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ISHA SESAY, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): This is CNN NEWSROOM, live from Los Angeles. Ahead this hour, entire neighborhoods in California's famed Wine Country wiped out as some of the worst wildfires in the state's history rage on.

A shocking new report claims the once big-time Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein used his power and position to rape women.

And Catalonia's president claims, we've earned the right to be independent, a statement challenging 300 years of Spanish history.

Hello and welcome to our viewers all around the world. I'm Isha Sesay, NEWSROOM L.A. starts right now.


SESAY: Well, the death toll is climbing in Northern California, where raging wildfires have now killed at least 17 people. High winds and low humidity are fueling more than a dozen wildfires across the state. The fires have destroyed more than 40,000 hectares of land and the state has ordered a new round of evacuations, forcing more than 20,000 people from their homes.

California's world-famous Wine Country has been ravaged by the wildfires. This was the Paradise Ridge Winery in Sonoma County. The owners of this family-run business say the fire reduced their tasting room, events center and winery to ash.


SESAY: Sonia Barwick joins me now, she's co-owner of the Paradise Ridge Winery.

Sonia, thank you so much for being with us. You have been through an absolute nightmare.

Let's start with, when did you realize that your property was in trouble?

SONIA BARWICK, PARADISE RIDGE WINERY: We got a call in the early morning hours of Monday morning, around 1 o'clock, my husband, who is the winemaker, tried to get to the winery and even trying to get to the winery, by the time we -- he got there, which is about a 20-minute drive, the fire had crossed the highway.

here was no way to get to our property. And within about 20 minutes, we were seeing pictures from the front gate, of the fire 30 feet in the air, right where everything we have is. So it was very fast- moving, definitely too fast to do anything.

SESAY: I can't even imagine that. You mean, you are sitting at a distance, watching the fire devour your property.


What went through your mind?

What could you even say those around you?

BARWICK: Well, at that point, we were still hoping, because we saw the fire but we couldn't see the buildings, because it's from the road and you can't see the buildings from the road. We were hoping that there would be something left standing.

And there were no buildings left standing. But we did have -- we did have our vineyard survive, which is a huge relief for us, because that gives us a chance to have another vintage from our vines.

SESAY: We're showing the viewers pictures from your property and the scale of the damage is truly devastating. I can't even imagine how you're feeling right now. You've said, though, that there's been a tremendous display of community, bonding, everyone coming together, everyone supporting everyone. Tell us about that.

BARWICK: It's -- actually, that has been one of the most beautiful things about this. Our community is so amazing. Within hours of finding out that the building was gone, which we had one of our partners, who is part of our art garden, offer her home to host weddings. Because we are a wedding -- we host weddings at the winery.

And she offered her home to host a wedding that we were supposed to have this weekend. We were getting calls from many of our -- the businesses who sells us barrels and things, ready to give us whatever support we needed.

The support from all of our friends and family and from all over the world, they are hearing about this and they are asking what they can do to help and it's absolutely beautiful to see a community coming together like this.

SESAY: The really is. As you say, it's something good out of all of this horror.

What about your employees, what about the folks who work for you, what happens to them now?

BARWICK: Well, unfortunately, one of our employees also lost her home. And so she -- we are struggling with all of that, because that is where, you know, you feel at a very loss of what to do.

But our employees, luckily, we have very good insurance and our insurance will cover our employees and rebuilding the winery, which is what we plan to do. And so we are planning right now to keep our employees and have them help us rebuild.

SESAY: And what does the future look like?

You're talking about rebuilding. How are you feeling about the process?

How are you feeling about the future of Paradise Ridge?

BARWICK: I'm going to follow my amazing father's footsteps. He's not with us right now. He's in Europe. But he said it's going to come back and it's going to be better than before. And we're going to make this the best we can make it.

And I think we have the people behind us, our team, and we expect it to take some time but we're hoping that we can clean up and move forward as fast as we can and really keep things going.

We do have a small tasting room in the Kenwood area that right now has not -- that is still standing right now. It's in the way of some of the fire. So we're hoping that, with that, we can continue to have guests and to sell wine and to keep moving. And that's what we hope everybody will do.

SESAY: We're rooting for you, Sonia, everyone's rooting for you all around the world. Please stay safe and wishing you the very best with the future. And we will check in with you. Sonia Barwick there, thank you so much. Best of luck.

BARWICK: Thank you. Thank you so much.

SESAY: Our hearts go out to all of those affected by these fires.

Turning now to Europe and the president of Catalonia is avoiding, for now, throwing Spain into a constitutional crisis. Carles Puigdemont is delaying a full and immediate declaration of independence but he is calling for dialogue with the central government. He says Catalonia has won the right to be independent after a contested referendum Madrid calls illegal.



