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BECKY ANDERSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR (voice over): Ukraine's president tells world leaders he wants the war over by year end as those gathered at

the G7 Summit seek to starve Russia of oil money. Plus.

SALMA ABDELAZIZ, CNN REPORTER: This horrific attack is going to shake up Kyiv. For weeks now the capital has been relatively secure, relatively

quiet. It's absolutely going to shatter that semblance of safety.

ANDERSON: What as G7 in Germany begins. Ukraine's capital reels from a Russian missile strike. We're live from that summit and in Kyiv with the

details. And families mourn the death of 22 teenagers in South Africa as the police investigation in what caused. The tragedy continues.

From our home base here in Abu Dhabi, where the time is 6:00 p.m. I'm Becky Anderson. Hello and welcome to CONNECT THE WORLD. Well, the G7 Summit

happening now in the German Alps has become a strategy session for how to bolster Ukraine, weaken Russia and stay united as Vladimir Putin's war

drags on. The leaders of the world's seventh wealthiest democracies today pledge to support Ukraine for as long as it takes.

And President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is hoping it will only take a few more months. He addressed the group today virtually and said he wants the war to

be over by the end of this year before winter sets in. And he urged G7 leaders to press harder with sanctions to help with that goal. But Russia

appears to be making progress and its assault on the east of Ukraine. Their officials have urged civilians in Sloviansk and Lysychansk to leave


Meantime, Russian missiles struck Kyiv over the weekend. The first such attack on the capital in several weeks. Well, CNN's Selma Abdelaziz

standing by live in Kyiv with the latest on Russia's attacks. Let's start with CNN's Kaitlan Collins just outside the G7 Summit site. Kaitlan, the

president of Ukraine addressing world leaders today. Let's just consider what he said. And what the response from those gathered was.

KAITLAN COLLINS, CNN CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Well, I think the biggest thing, the biggest takeaway, certainly that U.S .officials seem to

have had about those remarks from President Zelenskyy today was about timing and how long this conflict could potentially go on for because that

has obviously been the number one concern, as you've seen it turned into this grinding conflict between Russia and Ukraine where, obviously in the

beginning, Ukraine had so much more momentum and was able to defend themselves so much better than a lot of allies thought that they would be

able to do.

And yes, you've seen how the U.S. and other allies have stepped up their efforts to help supply Ukraine with the military weapons that they need to

force back the Russians. But now you've seen the Russians making these incremental but still significant gains. And so we are told by a source

that during this call today, President Zelenskyy told President Biden and the other G7 leaders, he wants to see this war end by the end of 2022.

Of course, we're already halfway through the year, that would be about six months from now, before winter starts. And so, one of the things that Jake

Sullivan, who is President Biden's national security adviser later said was he didn't want to confirm that that is exactly what Zelenskyy said. He said

he didn't want to put words in his mouth. But he did say that the Ukrainian leader talked about this in terms of months, not years.

And that he implored those that have been helping Ukraine with military assistance, with humanitarian assistance that he wants to see the maximum

use of the next few months. Really focusing on that timeline and obviously hoping to bring this Russian invasion of Ukraine to an end sooner rather

than later, given the immense suffering that has -- it has caused the Ukrainian people, obviously, you see the casualties that Ukrainian forces

have taken.

And so, really, so much of the conversation today appeared to be -- to appear to have been centered on the timing aspect of all this and just how

long this war could go on.


JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We have to stay together because Putin is counting on from the beginning. And somehow NATO would -- and the

G7 would splinter but we haven't and we're not going to. So, we can't let this aggression take the form it has and get away with it.



COLLINS: And what President Biden was getting out there, this concern that NATO, that Putin could potentially splinter NATO, splinter these G7 allies.

He said that they're not going to let him do that. But that obviously has been an underlying concern as each of these leaders have been facing issues

at home. Obviously, it's soaring prices, food prices, energy prices. There's been a concern about Ukraine fatigue.

Fatigue setting in or not being the same support in their domestic audiences that they've seen over the last several months. President Biden

saying there that they are going to stick together and not allow Putin to create a fraction between them.

