Return to Transcripts main page

CNN NEWSROOM

Hundreds Of Thousands Protest China Extradition Bill; Chief Executive Defends Controversial Extradition Bill; U.S. Renew Tariff Threats Against China And Mexico; Baseball Star David Ortiz Shot In The Dominican Republic; British P.M. Candidate Admits Prior Cocaine Use; Only Conservative Party Members Eligible To Vote For New P.M. Aired 1-2a ET

Aired June 10, 2019 - 01:00   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

[01:00:00] CYRIL VANIER, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: Hong Kong's chief executive is defending a controversial extradition bill despite a massive protest against it.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: On the day the race for British prime minister gets underway, an admission of past drug use is dominating the debate.

Vanier: And Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz is in stable condition after being shot in the Dominican Republic. We'll have an update from the Capitol. Thank you for joining us. I'm Cyril Vanier.

ALLEN: I'm Natalie Allen. CNN NEWSROOM starts right now.

VANIER: Hong Kong has been rocked by what may be its biggest protest in decades. But its chief executive appears to be saying that won't make any difference. You can see here hundreds of thousands of people packed the streets on Sunday. Now they were denouncing a hugely controversial extradition bill.

Emotions have been running high and the protests went right into Monday morning. For the most part, things were peaceful, but some pushes did breakouts. Also, authorities say, at least three police officers were hurt and several arrests were made.

ALLEN: The reason for the outrage around this bill, it would let suspects be sent to mainland China. But Hong Kong chief executive says despite the protests, the measure will go forward. Critics fear it is a power grab by Beijing designed to help crack down on dissidents, but supporters insists it is about law and order.

They say it stops Hong Kong from being a safe haven for criminals. All of this has revealed some deep divisions in the city and not just on the streets.

VANIER: Tensions over this bill have been bubbling up for months. Things have gotten so heated the clashes broke out in Hong Kong's legislature in May. That's what you're seeing now. The lawmakers are set to debate this measure again on Wednesday.

ALLEN: Let's get the latest from Hong Kong. Now CNN's Andrew Stevens is live there. And Stephen I mean, the size of this protest we saw -- Andrew, excuse me -- clearly shows the anger and frustration over this proposed bill.

ANDREW STEVENS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, it's been growing and growing, the protests and -- which culminated just say as we know in an enormous crowd gathering in central Hong Kong. And as the chief executive herself Carrie Lam, acknowledged it was a genuinely and generally peaceful movement. Organizers say perhaps one million people.

The police are putting the number of much less than that around a half a quarter of a million people. But certainly, it was a big, big turnout and a real unity amongst those protesters. I've been to many of these protests in the past where lots of different groups want to bring up lots of different topics to protest about. This one was very clearly all about the extradition bill.

But was the Hong Kong government listening? Carrie Lam, the chief executive held a press conference just an hour or so ago where she addressed the issue about whether she was going to take any action following what she had seen on the streets of Hong Kong on the Sunday. This is her answer.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

CARRIE LAM, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, HONG KONG: I and my team have not ignored any views expressed on this very important piece of legislation. We have been listening and listening very attentively and very humbly so views expressed by various sectors. So we have already made two sets of amendments to our proposals. One before the introduction of the bill and one after the introduction of the bill.

The reality is after these additional measures have been introduced, and many of them concern human rights safeguards over and above what is now contained in the fugitive or fairness ordinance, we were told, we receive feedback that these additional measures are effective in addressing the concerns of the stakeholders.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

STEVENS: What she's talking about here is these additional measures to safeguard Hong Kong as were actually introduced or brought into the bill made as amendments ten days ago. So this is not her responding to one million people on the street, this is her responding to growing discontent leading up to this March -- this March yesterday.

So as far as the March and its impact on the governor's decision, it is basically nil. The government is ignoring this latest march. And this, it comes out with any new amendments which the government is not at this stage leaning towards. So what happens now is it goes to the Legislative Council which is a Hong Kong Parliament for a second reading on Wednesday. The government has the numbers to force it through. It'll -- it then go to another reading and that it was most likely

become law. But there is deep, deep divisions in Hong Kong. It wasn't just gentle -- Hong Kong is coming out on Sunday. We saw on Friday 3,000 lawyers taken to the streets. We've heard business groups repeatedly criticizing this as undermining confidence in Hong Kong as in its national business center.

