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ROBYN CURNOW, CNN ANCHOR: Ahead at the "International Desk", Russian jets take off from Iran to bomb Syria. Historic flooding is far from over in
Louisiana. And diving for gold on the Olympic track.
Hi there, everyone, welcome, I'm Robyn Curnow at the CNN center.
And it's a first in the war in Syria, Russian bombers carried out air strikes from a base in Iran. Well, a short time ago, I talked to CNN's
Matthew Chance from Moscow about why this is just so significant.
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MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: I think it's pretty significant on two counts. First of all, militarily, it means that
the Russian strategic bombers are going to be much closer to the field, much closer to Syria than they were otherwise.
It took about two hours to fly from their bases in southern Russia up until now. They're going to be much, much closer now. It's going to be a flight
time of about 30 minutes. That means less fuel. That means they can carry more bombs. And that means they can intensify the air campaign that
they've been partially involved in up until now. And so, it could represent a major uptake in the air war that Russian is waging against the
rebels on the ground in Syria.
I think it's important more broadly as well, more strategically, because this is the first time not only Iran has allowed since the 1979 revolution
there and a foreign power to conduct air strikes from its territory but it's the first time Russia has used a country other than Syria to strike at
the Syrian war zone. And so it represents, I think, a significant expansion of Russia's footprint in the Middle East, and shows that it is a
true Middle East player that has to be reckoned with. It's not just focused on Syria, it's got contacts and an actual base now, it seems, if
only temporarily, in Iran as well. And so that's really significant strategically.
CURNOW: And as you talk about these shifting strategic geopolitical movements, also, the report about Russia saying it's close to joint
military action with the U.S. over Aleppo.
CHANCE: They're very clear that this is just about Aleppo. They're not close to coordinating their actions about the Syrian war in general and
because they're still both on opposite sides of the conflict in Syria. But you're right, Sergei Shoigu said there has been negotiations carrying on
for some time now, and doing a very active phase is the expression he used. I don't quite know what that means, but he says they're very close to some
kind of agreement that would mean effectively that the Russians and the United States would be fighting together to try and establish peace, is the
phrase, again Shoigu uses, in the region of Aleppo.
And so that's really significant because we haven't seen that so far. The United States have said so far there's nothing they want to publicly
announce. But if there is some kind of agreement like that, that would represent, I think, a really big U-turn or certainly a big policy shift by
the United States.
Up until now, they've essentially been opposed to Russia's air war in Syria, opposed to any kind of support for Bashar al-Assad. If they were to
join forces with the Russians, yes, that would be a formidable force, certainly, but it would also have consequences and implications for the
American strategy in Syria.
CURNOW: You talk about overlapping strategic interests here. How much of the Iran nuclear deal, the relationships, the negotiations between the
U.S., Russia, and Iran in those days impact on how these relationships are now developing in response to Syria?
CHANCE: Well, I mean, you know, the Iranian nuclear deal, which was a long-running negotiation involving the P5+1, five U.N. Security Council
plus Germany. And it was something that was a massive feat of international diplomacy. It essentially rehabilitated the Iranians who had
been found to be working on a secretive nuclear program. This deal has essentially rehabilitated them. It's brought them more or less back into
these international fold, or at least started that process of bringing Iran back into these international fold.
It's lifted, effectively, the financial sanctions on Iran, allowed it to sell its oil on the international markets. And from an Iranian point of
view, that means they've got a lot more money than they used to have, and so they can spend it on supporting their proxies, like, for instance,
Hezbollah in Lebanon, but also like their forces they're deploying to Syria to back up their ally Bashar al-Assad. And so it's had a big impact in
From a Russian point of view, well they've always had a strong and close relationship with Iran. They've been building Iranian nuclear reactors,
including one at Bushehr for some time now. It was suspended because of the sanctions for a while. It's back on track now.
The Iranians are also negotiating with Russia to build a whole network of nuclear reactors. And so the Russians have a very close economic
relationship with Iran. They're essentially allies over Syria as well. Although there are reports they've got differences of opinion about which
way that that conflict should go.
But nevertheless, they've got broad strategic, you know, interests, which is similar in Syria. The restrictions have been lifted off Iran. And it's
basically a green light for Russia and Iran to become much closer militarily and politically.
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CURNOW: Now, that's some insight there from Matthew Chance in Moscow.
Well, U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump has introduced a new turn into the campaign, "extreme vetting". Well, he laid out his plans to fight
radical Islamic terrorism, which includes a screening test for would-be immigrants to the U.S. Athena Jones explains.
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DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I call it extreme, extreme vetting.
