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Lance Armstrong Drops Fight Against USADA; Anders Behring Breivik Found Sane, Sentenced To 21 Years; Islamists Destroy Ancient Shrines In Mali

Aired August 24, 2012 - 08:00:00   ET


KRISTIE LU STOUT, HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. And welcome to NEWSTREAM, where news and technology meet.

We begin in the U.S. where Lance Armstrong is looking at a lifetime ban and could be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. But for a man who says he has never failed a drug test, the big question is why?

Also ahead, the man who killed 77 people in Norway is sentenced to 21 years in prison. We are live in Oslo with the latest.

And bans from both Apple and Samsung, why a South Korean court has ruled they both violated each other's patents.

Now one of the world's most famous cyclist calls it quits in his fight against doping allegations. And now Lance Armstrong faces a lifetime ban and maybe stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

Now Armstrong announced to the world that he would not challenge charges brought by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. And in a statement, he says this, quote, there comes a point in every man's life when he has to say enough is enough.

Now Armstrong insists that he is innocent. He has never been convicted of doping charges, but has faced accusations throughout his career. In 2000, after his second Tour de France win, Armstrong and his cycling team were investigated by French authorities to determine whether they used performance enhancing drugs. Now the investigation was closed two years later. And that was after no evidence was found.

And then in 2005, after winning his seventh and last Tour de France title, a French newspaper story accused Armstrong of using PEDs during his first Tour victory. Now a report from the International Cycling Union cleared him of doping allegations from 1999.

And then, in 2010, Armstrong faced a federal investigation, but the U.S. Justice Department dropped the case earlier this year.

Now the agency then picked up the probe. And in June it formally accused him of doping.

Now Armstrong sued to stop the investigation and calls it an unconstitutional witch hunt.

But this week, a federal court refused to get involved. Now the judge said he did not have jurisdiction. And the matter should be resolved internally.

Armstrong describes himself as the most tested athlete in the world and says he has passed every time.

Let's bring in Alex Thomas from CNN London. And Alex, Lance Armstrong, he has never failed a drug test. He is now retired. So why are they still going after him?

ALEX THOMAS, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Well, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Kristie, will say that the evidence stacks up. And Lance Armstrong should be judged in the way that any other professional athlete would be under the World Anti-Doping Agency codes of which the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is the national body for America in the same way as every country that signed up to this code has its own national anti-doping agency.

And they say they have testimony from former cycling teammates of Lance Armstrong's as well as evidence that some of the drugs tests that as you say Lance Armstrong has always been cleared, that he's never tested positive in a normal, regular way for performance enhancing drugs, but the USADA are suggesting that some of the test results that they got their hands on from years gone past are showing the sorts of irregularities that with advanced scientific techniques -- remember the testers are always trying to catch up with the cheats, suggest that Armstrong was using performance enhancing drugs.

They say the case is now closed, because Armstrong s not challenging them anymore. And they will strip him of his seven Tour de France titles, but that is by far, far from the end of the story, Kristie.

LU STOUT: And Alex, what happens next. Can they really strip him of his Tour de France titles?

THOMAS: Normally it would be an automatic process. An anti-doping agency finds an athlete guilty of taking performance enhancing drugs and his or her record is then expunged. But there's a real complication and an intrigue in this case, because the governing body for professional cycling, the UCI, are refusing to cooperate with the USADA in the normal way. In fact, relations between the two governing bodies are decidedly frosty.

In the last half an hour, the UCI has finally released a statement, one we have all been eagerly waiting for. And we can show you some of it now. They say, "as the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has claimed jurisdiction in the case, the UCI expects that it will issue a reasoned decision. Until such time as the USADA delivers this decision, the UCI has not further comment to make."

Just deciphering that for you, they're basically saying we're not going to speak until the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency clearly publish the reasons for declaring Lance Armstrong guilty of taking performance enhancing drugs.

And if you look at the huge reaction on social networking today, Kristie, that is one of the two key questions. Apart from what happens next, which is still very cloudy after that UCI statement, people are also saying where is the evidence for the USADA? It's very rare that the public sympathies for the athlete's. Normally, despite criminal cases, the athlete has to prove their innocence. But in this case, because Armstrong is such a hero to so many sports fans, because of his battle back from cancer and winning those seven Tour de France titles, many are questioning the USADA's jurisdiction in this case.

LU STOUT: Yeah, a lot of athletes on Twitter have spoken out in support of Lance Armstrong.

Let's talk about Lance Armstrong's image. What does all of this do to his legacy?

