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BECKY ANDERSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: A deadly gun attack at a Russian university leaves at least six people dead and many more wounded. We will
have the details about the ongoing investigation.
Canadians are deciding who their new prime minister will be. The race is tight, but Justin Trudeau hopes his handling of the pandemic will keep him
And desperation under the bridge. The U.S. ramps up the expulsion of migrants as it struggles to deal with thousand mast in Texas.
Well, it's 5:00 p.m. in Moscow, it is 6:00 p.m. here in Abu Dhabi. This is our Middle East programming hub. Hello and welcome to CONNECT THE WORLD.
And a very busy two hours ahead for you for the second time this year, shots rang out at a Russian school, taking the lives of students. All of
this unfolding in the city of Perm, about 1300 kilometers east of Moscow. Here you can see a man caught on camera outside Penn State University.
He appears to be casually brandishing a rifle walking onto campus. University officials say he later opened fire, killing at least six people,
more than two dozen others were wounded in the shooting, or trying to escape it. And take a look at this. Students and teachers jumping from
windows. At this point, there are conflicting reports as to whether the gunman himself is still alive.
Matthew Chance joining us from Moscow with the details and those images extremely disturbing. What do we know at this point?
MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, not a great deal. You saw those extraordinary images of people jumping from the
building of the university in Perm, about 700 miles or so away from the Russian Capitol. Moscow, some of the injuries I expect were incurred
through them jumping out of the windows. But at least six people have been shot and killed according to the authorities on the scene.
We understand that the gunman has been identified as a student. The exact motive for the attack has not been set out yet by the investigative
committee here which is conducting its investigation into what happened. Vladimir Putin within the past few moments has actually spoken to the
nation about the situation passing on his condolences to the family of those -- the families of those who have -- who have lost, you know, what he
said were children in this -- in this -- in this shooting.
And he's promised to do everything that the state can possibly do to find out why this happened. And to try and prevent it from happening again. But
as you mentioned in the lead into this report, it's not the first time even this year, that there's been a school shooting in Russia, and it does seem
to be an increasingly, you know, big problem in the country.
ANDERSON: Doesn't Russia have strict regulations regarding firearm ownership?
CHANCE: Well, that's relative, I mean, compared to United States it does, yes. But, you know, there is the possibility of having guns here. I mean,
what I understand from this situation, is that the individual concerned was possibly using a shotgun, you know, something used for -- usually hunting,
you know, kind of wild animals. And obviously, the legislation when it comes to shotgun ownership is much more lacks than it is when it comes to
bullet firing rifles.
And so possibly, that's something else we've been discussed in the Russian media, possibly, that's something in tightening the legislation on shotgun
ownership, hunting rifles, as well, that could be looked at as a result of this, Becky.
ANDERSON: Yes. You've reported that Vladimir Putin has actually addressed the nation on this shocking incident in the past couple of minutes. On the
election that ended on Sunday, the ruling party expected to get a majority of the seats in the State Duma, which of course, is the lower house.
Matthew, what have you heard about allegations of widespread voter fraud and interference? And if we heard anything from the President to that
CHANCE: Yes, I mean, those -- look, first of all, the ruling party did manage to get a big winner of this. They've got their -- I think it's a
two-thirds majority they will get in the -- in the country's parliament, the Duma, which means their veto proof when you've got that two-thirds
majority, you know, there's, you know, no one's going to be able to stop you pushing through whatever legislation that you want.
But that victory has come at the cost of widespread allegations of vote rigging. We've seen reports of ballot box stuffing, not just reports, but
actual video caught by the election commission's own cameras at polling booths across the country with people so surreptitiously trying to ram sort
of voting papers into ballot boxes. Some of those have been investigated.
