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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): Thousands of demonstrators march in Hong Kong, demanding lawmakers completely sack a controversial extradition bill. We'll go live to Hong Kong in a moment.

Also, a "New York Times" report says the United States is ramping up cyber attacks on Russia's power grid. But President Trump says it's not true. We'll have more about that.

Also, women and children rush the fence at a migrant detention center in Mexico. But these migrants are not from Central America. These women have come all the way from Africa.

Welcome to our viewers here in the United States and all around the world. Thank you for joining us. I'm Natalie Allen and this is CNN NEWSROOM.


ALLEN: We continue to follow the protests underway in Hong Kong. We have live video for you. Tens of thousands of people, perhaps hundreds of thousands, we don't know the numbers yet. But that sea of people says a lot.

They are marching to Hong Kong central government offices. That's their destination. They are demanding the city's chief executive step down after she suspended but did not withdraw a controversial extradition bill.

They say Hong Kong's civil rights are in jeopardy if the bill isn't killed outright. They fear it could be used to extradite dissidents to Mainland China. Anna Coren has been covering this story from the start.

It's hard to describe the fury of these protesters. But the numbers in the streets tell the story.

ANNA COREN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That sums it up beautifully, Natalie, it does. Organizers called on protesters to turn out in the tens, hundreds of thousands. That is exactly what we are saying right now. We are getting word that the -- the front banner of this march is

still stuck, pretty much where it began. And that is because of the streams of people that are joining the protests along the way.

In a little suburb, it is at a standstill. It gives you an idea of the number of people who traveled from all over Hong Kong to join in this protest. We've seen footage from the trains, the here, of just a sea of black, getting off of the trains time and time again, trying to make their way to this protest.

It is still ongoing. Thousands of people have come here at Tamar Park, where Carrie Lam made her announcement yesterday, that she was going to spend her controversial extradition bill that would allow for the extradition of criminal suspects to Mainland China.

As you say, they don't want a suspension, these protesters. They want it completely withdrawn. And they want Carrie Lam to step down. Our Matt Rivers has been following this protest. He filed this report a short time ago. Take a look.


MATT RIVERS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: We managed to climb up on a railing next to this street because we wanted to show you how many people are out. This is normally a road covered with cars.

As you can see, it's now filled with protesters coming from Victoria Park and heading ultimately to the legislative council building, which is where this march will end. And we can keep panning just to show you the incredible size, the incredible scale of these protests, body- to-body, shoulder-to-shoulder, across the entire width of this street here in a section of the city called Causeway Bay.

Almost everyone in the crowd is wearing black. Lots of people have signs. Everyone here is focused on this extradition bill.

Yes, they say, there was, perhaps, a temporary win at best, when Carrie Lam, the chief executive of Hong Kong, decided to suspend debate on that legislation. But that's not where this ends. People here are quite frustrated by the fact she did not repeal the bill entirely. They're also frustrated by the fact that she hasn't resigned, that she calls protests like these riots. She doesn't call them protesters, she calls them rioters.

These are some of the things that the people here at this march are incredibly frustrated about. Let's pan around one more time and show you, again, this scale of this demonstration. It's taken the better part of two hours just to get from Victoria Park to this point.


RIVERS: And this march is going to go on for hours and hours longer. And it's quite the turnout, even after last Sunday, where organizers said a million people turned out. We have no way to know how many people turned out at this point. But it sure feels like a lot. There's a lot of energy in the crowd. And it is producing some

stunning images, that you're seeing right there. And so, this is what's happening right now, right now on the streets of Hong Kong, here in the section of the city called Causeway Bay. We're going to be following the story throughout the afternoon -- Matt Rivers, CNN, Hong Kong.


COREN: And Matt joins us now.

Matt, we can hear and see from your report, so many people have taken to the streets to protest.

And this was the aim of today, to obviously call for the withdrawal, the complete withdrawal of this extradition bill. But there's so much more at stake. We're talking about the future of Hong Kong. Give us the sense of the desperation of the people of Hong Kong and the people you have spoken to.

