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Massacre at Thailand Child Care Center; North Korea Launches Two More Ballistic Missiles; Ukrainian Forces Regaining Ground in the East and South; Teen Iranian Protester Found Dead after Days Missing; At Least 18 Migrants Dead after Boats Sink in Greek Waters; U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss Attends Inaugural Summit of New European Group; More and More Britons Struggling to Get By. Aired 10-11a ET

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LYNDA KINKADE, CNN ANCHOR AND CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A man shoots and stabs dozens at a Thailand nursery, killing 36, most of them children.



KINKADE (voice-over): That is one of the thousands of young Iranians who took the streets to protest but never made it home.


KINKADE (voice-over): And --


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It will be difficult for me to manage visitation if I don't get help from the government.

KINKADE (voice-over): As Britain struggles with rising inflation, the prime minister shows a brave face to Europe and the world.



KINKADE: Hello and welcome to CONNECT THE WORLD, good to have you with.

It is 9 pm in Thailand where an attack at a children's nursery has left dozens of families grieving. At least 36 people were killed, some stabbed,

others shot. Most of them were children.

Authorities say a former police officer went to a child care center, attacked the children while they were taking their naps. They say he also

tried to stab and ram his car into passersby as he fled. He then went home, killed his wife and stepson and finally himself.

Police tell CNN the 34-year old had been fired from the force. While gun ownership in Thailand is relatively high for the region, many weapons are

brought in illegally from neighboring tropical countries. Nevertheless, attacks like this is rare. Selina Wang joins us from Tokyo.

Selina, such a horrific attack, so many people killed.

What more can you tell us about the victims?

SELINA WANG, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, we are still trying to get information about who the victims are but the death toll continues to rise.

The latest account, at least 37 people dead, including 23 children.

Now according to police, this 34-year-old man went to the nursery around noontime with several different types of guns as well as a long knife.

Police say he went to the nursery, looking for his 2-year-old stepson, could not find him. He managed to get into a room where 24 children were


He began stabbing and shooting at the children and the staff members. Police say all but one child died in that room.

After that, he drove home; in the meantime, on his way back he was running into bystanders with his car. When he got home, he first killed his stepson

and his wife before taking his own life.

This is a devastating, profoundly shocking moment for Thailand. This tragedy happened in a northeastern part of Thailand, where it is known to

be peaceful and tranquil, quiet. It is not a place known for violence.

The prime minister has expressed his condolences to the families, to the victims in Thailand. And the footage, the aftermath, you see family members

sobbing outside of the building, with ambulances and medical workers around, Lynda.

KINKADE: And Selina, you mention the man who went home, shot his stepchild, his wife.

What more can you tell us about him?

I understand he was a former police officer.

WANG: That is right. We know from authorities that he is 34 years old, he was dismissed from the police force because of drug related issues. In

fact, he was in court on those drug charges just hours before he went to the nursery.

Authorities also tell us this man has a long history of drug use. We are still learning more information about this man. As you say, we know that he

had family, he had a wife, a stepson. We are still unclear of the motive at this point though, Lynda.

KINKADE: All right, Selina Wang in Tokyo, thanks so much.

Well the U.S. is bringing more firepower to the Korean Peninsula as tensions with Pyongyang are ratcheting up fast. Earlier, two U.S. warships

joined Japan and South Korea for trilateral missile defense exercises off the coast.


KINKADE: This comes as North Korea, this morning, launched two more short range ballistic missiles. CNN's Paula Hancocks explains what could be

behind this significant uptick in activity.


PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): As North Korea continues to break its own missile launch record, South Korea says trilateral naval

exercises are back in its waters. The U.S., South Korea and Japan holding drills to track and intercept missiles, a response to the North's launches.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What is the impact of all this?

You know, American aircraft carriers cruising around. Carrier?

pretty much nothing. It will probably make some people in the United States and Republic of Korea a bit happier. But it will have zero impact on North

Korea's behavior and decision-making.

HANCOCKS (voice-over): North Korea blamed their recent flurry on the U.S. Thursday, calling them just counteraction measures against last week's

U.S.-South Korea naval drills.

