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[10:00:24] ZAIN ASHER, CNN ANCHOR: Hello and welcome to the CNN International Desk. I'm Zain Asher.

The glass ceiling is shattered and history is made in Philadelphia. Hillary Clinton formally accepted the Democratic nomination for U.S.

president last night telling delegates there are no ceilings and sky is the limit. Clinton is, of course the first female presidential nominee for a

major party in American history. Her speech counts an emotional convention where Democrats worked to mend fences after of course those leaked party e-

mails you saw on Sunday and then, of course, protesters by Bernie Sanders supporters. And as our Joe Johns tells us, Clinton's speech took direct

aim at her opponent in November. Take a listen.


HILLARY CLINTON, (D), U.S. PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: It is with humility, determination and boundless confidence in America's promise that I accept

your nomination for president of the United States.

JOE JOHNS, CNN SENIOR WASHINGTONCORRESPONDENT: Hillary Clinton drawing a sharp contrast with Donald Trump's vision for America.

CLINTON: Don't believe anyone who says, I alone can fix it. Those were actually Donald Trump's words in Cleveland. And they should set off alarm

bells for all of us. Really? I alone can fix it? He's forgetting, every last one of us. Americans don't say I alone can fix it. We say we'll fix

it together.

JOHNS: Repeatedly slamming Trump.

CLINTON: We heard Donald Trump's answer last week at his convention. He wants to divide us from the rest of the world and from each other. He's

betting that the perils of today's world will blind us to its unlimited promise. He's taken the Republican Party a long way from morning in

America to midnight in America.

JOHNS: Questioning his judgment.

CLINTON: Imagine, if you dare, imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust

with nuclear weapons.

JOHNS: Knocking Trump's understanding of the issues.

CLINTON: Now Donald Trump, Donald Trump says, and this is a quote, "I know more about ISIS than the generals do". No, Donald, you don't. You didn't

hear any of this, did you, from Donald Trump at his convention? He spoke for 70-odd minutes and I do mean odd. And he offered zero solutions. But

we already know he doesn't believe these things. No wonder he doesn't like talking about his plans. You might have noticed I love talking about mine.

JOHNS: Clinton also using her speech to praise Bernie Sanders and reach out to his supporters.

CLINTON: I want you to know. I've heard you. Your cause is our cause.

JOHNS: Hoping to broaden her base with all voters.

CLINTON: I will be a president for Democrats, Republicans, Independents, for the struggling, the striving, the successful, for all those who vote

for me and for those who don't, for all Americans together.

JOHNS: Clinton's daughter Chelsea introducing her mother.

CHELSEA CLINTON, DAUGHTER of HILLARY AND BILL CLINTON: People ask me all the time, how does she do it? How does she keep going amid the sound and

the fury of politics? Here's how. It's because she never, ever forgets who she's fighting for.

JOHNS: The nominee herself acknowledging the history of the moment.

CLINTON: Standing here as my mother's daughter and my daughter's mother. I'm so happy this day has come. I'm happy for grandmothers and little

girls and everyone in between. I'm happy for boys and men. Because when any barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone. After all,

when there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit.

[10:05:15] JOHNS: One thing Hillary Clinton did not address head on was the issue of voter trust which has dogged her throughout the primaries.

But she seemed to be making the case for herself that's what's more important at this stage is readiness for the job and competence.


ASHER: That was our Joe Johns reporting there. I want to bring in David Swerdlick, Assistant Editor of "The Washington Post." So, David thank you

for being with us.

Clinton has talked again and again and again about the fact that, look, she's not a natural politician. But were you inspired by her?

DAVID SWERDLICK, ASSISTANT EDITOR, WASHINGTON POST: Well, I'm not sure that she was inspiring last night, Zain. But I think she got the job done.

You know, she heard task going in last night for herself and for Democrats was to present herself as competent, persistent and not Donald Trump.

And she did that, you know, earlier in the week President Obama spoke about working side by side with her. Her own husband, President Bill Clinton,

spoke about her personal side. She was introduced with an emotional introduction by her daughter Chelsea Clinton. So, she had to come in there

and weave it all together. She contrasted Donald Trump's sort of us versus them vision with her we're all in it together vision. And then she also

got in a few sort of zingers on Donald Trump talking about the fact that, for instance, if she's playing the woman card, as he sometimes says, and if

the woman card means fighting for affordable child care and equal pay for women. Then deal her in.

