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Israel-Gaza Flare-Up, Hundreds of Rockets fired in Worse Outbreak Since 2014; Trump slams Macron after Disastrous Paris Trip; CNN Sues White House for Suspending CNN Reporters Press Pass; More Than 300,000 Force from Homes across California; Investigators Said Lion Air Jet Had Problems on Last Four Flights. Aired 10-11a ET
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[10:00:00] BECKY ANDERSON, CNN HOST: Hello and welcome to the show. This is CONNECT THE WORLD with me Becky Anderson live from Abu Dhabi. It is a
busy day of news with lots of developments coming in this hour. Donald Trump has gone off on a tweet storm against the French President on the
same day our network, CNN, has filed a lawsuit against the White House to get one of our colleague's press pass back.
And we'll have all the latest from the wildfires still raging in California. First though at this hour, a barrage of rocks and red alerts
along the Israel/Gaza border in the worst surge of the violence there since the 2014 war. Right off, we're going to show you disturbing video released
by the Hamas military wing on the attack on ab Israeli bus.
Well, this happened on Monday in an area near the border. It appears Hamas used a guided missile. Israel claims one person was seriously wounded in
this strike. But no one was killed. But Israel confirms Hamas rock fire killed a civilian inside Israel for the first time since 2014. The Hamas
rocket barrage started after a botched Israeli military raid in Gaza so over the weekend that ended in a fatal gun battle.
Israel says it has struck more than 100 targets inside Gaza. Palestinians report seven dead there from those strikes. Our Oren Liebermann joining me
now from Sderot, Israel. What can you tell us from this point?
OREN LIEBERMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Becky, it was just a few minutes ago that we heard what sounded like a number of mortar rounds fired off
from Gaza landing over to our left towards the sea from where we are now on the northeastern edge of Gaza. It was difficult to tell if those landed in
the sea or near it. But that is an indication that what started almost 24 hours ago in terms of that antitank missile fired at the bus. The rocket
fire, the Israeli airstrikes that ensued from that point. It's not over yet.
We have seen over the course of the last few hours not only reports of Israeli airstrikes from our CNN teams inside of Gaza, but also the red
alert that indicates rocket and mortar fire from around the Gaza periphery. It is worth noting, Becky, that it's not the same frenetic pace as it was
last night when we were standing in this exact same position 24 hours ago. We saw bunches, barrages of rockets fired from Gaza into Israel as well as
Iron Dome interceptions. And we heard, we saw the results of Israeli airstrikes as Israel targeted what it called Hamas and Palestinian Islamic
Jihad military targets inside of Gaza. Becky, Egypt, the United Nations have been trying to work on some sort of cease-fire.
That certainly has not come to fruition yet as we've seen the continued again red alerts that indicate more rockets and mortars fired as well as
reports of continued Israeli airstrikes inside of Gaza. It's not the same pace as last night. But we don't know exactly where we are, in terms of
the escalation continuing or on the downside of what was an incredibly hectic night across here a volatile Gaza border.
ANDERSON: Yes, there has been hope, hadn't there? That Israel and Hamas might reach some sort of agreement to stop this cross-border violence.
Clearly, that hasn't happened. What are the prospects for an agreement at this point, do you think?
LIEBERMANN: It's difficult. And this is an incredibly important hour in trying to answer that question. Why? Well, not only is it 24 hours since
this began if terms of the rocket fire and Israeli airstrikes. But it's also as you can clearly see getting dark here behind me. So, if there were
to be another barrage of rockets fired, it could come under cover of darkness. Well, obviously, we'll have the answer to that question very
Egypt and the U.N. have acted as mediators' multiple times over the past few months when we've seen this escalations to pull both sides back in the
brink of war fairly quickly. It has been within 24 hours, almost every time that we have seen it to this point. We are already well past that
point, and yet Egypt and the U.N. are still working here. It is worth noting that one senior official we spoke with said he was quote,
pessimistic about the direction this was going in. That was hours ago. Has that situation changed? Well, we know from Hamas spokesmen in Egypt
and the U.N. are still working here and will know soon whether it is another very busy night here or a much calmer night if the two sides come
to some sort of resolution.
ANDERSON: On the backdrop to this, the context to this is the peace plan that is being promised by the Trump administration, his son-in-law Jared
Kushner, with what is being called the deal of the century, should they be able to pull it off. We don't have the details. Like I say, those are
being promised for months now. Where does that put this? Having changed, if at all?
LIEBERMANN: That's a good question how this fits into all of it. We haven't seen any indication from the Trump administration how, if at all,
this affects their plans on releasing it.
