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HANNAH VAUGHAN JONES, CNN INTERNATIONAL GUEST ANCHOR: Hello. Good evening to you. I'm Hannah Vaughan Jones sitting in for Hala Gorani, live from CNN London, and this is THE WORLD RIGHT NOW.

Hillary Clinton is promising to go to bat for working families across America, unveiling plans for what's described as the biggest investment in jobs since World War II.

The Democratic presidential nominee laid out her vision for improving the economy just a short time ago. She gave a rebuttal to rival Donald Trump's economic plan unveiled, of course, earlier this week, saying it favors the rich and would drag America into recession.

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HILLARY CLINTON (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: He's offered no credible plans to address what working families are up against today. Nothing on student loans or the cost of prescription drugs, nothing for farmers or struggling rural communities.

Nothing to build a new future with clean energy and advanced agriculture. Nothing for communities of color in our cities to overcome the barriers of systemic racism. Nothing to create new opportunities for young people.

Just a more extreme version of the failed theory of trickledown economics with his own addition of outland-ish Trumpian ideas that even Republicans reject.

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JONES: Clinton did not address the latest controversial remarks by Trump, accusing her and President Barack Obama of being the, quote, co-founders of ISIS. But her campaign says anyone willing to sink so low, so often, should never be allowed to serve as our commander-in-chief.

Let's bring in CNN's Richard Quest, host, of course, of "QUEST MEANS BUSINESS." We're also joined by CNN's political analyst, Josh Rogin. Gentlemen, welcome to you.

You were both with me earlier in the week when we analyzed Donald Trump's economic policy, so only right that we should do the same for Hillary Clinton now.

Richard to you first, she talked about infrastructure, trade, tax, and jobs as well. Did it all add up?

RICHARD QUEST, CNN HOST, "QUEST MEANS BUSINESS": Yes, what we got from Mrs. Clinton was a traditional candidate's tax policy, if you like. You may not agree with it, and the Republicans will blast it as being a traditional Democrat tax and spend, new taxes on the rich, taxing on corporations, making it more difficult for them to go overseas, new trade restrictions, promising a trade prosecutor and targeted trade tariffs.

And on the other side, a lot of new plans, policies for tax credits for families, education, working families. I mean, the difference here is, and I think in Mr. Trump's favor, you don't have a single big idea, a single big policy like his slashing of the tax code down to three tax brackets.

Instead, with Mrs. Clinton, you have lots of little bits that together make up her program. The difference of course is that those who have looked at the two plans say that his will create huge deficits, where is hers at least makes some form of economic sense, even if you don't agree with its underlying political philosophy.

And that's what it's going to come down to at the end. Do you agree with the underlying political philosophy? On sheer, straightforward, garden economics, her plan probably makes more sense. But his plan has a greater philosophical tinge to it in the way he's put it forward.

JONES: Trump has up until now, though, had an edge somewhat in terms of his economic credentials. Did this speech by Clinton manage to sort of underline her economic policy and her economic credentials going forward to November?

QUEST: I don't think anybody taking a look at her plan can doubt the qualifications and the competency of the plan. I mean, it's all there. Everything down to, you know, how to clip your toenails on a good day.

[15:05:08]The level detail that she has been offering up is quite breathtaking in that respect. But on top of it, she has put on this idea that the Republican plan is one for the rich, the estate tax, for example, which she said would benefit the Trump family by $4 billion but 99.48 percent of the U.S. population, not one jot.

On the other side, though, she does come up with new taxes. There is this feeling that she wants to spend more, without necessarily saying where she's going to get all that money from on infrastructure, because new taxes on the rich raise some money but not that much.

I think what you're looking at, Hannah, in summary, is a tax plan put together by a politician of long experience, but a tax plan on the other side by Donald Trump put forward by somebody who has a much more idealistic view of what he believes the tax code should look like.

JONES: Josh, let's bring in you now. There was no mention whatsoever of this e-mail scandal that's besieged her campaign over the last couple of days at least. Do you think that was very deliberate and did she manage to focus successfully on the policy?

JOSH ROGIN, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Right. Well, the Clinton campaign strategy is to clearly not focus on either her scandal or Trump's scandal for two separate about obvious reasons. For Trump's scandals, it's easier to let him talk about his own scandals, he's been mired in several, accusing Obama and Clinton of being, quote/unquote, "the founders of ISIS," including seeming to have a veiled reference to asking second amendment supporters to commit violence against Hillary Clinton.

