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Crisis in Syria; North Korea Preparing for Launch; Ruling in Terror Extradition Case; Facebook Buys Instagram For $1 billion; Profile Of French Chef Anne-Sophie Pic

Aired April 10, 2012 - 08:00   ET


ANNA COREN, HOST: Welcome to NEWS STREAM, where news and technology meet.

Hello. I'm Anna Coren in Hong Kong.

We begin in Syria. Kofi Annan visits refugees in Turkey on the day Syrian forces are supposed to withdraw from cities.

Well, as North Korea prepares to launch a rocket, we're live in Pyongyang to look at the enduring cult of the country's founder, Kim Il-sung.

And it's an 18-month-old app run by just 13 employees. We'll look at why Facebook decided Instagram was worth $1 billion.

We'll bring you up to date with events in Syria in just a moment, but, first, the world is watching as North Korea prepares for a rocket launch that several governments believe will actually be a long-range missile test. Pyongyang says launch preparations should be completed by the end of the day, insisting it's only sending a satellite into orbit, but few are taking that claim at face value, particularly south of the border.

Well, the rocket launch is expected to take place between Thursday and Monday. It's being timed to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, North Korea's founder and so-called "eternal president."

CNN's Stan Grant has visited the launch site and viewed preparations first hand, and he joins us now live from the capital, Pyongyang.

Stan, any word on when this rocket will launch?

We seem to be having some technical problems. We will try and reestablish contact with Stan Grant in Pyongyang shortly.

Well, let's turn to Syria now, where a U.N.-brokered peace plan is showing no sign of taking hold. The deadline for Syrian forces to withdraw has come and gone, but opposition activists are reporting the regime's violent crackdown rages on.

Fresh shelling is said to have taken place in the past few hours in the province of Aleppo, and in Homs, seen here. Well, activists say 23 people have been killed across the country this Tuesday, but Syria is insisting it is implementing parts of Kofi Annan's peace plan and has begun withdrawing its forces from some provinces.

That assurance came at a joint press conference between the Syrian and Russian foreign ministers in Moscow this Tuesday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov used the occasion to urge the Syrian government to be more active and decisive in honoring its commitment to the peace deal. Syria's foreign minister, Walid Muallem, he's said that -- he's reaffirmed Syria's commitment to the peace plan, but added that a cease-fire should begin simultaneously with the arrival of international observers.

Well, as Kofi Annan's peace plan hangs by a thread, he is in Turkey visiting some of the 24,000 Syrian refugees who have fled across the border.

Ivan Watson has been following Mr. Annan and joins us now from Hatay in Turkey -- Ivan.

IVAN WATSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Anna, the man who helped broker this peace plan that seems to be in shambles right now is visiting refugees camps here. There are more than 24,000 Syrian refugees, some of whom have lived here for close to a year, spread out in camps along the border.

Many of these people, nearly all of the ones that I've talked to, blame the Syrian government for their exile and are furious at the lack of action they see from the international community in trying to do more to help them to return to their country and bring an end to the Syrian government crackdown. Turkey was once an ally of the Syrian president, Bashar al- Assad, and has changed over the course of the past year to calling for his ouster, saying he no longer has legitimacy after the deaths of more than 9,000 people over the last year.

We have not heard yet from Kofi Annan, who is visiting here, visiting refugee camps, and meeting with Turkish officials before moving on to a visit with Tehran. Iran being a close ally of the Syrian government as well. But this will be a chance for him to meet with some of the people who have suffered directly at the hands of the Syrian government first hand -- Anna.

COREN: Now, we are expecting to hear from Kofi Annan shortly. He's due to hold a press conference before flying out to Iran for discussion to firm up support for a cease-fire.

Ivan, this cease-fire is supposed to be in place. It is not. The violence is still continuing.

What can we expect will happen?

WATSON: It's a very good question. We have reports from opposition groups that more than 30 people have been killed today alone. We have reports of the military shelling different cities and towns around the country.