THOMAS: Hard to say at this stage, quite simply. I think if we get down to the line -- and if you click on the Tour de France website today for example, it's still clearly show Lance Armstrong as the champions in seven consecutive years from 1999 to 2005. If that were to ever change and Lance Armstrong is no longer this record breaking champion, well, that's when this sport gets turned on its head.

Imagine golf without Jack Nicklaus at the top of the all-time major winners board with 18 titles to his name, or Roger Federer without his 17 grand slam tennis titles. What would the world of Formula One look like if Michael Schumacher wasn't the record seven times world champion? Lance Armstrong is the very defining figure in the sport of cycling. And if down the road that is no longer the case, it will be a huge, huge shock to many, many people.

LU STOUT: Yeah, well, the full story has yet to unfold. Alex Thomas, you're on it for us. Thank you very much indeed.

And as Alex mentioned, it is still unclear if Lance Armstrong will lose his Tour de France titles. And if it happens, crowning a new winner maybe trickier. Now take the 2005 Tour de France for example. Here, you see Lance Armstrong. He's on the podium with the second place finisher, Ivan Basso on the left, and the third place finisher Jan Ullrich on the right. Basso was given a two year ban for a doping related offense in 2007. Ullrich was recently banned for doping in 2006.

Now as for the other competitors? Well, the rest of the top seven have also either been caught doping, or in the case of Michael Rasmussen, been suspended for missing a doping test.

Now I want to turn to Norway. Now just over one year since the country's worst peace-time attack, the man who went on that horrific killing rampage heard his fate today. A Norwegian court sentenced Anders Behring Breivik to the maximum possible sentence, 21 years in prison, for killing 77 people, many of them teenagers.

Now Breivik defiantly raised his fist in that right-wing salute when he arrived in the courtroom. He then smiled as the verdict was read.

And the court ruled that he was sane, something that Breivik had wanted. In chilling testimony during the trial, Breivik told the court he fired additional bullets into young people as they lay bleeding, and drove others into the sea to drown.

Now prosecutors had asked the court to acquit Breivik on the grounds of insanity, sending him to a mental health unit.

I want to bring in Diana Magnay who joins us live from Oslo where the unanimous verdict was delivered earlier today, Diana.

DIANA MAGNAY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Kristie, he smiled when he heard that verdict. It was, of course, what he'd been looking for to be considered criminally sane and therefore legally responsible for those appalling acts in Oslo in the government quarter here and on the island of Utoya on July 22 last year.

So a smile from Anders Breivik. He'll be spending a life sentence in Ila Prison northwest of Oslo.

A life sentence in this country is 21 years. He has to serve a minimum of 10. And then he can appeal the sentence. But it's a minimum of 21, but then if he's still considered a risk to society, he can have that sentence extended, so it is most likely that he will never see the world outside of that Ila prison cell again. And that is, of course, what most people here in this country want. Sane or insane, they never want to have to think or hear about that man again, however hard that is.

I spoke to one of the survivors from Utoya a little earlier. This is what he had to say about that verdict.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm relieved for the -- to hear the outcome I was hoping for, and it also the one I was expecting. It was very difficult for me to unite the concept of insanity with his actions, with the level of detail, detailed planning that was required for this major logistical operation afterall.

So, I'm -- it's a relief to see this verdict and to see an end to at least legal side of this.


MAGNAY: This trial has obviously been an incredibly difficult process for survivors who had to testify in front of the man who slaughtered their friends, for the families of those who lost loved ones on the island and here in Oslo, many of them saying, you know, these have been such a difficult few weeks. Now at least we can try and move on and start the grieving process, draw a line, really, after the attacks of what happened.

But there is still many questions as to how it could have happened, a scathing report came out earlier this month detailing a litany of failures by the police and the intelligence, pointing to the fact that, for example, the road in front of the government building where Breivik parked the car loaded with a bomb should have been shut off to the public as had been advised a couple of years before, that the police should have arrived on the island of Utoya much earlier, that members of the public, for example, had alerted the police to the fact that this man was on the run, that had given them even his car registration number. Conclusions, really, that the attack could have been halted earlier and that lives could have been saved.

But you know, one survivor also said to me the more we know about this case, about what happened, about why things happen the way they did, the easier it is for me to intellectually understand them and for me to be able to move on, Kristie.

LU STOUT: All right, Diana Magnay joining us live from Oslo, thank you.

And just then on your screen we were looking at live pictures of the court room. You saw just then Anders Behring Breivik being handcuffed and led out of the room.