RIVERS: Well, the numbers are absolutely stunning. I mean, you saw in that report where we were above the crowd. And it's hard to, you know, really describe how many people were there.

And people are still coming in. You look here, I mean, all these people are still trying to join the march. They're still coming from side streets. And they're still trying to just get into the march.

The march route is right there. And the reason why we can't be live in the middle of it is because we're using cell phone signal to be live right now. When you get in the middle of the crowd, there's not enough bandwidth.

In terms of their feelings about this, it's more about an extradition bill. It's about a series of steps that Beijing has taken over the last couple of years, very concrete steps to curtail political speech, human rights activism, journalistic freedoms, a litany of things that protesters would say are a part of the growing trend of Beijing encroaching and taking away some of the democratic-style freedoms that Hong Kong has had for a long time.

They are livid about the extradition bill. That's probably the number one issue on the list right now. But it just joins all of those other issues. And that's why you have so many people out here.

What's happening in this city touches each and every one of these lives. And it's beyond -- it's more than just about this one bill. It's about so much more than that.

COREN: Matt Rivers, we certain appreciate your reporting. As somebody who has lived in China the last few years, you know better than most, the restrictions on people's freedom in the mainland, something the people of Hong Kong do not want.

And one of those people, the protest organizer, Wong Yik Mo. He joins me now. Mo, you must be so proud of all of the people who have turned out once


WONG YIK MO, PROTEST ORGANIZER: Right. Of course. We are proud of Hong Kong. We started about 2:30 sharp at Victoria Park. And this time, it took us 25 minutes to get out of Victoria Park and around the corner.

When we took to the street, we saw five bypasses. Everyone is in black. There's nobody just looking confused. Everyone's chanting. We don't lead the chant. They are chanting. They are leading us to chant.

I was running late and went to the NTR, it is so full and everyone is in black.

COREN: It's extraordinary. The pictures we had.

MO: I would never have imagined this happening in Hong Kong.

COREN: And to turn out, also, one week later. We saw these incredible scenes last Sunday. And to repeat, this, again, is extraordinary. And on Father's Day, as well. We know the father's Facebook page, I should say, they called on fathers to turn out, as well. And there's families that didn't take part in last Sunday's protest that are here today. It's extraordinary.

MO: Normally, when we organize demonstrations, we don't do it consecutively. People get tired.

COREN: They get fatigued.

MO: This time, people took to the street last week. And this time, we only had three days to notice, to inform the public.

And what makes these people take to the street and what do you think?

It must be Carrie Lam and the violence that was used by police against other people.

COREN: The postponement of the bill does not satisfy you or the people that have come here today. You are calling for a complete withdrawal of the bill.


COREN: But it is so much more. You are fighting for the freedom of Hong Kong, the future of Hong Kong.

MO: Of course. One of our demands is the withdrawal of the bill. The other one is very clear, Carrie Lam has to step down. When you think behind what afterwards, only universal suffrage will guarantee Hong Kong freedom of speech and political freedoms to elect officials of our city.

COREN: Wong Yik Mo, we thank you for all your reporting and joining us here today. Thank you very much.

Natalie, it has been quite something. You know, it's Hong Kong citizens that are turning up. We're also seeing so many expats as well, who have joined Hong Kongers here in their march.

And they're still arriving. People will be arriving for the next few hours. As we say, there is so much more at stake. It is not just this extradition bill, it is fighting for the future of Hong Kong.

ALLEN: Exactly. And those numbers, again, it is staggering, up to 1 million last week. We'll have to wait and see what the number is this week. But so far, peaceful protests. Anna, thank you and to your team for all that reporting. We'll see you again.

Reports surface of the U.S. preparing cyber attacks targeting Russia.

Is it the precursor of a cyber war or just sending a message?

Plus, Saudi Arabia now pointing Iran, on the tanker attack. We'll have a live report from Dubai. You're watching CNN NEWSROOM.




