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The Iraq That's Left Behind; Justice for Afghan Rape Victim; Syrian Leaders Accused; Photography Amateurs Frighten Crowd In Moscow With Strange Aircraft; Chris Paul Traded To L.A. Clippers; Golden Globe Nominees Announced

Aired December 15, 2011 - 08:00:00   ET


KRISTIE LU STOUT, HOST: Welcome to NEWS STREAM, where news and technology meet.

I'm Kristie Lu Stout, in Hong Kong.

And we begin with the end of the U.S. military mission in Iraq after almost nine years.

And we'll hear from the Afghan woman who was imprisoned after reporting she was raped. She's finally free and speaking exclusively with CNN.

And Vladimir Putin takes questions from Russians and lashes out at the United States.

And we'll have live coverage of the Golden Globe nominations in just under 40 minutes from now.

Now, the Iraq War is now over. U.S. forces have lowered their battle flag in Baghdad. The ceremony marks the formal end of a nearly nine-year military mission.

The controversial conflict that started with "Shock and Awe" finished with this small gathering. The few thousand American troops that remain in Iraq will completely withdraw in the coming days. And U.S. officials honor the nearly 4,500 personnel that gave their lives since 2003. At least 128,000 Iraqis have been killed.

The Americans are leaving behind a fragile nation. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta noted the challenges that lie ahead.


LEON PANETTA, U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY: This is the time for Iraq to look forward. This is an opportunity for Iraq to forge ahead on the path to security and prosperity. And we undertake this transition today reminding Iraq that it has, in the United States, a committed friend and a committed partner. We owe it to all of the lives that have been sacrificed in this war not to fail.


STOUT: The U.S. has already pledged it will offer economic, diplomatic and military support to Iraq as it enters the post-war era.

And Arwa Damon joins us now live from Baghdad.

And Arwa, after an eight-year mission, more than that, what kind of country are U.S. troops leaving behind?

ARWA DAMON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Kristie, most Iraqis will tell you that they're leaving behind a nation whose future is incredibly insecure and undetermined at this stage. A lot of Iraqis incredibly frustrated with the slow pace of reconstruction, very frustrated with things like the fact that basic services, electricity in Baghdad, they're getting two hours of city power at best.

They view their government as being ineffective, still bickering, fighting, deadlocked along sectarian lines, and they're of course greatly concerned about security. Even though when we look to the numbers and we look to the numbers that the U.S. and the Iraqi government keep pointing to in terms of the number of attacks, the number of people being killed, yes, they're significantly lower than they were from 2005 to 2008, but Iraqis still cannot leave their homes knowing with full certainty that that is not the last time that they're saying goodbye to their loved ones.

Many Iraqis will tell you that they dreamed when the U.S. was invading that Iraq would turn into this prosperous nation, that roads would be paved, that lawns would be manicured, that buildings, skyscrapers would be built. And they'll say, look at Baghdad. There's trash and filth everywhere.

STOUT: The hopes, dashed. Fears about the future.

Arwa, with U.S. troops leaving, there is fear of more violence and a security vacuum. But the Americans, they also leave an Iraq that is an open democracy. So what are your thoughts on the democratic future of Iraq?

DAMON: Look, Kristie, things certainly are significantly different than they were under Saddam Hussein, where it was one man ruling the entire nation with an iron fist. We've had multiple elections here in Iraq, and Iraqis are sort of fumbling along when they're trying to figure out the exact concept of democracy.

That being said, a lot of Iraqis will tell you that Iraq is not yet a democracy. There are great concerns about Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki consolidating power. He still maintains full control over the security portfolio. And the Sunni politicians that were part of this power-sharing agreement that was brokered that led to the formation of the current government, they say that they're being entirely alienated and sidelined. Some of them, including the deputy prime minister, going so far as to call Maliki a Shia dictator.

So, while the country is transforming, many Iraqis will not necessarily tell you that it is that democracy that they so dreamed of.

STOUT: And after this troop withdrawal, the United States has pledged economic assistance, also diplomatic assistance. It will still have a diplomatic presence there in Iraq. And tell us, just how big is it?

