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France Confirms Signal from EgyptAir Black Box; Brazil Has 11.4 Million Unemployed; Some Olympic Athletes Test Positive for Doping; "Vote Leave" Pushes New Immigration Policy; Migrants Stuck in Limbo in South Korean Airport; Police Investigate Family after Gorilla's Death; Trump Lashes Out at Media. Aired 10-11a ET

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ROBYN CURNOW, CNN HOST (voice-over): Ahead at the INTERNATIONAL DESK -- France finds signals from one of EgyptAir's black boxes.

Brazil is dealt another blow ahead of the Olympics.

And a new poll shows Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton neck and neck.


CURNOW: Hi, there, welcome. I'm Robyn Curnow at the CNN Center.

At this hour, we may be one step closer to finding out what happened to EgyptAir Flight 804. French investigators confirmed that signals from the

bottom of the Mediterranean Sea are from one of the plane's flight recorders. Let's get right to Ian Lee for an update.

Hi, there. This is a significant discovery.

What more do we know?

IAN LEE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right. Really is a major breakthrough in this investigation.

The black box was located by Le Passe (ph). That is a French navy ship that has specialized equipment that can detect signals, detect anything

coming from the sea floor. Now they believe that the wreckage could be somewhere at about 10,000 feet, that's roughly 3,000 meters.

Now the next step in this is trying to recover it. There is another ship on its way, the John Lethbridge, it is specialized in retrieving items off

the sea floor. This is supposed to arrive in about a week.

So we will have to take -- it will be some time before we determine whether they're able to get down there and actually see if this is the black box.

But from what we're hearing from the French officials, they haven't found those -- that black box.


And what do we know once it has been retrieved?

It will be brought to where you are in Cairo.

LEE: That's right. What we're hearing from Egyptian officials is that, once it is retrieved, once they're able to get it off the sea floor, they

will bring it here to Cairo. That's when they'll start going through to determine what exactly happened to that flight.

Also they're going to see what kind of condition it is in. Hopefully, that it is found in a good state, that it wasn't damaged during the crash, that

they're able to read the information on it.

This is crucial because, right now, really the only information we have about the final moments on the flight comes from the ACARS system. This is

a system that sends reports from the plane to the ground during the flight.

And in the final moments of that flight it reported that there was smoke in the lavatory, the avionics and there was something that -- some sort of

malfunction on the window of the co-pilot's side, something with the heating element.

So, really, when they retrieve these black boxes, when they analyze the data, analyze also what was being said in the cockpit, they should have a

better idea of what brought down that plane.

CURNOW: Indeed. Thanks so much, Ian Lee there in Cairo.

Let's get more on this story. CNN aviation analyst Miles O'Brien is standing by to give us a sense of what the next steps are.

Hi, there, Miles.


CURNOW: Let's talk about this. We're not sure if it's both black boxes. We know that at least it's one signals coming from that, not sure if it's

the flight data recorder or the voice recorder, either way tells us the location of part of the plane, the tail section, I understand.

O'BRIEN: It could. It depends on how the plane struck the water and how it may have broken up -- and the proximity of the boxes to each other is

unknown, of course, as well. Each of them is equipped with a pinging device the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder.

Both are very important, of course, to fill out this picture. We have very sketchy information based on that sort of live streaming -- rudimentary

live streaming capability that comes in that ACARS system, which told us a little bit about what was going on in the aircraft.

This will be high fidelity, when the searchers can finally get to the sea floor and pull these boxes up to the surface.

CURNOW: We just heard Ian Lee saying that there was a specialized recovery vessel on its way, perhaps a week away.

Once it gets to the location, how long does it take?

I mean it depends, I suppose, on the conditions.

O'BRIEN: It depends on the weather. It's a deep part of the Mediterranean. We're talking about a couple of miles, several kilometers

in depth. It's not a simple task to pull these out.

Where are the boxes?

Are they just lying on the sea floor or are they still contained in wreckage that would require perhaps some cutting to get to them?

So there are too many variables to say for sure but it's not a simple task and a reminder that, you know, there is technology out there that would

make this unnecessary.


What do you mean by that?