A little earlier, I had Kevin Yam on the show and I was asking him about why the legal profession -- Kevin is a commentator and a lawyer in his row -- own right. Now, I was asking him why the legal commit -- why the legal profession is so against this bill? This is what he had to say.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

KEVIN YAM, PARTNER, KENNEDYS LAW: This bill essentially opens up the floodgates and the barrier between the Hong Kong and the Chinese legal system. And if that happens, then that is going to have a huge impact on business confidence in Hong Kong.

And for a lot of us who practice as lawyers leaving aside even all the human rights concerns that many other lawyers have already identified, business confidence is absolutely essential to all of us in terms of our prosperity as a city.

STEVENS: Just break it down for us. So why would there be this suddenly the crashing of confidence?

YAM: The facts of the matter is a lot of companies when they want to do business in China, they set up shop in Hong Kong thinking that they're going to have a lot more legal certainty, that they're going to be protected by the Hong Kong legal system. But if you're saying that suddenly if you have a business dispute with China or what-have- you, they can find some trumped-up charge to get you extradited over to China, then that's going to affect business confidence.

STEVENS: Carrie Lam also saying that this plan was her plan, the Hong Kong government's plan. It wasn't Beijing leaning on her. Why then should the government be introducing this now when there is so much opposition?

YAM: I think it's well known in this town that the chief executive is an extremely stubborn character. In the face of opposition, she has been digging in.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

STEVENS: But it certainly appears to be the case from the face of the composition of the past 24 hours is she's not changing her mind on this. But it's not just businesses that Kevin Yam was referred -- was talking about, it's also people, just people in Hong Kong, and also people who visit Hong Kong.

If there is a extradition order that goes through, Natalie, it could theoretically mean that a business person or any person with the U.S. passport, with the Canadian passport, with an Australian passport, could be subject to extradition orders from China because they've been perceived to be a critic of China.

There could be a case made that there was some sort of tax avoidance going on or they were -- they were betraying state secrets which would then force the Hong Kong government to make a ruling on it if the government says we believe Beijing, that person would then be extradited.

So that is the fear at the heart of this, the human rights fear that they're going to be extradited to a judicial system which is opaque and which any and any number of critics will tell you is not fair and is not impartial. Natalie?

ALLEN: And you can certainly understand why you're explaining it right there why, one million people took to the streets to show their anger over this. We'll wait and see what happens next if anything. Andrew Stevens, Andrew, thank you. Well, the Trump administration is again floating a possibility of slapping tariffs on several countries.

VANIER: At first, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said President Donald Trump is perfectly happy to impose more tariffs on China if the country doesn't want to move forward with trade talks. Later the U.S. president tweeted that America could still implement tariffs on Mexico if the new U.S.-Mexico deal on migration doesn't work out.

ALLEN: And Secretary Mnuchin echoed those comments saying "I have every reason to believe they will meet their commitment so I think that will be the case. But if for whatever reason they don't, the President reserves the right to put on tariffs.

VANIER: The acting Secretary of Homeland Security is also defending the President's tactics saying tariff threats forced to Mexico to negotiate in the first place.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

KEVIN MCALEENAN, ACTING SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY, UNITED STATES: The President put a charge in this whole dialogue with Mexico with the tariff threat brought them to the table. The foreign minister from Mexico arrived within hours. He arrived the next day and with real proposals on the table.

This is the first time we've heard anything like this kind of number of law enforcement being deployed in Mexico to address migration not just at their southern border but also on the transportation routes to the northern border and in coordinated patrols and key areas along our southwest border.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VANIER: Joining us, CNN Political Analysts and Princeton University History Professor Julian Zelizer. So, Julian, you get the same question I've been asking since this deal was announced. Is this a win for Donald Trump?

[01:10:11] JULIAN ZELIZER, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, we have to see. The deal is useful for him. He certainly can boast about it. There's questions already about how it came to be and whether what he is saying about both the origins of the deal and the details are accurate so I think the verdict is out.

But certainly, in the time being, he will use it with his supporters as a way to boast about being a deal maker.