The foreign minister of Syria, in his press conference in Moscow, he spoke highly of the peace plan. He said that Syria was trying to adhere to it, but that the opposition and its allies around the world, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, were not. Take a listen to what he had to say.


WALID MOALLEM, SYRIAN FOREIGN MINISTER (through translator): We did withdraw some military units from some provinces in accordance with Point C of Annan's plan. We did allow more than 28 media stations to enter Syria since March 25th. That means since the date when Syria agreed to Annan's plan until today. We also received the head of the International Red Cross, and we agreed to certain points regarding getting aid and delivering it to those who need it with cooperation with the Syrian Red Crescent.


WATSON: Now, the Syrian opposition says there has been no withdrawal to speak of, there's just been more killing. And Turkey, the country that's hosting Annan right now, has made it very clear that the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, cannot be trusted, and they are pointing to a deadly incident yesterday where Syrian soldiers opened fire on a refugee camp in Turkey, across the border, and wounded two Turks and two Syrians -- Anna.

COREN: That has certainly increased tensions between the two neighbors.

Ivan Watson, joining us from Hatay in Turkey.

Thank you.

And we will be bringing that press conference from Kofi Annan as soon as we get it.

Well, let's now go back to North Korea. The rocket launch is expected to take place between Thursday and Monday. It's been timed to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, North Korea's founder and so- called "eternal president."

Well, CNN's Stan Grant has visited the launch site and viewed preparations first hand. He joins us now live from the capital, Pyongyang.

Stan, any word as to when this rocket launch will happen?

STAN GRANT, CNN SR. INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, we're still hearing this window, Anna, of between the 12th and 16th of this month. We are learning a few more details about the rocket launch, of course, that North Korea insists is, in fact, a satellite launch, and much of the rest of the world is concerned that it's, in fact, a covert missile operation.

We've been hearing that the preparations are now well and truly advanced, it is on course to take place between the 12th and 16th. We've also been hearing from the director of the space agency here in North Korea that this trajectory of the rocket itself will not be flying over any sovereign air space, and if there is a potential threat to any other countries, then it is able to self-destruct. Of course, there have been concerns from South Korea and Japan that, if it was going to pose a threat there, they may, in fact, shoot it down.

But as much as North Korea insists that this is a satellite launch, the speculation continues, the skepticism continues that this is more about missiles. We've heard from the United States, saying this is a missile launch, they consider it a provocative act, and also in violation of U.N. resolutions. Well, as far as North Korea is concerned, they can't refute that enough.

This is what the head of the space agency had to say.


RYU KUN CHOL, SR. NORTH KOREAN SPACE OFFICIAL (through translator): If it were a ballistic missile launch site, would we have built it at such an open site? Would we have built the launch control center and also a satellite control center in Pyongyang? No country in the world would want to launch a ballistic missile from such an open site. However, if you -- if anybody insists that that site is for ballistic missile tests, then it's very disturbing.


COREN: We seem to have lost contact with our Stan Grant there, joining us from Pyongyang, but we -- as we just mentioned, North Korea's launch is timed to coincide with the 100th birthday of North Korea's founder, Kim Il- sung. Well, Stan also had a chance to look at the enduring cult of Kim. Let's watch his report.


GRANT (voice-over): The cult of Kim is still well and truly alive in North Korea. An extraordinary scene: row upon row of people, tens of thousands here, at a square in the capital, Pyongyang. Framed by the symbol of communism, the red hammer and sickle, they lined in the sun to remember two dead leaders who, in every other respect, are still very much alive.

Before them, the smiling faces of the founding father of the country, Kim Il-sung, and his son, the so-called "Dear Leader," Kim Jong-il. These are not just the faces of power, but the searing images of a nation built on a cult of personality. These massive mosaics join the countless thousands of other monuments to the Kim family's divine rule, for they are godlike here. At the time of his death in 1994, there were thought to be more than 40,000 individual memorials to Kim Il-sung throughout the country.

