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Turkey Faces Aftermath of Deadly Earthquake; Scrutiny Over Moammar Gadhafi Burial; Nairobi Blasts; Tunisia's Ennahda Party Declares Victory in Elections; Baby, Mother, Mother-in-law Rescued in Ercis, Turkey
Aired October 25, 2011 - 08:00:00 ET
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KRISTIE LU STOUT, HOST: You've been watching the live, breaking coverage out of Turkey, the aftermath of that massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake, and the scenes of dramatic rescues there.
Our Diana Magnay is speaking live from the quake zone. Let's go to our sister network, CNN USA, for more.
DIANA MAGNAY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: They've brought across a plastic stretcher which would obviously the way to carry the two of them out once they come out. So we are hoping that at some point soon, we might see those two women carried out alive -- Alina.
CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: We sure hope so.
Diana Magnay reporting live from eastern Turkey.
To find out how you could help those devastated by the earthquake in Turkey, visit our Impact Your World page. You can find it at CNN.com/impact.
ALINA CHO, CNN ANCHOR: Want to turn to politics now.
STOUT: And that was coverage from CNN USA.
You're watching NEWS STREAM now.
It is still daylight right now in Turkey, but when night falls the temperature will go down again to near freezing, and that's making it even harder for survivors. Even some who still have homes left standing are too frightened to sleep inside because of all the aftershocks since that earthquake struck southeastern Turkey over the weekend, on Sunday.
STOUT: Now, just some 48 hours after the earthquake struck, rescuers pulled a baby girl alive. An amazing story.
You're looking at live pictures there, a live feed from southeastern Turkey, of the rescue effort under way. Again, it's well over 48 hours since this earthquake, 7.2 magnitude, struck the area, and dramatic scenes and stories of hope, of more rescues taking place, as the search teams look for more survivors still trapped in the rubble.
Now, more than 2,000 buildings in the region have been destroyed. Quite unfortunately, among these scenes of hope, there are also many, many stories of heartbreak. The death toll just keeps on climbing. Well over 300 people confirmed dead by authorities there in Turkey as a result of this earthquake.
Now, our Diana Magnay, she is there on the scene. She joins us now live.
And Diana, can you tell us about the scene that we're witnessing now, this desperate search for survivors?
MAGNAY: Hi, Kristie.
Yes. Well, I'm at the scene where that baby girl was pulled out a couple of hours ago, and her mother and her grandmother are still trapped inside. And it looks as though they are really -- the rescuers are a point where they are about to bring someone out. They see her sort of -- they have a plastic stretcher there, and it does look as though somebody may be about to be pulled out of the rubble.
The story has been really amazing. The baby girl was apparently born two weeks ago. She is just 14 days old. And we hear from her grandmother, who is standing here watching this rescue operation, that she was actually three weeks premature.
So she should, theoretically, still have been in the womb. She survived this earthquake, and she's now on her way to a hospital, apparently in good health.
Now, the mother and the mother-in-law are still trapped. Apparently, so is the father, but he's in a separate location.
The mother and the mother-in-law have been in touch with these rescue workers for the past couple of hours. They handed the mother -- she handed the baby over to one of the rescue workers who was thin enough to get through this very narrow corridor that they've managed to channel out to get to the family, and they've been working since then to try and expand that tunnel so that they can get the mother and the grandmother out also -- Kristie.
STOUT: Now, Diana, we are getting some ambient noise, but we can still hear your report loud and clear. I mean, this is such a gripping story.
A 2-week-old baby girl has just been pulled from the rubble. You're telling us that her mother, her father, the mother-in-law are still trapped in the rubble. The grandmother is there watching all of this happen.
Are those who are still trapped in the debris, are they communicating with the rescuers? And if so, how -- through tapping, through mobile phones? What's happening?
MAGNAY: This is basically -- imagine there are -- there is a hole which the rescue workers have already managed to dig out to the mother and the mother-in-law. And through that hole, they managed to pass the baby a little earlier. And they are still trying to expand that hole now so that they can bring out the other two women.
The women have communicated. We've been told that the father is also somewhere beneath the rubble.
We do believe, Kristie, now that they are bringing somebody out. It's a very, very dramatic moment, really. There are so many people standing, watching, waiting to see what happens.