VANIER: Right, you're right. I suppose there's a -- that's a good point that there is the reality of how this affects migration to the U.S. and then there's how Donald Trump can sell this to voters. If Mexico curbs migration as it says it will and also takes in the migrants to who have claimed asylum in the U.S. while they're waiting for those asylum claims to be adjudicated, those are the two parts of the deal, then for Trump, that's something he can show voters right?

ZELIZER: Well, you certainly can show his supporters this. There'll be questions -- there'll be questions what are the actual effects on the people who are trying to enter into the United States or fleeing difficult circumstances as reporters dig into those stories. It could be more damaging to see what this really means and we'll have to see what the costs are for Mexico for example as this plays out.

But certainly in the short term, he will be able within a closed world of supporters to say this is what he hoped to achieve and he is achieving.

VANIER: And one strong argument for the President's because you're talking about the cost of Mexico is the cost to the U.S. seems to be almost zero. I mean, the U.S. doesn't appear to be giving much. The U.S. is agreeing that that development for Central American countries is going to be important. It's unclear whether there's American money going there. But beyond that, the U.S. isn't making any concessions.

ZELIZER: No, that's right. And the president has promised from day one that other people will pay for this, talking about the wall, but I'm sure he'll use the same kind of argument about the deal with Mexico. Again, there question, it will be like family separation.

Once reporters look at what this actually means and what's happening, the story will look very different than the President just saying I've closed the borders. But for now, you'll hear a lot of boasting coming from the president.

VANIER: Amongst those boasts, Donald Trump says that there's a secret part of the deal. He wrote this on Twitter that hasn't yet been announced, and it will be announced later. I mean, that's one of those things that's a little hard to believe at this stage.

ZELIZER: And always be careful when you hear that. The President has said this in numerous occasions including with North Korea and it turned out that the deals he promised would not deals that were actually made. And we've already heard some bits and pieces of this from Mexico where there's discrepancies in terms of what's allegedly coming and what we're hearing from Washington.

So I think at this point in this administration, you need to really wait to see the details before going deep into whether this is positive, negative, or what it's even about.

VANIER: Yes, yes, fair point. But at this early stage though, as we look at this deal, does it mean that in this particular instance the President's tariff threats have worked?

ZELIZER: Well, that's not clear. I mean, Mexico, we're learning, had agreed to this deal back in December. So the last round if those stories of true of the very draconian terror threats would not what did it. Mexico is ready to go along.

I do think the president will read it that way. He won't just boast about it, that's how he's going to see it so. I would look for tariffs to be used as a weapon much more frequently in the coming months.

VANIER: I wonder if then there are any lessons that can carry over to the U.S. trade war with China.

ZELIZER: Well, there could be the wrong lessons, meaning that the President could do this with an adversary, China an economic adversary, that could inflict much more punishment in many ways and is willing to do that on the U.S.

There's already parts of the U.S. economy that have suffered because of the tariffs such as soybean farmer. So I would look for the wrong lessons. If he uses it too much, I can imagine China retaliating more aggressively than the President anticipates.

VANIER: There's also more at risk with the China trade war with China. I mean, China is -- China's economy and Mexico's economy just can't be compared in terms of size and in terms of how vulnerable the U.S. is to either one of those economies.

ZELIZER: Right. And the other part of this deal with Mexico was the president just didn't back down because he got what he wanted. He was under immense pressure from Republicans and business donors to back away from this tariff threat because they could see the bottom line just in this case was going to be pretty severe.

So even though the President is boasting a lot and threatening as we said to use tariffs, I do think he's going to remember the kind of fall out he had within his own party which has been rare in this administration as he thinks about China.

[01:15:13] VANIER: Yes, it has been rare that he's gotten that much pushback from his own party. Julian Zelizer, thank you so much for joining us today, always a pleasure.

ZELIZER: Thanks for having me.

VANIER: And we're following breaking news out in the Dominican Republic, where former Boston Red Sox baseball star, David Ortiz, is in a stable condition after being shot in his home country.

ALLEN: Yes, authorities say the shooter on a motorcycle came right at Ortiz and that the bullet run went through his stomach. VANIER: Let's get the latest on this breaking news. Joining us on the line from the Dominican Republic capital, Santo Domingo, is journalist Elines Olaverria. First of all, do we know how Ortiz is doing at this hour?