CHANCE: Some of the votes that have been identified as being fake have been an old according to Election Commission. But critics say there are still
thousands of incidents up and down this country and across the 11 time zones that have simply been ignored, not just ballot rigging, but people
forcing people to vote as well, you know, kind of employers taking their employees to a polling station saying vote for the person that want you to
But that's not even the biggest problem when it comes to the free and fairness of these elections. The fact is the real opposition in the
country, people associate with Alexei Navalny for instance, amongst others, the prominent anti-corruption campaign in the country is now languishing in
a Russian prison were not even permitted to stand in this election.
So, anyone who even made the ballot, the ballot was essentially some, you know, someone who had been vetted already by the authorities and allowed to
stand because the authorities didn't regard them presumably, as a significant threat.
And so, look, I mean, there are a great deal of concerns about this election. And I think independent observers feel that the Democratic
process in this country is very far from free and fair.
ANDERSON: Matthew Chance is in Moscow. Matthew, thank you. Well, U.S. President Joe Biden heads to New York today for the annual U.N. General
Assembly. Now he plans to use his speech tomorrow to issue a call to arms to tackle the world's most pressing issues, the pandemic, climate change,
human rights, and the assault on democracy in countries around the world all on his agenda.
Now, the speech coming amid a backdrop of domestic and international challenges for the President, including French outrage after Australia
pulled out of a deal with France to buy nuclear powered submarines to instead partner with the U.S. and U.K. Afghanistan's future under Taliban
rule and fallout from the U.S. drone strike in Kabul that killed 10 innocent civilians.
Global vaccine inequality, Mr. Biden pushing for booster doses for Americans before much of the world gets their first shots. And the swell of
migrants along the Texas-Mexico border. Our White House Correspondent John Harwood is here to connect us to what is a big week ahead at the U.N. And
the President, John, heading to New York for this event during -- let's be quite frank, the most difficult period of his first year in office.
I mean, what's the sense from the White House about the beat -- the tone, the President's attitude, he sent --- the sense of what he wants to achieve
this year in New York.
JOHN HARWOOD, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Well, I think, Becky, the administration is trying to keep their head down and pursue the goals that
they have laid out. So, the Afghanistan withdrawal, as messy as it was, was in pursuit of the President's goal to redirect U.S. military resources to
other challenges and a war that he thought was futile. The same with the submarine deal with the U.K. and Australia.
The President is pursuing the long-discussed pivot to Asia, to try to counter the military, economic political influence of a rising China. But
of course, that, as you indicated, has generated some hard feelings along the way with France. Military resources are finite, political resources are
finite. And if you make a shift in priorities, you're going to generate some flak and conflict.
The other issue, of course, the overarching issue for the entire world is the global pandemic. And the President is torn between domestic imperatives
to do the maximum you can to quell the pandemic in the United States, get as many shots and arms to Americans and booster shots to Americans who are
more vulnerable as you can, while realizing that it's also in the self- interest of the United States to quell the pandemic around the world.
And so we need 11 billion shots to vaccinate the world. The United States has donated about 600 million, that's a drop in the bucket. He's going to
try to rally other nations. But of course, that is going to increase pressure as the President sends that message on the United States itself to
do more than it's already done. This is why these decisions are difficult and the agenda of the administration has got a lot of competing claims on
And the President's going to try to balance those claims, not just at the U.N. General Assembly meeting where he speaks tomorrow, but he's going to
have a bilateral meeting the following day with Boris Johnson of the U.K. in the wake of the controversy over that submarine deal, and then a meeting
of the quad. Another attempt to counter China that -- which will take place here at the White House on Friday.
ANDERSON: You would expect an American president to -- in a speech at the U.N. push the idea of the importance of democracy in all countries around
the world. We expect the President to address the assault on democracy in certain countries. This is a tough one, isn't it? Because the assault on
democracy in his very own country front and center this year, is that something that he will be addressing and prepared to assume as part of his
narrative this time around?
HARWOOD: Absolutely. And as part of the overall narrative of his presidency, that this moment in history is a moment when democracy is under
stress by nationalist and populist forces, authoritarian forces all around the world and facing competition from countries like China and
authoritarian country that is trying to show that its model is superior and President Biden is going to make the case and he's made it domestically, as
well as internationally, that it is time to stand up for democracy and resist those forces that would push toward authoritarianism.
