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LYNDA KINKADE, CNN HOST, CONNECT THE WORLD: Hello, I'm Lynda Kinkade in for my colleague Becky Anderson, good to have you with us and welcome back to

"Connect the World". We begin with new developments four years after the killing of journalist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi.

The U.S. has determined that the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman should be given immunity from a lawsuit filed by his fiance. The human rights group

adorn which the journalist founded alleges that a team of assassins murder Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul back in 2018. U.S.

intelligence has said it believes the Saudi Crown Prince approved the murder.

Well, I want to bring in CNN Senior National Security Correspondent Alex Marquardt, who joins us from Washington D.C. Good to have you with us,

Alex! So the Biden Administration not suggesting that the Crown Prince is innocent. So what does this immunity call me?

ALEX MARQUARDT, CNN SENIOR NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT: Yes, they're not going back on their assessment. Remember, this was an intelligence

committee assessment, sorry, intelligence community assessment that Jamal Khashoggi was murdered at the direction of the Crown Prince MBS.

What they're saying here is that he deserves immunity in this lawsuit that was brought against him here in federal court in Washington D.C., by the

fiance of Jamal Khashoggi. And they're saying that he deserves immunity, because he is now a head of government.

He had been the Crown Prince. He still is he is the Defense Minister. But he just recently got a new title added, and that is the title of Prime

Minister. His father made him the Prime Minister and therefore, Lynda, he now becomes the Head of the Saudi government.

And under past precedent and international law, the State Department said heads of government and heads of state are given immunity. That is the

argument that was made in an 11th hour court finally by the Department of Justice last night, at the urging of the State Department saying that he

deserves to be granted immunity because he is Head of the Saudi government.

Here's a little bit more of what the State Department told me. This suggestion of immunity does not reflect an assessment on the merits of the

case. It speaks to nothing on broader policy or the state of relations. This was purely a legal determination.

Now across administration, there is an unbroken practice of the United States recognizing immunity for heads of government while they are in

office. So they are pointing to this unbroken practice this legal determination.

That is something that we understand the Biden Administration wanted to stand by, they were under no obligation to weigh in, but they're saying,

well, what if the tables were turned and an American Head of State or Head of government was in legal jeopardy? They would want immunity for American

officials as well, Lynda.

KINKADE: So Alex, just take us through the reactions. I understand you have spoken to Khashoggi's widow. What did she say?

MARQUARDT: Well, I did reach out to Jamal Khashoggi's fiance. They were engaged. They got married in Islamic ceremony shortly before he was killed.

In fact, that's why Khashoggi was at the consulate in Turkey in Istanbul when he was killed.

He was trying to get documents in order to get married. I did speak with her. She emailed me saying that this is a devastating day. She blames Biden

himself saying Biden betrayed his word he betrayed Jamal history will not forget.

And then she tweeted out to for the world to see that Biden saved the murder MBS by granting immunity. He saved the criminal and got involved in

the crime himself. Let's see who will save you in the hereafter.

We're also hearing some anger on political hill, particularly from Democrats. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell from Michigan earlier said today on

CNN that she was stunned and disturbed.

I spoke with a Congressional Aide another Democrat who works on Saudi issues who said that this is another dark chapter so the Biden

Administration certainly was expecting this backlash and they are feeling it today Lynda.

KINKADE: Yes, no doubt. Alex Marquardt in Washington thanks very much! And Jamal Khashoggi's human rights group dawn is slamming the move to give the

Saudi Crown Prince immunity from the lawsuit. Executive Director spoke to CNN earlier. Take a listen.


SARAH LEAH WHITSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DEMOCRACY FOR THE ARAB WORLD NEW: What we are doing by granting this concession to Mohammed Bin Salman, by

shielding him from accountability is giving him a green light to keep at it keep attacking people in United States as he has been doing because they

criticize him.

Keep jailing women and men in Saudi Arabia because they have an opinion about the politics of the country. Keep subjecting Yemen to a siege where

millions of people are starving as a result of this idiotic war that he started this is a green light.



KINKADE: Well, she went on to say to CNN that she caused the immunity move a shocking development. Well, North Korea is drawing a fierce backlash

after it carried out another missile test early Friday the intercontinental ballistic missile flew for about thousand kilometers before landing in the

sea west of Japan. That's according to the Japanese Coast Guard.

Tensions with North Korea are at the top of the agenda as world leaders meet for the APEC Summit in Bangkok, Thailand. U.S. Vice President Kamala

Harris caught an emergency meeting on that launch and blasted Pyongyang for its "Brazen violation of UN Security Council resolutions".