[10:05:00] Hamas and the Palestinian Authority have both said, look, whatever comes out, whenever it comes out, we're still rejecting it. Does
this change, does this in some way in this recent round that's ongoing here change the White House calculation on when to release that, and what's in
it? It doesn't seem likely but it's certainly possible. Because we know so little about what's in that plan and when it will come out.
What's interesting -- and I'll point this out, Becky. This comes after what we're looking at now comes after what was one of the quietest weekends
along the Gaza border, since six months ago. Since Palestinians called -- or began what they called their march of returned protests.
And that has a lot to do with Qatar sending in $15 million in cash to try to alleviate some of the stress off of that. But that was over the
weekend. Then on Sunday night we begin to see the escalation that were still in right now. And there may be an end in sight. There are reports,
rumors of cease-fire negotiations. But we'll see if those lead to anything.
ANDERSON: Oren Liebermann there reporting for you. Thank you.
Well a true disaster, those words coming from the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after hearing the audio reporting of the killing of Jamal
Khashoggi. A Turkish newspaper quoted the President who told reporters that a Saudi intelligence officer who also heard the tapes said only
someone on heroin could commit such a crime. Well those revelations come as the "New York Times" reports part of the recording has comments from a
member of the hit squad that the paper says could link the killing of the Saudi journalist to the crown prince.
Jomana Karadsheh joining me now live from Istanbul. Just put the pieces together as we understand them at present. Are we seeing incontrovertible
evidence of a direct line here or not?
JOMANA KARADSHEH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, you know, Becky, some of the intelligence community believe this is as close as it's going to get to a
smoking gun. But this is not necessarily a refutable evidence that we were looking at. As you mentioned, reporting coming from the "New York Times"
that a phone call was picked up in the audio recording of the killing shortly after Jamal Khashoggi was killed. One of the 15 Saudi's who was
part of this hit team made a phone call. Now we know according to the "New York Times", they identify him as Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb.
And he is a person that CNN has reported extensively on. As you know, he is a member of the inner circle, a former diplomat of the embassy in
London. He is closely linked to the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. And according to "Times" they say that phone call was made to a superior in
which he said, quote, tell your boss something along the lines of the deed is done.
Now, he doesn't identify who the boss is. He doesn't mention the crown prince by name, but intelligence officials in the United States believe
that the word, the term "your boss" is if reference to the crown prince. And we've heard this from several U.S. officials over the past several
weeks, saying that an operation like this could not have taken place, especially the fact that it involves members of the inner circle without
the direct knowledge of Mohammed bin Salam.
But, as you know, the Saudis continuously denied that he had any knowledge of this operation and when it comes to this report by the "New York Times,"
Becky, we have been trying to get comment from the Saudi authorities. We have had no luck so far. But the "New York Times" got a statement from
them. They again deny anything the crown prince had anything to do with it. As you know they blame this in the past on rogue elements. But this
definitely puts pressure not just on the Saudis, also on the United States and other western countries who have been briefed, who have heard these
recordings, to put pressure on Saudi Arabia to answer the question that Turkey has been trying to get the answer to. And that is who authorized
the killings of Jamal Khashoggi?
ANDERSON: Jomana is in Istanbul for you this evening. One of several high-profile visits to this region this week is Donald Trump's security
adviser John Bolton and the "Washington Post" reporting that Bolton says that the audio recording of Khashoggi's death did not appear to provide any
link between the killers and the Saudi crown prince. He made those comments after stopping off in Abu Dhabi here and meeting the crown prince
here, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, where Bolton said they discussed Iran, Yemen and counter terrorism. No mention of whether the killing of Jamal
Khashoggi was discussed.
Well, Donald Trump is lashing out at the French President after a rather disastrous trip to Paris over the weekend. Mr. Trump went on a Twitter
tirade earlier today, slamming Emmanuel Macron, on his approval rating.
[10:10:00] The idea of a self-reliant European army, even France's wine tariffs. Well, on Sunday Mr. Macron denounced nationalism as a betrayal of
patriotism as the U.S. President looked on stone faced.
But in one of this morning's tweets, Mr. Trump declared there is no country more nationalist than France. Let's get to Paris where CNN's Melissa Bell
is standing by. How has that gone down with you are?
MELISSA BELL, CNN PARIS CORRESPONDENT: Well, for the time being, Becky, no response officially from the Elysee palace. This is something Emmanuel
Macron repeated over the course of the weekend, not the least to Fareed Zakaria of CNN during that interview on Sunday. He does not do diplomacy
by tweets. So, we will no doubt have to wait for a more official response or perhaps from his neck speech.