O'BRIEN: Well, just yesterday, Airbus announced that they're looking at live streaming data from aircraft. You know, if you think about it, we're

sitting in our -- in coach, texting and e-mailing all our -- the way on our journeys.

And yet the aircraft itself is not broadcasting any significant telemetry, any information on what's going on, on its health, not in any meaningful

way. There is technology off the shelf, it is currently available and usable, that would give investigators instantaneous access inside an

aircraft that was in trouble.

And we should have these equipped on all aircraft so we don't have to do this.

CURNOW: Yes. And every time there's an accident or some sort of terror attack, I know you reiterate that call.

In terms of what investigators are dealing with now, even if they get those black boxes and they reach the wreckage, answers might not be obvious or


O'BRIEN: Well, there are no guarantees, of course, and there have been cases where the black boxes have failed and there are cases where they've

been -- offered cryptic information.

There's a good chance, however, if these boxes are found, that they will fill in enough detail to give investigators an idea as to whether there was

-- this was an act of terror or some kind of mechanical malfunction or a failure of the cargo, for example, a fire with some sort of cargo on board.

All of these are really important questions that deserve answers in a very timely way. So the sooner we get them, the better.

CURNOW: Indeed. Thanks so much, Miles O'Brien.

Well, the task of retrieving the black boxes is daunting as Miles was just saying. There's the weather, plus the sea conditions and those boxes are

very, very deep underwater on the sea bed. Let's get perspective on that part of the story from our Chad Myers.

What can you tell us?

Hi, there, Chad.

CHAD MYERS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Well, we're somewhere between 2,500 meters and 3,500 meters.

Good morning.

This is going to be a difficult task and, as Miles was telling you, Robyn, those boxes just aren't sitting there waiting to be found. They're still

inside parts and pieces and wires, there are miles of wires that were inside of that airplane. So this is going to be a daunting task.

And the other ship that we're talking about, the John Lethbridge, is still way out here, hasn't even gotten through the Strait of Gibraltar yet. So

as at least maybe a four- or five-day steam before it can get to the search area where they did find the pinging.

So we're saying that they found the box. In general, they found the ping of the box.

And so I've seen a lot of Twitter people saying, how can you say we found the box?

We just know where it is. That's true. It's still a thousand feet down. It's 3,000 meters away from where we know -- we -- at least the closest we

can get right now. So it's going to take days for this to get from the bottom to the surface, to get to Cairo to get all this put back together.

So what's the weather going to be between now and then?

Well for the next six or 10 days, we're in really good shape. Light winds, 10 kilometers, 20 kilometers per hour, that's it. Nothing like what they

saw in MH370, where the waves were up to 20 meters high and these search vessels had to call off the search because it was just too bad.

Now you think, wait a minute, you're at the bottom of the ocean, why would it matter or the sea, why would it matter what the weather is like on top?

Because all of those support vessels have to be on top of the ocean, on top of the water. And they're not going to be bouncing around in 60 or 60-foot

or 20-meter waves. They're going to have to pull away from there. So you want nice, dry, clear, no-wind weather and, so far, for the next few days,

we have it.

By the time the John Lethbridge gets there, we'll have to see. But so far, nothing all that extraordinary in the way. No major weather events to call

this search off so far -- Robyn.

CURNOW: OK. Well, that's good news, at least. Chad Myers, thanks so much.

MYERS: You're welcome.

CURNOW: Well, the crisis in Brazil isn't showing signs of dying down. A new report shows the economy has gone from bad to worse. The government

says gross domestic product shrank more than 5 percent in the first quarter.

Brazil is already in its worst recession in almost a century and the Olympics are just 65 days away. Our Shasta Darlington joins us now live

from Rio.

More bad news.

SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely, Robyn. These figures confirm we are firmly into our second year of recession. No

end in sight, which is why so many people are calling this a depression.

And it's not just dragging down the national mood. This recession is having an impact in tangible ways on the Olympic Games.

