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Amazon Introduces New Amazon Kindles; 96,000 Jobs Added In U.S. In August; Djokovic, Murray Reach U.S. Open Semis; President Hollande Returns Early From Vacation Amid Gossip; Interview with Google Earth Outreach Rebecca Moore; Prince Harry Deployed To Afghansitan

Aired September 7, 2012 - 08:00:00   ET


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

And we begin in Syria. Our exclusive reports continue with a look inside one of the war torn country's hospitals.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. And I'm asking you to choose that future.


LU STOUT: President Obama lays out his case for reelection in a speech to the Democratic National Convention. And Amazon unveils new Kindles, including an HD version of the Kindle Fire.

Now this week with an exclusive series of reports, we're giving you a rare look inside Syria's largest city Aleppo, once a thriving commercial center, it is now a war zone. And civilians, including young children, are paying a brutal price in the escalating civil war.

Now for many of the wounded, even hospitals provide little sanctuary as they're frequently under equipped or under siege.

Now Nick Paton-Walsh reports, and again a warning, some of the images are disturbing.


NICK PATON-WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Dar al-Shifa (ph) hospital is where many in Aleppo run when they're caught by the constant shelling even though the hospital and the area around it have also been fired upon.

The shells hit this spot of the hospital, but still this day we see many civilians flooding here for treatment, some of them very young. Doctors telling us the children's hospital has been closed by the government.

Some terrified, some starving. Mohammed, aged eight, was hit by shrapnel fired from Syrian regime mortars. He is quiet, brave, but this hospital isn't equipped for the surgery he needs. His thigh bone is shattered.

So the doctors have no choice but to exacerbate his ordeal and send him across the front lines to the government hospital hoping perversely that those who hurt him can also heal him.

President Bashar al-Assad is history in the minds of locals, but his regime still has the best hospitals where one doctors works during the day before sneaking here to help this rebel hospital in the evening.

He tells me wanting even his voice hidden that in the regime hospitals 50 soldiers are brought in every day, but sometimes doctors mercy kill by injection those they can't treat effectively, and if they found he was working in the rebel hospital they'd kill him.

Ahmad's (ph) head has been hit by shrapnel from shelling. His ear almost blown off. They struggle to clean the wound and to find enough anesthetic. At any point, the power could cut. But still the doctors carry on.

"It hurts," he cries.

But he's yet to learn the worst about what the shelling did. It killed his father who's mourned just outside the hospital.

The dead here, so many that doctors must leave them on the street. His brother arrives. There's no room for privacy or dignity here.

They remove the body before Ahmad (ph) can learn what happened. The blood remains on the street, unnoticed by some.

The people of Aleppo numb, looking to the skies, checking what next may befall them.

Nick Paton-Walsh, CNN, Aleppo.


LU STOUT: And activists have reported at least 55 deaths so far this Friday. They say 18 of those come from Aleppo.

Also, Damascus has become the site of heavy casualties as rebels fight government forces for control of the capital.

And just a short time ago, Syrian state TV reported a motorcycle loaded with explosives exploded outside a mosque. Now five Syrian security personnel are said to have been killed, others have been wounded.

And meanwhile, the international community is warning of a wide scale humanitarian crisis. This YouTube video is said to show a group of Syrians in a long line for break.

And this is the man now tasked with ending the violence and bringing peace to Syria. Lakhtar Brahimi, he was appointed as the special UN and Arab League Envoy after Kofi Annan stepped down from the role last month. And Brahimi is an experienced Arab diplomat. He is an Algerian national. And joined his country's fight for independence in 1956. He served in several diplomatic roles after that.

In 1989, he was an Arab League special envoy. Brahimi brokered the agreement that ended Lebanon's long civil war. He's the one in the middle here.

And then in 1994, Brahimi lead the UN observer mission during South Africa's post-apartheid elections. And also that year, he was sent to Yemen to help end the country's civil war. And more recently Brahimi has worked with a group called the Elders. And it's made up of veteran diplomats and world leaders who work for peace and human rights. And Brahimi says that he expects to visit Syria in the coming days.

Now turning now to the United States and President Barack Obama is asking voters for four more years. Mr. Obama accepted his party's nomination for reelection at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. And he told the crowd that only the voters in November have the power to secure the change he started four years ago.

He says it's not about choosing a candidate or a party, it's about choosing a path for America.

Now Mr. Obama addressed a range of topics covering everything from taxes to foreign policy. And on that issue, he had this to say about his Republican challenger.