(INAUDIBLE), Kristie, which is the site in 1999 where there was that massive earthquake. So these are obviously very, very experienced search and rescue personnel who have been brought in to try and pull these people out.
As I say, there are basically -- the mother and the grandmother, the mother-in-law, are the two that have been in contact with rescue workers. They have communicated with them the fact that the father is also somewhere buried beneath the rubble. But the mother has had no contact with him since the earthquake happened on Sunday. It's Tuesday, around about midday now. So they have been trapped inside for a long time.
But really, it's been an absolute miracle that this 14-day-old baby girl was transmitted to safety, given to this rescue worker. We talked to the rescue worker a few minutes ago. He said, you know, "The moment that that child was passed into my arms, it was like I had another child."
He says he's so thrilled to have been able to participate in this rescue. He said he worked for 12 years in this business, doing this kind of search and rescue operation, and he had never before pulled anyone alive from the rubble until this moment. So a really incredible story from him.
And we believe from the other workers here who we have been in touch with that he was sent back inside the tunnel because of his size, because he is a slight man. He was sent back in to try and bring out the mother and the mother-in-law.
And these are obviously very, very precarious situations, very dangerous situations that these search and rescue people put themselves in, going inside the rubble to try and pull the survivors out -- Kristie.
STOUT: And Diana, were you able to get any update on the condition of the 14-day-old baby who was just pulled from the rubble there? How is she doing?
MAGNAY: We do hear from the grandmother that the baby was doing fine. She is on her way to hospital for medical checks right now.
The grandmother called it "God's miracle" that the child had come out, that the little girl is called "Asbera" (ph), we hear from the grandmother. Three weeks premature, so, actually, shouldn't even be -- wouldn't have been born at this point, and had already survived an earthquake.
Anyway, she's on her way to hospital. We will, of course, be checking up with her over the course of the day.
We know that a little earlier, the mother and the mother-in-law were said to be doing fine and in good health, but then we heard from rescue workers that they were having problems with the operation. But it does now look -- can you see that orange, sort of plastic stretcher? It does look as though they are getting ready to take people out.
So it really does seem to be reaching a very dramatic moment here -- Kristie.
STOUT: That's right. It seems that another rescue is imminent here.
Diana, we're going to let you go for a moment, but you are going to be staying fixed at the scene there. We'll talk with you a little bit later.
We're going to keep our camera fixed on that scene. And you're looking at live pictures in the quake zone there in southeastern Turkey. We are awaiting the rescue of the mother, the father, the mother-in-law, the family of that 14-day-old girl who was just pulled from the rubble. Her family, they still remain in the debris.
We are awaiting those rescue workers to pull them out. A very dramatic scene, all unfolding live on your screens.
We will continue to monitor this for you. In fact, you can go to CNN.com and get the live feed there. We'll also keep a live feed up in the corner of your screen, right here on CNN NEWS STREAM.
Now, as officials put up tent cities for victims left homeless by the quake, an online campaign has sprung up to offer alternative accommodation for those affected. And at the center of all this is a TV journalist.
Now, this is his Twitter feed, and he appealed to his more than 20,000 followers on Twitter for help. And he used the hashtag that translates as "My Home is Your Home," and he used that to spread word around Twitter. And the response has been huge.
Just check out this tweet. It came from yesterday, and it translates roughly as, "There are 17,000 e-mails in my inbox. Thank you for your interest."
International aid organizations are trying to help those in desperate need in eastern Turkey, and you can help as well. Just go to our Impact Your World Web page, and there you'll find details on the relief efforts and how you can make a contribution. There's also information about the disastrous flooding in Thailand, which we'll be talking about later on, here on the show.
That's all at CNN.com/impact.
You're watching NEWS STREAM. We'll be back right after this.
STOUT: Now, five days after his death in the city of Sirte, former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been buried. A spokesman for the National Transitional Council tells CNN that Gadhafi was interred at a secret location, alongside his former defense minister and his son Mutassim. And according to Reuters, another son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, is still being hunted near the southern border as the NTC tries to stop him from fleeing.
And the burial, it marks closure in some respects, but many questions remain. The United Nations wants an independent investigation into Gadhafi's death, as Human Rights Watch describes is still unexplained.
Now, also under scrutiny is the nature of the burial itself. And Dan Rivers joins me live from Tripoli with more.
And Dan, Islamic rights have already been ignored. Do we know how and where the burial took place?
