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KRISTIE LU STOUT: Welcome to News Stream where news and technology meet. I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. And we being with news of one of al Qaeda's top men is dead. Yemeni and U.S. officials say American-born cleric Anwar al Awlawki has been killed.

And we have exclusive new video of Amanda Knox dancing in prison as her appeals trial is just days away from a possible verdict.

And digital face swapping, how one Spanish man transforms himself into Fidel Castro or Steve Jobs at the click of a mouse.

A man described as a top al Qaeda leader and a known threat to U.S. homeland security is dead, that's according to Yemeni and U.S. officials who say Anwar al Awlawki was killed in an operation earlier on Friday. The radical U.S.-born cleric was considered the face of al Qaeda's operations in the Arabian Peninsula. A senior U.S. administration official has confirmed his death. And a spokesman from the Yemeni embassy in Washington says that the killing happened near the town of Kashef (ph), about 140 kilometers east of the capital Sanaa.

I want to tell you a bit more about the man sometimes described as the bin Laden of the internet.

Now the 40 year old al Awlawki. He was born in the U.S. state of New Mexico. At age 7, he moved back to Yemen with his family. But al Awlawki returned to the U.S. for university where he received not just one, but at least two degrees. And even studied a PhD program in human resources at George Washington University.

And as an imam, he preached in both California and in Virginia. And a report on the 9/11 attack says he corresponded with three of the hijackers.

Now U.S. officials, they also suspect that he helped to coordinate that failed plane bombing plot in Detroit, Michigan on Christmas Day two years ago.

Now al Awlawki, he was also a wanted man in Yemen, sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison for inciting to kill foreigners.

And for more on the significance of al Awlawki's death and what it means for the future of al Qaeda Nic Robertson joins us now from CNN London.

And Nic, is his death a major blow for the terror network? Or is there already another similar figure waiting in the wings?

NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: There doesn't seem to be a similar figure waiting in the wings. Why? Because Awlawki was very charismatic. He developed a big following over the past 10 years or so. He produced hundreds of thousands of CDs, audio message, DVDs, video messages which had a very wide and broad appeal. They weren't calling for terrorist activities, otherwise they would have been banned. They were on sale in Islamic book stores in London, for example. You could purchase them over the internet, buy them pretty much anywhere in the world.

So he was already very popular. So it's going to be very hard to replace him with like for like.

He spoke English, which was absolutely critical for al Qaeda to widen its message and draw in people from the United States, from Europe, draw in recruits that they wanted to get on board in al Qaeda to perpetrate attacks around the world.

So this sort of charisma, this ability to speak English and connect with people is going to hurt their recruiting. It's going to hurt their ability to raise finances as well, because you were prolific. This was drawing in money through sales and through the sort of propaganda value of the message that he was selling. And it's also going to go into impact them psychologically. He was a very, very big figure. So unlikely to be replaced quickly at this stage -- Kristie.

STOUT: He was charismatic. He spoke English. In fact, he was born in the United States in the U.S. state of New Mexico. Can you give us more information about his background and how he became radicalized?

ROBERTSON: Well, after he came back to Yemen his father was a government official, a minister within the government, so he had a life that was relatively privileged. He was relatively well educated. In fact, in terms -- in Yemeni terms, he would be exceptionally well educated, speaking English. And he chose to return to the United States to get his university education there.

Then, leaving that and continuing sort of on a religious path, if you will, becoming an imam at a mosque in California before going to a very important and influential mosque in Virginia and the United States, on the other side of the United States and continuing there to meet with many Muslims, to be a respected preacher, to be a figure that people turn to.

I talked to some young Muslims here in London who'd attended Awlawki's lectures in the early 2000s when Awlawki lived in London. They considered him to be as important as Osama bin Laden. Why? The reason they gave was because he was not only charismatic, but that he understood the religion well, as well as bin Laden said, and could explain it well.

So his -- his sort of path of privileged upbringing, of education, really gave him and his sort of world traveling, gave him the ability to touch personally many, many people. And this was really as a result of sort of this affluent upbringing if you will -- Kristie.

STOUT: His death is a huge propaganda victory for the war on terror. Can you give us any more information on the circumstances of his death. How did al Awlawki die?

ROBERTSON: It's not clear yet how he was killed. There was a very close strike on his life in May earlier this year. A U.S. drone targeted the vehicle he was driving in. He switched vehicles, but still the missile from the drone bounced off the fender of his vehicle and he made an escape. A couple of other of his colleagues were killed.

We don't know if that was the type of targeting this time. It may have been.

But there was some factors here that were at play in Yemen that sort of give the wider picture. And that is that Yemen is descending into a civil war. Al Qaeda has taken control of three provinces in the country, according to the vice president when I interviewed him earlier this year. So al Qaeda's sort of strength there is growing. And Yemen has just seen the return of President Saleh back to the country after three months of recuperative medical treatment in Saudi Arabia. And within days now you have this strike on -- this successful strike on al Awlawki.