She also contrasted herself and her leadership style with his by saying, look, you know, if this is the kind of candidate you want, someone who can

be baited into a Twitter tirade because of a personal insult, that's not who you want handling the nuclear codes.

So, her speech was not the most historic in terms of its presentation. It was probably not going to be remembered in the same way that President

Obama's will be remembered. But it is historic that a woman is being nominated by a major party and I do think she accomplished what she set out

to do.

ASHER: So, if you are sitting watching that speech at home in your pajamas and you are say, a Republican and you're kind of not really sure, you're

sort of on the fence. Would you have been persuaded by her last night?

SWERDLICK: Well, I think again, she made that strong case. And if she didn't make that case, then others made it for her throughout the week.

The prior night you had former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, himself a billionaire, himself a New Yorker saying, look, Donald Trump's not the kind

of leader that he wanted as a billionaire, as a New Yorker and took some shots at Donald Trump. And I think that was effective in getting across a

message in a way that was probably easier for an outsider, a non-Democrat to make than it would have been to make for Clinton herself.

What the Democrats want to do, as Joe pointed out in the setup piece, you know, what Democrats want to do is underscore this fact that, yes, Clinton

has some high negatives. A poll from Gallup this week said that 57 percent of people say that she's not trustworthy. But that same poll said that 59

percent say Donald Trump is not trustworthy. So, what Democrats wanted to do and what Hillary Clinton I think did do was say, look, I may not be

perfect but I'm not a quitter. I'm there for all of the American people. And I'm not Donald Trump. That is her message.

ASHER: So then can we learn anything from the fact that more people, Democrats are still winning the rating's game. So, more people, more

American are tuning in for this Democratic National Convention than they did for the GOP version. Can we learn anything from that at all, David?

SWERDLICK: Well, I think that Americans have been now sitting with these conventions, first Republicans in Cleveland, then Democrats in Philadelphia

for two weeks. So interest has been building and anticipating. I do think even though there are those who will never vote for Secretary Clinton,

there are those who want to just tune in and see the first woman nominee from a major party give her acceptance speech. And you also had more star

power on the Democrat's side. The Democrat had two former Presidents of the United States. Again, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg,

you had stars like Katy Perry. They had people sort of a wide range, a wide cross section of folks speaking on behalf of Clinton and Democrat.

Republicans did not have that same level of star power. There are only two living former Republican presidents both of them their last name is Bush

and neither of them has endorsed Donald Trump and neither of them was at the Republican Convention in Cleveland.

ASHER: And the question that the Democrats, you know, are they more united today than they were on Monday, we shall see. David Swerdlick live for us

there. Thank you so much, appreciate that, sir.

SWERDLICK: Thank you.

ASHER: And as David sort of touched on that convention last night was filled with emotional moments, but maybe none more so than when the father

of an American Muslim soldier who was killed in Iraq when he spoke. Kazir Khan took to the podium and actually pulled out, there you see it, a

pocket-sized U.S. Constitution from his jacket and he spoke directly to Donald Trump.

[10:10:05] He asked him if he had ever read that document. And he also had a specific message to Mr. Trump about his son's sacrifice. Take a listen.


KAZIR KHAN, FATHER OF SLAIN CAPT. HUMAYUN KHAN: Have you ever been to Arlington cemetery? Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died

defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.


ASHER: It was a very powerful moment there at the convention for those of you who didn't manage to watch it. But we all have much more reaction from

the -- Trump's campaign to the whole Democratic National Convention later on in the show.

In the meantime, another story we are following a police officer in San Diego, California, has died after being shot. A second officer was also

taken to the hospital with injuries. The doctors expect him to live after surgery Friday morning. Police Officer and at least one suspect exchanged

gunfire during a traffic stop, Thursday night. The suspect was also shot and is now being treated. Police are now trying to determine if there was

anyone else involved in the shooting.

It has been a solemn reflective day for Pope Francis as he continued his visit to Poland. The pope actually visited Auschwitz-Birkenau Friday for

the first time to pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust. There he is walking through, he passed through the famous -- infamous gate of the Nazi

concentration camp. And he silently toured the area, toured the facility pausing for periods of genuine reflection and silent prayers. The pope

also met with survivors of the camp and their families as well. He also wrote in a the site's guest book asking for God to forgive so much cruelty.

I want to bring in our Vatican correspondent, Delia Gallagher who joins us live now from Krakow, Poland. Delia, thank you so much for being with us.

So, explain to us why did the pope specifically choose not to speak about the cruelties of Auschwitz? Why was it better for him to remain silent?

