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Trump Neck-And-Neck; Clinton Calls Trump "Totally Unqualified" To Be

President; Trump On Putin: More Of A Leader Than Obama; Presidential

Candidate Blanks On Aleppo; U.S. And Russia To Hold Talks Over Syria;

Turkey Wants To Work With U.S. To Oust ISIS From Raqqa; Hollande Calls For

Ban Of Foreign Imams; Hollande Says Islam Fits Into A Secular France; Air

China Magazine's London Travel Tips Spark Furor; Another $1.3 Bn In U.S.

Payments To Iran Disclosed; Obama, Duterte Speak Briefly At ASEAN Summit;

Mexican Finance Minister Resigns After Trump Visit; India Considers Ban On

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other on a T.V. forum as polls show a tight race between the two.

Criticism and questions were stated and raised such as Trump being unfit

and unqualified to be president, Trump not wanting to specify plans for

ISIS for security purposes, Trump's false claim of opposing Iraq war,

defending his suggestion in 2013 regarding sexual assault in the military,

and Clinton on e-mail issues, her not putting ground troops into Iraq and

Syria against ISIS, including criticism against President Obama that

according to Trump has hindered the U.S. generals and that Vladimir Putin

was a better president than him. Critics accused NBC News Anchor Matt

Lauer of aggressively questioning Clinton but not fact checking Trump's

claims throughout the forum. President Obama challenged Trump's so-called

wacky ideas. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson in an

interview blanks out when questioned about Aleppo, unable to identify what

is Aleppo. U.S. and Russia trying to reach some sort of agreement on how a

ceasefire should work in Syria, but still there are gaps between the

countries. Turkey's desires strategic outcome to increase influence inside

Syria's Raqqa with the help of United States. French President Francois

Hollande wants an Islam that has its roots in France with its imams be

trained under the French mantle, saying Islam can fit into a secular France

as long as it obeys the law. Air China criticized for being a racist in a

travel tip in its in-flight newspaper warning London tourist to be cautious

in areas populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people. The U.S

transferred another $1.3 billion to Iran after their initial payment of

$400 million as supposedly ransom for the American prisoners. U.S.

President Barack Obama spoke briefly with Philippines President Rodrigo

Duterte at the ASEAN Summit in Laos after the cancelled meeting between the

two due to Duterte's lewd language against Obama. Mexico's Finance

Minister Luis Videgaray was out of job after architecting Trump's visit in

Mexico that caused protest. India's lawmakers are considering ending its

commercial surrogacy, which is famous in the country but some argues that

the government is stripping women of their right to make choices about

their bodies. A Siberian river in Russia turned bright red and theory is

that it came from a chemical in a nearby metal working plant. Brazil's new

president, Michel Temer, was booed as he appeared on their Independence Day

celebration and as he opened the Paralympic Games. Paralympic gold

medalist Kurt Fearnley born without the lower portion of his spine relates

his success in wheelchair sport amidst his condition. Serena Williams set

off for the semifinals as she beats Simona Halep and still holding the 23rd

Grand Slam singles title. Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka to play against

each other in the semifinals as Nishikori defeats Andy Murray in a dramatic

quarterfinals and Wawrika beating Juan Martin del Potro. Although Liberty

Media announced its taking control of Formula One's in a deal worth $8

billion, Bernie Ecclestone will remain as F1's chief executive officer for

the next three years. Tiger Woods has announced to play on the PGA Tour

next month at the Safeway Open in California after more than a year out

with injury. Paralympic Games opens in the Maracana Stadium in Rio with

its traditional lighting of the cauldron and lots of dancing and


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A Mexican government official and a close source to the Mexican government, like I said before, both told CNN previously that the idea to extend invitations for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to meet with Pena Nieto came from the Finance Ministry. And last night, at a candidate's forum held in New York by NBC, Trump again made it clear he thinks he put the Mexican President in his place. Let's listen.