Certainly President Saleh is looking to get United States' support to keep him in power. And one of the key ways of doing that is to show how well he and his forces can fight against al Qaeda. The threat of al Qaeda in Yemen is huge, not just al Awlawki, but the last two principle attacks against the United States were planned and the bombs built in Yemen and exported from Yemen by a bomb maker, an al Qaeda bomb maker who is still on the loose.

So you can clearly see that the Yemeni government under President Saleh is going to do what it can to assist the United States in targeting people like Awlawki. But again the specifics of the attack we still don't know, Kristie.

STOUT: So there is definitely a political dimension to this killing. Nic Robertson joining us live from London. Thank you very much for that.

And we'll go -- get back to al Awlawki later in the show, but now we're going to go to a court case that is getting international attention. Now on Monday, Amanda Knox will be allowed to make a personal plea for her acquittal. And her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito is also set to address the court in Perusia, Italy.

Now Knox and Sollecito are fighting their convictions for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher who was found with her throat slashed.

Now Amanda Knox has spent nearly four years behind bars for a crime that she says she did not commit. But it seems she does have brief moments of escape.

Now Matthew Chance has this report.


MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Exclusive images of a local rock band playing a gig inside the prison near Perusia where Amanda Knox is being held. The audience of female inmates are shown from the waste down dancing to the songs. But it's only in photographs, given to CNN by the band, that Amanda can be clearly made out.

This one shows the 24 year old in a red t-shirt dancing in the crowd with her arms in the air. One is taken from behind as she jumps to the music. Another catches her in profile listening to the Italian rock band that's now played the prison three times this year.

LEO ARIEL, HANDS OF TIME BAND LEADER: Everyone inside the jail needs moments like this. They need to escape their situations, their nightmares, their state of mind. So they're all having fun with our songs. They're all singing our songs.

CHANCE: But the bands members say they've become particular friends with Amanda, even collaborating with her on a forthcoming music video. They say she also sends them poems and letters about her life behind bars.

ARIEL: She's struggling a lot. I mean, she knows this is what -- I mean, I can see in her letters. She knows she shouldn't be there. And she's struggling with the fact that she can't be with the people she loves. And she can't do the things she loves to do.

CHANCE: But these images appear to capture a rare moment of joy, the pressures of a prison sentence briefly cast away.

Matthew Chance, CNN, Perusia.


STOUT: And today prosecutors have a chance to refute allegations made by defense lawyers. And Pauls Newton joins us live from Perusia. And Paula, since we last talked, more drama in the courtroom. Tell us what happened.

PAULA NEWTON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely. We're just on a court break now, but the prosecution definitely had its time in court today saying, look, there is enough evidence that says that Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito did murder Meredith Kercher.

But there were -- they really did not hold back, saying that look, it's the jury. And they prayed that the jury would look at the forensic evidence again. They said that there was the evidence there to convict these two. And also made it clear that they were asking for a life sentence and that these two deserved a life sentence. And one of the prosecutors going so far as to say, look, they're lucky there isn't the death penalty in Italy.

But they did admit that there were some -- some errors in the investigation, but they still said that what was left over would definitely implicate these two in that murder.

But it was an interesting day, Kristie, because in court you saw a lot of interaction between the defense and the prosecution, the jury and the two judges that sit on that jury. It was a bit chaotic, to tell the truth, and you can tell it was really taking its toll on Amanda Knox. And you can see even going in she looked to be quite down, had her hands in her head, and her family says she's not eating, she's not sleeping for understandable reasons.

So a lot a to hear there in court. And still more rebuttals coming. They may sit tomorrow morning. And it's all opening. We're all -- moving towards a conclusion which should happen on Monday when both of them, Sollecito and Amanda Knox, get a chance to address the jury themselves -- Kristie.

STOUT: Now a number of Amanda Knox's friends and family are there in the court room. And with the verdict just days away now, how are they taking it all in?

NEWTON: Well, you know, Amanda's mother really has not taken this well over the last few days. She says she doesn't even want to sit in there, she doesn't want to hear these terrible things about her daughter. She's often been in tears for the last little while.

Her father, her step-mother, her step-father all in there with her. Her father especially has been quite stoic through all this. And they say that they are confident now that a DNA review has been done. And that some holes have been poked into what they call very flimsy evidence on the part of the prosecutors.

They're saying that this is sustaining them. And that they do have hope that Amanda will be home very soon.

But it is incredibly tense. And you can tell that everyone is on edge and not just Amanda Knox and her family, but also the prosecution that has made it clear that they also feel that they're on trial here.

