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[10:00:11] ROBYN CURNOW, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: Ahead at the International Desk, let the games officially begin. There's no shortage of

excitement in Rio. And the U.S. president slams Donald Trump again after calling him unfit for office. Also, key losses for South Africa's ruling


Hello and welcome. I'm Robyn Curnow. And the countdown is on to the start of the world's biggest sporting event. In just nine hours, thousands of

athletes, millions of fans and billions of viewers will watch the Olympics opening ceremony in Rio.

Now, organizers are promising an unforgettable night, a joyous celebration of Brazil's culture, music, dance and colorful costumes. But can the games

overcome the controversy and the chaos leading up to this day?

One big distraction is mostly resolved. The International Olympic Committee deemed about two thirds of Russia's team eligible to compete in

Rio. Russia avoided a total ban in the wake of state's anti-doping scandal.

Well, we're covering all the angles in Rio, Amanda Davies has the details on the big night ahead. Nick Paton Walsh is on Copacabana Beach.

Amanda, to you first, I mean, the Olympics is about to begin, what's the atmosphere like?

AMANDA DAVIES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Robyn. Yeah, absolutely, I don't think there's been a more controversial buildup to an Olympic games in

recent memory as though with the wide ranging scale of problems.

There has been something of a line drawn under the Russian doping issue. But I fear that that won't mean the questions won't keep being asked over

the next few weeks. But the organizers of this evening's opening ceremony are determined that this will be their moment. They promised to put on the

best show in the world, despite the fact that the budget is going to be nowhere near that that we saw in London four years ago or in Beijing in


The director, Fernando Meirelles, has been very open. He said, perhaps it's only going to be 10 percent of the budget that we saw in London. But

despite that, we've seen in the rehearsals some incredibly impressive firework displays. We understand there's going to be 5000 volunteers

involved, 12,000 costumes, the world's highest paid supermodel, Gisele Bundchen.

And the big question, who is going to have the honor of lighting the Olympic flame when the torch makes its way into the stadium. We know that

the three-time World Cup winner, one of the most famous sports people of all time, Pele, has been asked, but so farm he hasn't confirmed whether he

said yes or no to that honor. But perhaps that was the best way. We love a few surprises in these opening ceremonies, don't we?

And the torch is making its way there, really on its final journey, heading along Ipanema Beach today and I'm starting to see a few fans lining up here

on Copacabana, expecting its arrival along here, Robyn.

CURNOW: Indeed. Well, let's go then to Nick Paton Walsh, who's on the beach.

This has been a long journey for this torch. It's been across Brazil, the final destination, of course, at opening ceremony. And so this is the last

chance for people to see it in Rio or to protest against it.

NICK PATON WALSH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, absolutely. We are anticipating two protests, mostly against the perilous state of Brazilian

politics here and how many view the billions spent in making this, hopefully, a shining example of what Brazil can be, have resulted in much

of Brazil comparatively going to waste.

Now, the torch should be passing alongside me here. And we have a public holiday, meaning, there are more people lining the barriers, you might

otherwise expect but you would normally see these many runners around here. It is a packed area, one where the security slightly out of sight from

where I am, is pretty intense.

There are about a dozen quite well-armed police just around the corner there. Again, as we've been accustomed to now, helicopters constantly over

Copacabana. They're in to I think probably the most troubling period potentially security wise in the, you know, in the troubling world we live

in, those who will originally see that a sporting event like this will go for the most high profile time.

But right now here, people are anticipating the torch any minute now. It will head along the same area where these protests themselves will occur

and I think they all hope reach a peaceful conclusion to its journey today, Robyn.

CURNOW: OK, Nick, thanks. And, Amanda, back to you, we've been following the drama of the Nigerian football team. They barely made it to their game

last night. Tell us what happened.

DAVIES: They barely made it to their game, but perhaps a few football teams around the world might be looking at what happened to Nigeria and

think maybe it's the way forward.

[10:05:05] We knew they were in an absolute race against time. They arrived here in Brazil a week late, just some seven hours before kickoff of

their opening game against Japan. And then went on to produce what was the game of the day, a sensational 5-4 victory, was absolutely action-packed.

They managed to get a favor from Delta Airlines to put them on a last minute charter flight direct from Atlanta in the United States to Manaus.

They had been originally meant to be coming via Rio to give them a little bit of time to acclimatize. But it was certainly a fantastic example of

them literally hitting the ground running. But sadly for the whole football fans, Brazil, of course, a country which football is known as a

religion, they've got such high hopes of this men's football team, producing their first men's olympic football goals. But the players were

booed off the pitch after a seriously lackluster goal story against 10-man South Africa.