So for the Clinton campaign, the best strategy is to step out of the way and let Trump be Trump. As for her own scandal, they have a slightly different strategy.

You saw Nancy Pelosi talk about the e-mail hacking in very, very strong terms, pushing back against some Trump conspiracy theories and really accusing the Republicans of colluding with the Russians.

So Hillary Clinton doesn't have to be the attack dog, her very simple plan for this month anyway is to be as boring as possible, by laying out a detailed economic policy she can get her message across, try to paint Trump as having policies that only advance the interests of his own friends and family, and keeping herself out of the firing range. And that seems to be working for her, if we look at the polls.

QUEST: And certainly -- sorry, just to jump in on that, Josh is absolutely right. Josh, if that was the intention, then we got it today, because clearly this speech -- it was long on rhetoric, helping working families, building things in the future. But at the end of the day, it is a rag bag of individual credits and policies and plans and projects and infrastructure. It's very hard to -- frankly it's not easy to get excited by Mrs. Clinton's plan.

JONES: OK, well, it's going to come down to America first versus family first. We will see which economic policy wins out come November. Richard Quest, Josh Rogin, thanks very much indeed for your analysis this evening.

Now life in the besiege part of Aleppo is hellish and death inescapable. That's the message from 15 doctors are appealing directly to the U.S. president now for action.

Their letter that reads in part, "what pains us most as doctors is choosing who will live and who will die. Young children are sometimes brought into our emergency rooms so badly injured that we have to prioritize those with better chances.

Two weeks ago, four newborn babies gasping for air suffocated to death after a blast cut the oxygen supply to their incubators." Others were firsthand experience of Aleppo have testified before at the United Nations. That happened earlier this week.

Our own Clarissa Ward took part.

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CLARISSA WARD, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The thing that has been killed in Syria, that is much more difficult to rebuild than a bombed- out building, is trust. There is no trust in the Assad regime, no trust in ceasefires or cessation of hostilities or humanitarian corridors, no trust in the Russians, and no trust in you, by the way, in us, in the international community, who have been wringing their hands on the sidelines while hospitals and bakeries and schools have been bombed, while phosphorous and cluster bombs have killed countless civilians.

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JONES: Clarissa Ward, our senior international correspondent, joins me in the studio. Clarissa, while the world seemingly watches idly by, there are more reports of atrocities happening today on the ground. Just update us on what's going on.

WARD: That's right, the bombardment continues to be relentless, heavy fighting, rebel factions also desperately trying to build a corridor, force open a corridor that would allow free flowing movement of food and aid and presumably for the rebels also, of weapons.

[15:10:12]Meanwhile, we heard last night doctors on the ground reporting another gas attack. Now, these had been somewhat diminished in previous months, but we're hearing it was probably chlorine gas, dropped in a barrel bomb.

Three reported dead. Among those three dead, a mother and a son. There is no let-up to the violence. The situation of course is worst in Eastern Aleppo. That's the rebel-held part of the city. It is home to 300,000 people and it's been under siege for nearly a month.

The Russians had said earlier today that they would open -- or rather, that they would ceasefire, all fire, for about three hours in the afternoon, didn't appear to exactly happen that way.

What's more, the U.N. came along and said, hold on a second, three hours is not going to cut it, we need 48 hours on the ground to repair the damage to the infrastructure, which is affecting civilians on both sides.

JONES: This letter from the 15 doctors in Aleppo, it's taking place -- it was a letter directly to President Obama of the United States. It's happening at a time when there are multiple factions at war in Aleppo, and also it's an election year for the United States. What realistically can President Obama do now?

WARD: Well, I think with American policy as it stands, the U.S.'s options are very limited, absolutely, because the U.S. doesn't really have any leverage. When it comes to the negotiating table and it says to Russia and to the regime of Bashar al-Assad you need to stop bombing hospitals and schools and bakeries and fruit markets.

It doesn't really have anything that it can back those demands up with. So the U.S. may have had other options at another stage, but given the course that U.S. policy on Syria has taken, it's difficult to see too many options.

And I think the doctors who wrote this letter are cognizant of that. Rather than a sort of, you know -- I don't think they anticipate that this it actually change U.S. policy.

But what I see it as more is a last-ditch effort to say, listen, we're dying here, we're desperate for help, and inaction has consequences too, and by not acting and not preventing these massacres, you are therefore complicit in these crimes as well.

