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Hong Kong Extradition Bill Protest Not Backing Down; Iran: U.S. Is To Blame For Gulf Of Oman Attacks; Trump Angry Over Reports of U.S. Cyber Attacks on Russia; Trump Rationalizes Decision Not To Fire Mueller; Sources: Trump Campaign Fires Pollsters over Leak; Britain's Leadership Battle; Attacks Against Jews on the Rise; Power Being Restored to Millions after Massive Outage; Shocking Video of Family's Arrest in Arizona Released; India Extends Tournament Winning Streak against Pakistan. Aired 1-2a ET
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[01:00:00] NATALIE ALLEN, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: Demonstrators in Hong Kong press on pouring in the streets until their demands are met. We'll take you there live. The Trump campaign fire several of its own posters after leaks show on flattering numbers or the President. Also this hour --
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ALLEN: Disturbing video shows Arizona police aiming guns at a couple and their children. Now the city's mayor is apologizing and the couple is suing. Hello everyone. Thanks so much for joining us. I'm Natalie Allen coming to you live from Atlanta and this is CNN NEWSROOM.
Hong Kong's demonstrators promised they will not back down until their demands are met. Demonstrators jammed the streets Sunday calling for the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the withdrawal of a bill they fear would allow dissidents to be extradited to mainland China.
Organizers said up to two million people turned out but police estimated the crowd at just over 300,000. The protest remained mostly peaceful. Meantime, pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong is now out of prison. He became the face of 2014's Occupy Movement and he added his voice now to this protest.
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JOSHUA WONG, ACTIVIST: Hong Kong people will not keep silence under the suppression of President Xi and the Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Carrie Lam must step down. Otherwise, I believe in the next few weeks before the 22 anniversary of Hong Kong transfer of sovereignty, more and more Hong Kong people not only one million or two million people will come and join our fight until they -- we get back our basic human rights and freedom.
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ALLEN: Let's talk about the latest developments with Steve Chao in Hong Kong. He joins us now. It's just after 1:00 in the afternoon on a Monday after a powerful show on Sunday, Steve. How could -- I want to ask you -- Joshua Wong impact the demonstration, this movement now? He certainly had this impact in 2014.
STEVE CHAO, JOURNALIST: Very much so. He was the voice and the face of the 2014 Umbrella Movement that saw the city essentially become paralyzed for two months back in 2014. He's been in and out of jail and now he's out of jail coincidentally we understand, the day after mass protests where organizers said two million people took to the streets. Two million out of a city of seven million.
According to Joshua Wong, we were there when he got out. He says that this truly reflects the will of the people. If that many people have come out, the chief executive Carrie Lam should listen to them and fully announce a full withdrawal of the extradition bill.
If you want to get a sense of the determination of people here. The rain has been coming down all day long. And if you look behind me in front of the central government offices, there are diehard protesters still out here. Joshua Wong has said very clearly that if the government does not move on this, more and more people will take to the streets.
Now, there is a question as to whether these protests truly reflect the will of the city. Pro-Beijing lawmakers have made a very good point that's to say, hey, wait a second. Sure -- of course, people are vocal here, but do not forget that there are other voices that truly support this bill. This is what pro-Beijing lawmaker Priscilla Leung had to say.
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PRISCILLA LEUNG, LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HONG KONG: We don't raise any objection for the suspension but I also want a demonstrators today to learn that as Hong Kong is very split. We also have nearly reaching high, about one million signatures of people who supported the bill based on such circumstances. I hope both party -- both group could calm 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 demonstrators, but you know, maybe near one 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 crash.
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CHAO: One thing we're very clear of is that the government here in Hong Kong is under a great deal of pressure to manage this. Many people have pointed to Carrie Lam saying that she was naive, that she misjudged the feelings of the people and that's why there was such an outpouring this time around.
[01:05:06] When we were in and among the crowds yesterday, you saw people from all walks of life. From you know, parents taking young toddlers out to this protest, to the elderly 70-year-olds participating. There was a sense of solidarity.