DAN RIVERS, CNN SR. INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: We don't know. I think that's deliberate. They don't want his grave becoming any kind of a shrine for remaining Gadhafi supporters.
We assume it's out in the desert somewhere, far from any civilization. We are told that by a Tripoli Military Council spokesman that the burial took place with his son Mutassim and the defense minister, Abu Bakr Yunis, that members of the Gadhafi tribe were allowed to pray over the bodies before they were removed from that cold storage facility on the outskirts of Misrata and then taken away.
We have some details of his will, Gadhafi's will, that said he wanted to be buried in his clothes, as is the custom, if you die as a martyr in Islamic tradition. He said he wanted to be buried next to his family in a cemetery in Sirte. We understand that is not what happened. And his will went on to talk about asking for his family to be treated well and for his supporters to continue to resist and fight on, et cetera.
But in terms of the exact location, we don't know. And in terms of who was present, we don't know. We don't think there was any members of his family or tribe present when he was actually buried, but that is speculation at this point.
STOUT: Now, members of his family, many of them are outside the country. Has there been any reaction from the Gadhafi family to the burial? And what is the latest word on Saif al-Islam and his whereabouts?
RIVERS: No reaction so far from his family. Saif al-Islam, there are conflicting rumors, and I think they're nothing more than that.
One NTC spokesman suggesting that he was trying to flee south, across the border, possibly in Tunisia, using a fake Libyan passport. But frankly, we have had no other corroboration of that suggestion from an NTC source.
I think we've got to be pretty skeptical about any claims concerning his whereabouts, because so many over the past few days that he had been injured, that he had been surrounded in Gharyan, that he had been captured, none of which seems to have panned out to be true. So, at the moment, his whereabouts is still a mystery.
STOUT: Dan Rivers, joining us live from Tripoli.
Thank you very much for that.
Now, in Kenya, just hours after a grenade attack on a Nairobi nightclub, an explosion at a downtown bus station has caused at least one death and multiple injuries. The latest attack, it came on Monday evening, as many people were coming home from work. The station is just two to three blocks from the nightclub where Monday's first blast occurred.
No one has claimed responsibility for either attack, and police say they are investigating. And many suspect a link to Somali militants who have threatened retaliation for Kenya's military intervention in Somalia.
David McKenzie has been following developments. He joins me now live from Nairobi.
And David, is al-Shabaab to blame for the violence?
DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, we don't know at this point, Kristie. Certainly, al-Shabaab has threatened Kenya and Kenyan citizens in the last few days, since the 10 days from when the Kenyan military, both air force and army and paramilitary forces, moved into southern Somalia in an unexpected move, really, it must be said.
They moved across the border in retaliation against a series of incursions on -- blamed on al-Shabaab in terms of kidnappings here on the coast of Kenya, and also in the northern refugee camp of Dadaab. That happened in the last two months.
STOUT: OK. David McKenzie, thank you very much indeed. I'm going to have to break away.
Let's take you live to earthquake-ravaged eastern Turkey. Incredible rescues playing out live on our screen. Someone pulled from the rubble, lying on a stretcher.
These are live pictures again from southeastern Turkey. You see the crowds of the rescuers, media around the scene.
Earlier, we were talking to our Diana Magnay, who said this area was where a 14-day-old baby girl was pulled alive from the debris. And inside, under the rubble, remain her mother, her father, the mother-in-law, all there waiting for their rescue.
We still do not know at this moment who has been pulled from the rubble just yet. Very likely, it is a relative of that 2-week-old infant who was just rescued.
Do we have Diana Magnay on the line?
OK. I believe that we do have Diana.
MAGNAY: We do. We do.
Diana, if you can hear me, who has been pulled from the rubble?
MAGNAY: Well, I just caught a glimpse of her amongst that scrum that you saw, and it was a young girl. And her eyes were fluttering. She seemed to be alive, and it was a young woman. So I would assume that it was the mother of that 14-day-old baby who was just brought out -- Kristie.
STOUT: And you were describing earlier the grandmother, the grandmother of the baby girl, presumably, perhaps, the mother of the woman who was just pulled out, is there watching this rescue unfold. Were you able to gauge her reaction?
MAGNAY: No. I mean, it was a very hectic scene.