ATHENA JONES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Donald Trump delivering a fiery speech on his ideas for fighting radical Islamic terrorism. Proposing a different
kind of admission test for people entering the United States.
TRUMP: In addition to screening out all members of the sympathizers of terrorist groups, we must also screen out any who have hostile attitudes
toward our country or its principles, or who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law.
Those who do not believe in our constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into our country.
JONES: Trump calling for bans on immigration from countries with ties to terror.
TRUMP: We will have to temporarily suspend immigration from some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world, that have a history of
JONES: And simultaneously trashing Hillary Clinton's capabilities.
TRUMP: With one episode of bad judgment after another, Hillary Clinton's policies launched ISIS on to the world stage. She also lacks the mental
and physical stamina to take on ISIS.
JONES: The Democratic Trifecta, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hitting Trump on all fronts.
At a DNC fundraising event on Monday night, President Obama refusing to mention Trump by name but quipping, "I don't have to make the case against
her opponent, because every time he talks, he makes the case against his own candidacy." Clinton and Biden together in Biden's hometown of
Scranton, launching their preemptive attack.
HILLARY CLINTON, (D) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Friends should not let friends vote for Trump.
JOE BIDEN, (D) U.S. VICE PRESIDENT: This guy doesn't care about the middle class. And I don't even blame him in a sense because he doesn't understand
it. He doesn't have a clue. This man is totally, thoroughly unqualified to be president of the United States of America.
JONES: Biden slamming Trump as a threat to national security.
BIDEN: There's a guy that follows me right back here. Has the nuclear codes. So God forbid that anything happened to the president and I had to
make a decision. The codes are with me. He is not qualified to know the code. He can't be trusted.
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CURNOW: Athena Jones reporting there. Well, the effects of a Donald Trump presidency, and specifically this extreme vetting plan would be felt around
the world. Let's get some perspective from the Middle East. Ben Wedeman joins us now from Istanbul.
Hi there, Ben. What has been the response? Has there been a response?
BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, the response has been fairly muted, because really this whole proposal of extreme
vetting is so unclear. What exactly does it mean?
Talk to anybody in this part of the world who has applied for a visa to the United States and it's no simple task. You have to show bank documents.
You have to show that you have some sort of income that you're not going to merely go get a tourist visa and go to the United States and never come
If you're a student, you're a businessman, you're an academic, getting an American visa is probably one of the most difficult in the world. There
may be ways to tinker with the process to be even more strict. But at the moment, as I said, it's the hardest thing to get, an American visa.
And so, what exactly this means, it's not altogether clear. Does it mean some sort of interrogation, a checking of social media, a checking of
When it comes to immigration visas, the United States is one of the hardest places to get into. The process takes at least two years, and every
application passes through a variety of federal law enforcement and other agencies. So it's already very difficult. How exactly Mr. Trump proposes
to weed out those few bad apples, so to speak, who get through is a good question and nobody really has an answer to it. Robyn.
CURNOW: Ben Wedeman there in Istanbul. Thanks so much.
Well, the coalition conducting air strikes in Yemen is investigating a claim that it bombed a hospital. Now, the group Doctors Without Borders,
which works at the hospital, said 10 patients, one of its staff members, were killed. Saudi Arabia leads the coalition targeting who's the rebels
in Yemen. It reportedly struck two schools over the weekend.
Well, the number of detainees at Guantanamo Bay is dwindling. The U.S. moved 15 prisoners to the United Arab Emirates, and the largest transfer
since President Barack Obama took office.
Our Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr joins me now. Tell us about this move. Who were these men?
BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Good morning to you, Robyn. Well, the U.S. saying that it has moved 15, transferred 15 Guantanamo Bay
detainees to the United Arab Emirates, three of them from Afghanistan, 12 from Yemen. All, being transferred to the UAE which has agreed to take
them. This will bring the overall Guantanamo population down to 61, the largest single transfer of the Obama Administration.
Just yesterday, as this was being announced, Donald Trump giving a speech and one thing he said is if he is elected, he will seek to keep Guantanamo
open. Of course, President Obama trying to shut it down and bring whatever remaining detainees are there to the United States, to the Federal Prison
Not looking like Congress is going to approve that idea of closing Guantanamo any time soon. But the Obama Administration making clear in the
months it has remaining in office it will seek to transfer as many overseas as it possibly can, looking for countries willing to take them on.
Sixty one now is, you know, staggeringly low figure when you compare it to the height of the George W. Bush Administration when Guantanamo was open
and they had something like over 600 there at the time. So, the administration still pushing to try and bring the population down, trying
to demonstrate that it would be, at minimum, more cost-effective, if you only had a handful left to keep them in detention in the United States.