And their coach, Rogerio Micale, afterwards, something about like putting a spin on it. He said it's not about how you start, it's how you end those


CURNOW: That's a good point. To both of you there in Rio, Nick, Amanda, thank you so much.

Well, to the U.S. presidential race now, President Barack Obama is going toe-to-toe with Donald Trump, once again declaring the Republican nominee

unfit to occupy the Oval Office. At a Pentagon news conference on the war on ISIS, Mr. Obama turned on Trump's suggestion that the upcoming election

may be rigged.

Phil Mattingly has the story.


PRES. BARRACK OBAMA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Of course, the elections will not be rigged. What does that mean?

PHIL MATTINGLY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: President Obama outright ridiculing Donald Trump's warning his supporters that the presidential election could

be rigged.

OBAMA: If Mr. Trump is suggesting that there is a conspiracy theory that is being propagated across the country, that's ridiculous. That doesn't

make any sense. And I've never heard of somebody complaining about being cheated before the game is over. If Mr. Trump is up 10 or 15 points on

Election Day and ends up losing, then, you know, maybe he can raise some questions. That doesn't seem to be the case at the moment.

MATTINGLY: Trump firing back on Twitter saying, "President Obama should ask the DNC about how they rigged the election against Bernie."

But Obama didn't stop there. The President, doubling down on his charges that Trump is unfit to be commander-in-chief, questioning whether he can be

trusted with the nuclear codes.

OBAMA: Just listen to what Mr. Trump has to say and make your own judgment of it with respect to how confident you feel about his ability to manage

things like our nuclear triad.

MATTINGLY: The President conceding that no matter what happens in November, he will help his replacement.

OBAMA: If somebody wins the election and they are president, then my constitutional responsibility is to peacefully transfer power to that


MATTINGLY: On the campaign trail, Trump insists it's Hillary Clinton who lacks the judgment after her private e-mail controversy.

DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Hillary Clinton, furthermore, can never be trusted with national security.

MATTINGLY: Despite the nasty campaign rhetoric, President Obama says Trump should receive national security briefings afforded to nominees but warned

him to watch his words.

OBAMA: If they want to be president, they got to start acting like president. And that means being able to -- they'll receive these briefings

and not spread them around.


CURNOW: Well, Phil Mattingly joins me now live from New York.

What we heard there over and over again, President Obama is saying Mr. Trump is unfit to be president and then what does Mr. Trump do? He

suggests he'll give his daughter a cabinet position.

MATTINGLY: Yeah, that's right, Robyn. He was asked pretty lovely, "Who would you -- Who do you think would be in your cabinet, particularly which

women do you think you would put in your cabinet of you would want to?" He didn't really come up with a lot of names, except for his daughter, Ivanka.

And this is one of the issues the Trump campaign has been dealing with a little bit.

One, there's no question at all. Donald Trump thinks very highly of his daughter. And frankly, when you talk to people around the Trump campaign,

even those who don't like Donald Trump, they also think very highly of his daughter. Her speech in the Republican National Convention was very well

received by all accounts. She's a very talented business woman. But the issue becomes here, how do you not have a list of prominent, very talented

women ready to go that you would want in your cabinet?

It's an issue that he has been attacked on by Democrats and it's an issue that's interesting in contrast to what we just saw from President Obama,

who, Robyn, just put out a 1500-word essay in Glamour magazine, it's already online, it's going to be on next month's print edition, talking

about how he's a feminist and how he learned to be that way because of his two teenage daughters.

[10:10:06] There's a bit of a contrast there and it's one, I must say, that I have heard pretty regularly from Democrats in the Clinton campaign over

the course of the last couple of days, Robyn.

CURNOW: Indeed, many people feeling that the Trump campaign has alienated many female voters. This doesn't help.

Stay with us, Phil, because I want to talk also about another issue here, provocative photos of Trump's wife, a former model, Melania Trump, have

stirred up some questions, not about their content which is pretty racy but rather about Mrs. Trump's immigration history.

Here's Jessica Schneider with more on that.


JESSICA SCHNEIDER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The photos that raised a few eyebrows are now raising questions about Melania's immigration history.

MELANIA TRUMP, DONALD TRUMP'S WIFE: And I came to United States, to New York in 1996.

SCHNEIDER: But these photos were snapped in New York City in 1995, according to the author of her recent biography. So what difference does a

year make? Possibly the difference between Mrs. Trump breaking immigration law or not.

TRUMP: I came here on visa. I flew to Slovenia every few months to Stanford and came back. I applied for green card and then after a few

years, for citizenship. I obey the law. I did it the right way.