But Priscilla Leung makes a very good point that there is this other cross-section, people who have signed on to a petition saying that they do support the bill. Carrie Lam says that in drafting this bill they came with good intentions.
They believe that unless there are extradition agreements not only would send central China -- the central government in China but also with other nations, Hong Kong would become a haven for fugitives and that's something that she does not want and she does not believe is for the city.
However, saying that, organizers and many others including Joshua Wong believe that this extradition bill is simply a guise. A guise to you know, you reduce the freedoms that are here in Hong Kong and to silence the opposition with this threat that if you voice your opposition against the central government in Beijing, you could be taken to the mainland and tried.
It will be very interesting to see how the government handles the upcoming days before this historic anniversary July 1st, the 22nd anniversary of the handover from British to China rule that's happening as I mentioned on July 1st.
Usually, we have protests turning out. Joshua Wong says this will be a galvanizing point. We have a few weeks in between that time.
ALLEN: And as you speak, we see people already gathering there just after 1:00 in their black sitting out in continuing to show their support that this bill the scraped and Carrie Lam step down. Thanks so much. Steve Chao for us. We appreciate your reporting.
Also joining us now from Hong Kong is Jimmy Choi. He's a lecturer at Hong Kong's Baptist University, also though a hunger striker over this extradition bill. And thanks so much for joining us, Jimmy.
You went on a 48-hour hunger strike to protest this law. You weren't the only one who took this extreme measure. What is it about this law that caused people like you to go on a hunger strike over it?
JIMMY CHOI, LECTURER, HONG KONG BAPTIST UNIVERSITY: Well, this extradition law will allow Chinese government make a request for the Hong Kong government to send anybody they think are suspicious of what doing something illegal which include doing something against the Chinese government or bad mouthing the Chinese government and sent them back to China.
ALLEN: Well --
CHOI: This is affecting to our --
ALLEN: Yes, so --
CHOI: -- affecting to our speech -- our freedom of speech.
ALLEN: And how do you feel that close to two million people came out to show their disgust over this and now we're seeing live a video of more people gathering here on Monday?
CHOI: Well, actually you can see only a very few -- a small portion of people still stay in here on Monday because on Monday we are calling for a strike and it's not for demonstration. So that's why you can see it, yes. So we're calling for a strike at school, and some shops, and also some workers.
ALLEN: Do you feel the people have the momentum here to strike down this law and see Carrie Lam step down?
CHOI: Well, I have high hope that we can achieve that. Although even right now the central government say that they stood behind Carrie Lam. (INAUDIBLE) eventually they will (INAUDIBLE). I want to make some clarifications.
The hunger strike we have 21 members not just me and is -- last for 103 hours. I just take two slots. Each slot is 24 hours, OK. There's two members. They go through the whole process of 108 hours.
ALLEN: Do you expect China to have any input as this process goes on? Do you expect Beijing will remain on the sidelines? Do you think they are right now?
CHOI: Well, I don't think they would be on the sideline. Actually they -- I think they are in the background, OK. Otherwise, our terrific executive who would not just stupid to do such thing. And now, the Chinese government see so many people took to the streets, maybe they will make Carrie Las as a scapegoat. Maybe after one year, Carry Lam will step down.
[01:10:13] ALLEN: Do you think she could stay for a year?
CHOI: Well, we have an example. In 2003, after our demonstration against the 23 bill, the chief executive Mr. Tung stepped down after two years and he hasn't finished his term. So trying this coming doesn't want to lose their face. So when (INAUDIBLE) they will just let Carrie Lam go immediately.
Well, it's very difficult for Carrie Lam to carry on governing the city when two million people is up against her.
ALLEN: And now we'll be seeing as you say people pushing to go on strike. We'll see what happens this week. Thank you so much. We appreciate you joining us, Jimmy Choi. Thank you.
CHOI: You're welcome.
ALLEN: Well, America's top diplomat blames Iran for Thursday's tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman and he says the Trump administration is considering a full range of options including a military response against Iran.
Tehran denies it attack the tankers but Mike Pompeo claims the U.S. has evidence that proves otherwise.