OBAMA: My opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy. But from all that we've seen and heard, they want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost America so dearly. After all you don't call Russia our number one enemy -- not al Qaeda, Russia -- unless you're still stuck in a Cold War mind warp.


LU STOUT: Now, for Mr. Obama, the quest for a new term brought fresh promises. And Dana Bash has the highlights of the convention's final night.


DANA BASH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination with a kind of soaring rhetoric that got him elected four years ago, except hope and change were replaced by a reality check.

OBAMA: I recognize that times have changed since I first spoke to this convention. Times have changed and so have I. I'm no longer just a candidate, I'm the president.

BASH: Yes, we can now a plea for patience.

OBAMA: America, I never said this journey would be easy, and I won't promise that now. Yes our path is harder, but it leads to a better place. Yes, our road is longer, but we travel it together. We don't turn back. We leave no one behind.

BASH: But he still sprinkled in that familiar Obama oratory.

OBAMA: Our problems can be solved. Our challenges can be met. The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. And I'm asking you to choose that future.

BASH: The Obama campaign ripped into Mitt Romney for not offering enough specifics at his acceptance speech last week. The president took that a step further.

OBAMA: They want your vote, but they don't want you to know their plan. And that's because all they have to offer is the same prescriptions they've had for the last 30 years: have a surplus, try a tax cut. Deficit too high, try another. Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations and call us in the morning.

BASH: He offered new promises for a second term.

OBAMA: I'm asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country, goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security and the deficit.

BASH: Some specifics, a vow to create 1 million new manufacturing jobs, cut growth of college tuition in half over the next 10 years, and cut oil imports in half by 2020.

Vice President Joe Biden took on the role of eyewitness to the president while he made tough decisions.

JOE BIDEN, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Ladies and gentlemen, I'm here to tell you what I think you already know, but I watch it up close: bravery resides in the heart of Barack Obama and time and time again I witnessed him summon it. This man has courage in his soul, compassion in his heart, and a spine of steel.

BASH: And Biden delivered the bumper sticker line he loves.

BIDEN: We can now proudly say what you've heard me say the last six months. Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.

Though the night belonged to the president, the Democratic nominee from 2004 offered one of the most memorable one liners of the night.

SEN. JOHN KERRY, (D) MASSACHUSETTS: Ask Osama bin Laden if he is better off now than he was four years ago.

BASH: And when it comes to the lasting images from this convention it is this moment, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, shot through the head just last year, and now walking without a cane on stage to recite the pledge allegiance.

GABBY GIFFORDS, FRM. U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN: Liberty and Justice for all.


LU STOUT: Dana Bash reporting there.

Now the Romney campaign has responded to Mr. Obama's speech with this statement, quote, "he offered more promises, but he hasn't kept the promises he made four years ago."

So let's take a closer look at the president's past promises. The non-partisan website called Politifact, it has evaluated more than 500 of Mr. Obama's pledges and it concludes he has kept 37 percent of them, but only 16 percent as categorized as flat out broken promises, the rest are either compromised, stalled, or still in the works.

Now something both Republicans and Democrats are going to be watching very closely this hour, are the U.S. jobs figures. And we will bring you those numbers as we get them in around 20 minutes.

Also ahead, a series of earthquakes hit southwestern China. We'll have the latest on the aftermath.

And return to Afghanistan. Britain's Prince Harry is back in the country as an army helicopter pilot.


LU STOUT: Welcome back.

Now a series of four earthquakes has hit southwestern China. They struck the border of Yunnan and Guizhou Provinces.

And China's state run news agency Xinua says at least 50 people are dead and that figure may rise.

Now these pictures are from China's CCTV news. And they emerged in the aftermath of the quakes. The tremors measured between 4.8 and 5.6 in magnitude. And Xinua says that there are reports that houses have collapsed and power has been cut in the area. Now this region is prone to earthquakes. At least 69,000 people died in 2008 when a 7.9 magnitude quake hit Sichuan province.

Now with the very latest on conditions there in the quake zone Tom Sater joins us now from the world weather center -- Tom.

TOM SATER, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Kristie, there's a big difference of course you know the 7.9 and the 5.6, but there are three factors we look at when we talk about these earthquakes. First of all, you've got to look at the material that structures are used -- that they use to build. A lot of wood. There's dry stacking of, of course, stone, that plays a role. How shallow they were.

But really, moderate earthquake from 5.0 to 5.9, minor damage. But again it's terrain. We have rock slides in this area. Of course, that can cause damage.

