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[10:00:14] PAULA NEWTON, CNN ANCHOR: Ahead of the "International Desk", a new report slams Russia's Sports Ministry over doping. The Turkish
president shows no mercy to those who plotted against him. And the Republican National Convention kicks off in Cleveland.
Hello and welcome. I'm Paula Newton, I want to welcome everyone to the "International Desk".
Less than three weeks before the Rio Olympics and the World Anti-Doping Agency drops a bombshell. The group's new report outlines what it calls
Russia's state-sponsored doping of its olympic athletes at the 2014 Sochi Games.
Now, the report not only alleges the doping of athletes, but also an elaborate cover-up orchestrated by the Russian Sports Ministry. Now, the
International Olympic Committee will determine whether Russia, Russian athletes compete in Rio at all.
Now, we have reaction from Brazil, the host of this year's summer games, with our Shasta Darlington. But first, we want to go to Moscow for some
perspective from Jill Dougherty, CNN's former Moscow bureau chief.
Jill, you are quite a student of how Russia usually reacts to these kinds of allegations. They are on the record as saying that any doping that went
on was not at all state-sponsored. Have we heard anything from them since this new report was dropped?
JILL DOUGHERTY, INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR DEFENSE AND SECURITY: No, we have not. And CNN has tried to contact both the Kremlin, the Sports Ministry
and are continuing to look into other agencies that were named. But there has been no specific response, no response, period, yet. We hope to get
But that said, these are pretty damning allegations coming from the report. McLaren said that these are verifiable beyond reasonable doubt. They're
very specific. And so, Russia up until now, Paula, has turned down -- has denied that it did, in fact President Putin himself said that there was no
state-sponsored doping in Russia and that anyone who tries to politicize it is making a big mistake.
So, so far, what they've been doing is negating this in a broad sense by saying it's all part of the plot to bring down Russia, criticize Russia and
damage Russia but nothing really specific about these allegations. And that will be very important, because in this report that we are listening
to so far, the name of the sports minister has been given as a person who specifically knew about this.
So, it reaches into very high levels, and we'll just have to see whether the Russian government will want to respond specifically.
NEWTON: Yeah, and not just the sports minister, but also the security service. I mean, what was spelled out here was so incredibly elaborate
that someone within the Kremlin, you would think, had to know and actually had to basically orchestrate this entire cover-up. Specifically also they
referenced evidence that these samples were tampered with, that they could see that they were tampered with. I mean, Jill, do you see any way,
though, that this gives the Russian government some wiggle room, or is the evidence irrefutable at this point?
DOUGHERTY: Well, that's the point. I mean, they would say it is it is. The McLaren people would say it is irrefutable proof, we can prove it,
we've got it, we've analyzed everything. But so far, you know, it would be very difficult now for the Kremlin to really answer this, unless it goes
into the details.
And you're right, the FSB is probably the most sensational of all in that description in the report, you know, taking the caps, allegedly taking the
caps off these urine samples, the FSB doing that, taking them away, replacing them, et cetera, and really organizing, very sophisticated
attempt to cover up doping.
So, it's really fireworks, and the FSB is probably as high as it goes, which raises the issue of how high could that knowledge have gone.
NEWTON: Yeah and Jill, we know you'll stay on top of this and see throughout the day if there is any kind for Russian reaction. Our Jill
Dougherty in Moscow.
We want to go now to Shasta Darlington, who's watching all this from Rio, where the Olympics are set to open in just a few weeks. The question now,
Shasta, and there's been so much brewing about this in the last few days, will Russia be at those games? I mean, in terms of the Olympic Committee
there, what are they saying?
[10:05:11] SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well Paula, they came out with a statement, actually even before the press conference this morning,
just saying that they support the IOC's zero tolerance, that they will ensure these are clean games. But, you know, wouldn't blame them if they
didn't enjoy a little bit of sort of guilty pleasure here in the fact that the scandal of the day, for once, isn't really within their realm. It's
nothing they can be held responsible for when this is happening of course in the middle of the Zika virus pandemic, a huge crime wave here in Rio,
polluted water. Well, this really has nothing to do with them.