CURNOW: And who are these remaining 61?
STARR: Well, many of them of course are, you know, sort of referred to as the worst of the worst. Those said to be directly responsible for the 9/11
attacks. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, they're not going anywhere any time soon. Even if they were transferred ever to the United
States, they would be in the most maximum security one could possibly imagine.
Many of the remaining there had been cleared for release some time ago but they couldn't find countries willing to take them until now because that's
a very specific process. They have to be monitored when they're in these other countries. Some of them very much said to be involved with Al Qaeda,
even potentially bodyguards for Osama bin Laden. But now many of them, with other countries willing to take them, being transferred to those other
CURNOW: OK, thanks for that update. Barbara Starr there at the Pentagon, appreciate it.
Well, coming up, rescuers in Louisiana may have to fight more than rain as they search for the missing. We'll go to Baton Rouge for the latest on
floods that have displaced thousands of people. Plus, a dive for gold in the women's 400-meter final causes controversy more on the unusual photo
finish in Rio. That's next. Stay with us.
CURNOW: Now, let's see the dramatic finish in Rio that's got a lot of people talking. Let's go straight there, Amanda Davies is in Rio, and a
trip, a dive, either way, I mean, it's legal, isn't it?
AMANDA DAVIES, CNN WORLD SPORTS REPORTER: It was legal, Robyn. And what we saw was that in the 400 meters there, it was Shaunae Miller of Bahamas
who took gold in place of the USA's Allyson Felix.
It was an incredible climax to one of the main events that took place here on Monday night, and what had been a very dramatic evening. Initially,
just a weather purposes, had been really wet and stormy, there's been a lot of delays. And then Shaunae Miller, who was leading up the back straight
on the 400 meters, approached the finish line.
She -- we don't know whether it was a trip or whether she flung herself, or whether it was just that grit and determination, the Olympic spirit driving
her on. She maintained she doesn't remember. She blacked out. And later crashed to the ground and came around to hear her mother screaming her
name, telling her to get up, because she had won.
It was a dramatic, dramatic scene which sees Shaunae Miller celebrating Olympic gold in her first Olympic game. Silver for Allyson Felix, she does
become the USA's most decorated female athlete of all time, a track and field athlete, I should say, seven medals from her four Olympic games so
far. But, she's celebrating with silver this morning instead of the gold that she's been hoping for.
CURNOW: And Brazil also had a pretty big moment, dramatic, but also bittersweet because frankly, there are not a lot of Brazilians in those
stadiums to watch these moments.
DAVIES: No, it was a late, late night at the Olympic stadium last night. As I said, because of the dramatic, severe weather conditions which had
caused some major delays, a lot of the action was postponed for quite a significant period of time.
And this thing is, with Thiago Braz da Silva, is that he wasn't expected to do what he did. So maybe there wasn't the incentive for fans to stick
around if they had been there to watch the pole vault. We estimate about 5,000 fans were all that were left late on to see the 22-year-old claim
Brazil's second gold of the games in the pole vault, as I said, and his sort of competition from the defending Olympic champion, the world record
holder, Renaud Lavillenie of France.
Da Silva produced the best clearance of his life. He set a new Olympic record, 6.03 meters, that was some 10 centimeters better than his personal
best. What a time to do it, so the celebration here for a new hero this morning. And it was a big, big moment for Brazil because, Robyn, we've
talked suddenly about the investments that they've made in Brazilian sports since they have had the honor of hosting these games here in Rio.
$245 million, the aim was a tenth place finish in the medal table. But before that last night, they were down in 28th place. That second gold
medal, though, does take them up to 16th. So they're getting ever closer to their target but still seem just a long way off with just a few days of
CURNOW: Indeed, thanks so much for keeping us posted on all things Olympics. Amanda in Rio, appreciate it.
Well U.S. swimmer Simone Manuel is leading the games with four medals and some new entries into the history books.
Well she joins us now from Rio. Fantastic to have you on the show, thank you so much. I mean, what does it feel to be an Olympic champion? Has it
SIMONE MANUEL, U.S. OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST SWIMMER: It hasn't completely sunk in. Team USA just had a great meet and it inspired me to swim just as
fast as they were.
CURNOW: And what did it feel like? You won gold in the 100 meters freestyle. Just take us through those moments. It was less than a minute.
MANUEL: Yeah. I mean, it was a pretty quick race. And then when I touched the wall and turned around and saw the one by my name, I was pretty
shocked. I mean, I've worked hard to get to that point, but when it actually happened, I mean, you don't really have words to describe that
CURNOW: And it was a tie.
