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Apple Unveils iPhone 5; Anti-American Protests Ignite In Yemen; Libyans Hold Pro-American Rally
Aired September 13, 2012 - 8:00 ET
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
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 Yemen where the U.S. embassy has become the latest target as anger continues over an online film that is offensive to Islam.
And there was unrest earlier in Egypt, coming a day after the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi. We will have the latest.
Also ahead, opening a murder case: the investigation gets underway into one of Pakistan`s worst industrial accidents ever.
It has been another turbulent 24 hours in the Middle East with more violent protests targeting U.S. diplomatic missions. Now, in Yemen`s capital, demonstrators tried to storm the U.S. embassy. Witnesses say protesters burned tires outside while Yemeni security forces held them off with warning shots fired in the air. Some demonstrators even managed to breach a security wall.
In Cairo, Egyptian riot police fired tear gas to break up protests by hundreds of people throwing rocks and molotov cocktails outside the U.S. embassy. The government says six police officers and several demonstrators were injured.
It is the third straight day of anti-American protests in Cairo. Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, who is on a trip to Brussels slammed an online film denigrating Islam that has sparked many of the protests.
MOHAMED MORSI, PRESIDENT OF EGYPT (through translator): Everywhere in the Arab world there is anger regarding what happened recently. Those who made up the small movie that defames the prophet, we condemn it strongly. And we stand strongly against all those who launch such slogans, who launch such provocations, who stand behind that hatred.
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LU STOUT: All U.S. posts in the region are on heightened alert following the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday, which killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.
Now let`s get the latest now on the situation at the U.S. embassy in Yemen`s capital. Now journalist Hakim Almasmari joins us on the line from Sanaa. And Hakim, violent protests earlier today outside the U.S. embassy there, what`s happening now? What`s the latest?
HAKIM ALMASMARI, JOURNALIST: Right now it`s becoming a little more tense right now, because security forces started using water cannons and more gunfire. Right now the bullets aren`t being shot directly at the protesters. We have reports of three protesters injured. And one could be in critical condition. So if this continues, we expect even more clashes and more tense situation.
Security forces started using -- a little more force after most of the protesters were -- left the area. But right now, many are returning. And it does not look like it will end very soon.
LU STOUT: So the situation, you describe it, it`s very tense right now. Yemeni security now using more force to control the angry crowds. What is fueling the anger? And were you able to listen to what the protesters were chanting or to read the signs that they were holding?
ALMASMARI: The protesters were angered at the movie, the online movie attacking Prophet Mohammed, that`s the main reason why all these protesters are out there. (inaudible) it did not have nothing to do with the U.S. foreign policy, it`s all focused on that. Most of the banners were reading Mohammed is a red line. We will not accept Mohammed being attacked. It`s U.S. must know its limits. And so on.
These protests are -- they were becoming aggressive an hour ago (inaudible) security forces started using water cannons. (inaudible) again.
LU STOUT: OK. Now we`ve also seen these images of Yemeni protesters burning American flags. How much anti-American sentiment was there before the outbreak of violence in Sanaa and in Cairo and in Benghazi this week?
ALMASMARI: Honestly, the U.S. had a very good reputation in Yemen up to (inaudible). After the (inaudible) of the U.S. drone strategy in Yemen, many anti-U.S. sentiments were increased in Yemen, but not to the extent where protests would take place or attacks against the U.S. embassy.
So, yes, people were angry at the U.S. in the past because of the U.S. drones, especially when 13 civilians were killed two weeks ago by U.S. drones, but nothing to the extent of what happened today. This -- I mean, Yemenis are moved more by religion. And this is religion based, that is why these attacks are taking place today against the U.S. embassy
LU STOUT: The protesters are angry at this U.S. made movie believed to be insulting to the prophet, insulting to Islam. You`ve been reporting that the Yemeni security has stepped up their use of force to control the angry crowds, using water cannons, also using rubber bullets.
Are they intimidating the protesters? Are the crowds dispersing? Or is it having the opposite affect? Are they getting more angry?
ALMASMARI: (inaudible) attacks. The protesters were not given any resistance. So that -- they reached the embassy gate. They climbed atop the wall. And then they left back home.
They -- their message was sent and received.
When the protesters were decreased in number, that was when the security force started using a little more force by rubber bullets and water cannons. When the protesters saw that force was being used against them, they started regrouping again and coming towards the embassy gates.
LU STOUT: All right. Tensions still high in Sanaa. Hakim Almasmari joining us on the line. Thank you very much indeed.
Now turnining now to Libya. And Washington is sending war ships and surveillance drones to the region to help in the hunt for the killers of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. They died in the assault of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday night.
