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Earthquake Kills 452 in Iraq; Russia Called Out by Theresa May; Trump Jr. Corresponded With WikiLeaks; Italy To Miss World Cup For First Time Since 1958; Trump Heading Back To U.S. From Philippines; New Accusations Against Candidate Roy Moore; Rohingya, Flight From The Jungle; Trump Baffled By Handshake; A Fifth Accuser Against Roy Moore. Aired 3-4a ET

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[03:00:00] MAX FOSTER, CNN ANCHOR: New revelations about the American president's eldest son and his contacts with WikiLeaks during the election campaign.

Plus, the accusations keep coming against the U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore. The latest woman to come forward says she thought he was going to rape her when she was a teenager.

And misery for Italy. The team with four World Cup to its name falls off of the play off. It doesn't qualify for the first time in more than half a century.

Hello and welcome to our viewers all around the world. I'm Max Foster in London, and this is CNN Newsroom.

Iran is trying to recover from the world's deadliest earthquake so far this year. At least 452 people were killed. President Hassan Rouhani is now in the country's northwestern region which is affected the most.

The 7.3 magnitude quake hit the border with Iraq on Sunday. It was felt as far away as Pakistan and Turkey. This new video shows the magnitude of the destruction in Iran. Some villages were completely destroyed and thousands of people were injured. Many survivors are sleeping in camps or in the streets in the bitterly cold weather.

CNN's Jomana Karadsheh following the story for us from Amman in Jordan. And that's the last part of the recovery problem, isn't it, this very cold weather and people having no shelter from it.

JOMANA KARADSHEH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely. That's the big challenge ahead, Max. What we understand from an official with the Iranian Red Crescent is that search and rescue operation that part where they, are going through the debris trying to locate people, this is coming to an end. It is almost done according to this official that CNN spoke to a short time ago.

What is ongoing right now and it's expected to last for months is the relief operations. It is making sure that they provide food, aide, shelter especially as you mentioned in that bitter cold weather for those who have impacted.

Now the estimate according to this Red Crescent official at this point they believe about 70,000 people may have been impacted in Iran by this earthquake. But this number could change, it could rise as more register.

And again, what makes this very difficult and very complicated, Max, is that we are talking about remote villages, an estimated 500 villages that have been impacted by the earthquake, at least a couple of those completely destroyed according to some of the reports. So they are really hard to reach areas.

We heard -- you know, we've seen some social media videos circulating where you were seeing such a desperate situation, people who are digging through the rubble with their bare hands. People who are calling on the government, their authorities to provide them with help fast, complaining that they don't have tent, they don't have shelter and food.

And what we saw today a short time ago, President Hassan Rouhani as you mentioned arrived in Kermanshah Province and speaking and making brief statement there. He said that they are making every effort and will make every effort in his words to try and solve the problem when it comes to the issue of shelter in the shortest time possible, Max.

FOSTER: We're also hearing that one of the main hospitals was very badly damaged which is causing all sorts of problems.

KARADSHEH: Absolutely, Max. That would be one issue. That is why we have seen hospitals in the capital to Tehran that have been prepared. They are ready to receive any of the injured. And if you look at the figures, the number of injured, it is a really staggering figure. More than 7,000 people. That is the estimate so far who have been injured.

So hospitals will be, they will be really struggling to cope with this -- with the injured. So that is why you're seeing in different parts of the country that are ready to help deal with the injured.

We have seen also calls for blood donations in the capital taking place on Monday throughout the day, people queuing to donate and blood -- donate blood to help with the victims of this earthquake.

And as we heard from President Rouhani saying that people across the country are offering to support and help the victims of this devastating earthquake, Max, 2017 deadliest earthquake so far.

FOSTER: Jomana in Amman, thank you very much indeed.

Now, there are new questions coming up meanwhile in the Russia investigation about contact between Donald Trump, Jr. and WikiLeaks. The younger Trump secretly corresponded with WikiLeaks in the final weeks of his father's presidential campaign.

[03:04:59] Jessica Schneider has more on what was said and why the timing of the communication is so important. JESSICA SCHNEIDER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, messages turned over to

Congress show that WikiLeaks actively solicited Donald Trump, Jr. beginning in September 2016, two months before the election. And that continued through this past July. That's all according to a report in the Atlantic.

Now, the messaging began on September 21st, 2016. That's when WikiLeaks contacted Donald Trump, Jr. via direct message on Twitter alerting him to an anti-Trump web site. Well, Trump, Jr. did respond saying he'd ask around about the source and then he e-mailed top campaign officials including Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner.

Now the Atlantic does note that the correspondents over these months was mostly one-sided. Trump Junior did ignore frequent messages. However, it was on October 3rd, 2016 where Trump Junior showed particular interest. He wrote to WikiLeaks asking what was behind word of an impending WikiLeaks release that other people were tweeting about including Roger Stone.