Just to give you an idea, purchasing power has been hit. That means Brazilians aren't buying tickets. Only 67 percent of Olympic tickets have

been sold. That's much less than what we saw in London just two months out from the games beginning and, of course, it's just one of a slew of

problems --


DARLINGTON: -- we've got the political chaos, which has sparked nationwide protests, the Zika virus pandemic, which is also draining resources and

really threatening to keep not only international visitors away but even athletes themselves might be scared off by this during the games.

And, of course, you've got to add to all of that the problems here with crime. We've got the problems with the venues, although they have been

largely built on time. The water venues have not been cleaned up. So sailors and rowers will be swimming and sailing in sewage-clogged water.

Now as far as what kind of an impact the Olympics could have on the economy, not even that is too promising. There will be a little bump. We

will get hotels and restaurants filled up.

But according to economists, it really won't do much to lift the general economic quagmire that we're in -- Robyn.

CURNOW: Shasta Darlington in Rio, thanks so much for laying all of that out.

So the question is, can Rio handle the Summer Games?

What's to be done?

Michael Payne joins me now live from Lausanne, Switzerland, on Skype.

Hi, there, Michael. You were credited with helping to turn around the Olympic Games when they were floundering in the early '90s, you've written

a book, in fact, on how to rebrand the Olympic Games from a marketing perspective. We've just heard Shasta Darlington in Rio lay out a long list

of woes.

How bad is it for Brazil?

MICHAEL PAYNE, MARKETER AND AUTHOR: No question, you've got a perfect storm in place with the political meltdown, the economic meltdown, there

have been delays and, on top of this, things like the Zika virus is not painting a very pretty picture.

And there's a worldwide media frenzy on the negativity. But I still think that, in the end, they will have great gains.


Because the stage of Rio is one of the most incredible backdrops. The karioko (ph), the local Rio people, love to party. So I think we're still

-- we'll be looking forward to what will be a spectacular and memorable two-weeks games, even if the road there has been a challenge.

CURNOW: That road is not over, though. Still two months to go. And there really are serious problems from Zika to this economic crisis to the

political chaos.

As a marketer, what needs to be done?

PAYNE: Well, I think first of all, from the marketing standpoint, you're talking about marketing the games and making sure that two weeks are a

success or you're talking about the legacy and how the games will leave behind a legacy for tourism for the next decade or so.

Your reporter mentioned 67 percent. I don't think that's of tickets sold. I don't think that's bad. You know, Brazilians historically have always

gone and purchased tickets at the last minute.

And I think, in many of the venues, some sports like volleyball, beach volleyball are already completely sold out. So the atmosphere and the

venues there, they will look great. And I don't think Zika is actually causing many people to rethink their travel plans.

At the end of the day, Zika is a bigger problem in summer. This is winter. It's a much bigger problem in Northern Brazil; not so much in Rio. And --

CURNOW: But a group of doctors have urged people not to go. I mean, this has been a very public warning.

PAYNE: It has. And I think if the Olympics weren't there, nobody would be focused on the matter. I mean Zika is relevant in over 60 countries; in

terms of international travel, Brazil is representing less than a quarter of a percent of travel. And the WHO earlier this week dismissed those

doctors' observations and their call to cancel the games.


CURNOW: We can talk about -- yes, we can talk about Zika and Brazil and the economic woes, also the ticket sales. I just want to bring up a

graphic on the numbers.

I mean, we are seeing significant ticket sales behind where London and Beijing were at at exactly the same time. I mean, those numbers are


But all of that aside, even if you took these Olympic Games out of Brazil and put them in the safest possible location with no outside issues, the

real essence of the Olympic Games, the brand Olympic, is certainly being challenged by all these doping scandals.

PAYNE: Well, the games will be remembered by the two-week festival, not by the lead-up. And the lead-up, you remember, to Athens or to other games,

even London with the fear of security and terrorism, the media focused on the worldwide events is pregames but the games are defined and remembered

by the 17 days.

And as I said at the outset, I think Rio will, in the end, present a fantastic games and it will be defined and remembered by that.

CURNOW: Michael Payne, thanks so much for your perspective.


PAYNE: Thank you.

CURNOW: The U.K. has just weeks to decide whether to stay in the E.U. or stand alone. We'll tell you what the Vote Leave campaign is proposing now

to win support for a British exit.