] DELIA GALLAGHER, CNN VATICAN CORRESPONDENT: Well, this was something saying that he said he was going to do a few weeks ago. He said he wanted

to go to Auschwitz in silence and without a lot of people around. He said he wanted the grace to be able to weep in front of some tragedies and

catastrophes, and indeed, genocides like the Holocaust. Pope Francis believes that there are times when words are not enough.

And so he had already made up his mind, although previous popes have spoken at the former Nazi concentration camps. Pope Francis decided this was

going to be his way of being in the moment there in prayer. Of course, prayer being one of the fundamental things that Pope Francis thinks can

have an effect throughout the world.

So he did have his moment of prayer there, as you mentioned. He was able to meet with some of the survivors. He also prayed at the cell of one of

the Catholic priests who was killed at Auschwitz. A man called Maximilian Colby who took the place of another prisoner who was due to die there.

So, Pope Francis perhaps on the most poignant moment of this trip with a message, however, even though he didn't speak it. He has said it during

his time here in Poland about memory, about remembering the past and about knowing the past. Because he's here with you, he's here with young people,

a new generation who have to still learn about the horrors of the Holocaust. And so he spoke to them about the importance of memory but the

importance also of mercy and of being able to forgive the past and therefore, to move on. So that's the overall message even though he didn't

speak it today at the concentration camps. He has been saying it throughout the trip here in Poland, Zain.

ASHER: And Delia, given the how sensitive this Pope is to cruelty and to the plight of the poor and the needy and refugees. What will this trip

mean to him do you think on a personal level?

GALLAGHER: Well, of course, it's at a critical time in Europe in terms of immigration, in terms of people opening their borders, welcoming immigrants

and asylum seekers. The Pope spoke about that, both to the young people and to the Polish authorities. That is one of the main topics that the

pope talks about whenever he is in public. It's a gospel value, he says. And he is responsible for reminding people that we have to welcome the

foreigner, welcome the other person from another country.

[10:15:03] There are kids here from 187 countries all around the world getting to know each other. And the pope thinks that this is one way to

sow the seeds of peace for the future, reminding them of the importance of that message on a kind of grassroots level, just getting to know each

other, but at the same time, he also said it to the political authorities here in Poland as he says it to other European countries at this crucial

time. Zain?

ASHER: All right, Delia Gallagher live with us there, thank you so much, I appreciate that.

And coming up here on the International Desk, a stunning new view of the devastation in Aleppo, Syria as debate rages over how to help, how to help

the people who are still trapped inside. That's next.


ASHER: Human rights organizations are condemning Indonesia for imposing the death penalty for drug crimes. Four convicted drug traffickers were

executed early Friday. Amnesty International and the United Nations say the executions go against international law.

Here's our Paula Hancocks with more.

PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Four convicted drug traffickers have been executed by firing squad. Another 10 have had an unexpected and

sudden reprieve. Indonesian officials have said that they will decide on those cases at a later date and executions will be carried out at an

appropriate time.

Human rights groups, though have condemned the death penalty being carried out on those four condemning the government of President Joko Widodo,

Amnesty International saying, "Any executions that are still to take place must be halted immediately. The injustice already done cannot be reversed

but there's still hope that it won't be compounded."

One Indonesian, three Nigerians have lost their lives. The legal team of one of those Nigerians, Humphrey Jefferson Ejike, says that he was unjustly

killed as they believe that the legal process was still ongoing. They say that there was strong evidence of torture. He was not given a fair trial.

The government denied those accusations in subsequent appeals.

The lawyer also mentioned the increased security and secrecy surrounding these executions compared to those of last year, saying that he was

watching live television with some of the families of those who were executed and that is how they found out the executions had taken place.

Now the Indonesian government says that they are working within international law. The Foreign Ministry spokesman says for Indonesia, the

death penalty is a positive law that is still effective here. The United Nations disagrees.


FARHAN HAQ, U.N. SPOKESMAN: Under international law, if the death penalty is to be used at all, it should only be imposed for the most serious

crimes, namely those involving intentional killing. Drug crimes are generally not considered to meet this threshold.


[10:19:58] HANCOCKS: Indonesia insists it is fighting an all-out drug war, a drug emergency under the two years, less than two years that President

Joko Widodo has been in power, there have already been 18 executions. Paula Hancocks, CNN Seoul.