"In the coming days we will celebrate him," this lady says, "and we come here with respect for our father."

This year marks 100 years since the man North Koreans know as "The Great Leader" was born on this spot on the outskirts of Pyongyang. People are flocking here in a year of celebration.

For those we were allowed to speak to, at least, this is still their president. According to the constitution, he will be for eternity.

"President Kim Il-sung is our father. We are one big family." "Thanks to his birth," this lady says," he has given us a powerful socialist state."

Others remember his son, too. Kim Jong-il died suddenly last December. The nation was plunged into grief. For one young woman we met this day, the tears have not stopped.

"Every year we came here with happiness, but not now. This year, my heart is breaking, and that's why I'm crying now. But I am determined to follow the path that he has set."

That path is self-reliance, duche (ph). But it's meant being closed off from the rest of the world, hostile to enemies South Korea and the United States, countries with which North Korea is still technically at war. The ruling family has wielded power with an iron fist. Defectors and human rights groups tell of executions and hundreds of thousands of people languishing in remote gulags. The collapse of the Soviet Union and vast sums of money on the military have had a crippling effect. NGOs say a famine in the 1990s is thought to have killed millions.

Now a new Kim, Jong-un, is in charge of the country's destiny. Not yet 30, but the cult continues.

(on camera): This is the sort of dedication that North Korea demands. Behind me here you can see a sea of people here to commemorate two generations of the Kim dynasty, while the third is already now in power.

Stan Grant, CNN, Pyongyang.


COREN: Still ahead on NEWS STREAM, a controversial Muslim cleric could soon face terror charges in the U.S. Well, a human rights judge says Abu Hamza can be extradited from the U.K., along with five others.

Nuclear negotiations between Iran and several world powers resume later this week. Will those talks ease the standoff? We'll tell you where things stand now.

And billion-dollar baby. Instagram is not even two years old yet. Facebook is putting up big bucks to buy the photo-sharing network. We'll tell you why.


COREN: Radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza has lost his latest legal fight against extradition to the United States. The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Britain can send him and four other terror suspects to America to face trial. Well, the men have been fighting extradition, arguing that conditions at a super maximum prison in the United States are inhumane.

For details, let's go to our Dan Rivers, who joins us from London.

Now, Dan, these men, they are facing life sentences in the United States.

DAN RIVERS, CNN SR. INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: They are, yes. The United States has given assurances that none of the men will be treated as enemy combatants, so they won't end up in Guantanamo Bay, they can't face the death penalty.

These men, all alleged terrorists, including Abu Hamza, perhaps the most well known of all these men, the hook-handed fundamentalist who is famous for preaching outside a London mosque with real messages of hatred and urging his followers to engage in jihad, they have been resisting their extradition, first of all, in the U.K. courts. Then they took their fight to the European courts.

Well, the European Court of Human Rights has now finally come back and said no, you can be extradited to the U.S., there are no breaches of your human rights if you go there. They had tried to argue that being held in one of these super max prisons would infringe their right to humane -- or would give them inhumane or degrading treatment.

The home secretary here, Theresa May, has given her reaction to CNN in the last couple of hours. Here's what she said.


THERESA MAY, BRITISH HOME SECRETARY: It's absolutely clear from this judgment we can extradite them to the United States. I believe that's right. They've been charged with some -- accused of some very serious offenses, and it's right that they should stand trial.


RIVERS: So Babar Ahmad is one of the men who is included in these five. Now, he's been detained since 2004 without trial. His family have given their reaction, saying they're very disappointed at the decision. They feel that he should be tried in Britain, but they feel that if there is enough evidence, he should be put on trial here. The authorities say that he's accused of running a Web site that was hosted in the U.S., urging people to go and fight with the Taliban, and in Chechnya, and therefore the U.S. is the best place to put him on trial.

