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Construction Company Charged in Bridge Collapse; Russia Declines to Send Representative to Summit; Nuclear Ambitions of Paris & Brussels Attackers; Brazil's President Faces Uncertain Political Future; Virus Hunters Search for Diseases in South Africa; Israeli Firm Helped Unlock iPhone; Obama on Iran Nuclear Deal; Trump Meets with Republican Leaders. Aired 10-11a ET

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ZAIN ASHER, CNN HOST (voice-over): Ahead at the INTERNATIONAL DESK, India detains 12 people connected with the bridge collapse in Kolkata.

World powers tackle possible nuclear threats from ISIS.

And Hillary Clinton gets frustrated with Bernie Sanders.

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ASHER: Hello and welcome. I'm Zain Asher.

We start with new developments in the fatal bridge collapse in Kolkata, India. Police filed charges today against the company building the

overpass. At least 24 people died Thursday when a section of the bridge under construction crashed onto the streets below. Others are feared

trapped in the rubble.

Our Sumnima Udas joins us live now from Kolkata.

So, Sumnima, we know the construction company who built this overpass is being charged with culpable homicide and 12 people are being detained.

What more do we know?

SUMNIMA UDAS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right, authorities are acting very swiftly here. When we spoke to them exactly about 24 hours ago this entire

area was full of concrete and metal several stories high.

Now as you can see, they have cleared out the entire area. They have also detained several others, construction company employees, for questioning.

The authorities say they can't really tell us right now what -- how the investigation is going and why such a serious charge because culpable

homicide could lead to life imprisonment if those are employees are convicted, but still a lot of people here are already saying that this is a

manmade disaster. We talked to some victims, to families who lost their loved ones.

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UDAS (voice-over): Despair and mourning, Ajay and Surika Kannoy (ph) were on a hand-pulled rickshaw, headed to a nearby hospital to visit an ailing

relative when a roughly meter-long chunk of concrete and metal came crashing down.

In seconds, their lives ended. While at home the world turned upside down for their two sons, their shaved heads a sign of grieving in Hindu

families.

Twenty-five-year-old Abi Sheikh Kannoy (ph) had to identify his parents' bodies.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is not (INAUDIBLE) to mankind and explain your (INAUDIBLE).

UDAS (voice-over): Twenty-five-year-old Abi Sheikh Kannoy (ph) had to identify his parents' bodies.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE) very bad. They were not (INAUDIBLE) see (INAUDIBLE) very. Full body was burned (ph).

UDAS (voice-over): Their father was the sole breadwinner running a timber treating (ph) business. He was Bidna Davies' (ph) only son.

"We didn't hear from them for hours. We couldn't get in touch with them and then we heard the overpass collapse. I just went cold," she says.

After a frantic four hours of searching, calling, hoping and praying, she found out what happened.

"There's no limit to hardship and sorrow in life. Sometimes it's happiness, other times it's all darkness. My heart bleeds with pain. He

was my only son," she says.

In a neighborhood across the country, people want to know how it happened, who is accountable. But here there's no anger.

"Who can we blame?"

"We don't all blame anyone. We blame our faith."

They're still in a state of shock, aware of what's happened but unable to make sense of it.

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UDAS: And Zain, the son goes on to call for action against those who are responsible, saying that something needs to happen so this kind of disaster

never happens again -- Zain.

ASHER: And Sumnima, do we know the cause yet specifically?

UDAS: Not yet; what we do know, Zain, is that there was some construction work going on around this overpass just before it collapsed. They were

pouring in some cement.

This is a 2.2-kilometer long, roughly one-mile long overpass and a huge chunk of it about 100 meters long, that's what came crashing down

yesterday. But, again, officials here say they can't really give us a sense of what caused it.

It could be shoddy construction. It could be faulty engineering. It could just be corruption as well. This is all under investigation right now.

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ASHER: All right, Sumnima Udas, live for us there, thank you so much. Appreciate that.

The threat of nuclear terrorism from groups like ISIS is high on the agenda today for dozens of world leaders. They are meeting at a security summit

in Washington that is hosted by President Barack Obama. Our Elise Labott joins us live now from Washington.

