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ROBYN CURNOW, CNN HOST (voice-over): Hi, there and welcome. I'm Robyn Curnow at the CNN Center.
At this hour Israel is moving hundreds of troops into the West Bank and barring more than 80,000 Palestinians from entering Israel after a terror
attack in Tel Aviv that left four people dead.
Israel said the two gunmen are now in custody and that they are West Bank Palestinians but it's issued a gag order on reporting their identities.
For more on this story, we go straight to Tel Aviv, where Oren Liebermann is standing by with the latest.
Hi, there, Oren.
OREN LIEBERMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Robyn. We've just gotten some of the latest information on the victims. Of course we knew last night that
four Israelis had been killed in this terror attack. We've just learned that four more are moderately wounded, still in the hospital.
One of those four, it's important to point out, is one of the terror suspects that was captured last night by police. The second terror suspect
was captured without shots fired.
For the most part, the Sarona Market where this terror attack happened last night has returned to a bit of normalcy here. The Tel Aviv mayor last
night encouraging people to come out, to not let terror disrupt their lives and, as we've seen it today, we've been here since early this morning,
that's exactly what's happened.
LIEBERMANN (voice-over): Not even 12 hours before this restaurant opened for breakfast this was the scene of a terror attack.
You can see in the surveillance video as two gunmen open fire inside the restaurant, shooting at point-blank range. Then they take the shooting
outside, a horrifying scene, in an open air market in the heart of Tel Aviv.
Meital Sassi (ph) posted this video to Facebook in the moments after the attack. You can see the ambulance lights in the background; she was in the
market for her 2-year-old son's birthday. She returned in the morning to come to terms with what she had been through.
MEITAL SASSI (PH), TERROR ATTACK WITNESS: We saw the terrorists and he start running after us, after us, after a few people, that run away from
here. And it was a few minutes that I'll never forget, that was a shock.
LIEBERMANN (voice-over): Evidence of the attack is already gone, replaced with regular customers. The Tel Aviv mayor said terrorism would not defeat
the city; he urged everyone to still believe in peace, something that's now much harder for Meital Sassi (ph).
SASSI (PH): I want to believe. I want to believe. But it's very hard because -- because you see, you see the problem. It's like everywhere.
It's beneath your nose, your home, like I don't know, how do I take my kid to the -- to this restaurant?
LIEBERMANN (voice-over): There have been concerns about security at the Sarona Market for months.
Is it too open, too accessible, too easy a target?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When a person decides based on incitement that he is getting a weapon and goes to kill as many Israelis as he can, we cannot
have the alert for that. We cannot know that in advance.
LIEBERMANN (voice-over): Now additional security guards patrol the market, trying to restore a sense of safety that was gone Wednesday night.
LIEBERMANN: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised a swift response and so far as we've seen it, it has been swift. You mentioned 83,000
frozen permits for Palestinians trying to cross from the West Bank into Israel. The Israeli military has also moved two more battalions into the
West Bank -- Robyn.
CURNOW: And there's also been response, I understand, from the Palestinian Authority?
LIEBERMANN: We have.
We just got a statement from the Palestinian Authority that reads, "The presidency" -- this is the Palestinian presidency of Mahmoud Abbas -- "has
repeatedly stressed its rejection of all actions that targets civilians from any side, no matter what the justification.
"The achievement of a just peace and the creation of a positive climate are what contribute toward removing and reducing the causes of tension and
violence in the region."
It is a short statement from the Palestinian Authority but a significant one condemning this attack -- Robyn.
CURNOW: Yes. Thanks so much, Oren Liebermann, there in Tel Aviv. We'll stay with this story.
Israel is conducting raids in the West Bank as Oren was just saying. Our Phil Black is with the Israel defense forces; he joins us now live.
Hi, there, Phil.
What have you seen?
PHIL BLACK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Robyn.
Because of this gag order that we've been discussing, we can't talk in detail about the identities or anything, the background of the attackers
But what we can talk about is the Israeli response here on the West Bank. We have been told that they are Palestinians, cousins in their 20s from the
West Bank. And the military response has overwhelmingly been here in the town of Yatta (ph), in the south of the West Bank itself.