CARLES PUIGDEMONT, CATALONIAN PRESIDENT (through translator): I defend the mandate of the people of Catalonia to become an independent republic. We propose that parliament suspend the effects of the declaration of independence so that the following weeks, we can have a dialogue.

SESAY: (INAUDIBLE) whether those talks will actually happen, the Spanish prime minister has said he will not negotiate unless Catalan leaders stop claiming independence in about an hour, Mariano Rajoy will meet with his cabinet to decide how to respond.

CNN's Isa Soares joins us now from Barcelona.

Isa, it would seem that Carles Puigdemont's speech did not please anyone. That being said, is the Catalonian president's political career now on shaky ground?

ISA SOARES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning to you, Isha. It potentially is on shaky ground because he's alienated so many of those who backed him from the beginning. But his speech was so confusing for many who were waiting for him with bated breath for him to declare independence.

So the saga really continues between Madrid and the government in Catalonia. It was a rather perplexing speech. First of all, it was delayed by an hour. Then when he started talking, his tone was much more measured, much more restrained, declaring independence.

And then about eight minutes later, he actually abandoned the parliament, suspended the parliament for dialogue. So you can actually see people's faces, those who were pro-independence, waiting outside the gates of parliament for a reaction, for that moment they'd all been waiting for.

And their faces, they were trying to comprehend what exactly had just happened. It's almost as if they had scored their own goal in a football match. So we're at this point, what he's done by declaring independence, he continues to alienate those who were against it, the more what everyone here calls the silent majority.

And by not going full with implementing it, he's not only alienating the people who backed him, the more than 2 million people backed him, but it also leaving him a situation within his party with many of his allies, who wanted him to take a much harder line.

There's even more confusion: the Catalan president and other MPs went ahead and signed a declaration of independence. So everyone in Catalonia is trying to make sense of this.

The taxi driver I just spoke to, when I asked him what he made of what happened last night. He basically said this is a farce. He has misled Catalans from the very beginning. So now the ball clearly is on the court of the Spanish government, of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. And that game of cat and mouse, Isha, that's going to continue.

SESAY: So the Spanish prime minister has called for this meeting with cabinet. Bearing in mind, Puigdemont didn't go the whole way; he took a step back from the brink.

From Madrid's point of view, what options are on the table now?

What are they considering?

As they didn't go the whole hog and kind of implement independence, could we still be looking at Article 155 of the constitution, where they would try and take control of Catalonia?

SOARES: And this is the interesting part.

How is Madrid going to react?

We'll get reaction from them in around two hours or so when there will be a extraordinary meeting by the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy.

But is he going to invoke article 155?

If he does, the feeling is that perhaps he may alienate and divide more of Catalonia that are already divided. But he also has to show a tougher line against what just happened in the past 24 hours.

Is he going to start criminal proceedings against the Catalan parliament, the Catalan president and those who took part in the referendum that he considered illegal?

Take a listen to what the deputy prime minister, Soraya Santamaria, said yesterday after we heard the declaration of independence.


SORAYA SAENZ DE SANTAMARIA, SPANISH DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER (through translator): Neither president puts or anyone cannot impose mediation without going back to democracy. The dialogue and democracy is don't buy (ph) the rules and (INAUDIBLE).


SOARES: So it will be interesting to see what measure Rajoy takes. The rest of Spain may want him to take a slightly harder line toward separatists. But the fear is that he will only alienate many Catalans and increase the pro-independence movement right here in Catalonia -- Isha.

SESAY: We shall be watching very, very closely. Isa Soares, joining us there, we appreciate it. Thank you very much.

Well, yes, President Donald Trump belittling his own staff and top members of his own party, he's even questioning his secretary of state's IQ. (INAUDIBLE) magazine interview about Rex Tillerson allegedly calling him a moron, Mr. Trump responded, "I think it's fake news, but if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win."

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders insists the president was joking.


SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, DEPUTY WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: The president certainly didn't imply that the secretary of state wasn't incredibly intelligent. He made a joke, nothing more than that. He has full confidence in the secretary of state.


SESAY: Let's talk about all of this. Joining me now, Democratic strategist Matt Littman and Republican strategist Charles Moran.

Charles, welcome to the show.


Matt, let me start with you. The president has devised clearly a new reality show called, I have a higher IQ than yours, and the first contestant is Rex Tillerson. Sanders says we should get a sense of humor, he was joking.

Are you buying the joke defense?

MATTHEW LITTMAN, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: Oh, Donald Trump is such a great joke-teller. And by the way, this isn't the first time he's talked about IQ. He talks about IQ all the time. But when she says he's joking, I think maybe he's joking about having a higher IQ than Rex Tillerson, is probably what this is.