ANDERSON: Whilst leaders -- thank you, Kaitlan. Whilst leaders are gathered in Germany pledging further help. We have seen the first Russian attacks in

several weeks on the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. Salma Abdelaziz is there and just to explain what happened and what the atmosphere is like where you

are at this point.

ABDELAZIZ: Becky, it's interesting, you heard our colleague, Kaitlan Collins there describing the timing aspect. I'm going to add to that, I'm

going to expand to that. For Ukrainians here, it's about sustainability. How long can they sustain a fight against a military that is much more

powerful, that has a lot more manpower, that has a lot more weapons, that is more capable of a certain level of brutality, particularly when you look

at the east of the country in the Donbas where Ukrainian troops are having to pull back, withdraw from territory.

And then yesterday, of course, as these G7 leaders were gathering, President Putin reminding Ukraine of his reach, of his capability. Yes, his

troops withdrew from Kyiv in early April, but that doesn't mean he can't still hit up the city. And that's exactly what happened yesterday.

Residential building struck by multiple missiles. We were at the scene, and I want to show you the devastating impact. Take a look.


ABDELAZIZ (voice over): An attack that rattled Ukraine's capital. In the early hours of Sunday morning, multiple Russian missiles hit a residential

area. A nine-storey apartment block was struck, leaving families trapped under the rubble. Dozens of rescue workers scrambled to pull survivors out

of the ruins using cranes to reach the still smoldering top floor. Natalia Nikita (ph) now watched in horror as first responders tried to rescue her


Losing loved ones is the worst fate, she said. We do not deserve this.

This video from emergency services shows the harrowing rescue after a nearly five hour ordeal, Katrina was pulled out injured but alive.

ABDELAZIZ (on camera): This horrific attack is going to save up Kyiv. For weeks now the capital has been relatively secure, relatively quiet. This is

absolutely going to shatter that semblance of safety.

ABDELAZIZ (voice over): Several other residents were wounded including Katrina's seven-year-old daughter who was caught by frogmen as she slept.

At least one person was killed police said. The backyard of a nearby kindergarten was also struck, leaving shrapnel where children play. On the

scene, the mayor of Kyiv expressed outrage.

VITALI KLITSCHKO, MAYOR OF KYIV, UKRAINE: This senseless war. And we have to do everything to stop this war because thousands and thousands and

guilty people, civilians died.

ABDELAZIZ: There are a number of military facilities in the area officials say but the victims here clearly innocents. The airstrikes happening as G7

leaders gathered for major summit in Germany, a possible message from President Putin.


ABDELAZIZ: Now when you see that Moscow is still making that inch by inch advance, able to take more and more Ukrainian land, you might ask well,

aren't there -- isn't their military aid? What about the Western help that's come in? Look, Becky, what you're going to hear from President

Zelenskyy again and again is it's not enough. There's precious few of these long-range weapons on the front line.

This is a huge frontline, about 1000 kilometers of active fighting. And they're facing ferocious Russian aggression. One that's been stepped up in

recent days. And as you saw those attacks widespread all the way from the east to here in Kyiv making it clear that President Putin's army can strike

wherever they want.

ANDERSON: He says he wants to see an end to the war by year's end. But I just wonder how President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's his message goes down at

home. I'm sure every Ukrainian wants to see an end to this war but six months of this grinding attrition sounds like an awful long time, doesn't

it? And we are hearing reported fractures amongst those in Ukraine who are beginning to question just how effective the government has been.

What's your sense at this point?


ABDELAZIZ: Well, when you say by the end of the year and the war, my first question is what does that mean, what does that look like, does that

require conceding territory? Is this just wishful thinking because President Putin has yet to show any willingness to come to the negotiating

-- to come to the negotiating table to try to make a compromise? Absolutely the momentum is with Russia right now.

There is no reason really to drive President Putin to come to the table and try to make a deal. And you always hear from President Zelenskyy and from

all Ukrainians that they want back everything that was lost. And if you look at that map, Becky, that's a great deal of territory right now that's

been occupied by Russian forces during the four months or so fighting. And when you -- when you realize that Ukrainian troops are not gaining back

what they've lost, if anything, they're losing more, they're having to strategically withdraw from places because they simply can no longer

sustain the fight.