ANTONY BLINKEN, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: It will only increase the condemnation, increase the isolation, increase the steps that are taken in

response to their actions.

HANCOCKS (voice-over): But a United Nations Security Council hearing this week suggested Pyongyang is not isolated. While the U.S. blamed Russia and

China, without naming them, for enabling North Korea, Russia and China blamed the United States for increasing tensions, a schism that benefits


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Kim Jong-un is doing what he thinks he can get away with. He's not expecting any kind of strong U.S. reaction. He's letting the

South Korean government and the U.S. government know that he has significant capability.

HANCOCKS (voice-over): North Korea is expected to continue capitalizing on geopolitical turmoil. A seventh underground nuclear test expected at any

time. If it happens, most likely after the Chinese Party Congress, so as not to anger its main benefactor.

Kim Jong-un also released a five-year plan less than two years ago. He appears to be working his way through that list.

HANCOCKS: This leads many experts to believe this cycle of testing will continue, especially as Kim Jong-un knows he is very unlikely to face any

more U.N. sanctions while Russia and China are in no mood to side with the United States -- Paula Hancocks, CNN, Seoul.


KINKADE: Well, as Ukraine reclaims more territory in the east and south, Russia is continuing a familiar pattern in the war, striking civilian

targets with deadly results. Today, attacking a residential area in the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhya.

Ukraine reports multiple missile strikes there, the first hitting a high rise apartment building. At least one person was killed. The attack coming

one day after Russian president Vladimir Putin signs into law measures to illegally annex the region of Zaporizhzhya, as well as three other

Ukrainian regions, after staged referendums, dismissed by the West as a sham.

Well, Clare Sebastian is tracking the developments for us and now joins us. Live from London, thanks for being with us, Clare.

This region of Zaporizhzhya is home to Europe's largest nuclear plant. Again under attack, residents bearing the brunt of it. Tell us more about

the missile strike and the rescue operations now underway.

CLARE SEBASTIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, Lynda, Zaporizhzhya, the region is one of the four that Russia now claims it has annexed, incorporated into

Russian territory. It's significant, because not all of Zaporizhzhya is in Russian hands.

And the city of Zaporizhzhya, within that region, is the one that has come under attack today, a missile, a series of strikes, a predawn strike on a

residential building that, according to a local Ukrainian official, hit people as they slept, killed one person, seven said to be hospitalized,

including a 3-year-old child.

That was not the end of it, there was another strike later in the day, the regional government telling people to take to their shelters. This

continues to be the reality of life For Ukrainians, more than seven months into this war, Lynda.

Russia trying to push forward in this war, annexing, even as it refuses to define the borders because, given recent Ukrainian gains, those borders are

changing. We heard from the Ukrainian military in the south of the country today, saying that they have taken 400 square kilometers in the Kherson


And perhaps significantly as well, we continue to hear more and more pro- Kremlin, Russian voices, voicing concern about what is happening on the battlefield.

The deputy head of -- the Russian installed deputy head of the Kherson region today told me about incompetent commanders, putting the blame on

them for what is going on.

So a similar situation, Ukraine continues to advance in the east and south and Russia, is trying to push forward but we get the sense they are really

just trying to hold on at this stage, Lynda.

KINKADE: Seems this way. Clare Sebastian joining us from London. Thank you so much.

Ukraine's reclaiming more territory in the east and south, as Clare was saying, with each passing day.


KINKADE: Our Nick Paton Walsh talked to people in two recently liberated villages. We need to warn you, his report contains graphic images that some

viewers might find disturbing.


NICK PATON WALSH, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): We don't leave our own behind, a Russian war slogan you hear less these days,

especially along the road south by the Dnipro River, where the Russians seem to be collapsing since the weekend on yet a third front.

The pace of Ukraine's advance you can feel on the road here. That is hour by hour that they move forward this road lined with Russian bodies,

abandoned Russian positions. It's clear people left here in a hurry.

In just the last three days, they've swept along the west bank of the river through Russian positions, the shallow shabby foxholes of an army with

almost nothing at hand.