ALLEN: We continue to follow the latest from Hong Kong. A mass protest has been underway for nearly two hours against the controversial extradition bill. Huge crowds marching through the city, demanding Hong Kong's chief executive, Carrie Lam, fully withdraw the bill and resign.

Ms. Lam suspended the bill and defended it, saying it has merit and the government is open to revising it.

But this is bigger than just the bill. Activists fear the bill could give China too much control to Hong Kong and chip away at the --


ALLEN: -- city's basic freedoms.

Other news now we're following, "The New York Times" is reporting that the United States is stepping up its cyber attacks on Russia. According to the paper, the U.S. is targeting the Russian power grid and has placed potentially crippling malware inside the Russian system.

The report adds, U.S. president Donald Trump has not been briefed in detail about the operation, reportedly because of concerns he may shut it down or share the information with Russia or other foreign officials, something he's done before.

Mr. Trump fired back on Twitter, calling the article false and an act of treason. He writes, "The corrupt news media will do or say whatever it takes

with not even the slightest thought of consequence."

He, as usual, attacks as he sees a report he does not like. Let's talk with Amy Pope, now an associate fellow with Chatham House.

Thank you very much for coming on and talking about this. It's an interesting report by "The New York Times," saying an aggressive strategy by the U.S. is long overdue, after years of warnings from Homeland Security and the FBI.

Do you agree the U.S. has been slow to act?

AMY POPE, CHATHAM HOUSE: I don't agree that it's been slow to act. But I think what is going on that is interesting is that the U.S. is publicly reporting what it's doing. For some time, the U.S. has been engaging in offensive and defensive maneuvers to protect cyber infrastructure.

The fact that now multiple sources are verifying the story, it's been told to "The New York Times," I think that is significantly different here.


Why is that?

Is this just to let Russia know, you know, we can do what you're doing?

Why do it?

POPE: That's the conclusion I would draw here. They're sending a message. Establishing the ability to do this is one thing. But usually that sort of thing would happen covertly. It's not something you want the other state actor to know, unless you're trying to make clear that you have the capability that you're concerned about their actions and put them on notice that you will use an offensive capability.

So I see that as what's really happening here.

ALLEN: The report also says that President Obama was reluctant to respond until 2016, the last year of his presidency, when the U.S. determined Russia hackers were studying access to power switches in U.S. nuclear power plants and the U.S. became more aggressive.

Does that make sense to you after learning just how deep or how far Russia might be trying to go?

POPE: The reality is, there is no -- there aren't really norms here, saying what is appropriate for any state to engage in.

What conduct is appropriate?

So every state is figuring it out for itself right now. I think President Obama was reluctant to escalate things in a way that might make American citizens less safe. But as you know, he did take some action to become -- to take more offensive capability.

But really, this is a new frontier. States are trying to figure out what the rules are. And so, this is the next step in escalating it.

ALLEN: Right. "The New York Times" also reporting that the U.S. would employ cyber strikes if a major conflict broke out between Moscow and Washington.

But the article questioned whether placing the equivalent of land mines in a foreign power network is the right way to deter Russia because what if Russia hits back harder?

POPE: Right. This is always the calculation that the governments are making. When you are talking about impacting an electric grid, you're talking about impacting citizens, hospitals, homes, schools. This is really warfare that generally states are trying to avoid. That's the calculation.

Again, there aren't that many rules around this. States are figuring that out as they go along. They need to be careful and cautious and deploy the capability strategically.

ALLEN: Right. We know that Russia, of course, hacked into the U.S. election. They hacked into emails. They have tricked Americans on social media during the election as well. So it's any one's question how far Russia is willing to go here.

I want to also ask about the part of the story that mentions that Cyber Command in the U.S. is taking up these operations and not informing the U.S. president, in part, because he has revealed secret operations to our enemies before. We saw the outrage from the president via Twitter.

What do you --


ALLEN: -- think about the fact they are saying they can do this on their own around the U.S. president?

Does that sound unusual?