Now some officials now think the attack was planned well in advance. And may not have been part of a protest against a film denigrating the Muslim faith.
Now Jill Dougherty takes us through what officials say happened.
JILL DOUGHERTY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Tuesday night at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, a complex and highly dangerous situation. Outside, an anti-American protest, then a group of heavily armed militants, approximately two dozen of them, launched an attack firing rocket propelled grenades.
MIKE ROGERS, CHAIRMAN, U.S. HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE: The attack in Libya is -- appears to be very coordinated, military style attack. This was not a demonstration gone bad, this was a clear, targeted planned event.
DOUGHERTY: According to senior U.S. officials that ignited a fire inside the consulate. American and Libyan security personnel, officials say, were forced to fight on two fronts: the attackers on the outside, the fire inside.
Diplomatic sources are beginning to piece together what happened next.
Officials tell CNN Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi on a short visit from the capital Tripoli, along with Sean Smith, a 10 year veteran of the State Department in Libya on temporary assignment, took refuge in a safe room along with a lead security officer.
But the room became filled with smoke. The officer left the room, they say. When he returned, Smith was dead. Ambassador Stevens was missing. One official says Stevens and possibly others were trying to escape to the roof.
But then confusion. Officials say Stevens got out and somehow ended up at the hospital. Unconfirmed reports say he may have been unconscious. His body later was returned to U.S. officials at the Benghazi airport.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised the Libyans who she said helped fight off the attackers and carried Ambassador Stevens` body to the hospital.
HILLARY CLINTON, SECRETARY OF STATE: This was an attack by a small and savage group, not the people or govenrment of Libya.
DOUGHERTY: At this point, State Department officials believe the attack was planned in advance, but did not believe Ambassador Stevens was directly targeted. Nicholas Burns, a former top State Department official, tells CNN U.S. diplomats are facing an incendiary situation in the Middle East.
NICHOLAS BURNS, FRM. STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS: The cruel irony here is that the United States is well regarded in Libya and there`s a moderate government in place. And this is clearly the actions of an isolated and very small, but very vicious terrorist group. And so we`ve got to protect ourselves from those groups. And we`ve got to go after them.
DOUGHERTY: At least three people were wounded. They are being taken to the U.S. airbase at Rammstein, Germany for a treatment as are the remains of those who died.
Jill Dougherty, CNN, The State Department.
LU STOUT: Now a number of Libyan officials have apologized for the attack. And people in Benghazi took to the streets on Wednesday to say the same.
Now this man, he is holding a sign that reads, "Chris Stevens was a friend to all Libyans."
And here, one that says, "sorry, people of America. This is not the behavior of our Islam and prophet." Now of course he means the Prophet Mohammed.
Now as you can here, dozens of people turned out for the peaceful rally carrying signs in English and Arabic. And with their actions clearly denouncing terrorism.
Now the events in Benghazi are putting the relationship between the U.S. and Libya to the test. And for more, Libya`s ambassador to the U.S. Ali Aujali joins me now live from Washington.
Mr. Ambassador, thank you for joining us here on CNN International.
Now the U.S. President, he has pledged to track down those who killed the U.S. ambassador. He is sending war ships, marines, drones. Now Libya has also pledged to help in the hunt, but can Libya track down the killers?
ALI AUJALI, LIBYAN AMBASSADOR TO U.S: Well, I mean, we had some good experience, but maybe one and a half weeks ago there was a bomb exploded in Tripoli streets and we`ve been able to arrest the one who is behind this terrorist act. And this is a very serious attack against the American consulate in Tripoli. And in Benghazi, we are very concerned about our relation with the United States. And I was on the telephone call this morning with my ministry and telling them that they have to work very hard. This -- they must be able to bring to justice. And we have to coordinate with the United States. We have to be realistic that this situation in LIbya is difficult and it came in a very critical time. Yesterday we just elected the first prime minister and the cabinet has to be formed.
But at the same time it is time to unite our efforts, United States and Libya. We have to consult each other. We have to work together. We have to exchange information to track these people.
As you mentioned, this is a very small group. They`re not representing Libya. They are a terrorist people who are -- who are irresponsible. And you see the demonstration to support the American member Chris. And we need America now in this time maybe even more than we need them during the revolution, you know.
LU STOUT: You believe that a terror group is behind the killings. Where is this terror group based? Where in Libya will be the focus of this joint manhunt?
AUJALI: Well, that`s what the minister of defense, minister of interior, the second service in Libya, this is what they`re trying to do. And I`m expecting that maybe in the next coming few days, some will have them.