One hundred to 200 soldiers dying every day on the frontline not including, of course, the loss of infrastructure, the loss of civilian life, the loss

of weaponry. It seems again, just like wishful thinking, and you have to question the goals. What is the endgame here? And is there even an exit

ramp? Becky?

ANDERSON: Fascinating. Salma, thank you. You heard earlier from Kaitlin Collins at the G7 Summit. Well, while those gathered there are also looking

for new ways to deprive -- new ways to deprive the Kremlin of its energy revenues, the world's wealthiest democracies are discussing a price cap on

Russian oil, Moscow's main source of cash of course. They're also banning Russian gold imports as the G7 leaders huddle in the Bavarian Alps.

Moscow denying reports it has defaulted on its debt after missing a critical deadline on Sunday. Let's do a deeper dive on this. CNN's Clare

Sebastian following all of this. She joins me now live. I just wonder at this point, why this talk of price caps on Russian oil and gas now and what

sort of impact might that have on the Kremlin's war in Ukraine and on global energy prices?

CLARE SEBASTIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes. And, Becky, this is super important at the moment because of one critical reason. Russia has been

making more money, not less from its energy exports since the war began. That essentially means that the energy sanctions so far and the self

sanctioning, that we've seen from various companies and countries have not really worked.

And it really means that Moscow has had more leverage rather than less to weaponize its energy supplies. So, this is something that the G7 is hoping

to fix. Of course, it's incredibly complicated. It's a balancing act, because any kind of restriction that they put on on Russian energy exports,

any kind of friction that they add into this market could have the effect of pushing energy prices up even more in a market that's already very


And affecting economies that are already seeing generational highs in inflation. Some of the ideas out there, including G7-based companies

wouldn't provide insurance to cargoes of Russian oil if they've been bought above a certain price. Another idea is secondary sanctions on countries who

buy Russian oil above the price cap. All of this incredibly complicated to enforce and again, risks pushing up the prices. But this is clearly

something that the G7 feels is worthy of its effort to try to find a solution.

ANDERSON: Yes. Russia rejecting reports that it is in default. What's the story there?

SEBASTIAN: Very complicated story, Becky. This is murky because the Kremlin for it spot said that this is not a default because the payments been made.

This is the quote from Dmitry Peskov. He said allegations of default are incorrect because the necessary currency payment was made as early as back

in May. Now we know from the finance ministry back on May 27th, they said that payments have been made on these bonds in dollars and in Euros.

But what seems to have happened the Kremlin says that Euroclear, which is a Belgium-based clearing house and bank essentially whose role traditionally,

is to take the money from Russia and distribute it to the individual bondholders. Apparently that money has become -- has sort of stuck in Euro

clear probably because of sanctions and therefore has not made it to the bondholders in time.

To the question of whether this actually matters to Russia in the near term, not really because they already are locked out of international debt

markets. They can't raise money internationally. This doesn't really change that. But in the long term, of course it does cement their status, Becky,

as an international pariah financially and it would make that even harder to recover from.

ANDERSON: Clare Sebastian on the story for us as ever, Clare, thank you. Well, ahead on the show, the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision

on abortion. We'll be live from Washington with more on the new security challenges as protesters and supporters sometimes collide. Plus.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I knew that I would be stuck in a cycle of poverty that I was already trying to get out of.


ANDERSON: Exactly who does this abortion ruling impact the most? Ahead, the very real consequences of the court's decision on women's lives.



ANDERSON: Protecting abortion rights is now front and center in some U.S. states after the Supreme Court ended constitutional protection for the

procedure. From Washington, D.C. to Atlanta to Los Angeles, abortion rights advocates are voicing their frustration while anti-abortion activists are


Meanwhile, results are out from a poll conducted right after the court's decision. It found that nearly 60 percent of Americans think the ruling was

the wrong move. More than half said it was a step backwards for America. Take a look at this map. The green counties -- countries represent where

abortion is legal and available upon request. The red is where it is completely prohibited.

Our Josh Campbell joins me live outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. Tell us about these protests happening there in Washington and

across U.S. over the weekend. And the sort of security concerns that are now clear for authorities across the country.