In the last few hours the U.S. and South Korea have conducted joint exercises in response. CNN's Paula Hancocks joins us now from the South

Korean Capital, Seoul. Good to have you with us Paula! So Japan says this intercontinental missile could have the potential to reach all the way to

U.S. mainland, what can you tell us about it?

PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes Lynda, this is something we've heard recently certainly from the ICBM back in March as well and even back in

2017, when they were firing these ICBMs. There was an assumption that if it was fired at a normal angle, then it would be able to reach much of the

world including mainland United States.

What North Korea does at this point, when it's testing these missiles is fire it straight into the air so it lands not far from where it was

launched. This is how they can make sure they can test the range without it firing over any other countries.

It was also confirmed by a Senior Administration Official that they believe this is the capability that they have. And they also spoke about Vice

President Harris calling together this very hasty emergency meeting with the Leaders of Japan of South Korea, also Australia, New Zealand and


All of those countries sat down and condemned the missile launch by North Korea. They also started to talk about how they could work together in the

future? This was widely condemned Vice President Harris also saying it destabilizes the security in the region, and unnecessarily raises tensions.

Now, as you mentioned, Lynda, there was a fairly swift physical reaction as well. Japan's Ministry of Defense says that they sent jets into the air

quickly, in fact they also say that they fired - they filmed what they believe is the contrails or the vapor trails of that ballistic missile from

North Korea.

And we also saw joint drills from the air forces of the U.S. and South Korea. What they were doing is simulating an aerial attack on a mobile

missile launcher. The Joint Chiefs of Staff here in Seoul saying it was to show North Korea that they were able to find out exactly where a launch

came from, and then pinpoint and attack that area if they needed to Lynda.

KINKADE: All right. Paula Hancocks for us in Seoul good to have you on the story thank you! Ukraine's Prime Minister says Russian missile strikes have

disabled almost half the country's energy system, and he's calling for more support from European nations as Ukraine phases a cold and dark winter.

Ukraine is scrambling to repair damaged power sites as temperatures fall in demand for electricity soars. Officials say blackouts are needed in some

areas to keep the system stable. CNN's Nic Robertson visited Eastern Ukraine to see how civilians are preparing for a harsh winter without



NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC EDITOR (voice over): Gas just came back to Kramatorsk a boon of battlefield games. Maria, a 70 year old

pensioner wasn't expecting it had bought a wood burning stove. It was hard without gas, she tells us and now thanks to God, we're OK but for how long?

ROBERTSON (on camera): When the government turned the gas back on here at the beginning of November they did it without any big announcement, because

like every other critical service here gas depends on electricity. And that's what Russia's targeting.

ROBERTSON (voice over): When I met the Mayor here three months ago, he was urging residents to leave ahead of winter.

OLEKSANDR HONCHARENKO, KARMATORSK, UKRAINE MAYOR: We don't have gas at all and it's not possible to repair gas lines.

ROBERTSON (voice over): When we meet now he tells me the population has actually increased by 30 to 35,000 people over 80,000 total residents

returning home even though the situation because Russia is targeting the power grid is much more precarious. Lives he fears may be lost in what he

expects to be the harshest winter since independence 30 years ago.


HONCHARENKO: Electricity disappears, cities are plunged into darkness. Anything can happen. Boilers can stop gas distribution networks can stop.

It can be left without everything, even without heat.

ROBERTSON (voice over): Keeping warm is on everyone's minds this factory making heating logs from sunflower seeds demand outstripping capacity.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Our requests have gone up three or fourfold. We don't have enough trucks for deliveries.

ROBERTSON (on camera): They're working at full capacity here. Everything that's ready shipped out immediately but the whole system here extremely

vulnerable. The electricity could go off at any moment.

ROBERTSON (voice over): Every log delivered a few hours spared from the cold, each sack, perhaps a week's peace of mind.

ROBERTSON (on camera): Did you got everything in the order?

ROBERTSON (voice over): His answer everything, everything all good perfect. I don't have words. Food is also on people's minds this winter mostly

pensioners, mostly poor, bundle up against the cold a free bread distribution, tempting them out of frigid homes.

If they help us like they do here, it will be fine 84-year-old Yulia tells us I'm a child of World War Two she says we were cold hungry, but we

survived. Across town, another pensioner 82-year-old Oleksandr (ph) shows us the basement she shares with neighbors already stockpiling food for

winter. No gas for warmth here just an old electric heater.

ROBERTSON (on camera): But when there's no electricity, you have no heat. How do you stay warm?