POPE: Yes, it does sound unusual. Under a fairly new law, they do, in fact, have the authority to do this.

But having served on the National Security Council, I can tell you that we would not be exercising new powers without letting the president know that that's what we were doing.

So I think that's really the newsworthy part of this story. It's not necessarily that the U.S. is taking a much more proactive action against an adversary. It says they're not fully briefing the U.S. president as they do so. And their reasoning, that the U.S. president can't be trusted, either,

one, to keep secrets or not to inform the adversary because of his relationship with them, that is far more troubling in terms of the current dynamic of the United States' executive branch.

ALLEN: Exactly. That makes sense. We'll continue to follow it, of course. We're getting this from "The New York Times." We'll see what happens next with this story. We appreciate your insights. Amy Pope, thank you.

POPE: A pleasure, thanks.

ALLEN: Saudi Arabia now blames Iran for Thursday's tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman. In a published interview, crown prince Mohammed bin Salman says Tehran was responsible for attacking the tankers. He says the international community should take a firm stand against Iran.

The crew of the Norwegian oil tanker that was attacked has now arrived in the UAE. Sam Kiley is live with more of the developments for us.

Sam, hello.

SAM KILEY, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Natalie, the 23 crew members were rescued and taken to Iranian territory. The company spokesperson says they were well treated, flown in to Dubai here, where I am, are now being debriefed over the next 24 hours by company officials and Emirati officials, keen to find out every detail they possibly can about the nature of this alleged mine attack on their ship and on the tanker.

In the case of the Japanese ship, the other ship that was damaged, the owners of that say, it was hit not by mines but by projectile. It will be that sort of detail that the eyewitnesses will be able to offer, since they were onboard at the time of the attack on the Norwegian ship.

The Saudi Arabia joining the United Kingdom and the United States now, firmly blaming the Iranians behind these attacks. The Emiratis have avoided assigning blame, saying, in this attack, the attacks inside Emirati waters, two of them Saudi, last month in Emirati waters, that these were all actions of a state or that needed the level of organizational skill that a state could offer.

So there is a bit of difference of opinion between the U.S. and its allies. But tellingly, in all of this, neither the Japanese nor the Norwegians have been calling for any kind of retribution against Iran.

Indeed the Japanese have been very staunch in not pointing fingers at any particular nation as being behind this. And that prevents the Saudis, indeed, and the Americans with something of a conundrum. If they did want to take action in defense of their allies, they have to have allies saying defend us. For now, that's not happening, Natalie.

ALLEN: Thank you so much, Sam Kiley, for us.

Again, thousands of people pouring into Hong Kong city streets, even though the proposed bill they're angry about has been suspended. They say it still threatens their civil rights. And we'll have more about it coming up here.

Also, President Trump trash talking the former vice president of the United States. You'll hear that ahead. You're watching CNN NEWSROOM.





ALLEN: Welcome back to our viewers here in the U.S. and all around the world. You're watching CNN NEWSROOM live from Atlanta. I'm Natalie Allen. Here are the top stories.


ALLEN: Our top story, breaking from Hong Kong, mass protests underway, right now, as you can see here. It's even though the city's chief executive, Carrie Lam, suspended the controversial extradition bill that sparked this public outcry one week ago.

Demonstrators say they will not stop protesting until the bill is eliminated completely because they fear it could be used to extradite dissidents to Mainland China. They also want Lam to step down.

This protest appears to be every bit as large, if not larger than last Sunday's demonstration by an estimation of more than 1 million people. Anna Coren is in Hong Kong in the park where the protests began.

All of this by the people, Anna.


ALLEN: It's tremendous.

The question is, will Carrie Lam listen?

COREN: A really good question. She would say that she was listening to the people yesterday, which is why she decided to postpone the bill. The protesters say she is not listening. They want the bill, her controversial extradition bill, completely withdrawn.

You know, Natalie, there was a concern there would be protester fatigue. Considering the numbers that took to the streets here in Hong Kong last Sunday, the million you mention, that is one in seven people who live here in this city.