STOUT: And Raffaele Sollecito, he is also fighting for an appeal. So how is he handling the trial?

NEWTON: He's been incredibly calm and says very little. He talks to his defense team.

It was an interesting thing that happened this morning. Curt Knox, Amanda's father, got up to leave for a moment. He passed behind Raffaele Sollecito and gave him a little pat on the back and kind of gave him some reassurance.

These cases have always been run at the same time, Amanda Knox and her boyfriend tried together, they're now doing this appeal together. Their stories have not changed. But you can tell these two young people look much different to me than they did even two years ago after the verdict, Kristie. They're very frail. And you can tell they realize their life is really hanging in the balance here.

STOUT: Paula Newton joining us live from Perusia. Thank you very much for that.

And ramping up all the drama is the language both the prosecution and defense have been using to try to win over the jurors. You may remember Amanda Knox being framed by some as a femme fatale, or she-devil. But take a look at some of the other emotive words used in this past week.

Now here's a quote from Carlo Pacelli, a lawyer for Patrick Lumumba, the man Knox falsely accused of killing Meredith Kercher. This is how he described Knox, quote, "within her lives a double soul one which is angelic, good, compassionate, tender, and ingenuous." But he went on to say that she has another side, quote, "a Lucifer-like, demonic, satanic, diabolical one."

And one thing that stands out from that quote and the words behind me here is the religious and occult imagery in this case.

Now Amanda Knox's defense has repeatedly called for her to be absolved. One of her lawyers has said that Knox is being massacred by the media, another said that she was crucified, impaled in a public square.

Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito will have their own chance to address the court on Monday.

Now ahead on News Stream, concerned with cleaning up, that's how one of Michael Jackson's former employees described Dr. Conrad Murray on the day the pop icon died. What will we hear on day four of the trial?

And will Hong Kong see a flood of permanent residency applications from foreign maids? We'll explain the landmark case behind it all.


STOUT: Now they're nameless, even faceless to many, but nearly 300,000 foreign born maids, or domestic helpers live and work in Hong Kong. They have not been allowed to apply for permanent residency, but that could change due to a legal challenge by a Filipino maid who has lived and worked in Hong Kong for a quarter century.

Now in a landmark case, a Hong Kong court has ruled that a law banning foreign domestic helpers from applying for permanent residency is unconstitutional.

Now the head of Hong Kong's civic party had this reaction.


ALAN LEONG, LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBER (through translator): There are two criteria to be eligible to apply for Hong Kong residency. First, the person has to reside in Hong Kong for seven years. Second, the person has to have taken Hong Kong as a place of permanent residents. Today's ruling says that they can use the period in which they remain in Hong Kong for application purposes, but whether that means that they've taken Hong Kong as a place of permanent residents, that's got to be examined further.


STOUT: Now critics say that the ruling could open the flood gates to a sea of new immigrants in already crowded and expensive city. At least one politician is even calling for a possible intervention by Beijing if the court's decision is upheld.

But the attorney for the woman challenging the permanent residency restrictions says that would be a big mistake.


MARK DALY, ATTORNEY FOR EVANGELINE BANAO VALLEJOS: My view is the argument is so strong that the -- it's really a test of Hong Kong's legal system more than anything. So I mean, I'd like to think that we are smarter than that in Hong Kong. And that we won't do an end around again, as some of the talk was going to Beijing. We start doing that, it's mob rule, really.


STOUT: Now Daly, he also said that his client could not be in court today, because she was working.

Now the next key date in this case is October 26th, when the court will decide if she can be declared a permanent resident. And the Hong Kong government also plans to appeal the ruling.

Now ahead on News Stream, the price of beauty. Now designers are using makeup to bring the high life to the masses. And we'll explain as the fashion season continues after the break.


STOUT: Coming to you live from Hong Kong you're back watching News Stream.

And if you are a follower of fashion you'll know that sometimes your wallet just doesn't stretch far enough and that piece you have your eye on it's stays in the shop window.

Now so many designers are catering to a lipstick economy with the idea that makeup is cheap and makes you feel good. And Monita Rajpal reports, Dulce and Gabbana is the latest to jump on that bandwagon.


MONITA RAJPAL, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: In Milan, actress Scarlett Johannson causes a frenzy as she enters Dolce and Gabbana spring/summer runway show. She has been the muse for the designer since 2009 when the duo launched their makeup line.

Fashion is a fantasy -- the right shoes, bag, or dress to enhance your life is not within everyone's financial reach. Beauty and fragrance lines offer an affordable way to buy into that fantasy.

Inspired by sirens (ph) of the 50s, Dolce and Gabbana are able to sell their dream with the face of modern day Hollywood glamour.

SCARLETT JOHANNSON, ACTOR: I think Stephano and Dominico both love strong women, voluptuous women, like Monica Bellucci...