JOSH CAMPBELL, CNN SECURITY CORRESPONDENT: Yes, Becky. We're still seeing those security precautions. I'm standing outside the Supreme Court, you can

see they still have this large fence erected. There are still police officers that are out here protecting. Over to my right, you can see that

there are a group of demonstrators, these are pro-life demonstrators. A lot fewer people here today than obviously we saw on Friday and over the


But where I'm standing was the epicenter of this wave of protests across this city from here down to the White House, primarily people protesting

who oppose this abortion rights ruling. Now although things were relatively peaceful here in Washington, that wasn't the case in other parts of the

country. I'll give an example in Los Angeles and demonstrators took to the streets at one point going on to a busy freeway.

I'll show you this video that went viral. This is an actor from the old T.V. show Full House you see are being pushed to the ground by a police

officer. The LAPD, the Los Angeles Police Department tells us that that incident is under review right now, the actions of that officer. We saw

incidents in Portland, Oregon, where some demonstrators were out. They're being very peaceful.

And then some tried to hijack the movement, vandals actually smashing windows and spray painting graffiti, having nothing to do with the abortion

rights movement. There was also another incident in the state of Iowa where man in a truck actually drove, started pushing through a crowd of

protesters, no serious injuries, but there was one person who had minor injuries.

You can see just across the country, obviously tempers flaring this issue very confrontational, very contentious. And right now at the Supreme Court,

it's worth pointing out that the work of the justices is not over. We're still waiting for a number of key opinions to come within the next couple

hours and we expect to see more demonstrators coming out. Finally, to your point, Becky, about what law enforcement officials are doing across the

country, they're on high alert.


CAMPBELL: We know this the U.S. Department of Homeland Security put out a memo warning that these kinds of protests could be targets for those

attempting to cause violence. Certainly authorities on edge with this competition ruling here at the Supreme Court, Becky.

ANDERSON: That's the story in D.C. and around the country from Josh, thank you. The ramifications of this decision on countless women's and families

lives are difficult to overstate. Our Vanessa Yurkevich looks at the very real consequences particularly for low-income women and women of color.


VANESSA YURKEVICH, CNN BUSINESS AND POLITICS CORRESPONDENT (voice over): When Alana Edmondson unexpectedly got pregnant with her partner at 21, she

had a choice to make. She was working a low-wage retail job in Seattle while dreaming of getting her PhD at Yale. She made the tough decision to

have an abortion.

ALANDA EDMONDSON, HAD ACCESS TO ABORTION SERVICES: I knew that I would be stuck in a cycle of poverty that I was already trying to get out of.

YURKEVICH: The Supreme Court dismantled 50 years of precedent when it overturned Roe v. Wade, returning abortion laws to states. There will be

significant economic repercussions. Women denied abortion access who gave birth were more likely to experience increased poverty lasting at least

four years compared to women who received an abortion according to the University of California, San Francisco,

EDMONDSON: It would just be very, very difficult, especially with like the prices of daycare, I mean, even feeding somebody else.

YURKEVICH: Twenty-six states will likely ban abortions. Those states already have lower wages, barriers to health care and less funding for

social services according to the Economic Policy Institute. The impacts would be felt most by women of color.

ASHA BANERJEE, ANALYST, ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE: When women are not able to complete their education or get the job they want. This has severe

economic consequences, yes for them, but this loss of economic potential of possibility will have ramifications for the state economy, the national

economy as well.

YURKEVICH: The anti-abortion group Right to Life cites public assistance efforts in five of the 26 states likely to ban abortion. Aimed at helping

pregnant women and new moms. And now dozens of corporations are stepping in, providing protections for employees in those states.

MIRIAM WARREN, CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER, YELP: I think for any employer that cares about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, to stay silent on

such an issue is really just not OK.

YURKEVICH: Yelp, which calls the SCOTUS decision a denial of human rights and the threat to Workplace gender equality, said before the ruling, it's

covering travel and health care for employees, family members and partners seeking an abortion anywhere in the U.S.

YURKEVICH (on camera): Do you think it's both an asset for retention of employees and then also an asset for attracting new employees to the


WARREN: I think it's both it has really been a wonderful recruiting tool in terms of prospective employees saying I want to work at a company that is

out there and loud about what they believe in and what they care about.