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MIKE POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE, UNITED STATES: It's unmistakable what happened here. These were attacks by the Islamic Republic of Iran on commercial shipping on the freedom of navigation with the clear intent to deny transit through the Strait. This was on the Gulf of Oman side of the Strait of Hormuz.
There's no doubt, the Intelligence Committee has lots of data, lots of evidence. The world will come to see much of it but the American people should rest assured we have high confidence with respect to who conducted these attacks as well as a half a dozen other attacks throughout the world over past 40 days.
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ALLEN: Meantime, Iran is fighting back and blames the U.S. for attacking the tankers. Our Fred Pleitgen reports on the escalating tensions between the two countries.
FRED PLEITGEN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The Iranians now throwing some allegations back at the United States, this time in the form of the Speaker of Iran's Parliament Ali Larijani who on Sunday came out and said that he believes that the U.S. is behind the attacks on those two tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
He said he believes that it's part of America's campaign of maximum pressure against the Iranian government, and also that he thinks that the U.S. did this in his words because that campaign of maximum pressure isn't working and because the sanctions have not brought Iran to its knees yet.
Now, there wasn't any evidence provided with all of this, and at the same time, you had Secretary of State Mike Pompeo come out once again and say that the U.S. believes that Iran was behind the attacks. One of the other things that Mike Pompeo also said is that he believes that the Trump administration is trying all diplomatic means to prevent an escalation of the conflict in the Middle East.
The Iranians for their part again in the form of the Parliament Speaker are saying that they believe that the campaign of maximum pressure from the Trump administration is not a diplomatic tool but rather economic warfare. And the Iranians now also announcing that they are going to go one step further.
They've already said that on Monday they are going to come up with and make public new ways that they are going to scale back their commitments according to abiding by the nuclear agreement even though the Iranians are saying that by and large, they want that nuclear agreement to stay in place. Fred Pleitgen, CNN Tehran.
ALLEN: In Sudan, prosecutors have charged ex-President Omar al-Bashir with corruption. They accused him of illegally possessing foreign currency and accepting gifts. Sunday's hearing was Bashir's first public appearance since the military forced him out of office back in April. He was overthrown after months of mass protests against his 30-year rule.
CNN has learned that a teenager in Saudi Arabia who had facing execution has been spared. International pressure from human rights groups apparently led to the decision. The 18-year-old was accused at age 10 of accompanying his activist brother who allegedly hurled Molotov cocktails at a police station.
A source tells CNN the teenager has been sentenced to 12 years in prison which might in effect be reduced to three years given time served and probation.
Coming up, you're fired. That's what Donald Trump told his campaign pollsters. We explained the reason behind the U.S. President's surprising purge. And Mr. Trump also rips into his favorite target, the media this time is over cyber attacks and Russia.
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ALLEN: Welcome back. President Trump spent Father's Day weekend taking aim at one of his regular targets, the news media. The New York Times reporting on a couple of fronts apparently got the President upset. And as CNN's Boris Sanchez reports, the President exploded on social media with a puzzling reaction.
BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: President Donald Trump lashing out at the New York Times this weekend over reporting that indicates that the United States has attempted to infiltrate Russia's power grid, digitally implanting malicious software. The President clearly made unhappy. He sent out a series of fiery tweets, suggesting that the Times may have committed treason.
Important to point out in this reporting, officials essentially sidestepped the President, not requiring his authority to go ahead with these activities. Since 2015, American officials have pointed out that Russia has been trying to infiltrate the American power grid, so administration officials simply feel the United States is responding, in kind, to Russia. Why that would make the President angry? Well, he has repeatedly said that he wants a good relationship with Vladimir Putin, for the United States and Russia. This clearly made him unhappy.
[01:20:12] The President also making news for the way he is rationalizing his decision to not a fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller during the Russia investigation. Listen to what he told ABC News.
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Robert Mueller had a total conflict of --
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, CHIEF ANCHOR, ABC NEWS: And has to go.
TRUMP: I never -- I didn't say that. If I -- look, Article II, I would be allowed to fire Robert Mueller, assuming I did all of the things I said I want to fire him.