Obviously, that moment when the woman was taken out just now, you could see the scrum of rescue workers trying to get her out and the media trying to take the picture. The relatives are slightly further away, so I wasn't able to gauge their reaction at that moment, but I did catch a glimpse of the woman's face, and it was a young woman.
She looked as though she was alive. Her eyes were fluttering. And I think you can see me here. And she has now been taken off on an ambulance to the hospital. And her baby daughter that was rescued a good two hours ago now was taken in good health to the hospital also for checks.
We will of course be trying to get to that hospital to check on the medical health of both of them. And, of course, the rescue operation will be ongoing.
I've just asked Joe to swing to the rescue worker who brought out the young child. He just slipped on the rubble. We talked to him a bit earlier.
He was the man who pulled the 14-day-old baby from the rubble. He said that that moment -- he has a little son himself -- he said the moment of rescuing that child was like having another child himself.
Basically, what happened, he crawled through this very narrow tunnel, and the mother handed him over her little baby girl. And apparently they were then able to communicate the news that the baby girl had been taken to hospital, that she was doing fine. And the mother was incredibly relieved.
And that rescue worker, I have his name for you. He's Kadir Dirik (ph). He said that it was one of the best moments of his life, to see the mother so pleased at what had happened -- Kristie.
STOUT: You know, this is an incredible story of both rescue and survival. This young mother and her infant daughter had to deal with and survive the impact of the initial earthquake, the cold, freezing temperatures at night, that passage of time -- it's been well over 48 hours.
Diana, can you just give us a sense -- take us to where you are and put us in the shoes of those who have managed to survive the earthquake, trapped in the rubble. What have they experienced in the last couple of days?
MAGNAY: Well, they would have experienced freezing cold nights. The temperature has been dropping to about zero here, very, very cold, indeed. And it is extraordinary that you hear these survival tales in situations like this.
I was talking to a rescue worker who had been brought in from Istanbul to oversee a few of the operations here. He said that you hear stories of people surviving 17 to 20 days after earthquake situations like this. So it is possible, of course, that the damage from these sorts of buildings -- and Joe, maybe you can just pan around to see the apartment building that they were rescued from -- that that does protect you to some extent from the freezing cold temperatures.
It's more that the survivors who have been having to live in tent cities or out in the cold who have really complained of the cold. But it is extraordinary that people are being brought out.
Now, I'll just remind you of the story of that baby girl. Apparently, we heard from the grandmother, she was three weeks premature. So, should, theoretically, still have been in her mother's tummy at this point, rather than alive, rescued from a situation like this and taken to hospital, Kristie. So really an amazing story, a wonderful success story for Kadir Dirik (ph), the man who rescued the child, and who we think was also the man who was sent in because of his slight frame to try to get to the mother and the mother-in-law. And here he comes now.
A joyful moment for him -- Kristie.
STOUT: A very joyful moment indeed.
As you mentioned just now, we are still awaiting the rescue of two more individuals. Unfortunately, it looks like we're losing that connection there, but the bulk of the story we heard and clear.
It's such an amazing story of rescue and survival there as we watched live on our screens the young mother of that two-week-old baby girl who was just moments ago also pulled from the rubble. Mother and child, rescued alive more than 48 hours since that 7.2 magnitude earthquake. And you saw the rubble and debris that they have been stuck in since then.
They have managed to battle the cold, freezing weather, the uncertainty of rescue, and of course the impact of that major earthquake.
You're looking at pictures there of the rescue scene. And we are still awaiting the rescue of two more individuals, family members of that little girl, the 14-day-old infant. Her father, another grandmother, they are still trapped there in the rubble, and the rescue workers are there, and they are working to pull them out as well. And hopefully there will be a family reunion.
We are streaming live pictures for you on the Web site. Go to CNN.com. We'll also continue to keep our eyes fixed on this situation for you.
You're watching NEWS STREAM, and we'll be back right after the break. Keep it here.
STOUT: I want to take you back now to earthquake-ravaged eastern Turkey. Some incredible, heart-tugging rescues have been playing out right before our eyes. And you are looking at pictures earlier of that dramatic rescue effort we witnessed live, just a few minutes ago on NEWS STREAM.
All this taking place in eastern Turkey, where that powerful 7.2 magnitude quake struck with ferocious force on Sunday. And in this scene here, we're seeing the rescue of who is believed to be a young mother pulled from the rubble alive after 48 hours trapped underground, trapped in the debris. Just moments before, her infant daughter, just 14 days old, was rescued.