Then just days later it was when WikiLeaks began publishing Hillary Clinton campaign chair's John Podesta's hacked e-mails. And the same day that those were published, the American intelligence community released a statement saying that the publishing of those hacked e- mails, it was consistent with Russian efforts.

Well, now Donald Trump, Jr.'s lawyer in the wake of these reports he's pushing back and he's questioning how these messages from WikiLeaks were even redistributed to the press in the first place. Alan Futerfas releasing this statement saying, "We can say with confidence that we have no concerns about these documents, and any questions raised about them have been easily answered in the appropriate forum."

So the Atlantic report, it does note that after October of last year, just one month before the election, Donald Trump, Jr., he no longer responded to WikiLeaks even though they kept messaging him and kept soliciting him. But this latest report in the Atlantic it does draw a renewed and additional questions about the correspondence between WikiLeaks and in turn the Russian government members of the Trump campaign.

Jessica Schneider, CNN, Washington.

FOSTER: Now, there were only weeks left in the U.S. presidential campaign during this exchange reported by the Atlantic magazine. In October 2016, WikiLeaks messaged Trump, Jr. with a link to help explain the stolen documents it published on the Democratic National Committee.

And Hillary Clinton's campaign manager has said strongly suggest, "Your dad tweets this link if he mentions us. There are many great stories the press are missing and we're sure some of your follows will find it."

Though, the younger Trump didn't respond, 15 minutes later candidate Trump tweeted, "Very little pick up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest, rigged system."

Two days later Trump Junior tweeted the link to WikiLeaks have provided saying, "For those who have the time to read about all the corruption and hypocrisy all the WikiLeaks e-mails are right here."

Well, democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal says the younger Trump's contact with WikiLeaks should be part of the Russia investigation and his testimony should be public.


SEN. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL (D), CONNECTICUT: What I want to know is the full range and content of all the communications that took place. What we see here likely is just the tip of the iceberg. There's no assurance that it is all of the communication between Donald Trump, Jr., and the WikiLeaks, which by the way is characterized by the CIA director, President Trump's own CIA director as a hostile intelligence service abetted by the Russians.

So here was Donald Trump, Jr. actively engaged with a known Russian agent. I want him to be subpoenaed, to testify in public about all of his communications.


FOSTER: Well, the British Prime Minister is talking tough on Russia. She's warning Moscow to stop meddling in the political affairs of other countries, parting fake stories and hacking campaigns. Mrs. May also blasted Russia for promoting conflict in Eastern Ukraine and annexing Crimea.


THERESA MAY, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: That's why I have a very simple message for Russia. We know what you are doing, and you will not succeed because you underestimate the resilience of our democracies, the enduring attraction of free and open societies and the commitment of western nations to the alliances that bind us.

The U.K. will do what is necessary to protect ourselves and work with our allies to do likewise.


FOSTER: Two Spanish government ministers say Russia based groups use social media to spread misinformation about Catalonia's independence bid. They would not say if the Russian government was to blame. The minister cited headlines like E.U. officials supported the violence in Catalonia and global powers prepare ground to war in Europe.

[03:09:59] The Spanish government says most of the fake social media accounts came from Russia, about 30 percent came from Venezuela.

Joining me now from Moscow is senior international correspondent Fred Pleitgen. We just get Moscow's response to all of this because they are grave accusations, aren't they? FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: They are

very grave accusations. You're absolutely right, Max. And there hasn't been any response from the Kremlin yet. However, it really seems as the Russian politicians are on Twitter overdrive I would say. This morning, certainly a lot of very strong reactions. And I would say that they really fall into three categories.

I think on the one hand they accuse Theresa May of being hypocritical, they accused her of being wrong and they accused her of being weak.

I want to read one of these tweets here. It's from a politician in France (Inaudible) he was a Russian version of the Senate, the federation council. And he says, "Theresa May apparently imagines herself to be the iron lady of Great Britain diligently copying Margaret Thatcher but the grip is clearly not the same."

So essentially saying look, Ms. May needs to get her own cabinet in order before she starts criticizing others. And he conclude doesn't have any sort of muscle behind some of the statements that she gave last night there at mansion house.

And then you have another senior politicians and Aleksey Pushkov who quite frequently comments especially on U.S.-Russian affairs. But obviously also on U.S.-European affairs. And he says and I quote, "The world order that suits May with the capture of Iraq, the war in Libya, the creation of ISIS -- not sure where he got that from -- and terrorism on Europe has outlived itself. It can't be saved with an attack on Russia."