This is Donald Trump and his own secretary of state that he's trying to insult today. The fight with Bob Corker, that's the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, these are his allies and this is what we've come to.

SESAY: Charles, before you respond, Matt did bring up the point that the president has brought his IQ up before. Let's remind our viewers of some of those instances.


TRUMP: I guarantee my IQ is much higher than any of these people.

I have an IQ better than all of them.

Governor Perry, very nice guy, he made nasty statements about me. And then I challenged his IQ.

I guarantee you, my IQ is much higher than theirs, all right?

And I keep hearing about global warming. Now they'll say, he doesn't understand. This is a worldwide problem. Oh, no, I don't understand. Let's do IQ tests.


SESAY: Charles, you are the Trump whisperer tonight.

Why does the president keep coming back to the issue of his IQ?

CHARLES MORAN, REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST: You can use net worth, you can use IQ, you can use a lot of different measures but at the end of the day, these are two global titans, Donald Trump, Rex Tillerson, who ran a multinational oil conglomerate, he is surrounded himself with excellent and amazing businessmen and titans of industry. And I think this is just some of the jocular behavior you see as a lot of different executives from different entities try to line up, size one another up in each other's industries. This is par for the course.

But at the end of the day every one of these individuals signed up to serve President Trump and serve the American people under his administration.

SESAY: Matt, what's interesting, is the president, when he talks about his IQ and talks about how smart he, seems to be making a correlation, saying because I'm smart, I'm an effective president but there's no correlation between those. In terms of an IQ for anyone, doesn't mean you will be good at your job.

LITTMAN: Donald Trump has some enormous problems right now. There's a lot of reporting today that he's being babysat basically by his chief of staff. There's a lot of talk today about how miserable the people are who work in the White House.

And most of all, Donald Trump really hasn't accomplished anything legislatively at all, zero legislative accomplishments so far. We're in October. We were promised tax reform, health care reform, infrastructure reform by the end of July. He's accomplished nothing so far.

So one of the reasons he boasts that he has a high IQ is nobody's testing him. Such an easy boast to make.

SESAY: I wanted to turn to Corker in a moment but, Charles, to stay with this issue just for a second, the fact of the matter is, when the president undercuts Rex Tillerson, which is how its read, when he puts out the tweets, when he says things about his IQ, he's surely weakening him when he goes into capitals around the world and speaks to world leaders, because he's now sitting there with people knowing that his own president speaks of him in this manner.

And you couldn't blame them for certainly thinking, is he really speaking for the President of the United States?

MORAN: I think Donald Trump is, one of the best things he's known for is the famous line, "You're fired." If Donald Trump didn't want Rex Tillerson there, he wouldn't be there. And he has clearly let go of people in other positions within the government.

At the end of the day, I agree with Matt. Donald Trump was sent to the White House with a mandate from the American people. He wasn't the candidate that was supposed to win. And he ended up taking the White House and installing an administration that is results driven.

And I think that's something that is actually going to roll down on the Republicans in the Senate, the fact that we've not been able to repeal ObamaCare, that we potentially could be stalling on the tax reform issues and we're still not getting enough ambassadors and people confirmed in the United States Senate. This is not a Donald Trump problem, this is a Republican establishment

problem and Donald Trump is going to have a mandate. And I think he's calling out on it, even members of his own party, for some accountability.

LITTMAN: That's absolutely wrong. Sorry, no offense --


LITTMAN: -- don't want to be too hard on you but Donald Trump hasn't put forth a lot of the people for ambassadors, that's what people normally do. He hasn't put forth a lot of the people within his administration for which he needs appointments. That's what people normally do.

He's put about one-fifth of --


SESAY: -- (INAUDIBLE) 500 more people --



LITTMAN: -- 80 or something that he's put forth. That said also in terms of being results driven, let's remember that, on health care, Donald Trump didn't know what was in the health care plan. Republicans would come out of meetings with him and say, he's not really detail oriented, so he's not able to talk about it.

When he would do big rallies, he wouldn't talk about health care reform, he'd talk about his grudges and grievances. So he never really pushed for it. So when we say he's results-driven, there are no results so far.

SESAY: Let's talk about Corker really quickly. I want to talk about this tweet that the president put out on Tuesday, "Liddle Bob Corker"

This is what he said, "The failing 'New York Times' set Liddle Bob Corker up by recording his conversation, was made to sound like a fool and that's what I'm dealing with."

Charles, to you, what's the upside for the president taking on Bob Corker, head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, part of the slim majority in the Senate, when you're trying to get an agenda through?