MANUEL: Yeah. It was a tie.
CURNOW: I mean, well, did that detract from it at all?
MANUEL: No. I mean, Penny and I are the two fastest people at the Olympic Games. So, I mean, it doesn't detract from it at all. And we both won
gold and we're happy to share it with each other.
CURNOW: We know you are, both of you sharing that gold medal. You're also the first African-American woman to win swimming gold. I mean, how
important is it for you to be a role model?
MANUEL: I guess it's pretty important for me to be a role model. I mean, I'm humbled by the fact that people see me as an inspiration to them. But,
you know, I'm doing swimming because I love it and I'm glad that my talents can hopefully encourage people to get more involved in the sport.
CUROW: At the front page of "The New York Times" today has the headline "Hoping Olympic gold might end racial divide." Talking about what they
believe the impact of your win will have in America. That's a lot of pressure.
MANUEL: Yeah, that's a lot of pressure. I haven't thought about it too much, because, like I said, I swim for myself and not really thinking about
those expectations. And I think that's really what has helped me accomplish some of the things that I have, it's just keeping the pressure
off of me.
CURNOW: But you have been speaking to the media, you've been talking about -- you swam for the people, you know, for other people, for what it means,
and you've also even referenced the sort of very dark summer there has been between racial relations between communities and police. I mean, do you
feel like your win has been slightly politicized?
MANUEL: Yeah, I mean, I'm not sure. Just with how I've been swimming, like I said, I'm just hoping that I'm inspiring someone else. And I've
looked up to other people, especially minorities in sports, like Serena Williams and just hoping that my swimming can help give hope to some people
and realize that if I can do it, they can do it too.
CURNOW: When we talk about inspiring, your roommate is Katie Ledecky. I mean, what do you guys talk about?
MANUEL: We don't talk too much when we're competing. We're pretty focused but we just have a good time with each other, dance, parties, watch movies
and just relax with one another.
CURNOW: I mean, you mentioned at the top here of the interview that this team, your team, has done extraordinarily well in the pool this Olympics.
MANUEL: Yeah. I mean, just going out there and representing your country at the biggest stage is amazing. And I was able to cheer on team USA when
I wasn't swimming, and watching them swim fast inspired me to do the same. And I think we really fed off of each other the whole meet.
CURNOW: And there's also been a lot of scrutiny, particularly about doping, crowds booing, talk of a cold war in the pool between Russia and
the U.S. Has that impacted your performance at all?
MANUEL: No, that hasn't impacted my performance at all. I think what has helped me perform at the best of my ability is focusing on myself and what
I can control. So, I'm just going out there and trying to swim as fast as I can and represent my country in the best way I know how to.
CURNOW: Simone, congratulations. Well done. Thanks so much.
MANUEL: Thank you.
CURNOW: Well, forecasters, moving on, forecasters saying more rain is on the way for the State of Louisiana. Floods washed through the capital over
the weekend, killing at least nine people and displacing thousands. Well, our Boris Sanchez joins us now from Baton Rouge.
Hi there, Boris. These waters have been unprecedented.
BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN CORRESPODNENT: That is absolutely right, Robyn. It's now been declared 1000-year flood. In other words, there's a one in 1,000
chance to get the levels of rain that we've been seeing here in the State of Louisiana since last Wednesday.
As a matter of fact, where I'm standing now, this illustrates the real problem as we move forward. As you can see, there are blue skies but the
water is rising in certain areas southeast of us. There's back water flooding. It's because bodies of water, as the ground becomes saturated,
can't hold any more water, so the flood water has to wind up somewhere
Right now, as I said, southeast of us in Livingston Parish, the sheriff there tells us that more than 100,000 people have lost everything. Their
homes completely submerged underwater. There's more than 30,000 people in shelters right now.
It's a really difficult situation, obviously, because there's great need but there's also heavy damage to infrastructure. A lot of roads are
closed. And so getting to certain areas is very, very difficult.
I want to give you an idea of where we're standing right now. There's actually a swamp, a marsh, about 50 to 100 yards behind us. As the rain
kept coming down and the flood waters rushed this way, that overflowed. It came into this neighborhood, obviously, submerging homes and putting a lot
of people out on the street.
The good news today is, at least, in this neighborhood, that the floodwaters are starting to recede. And just the past hour or two, we've
seen it move back here. Many people were still unable to get into their homes, but fortunately, they're able to rely on other neighbors.