YURKEVICH: Edmondson went on to realize her dream and move to Connecticut to get her PhD in literature at Yale. She says she feels lucky to have been

able to make her own choice.

EDMONDSON: Thinking outside of myself, it felt very scary for other people who can get pregnant who might not have the option to live their dream if

they wanted it.


ANDERSON: Vanessa Yurkevich reporting from Seattle there. As you can learn more about how U.S. companies are stepping up support for employees who

need an abortion at from Apple to Netflix, to Nike, the big investments and big statements being made by corporate America.

Well, this week on our series, Mission: Ahead, we're introducing you to scientists and entrepreneurs on a mission to change the way we walk. It is

something many of us take for granted. But for people with physical disabilities, this movement can require a lot more thought even if it is

possible at all. Well, today we meet a professor who's working to change that and turn human limitations into strengths.

CNN's Rachel Crane has a story for you.


RACHEL CRANE, CNN INNOVATION AND SPACE CORRESPONDENT (voice over): It's an unseasonably cool summer day in Concord, New Hampshire, where Professor

Hugh Herr is out for a morning stroll at the vineyard he purchased in 2018.

HUGH HERR, PROFESSOR, MIT MEDIA LAB: I can really think clearly in such a natural environment.

CRANE: An avid outdoorsman since childhood, Herr says he was considered a prodigy in the sport of rock climbing by the age of 13. But four years

later, in 1982, he suffered a mountaineering accident that would change the trajectory of his life.

HERR: So my legs were in amputated below the knee due to tissue damage from frostbite.


CRANE: Frustrated by the crude prosthetics he was given, the teenager set out to improve their design.

HERR: I develop this passion of returning to climbing and began viewing the artificial limb as an opportunity.

CRANE: In imaginative mind bolstered by subsequent degrees in physics and engineering, capped off with a PhD in biophysics led him to the MIT Media


HER: The biomechatronics group here at MIT, we develop wearable robots. Robots that are attached to the body. Electric.

CRANE: It's here that the professor conceived and developed this bionic device and two others on the market today, products that patients access

through their insurance plans Herr says. For each, Herr says it can take around a decade of tinkering and testing, including on himself.

HERR: This is the history of the ankles I'm wearing. And because I know technically exactly what's happening in the prototype, I'm very quickly

able to debug, if you will.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Could you do foot up?

CRANE: Today in the lab, two PhD students are working with patient volunteer Amy Petrafeta (ph)to improve the functionality of a new


HYUN-GEUN SONG PHD CANDIDATE, HARVARD-MIT HEALTH SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY: After we work on the flexor we're going to work on extensor so that we will

have a pair for her ankle control.

CRANE: Petrafeta is one of around 40 patients who has undergone a procedure conceptualized by Herr and developed by surgeons Herr says.

Opposing muscles in the amputated limb or reconnected, reestablishing the neural link between the muscles and brain. At electrodes and the amputee

can control their processes like a natural limb. Herr is now working on a technology that could improve an amputees use of their bionic limb further

by replacing the electrodes with magnets.

HERR: The signal that you get from those electrodes is very noisy. So we want to put the technology inside the body with tiny little magnetic

spheres that we use to track the precise movements of the muscles. And then we can communicate that to inform the exact movements of the bionic limb.

CRANE: If you think this sounds like the stuff you'd only find in movies such as Star Wars, you might want to think again.

HERR: These concepts are no longer in the realm of science fiction. They're becoming science fact that fundamentally changed how humans move, how we

transport our bodies through space.


ANDERSON: Well, a night celebration turns to tragedy in South Africa. More than two dozen people were killed or injured at a tavern there. We'll look

into the possible causes and what the police are doing their investigation.

Plus, Turkey cracks down on the LGBTI community. Hundreds of demonstrators detain for defying a ban on Pride marches. We're live in Istanbul with the




ANDERSON: All right. Welcome back. Our past 6:00 here from our Middle East broadcasting hub (INAUDIBLE) you are watching CONNECT THE WORLD. I'm Becky

Anderson. South African investigators are trying to find answers after 22 young people died at a tavern there. And this happened Sunday morning in

the town of East London. And last check, four people were in critical condition.