ROBERTSON (voice over): We just have to put on our coats, wrap ourselves in blankets and go to bed she says that's how we live. That's how we exist.

Born into war she says I'll probably die in war Nic Robertson, CNN Kramatorsk, Ukraine.


KINKADE: Well, the Attorneys for the American Basketball Star Brittney Griner say she has been moved to a penal colony Southeast of Moscow. That's

where she has begun serving her nine year prison sentence.

Griner was convicted in August of smuggling drugs into Russia. She lost her court appeal last month. Griner is being held in the same region as

American Paul Whelan. He's serving a 16 year sentence for espionage charges which he denies. The U.S. says Griner and Whelan are being wrongfully


Well, still ahead, has the world gotten any closer to the goal of limiting global warming? We'll talk to a climate expert about the annual conference

that's underway in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. Also, Twitter's employees are walking out the door. Elon Musk is telling jokes about just how much money

the company is losing the latest on a tech giant in big trouble when we come back.




NAKEEYAT DRAMANI, GHANAIAN ACTIVIST: There's less than 86 months to go before we hit 1.5 and I'm already much older than that. So they are people

at the scope. I appeal to you have a heart and do the math. It is an emergency.


KINKADE: A standing ovation there for young activists from Ghana as she issues an urgent plea at the Annual COP 27 Climate Summit in Egypt. Well,

the President of this year's Summit is issuing a similar warning saying time is not on our side.

The conference has been extended by one day as countries grapple with a host of complex issues, including the creation of a loss and damage fund to

provide money to countries hit hardest by climate disasters. The EU says it will back a proposal for the fund with certain conditions as delegates wait

to hear from the U.S. and China. The UN Secretary General says the climate clock is ticking.


ANTONIO GUTERRES, U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL: There has been clearly in the past times the breakdown in trust between loss and - and between developed

and emerging economies. But this is no time for finger pointing. The blame game is recipe for mutually assured destruction. I'm here to appeal to all

parties to rise to this moment, and to the greatest challenge that humanity is facing.


KINKADE: Well, let's get a report card on this year's summit. What worked, what can be done and what needs to be done? Alex Scott joins us now from

Sharm el Sheikh. She's a Climate Diplomacy and Geopolitics Program Leader at a think tank E3G. Good to have you with us!


KINKADE: So there's much to discuss. But let's start with this clash over degrees this level of 1.5 degrees Celsius that we're trying to prevent.

Some say we've already passed that point of 1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming. What's your assessment?

SCOTT: At the moment, I think we're teetering on the edge of 1.2 degrees. And the policies that governments have pledged to put in place to reduce

their emissions at the moment are not going to get us to that 1.5 degree target.

We need a lot more policy, a lot more action from governments but also from businesses to be able to keep climate impacts to the lowest level possible

to keep climate safety as good as we can possibly get it.

KINKADE: And so speaking of policy, there was a lot of discussion at this conference about a loss and damage of fund. At the last Summit hosted by

Scotland, Scotland was the only country backing this sort of idea. Now there are many more European countries on board.

But the biggest polluting countries, China and the U.S. and not onboard just yet. And this sort of a policy would mean funds going to vulnerable

countries that are least responsible for the climate crisis, right?

SCOTT: Exactly. It's going to countries who are suffering the brunt of the climate change impacts that we're already facing at kind of 1.1 to 1.2

degrees, and we know that more are coming. They're getting fiercer. We've had scientists through the IPCC reports show that we're expecting a lot of

worsening of those climate impacts.

And these countries that are facing already a lot of economic distress from the pandemic, they're facing debt distress, and then they've got food

crises and energy crises on top of that. Thanks to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, these countries don't have the funds to deal with climate impacts

when they're hitting.

And that's what we're discussing here at this COP. That's the big issue. It's the first time it's had real political level attention. Ministers are

here discussing what the funding arrangements need to look like right now. And we need to see a deal on what those loss and damage funding

arrangements could look like in order to progress out of this COP 27 in Sharm el Sheikh?

KINKADE: The future of Africa's energy infrastructures is also an issue. Half a billion people across Africa over half a billion people across

Africa don't even have access to electricity. And many countries want to exploit the natural resources on our continent. Take us through that


SCOTT: I think the next steps on the energy transition are really top of mind at this conference as well. We've had some countries really clear that

we need to look beyond just reducing coal and look to oil and gas as well.

We saw India as the first major country putting that proposal on the table and we've seen other countries really embrace that like the European Union

like Colombia.