Now survivors of this shooting spree in Norway's Utoya Island, they say he will never break their spirit. Now dozens of young people were on that island that horrible day. They were there for a Labor Party summer camp. Let's take a listen to the survivors in their own words.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's important that we stay together and keep strong. We can't let a coward like that stop us. Because going onto an island with only youth and killing them and they have no way to escape, that's a cowardly act.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): It's about 20 to 30 of us trying to swim over. I saw a few of them being shot in the water. And it was a very powerful water, you could see the water breaking around and you can see when the water turned red.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): I'm glad I'm alive, extremely happy. I now just want to go home to my family and relax.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): We suddenly felt a barrage of glass hit us from behind. We were then told to run through the back door. That's when we saw that everything was blown up. People said there were bombs around. And I don't really know what's going on.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We don't want to be silenced. We're going to continue. We're going to continue to struggle. And we're going to continue doing what we do. We want to make -- you know, we want to make the world a better place and we want to continue with our politics. We want to show them that they're not going to shoot us to silence.



LU STOUT: Now various opposition groups in Egypt are taking to the streets across the country in what is dubbed the August 24 revolution. Now Egypt's interior ministry has warned the organizers of today's planned protest that they would respond decisively to any violence. Organizers have insisted the protest would amount to a peaceful revolution.

So, what do they want? Well, they're demanding an investigation into the Brotherhood's funding and reject an interim constitution.

I'm now joined by Nic Robertson live from Cairo with the very latest. And Nic, since we last spoke, have more protesters joined the march?

NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: They have, however, it's not a huge number. They called for a million man march, marching from a number of different points around the city towards the presidential palace. They don't appear to have reached the presidential palace, yet, rather they are at a stage that's around the shrine to President Anwar Sadat killed in 1981. They gathered there, but the numbers only seem as if they're in the hundreds.

It is peaceful so far, although the city is tense. There are a lot of additional police out. Razor wire around the presidential palace. And in Tahrir Square not far from here, three gunshots rang out and the crowd there, a pro-President Morsi crowd gathered around a man they accused of firing those shots, beat him, and took him off to authorities.

So, at the moment, not the numbers that were expected, but certainly the anger being expressed, but no violence so far, Kristie.

LU STOUT: And who is taking part in today's March? And to what degree are these anti-Morsi protesters representative of the mood of the nation?

ROBERTSON: Well, they are representative of a mood of part of the nation here. What people are saying, the critics of President Morsi is that the party he's sort of most associated with the Muslim Brotherhood has disproportionate number of their loyalists, if you will, within the new minister -- number of ministers that have been appointed in his government. And they're critical of that. They're critical of the way that he retook constitutional powers when he sacked the head of the supreme military council here and various other military chiefs and replaced them again, the critics say, with more sympathetic -- with people who are more sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood, to the Islamist view here.

And they're also critics of his -- what he's doing to the media here. They say that a number -- and there are a number of journalists here who have been told to appear in court, accused of sedition, in one case in particular, accused of trying to incite to kill the president.

There are also complaints that the -- that President Morsi is stacking the state run media institutions with people who are loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood.

So what the complaints are here, is that essentially that President Morsi represents the Muslim Brotherhood and they're taking unfair control of power and even unconstitutional power right now, Krsitie.

LU STOUT: Now only a few hundred people, as you mentioned just now, taking part in the march there in Cairo. I understand that there were similar marches being planned today in other Egyptian cities, including Alexandria. What is the potential here for today's march to turn into the revolution that the organizers are hoping for?

ROBERTSON: Yeah, four different cities: Alexandria, Cairo, Port Said, and the Suez were cities that were expected to hold protests today. There was a cleric, the sheik (ph), at a very respected university here in Cairo who had said that it would be righteous if protesters were killed, if anti- Morsi protesters were killed, which worried a lot of people, because they believe that might incite some people to go out and cause violence. There had been sermons broadcast on television today inside -- from some of the new Friday prayers here that seemed very politically motivated and inciting people perhaps towards taking physical action.

Additional security around the Freedom and Justice Party headquarters, associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, additional security on the streets. And certainly a tense atmosphere.

It has the potential to turn to violence, certainly that's been witnessed here before. You have president -- former presidential candidate Amr Moussa saying that the protesters protests should be respected and that the security institutions should protect the protesters' right to be out on the streets making their demands.

There is certainly concern that it could turn violent, that you could get opposing factions. The Muslim Brotherhood, we understood, had told their supporters to stay off the street to avoid confrontation.