SCHNEIDER: Trump insists she got her visa stamped every few months. If that's accurate, it would mean she had a type of visa, possibly a tourist

visa that needs to be updated periodically.

But that type of visa does not allow working in the United States. The type of visa that does allow work is called H1B. And the man who

discovered Melania tells CNN he didn't sponsor her for an H1B until 1996, a year after this racy photo shoot.

But there's a caveat. The photographer behind the camera at the shoot, Jarl Ale de Basseville says Melania was a young model waiting for a big

break so she didn't get paid, which would mean she didn't violate any immigration laws.

JARL ALE DE BASSEVILLE, PHOTOGRAPHER: We were making this kind of magazine, kind of exposure. And this exposure was being used in the next

cover to our catalog campaign and everything.

SCHNEIDER: So Melania was not paid for this photo shoot, you say?

DE BASSEVILLE: No, no, no. Nobody is paying. Nobody is paid.

SCHNEIDER: If that non-paid photo shoot was the only work she did before getting an H1B visa, she wouldn't have broken any laws.

Melania Trump isn't directly answering whether she was first in New York in 1995 instead of 1996 like she's previously stated. But could it simply be

an honest error.

She wrote this on Twitter, "Let me set the record straight. I have at all times been in full compliance with the immigration laws of this country.

Period. Any allegation to the contrary is simply untrue."

Jessica Schneider, CNN, New York.


CURNOW: Phil Mattingly, you're still with me. So, these inappropriate photographs aside, I mean, this is also a political opportunity for the

Democrats, isn't it here? I mean, critics are crying hypocrisy about Mr. Trump campaigning on immigration when there are these questions about his

own wife's immigration history.

MATTINGLY: Yes, immigration hasn't just been an issue on Donald Trump's campaign. It's been the issue on Donald Trump's campaign ever since he

came down on the elevator in Trump Tower, that has been the focus -- that has been the focal point.

And frankly, throughout the Republican primary, that has been one of the things that helped propel his campaign to where it is. And Democrats are

not so sly in making a big deal out of the possibility that his wife may at one point or another have run afoul of immigration laws.

Now, you saw the statement that Jess reported that she has denied that she was ever here illegally, that she ever didn't follow the laws here. But

again, it's just raising the questions of this issue. And again, one of the more interesting parts is, this isn't about racy photos, which were out

there at all. This is purely about the policy issue of immigration. An issue that Donald Trump wants to talk about last night in his rally in

Maine, Robyn, he spoke about immigration almost to the entirety of the hour that he spoke. Now, Democrats feel like they have an issue to go after him

on. And that issue's inside his own family.

CURNOW: Phil Mattingly, thank you so much, appreciate it.

Well, to London now, where police have made 10 arrests at a Black Lives Matter protest at Heathrow Airport. Activists blocked a road to the

airport as part of a series of demonstrations across the country. Some of the protesters chained themselves together with handcuffs. The group was

marking five years since the death of Mark Duggan, whose fatal shooting by a London police-sparked riots.

Well, coming up on the I. Desk, South Africans vote for change. The African National Congress is dealing with the party's biggest loss since

the end of apartheid.

Plus, fears in Phoenix, Arizona as an apparent serial shooter strikes again, the latest development in the hunt for the killer.


[10:16:52] CURNOW: You're watching CNN. I'm Robyn Curnow. Its 16 minutes past the hour. Thanks for joining me.

In South Africa's ruling party is reeling from major losses in nationwide municipal elections. Voters took their anger over unemployment and

corruption straight to the ballot box. And with 95 percent of the votes counted, the ANC has lost out to the main opposition party in many key


Well, David Mckenzie joins me now live from Johannesberg. Hey there David, this is such a pivotal election. Tell us what happened and particulary the

losses. The ANC hasn't joined in the big cities.

DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: So, Robyn it is a pivotal election. And it's a sharp rebuke for the ruling ANC across the county, but

particularly in those big cities as you described. What we have right now is the ANC, the Africa's oldest party, the Liberation party that moved

South Africa into democracy, making these big losses including in Nelson Mandela Bay, the city that's named after its most famous politician of

course, the opposition taking their key metro area. Here's the leader of the opposition.


MMUSI MAIMANE, DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE LEADER: If you ask people in Nelson Mandela Bay what they voted for. When you ask them has in, I said we voted

for change. I think that to me is that our message got through. These are people who vote us. And African still believe in a dream of a nonracial



MCKENZIE: Here in Johannesburg I'm in Pretoria, the capital of both parties locked in a tight race.

A few years ago, Robyn, as you know, it would have been unthinkable for the ANC to be threatened in these key cities. Because of the hold the ANC had

on voters. And the loyalty the ANC had from voters. But it seems that people are moving away from that loyalty to vote for change. And to rebuke

the party because of the corruption scandal that are besotted and issues with the economy. Robyn.