That is true within the United States, the Trump is forces within the Republican Party pushing the big lie, pushing the January 6th insurrection,
pushing restrictions on voting rights in the United States but it's also true globally as well.
ANDERSON: Always a pleasure, John, thank you for that. As John reported there, the pandemic of course, will be a huge talker at the U.N. and John
explaining there where the U.S. President will perhaps find some difficulty in convincing other world leaders that he considers the issue of global
inequity, an important one given the U.S.'s position with regard to booster shots.
Unvaccinated, non-deterrent Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he will open the general assembly as planned even though he is refusing to get the
COVID shots. The U.N. wants everyone inside the general assembly hall to be vaccinated but it says it's relying on a "honor system." Well, that
probably won't sway a leader who has mocked the vaccine, claim he can turn a person into a "crocodile." In fact, Mr. Bolsonaro is already promising to
flout the world body's COVID rule.
CNN's Shasta Darlington is reporting for us from Sao Paolo in Brazil. Is it clear where the viewer is showing any inclination to enforce its vaccine
mandate if indeed Mr. Bolsonaro defies his honor system?
SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: That's right, Becky. An unvaccinated President Bolsonaro actually arrived with his delegation in
New York on Sunday. Today he's scheduled to meet with Boris Johnson to discuss bilateral trade and travel restrictions that the U.K. is still
imposing on Brazil. Tomorrow as you mentioned, he'll deliver the opening speech at the United Nations and that despite rules requiring participants
to be vaccinated in order to even enter the assembly hall.
Now remember, Bolsonaro actually had COVID-19 last year. He recovered. It was a fairly light case, and he has nonetheless continued to criticize
masking and at least for himself has downplayed the need to get vaccinated. He actually made it very clear on social media last week that he would
arrive in New York and at the -- as -- the assembly without a vaccination. During a live broadcast on his social media. He said, "why do you take a
vaccine to have antibodies, right? My antibodies rate is really high, I can show you the document."
Now as you said, the U.N. expects leaders to respect and honor system but at the same time, they won't bar any leaders from entering the assembly
hall. Bolsonaro told CNN-affiliate CNN Brazil that his speech will last about 20 minutes. He'll focus on the environment, tourism agribusiness, and
Brazil's handling of the pandemic. Something that is obviously raising eyebrows considering Bolsonaro self-proclaimed the vaccination status.
But in fact, after months of criticism for its slow rollout of vaccines, and a death toll that has already topped 590,000, Brazil has now managed to
more or less get the virus under control, lowering both the number of new cases and the number of new deaths. Right now about 38 percent of the
population is fully vaccinated and more than 66 percent of the population has received at least a first shot and that's considerably higher than
other nations, Becky.
ANDERSON: Which is a good thing. Shasta, thank you.
ANDERSON: Coming up. A popular election in the middle of a pandemic. Justin Trudeau's future as Canadian Prime Minister is on the line. We're live in
Montreal where his voters there cast their ballots.
Plus, starting over in Italy. I'm going to tell you about the teacher who managed to get several former students and their families out of
And next hour we'll be speaking with the United Nations Humanitarian Chief Martin Griffiths. He is new in the job and we will ask him about the
assurances the Taliban are giving humanitarian workers in Afghanistan. He is recently back from the country. More on that
ANDERSON: Canadians are heading to the polls today. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's decision to call a snap election several weeks ago could
backfire. He's facing a significant challenge from conservative Erin O'Toole. Now, Trudeau is hoping to use his handling of the pandemic and
COVID-19 vaccine rollout to help him win. Many see his move is opportunistic, given that Canada is now in a fourth wave of COVID
Paula Newton joining us live from Montreal. What's the mood across the country as people go out to vote today?
PAULA NEWTON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It's cranky, Becky. I'm not going to lie. Look, it is a beautiful day, one of the last days of summer
here, Canadians were just trying to get a breather from this pandemic. As you mentioned, this is a fourth wave and while it may not be as bruising
here, as it is in the West Coast, you have to think in the West Coast, medical professionals are asking that the army be called in in Alberta.