It's still early hours yet, but the indications so far that it is peaceful -- Kristie.

LU STOUT: All right. Nic Robertson joining us live with the very latest from Cairo. Thank you.

Now the violence, it continues to grip Syria. In Damascus, government forces continued their onslaught in what activist say is a bid to crush the insurgency once and for all. Now according to opposition activists at least 101 people, including more than 20 children, have been killed by Syrian security forces across the country today.

In Aleppo, several districts across the city also saw heavy shelling today, that's according to activists. They say that this video shows the aftermath of bombardment of the city on Thursday. Now meanwhile, France voiced its support for a partial no-fly zone over Syria.

Now still ahead here on News Stream...


ZARA: I wanted to die. I wanted to disappear, because I don't want my brother, or my brother, or my cousin to kill me.


LU STOUT: Fearful that she would be killed to preserve her family's so-called honor. Zara had to flee. We hear her incredible story when we return.


LU STOUT: Coming to you live from Hong Kong, you're back watching News Steam.

And all this week CNN is focusing on so-called honor crimes where victims, mostly women, are targeted and sometimes murdered for allegedly bringing dishonor to their families. And today we heard the story of a woman we're calling Zara. She says that she was repeatedly raped by her husband, but when she turned to his family they blamed her.

You may find this report from Atika Shubert disturbing.


ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Zara lives in Britain, but I cannot tell you where. In fact, Zara is not her real name. She's so fearful of being identified that I can't even show you Zara's hand. And she told me her story on the promise that CNN would obscure her face and her voice.

Her story begins here in Britain when she moved here with her husband and two young sons. Here, she says, her husband became violent.

ZARA, "HONOR" VIOLENCE VICTIM: He started raping me, which affected me mentally, caused me lots of stress, and affected also the relationship between me and my son. And I couldn't -- unfortunately, I couldn't know -- I couldn't speak out, because it was not easy for me. I learned that to speak against your husband, to say about your private life to anyone, it is big shame.

SHUBERT: She decided to ask for a divorce. She says her husband initially agreed but insisted they both go back to their home in the Middle East to explain to their families.

ZARA: He gathered all his family.


SHUBERT (on camera): Take your time.

SHUBERT (voice-over): When she arrived at his village, she was shocked to find his entire extended family, more than 60 people, waiting for her.

ZARA: She told to me, "My son is a doctor. My son is a doctor. You should walk and you hold your face up. Who are you to cheat on my son? Who are you?" And after that, she told me, "I will look after them. You don't deserve to be a mother. You don't deserve to be a mother."

And my son was looking at my face. His mother called me by very bad names.


ZARA: She called me prostitute in front of my sons. It was really terrible, terrible moment. I -- I couldn't forget it.


SHUBERT: Then she says her husband issued her death sentence, calling her father, who lived in a neighboring town.

ZARA: He told my father, "If you are a man, clean your shame. If you are a man, kill your daughter."


ZARA: I became like rubbish. Just rubbish. Rubbish. I wanted to die. I wanted to disappear because I don't want my father or my brother or my cousin to kill me. And my son would carry my shame.

SHUBERT: But Zara was lucky. Her father couldn't do it.

ZARA: And my father told my mother, "The problem -- I know she doesn't -- she didn't cheat on her husband. The problem, she brought us is shame, which can't clean even by blood. I know she's innocent, but we can't clean this shame."

My father sent me away, because he knows if he doesn't -- if I stay, I will be killed from my uncles or from my cousin. There is no other option.

SHUBERT (on camera): Britain is Zara's home now, and in the year since she left the Middle East, her husband filed for divorce in her hometown's Sharia court, she says separating her from her children without her consent.

Now, it's an incredible story, and one that's hard to verify. We have seen the court documents, but Zara's caseworkers with the British charity have told us not to contact her husband for a response for fear of triggering a violent reaction.

SHUBERT (voice-over): Zara still fears her husband and her own relatives may kill her. But she doesn't hate them, she says. She sees them as victims of a brutal tradition, one that leading Muslim thinkers insist has no place in Islam. Nonetheless, she has left the religion, a decision her now teenage sons do not agree with.

ZARA: They don't want to have any contact with me. They don't want to hear my voice. I'm not angry with them. But I'm tired. I'm tired from all this -- I'm tired from culture, from religion. I'm tired to be a woman. I'm very tired to be a woman. I'm very tired to be a mother.


SHUBERT: Zara's greatest hope, she told me, is that one day her sons will hear her side of the story.

Atika Shubert, CNN, London.


LU STOUT: A gut wrenching story there.