So we know that President Obama's going to be speaking any minute now on the Iran nuclear deal. And this is interesting because this summit

actually comes at a time when Iran is continuing with ballistic missile tests. They don't violate the nuclear agreement but, Elise, they are still

provocative nevertheless.

ELISE LABOTT, CNN GLOBAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT: That's right, Zain. And the fact that these types of missiles a lot of people, the U.N. Security

Council, many members of the U.N. Security Council have said that these missiles potentially could fit a nuclear warhead.

So even though there were certain curbs on Iran's nuclear program right now, the fear is they are continuing to develop these delivery systems.

And if they violate the agreement or when the agreement expires, the fear is that they will have the missiles that are ready to go to be able to fit

the warheads.

So right now I don't think there's a grave concern in terms of the fact that Iran will be able to launch a nuclear weapon. But certainly these

missile tests, while not in violation of the agreement, are in violation of U.N. -- other U.N. Security Council resolutions that govern Iran's nuclear

program.

ASHER: And it's interesting because even though he's going to be talking about Iran's nuclear deal, one country that did help with that deal was

Russia. They are not going to be at the summit.

And Elise, when you think about just how much Russia has in terms of its nuclear stockpile, nuclear weapons, how can the summit actually really

progress if Russia doesn't even bother showing up?

LABOTT: Well, that does -- just because Russia is not here doesn't mean that they are not cooperating and not -- they're still not a lot of

cooperation on the nuclear front. It is true that the optics are not very good on this situation because Russia was seen and President Putin was

really seen as President Obama's partner in terms of reducing the nuclear arsenal.

And that is still going ahead. I think one of the concerns is Russia is one of the keepers of one of the greatest stockpiles of civilian nuclear

and radioactive material. And a lot of the discussion surrounding this summit are about how to safeguard that.

I think that it doesn't look good that Russia is here but I don't think that means that the cooperation between these two key nations has stopped.

ASHER: Another talking point on the agenda is ISIS and making sure that ISIS doesn't get its hands on some kind of dirty bomb with radioactive

material.

Is that a realistic threat?

LABOTT: Yes, it's not a Hollywood fantasy. We talked to experts. They said, listen, a lot of this radioactive material for a so-called dirty bomb

is not secure. It's in hundreds of hospitals, commercial and industrial centers in about 130 countries.

We do know U.S. officials have said that ISIS has been trying to secure some of this material. There's no specific plot and there's no evidence

that they actually have it yet.

But if you look to the Brussels investigation, when there was a raid on one of the homes of the suspects of the Paris attacks, which is linked to this

whole Brussels ISIS cell, they found some surveillance video of a top Belgium nuclear scientist.

Now why were they surveilling that scientist that works at a nuclear plant where a lot of this radioactive material is kept?

That's a very good question and so it does suggest that ISIS is trying to get its hands on this material. And officials have said, if they have it,

they would use it and so certainly that is really looming over this summit. And now really topping the agenda, so much so that the threat of nuclear

terrorism by groups like ISIS in particular is a special session of this summit.

ASHER: Yes, and it interesting because actually President Obama and the French president, Francois Hollande, actually spoke about this yesterday.

Do we know what the specifics were of what they actually discussed?

LABOTT: Well, I think it's in the whole vein of what is going to come out of the summit, what are the deliverables. A lot of this is precooked

before.

But while they are talking about ways to secure this radioactive material, share intelligence certainly among European capitals on these types of

thing, I think a lot of their discussions are about the larger issues, about ISIS, about getting a political transition in Syria so you eliminate

some of the climate that helps ISIS recruit but also how to dry up this network in Europe because that's certainly one of the biggest concerns

right now.

And if ISIS were to use a dirty bomb per se in a major European city, that would be catastrophic.

ASHER: All right, Elise Labott, live for us there, thank you so much. Appreciate that.

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ASHER: And as you just heard Elise talk about, Belgian investigators say they have found evidence that the Paris and Brussels terror cells may have

actually had nuclear ambitions. I want to talk to our Alexandra Field, who's live for us in Brussels.

So, Alexandra, you've been looking into the possibility that terrorists in Belgium could actually be getting their hands on radioactive material -- or

I should say trying to get their hands.