There is no specific place where this group they are stationed. And I believe as you said before, Chris the personnel of the embassy, they were not a target, but it looks like the situation when these attacker came to the embassy it devolved and then it was getting more serious and unfortunately we lost these heroes, you know, of the American embassy who went to Libya, especially Chris during the revolution last year.
My main concern, that we have to work together to (inaudible) these people, to bring these people to justice. This is very important. I have to be very careful, especially when I say what is the next step they are going to take in Libya.
This administration, or this protest against the United States unfortunately is not only in Libya it is in the other cities as we are watching the news. And unfortunate this kind of movie, which is really create haters among the people. And we have a great experience, you know, what`s happening in (inaudible) during the (inaudible).
But this is not the American government`s policy, this is irresponsible people. I consider them they are terrorists, because they caused the death of innocent people. But also the response of the Arab and Muslim world, it has to be civilized, has to be at the level of our instruction and the Muslim instruction so it never encourages people to kill innocent people.
And I`m really sorry and I feel shame, you know, what happened in Benghazi. And we extend our apology or condone (inaudible). We extend our apology, our condolence, and our strong support to the families, to the president and I met yesterday with Secretary Clinton and she`s very sympathetic with what happening, you know, to us. And we feel this is a great setback to Libya, you know.
I don`t want to see my country taking this trend, you know, after we get rid of this dictatorship regime. And this is what I said...
LU STOUT: But Mr. Ambassador, that is happening. Militancy is taking root. It is thriving inside LIbya after the fall of Gaddafi last year You are in the process of building out a new country and a new government, but how do you plan to fight this rising radicalism in your country?
AUJALI: Well, I think there`s taking advantage of the new democratic life in LIbya and during Gaddafi, of course, none of them they could rise his head or even his hand. And of course we need to be ready. We send some few thousand to Turkey, a few thousand to Jordan to train them. And Gaddafi left nothing. We have to build everything from zero.
And we need the help of the friends. So I`m happy to see that, for example, United Kingdom, they made a very good statement supporting Libya and the Libyan government to establish a democracy to protect our country, to protect our guests, to protect the embassies and staff which we obliged to protect them by the Vienna conventions.
But unfortunate what`s happened, it is out of control.
But I am sure that this is a very small group. And we will be able in the future, and the near future with the help of friends to track them and to put them -- to bring them to justice, I`m sure.
LU STOUT: Mr. Ambassador, one last question for you, you knew the U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. He was a close personal friend of yours. Could you offer us your thoughts on him, his life, and what his loss means for your country?
AUJALI: First of all, it is a great loss to me as a friend. I know him for many years, about six years. And he is a charming person. He`s very enthusiastic about Libya. We was very happy to be appointed as the first diplomatic representative in Benghazi after the revolution. And he went in a very dangerous time, but he doesn`t care, because he loved the country, he loved the people.
He has a great relation with the Libyans. He go to -- to their houses. He sit with them. He eat with them. And he`s a very charming man.
And also at the ministry even before the revolution when he was at your embassy there, when I go to Libya from time to time and meet with him. And the people at the ministry, they are really talking very highly of him.
And I`m talking -- saying this because I know him, but I`m saying this because this is the truth. It is a great -- Libya in general, we lost a friend in a very, very, very critical time. And with his support -- and I remember talking to him that America that you are doing the right thing and you are the right man and you should be the ambassador to Libya, that`s before he was appointed.
And that`s what happened. Unfortunate to come to this. And I`m really sad.
LU STOUT: Very unfortunate. Ali Aujali, the Libyan ambassador to the U.S. Thank you so much for joining us and sharing your thoughts with us here on CNN News Stream.
Now coming up next, a rising tensions in the Middle East after the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya. We will continue to monitor this developing story throughout the show.
And also ahead, more than 250 people were killed in a fire at a garment factory in Pakistan. And now police have opened a murder investigation. We have the details next.
LU STOUT: Welcome back.
Now in Karachi, Pakistan police have opened a murder case against the owner of a garment factory where a fire killed more than 250 people this week. Now the blaze, it swept through the building form Tuesday into Wednesday. And police say the factory`s exit doors were locked, preventing many people from escaping.
And police are also investigating the owner`s two sons. And they are looking into whether government officials failed to enforce safety regulations.
Now the blaze is one of the worst industrial accidents in Pakistan`s history.
Now Reza Sayah joins us now live from CNN Islamabad with more. And Reza, families of the victims, they are mourning and they are trying to understand why this happened. What do you know?
REZA SAYA, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, the government knows that it has to answer to a lot of people, including families of the victims. This is an incident that has put into focus Pakistan`s labor laws and building safety codes. This government knows the world is watching. And it wants to be seen as taking this matter very seriously. That`s why today investigators have told us they have registered murder cases against a number of people, among them the factory owner, a man by the name of Abdul Aziz, his son, the factory managers, the shareholders of the company and even government officials who they say could have failed to enforce the building`s safety codes and regulations.
