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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Will Choose New Coalition Leader; Greek Authorities Caught a Three-Decade Wanted Criminal; Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Baby Archie to Visit South Africa; Antonio Brown Says Goodbye to NFL; "Fleabag" and "Chernobyl" Bags More Awards at the Emmy's; Thousands Stranded as Thomas Cook Collapsed; President Trump Says OK on Releasing Transcript Call; World Leaders Meet in N.Y. for a Climate Change Summit; Iran Says No Concessions No Meetings; Excitement on Top as Wales Plays Against Georgia in Tokyo. Aired 3-4a ET

Aired September 23, 2019 - 03:00   ET

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ROSEMARY CHURCH, CNN ANCHOR: Ahead this hour, the world's oldest tour operator falls, stranding hundreds of thousands of travelers around the world.

Plus, world leaders gather at the United Nations for a climate summit as a damning report on climate warming is released.

And we will have the big winners from Sunday night's Emmy Awards.

Hello and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the United States and from all around the world. I'm Rosemary Church at CNN world headquarters in Atlanta. And this is CNN Newsroom.

Right now, some 600,000 travelers worldwide find themselves stranded and likely wondering exactly how they're going to get home. They're just learning that a long-time British tour operator, Thomas Cook, has collapsed.

These are images coming to us from Majorca, Spain. Holiday makers waiting to see if they can get a flight home. Sorry, we don't have those pictures. But all of the -- now we do. There they are. The live pictures of those stranded travelers.

All of the company's bookings have now been canceled and the U.K. is launching what's been dubbed Operation Matterhorn, the largest peacetime repatriation in Britain's history to bring home the company's British customers. Maybe others. We don't know at this point.

Now there's even a web site where customers can find details on those repatriation flights.

Thousands more customers from other countries will have to wait to see what options they have.

So, let's turn to Sherisse Pham who joins from Hong Kong with more. Sherisse, we're talking about the 600,000 travelers stranded across the globe. You mentioned last hour that web site, but from what you were saying when you read through it, it's pretty confusing. A lot of these people just don't know what's going to happen next, do they?

SHERISSE PHAM, CNN TECH AND BUSINESS REPORTER: It is confusing. And literally, as you were speaking in the introduction there, Rosemary, I was scrolling through the web site on my smartphone. Because if I am a Thomas Cook traveler, and I'm in that Majorca airport, I would probably be trying a lot of different avenues to see what options are available to get home.

And if you go to the web site, there is a place that says, if you are coming from Spain, from airport PMI, which is the Majorca Airport, go here to find out what is going to your flight.

I went there, I clicked on the data they have the drop-down menus by they are blank. So, there is a lot of confusion out there for tourists and travelers who are trapped abroad. There are a lot of people who are going to be qualifying for this repatriation program.

More than 150,000 people will be repatriated back to the United Kingdom. The largest ever peacetime repatriation. But there are hundreds of thousands more passengers out there that are trapped and don't have options yet on how they're going to get home.

The U.K. civil aviation authority is advising those passengers and those holidaymakers to check with their bank, check with their travel insurance companies, check with their credit card companies to see if they will qualify for a refund. And that is the only guidance that you're getting so far, Rosemary.

CHURCH: That is a horrible situation for the people, particularly if they're traveling with children. Of course, so many Thomas Cook employees are now out of work as well across the globe. How is all of this impacting Asia markets and global markets, too?

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PHAM: Yes, absolutely. This is a sad day for an iconic British company. Right? Tens of thousands of jobs of people, tens of thousands of people are going to lose their jobs as a result of the collapse of Thomas Cook.

Here in Asia we are seeing it play out in the markets a little bit because the largest stakeholder, I think he owns about 18 percent of Thomas Cook is Guo Guangchang who is a billionaire and the founder of one of China's biggest international conglomerate companies Fosun International.

Fosun International and Fosun Tourism are both trading down today. Forun tourism as you can imagine because it is completely related to the tourism industry is down almost 5 percent, Rosemary.

CHURCH: Yes. It is such a concern. It makes people worried about future travel, how much trust they have in other tour operations.

Sherisse Pham, many thanks to you joining us from Hong Kong with the details there.

Well, U.S. President Donald Trump is not denying reports he asked Ukraine's president to dig up dirt on a political rival. He's actually defending the move and says he'd be willing to release the call, the transcript of that call.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is it OK with the Ukrainian government releasing their version of the transcript?