How much concern is there?

ALEXANDRA FIELD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Right, thinking about whether or not they could get their hands on it. And obviously, it is a concern. That's

the next forefront that authorities have to think about, they have to look at. They have taken all sorts of steps to try to improve and increase

security throughout the city, given the ever-present threat of these terror attacks over the last few months and certainly over the last few weeks with

this manhunt continuing for two of the suspects tied to the bombings here in Brussels.

So, yes, they tell us of course the prospect of a dirty bomb is something that authorities here are constantly thinking of because they know that

ISIS militants have an interest in this. The ISIS militants have an interest in nuclear sites. They have worked to procure radioactive

materials in the Middle East.

So how do you stop those materials from slipping into the wrong hands in a city like this and in this country?

We spoke to some of the authorities who regulate and oversee the nuclear facilities here in Belgium and they say these are the problems that they do

lie awake at night thinking about, how to make sure that that material remains safe.

They tell us that they believe that the nuclear power plants here are as secure as they can be. But you did hear Elise pointing out that there is

radioactive material that's stored in other places -- in hospitals, research labs -- obviously there are security precautions that are taken to

limit access to those materials.

But officials say that it is an ongoing area of concern where they try to ensure the highest level of security. And they will look closely at the

personnel that would have access to this radioactive material.

They tell us beyond just making sure that these structures, the buildings are guarded and are physically secure, they are keeping a constant watch on

the personnel. That means that people are going through these screenings, these preemployment background checks, of course.

But they are also being constantly evaluated and monitored while they have access to these facilities. And, Zain, I should point out that it was just

in the aftermath of the Brussels attacks that we're hearing from officials here in Belgium that four people with access to facilities where

radioactive material is stored had their access revoked.

They won't say if there was any direct connection in any way to those attacks. But it is indicative of the fact that these people are being

watched very closely. If any of their behavior raises any kind of concern, there is an investigation that can lead to having access revoked.

ASHER: So what is causing concern among European officials that ISIS could have nuclear ambitions?

Is it the fact that there was surveillance video of a nuclear scientist or is there anything else?

FIELD: They tell us that this isn't new. They have always been aware of the fact that terrorists could look at the possibility of a dirty bomb.

This is a that threat they have been looking at for several years.

But yes, the video does have to make you wonder, if the terrorists connected to the terror cells that carried out the Brussels and Paris

attacks did have these kinds of aspirations. It was a video that was 10 hours long, surveilling this top nuclear researcher in this country.

There is question among investigators about whether or not the Bakraoui brothers, the suspected bombers here in Belgium, had had a hand in making

that video or had watched it or had had any connection to it.

The trouble is they haven't been able to tell us what they believe that video might indicate, only that it suggests certainly an interest in the

country's nuclear sites.

So analysts who have seen it say it might mean that this person was being watched and that some farfetched plot was being hatched in which this

person could perhaps be kidnapped and tried to force into a facility where there is radioactive material. Our analysts say that that's a very

difficult kind of endeavor to carry out at the most highly secured facilities.

But then again, you do have to consider the fact that there is radioactive material that is kept in a number of different locations because you have

got hospitals, research labs, again, et cetera -- Zain.

ASHER: As you mentioned, they are stepping up security in the wake of these threats. Alexandra Field, live for us there, thank you so much.

Appreciate that.

And as North Korea nuclear ambition takes center stage in Washington, back on the Korean Peninsula there's word of a new missile launch. The South

Korean military source tells CNN that Pyongyang fired a short range surface-to-air missile into the sea just off the peninsula's east coast.

Now South Korea also says that the North used radioactive waves to jam GPS navigation signals. The disruption caused some ships to return to port.

And all this obviously comes as there is that nuclear security summit happening in Washington, D.C. This will be a major topic, major cause for

concern.

A Belgian court ruled that Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam can be extradited to France. Abdeslam --

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ASHER: -- became the most wanted man in Europe after the November attacks that killed about 130 people. Police captured him two weeks ago after a

gun battle in suburban Brussels.