MORAN: Well, Bob Corker has made the political decision not to run for re-election again. Unfortunately, we're in a situation -- and I was actually sitting in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee two weeks ago at the confirmation hearing of one of my friends and mentors, as he was trying to be confirmed as an ambassador to a major country in Europe.

The Senate is not moving fast enough. My former client, Jon Huntsman, who has now been confirmed as the ambassador to Russia, was nominated early this year and just a week ago was actually confirmed by the Senate.

SESAY: What does that have to do with calling him Liddle Corker?


MORAN: This is Trump trying to increase the pressure on Senate Republicans to push forward with these appointments. The president has been making appointments. They are caught up in the Senate, they are caught up in committee.

LITTMAN: Charles --

MORAN: The Republicans have not been moving fast enough. And we have a majority, when people like John McCain and Susan Collins and different senators are going rogue on these issues, again, Republicans are going to be blamed if we can't move forward with --


LITTMAN: One thing that Donald Trump is definitely not doing with this tweet is trying to get his ambassadors confirmed more quickly, I can assure you of that. Bob Corker came out, you're right, he's not running for re-election. Bob Corker should have come out a long time ago. He shouldn't have waited until now.

It's not exactly a profile in courage to wait until you're not running for re-election to start telling the truth about Donald Trump. And he's not the only one. There are a lot of other people who are very concerned. I mean, listen, Rex Tillerson is the secretary of state, he did call Trump a moron. These are Trump's allies who are speaking this way about him. And it's a big concern.

SESAY: Gentlemen, we must leave it there but thank you. There is so much to discuss every day of this administration. We shall continue, thank you.

Matt, Charles, thank you.

Away from U.S. politics, let's talk sports. For the first time since 1986, the United States men's football team will not compete in the World Cup. They fell to Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 in Tuesday night's qualifier. The (INAUDIBLE) Team USA to fifth place in the qualifying, meaning that they will now miss out on next year's tournament in Russia. We'll have much more later on this in "WORLD SPORT".

After a quick break, disturbing new allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein; Hollywood horror stories from Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and other A-list actresses -- just ahead.



(MUSIC PLAYING) SESAY: Hello, everyone.

The wife of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein says she's leaving her husband. Georgina Chapman tells "People" magazine, her heart breaks for the women who have suffered from his unforgivable actions.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton condemned Weinstein, who is a long-time Democratic donor.

Clinton says, "I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein. The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated."

And former president Barack Obama said this, "Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status."

The allegations against Weinstein now include rape. CNN's Randi Kaye reports.


RANDI KAYE, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): He allegedly preyed on some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Actress Ashley Judd said film producer Harvey Weinstein asked if he could give her a massage or if she would watch him shower.

When Gwyneth Paltrow was just 22, she told "The New York Times" that the mega producer had put his hands on her and suggested they head to the bedroom of his hotel suite.

Actress Angelina Jolie told "The Times" that Weinstein made unwanted advances toward her in a hotel room back in the 1990s. Actress Mira Sorvino told "The New Yorker" magazine that Weinstein sexually harassed her more than two decades ago at the Toronto Film Festival, chasing her around a hotel room.

Weinstein harassed or assaulted at least 20 women over the years, according to "The New Yorker" and "The New York Times," many of them aspiring actresses, who were hoping to get their big break.

Just today "The New Yorker" released audio of Weinstein trying to convince a model named Ambra Gutierrez to come to his hotel room in Manhattan a day after he allegedly forcibly groped her. The disturbing conversation caught on tape during a sting operation by the NYPD in March 2015.



AMBRA BATTILANA GUTIERREZ, MODEL: What do we have to do here?

HARVEY WEINSTEIN, CO-FOUNDER, THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY: Nothing. I'm going to take a shower. You sit there and have a drink. GUTIERREZ: I don't drink.

WEINSTEIN: Then have a glass of water.

GUTIERREZ: Can I stay on the bar?

WEINSTEIN: I won't do a thing, please. I swear I won't. Just sit with me. Don't embarrass me in the hotel. I'm here all the time. Sit with me, I promise.

GUTIERREZ: I'm feeling very uncomfortable right now.

WEINSTEIN: Please come in now. And one minute. And if you want to leave when the guy comes with my jacket, you can go.

GUTIERREZ: Why yesterday you touch my breast?

WEINSTEIN: Oh, please. I'm sorry. Just come on in. I'm used to that.

GUTIERREZ: You're used to that?

WEINSTEIN: Yes, come in.


KAYE (voice-over): In another incident detailed in "The New Yorker," Lucia Evans said she was assaulted by Weinstein back in 2004 when she was still in college. It happened during a meeting arranged by of one Weinstein's assistants which is how many of these meetings came to be.

After she says he told her about two scripts, she says he forced her to perform oral sex on him.