TRUMP: I think if you saw what happened in Mexico the other day where I went there. I had great relationships, everything else. I let them know where the United States stands. I mean, we've been badly hurt by Mexico both on the border and were taking all of our jobs or a big percentage of our jobs. And, if you look at what happened, look at the aftermath today where the people that arranged the trip in Mexico have been forced out of government. That's how well we did.


ROMO: Now, Donald Trump is almost universally despised by the Mexican as result of comments he has made on the campaign trail, calling Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists and promising to build a wall at the border. And, Robyn, the Mexican President is not much more popular than Donald Trump in Mexico. His popularity rate stands at about 23 percent according to a recent poll by a Mexican newspaper.

CURNOW: And the "New York Times" is saying that this is significant because the Finance Minister in many ways was a very key ally of the President and that he's now politically offend, so to speak.

ROMO: It is true. They had been together since Pena Nieto was a state governor, the Mexico state governor back in 2005. And he was seen as the brain behind the face. A very astute operator. A key aide. And no one closer to the President.

They are personal friends and the President said so himself when he made the announcement. So, I mean, there's a little less than two years left in office for Pena Nieto and he's going to have to find somebody who can at least compare to what Videgaray brought to the table.

CURNOW: And is there any suggestion on why the Finance Ministry thought it was a good idea to bring Mr. Trump?

ROMO: There's no indication and, you know, we've been talking to experts in Mexico and outside of Mexico, why would he do something like that. There was nothing to gain for the Mexican President. And it is interpreted as the Mexican President essentially serving the country on a silver platter to Trump for him to do whatever he wanted to do. And as we saw, that's exactly what Trump ended up doing.

CURNOW: Certainly not a popular decision either way. Thank you so much. Appreciate it.

Well, every year, people who wanted to have children find surrogate mothers in India. However, now lawmakers are considering ending commercial surrogacy. Alexandra Field has more from New Delhi.


ALEXANDRA FIELD, CNN CORRESPONDNET: That's the sound they waited 22 years to hear.

He said it was a labor of love, requiring the help of a surrogate mom, which is big business in India.


FIELD: The country has been called the womb of the world. A few years ago, CNN took you to heart of it, a town filled with women dubbed by critics as having wombs for rent. Now, the government is working to put the whole business out of business.

SOUMYA SWAMINATHAN, HELPED DRAFT SURROGACY BILL: We thought the government says that it's very, very important that we move a bill to protect these women. We received a large number of complaints, but more so the complaints are about people who were either not given the amount that they were promised or who had some complications that were not covered medically or to do with the children who were left behind.

[10:35:13] FIELD: Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, director general of the Indian Million Research Council helped draft the bill. It would clamp down on the more than 2,000 under regulated fertility clinics operating in the country. Its task, it would put an end to paid surrogacy and end the paychecks worth thousand of dollars for these women among the country's poorest. Women who might otherwise earn a few hundred in a year.

They didn't want to be identified because they say there's a social stigma surrounding surrogacy.

"With the money the future of our children will be good. We will educate them. We are benefiting from it and also we're helping others who don't have children," she says.

FIELD: If passed, Indian's plan to ban surrogacy would not only prevent a number of poor women from making a substantial amount of money as surrogates. It would also stop people from all over the world coming to India to have babies. And that includes Indian parents, gay couples and single women.

The only people that could have surrogate babies would be married heterosexual Indian couples who have been unable to have a baby for at least five years and who are unable to find an unpaid surrogate family member.

Dr. Kaberi Banerjee works with surrogates as part of her fertility practice. She delivered baby Cathy and a hundred other babies from surrogate mothers. She argues the government is stripping women of the right to make choices about their bodies and to earn money they need.

KABERI BANERJEE, OPPOSES SURROGACY BILL: Perhaps the intention is good of the government, but I feel they are ill-informed.

FIELD: A disservice she believes towards the women who depend on the paychecks and the ones who still hope to hear this.

Alexandra Field, CNN, New Delhi.


CURNOW: An important piece there from Alexandra. Thanks for that.

Now, you're watching CNN. And there's been an alarming sight in Russia's far north. This Siberian river has suddenly turned bright red. Look at that. No one knows exactly why it happened.