Number one, I didn't. He wasn't fired. OK? Number one, very importantly. But more importantly, Article II allows me to do whatever I want. Article II would've allowed me to fire him.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So, it sounds like --
TRUMP: I wasn't going to fire -- you know why? Because I watched Richard Nixon go around firing everybody and that didn't work out too well. So, very simply, Article II would allow me to do it.
SANCHEZ: Important to point out that in the Mueller report, there at least 10 instances of President Trump trying to interfere or intervene in the Russia investigation, perhaps more glaringly, when he told former White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Robert Mueller. McGahn declined. He essentially threatened to resign, the President ultimately relented.
So, in this accounting of the President's story, he is clearly indulging in some revisionist history. Boris Sanchez, CNN, at the White House.
ALLEN: And the President's campaign fired several pollsters after unflattering internal poll numbers were leaked to the media. CNN and other media outlets first reported the internal polling weeks ago. The data showed Mr. Trump lagging behind Democratic presidential candidates in key states. Continued press coverage of the numbers in recent days, said to have angered the President and led to the firings.
Joining me now is CNN Political Analyst and White House Correspondent for the New York Times, Michael Shear, Michael, thanks for being with us.
MICHAEL SHEAR, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Sure, happy to do it.
ALLEN: Let's start with a new poll numbers that don't look good for President Trump. A FOX News poll, of course, FOX is his go-to network, released Sunday, shows Mr. Trump coming behind the top democratic hopefuls in hypothetical match ups. How bad does that look for the President? When we say coming behind Biden, Sanders, Warren, Harris, and Buttigieg.
SHEAR: Look, I mean, I think there's a tendency to read too much in the polls that are coming, you know, well over a year before actual elections will -- actual voting will take place. So, I think you can -- I think you can read too much into them.
However, I think what really is important is the President's mood and the way that these polls affect that. More than any President I have ever seen, he determines his own, kind of, self-worth based on these pollings. He doesn't look at them the way a sophisticated presidential politician would look at them as sort of a snapshot in time, rather he, sort of, internalizes them.
And I think, especially for the Democrats who are looking for ways to get under his skin, the polls are important in that way, at this point, because to the extent that he looks at them, especially coming from FOX, which he will have a harder time dismissing, to the extent that he looks at them and gets frustrated and lashes out, I think that's a win for the Democrats.
ALLEN: Right, and even going as far to fire his internal pollsters, which he did this week, after he did not like the numbers. It kind of -- it's also the same as we saw right after the inauguration, where he gave fuzzy numbers, because he didn't like the numbers of the people that showed up. How is he going to deal with this in the many, many months leading up to the election?
SHEAR: Well, I mean, I think that is a challenge for his presidential campaign. They have to be able to tell him what they believe is really going on, on the ground, they have to be able to tell him that he is leading in some place or behind in another place, so that they can shift strategies, shift resources, shift time, to focus on the areas that need help.
If he won't believe the truth that his own advisors are telling him, that's going to make it really difficult for him to mount a successful presidential campaign. But again, you know, part of the caution here, is that polling was really off in the 2016 campaign.
There's a lot of evidence that people weren't telling the truth when they -- when they, perhaps, told the pollster that they would not vote for Donald Trump. I think -- I think there are some of that going on here, and I think he internalizes that and thinks that these polls are just all wrong and that he must be doing better than they suggest.
ALLEN: So, what are the polling issues that might be hurting Donald Trump at this point? A recent poll in Iowa showed voters, ranked integrity and honesty, very high.
SHEAR: Yes, so, I mean, there are, sort of, two things that could be going on, I mean, there's a lot of things that could be going on, but there's two, sort of, main things, I think. [01:25:10] One is that the President now has a record that he didn't have in 2016, so to the extent that people think that honesty is a problem, honesty is a big issue, integrity is a big issue, being stable and, you know, not chaotic leadership, all of those qualities, the President has obviously demonstrated to a lot of people that he doesn't have those attributes and (INAUDIBLE)
And so, that's one thing that could be going on. But, again, I caution that there are lots of people out there that when a pollster calls and says, you know, will you vote for President Trump in the fall, for re-election, there's a lot of people who might tell a pollster, no, when they really privately know, you know, that they're likely to vote for him, or that they might vote for him.