Also ahead, we've seen both sympathy and anger for the family of this little boy. What they're saying now about the encounter that led to the

death of a gorilla.




CURNOW: Syrians living under siege have been given a rare reprieve. The first shipments of humanitarian aid to reach Damascus suburb in four years

have just arrived.

The U.N. says the children in Daraya are at risk of starvation, they sent medicine, food and baby milk. Meanwhile, in the north, a U.S.-backed

alliance is fighting to cut ISIS off from its supply line to Turkey.

Officials say an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters is battling for Manbij, a U.S. official says ISIS pumps supply through the area to its de

facto capital in Raqqah, Syria.

To the east, Iraqi forces celebrate a small victory in their fight to win back Fallujah, a city held by ISIS. They've liberated villages to the

north. But the U.N. has warned tens of thousands of civilians remain trapped inside Fallujah and UNICEF says ISIS may force children there to

fight with them. They warned 20,000 children are at risk.


CURNOW: In about three weeks, Britain will decide whether it has a future in the European Union. With that crucial vote just around the corner, The

Vote Leave camp is pushing a tough new immigration policy. Our international diplomatic editor, Nic Robertson, joins me now from London.

Hey, there, Nic. This new announcement, this policy, really puts meat on the bones of the Leave argument.

NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC EDITOR: Yes. And that's one of the things the Leave Campaign has been criticized for, by not being able

to give a view and a plan of what the future could look like.

This, in a way, is seen as a policy, it's therefore seen as a challenge to the leadership of David Cameron. The immigration, if you will, really is

the Achilles heel of the Remain Campaign, the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union.

Why is that?

The Remain Campaign has sort of won the economic argument, if you will, for the most part you can say that they've been able to be given narrative that

makes -- gives people pause for concern, that they would be better off to remain in the European Union, that if they were to leave there's a lot of

unknowns. So they've sort of won that argument.

On the security front, with that more secure end, they've sort of shaded that argument maybe --


ROBERTSON: -- but the immigration issue is a real vulnerability for David Cameron and the Remain Campaign. So what we are seeing here is the Leave

Campaign focusing on that.

People here are very sensitive on the issue of immigration. They see people trying to get across the English Channel even as recently as this

weekend, migrants coming across there. And people here quite often equate it with harder-to-get jobs, poorer health service, fewer places in schools

for their children. It's an emotive and strong issue.

We asked people on the street about it today. Mixed reviews is what we heard. Listen to this.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I think so because it's there for some other countries as well, so why not for the E.U.?

So if you see the immigrants, I mean, there are only thousands coming in from other countries. But from the E.U., it's coming in hundred thousands.

So there is lots and lots of people coming in, which is impacting each and every (INAUDIBLE) here. Kind of education, medical and it's putting more

and more stress. And, I mean, they're struggling to cope up with that kind of, yes, people coming in.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think it's important that we, you know, control immigration. But I don't think we should leave the E.U. And I think

freedom of immigration is great.

I work with a lot of Eastern Europeans, who are the best workers I could work with. They're a lot more sort of determined and kind of better

workers than a lot of the British people I work with.


ROBERTSON: So on the In/Out, people are divided. You can really see from those two people who are on opposite sides of the In/Out, that they both

recognize that immigration is an issue.

And one of the reasons it makes it difficult for the government is in its campaign to win the general election last year, David Cameron said that he

would get immigration down to tens of thousands. This year, the figure is about 330,000, about 184,000 of those are from the E.U. So you can see why

he's vulnerable on that issue there -- Robyn.

CURNOW: And this policy, it lays out what would be done if, you know, Boris Johnson, for example, was in government.

It's both a detailed policy but also essentially a leadership challenge to Mr. Cameron, isn't it?

ROBERTSON: It is. In some ways, the Brexit campaign, the vote to leave the European Union, is turning into a vote on David Cameron's mandate to

lead the Conservative Party and, therefore, lead the country.

What they're proposing with their immigration, Michael Goh, Boris Johnson are proposing here, two heavyweights in the Leave Campaign, are proposing -

- is a sort of an Australian immigration point system, whereby, to get into Britain, as it would be, you would have to be able to speak English

relatively well; you would have to be qualified for a job that Britain is short of. And these are the sorts of things that are going to catch the

attention of the public here.