I'll give you an example. Down the street from here a gentleman named Marcel (ph) allowed us to ride in his boat as he gave us a tour of the
neighborhood. His house is completely submerged, but he's actually trying to help other neighbors. He's allowing them to get on his boat to go
inside their homes, to salvage what they can, even rescuing some pets that were left behind. So obviously, the spirit of recovery is strong. They're
mostly just waiting now for the flood water to recede to be able to get back inside.
CURNOW: And as you say, these are historic rains and the waters have impacted also, I understand, cemeteries, caskets, coffins have been
dislodged and we've had these very dramatic images. There they are there, of basically coffins being washed away. The impact of this is being felt
across the community.
SANCHEZ: Yeah. That's certainly one of the most unsettling images you'll see when there's flooding. We saw some of that years ago, about 11 years
ago, during hurricane Katrina, not far from here, the epicenter of that in New Orleans, very similar scenes. As a matter of fact, we've talked to
people that lived in New Orleans that moved to Baton Rouge. And now we're experiencing the same kind of thing here.
Something that you touched upon in terms of the water itself, the quality of it has diminished significantly in the past at least 24, 36 hours. At
first, when the rain water came down, it was still relatively clear. Now it is very, very murky. You can imagine all the trash that's been flowing
here. The chemicals that were in vehicles or in people's backyards have turned the water a translucent color. So it's not very safe to go deep
into it, especially when you can't see the bottom. It's a warning that officials have been putting out to residents here for some time.
CURNOW: Boris Sanchez, thank you so much, coming to us live there from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Appreciate it.
Well, U.S. financial market, the surging to new records during what's usually a quiet summer season. Does the presidential race have something
to do with that? We'll discuss. That's next.
CURNOW: You're watching "International Desk." Thanks so much for joining me, I'm Robyn Curnow. Here are the headlines.
Iran for the first time opened one of its air bases for the strikes in Syria. Those strikes are carried out by Russia which says they destroyed
targets for ISIS in the battle in Russia. Russia and Teheran both support the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The US has transferred 15 prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to the United Arab Emirates. Twelve are Yemeni prisoners, the
rest are from Afghanistan. Now it's the largest transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo than President Barack Obama took often.
The non-unexpected dive for the finish line ended the women's 400-meter final. Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas claimed the Olympic gold with the
leap. Miller's win denied rival Allyson Felix her fifth goal, but Felix's silver finish is enough to make her the most decorated female track
Earlier, we heard details of Donald Trump's plan to fight radical Islamic terrorism. Now we hear from his supporters. Gary Tuchman spoke with some
of them about the specific points Trump made.
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GARY TUCHMAN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: An invitation-only crowd of Donald Trump supporters, waiting out in the Ohio rain. Waiting to find out
how he plans to keep them safe.
ROBIN MCCORMACK, TRUMP SUPPORTER: This has got to stop, we got to stop being victims, we got to stop being gentle.
TUCHMAN: This woman says America has to do what it has to do.
So does that include water boarding, in your estimation, and enhance interrogation techniques?
MCCORMACK: I'm not opposed to it.
TUCHMAN: And then, there was this quote from this past December.
TRUMP: Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can
figure out what the hell is going on.
TUCHMAN: So tell me specifically what you want to see.
RON CAPITONA, TRUMP SUPPORTER: Just the Muslims. People, yeah, it has to stop right now, just till we get it ironed out.
TUCHMAN: So what you're saying .
TUCHMAN: . you want to hear Donald Trump say that Muslims should be banned for the time being?
CAPITONA: For the time being. Yes, just for the time being.
TRUMP: Only this way will we make America great again and safe again for everyone. Thank you very much. God bless you. Thank you. Thank you.
TUCHMAN: Once the speech was over, the reviews from this crowd were kind. Trump did not specifically mention banning Muslims, but about his newly
announced plan of so-called extreme vetting.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I thought it was very inspiring. I think it's what the country needs.
TUCHMAN: And what about his declaration that any country which shares the goal of halting, in his words, the spreads of radical Islam will be an ally
of the US?
MARK WEBB, TRUMP SUPPORTER: Well you probably all know that Russia was allied with the United States in fighting terrorism but then invaded .
How could Russia still be the U.S. ally?
TUCHMAN: Well, that's a very good point.
WEBB: But I think there's room for negotiation, and I think at least we have somebody that's willing to talk to all parties, to actually get
something down that's positive, that's in our interest.
TUCHMAN: And Donald's criticism of Hillary Clinton and President Obama.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I thought he was forceful in what he has to say to America because we are in terrible shape. Our president is a Muslim who
TUCHMAN: What did you say?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I just saying our President is a Muslim who hates America.