Let's get in a little bit closer to the area. There were four quakes, as Kristie mentioned, two were exactly the same at 5.6. That's very rare. I believe that happened about two weeks ago that we had a 6.3 and about 11 minutes later we had a second of the same magnitude.

So again here are the four. And for the most part, what we're watching again is the depth. This is critical here. Extremely shallow at only 9.9. You can see the distances here. But again, they're going to be looking at a number of aftershocks. This could be for not just hours, but days leading after this event. Of course, any structure that may have had a little bit of damage in the initial shock and earthquake easily could have these aftershocks cause additional damage, if not do even more than that.

But here you go, again extremely shallow, so there's more shaking when it's closer to the earth crust.

Now let's take a look at a larger picture here. We've got to talk about the monsoonal flow. We've got this elongated trough. This continues to really produce heavy amounts of rainfall in several areas from around Thailand, 246 millimeters, back to Vietnam almost 300, and even into India. We should be watching now the progression of this start to retreat as far as the southwest Monsoon. But we're still looking at additional rainfall in the next 24 to 48 hours. It's going to continue to be the story. India, they need the rain. This is getting close to where they'll start to see the retreat of the monsoon. Of course, this is critical for the growing time period. And it's been -- it was a late start to begin with, about six, seven days behind. Then they were behind about 33 percent, a deficit.

But notice the last two weeks. We've had great rainfall totals that have been above average. So when you look at India here, no longer are they 33 percent behind, or 24, only 10. The critical spot continues to be to the west in Gujarat where the drought is excessive. In fact, it could be some of the worst cases that they've seen in almost 40 years.

We still have some problems up around Punjab and Hariana (ph). Of course it's critical as they're looking at the corn, looking at the cotton as well.

But even Pakistan getting in, in the rainfall. So beneficial rains.

We start to watch the retreat of the monsoon after September 1. There's several variables that have to take place. A good five days without measurable rainfall. You'll lose the instability in the atmosphere. And we'll see that in the satellite pictures. But we'll watch this, of course, start to make its recession down to the south.

I do want to mention, quickly, in the Atlantic we do have a category 1 hurricane very close to Bermuda. And of course the winds right now sustained at 120 with gusts at 148. This is going to become very close, or brush right by Bermuda. Tropical Storm watch is in effect.

Any give and take, Kristie, on this path, of course, could be more in the way of wind damage. Rip currents are felt all along the Eastern U.S. seaboard from Florida all the way up state of Maine.

LU STOUT: All right, Tom, thank you very much indeed for the update there. Tom Sater reporting.

You're watching News Stream. And still ahead, Britain's Prince Harry has been deployed on another tour of duty. We've got the details on his mission next.


LU STOUT: Live from Hong Kong, you're back watching News Stream.

And this right here is a visual rundown of all the stories in today's show. And we have shared our latest look inside the war torn city of Aleppo. And we examined U.S. President Barack Obama's convention speech. And later, we'll get America's latest unemployment reading, very significant in this heated election season.

But now let's turn to Afghanistan. Now Britain's defense ministry says Prince Harry is now there on deployment. It is the second time he has served in Afghanistan, the last was four years ago, but that ended in a hurried withdrawal when news of his location leaked. And this time, it has been announced that Harry will be stationed at Camp Bastion, that's in Helmund Province.

Let's get more now from Max Foster, our royal correspondent in London.

And Max, what will be Prince Harry's mission in Afghanistan?

MAX FOSTER, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, he's there as any other soldier. They're making this very clear. He's there in a military role. He won't be given any special treatment. He's even going to be sleeping in a shipping container like many of the other soldiers there. But that's one of the great attractions for Prince Harry being in the military. It's the one place where he can really be treated to some normality, really.

But he arrived in the middle of the night under very, very tight security to Camp Bastion. And he will be there as a gunner in the deadly Apache helicopter, so he'll be going out on missions in a helicopter like that. There's are pictures we got in the last few hours from Afghanistan. And he'll be involved in surveillance and deterrence, but also he will be expected to get involved in close combat.

And the military are making clear this is an important, but very dangerous role. But it's something that he wants to do.

We told -- I've just been told by a palace source that he's approached the deployment with a range of emotions like any other soldier and feels both pride and anticipation as he deploys for a job that he's trained for, for so long, Kristie.

LU STOUT: And just how much media access will be granted during this latest deployment for Prince Harry?

FOSTER: Well, there will be media access. We've already had it. And what's very different from the last experience in Afghanistan was that there was a media blackout. We weren't allowed to report anything until he came back. But the news broke, it leaked in this modern world of social media and internet sites. And there was an acceptance that it was not going to work this time around.

