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Brazil's Rousseff Testifies At Impeachment Trial; Some French Mayors Keeping Burqini Bans; Reports: Michelin-Rated Restaurant Refuses To Serve Muslims; Anti-Discrimination Group Plans To Sue Over Swimsuit; Turkey Targets Kurdish Forces In Syria; Trump To Give Immigration Speech As Questions Loom; Trump Heads To Detroit To Woo Black Voters; Allegedly Drunk Pilots Arrested Before Transatlantic Flight; Los Angeles Airport Evacuated Over Shooting Reports; Japan Braces For Typhoon LionRock; China's Suspected "Jack The Ripper" In Custody; NFL's Kaepernick Refuses To Stand To For Anthem; Fan's Express Outrage Over Kaepernick's Protest; ISIS Claims Attack On Yemen Military Training Camp; Cousin Of Basketball Star Shot And Killed In Chicago; Mexican Music Icon Juan Gabriel Dies At 66. Aired 10-11a ET

Aired August 29, 2016 - 10:00:00   ET



ROBYN CURNOW, CNN ANCHOR: Ahead at the "International Desk." Brazil's Dilma Rousseff fights against impeachment. French mayors say they still

want a burqini ban. And China's "Jack the Ripper" is finally caught.

Hi there, everyone. I'm Robyn Curnow at the CNN center. Thanks for joining me.

And we start in Brazil and what could be the last stand for suspended President Dilma Rousseff. For months, she's been fighting to stay in

charge of South America's largest economy and today she's testifying at her impeachment trial.

Our Shasta Darlington is live in Brasilia following this. The Olympics is over, now the realities of a messy impeachment trial begin. I mean, the

party is really over, isn't it?

SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It really is, Robyn. That is dramatic finale to what has been a long drawn-out impeachment process. You

can see the suspended Dilma Rousseff speaking right behind me. She has come to the Senate for the first time during this process. She said to

look her accusers in the eye and tell them that she didn't break any laws and that she didn't do anything that merits her impeachment. And she went

on to say that many of the lawmakers, actually, driving her impeachment in the meantime are being investigated for corruption and other crimes.

But despite her defiance and her appearance here, a lot of people are just giving -- it's a given that she will -- she's on her last legs. The vote

here in the Senate will begin as early as Tuesday. They need two thirds of senators to vote in favor of impeachment. But according to the latest

polls they will easily have that.

And in fact, Rousseff, as you know, was actually suspended back in May to defend herself as part of this trial. She was replaced back then by her

vice president, Michel Temer, on a temporary basis. This is someone she accuses of being one of the people orchestrating her ouster.

If, in fact, her impeachment is confirmed over the next few days, he will take over on a permanent basis until the term ends in 2018. Of course,

inheriting a deep recession and a deeply divided country, Robyn.

CURNOW: If she is impeached, what next for her?

DARLINGTON: You know, Robyn, she was never elected to any office until she actually won the presidency and that's because she was the hand-picked

successor of the very popular former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. So, in some ways, she was a pet project, she worked then various ministries

for her to prove that she was a worthy technocrat, somebody who's really get things done and so he promoted her as his replacement. But she didn't

have a strong electoral history.

And in fact, most analysts say that this is really over for her. While she has the support of a lot of the supporters who traditionally are backing

the workers party, a lot of women's groups, she was never a strong politician. And this is probably the end of her political career, Robyn.

However, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in the polls is leading for the 2018 elections. On the other hand, he has been now implicated in the massive

corruption scandal. So, we'll see if he makes it that far up.

CURNOW: All right, keeping an eye on things there in Brazil for us, Shasta Darlington, thank you.

Well to France now, well some mayors are refusing to end their bans on burqinis despite a court order. The battle over whether to allow Muslim

women to wear the full coverage swimsuits has renewed the debate of just what it means to be French.

Well, Jim Bittermann joins us now from Paris.

Hi there Jim. I mean, this is becoming far more than a controversial swim wear ban.

JIM BITTERMANN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely. That's absolutely right, Robyn. In fact, all of the presidential

candidates have declared for the presidential elections here in 2017 have already been asked what their positions are on this burqini ban. It's a

position they take knowing that, of course, it's an implication for that question of national identity. Where do they place the Muslim community

within France?

Now, the Hollande government is trying to get ahead of this in a bit and in fact they've started a foundation of Islamic interests which the first

meeting of which was held today under the interior minister here. And basically they're talking of ways to make a French-Islam, as they want to

call it, that is to say to train up imams and to construct mosques that are -- have their foundation and roots here in France and not from outside of

France, fearing, of course, that some of these mosques may be centers for preaching of radicalization. Robyn?

[10:05:01] CURNOW: Yeah. It's certainly an issue that is not going away. Also, brought home by another ugly incident in a restaurant, again, laying

out questions over national identity. And this video has been circulating on social media.