One theory though, a chemical from a nearby metal working plant could be responsible. The company that runs the plant says it's not to blame. Now, the area is heavily polluted and people who live there say they've seen the water turn red before, well.

Still ahead, doctors didn't know if this Paralympian would live after he was born without the lower portion of his spine. His story of determination and courage coming up.


CURNOW: I'm Robyn Curnow. Thanks for joining me. You're watching CNN.

And Michel Temer's debut as Brazil's new president has not gone very well. Take a look at this.

[10:40:03] CURNOW: Crowds booed Mr. Temer when he appeared at Independence Day's celebration in Brasilia. He was booed again when he open the Paralympic Games in Rio. Mr. Temer was sworn in as Brazil's president last month when former president, Dilma Rousseff was impeached.

Now more than 4,000 athletes will compete over the next 11 days at the Paralympics. This is one story of an athlete who showed an extraordinary determination and sacrifice. Take a look.


KURT FEARNLEY, THREE-TIME PARALYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST: There was no indication that I was going to be any different to any other of the four other kids that mom had had. There was a period of time where they weren't sure whether I would live out the hour, the day, the week, the month.

I was born without the lower portion of my spine. My name is Kurt Fearnley and I'm a three-time gold medal winning Paralympian.

My life motto is probably that struggling is all right. If anything struggling is strengthening.

At the Paralympics I compete in the 1,500 to 5,000 at the marathon. I won two silver medals in Sydney, two gold medals and a silver medal in Athens, gold, two silvers and a bronze in Beijing and a silver and a bronze in London also.

I grew up in a little town called Carcoar. It's a town of 250 people and we had this incredible kind of family atmosphere.

Introduction to wheelchair sport, it changed my world. I saw wheelchair racing in 1994. I saw these guys who were just these men, you know, they're better than any football field or cricket out there. They were these gladiators and I loved it.

I kind of just, you know, fan where I meant to be. Most people were surprised. Telling your mom and dad that you're going to turn down your traditional kind of place at university to be a wheelchair racer, you know, I could have been sitting across from them saying that I wanted to be a professional unicorn hunter, you know, like it was just -- it was a bit of an unknown experience.

I've won 35 marathons placed in another 15 all around the world. I've crawled the Kokoda Track and I've won a Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

I think that my biggest dream is that the day that I stop racing wheelchairs there's no (inaudible). There have been just occasion after occasion that I wonder whether I'm living someone else's life when you're going through these things. But those moments, those things that you never saw coming, they are some of the most memorable and some of the most incredible experiences.


CURNOW: What a guy. And of course, CNN will continue to cover the Paralympics the coming week or so. 4,000 athletes, all of them champions in their own rights. And we will bring you all of their stories of the next 11 days.

Well, thanks for watching. I'm Robyn Curnow. This has been the "International Desk." I'm going to hand you over to "World Sport" with Alex Thomas right after this.


[10:45:22] ALEX THOMAS, CNN ANCHOR: Hello and welcome to CNN "World Sport." I'm Alex Thomas in London.

It's women's semifinals day at the U.S. Open and Serena Williams has moved a step closer to rewriting the tennis record books once again. A quarterfinal against Simona Halep on Wednesday was, as predicted, her toughest test so far.

Williams dropping a set for the first time in this year's event before winning in three. If she remains on course, the record, seventh U.S. Open crown and a 23rd career Grand Slam singles title. And that would move her within one of Margaret Court's all-time mark. Although Williams suffered a shock to semifinal exit 12 months ago.

Our tennis expert, Ravi Ubha, doesn't expect another one.


RAVI UBHA, CNN TENNIS CONTRIBUTOR: I'm not sure she will. Different type of player, Caroline Wozniacki. I think Serena is more comfortable facing those types of players with big hitters, players with the big serve. She could handle that as players like Halep more so, I think. But give her the trouble, this stage of her career knowing mentally going into a match like Halep. She's going to have to hit a lot of balls. She made 25 unforced errors alone in the second set of that match. And she'll know into the final hour that you're going to face somebody similar, you know, Kerber, or Wozniacki playing or serving .