So we have been granted some access. There are security concerns, so we are taking those into consideration, working with the ministry of defense. But we are going to get access this time. And Prince Harry doesn't necessarily want the media there, but he's going to accept that he needs to allow that media access to avoid any security concerns.

So it's going to be interesting to see how things develop, but certainly in terms of security there have been some concerns that a royal - - any one of his profiles shouldn't be in a war zone. He'll put people at risk. But what I've heard from the palace is that, actually, he's going to be in a base, which is by its very nature a secure. And when he's in the helicopter he'll be anonymous. And those helicopters are already a target in Afghanistan, so he's not creating extra risk. And he won't be getting any additional security, either.

But the ministry of defense have said that they're constantly assessing the risk all the time and they may have to revisit that, but at the moment they're pretty comfortable.

LU STOUT: So he'll be treated like any other soldier, but they will consistently assess the security risk.

Now in your time covering the royal families, the royal correspondent, have you talked to Prince Harry about his military training and about his desire to serve?

FOSTER: I have spoken to him, not specifically about that, but I do know from people very close to him that it's the one place that he and William really feel a sense of normality. In the wider world, of course they're given special treatment, but in the military they're not, they're treated like ordinary soldiers and they're expected to go about their work like anyone else. And they really, really do treasure that.

They're also very serious about the military. And the queen is the head of the armed forces, which is why they're so deferential to her as well. And we heard today I've just been told that the Prince of Wales, their father is immensely proud of their son. And the queen has been fully briefed about the deployment.

And she would have been briefed not just because she's a grandmother, but also because she's head of the armed forces. The prime minister, we understand, is aware of this, but hasn't necessarily been involved in the deployment.

It has been a ministry of defense issue, but, you know, William's brother -- Harry's brother William is in the military as well. He's a helicopter pilot in a less dangerous role. His uncle, the Duke of York, Prince -- and Prince -- the Duke of York was also in the Falklands serving. So there's a tradition of military and the royals.

So this isn't unusual. They're used to it. But there's particularly high profile on Prince Harry right now of course after those Vegas pictures.

LU STOUT: That's right. Quite a change of scene right.

Max Foster there reporting for us. Thank you.

Now the French president is set to begin labor reform talks very soon. And while Francois Hollande is at the center of that very public storm, he's also trying to navigate a personal one.

Now here's our senior international correspondent Jim Bittermann in Paris.


JIM BITTERMANN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A little sympathy, please, for the French president. He and his girlfriend had barely escaped for that sacred French tradition, the August vacation, when naysayers began carping that his first 100 days in office have been lackluster. So, cutting his break short, he went back into action only to discover that his popularity rating, according to the public opinion polls, are seriously sagging.

And now, indignity heaped on scorn. Not one, but three books have come out about his complicated personal life, this after promising voters his personal life would not attract attention the way President Sarkozy's did. But his personal life does give authors plenty to gawk at.

According to the writers and the presidential palace has had no comment on anything they've written, it all began a decade ago when Francois Hollande, then in a decades old relationship with Segolene Royal, with whom he had four children, decided to do take up with a journalist assigned to cover him, Valerie Trierweiller, nothing too unusual about that in this country, but all three in the triangle decided to keep it hush- hush, because of the political implications.

Royal, you'll recall, ran for the French Presidency in 2007. And for the cameras, the Royal-Hollande couple, they were never married, kept up appearances, the books claim. But then the day after Royal lost came the announcement that they were splitting.

Jump ahead five years and this time it is Hollande who is running for the presidency Trierweiller at his side, and Royal out in the crowd. He wins. And the girlfriend becomes the first girlfriend of France.

According to the authors, relationships between the two women were, how shall we put it, frosty? But then came the ice age. Segolene Royal was trying to rebuild her political career by running for a seat in the national assembly when Trierweiller took it upon herself to write a very public tweet supporting Royal's opponent. That unleashed a torrent of gossip and caused one writer to suggest that Hollande's management of his personal life says something about his character in general.

SYLVAIN COURAGE, AUTHOR: We see a whole story of very dark and strange and weird that comes back. So the French people got a bad feeling about it. They said, well, if he doesn't run his family, then how can he run the country?

BITTERMANN: When asked about the tweet fallout, Hollande said, "private affairs should be handled in private." And, quote, "I've told the people close to me that they should accept this principle."

Hollande has said nothing about the books. His supporters doubt he ever will. And that the president's personal life will have no affect on his ability to govern.