And finally, Anna, this doesn't include the other well-known extremist here, Abu Katartir (ph). The authorities here are trying to have him deported to Jordan. That's a separate case, and they're still trying to get reassurances from the Jordanian government that he would not face torture if he was deported back to Jordan.

COREN: Dan, these men, of course, have been indicted on charges relating to hostage-taking in Yemen and attacks on American embassies in East Africa. The European courts, they've obviously said the extradition can happen, but can these men lost a last-ditch appeal?

RIVERS: Yes. Actually, they've got now three months to appeal to what's called the Grand Chamber in the European Court of Human Rights. It's their absolute last-ditch chance to avoid being extradited back to the U.S. on trial. Only in exceptional circumstances will the Grand Chamber hear cases, so we'll have to wait and see if they are successful.

If they're not, then they will be put on a plane and will face a grand jury trial back in the U.S. As you say, Abu Hamza, for example, charged and is alleged with running a terrorist training camp in Oregon, among other things, as well as alleged kidnapping in Yemen. And Babar Ahmad, as well, charged with that Web site,, which urged people to take part in jihad.

COREN: Dan Rivers, in London.

Many thanks for that update.

Well, turning now to Iran and talks later this week on its controversial nuclear program.

In the face of mounting pressure and stiff economic sanctions, Iran is ready to sit down with world powers on Saturday. It has signaled it may be prepared to make some concessions, though President Ahmadinejad sounded a defiant note earlier today.

Our Barbara Starr explains where key parties stand ahead of the talks.


BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The USS Enterprise's fighter jets are ready to go. The Navy's oldest warship on one last tour of duty, this time in the Middle East, part of the signal to Iran that U.S. firepower is ready if President Obama orders military action against Iran's nuclear program.

The U.S. is heavily spying on Iran, using drones, satellites, and eavesdropping to figure out how close Iran really is to a nuclear bomb. But, for now, the pressure of economic sanctions and the threat of more have been the biggest stick to convince Iran to change course away from what many believe is Tehran's effort to make a nuclear bomb.

JON ALTERMAN, CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: Iranians are feeling squeezed, but they don't really want to solve the problem, so much as they want to move it in a way where they can play it in a more advantageous way.

STARR: Iran and six world powers will sit down this week.

ALTERMAN: I think the Iranians are looking to split off the Russians and the Chinese to try to break apart what has been a very impressive, growing international consensus, but not do it so effectively as to invite an Israeli strike.

STARR: Iran is offering a concession, reducing the amount of uranium it is enriching at the 20 percent level. It's an easy step to further process the uranium to weapons grade once 20 percent is achieved. Israel won't be at the talks, but already Defense Minister Ehud Barak laying out his country's position.

EHUD BARAK, ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER: They already enriched 20 percent material out of the country to a neighboring trusted country. Then all the material enriched to 3.5 percent, probably except for a few hundred kilograms, should be taken out of the country, once again into a neighboring trusted country.

STARR (on camera): Iran still insists its program is for peaceful research and scientific purposes, but even if the United States was to agree to a civilian Iranian nuclear program, there's no guarantee that Israel would agree.

Barbara Starr, CNN, the Pentagon.


COREN: Ahead on NEWS STREAM, as people mark the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, we investigate what role if any the moon might have played in the tragedy.



COREN: Just ahead on NEWS STREAM, a picture-perfect day for Instagram as the infant photo-sharing network gets snapped out by Facebook for $1 billion. But what do people who use the service make of the move?

And he's Bubba-ing on the courts and on the Web. We'll show you the online antics of this unconventional Masters champion.


COREN: Welcome back. I'm Anna Coren in Hong Kong. You are watching News Stream. These are your world headlines.

A UN backed peace plan is showing no sign of taking hold in Syria. The deadline for Syrian forces to withdraw has come and gone, but fresh shelling is reported in the province of Aleppo and in Homs. Well, activists say 34 people have been killed across the country today. Syria is insisting it is implementing parts of the peace plan and has begun withdrawing its forces from some areas.