SCOTT: What we also saw during the World Leaders Summit segment at the start of this cup was a lot of African leaders coming out very strongly

saying they see their future in 100 percent renewable energy.

They see the value of distributed energy opportunities from solar, the ability to improve energy access quickly across large swathes of land,

across lots of different communities through the opportunities of renewable energy. But at the same time, we have seen some countries looking to the

issue of gas and questioning the role of gas as a transition fuel.

We've had some fossil fuel lobbyists here at the conference as well, everybody, everybody can get access. But I think what we've seen overall is

that the overwhelming support is for this future of switching to renewable energies. And we've had some big deals announced on funding some of that

transition for some African countries as well. Last year, it was South Africa.

This year, we've had discussions with Senegal, with Egypt and outside of Africa as well, looking at Indonesia and Vietnam, so just energy transition

partnerships to mobilize a large amount of money to deal with that, that renewable energy infrastructure you describe.

KINKADE: All right, Alex Scott, we'll leave it there for now. But as we've said, this climate summit will continue it has been extended. We'll wait

and see what comes out of it. Thanks very much. Well human rights issues have been front and center. This is called 27 Summit, in particular the

case of an Egyptian activist, Alaa Abd El-Fattah, he has been imprisoned for much of the last decade.

At the beginning of this year's COP conference, he escalated a month long hunger strike, and after briefly being put on an IV drip, his family says

now threatening to resume the strike if his case is not addressed. Now, having seen him in prison Thursday, his sister described to him as frail,

vulnerable, and emotional.

Well, CNN's David McKenzie was on the ground at that COP27 conference in Cairo. He joins us now from Johannesburg. Good to have you with us again,

David. So he's gone months with very little food days without water. His family only gets to see him once a month for a visit and what they're

describing, it sounds pretty dire.

DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It's very dire. And it's true to say that human rights have cast a shadow over this COP. Of

course, it was and is supposed to be a way to highlight the President Sisi's leadership in Egypt, about that human rights record was consistently

put under question.

As - save his sister was at COP at those meetings gave an emotional plea to people there for the safety of a brother which for many, many months and

weeks, they were unable to ascertain whether Abdel el-Fattah was even alive. He's been on a hunger strike, as you say, in and out of jail.

For much of the last decade, he is one of the best known activists and writers who really gained prominence in the 2011 uprisings in Egypt. Now

the family was able, according to them to see him on Thursday at a Cairo cell in Cairo prison. They gave this very raw description, very disturbing

description of some of the events that he went through.

And I'm quoting them as he was being carried out, he lost it had a meltdown and promised to kill himself if taken back to his cell. When they put him

in his cell, h started to smash his head against the wall. He was restrained and then tied down.

Now it seems according to the family that he was given an IV drip when he came to that that at least for now, hunger strike is broken somewhat by

force. The Egyptian public prosecutor's office said last week that he is in fact, "good health". And when we put the question to the foreign minister

at the COP meetings, he said that Abdel Fattah had had a free trial.

This is a serious indictment, say activists of the human rights record in Egypt. The discussions between the British prime minister and Egyptian

authorities appear to have gone nowhere. He gained British citizenship while in detention and he still remains in that detention as these climate

talks continue. Lynda?

KINKADE: All right, David McKenzie for us in Johannesburg, thank you. Well, I want to go to Iran now where the harsh crackdown on anti-government

demonstrations that Iran has led to five alleged protesters being sentenced to death in recent days. At least 1000 people have been arrested and human

rights groups say at least 342 people have been killed since September.


KINKADE: Now on Wednesday, a nine year old boy was added to that death toll. CNN's Jomana Karadsheh has our report.


JOMANA KARADSHEH, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): Nine year old Qian wanted to be an inventor. He shows off a wooden boat he made for a competition. We

don't know when this video was filmed. It surfaced on social media after a little Qian was killed.

It was one of a number of people killed Wednesday in what state media said was a shooting incident in the southwestern city of Izeh where anti-

government protests have been raging for days. Family members say Qian was on his way home with his father when he was shot.

The Iranian government says this was a terrorist attack. But activists say Qian is a victim of the regime's ruthless crackdown on protest one of more

than 40 children killed since September according to rights groups. Every day for more than 60 days now Iranians have been burying their dead, more

than 300 lives lost in this battle for change.

30-year-old Burhan Karami was shot in the head on Wednesday according to activists. This disturbing video captures the moment a bullet struck him.

At Karami's burial mourners chant, mother don't grief for your child, we will take his revenge. With every funeral their rage grows the brutality

only fueling their determination to risk it all for regime change.

