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UCI Calls For Investigation Of Itself After Armstrong Scandal; Silvio Berlusconi Sentenced To Four Years For Tax Evasion

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MAX FOSTER, HOST: Tonight on Connect the World, (inaudible) to jail: Silvio Berlusconi hits out after being convicted of tax evasion. But Italy's former prime minister is still a free man and could remain that way.

ANNOUNCER: Live from CNN London, this is connect the world.

FOSTER: Also tonight...


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I to buy my house and a piece of land and live (inaudible) in Spain.


FOSTER: Why this woman's dreams are on hold as Spain's unemployment reaches a new record high.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They pay to (inaudible), which is not only my daughter, it is the daughter of everybody.


FOSTER: The father of a 15 year old girl shot by the Taliban gives thanks after thousands across the globe send their messages for Malala.

Well, first tonight, he was sentenced to four years in prison for tax fraud, but Silvio Berlusconi may end up not spending even one day behind bars. The flamboyant former Italian prime minister was convicted on Friday by a court in Milan. He calls it intolerable, judicial harassment, and is promising to appeal.

Ben Wedeman is covering the story for us from Rome and joins us with the details. Was it a surprise?

BEN WEDEMAN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, it really was because many people thought that somehow he would get off. Now he didn't get off. He's got this four year conviction, however the Italian appeals process in addition to the fact there's another 2006 law aimed at reducing the prison population means that his four year sentence could be reduced to one year. In addition to that, if you are more than 70 years old it is up to the discretion of the judge to allow you to serve your term at home rather than behind bars.

Now today, this afternoon, after the verdict came out, Mr. Berlusconi called in to one of his television stations and said that the entire verdict was simply politically motivated.


SILVIO BERLUSCONI, FRM. PRESIDENT OF ITALY (through translator): I was convinced that I would get acquitted of an accusation that is far from the truth. This is a conviction I can easily define as political, incredible, and even intolerable. We cannot go on like this. It is a confirmation that I'm a victim of judicial harassment.


WEDEMAN: Now according to legal analysts, he is going to have to come up with a 10 million euro payment to the tax authorities regardless of whether the appeal is accepted or not or the conviction is upheld. He also has been told by the court that he has to stay - refrain from holding public office for the next three years - Max.

FOSTER: OK, Ben, thank you very much indeed.

Well, this latest case dates back to July 2006. Prosecutors say a scheme involving the Media Set Television Group allowed Berlusconi and others to avoid a major tax bill. The case was delayed off and on for years until 2009 when Italy's constitutional court struck down a law that would have given Berlusconi immunity from prosecution. The trial resumed again in February of last year. Berlusconi resigned from office nine months later.

Berlusconi has been dogged by scandal after scandal really throughout his years including allegations of corruption, bribery, tax fraud and embezzlement. His legal troubles are now following him into political retirement.


FOSTER: These are the scenes on the streets of Rome last year when Silvio Berlusconi's office announced he was stepping down.

BERLUSCONI (through translator): I've done it because of my sense of responsibility. I have done it because I wanted to avoid Italy being attacked again by financial speculation. I have done it even though I had obtained more confidence of the parliament.

FOSTER: The cries for his resignation had grown louder as his country moved closer to the brink of bankruptcy.

It was a crushing end for Italy's longest serving post war prime minister who was also a media mogul and one of the country's richest men. But Berlusconi's flamboyant 17 year political career was plagued by allegations of corruption and sex scandals. During his three terms as prime minister, he's faced the prospect of jail-time for charges ranging from tax fraud to bribing officials. And in 2009 a sex scandal involving an 18 year old prompted his wife to file for divorce. Berlusconi has always denied all allegations made against him.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): Your divorce, all the bad publicity, how are you facing it all?

BERLUSCONI (through translator): I think it is disgraceful the conduct of people that invade the privacy and use private matters for political attacks. I will still have the Italians on my side. And once again this accusation will act as a boomerang against the people that had started it.

FOSTER: But then in 2011, Berlusconi's reputation was further tarnished when the so-called Rubygate and Bunga Bunga Party scandal emerged. The Italian prime minister was charged with paying for sex with an under-aged prostitute nicknamed Ruby the Heart Sealer and then using his power to cover it up.