One accuser, a former FOX News anchor, said Weinstein cornered her in a hotel a decade ago and masturbated in front of her.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That's where he cornered me in this vestibule and leaned in and tried to kiss me. That's when he blocked the entrance or exit for me and said, well then, just stand there and be quiet. He immediately exposed himself and, you know, began pleasuring himself.

KAYE (voice-over): In response to "The New York Times" investigation, Harvey Weinstein released a statement saying, "I appreciate the way I behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain and I sincerely apologize for it."

He promised he was working with therapists and would deal with this issue head-on. A spokesperson for him also telling "The New Yorker," "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are univocally denied by Mr. Weinstein," adding, "Mr. Weinstein has confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances."

This spokesperson says Weinstein is hoping for a second chance.

KAYE: A second chance?

Weinstein has already been fired from The Weinstein Companies, a stunning blow to one of the biggest names in Hollywood, a man some women say subjected them to what they called turn-down duty.

According to "The New York Times," that meant preparing Harvey Weinstein for sleep, with Weinstein at times appearing naked in front of them and requiring them to be present for bathing or massages, all of this for years an open secret in Hollywood.

SETH MACFARLANE, ACTOR: Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.


KAYE (voice-over): What was once a joke on the Oscars stage now revealed as a horrible truth as the allegations grow -- Randi Kaye, CNN, New York.


SESAY: Time for a quick break. "STATE OF AMERICA" with Kate Bolduan is next for our viewers in Asia. For everyone else, British prime minister Theresa May on the spot: would she vote for Brexit, if the referendum was today?

Her answer, just ahead.


[02:30:17] SESAY: You're watching CNN NEWSROOM Live from Los Angeles, I'm Isha Sesay. The headlines this hour, the Catalonian President is delaying a declaration of independence from Spain, instead, Carles Puigdemont wants to hold talks with Madrid. The Spanish Prime Minister will meet with his Cabinet in less than an hour to decide how to respond.

Wildfires spreading across California have killed at least 17 people and forced more than 20,000 from their homes. The largest fires are burning in Wine Country in the Northern part of the State. No rain is in the forecast over the next week.

45 people are now confirmed dead in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria. And public safety officials say 113 people are still unaccounted for. It's been three weeks since the storm's landfall. Many Puerto Ricans still don't have water, and more than 40 percent of residents still can't get drinking water from their taps.

Well, the gunman behind the Las Vegas massacre fired incendiary bullets at a jet fuel tank at the nearby airport. Sources tell CNN investigators also found similar rounds in Stephen Paddock's hotel room. They believe he was trying to cause an explosion. Authorities previously said he shot and hit the tank with rifle rounds.

Well, what do you do if you are a world leader trying to get over a horrible past seven days? Well, if you are Britain's Theresa May, you go on national radio and take questions from the public. To his speaking to Iain Dale, a panelist on a very own CNN Talk, here is some of what she had to say.


NINA (via telephone): I'm particularly just worried about this no- deal scenario. I know that you really want to try to get a good deal. But what would happen in the case and you released the white paper on this yesterday? What is your backup plan for E.U. citizen in case of a no-deal?

THERESA MAY, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: Yes. Well, as I say, we're looking at the -- we want you to stay, that's the basic message. We want to ensure that you can stay in the U.K. Obviously, the reason we're having these discussions with the E.U. is because once we leave the E.U. if we've got an agreement with them, then it's about how does that reciprocity of treatment. But we want you to be able to stay, and we want you to be able to contribute to our society.

IAIN DALE, CNN TALK PANELIST AND HOST, LBC RADIO: But can you guarantee that Nina and all of the millions of people like her, on the no-deal situation, would be able to stay with the same rights that they enjoy at the moment?

MAY: Well, we will -- the rights that we've looked at the moment of people staying when we got a deal with the European Union and that's what we --


MAY: That's what we're working at. And that's what we're working at.

DALE: But we're talking about no-deal here.

MAY: No. Yes, I know you're talking about no-deal. And that's why, what I'm going to say to Nina, is that we will look at the arrangements that we would put in place in relation to no-deal. We're doing work on that at the moment.

DALE: If there was a Brexit vote now, would you vote Brexit because you voted remain in the referendum, have you changed your mind?

MAY: Well, I don't answer hypothetical questions, but what I -- what I have --

DALE: It's a pretty easy answer. I would be able to answer that. I know I would vote in exactly the same way.

MAY: Well, I voted remain. I voted remain for good reasons at the -- at the time, but circumstances move on. And I think the important thing now is that I think, we should all be focused on delivering Brexit.

DALE: Absolutely.