And so, you know, it is possible that his support in some of these places is understated.
ALLEN: Right. Well, one issue that continues to dog Mr. Trump is his tax return, which hasn't been released. He discussed it in this week's ABC interview, and indicated he is all for releasing it, but he also got testy during that response. Let's listen.
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TRUMP: They're after my financial statements, the Senate. They'd like to get my financial statement. At some point, I hope they get it.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Are going to turn it over?
TRUMP: At some point, I might. But at some point, I hope they get it, because (INAUDIBLE) fantastic financial statement. It's a fantastic financial statement. And let's do that over, he's coughing in the middle of my answer.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Yes. OK.
TRUMP: I don't like that, you know?
STEPHANOPOULOS: Your chief of staff.
TRUMP: If you're going to cough, please leave the room. You can't. You just can't.
MICK MULVANEY, WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF, UNITED STATES: Sorry.
TRUMP: OK, do you want to do that a little differently then?
STEPHANOPOULOS: Yes, we just changed the angle, yes. Thank you.
TRUMP: So, at some point -- so, at some point, I look forward to, frankly, I'd like to have people see my financial statement, because it's phenomenal.
STEPHANOPOULOS: It's up to you. TRUMP: No, it's not up to me. It's up to lawyers, it's up to everything else, but there are asking for things that they should never be asking for, that they've never another president for.
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ALLEN: All right. Well, that person being asked to leave the room was Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney with an ill-timed cough there. But, bottom line, Michael, why is the President saying he hopes the statement will be released when he is the one who hasn't agreed to release it?
SHEAR: Yes. Look, I don't put almost any stock in that answer, I mean, this is typical President Trump. He will tell people what they think they want to hear at that moment when he has no intention.
Remember, when he was asked repeatedly by reporters at the White House, whether he wanted to and would testify willingly to Special Counsel Mueller and the Russia investigation, he said repeatedly, absolutely, I intend to, I plan to, and then he never did. And there was no indication that he ever really intended to.
And I think this is a similar kind of gambit on his part. He says, oh sure, I want everybody to see my tax returns, and yet, he's done everything that he could, and when he says the lawyers are the ones that are stopping the tax returns from getting out, who do you think directs the lawyers?
It's his own lawyers, and certainly, if he wanted to direct the lawyers, and the government agencies to release his tax returns, he could do that at any time, and so I put very little stock in that effort.
ALLEN: All right, we always appreciate your insights, Michael Shear for us at the New York Times. Thanks, Michael.
SHEAR: Sure, happy to do it.
ALLEN: Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Germany, but is it not being done to stop it from getting even worse, our report from Berlin, coming up after the break. Also, as you can see and hear, giant hail is pelting Europe. We assess the damage and see if more extreme weather is on the way. Pedram will have that for us.
[01:32:31] NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Thanks for staying with us. You are watching CNN NEWSROOM live form Atlanta.
I'm Natalie Allen.
Here are our top stories.
Protesters in Hong Kong say they will continue to jam the streets until a controversial extradition bill is withdrawn completely, and chief executive Carrie Lam steps down. Separately, pro democracy activist Joshua Wong was released from prison Monday and immediately added his voice to the current protest. He was the face of 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement.
The U.S. and Iran now blame each other for Thursday's tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman. Iran's parliamentary speaker says Washington resorted to the attack because U.S. sanctions did not work. America's top diplomat says the Trump administration has intelligence that shows Iran carried out the attacks.
Investigators in the Dominican Republic say they are closing in on the person who ordered the shooting of baseball legend Dave Ortiz. A prosecutor warned that the person responsible, quote, "won't see the sun again for 40 years". So far, ten suspects have been arrested. Ortiz meanwhile is recovering at a U.S. hospital.
The conservative candidates vying to become the next British prime minister faced off in a televised debate. But, there was one absence that couldn't be missed. Front runner Boris Johnson decided to skip the event, an empty podium was placed on stage where he would have been standing.