CURNOW: Yeah. In many ways this really changes -- was the beginning of a massive change in the political landscape in South Africa. What does this

mean to the ANC and particular, Jacob Zuma?

MCKENZIE: Well, it's a big issue for Jacob Zuma because prior to this selection, many of the opposition parties and even some members of the

public overtly calling for the ANC to drop its support of Jacon Zuma, the president.

I mean, let's laid out for you. The president on the country has dealt with corruption scandals. He is being rebuked by the Constitutional Court,

saying his actions were unconstitutional. He's been told to pay back money for his private homestead. And where his private home instead is his party

failed to win that district.

So,you know Jacob Zuma might face the party process at the next ANC Party conference. They will have to take the decision, whether he's a big enough

liability to jettison him before the 2019 General Election. But the big picture here is this that the ANC has lost enough supporter in these key of

an areas that has changed the political landscape of South Africa.

[10:20:04] We're moving into a period possibly of all quick coalition governments. Why is that important? Well, you know, everyone from all the

parties has lauded Independent Electoral Commission to say that you've had a peaceful vote here in South Africa where the ruling party has lost


As of now, everyone accepting those results and it's becoming almost a norm to have these successful elections in South Africa. For more than 20 years

after democracy and that is something everyone says should be celebrated. Robyn.

CURNOW: Indeed. And we both covered many of those elections since 1994. And this has been a country very much grappling with its new democracy.

So, that's what's the key about this particularly in the urban areas. What were seeing here is that voters are not, as you said, voting along racial

lines or even with emotional ties to the liberation movement.

In many ways at least in Johannesberg or in Tshwane, it's no longer about history. It's about bread and butter issues.

MCKENZIE: Well, that's right. Legacy versus change, loyalty versus service delivery I think that's a very good point, Robyn. And a lot of

people have spoken to you in the recent months have said, well what matters to them is this party, against the -- what matters is someone who can bring

electricity, water, improve the schooling system, which is struggling here in South Africa. That's involved things that particularly in a local

election are important for people to vote on those issues.

But the ANC is definitely not a spent force. They still nationwide have gone with the most votes and have a lock on many of the rural areas. But

it's in these big cities, these commercial drivers of South Africa's economy where they've had this the change of voter voting, and shown that

really people are voting on issues rather than loyalty. And I think in the next few years this going to be very crucial to see whether this is ongoing

trend or just a blip in -- of the ANC's popularity in South Africa. Robyn.

CURNOW: Yeah. And also very clear to see how the ANC managers are losing. Thanks so much David Mckenzie in Johannesberg, appreciate it.

Well, the July terror attack in Nice, France has claimed another victim. Official say a man died of his injuries, Thursday, raising the death toll

to 85. The man's wife and son reportedly also were killed. His teenaged daughter remains in the hospital. ISIS said one of its soldiers carried

out that attack in which a truck ran a Bastille Day celebration.

And police in Phoenix Arizona say a serial killer is on the loose -- the same suspect is now being linked to several shooting, some of them fatal.

Brian Todd has the latest in that investigation.


BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: He seems to choose his victims randomly. Approaches them quickly at nights and blast them with a semi-automatic

handgun. Now Phoenix police tell CNN, the serial shooter in their city has struck again.

JONATHAN HOWARD, POLICE SERGEANT OF PHOENIX, ARIZONA POLICE DEPARTMENT: A 21-year-old man and a 4-year-old boy were in a car. It was during that

time that we believed the serial street shooter shot at the car. Fortunately neither the man or the child were struck.

TODD: That was on July 11th, it's taken weeks for investigators to establish that this was indeed the same man who they say has killed seven

people in nine attacks since march.

Children have been targeted twice, including 12-year-old Malia Ellis, shot and killed as she listened to music inside a car. Authorities have raised

the reward to $50,000. Put out this sketch of the suspect. Police tell us he's likely a Hispanic man in his 20s, tall and thin. Profilers say he's a

narcissistic psychopath.

PAT BROWN, CRIMINAL PROFILER: What we have here is a person who cares not about anybody else but himself. He gets a big thrill out of anything that

draws attention to him. He wants to feel powerful and in control. He has no empathy, whatsoever.

TODD: And no apparent connection to any of his victims. But he does have an M.O. Police say some of the shootings were in East Central Phoenix

including the last one. But most have occurred in a blue collar section of West Phoenix called Maryvale. What does the pattern tell you?