North Korea says Engineers are today completing the assembly of a rocket that's due to put a satellite into orbit in the next few days. The launch has raised tensions with neighboring countries and the United States. Well, they believe the mission's real purpose is to test a long rang ballistic missile capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

A Chinese couple who came to the aid of people evicted from their homes have been sentenced to prison. Well, activists say Ni Yulan (ph) was sentenced to two-and-a-half years while her husband Dong Giqing (ph) was jailed for two years. Well, they were charged with picking quarrels and provoking trouble.

Afghan police have been targeted by suicide bomb attacks in two different parts of the country. Officials say the first explosion killed 14 people outside a police building in the western city of Harat (ph). Well, the second attack killed four police officers in Helmand province.


JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, ACTOR: A million dollars isn't cool. You know what's cool? A billion dollars.


COREN: Well, you might remember those famous words from the film about Facebook, The Social Network. Well, now Facebook itself is handing out a billion dollars to acquire the photo-sharing app Instagram. So what is Instagram? Well, it's free to download for both iPhones and Android handsets. And the idea is pretty simple, you take a photo and share it.

But what makes Instagram different are the effects that you can apply to those photos. And let me show you. I'm going to take an Instagram of a picture of our cameramen here in the studio. And there are 17 different filters that you can apply to those photos, which make them look different, as you can see.

Well, you can also apply more advanced functions like tilt shifting as I pull it up there. And you change the focus of a shot. But Instagram isn't just a photography app, it's also a social network with over 30 million users.

Well, let me pull up the News Stream website here. And here you can see it works similiarly to Twitter. You can follow other users and see their photos. And just like Facebook, if you see anything good, well then you can like those photos. And it's easy to see why the app has proved popular, especially since it's free to download. But the billion dollar pricetag is raising eyebrows among analysts.


KEN AULETTA, NEW YORKER: When you look at a company bought for a billion dollars that has no revenue, it's a free service, you have to step back and say, whoa wait a second, what's this all about? I understand it's a defensive move, and may even be a brilliant move for all I know, but it's a lot of money for a company that makes nothing.


COREN: Certainly is a lot of money.

That was Ken Auletta, media writer for the New Yorker speaking to Piers Morgan there a little earlier.

Well, Instagram is quite young. It was founded in 2010. Well, last year it was valued at $30 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. Well, late last week Instagram closed around a funding that valued the company at $500 million. And now that has doubled, as you can see, but the billion pricetag really isn't much in Facebook's world.

Well, the social networking site is preparing for an IPO later this year. Analysts predict its valuation could reach $100 billion.

Remember, when Facebook first started, it had no set plan to monetize the website. Well, Instagram is still at that stage. There's no charge for the app or any of the filters for now. Both companies insist Instagram will remain independent. That means you'll still be able to share your photos beyond Facebook.

Well, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg admits his company is unlikely to do anything of this size again. And he is how one brand consultant explains a huge gamble.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, let's take this -- let's take this as a business thing instead of like an emotional techy thing, right? I mean, this is a very massive play by Facebook. And people literally laughed at Google buying YouTube. And YouTube was losing a boatload of cash. Instagram is not. So if you look at it from that standpoint, plus mobile is the game.


COREN: Instagram has many famous users from Barack Obama to Snoop Dogg. Well, our very own CNN digital senior editor Tyson Wheatley is deeply involved in the Instagram community. So let's get his take on the deal. Tyson, great to have you with us.

This is basically a social networking site built around photography. We know that it does have competition. But what makes it so special?

TYSON WHEATLEY, SENIOR EDITOR, CNN DIGITAL: Well, there are two things that make Instagram so incredibly special. One is, it's so dead simple to use as a platform, right. You've heard the term the best camera is the one that you have on you. Well, with a mobile device and with Instagram, you have the ability basically to see something that captures your eye, take a picture of it, and then you can basically edit it right on the app, apply some cool filters and then broadcast it to your followers.