But clearly that dig, what was considered, what was taken as a direct rebuke of Donald Trump. Not so much this time as Emmanuel Macron has done
before, Becky, on the question of his foreign policy approach. That is his unilateralism rather than his multilateralism. But this time really laying
into his political platform itself by talking about nationalism. Explaining the extent to which it was for him the opposite of patriotism.
That was the first line of his speech he tweeted out. And it appears, perhaps, that this has caused some anger. It was certainly the first time
Emmanuel Macron went so far in taking on the American President at the heart of his political platform.
ANDERSON: Is the bromance dead, dead in the water at this point?
BELL: I'd say it definitely is. We started to worry about the fact that he appeared to have changed over the summer. The tariff, the American
decision not to exempt France from those trade tariffs. Once again it really appears to have been for Emmanuel Macron the signal, perhaps, that
nothing was to be hoped of his approach.
But clearly, with his visit this weekend, and remember that during that bilateral meeting, Becky, Emmanuel Macron spent a fair amount of his time
explaining the extent to which a European army was not against the United States. We believe that this misunderstanding arose from an article that
misreported the French President's remarks in the American press. He spent a fair amount of time explaining to him in those words, those contexts,
that he understands himself the burden sharing. Why it was necessary for Europeans to construct their own army, to coordinate their defense measure
and again amongst those tweets this morning, another attack on that very idea. And one by the way, Becky, that in the last few moments the German
Chancellor Angela Merkel has been defending in Strasburg.
ANDERSON: Fascinating. All right, Melissa, thank you for that. And do remember President Trump, of course, taking offense to a question about
nationalism, and white nationalism at his post midterm election press conference back on Wednesday. The reaction from one of my colleagues I
think was Jake Tapper, his reaction was simply it boggles the mind that Trump could believe that a reporter could ask what the President said was
Still to come the latest on the worst wildfires in California history. We'll go live to the town that was obliterated by the flames. That up
[10:15:00] (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
ANDERSON: For those who are just joining us, you're watching CNN. This is CONNECT THE WORLD with me Becky Anderson. And for those who've been with
us a warm welcome back.
CNN has filed a lawsuit against President Trump and several of his aides seeking the immediate restoration of CNN's chief White House correspondent,
Jim Acosta's press pass. Now, as you may recall, Acosta's White House credentials were revoked last week after he questioned the President during
a post-election news conference. CNN's lawyer says this is a clear violation of freedom of the press.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
TED BOUTROUS, COUNSEL FOR CNN'S LAWSUIT: The First Amendment is meant for the press to be able to act on behalf of the American people and the public
in getting information. And here when the White House revoked Mr. Acosta's press pass, it's clear it was based on the content of his reporting. The
fact that he was asking tough questions and has been doing that. President Trump and the White House has repeatedly challenged and attacked CNN and
Mr. Acosta. And it's really a classic First Amendment viewpoint content- based discrimination against speech and we can't have the White House or government officials arbitrarily tossing people out of the White House or
other government facilities just because they don't like what they're saying or what they're reporting. That's what happened here. That
violates the First Amendment.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
ANDERSON: All right. Well, joining me with more on this is CNN business chief media correspondent Brian Stelter. So, we've remained our viewers
what happened at that briefing. We have now heard from CNN's lawyer, your thoughts on this, if you will.
BRIAN STELTER, CNN BUSINESS CHIEF MEDIA CORRESPONDENT: Yes, this is going to be a really important case not just for CNN but for the White House
press corps at large. Because last week it happened to be Acosta. He was the one whose hard pass was revoked. But next week, it could be the "New
York Times" or NBC or the Associated Press. So, that I think is the larger context for this lawsuit. President Trump himself said last Friday that he
may take away credentials from other reporters.
So, that threat is out there in the air. And that's why this suit has serious ramifications. Now, there is case law precedent on the side of
CNN. We're going back to the 1970s. There was this muckraking journalist who wanted a press pass at the White House. He was denied entry. And over
the course of several years this litigation went on. And finally, a Judge in D.C. said, hey, if you're going to deny access to a reporter. Have you
to have really specific reasons why. You have to give him notice ahead of time. You have to let him appeal it. There has to be a process.
So, the heart of CNN's argument today -- and this will probably be heard by a judge there tomorrow -- will be that all of that process, all of those
rules and guidelines were thrown out the window by the Trump administration. And this was done out of spite and not in a legal way. So
that'll be the argument. And we'll see what a judge decides.
ANDERSON: How long will this take?