TOM FUENTES, FORMER ASSISTANT FBI DIRECTOR: What's clear is that he's comfortable involved of these areas of the city East and West, maybe

because he knows a place to park that he considered safe and far enough away. When he does theses shootings, maybe he's lived in the neighborhood

or worked in the neighborhood.

TODD: CNN is told investigators are looking into whether the gunman works in a mechanic shop or a car sales lot. Police believe he has access to

multiple vehicles, two are described as a white Cadillac or Lincoln type vehicle and a dark five series BMW Sedan from the late .90s or early

2000's. He always approaches his victims in a car, gets away in a car. He may have an accomplice. How can this killer slip up?

BROWN: I think the biggest mistake this particular individual might make is that he's starting to think he's invincible, like he's a phantom, hey

this composite has been out there. And nobody is turned me in. They talked about my vehicles, nobody is turned me in.

TODD: But there could be critical new information. Phoenix police tell us that unlike his previous attacks in his last attempt, they don't believe

the shooter got out of his car.

[10:25:06] Our analyst Tom Fuentes says that means that explosive residue from his gun could be found inside that car, in the seats or in the

interior lining. It could be an important clue for police if they can find that vehicle.

Brian Todd, CNN, Washington.


CURNOW: To London now where the Mayor Sadiq Khan says his city is one of the safest capitals in the world. That's after though the American woman

was stabbed to death in a knife attack there Wednesday, a 19-year-old, Norwegian National of Somali descent is being held on suspicion of murder.

Mayor Khan spoke to CNN about the investigation and what likely triggered the attack.


SADIQ KHAN, MAYOR OF LONDON: I'm afraid this is the realty in 2016, especially when you look at what's happened in Nice, in Paris, in Brussels,

in Munich and in, you know, parts of America. But we keep - we'll always going to be vigilant and never complacent. But the good news and it is

good news is that all of the investigations done by the police today, that includes interviewing the man, he was tasered not shot dead.

The search is taking place at his home is that this man was not radicalized nor extremist, not inspired by (inaudible) so-called the ISIL. But it's a

matter appears to mental health issues. But you know, it's right and proper that we're all vigilant and that we show that we do out best to keep

our cities and our population safe. But also to reassure people what is the case that these are, you know, issues and incidents caused by people

with mental health issues.


CURNOW: That was London Mayor Sadiq Khan speaking to CNN.

More authorities in India are looking for two suspects in a deadly market attack there. Police say three gunmen opened fire on a market in Assam

state leaving at least 13 people dead, 15 wounded. Soldiers killed one of the attackers. Authorities blamed the attack on a Christian separatist

group that India has classified as a terror group.

Now, to a close call at Italy's Bergamo Airport, the DHL cargo plane skidded off the run way, crosse into busy street. The plane was landing

after a flight from Paris and it was raining at that time. There were no injuries in both the airport and the road are up and running.

Well still ahead, a tale of two hospitals in Rio. We look at the stark differences in health care for locals and Olympic athletes. Stay with us.


[10:30:13] ROBYN CURNOW, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome to the International Desk. Thanks for watching. I'm Robyn Curnow.

Here's a check of the headlines. The Olympic torch now on its final journey through Rio ahead of tonight's opening ceremony. Athletes from more than

200 nations will compete, including the majority of Russia's team cleared after a doping scandal. Organizers hope the games will shift the tensions

away from months of political and economic turmoil in Brazil.

Police have arrested 10 people at a "Black Lives Matter" protest in London. They had a -- they shut down a road leading to Heathrow Airport. The group

says it was to mark the anniversary of Mark Duggan's death. Nationwide protests erupted after he was shot and killed by police in 2011.

Voters in South Africa have handed the ruling party its biggest losses since the fall of a party which 95 percent of votes counted. The ANC has

lost key areas to the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance.

Now, back to Brazil and the two very different realities in Rio when it comes to health care. Our Dr. Sanjay Gupta shows us the stark differences

between the medical treatment for locals and Olympic athletes.


DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: The images increasingly disturbing. Over crowding in Rio's public hospitals, wait times here

measures not in minutes, not even hours, but days. And this horrifying situation, a patient passed away, lying in a body bag and also waiting.

To better understand what is happening here, we went along with Rio's First Emergency Response Battalion to see them in action.

Another problem, it's been 20 minutes roughly since we left, and we're lost, we're not exactly sure where the patient is that needs their


We finally arrive, a man has collapsed. What they're going to try to do is administer as much care as they can in the ambulance and not take him to a

hospital if they don't have to.

But it turns out he needs a hospital. The next goal, find a bed for him, any bed. And that is typically not very easy here.

DR. NELSON NAHON, MEDICAL COUNCIL OF RIO DE JANEIRO (THROUGH TRANSLATOR): In the state of Rio de Janeiro, we lack 150 intensive care beds everyday.