Having said that, more bad news is that it's more bad news at a time when the Olympic committee here would like to be focusing on the positive
athletes' stories, on the enthusiasm building in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. To get this negative headline is not helpful. And this is something,
again, they will no doubt have to come out with another statement. While they can't be held responsible, they really would like to turn the page and
get people focused on the good things here, especially because ticket sales haven't really been stellar. Just over 78 percent of tickets have been
sold so far.
So, with the -- really the very likely possibility that some star Russian athletes aren't coming, that could be another question mark, Paula.
NEWTON: Yeah, and of course, it would leave a gaping hole in competition there if Russia is banned. We're waiting here more from the IOC. That is
our Shasta Darlington there live from Rio.
Now, a bit earlier, we spoke with CNN Sports Analyst Christine Brennan. She says all Russian athletes should be banned from Rio. We want to make
clear, she means, she understands that it will be clean athletes caught up in that as well. And she wants all of the athletes banned, not just those
from track and field.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
CHRISTINE BRENNAN, CNN SPORTS ANALYST: This puts huge pressure on the International Olympic Committee to decide whether or not to ban all Russian
athletes, not just the track and field athletes, but every single athlete, all the summer sports before -- in the next two and a half weeks before the
opening ceremonies on August 5th.
And I think -- I'll go a step further, I think that the IOC should do that. What we've heard today, it's not just track and field, it's not just the
winter sports from Sochi. As McLaren said, this is multiple sports, a vast majority of Russian sports, winter and summer. It involves the 2013 World
Track And Field Championships, the 2015 World Swimming Championships just a year ago.
It means its swimmers, it means its weight-lifters. It sounds like it's across the board. And if, in fact, the details are there, as McLaren said
they were, I don't know how you can allow Russia to compete in the Olympic Games. It's a strong statement, I know that.
But they've signed on, they're part of the olympic charter for clean sport. This is not like East Germany in the Wild West 40 or 50 years ago. Russia
has signed on to be part of the solution. And now to hear about this diabolical doping, as much as it would take some clean athletes, some
athletes would unfortunately be caught, Russian athletes who probably are clean. But they might have a chance to independently try to get in and
compete under a neutral flag.
But I don't see how the IOC, if it stands against doping, how can they let any Russian sport compete in Rio?
(END VIDEO CLIP)
NEWTON: Very, very strong comments there. And we should say that follows the U.S. anti-doping agency that is also calling for the IOC to ban all
You want to stay with CNN because we'll have much more on this whole story in "World Sport" coming up a later on.
Now, we want to go to the uncertain aftermath following Friday's failed military coup in Turkey. Right now, thousands of people are detained. How
the Turkish government handles the fallout in the days and weeks ahead could have a lasting impact on relations with its allies, especially Europe
and the United States.
Senior International Correspondent Arwa Damon is joining us from Istanbul, where the first batch of alleged coup plotters have appeared in court.
And, you know, many Arwa are calling on the president there to show some measure of restraint in the way he deals with these plotters. The United
States saying of course, that they should be brought to justice.
The question is how and who is being brought to justice? I mean, Arwa, any more sense from the government this morning as to how they intend to go
ARWA DAMON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, the government is very adamant and that it does have evidence against all of these
individuals that it has for now detained, especially against those 27 people whom it accuses of being the ring leaders of this failed attempted
coup. But this mass (inaudible) are of course causing ripples of a concern that perhaps, as Erdogan's opponents would say, he's going to use this to
try to become even more authoritarian than he is already accused by some of being. And all of this is coming as the nation is mourning what many
describe as being such a senseless loss of life.
[10:10:12] It's the choking sorrow of loss, overwhelming both young and old. Some barely able to walk. Others collapsing under the weight of
their emotions. Loved ones, neighbors and strangers came to funerals across Istanbul for those who perished. This is a nation already deeply
divided, united in this moment by grief. Forty-eight hours after Friday's failed coup, Julia (inaudible) is among the many still trying to come to
terms with it all.
TRANSLATOR: Every bit of news we got that night, every explosion was not something that was just happening outside. It was as if each one tore our
DAMON: And few know how, or if their country will come together.
Security's understandably very tight, as the president and other top government officials attend these funerals. This is a nation that, yes,
had been bracing itself for more violence, but they were expecting something in the form of yet another horrific ISIS attack or strikes
carried out by the PKK. No one who we've spoken to said they ever imagined that an attempted military coup would be what brought the country to the
brink of such instability.