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yeah, great show. It was fun.

JOHANNSON: I'm a curvy girl. I'm not -- you know, I'm not trying to fit into the mold of a modern aesthetic in a sense. I guess maybe that's why they chose me, for my curves.


RAJPAL: Backstage, world renowned makeup artist Pat McGrath oversees the look she created with Dolce and Gabbana this season.

PAT MCGRATH, MAKEUP ARTIST: What we've created is a modern day (inaudible). So interested in how to fit perfect skin, every woman wants to do it. So we have to create color (ph) that gives you that instantly. So obviously so much work and so much (inaudible) have to go into creating the product.

RAJPAL: The designers, the makeup and fragrance lines with the inevitable evolution of a brand that's been around for 26 years. Proctor and Gamble, the company working with the brand, estimates the global prestige beauty market is work more than $90 billion. The designers say it's a small yet effective way to attract a market that's not been part of the Dolce and Gabbana fashion clientele.

STEFANO GABBANA, DOLCE AND GABBANA: We make expensive clothes, medium and then a bit cheaper. But not for everyone.

By fragrance is a (inaudible) makeup we arrive -- we give the woman the possibility to buy little part of the dream.

RAJPAL: In New York during Fashion Week, makeup is also center stage. For Estee Lauder, it's been the focus throughout the company's 65 year history. Now they have a new ambassador, their first Asian spokesmodel. Liu Wen joins the rank of top models with a coveted cosmetics campaign signaling Asia's growing influence in the beauty industry.

LIU WEN, MODEL: Working with a beauty company is my dream. And now I live my dream.

RAJPAL: Born in Hunan Province, she says she wasn't considered a classical beauty. She entered a modeling contest in 2005 because the grand prize was a computer.

WEN: I was very shy doing the contest, because I don't understand what is modeling, why are people doing makeup, and why I need to wear high heels every day.

RAJPAL: Now, she struts down the catwalks of top designers.

WEN: The beginning was very hard, because you know you are a new face, new girl. So in Beijing you have so many people. And the people that really know you.

Now I live in New York one year.

I love my job. I feel very different.

RAJPAL: In Paris, a different take on makeup for the models. At Rue du Mail's show the look was natural but with an edge. Shu Uemura's artistic director experiments with models for designer Martin Sitbon's approval.

MARTIN SITBON, RUE DU MAIL: I idea for the hair and make-up was to find something between this -- the woman is not too soft and at the same time she has something natural, you know.

KAKUYASU UCHIDE, SHU UEMURA: The makeup is to create perfect beauty (ph). But one thing with Martin I need something imperfection, imperfect beauty. You know, that's -- that's really complicated.

Now it's a time of texture. I don't need a colorful eye shadow, so just use that black and gray, and white on the (inaudible) texture to the eyes. So that's the makeup (inaudible).

Using the least amount of base products, you know the foundation and the (inaudible) of the least amount of. So this is a really important thing...

RAJPAL: So less is more?

UCHIDE: Yeah, less is more. That's right.

RAJPAL: From Paris to New York to Milan on the runways, the makeup compliments the clothes, a combination that goes hand in hand in selling the dream.

Monita Rajpal, CNN, Paris.


STOUT: Up next on News Stream, officials say the public face of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is dead. But some question the timing of Anwar al Awlawki's killing in Yemen so soon after an unpopular president returns.

Plus, what did Michael Jackson's former employee see in this room? Here parts of their testimony and find out what to expect next in Conrad Murray's trial.


STOUT: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. You're watching News Stream. And these are your world headlines.

An Obama administration official confirms a senior leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Anwar al Awlawki is dead. The Yemeni government official says that al Awlawki was killed in an air strike east of Sanaa. American officials say the U.S.-born cleric was involved in the botched flame bombing in the U.S. in 2009 and the Fort Hood shooting the same year.

Now American Amanda Knox is back in an Italian court as her appeal in Perusia nears a close. Now she and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito are fighting to overturn convictions for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher. Now Knox and Sollecito are expected to make statements to the court on Monday.

Now Hong Kong's high court has overturned a law that bans domestic helpers from seeking permanent residency. Now the landmark case, it was brought by a Filipino maid who has lived in the city for 25 years. Until now, she was not eligible to settle permanently because she is a maid. Now Hong Kong's government is expected to appeal.

And now we turn to the trial of Conrad Murray. Is he a doctor who is trying to help his exhausted patient sleep, a patient who just happened to be the most famous star in the world? Or did he, as prosecutors say, give Michael Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic Propofol and then try to cover his tracks?

Now the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray resumes in just a few hours in Los Angeles, and two paramedics are expected to testify later on Friday. On the stand on Thursday, several witnesses riveted the court room. They describe a scene of chaos, panic, and a doctor who seemingly did not know how to perform CPR correctly.