Now the crews, they've been digging through mounds of smashed buildings and rubble to get to the victims and the survivors who are believed to be trapped below. We have our Diana Magnay live at the scene. We're also still awaiting the rescue of two more family members of that 14 day old girl: her grandmother, and her father. We continue to monitor the situation there, unfolding live in Turkey.
We are also awaiting final election results in the country that helped trigger the Arab Spring uprisings. But a moderate Islamist Party is already claiming victory in Tunisia's historic national elections. Millions of voters turned out on Sunday to cast ballots for a 217 seat assembly which will draft Tunisia's new constitution.
With the latest now on Tunisia's elections and the Islamist party that is claiming to have won the most votes, Ivan Watson joins me now live from Tunis.
And Ivan, tell us more about the Ennahda Party. And what was their campaign manifesto?
IVAN WATSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDNET: Well, this is described as a moderate Islamist party. It was banned until January's revolution. And it's leader was in exile living in London. The final results aren't expected to be published for hours still, but the consensus among the political parties that competed and even the newspapers like this one, El Maghreb (ph) seemed to be that Ennahda won.
With Rashid Ganuchi (ph), that once exiled leader here, photographed showed next to a presidential guard with the question are Ennahda close to the government? And if you take a look at this French language local newspaper, it's also placed Ennahda at he top here next to -- coming in second place predicting that the party the Congre de le Republic (ph), a secular party coming in second place followed by another secular party called (inaudible).
Now, take a listen to what one political analyst and election observer we talked to had to say about what he thinks the results of the elections will be. Take a listen here.
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AMBASSADOR RICHARD WILLIAMSON, INTERNATIONAL REPUBLICAN INSTITUTE: No one's going to have a majority of this new constituent assembly. So they're going to have to learn a collaboration and cooperation and compromise. And in Tunisia for 43 years under Ben Ali none of those things existed. So it's going to be a difficult and challenging period. But to be successful they've got to develop those political skills to be inclusive.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
WATSON: So, there you go, Ambassador Williamson as many others that we've spoken with as well as party officials themselves from many different parties they're saying that Ennahda probably didn't have an outright majority, which will force it to open up into some kind of coalition government in the future with at least one of the secular parties that got in second or third place. And both Ennahda officials are telling me as well as officials from the CPR and Etakatol (ph) which are believed to have gotten second and third place, even though it's not official yet, have both indicated, all three of them, that they are open to the possibility of forming some kind of a coalition in the future constituent assembly, which will be charged with writing up a new constitution and probably setting up an interim government as well.
That will likely comfort some Tunisians, secularists and women in particular, who have been very concerned about the possibility that the rise of even a moderate Islamist party could result in some kind of restrictions on women's rights and on secular lifestyle here.
Ennahda officials insisting they do not intend to carry out any type of conservative Islamist agenda that would restrict their lifestyle if they come to power -- Kristie.
STOUT: And Ivan, what is the mood on the street in Tunis today? Is there a sense of hope about the future and high emotional expectations?
WATSON: I think it depends on who you talk to. I mean, an awful lot of people participated in this elections, unexpectedly high turnout. And people were very proud, I feel, at the polls when they voted.
And now we're in this period where well some people have to get used to the idea that the people they voted for lost or that the people that they voted for won. So you're going to have a mixed reaction. And the question will be how will people tolerate, perhaps, defeat or victory. Will they tolerate each other.
We saw a small rally yesterday here in Tunis against Ennahda from people who are worried about it coming to power. And this will be something very interesting to watch.
It's interesting that one of the main secular parties, the PDT, that campaigned against Ennahda, has come out and said, well, we're going to respect the results of this election and we wish the best to the majority that will be in power. We're going to be in opposition. That's a good sign for the future in a country that hasn't had multiparty rule, or system of government in decades before.
STOUT: Yeah, they have to work together, because there's a new constitution to draft.
Ivan Watson joining us live form Tunis. Thank you very much for that.
Now here is a look at other so-called Arab Spring elections coming up.
Now, in Libya, we have the chairman of the National Transitional Council said elections will be held within 8 months. And the new national council will then draft a constitution and form an interim government.
Now meanwhile, in Egypt, it was back in February that these crowds packed the streets of Cairo to cheer the resignation of former President Hosni Mubarak. And now parliamentary elections were set to start on November 28th. And a presidential vote is not expected until March of next year.