BITTERMANN: Absolutely. That took place on Saturday in that village of Tremblay which in the suburbs of Paris. And basically, the two women with

head scarves on went into a restaurant. The chef comes out of the kitchen and says to them, I'm not going to serve you, that all Muslims are

terrorists and a number of other inflammatory things. The women say we don't want to be served by a racist and they get up and leave eventually.

But the whole incident now is being investigated by police because of this -- what could be discriminatory -- racial discriminatory actions on the

part of the chef involved. And, so it may end up as a court case. And again, will draw out a lot of people on both sides of this issue.

The chef, by the way, has since then publicly apologized for his actions. He said he was overcome by the heat and the frustrations that he had in the

restaurant and whatnot. But in any case, he could be under some suspicion of having committed a crime here. Robyn?

CURNOW: How have the terror attacks in Paris and in Nice played into this public atmosphere? And how poisonous is it?

BITTERMANN: Well, certainly, that's what the mayors of these individual towns who banned the burqinis, that what's they say that they're worried

about. Basically what they're saying is that there could be disturbances to public order if people are too provocative about their religion,

particularly the Islamic religion on the beaches of France. And so, they're saying that if a woman wears a burqini or comes on to a beach

veiled, that there may be attacks from other people who suspect that they're in the presence of someone who's linked to terrorism in some way.

Those terrorist attacks have put a lot of people on edge. And the mayors, that's the way they make their case anyway for enacting this ban. Whether

or not that's true or not and one of the things that the Conseil d'etat which is that supreme court on Friday, one of the things they ruled was, or

they asked about, was there any evidence that just the presence of Islamic swim wear was somehow are going to cause an incident? And the mayors

involved could not offer any proof to that. Robyn?

BITTERMANN: Thanks. Keeping an eye on things there in Paris, Jim Bittermann, appreciate it.

Well, Syrian rebels backed by Turkey gaining more territory in northern Syria. And Turkey's escalating involvement is proving troublesome for the

United States. U.S.-backed Kurds are being targeted along with ISIS.

Well, our Nick Paton Walsh joins us now from Gaziantep in Turkey.

I mean, this new escalation that really further complicates U.S. involvement in Syria.

NICK PATON WALSH, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well certainly. And this has always been one of the major problems potentially with the

U.S. strategy against ISIS. The ground force they've been using for the past years have been Syrian Kurds who, for the most part, are considered

allies to Kurds inside of Turkey that Turkey considers terrorists.

Now, clearly, Turkey actually perceives those very Syrian Kurds doing the fighting as their enemy as they begin to move further into northern Syria.

There was some initial optimism in U.S. policy circles because this looked like Turkey deploying its large army, the second largest in NATO against

ISIS to clear them away from the border. But pretty soon, in the past five days, we saw slowly the Syrian Kurds coming into contact and clashes with

those Turkish military inside northern Syria and also the Syrian rebels who they were assisting to move forwards.

Now, there's been a glimmer of light in the past few hours or so. Kurdish militia, who are in a key town that's in the sights of the Turkish military

and those Syrian rebels that they're assisting have said they're going to pull out of it. And that was a key demand of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

who is in Ankara recently. He said that the Syrian Kurds had always promised to pull out of that key town Manbij when they finished clearing

ISIS out of it to allow locals so the predominantly Sunni Arab to return to it.

For the most part from what we're seeing here, the Kurdish militia there had declared they're leaving. They actually cite the threat of Turkish

artillery or air strikes as a reason why they have to pull out of that town on back east over the Euphrates river which has been the very clear

delineating line that Turkey wants to see the Kurds stay on the eastern side of.

Now, according to the Pentagon speaking, it seems late last night, actually, they believe that withdrawal is mostly underway. Now that has

occurred but it does look like we're seeing the majority of the Kurdish forces respect that red line laid down by Washington and also Turkey, too.

Does that solve the animosity between the Syrian rebels and the Turkish military and the Kurds? Not necessarily in the longer term but it may

dampen down the situation. And it may allow the Turkish military and those Syrian rebels who they're assisting to focus on kicking ISIS out of the

border area and consolidating control over an area which many believe Turkey wants to make into some sort of safe or buffer zone for the short

term, possibly the longer term strategy they have yet to explain, Robyn.

[10:10:16] CURNOW: I mean, that was my next question was. I mean, if the Kurds pull back, will this de-escalate tensions? And, of course, the

question is, when and will Turkey exit Syria?

WALSH: I don't think Turkey is planning on going anywhere any time soon necessarily. It does look like they're looking to push as far as they can

and consolidate control of these Turkish-friendly Syrian rebel groups. I think most strategists would expect Turkey to keep providing those Syrian

rebel groups with some sort of air covering defense to make sure they didn't pushed back by the Syrian regime or by the Kurds that they suddenly

feel embolden.

This potential de-escalation by the Kurds, if they have done this, moving across the Euphrates to the eastern side, takes a bit of the issue out of

the U.S. is immediate dilemma here. They're been backing, as I say, those Syrian Kurds for months, but they're also backing those same Syrian rebels

that Turkey is backing.