Here's Randi Kaye.


RANDI KAYE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: As Michael Jackson lay dying in his bedroom this man told the jury Conrad Murray was busy directing him to pack up the drugs in the room and put them away. Jackson's director of logistics, Alberto Alvarez, testified while they waited for paramedics to arrive Murray was on clean-up patrol.

ALBERTO ALVAREZ, MICHAEL JACKSON'S DIRECTOR OF LOGISTICS: I was standing at the foot of the bed. He reached over and grabbed a handful of vials and then he reached out to me and said, here, put these in a bag.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And when you removed the saline bag from the IV stand, was this the type?

ALVAREZ: Yes, sir. Like I said, it was at my eye level and I was able to notice that at the bottom of the bag there was what appeared to me like a milky white substance, sir.

KAYE: A milky white substance. Remember, Jackson liked to call Propofol his milk, that was the powerful anesthetic Murray gave Jackson through an IV to help him sleep.

Not only was Murray looking to clean up the drugs, but he was looking for someone to help save his star patient.

Alvarez told the jury Murray asked him to help revive Jackson who lay lifeless on the bed.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Now as you came in and saw Conrad Murray giving compressions, or what you describe as compressions, was he using one hand or two hands?

ALVAREZ: He was using one hand, sir. He had his hand with his palm open and he was giving chest compressions in this manner.

KAYE: The prosecution hoped the jury would realize Dr. Murray was doing CPR wrong, using one-handed chest compressions on Jackson's soft bed instead of the firm floor.

And there's more.

ALVAREZ: He was giving mouth-to-mouth, sir.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And what, if anything, did Dr. Murray say as he was giving mouth-to-mouth to Mr. Jackson.

ALVAREZ: I recall that after a couple -- or a few breaths that he'd breathe into Mr. Jackson, he came up and he says -- he said, this is the first time I do mouth-to-mouth, but I have to. He's my friend.

KAYE: In all the hysteria, Alvarez noticed Jackson's two older children watching in horror.

ALVAREZ: They were right behind me. And Paris screamed out daddy. Dr. Conrad Murray said don't let them -- don't let them see their dad like this.

KAYE: In between helping with CPR and clearing out the drugs in the room, Alvarez says Murray asked him to call 911. On cross examination, defense attorney Ed Chernoff tried to cast doubt on Alvarez's time line, hoping to show Dr. Murray did have his priorities in order.

ED CHERNOFF, DR. MURRAY'S DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Isn't it actually likely that when you talk about things are being put away, it was after the paramedics came and before you went to the hospital?

ALVAREZ: No, sir.

KAYE: Alvarez told the jury Jackson did not appear to be alive even as they struggled to save him. He also said he noticed something peculiar on his body.

ALVAREZ: I recall seeing what appeared to be a plastic bag or some sort of medical device like that. And it was on his penis.

KAYE: What he saw is called a condom catheter, something that would allow Michael Jackson to sleep for long periods and not have to get up to use the bathroom. This pokes holes in the defense theory that Jackson got up when Dr. Murray left the room, downed eight Lorazepam pills and then returned and gave himself the fatal dose of Propofol not realizing the mix would kill him.

Randi Kaye, CNN, Los Angeles.


STOUT: Now we've been showing you the emotional drama playing out in Michael Jackson's last moments. And we also want to show you where all of this was happening in the sprawling city of Los Angeles.

Let's start at the beginning.

Now Jackson, he was found unresponsive at his home in an upscale neighborhood in west L.A. After Dr. Murray tried to revive him, he was then rushed southwest to the UCLA Medical Center. And according to witness testimony it is there at the hospital that Dr. Murray asked Jackson's personal assistant to drive him back to Jackson's home so he could gather up some cream that Jackson, quote, wouldn't want the world to know about. Uneasy, the personal assistant refused.

Now let's bring in CNN's Don Lemon. And he joins us from outside the courthouse in Los Angeles. And Don, we have heard some very emotional testimony about what happened in Michael Jackson's room the day he died. And yesterday, you were taken to his house and bedroom. What did you see?

DON LEMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, we were inside the courtroom we were taken to his house and bedroom, because they showed us so much of what went on. A lot that you didn't get to see on television.

We saw really the entire home from above, from inside. And what -- the way that they got us into it is that they described how the security guard was called by an assistant he said -- OK, don't want you to make a ruckus. I want you to walk away from the security stand. I want you to walk up the driveway. And then when you get to a place where no one can see you, now I want you to start speeding up. Now I want you to run. Then you get to the front door and the nanny let's him in. And then he walks up the stairs and they take us through that, through the courtroom, and through electronics and we go into the bedroom.