Even what little they had was abandoned, especially this tank, a model that first came into service 60 years ago when Vladimir Putin was nine.

Here, the village of Mykolaivka right on the river is getting cell phone service for the first time in six months and aid. Shell slammed into here

90 minutes ago from the Russians still across the water. It's the price of their freedom.

The Russians would check on her, she says, tried to make us vote in the referendum but we didn't. Still, we survived. We old people always have

food supplies.

Outside the village are more of the short lived occupation left in the tree line with a sleeping mat and shells.

In nearby Obukhivka (ph), there was heavy fighting Saturday and then Sunday, the Russians just vanished. Gratitude for aid and liberation going

spare to almost anyone.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I cry because two of mine are fighting, too. I am crying as I am happy you are here.

WALSH: Smiles as it is over. And shock at how fast.

That was very scary. We were afraid, she says. Hiding, they were bombing, robbing, we survived. They ran, the rain came and they ran.

Signs all around of how their unwanted guests just did not know what to do when they got here or have food or beds. So they filled that gap with


Andrei (ph) had a generator and would charge local's phones. So the Russians decided he was a Ukrainian informer and beat him.

They brought me from here and they put a hood on my head and taped it up, he says. Then we walked a few steps up and down. They beat him so badly,

his arms turned blue from defending his head. Still there months later.

Stalemates had torn these huge expanses up for months. Now it's broken, as has the fear of the Kremlin's army here. Bereft, abandoned, filthy and

vanishing down the road -- Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, along the Dnipro River, Kherson region, Ukraine.


KINKADE: The U.S. intel community believes elements within Ukraine's government authorized a car bombing that killed the daughter of a prominent

Russian political figure.

Darya Dugina was killed in the blast in August. Sources say the U.S. was not aware of the attack beforehand. It is not clear who the U.S. believe

signed off on the assassination. Russia has blamed the attack on Ukrainian nationals, while Ukraine denies involvement.

Her father, Alexander Dugin, is a fierce proponent of Russia's war in Ukraine. One source says intelligence officials believe she was driving her

father's car and he was the actual target.

Sources tell CNN the U.S. is considering using its most advanced underwater sound reading capabilities to help with the Nord Stream investigation. The

processing of these so-called sonar signatures might provide a clearer picture of what happened when explosions ruptured a pair of gas pipelines

in the Baltic Sea last week.

Swedish security police confirmed that the detonations are responsible for the damage, what the E.U. believes was a deliberate act of sabotage.

Just weeks after the death of a young Iranian women in police custody, a teenage girl has died in Iran under mysterious circumstances. We will have

a live reporting, on the latest.

And crews are looking for surviving migrants after two separate boats sank.


KINKADE: The death toll, coming up in a report.

And giving Europe a broader voice. The new European Political Community is holding its very first forum, a look at how the British prime minister is

trying to take a leading role.




KINKADE: Welcome back.

Human Rights Watch is slamming Iran for what it calls a brutal response to largely peaceful protesters. Young women are at the forefront of these

demonstrations, chanting and calling for more rights, despite a harsh government crackdown.

Human Rights Watch says Iran's security forces used excessive and lethal force to crush dissent with cruel disregard for life.

Protesters have been agitating ever since 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in police custody about three weeks ago. Now another young woman has died in

mysterious circumstances. CNN's Jomana Karadsheh has been tracking the story for us. She joins us from Istanbul.

I understand the family of the protester who went missing and was later found dead is now speaking out.

JOMANA KARADSHEH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Lynda, we are hearing some statements coming from the family. We are hearing the government, through

state media, putting out some statements as well.

That doesn't answer the many questions that remain unanswered about what may have happened to teenager Nika Shahkarami when she first disappeared

and then turned up dead late last month.

As you know, and we have spoken about before, it is very difficult for us to try and get in touch with people in Iran to talk to them, to try to find

out more information about this case and the situation in general.

The internet blackout was imposed by the Iranian government. So it's difficult for us to try to piece together what happened to her. We are

continuing to try to find out more. But for now, here is what we know about Nika Shahkarami.