So --

COREN: We're looking at some photos of yours taken here in Hong Kong, yeah?

WHEATLEY: Yeah, that's right.

So, you know, Instagram is very special for me. It's connected to Hong Kong for me in a special way, because when I first moved here just a little more than a year ago that's when I first started using Instagram. And I was using it primarily just to capture photos and share them with friends and family back home. But what happened along the way is really this other point about why I think makes Instagram so special and it's the community part of it, right?

I mean, it's -- it's got 30 million users and it's a really supportive and also really creative community of people. And for me it was significant, because when I first moved here I didn't know anybody. And I've actually made real-life connections with people through this app. And, in fact, these are all people here in Hong Kong who I've met through the Instagram app. And we go on photo walks together and we've held -- we've held photo exhibits all through this app. It's something I'd never could have imagined -- it's an experience I didn't really imagine ever happening.

COREN: And you weren't a photography buff beforehand.

WHEATLEY: No, not really. I'm very much an amateur photographer. And I think that also speaks to something else that's special about Instagram, which is Instagram in a lot of ways has kind of leveled the playing field, right. You don't have to be a professional photographer, although there are many professional photographers that use Instagram. But there's a lot of just every day average people that are using it.

And what I mean by level the playing field is you don't have to have an expensive camera and editing booth in order to sort of recreate really cool images with your camera. You can actually do it very easily.

COREN: At your desk.

Now, I know that there has been a lot of backlash to Instagram selling out to Facebook.


COREN: Do you think that this will ruin Instagram?

WHEATLEY: No. I mean, I hope not. As someone who is an invested user like myself I certainly hope it doesn't ruin instagram. Certainly there's been some backlash. And I think it's not unfounded.

I mean, there are a lot of people that feel very strongly either against Facebook -- or maybe it could have been almost any giant corporation, right?

You know, a lot of people have -- the community feels so passionate about Instagram. You know, I think a reaction like this is just normal.

But, you know, what interesting is that both Facebook and Instagram have came out today and said you know very clearly we plan to continue to grow and invest in Instragram and also grow it as a separate business.

So I think, you know, for me they get the benefit of the doubt. And I hope that it continues to be awesome.

COREN: It will certainly be interesting to see how it evolves. Tyson Wheatley, great to have you with us. Thank you for that.

WHATLEY: Thank you.

COREN: Coming up on News Stream, we meet one of France's top chefs Anne-Sophie Pic. And find out how her culinary ambitions have grown into an empire. Our Leading Women series, that's next.


COREN: This week our Leading Women series takes us into the kitchen of one of France's top chefs Anne-Sophie Pic. In a cutthroat industry, Pic has risen to the top and has the prestigious three Michelin stars to prove it. Our Becky Anderson checks out the recipe to her success.


BECKY ANDERSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Lunch service at one of France's most renowned restaurants. Every participant plays a carefully orchestrated role. You might need a second glass and close ear to spot the grand damme behind it all. She's everywhere from start to finish, bringing edible masterpieces to life.

ANNE-SOPHIE PIC, CHEF: Always I'm thinking about the combination on the tables. It can be an obsession.

ANDERSON: She's part chef, architect, and scientist.

PIC: Interesting also in the kitchen not to use only acidity, but bitterness is very interesting too.

ANDERSON: In an industry dominated by men, this chef de cuisine stands out from the pack. As the first female chef in more than 50 years awarded to coveted maximum three star Michelin honor, and only the fourth woman ever to win the top reward, she remembers vividly the moment she found out.

PIC: When you have the call, of course a lot of emotion. I was with my husband. And it's like -- like in five minutes you remember the (inaudible). It's incredible.

ANDERSON: This tour de force in the world of gastronomy is Anne- Sophie Pic.