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Well, I think their version would be the same as our version. I mean, it would be identical. But they did. They put out a major statement last night. And in the statement, they said it was a very, very fine conversation. And there was no pressure. No nothing. There was no pressure. That was not pressure. I know when I give pressure. And that was not pressure.

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CHURCH: Well, Mr. Trump has been pushing widely discredited allegations about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his family.

The story goes that the former vice president shielded his son Hunter from a corruption probe in Ukraine. This all came to light after a whistleblower complaint. And the president has responded in typical fashion.

CNN's Jeremy Diamond reports.

JEREMY DIAMOND, CNN WHITE HOUSE REPORTER: President Donald Trump is facing a whistleblower complaint alleging among other things that he pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate one of his political rival, the former Vice President Joe Biden.

All of that happening as the president was also withholding military aid to Ukraine. But none of that has stopped the president from shying away from this issue, this political controversy. Instead the president is using it to pump up these unverified claims about Joe Biden.

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TRUMP: What you have to do is look at the corruption on the Democrat side. Take a look at how the whole witch hunt started. Now they want to try and start another witch hunt. But unfortunately, this one is reverting now to Joe Biden because he's done some very bad things.

And I'm not even looking to hurt him, to be honest. He needs all the help he can get. I'm not looking to hurt him. I'm not looking to hurt his family. But the corruption and what he said is a terrible thing.

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DIAMOND: Now as the president muddies the waters there, you can also hear him using that term witch hunt, which of course the president used repeatedly to refer to the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. Now the president using that term to refer to this whistleblower complaint.

The president going after the credibility of that whistleblower as well, calling that individual a partisan, a political hack, despite the fact that he says he does not know the identity of that whistleblower.

And that's also despite the fact that the inspector general for the intelligence community who was appointed by President Trump, has deemed this complaint credible.

But the story is not going anywhere this week. The president will be heading to the United Nations later this week where he will meet with the Ukrainian president and also on Capitol Hill you will have the acting director of national intelligence heading to the Senate intelligence committee to brief those officials on this whistleblower complaint.

Jeremy Diamond, CNN, Wapakoneta, Ohio.

CHURCH: And the Ukraine scandal is fueling calls from Democrats to impeach President Trump.

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SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Donald Trump has made clear that he does not respect the rule of law. Congress has one responsibility on this and that is to --

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I had three.

SEN. KAMALA HARRIS (D-CA), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: We need to absolutely right away begin impeachment proceedings. He's got to go.

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FMR. REP. BETO O'ROURKE (D-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: There is no way to defend the lack of progress on impeachment, especially after what we have just learned about this president. If ever there were a time to impeach and hold the president accountable, it's now.

JULIAN CASTRO (D), FORMER HUD SECRETARY, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: It's a mistake not to impeach this president.

JOE BIDEN (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Depending on what the House finds, he could be impeached but I'm not making that judgment now. The House should investigate it.

(END VIDEO CLIP) CHURCH: For the most part, Republicans are standing by the president,

at least for now. But Senator Mitt Romney tweeted this. "If the president asked or pressured Ukraine's president to investigate his political rival either directly or through his personal attorney, it would be troubling in the extreme. Critical for the facts to come out."

Well, a top Democratic challenger to President Trump is downplaying a recent surge in the polls.

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A CNN/Des Moines Register/MediaCom poll of likely Iowa caucus goers found Elizabeth Warren ahead of Joe Biden by two percentage points. That is within the poll's margin of error. The poll also shows both candidates well ahead of other Democratic contenders.

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WARREN: I don't do polls. We are still months away from the Iowa caucuses and primary elections.

But this is, it is about a message. That we are sick and tired of American folks for a thinner and thinner slice at the top and isn't working for anyone else. We are on this picket line today to say that we are going to make this America work for --

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CHURCH: Iran's president is telling foreign troops to stay out of the gulf because he believes their presence is quote, "problematic and dangerous."

Hassan Rouhani says he will present a security plan for the region at the U.N. General Assembly. Iran is expected to hold talks with many countries at the gathering except the U.S.

Our Nick Paton Walsh has our report.

NICK PATON WALSH, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: President Donald Trump does say he is going to talk to Iran in New York at the U.N. General Assembly meeting, he sort of hold out the possibility that there's nothing scheduled, maybe something might possibly happen on the sidelines.