So, on the one hand they accused Britain of stretching international rules itself. They're also saying obviously some of the stuff is not true and they're saying that the British prime minister herself is quite weak.

Now there were some more measured responses also, Max. I do have to say there are other Russian politicians who come out and look, we also want better relations with Europe, better relations with the United States.

But certainly they say that they feel that they're not the ones who are causing the problems. They say that they point the finger of blame more towards Europe and the United States, Max.

FOSTER: Will this damage relations with the U.K., because I'm sure there are other world leaders perhaps who agree with Theresa May but how did it come out so forth rightly?

PLEITGEN: I think it certainly has the potential to damage them at least in the short term. I'm not sure about the long-term. Also at this point in time, I mean, if you look at Russia at the countries that they're sort of dealing with, Britain isn't at the top or even the top echelon of the countries that I think I think Russia is worried about.

If you look at the main conflict, Max, of were really the E.U. or Europe and Russia and Europe and America -- and Russia and America are at loggerheads. The two that stand out are Syria and the conflict in Ukraine.

And if you look at Britain's role in those conflicts they really have been on the sidelines. If you look at Ukraine that was mostly the Germans and the French negotiating with Vladimir Putin obviously the conflict parties involved as well.

And if you look at Syria Britain has been quite absent in dealing with Russia on that issue as well. So as far as the big global challenges are concerned the Russians really don't see Britain as one of the main huge players. They're dealing with the European Union.

If you look at Britain's role especially after the Brexit vote it's not like Theresa May is going to rally any of the other European countries while they are trying to exit the European Union.

So I don't think that the Russians feel that this is something that is going to cause them a lot of problems and yet, they are obviously quite angry at some of the things that were said there in that speech, Max.

FOSTER: OK. Fred, thank you. Joining me there in London political editor for the Economist, John Peet. Thanks for joining us. What did you make of Theresa May's speech last night.

JOHN PEET, POLITICAL EDITOR, ECONOMIST: I thought it was a good speech, and I thought it was very encouraging that she said a few things quite from things about Puigdemont and Russia. And she was also very strong on Myanmar and the terrible events in Myanmar and how the Burmese government the Burmese military should be held to account for that. So, I was actually rather impressed by it.

FOSTER: Was she speaking, you know, on a platform where she could be quite outspoken and show strong leadership because she is so weak on others as she's here.

PEET: I think there is some truth on that, you know, I mean, she hasn't really had a big foreign affairs as prime minister but I thought this was a good, a good such a venture and I thought she was speaking for other Western leaders particularly in relation to Russian interference in the elections, possibly even in the Brexit referendum.

There are people who say the Russians were interfering in the Brexit referendum a year and a half ago as well. And I think she was absolutely right to condemn that. But, yes she is quite weak at home. And we know that she's having troubles with the Brexit process.

She doesn't completely excel in her cabinet so there are speculations about how long she will last. And I think it's also fair to say that Britain is not a very influential player at the moment in terms of Western relations in Russia.

FOSTER: It doesn't really matter what she says.

PEET: Well, yes. I mean, you know, your correspondent was correct to say, you know, when it comes to Ukraine, it's more Germany that matters and to a lesser extent France, and obviously Britain is not a big player in Syria.

[03:14:58] But Britain is, you know, one of the nuclear powers of Europe, the biggest economy in the world. I think and a big investor in Russia. So, there are plenty of Russians invested in Britain. I think the relationship is quite an important one.

And when she speaks like this she will have the support, hidden or otherwise, of people like Angela Merkel.

FOSTER: Well, that's the point, isn't it. Can she start a conversation with this if Macron and Merkel get behind her.

PEET: Well, there is going to be a debate about Russian sanctions in the European Union and I think she, we are, Britain is still a member of the European Union from a year and a half at least. So I think that in terms of that sanctions debate is Britain will be leading quite a hard-line group saying we want to maintain their sanctions because Putin is still not cooperating in Ukraine.

FOSTER: When it comes to Russian meddling in these elections and votes a very difficult of course but there does seem to be this real sense in the western world but countries need to try to keep hold of that alliance, that Trans-Atlantic alliance that liberal order which feel under threat.

Do you think they might line up against Russia on that, or there just isn't the right unity in place right now for that?

PEET: I mean, I think the problem is that certain leaders, including frankly the American president have a slightly different approach to Putin. You know, he seems to quite like strong like strong man like Putin.

But I think when it comes to Russian interference yes, I see some solidarity right across Europe and America that they think that certainly in cyber interference and it seems repeatedly the latest example being Catalonia.

There is some evidence that there are people in Russia who are trying to sort of steer the results of various votes in different ways.


FOSTER: I mean, they never know if they're government related.