Dr. Nelson Nahon is a vice-president at CREMERJ, the Regional Council of Medicine.

NAHON (THROUGH TRANSLATOR): It's an absurd situation.

GUPTA: And now, according to Dr. Nahon, in order to make room for the hundreds of thousands of Olympic tourists, things may have just become even

worse for the local residents. All elective operations at nearby public hospitals have been postponed for the duration of the Olympics.

For the residents of the Olympic Village however, a different story. This Polyclinic will be the first stop for any Olympic athlete, coach or family

members, able to handle 60 patients, with C.T. and MRI scanners, even dental care.

For many athletes from the poorest countries, this is even an opportunity for typically hard to access basic health care.

And if necessary, they will likely arrive here, America's Medical City. Dr. Antonio Marttos is in charge of emergency services and disaster responds

for Rio 2016. He is giving us a rare look inside their facility.

DR. ANTONIO MARTTOS, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI HEALTH SYSTEM: For all the people inside the venues, if they need, we're going to be ready to take care.

GUPTA: For nearly three years, they've been planning for these three weeks. Here in the city's command center, Director of Emergencies Services Lt.

Col. Carlos Sima tells me the biggest concern is not Zika, not illness from the water, but a mass casualty incident from a terrorist attack.

And that will bring into view for all to see, a tale of two hospitals, one a world away from the other. On this day, our unknown patient is finally

wheeled into the emergency room of that other world.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, Rio de Janeiro.


CURNOW: Thanks to Sanjay for that report. Well, Italy's Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is set to sell football club A.C. Milan to a

group of Chinese investors. Well, World Sports Rhiannon Jones is in London with the details. Tell us about this deal.

RHIANNON JONES, CNN WORLD SPORTS: Well, first of all, the deal is valued at $828 million. And it brings to an end Berlusconi's three decades long

ownership of his beloved club.

Now, it's understood that this deal will be completed by the end of 2016. And part of the deal requirements by these Chinese investors stipulated by

Berlusconi and his family is that $390 million must be invested in the club over a three-year period.

[10:35:01] Now, why has this club been sold to Chinese investors, you may ask? Well, because this club used to be one of the most successful when it

still remains on the most successful in Europe.

Just to give you a few details, seven European cups they've won last just second most behind Real Madrid and 18 Italian leagues. But, in recent times

they've suffered a slump and they're hoping that this will inject some capital into the club so they compete -- can compete once again with the

other big European clubs such as Real Madrid.

CURNOW: And also, it's not the first time Chinese investors have invested in a football club isn't it?

JONES: No, certainly football is an incredibly popular sport out in China. And they're very much fighting to become a superpower in this sport. And

not only have we seen this sale, but we've also seen other premier league sites such as Aston Villa, West Brom and Wolves that be bought up by

Chinese investors, even the likes of La Liga, that's a Spanish league Atletico Madrid.

So, very much working hard and succeeding in becoming that football superpower of the world. Robyn.

CURNOW: Thank you so much.

Well, the U.S. economy added 255,000 jobs in July, the second straight month of strong gains, increased with higher than predicted and should

boost the Federal Reserves confidence overall labor market. The unemployment rate remains unchanged at 4.9 percent. And here's a quick look

at the big board, the Dow Jones is up over a 14 points there.

Moving on, you're watching CNN. The woman who inspired the iconic song "The Girl from Ipanema" is playing a role in the Rio Olympics. We'll have her

story just ahead.


CURNOW: Well, welcome back. Rio's opening ceremony tonight will be a celebration of Brazilian music and dance and perhaps no Brazilian song is

more iconic than "The Girl from Ipanema." The smash also know their hit was based actually on a real woman. Well, she whoop the beat there with CNN

Shasta Darlington to reflect on the song and what it's meant for her life.


SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The girl from Ipanema, now the grandmother from Ipanema.

Helo Pinheiro was the inspiration for the iconic Brazilian hit "Garota de Ipanema".

When you hear that song, what does it make you feel?

HELO PINHEIRO, INSPIRATION FOR THE SONG "GIRL FROM IPANEMA": I feel so happy because I remember my past. I remember when I was young. Because now

I am a grandmother, no more the girl.

[10:40:07] DARLINGTON: Back in the '60s, she caught the eye of Bossa Nova songwriter Tom Jobim and a poet Vinicius de Moraes as she walked by on the

way to the beach.

The reason you're the inspiration for the song, can you show us how "The Girl from Ipanema" used to walk to the beach everyday?

PINHEIRO: Oh, I think it's because the sun dance, the swing that all the Brazilian people have.

