching what time that would be locally for you.

We will be right back.


[10:50:45] ANDERSON: For your Parting Shots, then, today picture a daring art heist, a robber tip-towing disappearing into the night with his ill

gotten gains. Well, it may sound like the stuff movies and myths are made of, but it does and did actually happen over in Paris. A Picasso, a

Matisse and a Brach, just three of the five art works stolen seven years ago, by a thief nicknamed Spider-Man.

Well, this is the man behind the mask. And two weeks ago, Jarin Tomich was sentenced to eight years in jail; however, the paintings are still missing.

One man, at least, dares to dream they will be found again.

I'm joined now by Julian Radcliffe, chairman of the Art Loss Register who are working to track

down the stolen art.

And before I talk about that art specifically, am I right in suggesting that you conduct something like a half a million searches a year?


searches paid for by the art trade.

ANDERSON: Where was all this stuff stashed?

RADCLIFFE: Well, these all all lots going through auction houses, items offered at fairs. And we are searching all of them in order to try and

find some of the 500,000 stolen items registered with us.

ANDERSON : What do people steal and why?

RADCLIFFE: They steal art because it is very easy to steal compared to highly protected other items like jewelry and cash in banks. It's high

value, easy to steal. And they don't necessarily think how easily they're going to make money out of it once they've stolen it.

ANDERSON: Well, here's a good example of one that was recovered and won't have made much money because it's...

RADCLIFFE: What they did - this cut from its frame and then the thieves folded it up rather than rolling it into a tube, and so they have been

effectively destroyed it. This is not a very valuable picture. If this was in perfect condition, worth about 20,000, 15,000 pounds.

But they did destroy another picture, which was on a panel, an oak panel, that was worth

probably a million pounds.

ANDERSON : So what has happened? Tell us. Where does your investigation lead you to believe that this art work stolen by Spider-Man might be?

RADCLIFFE: It is possible it's been destroyed. If you take 100 pictures stolen 50 years ago, only 15 or 20 of them have been recovered. Of the

other 80, probably 20 we believe would have been destroyed, too hot to hold, hidden, forgotten where they put them. Another 20 or 30 are in

private hands. They may not know what they are. They bought them in good faith.

And some will be held by the thieves as a negotiating chip if they are arrested on another charge, they'll be able to get a reduced sentence.

We got one case at the moment where we helped put a man in jail in the 1990s. At that time, he did a plea bargain and returned three pictures.

But the most valuable pictures he's still got. And he's probably now got Alzheimer's. So whether we'll ever find him is a question.

ANDERSON: That is absolutely remarkable.

I've always, this has always fascinated me. For those who have bought in good faith or say they have bought in good faith and you have no idea who

they are, isn't artwork these days registered? I mean, certainly it is. Isn't it tracked to the extent that it is almost impossible, surely, for a

piece of artwork like a Brach (ph) to just be hung in somebody's house and sort of, you know, forgotten about, because they bought in good faith and

they don't know what they have got.

RADCLIFFE: It's perfectly possible that these pictures have been bought in good faith. They don't know what they are, or they may suspect what they

are, but they won't come into our attention until they are sold.

That is the time that we can see them and recover them. Trying to recover them when they're in somebody's private possession is very difficult.

[10:55:07] ANDERSON: What is -- or what's your biggest success? What are you most proud of


RADCLIFFE: Well, we did a recovery some years ago of an 18-million pound Cezanne. And the reason it was a very successful case, is because the

individual who was responsible for trying to sell these pictures 20 years later, turned out to be the lawyer for the original thief.

ANDERSON: Stop it.

RADCLIFFE: And he went to jail for seven years. And we were the only witnesses for the trial.

ANDERSON: What happened to the thief?

RADCLIFFE: The thief was shot by another thief over a dispute of a gaming debt and therefore he'd already given the pictures to his lawyer to defend

him and nobody in the world knew that the lawyer had the pictures so that's why the lawyer tried to sell them later.

ANDERSON: This is remarkable. I mean I don't want to laugh about it, because it's multi-million pound stuff.

But I mean, this is the stuff that films are made of.

You are a pleasure, thank you, We'll have you again.

As always, you can gets in touch with us on Twitter or Facebook. But for you art lovers this Sunday, Emirati commenta Sultan al-Khasimi (ph) will be

taking over CNN Arabic's Twitter account. He's going to be talking about the future of art in the Middle East and much more. But that is

specifically what he's going to be doing.

Art in the Middle East it's fascinating. So be sure to catch that at CNN Arabic.

And before we go, don't forget to pick up your phone and tap your way on to our Facebook page, Give us a like to follow all of

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That's it, I'm Becky Anderson. That was Connect the World from London for you. Have a very good evening.