That regime struggling to contain the popular uprising is now sentencing protesters to death. Several have been handed the death penalty this week

in what human rights groups say or sham trials, the repressive Republic's latest attempt to crush the growing dissent, but nothing seems to be

stopping the will of the people.

The third month of the uprising began with a new wave of strikes and protests sweeping across the country. The rising voices for freedom are

refusing to be silenced. Jomana Karadsheh, CNN Istanbul.


KINKADE: Well, still ahead a father trying to find formula for his baby put in handcuffs and more families grieving the loss of a loved one just

suicide. While China's zero COVID policy is pushing people to the limit.


KINKADE: Welcome back. Well it appears that Twitter could crash at any moment and it's unclear if there is any one of the company who would fix

it. All the Twitter's offices are closed today after Elon Musk gave employees an ultimatum to either work harder or leave and many employees

chose to take the exit.


KINKADE: Musk who paid $44 billion for Twitter just three weeks ago, responded to the Exodus by tweeting, how do you make a small fortune on

social media? Start out with a large one. CNN Business Writer Clare Duffy is standing by for us in New York.

I mean, where we start Clare, let's start with that tweet. I mean, is Elon Musk being serious? Does he think this is all a joke? Or do you think he

potentially regrets buying Twitter in the first place?

CLARE DUFFY, CNN WRITER: I mean, I do think that Elon Musk wanted to get out of buying Twitter, he spent months trying to get out of buying this

company, I do think that he, you know, he probably regrets that he certainly overpaid for Twitter. And now he's in this position of both sort

of having to manage the fact that he paid $44 billion for this company, his debt payments are going to come up really quickly.

And he has to start sort of making tough decisions about cutting costs and where to spend money. But also now he's cut or pushed out so many employees

that had really crucial roles at the platform. And we could start seeing that have really significant impacts in terms of the function and the

safety of Twitter.

KINKADE: Yes, and I'm wondering, I mean, legitimately, how I mean, could Twitter actually crash right now? Do you see that realistically happening?

DUFFY: I don't think that we'll see Twitter just sort of like go down all at once. But we all are already starting to see some sort of like glitches

with the platform. You know, there were users who reported having issues, they saw test page loading in real time on the trending section of the site

this morning, I tried to go and download all my own data from Twitter.

And it wasn't able to because the two factor authentication sort of feature that lets you do that was broken. And so I think we do, you know, we might

start seeing some of these glitches, some of these sorts of like failures of the platform, as you know some of these really crucial employees have

left and there's not the sort of support that the platform needs to function.

KINKADE: And there's no doubt a lot of anger from Twitter employees. We saw those images, that projection on the building and Twitter's headquarters in

San Francisco, with some pretty damning words for Elon Musk.

DUFFY: Right, I think there's anger amongst Twitter employees. There's also anger amongst Twitter users, you know, we have to remember that this is

still such a crucial platform for journalists to make and spread news for public figures and politicians to communicate with the public.

And despite all the chaos that Musk has caused, this is still a really crucial platform that now seems to be under threat. And you know it's also

worth-noting that the World Cup is this weekend kicks off this weekend. And that's often one of the biggest traffic events for Twitter. And so it

really could put a lot of strain on the platform in the coming days.

KINKADE: Yes, I mean, and I just wonder, like, what the next steps could be for Elon Musk? I mean, what's your read of the situation? Is he going to

potentially start hiring people? Because I understand is, all these communications team is currently gone?

DUFFY: Right, it's really hard to sort of get inside the mind of Elon Musk and try to predict what he's thinking or what his strategy is here. You

know, he does seem to be sort of brushing this off. He said on Twitter this morning that the best people have stayed. So he's not really worried.

And you know it, but it seems hard, like he's going to have to balance the fact that he has some really ambitious goals for the platform. He wants to

kick-start this subscription platform. He wants to add payments to Twitter, but he also needs to manage sort of the critical infrastructure that keeps

the platform online.

KINKADE: All right. Well, good to have you on the case for us. Clare - angles, thanks so much for your time.

DUFFY: Thank you.

KINKADE: Well, the collapse of crypto currency giant FTX is sending shockwaves through the industry and prompting calls for more regulation.

And on top of that, its founder is now facing legal trouble. He's being sued by one of his investors. And Brynn Gingras reports, some well-known

celebrities also caught up in that legal battle.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: With FTX on everything I need to buy, sell and trade crypto safely.

BRYNN GINGRAS, CNN U.S. NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice over): Steph Curry, Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen, celebrities now caught up in the Swift collapse

of FTX trading. They're among the defendants in the class action lawsuit for their promotion in the failed crypto currency exchange.