RAZZY HAMMADI, SOCIALIST PARTY DEPUTY: For him, the total and strict separation of the private life and the public one is a principle of life. So when his -- when this principle was attacked by tweets, by words, by declarations he was the first person to say remember I have a principle. And this principle is this separation.

BITTERMANN: Nonetheless, some insist the saga is not over. Author Sylvain Courage speculates that it's not impossible Hollande could even go back to his first companion Royal. But for the moment, she just gets the pecks on the cheeks, Trierweiller gets the kiss on the lips.

Jim Bittermann, CNN, Paris.


LU STOUT: Still ahead here on News Stream, we are moments away from the latest U.S. jobs figures. And we'll take you live to New York for a reaction to the numbers there.

And relighting their fire. Amazon unveils the latest Kindles. And they explain why they are not going by the book when it comes to sales.


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

Now Syrian state TV is reporting an explosion outside a mosque in the capital Damascus. It says a motorcycle, loaded with explosives detonated as worshipers left prayers. At least five Syrian security personnel were killed. It is unclear how many others were wounded.

In southwestern China a series of earthquakes has killed at least 50 people, that's according to the official Xinua News Agency. Authorities fear that they will find more dead once they can reach villages blocked by landslides. Now the quakes have forced more than 100,000 people to leave their homes.

A judge in Pakistan has granted bail to a 14-year-old Christian girl accused of burning the Koran. The girl has spent the past month in jail. A neighbor first put forward the accusation. And then this past weekend Islamabad police said a Muslim cleric tore out the pages and planted the evidence. That man now faces charges.

And just in to CNN, the latest U.S. jobs figures, they are for the month of August. They showed the economy has gained 96,000 in the last month. Now that is below the expected figure of 120,000 more jobs.

And these figures are going to be monitored very closely in Washington. They are the first since both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions where the issue of the economy has been at the top of the agenda.

Now one of President Obama's big promises in his speech last night was to create a million new jobs in the manufacturing industry. And he hit out at Republican plans for the economy saying the tax cuts they are proposing will not promote growth.


OBAMA: After a decade of decline, this country created over half a million manufacturing jobs in the last two-and-a-half years. And not you have a choice. We can get more tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, or we can start rewarding companies that open new plants and train new workers and create new jobs here in the United States of America.

We can help big factories and small businesses double their exports. And if we choose this path, we can create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years. You can make that happen. You can choose that future.


LU STOUT: But is President Obama technically a job creator yet? Well, the answer is almost.

Now since he took office in January 2009, roughly 4.3 million jobs were lost in the U.S. But those were all within his first 13 months as president. From March 2010, the numbers have been up by more than 4 million in fact and counting. That means Mr. Obama is still on track to end his first term as a jobs creator.

But it also highlights just how ambitious his plans to create a million jobs in the manufacturing industry alone are.

Now Felicia Taylor has been keeping an eye on the U.S. jobs numbers. And is gauging the mood in America's financial capital. She joins me now live from a diner in New York City.

And Felicia, the jobs number is out. A total of 96,000 added. That's it, much lower than expected. And of course we know, especially right now, this is an economic indicator and a political indicator. So how are people reacting there?

FELICIA TAYLOR, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, no question about it, that was a very disappointing number. We were looking for somewhere between 112,000, maybe even as much as 125,000. So even analyst estimates were above what we actually saw in the creation of jobs of just 96,000. So no question about it, that is a very disappointing number.

What's interesting, though, is for the unemployment rate to drop to 8.1 percent. We're going to have to take a look at that and figure out exactly where that accounting has come into. Perhaps people that have been dropping out of the jobs market.

One indicator that's very difficult are those that are college students that are just coming into the marketplace, how difficult it is for them to find jobs. I'm joined now by Will Hoffman who has just graduated from university. He's looking for a job in the financial markets in New York City. He just arrived yesterday. And he can encapsulate how difficult it can be.

Will, tell me not only from your perspective, but also from your friends and colleagues, how difficult it's been to find a job.

WILL HOFFMAN, JOB SEEKER: It's incredibly difficult, even with the best resume from a top school that everybody is having trouble finding a job.

TAYLOR: How long do you think it's going to take for you to find a job. I mean, how much savings do you put aside to sort of warrant the idea that you may be here for a couple of months, if not longer?

HOFFMAN: Well, I have enough for a couple months, but I mean, hopefully it doesn't take that long, but I"m not optimistic.

TAYLOR: But you definitely did do some internship work here, so you've laid the groundwork, you've got some, you know, obviously leads out there. Does it sound like there's anything hopeful for you in the next coming months? I mean, are you confident that you're going to be able to find a job?