And in Yemen -- now state media, they're reporting that the president Ali Abdullah Saleh is welcoming a UN security council resolution urging him to transfer power. And he will meet with opposition parties to adopt the Gulf Cooperation Council Plan. Now previously he had vowed to stay in power until the country holds elections.
Now a new report from the rights group Amnesty International, it documents alleged abuses at Syria's state run hospitals. Now based on research from August and September, this report, it begins with the claims of one patient in Homs, that's the city at the center of the anti-government protest. And he says when he went to a military hospital there with a shot to his foot, the doctors said this, quote, "I'm not going to clean your wound, I'm waiting for your foot to rot so we can cut it off."
Now CNN's Arwa Damon is following this story from neighboring Lebanon. She joins us now live from Beirut. And Arwa, I mean, pretty damning report about patient care there in Syria's state run hospitals. What is your experience about how they are run?
ARWA DAMON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Kristie, we were actually in Damascus back in July. We had a chance to visit one of the state run hospitals. And that visit came about, because the day before we had managed to get into one of these underground clinics.
Now the underground clinics is what networks of activists have been setting up in various neighborhoods where demonstrations and then violence takes place quite simply because the vast majority of the wounded demonstrators are too frightened to go to the state run hospitals.
Now doctors at the state run hospital absolutely denied any sort of allegation that they would refuse treatment to a wounded demonstrator, that they were in fact turning them over to the security forces. But activists tell you that in the vast majority of the cases, those people who have been wounded during demonstrations are petrified of going to these state run hospitals because they either end up dead or detained.
In this report by Amnesty International there's a number of examples that are cited where in one case a man who was unconscious when he regained consciousness and said where am I was then beaten by hospital medical staff. There's a number of examples in this report.
And example that we have heard of from our various medical contacts inside Syria itself that doctors are nurses who are treating wounded demonstrators without reporting their cases, or in some instances just treating them to begin with, are then being detained by the authorities. And so it really paints an incredibly grim picture, Kristie.
STOUT: Yeah, harrowing stories of abuse in hospitals there in Syria. And also in Syria this day we have news of the withdrawal of the U.S. ambassador. And Arwa, what can we read into that? And the future of U.S. relations in the region?
DAMON: Well, that withdrawal came by -- and it's not actually a permanent withdrawal. The U.S. is categorizing it more as an indefinite leave. It's specifically because the U.S. State Department said they received credible threats against the personal safety of the ambassador himself. The embassy is still open. It's still functional.
But what this does is it really severs one of the very critical vital lines of communication that existed between the U.S. and between various opposition groups. The ambassador was very well known for getting out there, speaking to activists, making a statement.
STOUT: All right, Arwa Damon joining us live. Thank you very much indeed.
Let's take you back to the earthquake zone there, Ercis, Turkey. You're looking at live pictures of rescue efforts underway. And it seems that another earthquake survivor is being pulled from the rubble.
Again, this is the aftermath of that powerful 7.2 magnitude quake which struck on Sunday. And within the last hour we were able to watch live the rescue of who is believed to be young mother of a little girl who was previously also rescued within the last hour, a 14 day old baby girl pulled from the rubble, mother and child pulled alive from the debris more than 48 hours after the initial quake struck, a scene of dramatic rescue there in Turkey.
Our Diana Magnay is live at the scene. And Diana, can you hear me. What is happening right now?
MAGNAY: OK. Well, what we're seeing right now is the grandmother we believe is going to be taken out any minute now. They've got a blanket ready. And we have about 10 minutes ago seen the mother of that little baby girl who was carried out of the rubble, a young woman carried out alive and taken off to hospital. And now I think we are seeing here, you can see a gray hair, the mother-in-law, the grandmother of the 14 day old baby that was rescued earlier is being brought out right now. You can see she has one of those blankets to maintain the warmth.
An amazing scene here.
The third live person, we hope in this case, to be pulled out of the rubble. A few hours ago, this woman's granddaughter was pulled out, a 14 year old -- a 14 day old baby.
There you see them clapping, a successful mission, therefore.
This woman's granddaughter was brought out. And then about 10 minutes ago, her daughter and now finally herself.