JONES: Clarissa, thanks very much indeed and for all your reporting as well from Syria, thank you.

Next on THE WORLD RIGHT NOW, swimmer, Lilly King is only 19 years old, but the gold medalist isn't afraid to speak her mind. How she's become the poster child for clean sport, coming up.

And the tension is rising and the tough words keep coming. We will have the latest from Moscow as this man, Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko, and Russia's Vladimir Putin, trade words over Crimea. Stay with us for more on that.

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JONES: Hello. Welcome back to THE WORLD RIGHT NOW. Anger over doping continues to make waves in the pool at the Olympic Games in Rio. American gold medalist, Lilly King, finished seventh in the 200-meter breaststroke semifinal on Wednesday.

She'll compete again on Saturday and will probably face her Russian rival, Yulia Efimova. "World Sports" Don Riddell asked King how she felt about being the new poster child for clean sport.

King said, quote, "I mean, if I'm going to be a poster child for anything, I think that's good thing for clean sport and being fair for putting the work in and knowing that work wins." Don has more now from Rio.

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DON RIDDELL, WORLD SPORT (voice-over): It takes sacrifice and determination to make an Olympic champion, but it takes courage and leadership to become a role model. At the age of just 19, American swimmer, Lilly King has achieved both here in Rio, taking a stand against her Russian rival in the pool and all drug cheats, saying, it just proves that you can compete clean and still come out on top.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hopefully this will create some momentum with the governing bodies, of course, the governing body of swimming, hoping this can give them some momentum to push harder to do it right.

RUTA MALUTYTE, LITHUANIAN OLYMPIC SWIMMER: I think it was very brave of Lilly, just after she became a champion, to speak out and be brave, show her opinion. And I think she said what we all think.

RIDDELL: It all started when King's Russian rival, Yulia Efimova, declared herself number one after winning in the semis. Among other things, the Russian was caught doping in 2013 and was banned for 16 months.

But King beat her to the gold medal, saying you wave your finger number one and you've been caught drug cheating? I'm not a fan.

Neither is the Olympics' most decorating athlete, Michael Phelps, who voiced his support. After revelation of a state sponsored doping program, Russian athletes have been cast as the chief villains of the games, rekindling sentiments of the cold war.

SVETLANA KHORKINA, FORMER RUSSIAN OLYMPIC GYMNAST (through translator): No, it's not war. It's an attempt to mix politics and support. But I wouldn't want to do that, because the international sporting tent was an idea of a nice little island where everybody was friends, talked, made peace. We in Russia have a strong state, strong sportsmen, and it seems that disturbs someone.

RIDDELL: But it's not just the Russians and it's not just the Americans taking a stand. The Australian gold medalist, Mack Horton clashed with his Chinese rival who was found to be taking prescribed heart medication, which was on the banned list but no longer is.

KITTY CHILLER, CHEF DE MISSION, TEAM AUSTRALIA: Mack had every right to express that opinion. He has strong opinions on the need for clean sport.

(on camera)RIDDELL: Athletes used to assume that their governing bodies would protect them from cheats. That confidence has been eroded because of flawed tests, inconsistent punishments, and politics.

ADAM NELSON, 2004 SHOT PUT GOLD MEDALIST: Athletes have to come together and say this is what we demand, this is where we're going to go with it, and you guys, IOC and WADA, need to follow us for a change.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Some of the people I have raced against have failed tests and that stinks, to be racing people that have failed a test before.

RIDDELL (voice-over): There are many questions that need to be answered after these Olympics. Rules and policies that need to be addressed. The athletes say they've been too quiet for too long. But they're learning fast and they're not prepared to let it lie.

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JONES: Don joins us live from Rio. Don, good to see you. Should athletes be using the Olympics as a platform to voice their views? Are they qualified to do so?

RIDDELL: Well, that's a very good question. I mean, first of all, if they're not going to voice their opinions here, when and where are they going to do it? The spotlight is the brightest here.

If they want people to listen and take notice, now would be a fantastic time to do it and get people's attention. And certainly Lilly King has got all of our attention. The IOC has mixed views on it. They try not to tell the athletes what to do or what not to do.

Their position is that the Olympics athletes should be free to compete in tranquility and not be addressed by others. We encourage people to respect their fellow competitors. That's the way the IOC see it.

It is interesting, when you talk to people around this, and ask the question about how qualified athletes are, I mean, Lilly King is just 19. I've been speaking with some of the Russian delegation, Russian journalists as well, and they're saying, she's just 19.