PEET: Nobody quite knows where it comes from but there is quite a lot of evidence that things are going on that could constitute that kind of interference. And I think everybody feels, you know, there are elections coming up Italy, for example, that they think they want this kind of thing to go on and people will increasingly stop to denounce it.

FOSTER: A quick on Myanmar, it's obviously that was the other sort of striking sound bite from last night.

PEET: Yes. I mean, you know, the West is difficult (Inaudible) in Myanmar, because of course they've been very strong supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi, the elected president of Myanmar, and yet, the evidence of what happened in Rakhine is absolutely overwhelming.

And I think Theresa May is absolutely right to say that is just unacceptable. You cannot have ethnic cleansing in the country even when they support the president. What nobody really knows is how much the president of Myanmar controls their own military.

FOSTER: She haven't condemned it.

PEET: I think that's the real point. I mean, that's why Theresa May should be putting her on the spot. You know, she has been quite -- she has not been anything like outspoken enough on what happened in Rakhine. And I think that Western leaders are right to call her out on that.

FOSTER: OK. John Peet, As ever thank you very much indeed.

PEET: Thank you.

FOSTER: Boris Johnson trying to undo his most serious gaff (Inaudible) as he paid towards that. There's apology, coming up.

Plus, a key race for U.S. republicans maybe some as yet another woman has (Inaudible) her accusations against candidate Roy Moore. The details on that just ahead.

And the European powerhouse will miss football's World Cup for the first time in decade. The latest giant to fall, coming up.


FOSTER: Sunday football fans who hope to cheer on their team in Russia next year will have to make about plans. Italy lost on aggregates to Sweden on Monday in Milan failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

The Italians are not the first high-profile contenders to miss the cup. The Netherlands, Chile, and the U.S. also failed to qualify but little comfort to Italian fans.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): I am mad, we were upset, you know. It's not possible to play like this. It's scandalous but things had happened.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): I drove for eight hours to support this Quadra, I am disappointed. A World Cup without Italy is not a World Cup.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): We didn't play well. We were not good but we deserved to the World Cup, the disappointment is double. First because we were not good, but second because we were beaten by a team that is even worse than us.


FOSTER: Well, Italy is a four-time World Cup champion winning the tournament in 1934, 1938, 1982, and most recently in Germany in 26 -- 2006. Only Brazil has more World Cup trophy with five.

Let's got to Rome's CNN contributor Barbie Nadeau. Are they making sense of this today, Barbie?

BARBIE NADEAU, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: No, they're not really ready to makes sense of yet. And really it's sort of a national day of mourning here. You see the headlines and papers all talking about the end of Italy. And I think the Italians haven't quite come to terms with what this means. The World Cup without Italy is one thing.

But the Italians are asking one headline said today what about Italy without the World Cup? That seems like an even more devastating thought. You know, there is a lot of blame being passed. Speculation of resignations from the coach all the way up.

But there's really a general sense of national failure, Max. And that's because soccer, football here is such a part of the Italian DNA, such a part of the culture. The fans feel sort of personally offended by the performance of the team, Max.

FOSTER: So, when it comes to sort of looking ahead, there's going to be big question, isn't it about the current management, for example, and how they move the sport forward. Are they having those debates yet or are they're just trying to make sense of it as you were saying?

NADEAU: Well, you know, there is a lot of conversation, a lot of debate right now on radio, on television, in the coffee bars. Everybody is talking about what went wrong right now. But as you say the next step is what to do to prepare for the next World Cup, for the next qualification.

You know, we're talking about quite some time to prepare. But the Italians don't necessarily take things like this lightly. And right now even before the blame is cast, there is a sense of really national mourning that this means a lot. People are looking into what this says about the nation or about what it says the general mood what it means in a greater picture.

And I think as, you know, as we said the questions about what to do in the future are forthcoming. But the real question right now is how to deal with this. And the Italians are not doing well so far, Max.

FOSTER: And there are some, you know, some people are blaming the draw, quite a tough draw, wasn't it. But actually for the last few years there's been some concern about national football in Italy. And so a lot of the critics are saying, you know, the country had this coming. But, I mean, how's that taken there? Because it's easy to criticize, isn't it when someone's failed so badly?

NADEAU: Absolutely. And you know, two of the big questions are were the players on the field too old, perhaps, or were they not Italian enough? You know, there's a lot of questions this morning, questions about whether or not they shouldn't be cultivating sort of a younger Italian team rather than recruiting other foreign nationals to become Italians so that they can play.

That's a big debate here right now. And of course it's too late to do anything about it at this time, but I think those questions will be asked if they prepare for the next contest when it comes to the World Cup. But as we say, you know, plans were in place for people to attend the World Cup assuming Italy would actually make the final. And so the fact that they didn't even qualify is devastating here.