DAMON: Well, it's going to be a massive presence, Kristie. There are going to be some 15,000 individuals here employed by the embassy, and that stretches from anyone who is here in a diplomatic role, who is here to service the diplomats -- that's the cooks, the drivers -- and of course there is the security detail, bearing in mind that this is a war zone, and therefore private security contractors are going to be playing a very critical role.

The U.S. most certainly, right now, is trying to change the relationship that it had with Iraq. It's trying to move towards a more normalized relationship, but that's also very challenging, because this, at the end of the day, even the U.S. military is saying that the war is over, is still a war zone. It's a city, a capital of blast walls and of checkpoints, and security is still at the forefront of everyone's mind, including that of those Americans who are going to be staying behind here. Not military men, but civilians. They're very worried about that as well.

But when it comes to the opportunities in Iraq -- and that is what both the Iraqis and the Americans are underscoring -- if this country can really stabilize, if the Iraqi politicians can iron out their differences, there is so much opportunity, so much potential here. Maybe that's another reason why the Iraqis are so frustrated, because that has not yet been realized -- Kristie.

STOUT: Arwa Damon, joining us live from Baghdad.

Thank you very much for that.

Now, on Wednesday, the U.S. president, Barack Obama, he visited Fort Bragg in North Carolina, and he welcomed home troops returning from Iraq. Mr. Obama thanked the military and their families for years of sacrifice, and he told them their hard work has led to a stable and self-reliant Iraq.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We're building a new partnership between our nations, and we are ending a war not with a final battle, but with a final march toward home. This is an extraordinary achievement nearly nine years in the making. And today, we remember everything that you did to make it possible.


STOUT: Now, the war has also taken a tremendous toll on the Iraqi people, and Michael Holmes introduces us to civilians who bear the scars of battle.


MICHAEL HOLMES, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In a Baghdad rehabilitation facility, victims of nearly nine years of war try to rebuild shattered bodies. They're not soldiers, not insurgents. They're regular, everyday people.

(on camera): More than 30,000 U.S. troops were wounded during this war. How do we know? Well, of course every one of them was counted. How many Iraqi civilians though were maimed by the bombs and the bullets over the years? Well, nobody knows for sure. Best guess, hundreds of thousands.

But, of course, all of those numbers have a name.

(voice-over): Amr Mosan (ph), age 30, caught in a marketplace bombing, a paraplegic. Kata Abbas (ph), age 34, shot in sectarian violence, paraplegic. Kareem Tasha (ph), 26, truck driver shot at random while driving, paraplegic. Yousef Abd (ph), taxi driver, lost his leg after being shot in a market.

DR. ALI MOHAMMAD ABBASS, IBN AL-KUFF HOSPITAL: This war destroyed their hopes in the future, in this Iraq. What will be in this country after this war? They are very worried about the future.

SABA AHMED (ph), SON INJURED IN WAR (through translator): It destroyed our lives. He's my only son. It crushed our morale at home.

HOLMES: Saba Ahmed (ph) is a broken man. His son Hayda (ph) was 12 when a roadside bomb went off as he walked home from school in 2006. He hasn't walked since.

AHMED (through translator): Life at home is like hell now. His psychological state is not like that of other children who can go out. It's painful for him to see these other children.

HOLMES: Those who think the war is over because the Americans are going aren't living in today's Iraq. Nearly 200 Iraqis died last month. More than 300 wounded in horrific ways. Most of them, innocents in the wrong place at the wrong time as bombs went off or gunfire erupted.

Oday Naji (ph), a humble driver for the Education Ministry, set off for work one morning last month. Minutes later, a bomb stuck to the bottom of his vehicle exploded. The father of a 3-month-old child lost his leg. Victim, it appears, of one of a series of such bombings of government workers. Not high-profile people -- anyone who works for the government.

"I really don't know who did it or why," he tells me, bewildered. "I'm not an important person."

We leave Oday (ph) to visit Muna Adnan, a particularly heartbreaking case. The 29-year-old was her impoverished family's sole income earner, selling tea on the sidewalk last month outside their home when a bomb planted seemingly at random blew one leg off and damaged the other.

It was one of three bombs on that street that day. It killed seven, wounded 28. It's difficult to watch her physical and emotional agony.

MUNA ADNAN, WOUNDED BOMB VICTIM (through translator): I don't know. I don't know anything. I just want my leg back. I don't want anything else.