ELINES OLAVERRIA, JOURNALIST, SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (via telephone): Hi, Cyril, good evening, it's very -- my pleasure speaking to you. So, people are still in shock about the whole situation.

And yes, we do know something about the condition of David Ortiz. He is currently stable. This information was confirmed by his father, Mr. Leo Ortiz, and also by the local police who was there at the hospital.

VANIER: Tell us more about what happened, exactly.

OLAVERRIA: Well, as you may know by now, Ortiz was shot by a gunman in a motorcycle. This happened at a very popular street known as Avenida Venezuela, which is very popular for its nightlife. Ortiz was there with a couple of friends, spending some time. The man approached him directly and shot him in the stomach.

The same bullet had an entry point and an exit point. It ended up wounded a T.V. presenter who was also there at the spot. Ortiz was immediately rushed to the hospital, the Abel Gonzalez hospital, where he went to surgery. And thankfully, everything went well. And he is just now recovering from this horrific event.

VANIER: So, Elines, it sounds like there's every indication they were aiming for him. They weren't just randomly opening fire. He didn't get --

OLAVERRIA: Absolutely.

VANIER: -- caught in the crossfire of anything, they were going for him.

OLAVERRIA: Absolutely. At first, the media was talking about some robbery attempt, but it was actually an attempt of murder, and this information was already confirmed by the local police. It is very well to let you guys know (INAUDIBLE) the shot man is on the police custody, his name is Leo --

I'm sorry. His name is Felix Duran Mejia. No, I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm getting the names wrong. His name is Eddy Feliz Garcia. He is already under police custody, and he was taken also to the hospital because of the beating he received from the people at the spot.

VANIER: Oh, he was beaten up by the -- by the patrons there? Do we know anything more about this suspect?

OLAVERRIA: As soon as the shooting happened, the crowd went to him, ended up beating him and calling him names, so he was also taken to a hospital. Not the same one as Ortiz went to.

VANIER: All right. David Ortiz is a legendary Red Sox player. If you know baseball, you know David Ortiz and --

OLAVERRIA: Of course.

VANIER: -- he's obviously very important to his home country. Thank you so much for the update on that, we'll keep checking back in. Thank you, Elines.

ALLEN: Well, this week, the contest for Britain's next prime minister begins in earnest, and one of the frontrunners isn't afraid to put his foot down over Brexit. We think you might know who we are talking about. We'll have the latest, coming up.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

[01:20:00] (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

ALLEN: And welcome back, 11 conservative lawmakers hope to replace Theresa May as party leader and then, as prime minister, and the nomination process ends in just a few hours.

VANIER: And once of the candidates are chosen, a series of votes kicks off Thursday and hopefully, by the end of July, there will be a new prime minister in office, just in time to tackle Brexit. Here's Salma Abdelaziz.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

SALMA ABDELAZIZ, CNN INTERNATIONAL FIELD PRODUCER: Leadership nominations for the Conservative Party will close Monday at 5:00 p.m. local time, and we already have a crowded field, with 11 candidates coming forward. They're on the Sunday talk shows, and the newspapers, pitching their platforms. And in all this debate, some skeletons have come out of the closet, namely, drug abuse.

One of the candidates, Michael Gove, was called a hypocrite in the papers today, for his use of cocaine while writing against Class A drugs. Take a listen to what he said when he was confronted with the issue.

MICHAEL GOVE, CANDIDATE FOR PRIME MINISTER: It was a crime, it was a mistake. I deeply regret it.

ANDREW MARR, PRESENTER, THE ANDREW MARR SHOW, BBC ONE: Should you have gone to prison?

GOVE: Well, I was -- I was fortunate, and that I didn't, but I do think that it was a profound mistake. And I've seen the damage that drugs do, I've seen it close-up, and I've also seen it in the work that I've done as a politician. And that's why I deeply regret the mistake that I made.

MARR: How many times did you take cocaine?

GOVE: I took it several occasions, on social occasions more than 20 years ago, when I was working as a journalist.

MARR: Was it a half?

GOVE: No, I don't believe it was.