It is here overnight that Israeli soldiers moved in, it would seem, in some numbers; went door to door, searching a lot of homes, interviewing people,
BLACK (voice-over): -- we think at least one person. The Israeli defense force has released an edited video, showing its soldiers carrying out all
of these activities in the early hours, in the darkness here this morning.
We spoke to a woman, who says that her home was searched by soldiers, her son arrested. The home beared (sic) signs where she said Israeli soldiers
had broken into cavities and doors, searching; she says she doesn't know why they were doing that or why they took her son away.
What we've heard from the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, today through his Twitter account, is that this town has now been closed off, he
says, by the Israeli defense force.
Now if it has been shut off, it is a fairly loose and, I would say, porous closure. There is very little sign of the idea on the out -- either inside
or on the outskirts of this city itself. There are no roadblocks that we saw on the roads leading in from the north or from the east inside of the
What we saw were big, concrete blocks that had been moved in to block these access roads. But locals were simply getting around them by driving
through nearby fields to get access to the main roads moving away from the town.
So on the whole, it's not a muscular response, I would say, that we had -- that's what we're not seeing here, despite the fact that the government has
said it is sending in two additional battalions into the West Bank to ensure security here as a result of the attack in Tel Aviv.
Another response -- and this is important, it really affects the lives of many people here from the government of Israel -- is that they have
suspended the permits that allow more than 80,000 people to travel into Israel for either work, religious, family reasons; there are no crossings
by Palestinians into Israel, at least for today.
We don't know how long those suspensions will stay in place -- Robyn.
CURNOW: We've heard from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying that we will take the necessary steps to attack the attackers and defend those who
need to be defended.
Is this just the beginning of the Israeli response then?
BLACK: Well, it could be. It's difficult to say at this point. What we've seen is certainly the standard response to a significant attack; that
is, when the soldiers move into a town, begin talking, searching people, usually with the intent to try to find anyone else who was involved, who
could have played a role either in cooperating with the attack that was carried out or potentially in planning future attacks, it's about
preventing further acts of violence.
Because we don't know precisely, I guess, what the Israeli intent is here just yet, it is difficult to say how this will proceed.
But as I say what we have seen is this standard response to move in, search homes, talk to people, make arrests where they believe is necessary; in
addition to that, the Israeli prime minister says that they have closed down the town but not in a visible, muscular way.
There is not a very significant visible military force here at the moment - - Robyn.
CURNOW: Phil Black, there in the West Bank, thanks very much.
CURNOW: Well, now that Hillary Clinton has become a presumptive presidential nominee, her Democratic Party has started to work on unifying
Her challenger, Bernie Sanders, meets with U.S. President Barack Obama later in an effort to mend fences and keep Sanders supporters on their
side. Athena Jones has the story.
ATHENA JONES, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This morning President Obama meeting with Bernie Sanders.
BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: My hope is that over the next couple of weeks we're able to pull things together.
JONES (voice-over): Increasing pressure on the Vermont senator to end his primary fight, now that Hillary Clinton is the Democratic Party's
OBAMA: Bernie Sanders brought enormous energy and new ideas and he pushed the party and challenged them. I thought it made Hillary a better
JONES (voice-over): The president is expected to congratulate Sanders but also discuss his role as a unifying figure, who can mobilize enthusiasm
behind Clinton as they look to take on Donald Trump.
OBAMA: The main role I'm going to be playing in this process is to remind the American people that this is a serious job. You know, this is not
SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I), VT., PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The struggle continues.
JONES (voice-over): As Sanders and his team vow to continue fighting.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No one is the nominee. The nominee is the nominee is elected at the convention.
JONES (voice-over): The White House stressing patience with Sanders, consciously trying not to alienate his voters.
JOE BIDEN, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: It's clear we know who the nominee is going to be but I think we should be a little graceful and give
him the opportunity to decide on his own.
JONES (voice-over): The president's endorsement of Clinton could come as early as today but Clinton is already going on a --
JONES (voice-over): -- celebratory media blitz, trying to rally Sanders' supporters.
HILLARY CLINTON, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I really believe a lot of Senator Sanders' supporters will join us in making
sure Donald Trump doesn't get anywhere near the White House.