ASHER: Al-Qaeda has a second in command, a brand new second in command, I should say. Ahmad Hasan Abu al Khayr al-Masri is a veteran terror

operative from Egypt with close ties to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Masri was detained in Iran but freed in an apparent prisoner swap last


Western intelligence agencies say he may now be in Syria and the announcement comes just after the leader of Al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda's

affiliate in Syria, announced that it was actually breaking ties with the terror group and changing its name. U.S. officials are calling this split

a public relations ploy. They think it's just P.R. The state department says the group is considered still to be a terrorist organization.

Clarissa Ward joined us live now from London to talk more about these terror groups splitting. But first, Clarissa, before you begin, I do want

to show our audience new videos that actually reveals what the war has actually done in the City of Aleppo.

Clarissa, you were actually there just a few months ago. We know that Russia and Syria are talking about creating these new corridors to give

people a safe passage out. Just explain to us how safe are these humanitarian corridors? Are people going to be protected?

CLARISSA WARD, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, this is the real question. And I think that when you talk to people on the ground, there is

no sense that they feel that they can trust the word of Syrian forces or Russian forces, both of whom have been relentlessly bombarding the people

who live in these areas for many, many months now.

Beyond that, residents of Eastern Aleppo have seen how the story has played out in other Damascus suburbs such as Moadamia over the past year. And

they've seen what's happened in these situations. People who have agreed to leave via these humanitarian corridors very rarely have been able to

return back to their homes. And what's more often the case has been that the men are separated from the women and children, the men are taken on

buses and are never seen from again.

So there's a lot of suspicion as to what these humanitarian corridors will look like if indeed they are even implemented. You've heard the U.N. even

saying, hold on a second. This isn't the way it's supposed to work. We are the ones who should be managing these corridors on the ground and the

idea should not be for people to be forced to leave their homes. The idea first should be that the humanitarian corridor is open so that food and aid

can reach the people inside Aleppo, because these people have not been receiving anything. Food is likely to run out in just a matter of weeks.

So it's a dire humanitarian situation.

ASHER: Absolutely heartbreaking for those people who are still trapped inside.

I do want to talk to you about this other headline we're getting about al- Nusra Front splitting with al-Qaeda. I mean, is there any sort of ideological reason behind that split? And explain for us the significance

of it and the timing as well.

WARD: Well, so this have been in the pipeline for quite some time. And I think certainly, it doesn't appear that there's a major ideological shift

in the thinking of Jabhat al-Nusra, the leader of Jabhat al-Nusra, Abu Mohammed al Golani, began his speech by thanking the leader of al-Qaeda,

Ayman al-Zuwhiri. He went on then to quote Osama bin Laden. So this is still a Jihadi-Salafi organization.

The U.S. has already come out and said these are just words, this is a tactic essentially to stave off a proposed joint U.S.-Russian bombing

campaign that would focus of Jabhat al-Nusra. But I have been talking to one of the group's most senior leaders. And it is clear that they are

trying to telegraph a message to the outside world. They're trying to show that they are rational actors, that they are not interested in carrying out

attacks in the west or anywhere outside of their base in Syria. And they're also trying to send a message to other groups inside Syria that

they are interested in putting the needs of the Syrian people above their own political agenda. They're trying to foster this sense of unity.

Now, in terms of what this actually means and what real physical impact it will have on the ground, only time will tell. It may be a case of

semantics and it may be possibly a more meaningful shift.

ASHER: Right, the U.S. has completely dismissed it. They think it's nothing more than, you know, a P.R. ploy.

Clarissa Ward live with us there, thank you so much, I appreciate that.

The Rio Olympics are just a week away and there are still some lingering worries about just how ready Brazil is for these games. Security is just

one of those concerns.



Angry protesters on Wednesday even managed to extinguish the Olympic torch and forced the relay to actually change course. Other issues of course,

like pollution and incomplete construction have also dogged the run-up to these games.

Let's get a progress report from our Rosa Flores, who's joining us live now from Rio.

[10:24:58] So, Rosa, I mean, Brazilians really have to sort of rethink security. Security not just in terms of preventing the protesters from

getting access to the Olympic torch but security in terms of crime and also hugely important is the anti-terror threat as well.

ROSA FLORES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely. They're all important.

And Brazil is trying to get a handle on all of it. They have 85,000 soldiers, police officers, firemen, personnel that will be hardening

security venues. Perimeters have been expanded within the security venues to make sure that they are safe and that the games can go on without a


Now, a little context I think is important with the protest that you just showed involving the torch. We've been seeing these protests in other

parts of Brazil as well as the torch has been moving on. We're expecting the torch here in Rio on August 4th and we're expecting protests then.