DARLINGTON: On Friday, she'll carry the Olympic torch through her childhood neighborhood.

PINHEIRO: The people are so unhappy. So sad and now the Olympics, now it's a big party. I think -- we are more anxious, more happy, more .

DARLINGTON: And at night, Gisele Bundchen will play her in the opening ceremony.

PINHEIRO: Oh, I think she's beautiful, she's a young. And for me, so, so nice.

DARLINGTON: The awe-inspiring walk popularized in English by Frank Sinatra.

Shasta Darlington, CNN, Rio de Janeiro.


CURNOW: That granny has totally still got it, hasn't she? Fabulous story there from Shasta.

Let's take a look at some surprising figures from Rio 2016. Thirty-six, that's the number of years separating the youngest Olympian age 16, from

the oldest age, 52. 450,000, that's the number of condoms being handed out to athletes, the equivalent of 42 each.

And 380,000, that's how many foreign spectators are expected to arrive in Rio during the games. And 7.5 million, that's the total number of tickets

on sale for the event.

And, don't forget, we want to know more about your experiences in Rio, what it's like to be there? What are you doing for fun? When you post photos on

social media, please do put them with the #CNNRio and you might just see them on air.

Well, thanks for joining me, my team here at the International Desk and I will be back in about 15 minutes. In the meantime though, I'm going to hand

you over to World Sports and Amanda Davies who is in of course in Rio.


AMANDA DAVIES, CNN ANCHOR: Hi, welcome along to Rio as we count down to 2016 opening ceremony on a glorious day here in Brazil.

After what has been the one of most controversial buildups to an Olympic Games in history, the torch is on its final journey towards American

stadium. It's been heading along Ipanema and is set to travel here in Copacabana en route to what organizers have described as the best show in

the world.

[10:45:00] That show is due to take place this evening 8:00 p.m. Rio time at one of the most iconic venues in world sport, the Maracana. The venue

for two world cup finals.

There will be an estimated 3 billion people watching around the world, 70,000 spectators lucky enough to be inside the stadium. And there's used

to be some 5,000 volunteers taking part, 12,000 costumes, fire works, the world's highest paid super model Giselle Bundchen, Judi Dench the British

actress and of course that parade of 206 countries including Russia. And the historic moment of the introduction of a refugee team for the first

ever time at an Olympic Games.

So the big question we're still waiting to answer is who will light the Olympic flame? We know that the three time world cup winner Pele has been

asked, but a 75-year-old is being pretty tight left about whether or not he is actually going to accept the honor.

Well, can head down now to beach level where Nick Paton Walsh is there for us on Copacabana. Nick, I know you're expecting the torch to head by

shortly. We know it seem the focus of protest along the way. People who seemed concerned about whether or not Brazilians already uniting behind

this Olympic idea. What's the mood like where you are?

Have we lost over Nick?

OK, well I'm afraid we seem to have lost Nick there on Copacabana, but the torch is due to head down along here. Shortly, there's people lining the

streets I can see as the torch relay on it's very much its final leg towards the Maracana.

Now we've got plenty more Olympic build up coming up on the show. But there's few other stories developing away from here. Let me hand you over

to Rhiannon at CNN London.

RHIANNON JONES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Thank you very much Amanda. Well some big football news in Silvio Berlusconi's era at the helm of A.C. Milan is

over after 30 years. The Italian businessman and former prime minister has agreed to sell his beloved club to a group of Chinese investors and a deal

valued of $828 million.

According to the holding company of the Berlusconi family that invests the deal should be completed by the end of 2016 and requires the investors to

inject $390 million into the club over a three year period. It follows a recent slum in the club success. One of the years most successful having

one seven European cost that's just behind only Real Madrid the 11 of course -- find the ways of super cups, the most one alongside Barcelona and

A.C. Milan also had 18 Italian league titles.

The FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been cleared of any wrong doing and an ethics proved that comes following an investigation into his extensive

recruitment and alleged packing of whistle blowers.

Infantino of course took charge of footballs worlds governing body in February after disgrace said block have resigned.

FIFA's Independent Ethics Committee said it found no conflicts of interest and no breaches of the organization's ethics code. Infantino understandably

says he's quite pleased with the outcome.

Boasting now, and former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is coming back to the ring to fight WBO Welterweight champion Jesse Vargas on

November 25th. The Filipino send us a had announced his retirement from the sports in April, but his manager told the Los Angeles Times that retirement

just doesn't suit him right now. Pacquiao and his team will to meet August the 10th to determine whether the plan is about to take place in Los

Angeles or Dubai.

That's it from us here in London. Amanda, back to you over in Sunny Rio.