JONES (voice-over): Clinton also addressing the prospect of two women on the ticket.
CLINTON: I'm looking at the most qualified people and that includes women of course, because I want to be sure that whoever I pick could be president
CURNOW: Athena Jones joins us now from the White House.
I suppose there's a lot to talk about between these two men today?
JONES: Hi, Robyn. There is a lot to talk about. This is going to be the fourth time they're speaking just in the last month. It will be their
second sit-down meeting of the primary season and we expect -- the president wants to hear Sanders out, hear what he has to say, hear what his
The White House describes it as a continuation of the conversation about the most significant issues facing America's working families.
One thing we don't expect the president to do explicitly is ask Sanders to bow out. The White House feels, the president feels that Sanders has more
than earned the right to make the decision on his own.
And they want to be very sensitive to the millions of Sanders' supporters that they're going to need in order to win the White House in November.
They want to make sure they don't alienate or offend them by being perceived as trying to push Sanders out of the race -- Robyn.
CURNOW: I want to play one of our colleagues' -- our legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, has expressed some frustration at sort of the walking on
eggshells around Bernie Sanders and his supporters. I mean, he was quite eloquent and quite vocal, I must say, on CNN about it. Let's just play the
sound bite and I want to get your take on it.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
JEFFREY TOOBIN, CNN SR. LEGAL ANALYST: There's a word for what happened to Bernie Sanders. He lost. You know, and the idea that she has to spend the
next several weeks, you know, coddling him and being nice to him, you know, someone is going to say to him, maybe the President of the United States on
Thursday, maybe Harry Reid when he sees him, cut the you-know-what. You want Donald Trump to be president?
Then fine, go be -- off in a petulant snit. But I don't think Bernie Sanders wants Donald Trump to be president. And I think this incredible
sort of coddling and worrying about Bernie Sanders is just outrageous. And he ought to just get in line and -- just like Hillary Clinton did eight
(END VIDEO CLIP)
CURNOW: Is there this sort of frustration or backlash to Bernie Sanders?
JONES: Well, there may be some impatience on the part of a lot of Democrats. They want the party to unify as soon as possible behind Clinton
so that they can present a unified front, have everyone out fighting for the same cause, which is to win the White House in November, to keep
President Trump -- from there being a President Trump.
Like I said, I don't expect the president himself to do a lot of that nudging in the meeting today -- or if he does, we won't hear about it.
Maybe you'll hear more of that kind of forceful language coming out of the meeting that Sanders is going to have with Senator Reid, who has already
stated that maybe he should bow out now.
And the reason for this is party unity. Toobin calls it coddling but the White House and other Democrats see it very, very important to be careful
with how they handle Sanders and Sanders' supporters.
We've been talking about this "Bernie or bust" movement, how a lot of Sanders supporters are saying no, we're not going to vote for Clinton, we
only want him and they're resistant to this idea he should drop out.
So the White House is going to be very, very sensitive to that. Yes, there's some impatience but the goal here and the president says, he
believes, they will reach this goal of unifying in plenty of time -- Robyn.
CURNOW: So a balance between being careful or coddling. Thanks so much, Athena Jones.
To the Republican race now, where presumptive nominee Donald Trump is meeting with top Republican fund-raisers in New York in the coming hours.
With more now on Trump's changing relationship with the Republican National Committee.
I want to bring in Bruce Haynes, a Republican consultant and blogger, who joins us now live from Washington.
It's been an interesting week, particularly with the kind of language we've seen from Republicans talking about their presumptive nominee. I mean it's
unprecedented in many ways, it's been withering in many instances.
BRUCE HAYNES, REPUBLICAN CONSULTANT: It's not been the best week for Donald Trump with some of the comments that he's made and his inability to
effectively walk them back -- and they needed to be walked back.
They really stressed out a lot of not just the Republican establishment but I think regular Republicans out there in the states who are eager to rally
behind the nominee of the party. And Donald Trump just needs to stop erecting these roadblocks that keep people from doing that because I do
think Republicans --
HAYNES: -- are in a better position and more focused toward doing that right now than the Democrats, who, as we just saw in the last report, still
remain very divided.