Now in Pakistan if you open up and register a case against individuals it doesn`t necessarily mean they`re officially charged. What happens is the investigation starts, eventually police and investigators will submit their information and findings to prosecutors and they will eventually decide whether to charge anyone.
What`s interesting is that there`s evidence, according to officials, that the exit doors of this factory were locked. That`s why investigators want to get to the factory owner and his two sons badly to ask him some questions. They can`t find him. They say he may be in hiding.
Also, police telling us they`re looking to pin intentional murder charges on some of these individuals. At this point that seems a little farfetched. It seems to be -- it could be very difficult to prove that these individuals intentionally trapped these workers, Kristie. But the fact that they`re even talking about a serious charge like intentional murder shows how seriously they`re taking this matter.
LU STOUT: Yeah, very much indeed. Reza Sayah joining us live, thank you.
Now you are watching News Stream, and coming up, after months of speculation Apple unveils a taller, lighter and more powerful iPhone. So what`s the reaction from consumers? We`ll have that straight ahead.
LU STOUT: Now Apple has finally unveiled the iPhone 5. It is thinner, it`s lighter and has a bigger screen and 4G wireless and a brand new design. But none of this should be a surprise, because we showed this to you yesterday. Well, almost. Well, here`s the casing o the iPhone 5 built from repair parts by the Japanese blog iLab Factory. It appears that iLab mixed parts between the black and white iPhones to create this, but other than that, the design is basically the same as what we saw unveiled by Apple last night.
So did the leaks take away any of the buzz from the new iPhone`s launch? Let`s go to New York to speak to our regular guest Nicholas Thompson, the editor of the NewYorker.com.
And Nick, last year, everyone was disappointed when the 4S wasn`t the iPhone 5. Now the iPhone 5 is out and people seem to be disappointed again. So what`s going on here?
NICK THOMPSON, NEWYORKER.COM: Well, everybody is disappointed that there were no surprises. And when I saw everybody, I mean the relatively large community of people that obsesses over where Apple puts its headphone jack. So we knew every single thing that came out yesterday. We knew about the new screen size. We knew it would be thinner. We knew it would be faster. We knew about the smaller dock size. We knew about the LTE connections, the faster connections to the cellular carriers. So it was a little bit of a letdown. We`re kind of used to Apple, you know, pulling something out of its back pocket.
On the other hand, everybody is also pretty enthusiastic because the phone does look really good. So, you know, there`s a funny -- a funny dissidence in which everybody is both disappointed and really pleased.
LU STOUT: Yeah, kind of polar opposite reactions here.
How do you think the iPhone is going to sell, the latest one?
THOMPSON: It`s going to sell fantastically. I mean, iPhones always sell fantastically. There`s been a lot of pent-up demand. A lot of people who have been wating for the 5, you know the 4 to the 4S was considered a small upgrade and then maybe the 5 was going to come in June. So -- and because everybody follows the product launches so closely, everybody waits for the actual product launch to get the upgrade.
It`s different for Apple than another phone in the world. Nobody knows when Samsung is going to release its next phone except for some gadget reviewers. Everybody knows when Apple releases its new phone. So it will come out, lots of people will upgrade. And, you know, they`ll be relatively happy.
It`s also important, though, to point out that Apple`s first iPhone was much better than its competitors. There was a real compelling reason to switch over. If you didn`t have an iPhone you would be happier if you get one. The iphone 5 versus the new Lumia, versus the new Galaxy phones, it`s not -- I mean, maybe you`ll like it, maybe you don`t like it, but there`s no real competition and there`s far less compelling reason to switch, which will put a little bit of pressure on the sales.
LU STOUT: Yeah, the difference is narrowing, isn`t it?
Now you watched the full iPhone 5 announcement. What else about the device or the Apple team that struck you?
THOMPSON: I was struck by just how similar Tim Cook and acted to Steve Jobs. It`s sort of the same style, the same pacing, the same mannerism. The same pacing of the event, too, where he you know talks at the beginning about all the great statistics about how Apple`s, you know, phone division is more valuable than Microsoft, or whatever the latest stat is.
And then he dings his competitors. He makes fun of all the other tablet makers. He has that kind of, sort of a little bit of a nasty wisecrack that Steve Jobs had.
I was very struck by those visuals.
And I think the real risk for Apple is the dock. So Apple changed the dock, so instead of that little wide thing that everybody puts in their iPhone it now is going to be much smaller thing, which OK, you`ve got to revise it at some point. Times change, technology changes. You need more space for batteries. But they`re selling adapters for $30 or $40. They`re making it very expensive.