ABDELAZIZ: But beyond all the mudslinging and who did what decades ago, let's focus on the issues, or really the issue, which is Brexit, of course.

There are three really leading candidates among the 11, Michael Gove, of course, a key face of the vote leave campaign, Boris Johnson, the frontrunner, also a controversial figure and a face of Brexit, really, in the country, and Jeremy Hunt, the current Foreign Secretary.

All three have essentially the same pitch, but to varying degrees, and that is to go back to Brussels to try to renegotiate a better deal, and if no consensus can be found to leave the E.U. without a deal at all. Gove and Hunt seem more amenable to the idea of extending that October 31st deadline, when the U.K. is set to leave the E.U.

[01:25:06] Boris Johnson has said that's the final date we will leave, with or without a deal. But again, you need to remember that all of these candidates are catering to a very small base.

Once MPs have whittled down these 11 to just 2 candidates, only card- carrying members of the Conservative Party, 160,000 people across the country, less than a quarter of 1 percent of the population get the right to vote on those two candidates and determine who will be the next prime minister.

And whatever these candidates are promising their base, they will face the same challenges that Prime Minister Theresa May faced, and that is that the parliament is still in deadlock, there is no consensus there.

And the E.U. has said time and time again, it will not waste time renegotiating a deal that they've already been negotiating for three years, so whoever is in number 10 next, is sure to face a challenge. Salma Abedelaziz, CNN, London.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

ALLEN: Next here, dramatic video of North Korean women escaping China's sex trade. We'll have the story on their plight and their flight to freedom in a CNN Freedom Project Special. That's next.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

VANIER: Welcome back to the NEWSROOM, I'm Cyril Vanier.

ALLEN: I'm Natalie Allen. Here are the headlines this hour. Hong Kong's chief executive says the city's legislature will push forward with a controversial extradition bill. This, despite hundreds of thousands, maybe even a million, is the estimate, of protestors who marched against it Sunday.

[01:29:40] The bill would let suspects be sent to mainland China. The protests were mostly peaceful. Officials say at least three police officers were hurt. VANIER: The streets of Sudan's capital were mostly empty Sunday after

opposition groups called a campaign of civil disobedience. A call for workers to stay home following the deadly raid by security forces on a sit-in protest last Monday. Opposition medics say the death toll stands at 118.

ALLEN: Former Boston Red Sox baseball star David Ortiz is in stable condition after being shot in the Dominican Republic late on Sunday. Police say Ortiz was shot by a motorcyclist who, according to police, headed directly toward him. Several people are being detained, but it is unclear if the shooter is among them.

VANIER: As part of CNN's Freedom Project, we are exploring the dangers North Korean women face when defecting.

ALLEN: Thousands of women have made the perilous journey over the border into China in search of a better life. But soon they find themselves subjected to human trafficking.

VANIER: Now two of those women were kept in a building in northeastern China for years, and managed to make a dramatic escape.

CNN's Paula Hancocks has all the details.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: A dramatic escape from a fourth floor window. Two North Korean defectors flee a tiny flat they have been held captive in for years.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's done. It's ok.

HANCOCKS: "When I was climbing down the ropes," said the woman we will call Lee Yumi, "I knew I could die if I fell. I also knew it will be worse if I got caught, because then I would be sent back to North Korea, and my whole family would be punished for what I did."

We are hiding her identity for her own safety. Lee says a broker who helped her escape from North Korea, then sold her to a cyber sex operator who she says kept her in this building in northeastern China for five years.

She and other trafficked defectors were forced to work long hours, sometimes sleeping only a few hours a day. She says she was beaten by her captor who allowed her to leave the apartment with him once very six months.

"When I was working for the chat room," she says, "I had to everything the customers asked me to do. I saw so many preference."

It is a story shared by thousands of North Korean girls and women who escape North Korea to what they believe will be a better life. London-based non-profit organizations Korea Future Initiative, published a report last month estimating as many as 60 percent of female North Korean refugees in China are trafficked into the sex trade. A spokesperson for the Chinese government said in a statement to CNN, "I want to stress that the Chinese government pays high attention to foreign citizens' legitimate rights according to law, and also combats activities of human trafficking women and children."

Lee's chance of escape came when a customer recognized she was North Korean and being held captive, and put her in touch with Chun Ki Won, a South Korean pastor.