CHARLES K. WHITEHEAD, PROFESSOR OF BUSINESS LAW, CORNELL LAW SCHOOL: If you're a celebrity, you regularly do endorsements, you endorse sports

drinks, you endorse tennis shoes, financial instruments are different. And so going out and saying that a financial instrument is great isn't the same

thing as going out and saying that a sports drink is great and that creates liability.

GINGRAS (voice over): FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried the lead defendant in the suit once a superstar in the industry who Fortune magazine hailed as

possibly the next Warren Buffett. Now his alleged business practices drawing comparisons to Bernie Madoff.

WHITEHEAD: And it's not entirely clear who's actually getting the money and what's being done with the money, yet begins to look like a Ponzi scheme.

GINGRAS (voice over): The company once estimated by Forbes that $32 billion imploded in just 10 days when an industry publication questioned FTX's

inner workings setting off a downhill spiral of investors quickly pulling out funds.


GINGRAS (voice over): The company filing for bankruptcy, investigations and accelerating chaos in the crypto currency ecosystem, an unregulated market

where consumers trade and digital currency not backed by a central bank.

RANA FOROOHAR, CNN GLOBAL ECONOMICS ANALYST: In some ways, this collapse of FTX is the Lehman Brothers moment of the crypto world. It is a classic

financial crisis.

GINGRAS (voice over): The new CEO now leading FTX through chapter 11 sang in a court filing he's never seen, "Such a complete failure of corporate

controls", this from the same man who managed Enron through its bankruptcy. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Dick Durbin is demanding documents from FTX

to explain how billions just disappeared.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How much of this is effectively an empty, you know, product?

GINGRAS (voice over): For his part Bankman-Fried taking to Twitter saying he effed-up and in an interview with a Vox reporter last night showing

little remorse for money lost saying he's trying to fundraise to pay customers, but it's likely the billions will never be re-coupe.


GINGRAS: We reached out to a number of celebrities named in that suit but haven't heard back. Now on a larger scale this is having a ripple effect in

the crypto community it's not really seeped into the financial markets. Advisors obviously, hopefully that doesn't change but say you know, it's

possible considering we haven't seen the full aftermath of this fall. Now Washington for its part is really speeding up the process of possibly

instilling regulations on this industry. Brynn Gingras, CNN, New York.


KINKADE: Well, let's get you up to speed on some of the other stories on our radar right now. And Taylor Swift's upcoming concert to a crashed

Ticketmaster. The ticketing website canceled Friday's public sale after its systems became overwhelmed by Swift Fans during Tuesday's pre-sale and shut


And before that Ticketmaster says it sold a record of 2 million tickets for Swift's concerts in one day. Well, India has successfully launched its

first privately developed rocket into space. The Vikram-S blasted into the skies early Friday. The mission is seen as a first step towards opening

India's aerospace industry up to private companies.

At least 21 people have died after a fire ripped through a building in a Gaza refugee camp. The fire may have spread rapidly because Gaza only has

limited hours for electricity. Many people stockpile gasoline to power generators for the off-hours.

The capital of China's Western Xinjiang province is just past its 100th day in lockdown, as the country continues to enforce its strict zero COVID

policy. And the grim milestone comes as China's widespread control measures push people to the brink. CNN's Selina Wang looks at the growing

desperation. We have to warn you some of the images in this report are very disturbing.


SELINA WANG, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): The piercing cries of a grieving daughter. She kneels and cries by her mother who leaves motionless

on the ground still wearing a mask. Her mother jumped to her death from the 12th floor of their apartment building their compound under lockdown in the

northern region of Inner Mongolia after two COVID cases were reported.

In this widely shared audio recording, the daughter has heard banging on the tall barricades that lock residents inside. She pleads, open the gate,

open the gate. I'm begging you, please. She's eventually allowed to rush to her mother's side. Neighbors filmed the tragedy from their windows.

Audio messages capture their desperate pleas to build in management to be allowed to comfort the daughter, COVID enforcers and police surround the

body. Local police said the 55 year old woman suffered from anxiety disorders. A later statement from police blamed managers of the locked

building for their slow response.

In the eastern province of - a group of COVID enforcers and hazmat suits drag a resident out into the streets. Two people hold the man down while

others kick and punch him. Another woman is thrown to the ground.

Many cases of brutality from COVID workers have not been held accountable, sparking outrage in China. But this time police without giving a motive for

the attack detained seven COVID workers involved in the bidding.