STELTER: And so, there's two parts of this. Right? There's this temporary injunction request. CNN is asking for a hearing today or
tomorrow to get Acosta in right away. Get him back to work right away. And then CNN's also asking for a permanent solution. What's called
permanent relief, which means some sort of statement from the court that this can't happen in the future. And that could apply to other reporters
as well. And that's why I say this is about more than Acosta. This could apply to the entire White House press corps. Those longer-term hearings,
that could take weeks or months depending on the White House's response here. Whether they decide to challenge this in court. Whether they want
to put up a big fight. This could be quite the court case. But I think we will hear something from a judge today or tomorrow about that temporary
ANDERSON: And you alluded to the fact that this could happen to others. It's Jim Acosta today. Perhaps others tomorrow. And there's a reason for
saying that. Because Donald Trump, himself, has said he might decide to do it to others. Correct?
STELTER: Right. And then he randomly kind of out of the blue brought up April Ryan, who's a radio correspondent and a CNN analyst. He's already
complaining about her and that made her wonder if she was the next that might lose her press pass.
[10:20:00] Traditionally, White Houses, both Republican and Democratic administrations have been really permissive about access. The idea is to
err on the side of the access. Even for small obscure or fringe news outlets. That's why sometimes we see pro Trump bloggers at the White
House, or reporters from outlets you've never heard of. So, Trump here, by kicking out Acosta, he is breaking with decades of both precedent but also
tradition at the White House.
That is why it's a really unusual situation. And that's why CNN is taking this unusual step of suing. There is almost no case like this in the past.
A news organization suing an American president. You might go back to the "New York Times" and the "Pentagon Papers" in '71 as the best parallel to
ANDERSON: When you are in the White House the President said this is a very sacred place to be. This is a very special place. You have to treat
the White House with respect. That was his defense in taking no more questions at the time and asking Jim to sit down and ask saying that other
reporters could lose their credentials. Correct?
STELTER: Right. No matter how disrespectful the President is, no matter how rude he is. He wants report to treat him in a lot of respects. But I
think Acosta and all the other reporters there, they do. They say sir, they say thank you, they say please. They do follow the traditions and
customs of the White House that have been in place for decades. The difference here is that Trump does not want to be asked tough questions.
You know, he reacts strongly and fights back when he is asked strong questions. It's one thing to do that verbally. He can call us whatever
names he wants. But to deny access is an entirely separate matter. That's where the law comes into play.
ANDERSON: Brian, always a pleasure having you in the house. Brian Stelter out of New York for you viewers. Good insight, good analysis.
Where a town once stood there are now, only ashes. Emergency responders are combing through the ash that was once Paradise, California. The town
of Paradise, California, searching for the more than 100 people who are still missing from a wildfire that ripped through that northern California
community. I'm going to get you to dan Simon for the latest.
DON SIMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, hi, Becky. Let me explain where you are. This was a grocery store and this just gives you an example of the
kind of things we're dealing with. I mean, look how massive this structure is. We're talking about homes and businesses and churches and schools and
so much that has been destroyed in the town of Paradise, California.
Now, yesterday, we received more word that additional bodies have been found. The total death toll now stands at 42 and that is a record in terms
of the amount of fatalities for a wildfire in California. And all along, officials fear that there would be a high death toll for a couple of
reasons. First of all, the fire spreads so quickly and just took over the town really within a couple of hours. And, second, you have a lot of
elderly retirees who live in Paradise, California.
So, in terms of what's happening today, we know the search and recovery for bodies is going to continue. Additional personnel are being brought in to
aid in that effort. There are also going to be some cadaver dogs brought in as well. And there's also the grim task of identifying these bodies.
So many of these victims were simply burned beyond recognition. As far as the fire is being fought, itself, right now we're at 30 percent
containment. So, that is good.
The bad news is that things are dry and that there's no rain in the forecast so this threat persists. And perhaps you can also get a sense of
just what the general conditions are like here in Paradise, California. It's so smoky. And that's why I have this mask on. For why I put it on,
in between live shots. It's really tough for everybody who is out here. Obviously, very difficult for the firefighters. But even anybody who's
just in this general vicinity is feeling the effects of all this smoke.
ANDERSON: Yes, I mean, seems verging on, well can only be described as apocalyptic, Dan. High winds as you rightly pointed out, have been pushing
these fires and blowing embers into new areas. This video from late last week is stunning and I want our viewers just to see how quickly the wind
pushes flames onto the car. It only takes seconds and this is coming up for the vehicle to be engulfed in an inferno. I know there have been
harrowing stories about people who have escaped. Obviously, heart breaking stories about families who have lost loved ones.
[10:25:00] How are people coping, Dan?