She doesn't really know the full story, she doesn't understand the incredibly complex issue with regards to the science and the testing but also the legal aspect of it.

[15:20:06]I spoke to the head of the Summer Sports Federation who said, athletes are great at these events, they're very emotional, but they don't really know what they're talking about. That is one of the main problems.

But I think, as I said in that report, the athletes do feel as though the authorities in their sports and their federations and the governing bodies have let them down. And they've kind of decided it's time they spoke up and tried to make a difference.

JONES: Don, take us away from the doping and the scandals for a second and fill us in on the sport. What's happening today?

RIDDELL: Well, I'm going to talk about Efimova a little bit because she's racing in the final of the 200-meter breast stroke this evening. She will be hoping for a gold. She took a silver in the 100. Her great rival Lilly King didn't even make the final.

If we're talking about the pool, I think a must-see event is the men's 200- meter individual medley. It's between Michael Phelps who has already won 21 Olympic golds, and his great friend and rival, American swimmer, Ryan Lochte.

These two have been swimming against each other since 2004. Between them have set the 13 fastest times in this event. So I think this could be another very, very quick race, must-watch. That's the pool.

The rugby sevens, which is making its debut in this event, we're down to the final now. It's going to be Great Britain versus Fiji. Fiji have never won an Olympic medal of any color, they're definitely going to make history tonight.

Golf is back in the Olympics for the first time in more than a century. We'll see how that plays out over the next few days. We've got another new sport under way at the Olympics -- Hannah.

JONES: Fantastic stuff, Don Riddell, always good to talk to you. Don there live for us in Rio, thank you.

Tensions between Russia and the Ukraine are racheting up once again over Crimea which Russia annexed back in 2014. Russia is accusing Ukraine of launching an attack inside Crimea, which Ukraine calls insane and it's hovering all its troops in Eastern Ukraine to be at on a, quote, "the highest level of combat readiness. Our Phil Black explains.

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PHIL BLACK, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Could these scattered items trigger yet another large scale military conflict in Ukraine? Russia's secret security service, the FSB, released this video, which it says shows explosives and weapons intended to be used against targets in Crimea, the large peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine two years ago.

The FSB says this man was one of the Ukrainian saboteurs it stopped in operations, but also resulted in the deaths of two Russian personnel.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says, these events cannot be allowed to pass. He accuses Ukraine's government of embracing terror instead of peace.

Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, described the accusations as insane and a pretext for imminent Russian military action. He's ordered Ukrainian forces to their highest state of alert. Once again in Ukraine, tensions have suddenly escalated and there is a sense that anything could happen.

SARAH LAIN, RESEARCH FELLOW, RUSI: It does present this idea of either something staring in Ukraine again, some form of a potential offensive or this is Russia just using this as a pretext to basically blame Ukraine for not being very cooperative.

BLACK: Meanwhile, in Ukraine's east, this is what a ceasefire looks like. These are Ukrainian government soldiers. There is daily fighting in this part of the country, where Russian-backed militants have carved out their own territory.

International observers say June and July saw a big spike in violence. And the United Nations points to a dramatic increase in civilian casualties, mostly from heavy weapons. This was all supposed to stop after the signing of the Minsk agreement in February last year.

But since then all parties have continuously accused each other of breaking that peace deal. The U.S. (inaudible) Russia's violations are more frequent and serious.

America's ambassador to the Ukraine tweeted, "Russia has a record of frequently levying false accusations at Ukraine to deflect attention from its own illegal actions." He says new Russian weapons systems have made the situation more volume volatile. Russia denies fueling the war. Analysts say that's key to Russia's policy.

LAIN: Russia can always distant itself from actually being involved in the conflict. So the separatists in the east are not in Russia's narrative, they're not Russians, they're not supported by the Russian state. What's happening in Crimea, it was the Ukrainians fault in their eyes.

BLACK: Ukraine often resembles a stone, but it's not a frozen conflict, regularly boiling over and reminding the world there is an active European war with the potential to escalate much further. Phil Black, CNN, London.

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[15:25:05]JONES: To Iraq now and the devastating aftermath of a fire that claimed the lives of 11 newborn babies. For one set of parents, the trauma is even more acute. They spent everything they had on fertility treatment to conceive. Arwa Damon has the heartbreaking story.