His message is trying to be clear if it holds out the possibility that happen, stance might change that.

His Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said clearly, talking to U.S. media on Sunday that they want to give diplomacy every opportunity. And I think he's more talking about trying to get international coalition around Saudi Arabia and how military force after some days of bluster from the White House isn't likely to be used.

Iran has been clear, it's foreign ministers saying they will not be talking to the United States in any way, shape or form, until the sanctions are reimposed when the Trump administration pull out the nuclear deal alleviated yet again.

And Iran's President Hassan Rouhani who's yet to arrive in New York who turn up there on Monday used this day which is the anniversary of the start of the brutal Iran/Iraq War of the 80s to suggest a peace initiative for the Strait of Hormuz where he would be focused mostly on the waterways tanker traffic in trying to de-escalate tensions there but also focusing on the departure of foreign forces.

Hs sort of euphemism for the United States who will be sending they said dozens, possibly hundreds more troops to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to back up their air defenses there.

But what you learned from the last week this escalated tension here, well you might say Donald Trump was willing to offer North Korea talks without any, something being surrendered or offered by North Korea first when it comes to Iran. Iran is the side of that, so he wants to get concessions from the U.S. before it's even willing to negotiate with them.

And also, too, there has been this weekend in which military retaliations have been held out as a possibility by U.S. presidents always willing to talk about how they have the best military force in the world, but it was never used.

And instead, although the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have yet to provide evidence to points to Iran being behind the attacks on the oil refineries, and turning to whether it was launch from Iran's territory.

We are still dealing with the stark accusation from Washington and Riyadh, one that is not being met by a military confrontation. Iran has always denied involvement, but I'm sure longtime analysts of this last week will be looking at exactly what it means for the U.S.'s willingness to intervene on behalf of their allies in the gulf.

Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, Tehran.

CHURCH: And CNN's Christiane Amanpour sat down with Iran's foreign minister ahead of the general assembly. She asked Javad Zarif about the diplomatic stalemate with the United States.

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CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, CNN ANCHOR: Foreign minister, are you saying that there is a plan afoot to close the doors to negotiation by the U.S. president?

MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF, IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER: I think the only reason they would re-designate our central bank is to make it impossible or very difficult for this president or his successor to remove their name from the list.

The bar is very high now, and I think those who propose this to President Trump wanted to close the door to negotiations, not during his presidency but even after his presidency. AMANPOUR: Some are saying that actually a hard-line elements like the

one you're describing here in the United States and Iran also wants to see doors to diplomacy close.

ZARIF: There may be people, but the leadership in Iran is more prudent than to fall in their trap.

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CHURCH: And you can catch Christiane's entire interview with Iran's foreign minister on Monday, 1 p.m. in New York, 6 p.m. in London, and 1 a.m. Tuesday in Hong Kong.

Well U.N. meetings have the reputation for being all talk and little action, but a new report shows that when it comes to climate change, we may not have time to waste. We'll have the details for you on the other side of the break.

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Plus, Wales plays Georgia in the Rugby World Cup in Japan, we will have a live preview from Tokyo. That's next.

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CHURCH: World leaders are convening in New York for a landmark climate action summit. It's happening in the coming hours ahead of the U.N. General Assembly. But the leader of the world's biggest economy won't be there.

U.S. President Donald Trump is skipping the climate gathering to lead his own session on religious persecution. But climate is the big focus of this year's assembly. And on Saturday a panel of young activists urged world leaders to find solutions for the overheating earth.

Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres is asking world leaders to offer concrete, actionable ideas before it's too late.

And a new U.N. report shows why it's urgent to address the climate crisis now. The data shows that damage from climate change is hitting harder and sooner than expected and it could soon be irreversible.

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It shows the past five years are on track to be the warmest of any five years on record. Sea ice is melting rapidly, sea levels are rising, greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached all-time highs.

And our meteorologist Pedram Javaheri joins us for more on the impact of this report. And Pedram, you know, we've been talking about just how sobering this is and the problem is that not everyone is listening. And we're talking specifically about the U.S. president in this situation.

PEDRAM JAVAHERI, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Yes, it's incredible kind of a setup right now when you consider the studies that have come out every single year. And of course, the data continues to back them up.

And then you look at what has happened just in the past five years. And it's the accelerated nature of how things have progressed that's really standing out with this particular report from the U.N.