Abdeslam is also suspected of having links to last week's terror attacks in Brussels even though he was technically in custody at the time. It's not

known yet whether he'll be transferred -- or when, rather -- he will be transferred to France. We did get word yesterday that he will be

extradited though soon.

A U.N. refugee agency says that safeguards are needed before Greece begins returning refugees to Turkey. That process is set to begin on Monday as

part of a deal between Turkey and the European Union.

But the agency says that Greece needs more support from the E.U. to process claims for asylum. The agency also claims Turkey isn't prepared to take

part -- to take in deported refugees. The U.N. has been highly critical of the E.U. deal, saying it doesn't adhere to international standards to

protect refugees.

Still to come at the INTERNATIONAL DESK, a show of support for Brazil's president as her political future hangs in the balance. The latest twists

and turns in the controversy she's facing.

Plus:

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): So they have to crawl through the narrow gaps into the different chambers because in each chamber there could be a

different type of bat which could have different viruses.

ASHER (voice-over): Scientists in South Africa go deep underground in search of ways to prevent the next outbreak of viruses like Zika. We'll

explain after the break.

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ASHER: Welcome back, everybody. The political crisis surrounding Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff may be getting worse but her supporters

are certainly rallying around her, rallying behind her.

Thousands took to the streets to bat support the embattled president. She's facing possible impeachment just months before Brazil hosts the

Olympics. After a week of political setbacks Ms. Rousseff finally won what is seen as a small victory in court on Thursday.

Our Shasta Darlington has been following the story from the very beginning. She joins us live from Brasilia.

So, Shasta, this one development that we got yesterday was that the lower court judge, Judge Sergio Mordor (ph), has been removed from Lula's

corruption case. So explain to our audience how much does that help Lula in the end?

SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Zain, it is a temporary decision by the supreme court. But what it means is they are

taking investigations into former President Lula's finances in the bigger context of a corruption scandal, out of the hands of this crusading judge

and really putting it in the hands of the supreme court.

The problem is we're still waiting for the much bigger decision from those supreme court justices, who are meeting here behind me this week and next

week. They need to decide whether or not former President Lula --

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DARLINGTON: -- can assume a cabinet position, chief of staff. Now remember, this started a few weeks ago just when that crusading judge

brought Lula in for questioning on suspicion that could have benefitted from the bribery scheme.

And a few days later, President Dilma Rousseff appointed her mentor chief of staff. This really prompted a lot of criticism, that it was just a

political maneuver to shield him from the investigation. So that was temporarily blocked.

Under Brazilian law, if you're a senior member of government, you really can only be tried in the supreme court. So we're waiting to hear whether

or not this will be allowed. This could at least make the investigation against former president Lula a much more long, drawn-out process.

From the government's perspective, it would also give them some support as President Rousseff faces possible impeachment proceedings in congress --

Zain.

ASHER: Yes. And she's only got about 10 percent approval ratings that she's going to hold on until the very end. She's not going to be

resigning. Our Shasta Darlington, live for us there thank you so much, appreciate that.

Alongside the political turmoil Brazil is actually grappling with the Zika virus Zika virus as well. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control are hosting

a summit today to develop a coordinated response to the rapidly spreading virus.

The CDC says that active Zika transmission has been identified in 39 countries around the world, 39 countries and territories. A health alert

was issued after the first Brazilian Zika case was confirmed in May of last year.

Since then the virus has spread through much of the Americas.

Meantime, in South Africa, a group of scientists is working to stop disease outbreaks like Zika even before they start. Here's our David McKenzie with

more.

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DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The hazmat suits and respirators make for a difficult descent. It's much need protection

against what we could find in the cave below.

We're following some of the world's most highly trained virus hunters, in search of disease-carrying bats.

MCKENZIE: So they have to crawl through the narrow gaps into the different chambers because, in each chamber, there could be a different type of bat,

which could have different viruses.

MCKENZIE (voice-over): And in this cave, there are thousands, each one with the potential to carry rabies, Marburg, perhaps even Ebola.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is another male.

MCKENZIE (voice-over): Some of the world's most severe but least understood viruses.

WANDA MARKOTTER, UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA: Even with Ebola, there's not a direct link between the human outbreaks from the bats. We see some

evidence in the bats and we see human outbreaks. But we can't say that bat caused the human outbreak.