And what's important, Zain, is that the reason why locals are protesting is because of their conditions here in this country because of police officers

not being paid, their salaries not being paid, doctors not being paid, teachers not being paid, government corruption, the financial crisis.

They're using this, the attention that Rio is getting, to bring attention to some of the many issues that they have in this country. And so we're

expecting some of those protests here when that torch arrives and when again, the international spotlight will be in Rio ahead of the games. Of

course, the games begin on August 5th. We are a week away. And we are still talking, Zain, about some of those issues leading up to the game.

ASHER: Yes, some of those issues, of course, being infrastructure and housing. How ready is the Olympic Village right now, Rosa?

FLORES: You know, Zain, here is the good news. We, of course, went through Kangaroo Gate and the complaints of the unlivable conditions of the

blocked toilets and the leaky pipes and the exposed wirings, well, after organizers brought in 630 handymen to try to patch everything up and get

everything ready to go. Organizers tell us that all 31 buildings are done. They are completed.

Of course, athletes are slowly coming in from what we hear from organizers, athletes from 151 countries have already arrived. Of course, 206 countries

are participating.

And so, we're going to be waiting, Zain, right here, to bring it all to people around the world on CNN.

ASHER: We're also excited there.

Rosa Flores live for us there, thank you so much, I appreciate that.

And still to come here on the "International Desk", Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech got rave reviews from the party faithfuls but wait 'till

you hear what her Republican rival has to say about it. That's next.


[10:30:19] ZAIN ASHER, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back everybody you're at the International Desk, I'm Zain Asher. Let's take a look at your headlines.

Pope Francis journeyed to the site of Auschwitz death camp in Poland Friday for a somber visit. He paid tribute to the more than one million people

who perished there at the hands of the Nazis. The Pope reflectively roamed the halls and actually dropped his knees in silent prayer in the middle of

a prison cell.

Indonesia is defending its decision to execute four convicted drug traffickers. The country's Deputy Attorney General said the punishment is

aimed at stopping drug crimes. United Nations and Amnesty International say that the execution to drug offenses go against international law.

And Hillary Clinton has officially become the first woman in U.S. history to accept a major party's presidential nomination. Her acceptance speech

Thursday Clinton admitted more needs to be done without the Americans left out of the U.S. economic recovery. She also fired a few attacks at her

rival, Donald Trump.

And Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine used the convention to introduce himself to voters who might not otherwise know much about him. Take a



TIM KAINE, (D), VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE, USA: The Cleveland convention was dark and depressing. As she said, it was kind of midnight in America.

And her speech was morning in America. It was about the everyday struggles that people have, but the fact that we don't have a single issue in this

country that our people can't tackle because we have the greatest pool of just human resources, human capital, human talent that any nation has ever


And so, I felt like it was fundamentally very upbeat but not upbeat in generalities. I mean, she's got, you know, a set of very concrete plans

around things like, you know, career and technical training and debt-free college, job investment, protecting and expanding health care. And she

went into those details. And you know what she said? Some people say I'm too focused on details, but if it's about your kid, it's not a detail.

It's a big deal.


ASHER: And the Trump campaign as expected hit back after Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech. In a statement, the campaign actually called her speech

an insulting collection of cliches and recycled rhetoric. They went on to accuse Clinton of standing with big donors and special interest groups that

have given financial support. Hillary Clinton was the last in a long line of speakers who took Donald Trump to task for his policies. One of those

speakers, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, made Trump especially furious. Take a look.


DONALD TRUMP (R), U.S. PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: The things that were said about me. I wanted to, I wanted to hit a couple of those speakers so hard.

I would have hit them -- no, no.

I was going to hit them so -- I was all set. I was going to hit one guy in particular, a very little guy. I was going to hit this guy so hard his

head would spin. He wouldn't know what the hell happened.


ASHER: And the U.S. presidential race will likely come down to a hands full of battle grounds through swing states, one them of course being

Colorado, that is where the Trump campaign is today and where our Jeremy Diamond is standing by live.

So, Jeremy, we just played a sound bite, I'm not sure if you heard it was Donald Trump was talking about hitting people. I was looking at a series

of his tweets during the commercial break and he literally to everybody who spoke at the convention apart. Would it now be a good time for Donald

Trump to just act a little bit presidential, what do you think?