So for a moment, in the last few days, we had two sets of militia on the ground. They were both being backed by the U.S., both facing off with each

other, particularly deadly air strike that they say killed 20 militants or maybe civilians according to activists. But we do now seem to be having a

moment potentially where the situation might see some sort of stability or at least control in the days ahead, Robyn.

CURNOW: It's still mind-bunglingly confusing, the Syrian battleground, and of course as we both know, the civilians keep on getting caught right in

the middle. Thanks so much, Nick Paton Walsh there.

Build a wall and deport millions. That's how Donald Trump has promised he'll rewrite the rules on U.S. immigration. But his campaign appears to

be waffling and Trump postponed a speech on the topic last week. But now, he has a new venue and a new chance to give some sort of clarity. Our Sara

Murray reports.


DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: We are going to get rid of the criminals and it's going to happen within one hour after I take office.

Believe me.

SARA MURRAY, CNN POLITICS REPORTER: Donald Trump announcing he'll deliver a highly anticipated immigration speech Wednesday in Arizona after all.

KELLYANNE CONWAY, TRUMP CAMPAIGN MANAGER: If you want to be here legally, you have to apply to be here legally.

MURRAY: The Trump campaign insisting a proposal won't amount to amnesty or include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

CONWAY: We all learned in kindergarten to stand in line and wait our turn.

MURRAY: But as questions mount about whether Trump is softening his hard line position from the primaries.

TRUMP: That at least 11 million people in the country that came in illegally. They will go out.

MURRAY: Even his allies appear unclear on his stance.

JAKE TAPPER, CNN ANCHOR: What about the millions in this country right now? What happens?

MIKE PENCE, (R) U.S. VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I think Donald Trump will articulate what we do with the people who are here but I promise you


TAPPER: But he already has articulated.

PENCE: Donald Trump ...

MURRAY: The GOP chairman even saying deporting all 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. is complicated.

REINCE PREIBUS, REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: He is reflecting on it and his position is going to be known.

MURRAY: This, as Trump plans a Labor Day weekend trip to a predominantly black church in Detroit, part of his ongoing effort to woo minority voters.

TRUMP: African-Americans, Hispanics, vote for Donald Trump. What do you have to lose? It can't get any worse. What do you have to lose?

MURRAY: The Republican nominee sparking controversy over the weekend, for politicizing the death of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade's cousin tweeting,

"Just what I have been saying, African-Americans will vote Trump." An hour later, Trump offered his condolences. This tweet just a latest example of

Trump facing criticism for touting his political positions in the wake of tragedies.

TRUMP: It's horrible. And it's only getting worse. I say, vote for Donald Trump. I will fix it.

MURRAY: As Trump continue to blame the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton for minority hardship and racial tension.

TRUMP: They've run the inner cities for years and look what you have. They're like war zones.

How quickly people have forgotten that Hillary Clinton called black youth super predators. Remember that? Super predators.

MURRAY: As Trump continue to blame the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton for minority hardship and racial tension ...

TRUMP: What the hell do you have to lose?


CURNOW: That was Sara Murray reporting there. Check back with us for coverage of that anticipated speech on immigration, that's on Wednesday of


Well still ahead, two airline pilots may not be back in the air soon. We'll look at whether their arrest for drunkenness is a common occurrence

or an isolated incident.

Plus, police in China say they caught that country's "Jack the Ripper." The police and the suspects are saying about the brutal crimes.


[10:17:15] CURNOW: Well, several incidents in air traffic lately might give some passengers pause before boarding a flight. Well, we've heard

reports of drunk pilots, falling jet engines and a shooting scare at the Los Angeles airport this weekend.

Well, our Aviation Analyst Mary Schiavo joins us now live from Charleston, South Carolina.

It's quite a list. Let me start with the drunk pilots first. I mean, how common is this? What can flight attendants do when they suspect a pilot of

being ebraited?

MARY SCHIAVO, CNN AVIATION ANALYST: Well both flight attendants and, of course, the security at the airport need to report it. And there have been

more and more reportings, particularly after September 11, 2001, when airport security was beefed up. Many more pilots had been caught because

they then had exchanges or interface, if you will, with security.

And so, realistically it happens over. Probably, several times a year pilots to get caught like this. Airlines all have, and by U.S. law, of

course, and by international agreement, have screening for alcohol and drugs at the airline. And in those official screenings, less than 1

percent of the time there's a turn up of problem. It's a percentage, half a percentage point.

So, it -- they get caught. They get caught because we're looking at everyone now at the airport. But on a day to day basis, it's less than

half of a percent.

CURNOW: And of course, these were two United Airlines pilots set to fly a 141 passengers from Scotland to New York -- New Jersey. So, wow, that was

-- that's certainly consequences of that for them. But also, more seriously, the anxiety that people are feeling at airports traveling these

days. Certainly played out at LAX added to the fact there was a man dressed as Zorro.