But before he gets into the house, the security guard notices that Conrad Murray is standing on the banister looking over. He's not in the room according to this witness and trying to revive Michael Jackson. So once security guard goes upstairs, by that time Conrad Murray has made his way in the room and the security guard gets in. He sees him, as you heard in the story from Randi, giving chest compressions with one hand.

And then he says -- he tells him, pick up these vials. Put these vials in another bag.

And the kid walks in the room and says get out. And she screams, says get out. I don't want the -- get her out, I don't want the kids to see their father that way.

And then on and on and on.

And Kristie, minutes went by. Precious lost time until they actually called 911. And that call took over two minutes. It was unbelievable how much time was lost between the time something happened to Michael Jackson and the actual time the 911 call was made and an ambulance finally showed up.

STOUT: You know, the details of this case truly riveting and really heartbreaking just hearing this story again and again of Michael Jackson's children in that room and how they reacted to all this.

Now I also want to ask you while we have you, Don, today we will hear from two paramedics in the courtroom. What are they expected to say?

LEMON: Yeah, I'll tell you what they're expected to say. And real quickly I think it's important, too, Kristie, to point out that I'm in the courtroom as well as other reporters. We're sitting right there with the Jackson family who -- the family is having to relive all of this. And as they play the 911 tape, as we listen to the witnesses, all of this, we're looking around at the family's reactions and it's -- it's heartbreaking to watch them relive all of this again, especially the mom of -- the matriarch of the Jackson family, Catherine Jackson who is in her 80s now.

So today, the reporters, the people in the courtroom, the jury and the Jackson family, we will have to listen to two paramedics who showed up at the scene and probably give even more intimate details about Michael Jackson's condition when they got to the home. And that is not going to be really a pretty picture -- that's a tough way to put it -- for the family to have to go through this all over again, Kristie.

STOUT: Yeah, it's going to be absolutely gut wrenching for them.

Don Lemon joining us live from Los Angeles. Thank you for that Don.

And if you want to watch today's proceedings, just log onto We're bringing you the trial live on our web site. You could also find a running blog of the testimony.

Now let's get more on our top story. Now the reported death of Anwar al Awlawki and the impact on the Muslim world.

Now Mohammed Jamjoom joins us now from Istanbul, Turkey. And Mohammed, what impact does al Awlawki's death have on Ali Abdullah Saleh and his bid to remain president of Yemen?

MOHAMMED JAMJOOM, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Kristie, I asked that question just a short while ago to a Yemeni government official who said it's just not known at this time, that the political realities of Yemen are determined on the ground in Yemen by the political players there. But, you know, Ali Abdullah Saleh's support has been dwindling for months now. People have been dropping away from him, saying he should step down not just within Yemen, but Yemen's allies. There's been international pressure on him to step down.

What support he has left and what supporters he has left must be happy at this news, because Ali Abdullah Saleh has for years said that when it comes to fighting terrorism in Yemen he is the only effective tool in that fight, that nobody else in Yemen would effectively be able to mount campaigns against al Qaeda the way he does. With this news today, Ali Abdullah Saleh who is emboldened, who is defiant now back in Yemen saying he's not going to step down, clearly this is going to be a boost to him. And clearly he is going to use this to try to remain in power a bit longer, analysts already suggesting that.

How the international community will react to this we just don't know yet. How the U.S., the UK, the EU, the UN, the GCC, all these powers that have been calling on Saleh to step aside and sign a power transfer agreement, how they will react to this news we just don't know.

But clearly, for the supporters of Ali Abdullah Saleh, they think that this was a success for him and that this will help him politically in Yemen to retain that tenuous grip on power that he has right now -- Kristie.

STOUT: You know, there have long been concerns, and we have discussed this here on the program, about how militants could exploit the ongoing political chaos and uncertainty in Yemen. Now that al Awlawki is dead, is that concern still there?

JAMJOOM: Well, another government official in Yemen I was speaking with today was saying, look, this is certainly a blow to al Qaeda. He's a figurehead. He was a very charismatic figure -- he was speaking about al Awlawki when he was saying this. And this was a way of saying, look, we got one of your most popular guys. He's been eliminated. How are you going to come back from this.

But we must remember that al Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula, this is the most active wing of the al Qaeda network now. Analysts say this is the most dangerous wing of the al Qaeda network, the wing that poses the biggest threat to the west. And even though analysts have put the number of al Qaeda members in Yemen only at about 700 to 1,000 for the past few years, it is a dangerous group. They've learned from the mistakes of other al Qaeda branches have made in the Middle East and the region. They've been emboldened. They've been resurgent.

In the past several months, they've taken over provinces of Yemen. They've taken over entire towns. And so even though Anwar al Awlawki is gone, that does not mean that that organization is dead in the water right now. There's still a lot of work to be done to try to really eliminate the al Qaeda threat that's emanating from Yemen -- Kristie.