JEREMY DIAMOND, CNN REPORTER: Well, we're seeing a lot of different things from Donald Trump right now. You know, yesterday at his rally, he actually

resisted naming individuals, naming certain people going after Joe Biden, Bloomberg by name, which is a little bit of restraint by Donald Trump's

standards, at least.

And then, this morning we're seeing him once again back on the attack, hitting individual people like Michael Bloomberg on Twitter. And so, we're

seeing once again this unrestrained Donald Trump who is going after his rivals without abandon. And certainly, we saw him as no sooner had Hillary

Clinton finished her speech last night. Did Donald Trump begin tweeting going after her on various policy points but especially hitting her as

corrupt and dangerous for the country.

Donald Trump is especially also kind of laying out this image of the fact that the Democrats see a completely different America than the one he has

analyzed and that the problems that he has diagnosed in this country. You know, Donald Trump last week in his convention speech laid out a pretty

dark vision of the country, one a country besieged by radical Islam, by a slew of problems and Hillary Clinton last night offering a much more

optimistic and positive vision of the country. And Donald Trump is saying essentially, well, that's not the America that I see. That is not the

America that exists according to his world view.

[10:35:01] So, certainly a contrast in visions between Hillary Clinton's speech last night and Donald Trump's. I expect, we'll see Donald Trump

once again today during his rally here in Colorado Springs and later tonight in Denver, Colorado, go after Hillary Clinton, attack her point by

point on some of these -- on some of the points in her speech last night and especially point to the fact that he thinks that she is not strong

enough, not tough enough on terrorism and in talking about what he deems to be the radical Islamic threat.

ASHER: That's exactly my next point. Just looking at his tweets, a lot of them have to do with this idea that he didn't think that Hillary Clinton

was strong enough to tackle ISIS, of course, talking about radical Islam. Is that where Donald Trump and the Republicans do if they have a clear sort

of advantage over the Democrats and over Hillary Clinton?

DIAMOND: Well, one of the things that Donald Trump repeatedly brings up on the trail is the fact that Hillary Clinton will not say the words "radical

Islamic terrorism." You know that's a talking point from Republicans if you can't identify the enemy, if you can't name the enemy, then how are you

supposed to beat the enemy? Of course the Democratic response to that is well, simply that they know who the enemy is and that they don't want to

alienate moderate Muslims by identifying ISIS and other terrorist groups with Islam.

And so, Donald Trump of course is continuing to push back on that and saying, listen, the threat is radical Islam. And we need to confront it

and we need to name it. And of course, he has done so and explained his policy proposals, some very controversial policy proposals. You know, he

announced that he wanted to ban Muslims in December. He since said that he's expanded up policy saying he wants to ban any individual from

territories with a history of terrorism. He has not yet to identify which countries that would be. But certainly, it would be a large segment of the

world population, millions and perhaps billions of people.

ASHER: And you know what? It's interesting you catch on the whole Muslim ban. And I think that in my opinion, the most powerful, literally the most

powerful point at the convention last night was when the father of a Muslim-American who was killed in Iraq, he took to the podium and he said,

"Donald Trump you have sacrificed nothing and you have sacrificed no one". He also scolded Donald Trump for the Muslim ban. Have we seen any reaction

from the Trump campaign about that specific moment, Jeremy?

DIAMOND: No, we haven't seen anything. You know, Donald Trump been busy tweeting about his -- Hillary Clinton and his rivals who have been

attacking him this whole week at the Democratic convention, but he did not mention anything about that man who spoke last night at the Democratic

convention, a very powerful moment, of course.

I don't know that we'll see Donald Trump address that today. Certainly that man was very critical of Donald Trump and the policies that he's laid

out particularly in relation to Muslim-Americans, but certainly that's a message that's going to be replayed on the airwaves today and one that may

stick with some voters.

ASHER: All right, Jeremy Diamond live for us there. Thank you so much, appreciate that.

All right, still to come in International Desk, a Brazilian coach has found a new way to teach badminton. How his dance method could pay off at Rio's

Olympics, that's coming up.


[10:40:18] ASHER: In Brazil one coach has a new way to get kids playing badminton. He's combined the sport with dance training, and that method

could pay off at Rio's Olympics. Here's our Arwa Damon with more.


ARWA DAMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The rhythm and moves of samba. Not a conventional way to train aspiring badminton champions, but it's not

surprising. After all, how this club came to be is pretty extraordinary. Coach Sebastiao de Oliveira did not even know what badminton was when a

fellow teacher put a racket in his hand.