SCHIAVO: Yes. And added to the fact, another problem, is that there have been shootings at LAX before. They had one case where someone went into

the ticket counter, this was about 10 years ago, 12 years ago, went into the ticket counters and just started shooting. And then, of course, there

was, just two years ago, where someone went in and started shooting at the TSA, at the TSA checkpoint. So L.A. is particularly nervous because

they've had real experience with real shootings at the airport in the past in everyone's recent memory.

CURNOW: Yeah, so this was apparently loud, loud noises. Nobody's quite explained exactly what made everybody panic so much. What certainly would

make you panic is when you're up there in the air and there's an explosion and the engine falls off. Tell us about this incident with the Southwest

Boeing 737.

SCHIAVO: Well, this was actually a very, very serious incident because it involves more than just part of the engine falling off. The pieces that

came off the engine then hit the fuselage of the plane, caused a decompression and that's why the oxygen masks fell. Part of the engine

that came apart actually pierced and went into the fuselage. It hit the wing and it hit the tail.

[10:20:18] And so, they're very, very fortunate that there was not more damage. There was a delta flight probably, oh, about 20 years ago where

this happened and it actually -- the pieces of the engine pierced the plane and killed two people on the plane. So Southwest was very lucky.

But what this was, was part of the engine and people are calling it the cowling. It was much more than a cowling but it was this inner liner, it's

a liner inside the cowling that literally holds the engine together. And it does appear that maybe even some of the fan blades separated so it was a

very, very serious accident. And they're quite fortunate.

But again, pilots are trained to fly on one engine. So, as long as they had one good engine and the parts of the engine that came off did not

pierce anything really crucial, such as the hydraulic lines. That has happened before too on United flight in Sioux City, they were able to

control it and land it. But they also had an element of luck with them. This was very serious.

CURNOW: Yeah. Thanks so much. Very lucky passengers there. Mary Schiavo, as always, thanks so much.

SCHIAVO: Thank you.

CURNOW: Well, for the third time in a week, Japan's bracing for a battering typhoon Lionrock is closing on Japan's eastern coast.

Preparations are underway to deal with the high winds and heavy rain the typhoon is likely to bring. Meteorologists expect it to make landfall

within 24 hours and then weaken.

And our increasing fears that the Zika virus is spreading in Asia after 56 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus were confirmed in Singapore. Now,

government officials say none of those infected had recently traveled to areas where Zika is present. Singapore's first imported case of the virus

was reported in May when a man began showing symptoms after returning from Brazil.

And a man suspected of being China's "Jack the Ripper" is in custody. The 52-year-old is accused of a string of rapes and murders over 15 years.

Well, our Matt Rivers joins me now from Beijing.

Hi there, Matt. How was this man caught?

MATT RIVERS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, this is an investigation that goes back to 1988 when the man, police say, responsible for all of this first

committed his alleged crime. This man, Gao Chengyong, according to Chinese state media, he's 52 years old and he apparently has confessed to killing

11 people between 1988 and 2002, all women, the youngest of whom just 8 years old.

And again, according to state media, Gao would target these women, he would follow them home where he would proceed to rape and kill them, often

mutilating the bodies afterwards. And so, for obvious reasons, people in this city were torn up by this very, very scared -- by what was going on,

fearing even walking the streets according to state media. And that's when Chinese state media started calling him China's "Jack the Ripper" because

of the alleged similarities of his crimes to what happened in London in the late 1880s.

But rewards were posted. No murders happened after 2002. But it was earlier this year that investigators reopened their investigation and it

was new DNA evidence, apparently the uncle of Gao was taken in for a minor crime. He gave a DNA sample and police were then able to take that DNA

sample and apparently link Gao to the series of horrific murders. Robyn.

CURNOW: Horrific indeed but it's unclear why he stopped in 2002.

RIVERS: Yeah. It went from 1988 to 2002 and investigators had given no reason so far as to why he might have stopped or really for any motive for

these crimes at all in the past during their investigations. Before he was caught, police said that the man was obviously sick, very patient. And

they said they were being vigilant in case there might be another crime. But since 2002, no murder was -- no murder that occurred was linked to this

man. And no motive for these crimes have been given so far. Very strange, indeed.

CURNOW: Matt Rivers there in Beijing, thanks so much.

Well, in the U.S., the national anthem is sung by children at sports games and by athletes of that sporting event. It's a long standing tradition and

a rite of passage. But now an American football player is refusing to stand for the anthem.

Well, Sara Sidner joins me now from CNN in Los Angeles. And this is certainly a protest that is provoking very strong feelings.

SARA SIDNER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Extremely strong, Robyn. Let's show you some video of what's happened on social media. There is a strong negative

reaction but there's also been some positive reaction. People saying, basically, that he should stand for the national anthem and in response to

him not standing. And he said he's not standing because he believes that this country oppresses people, I think he's particularly talking about

black Americans. And so, he has decided to sit. And he said he will continue to sit.