And of course, hundreds of scientists, climatologists around the world, among the most notable here looking at temperatures that have been rising. Of course, the sea levels that have seen as well. And the sea ice lost that's increased in the extreme weather events that have together.

But you look at the temperature trend, in the past five years, 2015 through 2019, warmest five-year period on record. This is globally speaking, 0.2 degrees warmer in the previous five years which at that time where the warmer five-year period on record. That was 2011 through 2015. And since the pre-industrial time, 1.1 degrees Celsius warmer on a planetary scale as well.

And of course, this is just part of the findings here. You take a look at the sea level rise. We've seen that in the past 25 years. On an average basis per year. It was about 3 millimeters in a 10-year span. The past 10 years it was closer to 4 millimeters. In the last five years that number has gone up to 5 millimeters.

Another way to look at this is kind of a simpler way to understand it, the significance of just 5 millimeters, that's equivalent to the rate your fingernails grow every single month. That is how much our oceans have risen in the last five years on a planetary scale. Now that's a global average.

Look at the areas indicated in red right there off the coast of East Asia, also right there off the coast of Eastern United States into the Gulf of Mexico. Those red contours that's indicative of temperatures -- that's indicative of sea levels rising as much as 150 millimeters in that period.

That's equivalent to the length that your hair grows in an entire year. That's how much our ocean has risen off the east coast of the United States in the last five years. So really again, hits at home of how quickly this is all playing out.

Of course, it's resulted in deadly heat wave, increased tropical storm activity. And you take a look since 2017 -- or in 2017, I should say, when it came to say, Hurricane Maria, that particular storm took with it 2,000 lives in Puerto Rico, of course Dominica as well, 2015 through 2017 on a planetary scale, nearly 9,000 people lost their lives.

And you see Hurricanes Harvey and also the wildfires. Harvey was the single costliest national disaster in U.S. history, Rosemary, tied with Hurricane Katrina, $125 billion in losses with that particular storm alone. So really, an incredible the last five years when you look at the climate setup.

CHURCH: It most certainly is. And it has young people, children across the globe really concerned -- JAVAHERI: Yes.

CHURCH: -- really worried about their future.

Thank you so much, Pedram. I appreciate it.

JAVAHERI: Thank you. Yes.

CHURCH: The Rugby World Cup is in full swing. In just a few hours, Wales plays Georgia. So far two-time defending champion to New Zealand took down South Africa with a thrilling 23 to 13 win. While England demolished Tonga with a 35 to three victory.

And CNN World Sport Alex Thomas joins me now live from Tokyo. Good to see you, Alex. I'm sure you're having a wonderful time. Tell us about the Ireland versus Scotland and England versus Tonga matches.

ALEX THOMAS, CNN WORLD SPORT ANCHOR: Yes, those were the highlights on the third day, on Sunday's action here at the Rugby World Cup, Rosemary. And Ireland went into this tournament as the world number one ranked team. And some have said that questioned their right to be at the top of the rankings.

So, I think they have to come out, make statements, a bit like New Zealand had the day before in the same stadium and Ireland certainly did that. So, scoring four tries, which mean they get a bonus point for scoring that fourth try.

And humiliating a Scotland team they meet every year in the northern hemisphere's top international rugby competition, the Six Nations. Ireland is Grand Slam winners of that last year. Although they didn't do so well this year.

The final score in that game up in Yokohama, which is less than hour drive here from in Tokyo, 27 points to three. The Ireland captain Rory best among the scorers there and also tied fair on another of their star forward.

Ireland looking powerful then coming in here with as real title contenders in many people's eyes in what's been called the most open men's Rugby World Cup ever.

England will certainly be amongst those top six that could potentially lift the Webb Ellis trophy. They have won it before way back in 2003. And they beat Tonga sides who got plenty of physicality. England's back row forward Billy Vunipola considers himself Tongan as well as England. He was born in Sydney, raised in Wales, England, but his dad and his uncle both played for Tonga in Rugby World Cup.

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So, he got a massive hit on him from Zane Kapeli who said if he likes Tonga so much you should play for us, not for England.

Another person with Pacific Island heritage Manu Tuilagi scoring two of England's four tries as they won by 35 points to three, Rosemary. You're right say the other highlight (Ph) of the weekend the defending

champions New Zealand beating South Africa emphatically on Saturday, 23 points to 13. A real statement from them. And they are back up to the number one spot in the world rankings released earlier on Monday.