CURNOW: Well, let's talk about what Mr. Trump is going to be doing in the coming hours, meeting with fund-raisers. But we have heard not just
Republican politicians but also the fund-raisers, the money guys, who are also still skeptical, reluctant to support him.
HAYNES: Well, I think, they're -- you know, fund-raising is a bit like investing in a stock for donors. They want to see that you're going to run
the kind of campaign that can win and that people can be proud of and they're looking for those signals right now from Donald Trump.
So when he goes off script and makes these remarks that don't help his cause, that's sort of the red print in the prospectus of his campaign, if
you will, saying, OK, well, I want to see more from him that's headed in the right direction, that feels presidential, that looks like a serious
campaign, that's on message and can take on Clinton.
So he has an opportunity with the speech that he's going to give early next week to demonstrate that and begin to give those people a reason to want to
put their name on those FEC reports as having donated to Donald Trump.
CURNOW: Mr. Trump has suggested that, perhaps, he doesn't need that $1 billion that he thought he might need to take on Hillary Clinton, that he
can perhaps go it alone, use the same sort of playbook he successfully used in the primaries.
Can he do that?
HAYNES: I think it remains to be seen. There's no question he succeeded greatly in the primary by finding creative ways to use the media, to get
his message out without having to pay for it with things like television ads and mail and radio commercials and these kinds of things.
And certainly this is an epic race. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, two of the most well-branded figures in American culture and American politics,
it's going to be covered immensely.
He is going to get the opportunity to be on CNN and the other networks a great deal. And then we are going to have the conventions; we're going to
have debates. He is not going to lack for an opportunity to get his message out without paying for it.
So we'll see if he can defy convention again. The political establishment will say he needs the billion dollars. We'll see if Donald Trump can
continue to carve a new path.
CURNOW: And it not just about the free advertising, many people say, you've also got to invest in data analysis and targeting and voter contact
and mobilization, and it's a little bit more complicated. We'll see how that plays out in terms of the ground game.
Thanks so much.
HAYNES: Thank you.
CURNOW: Ahead at the INTERNATIONAL DESK, Brazil is racing to get ready for the summer Olympic Games but can they meet the deadline?
We're live from Rio.
CURNOW: Now to a horrifying act of violence in Pakistan. Police say this woman pictured in her husband's phone was killed by her own mother. The
couple had eloped but the wife returned home, thinking she could reconcile with her family.
Instead, police say her mother and brother tied her to a bed, doused her with gasoline and set her on fire. She died on the spot. Authorities say
the mother turned herself over while the brother is still on the run. CNN has reached out to the Pakistani government for reaction and they say they
will have a statement soon.
ISIS is claiming responsibility for a pair of suicide attacks around Iraq's capital. The bombings targeted a Shiite neighborhood and one of the
nation's largest military bases.
In all, 22 people were killed, more than 70 wounded. You can see smoke and debris and twisted metal on a commercial street in Eastern Baghdad here.
The attacks come as ISIS loses ground on the battlefield with Iraqi forces claiming gains in the nearby city of Fallujah.
And we're less than a day away from the 2016 European football championship in Paris. This year, the threat of terrorism looms large. Both the U.S.
and the U.K. have issued travel advisories for citizens.
In response, France has deployed nearly 100,000 security forces to protect fans. In addition, a no-fly zone will be enforced in key areas of the
city. We'll have much more on CNN "WORLD SPORT" coming up in half an hour. And CNN brings you extensive coverage of the Euro 2016 matches throughout
the month-long tournament.
More than 10,000 Olympic athletes from hundreds of countries are gearing up for the summer games in Brazil.
But when they arrive, will Rio be ready?
CNN's Nick Paton Walsh shows us how much needs to be done before the opening ceremony on August the 5th.
NICK PATON WALSH, CNN SR. INTL. CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Rio has a big question without an answer ready just yet.
How do Olympic tourists get from their hotels here to the games across town without spending hours in this, some of the worst traffic in South America?
Well, this was meant to be the answer, an extension to the subway from the beaches almost to the Olympic Park.
But there's just one snag. They've just announced a new outdated opening time and that's only four days before the games begin. There's always
going to be some sort of last-minute rush but it's the sheer amount of political and economic upheaval that Brazil is experiencing that's got many
concerned that leaving such a vital part of the infrastructure as this down to last-minute preparations is simply cutting it too fine.