[10:25:19] He has faced a lot of criticism and he knew it was coming. But here's how he responded when asked if he would continue to do so.

We also want the show you video of the reaction to him saying look, I'm going to continue to sit because I feel as though this country needs to fix

this problem. He is particularly, I think, alluding to the issue between black Americans and the police. And we have seen the protests across

America over these past two years since the killing of Michael Brown at the hands of a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

People have been going online showing his jersey and then lighting it on fire and you're seeing that over and over and over again. You are also

seeing his teammates come out and the NFL saying look, this is something -- there, you're seeing the video of someone lighting Kaepernick's jersey on

fire and that's been done time and time again online.

But you're also hearing support for him from his teammates who have said, look, this is also a part of what you can do in America. You can protest

and it's his right to be able to do so. They spoke out on his behalf.

The NFL also has a rule. You don't have to stand up for the national anthem. But it has riled a lot of folks, especially those who have served

in the military who feel like it's an affront to what they have done and what they believe in. But this is certainly stirring a lot of controversy

and also stirring a lot of conversation. Robyn?

CURNOW: Indeed. Thanks so much, Sara Sidner there.

Well, you're watching CNN. Still ahead, a mother is killed in a crossfire while walking with her baby in Chicago. How the killing of a basketball

star's cousin is putting a spotlight on the city's rising gun violence.


CURNOW: Welcome to the "International Desk". Thanks for joining me. I'm Robyn Curnow. Here's a check of the headlines.

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is testifying at her impeachment trial in Brazil's Senate. She's accused of manipulating the

government budget ahead of the 2014 re-election. Ms. Rousseff denies wrongdoing and said the impeachment proceedings announce a coup. A final

Senate vote is expected on Tuesday.

Several French mayors are upholding a ban on burqinis even after France's highest court struck down that ban. Ban supporters say the swimsuit is

inconsistent with France's secularism. Critics of the ban say that the defiant mayors are trying to appease right wing voters.

[10:30:11] ISIS is claiming responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack on a military camp in Yemen's port city of Aden. Doctors Without Borders

tells CNN at least 45 people were killed, 60 wounded in the blast. Officials say the explosion targeted the Yemeni army recruits.

The killing of a cousin of an American basketball star, Dwyane Wade, in Chicago is putting a face to the city's rising gun violence. The mother of

four was caught in crossfire of a shooting while pushing her infant in a stroller.

Our Rachel Crane joins us now with the details with this report.


RACHEL CRANE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Chicago police say these are the two men responsible for killing a mother of four over the weekend. Brothers Darwin

and Derren Sorrells charged with first-degree murder.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When will enough be enough?

CRANE: Police voicing outrage over the shooter's lengthy rap sheets saying they're both gang members and convicted felons out on parole.

Derren, 22, was released from prison just two weeks ago with six felony arrests. Darwin, 26, got out of prison in February. He'd been serving a

six-year sentence for a felony gun charge.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We need to put them in jail and keep them there.

CRANE: Caught in a deadly cross fire was 32-year-old Nykea Aldridge, cousin of Chicago Bulls superstar Dwyane Wade. The tragic death in Wade's

hometown shining a spotlight on Chicago's ongoing gun violence epidemic.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He just sat up on a panel yesterday, the undefeated, talking about the violence that's going on within our city, Chicago never

knowing that the next day, we would be the ones that would be actually living and experiencing it.

CRANE: Aldridge was pushing her baby in a stroller when she was struck in the head and arm by stray bullets.

She was on her way to register her older children for school.

DIANN ALDRIDGE, NYKEA ALDRIDGE'S MOTHER: It's just heartbreaking. It's really -- Oh god, I mean, it's heartbreaking not to have her here to raise

her own children.

CRANE: But through the pain, Nykea's mother had this emotional message for her daughter's killers.

ALDRIDGE: Truly, truly from the bottom of my heart, I forgive them.

CRANE: Dwyane Wade twitting under the hash tag "Enough is enough," writing, "Another act of senseless gun violence. Four kids lost their mom

for no reason. Unreal."


CRANE: Robyn, it was just heartbreaking having this conversation with this grieving mother. Just seeing the pain, hearing the pain that she's going

through and really remarkable that despite all of that pain she's still able to send out that message of forgiveness, takes such strength.

Also, I want to point out that, unfortunately, this is not the first time Diann has lost a child. She lost her eldest daughter about 10 years ago,

also, to gun violence. Robyn?

CURNOW: Rachel Crane, thank you so much. And as Rachel said, this has become all too common in Chicago. Let's give you the numbers. There have

been 441 homicides in Chicago since the start of this year, up more than 40 percent over the same period last year. The number of shootings has also

spiked more than 2,200 as of August the 21st, also, much higher than last year.