Paris: the lover's tourist destination and a food lover's playground. But some 480 kilometers away in the southeastern corner of the country, the small town of Valence is home to a culinary gem of its own: the world renowned Maison Pic. It's here we find fourth generation chef Anne Sophie Pic at the restaurant that's been in her family since 1889.

Since she took over 10 years ago, Madam Pic has led this dinner scene to a whole new level. She and her husband David carefully selected every piece in the exquisite dining room from the baccarat crystals to fine Belgian linens. The main focus, of course, is the food.

PIC: And what is very important, too, is to think about the way people are going to taste the dish.

ANDERSON: She's considered an unlikely top chef. First, as a woman in a testosterone dominated industry, and second for her soft-spoken, almost shy demeanor.

Anne Sophie, do you believe there is a glass ceiling for women?

PIC: I was thinking like that in the beginning, the very beginning. I was thinking that to be woman was an inconvenience -- a major inconvenience because this job you need to be very strong and mentally, physically. The (inaudible) was not ready to accept woman at this level of cuisine. But little by little from (inaudible) it was something very (inaudible) another way of thinking cuisine a little bit different and as a way of managing people also.

ANDERSON: Pic is a chef who prizes emotion in her food over technique.

PIC: I think all my emotions are feminine, so I give this feminine way in my cuisine, of course.

ANDERSON: So it's no surprise that her food is considered feminine in its taste and presentation. She's also known for her vegetable and fish preparations. Here she plates a pinwheel of asparagus spears accented with anchovies and caviar.

How is your cuisine evolved over the years?

PIC: I think it has evolved very close to my own evolution. I was married, but I was (inaudible) so I became a mother. Also, my character and never satisfied with my work. So of course you ask me to change my dishes to improve my dishes.

ANDERSON: That drive to perfect her menu and shore up her plan means Pic's reach goes well beyond a family restaurant. Her empire includes a five star boutique hotel, a delicatessen serving the family champagne and wine label and Skook (ph) her own cooking school, which she closes at least a morning a week to experiment in her kitchen.

Today, Anne Sophie Pic sits at the top of the culinary world, but it was actually a painful experience that propelled her to the industry.

We'll learn more about Pic in the coming weeks, how her bond with family pushed her to achieve what she and many others never expected.


COREN: Now Becky Anderson reporting there. Well, for more about our Leading Women series, check out our website, Next week, we'll have more on Anne Sophie Pic and Google executive Marisa Mayer who we introduced to you last week. And we'll tell you how both women launched their amazing careers.

Well, coming up on News Stream, the wacky world of Master's champ Bubba Watson. We'll have a closer look at the colorful character behind the tee.


COREN: Major League Baseball team is dealing with a PR nightmare after their manager made controversial comments about Fidel Castro. Our Pedro Pinto has the details -- Pedro.

PEDRO PINTO, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Anna. In an interview with Time Magazine, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said he respected and loved the Cuban dictator. And that has infuriated Miami's Cuban-American community. The 48-year-old Venezuelan is now flying back to Florida to issue a public apology later on Tuesday. Guillen said he regrets making those comments and actually does not respect Castro at all.

No doubt this has been a PR nightmare for the team formerly known as the Florida Marlins. Guillen, meantime, is in his first season as the team's manager. And already there are calls for his resignation.


OZZIE GUILLEN, MIAM MARLINS MANAGER: It feels sad and in a couple of days, you know, trouble in my stomach not because of what I did, but yes because I know I hurt a lot of people. And I'm going to make it clear, especially for me, I want to get the thing over with and I got -- I told the Marlins I want to fly as soon as I can. And tomorrow is a day off. I don't do nothing. I'd rather be in Miami, clear everything up.


PINTO: On the diamond, one of the most expensive imports in Major League Baseball history made his debut on Monday. Yu Darvish, who is coasting the Texas Rangers over $100 million, pitched against the Seattle Mariners. Now it would be fair to say that the Japanese star won't be too happy with his first appearance. He gave up four runs in the first inning alone. Darvish struggled with his control and had to throw 42 pitches before he finally got the Mariners out. He even walked in a run as Seattle took a 4-0 lead.