SIMON: They're just trying to get, you know, through things day-by-day. It is extraordinarily difficult, to say the very least. We don't know when
folks will be allowed back into Paradise. It'll be several weeks. That's just to kind of go through the rubble. People, of course, like to you know
see the charred remains of their home and see if they can find any sort of belongings they can salvage.
When people will be living here is a whole different story. Keep in mind, you have the infrastructure that has been destroyed. You don't have any
power. The water system needs to be repaired. So, you know, this is a difficult situation for so many folks and people I talked to in all honesty
don't know if they're coming back to Paradise. Because we're looking at really several years before the city will be recovered.
ANDERSON: Dan, always a pleasure. Thank you. We are live from Abu Dhabi. This is CONNECT THE WORLD.
Coming up, Saudi Arabia gets a warning from President Trump after the kingdom says it will cut its oil production. What is being said and how
that has affected the markets coming up.
First up though, the aviation giant Boeing facing questions after new reporting, how all this could relate to the recent deadly crash of an
Indonesian airliner. That up next.
[10:30:00] ANDERSON: A quick update on what is our top story this hour. The major flare-up and intentions on the Israel/Gaza border. Israel's
military says it has hit more than 100 targets inside Gaza, including the Hamas run Al-Aqsa news channel. Now Palestinians report seven people
killed in the Israeli strikes. It happened as Hamas fired more than 400 rockets into Israel. The mayor of Ashkelon says the civilian a Palestinian
man from the West Bank was killed. He became the first-person inside Israel killed by rock fire since the 2014 war.
The "Wall Street Journal" reporting Boeing allegedly failed to disclose information about a potentially dangerous feature in its new flight control
system. Now, that's suspected to be involved in what is the deadly Lion air crash in Indonesia. Now in response to the report, Boeing did not
specifically address the safety claims but said it is taking every measure to understand the aspects of the incident. CNN's aviation analyst, Mary
Schiavo, joins me now. Is that good enough from this company?
MARY SCHIAVO, CNN AVIATION ANALYST (via Skype): Well, no, it's not. Because it's really a very complicated issue. What's at issue here is a
brand-new system that's on this plane and one other model 737. But only its newest planes called the MCAS, the Maneuvering Characteristics
Augmentation System. And what this is, it's kind of like if you think about there's sort of a program running in the background of your computer
that keeps your computer from crashing or tries to protect you against viruses. That's kind of what this is.
And what this new system does is when the pilots are hand flying the plane, if necessary, it will push the nose down un-commanded to keep the plane
from stalling. But the problem here, like all crashes, it's never just one thing that's gone wrong. Here they had unreliable air speed at a non-
functioning angle of attack indicator. And that means you don't know how fast the plane is going. And you don't know if your nose is pointed up or
down or the exact angle that it's pointed. And the manuals then tell the pilots to turn off the auto pilot, turn off the auto throttle and turn off
the flight director and hand fly the plane. Then, all of a sudden, the plane pushes the nose down when they aren't sure what the air speed or
angle of attack is. So, it was just a, must have been just a horrendous cacophony in that cockpit with the warnings.
ANDERSON: How much evidence do we have to date, Mary, about what happened or may have happened in that Lion Air crash?
SCHIAVO: Great question. I think we are all reading the tea leaves here, reading between the lines. Because when Boeing issued that warning, it is
clear that they had a pretty good idea from the flight data recorder. Remember, this is a new one. So, it has probably a thousand parameters on
it, a thousand lines of data. And Boeing has a pretty good idea what went on just based on that flight data recorder. Now it would help to have the
cockpit voice recordings to fill in the blank. But I think, clearly, what happened with an inop -- well, at least what they know so far, an
inoperable angle of attack indicator and unreliable air speed and this new system kicked in and pilots' unions literally all over the world are
saying, we weren't trained on this. We didn't even know this existed.
ANDERSON: Right. Analysis from Mary, very important, important story. Thank you.
SCHIAVO: Thank you.
ANDERSON: The European Union ramping up pressure on the United Kingdom as negotiators continue to try and salvage a Brexit deal. British Prime
Minister Theresa May met with her cabinet earlier today, telling members that progress had been made but a small number in inverted comments about
standing issues still remain. The day before she says negotiations are in the end game. There will not be an agreement at any cost, she said. So,
another day of political drama in what is this messy Brexit saga. One thing we know for sure though, is that post-Brexit, Britain will be looking
outside the EU to boost trade and diplomatic ties. And as our Max Foster reports in this exclusive report, those efforts are being given the royal
nod of approval by none other than Britain's heir to the throne, Prince Charles.