STOUT: We still don't know how he was killed, but many are wondering about the involvement of the United States. And there has been an eight month long uprising there in Yemen. At the same time, has the U.S. been very active inside Yemen targeting militant groups?

JAMJOOM: Kristie, we know that the U.S. has been involved. We know that in May that the U.S. was involved with regards to intelligence sharing. There was a drone strike operation targeting Anwar al Awlawki just a few days after Osama bin Laden was killed. They narrowly missed killing him. We know that the U.S. has been trying to expand their drone program in the region. One of the reasons is because of Yemen, because there's so much concern about al Qaeda there.

The U.S. doesn't speak about this much on the record, because there's concerns that it would affect Yemen. It would cause a backlash against the U.S. in Yemen. So they don't talk about it much. But clearly the U.S. very heavily involved in counterterrorism, planning, and action in Yemen. That being said, though, the Yemeni government also very actively involved.

What this means for the future of the operations we don't know, but the U.S. is very, very heavily invested in trying to make sure that they do as much as they can and work as closely as they can with the Yemeni government in targeting key al Qaeda targets like Anwar al Awlawki and like others in Yemen.

And one more thing to add, we did find out from a Yemeni government official a short while ago that Anwar al Awlawki was in a convoy of vehicles and that it was that motorcade that was attacked by an air strike, and that's when he was killed -- Kristie.

STOUT: Well, Mohammed, thank you very much indeed for working your contacts for us. Mohammed Jamjoom joining us live. Thank you.

Now up next, the fastest man in the world is speaking out. Usain Bolt is calling for a change to a controversial rule. And Don Riddell will explain in just a minute.


STOUT: Welcome back.

Now, the defending champions were in action at the Rugby World Cup. And Don Riddell is here with all the highlights -- Don.


Yes, South Africa beat Samoa to top their group at the Rugby World Cup, but they were given an almighty scare in Auckland. They were only eight points in it and Samoa pushed the world champions right until the final whistle.

This really was a game of two halves. And the Springboks looked like coasting to victory on the early evidence here. They took the early lead with a try from their record try scorer Bryan Habana. And then a couple of penalties from Morne Steyn and Frans Steyn sent them into the half-time break with a comfortable 13-nil lead.

But Samoa threw everything at them in the second half. Habana went off injured. And when George Stowers crossed over to score it really felt like it was game on.

Samoa heaped relentless pressure on the Springboks. And it was only partly relieved with the dismissal of Paul Williams. He was sent off for striking Heinrich Rossouw. But Samoa kept fighting right until the end. And South Africa were rather relieved to hear the final whistle.

Samoa had done themselves proud, but they were beaten by 13-5.

So this is how it looks in group D, Wales and Fiji will play in the final group game on Sunday. And barring something very unexpected, Wales will go through as the second place team. If Fiji win by an absolutely massive score, then there's a skim chance the Samoa could progress. But in all practicality, I think, they are out and Wales are going through.

In athletics, the 100 and 200 meter world record holder Usain Bolt seems to have changed his mind about the false start rule, which denied him the chance to run in the 100 meter final at last month's world championships. Bolt jumped the gun and was disqualified in Korea, because under the current rules sprinters don't get any second chances. Bolt said that he'd like to see the sport's governing body the IAAF revert to the previous rule which charges the entire field with the false start that (inaudible) was made. That would be as a warning. Any subsequent false starts would result in an individual disqualification.

Kristie, it's rather hard to explain if you don't understand the 100 meters, but I hope you got that. Basically, he feels like he was gipped in Korea and he wants the rule changed.

STOUT: Yeah. It's easy to imagine the fastest man in the world being too fast at times. Don Riddell, very much indeed. Take care.

Now ahead here on News Stream, imagine being able to change the entire appearance of your face without a mask without surgery. Now this guy says he's found a way. And we'll tell you what he's doing and how it works next.


STOUT: Welcome back.

Now Mission Impossible fans, a movie fantasy might be close to reality. Now do you remember when Tom Cruz disguised himself with a very realistic face in the original film? Well, one Spanish artist has found a way to make this happen without using a mask.

In this video Arturo Castro is superimposing other people's faces onto his own like Paris Hilton and Fidel Castro. It's done in real-time using only webcam and his computer. And as you can see, the superimposed face, it stays firmly stuck to Arturo's own face no matter what expression he makes. Now he calls it real-time face substitution. Possibilities seem endless. But Castro isn't looking at serious uses just yet.


ARTURO CASTRO, ARTIST: We aren't thinking really in practical applications. We come from (ph) from an artistic background. And we are interested -- right now we are interested in experimenting in -- with one of the reactions from people has been like, wow, this is creepy. This is scary.


STOUT: Yeah, it is a little bit creepy.