FOSTER: OK. Barbie, thank you.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson apologizing for a gaff that could make things worse for a British Iranian woman imprisoned in Tehran. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained in 2016. And that was during a holiday, the Iranian court convicted her of plotting to overthrow the powerful establishment and gave her a five-year sentence. She denies the charges. Early this month, Johnson said she's been teaching journalists.


[03:25:00] BORIS JOHNSON, BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY: My remarks on the subject before the foreign affairs elect committee could and should have been clear. And I acknowledge that the words I used were open to being misinterpreted. And I apologize. I apologize to Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her family if I inadvertently caused them any further anguish.


FOSTER: Well, later on Tuesday CNN's Nima Elbagir gives us a rare and heartbreaking glimpse into Libya and Libya's slave trade and what it's like to witness it first-hand.


NIMA ELBAGIR, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A man addressing an unseen crowd. Big, strong boys for farm work, he says. Four hundred, 700. Seven hundred? Eight hundred. You are watching an auction of human beings. They admitted to us that there were 12 Nigerians that were sold of us in front of us. And I honestly don't know what to say. That was probably one of the most unbelievable things I've ever seen.


FOSTER: Tune in for the full story only here on CNN.

Well, coming up, U.S. President Donald Trump is on his way back to Washington from the Philippines. What he's saying about his nearly two week long trip to five Asian nations, next.

Another woman accuses the U.S. Senate candidate of assaulting her. We'll hear her story. And despite the accusations against the Alabama republican his supporters remain steadfast. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: God forgives the foolishness of youth. We make very bad decisions when we're young and whether or not this is true about Judge Moore does not mean that's the man that he is.


FOSTER: Well, coming up, we take you to the community where Roy Moore has been a fixture for decades.


FOSTER: Welcome back. I'm Max Foster. Let's update you on our top stories this hour.

The world's deadliest earthquake this year has killed at least 452 people. Most of them in Iran, thousands more injured. President Hassan Rouhani is now in the region where the quake hit. Its rescue efforts are winding down.

The quake struck near the border between Iran and Iran on Sunday, and many survivors are sleeping in camps or the streets in bitterly cold weather.

Donald Trump, Jr. has released the messages he exchanged with WikiLeaks in the final weeks of his father's presidential campaign. A source says Congress has had copies of the messages for a while.

[03:30:03] And the younger Trump has asked -- was asked about it in a closed meeting with the Senate judiciary committee back in September.

Italy will miss football's world cup for the first time since 1958. The for time champs played on Sweden on Monday, in which Sweden wins on aggregate after one victory on Friday, Italy, the U.S., Netherlands and actually all fails to qualify for the tournament.

U.S. President Donald Trump is heading back to Washington with a refueling stopped first in Hawaii. He wrapped up his nearly two week long trip flying over the Asian nations in the Philippines before leaving Manila a short while ago, Mr. Trump told reporters that it has been an incredible 12 days called and that he has made quote a lot of friends at the highest levels. Mr. Trump called upon trade deals for the U.S. and warned North Korea against provoking Washington or its allies, let's get to CNN's Matt Rivers, he is in Manila. It went so well for him he stayed an extra day.

MATT RIVERS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, he did stay one extra day he attended the east Asia summit generally a security summit here that President have attended more recently including President Obama he did manage a short statement he talked what an incredible 12 days this was. His the longest U.S. presidential trip to Asia since George H.W. Bush. And so he touched on each one of his stops he said he had a great time in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and of course now in Manila. One thing he brought up to reporters he specifically talked about the relationship that he has with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte saying the relationship with the Philippines and United States is now a far better relationship than it was under President Obama. It's worth noting the reason the relationship frayed under President Obama is because the previous administration did challenge Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs and the alleged human rights abuses that were committed during that war on drugs.

President Trump chose not to do that, only briefly bringing up the topic of human rights according to the White House in his meeting yesterday with President Rodrigo Duterte, he did not condemn what many human rights activists say is and ongoing campaign of brutal violence here in the Philippines and he also talked about President Xi Jinping he asked the President Chinese President to help with the ongoing situation with those three UCLA basketball players that remain in China, and they're not being allowed to leave, because they're being investigated for stealing sunglasses from a luxury store while in the country in Shanghai.

President Trump did say he asked President Xi for his help and that he is working on it really an overall message from the President saying this was a great trip and saying he plans to give a major statement either Wednesday or Thursday talking about the trip and things like trade in North Korea when he returns back to Washington, Max.

FOSTER: Those were the two big issues on his way up trade and North Korea do you think he is made some scores there are there any specifics there he'll be able to point to?