In that context, Justin Trudeau looked at the polls and thought, huh, I could actually perhaps here take control of Parliament in Canada, something
he does not have right now. And he calls an election. Lightning fast. This election lasted only five weeks. But this has really turned into quite a
gamble from Justin Trudeau and in the end, there's still the possibility he could lose his job. Take a listen.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
NEWTON (voice-over): In the last lingering days of summer, a snap election seemed to root intrusion for so many Canadians. It's the middle of a
pandemic, not even two years since the last one. And it was tough to dodge, especially this campaign. It was ugly. This the token moment. Protesters
many of them opposing vaccines threw gravel at Justin Trudeau and stopped his campaign.
His rivals have hit him rhetorically, calling him selfish for calling the snap election in mid-August, trying to capitalize on good poll numbers to
secure a majority in Parliament. At first those favorable polls collapsed for Trudeau. For a few weeks even trailed the main rival Conservative Party
leader Erin O'Toole who accused him of attempting a power grab.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ERIN O'TOOLE, CONSERVATIVE PARTY LEADER: Were actually in the middle of an unnecessary $600 million pandemic election called by Mr. Trudeau for no
other reason that himself.
NEWTON: The angry loud anti-vaccine chants of Canada's People's Party energize the Trudeau campaign and put the pandemic squarely in voter
JUSTIN TRUDEAU, CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER: We're going to trust science, we're going to trust the experts. We're going to make sure that anyone on a
plane or train is vaccinated.
NEWTON: Here in Shefford, Quebec an hour from Montreal, it's a district or riding that is voted for three different parties in the last decade.
Organic farmer Isabelle Hauver, was looking on with sheer exhaustion. She like so many Canadians wanted to hear more about enduring issues like
ISABELLE HAUVER, FARMER IN SHEFFORD, CANADA: I won't be going on all what this little event on the right or this little event on the -- on the left,
you know, that bothered me or that made a big thing on the news. You know, that's not really the -- to me, that's not the big picture of it.
NEWTON: But time and again, the election pivoted back to the pandemic indivisibly ways. The local Democratic Party candidate says the People's
Party imported a brand of disinformation.
PATRICK JASMIN, NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY CANDIDATE: I'm not believing in truth. Sorry to say that Trump didn't help on that issue.
NEWTON: A short drive away, the People's Party candidate is pressing her points to voters. And she says they're listening.
GERDA SCHEIDER, PEOPLE'S PARTY OF CANADA CANDIDATE: Because we give them freedom of choice, we believe in a choice as opposed to forced vaccination.
NEWTON: This is still a tight race with Trudeau favored to win, but perhaps with no more political power than he started with. The campaign may not
change Canada's leader or even its parliament. But it has already left its mark on the very character of politics here.
NEWTON: Yes, it sure has here, Becky. In a lot of ways people did not expect -- I will talk to you again about turnout. Remember, this is a
pandemic campaign. They're already line -- long line up to some polling stations across this country. Got to keep the social distancing fewer
workers at the polls. It's going to be an interesting day and night here.
ANDERSON: Yes. I'm just interested to pursue this idea that there are now concerns. This election could bring about more polarization. I mean, the
charges are that Trudeau has brought this on himself. Just -- let's just focus for a moment on this idea of more polarization. How might -- how
might that manifest itself? And how damaging might that be at this point?
NEWTON: We could end up with quite a scramble. Remember, this is a parliamentary system. There are no less than six federal parties running.
Right now the Trudeau government is propped up, if you will, by the NDP, the New Democratic Party and their leader Jagmeet Singh. That could still
be the way it turns out tonight. But if there is not one party that can effectively form a minority government, you might be able to cobble
together a government but it is still a big risk.