Chicago has more homicides and shootings than any other city, U.S. city, according to the FBI and police data. Well ahead of both New York and Los

Angeles which both have much higher populations.

I'm Robyn Curnow. You're watching CNN. And more news after this break.


[10:36:17] CURNOW: In Mexico City and around the world, mourners are remembering a legend of the music world.

Juan Gabriel died Sunday as he lived between two days, I mean he's an emotional crooner and an icon of strength, selling a record of 100 million

records over his career of span of decades. Mexico's president says he leaves behind a legacy to the world.

Mark Zuckerberg made a friend request to Pope Francis in person. The head of Facebook paid a call to the Vatican and he brought a gift you don't see

in too many churches, a drone. It's a model Facebook hopes to send to developing countries to expand access to the net. And the Vatican says the

two men chatted about technology and using technology to alleviate poverty.

The six scientists have returned to civilization after living in a Mars simulation habitat for a year on a Hawaiian volcano. Yes, really.

Volunteers from France and Germany and the U.S. lived in an isolated dome set in a Mars-like environment about 2,500 meters above sea level. They

only ventured out for simulated space walk dressed in mock space suits. The research is meant to help create guidelines for future missions to



CHRISTIANE HEINICKE, GERMAN HI-SEAS CREW MEMBER: Showing that it works, you can actually get water from a ground that is seemingly dry, it would

work on Mars. And the implication is that you would be able to get water on Mars from this little greenhouse construct.

CYPRIEN VERSEUX, FRENCH HI-SEAS CREW MEMBER: I can give you my personal impression which is that the mission to Mars in the close future is

realistic. I think the technological and psychological obstacles can be overcome.


CURNOW: Well, the mission was the fourth and longest in the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation project known as HI-SEAS.

Well, MTV's Video Music Award Sunday bestowed a new crown on Queen Bey. Beyonce scooped up eight awards and made a powerful statement. Well, here

to dig into the show with us, we have journalist Holland Reid.

It was quite a show. And of course, as usual, Beyonce making a point and it was a very important point.

HOLLAND REID, ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST: Yes. With everything going on, especially these shootings that have been happening amongst, unfortunately,

a lot of black men by police officers, she decided to have some of the mothers of those victims on the red carpet with her honored yesterday

evening in addition to her wonderful performance, 15 minutes of her album. But she did intentionally make that statement which I thought was


CURNOW: She certainly has been a leader on that. Kanye, though, also kind of jumping in on that scene ...

REID: Yes.

CURNOW: ... but at the same time, really uncomfortable missed opportunity there.

REID: I absolutely think it was a missed opportunity. It was very confusing. He started off. I thought he was going to actually be

profound. He started to mention the shooting that's been happening in his hometown, Chicago, a lot of the gun violence that's happening there. He

started to address it and then somewhere the message got lost when he began to talk about his fame and his wife's fame and the reason why he's famous.

And it was very confusing because we thought for a second he was going to be profound and make a statement that, you know, we were going to cheer

Kanye on for standing up for, you know, what's going on and especially in his hometown and he did not. So he definitely fell flat just a bit there.

CURNOW: OK. Well, let's talk about the performances.

REID: Yes.

CURNOW: Because it should be about the performances.

REID: Yeah.

CURNOW: And really, Beyonce, I mean, extraordinary performer. I mean, we were just sitting in the "Newsroom" beforehand actually mesmerized.

REID: Mesmerized. She stole the show.


REID: Ironically, it was supposed to be Rihanna's night. She was getting the avant-garde award, the Michael Jackson avant-garde award, and Beyonce

just came in there, did 15 minutes of her album and just completely shutdown the entire VMAs.

It was fantastic. Blue Ivy also there, stealing the red carpet. I mean it was really, you know, the beehive world's last night. And we enjoyed it

thoroughly. Everybody, Twitter was ablaze about it. You know, they said this is how you perform at the VMAs and she absolutely did that and did not


[10:40:13] CURNOW: I mean this is a star.

REID: Beyond a star. She's going to be a legend. She's right up there with Michael, she's right up there with Prince and she came in and did

exactly what everybody wanted her to do, what she was expect to do and she never disappoints. So I was definitely team Beyonce last night.

CURNOW: I know a lot of people wanted to be team Britney. Everybody sort of ...

REID: I'm sorry.

CURNOW: She tried really hard but, again, maybe like Kanye, slightly missed opportunity there. I'm being nice, aren't I?

REID: A missed opportunity. You've being very nice. I'm proud. I'm going to be nice, as well. We want to cheer her on.


REID: We absolutely want to cheer Britney Spears on but I do believe that this is the beginning of the end for her. I feel like this is was it.

This was an opportunity for her to bring it. She was robotic. She was contrived and, like, all night I'm just trying to see what did it remind of

and it was like the toddler in Tiara pageant girls all grown up. It was very put one. She didn't sing. I think her mic was live maybe two or

three times. There was a lot of walk dance being carried around, hair flipping but the Britney that we want to see, the throwback Britney, just

is not here anymore.