RIVERS: We're not sure. The White House has said that, had not given any indication of exactly what the President plans to announce when he goes back to Washington, but in terms of what's been announced publicly so far, there's nothing to point to know major changes on trade deals, no announcements of bilateral negotiations or trade deals with South Korea and when it comes to North Korea, really nothing changed. I mean he got the same commitments he'd had for some time with Japan and South Korea he said China's working on the problem, but really it's nothing we haven't heard before so we'll be looking to see what the President says on Wednesday or Thursday when he get back to see if there were tangible concrete achievements that the president will point to that have not so far been announced publicly.

FOSTER: There were some anti-Trump demonstrations weren't there? But there were generally pretty good reaction from what we've seen from here in Europe, is that a fair assumption?

RIVERS: Yes, I mean each stop went pretty well in terms of there being no major gaps the President stayed very much on script, he was treated pretty warmly in Japan and South Korea he got the red carpet treatment, in China and certainly here in Manila, he got a warm welcome from President Duterte. So each stop the president went to, he got along well, it seemed with all the leaders that he met he said he made a lot of good friends as you said, but the point of the trip is not to -- well, you know, the end game of the trip is not to make friends, but also accomplish some of his policy objectives and in North Korea and to that end we're not sure how successful this trip was frankly, when it comes to trade, Max, you know we might not see the results of anything that was worked over this last 12 days for months or even years to come, because as we all know these trade negotiations can take a long time.

[03:35:11] FOSTER: Absolutely. OK. Thanks, Matt, from Manila. Now U.S. Candidate Roy Moore denies any wrong doing back in the U.S. after another woman has come forward with allegations against him. Beverly Young Nelson, now 55, says Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager, Moore was a county prosecutor that time, according to Nelson, Moore offered her a ride home, but when she got in his car, he attacked her.


BEVERLY YOUNG NELSON, ROY MOORE ACCUSER: I tried opening the car door to leave, but he reached over and locked it so I couldn't get out. I tried fighting him off, yelling for him to stop. But instead stopping he began squeezing my neck attempting to force my head onto his crotch. He was also trying to pull my shirt off. I thought that he was going to rape me. I was twisting and struggling and begging him to stop. But he look said at me and told me -- he said you're just a child. And he said I am the district attorney of Etowah County. And if you tell anybody about this, no one will ever believe you.


FOSTER: Last week "The Washington Post" reports that Moore pursued relationships with teenagers while he was in his 30's. Moore calls the accusation absolutely false on his part, Roy Moore is also fighting back with his hand firmly on the bible. CNN's Jason Carroll reports from Moore's hometown of Gadsden, Alabama.


JASON CARROLL, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Embattled GOP Senator candidate Roy Moore now says the next chapter in his fight against accusations of sexual misconduct will be a legal one. Moore's wife posting a statement on Facebook saying we are gathering evidence of money being paid to people who would come forward which is part of why we are filing suit. Moore is accused of sexually assaulting Lee Corfman when she was a 14-year-old girl in 1979. "The Washington Post" also alleges he pursued relations with three other teenage girls nearly 40 years ago a Corfman family member telling me tonight no money or other inducement has been paid, offered or promised and non, is expected.

Moore is making this fight about something bigger he says his faith is under attack and called the allegations an assault on Christian conservatives this in a state where two thirds of Republicans identify as evangelicals. At church parishioner Carolyn Owen says she has known Moore for years and stands by him.


CAROLYN OWENS, PARISHIONER: God forgives the foolishness of youth we make very bad decisions when we're young and whether or not this is true about Judge Moore does not mean that is the man that he is.

(END VIDEO CLIP) CARROLL: Shawn Harden says her faith led her to the same conclusion.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think it's a witch-hunt


CARROLL: A witch-hunt she says Christians should end with forgiveness.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Can we cannot forgive him for something 24 years ago? We've all been young and we've all done something.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It sounds like you believe the allegations but you are saying be forgiven.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, I don't believe the allegations, because I'm trying to figure out why did you wait 24 years to do it? I mean come on, let's give him a break, I mean do I think his the best judge in the world? No am I pro-Judge Moore, no, but I'm somebody who believes everybody deserves a second chance.


CARROLL: Outside the Parish United Methodist Church, two parishioners who support Moore's opponent say the allegations confirm their decision.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think our faith informs our decision making and in some ways I think our faith is under attack by those who claim to be followers of god who are not leaving to what we're taught.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think a lot of watching this would say, well look, you already support Doug Jones.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That is right, I think they would say that and I do not believe our faith is under attack. I think we are in a country where we are allowed to worship as we please.


[03:40:07] CARROLL: Voters weary of the toll the race has taken on their state.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We just want to be left alone and let us vote and we're going to show the world that Alabama's not a bunch of rednecks.

(END VIDEO CLIP) CARROLL: Jason Carroll, CNN, Gadsden, Alabama.