They're going to recognize for some people that this is what they want to hear. Certainly, the understanding here in Britain at the moment is, if

this vote goes against the government and David Cameron, Boris Johnson is putting himself in pole position to become prime minister -- Robyn.

CURNOW: Nic Robertson there in London, thank you.

German police are reporting another incident of mass sexual assault. More than 2 dozen women came forward after a music festival this past weekend.

Three asylum seekers have been arrested and police are looking for other suspects. For more on this, I'm joined by Atika Shubert in Berlin.

Hi, there, Atika.

What more do we know?

ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Robyn, basically what we know is that police have said that there were 14

independent incidents that happened on this -- during the open air music festival that was near Darmstadt town.

The reports were coming in from more than 2 dozen young women, who said they were sexually assaulted at this concert. Police -- and the

descriptions of the men that carried out the assaults were, quote, "South Asian."

Now police say they did arrest three Pakistani men, two of whom were asylum seekers; another was living in Germany for some time. And said that they

were also looking for more men, possibly up to 10 in all.

Now, of course, this comes after those mass assaults in Cologne. The numbers that we see from this open air festival aren't anywhere near the

kinds of hundreds of assaults that were reported during New Year's Eve in Cologne.

But, as you can imagine, the public here is very sensitive to this issue, particularly because, in both cases, the reported suspects were asylum


CURNOW: Atika Shubert, thank you so much.

Migrants from Syria aren't the only people who want to get into Europe. Some have made it to South Korea. And Paula Hancocks looks at the unlikely

place where they've been living.


PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Inchon (ph) Airport in Seoul --


HANCOCKS (voice-over): -- repeatedly voted one of the best in the world.

But it's a place of limbo for these men, appealing against South Korea's decision to refuse them refugee status. Legal cases are ongoing so we're

hiding their identities. One of their lawyers says up to 180 people are in this waiting area meant for 50. The justice ministry tells us there are

only 116.

Many of them have been here for months.

No bags, no windows, a fast food burger and drink three times a day. The meat is not allowed. So most eat just the bread.

The man filming this is Mohammad (ph), one of 28 Syrians here. He's in his early 20s and fled Aleppo after his home was destroyed and the Assad

government called him up for his military service.

"It's impossible for me and my friends to return," he says.

"Some are running away from the army. Some running away from the government or military service. We ran because we don't want to be a part

of the war. We don't want to hold a gun."

The justice ministry rejected his application six months ago because he didn't come from Syria directly but from a safe country. He traveled

through Turkey and China.

Mohammad's (ph) lawyer tells me China forcefully repatriates North Korean defectors because they don't consider them refugees. And an amnesty report

claims Turkey has been banishing about 100 Syrian refugees a day since January.

The claim these countries are safe is illogical.

Mohammad (ph) says he decided to come to South Korea as he couldn't bring himself to try and reach Europe.

"I have friends who died in the sea," he tells me.

"I'm so sad about it. I just couldn't try, because I saw my friends and thousands of other people drowning in the sea."

HANCOCKS: The justice ministry declined our request for an interview and also for access to the would-be refugees, citing security concerns. But

they did say for those who didn't want to stay in this waiting room, they were able to stay in the transit area -- but at their own expense.

HANCOCKS (voice-over): As for the waiting room, the justice ministry says the airlines operations committee is responsible. BAOC is asking the

government to take responsibility and the lawyers say unhygienic conditions are making some of their clients sick.

Since 2014, hundreds of Syrians have been allowed into the country under humanitarian status. The justice ministry says they have no benefits

except basic health care and only three have been granted full refugee status in 20 years.

But for Mohammad (ph), he's still waiting to hear if he's even allowed to apply -- Paula Hancocks, CNN, Seoul.


CURNOW: You're watching CNN.

Still to come, could charges be ahead for the family of a young boy who slipped into a gorilla enclosure?

What that family is saying about their encounter which ended in the gorilla's death.





CURNOW: Hi, there. Welcome to INTERNATIONAL DESK. I'm Robyn Curnow. Here's a check of the headlines.