HOFFMAN: I'm not confident by any means, but I'm hopeful there definitely some avenues that I'm hoping will turn into a job for me.

TAYLOR: Well, we wish you definitely some luck. And hopefully it won't take more than just a couple of months to find a job.

You know, the other thing is on the other end of the spectrum, people that are, you know, have been in the job market for a little while. I'm joined now also by Stephen Levi (ph). And he has been I would say a worker for a couple of decades, but has experience the idea that, you know, you can't earn the same kind of money that you used to earn. And that's really frustrating.

What have you experienced?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, up until 2008 I was making about $35 to $45 an hour working for corporations doing tech work. And after the drop in 2008 it became impossible to find a job for a couple of years. And now I get calls all day long for the same job, but $10, $12, $13 an hour.

TAYLOR: That's a huge drop. I mean, that's massively significant in terms of being able to make, you know, rent payments or any other kind of obligation.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's no doubt about it. I've been forced into being an independent contractor. I survive that way. I also have other work that I do. I work in music and I work in audio production. But even with that, I still have to rely on my tech experience to make ends meet.

TAYLOR: So not only do you take on what your trade is, but you've had to take on other responsibilities and jobs as well.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Different trades that I used to be in that I've had to fall back on. I mean, it's amazing that art saves me, but that's really what the bottom line is here, you have to be able to wear different hats.

TAYLOR: We don't know yet who the next administration is going to be, who is going to lead us into the next four years. What are you hoping, though, from our next leader in this country, that they will be able to take us forward and create jobs?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, the most important thing is that all ends of the government work together. And that's what we didn't have in the last four years. We had president and then we had the other guys that were just fighting. Their way of fixing the job market was to get rid of the president. And that doesn't work. You have to have people working together.

And this isn't just a national problem, this is really a global problem that's going on. And it's not going to get fixed that easy. You can't just flash numbers up on the screen and say this is what it's going to be.

What it needs to be is people working together to do something with our economy and probably a lot to do with, you know, how we get our power and who is lobbying and, you know, we need just to think about making money, getting people back to work and that's the ticket.

TAYLOR: Well, that's the bottom line is getting people back to work. And once again, you know, today's numbers just highlight the fact that, you know, only 96,000 jobs created in this kind of a marketplace is a sobering reality as to how difficult things are and the administration, however is going to be leading it going forward, has a very tough job -- no pun intended. But nevertheless, that's the crux of the situation right now is getting people back to work and making corporations feel comfortable enough that they can hire people once again in this economy.

Back to you.

LU STOUT; Yeah. And to force that unemployment rate lower, some very nuanced responses from the Americans there in the diner.

Felicia Taylor joining us live from New York. Thank you so much.

Now it has been an important few days for tech companies. And we've talked about Nokia -- we'll talk over here, sorry -- as well as Motorola's new phones on Wednesday. Apple is set to unveil the iPhone 5 next week. And now Amazon has showed off its latest Kindles, including new versions of the Kindle Fire tablet. Dan Simon has more.


DAN SIMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: We're here in Santa Monica, California where Amazon released a whole new slate of Kindles, the most notable include what it's calling the Kindle Paper White. It has a much brighter screen. And for the first time you can read the Kindle both in direct sunlight and in the dark. Amazon also updating its popular Kindle Fire. They're calling this one the Kindle Fire HD, because it has a much sharper screen, also a faster processor. It's screen size is 7 inches and 9 inches. And priced at $200 and $300 respectively. And according to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, it's very competitively priced.


JEFF BEZOS, AMAZON CEO: We want to make money when people use our devices, not when they buy our devices, that is better alignment. If somebody buys one of our devices, and puts it in a desk drawer and never uses it, we don't deserve to make any money.


SIMON: The tablet category, of course, was jump started by Apple. There have been a lot of competitors. Few of them have sold very well. One exception has been the Kindle. According to Jeff Bezos, the Kindle Fire has generated 22 percent of tablet sales in the United States. One of the new features with the updated Kindle Fire is the ability to control your kids content. I think a lot of parents will appreciate this. You can actually set a timer so you can know exactly how much time your kids are spending on the device.

Dan Simon, CNN, Santa Monica, California.


LU STOUT: Interesting feature there.

Now with two years to go before the next World Cup, some families in Rio de Janeiro are facing a move that they never asked for. We'll explain the possible connection ahead.


LU STOUT: Now Novak Djokovic has been on fire at the U.S. Open and it is definitely going to take something special to wrestle the trophy away from the defending champ. Pedro Pinto joins us now with all the details -- Pedro.