You're watching News Stream. And coming up, the power of two storms. Now Typhoon Tambin makes landfall in Taiwan dumping heavy rain and uprooting trees. And a tropical storm is headed for Haiti. But is the threat being taken seriously enough? Your weather update is straight ahead.


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

Now the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong should be stripped of all his titles dating back to 1998, that follows Armstrong's announcement that he will stop fighting charges that he used performance enhancing drugs while still maintaining his innocence. But there is major disagreement about whether the Anti-Doping Agency has the authority to take away Armstrong's titles.

Now confessed mass killer Anders Breivik has been judged to be sane. A Norwegian court has sentenced the self-described ultra nationalist to 21 years in prison. He admits murdering 77 people in a bomb attack and gun rampage last summer. Breivik's lawyer says he will not appeal his verdict.

Activists say regime forces have blitzed the Syrian city of Aleppo as President Bashar al-Assad's forces intensify their campaign to crush resistance. Meanwhile, regime troops have continued their onslaught in the capital Damascus, hammering a suburb with mortars and air strikes. Now France has now voiced support for a partial no-fly zone to relieve the two cities from air attacks.

Now there were two deadly explosions in the Iraqi capital. Local police say at least three people were killed when two bombs exploded in eastern Baghdad. At least 11 people were injured. Now police say that the blast happened outside the offices of Shia Cleric Muqtada al Sadr. It is not clear who is behind the attacks.

Now Typhoon Tambin made landfall in Taiwan early on Friday. Strong gales and heavy rain battered the island, forcing many to flee their homes. Trees were uprooted, and power lines downed. Some 50,000 households were without power. And officials say five people were injured.

Let's get a check on the latest developments from the region. Mari Ramos is with us from the world weather center -- Mari.

MARI RAMOS, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Kristie, this is really quite an amazing storm. You know, it was moving so slowly. It was just kind of sitting just off the edge of Taiwan for so long. And then all of a sudden it just came right on through.

I want to show you -- you know, you were showing us one of the pictures there. This is another one from Taiwan. And you can see this roadway completely inundated. You see no people virtually here. Many people had been evacuated well ahead of the storm, and with good cause, because one of the main concerns -- and this is amazing, look at that, water as far as the eye can see here. The rain was the biggest concern. Look at some of these rainfall -- this is -- all of these -- the first three towns here are in Pingtung County. And this is just rainfall in 24 hours. They had over half a meter of rain in 24 hours. And that is why you're seeing so much inundation. And the list goes on and on.

It's still raining in many cases. You want to see some more pictures? Let's go ahead and roll the video, because it is pretty amazing.

At the height of the storm, yeah, the winds were howling through. These images taken by James Reynolds who was reporting for us just earlier today, Kristie, you may remember that. You can see here just the rain almost moving sideways. And as the howling winds and the wind driven rain moved through there, the concern is for flooding and for mudslides. And when daylight came, well you could see a little bit more of the damage.

Right here you see people working to clean out some of those drainage systems to try to get the water to flow. The roads have been closed ahead of time, especially those mountain roads that become very treacherous and of course could also be affected by landslides.

So, really amazing that right now we're only seeing injuries reported, because with this amount of rain I was concerned that the loss of life could be large, but it looks like they were prepared there in Taiwan to just take a hold of this storm.

Come back over to the weather map over here, this is what the storm looks like now. It has moved back out to sea, so we could see some strengthening again when it comes to this weather system. A little bit of the rain now starting to move into Mainland China.

Now, this area has been on alert for a few days also because of the path that this storm was expected to take, however, Tambin now is a Tropical Storm. It is going to continue bringing some heavy rain here across Taiwan. And notice back over here, most of the heaviest rain will remain over the water now, but I'm concerned about this southern portion of Taiwan with all of the rain that they've already had.

And then you have to notice the track of the storm. It is expected to kind of meander around here, just come off the coast of China again and stay in the northern portion of the South China Sea. This is going to be a concern, of course, for all of the land areas around here, because of the proximity of that storm.

And there is, of course, another one following close behind. That's Bolavin. And that continues to be a threat, especially for the Ryukyu Islands right now. And look at the path for this storm could be headed toward the Korean peninsula as we head into early next week. So definitely over the weekend this is going to be another storm to watch.

Switch gears very quickly. I want to give you a quick update on Tropical Storm Isaac in the Caribbean. This storm is having a little bit of trouble staying -- keeping it together so to speak, but the winds have increased in the latest advisory to 80 kilometers per hour. It's been bringing rains anywhere from the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and even into northern parts of Venezuela, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, all of these areas getting heavy rain from this.