CURNOW: Yes, and like you say, I mean, the lip syncing, it was so obvious. And, you know, some of the dancing felt like my nine-year-old daughter

trying to have a go at it.

REID: Exactly. Like jazz class from 2001. It was definitely not, you know, VMA worthy, in my opinion. And she went after Beyonce, which was the

worst-possible case scenario as a performer.

You have Beyonce doing 15 minutes of just extraordinary dance moves and sing every single note live and then Britney Spears coming after that. I

would definitely, if I was on her camp, that would have been a problem with the producers of the VMAs for me last night.

CURNOW: What's Britney -- why is she doing this? She just come out on "Carpool Karaoke," I mean, she obviously wants another shot at it.

REID: Right.

CURNOW: Is this ...

REID: Maybe she's just not ready to let it go. You know, I guess -- I feel like its very reminiscing of a Whitney Houston. Whitney Houston just

was not ready to let it go and then she just kept getting asked to perform and we saw slowly that those vocals just weren't there. That performance

quality just wasn't there. And she's coming off of the Vegas, you know, residency. She's still trying to, you know, I guess make her mark. And

sometimes you just got to know when to quit while you're on top. And she's been on -- that's been a while ago. So now, maybe it's time. Maybe she's

gotten the message that it's just not there for her anymore.


REID: That's just my opinion.

CURNOW: There we go.

REID: Sorry, Britney. I still love you, girl. But, hey, you know, I know when to hang up the shoes.

CURNOW: Well, we got to have to quit while we're on top. Great having you on the show. Thanks so much.

REID: Thank you for having me on. I appreciate.

CURNOW: Well, that's been the "International Desk". Thanks so much for joining me. I'm Robyn Curnow. I will be back in just over an hour with

more news. In the meantime, I'm going to hand you over to World Sport.


RHIANNON JONES, CNN WORLD SPORTS ANCHOR: Hello and welcome to CNN World Sport. I'm Rhiannon Jones live from London.

We start with the weekend premier league action and Pep Guardiola's off to a good start. He's become the first Manchester City manager to win his

opening five games. And it didn't take long for the host to take the lead at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday against West Ham. He's starting putting

the city ahead within just seven minutes of play. Fernandinho then doubled the lead 10 minutes later with a header from a Kevin De Bruyne across.

[10:45:10] The Hammers grabbed one back early in the second half, but Sterling sealed it in the dying minutes of stoppage time taking the ball

around the keeper and slipping it home for his second of the game. Quite the celebration from Pep there and deservedly so. It's three-one win for

city over the Hammers.

Three is the magic number. It seems that three wins from three for all three of the Premier League's new managers Pep, Antonio Conte and Jose

Mourino. Chelsea and the two Mans of the club now have 22 golds between them. That's almost as many as the bottom half with the table combined.

And yes, it is early days but the table's already looking a far cry from the rather unpredictable campaign we'd enjoyed last season.

And from the Premier League to La Liga in Spain where the top two, Real Madrid and Barcelona, are also enjoying the perfect start to their season.

Scotland followed the whites 2-1 victory over Celta Vigo, with a win over Athletic Bilbao.

The Spanish champions took the lead 21 minutes in. Now that he run a delicate cross finding Zidane (inaudible). He headed it back across the

goal, the keeper there with absolutely no chance. That was the only goal of the game, but plenty of action in the dying moments. Luis Suarez just

missing out on doubling the lead. That game ending 1-0.

So, no surprises in Spain and England, but quite the different story over in France's leaguer Paris Saint-Germain who dominated the rest of the last

season yet again, winning the title by an incredible 31 points. Well, they suffered their first defeat since March. They were beaten 3-1 at Monaco

over the weekend. The host scoring in the 13th minute with a first-time strike by Joao Moutinho and a Monaco counterattack in the 80th minute with

a sliding effort from PSG defender Sergio Aguero, bouncing in this own goal. Monaco winning 3-1 and so they move to the top of the table at one

point. So PSG, a point behind in fifth.

It's not a great start for new manager Unai Emery. Perhaps, they really are putting all of their efforts into winning that much force after

Champions League title.

Well, what a dramatic return it was to Formula One at the weekend. That's fair to say a few people at least of all, Lewis Hamilton himself expected

the world champion to recover to his third from 21st on the grid. His Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg won the action packed race to the Red Bulls

Daniel Ricciardo in second. Drama at the first corner there with Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen all came together.

Verstappen, the youngest unafraid, yet again, to take on the veteran drivers, proving a little costly there. But not as costly as this crash

after the notorious Eau Rouge corner, Renault's Kevin Magnussen wiping out at 180 miles per hour. He was been taken to the hospital with an injured

ankle. Lucky it wasn't more of that. So Rosberg taking that checkered flag with his teammates on the podium next to him, much to his surprise and

to all others.