SEBASTIAO DE OLIVEIRA (Through translator): I couldn't take it. I was too curious. So I asked the teacher, "Teacher, what kind of racket is that?"

And he said it's a badminton racket. And I said bad what? "Badminton."

DAMON: Then came the idea to introduce samba.

The kids were bored jumping rope. And what a better way to teach coordination and smooth, quick moves than this adaptation of Brazil's

national dance?

DE OLIVEIRA: And this was the methodology that we were able to advance and make our young people get to the Olympics. So I'm really happy with this.

DAMON: Two players who started out here will be representing Brazil at Rio 2016. One of them de Oliveira's son Igor, just back from a match in Los

Angeles and now has his focus on the games.

Are you nervous?

IGOR OLIVEIRA, RIO OLYMPICS COMPETITOR: I can imagine it here in my city here Rio de Janeiro, the people here wishing for me. So, I'm so excited.

A little bit nervous.

DOWAN: But for both father and son, what has been created here is about so much more.

OLIVEIRA: Yes. It is fun and he likes kids, so he helps a lot so I am very proud of.

DOWAN: These like the Oliveira himself are all Suvela kids, born and raised in a side of Rio rarely seen by tourists where gangs tend to rule

and children don't have many options or role models.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (Through Translator): This project tries to reverse all this. It tries to reach the kids before the games. If we can get there

first, we can get the child the dream to be a real athlete, a teacher, a doctor, to go to college.

DOWAN: Even one day perhaps win Olympic gold. Arwa Damon, CNN, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


ASHER: Al right that does it for us at the International Desk, I'm Zain Asher. I'll be back at the top of the hour with more from the

International Desk but right now stay tuned for World Sports.


[10:45:10] RHIANNON JONES, CNN ANCHOR: Hello and welcome to CNN World Sport. I'm Rheannon Jones live from London.

Just one week to good before the opening ceremony at the 2016 Olympics, they're the first games to be held in South America. And as the

anticipation builds, the big question remains, will Rio be ready.

There were concerns surrounding the Olympic village of the Australian team initially refused to move in and claiming it was unsafe. Those issues

appear to have been resolved, but it's still a race to gain time as Rio scrambles drizzle. Other problems water pollutions, one of then their

concerns. The organizers' efforts to treat the brutal (ph) sewage and clean up debris in one of our bay have fallen short (inaudible) with super

bacteria have been found in the waters where wind surfing and sailing events will be held. The advice all the athletes from the health experts

is keep your mouth closed.

And of course, the story that dominated the news ahead of these Olympic Games, the Russian doping scandal. Around 70 of the 397-strong Russian

team have already arrived in Rio, but it's still not known how many of them will compete. Though some it could be a waste of journey as their sporting

buddies continue to make their final decisions, but despite overhead IOC President Thomas Bach is feeling optimistic.


THOMAS BACH, IOC PRESIDENT: You know in the last days before the games starts, there are always many issues and many challenges to overcome. This

is always the same at any olympic games. And there Rio makes no difference. But seeing the great progress which has been made there in the

last the couple of months, seeing the enthusiasm of the Brazilians and in the meantime knowing them a little bit, you know that they like to finish

things in the last second. There I'm sure it will come together and we will have great games.


JONES: And among those Russians already banned from competing in Rio are 67 track and field athletes. They've been holding their very own

alternative Olympics. Check this out from our team at



JONES: A reminder that our World Sports team is on the ground in Rio. We'll be up and running for Monday in the lead up to Friday's opening


Coming up next, the return to a comeback Olympic sports and a pair of majors going on just before golf makes its return to the games for the

first time since 1904.


[10:50:44] JONES: We're back with the PGA Championship where heavy rains slowed down second round play in New Jersey, quite different to the sunny

and hot conditions at the opening round on Thursday. Open champion Henrik Stenson continuing his scorching runner form. He knocks this approach at

the second within a few feet in the hole, one of his five birdies on a day on Bruce with three under par round of 67.

Two-time major winner Martin Kaymer with one of the more impressive rounds of the day. His birdie here at 18 putting him at 4 under par, the best

four of the afternoon and he is only one shot behind this man, American Jimmy Walker who is 5 under par 65 is highlighted by this long chip in at

the 7th space. The first time Walker's held the lead at a major. Not bad for a guy who has missed four of his last eight cuts on tour. Due to

Friday's 50 minute rain delay, Walker is still about three hours away from starting his second round of the players on the course. Now on John Senden

is on the rise, 2010 PGA Champion Martin Kaymer's dropped the stroke courting two strokes behind.