Now he eventually settled down and later retired 10 batters in a row before leaving the game in the sixth inning.

Lucky for him, the Texas Rangers have a potent offense. And they rallied to win the game 11-5. They took the lead for good with this two run homerun from Mitch Mooreland. So Darvish gets a win in his debut even if he didn't pitch particularly well.

Formula1 boss Bernie Ecclestone admitted on Tuesday that teams will have the final say over whether to compete in the upcoming Bahrain Grand Prix. The F1 supremo spoke after hearing about the latest outbreak of violence in the Arab state which saw seven policemen injured in a bomb attack.

Last year's Bahrain Grand Prix was postponed in the wake of anti- government protests. And the 2012 event, scheduled for April 22, has been shrouded in controversy due to the continues clashes.

Bubba Watson's incredible win at the Master's is still the talk of the sporting world. And if you thought this seemingly impossible shot from the pine straw on the second playoff hole was a sight to behold, wait until you see the amount of tweeting he's been doing.

In the hours after his victory at Augusta National, his number of Twitter followers jumped dramatically from 306,000 to over 480,000 and growing. Amazingly, Watson has responded individually to every single one of his well-wishers, mostly with a one-word reply simply saying thanks.

And Bubba is showing his fans some love after his first ever major victory. You have to appreciate that, Anna. Quite impressive for him to take the time out to actually write back to all those congratulatory messages.

COREN: What a great guy. I must say, Pedro, I'm a big fan of Bubba Watson. I think he's tops. I think he's great. Pedro, good to see you. Thank you for that.

Well, speaking of Bubba Watson, he is not only a prolific tweeter, the golf champ is also a hit on YouTube where he shows off some trick shots and sings in a boy band. Our Jeanne Moos takes a look.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: If you think golf is a snobby sport, meet its latest star. Bubba Watson may have blubbered when he won the Masters, he's a master of not taking the sport or himself too seriously.

BUBBA WATSON, GOLFER: Bubba Watson here.

MOOS: He's been teeing off from atop discount tires. And whacking cakes. Welcome to the whacky world of Bubba's YouTube videos.

WATSON: You've got lettuce and the old wooden stick. See which one wins.

MOOS: The old wooden stick always wins.

The amazing hook shot out of the rough that helped Bubba win the Masters was a distant relative to his hot tub trick shot.

WATSON: Under the porch, over the rough, into the hot tube. Let's see if I can do it.

MOOS: Here's how he celebrated that shot.

The water works at the Masters all came from his eyes. He's a Christian. And winning on Easter tweeted "to God be the glory." His wife reads the Bible to their newly adopted infant son.

Bubba may have been wearing a half million dollar watch from one of his sponsors, but he wore his Masters green jacket modestly.

WATSON: Nice. I look like you now.

MOOS: Probably the best known fact about Bubba is that he's never had an actual golf lesson. If you can't beat me, how can you teach me, he says?

WATSON: Never had a lesson, so it's just me out there beating plastic balls.

Bubba Claus is here.

MOOS: Bubba is the polar opposite of cool Tiger Woods. His father nicknamed him after the football player and actor Bubba Smith.

Bubba may be famous for his long, powerful drives, but it's what he drives that actually one of a kind.

It was his dream car known as General Lee from the show the Dukes of Hazard. There are actually dozens and dozens of Dodge Chargers used in the series, but Bubba bought one of the originals for a $110,000.

This is a guy who plays golf with Justin Bieber.

JUSTIN BIEBER, SINGER: Bubba says I'm terrible.

MOOS: Bubba appeared along with other PGA golfers in a mock boy band video, The Golf Boys.

His game may be golf, but for Bubba, any ball will do.

WATSON: Egg plant me. Pumpkin me. Ball me.

MOOS: Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.


COREN: What a character. Love it.

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