"What did this girl do to deserve this?" Muna's father asks. "Her whole future is gone. What can we do, put her on a cart and take her out to beg?"

Michael Holmes, CNN, Baghdad.


STOUT: Now, the war in Iraq may be over, but a deadly legacy remains. Roadside bombs killed half of all American casualties in the mission. We'll look back at the increased use of homemade bombs.

And freedom at last for an Afghan rape victim as she starts a new life outside of prison. CNN speaks exclusively with her about the future.

And a new report claims army officers in Syria were ordered to silence anti-government protesters at all costs. We'll have the details ahead on NEWS STREAM.


STOUT: Welcome back.

Now, an Afghan woman sentenced to prison for adultery has been freed on the orders of the country's president. Gulnaz was raped by a married man when she was 17. And she's now spending the first days of her freedom at a safe house in an undisclosed location.

And Nick Paton Walsh went to meet her.


NICK PATON WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Jailed for adultery because the man who raped her was married, mother to the child of her attacker whom she's been pressured to marry, Gulnaz' plight highlighted globally the injustices suffered by many Afghan women. But late Tuesday night, after a pardon from Afghan President Hamid Karzai, she was released to a women's shelter in Kabul.

And these are the first pictures of her, a free woman, with her daughter, whose name Muskan (ph) means smile. A little confused about where they are, but delighted their lives have changed.

GULNAZ, RAPE VICTIM (through translator): I am very happy that President Karzai understood my pain and heard my voice after I did the TV interview, and he pardoned me.

WALSH (on camera): Her case has also brought controversy. Some conservatives in society questioning whether or not she was raped. And there is pressure for her to marry her attacker from traditionalists, who think that will help absolve her family from the dishonor of her assault.

We asked her, free to talk now, if she was raped.

GULNAZ (through translator): Yes, he did. Yes.

WALSH (voice-over): And if she had complete choice, would she marry her rapist?

GULNAZ (through translator): No, if I don't have to. I would not even care about him. I hate him. The only thing I want is to go home from here to my brothers and live with them. That's all I want.

WALSH: But rape still carries stigma. Even her brothers have found it hard to accept her daughter.

GULNAZ (through translator): When my brothers used to visit me, they would ask me not to bring the child to them because they did not like her. But I always told them she was my daughter and had nothing to do with the man. I love her like I did at the start.

I want her to be well-educated, and I don't want her to be illiterate. I want her to be a doctor or anything that she can become.

WALSH: Her pardon, a bold step by President Karzai, setting a precedent for the dozens of others on similar charges, her lawyer said.

KIM MOTLEY, GULNAZ' ATTORNEY: I think this is huge. I think this is definitely setting precedent for Afghan women that are in a situation such as Gulnaz's. I think the government has definitely recognized that what happened not only outside the justice system was incorrect, but that what happened within the justice system was incorrect.

WALSH: The future's unclear. Her brothers may not be that welcoming. She may still face pressure to marry, but she's free, in a woman's shelter who can help her understand the risks and hurdles ahead, and able give Muskan (ph) many more choices for their future.

Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, Kabul.


STOUT: Protests, fraud allegations, and an upcoming election. Now Russia's Vladimir Putin's answers the public's questions on live TV. And hear what he had to say when NEWS STREAM returns.


STOUT: Coming to you live from Hong Kong, you're back watching NEWS STREAM.

"By all means necessary." It's a new report from the group Human Rights Watch, and it says some army officers in Syria used those very words when ordering subordinates to put down anti-government protests. Now, Human Rights Watch says it interviewed more than 60 people who defected from the country's armed forces. It says that in separate interviews over a six- month period, many of the defectors described similar incidents of torture and arbitrary arrests.

Now, Syrian authorities have not allowed CNN into the country for some time, so our Ivan Watson is following the story from neighboring Turkey. He joins us now live from Istanbul.

And Ivan, some harrowing details in this report.

IVAN WATSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: That's right. And it's important to note the Syrian government has consistently denied accusations, Kristie, that it has ordered a deadly force to be used against Syrian opposition demonstrators. And just take a look at this excerpt from an interview last week that the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, gave.


BASHAR AL-ASSAD, SYRIAN PRESIDENT: We don't kill our people. Nobody killed -- no government in the world kills its people unless it's led by a crazy president.