Now, Castro plans to release the source code soon. So it might be time to think about which face you'd like to have.

And Mari, I don't know if you've been thinking about it. I know Halloween is coming up. It could be very handy, something you could play around with.

MARI RAMOS, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: I kind of -- you know, it's a little creepy, but I like that. That's really cool. I can have fun with those.

STOUT: That's right.

RAMOS: And you know you see like the really -- the beautiful people still look beautiful, Kristie.

STOUT: And the roster of characters I think is interesting. He has Freud, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol for good measure. I would just like a good zombie face mask just in time for Halloween. That would be perfect.

RAMOS: There you go.

I'm definitely...

STOUT: And to anchor News Stream.

RAMOS: There you go.

We've got to get pictures of Halloween when it happens.

Anyway, let's go ahead and move on, because there's a lot of stuff I want to tell you about. You know, some of it a little creepy and -- yeah, kind of scary for some of you. These -- all of these storms that have been affecting Southeast Asia, the Philippines, Southeast Asia, the Philippines, Southeast Asia. It just seems almost like a train going through here, right?

Well, I want to show you this map, Kristie. This is kind of interesting. First of all, you're going to see tropical depressions, tropical storm, and depending on the color there. And then the track. And then what they've done.

This is from September 23rd. Let's go ahead and get this moving. And there's the first one. There's the second one popping up. That's Nesat. That's Haitang. And there is Nalgae.

And all these storms pretty much following the same track. There's even the forecast now for Nalgae kind of takes it in the same general track over Luzon, across the South China Sea and then back over towards Southeast Asia.

What is going on, right? Well, this tends to happen every once in awhile. What we get, there's an area of high pressure here to the north. And because storms kind of follow the path of least resistance, this helps steer the storms in this direction and it doesn't let them climb to the north like sometimes we were seeing earlier in the season where they were going northward. Remember all of those that were affecting Japan? And then you have very warm ocean waters and they just feed off of that. And that's when you get all these strong storms.

So this is what they look like right now.

Not much left of Nesat, but enough to really cause you some problems as far as flooding there.

And then over here we have Nalgae. This one is going to be another big storm here for you guys here across the Philippines. And I wish I had better news thinking this is going to move out of the way, but it looks like you will get the full impact of that storm. We'll talk about that in just a moment.

This is a picture from Vietnam. A lot of interesting things I saw in this image over here, but one of the most amazing as you can see the rain kind of falling sideways here if you look closely. And these are some fisherman trying to secure their boats before the next storm comes in to Vietnam.

The rainfall has been tremendous. Look at this, 250 millimeters of rain, 168. And it just kind of keeps going. And even as we head into China, they're still getting some heavy rain from Typhoon -- what was Typhoon Nesat. It is a tropical storm, not much left of it like I was saying. Winds are down to about 100 kilometers per hour. And we're expecting that to continue weakening.

But look at all of that rain for Vietnam, for Laos, for Cambodia, and of course still into parts of China.

Very quickly, there's the forecast track one more time. We're going to continue to see that storm weakening. But the rain will continue.

This is a picture from the Philippines. There's a man holding a baby here, Kristie. This is just another example of how long it takes to just recover from these storms. They're still in a situation like this from Typhoon Nesat. And now here comes the next storm. And this one is another big one.

The bulk of it will be moving across the northern half of Luzon. We think possibly some effects for Taiwan as well. And then there goes that track across the South China Sea. It's not going to be a good weekend, unfortunately.

Let's go ahead and check out your city by city forecast.

All right. So let's end it on a happy note, right. Let's talk about your weather across Europe. Any complaints? I don't think so, right. It's been absolutely beautiful. Gorgeous conditions. A September to remember as we finish going swimming in the English Channel in almost October. Who knew, right?

26 right now in London. 27 in Paris. Berlin you're right at 25. Absolutely fabulous weather. A little dry, right? We've got to watch out for the possibility for some fires, maybe, when it gets this hot and this dry for so long. So be extra careful. No barbeques.

28 in Marseilles. 25 in Madrid. 24 in Belgrade.

And these temperatures, these fabulous temperatures with all of this sunshine and the storms turning north will last through the weekend. I hope yours is a good one.

Back to you, Kristie.

STOUT: Yeah, have a great weekend. Take care, Mari.

Time now to go over and out there with the 2011 Ig Nobel Prizes. You can call them the absurd awards. This year's unusual honorees include scientists who built a fire alarm with wasabi, and researchers who discovered a beetle that tries to mate with beer bottles. True story.

And then there is this man, the mayor of a town in Lithuania who won the Ig Nobel Peace Prize for crushing illegally parked luxury cars with a tank. In his acceptance speech, the mayor said that he was happy to help make the world a better place by unblocking bike lanes.

And that is News Stream, but the news continues at CNN. World Business Today is next.