The main concern, Kristie, even if it doesn't become a hurricane, continues to be the threat for heavy rain across the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, because of the mountains a threat for mudslides is tremendous there. And of course we have all of those advisories posted. And down the line maybe the U.S. could be affected. We'll have to wait and see. Back to you.

LU STOUT: Wow, weather woes around the world. Mari Ramos, thank you.

Let's get more now on Tropical Storm Isaac as it heads for Haiti, a nation crippled by a deadly earthquake in 2010. Hundreds of thousands are still living in makeshift tents in the aftermath of that disaster.

Now with more, Gary Tuchman joins me now live from Haiti's capital Port au Prince. And Gary, when you arrived to report on the storm there, how many people were aware that the storm was even coming?

GARY TUCHMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, here's the thing, Kristie, that's amazing, you were just mentioning it, there used to be a million homeless people here in Haiti, even as recently as six months ago. Now it's down to 400,000. So it's a dramatic improvement, but it's still incredible. 400,000 of a total of 10 million people who live in this nation, 4 percent of Haitians are still homeless after the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010.

So when we arrived here yesterday, went to one of the areas about 10 minutes away from the presidential palace where about 1,000 families live in tents and rickety homes. And we went with our interpreter. And everyone we talked to, no one was aware of Tropical Storm Isaac on its way to Haiti.

We informed people. We didn't know what to expect once we told them what we heard was that they weren't going anywhere. First of all, they didn't feel there was anywhere to go. We explained there are hundreds of shelters set up throughout the country, but the fact is they're very small. There's not a lot of room. And where are you going to put 400,000 people?

Either way, these people for the most part saying they're sticking by their homes. They're afraid to leave their tents. They're afraid to leave their steel homes -- their homes that are made of concrete, because they're afraid they won't be back, that someone will take their place if they leave. So they're sticking it out.

So we've really never seen that before when we've covered tropical storm or hurricane. So many people making the decision to stay outside when the storm comes.

Right now, it still remains sunny here in the center of Port au Prince, and that's a bad sign, because if some people were thinking of trying to get somewhere, they'll wake up today and they'll see, hey, the weather seems OK. There's no reason to go. But we expect within the next several hours conditions will start to deteriorate very...

LU STOUT: Yeah, we just saw the forecast. I mean, this is a huge storm coming their way. And Gary, just to confirm here -- OK, I'm sorry, I'm just hearing that we've lost the connection there with Gary Tuchman live in the Haitian capital Port au Prince. But as he was saying just then despite all the forecasts, information that we know, we've been reporting here on CNN, people are staying put despite the soon arrival of this big tropical storm Isaac.

You're watching NEWSTREAM. And right here next to me, this is a visual representation of all the stories we've covered so far. We've told you about Lance Armstrong, also about the case of a woman who says that she survived a so-called honor crime.

Now let's turn to what could be the latest edition to Iran's navy. Now Dan Rivers has more on what the use of this speed boat could mean for the Persian Gulf.


DAN RIVERS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: This is the Bradstone Challenger, a recordbreaking speed boat capable of an incredible 72 knots. A smaller version was driven by David Beckham during the opening of the Olympic Games.

But now this boat is in the hands of the Iranian Navy according to the people who built it. They say the Iranians bought the boat after numerous western attempts to block the sale. They finally got their hands on it in 2009 from a South African arms dealer.

And they have successfully copied the prototype, calling it the Seraj 1, part of a fleet of super fast gunships bristling with rockets and weapons, a component of Iran's asymmetric tactics, using small boats to attack large warships.

Western concerns about Iran's fleet of speed boats increased after war games in 2002 when a U.S. Navy team suffered heavy losses in a simulated attack in the Gulf. Some of their fleet was sunk by a swarm of small boats.

LORNE CAMPBELL, BRADSTONE CHALLENGER DESIGNER: The propellers run on the surface...

RIVERS: The Bradstone Challenger was designed by Lorne Campbell who shows me the unique blade runner hull design which makes it so fast and stable in rough seas. Now the Iranians have his design.

CAMPBELL: Well, they have stolen it, I think. It's very annoying, very frustrating.

RIVERS: British military intelligence have contacted him about the boat as well as other rather more shady characters.

CAMPBELL: And I've had students from -- from Iran trying to pump me for information.

RIVERS: Ian Millen works for a marine intelligence company, which monitors areas like the straits of Hormuz where a third of the world's traded petroleum passes and where the Bradstone Challenger could be deployed.