And so the man now who is capturing the hearts of golf fans around the world, Andrew "Beef" Johnston, who's currently one on the year eight holes.

He isn't your average golfer, but it's precisely that that's made him so popular. He's won over the crowds in the U.K., now he's winning them over

too, in the States. Fresh off the top and finished out the British Open, golf's new golf hero has already produced plenty of highlights at the PGA

Championship. It might say Andrew Johnston on his passport, but as our Patrick Snell points out, it's that nickname we know him by.

PATRICK SNELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Just call him "Beef". This popular Brit is absolutely basking in the attention he's been getting here. And he made

a pretty impressive start to the tournament. more on that in just a moment. Let's call him a bon vivant. His passion for food and drink is well

documented and so is the energy he gets buzzing the connection with the fans.

A recent tweet pic showing just what the food means to him. His nine favorite passions of steak actually embroidered on to the back of one of

his wedges but also I mention the buzz, the anticipation of the fans here is exactly what we mean by that.


SNELL: Andrew, can you just talk a bit about the engagement you've had with the fans here this week, the galleries at the -- out on course but

also I understand you met up with a bunch of guys on a snack all dressed as you yesterday.

ANDREW "BEEF" JOHNSTON, GOLFER: Nearly as me. They turned up in ginger beards. I said to one of them, I said who got these beards? And they all

pointed at one guy and that always like I hope he's buying all the drinks for you cause he did a shock to them.

SNELL: What did your fellow professional's been saying?

JOHNSTON: They just kind of look at me and just laugh. And they just, they move fast and a few other guys I just walked past, I hear them in the

locker room and I'll just hear "Beef" that is from him and stuff like that. And I get along with most of them, you know, all the guys.

SNELL: How long have you had the beard and how often do you trim it?

JOHNSTON: I've had it, oh, man, about 10, 11 months now, and not enough by the look of it now. And now I need a haircut. I need a beard trim and I

haven't been able to get down to the barber.

SNELL: How are you dealing with the heat? I'm wondering are these the hottest conditions you've ever played in and would you ever consider

shaving the beard? I know your girlfriend -- you said your girlfriend wants you to just to deal with the heat.

JOHNSTON: No, the beard's the beard, man. You got to deal with it.


SNELL: So, Beef himself will go into Friday's round two off a pretty good first round, a level par 70, an impressive start to the tournament. You

know what? I just call it pure beef sanity. Patrick Snell, CNN, Baltusrol Golf Club

JONES: And another pro golfer who's caught our attention, Liz Young portrays one of the performance visit of the day at the Women's British

Open on Thursday at Woburn. And she's seven months pregnant. Young shot an impressive 1 over par 73 as she and her enormous bump made their way

around the course alongside to her husband who doubles up as her caddie.

[10:55:03] The world number 269 only sealed qualification for the open last month and spent the last few weeks praying she'd make the 1st tee, baby, of

course, allowing.

And the second round of the Women's Open is well under way, Young had just tied off a few minutes ago, currently Mirim Lee atop the lead of board by

just one stroke.

Germany Captain Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from International Football. The 31-year-old amongst the United Misfields that

was part of 2014 World Cup winning spot is Germany's fourth most capped player of all time at 120 and holds the German record for European

championship appearances with 15.

And staying with football, arsenal edged out MLS All Stars in their preseason friendly over on the States, but they were given a good workout

and a couple of scares on what turned out to be a competitive game in San Jose. It began as open the score in courtesy of the Joe Campbell first

half penalty, but former Chelsea Striker did a tramper equalize finally finding the back of the net on his third attempt, the best one there.

Proving he remains a serious threat in front of goal age 38. But it was two back from that grabbed put aside that late on with this course range

finished the match up more rounds for that game ending there. They won for us in (inaudible) size.

Meanwhile, five-time world player of the year, Lionel Messi has returned to his Club Barcelona for the first time since retiring from international

football with Argentina last month. The 29-year-old instantly recognizable wherever he goes. But look at that, he now simply can't be missed. There

he is with his new platinum blond do of there in a training there at St. George's Park in England ahead of their preseason friendly with Celtic on

Saturday. Messi testing out whether blonds really do have more fun.

That's all for now here on World Sports. I'm Rhiannon Jones in London International Desk with Zain Asher is next.