Candidates laid out their Brexit strategies, discuss their personalities, and asked why the front runner was a no-show.
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JEREMY HUNT, BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY: We've been talking about Brexit for 25 minutes now and where is Boris? If his team won't allow him out to debate with five pretty friendly colleagues, how's he going to fair with 27 European countries? He should be here to answer that very question.
RORY STEWART, BRITISH INTERNATIONAL CEVT MINISTER: The fundamental issue here is that there's a competition of machismo. Everybody is saying I'm tougher.
Generally -- generally, every time I have this debate everyone's like trust me, I'm going to do it, I'm the guy, I can defeat the impossible odds. And I'm accused of being a defeatist by trying to be realistic.
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[01:34:55] ALLEN: Conservative MPs will select the final two candidates. Party members will then vote by postal ballot, and the winner will be announced about five weeks from now.
Anti-Semitism is on the rise again in Germany. Attacks against Jews increased 20 percent last year and concerns are growing the problem must be tackled with greater urgency before things get even worse.
CNN's Clarissa Ward has our story from Berlin.
CLARISSA WARD, CNN CHIEF INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): On the streets of Berlin, Germans gathered to support the country's Jewish community. Most of the marchers are not Jewish but some wear the kippah a sign of protest against the country's growing anti- Semitism problem.
In 2018, the number of anti-Semitic attacks in Germany increased by 20 percent. Last month, the country's anti-Semitism czar Felix Klein made headlines when he said that it's not safe for Jewish people to wear the kippah in certain areas.
FELIX KLEIN, ANTI-SEMITISM COMMISSIONER GERMANY: I wanted to have it understood as a wakeup call that we should act as a society before it's too late.
WARD (on camera): Was it a shock to you to see a 20 percent increase in anti-Semitic attacks last year?
KLEIN: What shocked me more was that there wasn't a public debate about it immediately. There wasn't an outcry. How can that be?
WARD (voice-over): Last year, CNN launched a major investigation into anti-Semitism in Europe. We found that 50 percent of Germans agree that Jews are at risk of racist violence.
Then restaurant owner Yorai Feinberg told us he gets harassed all the time.
YORAI FEINBERG, JEWISH RESTAURANT OWNER: From murder to I will break your knees, I will break your arms, I'll break your teeth. They are very creative in everything, you know, all the options that they want to break.
WARD: Seven months later, he says the German government needs to do more.
FEINBERG: I feel that the process that the German -- the Germans did since the Second World War, they made progress. They fight against what was here before. And now, all the good work is going backwards.
WARD: These bollards have been built to protect this synagogue from a potential terrorist attack. And this is now the reality of life for the Jewish community here in Germany. Every single synagogue, every Jewish school has to be protected by police 24 hours a day.
(voice-over): Anti-Semitism here has many sources -- the far right, the far left, and elements of the Muslim community.
Klein says it must be tackled from an early age.
KLEIN: (INAUDIBLE) is once again an insult in German schools. This is absolutely unacceptable. Once again, the teachers and also parents, families have to be confronted with it and it has to be made clear that we do not accept any form of anti-Semitism.
WARD: No small task. But Germany hopes that by having the conversation now, it can prevent a crisis in the future.
Clarissa Ward, CNN -- Berlin.
ALLEN: Over the weekend a fierce hailstorm worked its way through Europe. One fatality was reported in southwest France, and a severe weather is also causing significant damage to crops. To get a feel for how powerful the hail was there, listen to this.
So much for that windshield. France wasn't the only place being pelted. Giant hail two to five centimeters large, about golf ball size, was reported in Poland, Croatia and Greece.
Our meteorologist Pedram Javaheri joins us from the International Weather Center. That is a lot of hail across many countries -- Pedram.
PEDRAM JAVAHERI, CNN METEOROLOGIST: It is a scary sight. You know Natalie -- it is, of course it is severe weather season whether it be here in the United States or across the pond there across Europe. And the concern is very high in recent days.