He was able to contact Chun online to plan her escape. Chun says his Christian aid organization Durihana has helped around 1,200 defectors reach Seoul since 1999.

"In these cases," he says, "the best option is to talk to the person holding the woman, and ask them to release her, or for her to pick the lock and run. Using the rope from a fourth floor is the last option we would take."

The route through China and on to a third country like Laos or Myanmar is incredibly risky. If caught China sends defector, who they see as a legal economic migrant, back to North Korea. Activists say they then place punishment, imprisonment, or in some cases, even death.

A woman we will call Kwan Haiyun (ph) was held prisoner for eight years in the same room as Lee. They escaped together. They traveled for five days and nights through China, managing to evade detection.

They arrived in a third country we are not meaning for security reasons, and enter the South Korean embassy.

"They were very nervous in the embassy," the pastor tells me, "in North Korea they had learned South Koreans are bad. They were filled with mixed emotions."

[01:34:54] This is a journey thousands have taken before them, seeking asylum in South Korea. A journey an unknown number can only dream of still trapped in China's multi million dollar sex industry.

Paula Hancocks, CNN-- Seoul.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

ALLEN: What a disturbing story. Well, we spoke with journalist Julie Zaugg who had written about China's sex trade and the enslavement of North Korean women. She talked about what happens to most women when they escape into China and what could happen to them if they are caught and sent back to North Korea.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JULIE ZAUGG, JOURNALIST: It's estimated about 70 to 80 percent of women that cross into China actually end up being trafficked. So some of them will be sold by their initial broker who passes them on to a second broker, then to a third, fourth, fifth broker, pass into difference hands like that. And they had sold each time. They're passed into different hands like that. And they get sold each time and they finally end up being sold to the operator of a cyber sex chat room.

And some other women, actually just end up knocking on doors once they cross the border, Chinese people's homes, and then get sold by these people onto a broker. China does not consider them as political refugees, even though the U.N. has repeatedly said it should. It considers them as illegal economic migrants, and thus decides to send them back when it catches them.

And for someone being sent back to North Korea that means facing probably weeks of interrogation and torture, and then several months, or even several years in a political reeducation camp, or in a labor camp depending on the gravity, according to North Korea, of what they have done.

So the ones that face the harshest punishments, are usually the ones that (INAUDIBLE) have contact with South Korean people in China, or with South Korean missionaries.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

ALLEN: You can read Julie's story at CNN.com.

VANIER: Sudan's opposition response to the military's deadly crackdown. The streets of the capital are empty, and protestors say he will stay that way until their demands are met.

ALLEN: Also caught in the middle -- migrants and refugees trying to reach a better life in Europe, now find themselves stranded in Libya. We have an exclusive report.

[01:37:18] (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

ALLEN: Now to Libya and a CNN exclusive. Thousands of sub-Saharan African migrants and refugees are stranded in that country.

VANIER: Libya was their gateway to a safe haven in Europe, but it is in chaos as rival factions battle for power. It has been that way since the toppling of Moammar Gaddafi eight years ago.

ALLEN: And the migrants, well they are caught in the middle. Europe won't take them in, and going home -- that's not an option.

Freelance cameraman Gabriel Chaim (ph) gained exclusive access to a detention center, and as CNN's Ben Wedeman reports their pleas for help are falling on deaf ears.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A priest leads prayers in a makeshift church. Eritrean refugees in Libya, strangers they are in a strange land, caught in a war not of their making.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Because today is the holy day -- Sunday.

WEDEMAN: They drew their own icons, crafted the crucifix. Freelance cameraman Gabriel Chaim gained access to this detention center, home to around 900 people on the outskirts of the capital, Tripoli. Most are refugees and migrants from sub-Saharan Africa.

The United Nations warns that more than 5,000 migrants and refugees in similar centers in Tripoli are in danger as the city has become a battleground between rival governments.

In April, gunmen with the so-called Libyan National Army led by war lord Khalifa Haftar broke into one such detention center south of Tripoli. Images recorded by eyewitnesses vividly conveyed the chaos and carnage as gunfire rings out. The attackers killed two men and wounded nearly three dozen others.