MCKENZIE: So, so much is still unknown?

MARKOTTER: Yes so a lot is still unknown.

MCKENZIE (voice-over): So, they study diseases here, in bat populations before the potential human outbreaks.

MARKOTTER: Otherwise, she just reacts and (INAUDIBLE) a lot of people dead, like we did in the Ebola outbreaks.

MCKENZIE: So if you just react, it's often too late.

MARKOTTER: Yes, and you respond to light.

So this is an adult.

MCKENZIE (voice-over): This isn't some remote cave. Outside, just miles away, Johannesburg, a city of 4 million. So close to human habitation,

this type of monitoring and prevention is critical.

JT PAWESKA, NICD: In this lab, we're working with the most dangerous pathogens known to humans.

MCKENZIE (voice-over): Disease detection that exists, thanks to this, a fully enclosed, pressurized safety lab, the only one of its kind in Africa.

Where the highest level of precaution must be taken, researchers train for a year just to step inside. Here, they aren't surprised at the recent

outbreak of Zika, a virus once thought to be remote and isolated.

NANCY KNIGHT, COUNTRY DIRECTOR, CDC: We have a global world. So these emerging viruses, while we may find them here in Africa, they may impact

the populations here, the people here, the animals here and they may impact populations in other countries.

MCKENZIE (voice-over): Outside the cave, blood and saliva samples are taken and the bats are marked before being released, back into an

environment that seems increasingly primed for outbreak -- David McKenzie, CNN, Hoodbrom (ph) Cave, South Africa.

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ASHER: The legal fight between Apple and the FBI over a terrorist's smartphone has put another company in the spotlight. Israeli tech firm

Cellebrite isn't saying whether it was involved in unlocking the phone but as our Oren Liebermann reports, it has found itself at the center of

speculation.

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OREN LIEBERMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Four months after the San Bernardino terrorist attack, the iPhone 5c of one of the shooters remained

a critical but inaccessible piece of evidence.

An ugly legal battle between the FBI and Apple suddenly ended when the FBI found a different way to get into the iPhone. An Israeli newspaper citing

industry sources said the company that did the work was called Cellebrite.

Cellebrite's offices are here behind me in this high tech park just outside of Tel Aviv. Now neither the FBI nor Cellebrite will comment on the

company's involvement. But Cellebrite --

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LIEBERMANN (voice-over): -- specializes in mobile device data extraction and decryption, phone hacking. And that's exactly what the FBI needed in

this case.

We reached out to Cellebrite and the FBI repeatedly. Cellebrite didn't return our calls and the FBI wouldn't comment about the company. The FBI

has said only that they used the, quote, "outside company."

But the FBI signed a $200,000 contract with Cellebrite the same day the FBI announced it had gained access to the content in the shooter's phone.

Shares of Cellebrite's parent company, Sun. At a tech conference in 2014, Cellebrite's forensic technical director, Yuval Ben-Moshe told CNN about

their work.

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YUVAL BEN-MOSHE, CELLEBRITE FORENSIC TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: We allow a law enforcement have a deep and detailed access to a lot of information that is

on the mobile device and then it allows them to deduct who did, what, when, which is the essence of any investigation when you look at it.

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LIEBERMANN: Cellebrite's technology isn't just a hack on an iPhone. Critics say it's a hack on privacy. Ben Moshe says his company has been

challenged in court.

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MOSHE: You got to make sure that whatever you bring into court can stand there and can stand any cross examination. There are very, very strict

rules and guidelines with most of the countries. And we meet them. We meet those to the best of our knowledge.

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LIEBERMANN: To learn more about mobile device security we meet Michael Shaulov. He is a mobile technology expert at Check Point, an Israeli cyber

security firm. What are the weak points of an iPhone or any mobile device that you could access the phone through?

MICHAEL SHAULOV, CHECK POINT SOFTWARE TECHONOLOGY EXPERT: When you connect the cable to the phone and then you can get abuse all kinds of protocols

that the iPhone can communicate with their laptops. And then using by hijacking or by manipulating those protocols you can actually unlock the

phone.