THOMAS: Which would you prefer of those to see?

UBHA: It's a good question. I think she would prefer to face Wozniacki because, obviously, what's happen is Kerber beat her in Australian Open final. Kerber is playing the best tennis of her career. And she just has that bit of extra aggression, that Wozniacki does have. So besides chasing down on the balls, she could counter-act with some aggression that she had herself.


THOMAS: And there is one win away from a second U.S. Open final appearance. After ending Andy Murray's triumphant recent rant, Murray's reached the final of every Grand Slam event this year until now. The Wimbledon and Olympic champion did race until one set leads Nishikori flag. He'd only lost once to an eight previous meetings.

However, the momentum of the match completely changed after it started to rain and the new multi-million dollar roof was closed. When the action resumed, Murray was under pressure. As you can see here with his angry reaction when the stadium tunnel ascend, it went all through in a crucial points in the full set. Murray lost that set.

A butterfly fluttering around the net flustered him even more and it all resulted after several breaks of serve in the fifth and final set with Nishikori claiming the victory.


ANDY MURRAY, TENNIS PLAYER: I'm not too disappointed. It was, you know, a good match, could have gone either way. Obviously, I would have loved to have won, but, you know, I've had a good run the last few months. I mean, you can't win every match. And, you know, it's obviously a shame. I would have loved to gone further but it wasn't to be today.


THOMAS: Nishikori's next opponent will be Stan Wawrinka the number three seed on beating the resurgent Juan Martin del Potro in four sets to reached the semifinals at Flushing Meadows for the third time in four years.

Ravi Ubha says Wawrinka poses a big threat to defending champion Novak Djokovic no matter what went wrong for Murray.


UBHA: So one thing that has been really mentioned a lot is how much tennis Murray has played over the past few months. And I think that effected him and things like the roof closing, things like the tunnel or the sound going off. That maybe would not have affected him if he was a bit more fresh mentally.

THOMAS: That's not the old Murray, isn't it, getting distracted by that.

UBHA: Exactly. And you think yourself, he's the number two player of the world, should he have been that distracted especially by this tunnel and thing happening. I mean, he's still had the break point on the replay point and he admitted in his press conference that it affected him for at least two or three games.

He went on, in fact, with his seven games in a row and was down two level to fifth. Miraculously, had a chance to win the match. Nishikori almost blew up but he recovered.

THOMAS: Yeah, definitely Nishikori, but he now plays Stan Wawrinka who was, we were mentioning on this show yesterday, quietly but impressively moved through the draw.

UBHA: I think it's going to be a fascinating match up because in terms of their head to head edges is just a little bit. They met this summer and Wawrinka lost that match here, he had some back issues. But, when they played also at the U.S. Open in 2014, Nishikori won that in five sets.

And you like the fact that has gone under the radar. He's keeping too his own business playing his good tennis after saving the match point against Daniel Evans in the third round.

So, we're talking about luck with Novak and the injuries that he's had on the other side of the net. Well how about Wawrinka, perhaps lucky to be in the tournament after that third round win and then though he upped his level against Del Potro tremendously.

THOMAS: Well, how much will Murray's exit please Novak Djokovic?

UBHA: That's a good question, you know. I think many will think, OK, Murray is out. He's played the best tennis of his life. It's going to be a little bit easier now for Novak. I'm not so sure because I think it was five straight times at Grand Slams Novak has beaten Andy.

Whereas, if you look at Stan Wawrinka, last five Grand Slam matches he has played against Novak Djokovic, Novak leads 3-2. Four of the five have gone five sets. The one that didn't, that was won by Stan in French Open Final Cup two seasons ago. So think if we get to Wawrinka, Djokovic final, which I expect to be the case, it could be a blockbuster.


[10:50:17] THOMAS: Ravi Ubha speaking to me a little bit earlier.

Tiger Woods have announced the date to prove that his golfing career isn't over yet. While we get ready to welcome him back, get prepared to say goodbye to F1 Supremo, Bernie Ecclestone.