Well, investigators say the youngest of the victims was just 13 years old. President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his condolences to the victims,

families. Larry Madowo joining us from Nairobi as he sought his details from South Africa on the tragedy. And South-African media reporting there

was a stampede. Has there been any acknowledgement of that from police? What are the details of what happened there?

LARRY MADOWO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: So Becky, we don't have a lot of details yet. But South African Police Minister Bheki Cele, who went to the scene

and later to the morgue and saw the bodies rolled out a stampede. He also ruled out natural causes, he said that was not consistent with the injuries

on the bodies that he had seen. So, what exactly happened, some of the working theories right now, could it be something they inhaled? Could it be

something they consumed?

It is not clear. Social media pictures from -- that appear to be from this tavern show the bodies slumped on floors on tables and chairs in this

tavern. Let's say to have been overcrowded. Provincial authorities tell me that schools at the Eastern Cape Province closed on Friday. So they could

have been celebrating the end of the semester, the end of the term and haven't finished their exams. Those are still things that are being


And so, one of the things they're hoping is that the four children who are in critical condition could recover because they will shed some light on

what exactly happened here. The owner of the tavern said he was not there at the time. He also threw another theory into that -- into that

conversation he claimed that pepper spray was used again, authorities say they're investigating. They're not speaking to any of these theories at

this time. But this is what the owner told reporters.


SIYAKHANGELA NDEVU, ENYOBENI TAVERN OWNER (through translator): It's not something that as a businessman, I expected that to have happen there. But

things like this happened unexpectedly. But I'd like to convey my condolences to the families that lost their loved ones and say that we will

look into what happened.


MADOWO: The Eastern Cape Liquor Board is suspending the license of that tavern. This nightclub which has had licensed since 2003. And once

investigation is complete, the Liquor Board tells me they will be preferring criminal charges against the owner of that tavern because he

violated a section of the law in the Eastern Cape in South Africa that does not allow the sale of alcohol to children under the age of 18.

But still a lot of questions. Autopsies are being carried out and some lab samples are being taken to be taken for pathology and for toxicology tests

to determine the actual cause of death in this tragic incident, Becky.

ANDERSON: Right. Absolutely. And clearly more when the forensics are complete, more will be clear. Do we know the age range of these victims and

the atmosphere in that tavern on a -- on Saturday night?

MADOWO: They were extremely young. The youngest was just 13 according to the South African Police Minister. The ages ranged from 13 to 17. They

should not have been there according to South-African law. And some videos that appear to have been taken from this tavern that have been circulating

on social media, Becky, show a really crowded situation. The owner speak to reporters claims that after midnight they seem --

ANDERSON: All right. They seem to have lost Larry Madowo. But you're seeing images there both of crowds on Saturday night and then indeed the aftermath

of what is unclear at this point.

Well, hundreds of LGBTI activists who were detained during a band Pride march in Turkey have now been released. For it, organizes in Istanbul say

police blocked off city streets to prevent people from marching on Sunday. Some showed up with pride flags anyway, but the crowds were forced to

disperse. Atika Shubert joins me now live from Istanbul with the latest. And just plain what unfolded and how and why authorities stopped this pride

parade and its tracks, Atika.


ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, there's been a pride march in Istanbul almost every year since 2003, really, but in 2014,

they had a massive one where 100,000 people, more than 100,000 people showed up. And ever since then, the increasingly conservative government

here has been cracking down on the LGBT community, banning the protests from going forward.

And that's exactly what happened this year. They said it would not be allowed to go ahead in Istanbul. And they warned that they would arrest

groups of more than 10 people that defied the ban. What they did was they closed off Taksim Square where we are here. This is the main square in the

center of town. They blocked off streets to pedestrians and then rushed the crowds before they even had a chance to start the march.

Several people had actually gathered in and these riot police came in, arrested protesters, arrested journalists who are covering and even managed

to arrest some people who are sitting in nearby cafes, for example, and very popular touristic area of town. So, what's really staggering here,

even though you know, I should point out that they have banned this every year since 2014.