MAX FOSTER, CNN LONDON CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): At 70, most Britain's are settling into their retirement. For the Prince of Wales, he is taking
on more than ever. He is coming to West Africa to help boost U.K. ties for the region and to find out more about local issues such as cocoa
[10:35:00] (on camera); British forces are also helping to train Nigerian forces in the battle against Boko Haram. So, the Prince has come aboard
this ship to try to emphasize those military ties.
How has it gone for you?
PRINCE CHARLES, UNITED KINGDOM: Well, it's always interesting in the heat if you're not used to it. But, otherwise, I mean, an only sad thing for me
is not being able go further into other parts of Nigeria. It's such a vast country and obviously in the other states and interesting areas that I know
many are facing different challenges and other opportunities. So, it was a pity not being able to do that. But otherwise, it's always marvelous
coming here. Because people are so friendly.
I am always intrigued by the way so many of these young princes are developing really interesting ideas that they can turn into businesses and
things like that. Helping to tackle some of the real issues we faced particularly around the environment and waste and repurposing as well as a
very ingenious character.
FOSTER: Thank you for joining us. And a happy birthday.
PRINCE CHARLES: You're very kind. Thank you.
FOSTER (voice-over): Security concerns meant the Prince of Wales wasn't able to travel to all the parts of Nigeria that he was hoping to see.
Traditional regional rulers had to come to Abuja to meet him instead.
SANUSI LAMIDO SANUSI, EMIR OF KANO: He's been talking about a climate change. His particular demographic implosions. He's been talking about
town planet. We do not make the connection between these three issues, for example, what we see.
FOSTER: Charles does spend time thinking about what sort of king he's going to be, particularly what he will and he won't be able to say.
According to a senior royal source. But he's more focused now on his current role where he has the freedom to express himself on issues that he
cares about. Such as youth unemployment, which is right here.
PRINCE CHARLES: Over the years, I have had the great pleasure of meeting some of those people of Nigerian heritage who also called Britain home.
Some I have met through my Prince's Trust, which I started some 42 years ago to help young people in difficult and disadvantaged situations to turn
their lives around.
FOSTER (on camera)r: Just as Charles is going to be the king so Camilla is going to be queen. And she's constantly having to think about her position
going forward too.
How are you?
CAMILLA, DUCHESS OF CORNWALL: Hot.
FOSTER: Yes. Very good, very good. Nice to see you. Are you enjoying your visit?
CAMILLA: It's really lovely, it's very nice, everywhere we had such a warm welcome, but it's been a bit on the hot side. Very good, very good, nice
to see you. Are you enjoying your visit?
FOSTER: Enjoy your lunch.
(voice-over): It's not clear if she'll use the title of queen. For now, she's dedicating her time to supporting the monarchy and on issues that she
cares about most such as child literacy.
(on camera): The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are busier than ever. Despite the fact that they that there beyond the normal U.K.
retirement age. And their work load is only increasing. Max foster, for CNN, on the royal flight in Abuja.
[10:40:00] (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
ANDERSON: All right, you're with CNN. This is CONNECT THE WORLD, I'm Becky Anderson welcome back.
The battle between Donald Trump and OPEC rages on as Saudi Arabia announced on Monday it would cut its oil exports. So, the U.S. President took to
surprise, surprise, Twitter to voice his discontent.
He writes and I quote, Hopefully Saudi Arabia and OPEC will not be cutting oil production. Oil prices should be much lower based on supply.
It's clearly done in econ 101. The markets reacting to the news with oil prices stumbling today after they had risen on Monday. Our emerging
markets editor, John Defterios, joining me now. A big rally Monday wiped out by a simple tweet by Donald Trump. Does that message unveil some
deeper differences do you think between Washington and Riyadh at this point?
JOHN DEFTERIOS, CNNMONEY EMERGING MARKETS EDITOR: It would be nicer to remove geopolitics from the energy market. But that's impossible. Even
tweets are now a part of the vernacular here. They have two very divergent views of where they want oil prices. Donald Trump is trying to play to his
base, keeping the economic cycle going.
Saudi Arabia is trying to provide stability. But just shut out that noise for a second. The average price of oil this year is going to be around $65
a barrel. That's phenomenal for Middle East producers that have cost production. Here today we had the CEO of ADNOC at the OPEC conference
welcome in the prime minister and also the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid. They're expanding quite aggressively $132 billion over five
years. Because they think this price is stable enough to point to the future not just to oil but to gas. They call it their 4.0 strategy. Let's
take a closer look.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
SULTAN AHMED AL JABER, GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ADNOC: Our approach is simply centered around a new theme called oil and gas 4.0. It is to
ensure that oil and gas and other hydrocarbons, continue playing and slow and meeting global energy requirements. It goes hand-in-hand with the
fourth industrial revolution. And with the facts that we had to accept that technology today is playing an important role in advancing many
circles, including the oil and gas sector.