In the middle of all that Becky put this pandemic which is really shone a light and taking really the veneer off any kind of unity in this country,
with people especially polarizing around the issue of the pandemic. And it has been something that has been startling to Canadians in a way that many
did not want to hear. Again, more rhetoric and you saw even though it was token that was being token gravel, no one was hurt in that event. Certainly
different for Canada and something many people will keep an eye on.
ANDERSON: Yes. Paula Newton, always a pleasure. Thank you very much. Indeed. We are watching women's rights in Afghanistan being ripped away
from them one by one. Women who work for Kabul's city government are being told to stay at home. On Sunday, Kabul's acting mare said only women whose
jobs cannot be done by men will be allowed to work in the city government over a fourth of the city's 2900 workers, for example, were women.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
HAMDULLAH NOHMANI, KABUL AFGHANISTAN ACTNIG MAYOR (through translator): Initially we allowed all of them to be present at their duties on time. But
then the Islamic Emirate decided it was necessary that for some time their work must stop. Then we only allowed those females when we needed. I mean
for jobs which males couldn't do, or which is not a man's job.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
ANDERSON: On the same day, a group of women's rights activists held a march.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ANDERSON: Now they are demanding the girls be allowed to attend secondary school and for women to be able to participate in government.
ANDERSON: Both of those rights appear to have been taken away since the Taliban took over.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
ANDERSON: Well, there's steady decay of basic human rights has left many Afghans seeking refuge in other countries as you will be well aware. For
many it's a matter of life and death. Ben Wedeman has the story now of one educator working tirelessly to bring former students to Italy.
BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Teacher and student meet again.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: How are you? (INAUDIBLE) Welcome to Italy, welcome to Italy.
WEDEMAN: Selene Biffi founded and ran a school in Kabul where Soheila Dorosti graduated five years ago. Last month as the Taliban took over
Kabul, Selene received the desperate message from a former student. Don't abandon me.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Because the Academy is a unique space that helps.
WEDEMAN: Selene founded the (INAUDIBLE) Academy in 2013 with fund she won from the Rolex award for enterprise. The Academy used Afghanistan's age old
oral traditions as a means of education.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And she told me she was very happy --
WEDEMAN: Selene, more than 5000 kilometers from Kabul pulled every string she could to wrangle places for her former students and their families on
Italian military flights out of the Afghan capital. Soheila and her family made it through the pandemonium and onto a plane. They're now in a small
town in Southern Italy. Another former student, Saed Wakil Husseini (ph) and his family were able to get on a flight out there barely.
She, Selene texted me and asked me to send her the list of family members he recalls. The next day she asked me to go to the airport at 5:00 in the
morning. We left all our belongings and a property behind. When I saw the situation at the airport, I thought we wouldn't be able to get in. The
Taliban were firing who barely missed me.
The Italian government managed to evacuate nearly 5000 Afghans before the Taliban took control of the airport. Selene looks back on the last month
with mixed emotions.
SELENE BIFFI, SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR: On the one hand, I'm very, very relieved that they are here and they were able to come to Italy but I'm very worried
about everybody else that could not leave the country, so my thought is also with them.
WEDEMAN: Barely a month in Italy, Sohela mourns the life she lost.
SOHEILA DOROSTI, AFGHAN IN ITALY: I love my country. I love my people and I have lots of friends in my country and I don't know what's happening --
happened for them. And it's makes me so sad.
WEDEMAN: Ahead now lies the long hard struggle for these strangers to adapt to a new life in this strange land. Ben Wedeman CNN Rome.
ANDERSON: Well still ahead on the show. Growing French fury over the lost submarine contract. Paris is so angry. It could scuttle a trade deal
between Australia and the European Union itself. And violent scenes in Australia as people clashed with police over a vaccine mandate for
construction workers. The latest as frustration surges in the State of Victoria. You're watching CONNECT THE WORLD. I'm Becky Anderson. Back after
ANDERSON: It's half past 6:0 in Abu Dhabi. I'm Becky Anderson. Welcome back to CONNECT THE WORLD. There is more potential fallout from the submarine
deal between the U.S., U.K. and Australia. France so incensed at losing its multibillion dollar contract with Australia for conventional subsided has
recalled ambassadors to both Washington and Canberra. And it's canceled a defense meeting with the U.K.