LIEBERMANN: If I give you my iPhone, if I hand it to you how long will it take to you hack this iPhone?

SHAULOV: It will probably take me faster to hack your phone when it's actually in your hands rather than you give me the phone. It's much easier

to conduct a social engineering attack basically to send you something that you will click on and you install something on your phone rather than I

will try to actually guess or break your pass code.

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LIEBERMANN: This is the flip side of the startup nation, innovation used to build security now used to exploit vulnerabilities.

Is Cellebrite the company behind the U.S. government's iPhone hack?

They will not say, but notably the company that sign the FBI contract and was enthusiastically touting its technology not long ago has now gone

silent -- Oren Lieberman, CNN, Tel Aviv.

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ASHER: This is the INTERNATIONAL DESK. Coming up next, Donald Trump is in damage control mode after a really tough week. What the Republican

presidential front-runner is doing to restore party unity. That's coming up.

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ASHER: Welcome back to the INTERNATIONAL DESK. I'm Zain Asher. The nuclear security summit hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama is underway

now in Washington. Right now he's meeting with the group known as the P5+1. That is the nations that brokered the Iran nuclear deal except for

Russia, which declined to send a representative. And in fact, President Obama is speaking now about the Iran nuclear deal. Let's listen in.

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ASHER: All right. You've just been listening to a press conference there with President Obama, basically touting the progress and the success of the

Iran nuclear deal. He mentioned that it had been two years of intense negotiations helped by strong sanctions that had brought this deal to

fruition.

He touted a key successes of the Iran nuclear deal and I'm going to list some of them quickly for you.

He mentioned that Iran had dismantled two-thirds of installed centrifuges. It had agreed to inspections and then shipped highly enriched uranium out

of the country as well. But he did also mentioned the deal doesn't solve every single problem with Iran, naming the fact that it --

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ASHER: -- continues to test ballistic missiles and also human rights abuses as well. We're going to take a quick break and be right back after

this.

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ASHER: Boy, oh, boy, it has been a tough week for Donald Trump. The Republican presidential front-runner is dropping in the polls and trying to

stave off criticism over some comments you may have heard about that he made about abortion and on nuclear weapons as well.

As our Phil Mattingly tells us, Trump tried to mend fences with the Republican Party on Thursday, even as his rivals piled on.

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PHIL MATTINGLY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Donald Trump, in the wake of one of the most difficult weeks of his campaign up to this point, taking a step back,

going to Washington. No public events after off the campaign trail but a series of closed-door meetings, most notably a meeting with the Republican

National Committee.

Now this meeting, according to sources familiar with it, was primarily focused on delegates, how Donald Trump and his team can ensure he gets the

requisite number of delegates to secure that nomination.

But also a topic: unity. Donald Trump has taken no shortage of shots at the Republican National Committee and the establishment itself, now trying

to mend some of those fences.

MATTINGLY (voice-over): Donald Trump now trying to make nice with party leaders amid fallout from yet another political firestorm. The Republican

front-runner in Washington for a meeting with the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus.

Behind closed doors, sources say discussion focused on delegate rules ahead of the convention just days after Trump and the other GOP hopefuls backed

out of their pledge to support the nominee.

DONALD TRUMP, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: It was a very good meeting. We met with Reince Priebus and the staff and they are very good

people, very actually a terrific meeting, I think. And it's really a unity meeting.

MATTINGLY (voice-over): Trump also huddling with foreign policy advisers at the site of his new hotel for a two-hour private meeting as his comments

on nuclear proliferation continue to rile American allies.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN HOST: But if you said in Japan, yes, it's fine if you get nuclear weapons, South Korea, you as well, then Saudi Arabia says, we

want them, too.

TRUMP: Can I be honest with you?

It's going to happen anyway.

MATTINGLY (voice-over): Trump's camp uncharacteristically quiet Thursday, one day after his abortion comments put the New York billionaire's campaign

on the defensive.

CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC HOST: Do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or no, as a principle?

TRUMP: The answer is that there has to be some form of punishment.

MATTHEWS: For the woman?

TRUMP: Yes, there has to be some form.