DEFTERIOS: Many are being cautious about the oil market because of the volatility over the last 2 1/2, 3 years. But I see the government approved
a better than a $130 billion budget over the next five years.
AL JABER: But we are a company that is commercially motivated and we think long-term. We understand and we appreciate the fact that the market has
been somewhat volatile over the past few weeks. But we know that the fundamentals are very solid and very robust. And in our view the physical
market is in fact, very stable. I think it's the emotions that cause it somewhat unstable.
DEFTERIOS: You're going to go to capacity at 4 million barrels. That will still put you in the league of Iraq/Iran and kind of second only to Saudi
Arabia within OPEC.
AL JABER: We believe that by 2040 not less than 10 million barrels of new oil is going to be required to keep the global economic growth. And again,
today with when we refer to hydrocarbons, we don't only center the market around the crude. It's the gas and the products that come out of crude
that are going to be even more needed in the future.
DEFTERIOS: In this region, state oil companies usually do not collaborate. You're going deep with Saudi Arabia looking at L&G, natural gas and also
collaborating in India, which is a huge importer of both Saudi and UAE products.
AL JABER: This partnership with Aramco is just natural and mostly how committed we are to each other. And how we perceive the market and the
fact that we are both joining hands complimenting each other. Building on their strengths and then building on our strength, will allow for us to be
more of a powerhouse for meeting the global energy requirements.
DEFTERIOS: Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber. It's very interesting, Saudi Aramco we know is a big brand. Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, better known as
ADNOC. But the fact that two state oil companies in the Middle East actually collaborating economically and of course at the top line
politically says a lot because they usually stay to their own countries and don't cross borders.
ANDERSON: Fascinating. Thank you, John.
We got some breaking news out of Gaza. Hamas says it has agreed to restore a cease-fire after some of the worst fighting between Palestinians and
Israel in years. Arwa Damon joining me now from Gaza city. What have you got, Arwa?
[10:45:00] ARWA DAMON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Becky, it's been all over. Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad's social media
account saying that the cease-fire agreement appears to have been reached at this stage. And this is you can only just imagine coming as such a
relief to the population here that has really been on a razor's edge, not knowing if things are going to escalate further. Keeping in mind that what
would have been seeing transpiring over the last few days has been described as the longest and largest exchange of fire between militants and
Gaza and Israeli forces since 2014.
All of this began on Sunday, following an operation by Israeli forces, Israeli special forces into Gaza that led to an exchange of fire that left
seven Palestinians dead. Among them a Hamas military commander and also killing one Israeli officer. Since then, we have seen a barrage of fire
coming from Gaza towards Israeli territories. Some 400 by many estimates, at least being shot across, with then Israel targeting around 100 locations
within Gaza, itself. Including what the Israelis are saying are various different locations for militants, strategic targets as well as Hamas' main
And we were talking to people -- we've only just arrived here. And they were saying that they didn't really know what was going to be happening,
they were just waiting for night to fall to see if there would be more violence to see what would be happening. Remember the population here is
effectively trapped. They don't have sirens, they don't have warnings. They don't have anything to tell them if something is incoming until the
moment that it does actually strike. So, one can really imagine on both sides of this conflict a fair amount of relief, assuming, of course, that
the cease-fire will actually hold -- Becky.
ANDERSON: Arwa is in Gaza for you. We are in Abu Dhabi, this is CONNECT THE WORLD. Coming up.
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DUA LIPA, SINGER-SONGWRITER: I feel like the people that did vote to leave are a lot older than the people that are actually going to suffer the
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ANDERSON: Well, British pop sensation Dua Lipa shares her thoughts on Brexit and a bit about her new album too. My interview with the one kiss
singer. Up next.
ANDERSON: Well, there's outrage in the U.S. state of Wisconsin over a high school photo of mostly white male students with their arms raised in what
looks like a Nazi salute, smiling, and laughing. Well the photo has been taken down since as the school district and police investigate.
It's also drawn criticism from a holocaust memorial group. The controversial photo offers a small glimmer of hope in the top right corner.
One of the boys refuses to participate. CNN spoke to the student Jordan Blue about the incident. Have a listen.
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[10:50:00] JORDAN BLUE, STUDENT AT BARABOO HIGH SCHOOL: We went up there and took some casual photos, just like happy smiley ones and if knowing the
outcome of this situation, I would not have gone up there. If I would have known what was going on, and it was a scary moment. And it was very
shocking and upsetting and there was a huge misrepresentation of the school district and the community of Baraboo.