France's European affairs secretary warning that talks on a trade deal between the E.U. and Australia could now be in jeopardy. The payback could
continue with France opposes and effectively scuttles the E.U. trade deal while the French ambassador to the United States says the deal called Paris
by surprise. CNN's Cyril Vanier is in Paris with more on France's angry reaction. Cyril, it's absolutely clear there is a massive trust deficit
between France and Australia.
And indeed, we're beginning to see what looks like a burgeoning trust deficit between not just France but the E.U. and the Americans at this
point. I know that you've just got some information about just how the French were blindsided by this. What do you know at this point?
CYRIL VANIER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, Becky. That's really at the heart of this story. And France has made that very clear. It's not even so much
about the money. It's about how they were treated by their allies, in particular, Australia and the United States. And now we're now getting the
French presidencies detailed version of events. They say that they had heard rumors about concerns that Australia had over the execution of their
contract to get the submarines using French technology.
They had tried to address these concerns, but never at no point did Australia make it clear that those concerns were high enough that it could
scupper the deal. Now, Mr. Marcon actually took the initiative according to the Elysee of inviting partly for this reason, the Australian Prime
Minister Scott Morrison to Paris. He hosted him in June. At that point, according to the Elysee, the Australian P.M. did not say that the deal
could potentially go south.
He did not express the level of concern that Australia had with the French conventional submarines. Now Macron then wrote him a lengthy letter
addressing concerns. He did not get an answer that in any way indicated to France that the deal might go south.
And it's only in the run up to last week to Wednesday that the announcement of the outcasts, Australia, U.K. U.S. Security Alliance, it's only when
there were reports in the media that the deal might not go through that Mr. Macron reached out he wanted to know -- he wanted to not be blindsided and
find out from the Australians if the deal was going through or not.
He did not want it to come as a surprise did not get a direct answer and then receive, Becky, only a letter announcing the termination of the deal.
Just hours before it was announced on T.V. The French President getting only a few hours worth of heads up.
ANDERSON: What's been his exchange if at all with the White House on this?
VANIER: They have not spoken. Mr. Macron and Joe Biden have not spoken yet. We're told by the Elysee spokesperson that they will speak in the next few
days. The Elysee -- the Elysee making it clear according to them that it was the U.S. President who asked to speak with Mr. Macron. That was
confirmed to CNN by the White House that there indeed will be a conversation.
VANIER: Now what's going to happen during this conversation, Becky, what can Joe Biden offer Mr. Macron that would amount to saving face in France?
Can he cut him in on the nuclear deal? On the nuclear powered submarine deal? I mean, probably not. So what is it that he can put on the table that
would prevent France from escalating this further? It's really an open question at this stage.
France has pulled no punches saying not only it's been stabbed in the back that the trust has been breached. But I noted a comment by the French
defense minister that was, I think, didn't get much attention. When he talked about the U.S. and Australia on primetime French television this
weekend, Becky, he did not refer to partners, he pointedly said former partners.
ANDERSON: Fascinating. This will continue to have legs as a story. This is not going away. Cyril, thank you. Still ahead, a clear and present crisis
in America. Thousands are in limbo at the U.S.-Mexico border. We'll ask what the Biden administration is doing to tackle the issue. Up next, and a
powerful eruption locked one of Europe's favorite tourist destinations and it could go on like this for several more days.
ANDERSON: To a crisis unfolding as we speak at the U.S.-Mexico border. This is the scene at a migrant camp under the Del Rio international bridge in
Texas for example where thousands are waiting to be processed by U.S. immigration authorities. U.S. Department of Homeland Security has already
repatriated more than 300 migrants to Haiti. Well, CNN's Josh Campbell is live in Del Rio in Texas.