We took to the water to discuss the threat to western navies

IAN MILLEN, DRYAD MARITIME INTELLIGENCE SERVICES: The idea behind the asymmetric threat of course is that it would in effect swarm like bees and be a death by a thousand bee stings. But, yes, the modern navies are capable of dealing with situations and threats like this.

RIVERS: You can see how difficult it is filming in a conventional speed boat doing about 20 knots. But you can imagine how much harder it is to fire a weapon going in something three times this speed. One of the military advantages of the Bradstone Challenger is it provides a much more stable platform from which to fire a weapon. The Iranians could build an entire fleet of these super fast small craft. It could pose a significant threat to western navies.

Iran's navy commander Admiral Ali Fedavi has boasted the U.S. tried and failed to stop delivery of the Bradstone Challenger in 2009 during a high seas standoff that lasted 18 hours. Now that Iran has the design and its fleet of copies, the fear is it's just waiting for the pretext to deploy them in anger.

Dan Rivers, CNN, Portsmouth.


LU STOUT: Coming up on News Stream, militants in Northern Mali destroy ancient shrines, raising fears from the south that an entire culture going back thousands of years may be their next taret.


LU STOUT: Welcome back.

Now in Northern Mali where hardline Islamists took control in March following a coup d'etat, secular music, television, football and smoking are now banned. Now the extremists have also destroyed a number of ancient shrines, and that is sparking growing fears in Southern Mali. Lindsey Hilsum reports.


LINDSEY HILSUM, JOURNALIST: Mali, one of the most culturally diverse countries on Earth. A land of music, mud mosques, ancient Islamic manuscripts, and (inaudible) all now under threat.

About 50 miles from the capital Bamako, I meet the hunters. They brandish their 19th Century rifles and their talismans. The Islamists who now control Northern Mali hate all this, but the hunters culture goes back 1,000 years and they like to show it off.

These men see themselves as Muslims, but they mix their Islam with animism, traditional culture. And they know that the Islamists came down from the north to here, then they'd be the first targets. But they're an essential part of Malian culture.


HILSUM: They show me how they aim their rifles. No shooting, though, because it's Ramadan. And they say they can always send magic to destroy the Islamists.

DAGABA TRAORE, COMMUNITY LEADER (through translator): We are scared of the new Islamic ways. When they see us wearing hunters clothes, they won't regard us as Muslims. They'll automatically think we are infidels who cannot know Allah. But our external appearance is different from what we feel inside. These foreigners are showing us a kind of Islam which has never been Prophet Mohammed's message. By taking knives and killing others.

HILSUM: The people of Timbuktu who have already seen what the Islamists can do. Last month, al Qaeda's local allies set upon the city's famous Sufi landmarks. The guardian of the mausoleum of al Femoya (ph) could do nothing but watch. The Jihadists say the shrines are idolatrous.

Crowds came out in protest, but to no avail. The Islamists have since destroyed more shrines.


HILSUM: The director of the National Museum in Bamako has a plan to protect both Islamic and pre-Islamic objects if the Jihadists come south.

SIDIBE: If the pure Islam comes to Bamako, all these things are (inaudible).

HILSUM: Something -- I mean, this is completely -- this is beautiful

An animist terracotta statue from the 14th Century is priceless both in its monetary value and its cultural meaning.

SIDIBE: The Taliban destroy the Buddha in Afghanistan, what happened to (inaudible) of course. Heritage is important for people, because we all need to have the sense that we have an existence in the past. And if someone want to destroy this idea of the past I think it's clear that is one, this person wants to destroy the soul of Malian people.

HILSUM: Culture is about the present as well as the past. Women I met collecting food aid in Bamako told me they fled the north because the Jihadis, many of them foreigners, forced them to wear a full face veil like Gulf Arabs or Afghans, not Malians.

HAUROYE TOURE, POLITICAL SCIENCE GRADUATE (through translator): We're a democratic, sovereign secular republic. We never expected anyone to impose Sharia on us. We are in our own country, so we should be free to behave as we wish.

HILSUM: Le Soldat de les Republic, Warriors of the Republic, musicians defending Malian culture and democracy. They're still free to express themselves in the capital, but this week the Islamists controlling the north banned secular music as Satanic, another sign of their intent to attack everything Malians hold dear.

Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 News, Bamako.


LU STOUT: And as we wait for a ruling in a U.S. court, the verdict is out in the legal battle between Apple and Samsung in South Korea. We'll have the details next right here on News Stream.