FOSTER: In light of the allegations some Republican are calling on Moore, to drop out of the race before the December 12th election. We know of at least 14 Senators in Roy Moore's own Party who think it's time for him to bail out.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think as some point think he'd say it's time to step aside and hope that is the case, I hope he does.

SEN JOHN MCCAIN, (R) ARIZONA: There are a number of options being considered, but he should not be a United States Senator.

SEN LINDSEY GRAHAM, (R) SOUTH CAROLINA: What I suggest would be best for him, the state, is family, the GOP and the country if he stepped aside, I just think there is no good outcome for Mr. Moore.


FOSTER: Senator Cory Gardener says if Moore refuses to withdraw and wins, the senate should vote to excel him. The 15 senators in U.S. in history have ever been expelled.

Now, with the eyes of the nation on Roy Moore, his past controversies are coming to light and Jake Tapper has more on that.



ROY MOORE, (R) ALABAMA: I have not been guilty of sexual misconduct with anyone.


JAKE TAPPER, AMERICAN JOURNALIST CARTOONIST: As Alabama Republican Judge Roy Moore denies, sexual contact with girls who are then under the age of consent some of his past court rulings are now being looked at in a new light, as a justice in Alabama Supreme Court in 2015 Moore and other justice took on the case of a 17-year-old day care center intern who was convicted of raping a 4-year-old boy in his care the Alabama Supreme Court found he'd been guilty of both statutory rape and forcible rape in the first degree. The first conviction was up held, but when the force of a rape verdict was appealed, his fellow justice to make the final ruling. Eight justices vote to up hold the conviction, but Roy Moore alone dissented, saying that a 17 year-old raping a 4 year-old on its own does not mean the four year old feared physical injury. He wrote in his dissent the definition of quote, forcible compulsion places another person in fear of immediate death or serious physical injury, because there was no evidence in this case of implied threat or serious physical injury under this definition, Higden cannot be convicted, unquote it was a strict interpretation of the letter of the law that many legal experts disagreed with.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The spirit of the law was having to protect minors from having to prove they were a worthwhile victim to say they can only be violently treated or physically assaulted to point of death is saying anything short of that is not truly victimization.


TAPPER: Not recognizing the inherent threat a toddler might feel in a hands of a 17 year-old authority figure was concerning to the prosecutors in the case. Current senator Luther Strange who lost to Moore in the Alabama Republican primary in September.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Unbelievably Roy Moore was the only no vote.


TAPPER: The strange campaign made the Moore dissent into a campaign act.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Roy Moore, too risky for us.


TAPPER: An ad made all the more potent as Moore faces cringe worthy campaign questions about how he views predatory actions against the vulnerable. Jake Tapper, CNN, Washington.


FOSTER: Myanmar facing international pressure to do something about the humanitarian crisis its generated while it's military denies committing any atrocities against the Rohingya people. Details on that next and expert says North Korea wants to know if President Trump crazy or if he' just pretending to be. Next what the regime of Kim Jong-un is doing to learn more about the Trump administration.


[03:45:57] FOSTER: Myanmar's military denies its forces raped or killed Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state said that they were exonerated after an internal investigation base on the answers of nearly 3,000 Bengali's villagers. Bengali as they are referring to here are the Rohingya. The U.N. has called the situation ethnic cleansing. Meanwhile Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit. He is expected to push for an end to humanitarian crisis. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is also spoken to Suu Kyi.


JUSTIN TRUDEAU, CANADA, PRIME MINISTER: I've had extended conversation with the state counselor of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, about the plight of the Muslim refugees in Rakhine state this is of tremendous concern to Canada and many other countries around the world and again, we're always looking at not how we can sort of shake our finger and yell at people, but how we can help, how we can move forward in a way that reduces violence, that emphasizes the rule of law, and ensures protection for all citizens.


FOSTER: Well, the musician and activist Bob (inaudible) has given back an award because he doesn't want to share an honor with Aung San Suu Kyi. He returned his freedom of the city of Dublin ward also held by Aung San Suu Kyi to protest against the handling of the Rohingya crisis.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's ridiculous, we thought she was one thing and we've been duped, she is a murderer.


FOSTER: Suu Kyi repeatedly denied the claims of ethnic cleansing and human rights abuses against the Rohingya. Coming up next hour CNN's Clarissa Ward gives us a rear insights of the lives of the Rohingya Muslims desperately fleeing Myanmar and what the U.N. is calling textbook, ethnic cleansing.


CLARISSA WARD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: He says he fled a brutal massacre in his village of Tula Toli, others who escaped Tula Toli tell a similar story. We wanted to find out more. So we travel to a sprawling refugee camp along the border. And met 30 year-old Montez. The burns that cover her body only hint at the horrors she survived.