And these are quite extraordinary images. Josh, what's the latest? What are people hearing as they wait in limbo? What are their expectations at this
JOSH CAMPBELL, CNN SECURITY CORRESPONDENT: Well, the Secretary of Homeland Security has made clear that the migrants that are here if they don't have
a lawful purpose to enter the United States, they will be repatriated back to the place from which they came. That is clear. We're hearing from
authorities that they are working with organizations like the Red Cross, other aid organizations to try to bring food to this migrant camp that has
been set up under this bridge where these people are living in just truly squalid conditions.
Sleeping on the dirt next to piles of garbage, being exposed to the elements. It's very hot here. And so we see authorities trying to render
care while also setting up the process to repatriate themselves back. Now our colleague Jim Acosta spoke with the Department of Homeland Security
Secretary yesterday. Take a listen to what he said.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS, U.S. HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY: We are increasing the frequency and size of the repatriation flights. We have sent a very clear
message early on, in light of the fact that we are in the midst of a pandemic, that the border is not open. And people should not take the
perilous journey here. We are returning people to other countries.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
CAMPBELL: Now speaking of the Secretary of Department of Homeland Security, he will be here in about two hours. Coming to take a tour, get an
operational briefing about what is happening here. We've seen this surge of resources, hundreds of state federal officers and agents here trying to
grapple with this situation what people are calling a humanitarian crisis here at the southernU.S. border, Becky.
ANDERSON: Yes. And hundreds of Haitians we've been reporting have been flown back to their country. Do we understand how long these repatriations
might continue at this point? Is -- what's the strategy here?
CAMPBELL: Yes. So what we're told is that as of yesterday, there were still about 12,000 of these migrants that were here on site. Officials tell us
that their goal is to process 3000 per day. So at that rate, we're still days away from seeing any noticeable diminishment of the number of people
that are here. But that's why we're told by authorities that we're seeing this infusion of resources coming in from across the state of Texas there.
You can't see behind me there were just state troopers all over this area here providing security assistance, again, trying to help with this
processing. But again, 3000 a day. We still have some period of time where you're going to have a lot of people, these migrants living in the squalid
condition here under this international bridge, Becky.
ANDERSON: Yes, absolutely. Josh, thank you. Well, incredible images to share now of nature's fury, as it were. Plumes of smoke and streams of lava
spewing from a volcano on La Palma. One of Spain's Canary Islands. Government officials are warning that this eruption could be this strong
for the next few days. The island was on alert after earthquakes were felt over the weekend. About 5000 people have been evacuated from their homes.
So far thankfully, there are no reports of deaths or injuries. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has delayed his trip to the UNGA to be on La
Palma. He was set to get a closer look at the volcano and its destruction at some point today.
Well, the French capital went wild when Leonel Messi announced that he was joining Paris St. Germain. But what a difference a few weeks makes. The
fans and the star were left puzzled when the Argentine was substituted by the coach after 75 minutes during what was his debut game. And just all
look at his face. Messi ignoring Mauricio Pochettino, the coach on his way out. Though the coach's decision appeared to be the right one.
PSG ending up scoring and beating Lyon to one. Amanda Davies is here with her take on -- well, let's call it Messi's just you of course were there.
The day was introduced to Paris St. Germain's adoring fans, as we've been saying. What a difference a couple of weeks makes.
AMANDA DAVIES, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Yes. And Becky, Leonel Messi made such a point, didn't he? Of Mauricio Pochettino, a fellow Argentine being
one of the big reasons he moved to the part of France. But if looks could kill, Leonil Messi is not a player who was used to being taken off at a
crucial point in a game with a side looking to take the victory. He sat on the bench and really looked at daggers into the back of his manager.
His third appearance last night for Paris St. Germain. Still hasn't scored a goal. And as we know with every game, every performance, the pressure
just keeps on ramping up and it's made all the more notable by how much better Cristiano Ronaldo his great rival dialing is doing in on his return
to Manchester United.
ANDERSON: Which I'm sure you will do a lot more on in the next 15 minutes. World Sport up after this short break. We'll be back after that.