And there is a perception that they`re trying to squeeze you. They`re basically picking your pocket. They`ve changed the dock and instead of making it easy for you to upgrade your peripherals, they`re going to make it really expensive for you and they`re going to take some of that money. And that`s not going to make people happy.
So that looks like the -- right now, that looks like the closest thing to a black eye from the presentation that Apple has.
LU STOUT: Yeah, a $40 add-on, it`s more than nickel and diming, right.
Nick Thompson of the NewYorker.com joining us live from New York, thank you.
Now you`re watching News Stream. And coming up next, we will have much more on the investigation into that attack that killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya. And we will take you to Libya`s capital Tripoli for the very latest. That`s next.
LU STOUT: I`m Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. You`re watching NEWS STREAM, and these are your world headlines.
Anti-American sentiment is simmering in the Middle East with more diplomatic missions the target. Now sometimes violent protests.
Now we have just heard that about 50 Palestinians are protecting outside the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, and we`re also monitoring the situation in Iran, where the news agency Fars reports that people have gathered at the Swiss embassy to protest an online film made in the U.S. that denigrates Islam.
Now the Swiss mission represents U.S. interests in Tehran and Fars says a security line ha s been set up by police. And in Yemen`s capital, three people have been injured, one of them critically, as protests heat up outside the U.S. embassy.
Earlier, demonstrators tried to storm the building, some breaching the security wall. But witnesses say that they were held up by Yemeni security forces, who are said to be using aggressive means to disperse demonstrators.
And in Cairo, Egyptian riot police fired tear gas to break up protests by hundreds of people throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails outside the U.S. embassy. Now the government says six people -- rather, six police officers and several demonstrators were injured.
And also tensions are high at all U.S. diplomatic posts in the region following the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in (inaudible) on the consulate in Benghazi.
Now the United States has vowed to hunt down the killers of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and his colleagues. And CNN producer Jomana Karadsheh joins me now live from Tripoli with the latest.
And Jomana, earlier we heard from the Libyan ambassador to the United States. He believes that Chris Stevens and three other Americans, they were not killed by an angry mob, but by terrorists, by militant in a preplanned attack.
What are you learning? What are you hearing?
JOMANA KARADSHEH, CNN PRODUCER: This is what seems to be the case, Kristie. We are hearing more and more from Libyan officials. We`ve heard that from U.S. sources, too, that this is not what it seemed to be at the start, that it was a protest that turned violent.
They believe that this was the work of extremists, radical groups, militant groups that operate in eastern Libya and this was a preplanned attack on the U.S. consulate there yesterday we did hear in a news conference from Libyan officials here, the Libyan president, Mohamed Magarief, speaking, saying -- hinting that this was carried out by these extremist groups, saying that they will not allow Libya to be used.
They will not allow it to be a staging ground for attacks by these groups against Western targets, calling them revenge attacks and vowing to bring those responsible to justice.
But, Kristie, this is going to be the big challenge here for Libyan authorities. A lot of condemnation, strong words, but what action are they going to take?
STOUT: And if they do take action, they have (inaudible) action. They have pledged to hunt down the killers along with the United States. But where in Libya would be the focus of this manhunt? Where would the source of the militancy be based?
KARADSHEH: It is most definitely in the eastern part of the country, mainly in and around the city of Benghazi. And also the eastern city of Dirna.
That is known to be a location where, as our own Nic Robertson reported earlier this year, there were a number, a couple of training camps there, a number of Al Qaeda officials known to have been sent there and present in the country, some senior Libyan officials did acknowledge that these groups were present in the area and said that they knew who they were and (inaudible) the existence of these camps.
But they have been unable to confront them but were keeping an eye on them. They also did confirm U.S. unmanned drone activity in the area, which now we have heard from the U.S. is going to be increased.
The big question is, this is not the first time an attack like this has taken place. This is definitely the most serious and strongest blow so far to the Libyan government. But we have seen a number of attacks targeting Western interests in and around the city of Benghazi in recent months.
But the government so far has not really confronted these groups, either unwilling or unable to do so. What will they do now? Will the United States put more pressure on the Libyans here, on the ground, to confront these groups and deal with them?
STOUT: Yes, there have been a number of attacks leading to what happened in Benghazi just the other day. There are these terrorist training camps in eastern Libya, hardline militants have taken root. They`re thriving in Libya after the uprising. Why is that?
KARADSHEH: Well, if you look at the country, Kristie, it is flooded with weapons, hundreds of thousands of Libyans are known to be -- more than 120,000 Libyans are known to be armed. The country has hundreds of militias that have not been reined in, have not been disarmed.