CHURCH: All very exciting. So, Alex, what can we expect when Wales plays Georgia in a few hours?

THOMAS: Yes, the only game on day four. We got 44 days to go. We still got 36 matches to go. This is game eight. Once this is done, it means each of the four pools soon of seen at least two matches. The top two - there are five teams in each pool - the top two will go through to the quarterfinals in a couple of weeks' time.

Wales coming in here as the Six Nations Grand Slam champions. They got to the semifinals in 2011, they finished fourth eventually. Finished third in the inaugural World cup back in 1997. Playing against the Georgia team for only the second time in their history.

But Georgia getting better and better at rugby. They really love it. They came third in their pool four years ago at the England World Cup beating Tonga and Namibia along the way.

So, they certainly are not coming for the (Inaudible). So, you have to be very careful. And you know what, it's really windy here in Tokyo at the moment. Very humid as well. It doesn't see how the Welsh and Georgians cope with those conditions.

CHURCH: Yes, absolutely. Alex Thomas, many thanks to you bringing us that live report from Tokyo. I appreciate it.

And for our international viewers, thank you so much for your company. I'm Rosemary Church. Modern Explorer is just ahead for you. And for our viewers here in the United States, the news continues in just a moment. Don't go anywhere.

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ROSEMARY CHURCH, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back to CNN Newsroom. I'm Rosemary Church. Time to check the global headlines for you this hour.

And these are some of the more than half a million travelers stranded worldwide after Thomas Cook, one of the world's oldest and largest tour operators declared bankruptcy. All of the British company's flights have been canceled.

The U.K. will now launch its largest ever peacetime repatriation to bring home more than 150,000 of Thomas Cook British customers. Thousands more customers from other countries will have to wait to see what options are available to them.

Well, the U.N. is warning there's a dangerous gap between what countries are willing to do to fight climate change and what actually needs to be done.

It released a new report the day before the climate action summit showing that the crisis is hitting harder and sooner than expected. And that the damage could soon be irreversible.

The U.S. president is defending a call with his Ukrainian counterpart back in July. Donald Trump is slamming the whistleblower who reportedly filed a complaint about it and says he hopes the call is released.

A source says Mr. Trump pressed Ukraine to investigate the son of his political rival Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Well, Israel's president is meeting with political party leaders to see who they recommend lead the country. President Reuven Rivlin has to break the election impasse since neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Benny Gantz won enough votes to form a governing coalition in the last week's election.

CNN's Oren Liebermann joins us now live from Jerusalem outside the presidential residence. Good to see you, Oren. So, of course, the horse trading is already underway. What is the latest on who might be able to form a governing coalition at this juncture?

OREN LIEBERMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Rosemary, it seems almost certain at this point that the political deadlock that has faced Israel over the course of the past couple of months is set to continue.

President Rivlin is finishing up his meetings with the political parties. He has four parties to meet today but the key meeting was last night where he met with the potential kingmaker in Israel's election, a smaller eight-seat party, and the leader of that party decided not to recommended anyone, meaning neither Benjamin Netanyahu nor Benny Gantz have a clear path to a coalition.

And now it will be up to President Reuven Rivlin over the course of the next week and a half or so to try to figure out how to break this impasse and it is an impasse that is very difficult to break and he has a very difficult decision to make ahead of him.

But there was another major piece of news coming out of his meetings yesterday and that's the joint list made up of four Arab parties decided to recommend Benny Gantz. Why is that a big deal? Well the joint list normally doesn't make a recommendation.

In fact, only once in the country's history back in 1992 did the joint list recommend a candidate for prime minister and that was then Labour leader Yitzhak Rabin who campaigned on a platform of peace with the Palestinians.

Now they recommended Benny Gantz. Part of the reason they explained was that they're ready to do what they have to, to oust Netanyahu. But it also signals that they are more willing to be a part of the democratic process here. And even if they don't sit in the government it is still a major from them to recommend a pro-Israel Zionist.

Well, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party came firing out saying that it's wrong for them to recommend or to make any recommendation that they shouldn't -- the party that they recommend shouldn't be in charge of the government because that party then has to rely on the Arab parties, that as Netanyahu's Likud party says oppose a Jewish and Democratic state and are pro-terrorists.