Love your dress.

Let me tell you about the tennis.

The Serbian star has definitely been playing like the defending champion. He hasn't lost a single set on his way to the semifinals of the U.S. Open. On Thursday, he breezed past Juan Martin Del Potro 6-2, 7-6, 6- 4 was the score. Djokovic has now made the semifinals of the last 10 grand slam tournaments he's played in. Up next, a battle with David Ferrer of Spain. The other semifinal will see Andy Murray take on Tomas Berdych.

If you're wondering about the ladies, they're taking center stage on Friday. World number one Victoria Azarenka battles Maria Sharapova. And then in the final match of the evening Serena Williams takes on Sara Errani of Italy, no doubt the surprise package of the tournament at Flushing Meadows.

The top football story today is that European nations are kicking off their World Cup qualifying campaign. There are a total of 22 matches on the schedule for tonight. Christiano Ronaldo will play his first game since revealing he was unhappy at Real Madrid. A contest against lowly rank Luxembourg should be just what the doctor ordered. The winger is odds on to get his name on the score sheet, which would, of course, improve his overall mood. So will his current issues at Real affect his performance for the national team, that is what right back Joao Pereira had to say about that.


JOAO PEREIRA, PORTUGAL DEFENDER (through translator): It is not going to affect us. It did not even affect him since he scored two goals in his last match. People are talking a lot about this. This is something that happens a lot in Portugal. People talking about other people's lives and messing with things we should not. We want to guess, give our opinion. When we don't know the best thing is to shut up and do what I do, talk about the national team and Friday's match, which is the most important.


PINTO: There you have it.

Meanwhile, the Dutch team start their campaign with a tough match against Turkey. Holland will try to shake off a poor Euro 2012 tournament where they lost all three of their group matches. New coach Louis Van Gaal hopes to see an immediate improvement. Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben are among the players who will be in action against the Turks who have failed to qualify for a major tournament since Euro 2008. The Dutch lost 4-2 to neighbors Belgium in a friendly in August, but they are unbeaten in 22 World Cup qualifying matches.

Here's a look at some of the other top matches taking place on Friday. Managers Fabio Capello and Didier Deschamps will be making their competitive debuts with Russia and France respectively. Italy have a potentially tough opening game in Sophia against Bulgaria.

And of course on upcoming additions of World Sport, we'll update you on all those results and what they mean as the road to Rio begins for European teams. Back to you, Kristie.

LU STOUT: All right, Pedro, thank you and have a great weekend.

Now authorities in Brazil, they are forcing thousands of people in Rio de Janeiro from their homes. Now the relocation, it targets specific areas. And the move comes just two years before the city is set to host the World Cup and soon after the Olympics. As Shasta Darlington reports, many people see a connection.


SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: When Pedro Paolo built his house here, it was a muddy squatter settlement on the outskirts of Rio de Janeira. Now, it's prime real estate on the edge of Rio's future Olympic Park for the games it will host in 2016. The 3,000 residents will soon be evicted.

"I made my life here," he says. "Everything I earned I invested in this house. So the thought of leaving makes me desperate."

Rio's mayor is confident he'll win people over once their new apartments are ready.

EDUARDO PAES, MAYOR, RIO DE JANEIRO: These people are only going to be moved from there when they have 500 meters away from where they're living today, a nice condominium that we're doing.

DARLINGTON: He also says none of the planned relocations of families and communities around the city were sparked by the Olympic Games or the 2014 World Cup. But residents down the street from the iconic Marikana Stadium don't buy it. Hundreds of families living in the metro Favela, or shanty town, were evicted and moved to a housing complex 70 kilometers away. Their houses were demolished. Others have refused to leave until they get a home close by.

"We're living among rats and cockroaches, thieves and drug addicts," says Fransisco Rodriguez Utretes (ph). He blames the World Cup.

"We're 500 meters from Marikana," he says, "authorities aren't going to spend a fortune renovating Marikana and leave a Favela on its margins."

The massive stadium will host the final match of the World Cup. It will also stage the opening and closing ceremonies during the Olympics.

The mayor says local residents are being moved because they live dangerously close to train tracks.

PAES: It's nothing to do with the Olympics.

DARLINGTON: Or the World Cup?

PAES: Or the World Cup. I mean, nothing to do. We are -- we're not ashamed of our Favelas.

DARLINGTON: He says those still left will soon be transferred to nearby projects.

240 families have moved here to the housing complex Mongeira 1. And while it's quiet, there are kids playing in the square, many families say they're actually more cramped here than they were there.