We have seen the government being very slow in addressing the main challenge confronting Libya right now, and that is the security challenge. They do need to build a strong military and police force. But the efforts have been really slow; there has been an unwillingness by militias to disarm, some of them saying there`s no real incentive for them to do so right now.
So while the country overall did seem to be doing relatively well, it was relatively stable, the (inaudible) surface. And what we are starting to see now is that these armed groups are becoming more and more of a danger to the (inaudible) a real threat to the stability of this country, not only to Western interests here, but also as we hear from the people herein Libya, a threat to them.
STOUT: (Inaudible) challenge to the future of Libya.
Jomana Karadsheh, joining us live from the Libyan capital, thank you.
And there`s still many questions about the movie, considered to be a catalyst for the protests we`ve been reporting on, protests across the Muslim world. Now a man calling himself Sam Bacile says he made it.
And CNN has been unable to contact him and cannot verify his claims. Now a search of public records relate to -- or related to this Sam Bacile, they come up empty. And he`s also not listed in the Directors` or Writers` Guilds.
The film`s cast and crew now say that they were grossly misled about the content of the movie. And one actress in the film said that the original script did not include a Prophet Mohammed character. Now CNN is not identifying her by name, and she spoke to CNN`s Miguel Marquez.
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MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): She responded to a generic casting call for what was billed as an action-adventure film, set 2,000 years ago, a low-budget affair called at the time "Desert Warrior."
MARQUEZ: You find yourself in the middle of a sort of an international --
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Nightmare. That`s where I find myself in the middle of, of a world that I`ve prayed for.
. for God to help.
Killing is never right.
MARQUEZ (voice-over): In her portion of the script, the Prophet Mohammed character was called "George," who was referred to during filming as either "Master George" or "Father Master," never Mohammed.
She was paid $500 for a few days` work, but she says the writer- producer, Sam Bacile, lied about the film`s content.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think it`s very unfair and I`m very sorry for his -- that man and his family and everybody else that was hurt.
MARQUEZ (voice-over): She even phoned Bacile, whom she says remains defiant.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He said, "Tell the media that I`m tired of the Muslims killing innocent people."
MARQUEZ (voice-over): Steve Klein consulted on the film.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The motivation was to spark some change within Islam.
STEVE KLEIN, FILM CONSULTANT: Only of these few fractions, you know, a fraction of the fraction of these very dangerous men, if we could somehow open up the eyes.
MARQUEZ (voice-over): The actress doesn`t want her name used, because her family is fearful. But she isn`t.
MARQUEZ: What`s your overriding emotion right now? Is it fear? Is it anger?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Anger and hurt. I`m not afraid. My husband is (inaudible). But I`m not. I`m pretty pissed.
MARQUEZ: This actress also apologized to Muslims for what was portrayed in that film and says if she knew what was in it before it was made, she never would have done it -- Miguel Marquez, CNN, Los Angeles.
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STOUT: And just a reminder, CNN is not airing any portion of this film that denigrates the Muslim faith. Now the 14-minute movie trailer was posted on YouTube in July under several titles and it was more recently dubbed into Arabic. And YouTube has expressed sorrow for the people killed in Libya, but the company says it will not take the clip down.
In a statement issued to CNN, YouTube says this, quote, "This video -- which is widely available on the Web -- is clearly within our guidelines and will say on YouTube. However, given the very difficult situation in Libya and Egypt, we have temporarily restricted access in both countries."
Now Reuters, meanwhile, reports that authorities in Afghanistan have ordered YouTube shut down indefinitely to prevent people from seeing the film.
You`re watching NEWS STREAM. And coming up next, he is known for his bizarre flavor combinations and creativity in the kitchen. Take a look at what drives this British chef. His restaurant is said to be among the best in the world.
STOUT: Welcome back. Now he is a renowned British chef whose restaurant has earned prestigious three Michelin stars. A self-taught king of the kitchen, who shot to fame with his unconventional flavor combinations and unusual dishes.
Now in our "Human to Hero" series, we`re bring you Heston Blumenthal, owner of the famed restaurant, The Fat Duck. And he talks to us about the passion, dedication and sacrifice it takes to stay on top.
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HESTON BLUMENTHAL, RESTAURANT OWNER: (Inaudible) about the location, company , the moment (inaudible) senses. It has the ability to generate so much emotion and so much memory, the possibilities I think are endless.
BLUMENTHAL: I grew up in the `70s and I --
BLUMENTHAL: -- quite the best decade in British history for food. It was horrendous. I`d never eaten an oyster before. I`d never eaten lobster. Never been to a gastronomic restaurant in any shape or form.