Sammy (ph) from Eritrea recalls what happened.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: At praying time, some of our sisters and brothers they were praying, the soldiers immediately opened fire. I don't know what happened. So immediately opened the fire.

WEDEMAN: The residents have been moved to safer ground, but some still have open wounds from that attack. The thousands of migrants now caught in Libya are perhaps the world's most vulnerable people. Stranded in a land at war where human traffickers and slave traders appear to have free reign.

Europe won't take them in and many face persecution or death if they return home. Here the milk of human kindness has evaporated.

Zakaria Abdullah (ph) from Darfur, Sudan says the fear, uncertainty and deprivation have taken a toll.

ZAKARIA ABDULLAH, REFUGEE: You look the eyes of these people and how are the look, how they look because they are the living. There is malnutrition. There is no good medical treatment. There is no good water. There is no food. We are just alive, we are living.

WEDEMAN: Just living, he says.

Twenty-one-year-old Mohammad Jafis (Jh), also from Darfur, has a simple reminder to anyone who will listen.

MOHAMMAD JAFIS, REFUGEE: We are human beings too.

WEDEMAN: No one, however, is listening.

Ben Wedeman, CNN -- Beirut.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

VANIER: A campaign of civil disobedience is underway in Sudan. The streets of Khartoum were mostly deserted Sunday. Protestors are demanding a civilian government following the ouster of Omar al Bashir in April.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) UNIDENTIFIED MALE: People cannot be governed by force. And I'm not saying this, neither as a member of the opposition, nor as someone who supports the government. But the people do not want his government.

And as you can see, the streets are empty, shops are closed. I personally want a civilian government.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The situation is not normal. Everything is closed. I could not find bread. I could not find anything actually, except for these vegetables right here. Life is at a standstill.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

ALLEN: The call to stay home from work follows the military's deadly raid on a protest camp last Monday. An opposition medic group says 11 hospitals are shut down, and medical services are being disrupted by Sudanese authorities. The group says two people were killed Sunday, bringing the death toll since the crackdown to 118.

[01:45:00] In India, a scorching heat wave has led to a water crisis.

VANIER: And some villagers in the west are now being forced to dive deep into a well just to get drinking water much of it filled with mud. And residents say the process of removing it is time consuming.

ALLEN: Water shortages are pretty common this time of year as May and June tend to be the hottest months there.

Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri is following this story for us. Pedram -- hello to you.

PEDRAM JAVAHERI, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Hey, good morning -- guys.

Yes, you know, the heat wave here across this region has been incredible as far as the longevity of it, the persistence of it in recent weeks. In fact you look at some observations even in the past 24 or so hours in Ganganagar to the north there coming in at nearly 50 degrees in the past 24 hours.

And again it has not been a one-off event. You take a look. In Delhi -- 14 consecutive days exceeding 40 degrees Celsius, the average this time of year at 39. Seven-day forecast in Delhi takes that number from 14 to 21 consecutive days of temps exceeding 40 degrees.

So as Natalie told you, May into June and certainly into July as well, the early portion of it could be amongst the hottest times of year. And you see why here as the pre-monsoon heat really begins building.

But some good news in the forecast because the folks at the Indian meteorological department telling us the official onset of the monsoons has happened now in the past 24 or so hours. And you take a look. Tuesday some of these red alerts, these are the warnings that are placed across northwestern India for extreme heat, as we go from Tuesday into Wednesday you see them drop and exit the picture.

So we know, moisture content going to increase a little bit. Rainfall is certainly going to increase as well over the coming weeks. But the official onset coming on June 8th, when we have moisture move over in the state of Kerala.

Notice what's happening off shore -- also something worth noting here -- a tropical cyclone in the works. A high probability this system would form in the Arabian Sea, and with it we're going to watch this carefully as models indicate it will want to surge toward the north with it, in and around any interest around Mumbai and especially as you approach Karachi towards the southern areas of Pakistan there.

We're going o watch carefully for a tropical system but whether it makes it there in one piece or not is one part of the story that remains, of course, unanswered. But what we know will happen is moisture will increase. With it every single one of those raindrops that falls out of the sky takes energy, and cools the temperatures down with it.

So temps will cool off, rain will begin moving in and the monsoons as quickly as they come here will being a tremendous rainfall for the next couple of weeks -- guys.