Aquila (ph) and his family give up a two story house and moved in to one of the apartments. "It's better than losing everything," he says.

The units are new and even share a playground. But it's going to be a hard sell for residents in the city's future Olympic Park.

Shasta Darlington, CNN, Rio de Janeiro.


LU STOUT: Now Google Earth is not only useful for directions, we find out what the mapping program is doing to help save lives. That's coming up next right here on News Stream.


LU STOUT: Welcome back.

And we have this news just in, two senior administration officials tell CNN that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will notify congress Friday of her intent to formally designate the Pakistan based Haqqani Network as a terror organization. Now this label, it will allow the U.S. to freeze the Haqqani Network's assets within U.S. jurisdiction and to prosecute those who aid or assist the group. Now security experts say that the network is based in the Waziristan Province of Pakistan. It has been blamed for a number of attacks in Afghanistan.

Now here on News Stream, we often used Google Earth to give you a better geographical understanding of the stories we cover. And now through the Google Earth outreach program, it can also serve as a tool to help save lives.

Now the program, it offers information and resources to organizations and makes it easier for them to put together and to visualize that knowledge.

Now for example, when Hurricane Isaac was ripping through the Gulf Coast last week, Google provided crisis maps like this one, showing affected areas, allowing emergency crews to act quickly. You can see right here, Google shaded the areas in Mississippi and Louisiana with flood warnings.

And taking a closer look into New Orleans, users are able to find the closest Red Cross shetlers across the city.

So how did it all get started? Well, Rebecca Moore heads the Google Earth outreach program. In 2005, she used the mapping tool to show the residents of her own community how a proposed logging plan would harm a local red wood forest. And she succeeded in stopping it.

I had the chance to speak to her earlier, and I asked her about some of her current projects.


REBECCA MOORE, GOOGLE EARTH OUTREACH: It's almost been something out of Avatar. We're working with the Surui tribe in the rainforest of the Amazon in Brazil. And when the first contact happened with the modern world, when the first highway came through their village, all of a sudden illegal invasions of their land began. And they're a small tribe. They were not able to repel the invaders with bow and arrow.

Well, Chief Omir (ph) was the first member of his tribe to go to university, stumped on Google Earth in an internet cafe. And like the rest of us, the first thing he did was he flew to his home in Google Earth and you could see in the satellite imagery how their territory was beautiful pristine rainforest, but exactly where the illegal incursions were happening. And when you saw that, he had this realization the time had come to put down the bow and arrow. And what he said, to pick up the laptop to defend their land virtually, to raise awareness with people all over the world of what was happening to their territory.

And it's been a very exciting project for us.

LU STOUT: Another project that you've been working on is landmines. But how do you use Google Earth to eradicate landmines in places like Cambodia?

MOORE: Yeah, the Halo Trust is using Google Earth and Google Maps, the satellite imagery, to map and manage the removal of more than millions of landmines so that children can walk safely back to school. And they're using it to organize with local people, help them understand which areas are still dangerous, which areas have been cleared and are safe to return.

And because so many people are comfortable using Google Earth and Maps, we have more than a billion users of Google Maps every month, more than a billion people have downloaded Google Earth, it's in many, many different languages, these local communities in very rural areas are comfortable using these tools to understand, for example, when it's safe to return to different landscapes.

LU STOUT: Now you're work is incredible, but why is Google doing this? I mean, Google is a for profit company after all. It answers to shareholders. So why is Google using Google Maps and Google Earth for good?

MOORE: Well, you know, our mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. And geographic information is some of the most important in the world. When you think about it, things happen in a place. And seeing is believing, right. If you're trying to understand a complex situation when you can put that information in context, in high resolution satellite imagery, 3D terrain, take people there virtually then suddenly this information makes much more sense.

And it can be used to change policy and to do these things like landmine removal.

LU STOUT: What's the next project that you have your eye on?

MOORE: Well, we just began working in the Arctic with the Inuit tribe. They want to put themselves on the map. So Street View has just gone there to capture some of these most northern, most remote Arctic locations so they can explain their community to the world.


LU STOUT: And that was Rebecca Moore of Google Earth Outreach. And she told us that there are over 20 Petabytes of satellite images on Google Earth. Let me just try to explain how much data that is. You're probably familiar with gigabytes. This iPad, it holds about 64 gigabytes. A terabyte is 1,000 gigabytes. But a petabyte is 1,000 terabytes. And Google Earth uses 20 petabytes. You'd need over 300,000 of these iPads to hold all that data.

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