In fact, when you take a look at how many storm reports we've seen, over 700 of which could be had across the continent in the past seven days compared to the United states about 460 comparably.
So you notice severe weather activity shift almost across portions of Europe, more so in the last week at least in the United States. And you notice the pattern here, over the past couple of days on Saturday. We had a severe weather risk right across this region of Germany, on into areas of Poland and work your way into the Czech Republic.
And portions of France certainly saw some of the severe weather as well and that's where we saw so reports of some two to five centimeter in diameter hailstones. 400 of these reports of large hail scattered around this region, and anytime you talk about hailstones of this magnitude, we are talking about coin sized to golf ball size in diameter, even reports of egg sized hail coming out across regions that's where the video here in portions of France was depicting.
[01:40:04] And what it takes is over 100 kilometer per hour updraft, essentially winds blowing straight up into the storms taking these hailstones, causing them to accumulate on to one another, until they are too heavy, and gravity wins out. But an impressive updraft really speaks to the significance of the severe weather pattern in recent days.
And at this point we are watching the scattered storms just sway toward the eastern portion of the continent, generally quiet or conditions compared to what we've seen. But really much cooler temperatures ahead of us the next couple days.
In fact, summer officially starts across the northern hemisphere, Natalie, on Friday. And among the coolest temperatures of the week are lined up there for the first day of summer.
ALLEN: All right. Enough of that hailstorm. That was just -- teacup size. That's a new one, too. We don't want to see that.
JAVAHERI: Yes. You don't.
ALLEN: Pedram -- thank you.
ALLEN: Well, a power outage sweeps across international borders. South America tried to recover from a blackout that left millions without electricity. And it's a puzzle as to why it happened.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Get out right now.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Can I open this?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, get out now. Get out the (EXPLETIVE DELETED) car.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All right. Ok. My hands' up.
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ALLEN: Why the mayor of Phoenix, Arizona is apologizing for this terrifying police behavior. That's ahead.
ALLEN: Power has been fully restored to Argentina's capital after a huge blackout plunged the country, and others around, it into darkness on Sunday.
Officials are now trying to determine the cause of the outage that affected tens of millions of people. But at this point, they don't suspect a cyber attack.
For more about it here is CNN's Amara Walker.
[01:44:54] AMARA WALKER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): Street lights off. Cars stopped in traffic. Silence and confusion. This is a scene in Argentina Sunday, after a massive power failure in the countries coastal grid.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: At home, you really can't see anything. I don't know where to go really, I don't know. And I was (INAUDIBLE) that it's going to take hours to come back on.
WALKER: Tens of millions of people were left in the dark for several hours. And because the grid is attached to power lines in neighboring Uruguay and Paraguay, residents in those countries as well as parts of Chile and southern Brazil were also affected. Several hours after the power failure, Argentinian authorities have not been able to identify the cause.
GUSTAVO LOPETEGUI, ARGENTINE ENERGY SECRETARY (through translator): We know now at this moment is at 7:07 a.m. a power failure hit the coastal energy transport system, a failure that occurs frequently.
WALKER: Although a power failure might be normal, a total disconnection of the system is not. Let alone a failure capable of affecting cities past Argentina's borders.
LOPETEGUI: What is abnormal and extraordinary and shouldn't happen, is the chain of events following the failure that caused the total disconnection.
WALKER: Argentine's president Mauricio Macri labeled the blackout as unprecedented, and announced a formal investigation to determine the causes. An initial report however might take up to ten days.
Meanwhile, social media users have taken to Instagram and Twitter to publish videos of their cities submerged in darkness, while others complained about interruptions to their everyday lives.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We were just with my 84-year-old grandmother, and we had to help her down the stairs, because the elevator wasn't working. Everything is closed, and there is no movement in the streets. But, oh well, you have to keep going.
WALKER: The power outage disrupted local elections being held in Argentina. And according to Twitter users, also ruined Father's Day celebrations across the countries.
Amara Walker, CNN -- Atlanta.
ALLEN: A harrowing police encounter in the U.S. state of Arizona. Officers pointed their guns at a family after they were accused of shoplifting. The family said they were terrified. And now they want $10 million in damages from the city.