And we know that the three of them had been trapped in the rubble since Sunday's earthquake. Managed to make contact with rescue workers about four hours ago now and managed to communicate that they had this little baby girl and that they wanted the baby to be brought to safety. And rescue workers managed to tunnel through to them. And one particular man who has very slight build was small enough, narrow enough to squeeze into the space where those three -- where those two women and the baby were, to take the child to safety first.
And then rescue workers have been working on trying to expand this space and bring the mother and the mother-in-law, the grandmother who we just saw, to safety. So an amazing rescue effort with a lot of people standing around, watching, hoping, relatives, the other maternal grandmother was also standing here earlier. And we just spoke to the brother who said that he hoped that this could be a situation that other people who have been so badly affected by this earthquake, this kind of joy might be something that they would experience also.
So that is the hole that they managed to extract this family from.
We know also from the contacts that -- we know also from the contact that the mother has been having with rescue workers that the father of this little baby girl is also somewhere in the rubble, trapped within the (inaudible). She does not have any contact with the father for the duration of the time that they've been down there. So she doesn't know whether he's dead or whether he's alive.
But that little unit of three: the grandmother, the mother and the little baby girl were all together for this entire period. Presumably keeping themselves warm.
Here we can see obviously talking about the heroism of the rescue effort. If only I could speak Turkish I could translate it to you. But this is obviously a speech of gratitude to the rescue workers, to the great effort that they've made here, the enormous triumph of having brought that family out to safety after so long buried beneath the rubble of this building.
STOUT: Diana the three...
MAGNAY: The mother, the little baby girl...
STOUT: It's an amazing scene -- go ahead.
MAGNAY: ...the ambulance is now taking the grandmother to the hospital also.
I didn't see much movement in the grandmother, but from the -- from the applause here I presume that she was alive. But the mother, when she came out on a stretcher was very much alive and well. And we hear that the little girl, 14 days old, was taken to the hospital and was also in good condition, alive and well. So really a miraculous stories.
The three rescues in the space of this morning, a very cold, wet morning in the town of Ercis, one of the worst affected by Sunday's earthquake.
I talked to a rescue worker a little earlier who said, you know, you can get stories where people are rescued from the rubble between 17 and 20 days after events like this. So we can only hope that there are more situations and more miraculous rescue stories like this as the day goes on.
We do know that the father of that little baby girl is still trapped somewhere inside the rubble. And the mother said that she hadn't heard from him. He must have been caught somewhere else in the building. Obviously hopes from the family that he is still alive and that he will be able to be rescued.
A little bit of information also about the baby girl. He name was Azra. She was apparently, according to her grandmother whose been standing here watching, she was premature anyway. So theoretically should still have been in her mother's womb rather than being caught by an earthquake, taken to hospital. The whole story is incredible.
Back to you.
STOUT: It is. And it's just so uplifting. Diana Magnay, thank you very much indeed for your reporting and for staying on the story for us. Joining us live from Ercis in the quake zone there in Turkey.
We will continue to give you an update on this live rescue operation. We are still awaiting the father of that little girl, the 14 day old infant who was pulled alive, the father is still there under the debris. He is next to be rescued after his mother and his wife, and again that two week old infant all pulled to safety.
Diana Magnay reporting live for us there.
We'll continue to watch this story. You could also follow it on CNN.com, also on the CNN app for iPad, iPhone -- we're across all platforms on this story. And we'll be back for more on News Stream after the break.
STOUT: I want to take you back now to the quake zone in eastern Turkey. You're looking at live picture of the rescue effort underway, or rather this is taped picture of that little girl, that 14 day old infant who was pulled alive from the rubble within the last hour, hour-and-a-half. Those are the first pictures we have received of that little girl, the two week old girl, a miraculous story, after 48 hours trapped in the debris since that magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck with such force on Sunday. She had been waiting in the debris along with her family. That little girl has been pulled alive.
Since then, within the last hour, we've seen her mother pulled alive from the rubble as well as her grandmother. And now we are awaiting the rescue of her father.
Live pictures there of the rescue effort underway there in Ercis in southeastern Turkey as we await another dramatic rescue that will unfold live before our lives.
It's been an incredible last hour here on CNN to see such an uplifting story. Three rescues, three survivors.
They've been waiting for help and waiting to be pulled from the rubble since that earthquake struck on Sunday. Incredible story. We will keep it here on that story. Any more information we'll bring it to you right here on CNN and of course CNN.com.