Amid the pain at one of the mass funerals, calls for capital punishment, banned by Turkish law. In response, President Erdogan pledged to take that
demand to the relevant authorities and that the decision cannot be delayed, a chilling promise.
Erdogan has been a deeply polarizing figure. He does have significant support. And most of those who oppose what they describe as his increasing
authoritarian rule do not support removing him from power in a coup. But there are growing fears that he will use this to purge the nation of any
voices of dissent.
Thousands have been rounded up in sweeping operations. Most members of the military, including the commander of the Incirlik Air Base from where the
U.S. launches its anti-ISIS attacks in Syria and Iraq. Also detained, judges, prosecutors and others. And the government is demanding that the
U.S. detain and extradite Fethullah Gulen, the cleric and self-imposed exile in America, whom the Turkish government says is behind the coup, an
allegation he has denied.
The people power that arguably saved Erdogan is still in the streets, continuing to heed his call. Creating an odd celebratory atmosphere, as
Turkey is dragged into uncharted territory.
And how the government, how President Erdogan decides to chart the course of this country right now is very critical with some analysts saying it
could go one of two ways. It can either continue with this massive crackdown, going after anyone who dared to oppose him, whether they were
part of this military coup or not. Or he could use this as an opportunity to try to bring the nation further together.
All of the main political parties here, Paula, did come out and condemn this attempted military coup. They did all stand together, and that is not
something that is very common here.
NEWTON: No, especially not in the last few months when the bitter rivalry there really has been so pronounced. Our Arwa Damon there live for us in
In just hours, the presidential candidate known for his flair as a showman kicks off the biggest show in politics. And we've entered day one of the
Republican National Convention and Donald Trump is working to pull his party around him. Unity not a word we hear so much. Despite protests,
political fractures and recent violence in America.
Police in Cleveland are bracing for protests there, and today's convention topic will be divisive. Over the next few hours, speakers will focus on
issues of security and immigration.
Our Hala Gorani is in Cleveland, she's at the convention with our Chris Moody. You know, Hala, important to note there that, of course, some of
these policy issues do end up really driving a wedge between people within their own party and the Republican Party, arguably could use a little bit
more unity these days.
HALA GORANI, CNN CORRESPONDENT: They certainly could. And look, there is no getting around it, the Republican Party is divided. Very few people in
the Republican establishment supported Donald Trump in the beginning. Many of the big names are not even showing up at this convention.
The question, of course, is going to be whether the Republican Party can mend itself, can heal itself, get itself back together in order to defeat
Hillary Clinton in November. That is going to be the plan.
So, the convention kicks off today officially. We are expected to hear from the wife of Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, Melania
[10:15:03] We're also expected to be introduced officially as well to the family of Donald Trump, to hear from those who support the candidate. You
mentioned that I was here with Chris Moody, the senior reporter for CNN politics, who is joining me here in Cleveland at our position.
So, Chris, first of all, let's talk a little bit about, this is the first of four days. In a couple of days, we're expecting the official nomination
process to take place where Donald Trump will become the nominee for the Republican Party. What about today? Melania Trump, what's behind --
what's the strategy behind putting her up front today?
CHRIS MOODY, CNN POLITICS SENIOR CORRESPONDENT: Well, a big part of a convention, especially in the prime time hours when most people come home
from work and tune into this thing, is showing a different side of the candidate that they might not have seen on the news over the past several
months. And of course, many people have many conclusions about this candidate. Melania's role is to stand up for her husband and say this is a
man I know, I love and I respect who can lead this country.
GORANI: Because he has problems with women.
MODDY: His polling has .
GORANI: The latest poll 47% of women say they'll vote for Clinton, 34% for Donald Trump. Melania's a woman we haven't heard from much. She says a
few words here and there, but you know, not very often. So, this is a big day for her.
MOODY: Donald Trump is under water with female voters in the United States in a way no other candidate has been in recent memory. Not just with
women, but with minorities as well. So, tonight, Melania's role is to talk about the personal side of Donald Trump. Make an appeal to female voters.