KARADSHEH (voice-over): This is Nika Shahkarami, one of the thousands of young Iranians who took to the streets on September 20th. But Nika never

made it back home. She disappeared.

10 days later, her parents found her, a lifeless body at the morgue of a detention center in Tehran. Nika's aunt spoke out in a BBC Persia


ATASH SHAHKARAMI, NIKA'S AUNT (through translator): I was in contact with her until 7:00 p.m. on September 20th, her friend said Nika put a story on

Instagram to show she had burned her headscarf and she said to her friend, she was running away because security agents were after her. That was the

last contact from her.


KARADSHEH (voice-over): According to her aunt, Nika's phone was switched off and her social media accounts deactivated.

SHAHKARAMI (through translator): At the morgue, they showed the body. They only allowed her mother and her brother to identify the face. They were not

allowed to unzip the cover to see the torso.

KARADSHEH: While the circumstances of her death remain unclear, human rights groups have documented the brutal force used against protesters.

Iranian security forces have dragged unveiled women by their hair, with some also reportedly sexually assaulted according to Amnesty International,

Iranian state media released the CCTV video that investigators say shows Nika going into a building, possibly falling from it later. They say

they've arrested eight workers who were there.

Authorities say there is no evidence the teenager was killed by police. Prosecutors say they've launched an investigation into her death. That

comes just weeks after Mahsa Amini collapsed and died in morality police custody.

Amini's family say doctors told them she had head trauma and believe she was beaten to death. Police said the 22-year-old died of a heart attack,

they deny any wrongdoing. And it's been nearly three weeks since that investigation was announced.

Nika's funeral, this mourner cries, today was your birthday. Congratulations on your martyrdom.

Nika Shahkarami was buried on what would have been her 17th birthday.


KARADSHEH: So many people on social media are describing Nika as another Mahsa Amini. But we have to be very clear, we don't really know what

happened to her. The circumstances of her death remain unclear.

But I think that, because of this regime's history in handling cases like this, especially when it comes to the case of Mahsa Amini, a lot of people

are questioning and will question whatever statements the government puts out, whatever their version of events may be.

A lot of people don't have much confidence in the government's ability to deliver a credible investigation into the case of Nika. There was much

skepticism around the case of Mahsa Amini. It has been more than three weeks now and we are waiting to hear the results of that.

KINKADE: Jomana Karadsheh, good to have you on this story. Thank you.

The European Union is planning new sanctions on Iran for its violent crackdown on protesters. Several countries have submitted proposals,

according to the German foreign ministry.

E.U. foreign policy chief Josep Borrell tweeted his criticism today, asking for accountability for the death of Mahsa Amini to stop the violence

against protesters. One member of the European Parliament took her show of solidarity with protesters even further during an impassioned speech.


ABIR AL-SAHLANI, SWEDISH MEMBER, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: We the peoples and the citizens of the E.U. demand the unconditional and immediate stop of all

the violence against the women and men in Iran.

Until Iran is free, our fury will be bigger than the oppressors. Until the women of Iran are free, we are going to stand with you, "(Speaking foreign

language)," "Women, life, freedom."


KINKADE: Read more about Iran and other news from the Middle East in our newsletter. You will find out how the battle to control the narrative in

Iran is now being fought on social media. You can see updates on other major stories as well.

At least 18 migrants died Wednesday after two boats they were on sank in Greek waters. One boat went down east of the island of Lesbos. The dead are

mostly young women and one boy at latest count.

Search and rescue operations are underway for the dozens of people still missing. Earlier, hundreds of kilometers away, a separate boat carrying

migrants hit rocks and sank off the coast of southern Greece. Authorities rescued about 80 migrants there.

Journalist Elinda Labropoulou joins us now from Athens.

In the first incident, 17 migrants were killed. Dozens are still unaccounted for.

What more are you learning about them and what happened?

ELINDA LABROPOULOU, JOURNALIST: The first incident took place outside of the island of Lesbos. We have had 18 people confirmed dead so far. Most of

them were women; 16 of them were women. There was one child and one man.