It was meant to be open in July and, without it, guests may spend a lot of the day in jams.
That's not going to happen, insists the government.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are completely sure that everything will be done (INAUDIBLE). No problems for us. Of course, (INAUDIBLE) but we have 8,000
people working during the days and during the nights. No problem at all.
WALSH: The sound of building is so loud that it's drowning you out, so we still have quite a bit more time to go. Right?
Until this is ready?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Everything is in our schedule.
WALSH (voice-over): They said the same thing about the Olympic Park itself. But when we visited when there were 66 days to go, it didn't feel
that ready. It is strange to be able to walk straight in from there right into the edge of the Olympic Park here, what's supposed to be a pretty
secure zone in just a matter of weeks from now.
We're just going to walk down this way to the site of where previously there was one man holding out with his home.
Deeper and deeper we went, security sitting by to find the home now demolished, the owner taking a payout and moving.
An odd feeling, walking so freely around. This worker told us sometimes security are there and some days they are not.
Living just alongside and refusing to be moved are Sandra and Maria. They call themselves the resistance and they forced authorities to accept they
can stay on the land.
Sandra says she'll soon have all this packed away, ready for the new home the city is building her just next door. That's also on a tight schedule,
supposed to be ready, she says, 12 days before the games begin.
What does Maria think about security?
MARIA, NEIGHBOR (through translator): It should be like that in every country. We were born to walk freely. I don't know why they came up with
so much security. A man doesn't make another one safe. Security comes from God.
WALSH (voice-over): You have to hope they won't be leaving it just up to Him, however, to get Rio ready in time.
CURNOW: Great report from Nick Paton Walsh.
CURNOW: Still ahead, after waiting in line for free tickets, thousands are expected at today's service for boxing great Muhammad Ali. We'll take you
Plus worries about a so-called Brexit in Greece. We'll look at what it could mean for British holiday makers and the Greek economy.
CURNOW: Welcome to the INTERNATIONAL DESK. I'm Robyn Curnow. Here's a check of the headlines.
CURNOW: And in just about 90 minutes, the Muslim funeral service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali is set it to begin. It's open to the public and
a huge gathering is expected there and at Friday's interfaith service.
It's all happening in Ali's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Our Martin Savidge is there with the details.
Hi, there, Martin. People gathering behind you.
This is going to be both a goodbye but also a celebration of this man's life?
MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Right. This is going to be what's called genaza (ph) in the Islamic faith, of course in keeping to the fact
that Muhammad Ali is Muslim and that has great significance to Muslims all around the world.
He converted at a relatively young age, he went from being the name of Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali. So it is expected there are going to be
Muslims here from not just all across the country but all across the world.
Thousands and thousands, they've said perhaps 15,000 people and they keep announcing, asking for other faiths who are welcome to come and participate
to perhaps go into another viewing area, just to allow for all the Muslims to gather here and take part in the service.
It's only going to take about a half an hour. It starts at noon.
And then tomorrow, you have another very public service, two of them, really. You've got the procession of Muhammad Ali's body --
SAVIDGE: -- it will be driven around the streets of Louisville, going past the home where he was born, going past the Muhammad Ali Center and then
eventually going to the cemetery.
The last part of the road to the cemetery will be completely covered with rose petals. And then you have the very public memorial service, 14,000
people there, including former president Bill Clinton, comedian Billy Crystal, among other notables and international heads of state as well.
Tickets by the way for that, they didn't go on sale, they were given away. But 14,000 of them distributed here in less than one hour -- Robyn.
CURNOW: And as the media is there behind you, people are coming to pay their respects.
What are people saying to you about what Muhammad Ali means to them?
Why are they coming there?
SAVIDGE: They come for a lot of reasons. Part of it is tremendous athlete, he was known of course as a boxer but, beyond that, the life that
he had and how he focused so much on inclusion, focused on change both for his race, acceptance for people of color, also for his faith.
They remember him as a great statesman and a man, most of all, who was all about inclusion, which is why these services in every part of his funeral
is involving everyone of all backgrounds and of all faiths.