That's the same kind of anti-Arab rhetoric that has overtones of racism that we saw from Netanyahu's Likud Party during the election. Crucially, Rosemary, it didn't work then. But Netanyahu is keeping it up at this point as he tries to put pressure on others to support him to remain Israel's prime minister.

CHURCH: So, let's look at those four Arab parties and the significance of this. Because the Arab parties have not wanted to be part of any coalition because of where things stand with the military. Could -- could that change?

LIEBERMANN: It's unlikely that they'll end up in a governing coalition but it does throw the weight behind Benny Gantz. And we'll see how this plays out because he still doesn't have a clear path to a governing coalition.

But first, it signals their frustration over years with Netanyahu. Second, it signals a major move because Benny Gantz's party is led by military chiefs of staff who have waged war against Palestinians in Gaza.

So, the fact that they're willing to support Gantz is a pretty landmark moment at this point. How does it play out? And that's where this gets difficult and unclear. That's where the onus now falls now on President Reuven Rivlin to decide how to try to get Israel out of what is now very clearly political chaos.

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CHURCH: We shall watch very closely to see how this all goes. Our Oren Liebermann bringing us that live report from Jerusalem, many thanks to you.

Well, Greek police have arrested a Lebanese man over the TWA plane hijacking in 1985 where a U.S. Navy diver was killed. The suspect was detained on the island of Mykonos. He was also wanted by German authorities over kidnapping.

Elinda Labropolou has been covering this story and she joins us now live from Athens. Good to see you, Elinda. So, how were authorities able to track down this suspect after all these years and what more are you learning about the evidence they may have?

ELINDA LABROPOLOU, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, it seems that the man was found in a routine check by Greek police but following a list by the German authorities that had given some of the information for his identification.

So, the man was arrested in Mykonos, on the island of Mykonos. He has since been to the prosecutor's office on the island of Syros and he is to be transferred after being detained at an Athens prison where we're waiting for confirmation from the Greek and German authorities confirming his identity.

Now, we don't -- the name of the person has not been released by the Greek authorities, but all signs point to a warrant that was for a person involved in the 1985 hijacking as well as a 1987 kidnapping. So it all points to just one person, one of the hijackers that have been released in Germany after being tried there for 19 years and being returned to Lebanon in 2005.

Since then, the U.S. has asked for the man's extradition because during the flight, during the hijacking of the flight, one person was killed by the hijackers. And that was a U.S. citizen, that was a navy diver that died. And since then the man in question has been on the FBI's most wanted list.

So, what we're waiting for in Athens, and actually right here at the Athens airport, the old airport where the hijacking took place is to find out whether the information originally given to the Greek authorities is actually the one leading us to the man's identity, Rosemary.

CHURCH: Yes. So, do we have any knowledge of evidence that links him to this hijacking and the kidnapping?

LABROPOLOU: Well, we've -- the information is coming in slowly. Because as you understand, it's a sensitive issue. It's also a case that took place a very long time ago.

What we have is really what the Greek and German authorities have been saying so far, that they're saying that everything we have points to this man. But the Lebanese have so far been saying we have the wrong man here. This is a journalist. The person was traveling on a journalist passport and a different name.

So really, it's a little early to know if this is the right guy but the stakes are very high. Because as you know, he is one of the most wanted man for 34 years now, Rosemary.

CHURCH: Yes, it is a very long time. And incredible if this is, indeed, the man they've been looking for. Elinda Labropolou, thank you so much for your live report. I appreciate it.

Well, it is the first tour for the royal couple and their baby boy. Britain's Duke and Duchess of Sussex are heading to Africa. Coming up, a look at their agenda for their 10-day tour. Plus, the 2019 Emmy ceremony was not all about the awards. Some

winners used the moment to highlight significant issues. We'll take a look a that on the other side of the break. Stay with us.

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CHURCH: In the coming day, Britain's duke and duchess of Sussex, along with their baby son Archie will begin their first tour as a family. Their 10-day trip to Southern Africa includes visits to four countries and 35 engagements.

Max Foster has details from Cape Town, South Africa.

MAX FOSTER, CNN LONDON CORRESPONDENT: The duke and duchess of Sussex are probably the most high-profile couple on the planet right now and this particular interest in this visit because they're bringing Archie, their young son along.