For me, as president, I became president because of the public support. It's impossible for anyone in this state to be ordered to kill.

BARBARA WALTERS, ABC: Do you feel guilty?

AL-ASSAD: I do my best to protect the people. So you cannot feel guilty when you do your best.


WATSON: And Kristie, Human Rights Watch, a New York-based human rights activist organization, interviewed more than 60 defector Syrian soldiers and intelligence officers, and it came up with completely contradictory conclusions. Take a listen to what Human Rights Watch researcher had to say.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Since the beginning of anti-government protests, Syrian security forces have committed multiple abuses including killings, arbitrary detentions, torture, and judicial (ph) executions. We concluded that these crimes constitute crimes against humanity. They were widespread, and they were perpetrated as part of government policy.


WATSON: Now, these defectors, soldiers and intelligence officers, describe being sent, ordered to club unarmed demonstrators, to shoot them, mass arrests, torture allegations as well.

Listen to an excerpt from one of these Syrian soldiers. And, of course, his identity has been held to protect him and his family.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was an officer in the Syrian army. When we went inside the city, used (INAUDIBLE) guns to shoot two young people on the street while they were crossing to the other side. That happened there from the first day. They weren't armed or protesters. They were just at the wrong place at the wrong time.


WATSON: And Kristie, many of the people that we ourselves have spoken to, defectors, soldiers, have described to us how members of the intelligence apparatus stand behind them as they're confronting the Syrian opposition demonstrators, and threaten to kill them, shoot the soldiers themselves, if they don't use deadly force against the opposition demonstrators. Last summer we interviewed a conscript sniper here in Istanbul who had fled across the border. Here's an excerpt from that interview.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): There were protests and chanting. Suddenly, our officer gave us the order to shoot at the people. It didn't matter how many would be killed, the important thing was for the protest to be dispersed. And we started shooting.


WATSON: Kristie, Human Rights Watch has published the names of more than 70 Syrian army officers and intelligence officers that it is accusing of directly being involved in what it is describing as crimes against humanity, killing, torturing, mass arrests of opposition demonstrators. And it is arguing that the Syrian government should be brought before the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity. It's also urging member countries of the United Nations Security Council to stop defending the Syrian regime against proposed resolutions that would suggest sanctions and further criticism of what appears to be an appalling human rights record.

Very interesting to note that Human Rights Watch unveiled this report, a voluminous report in Moscow, the Russian capital. Russia has been protecting its ally, the Syrian government, which happens to also be a major purchaser of Russian weapons, basically since the start of this bloody uprising -- Kristie.

STOUT: Yes, but will Russia budge? Will the ICC take action? Many questions ahead.

Ivan Watson, joining us live from Istanbul, on the story.

Thank you for that.

Now, 2011, it was a big year for technology stories. There was the rivalry between tech titans Apple, Samsung, Google and Facebook; of course the use of technology to mobilize protesters around the world; and the loss and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Now, it has been a momentous year and a rather quotable one. The year's best tech quotes is the latest "New Yorker" blog entry by NEWS STREAM contributor Nick Thompson, and he joins us now live from New York.

Nick, it's good to see you. I've cherry-picked my favorite three quotes from the list. And first up, a reminder of what not to do on Twitter by the former U.S. representative Anthony Weiner.

This was the tweet: "TiVo shot. Facebook hacked. Is my blender gonna attack me next?"

So, Nick, just remind us, why did he send this tweet out?

NICHOLAS THOMPSON, SR. EDITOR, "THE NEW YORKER": Well, that was -- so Anthony Weiner was a New York congressman, and he was a very active Twitter using and a very funny one. And he also had this unfortunate problem where he would send explicit pictures of himself to young women.

And he thought he was doing it in private, but he accidentally posted one to his main feed. Everybody noticed it.

So that tweet that we just showed he put out one hour after he sent out the explicit photograph which ended his career. And what I like about that tweet is it's very funny. It was a very clever way to try to divert attention. Oh, it's nothing. The toaster is loyal, but Facebook is hacked. Too bad.

STOUT: Yes, but it was a charade, wasn't it?


STOUT: Now, next up, let's bring in another quote from the year. It's a line from Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs. And this is the line: "I think it's more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it."

Now, this line, it was said not for the Apple co-founder, but Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

So, Nick, give us the backstory here.