TUCHMAN: So you think Barack Obama is a Muslim?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, yes. And I think that this ...
TUCHMAN: Well, he's a Christian.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: . man is a -- no.
TUCHMAN: Well, he's a Christian.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No.
TUCHMAN: That wasn't a typical response to the speech. This was.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I thought it was awesome. I loved his speech entirely.
TUCHMAN: Gary Tuchman, CNN, Youngstown, Ohio.
CURNOW: Oh, it's been a summer of green on Wall Street with stocks surging to record highs. Our investors pricing in a November victory for Hillary
Clinton. What if they're wrong? Well, CNNMoney Paul La Monica joins me from the New York stock exchange.
Hey there, Paul. Tell us about these numbers.
PAUL LA MONICA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, I think what we're seeing right now with the stock market at all-time highs despite concerns about the
global economy. It is possible that Wall Street is predicting a win for Hillary Clinton because usually what happens is when Wall Street is betting
on the incumbent to win, which in this case would be the Democratic Party.
There's a sense that the policies that have lifted stocks to all-time highs could continue. And even though Wall Street isn't totally in love with
Hillary Clinton, I think they're more fearful of Donald Trump because of all the massive uncertainties that he could bring to the table.
CURNOW: And how does the health of the U.S. economy play into all of this?
LA MONICA: I think that is another factor as well, Robyn. As you well know, Europe continues to struggle in the wake of Brexit. There are still
many concerns about the health of economies in China and Japan. The U.S. economy is not growing gang busters, which is one reason why, I think,
Donald Trump has many supporters. There are a lot of disenfranchised people in America who don't feel as if things are going well. But the U.S.
economy is holding up better, and that's why U.S. stocks are holding up a lot better as well.
CURNOW: The markets reacted pretty well to what they thought the outcome of Brexit would be and they were wrong then.
LA MONICA: That's a great question. The market was completely taken aback by the Brexit vote. And we had that initial shock of big sell-off,
concerns, about whether or not Brexit in 2016 is the equivalent of Lehman Brothers going on there in 2008.
So far, it doesn't appear as if that's the case. The markets have roared back. There seems to be a sense that Brexit will obviously be a problem
for companies with exposure in the U.K. but that the rest of Europe and the U.S. and even the developing world might still be able to hold up fine, and
that's more an isolated event as opposed to a global calamity like we had in 2008.
CURNOW: Paul La Monica in New York, kind a rather great performance. Thank you so much.
LA MONICA: Thank you.
CURNOW: Well Mexican officials say there's been a mass kidnapping in the tourist resort of Puerto Vallarta. Local media report gunmen and pickup
trucks abducted as many as 16 people from a restaurant. Investigators are coming through security footage, hoping to identify and find the
assailants. Puerto Vallarta is in Jalisco state, the base of a powerful drug cartel.
No iPhone but still want to FaceTime? Google is launching a new video called app, calling app. It claims we'll solve that problem while adding a
few extra perks as well. We'll take a look. That's up next.
CURNOW: Welcome back. It's 39 minutes past the hour. I'm Robyn Curnow, you're watching CNN.
Now Google is trying to one up Apple with a new app, it's called duo. It's a video calling service. Not exactly a new concept is it, but how will it
stack up against Apple's FaceTime?
Samuel Burke joins us from London. He's been looking at new features Google is rolling out. Google have tried this before.
Hey there, Sam.
SAMUEL BURKE, CNN TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Robyn, good to see you on T.V. and probably soon over the phone. Google have tried this before, and
they have failed. But in fairness, lots of people are trying this and they've also failed. Everybody wants to be like WhatsApp.
Remember, that's the app that Facebook bought for $22 billion when all was said and done. Their secret? Well they got people on both iOS, iPhones
and iPads, to be able to text with android folks without a problem.
Google thinks that's what their secret is here as well, the fact that this app will work with both operating platforms. And remember, 80 percent of
the world uses android. Even though we talk about Apple so often, the vast majority are using android, so they want to try and make it so that we can
all video chat together. Why can't we be friends?
CURNOW: Samuel Burke, thank you so much. And I'm sorry to cut this short, but we do have some breaking news coming in to CNN.
A U.K. court ruling has just been released in the case of radical Islamist cleric Anjem Choudary and one of his associates to refuse in supporting
ISIS. Now, Choudary has been a vocal supporter of jihad and extremism for years. He was arrested in 2014 after pledging allegiance to ISIS. Police
say he has links to known terrorists.