LABROPOULOU: It's one of the deadliest incidents that we have had in first one, however. We are finding out information now that there may however be

some survivors who have managed to reach the shore and get to the island.

We're hearing this from different groups but it's still unconfirmed how many survivors we are likely to have. The 10 women that were rescued are

all African. They seem to be in shock. Authorities have said that it is difficult to get exact information about the number of people on the boat

or exactly what happened.

We do know they set off from the Turkish coast. Many boats do this in order to be able to reach the European Union. This is exactly what happened with

the second deadly incident that we had in the last 24 hours.

Another shipwreck, this time carrying at least 95 people, according to the 80 people who have been rescued so far. That rescue operation was very

dramatic. It took police just outside the island of Kallithea (ph) and very close to the main port. A lot of the locals were involved in the operation.

They saw this boat crash on big rocks and people were trying to hold onto cliffs. As, of course, we approach 24 hours, as the light will soon start

to dim, the operations, the rescue operations will continue. But hopes for survivors will slowly start subsiding, Lynda.

KINKADE: All right. We will check in with you again next hour. Elinda Labropoulou, thank you very much.


KINKADE: I want to get you up to speed on other stories which are on our radar right now.

A gunman stormed a town hall in southern Mexico, killing 18 people. You can see the building marked with bullet holes. The victims include the mayor,

his father, police and government employees. Suspicion is falling on a local gang with ties to a drug cartel.

It has been more than one week since hurricane Ian hit Florida. Over 200,000 people still do not have power; 22 Florida counties are still

without clean drinking water. The death toll for Ian is now at 125. It is expected to keep rising.

Another rainy day Thursday in Sydney has pushed the city into record territory. Sydney has gotten more than 2 meters of rain this year, the most

since record keeping began back in 1858.

Dams and rivers are at full capacity and officials warn that flash floods could be coming.

Coming up next, forget Brexit; Europe is seeking to flex its muscles with a broader community of leaders. The British prime minister is playing a major


Plus, what has one footballer done to lead appointments to say he is not human?

That story is coming up.





KINKADE: Welcome back. I'm Lynda Kinkade. You're watching CONNECT THE WORLD. It's good to have you with us.

One day after what is being described as a lukewarm keynote speech to her Conservative Party, Liz Truss is courting her European counterparts. They

gathered in Prague for the inaugural summit to the European Political Community to shore up support for Ukraine and take collective action on

energy security.

The 44 nation group is the brainchild of French president Emmanuel Macron. And Liz Truss is playing a major role. It comes as the Finch rating agency

lowers the U.K.'s credit outlook to negative from stable.

Records show half the money from her leadership campaign in the summer came from the financial sector, which was at the center of the backlash over the

controversial mini budget. I want to bring in CNN's Salma Abdelaziz.

It's good to have you with us, Salma. Truss left the U.K. on pretty shaky ground.

How effective is she going to be at this meeting of European leaders?

SALMA ABDELAZIZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes. To put it mildly, Lynda, the British prime minister is facing a massive loss of trust and confidence.

Shaky ground here at home. Let's go over what happened over the course of the last week to give you an idea of just how vulnerable the prime minister

is at this point.

About a week ago, the government rolled out this mini budget which essentially proposed billions of dollars worth of tax cuts which would be

paid for by hefty borrowing.

There was immediate reaction on the markets and the pound plummeted. Pensions tanked. Mortgage rates froze. The Bank of England even imposed an

emergency intervention.

In the wake of all of that, her party did a U-turn on Monday amidst lackluster performance at the party conference. All of that was ahead of

her landing in Prague today for this all-important meeting, the European Political Committee.

This is the first meeting for this group. The idea behind it is coming from French president Emmanuel Macron. It's his brainchild. The idea behind it

is that those 27 member states can build relationships, can build closer bonds with countries outside of the bloc countries like Turkiye and Ukraine

and, of course, the U.K. in this post Brexit world.