THOMPSON: Well, technology companies are always accusing each other of stealing their ideas. And the reason why this quote is so appropriate for this year is that one of the big themes in technology has been there have been about a million patent suits and infringement suits brought by one technology company against another. And what is often the case is that technology changes so quickly, that every new invention is based in some sort of vague way on things that have been built before.

And so what this quote from Gates to Jobs is referring to is about a previous case. It says, look, I didn't rip you off. We both got this idea from somebody else. We're both equally guilty. And I think it's very appropriate to what we're seeing today, as well as being very colorful.

STOUT: Yes, very colorful. Gates and Jobs, IT (ph) bandits, as it were.

Unfortunately, we're going to have to leave it there.

Nick Thompson, joining us live.

You can find is blog in full at

Thank you very much. We'll talk again next week.

THOMPSON: Thank you, Kristie.

STOUT: Now, ahead here on NEWS STREAM, it is the official end of the controversial U.S. war in Iraq, and the conflict introduced many of us to the term "IED." We'll look at the weapon that has caused so much harm to Americans and Iraqis both.


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

Now Syrian soldiers who deserted the army have been giving shocking accounts of what they've seen and done. 63 soldiers who got out of the country have told the group Human Rights Watch they were ordered to kill and torture anti-government protesters.

More than 100 people have died after drinking illegally brewed liquor in eastern India. The death's happened after several hundred drank bootleg alcohol in the state of West Bengal. A number of casualties is said to rise. Officials say that they have arrested four people on suspicion of selling the liquor.

A ceremony has been held in Iraq to mark the end of U.S. military operations. More than eight-and-a-half years have passed since American forces invaded the country to topple Saddam Hussein. With four-and-a-half thousand U.S. soldiers died during the conflict. It is not known exactly how many Iraqis died, but the number is estimated at more than 100,000.

Now let's take a look back at this lengthy conflict. The war in Iraq, it started with a bombing campaign dubbed Shock and Awe on March 20, 2003. And then coalition forces, it took Baghdad on April 9, ending Saddam Hussein's regime. And you will remember seeing this statue fall.

And then the infamous mission accomplished speech, that happened in May. Then President George W. Bush declared major combat operations were over, but fighting continued.

And in December, Saddam Hussein, he was found hiding in a spider hole. The U.S. Defense Department released this video of his medical checkup. And three years later, after a lengthy trial, he was put to death by hanging.

The intense battle of Fallujah, it happened November 2004. U.S. and Iraqi forces killed about 2,000 insurgents. They declared Fallujah liberated on November 14.

And in January 2005, its first free election in half a century. Millions of Iraqis voted.

But security issues still plagued the country. 2007 saw a surge of U.S. troops into Iraq. And that strategy is credited with reducing violence in Baghdad and Al Anbar Province.

And in early 2009, the U.S. military handed control of Baghdad's green zone to Iraqi authorities.

And late 2010, the last U.S. combat brigade left Iraq, although 52,000 American troops remained.

As the last U.S. soldiers leave Iraq, many are still nursing the wounds caused by the conflict. Roadside bombs became synonymous with the war in Iraq. They were responsible for the death of half the Americans killed in the mission. Here are some reflections on the weapon that defined the war.


SGT. JOSHUA COPE, U.S. ARMY: I got blown like 20 feet from the Humvee. And I remember looking up saying oh god, oh god.

BRIG. GEN. MARK KIMMIT, FRM. ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE: The IED is a poor man's weapon of mass destruction. It's immediate. It's cheap. It doesn't require a large well-trained military force. It takes a very few people to build a bomb and even fewer people to hide the bomb. That's why it's become such an effective weapon.

STAFF SGT. BRIAN HOOD, U.S. ARMY: This is what they put inside the IEDs to kill us. This is what does our casualties right here.

1ST LT. RYAN MILLER, U.S. ARMY: We're driving by and then all of a sudden boom. And I was hitting, you know, the back of that truck which was basically the closest thing, you know, you can get to hell, you know, on this earth.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We went into the war with one set of equipment designed for one type of warfare. By the end of the war, our tactics, our techniques, and our procedures were greatly modified because of the presence of IEDs on the battlefield.

CORPSMAN BRANDON ATTWOOD, U.S. MARINES: It's a little confusing. You don't know where they're coming from. We could just be walking down the street and boom people are hurt.