They have made arrests as well at previous protests, but this is really the first time we've seen a huge number of protesters being arrested. More than

350 people were detained and kept overnight. Many of them were released in the morning. But it's still a staggering number. And I think it clearly

shows the government is sending a warning to the LGBTQ+ community not to take part in these kinds of activities.

The reason why the government said that it was banning this pride march was for security reasons. Even though every year that this has happened, the

pride march has been a very festive one, a very peaceful one. For whatever reason the government sees it as a threat to security.

ANDERSON: Atika Shubert is in Istanbul for you. Thank you.

Turkey's president Rajap Tayyip Erdogan plans to meet leaders of Finland and Sweden ahead of the NATO summit this week in Madrid. You can read the

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You can do that That is Meanwhile in the Middle East. Let's get you up to speed on some of the other stories that are on our radar right

now. In a bull fight in Colombia quickly turned into a disaster scene on Sunday. At least four people were killed in the hundreds injured after part

of a three-storey stadium holding fans collapsed. And investigation underway but so far no official course has been given.

Well, people in Shanghai, China will be able to resume dining and restaurants starting on Wednesday. The restriction being lifted in low-risk

areas and areas that have not reported COVID cases in the previous week. Shanghai reporting four COVID cases Sunday, a day after declaring the city

had won its battle against the virus.

We are keeping a close eye on Israel this week where the Knesset could vote to dissolve Parliament. It gave preliminary approval last week. The final

votes are expected to be held in the coming days. That would put Israel closer to holding its fifth election in under four years.

Still ahead. It's the season for strawberries and cream. And one more thing. Sent a call to Wimbledon. So, who is playing this year? Details in

our sports updates coming up.

Plus. the man who made blue suede shoes famous and rock to jail house makes a new generation fall in love with his sound. More on that after this.



ANDERSON: It is a first for NASA. The U.S. space agency launching an exploratory rocket overnight from Australia.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Three, two, one. Go.

ANDERSON (voice over): Well, the rocket launched early Monday on its way to study constellations close to Earth. It is the first of three planned

missions from Australia's Arnhem Space Center. And the first time NASA has launched a rocket from a commercial facility outside the United States. The

company partnering with NASA says it's a milestone for Australian spaceflight.

MICHAEL JONES, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, EQUATORIAL LAUNCH AUSTRALIA: It's historic for Australia. And so, I don't want that to pass without it, sort

of, you know, feeling good. But for us (INAUDIBLE) into it, you know, Fourth of July is the next launch. And so, we need to, you know, dust

ourselves off, take a day off and then get back into it in readiness for the next launch because it's just as important.

ANDERSON: What the U.S. space agency as its first customer, the Space Center hopes to ramp up to more than 100 launches a year with various



ANDERSON: Well, the king is dead, long live the king. We are of course talking about the new U.S. box off its sensation.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I wish to promote you Mr. Presley.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I believe I can be great.

ANDERSON (voice over): (INAUDIBLE) weekend, Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic was in a dead heat for number one with Top Gun Maverick. But Elvis has a long

way to go to catch to Tom Cruise-led Top Gun sequel which grossed more than a billion dollars after five weeks in theaters. Elvis is a Warner Brothers

movie. The studio owned by CNN's parent company Warner Brother's Discovery.

Well for tennis fans around the world. The start of Wimbledon is always a treat. As the Centre Court celebrates 100 years there is a plethora of

stars ready to show off their skills. No Russian players will take partnership but there are plenty of other big names. So, who is playing

today? What should we watch out for? World War anchor Alex Thomas in the house. It's always good -- it's always a good time of the year, isn't it?

Who should we be watching out for?

ALEX THOMAS, CNN WORLD SPORT ANCHOR: Yes. A special feeling for tennis fans and Wimbledon with a difference despite it being the oldest of all the four

annual majors. You still got the traditions, the purple and green, the strawberries and cream. You've got defending men's champion Novak Djokovic

on Centre Court as we speak. Although he has dropped a set against his South Korean opponents.

And we've got a live update coming up for you in just a moment.

WALLACE: Super. Thanks, Alex. We will be back after World Sport which follows this short break. Stay with us.