Then one year I went to France and I had the lucky experience of going to (inaudible), which is (inaudible) restaurant, with my sister and my parents. And it was if I`d fallen down some rabbit hole into Wonderland.
It was just incredible. We sat outside (inaudible) there`s unbelievably intoxicating smell of lavender, the noise of the feet, the waiting staff (inaudible) gravel, that noise of the crickets filled the air. I mean, it`s just this whole new world. And that was it. That`s when I got hooked.
BLUMENTHAL: And then I bought books. And I started spending time with fishmongers. (Inaudible) butcher and I (inaudible) learning how to do some frittering , knife skills, (inaudible) for six months and blow it onto a trip to France.
I go to restaurants, spending time with cheese makers and vegetable grower. I could be -- somebody who produces honey. And it was just quest for questioning everything, not knowing why things didn`t work, trying (inaudible) self-taught. And I think that made my first 10 years of my life rather dark and incredibly difficult. But it allowed me to develop a style that`s been really quite unique.
I suppose (inaudible) me about my philosophy, there is the whole multisensory part of eating. And it`s the bit after the (inaudible) or the pleasure you get from food or the emotional response. Some dishes could surprise, some dishes could be so comforting, some dishes could take me back to childhood, some dishes can be quite emotional.
But one of the dishes that really encapsulates (inaudible) multisensory approach is the sound of the sea . This is the ocean. I`m not sure which ocean it is, but it`s just -- it`s my imaginary ocean. It`s everybody`s imaginary ocean. And you pop these in.
(Inaudible) and then you`re back in your childhood, back at the seaside. So, to me, this really encapsulates the whole impact of the senses and memory and how even sound can play a valuable role in perceiving and appreciating and enjoying our food.
We have three development kitchens. Some of it is really exciting, crazy, spinning around, blowing up stuff. But I would say -- I`m just a big kid, really -- I would say 90 percent of it is what a lot of people (inaudible) mind-numbingly boring.
So we (inaudible) ice cream. (Inaudible) ice cream. We might take 20 versions and just change the amount of egg yolk in each one. So even if you`re doing the multisensory and the magical, fantastical stuff, it has to be on the pin by the precision, consistency and the quality.
(Inaudible) has an amazing ability of releasing aroma. So what you do is under this box (inaudible). So that goes -- it goes to the table and then in here is hot water mixed with essential oil of oak moss . And you pour this. And you just (inaudible) moss.
So you`ve got this wonderful vapor engulfing the table (inaudible) cold vapor. So that`s why it`s falling down. But if you can -- it just smells of the woodland. Completely. And this is probably a case of anyone can become successful.
Visibility, but there`s also commitment. And sacrifice. You kind of kiss goodbye to your life for a big chunk of time. You have levels of exhaustion. You just (inaudible). I (inaudible) about 12 hours sleep in a week. I don`t even know where he was he was driving me. I don`t know what -- I didn`t really have (inaudible). I just wanted to get better and better and better. I was never good enough.
And all I wanted to do was cook. That`s the thing. And (inaudible) anybody, anybody wants to go into this industry, you have to want to cook. Eat, drink, sleep, breathe food.
BLUMENTHAL: I opened the Duck because I had no money to do anything (inaudible) biggest you could do. So you had only one door. The kitchen was tiny. Sometimes (inaudible) straitjacketed makes us expand. It makes us find the route , find the way.
So I`m convinced what I was doing was bringing in the noise of the crickets (inaudible) gravel and all of this kind of stuff. I was bringing it in in different areas. So the use of sounds and smells and sights, trying to recreate and replicate that feeling (inaudible). I sort of want everyone who comes to The Fat Duck to have that same feeling, feeling like a kid in a sweet shop.
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STOUT: Fun stuff.
Now coming up on NEWS STREAM, he was a legend, and some say a reluctant hero. Today, the world pays tribute to Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.
STOUT: Welcome back. Now scientists say that they have discovered a new species of monkey. Now the animal pictured here was found at the remote forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Well known to local hunters, the discovery was made by chance by a team of scientists. The monkey was the pet of the local school director`s daughter. Now scientists say it is only the second such discovery in 28 years.
I just can`t get over the face of that monkey. It`s just an incredible sight. Mari Ramos joins us now from the World Weather Center. And Mari, it`s the eyes, those beady eyes (inaudible) monkey. I`m all for discovery, discovering a new species, but it`s quite a mug on that face, well.
MARI RAMOS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: There he is. Look at him. You know, they first thought it was (inaudible).
RAMOS: He almost looks like a person, like his --
STOUT: I know.
RAMOS: Right? It`s actually really cool. You know, we have a new cousin here, right, a new species? (Inaudible).