ARWA DAMON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: They were everywhere. And the IEDs got more and more sophisticated as the years went on. The IEDs got more sophisticated, the U.S. military armor got more sophisticated. And it went on in a cycle like that. It was a battle between the IEDs and the U.S. militaries machine and trying to pump out protection for its troops against them.

STAFF SGT. PATRICK HART, U.S. MARINE CORPS: See how the dirt is a different color over there and how the trench they dug it's a perfect sign there's an IED, one has been planted there recently.

KIMMIT: It's clear that IEDs in this conflict, like booby traps during Vietnam, are going to be present in Iraq for some time and in Afghanistan some time no matter the technological advantages and the technological advances that we bring to this fight, they will be persistent on the battlefield and we just -- our troops need to be ready to confront them.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't know. You just kind of don't think about it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The more you think about it, then it gets nerve wracking.


LU STOUT: Now to southern China now and the village of Wukan in Guangdong Province where a land dispute has escalated into a tense standoff between residents and local authorities. Now protesters reportedly have driven officials out of the village. One resident tells CNN those offiicals are not stopping some supplies from getting in.

Now the protesters accuse their local government of seizing land illegally to sell it to developers. They're also angry after a villager died last weekend in police custody. Local government officials have not responded to CNN. And Chinese authorities have censored all online searches for the word Wukan.

OK, right now in California the nominations for the 69th Golden Globe awards are being announced. Let's take you there now.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jeremy Irons, The Borges; Damian Lewis, Homeland.

Best Television Series drama: American Horrorstor, FX; Boardwalk Empire, HBO; Boss, Startz; Game of Throns, HBO; Homeland, Showtime.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical: Jean Dujardin, The Artist; Brendan Gleesan, the Guard; Joseph Gordon Levitt, 50/50; Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love; Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Berenice Bejo, The Artist; Jessica Chastain, The Help; Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs; Octavia Spencer, The Help; and Shailene Woodley, The Descendants.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama: George Clooney, The Descendants; Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar; Michael Fassbender, Shame; Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March; and Brad Pitt, Moneyball.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did you leave on name off of there, Jim?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's so weird. It was here, but they just Xed it out. So I don't know what that means.

Best Motion Picture in a Comedy or Musical: 50/50, The Artist, Bridesmaids, Midnight in Paris, and My Week with Marilyn.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Romola Garai, The Hour; Diane Lane, Cinema Verite; Elizabeth McGovern, Downtown Abbey; Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult; Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn; Albert Brooks, Drive; Jonah Hill, Moneyball; Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method; Christopher Plummer, Beginners.

Best Director Motion Picture: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris; George Clooney, The Ides of March; Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist; Alexander Payne, The Descendants; Martin Scorsese, Hugo.

WOODY HARRELSON, ACTOR: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama: Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs; Viola Davis, The Help; Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Marilyn Streep, The Iron Lady; Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical: Jody Foster, Carnage; Charlize Theron, Young Adult; Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids; Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn; Kate Winslet, Carnage.

Best Motion Picture Drama: Rampart, open January 27th; but I don't see it on the list here. There's a lot of things left off today I just want to say.


The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, The Ides of March, Moneyball, War Horse.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Congratulations to all the nominees. Don't forget to join us on Sunday, January 15 for the Golden Globe Awards hosted by Ricky Gervais live on NBC.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you everybody.

LU STOUT: And there you have it, the nominations -- the nominees announced for the 69th Golden Globe Awards. Nominees of note: we heard best TV drama included nominees Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thorns.

Best Actress in supporting role the movie The Help got two nods there.

As for best actor in a drama, some very familiar names: George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt.

As for best picture comedy or musical, 50/50, Artist, Bridesmaids, Midnight in Paris, My Week with Marilyn.

Best Picture, the nominees include The Descendants, The Help, The Ides of March, and Moneyball.

And best director, Woody Allen, George Clooney, the director of The Artist, and Scorsese there.

And again we just heard that the Golden Globe awards will take place January 15. They usually the consider the nominees a bellwether for the Academy Awards.

You're watching News Stream. We'll be back right after the break.


LU STOUT: Welcome back.