MAY: And delivering the best deal. DALE: But, what --

MAY: But you're asking me to say, how would I vote in a vote now against to different background? Different international background, different economic background, potentially. You can't knowing --

DALE: So, you can't tell me that you would vote to leave now? On Jeremy Hump, when I interviewed him in the conference, he said he voted remain in the referendum. He (INAUDIBLE) remain. He said now he would vote for Brexit because he says George Osborne's economic predictions did not come true. And he said that he was fed up with the belligerent attitude of the European Commission, that he says he could change his mind. I don't quite understand why you can't seeing as you are Prime Minister leading us into Brexit.

MAY: Yes, and I'm Prime Minister who's showing I'm going to deliver Brexit for the British people.

DALE: But you can't -- but you can't tell me that you would now vote, leave in a referendum?

MAY: I -- because I think, Iain, when you come -- I could sit here and I could say, oh, I'd still vote remain or I vote leave, just to give you an answer to that question. I'm being open and honest with you. What I did last time around was I looked at everything and came to a judgment. And I'd do exactly the same this time around. But, we're not having another referendum and that's absolutely crucial.


SESAY: She is not having a good couple days, is she?

All right. Well, who runs the world? Girls. These little ladies are bringing out their inner Beyonce to celebrate International Day of the Girl. Their moves, their message is next.


[02:36:53] SESAY: Nobel Prize winner and education activist, Malala Yousafzai, once said, we realize the importance of our voices only when we are silent. Our voices are essential aspect of our humanity. The millions of women and girls are fighting for their voices and freedom every day. Today is the International Day of the Girl. A global celebration of our progress but also a reminder that women and girls deserve to speak, to be heard, to be believed, and to be empowered. When we do that together, little girls with dreams become strong women with a vision. Take a look.


BEYONCE, AMERICAN SINGER: Freedom, freedom, I can't move. Freedom, cut me loose. Freedom, freedom, where are you?


SESAY: Well, this film with girls around the world rocking out to Beyonce's song, "Freedom", shows that there is no force more powerful than a girl determined to rise. The director of that song, M.J. Delaney, joins me now from New York. M.J., welcome and congratulations on making a very powerful film. You've described this as defiant. How did you come up with the concept?

M.J. DELANEY, DIRECTOR, "FREEDOM" FILM: Well, last year, we made a film for the Global Goals which was a celebration of the 20th anniversary of "Wannabe" the Spice Girls track. And so, we remade that video to kind of a celebration of 20 years of girl power. And it was very much a kind of joyful celebration of female solidarity and the strength of female friendship and it was very playful and joyous. And then, this year, we had to do it again but we made last year's one in the spring of 2016. And a lot had happened in the interim. And this year, it felt like a sort of angry, more defiant voice was going to be one that people responded to better, keeping that --


DELANEY: -- kind of global political climate.

SESAY: Yes, I mean, in terms of the anger, it is -- it is justified. I mean, the film draws attention to the shocking reality that millions of girls are facing. I want to share some of the stats with our viewers which are also highlighted in your film. 71 percent of human trafficking victims are female. 63 million girls have undergone female genital mutilation. 130 million girls are out of school. Girls are twice as likely to become infected with HIV. Now, we all know that back in 2015, 193 countries signed on to the U.N.'s Global Goals, which you referenced is there, misses a set of 17 targets meant to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. Help our viewers understand what those goals mean for the many issues girls are facing.

[02:39:57] DELANEY: It means an awful lot. I mean, to go back to the very beginning of the sustainable development goals, between there was the Global Goals, and the year 2000, the amount that has been achieved already in the past 17 years is phenomenal. And so, even some of the more shocking statistics in this film, such as the FGM statistic that you mentioned.

If you look at what the Global Goals have already achieved, say in a country like Kenya, in the past few years, they've reduced their instances of -- they've reduced their right to female genital mutilation from 41 percent to 11percent. But, of course, that figure is as high as it is because there's still lots of other countries in the world in which girls are being genitally mutilated still.

And the girls are a cause of great optimism. If you look at the -- what's been achieved so far and what we could stand to achieve by 2030 if all of these world leaders stay true to their word. And if we as citizens of these countries hold them accountable to the promises they've made, the differences can be quite phenomenal and it's a -- and it's a great cause and source of optimism.

SESAY: Why did you feel that a film in this style was the most effective way to challenge or to tackle the challenges facing girls and, of course, the role of the Global Goals in changing the reality for girls?

DELANEY: What's so nice about being a filmmaker now, especially when dealing with subjects like this, is the audiences that you can reach globally. I think, historically, when people have created media and film and so forth for global issues such as this. And they can at their most success intended to make something of a splash in the global north but never really had any traction in the countries they purport to speak on behalf of.