Nima Elbagir has been following this story in London. This is significant. Tell us why.
NIMA ELBAGIR, SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, this is definitely an individual that British authorities have felt needed to be brought in
off the streets, need to have his pulpit taken away from him. But what Anjem Choudary has been very good at, Robyn, over the years is staying just
the right side of the law.
And while he has been seen to associate with those who overstepped into much more radical and extreme acts, Choudary has always maintained that his
support for terror groups was purely a matter of religious obligation. Take a look at this.
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ELBAGIR: For years, Anjem Choudary appeared to revel in his tabloid designation as Britain's most hated man. In his 20 years of public
appearances and private preaching, Choudary always appeared to skirt just the right side of the law, backing extremism, but no proof of actually
It was the 49-year-old's pledge of allegiance in 2014's to Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi, an ISIS, that brought him under increased scrutiny and led to his arrest. British authorities say they were able to link him to the
battlefields of Iraq and Syria.
Police say they don't know exactly how many of the 850 Brits who traveled to Syria were directly influenced by Choudary, but called him a key figure
in the radicalization and recruitment drive.
When last out on bail, Choudary conducted this interview with us, admitting his support for ISIS, a terror group that proudly promotes rape, slavery,
and mass killings claiming religious obligation.
ANJEM CHOUDARY: I believe that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Allah protect him, and the shirata (ph), of course, has brought in the dawn of a new era.
ELBAGIR: That you do have an impact.
CHOUDARY: Well, I appreciate it. I had everywhere in the world.
ELBAGIR: Authorities say Choudary has been linked to the radicalization of a string of the terrorists, who have stood trial in the U.K. over the past
15 years. He can be seen here in BBC footage at a protest with a Michael Adebolajo later convicted of the violent murder of a British soldier Lee
Rigby and was among those close to Al-Muhajiroun founder, Omar Bakri Muhammad, later banned from Britain over links to al-Qaeda.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (Foreign Language)
ELBAGIR: (Inaudible) who was suspected by authorities of replacing Jihadi John as ISIS executioner, another Choudary associate. The two are seen
together here after the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden.
Choudary consistently in circumference of those who would go on to commit acts of violence. The court has now found Choudary and his associate
Mohammed Mizanur Rahman guilty of inviting support to a prescribed organization. A charge he denied. But now, it could see him jailed for up
to 10 years.
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ELBAGIR: Choudary and Mohammed Mizanur Rahman are facing possible jail sentence of up to 10 years, Robyn. They're looking to be sentenced. Well,
we are expecting that they will be sentenced on the 6th of September.
CURNOW: OK, and as you said there, there is a very fine line between preaching and encouraging terrorism. This man is a solicitor, a lawyer.
He's managed to avoid this where we are right now. What was it that turned the tide?
ELBAGIR: Well, you saw him there, absolutely unabashedly repeating that oath of allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the emir of ISIS. That was
really what tipped it over for authorities and for many authorities, not just here in the U.K., but across Europe. This is all very much new
How do you draw that line from someone who says well, I have personally pledged an oath of allegiance, because I think it's a matter of religious
obligation. And then, encouraging others, not just to similarly pledged oaths but then potentially travel. And how do you kind of manage to
legally create that link between the two?
So, I think this is something that the authorities clearly struggled with, but they have now decided that it is a very clear link that can be drawn.
And it is one that is punishable in a court of law, Robyn.
CURNOW: So, it's manageable and now measurable in terms of the legality of how to manage this but more importantly, I think as you said in your piece
there, it's difficult to assess just how many youngsters he has inspired, how many people he has motivated to go to Syria. And that's difficult
ELBAGIR: Yeah, it is ominous. It's extraordinarily amorphous. But what the British court here has found is that by pledging an oath of allegiance,
when you are someone who is in a position of such influence and such impact, you are essentially legitimizing ISIS and similar terror groups.
And that is really what has been the major concern. And that is what he is being punished for in this instance.
CURNOW: Nima Elbagir, thank you so much for joining us.
We'll continue to analyze this story and report it throughout the day here at CNN. But for now, I'm going to say goodbye. I'm Robyn Curnow in
Atlanta and I'm going to hand you over to my colleague in "World Sport." That's coming up next.
DAVIES: Hello, thanks for joining us. Welcome along to "World Sport" live from Rio with me, Amanda Davies.
We've got Usain Bolt, Christian Taylor, and Simone Biles all in action on day 11 here at the 2016 Olympics. But Brazil are embracing a new hero
after an action-packed, just a little wet night, at the Olympics stadium.