CURNOW: We're hearing again from the family of a little boy who slipped into a gorilla exhibit at a zoo. They say they appreciate the support

they've received, even amid all of the criticism.

Well, our Jessica Schneider joins me now from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Hi, there. You've been covering the story this whole week and we're hearing again from these parents.

What do they say?

JESSICA SCHNEIDER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, Robyn. The parents are finally speaking out. They've given one statement already. They haven't talked in

person but they are releasing several statements, the first one to say that their child was doing well, that he was home from the hospital.

And today they've come out and talked again, thanking the zoo itself. But here's what they had to say.

They said, "Our child has had a checkup by his doctor and is doing well. We continue to praise God for his grace and mercy and to be thankful to the

Cincinnati Zoo for their actions taken to protect our child."

They also say that they've gotten some offers for money and payment if they need any help with medical bills. But they said they would like people, if

they want to give money, to actually give it to the Cincinnati Zoo in Harambe's name.

But a lot of intense scrutiny around this, a lot of Internet backlash, asking what were the parents doing in the minutes before that 3-year-old

boy came face to face with that gorilla?

And also people wondering how exactly did that 3-year-old get through what the zoo said was a secure barrier?

Take a look at some video that a visitor to the zoo shot just one day before this incident. The video actually shows the barrier quite clearly.

Zoo officials have said it was about a 3-foot high railing and then just beyond that railing, there's some thick brush as well as protective wiring.

And then there's the moat wall after that.

The 10-foot drop into the moat itself. So that video gives a clear view of the lengths that that child, perhaps, had to get through in order to come

face to face with that gorilla and sustain those 10 tense minutes of being violently dragged by that gorilla, Harambe -- Robyn.

CURNOW: Yes. So still many questions, could the family then face charges?

Could the zoo still face charges?

SCHNEIDER: Well, the police are investigating and the prosecutor has not ruled out criminal charges.

Police say specifically they are looking into the actions or potential inactions of the parents in those minutes leading up to the 3-year old

getting into that enclosure. The police have specifically stated they are not looking into the zoo itself.

That's because the zoo falls under the purview of the U.S. government agency, the USDA, the United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA

comes here to the zoo on a regular basis and does checks. The last time the USDA was here doing a check at the zoo was April and the zoo did pass -

- Robyn.

CURNOW: OK. Thank you so much.

In Thailand, animal activists have long said a popular tourist spot was hell for animals and now they may have more evidence. Wildlife officials

stormed the so-called Tiger Temple days ago. Tourists once posed with these exotic animals. But officials made a horrifying discovery on the


A warning: you might find this next video disturbing but we thought it was important to show. Officials found 40 dead tiger cubs in a freezer and a

wildlife organization is looking into the possibility the temple was smuggling their body parts. Tiger parts are used in traditional Chinese

medicine and can fetch a high price.


CURNOW: And Donald Trump has just announced he's heading to Britain and he's going on the very day the country tallies votes on the so-called



CURNOW: It's a rare step for him into international waters and it comes alongside new poll numbers that may be boosting his confidence. It shows

Trump only 2 tiny points behind Hillary Clinton. He spent the past 24 hours, though, lashing out at the media, saying they got it all wrong.

Jason Carroll has this report.


TRUMP: I think the political press is among the most dishonest people that I've met.

JASON CARROLL, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Donald Trump going off the rails on the media again.

TRUMP: What I don't want is when I raise millions of dollars, have people say, like this sleazy guy right over here from ABC, he's a sleaze in my


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Why am I a sleaze?

TRUMP: You're a sleaze because you know the facts and you know the facts well.

Excuse me. Excuse me. I've watched you on television. You're a real beauty.

Find out how much Hillary Clinton has given to the veterans, nothing.

CARROLL (voice-over): The rant during Trump's press conference announced he raised $5.6 million at a January event and distributed it to more than

40 veterans' charities.

TRUMP: I wasn't too involved in picking the organizations, other than I gave $1 million to the law enforcement Marines.

CARROLL (voice-over): Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump's likely opponent in the general election, responding to Trump's public media scolding.