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ARWA DAMON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): There should have been such happiness. The cries of a newborn lovingly bundled into his parents' arms, but there is none. Shaima Hussein and her husband tried desperately to conceive. They even went into debt and sold their car to pay for IVF.

SHAIMA HUSSEIN, MOTHER OF BABY (through translator): It was a miracle to get pregnant. I can't describe the feeling. I didn't even care if it was a boy or a girl.

DAMON: It was a boy. They named him Yeman.

MOAD, FATHER OF BABY (through translator): I wanted to give my child the best life, the best things. I wanted him to be a doctor or something with status.

DAMON: Shaima delivered by cesarean.

HUSSEIN (through translator): I got out of the operation and as soon as I opened my eyes, I saw my son. I wanted to see him.

DAMON: That utter joy of motherhood crushed hours later. Their baby boy died. Not because of the violence that has stolen so many lives, but in a blaze many believed could have been avoided. An electrical short caused a fire to break out in the room where Yeman was in an incubator along with other babies.

HUSSEIN (through translator): It was as if my stomach wasn't sewn up. I forgot my phone. I forgot my scarf. I forgot everything. My whole face was covered in black soot. I was in shocked. I was asking, where is my son?

DAMON: In the pandemonium, Moad couldn't reach his newborn.

MOAD (through translator): They wouldn't even let people go in and get the people inside, get their wives and children.

DAMON: Iraq's Minister of Health publicly resigned the following day amid an outcry slamming government corruption and incompetence. These types of electrical fires are commonplace. Yet none of the pledges to refurbish Iraq's infrastructure have materialized.

Shaima's sister removed most of what would have been Yeman's clothes and his crib. The couple saw their child's blackened body, still at the hospital morgue until definitive DNA testing is done. But a mother knows her baby.

HUSSEIN (through translator): Then they told me they found the child. We didn't believe him, but then his name was there and I recognized him.

DAMON: Arwa Damon, CNN, Istanbul.

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JONES: Stay with us here on THE WORLD RIGHT NOW. Up next on the program, constant bombardment. Reports of a gas attack. Can things get any worse in Aleppo? We'll speak to the Red Cross on the ground in Syria.

Plus "Time" magazine's latest take on Donald Trump. We'll talk to the Cuban-American artist who created this image.

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HANNAH VAUGHAN JONES, CNN INTERNATIONAL GUEST ANCHOR: Hello. Welcome back. Here are the headlines in THE WORLD RIGHT NOW.

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump's economic plans favor the rich and would drag the United States into recession. The Democratic presidential nominee unveiled her own proposals for improving the economy just a short time ago. She's promising to go to bat for working families and to boost jobs.

A Japanese gymnast, Kohei Uchimura (ph), is the first man to achieve back to back win in the Olympic all round since 1972. It is certainly easy to see why they call him "Superman" back home in Japan. His mother was so overwhelmed by his gold medal winning performance on Wednesday that she fainted.

One woman is dead and a number of other people are injured after a double bomb attack in Thailand. It happens in the popular coastal resort of Hua Hin (ph). Police say the woman who died was a food vendor whose cart was located in front of a bar.

The president of the Philippines has sparked a backlash after using offensive language to describe the U.S. ambassador. It prompted Washington to summon the country's envoy to complain. Kristie Lu Stout has the latest on that. A warning, though, her report includes the offensive language.

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KRISTIE LU STOUT, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The U.S. is asking the Philippines to clarify a vulgar insult made by the president of the Philippines. Rodrigo Duterte used a homophobic slur during a recent speech when he referred to the American ambassador to his country. And this is the moment when he used that slur and other profanity to describe Ambassador Philip Goldberg.

RODRIGO DUTERTE, PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT (through translator): I told him your ambassador is a gay son of bitch. I was annoyed at him for interfering in the elections giving statements here and there.

STOUT: On the back of those comments, the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs issued a statement today emphasizing that the insult has not damaged ties between the Philippines and the U.S.

The Philippines government spokesman said what I could tell is that Philippines-U.S. relations remains strong. During the call of Secretary Kerry, the president said that he places much importance on Philippines/U.S. relations and used effusive language to describe the very productive bilateral partnership.

But there is still no clarification as to why the president made those comments. Now Duterte earlier said he was annoyed with the U.S. ambassador for in his words, interfering in the elections.

The Philippines' president first came into conflict with the U.S. ambassador while on the campaign trail after Duterte made light of the brutal rape and murder of an Australian missionary in 1989 in the Philippines.

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