Now it has been a long time coming, but Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is ready for its first commercial flight. And this groundbreaking aircraft, it may be three years late, but it hasn't dampened the anticipation. And we sent Andrew Stevens to Tokyo to get a preview.
ANDREW STEVENS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Thank you very much. Bye-bye.
I'm on my way to Tokyo to be part of a slice of aviation history. I'm on the first ever commercial flight of the Boeing 787, the Dreamliner, and Japan's ANA has the distinction of being the launch customer. And their first passenger flight is going to be from Tokyo down to Hong Kong.
And while I'm heading up to meet it, our Tokyo team have been getting a look at the last minute checks.
The 787 actually arrived in Japan late last month, but apart from some familiarization flights across the country it's been tucked away inside a hanger at the city airport away from prying eyes.
On Tuesday, it flew to Tokyo's main international airport at Narita and is now standing at the departure gates. Final checks are underway while the media have allowed one last look before the maiden passenger flight.
A huge amount is riding on Wednesday flight. For Boeing, it's the realization of a strategy to create a whole new generation of aircraft, made not from aluminum but composites, a sort of high tech plastic which the plane maker says will make flying more pleasant for the passenger and more profitable for the airlines.
But it's a project that is also three years over deadline and way over budget.
But it's now finally here. And the 250 passengers, including me, who climb on board on Wednesday will be the first to get a chance to see whether this really is what the future of flying looks like.
Andrew Stevens, CNN.
STOUT: Andrew will be telling us all about that flight tomorrow on News Stream. We'll h ave more about the aircraft's bigger windows, the technology that senses and counteracts turbulence and its Android powered on board entertainment system.
You're watching News Stream. And we will continue to keep you updated on the situation in Turkey, an uplifting story that's been breaking within the last hour as we've been witnesses live rescues. Three families members pulled alive from the rubble: a baby, a mother, a grandmother. And we ware awaiting the rescue of the father. We'll take you live back to Turkey right here on CNN.
You're watching News Stream. We'll be back right after this.
STOUT: Welcome back.
Now the body of Saudi crowned prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz al Saud is being buried today in Riyadh. And several world leaders are on hand for his funeral.
And we'll show you in just a moment, these are pictures, video of the ceremony. It's unfolding in the Saudi capital. Now Prince Sultan was the half-brother of King Abdullah and heir to the thrown. And he had been sick for some time when he died Saturday in New York.
Now Steve Jobs' highly anticipated biography hit book shelves on Monday. And judging by early sales, it is on track to become the best-selling book of the year. Yesterday, we heard from the book's author Walter Isaacson describing how Jobs who was adopted met his birth father by accident. And it seems that stories like that are attracting buyers.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think it's more of his personal life I'm interested in. A lot of his business life was publicized, and a lot of his private life wasn't. So just a glimpse into his family, his personal life and his personal thinking.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He was a pretty conflicted personality himself. I mean, from what I've read he was very difficult to work for. And he demanded, you know, what they say A minus performance wasn't good enough, it had to be A plus. And yet look what he got from his pushing his employees that way. And look what he did at Pixar. I mean, it's the contradictions within him...
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STOUT: Now the Steve Jobs biography, it appears to be a hit here in China as well. This was the scene in Shanghai as people braved the rain to wait in line for the book's release. And Jobs is widely respected in China for his innovation. And many young people there consider his products to be fashion statements.
Now let's go back to the scene of dramatic rescue there in Ercis in eastern Turkey. Let's bring up some live video for you of the rescue effort that is currently underway there. Now within the last hour, we saw quite dramatically the live rescue before our eyes of a young mother, of a grandmother, and before then a young baby girl.
Now this is the moment when the mother was brought out from the rubble rescued alive. She is the mother of the 14 day old infant, the little girl who was just moments before this pulled alive from the debris. And now we have the two week old infant, the mother pictured here, her dramatic rescue here. This was just about 30 minutes ago as well as her mother-in-law, the grandmother. These three family members are by this point reunited in hospital.
And we are still awaiting the rescue of another family member, the father of the young infant, the husband of this woman who was just pulled alive from the debris. We're awaiting his rescue as well.
We have our Diana Magnay live at the scene. We will continue to watch this uplifting story for you right here on CNN.
And thank you for watching. This is News Stream. But the news continues at CNN. World Business Today is next.