THOMAS: You're watching CNN "World Sport." Welcome back.

It looks as if we're about to see the biggest shake up in 40 years of motor sport most glamorous franchise Formula One. And it could spell the end of Bernie Ecclestone's grip on the sport.

American company, Liberty Media, has announced its taking control of F1 in a deal worth $8 billion. Liberty Media has bought an 18.7 percent stake in the business and says the acquisition will be completed in the first quarter of 2017.

Liberty Media is one of the world's largest T.V. and broadband company. And is run by media mogul John Malone. They own the Atlanta Braves baseball team but the global sport of Formula One is a different proposition. Its annual turnover has been estimated at almost $2 billion.

The new chairman of the F1 board of the U.S. Executive Chase Carey, although Ecclestone expected to remain as CEO for the next few years. And the editor of "SportsPro" business magazine, Eoin Connolly told us earlier why that's important.


EOIN CONNOLLY, SPORTSPRO MAGAZINE EDITOR: Basically, he's a guy who's made most of the key deals in Formula One for the last 40 years or at least has kind of been the arbiter of last resort and arranging things like the Concorde Agreement with teams and various hosting agreements like the one that was just signed with Monza less than a weak ago.

So, I think the fact that he knows the interior of the sport is going to be very important to the new owners whether strategically he has the answers to take Formula One into the 21st century is another question.


THOMAS: Formula One may be about to say bye bye to Bernie but golf is about to say hello again to Tiger Woods, one of the games greatest set of players, hasn't competed in the tournament since August of last year. After back surgery, his return was pushed back more than once, increasing speculation his career may be over. However, the 40-year-old has announced to play on the PGA Tour next month at the Safeway Open in California.

Part of the statement read, "It was difficult missing tournaments that are important to me. But this time I was smart about my recovery and didn't rush."

Now, let's take a look at the scenes of celebration at the opening ceremony of Rio's Paralympic Games. That was the traditional lightning of the cauldron . The end of the torch relays as well Samba dancing and drums, the cities famous Maracana football stadium illuminated in a spectacular firework display.

Although Brazil's new President was booed during the ceremony. There was a send out crowd.

[10:55:01] Shasta Darlington has more from from Rio.


SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The Paralympic Games have begun. Less than three weeks after the closing curtain fell on the Olympic Games here in Rio de Janeiro, another opening ceremony at Maracana Stadium. With fireworks, Samba music and some pretty unique elements starting at the very beginning with a wheelchair extreme athlete, Aaron Wheelz who's zipped down a mega ramp through a circle of fireworks.

Instead of supermodel Gisele Bundchen, we had a surprise visit from the Olympic mascot as he shimmered down in his golden gown. Also, some unique performances by the some of the Paralympic athletes.

Now the games begin. 4,300 athletes, they run through September 18. People coming from more than 160 nations. Noticeably absent is Russia. Their entire Paralympic team was banned as a result of the state-sponsored doping scandal.

Plenty of problems here in Rio as well. They got off to a shaky start with some financial problems, but now organizers say 60 percent of tickets have been sold. They are optimistic more will be sold now that the opening ceremony has set the tone.

Shasta Darlington, CNN, Rio de Janeiro.


THOMAS: Well the action itself has been underway for a couple of hours now. We picked out four Paralympians to look out for over the next week and a half or so.

American Tatyana McFadden is hoping to become the first track and field athlete to win seven golds at one Paralympic games. At 74, yes, 74 years of age, Australian shooter Libby Kosmala is, you won't be surprise to find out, the oldest competitor. This is her 12th Paralympics, making 51-year- old Swede, Jonas Jacobsson, a relative youngster. This is only his 10th game.

Brazilian fans have their own version of Michael Phelps to cheer on. Swimmer Daniel Dias has 10 golds to his name from two Paralympic competitions.

That's all for this edition of CNN "World Sport," I'm Alex Thomas in London. I'll see you at the same time again tomorrow.

Coming up next, Becky Anderson live for you with the latest "Connect the world." Thanks for watching. Bye bye.



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