There was concern we wouldn't see the some sort of turnout, considering Lam appeasing protesters in her mind by shelving this very controversial bill. It would seem from the pictures and the reports we are getting that protesters are still stuck in that march. There's parts of the protest that are at a standstill because the

numbers that have joined the protest along the way. We've seen the footage of the train stations jam-packed with people dressed in black, a sign of solidarity, a sign of protest, against the government, coming and joining the protests.

They're making our way from Victoria Park to where we are here at Tamar. As you can see, there are thousands who are congregating here. And so many more on the other side of the legislative council.

Let's go to Steven Chao, who is with the protesters.

Steven, describe the scene to us.

STEVE CHAO, JOURNALIST: Well, that's right, Anna. Much of what you described. We're making our way through the crowd here. And it is simply incredible. We've seen parents with babies a few months old and 70-year olds and 80-year olds walking through here.

There is a sense that this is a historic moment, an important moment, for Hong Kong. A sense that if the people don't speak up now, it would be their last chance to fight for the freedoms they believe make the city what it is.

As you mentioned, people are wearing black. It is a symbol against what they believe is the excessive force that police have been using to disperse the crowds during the protests we've seen this last week, specifically on Wednesday.

People are still pouring in. And if Carrie Lam is listening, this perhaps is the biggest physical sign of how people are feeling about this controversial extradition bill.

COREN: These scenes are abs extraordinary. We don't have a number as of yet from organizers or form police. There's a huge disparity, mind you, in the official count.

But from what we are hearing from the other roads they have had to open, it would seem there are a million, if not more, that have joined today's march. Steven Chao, thank you for your reporting.

Obviously, Carrie Lam has her supporters in Hong Kong. She certainly has supporters in Beijing. We heard from Beijing after she made her announcement in postponing the bill that they support her decision. We heard a bit earlier from some pro-Beijing lawmakers here in Hong Kong. Take a listen.


PRISCILLA LEUNG, PRO-BEIJING LAWMAKER: We don't raise any objection for this suspension. But I also want the demonstrators today to learn that Hong Kong is very split. We also have nearly reaching 1 million signatures of people who supported the bill.

Based on such circumstances, I hope both party, both group could come down, not to instigate the youth and other people, because the bill has already been suspended, the government already made a big compromise. It may not be perfect to the demonstrator.

But maybe 1 million people are also very disappointed. So we just draw the line to keep peace of Hong Kong but not just continue to spread this clash.



MICHAEL TIEN, HONG KONG LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL: In the last 20 years, the chief executive's previous three predecessors have avoided the issue of plugging the loophole of criminals of many countries in the world committing offenses and coming to Hong Kong and remain untouched.

We signed a long-term extradition bill, where 20 countries -- there's like 100 more -- including China and Taiwan. So she wanted to take on this impossible challenge. And she made the strategic mistake, by tying this with a murder case and then trying to rush it through on the basis of the Taiwan murder case, needs to be dealt with urgently.



COREN: That was Michael Tien and Priscilla Leung, both pro-Beijing lawmakers who supported this controversial extradition bill.

The question is, will Carrie Lam stay on as the chief executive?

There's calls for her resignation. There are people here who believe she has lost the credibility and lost the support of the people. They view her as a puppet, a mouthpiece of Beijing. The feeling is that Carrie Lam's days are truly numbered. Natalie, back to you.

ALLEN: We'll wait and see. She also didn't call the people there protesters. She called them rioters.

That didn't go over well, either, did it?

Anna Coren, thanks again, Anna. We'll see you soon.

We turn to other news. As Mexico prepares to reinforce its southern border by deploying troops, there's growing concern over the way that authorities are treating people there. At one detention center in Tapachula, Mexico, migrants point to filthy living conditions and long processing delays.

As our Michael Holmes reports, these migrants aren't coming from Central America. They have come all the way from Africa.