And it should be pointed out that that is perhaps the greatest legacy that many people have to show. They all have a lot of personal stories, too.
One thing about Muhammad Ali, he was extremely accessible and almost every person that you talk to that has come to remember him can also say I
remember meeting him, I remember spending time with him, he was just that way.
CURNOW: Thank you so much, Martin Savidge there.
Well, people across Britain have a few more hours to register for the referendum on whether the nation should leave the European Union.
Registration, if you remember, was extended due to a last-minute surge of people applying. The vote is now just two weeks away and both sides are in
a final push to make their case.
Thursday the Stay side got a boost when an MP who previously advocated a Brexit switched sides.
Now the impact of a Brexit could be felt far from Britain; in Greece, for example, the economy gets a boost from tourists. Now our Fred Pleitgen
tells us some Greeks are worried that could change.
FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Those lovely vacation selfie snapshots, affordable for ever more Brits,
thanks to cheap flights and virtually no border controls, the result of European integration.
Annie Papapavlos (ph) is from Britain and runs a glass-bottomed boat with her Greek husband. She's seen the number of British tourists steadily rise
as the borders in Europe have all but fallen.
ANNIE PAPAPAVLOS (PH), BOAT OWNER: We do get a lot more British (INAUDIBLE) a boat full of British today. And it's higher now, it's maybe
about 60 percent.
PLEITGEN (voice-over): Tens of thousands of Brits visit the Greek island of Crete every year.
But what if Britain leaves the E.U.?
The Association of British Travel Agents warns European holidays could become more expensive and less convenient for Brits with the possible
return of visa restrictions and the loss of European consumer protection rights.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: For instance, we have free medical cover in the E.U.
Would we have that if we were to leave?
We don't know. Again, we have got a cap on roaming fees for your mobile phone. People a few years ago were coming back from their holiday and
finding a really nasty shock when they opened their phone bill. That's been capped at the E.U. level.
Would we be able to benefit from that if we came out?
PLEITGEN (voice-over): And it could be a lose-lose situation, both for British travelers and for Greek business owners.
At this point in time it's impossible to tell what the implications of a possible Brexit would be for Greece but there are some who fear that fewer
British tourists would further strain this economy that's already dealing with a major debt crisis and a massive influx of refugees.
While the British tourists on the glass-bottomed boat want to relax and have fun together, they, like much of Britain, remain divided on the Brexit
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't doubt that it will affect the tourism coming to Greece and it will affect my trips but it's time for the U.K. to have a
change. I think this is a good opportunity.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't think anyone knows what's going to happen. I think that's one of the dangers of actually coming out of the European
Union because no one actually knows what's going to happen to the economy.
PLEITGEN (voice-over): Equally divided, the British Greek entrepreneurs couple, Annie Papapavlos (ph) and her husband, Nick (ph).
PLEITGEN: Where is your heart on Brexit?
ANNIE PAPAPAVLOS (PH): Out.
Yes. Out, definitely out, only because I think I've lived in Greece and I've seen how disastrous it's been for them.
PLEITGEN: What would your advice to Britain be, stay in or get out?
NICK PAPAPAVLOS (PH), BOAT OWNER: I think stay in.
NICK PAPAPAVLOS (PH): Well, because I think Europe is -- when you're united you get more shelter, standard (INAUDIBLE) other countries. I think
PLEITGEN (voice-over): Brexit is a big issue in Greece as this country that so depends on foreign tourists waits to see if the Brits will decide
to sail away from the E.U. -- Fred Pleitgen, CNN, Haniya (ph), Greece.
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CURNOW: Still ahead, pop star Ed Sheeran may be singing the blues. He is being hit with a $20 million lawsuit by two musicians, who say he stole
their work. More on that after the break.
CURNOW: It seems like we're seeing it more and more often in the music world, songwriters claiming their music was used by a big star and that
they got none of the credit. Now there's a huge new lawsuit over this pop hit.
CURNOW: That's the song, "Photograph," by Ed Sheeran, he's being sued for $20 million for alleged copyright infringement. Two musicians say
Sheeran's song has the same musical composition of a song called "Amazing." See if you can see or hear any similarities.