It will come after an entire day of many people who are speaking that will criticize Hillary Clinton, his democratic opponent today, talking about the
incident in Benghazi while she was U.S. Secretary of State. They'll also focus on one of Donald Trump's signature policy ideas about immigration and
restricting immigration into the United States. That will lead into the family time this evening.
GORANI: So, Trump's surrogates are out there pushing that message hard that Hillary Clinton is not to be trusted, that Donald Trump is the better
candidate, obviously. But if you look at the polls, swing states important ones. Not Ohio where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are neck and neck,
but Virginia, for instance, florid among others, there you have -- you're seeing very high single-digit leads for Hillary Clinton.
MOODY: Single-digit leads, which is going to keep Hillary Clinton's team up at night. When you look at polls, the national poll doesn't matter as
much as these key swing state ones. Keep an eye on those, but not just the numbers, whether or not they're close together, but the undecided voters.
And in many of these states, we've seen that there is a large group of undecideds. Those are the people that Trump and Clinton are going to be
going after. Those are the numbers to really watch.
GORANI: You cover politics. I mean, this is a convention like no other, right? You usually attract -- conventions attract celebrities, big names.
Marco Rubio's taping his address that will be aired here, but interestingly, Ted Cruz, who was called "Lion' Ted" by Donald Trump.
Donald Trump and at one point even suggested that Ted Cruz's father may have had something to do with the JFK assassination. He's coming to
genuflect in front of Ted Cruz. Why? Wouldn't he be the first one to say I'm not coming to this party?
MOODY: Let's not forget that Donald Trump also insulted the looks of Ted Cruz's wife.
MOODY: And Cruz had such an interesting road here. First, he was Donald Trump's best friend, said I'm not going to criticize Donald Trump. And
then he said all kinds of terrible things about Donald Trump when it became personal. And now he's back to speaking at the event. I'm going to be
watching what he says, whether he mentions the words Donald Trump even once in his speech or just talks about his own agenda and what he would like to
see. That's going to be something very interesting.
See if these republican establishment types who have agreed to speak will mention the name of the candidate. I wouldn't be surprised if they don't,
and that will be unheard of.
GORANI: That would be unheard of. And so many things about this convention and this election are unheard of. Chris Moody thanks very much.
We really appreciate it.
So, Paula, there you have it. We'll be bringing you all the very latest in the coming hours. I'll have a special edition of the program "The World
Right Now" at 3:00 p.m. Eastern, where we'll have special guests as well as coverage of everything going on in Cleveland at this Republican National
Convention. Back to you in New York.
NEWTON: Thanks, Hala. That's an old adage right the cliche conventions are boring, throw that out the window. Tune in for this.
NEWTON: Thanks, Hala. Appreciate it.
Now, as we were saying, the Republican National Convention begins in just hours, as does CNN's special coverage. As you just saw, our Hala Gorani is
there and she will be joining in Cleveland by christia Christiane Amanpour and Kate Bolduan. Join us all this week for our special coverage of the
development speeches and analysis as the republicans crown their nominees. It all starts today right here on CNN.
Now, when we come back, France observes a minute of silence to remember victims of the Bastille Day attack in Nice. We'll bring you the latest on
And in the US, another attack targeting police. Three officers gunned down in broad daylight. We'll bring you the latest and we will be back.
[10:22:20] NEWTON: In France, a national minute of silence for the 84 people killed in the Bastille Day truck rampage in Nice. Now, at noon
local time, mourners across the country pause to remember the victims, including participants in the 2016 tour de France.
Now, ISIS says the truck driver was one of its soldiers, but France says it hasn't determined any direct link. For more on the investigation, we want
to go to our Will Ripley. He joins us now live from Nice. And Will, of course, the temptation is not to give too much notoriety to an attacker
like this. And yet, France is really grappling with how do you stop this from happening in the future. In terms of trying to pick up strands of the
investigation, have we learned anything more in the last few days that would tell us that there were signs that this was a possibility?
WILL RIPLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: There are signs that investigators are looking at, and one big sign happening today, when three suspects were
transferred from the local authorities here in Nice to the anti-terror unit in Paris. And there's a woman here who is very upset.