MATTINGLY (voice-over): His rivals seizing on the controversy, claiming forcefully he's not qualified for the Oval Office.

GOV. JOHN KASICH (R), OHIO: And I have to tell you that, as a commander in chief and leader of the free world, you don't get do-overs.

MATTINGLY (voice-over): Ohio governor John Kasich unleashing a pointed and specific attack on the front-runner.

KASICH: The abortion controversy, using nukes in the Middle East and in Europe, get rid of the Geneva convention, getting rid of NATO and having a

Supreme Court justice who is going to --

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KASICH: -- investigate Hillary's e-mails, I don't even know how -- what he's talking about there.

MATTINGLY (voice-over): Ted Cruz sending out his wife, Heidi, and top surrogate, former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, attempting to

underscore Trump's continued difficulty with women voters.

MATTINGLY: Now those are very targeted efforts by the Cruz campaign. And there's a good reason why. Ted Cruz has opened up a double-digit lead in

Wisconsin in consecutive polls and part of the reason why?

Donald Trump's unfavorability with women. Ted Cruz trying to take advantage of that now. Now I'm here in Pennsylvania. John Kasich having a

campaign event here. Ted Cruz here as well. One of the next big prizes on the calendar, John Kasich's campaign making clear what we saw yesterday was

just the start of his attacks on Donald Trump. A real new phase to his campaign. Something to keep an eye on going forward. Donald Trump calling

for unity as the fractures within this party could not be more clear -- Phil Mattingly, CNN, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

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ASHER: Tesla unveiled its first mid-price car on Thursday.

Take a look here.

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ASHER (voice-over): People near Seattle lined up -- you see them there -- outside a Tesla dealership to reserve the carmaker's new model 3. Now the

electronic vehicle won't be available until next year but more than 100,000 people have put down $1,000 to reserve one.

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ASHER: The starting price is $35,000. I want to talk about this with Alison Kosik from CNNMoney.

So, Alison, I don't think I have ever heard of that many people putting down money, that much money, $1,000 for a car they have never even seen.

And then you have low gas prices. Just explain, even though you have low gas prices, why is this car so popular?

ALISON KOSIK, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Yes, think about it. Imagine shopping for a car, not even being able to see it, touch it, know how it

drives. Well, more than 100,000 people went ahead and put down $1,000 of their hard-earned money on a car, sight unseen.

What is the panache with this car?

Well, it's a luxury electric car. And until now, its price was only between $70,000 or $140,000. So the draw here is that now you can get a

luxury electric car starting at $35,000.

Keep in mind, people who buy this car can also get tax breaks. So that is the draw for this car.

Also it looks like it's created quite a following just because it's been so hard to get or out of reach because the car has been so expensive. So now

you have people literally lining up a day before you could even put the money down to have a chance to reserve a car, a car, Zain, that these

people won't get until 2017 or 2018.

So they have got a long wait ahead of them -- Zain.

ASHER: Yes, Elon Musk, he knows exactly what he's doing with that.

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ASHER: But I bet investors love this, Alison.

How are Tesla's shares doing?

KOSIK: Well, so far, it looks like Wall Street sees this is new car as a positive. We are seeing shares of Tesla up 6 percent. Keep in mind this

is a stock that's been under great pressure. Shares have been down 40 percent in the middle of February. Now they are clearly bouncing back.

And if the bounce today holds, it means that any losses that Tesla has had this year could be wiped out.

But also keep in mind, Tesla has yet to turn a profit. It is hoping to change that with the mass market appeal of a car that is more accessible to

more people.

I just want to go through the specs as we show you this car because it is pretty amazing. Last night we did get a peek at it. One of our reviewers

did get a drive in it. According to Elon Musk, it seats comfortably five people. Our reviewers said maybe more like four.

You see the top there of the car. That is all glass. Imagine having a drive with a nice moonroof above you.

ASHER: All glass and only for the bargain price of $35,000. Alison Kosik live for us there, thanks for sharing that with us.

KOSIK: You got it.

ASHER: Appreciate that.

All right. That does it for us here at the INTERNATIONAL DESK. I'm Zain Asher. Don't go anywhere. "WORLD SPORT" with Rhiannon Jones is up next.

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