MICHAEL HOLMES, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): As the Mexican government prepares to send thousands of its troops to its border with Guatemala, African migrants at one detention center here in Tapachula have been protesting what they say are poor conditions at the center and are calling on Mexican officials to process their claims to stay here quicker.

CNN can't confirm the women's claims of poor conditions but it is worth noting that these migrants are not from the so-called Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. These women say they are from a number of African nations.

One woman from Cameroon told us they had traveled from Africa to Colombia and journeyed from there to Mexico, hoping to get to the U.S.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: America, (speaking foreign language).

HOLMES (voice-over): There's been a reported spike in the number of Africans reaching the U.S. border in recent weeks and the presence of the African migrants is complicating the task facing Mexico in terms of language difficulties and numbers.

Mexico continues to process thousands of migrants who continue to arrive here, many of them sleeping on the streets as they wait for permission to stay in Mexico. It is a problem Mexico says it cannot handle alone. It is simply too big, as they call on the U.S., the United Nations and other nations to help them cope -- Michael Holmes, CNN, Tapachula, Mexico.


ALLEN: Police in the Dominican Republic have made another arrest in the shooting of baseball legend David Ortiz. Prosecutors say this man is the 10th person to be arrested. It's believed he surrendered to police and is expected to be charged.

Nine other people are already accused in the shooting. They're in custody awaiting trial. Ortiz, meantime, is in hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts, where his wife says he is recovering from his gunshot wound.

A jaw-dropping amount of ice suddenly melted away in Greenland. We look at what might have caused it and why the sheer scale is so troubling. That's next.





ALLEN: We continue to keep our eye on Hong Kong. Huge crowds of protesters, all dressed in black, now marching toward the city's main government buildings. This protest looks every bit as large as last Sunday, when the estimate was more than 1 million people filled the streets.

They are furious over a proposed extradition bill that was suspended but not canceled on Saturday. Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam says the bill has merit, though she expressed regrets about the way it was handled. Ms. Lam says there's no timetable for the bill to be reintroduced.

But protesters say as long as the bill exists in any form, it poses a danger to their civil rights.

In the U.S., at last count, there were 23 Democrats hoping to take on Donald Trump in the 2020 election. But President Trump seems fixated on just one. Advisers warn that could actually help his opponent. This is what Mr. Trump said about Joe Biden in an interview with ABC News.


TRUMP: He wanted to be the tough guy. He's not a tough guy, he's a weak guy. But he wanted to be the tough guy. He's recalibrated on everything. Everything he says he's taking back two weeks later because he's getting slammed by the Left. And he's stuck with this stuff. I mean, he's really stuck with it.


ALLEN: With the crowded list of Democratic presidential candidates are set to face off in their first debate in less than two weeks. CNN's Ryan Nobles breaks down who will face whom in this jam-packed two-night event.


RYAN NOBLES, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): For months, the nearly 2 dozen Democratic presidential contenders have spent their time drawing distinctions from afar.

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (D-VT), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: When it comes to health care, there is no middle ground.

NOBLES (voice-over): They're learning who they will be face-to-face with for the first debates. The first night will feature 10 candidates, including Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke, Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar.

Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris are among those going on the second night.

SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I got a lot of plans. So let me just mention a few.

NOBLES (voice-over): Elizabeth Warren, calling the debate "an opportunity to discuss my plans, and the Massachusetts senator's "I have a plan for that strategy," appears to be paying off, as national and early state polls show her jockeying with Sanders for second place behind Biden. Warren unveiled --

[05:45:00] NOBLES (voice-over): -- another proposal, this one aimed at empowering minority entrepreneurship. She told voters in New Hampshire that her recent success is about making direct connections with voters.

WARREN: We're going to get some more people. One at a time, two at a time, five at a time. That's why I'm working on a grassroots movement here.

NOBLES (voice-over): But for now, Biden remains the leader of the pack and is keeping his focus on President Trump, releasing a video calling out the president over foreign interference in U.S. elections.

JOE BIDEN, FORMER U.S. VICE PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Donald Trump doesn't think it matters if candidates for the presidency accept damaging information on their opponents from foreign governments. I believe he's dead wrong.