This country is angry and demanding justice. And even though this Promenade Des Anglais, the most iconic, beautiful part of the French
Riviera, is dotted with spontaneous memorials and flowers for those who were killed, there's also this, this is new today. This is a pile of trash
that is growing by the hour, rocks, the words "murderer" and "assassin" written on the pavement, people often coming by and spitting on it.
This country is furious with the man that inflicted so many deaths and has left so many people injured. We learned more about him from his attorney
who helped keep him out of jail earlier this year.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
RIPLEY: The French Riviera, a place of undeniable beauty, and now unthinkable tragedy. For the first time since the attack in Nice, the
beach is back open. So is the iconic Promenade Des Anglais. All appears normal until you see the flowers marking the spots where so many died.
GEOFF DENOVAN, WITNESS: A lot of people were close down here, saw their family being killed, and saw their children being killed. I feel for those
and the thousands of people that are related in terms of this.
RIPLEY: Geoff Donovan from Australia watched from his fifth-floor balcony. A young boy died in the lobby of his hotel, one of many children buying
candy from Juliette Maharani.
(Foreign language) "That one was shouting, that one was crying," she says. "It was a catastrophe to see death in front of you. It was hard, really,
Here, heartbreaking reminders of young lives lost. One note reads, "20 hit here, many children." another, "our thoughts are with you, little
(END OF VIDEO CLIP)
Of the 84 who died, more than a dozen remain unidentified. Along this promenade, these pictures of the missing. Alexandre Goutagny is helping
his neighbors search for those missing. He lives in Nice. He's haunted by the children he saw running, crying, calling for their parents who didn't
[10:25:20] ALXANDRE GOUTAGNY, WITNESS: It's quite difficult for me to sleep, you know, because I'm hearing the voices, I'm seeing the faces and
remembering the faces of these children.
RIPLEY: His sister in Paris called to check on him after the attack. Last November 13th, he called to check on her. Terrorists stormed Le Petit
Cambodge restaurant, shooting her twice. His sister survived. Three of her friends died.
GOUTAGNY: I think nobody can feel safe, you know? We are experiencing and we are changing our mind, we are changing our way to live.
RIPLEY: Things appear back to normal here, but life will never be the same.
It really won't be the same, Paula. But I wanted to talk to you about the lawyer for the terror suspect who we interviewed here. He lives here in
Nice and he helped him get off of a road rage incident where he threw a wood pallet at another driver. He said that this attacker, Mohamed
Lahouaiej, fit the profile of somebody who was a paid criminal, but he gave no indication that he was a Jihadist. In fact, he didn't talk about
religion at all. Other people said he despised religion, he was clean- shaven, he drank alcohol at Ramadan, he never went to the local mosque here.
And yet, French investigators believe that perhaps even as quickly as over a period of just a few days he was radicalized. He sent a text message to
somebody just moments before the attack on Thursday saying "Bring more weapons, five to c." we don't know if "c" is a person or a place or some
sign of sort of a code. And then there have been a number of arrests here. And again, three of the people, six in custody total, but three are now in
Paris where investigators will have 24 hours to prove a link to terrorism, which then they will use to file formal charges. That's how the process
works. They have 72 hours, 24 hours now for the investigators in Paris.
So, we should learn more in the coming hours, Paula, if this was a lone wolf scenario or if these new indications seem to show this is somebody who
might have been radicalized and perhaps working as part of a larger plot. And you just have to see this too. This memorial that we showed you in
that piece over the past few days has grown to this size. Stuffed animals, flowers and candles. It's heartbreaking. You really get the sense here of
just how awful, awful it was, and really will be for a long time even as life tries to get back to normal.
NEWTON: Yeah, so poignant there. And yet as you said, French investigators still trying to figure out exactly what happened. We are on
standby to hear more from them from Paris, and we will bring you that news as soon as we have it. For now, our Will Ripley live in Nice.
Still ahead, more on the fallout following the failed military coup in turkey. These are new pictures of the damage at police headquarters in
Ankara. Turkey's NATO allies are keeping a close watch on how president Erdogan handles what comes next.
[10:30:36] PAULA NEWTON, CNN ANCHOR: I welcome you to the International Desk. I'm Paula Newton and here are your headlines.
It's day one of the Republican National Convention and police in Cleveland are bracing for protests. Meanwhile, talks inside will follow the theme,
"Make America Safe Again."