Describe to me what happened to you what did you see with your own eyes exactly?


FOSTER: Well, their harrowing stories in their own words coming up next hour only here on CNN.

North Korea complaining to the United Nations of the U.S. again flexing muscles, its military muscles at the Korean Peninsula. First sign in a decade that the U.S. deployed three aircraft carriers groups at the same time to the western pacific. They are conducting joint military exercise with Japan and South Korea. Pyongyang says the U.S. is creating the worst ever situation in the region. Meanwhile experts say North Koreas watching the Trump administration very closely for any telling signs, but of what they're not exactly sure the concern comes as President Trump and leader Kim Jong-un are again publishing jabs at each other details now from our Brian Todd.


BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The barbs between President Trump and Kim Jong-un are getting more personal and more dangerous Kim's regime over the weekend called Trump an old lunatic. The president could not resist firing back, tweeting, quote, why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me old, when I should never call him short and fat. Oh, well, it so hard to be his friend and maybe someday that will happen.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It only makes a bad situation worse, and I don't think they're going to stop so we have to depend on the United States and our President to be the voice of reason. Now, whether that'll happen or, I don't know.


TODD: Joe Wit from the North Korea monitoring group 38 north is among the experts that is taken part in secret talks with North Korea officials over the past year. Suzanne DiMaggio another expert on the team meeting with the North Koreans, says what they really want to know is what makes President Trump tick?



SUZANNE DIMAGGIA, NEW AMERICAN FOUNDATION: They really want to know what really is his end game, they want to know if he is crazy or is this an act, a good cop, bad cop routine that he is doing with Tillerson.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If they listen to Rex Tillerson, they hear one thing if they listen to secretary defense Mattis they hear similar things and if they listen to President Trump, they hear something totally different from what they're hearing from all the other people, so how do they make sense of that.


TODD: And DiMaggio says the North Korea's are careful and measured negotiators and voracious consumers of the news, that they read all of Trump's tweets and watch CNN 24/7. While Kim's diplomat probe their American counterparts U.S. and South Korean forces are doing their own interrogations. South Korean military officials say a North Korean soldier has defected, that he scrambled from his post to the South Korean side of the DMZ, was shot and wounded by the North Koreans, but is now in South Korean custody. General Spider Marks, former top U.S. intelligence officer in South Korea told us, what intelligence of value that soldier could provide.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What he'll be able to contribute to is kind of this greater understanding of how the military fits within the society, how is he selective, where did he come from, why was his family selected for their son to become a soldier in the North Korean military? Not everybody is.


TODD: General Mark says while the South Koreans and Americans will value the North Korean soldier's information, they'll also be cautious of that soldier, because they may not quite know if he was planted by the North Koreans. Brian Todd CNN, Washington.


FOSTER: Having a field day of what may be the most awkward handshake that we've seen for a while. Details coming up.


FOSTER: Now for a political tempest and a coffee cup, the curing company says it will pull his advertising from Sean Hannity's show after he suggested Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore be given the benefit of the doubt. Several women accused more on sexual abuse and misconduct. Hannity supporters rose to defense though with a boycott of the coffee maker and destruction of the current machines. Keurig's CEO sent a memo to employees saying the company did not mean to appear to take sides on Hannity and called for a ceasefire.

[03:55:21] Now things are awkward in the Philippines and World leaders took part in an ASEAN Summit ritual, and that is the cross over handshake. CNN's Richard Roth explains.


RICHARD ROTH, CNN SENIOR U.N. CORRESPONDENT: Audience, please take your seats, thank you It wasn't exactly the thrilla in Manila, but this star-studded international line-up led by President Trump gave the audience something they will never forget.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Your majesty, your Excellency, please look at the camera and give us your brightest smiles.

ROTH: But smiles turned to stranger things.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And now for the ASEAN handshake right over left in 1, 2, and 3.

ROTH: The ritual cross over hands shake to express friendship and comfort shook Trump up instead it was a hand too far with the Vietnamese Prime Minister on his right and the Philippines President Duterte on his left. Twitter erupted what the hell is happening wrote one viewer, another said good luck to whoever has three weeks to get this regional production of Mamamia into shape. Headlines shouted Trump was befuddle in an awkward group handshake, straining with an odd grimace on his face. It has been called truck face, the same grimace he launched in the driver's seat of a big rig at the White House, so what went wrong? (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: His height made a difference, the spacing between him and the other made the difference, his inability to be flexible enough to move his arms in this position made a difference.


ROTH: On this world stage, Trump was out Fox, by Russia whose Prime Minister decline to crossover, proof of no collusion at least on one night in Manila. Richard Roth CNN, New York.


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