HILLARY CLINTON, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: He has bragged for months about raising $6 million for veterans and donating $1

million himself. But it took a reporter to shame him into actually making his contribution and getting the money to veterans.

CARROLL (voice-over): Her campaign pouncing, trying to draw a contrast on veterans' issues.

CLINTON: Much of the work that I have done has meant tens of millions of dollars in increased benefits to veterans and their families as well as a

personal commitment.

CARROLL (voice-over): This as the public gets a glimpse into Trump's business tactics, outlined in the now-defunct Trump University so-called

"playbook," 400 pages of training material, released as part of a class action lawsuit, reveals how team members were instructed to identify

students with the most money and urged to, quote, "close the deal" on the most expensive package, the Gold Elite, costing nearly $35,000.

The lawsuit alleges students paid their money and never learned a thing. The newly released documents cast light on how the university was marketed.

But what they don't show is what happened in classes after the sale was made.

TRUMP: I have a judge who's very, very unfair. He knows he's unfair. And I'll win the Trump University case.

CARROLL: A new Quinnipiac poll released just this morning says that if the election were held today in a matchup between Clinton and Trump it would be

very, very close, Clinton at 45 percent, Trump at 41 percent. Again, it's still very early and polls can change. But it looks like come November it

could be a real nail-biter -- Jason Carroll, CNN, New York.


CURNOW: Thanks, Jason, for that report.

The controversial president-elect of the Philippines is picking a fight with his own country's journalists. At a news conference, Rodrigo Duterte

said reporters killed in the Philippines were often corrupt. He was asked how to protect media freedom after a crime reporter was killed in Manila

last week. Here's what he had to say.


RODRIGO DUTERTE, MAYOR OF DAVAO (through translator): Just because you are a journalist you're not exempted from assassination. If you're a son of a



CURNOW: Well, a journalists' union calls those comments "appalling."

When we come back, we'll have more about Donald Trump and the one thing he probably won't be talking about: an endorsement from one of the world's

least popular leaders. That's after the break.





CURNOW: When you're running for president, having a world leader call you "a wise politician" is usually a good thing -- but not always. Jeanne Moos

takes a look at Donald Trump's latest endorsement.



JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): You've got to hand it to Donald Trump.

What other American candidate gets a vote of confidence from North Korea, a country that releases a video showing its missiles striking Washington and

now publishes an editorial in a state media outlet, calling The Donald "a wise politician, a far-sighted presidential candidate," and advising

Americans not to vote for "that dull Hillary."

Trump at least has said he'd talk to North Korea, as Korea expert John Feffer put it.

JOHN FEFFER, DIRECTOR, FOREIGN POLICY: I would have to say that Donald Trump is the Dennis Rodman of American politics.

MOOS (voice-over): Prone to shake things up and make outlandish statements -- well, maybe not as outlandish as when Rodman praised Kim Jong-un.

DENNIS RODMAN, FORMER NBA STAR: He's a great guy. He's just a great guy.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC HOST: A great guy who puts 200,000 people in prison camps?

RODMAN: Well, you know, and guess what?

It's amazing how we do the same thing here.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: North Korean high-five.

MOOS (voice-over): The Donald's not high-fiving Kim Jong-un anytime soon.



And you've got to give him credit.

How many young guys take over these tough generals?

It's incredible. He wiped out the uncle.

MOOS (voice-over): And speaking of wiping out --

TRUMP: I would get China to make that guy disappear in one form or another very quickly.

And let me tell you --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: How do you make him disappear?

Assassinate him?

TRUMP: -- let me just tell you -- no.

I've heard of worse things, frankly. I mean, this guy's a bad dude.

MOOS: But the one thing Trump and North Korea's leader do share: flamboyant hair.

JIMMY KIMMEL, ABC HOST: At least for the time being, the meeting of the two greatest adult male hairdos in the world will not take place. That

said, but Kim Jong-un doesn't have time to meet with Donald Trump. He's too busy making North Korea great again.

MOOS (voice-over): Kim Jong un has been Photoshopped with Trump's hair. But at least we're not talking about little hands. We're talking about

shaking not-so-little hair hands -- Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.


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