In Hubei Province just outside of Beijing, a desperate father steps out of his car holding a knife. He tells the authorities his baby son has been out

of baby formula for a long time during lockdown. He gets back in the car and drives right through the COVID barrier. Moments later police arrived.


WANG (voice over): They escort him handcuffed towards a large group of policemen. They surround him one policeman sprays him down with

disinfectant. He's arrested all because he needed to feed his baby. After outrage on Chinese social media, local police released a statement saying

the man had been fined only 100 yen or less than $15 and that his child milk powder problem had been resolved.

The scenes of suffering and tragedy adding to rage over the growing human and mental health toll of China's brute force COVID restrictions. In the

southern metropolis of Guangzhou, residents locked down for weeks rushed to the streets, pushing kicking down red barriers and metal gates trapping

them in buildings. Protesters cheering and shouting, demanding that they want to eat they want to be unsealed. As people struggle to get enough food

essentials and medical care and lock down.

Beijing recently announced incremental changes to COVID restrictions, but said the country is sticking to its zero COVID policy. And for people

who've lost their loved ones in lock down, these changes are all too little, too late. Selena Wang, CNN, Beijing.


KINKADE: We had to take a quick break. We'll be right back.


KINKADE: Well, what would a world cup be without fans celebrating the action with a beer? We are about to find out after Qatar and FIFA abruptly

announced there would be no alcohol sales around the stadiums for the Football World Cup. The decision is coming at just two days before the

start of the huge event, reversing an earlier pledge to allow some beer sales in the stadiums.

Well among those stunned by the decision was Budweiser, which is paid millions of dollars to be the official beer of the World Cup. Budweiser's

Twitter account said simply, well, this is awkward. And that tweet was later deleted.

Well, Amanda Davies of world sport is in Doha covering the World Cup for us. Certainly a lot of talk in this part of the world about this story,

pushing ahead with the World Cup no beer in the stadiums, despite the fact that one of the biggest sponsors is a beer company.

AMANDA DAVIES, CNN WORLD SPORT: That's exactly Lynda, it's the timing of this announcement with just 48 hours to go until the start of kick-off and

the fact that is one of the biggest name most high profile sponsors of the World Cup with a relationship which dates back over a decade. Just to make

it clear there's no alcohol that will be allowed inside the eight stadiums to be purchased by fans.


DAVIES: There will still be alcohol within the hospitality areas and Bud Zero will be served in the areas where the fans are. So Bud will still get

their name at the grounds and of course, there will still be the ability to buy alcohol at the fan zone and also at the bars and restaurants in hotels

here in Qatar.

But I think you know what this says so much about is the relationship the dynamic that we have between World football's governing body FIFA and the

Qatar Organizing Committee for this tournament. Usually, whatever happens inside the stadium comes under FIFA rules.

But this is a first for football and the World Cup, a first ever Middle Eastern world cup of first World Cup in a Muslim country and Qatar have

said all along, everybody is welcome. But we ask you please, to respect our culture and our rules. There's certainly a whole lot of people talking

about sit here this evening.

So many fans, as you can probably hear and see behind me are already in the country. The teams are here, the media are here. They think this tells us a

lot about who is in charge this moment.

KINKADE: And Amanda, just how much did Budweiser pay for this sponsorship? But how much do they stem potentially to lose? Or could they be benefiting

given that we're talking about them today?

DAVIES: It's always very difficult to know, you know, the detail of these contracts isn't released. But the figure that is being talked about is $75

million. That is what the deal is worth. But as I mentioned, Budweiser will still be present at this World Cup.

We went to the hotel that they have taken over last night and had dinner. There is no doubt they are here at this World Cup, the fact that Bud Zero

will still be served inside the grounds, mean their name will be there. But I mean, you just have to look at the number of times we have talked about

their name shown their logo over the last five or six hours or so since this announcement has been made.

And it was only a couple of weeks ago, that Budweiser were talking about the challenge of getting the amount of beer for 1.2 million fans here to

Qatar in such a short period of time.

They were estimating that five weeks' worth of beer was more than would normally be consumed in Qatar over the space of a year. So that's a really

interesting point to look at. But if you read something into the statement that was released by FIFA earlier it says this.

The tournament organizers appreciate - understanding and continuous support and joint co-operation to cater for everyone at the FIFA World Cup Qatar

2022. You can only imagine the discussions that are going on behind the scenes about who gets what, who has to pay what and what it means for those


KINKADE: Yes, exactly. Well, it looks like it's getting late there probably time for you to go have a beer. Amanda Davies, good to have you with us.