Speakers are expected to hone in on security issues and illegal immigration.
The World Anti-Doping Agency says Russia operated and covered up a doping program for its Olympic athletes at the 2014 Sochi Games. According to the
agency's new report, government agents switched samples of athletes' urine to ensure clean results. This comes less than three weeks before the Rio
Games are set to begin.
Now, this is what police headquarters looks like in the Turkish capital after Friday's failed military coup. Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan vows that those who tried to throw him out of power will pay a heavy price. Europe and the U.S. are urging Erdogan to respect the
country's laws and democratic principles.
The U.S. Secretary of State spoke a short time ago about its NATO ally, Turkey, and the handling of that failed coup.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
JOHN KERRY, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: We also firmly urge the government of Turkey to maintain calm and stability throughout the country. And we also
urge the government of Turkey to uphold the highest standards of respect for the nation's democratic institutions and the rule of law. And we will
certainly support bringing the perpetrators of the coup to justice.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
NEWTON: Now, to talk more about the situation in Turkey, Fadi Hakura is a Turkish specialist with Chatham House. He joins me now live from London.
You know, so many events, really, to try and catch our breath and take stock of in Turkey, the first of the situation with the country's
democracy. You know, with all the opposition groups really supporting Erdogan and saying that they denounce the coup, this is a special
opportunity. This actually strengthened democracy in Turkey. Do you think the president will take that opportunity?
FADI HAKURA, TURKEY SPECIALIST, CHATHAM HOUSE: So far, the indications are that President Erdogan is using this opportunity to strengthen his powers
to crack down further against his opponents or perceived opponents within the state institutions.
So I don't -- I do not, so far, do not foresee that President Erdogan will use this opportunity to strengthen the -- or at least to strengthen the
democratic institutions in Turkey.
NEWTON: What is your worst fear, though, at this point? I mean, we've been talking about thousands that have rounded up, not just in the
military, but in the interior ministry and also crucially, in the judiciary.
How far can he actually take this in terms of consolidating his power base?
HAKURA: Very far. His -- The President Erdogan had the -- one of the judges on the constitutional -- on Turkish Constitutional Court arrested.
That's the equivalent of the U.S. Supreme Court, despite the legal immunities grant -- protecting such judges. So, he can go very far. I
think his ultimate aim is to transform Turkey from a parliamentary system into a centralized and powerful executive presidency.
NEWTON: You know, it's interesting here, we have the Republican National Convention going on right now and he, Donald Trump, just one of the
candidates, who's going to say, look, why should the U.S. and its allies care if Erdogan actually increases his hold on powers throughout all of
this? What they're looking for is a strong ally and certainly juxtaposed in a very tough region next to the war in Syria. Why does it matter how
much he consolidates power within his country?
HAKURA: It matters because Turkey is a very geostrategically located country, sharing a border with Iran, Iraq and Syria. It is a bridge
between Europe and Asia. It's a NATO -- it's part of the NATO Alliance with the second largest army in that alliance. So Turkey's absolutely
crucial to U.S. security objectives to maintain stability in the region.
Plus, now the crucial question is, with all these arrests taking place in the military and security forces, how will this undermine Turkish capacity
to initiate a very effective counter-terrorism campaign against the Islamic State and other militant groups in Turkey or outside of Turkey?
[10:35:18] NEWTON: Yes, an interesting situation that continues to sort itself out there in Turkey. We appreciate your perspective on this as we
continue to watch developments there unfold. Thank you.
Now, in the United States, the State of Louisiana is mourning the deaths of three police officers. It appears they were ambushed by a gunman hellbent
on killing police.
CNN's Boris Sanchez has the fallout of the latest mass shooting targeting U.S. police.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Shots fired, officer down. Shots fired, officer down. Got a city officer down.
BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Three officers ambushed and gunned down in Baton Rouge Sunday morning with three other officers wounded.
At 8:40 A.M., officers spotting a man dressed in black wearing a mask and holding an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle near a convenience store.
A law enforcement source says the killer, 29-year-old Gavin Eugene Long, a former marine, was intentionally trying to lure in police.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm hit, left arm.
SANCHEZ: Two minutes later, gunshots rang out.