DAVIES: Thanks very much Rhiannon and it makes me laugh that Pacquiao line, because I remember Manny Pacquiao laughing with me in November, saying oh,

Floyd Mayweather, he's said he's retired 17 times and always comes back. Perhaps he just can't lose the bug either.

Anyway, one team that we know, we'll have more athletes at the opening ceremony here in Rio than they thought is of course Russian ahead we look

at the IOC positions to allow at least 271 Russians to compete. And what it means going forward for the games.


[10:52:03] DAVIES: Welcome back. It is the sun shine on opening ceremony day here at the Rio 2016 Olympic. A day that we'll have a whole host of

Russian athletes briefing aside release for the news that they have being cleared to compete over the next couple of weeks.

The Russian tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova has said that the Russian teams are more united than ever after the IOC panel ruling, finally

announcing their decisions late on Thursday night.

It was only two weeks ago, of course, a host of anti-doping organizations were calling for a blanket ban after those explosive findings of the

McLaren report. It's been an astonishing wait. But this is what we know, of the 389 members of the initial Russian team, 271 have been allowed to take

part. That means 118 have been ruled out. Here's Don Riddell with more.


DON RIDDELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The opening ceremony hasn't even happened but already a major Olympic victory for one of the biggest teams in Rio.

Russia hasn't won any medals yet but 271 of their athletes will be able to compete in the games.

Good day. Now we have good news for Russian sports supporters.

Russia's athletes have enjoyed a 10 weight in the build up to the games. Having accused them of running a state sponsored doping program, the world

anti-doping agency recommended a blanket ban of the Russian team. But the tournament organizer, the IOC opted instead for a policy of individual

justice. And under the intense glare of the world's media, the Olympic President Thomas Bach expressed his confidence that the other athletes have

nothing to fear from the Russians.

THOMAS BACH, IOC PRESIDENT: I can look into the eyes of these athletes because I have a very clean conscience. I know that not only I but also the

executive board members all have weighed all these arguments very carefully. And we also know that we have the support of many, many


RIDDEL: But still, the IOC has been accused of going soft and suspicions of the IOC is favorable to Russia, one of the biggest players in World Sport,

were further fueled by this question from one of Russia's state's broadcasters.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It looks like that you personally were helping us, is it true?

RIDDEILL: Mr. Bach denied it.

BACH: This is not a decision of helping somebody here or helping somebody there. This is a decision of justice which we could take only on the facts

which are available now and these that we have done.

RIDDEILL: Afterwards there was a tense exchanged between the reporter and the German documentary maker who has produced several films exposing

Russian doping. Films which kick started the official investigations and the whole scandal in the first place. He's not convinced that the IOC is

being fair.

[10:55:07] HAJO SEPPELT, JOURNALIST: So it's really hard to understand what else should come to say we have to exclude a system from the most important

event of sports in the whole world.

So if this is not enough, I don't know what is enough. And now we talk about individual justice and about fair play. I think it looks like that

all athletes are equal, but the Russians are more equal.

RIDDELL: So the games begin with a major controversy. The Russian flag hangs proudly from their apartments in the Olympic village and one's medal

was hanging around there athletes next. That controversy will likely continue.

Don Riddell, CNN, Rio.


DAVIES: And we will of course have a host of Russian athletes walking proudly behind the Russian flag in the opening ceremony later on Friday.

The torch is on its final journey through the American hour, expecting it to travel along Copacabana just beneath me shortly. And Nick Paton Walsh is

down there for us.

Nick, we know this has been the center of attention from protesters over its journeys through Brazil. What is the mood down there like today?

NICK PATON WALSH, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Amanda we had got a sense of what the torch has ahead of it is this. It has to get

through this protest here to continue its journey. Now maybe they might choose to go around it. But they are rightfully stymy (ph). And this is a

bit of the portion of Brazilian society that says it has been excluded from the wealth and the spending at the game has needed to hear their voice


Now, many are holding signs they came that out that is a reference to the man who -- but had a big election became the Interim President of Brazil.

Now Dilma Rousseff has suspended while her impeachment protest continues.

The major fear and anger here though is about how the money that's being spent on infrastructure here or making this a welcoming reception for the

many international visitors has being taken from budgets that otherwise were already having problems on the education budget, health, et cetera.

This is the anger behind me and we have to see when the torch comes here whether or not it gets an easy passage through, Amanda.

DAVIES: Nick, thanks very much indeed very much two side of the Olympic movement. The organizers have called for a show later at the opening

ceremony, which puts the best face of Brazil and Rio board.

Well that's it for me and the team of course.

Now we will continue the count down for the Olympic opening ceremony of course right here on CNN, don't go anywhere. Thanks for watching goodbye.