Now political protests in Moscow are a fairly rare sight, but at a recent demonstration, something even more unusual was spotted in the sky. Jeanne Moos tells us the flying object has now been identified.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Up in the sky, is it a UFO? Is it a surveillance drone? Over the heads of tens of thousands of Russian protesters it flew. And this video flew onto sites like UFO Sightings Daily where they pondered this possible alien probe.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Could the craft capturing this video be one of these probes?

MOOS: Do you really think?

Many protesters figured it was their own government keeping them under surveillance with a drone.

But it wasn't aliens looking down on the crowd, and it wasn't the Russian government spying on demonstrators, it was this.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was a radio controlled hexacopter.

MOOS: A hexacopter, hex meaning six rotors, with a wide angle camera attached.

And look at the beautiful pictures it took of the biggest protest Moscow has seen in decades.

And when they edited together the panoramic views, they got this.

The call themselves Air Pana, a group of eight or so Russians who do this for fun. A two man team operates the hexacopter, a pilot and a camera operator. These days you never know where you're drone is going to land. And, no, the hexacopter did not end up in Iran.

Still, the hexacopter pilot wasn't taking any chances. No point in crash landing on the crowd.

The hexacopter stayed over the river. And twice someone in the crowd aimed fireworks rockets at it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They shoot the device with this stuff.

MOOS: No damage done.

You can buy something like this. A Canadian company sells the Dragonflyer X8.

Camera and chopper sell for between $10,000 and $50,000. CNN is using something similar for a nature special with Felipe Cousteau.

FELIPE COUSTEAU, CNN SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT: A quadracopter. Just the name is cool.

MOOS: They've been used at other recent protests, tor instance, in Warsaw to get a view of the action. Occupy Wall Street even has an occucopter.

The Russians bought parts to build their own hexacopter. They've been shooting beautiful places all over the world. By the way, do you believe in UFOs?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, I do believe. We have one.

MOOS: And if you're ever tempted to fly a remote controlled chopper, try not to chop up your son.

Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.


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So our Barcelona the best football on the planet? Many people will tell you that they are. Now the Spanish giants have a chance to prove it in Japan. Pedro Pinto is here with that story and more -- Pedro.

PEDRO PINTO, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Kristie. Well, they are close to proving it. Barcelona are one win away from claiming the FIFA Club World Cup trophy. They comfortably beat Al-Sadd of Qatar on Thursday to advance to the final of the competition.

The Barca fans who made a long trek out to Japan for this tournament were pleased with the result against the Asian champions. The Spanish giants taking the lead by taking advantage of a defensive mistake. Namir Gohadj (ph) and Mohammed Sakar (ph) making a mess of the clearance. Adriano says thank you very much and puts his side ahead.

Bad news for Barca in the 35th minute. David Villa chasing down a long ball. He awkwardly falls on his left leg. The striker was stretchered off. He was diagnosed with a broken tibia and could be out for several months.

Pep Guardiola's side tried to stay focused and managed to add a second goal before half-time. It's Adriano again with the strike. And again Sakar (ph) in goal should have done better.

The outside keeper could do nothing to stop Barca's third strike. (inaudible) collecting a fantastic pass from Lionnel Messi and finishing coolly from close range.

The European champions added one more goal for good measure. Maxwell on the left. And that's 4-nil.

Barcelona advance to the final of the Club World Cup where they will take on Santos of Brazil.

French giants Paris St. Germain were knocked out of the Europa league even though they won their final group game on Wednesday. PSG knew their destiny was not in their own hands. They needed to beat Athletic Bilbao and hope that Salzburg would not get all three points against Slovan Bratislava.

Well, the French side did their part, beating Athletic 4-2, but they were still elminated since Salzburg also won on the night. PSG will now focus on winning the French Championship. They are currently joint top of the league as they chase down a first domestic crown since 1994.

One of the best basketball players on the planet has changed teams. Chris Paul was traded from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers. On Wednesday, the league approved the deal which sent the four time all-star out west in exchange for three players: Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, and Al-Farouq Aminu.

With Paul on board, the Clippers turn into a potential powerhouse in the Western Conference after almost three decades of being one of the NBA's worst franchises. He, Blake, and newly signed small forward Caron Butler will form quite a trio.

That's a quick look at the sports headlines. Kristie back to you in Hong Kong.

LU STOUT: Pedro, thank you very much and take care.

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