Thiago Braz de Silva is the name on everybody's lips. The 22-year-old set a new Olympic record to win the host's second gold of the game.
Let's bring you right up to date with what happened last night at the Olympic stadium. After a rain delay and technical problems, and a very
tense pole vault competition, da Silva produced a massive shock, beating the defending gold medalist and world record holder, Renaud Lavillenie. He
cleared 6.03 meters, that was 10 centimeters better than his previous best. The best to a new Olympic record and take gold. First time in his six
meters, in fact.
Kenya's David Rudisha described it as the greatest moment of his career as he successfully defended his Olympic title in the 800 meters. The world
record holder kind of pretty tough few years with injury and only finished third in the Kenyan national trials earlier this year, but he pulled it out
of the bag when he needed to, kicking with 250 meters to go to run his fastest time since winning gold in London four years ago.
It wasn't the result Allyson Felix was hoping for in the women's 400 meters though. The 30-year-old is now the USA's most decorated female athlete of
all time with seven medals from her four Olympic games, but she has to make through with silver, not the gold she wanted.
She was dramatically beaten for victory by Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas. Miller throwing herself over the line or was it a dive or was it just sheer
grit and Olympic spirit? Whatever it was, it was allowed, and it saw 22- year-old Miller take her first Olympic gold at Felix's expense.
Simone Biles insisted the pressure of the drive for five, as it was dubbed, didn't get to her, as she missed out on gold number four with an
uncharacteristic slip on the balance beam, having been faultless in claiming her first three gold medals over the last couple of weeks. The
19-year-old stumbled and was forced to put her hand down during her routine. What should gives her the bronze behind Holland's Sanne Wevers a
Well, it doesn't got long to pick herself up and dust herself off before she's back in action again today. Biles will compete in her final event.
She goes for gold in the floor exercise.
Also on Tuesday, Usain Bolt takes the track for part two of three of the triple-triple. He begins his quest for the 200 meters with the heat there.
And that there's no doubt there's going to be a lot of attention on Russia's only eligible track and field athlete, long jumper, Darya
Klishina. She was finally cleared to compete on Saturday after her ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration.
And it's been a tough games already for Russia's Yulia Efimova whose stooping allegations, booing, and the media backlash after being cleared to
compete despite having previously served a drug ban. After claiming two silver medals in the pool, she's been speaking to our Nick Paton Walsh.
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EFIMOVA: This upset me so much, especially from Michael Phelps such to say, and girls say, Lilly King and everybody and .
NICK PATON WALSH, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Why are they saying this?
EFIMOVA: I don't know, I think it's more on media. Because they just rip media and don't think about my feelings and don't know if it's true. And -
- yeah, and made out, like, to try to make it's more and more than it's actually.
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DAVIES: Controversial, former FIFA president, Joao Havelange has died in a Rio hospital at the age of 100. The Brazilian served as FIFA boss for 24
years. He was replaced by Sepp Blatter.
He was also the longest serving member of the International Olympic Committee, retiring in 2011 after 48 years. He swam for Brazil in the 1936
games. At one time had Rio's Olympic stadium named after him. Joao Havelange has died at the age of 100. Stay with us.
DAVIES: Welcome back. Now a glorious scene this morning here in Rio as the sun rose on day 11 of competition here at the Olympic Games.
It is still shining as well, the competition well under way. And the United States have maintained their strangle hold at the top of the medal
table this morning. One reason for that, of course, there is Michael Phelps and his five golds here in Rio. He's going out as the most
decorated Olympian of all time.
If you believe that he is actually retiring this time around. We, of course, said goodbye to him after London, didn't we? His last race in Rio
though, won him one last gold bringing his final medal total to 23 golds, 28 overall, 16 of those medals were won in individual events. His highest
gold medal all came in Beijing in 2008 with eight wins.
And with all the talk of his retirement, Coy Wire managed to catch up with Phelps last night because he makes the most of his final Olympics. He says
the opportunity to compete here was just a dream come true.
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MICHAEL PHELPS, 23-TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST: I am definitely very happy I came back for one more. But now we're going back into retirement.
COY WIRE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: What's been the most impactful memory from these games thus far?
PHELPS: Having my son here is the best. You know, being able to share this moment with him with my last Olympics and I'm looking forward to
sharing these memories when he gets old enough. You know, in a couple years, hopefully I get the chance to take him to Tokyo and watch some
events over there.
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DAVIES: That was Coy with Michael Phelps last night.
But that's it from me and the team for this edition of "World Sport." Thanks for watching. I'm Amanda Davies in Rio.
"Connect the World" with Hala Gorani is next. Goodbye.