CNN's Stephanie Elam explains what happened.
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STEPHANIE ELAM, CNN CORRESPONDENT: What is shocking about this video coming out of Phoenix is just how young the family is with police officers pulling their guns out on this family.
Now, what you can see is that the man in the car, this young couple in their 20s, and their two young children, the man pulled out, handcuffed on the ground, and then forced up against the police vehicle.
You can see that an officer sweeps his legs from underneath him, after that. At the same time, you can see that his fiancee is standing there, getting out of the car, with one baby on her hip, and the other young child walking next to her and the officer trying to yank the baby away, finally the woman giving her children over to a stranger, because she said she was afraid of what the police officer's going to do.
She told CNN, quote, "I really thought he was going to shoot me, in front of the kids."
All of this transpiring, because of a shoplifting call at a store, that was already in progress. Then the store manager alerted the police officers, that this family, the store manager claimed had also shoplifted. The family saying they didn't know their daughter had walked out of the store with a doll, that is what they are saying.
And then later if you go through the police report they say that the man admitted that he had shoplifted some underwear, and then threw it out of the window. Regardless, many are saying that this was just too heavy of a response for a shoplifting call.
The family saying that their daughters are traumatized, that the older daughter's having nightmares and is wetting the bed because of all that had happened.
The mayor of Phoenix, Mayor Katie Gallego also coming out with a statement saying that she was deeply sorry. That she's going to make sure that every precinct within the Phoenix Police Department gets body worn cameras by August, so speeding up that timeline. And also saying that there will be a community meeting Tuesday evening so that people can come together and talk about this.
And we have also heard from the police chief, Jeri Williams, saying that there'll be an immediate internal investigation and she also said that she was disturbed by the language and the actions that she saw from the officers in that video.
But a lot of people, very much questioning the use of force by these officers in this case. Right now, all of those officers though are on desk duty. In Los Angeles, I'm Stephanie Elam.
ALLEN: Coming up here, two of crickets' fiercest rivals took to the pitch on Sunday. We will find out if India was able to hold on to their perfect record.
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ALLEN: In northern California, a winner has been found at the U.S. Golf Open. American Gary Woodland took home the championship trophy Sunday, after finishing the tournament 13 under par. He overcame the world's top ranked player and defending champ Brooks Koepka in the final round in the open. This is the first major title of Woodlands career.
At the Cricket World Cup, another dominant performance from India against longtime rival Pakistan. India extended its perfect world cup record against its adversary, and it won Sunday's highly anticipated again, by 89 runs.
CNN's Alex Thomas has more for us from Manchester.
ALEX THOMAS, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Bad weather and uncompetitiveness led to an anti-climactic end to this World Cup game. It had been so easily anticipated, a real carnival atmosphere inside the Old Trafford cricket ground.
But India is batting as strong as we always expect it to be. Rohit Sharma's (INAUDIBLE) is a real highlight. And then an unexpected strength and depth as far as India's bowling is concerned, and it means Pakistan's world cup hopes are now hanging by a thread and the tens of thousands of India fans that were inside leave absolutely delighted.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Forty-seven years, I am. I wanted in my life to come with my wife and watch India beat Pakistan. And yes, man, we did it.
[01:55:04] UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Very exciting, very nice atmosphere, so many public as well, so fully-booked.
THOMAS: India seemed to be making slightly more noise than the Pakistan fans.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, yes.
THOMAS: Why was that?
THOMAS: Some estimates suggest that there was a global TV audience for this game of as many as a billion people. You may be skeptical about that, but there is no doubt this is a sporting occasion that transcends cricket and indeed many other sports as well. There were more India fans than Pakistan fans inside, but a real festival atmosphere.
Forgot the geopolitical relationship between these two countries, this is about two passionate set of cricket supporters enjoying their day despite the rainy Manchester weather.
Alex Thomas, CNN -- Old Trafford, Manchester.
ALLEN: Well, thanks for joining me this hour. I'm Natalie Allen.
Stay with us. We have more news next with Rosemary Church.
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