RAMOS: This is the second time, I think Kristie`s having a little moment with this monkey here.
RAMOS: This is the second time that they`ve --
RAMOS: You know, the last time that they discovered a species recently in 28 years was another monkey. That was in South America. So there you go. They discover species every year, about 15,000 new species get -- we`ll just move on, right -- 15,000 species are discovered every single year. That`s pretty cool.
I was reading an article from "The New York Times" just last month, and they were saying that there could be millions of species yet to be discovered around the world.
And just another word on Kristie`s new friend, that little monkey, (inaudible) from this portion of Africa, right in here, one of the least explored parts of the world and where scientists have always suspected the biodiversity was tremendous.
Where this monkey lives, Kristie, if you want to go visit, between the Lomani River and the Tshuapa River, it has a habitat, oh, about 17,000 square kilometers. And they`re hoping that this new find of Kristie`s new friend would actually help out maybe with conservation efforts that are going on in that part of the world.
OK. I did my bit. Let`s go ahead and move on here and talk about another part of the world, a little bit more serious stuff here, because we do have some bad flooding across parts of Pakistan and unfortunately things like this are going to become more common. The extreme flooding continues.
Look at this picture. Those are people. I`m going to go ahead and zoom out. If you can see this picture, it`s pretty spectacular, I thought. Look at that water as far as the eye can see here, because the flooding has been so tremendous.
And notice the scattered rain showers again today, the last 24 hours (inaudible) been raining. You`ve had over 40 millimeters of rain. That`s quite an additional almost two inches of rainfall. More scattered rain showers are expected across this entire area.
But if we`re going to have a little bit of good news here to finish, Kristie, is that the rain is not expected to be as heavy. We`re not expecting any of that record-setting rainfall over this region. And notice across India and then back over to Southeast Asia as well. OK. Back to you, Kristie.
STOUT: All right. Mari Ramos, later, thank you.
STOUT: Now a tribute to Neil Armstrong will start shortly in the U.S. Capitol. A memorial service is being held at Washington National Cathedral. Armstrong, he passed away last month at the age of 82.
The first man to walk on the moon, he will be honored by other Apollo astronauts, including his crewmate, Michael Collins; and the last man to walk on the moon, Eugene Cernan. Now it is a very public service for a very private man. And John Zarrella joins us now from the Washington National Cathedral with more.
And John, the memorial is due to begin in just over an hour from now. What should we expect?
JOHN ZARRELLA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That`s right, Kristie, and you know, you`re absolutely right, a very public memorial for a very, very private man. You can see behind me already the line, and it winds all the way around. They expect a full house at the cathedral in about an hour, about 200,000 people.
This is the program that they`re giving out here, a celebration of the life of Neil Armstrong. And you know, let me just show you this. This is the Apollo 11 patch. And nowhere is the humility of Neil Armstrong more evident in that patch.
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JAMES HANSEN, ARMSTRONG BIOGRAPHER: I think Neil felt that he knew that other astronauts could have made the landing. The (inaudible) patch for 11, I think all three of the astronauts, the commander, Armstrong, felt that it was important that this was a national effort. This was a team effort and to have the names of the astronauts was really -- it was not -- it was not needed.
And it was not really the message. In terms of deciding who was going to be first out between Aldrin and Armstrong, they both landed at the same time. I mean, that`s the way Neil looked at it. He didn`t really see why there was such an emphasis upon, you know, him being the first out.
NEIL ARMSTRONG, ASTRONAUT: That`s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.
HANSEN (voice-over): There was some thinking about, well, which of these two men will best, you know, will best represent NASA, the country, humankind, as the years go by. And there was, really, a pretty conscious decision by senior management that Armstrong was kind of the new Lindbergh.
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ZARRELLA: It was about seven years ago that Jim Hansen actually became Neil`s official biographer and began to interview him, spent about 60 or more hours interviewing Neil for the biography that he wrote, Kristie.
And you know, one of Neil`s most famous quotes is, "I am and ever will be a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer." That was Neil Armstrong, and I think that he would have been perhaps even embarrassed a bit by all the people that are here today. He would have been quite shy. I know that.
STOUT: Yes, he`s the ultimate self-described geek. Now a quick question, details in from Armstrong`s family about a burial at sea? What have you heard?
ZARRELLA: Yes, you know, that has been the talk and there will be a Naval admiral that is here today. We understand that they`re working out the details of that. We do not know; perhaps it`s already taken place, for all we know.
But at this point, that was the plan; that was what he wanted. And so I`m assuming that if that was his wish, that if it hasn`t already been carried out, that it certainly will be in the very near future.
STOUT: He`s an icon of the space age. John Zarrella reporting.
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