There are a lot of opportunities there for the prime minister when it comes to economy, security, growing that union in the post Brexit world, to

dealing with outstanding issues of Brexit, like the Northern Ireland protocol. Again, she has to show strength.

She has to stand shoulder to shoulder with European leaders at a time when she has very little confidence at home.

KINKADE: Salma, this is the inaugural group. This is the first meeting of this group of European leaders. There is a lot to discuss.

What can we expect?

Does Europe really need another club of nations?

ABDELAZIZ: That's a very good question. I think for now, because of this inaugural meeting -- you have to remember that this is happening at

lightning speed. If you consider European bureaucracy, Emmanuel Macron only proposed this in May.

We are looking at leaders from more than 40 countries gathered in Prague at this all important time, a time in which they are facing Russian

aggression, a time in which we are heading into the winter and there are questions about prices of oil and gas and the stockpiles and the ability to

not use Russian oil and gas, when there is a serious political question across the region.

So there is a great deal of opportunity here. We keep hearing what this is not, what is European Political Community is not, which is that it is not a

waiting room for those trying to join the E.U.

It's not an alternative to the E.U. So a lot of opportunities here. Yet again, it is about showing that resolution, that unity and strength in the

face of President Putin's aggression.

KINKADE: Salma Abdelaziz, staying across it for us from London. Good to have you with us. Thank you.

As Salma was just mentioning, rampant inflation is outpacing living costs with lower middle income earners in Britain being hit the hardest. CNN's

Nina dos Santos has this snapshot.



NINA DOS SANTOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): After a disastrous reaction to her government's budget, the pressure is on for Liz Truss to

balance Britain's books.

TRUSS: The political debate has been dominated by the argument about how we distribute a limited economic pie.

Instead, we need to grow the pie so that everyone gets a bigger slice.

DOS SANTOS: She's already U-turned on tax cuts for the rich but with billions more to be saved. Choosing where to trim is politically tricky in

a country already facing stark inequality.

At this food bank in South London, staffs say that they're seeing more and more people rely on their services just to meet their everyday needs. This

is one of the richest cities in one of the world's biggest economies.

And after years of biting austerity, anemic wage growth and now rampant inflation, there's little tolerance here in places like this with further

government spending cuts.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's a lot more people come here, a lot more people suffering but I never, ever, ever in my life thought they should be move.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm worried. I'm really worried.

DOS SANTOS: Mariana (ph) is among millions of Britons reliant upon benefits to top up their earnings to cover housing costs or to compensate

for disabilities that keep them out of work.

A welfare state under pressure from a new P.M. who won't say if such payments will keep pace with soaring prices.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It will be difficult for me to manage the situation if I don't get help from the government.

DOS SANTOS: Meanwhile, middle income families could be pushed into poverty too, thanks to rising mortgage costs sent spiraling by the budget itself.

JAMES SMITH, RESEARCH DIRECTOR, RESOLUTION FOUNDATION: We've seen interest rates at the short end rise by about a percentage point since Liz Truss''

many budgets. And all that will mean is that the impact of the cost of living crisis will hit those who have middle incomes. And not just those on

really low incomes.

DOS SANTOS: The advocacy body's Citizens Advice reckons 53 percent more people now need this type of help versus at the start of the year. And the

food bank, they're seeing that trend firsthand.

REBECCA DAY, LIVING WELL BROMLEY: It's not your average homeless guy coming along to a food bank anymore. We are seeing working people come to

the food bank. We're seeing people who are getting to the end of the month and they can't manage to pay for their food. We have families that are

coming along which we never had before.

DOS SANTOS: As bills increase, locals are also donating less. Food Bank itself has halved the number of bags that it gives to each family.

Do you think that the U.K. government really understands the predicament that some of the people who use your services face?

DAY: No. I mean, it's just been shocking. I'm appalled by the government and their reaction. I would really welcome to invite maybe the prime

minister and the chancellor down here because I don't think they get a true picture.

DOS SANTOS: Nina dos Santos, CNN, London.


KINKADE: Up next, the Man City striker's remarkable run continues. The details on his latest exploits on the pitch when we come back. Stay with

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