And I think, what we managed to do last year was get huge numbers of viewers and places like India, Brazil, West Africa. And so, what this kind of messaging can do through music, but also through the kind of the age of YouTube and short viral films, is that we can reach huge numbers of people. And if these are global goals then it will take a global effort to achieve them. So, in that respect, these videos are going to often reach much further than other messaging around the cause.

SESAY: What do you want people to come away with after watching "Freedom"?

DELANEY: There's two things. The first thing is a general sense of keeping the goals at the forefront of everybody's mind. Reminding people that these world leaders have signed up to this, reminding them that it's up to us to make sure that we put the pressure on that, they stay true to their word in a general sense.

But also at the end of the film, it will take -- if you -- if you can click through to a landing page and that will take you to various organizations that are actually working from the ground up to make these things happen for young girls around the world.

So, with the #freedomiswhateverfreedomistoyou can take you to any number of organizations. Whether it -- freedom is freedom from child marriage or to freedoms not be cat-called on the street, or the freedom to not have to pay tax on your sanitary protection.

And like, there's a huge number of organizations, great and small, that this film will link through so that each person can actually be a positive part of the change that they want to see. Whether that's through volunteering or donation or awareness, and that includes actually Beyonce's own charity, BeyGOOD, which is currently doing work with water and sanitation in Burundi.

SESAY: Well, M.J. Delaney, let me say once again, congratulations. It is a wonderful watch.

DELANEY: Thank you very much.

SESAY: And I urge everyone to click on it. And dare them not to get up and get involved in the fight, improve the life of girls. M.J., thank you.

DELANEY: Thank you for very much for having me.

SESAY: And it's a call to action. Thank you for watching CNN NEWSROOM Live from Los Angeles, I'm Isha Sesay. "WORLD SPORT" is up next. You're watching CNN.


[02:45:45] KATE RILEY, CNN SPORTS ANCHOR: Welcome to WORLD SPORT, I'm Kate Riley at CNN Center. It's been a busy night of World Cup qualifiers. The South and North America, and that's exactly where we're starting.

Prior to kickoff, there was a real chance that one of the best players in the world might not actually feature at the World Cup next summer. Of course, we are talking about Lionel Messi and Argentina. They were away to Ecuador at altitude, not an easy feat or foe, and within the first minute, it was actually the host who went ahead. Well, seemed to actually spark Argentina into life, knowing it was more than just national pride on the line, (INAUDIBLE) Lionel Messi to draw level. And then moments later, Messi the Marvelous was able to get his grace after 20 minutes. Well, there will be more from Messi and (INAUDIBLE) in the second half, with the superstar striker getting his hat-trick well when his country needed it most. The Barcelona superstar delivered, nearly single-handedly winning his team to the World Cup.

All right then, by the way, check this out. The rock band U2 was playing a concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina late Tuesday night and decided to delay the start of their show until after the crucial Argentina match, which they showed on the big screen. Well, I bet this will go down as one of the greatest shows of all time. Fancy that.

Well, elsewhere, and there were plenty of goals, too, when Uruguay faced Bolivia at home. And when Gaston Silva linked with Edinson Cavani, Uruguay were able to go ahead. And home side didn't lose momentum come the second half either. The Barcelona star Luis Suarez opened his account on the (INAUDIBLE) mark and then six minutes later, he was able to get grace, 4-2, it ends on the night, a win for Uruguay. And it's just as well as they avoid a fourth straight playoffs match to get to the world stage.

Peru and Colombia played in Lima knowing that the winner would secure a direct spot to next year's World Cup. Peru looking to return to a World Cup for the first time in over 30 years. Well, Colombia hoping for a back-to-back appearance in world football's most prestigious event. Colombia started to dream of a trip to Russia in the second half thanks to the Bayern Munich's striker James Rodriguez, but Peru knew that a tie would give them a possibility of a playoff spot. And it was Paolo Guerrero with an amazing free kick for the equalizer. The match would end in a 1-1 draw, meaning Colombia ends World Cup while Peru keeps its hopes alive.

What a night in South America, Argentina go from sixth to third to qualify while Chile did the opposite, dropped from third to sixth and out of the World Cup altogether. It's Peru that will contest the playoff against New Zealand in November, for that final spot at Russia 2018. So, Messi and company will make it to Russia, but what about the USA's chances to earn a spot in a ninth straight World Cup? Well, after defeating Panama Friday, in a must-win situation, the USA only needed a draw at last-place Trinidad and Tobago. Now, U.S. fans might remember back to 1986 when the U.S. kept Trinidad

and Tobago from Italian '90 World Cup with a 1-0 win at this very same ground. Well, this time it was Trinidad and Tobago expecting revenge. First and own goal credited to U.S. defender, Omar Gonzalez, and then in the 37th minute, a world-class effort from Alvin Jones helped the amazing, the host lead by 2-0 at the break. U.S. coach, Bruce Arena, then (INAUDIBLE) Clint Dempsey at halftime, but it was that rising star that we've all been talking about, Christian Pulisic, he scored to pull the U.S. to 2-1 down. Then he had a chance to bring a crucial point to the U.S. but the ball bounced off the post and out. Tenably that the USA are actually out and will miss their first World Cup since 1986.