LU STOUT: Now, we've been covering the global fight between Apple and Samsung. And all these countries in red have seen legal action between the two companies. And while we wait for a ruling from the big case in the U.S., a court in South Korea has made its decision. It says both Apple and Samsung violated each other's patents.

Samsung has to pay about $33,000 for infringing two of Apple's patents. Apple has to pay $22,000 for infringing one of Samsungs. Those amounts, they might seem relatively minor, and it's because they weren't seeking massive damages in South Korea. Unlike in the U.S. where Apple wants $2.5 billion in damages.

Now the court also banned sales of several phones and tablets in South Korea like the iPhone 4 and Galaxy Nexus, but the latest iPhone, iPad and Galaxy S III are not affected by the ban.

And even with the Olympics behind us, records are still being broken. Now this one is a little different, though, the lowest note ever recorded by a human voice. Erin McLaughlin introduces us to the man with the world's deepest voice.





MCLAUGHLIN: But just how low can you go?




MCLAUGHLIN: Not bad, but they're no match for this man, who officially has the lowest voice in the world.


MCLAUGHLIN: That last note is so low, Tim Storm says only animals can hear it.

TIM STORMS, LOWEST VOICE IN THE WORLD: Elephants, yes. I've heard that they communicate like -- they can hear each other over 25 miles or something like that because they -- I think they communicate around four hertz, some frequencies around there.

MCLAUGHLIN (on camera): You can't hear the low note.

STORMS: Right. Yes, I can feel them, though. Yes, I can kind of -- kind of hear them in my head as far as the sound my vocal chords are making, but as far as frequencies, it's something more or less that I feel.

STORMS (singing): To heaven when I die.

MCLAUGHLIN (voice-over): Tim first broke the record in 2000, and it's a record that he keeps breaking.

STORMS: I just get lower the older I get. If you listen to a recording of a person's voice when they're 30 and then a recording of their voice when they're 80, there's a pretty good difference, as far as how low they talk.

MCLAUGHLIN: Tim also holds the record for the widest range. He sings in an unprecedented ten octaves.

MCLAUGHLIN (on camera): And a normal person's range is, what?

STORMS: Probably two or three octaves.

MCLAUGHLIN: How is this biologically possible?

STORMS: I sang with an a cappella group back in -- well, a few years ago. And one of the concerts we had, there was an ear, nose and throat specialist came to the concert, he's like, "Man, I've got to look at your vocal chords." He said that my vocal chords were about twice as long as normal.


STORMS: Than he's used to seeing, anyway. And the arytenoid muscles around my vocal chords were -- they had a lot more movement to them.

MCLAUGHLIN (voice-over): Tim's unique vocal chords made him the ideal candidate for "Tranquility," a choral album that prompted a global talent search for a singer who could hit a low E, the deepest note ever written for a choral composition. Hitting new lows Tim Storms may be, but his career is about to reach new heights.

MCLAUGHLIN (on camera): I understand you're also doing some voice- over work, as well.


MCLAUGHLIN: You're doing some animation.

STORMS: Possibly. I don't know, we'll see. I went in to do some reads today and see how that goes. But yes, I love doing voice-over work and movie trailers and --

MCLAUGHLIN: I'd like to see that cartoon character.

STORMS: I love doing cartoon voices. My kids love it, too.


MCLAUGHLIN (voice-over): Erin McLaughlin, CNN, London.


LU STOUT: Now, let's take a quick look at this weekend's new films. A new action flick starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt . Here's Natalie Allen with this week's movie minute.


NATALIE ALLEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: New in theaters this week Premium Rush. Moviegoers in the U.S. and Taiwan can check out this flick about a daring bike messenger who cycles all over New York City, dodging some dirty cops to deliver an important envelop.

Hit and Run opens across Australia, North America and the Netherlands. In this action film comedy, a former bank robber and his girlfriend go into overdrive to avoid a gang of criminals hunting for some hidden loot.

The Expendables II finally beat Batman at the box office last week. Now the shoot em up expands internationally, opening in nine more countries, including France, India, and Spain.

I'm Natalie Allen, and that's your new movie minute.


LU STOUT: And finally, one of the biggest companies in technology is getting a makeover. Microsoft's famous logo is changing from this to this. Gone is the old plain black italic text, now it's lighter, it's more colorful. And if it looks a little familiar, it should. It matches the classic Windows logo, an appropriate touch with the release of Windows 8 due out this October.

And that is NEWSTREAM, but the news continues at CNN. WORLD BUSINESS TODAY is next.