LEWIS HAMILTON, FORMULA ONE RENAULT DRIVER: Firstly I have to say a big thank you to this crowd is incredible today. I know a lot of these people

came out for Max which is amazing and that's great for the sport but I just want to say a big thank you to everyone for supporting me today. I mean,

the team did an amazing job this weekend. I changed three engines, so I'm actually ahead of these guys now with engines which is good thing, thanks

to the team. And just a remarkable day. What a beautiful weather, great crowd and a great race.


JONES: A rather tough Hamilton there. So, Rosberg has at least closed the gap to nine points, but that's really was a victory for Hamilton, everyone

expecting him to lose more grounds than he did on Sunday.

Another podium for Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo keeps him in third place while Sebastian Vettel has just surge ahead of his Ferrari teammate Kimi


Earlier, Formula One correspondent Phil Duncan told us why Hamilton's recovery could be key to him capturing yet another title.

PHIL DUNCAN, PRESS ASSOCIATION SPORT F1 CORRESPONDENT: The way the actual weekend was going didn't look to say it wouldn't be the right choice

technique in sport and maybe because it was really hot over there. It's about 35 degrees and it's not usually expected to be that sort of -- those

sort of temperatures in Belgium.

So that was playing, sort of a bit trouble with it by a sort of degradation. And I as I said previously on Saturday night we'll be seeing

in that racing up to be able to get anywhere near the points, let alone to finish third.

So, sort of, you know, great performance from Rosberg then. He did what he had to do to win. But, yeah, feels like a victory of Hamilton and he was

delighted when he left the track last night, headed straight back to London.


And then went out to dinner with his mom. So, yeah, great stuff for Hamilton. And now sort of he's favorite to win that fourth title, so.

[10:50:06] JONES: Phil Duncan there, Formula One correspondent talking to us earlier here on World Sport.

As the U.S. Open tennis wings into action, we bring you details of the new $150 million roof. And with golf's Ryder Cup less than a month away, one

American may be finding his form but another European is flashing his gold.


JONES: Welcome back. The final tennis major of the season is just about to get underway and we're doing away with tradition at this year's U.S.


The tournament always starts with the defending champions on court but not today. Flavia Pennetta retired after winning her first and only major

title in 2015. So this time around, it's based on finalist Roberta Vinci who leads us off against Anna-Lena Friedsam.

While in the men's draw, all is as it should be with defending champion Novak Djokovic playing opponent Jerzy Janowicz.

And one thing we can guarantee is that rain won't be stopping play at this year's tournament. CNN's Open Court brings us all we need to know about

that new retractable roof over the Arthur Ashe Stadium.


And you can get more on the Big Apple's big show on our site They'll have player profiles and analysis throughout the U.S. Open.

Now to golf. Patrick Reed clinched a spot on the American Ryder Cup team when he won the Barclays on Sunday and immediately set his sights on

gaining sweet revenge when the U.S. take on Europe in five weeks time.

Justin Rose has already qualified for Europe and played his first tournament since winning Olympic gold. And look what he's wearing on the

final hole, his gold medal, no less, before he taps in his par putt to finish his round. Rose shot an even par-71 on the day to finish at plus


[10:55:02] Back to Reed, though, he started the day a shot behind Rickie Fowler and piled on the pressure early on. Reed's third shot to the par-4

fifth comes from the green side rough, the birdie to move him to nine under.

And things will get interesting for Fowler on the back nine. He got the second bogey of the afternoon here on the 15th and bogey or worse on three

of the final four holes to finish final round of 74. That would open it up for Reed here and he needed to tap in his bogey putt on the final hole to

win a final round of 70 makes him the winner at the Barclays at nine under.

So, here are the automatic qualifiers for the American Ryder Cup squad. And you can see Reed winning over with his Barclays win. Fowler's Sunday

collapse ended up costing him the automatic birth in favor of Dustin Johnson. He'll have to hope Captain David Love III select him with a

wildcard pick. And be sure to join us tomorrow, the U.S. Ryder Cup captain will be live here on CNN World Sport.

Staying in the states, the match-up of former football superstars Kaka and his Orlando City took on Frank Lampard under a pillow and David Villa of

New York City F.C.. Kaka, now 34 showing no signs of aging as he challenged and beat the New York City defender. His first shot saved but

he neatly knocked that into the back of the net.

Former England and Chelsea star Frank Lampard was a major threat for most the match. His shot forcing the save there in which New York teammate

seize him and that crashes into the open net. One all, the score there. The match decided by a penalty on 63 minutes.

The nifty back-heel from Matias Perez Garcia. But, Kaka, he's brought down. It was a clinical finish though from the Brazilian. Fantastic

there, all from Kaka. That's even better for his team Orlando now move to within a point of the playoffs with eight rounds remaining.

Well, that's all for this edition of World Sport. I'm Rhiannon Jones in London. "Connect the World" with Becky Anderson is next.