And if all goes to plan, he'll be carrying out his first official public engagement here in South Africa in the coming days.

This visit was organized by the British government to solidify ties between South Africa and the U.K. But the palace also very keen to emphasize the couple's interest and the causes they want to support going forward in their royal careers.

The duchess hasn't been here before just here in South Africa. Then the duke will head off to Botswana, will get involved in conservation projects also HIV/AIDS awareness, something that his mother care deeply about.

He'll go on to Angola to pick up another of his mother's causes, which is the clearance of land mines in that country. He'll literally be retracing his mother's steps in that iconic photo of Diana in a land mine field.

Then he goes on to Malawi, another conservation project there before he comes back to South Africa and teams up with his wife and son for a series of engagements at the end of this 10-day visit.

I'm told by U.K. government officials there is huge interest in this tour. Harry has always had a relationship with this part of Africa. Meghan hasn't been here before. But I'm told there's particular interest in her personal story, in this country where race is still a big issue.

Max Foster, CNN, Cape Town, South Africa.

CHURCH: The royal couple is also scheduled to visit some of Cape Town's most marginalized townships. Gang violence there continues to spike as murder rates rise.

A warning to photo-sensitive viewers, this report includes flashing lights. David McKenzie takes us to Cape Flats. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Just mere miles separate this beach from her home. But listening to Chloe speak after an hour in the water, and it might as well be a world away.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's (Inaudible) because it should (Inaudible) we love.

MCKENZIE: What kind of things happen in your neighborhood, Chloe?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They shoot, they rape people, they abuse people. It helped me because we have manners here. No fighting, no swearing. And they care about us here.

MCKENZIE: The Waves for Change charity gives Chloe and others a chance to feel like children. And this week they will get a chance to meet a prince and princess from England and then they will return home. Many to neighborhoods so bad that the military has been deployed in an attempt to stop the killings. So far, it hasn't help.

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ABDUL WAHEEM MARTIN, PARAMEDIC: We call it Iraq.

MCKENZIE: Iraq.

MARTIN: Yes, we call it Iraq.

MCKENZIE: Abdul Waheem Martin has named his patch after a war zone.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It might be a gunshot in the area.

MARTIN: The only thing that goes through my head most of the time is are we going to see tomorrow morning? Are we going home?

Are you going to escort us?

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MARTIN: OK. Save it for me. OK. So, we're going out to a guy that got stabbed in the chest. They don't know if he's bleeding or if he has a pulse. Unfortunately, he's in the red zone so we'll have to wait for a CPS escort.

MCKENZIE: These neighborhoods are they feel almost broken to me.

MARTIN: It does. It does feel, especially at this moment, knowing that to me, right around the corner, and we can't do anything.

MCKENZIE: Can't do anything because Martin and his crew must wait for a police escort. He says 80 of their ambulance crews were targeted last year. Impatiently waiting so they, too, don't join a growing list of victims.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What is happening in you just played -- MCKENZIE: The mothers of this broken place live every day with the

memories of their lost sons. Gathering together to gain strength. What is the violence doing to families here?

SHANNAZ THEUNISSEN, MOTHER OF VICTIM: It's breaking families up like (Inaudible) everything. He was a child who used to do everything for me. He was my -- up to today, I can't go a day without him. In the morning, I must -- he's not here with me. Let me just go through this pain. Let me just -- I have only one way just to say good-bye to him.

MCKENZIE: The security escort takes nearly an hour.

MARTIN: Escort received. Yankee, echo, yankee --

MCKENZIE: Martin doesn't blame the police. He knows that the police's resources are stretched as thin as theirs.

MARTIN: Good morning, Bubba (Ph). Morning.

MCKENZIE: But as a paramedic, he also knows that the window for saving this life was just minutes not hours.

MARTIN: We have grown -- we've grown to have a sense of tolerance for this transpiring which is scary because the moment we start tolerating the way things are happening, we're actually saying that it now becomes a norm, which it shouldn't be.

MCKENZIE: David McKenzie, CNN, Cape Town, South Africa.

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CHURCH: In Egypt police have reportedly arrested more than 160 protesters after rare anti-government demonstrations. Very little dissent has been allowed since President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi came to power six years ago.

An actor and building contractor sparked the protests. In a series of video, Mohamed Ali accused the president of misusing public funds. He has called for another round of protest this Friday.