The killer outgunning the officers at the scene. In the hail of bullets, three of them lost their lives, 41-year-old Matthew Gerald, 32-year-old
Montrell Jackson, and 45-year-old Brad Garafola.
Police ending the rampage by shooting the gunman.
CARL DABADIE, BATON ROUGE POLICE CHIEF: Don't think that this can't happen in your city. We never would have thought that this could have happened in
Baton Rouge, but it has.
SANCHEZ: The attack coming just 10 days after five officers were killed in the Dallas ambush by another former military veteran, 25-year-old Micah
Johnson, gunning down officers protecting a peaceful protest to the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
MIKE EDMONSON, LOUISIANA STATE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT: We want the prayers from around the country. You know, we're mourning just like Dallas. I
mean, my two partners, my two brothers right here, I was in the hospital with them, I saw firsthand the grief on their face as they were trying to
talk to the families. You know, this has got to stop.
SANCHEZ: Law enforcement sources tell CNN that the Baton Rouge killer rented a car from his hometown in Kansas City, stopping in Dallas, where he
shot this video on his cellphone before carrying out the attack.
The five-year veteran was discharged as a sergeant and spent about six months in Iraq. He Tweeted about the Dallas killer calling him "one of
us," and that a YouTube video urging viewers --
GAVIN LONG, BATON ROUGE SHOOTER: You've got to fight back.
SANCHEZ: Tensions high in Baton Rouge since Alton Sterling's death nearly two weeks ago.
Sterling's aunt's pleading for peace.
VEDA WASHINGTON-ABUSALEH, ALTON STERLING'S AUNT: And these people call these families and they tell them that their daddies and their mama's not
coming home no more. I know how they feel, because I got the same phone call. Stop this killing. Stop this killing.
SANCHEZ: One of the slain Baton Rouge officers posting this plea on Facebook after the Dallas ambush, "Please don't let hate infect your
heart." Montrell Jackson wrote, "If you see me or need a hug or want to say a prayer, I got you."
President Obama, yet again, forced to address a mass killing.
BARACK OBAMA, U.S. PRESIDENT: We need to temper our words and open our hearts, all of us.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Until we come together and this madness continues, we will surely perish as a people.
NEWTON: And that was CNN's Boris Sanchez.
Now, the Baton Rouge Police Department will hold a news conference later today, and we will bring those updates to you as soon as we get them.
Coming up, a social media star and a symbol of hope for thousands of women in Pakistan has been brutally silenced. We'll bring you the tragic story
in the murder of Qandeel Baloch.
[10:41:16] NEWTON: A lawyer representing most of the families who lost loved ones in the MH-17 air crash says they have agreed to compensation
with Malaysia Airlines.
Now, the plane was shot down two years ago over Ukrainian territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists. All 298 people onboard died.
The brother of a Pakistani social media star has confessed to strangling his own sister. Qandeel Baloch was famous for her controversial videos that
supported feminism in Pakistan.
Our Alexandra Field has more.
ALEXANDRA FIELD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: She was bold, outspoken and loved to flirt with the camera. Qandeel Baloch posted her photos and videos to
social media, gaining hundreds of thousands of followers, becoming an internet sensation. But Baloch lived in Pakistan, where her posts pushed
On Friday, Baloch's lifeless body was found at her family home. She had been drugged, then strangled.
The killer, her own brother. Arrested by police a short time later, he appeared before the media and confessed to the crime without remorse.
"I have no regrets," he said, "She was bringing dishonor to our family."
Baloch's killing is the latest of more than 200 so-called honor killings in Pakistan this year. The country's prime minister has vowed to tackle the
problem, but critics say few steps have been taken.
Baloch's brother says he decided to kill her after she posted this photo of herself next to a senior cleric. It made headlines across Pakistan.
The cleric was suspended. Baloch's life was threatened.
She described herself as a modern-day feminist.
Last Friday, Baloch shared a post saying she wanted to stand up for women who had been treated badly and dominated by society. Hours later, her life
would end, the victim of the kind of beliefs she had fought to change.
Alexandra Field, CNN.
NEWTON: And that does it for us here at the International Desk. I'm Paula Newton.
World Sport with Amanda Davies is up next on what is a very busy day as we have more on that anti-doping report on Russia.