NOBLES (voice-over): And the president appears to be keeping his eye on Biden.

TRUMP: Everybody knows Joe is -- doesn't have it.

NOBLES (voice-over): And the rest of the Democratic field, including Warren.

TRUMP: I would love to run against her, frankly. I see that Bernie Sanders is not doing well at all. I would have, frankly, like to have run against -- I think it's probably those three. I don't see the other ones. I really don't see it. They talk about Kamala. I don't see Kamala. I don't see -- I think it's probably between the three of them.


TRUMP: Mayor Pete, I don't see at all. I think that's a joke.

NOBLE: While all the campaigns are spinning that the debate lineups are good for their respective candidates, it still remains a fact that it will be difficult to prepare for and then stand out in a field that includes 10 different debate participants.

As one campaign aide told me, there's only so much substance that you can get into when you only have a few minutes to speak -- Ryan Nobles, CNN, Washington.


ALLEN: One of the topics likely discussed in that debate will be climate change. One just one day this week, Greenland lost a staggering 2 billion tons of ice. To put that into perspective, imagine 146 soccer fields, filled with water to a height four times higher than the Eiffel Tower.

(WEATHER REPORT) ALLEN: Another scoring record is shattered at the Women's World Cup. Next, we'll tell you which Dutch player is striking her way into the record books.

And it has been called one of the biggest games in sports. But India and Pakistan's cricket duel is much more than that.






ALLEN: Welcome back. At the women's football World Cup there was another record-breaking performance as two more teams advance to the round of 16.

The Netherlands booked a spot in the knockout stage by topping Cameroon 3-1. The Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema scored twice in the game. In the process, she broke the all-time scoring record for the Netherlands' women's team. Good going.

Meantime, Canada also moved on to the last 16 with a 2-0 victory over New Zealand.

And more football action is on the way. Sweden will take on Thailand in the city of Nice. And later, the U.S. will play its first game since thrashing Thailand 13-0, last week. The reigning champs will face Chile in Paris.

Another World Cup is underway. India versus Pakistan in cricket. It is one of the sport's most iconic match-ups. They are clashing again, right now, at the World Cup in Manchester.

India has beaten Pakistan in all previous cricket World Cup matches. And the two countries' tense, sometimes violent, political differences are fueling an already highly charged game.

In the words of Steve Elworthy, the managing director at this summer's World Cup, quote, "It is probably one of the biggest games of sport in the world. There are very few others that will have --


ALLEN: -- "impact that this has in terms of the audience and viewership."

India's team captain hopes his side can tune out all of the off-the- field pressure and just focus on the game.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) VIRAT KOHLI, INDIAN CRICKET TEAM CAPTAIN: I think the best way to approach something like this, if one focuses on too much on what's going on, on the outside, is to understand that the game starts tomorrow at a certain time and it finishes at a certain time.

So it's not going to last a lifetime for you. So even if we have a good performance as the team, performance where we feel like we can improve in more areas, the tournament still has to go on. So I think the focus always has to be on the larger picture.


ALLEN: But Pakistan's coach is embracing the hype and wants his players to as well.

MICKEY ARTHUR, PAKISTAN CRICKET COACH: It doesn't get more exciting. And I'm telling our players in the dressing room, you could be a hero tomorrow. Your careers are going to be defined by a moment in the game.

You do something incredible tomorrow, you will be remembered forever.

And our commentary is, how do you want to be remembered?

We have 15 incredible creators in that dressing room. And we keep stressing to them, how do you want to be remembered?

You're the class of 2019.

What are they going to say about you in history?

And tomorrow presents an unbelievable opportunity for these guys to really make a mark.


ALLEN: An iconic matchup for sure.

Thanks for watching CNN NEWSROOM. I'm Natalie Allen. For our U.S. viewers, "NEW DAY" is ahead. For everyone else, we continue our breaking news coverage of the situation in Hong Kong. Please stay with us.