And for American fans, this is tough reading, Panama beating Costa Rica and Honduras beating Mexico, means the USA are out with just 10 points from 12 matches. Panama grabs the last automatic spot while Honduras will go to that two-legged playoff with Australia in November.

[02:50:01] All right. And we are only half-way through this WORLD SPORT, and indeed the World Cup qualifying. We will catch up on the European pitcher Arjen Robben, and Netherlands might have had an impossible task to qualify but they certainly went out with a bang.


RILEY: All right then, earlier in the show, we showed you how South American and (INAUDIBLE) regions panned out. But earlier on Tuesday, the spotlight shined brightly on Europe where as expected, the Netherlands actually failed to qualify, while France and Portugal did manage to pick their spots at Russia 2018. So, let's begin in Lisbon where Portugal needed a win against group leader Switzerland to guarantee their spot. The Swiss has been perfect in this campaign, including beating Portugal on matchday one, but just before the break, Swiss defender Johan Djourou's clumsy own goal gave the European champions the lead. Then Portugal's Andre Silva took advantage of the sloppy defending to double their home side's lead.

And guess what, Ronaldo and Co. will be in the next World Cup, so don't you worry there. Now, a look at how Group B finished up. European's champions Portugal win the group on goal difference over Switzerland, who will go into that playoff draw. Also, the Netherlands, they started the day needing a seven-goal margin of victory in order to avoid missing back-to-back major competitions for the first time since the 80s. They faced Sweden at home who were also vying for a playoff berth if not direct qualification. The Netherlands scored quickly, just 15 minutes in, courtesy of an Arjen Robben penalty. And then got a second before the break, and absolute beauty of a shot. In the end, it was too little, too late for the orange as Sweden secured that playoff spot despite the loss on goal difference. Robben's goal was the last for his national team. He announced his international retirement after the match.

Sweden's last minute left France's result was irrelevant versus Belarus, but that didn't mean they didn't go for the win. Antoine Griezmann giving France the lead after 27 minutes with a rather tidy finish. Then six minutes later, Olivier Giroud manages to squeeze it past two defenders and the keeper to double the lead, making him France's seventh all-time record goal scorer. Belarus would grab one in the 2-1, the final score there. So, France managed to win the group, as expected. Sweden get that second spot but only on goal difference over the Dutch. As for Holland, the healing and rebuilding process must begin, three-time World Cup runners-up and 1988 European champions have missed their second straight major tournaments.

We now know the nine automatic qualifiers from Europe as well as the 18 heading into a playoff. France and Portugal qualifying on Tuesday, they join Germany, Serbia, Poland, England, Spain, Belgium, and last but certainly not least, Iceland, becoming the smallest nation ever to compete at a World Cup. As for the second place teams, only eight of the nine runners-up based on points scored in their group, not including matches against the lowest finishing team, will qualify.

[02:55:05] And there's some big names in there. The seeded teams are Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, and Denmark while Greece, Sweden, and both islands, that's Northern and the Republic will be unseeded in the same plot, so they couldn't face each other. The teams are seeded based on this month's FIFA world rankings and the draw takes place next Tuesday. These matches will be two-legged home and away contests taking place in November with the winners heading to Russia next summer.

All right then, outside of the big European games, there was another crucial qualifier wrapped up today in the Asia confederation with Australia making it through to the next stage after scraping a narrow victory over the underdog, Syria. Both sides have predicted a close result, and they weren't wrong. Syria getting off the mark very quickly indeed the opening minute. But the (INAUDIBLE) didn't take long to respond. The equalizer coming just seven minutes later. Only Aussie legend Tim Cahill, but level at 1-1, neither could break the stalemate until deep into extra time. It was Cahill again producing a trademark last-gasp header to put them ahead.

Syria would have one last chance to go through on away goals, but they hit the post in the dying moment, meaning their remarkable run in this World Cup qualifying, pushing through as road warriors, is over. All right, that's all we have time for here on WORLD SPORT, I'm Kate Riley. Before we go, though, we want to leave you with some of the images from Iceland overnight. The tiny nation booking its first ever trip to a World Cup, complete with the sights and sounds of that infamous thunderclap.