Our community is very hurt, very distraught. Baraboo is a phenomenon in our community. And is not a racist community. We're very close so when an
event like this happens, it affects all of us. And this photo is not a representation of the senior class at my high school. It's just a very bad
situation that happened and we have a lot of growing and learning to do.
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ANDERSON: Well, let's do some fun news, 2017 was a record year for British music and that is thanks, in part to this woman. The British chart-topping
sensation Dua Lipa, her song "New Rules" from her debut album is one of the most streamed songs in the world. Now, the pop star is busy writing new
hits. Well, I caught up with her during her recent visit to Abu Dhabi. Have a listen.
ANDERSON: It is a remarkable era, you know, having a remarkable career. "New Rules" released, has taken you stratosphere. Tell me about the music.
Where are you at?
DUA LIPA: Well, I am working on my next album at the moment. And it's kind of every time I say, oh, it's like, I'm slowing down a bit. I'm not
really. Because I haven't stopped at all. Performing at the Brits to kind of doing a world tour. And all the videos that I've done and the places
I've traveled. And, of course, my favorite thing about my job is kind of going back to places and seeing the crowds grow. And getting to do
something different. And that for me is what really means the most. The music that I love making is pop music. But I want the concepts to maybe be
a bit more unconventional. But there are so many things that I've been writing about. I just want to have a lot of fun with it.
ANDERSON: Some people will say you are not old enough to have been through enough yet. To be out the other end of talking about love. Do you feel
DUA LIPA: Oh, no, I love love. And I'm a firm believer in love. And I love writing about it. I just have always found a lot more I guess
inspiration from sad things. But in this album, it's kind of, it's changed a bit.
ANDERSON: Dad's a musician?
DUA LIPA: Yes.
ANDERSON: How good is he?
DUA LIPA: He's good. I mean, he's my dad so I'm going to say he's good. I guess I'm biased. You know, both my parents are really the reason why I
do what I do. Them always being so open and playing music around the house and you know whenever they saw that I had a passion to do anything
artistic, they were always the ones that pushed me.
ANDERSON: Your background is on immigrant to the U.K. and Mum and dad's experience in arriving and having you and surviving the country. How does
that inform what you do? And in an era when we hear such toxic rhetoric about immigrants, such toxic rhetoric about refugees. What is your
DUA LIPA: Nobody leaves the country by choice most of the time. And I think it's really upsetting especially with the refugee situation, because
I know how lucky I am to have lived in the U.K. and I've been given all these opportunities. And to have had the opportunity to come back and live
in London and you know, pursue my dream and to think that young kids don't actually or may not have that opportunity in the future is really
ANDERSON: Brexit. You've talked about it. Although, how'd you really feel about it?
DUA LIPA: Being from Kosovo, I also understand the importance of being in the European Union and you know togetherness. I feel like the people that
did vote to leave are a lot older than the people that are actually going to suffer the consequences. That saying that, I also feel that whatever
happens, we are going to work through it. We're going to figure out a way to make it work.
ANDERSON: Pristina or London?
[10:55:00] DUA LIPA: I can't. You really can't. I'm going to say Pristina, because that's like my hometown, like I feel like that myself.
ANDERSON: Dad's music or your music?
DUA LIPA: My music. Are you kidding me? I love my dad's music. But I'm really proud because it's my own stuff.
ANDERSON: Do you know what your name means in Arabic?
DUA LIPA: I do know my name is.
ANDERSON: What does your name mean in Arabic?
DUA LIPA: It means prep And in Albania, it means love. I love people in Kosovo. I brought up Muslim, although, they don't practice, it's very much
the family traditions that are also the same as Muslim traditions.
ANDERSON: Just let me ask you finally, who has inspired you?
DUA LIPA: Strong female artists like pink, Doda, Alicia Keys. They are all so like strong minded women and there so outspoken and they stand for
what they believe in. And that's what, you know, that's the mark I want to leave on the world, too.
ANDERSON: We'll get you updated on one of our top stories in the past hour. This just coming through. In fact, in the past few minutes. The
White House has released this statement. The White House releasing this statement and it goes like this. This is on the CNN lawsuit.
And I quote, we have been advised that CNN has filed a complaint challenging the suspension of reporter Jim Acosta's hard pass. This is
just more grandstanding from CNN and we will vigorously defend against the lawsuit. The statement said.
That a statement from the press secretary on the CNN White House -- sorry the CNN lawsuit and the press secretary, of course from the White House.
More on this in the hours to come.
I'm Becky Anderson. That was CONNECT THE WORLD. Thank you for watching.