Amazing images from Hong Kong. Pro-democracy protesters packed a shopping mall and trampled on a Chinese national flag. Protesters then set fires in the street Sunday night. Firefighters quickly put them out.

Police say two 13-year-olds who were arrested on Saturday have been released. The protests have been taking place every weekend in Hong Kong for four months now.

Well, it was a British invasion at the 2019 Emmys as British actors and shows grabbed several top awards. We will have more on the winners and losers next.

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(COMMERCIAL BREAK) CHURCH: An embattled U.S. athlete says he's finished with the National Football League. Antonio Brown announced his effective retirement after he was released from multiple teams and accused of misconduct.

CNN's Nick Valencia has our report.

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NICK VALENCIA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: He's arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL but now Antonio Brown says he wants nothing to do with the league at all. Brown going on a Twitter tirade on Sunday, and here's part of what he said.

"Will not be playing in the NFL anymore. These owners can cancel deals do whatever they want at any time. We will see if NFL Players Association hold them accountable. Sad they can just void guarantees at any time going on 40 million. Two months we'll see if they pay up."

Brown seeming to make reference in $30 million in guaranteed money with the Raiders that he lost out on after being fired for conduct detrimental to the team.

Shortly after being released by the Raiders he was picked up by the New England Patriots where he was supposed to guaranteed $9 million. But after being fired by that team that contract was voided as well.

Shortly after being released by the Patriots Brown's agents said that the wide receiver was looking forward to the next opportunity he had in the NFL. Now it seems that Brown wants nothing to do with the league all together.

Britney Taylor, Brown's former trainer and longtime friend has accused the wide receiver of sexual misconduct and has accused him of rape. A second accuser also came forward earlier this week accusing Brown of being sexually inappropriate with her after she hired to paint a mural at his home.

Neither of the accusers have file -- neither of the accusers has filed any criminal charges. Britney Taylor has filed a federal civil lawsuit. Brown has denied all of the allegations.

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Nick Valencia with that report.

A star-studded night in Los Angeles as celebrities turned out for the 71st Emmy Awards. What was missing, a host.

The award ceremony's producers opted not to have a master of ceremonies this time. "Fleabag" and "Chernobyl" won multiple awards. There were shout outs for equal pay for women and calls for equality for the transgender community.

CNN's David Daniel has more.

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PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE, ACTRESS: I find writing really, really hard and really painful.

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DAVID DANIEL, CNN ENTERTAINMENT SENIOR PRODUCER: Nevertheless, "Fleabag" creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge won her first Emmy for writing. Then another for lead actress in a comedy series.

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WALLER-BRIDGE: I find acting really hard and really painful.

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DANIEL: And then returned to the stage when "Fleabag" won outstanding comedy series.

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WALLER-BRIDGE: So, this is just getting ridiculous.

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DANIEL: First-time winners in drama category included "Ozark's" Julia Garner for supporting actress and Jason Bateman for directing. Jodie Comer lead actress for "Killing Eve" and Billy Porter, lead actor for "Pose."

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BILLY PORTER, ACTOR: So, we as artist are the people that get to change the molecular structure of the hearts and minds of the people who live on this planet.

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DANIEL: In the limited series or movie category, Michelle Williams won her first Emmy, lead actress for "Fosse/Verdon" and Jharrel Jerome received a standing ovation as he accepted the lead actor trophy for "When They See Us."

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JHARREL JEROME, ACTOR: This is for the men we know as the exonerated five.

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DANIEL: Standing ovations also went to two shows that said goodbye, "Game of Thrones" and "Veep." (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS, ACTRESS: I was told I would be up here alone.

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DANIEL: No Emmys for "Veep" Sunday night but "Game of Thrones" won a pair. Peter Dinklage won his fourth supporting actor trophy.

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PETER DINKLAGE, ACTOR: Amen. We literally walked through fire and ice for you. Literally. And I would do it all again in a heartbeat.

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DANIEL: And for the fourth and final time the show was named as outstanding drama series.

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DAVID BENIOFF, CO-CREATOR, GAME OF THRONES: I can't believe we finished it. I can't believe we did it. We did it all together and it's over.

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DANIEL: In Hollywood, I'm David Daniel.

CHURCH: What a great show. What a great night.

Thanks for your company. I'm Rosemary Church. Early Start is next. You're watching CNN. Have yourselves a great day.

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