ALLEN: All right. Well they need some water to drink.

All right. Pedram -- thank you.

A huge construction crane has collapsed in the state of Texas in the U.S. leaving one person dead, six others injured, and two critically injured.

VANIER: Dallas authorities say the crane sliced through an apartment complex damaging residential areas, and a parking garage. Rescuers have been using search dogs to try to locate any additional victims in the rubble.

ALLEN: High winds had worn (ph) through the area at the time of the collapse but officials are still investigating to say if that did contribute to what happened.

Well, the Women's World Cup is under way in France, and FIFA's goal is to sell a total of one million tickets but do these talented female athletes have enough fans to pull that off? Coming up.

[01:48:12] (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

VANIER: Let's head to France where the Women's World Cup is under way. On Sunday Italy landed a win in their return to the tournament. That is after a 20-year absence. They beat Australia's Matildas and stopped (ph) time. Final score 2-1.

ALLEN: Brazil got a big start with a 3-0 victory over Jamaica's Reggae Girlz, that's girls with Z.

(CROSSTALKING)

ALLEN: Striker Christiane scored the hat trick during her 139th (INAUDIBLE) as you saw. And England won the day in their great rivalry with Scotland by two goes to one. They are among the favorites in the competition.

VANIER: Let's see the last goal in.

This year's Women's World Cup in France has been building some quarters as the biggest to date. FIFA's goal is to sell a total of one million tickets, and capture a global TV viewership of one billion for the tournament.

ALLEN: Hope they can do it. But as our Amanda Davies reports the excitement level in the host country isn't that high, at least not yet, this year.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

AMANDA DAVIES, CNN SPORTS ANCHOR: It's Sunday afternoon and here we are in the Paris fan zone where as you can see there are a few supporters but it's not really buzzing. And for all the talk that this is set to be the biggest and best Women's World Cup yet with TV audiences of a record one billion people around the world. Whilst there is some interest I think it's fair to say there's not exactly overwhelming World Cup fever on the streets of Paris.

How excited are you about the Women's World Cup?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm very excited about the Women's World Cup especially Brazil.

DAVIES: Have you got any interest in any of the sports going on at the minute?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: At the minute? Maybe like sometimes when I watch soccer but now the season is over, so we are not into it as much as now.

DAVIES: How about the Women's World Cup?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Women's World Cup? It's now?

DAVIES: Going on right here in France.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What?

DAVIES: Do you know what sport is happening in France in Paris the moment?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don't know. I think it's tennis. I think, no?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What are those?

DAVIES: And the football?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Football --

DAVIES: The Women's World Cup?

So what do you know that is going on at the moment?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So the tennis tournament, so --

DAVIES: Anything else? How about the Women's World Cup?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh yes that's also right now.

[01:55:00] DAVIES: Have you heard about the Women's World Cup?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Absolutely. In fact, I went to see one of the matches -- Argentina against Japan.

DAVIES: Germany won yesterday. Did you not watch?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is it true that the World Cup is here for women?

DAVIES: Have you met many other people, who here are fans of the tournament as well?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Not too many though. When we came here -- obviously these people from Australia, Brazil and the U.S.A. so yes. Once you get into this, it's good.

DAVIES: You should be watching. France are going to win the World Cup. France will win.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I know that. So I don't know any of this, any news of the women's game. I don't watch any games.

DAVIES: Maybe that will change over the next few weeks?

Now you know the World Cup is going on, might you watch some of the Women's World Cup?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: 100 percent.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have to.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But it is ridiculous that we did not even recognize the World Cup is here in France.

DAVIES: So there's definitely room for improvement, but it is still early days with over three weeks of football left to play. The real hope for the women's game moving forward is that the action on the pitch leaves a more long-lasting legacy of it.

Amanda Davies, CNN -- Paris.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

ALLEN: Call your family. Tell them to go watch in Paris. Come on -- man.

VANIER: Come on people. The Women's World Cup. ALLEN: Come on.

VANIER: What's going on?

All right. Thank you for watching. I'm Cyril Vanier.

ALLEN: Natalie Allen here. George is next. See you later.

[01:56:28] (COMMERCIAL BREAK)