And we will be keeping you up to date with all the twists and turns of this historic world cup. "Connect the World" will be broadcast live from Doha or

next week that is 7 pm in Abu Dhabi 10 am in New York.

And we do hope you will join us for that. Well still to come CNN was at the glamorous Dubai globe soccer awards last night, stay tuned to find out who

were the big winners.



KINKADE: We are getting new images from the NASA Artemis 1 mission to the moon including action shots of Commander Moonikin Campos. That's one of the

three space suit clad sensor equipped mannequins, taking the place of humans on this test run.

Artemis launched successfully Wednesday and sent us a shot of Earth in the rear view mirror. That's spectacular. We'll take a look at this other

angle. If all goes to plan it will return to Earth on December 11. The goal is to send actual humans back to the moon with Artemis 3 which will include

the first woman and First Person of Color among the crew.

Well the waters of eastern Cuba are teeming with sharks and the island nation is letting visitors swim with the sharks so they can learn how

important they are --the food chain would help boosted tourism as well. And Patrick Oppmann takes us underwater for the story.


PATRICK OPPMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): Usually they are the last thing you want to see in the ocean. But sharks are the reason why we have

come here to the waters of eastern Cuba. We're hoping to see the predators up close and with no cage. Local guides say this is the only place in Cuba

perhaps one of only a handful in the world where divers can safely swim alongside bull sharks.

We are taking them at their word, praying the sharks had a big breakfast. Bull sharks are considered some of the most aggressive in the world. But

the ones we see see mostly curious, swimming around me for a closer look before gliding away.

Guide - says they want to teach visitors to respect sharks and to protect them.

The shark is the perfect machine, the perfect predator, he says, it's inspiring, emotional and satisfying to interact with them. Green biologists

say robust shark populations are necessary to maintain healthy coral reefs.

In 2015, Cuba placed restrictions on shark fishing, one of an increasing number of countries in the Caribbean to realize that sharks are not only

important to the environment, but a way to track visitors.

OPPMANN (on camera): People in the Caribbean used to commonly catch and kill sharks, either for food or because they were considered a nuisance.

But warmer countries in this region are now taking steps to protect sharks. It's not just about conservation. Shark tourism visitors specifically

coming to a country to dive with sharks can generate millions of dollars in revenue.

OPPMANN (voice over): Just before her first dive with sharks, Canadian tourist Carrie tells us she's been terrified of them ever since seeing


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I watched the movie very young, and I was even afraid to swimming pools let alone the ocean. So this is a challenge to overcome.

OPPMANN (voice over): Guide spear fish to attract the sharks but are careful to use the minimum bait necessary. They say they've never had an

attack involving a client or guide and that people come to dive here gain a new perspective on sharks.

It's the myth of the shark being dangerous, a mannequin that is aggressive, he says then you manage to see a shark a meter and a half away from you.

And when you come out of the water, they say this is the best time of my life. The sharks we swim with are undeniably powerful and also incredibly

beautiful at the top of the food chain, but never seeming to threaten us.

OPPMANN (on camera): And they said the shot of adrenaline in your arm they were not kidding. No admit to being afraid but they're very impressive


OPPMANN (voice over): Creatures that there are now more and more reasons to try and protect. Patrick Oppmann, CNN, Playa Santa Lucia Cuba.


KINKADE: Well, it's not just world cup host Qatar that has caught football fever the whole region is buzzing. The annual globe soccer awards kicked-

off festivities in Dubai on Thursday and the ceremony celebrated the best the game has to offer. French forward Karim Benzema took home the men's

Player of the Year.

Other stars picking up prizes including Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexia Putellas from Barcelona's women's

team. And if you are a regular viewer of the show, you'll know that CNN partnered with the awards this year to launch the off the pitch prize

celebrating those who have gone above and beyond to help their communities. Well former footballer Didier Drogba won for his work in bringing

electricity and health centers to villages in his native Ivory Coast.


KINKADE: Well, my colleague Becky Anderson was at the awards. And she spoke to Ibrahimovic who won an award celebrating his career. She asked which

players he'll be watching out for at the World Cup, take a listen.


ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC, STRIKER, AC MILAN: Enjoy probably you watch every game, difficult to miss and hope the fans will enjoy it, which I'm pretty sure

they will and then whoever will be watching I don't know. Probably I believe watching myself training so.


KINKADE: Ibrahimovic is Sweden, didn't qualify for the World Cup. Well, thanks so much for joining us. That was "Connect the World". I'm Lynda

Kinkade. Stick around; "One World" with Zain Asher is up next.