CURNOW: This comes a few months after another big lawsuit was successful. If you remember it was brought by the family of the late Motown singer,
Marvin Gaye. A jury ordered Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to pay more than $7 million because of their hit, "Blurred Lines," sounded so similar
to Marvin Gaye's song from the '70s.
And the magical world of Harry Potter has cast a spell over millions, first with books, then with movies and now with a stage show.
The follow-up play to J.K. Rowling's books has made its debut in London and, true to form, the fans can't get enough.
Here's Jon Mann.
JONATHAN MANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The magic is back. Harry Potter has moved from the page to the big screen and now to the stage.
Hundreds of lucky fans lined up in London to see the first showing of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" Tuesday.
The new play is based on an original story from Potter's creator, J.K. Rowling, set 19 years after her last book.
In the play, a grownup Harry is now a husband and father and working at the Ministry of Magic. Further details of the story, which is split into two
parts, are being kept under wraps and Rowling has even recorded a special message, requesting that audiences not spoil the story for others.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
J.K. ROWLING, AUTHOR: To keep secrets and let audiences enjoy "Cursed Child" with all surprises that we've built into the story.
MANN (voice-over): No spoilers here but the preview reportedly got a standing ovation.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice-over): A whole different version of what everyone loves about the books. It's just incredible.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Forget the films, I mean, this is fantastic. I would definitely come to watch this.
MANN (voice-over): The play has attracted some controversy for casting an actress of color as Hermione; in the movies, Emma Watson, who is white,
played the same role.
Rowling has hit back at critics, saying she never specified the character's ethnicity in the books and audience members give the cast rave reviews.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I feel it's like how they should have been all along, Hermione particularly by as a woman of color is just groundbreaking and
amazing and she suits the role so, so well.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I like that they brought in a woman of color to play Hermione. I think that's a problem that people saw with the books was it
wasn't very diverse.
MANN (voice-over): The show officially opens on July 30th and will also be published as a book July 31st, which also happens to be Rowling's and Harry
Potter's birthday -- Jonathan Mann, CNN.
CURNOW: Now Hillary Clinton is savoring her victory over Bernie Sanders after a bitter presidential race in the Democratic Party. As Jeanne Moos
reports, Clinton is also clearly enjoying how she's rewriting the history books, one page at a time.
JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Remember when she was standing by Bill's side, playing second fiddle?
Well, now she's the power in the power couple and he's tweeting, "I couldn't be more proud, history made."
As the cheers washed over her, you would think she was having palpitations from the number of times she clutched her heart, at one point opening her
arms as if to embrace everyone.
The first woman to claim the nomination inspired sober headlines and exuberant ones, and there were some sweet tweets, "Mood at 1:45 am,"
tweeted one supporter.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: God bless America!
MOOS (voice-over): Actress Jamie King (ph) held up her son to the TV.
The glass ceiling was invoked by the sign, "Caution" Shattered Glass."
Up until now we've seen mostly men breaking through glass ceilings in movies. And they tend to be going the wrong way.
On Hillary's way to making history, she got mad.
CLINTON: I am so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me. I'm sick of it.
MOOS (voice-over): She got blase.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Evaluating her e-mails but my interest.
MOOS (voice-over): She got laughs.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well, I wish you could be president.
CLINTON: Me, too.
MOOS (voice-over): And now, Val the bartender is drinking in the cheers.
MOOS: Back when 21-year-old Hillary gave a commencement speech as she graduated from Wellesley College, she mentioned her mom.
CLINTON: My mother used to say, you know, I'll always love you but there are times when I certainly won't like you.
MOOS (voice-over): When she graduated to presumptive nominee, she was still mentioning Mom.
CLINTON: I wish she could see her daughter become the Democratic Party's nominee.
MOOS (voice-over): Right after college, Hillary worked briefly at an Alaskan fish cannery.
CLINTON: My first job was to gut the salmon.
MOOS (voice-over): Now her job is to gut Donald Trump.
CLINTON: Reminding us daily just how great he is.
MOOS (voice-over): Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.
CURNOW: Thanks for joining us. I'm Robyn Curnow. You've been watching the INTERNATIONAL DESK. Up next, "WORLD SPORT."