On the TV network he owns, Berlusconi dismissed the allegations as false and politically motivated.

BERLUSCONI (through translator): It is absurd to think that I paid to have a rapport with a woman. It is something that I have never done, not even once in my life. I find it degrading for my dignity.

FOSTER: That case is still before the courts, but even these latest court battles may not be the last as the Italian population hears from its former leader. With rumors abounding that last month he was repairing a political comeback.


FOSTER: Well, our next guest is among those who believe that Berlusconi will never see the inside of a jail cell. Journalist Rula Jebreal is a former Italian news anchor who covered Berlusconi for years. She joins us now from New York. Thank you so much for joining us.

Why will he never go to jail? He's been sentenced to prison.

RULA JEBREAL, JOURNALIST: Well, the Italian law works in a very funny way. This is a first sentence. He have to wait until this case will go to the supreme courts. So this is - it will take another three years, maybe. And in the same time, statute of limitation will kick in. A statute of limitation, a law that he actually changed when he was a prime minister.

Look, Berlusconi changed every law in the Italian justice system in a way to help him in his court cases. Many of his cases - you know, he's been accused of many things from corruption, briberies as you said before, relationship - concern of a relationship with the Maria, paying under-aged girl for sex and many other things - tax fraud. But all of his cases, most of them, let's say 80 percent of them he didn't reach a conclusion because some way or another his lawyers who actually he were elected in the parliament with him changed the law for him.

So the statute of limitation that needed to kick in after 15 years for any court case, now it kicks in for after 10 years. In this case, in 2006 he made a law, a special law, where most of the crimes that were committed before 2006 if you are sentenced to four or five years, to three years you will not even spend one day in jail. Four years, three will be actually done away. They will be taken away and you will have to spend one year.

He will - if you are wealthy enough in Italy and you have enough lawyer and you have media like he controls the media, why you need to spend a day in jail?

FOSTER: The one man can't take down a whole country's system can it? You're damning the whole judicial system for succumbing to one man. But that isn't the case is it? They have struck down certain cases. He wanted immunity from prosecution and they didn't accept that. So they have - they haven't completely capitulated to him. So it's a bit unfair blaming the whole system on one person.

JEBREAL: It's not blaming the whole system. A guy was in charge - was in power for 17 years. He changed so many laws. Still today, Mario Monte the prime minister was not being able to change any of the laws that Berlusconi made for himself simply because the parliament is Berlusconi's parliament and still Berlusconi's parliament since a year. Even after a year he resigned.

You know, we live in a moment where Italy holds 2.5 trillion euros in debt in a country that is - where tax evasion is galloping and they are not being able to change the law for tax evasion. They have been not even to change the law that Berlusconi made himself for cooking the books where that's de-penalized in case any company will be proven that they cook the books they will never go to jail, they will never even be prosecuted.

FOSTER: Where do you suspect his power comes from? Is it the fact he's a politician or a media owner?

JEBREAL: I think first of all, you know, when Berlusconi ran to office for the first time in 2003 - when 2004 and he won the election, let's remember he was almost bankrupt. So he want into - he went into politics to save himself, to save himself from bankruptcy, to save himself because his political friends, Crocksy (ph) and others were not in office any more. They ran away from the country, actually. They went in exile. They sent themselves in exile after corruption cases. He won the election that time. And he stayed. He was elected three times into office.

He used his media power to shape the country to his own image. Remember, he used to control - he owns three TV channels. He would control the other three, the national ones, because he was the prime minister. So he can appoint whoever he wants.

And in that frame of time what he did he changed the mentality of the Italian people. He started calling the justice system a justice system that actually injust. And they were communist, these justices. And they have to be sick mentally to be a judge in Italy and all of these things. He degraded them to the lowest level where now everything will be - they will be accused of everything except being actually fair.

FOSTER: Rula Jebreal, thank you very much indeed for joining us. The test will be whether or not he does go to prison, I guess, on that argument. Thank you very much indeed.

Still to come tonight, when Malala fell, Pakistan stood. The activist's father speaks out from her hospital bedside.

Unemployment in Spain hits a new high, but could better news come out of the U.S. and be a silver lining for the global economy?

And license to thrill: keeping the Bond film franchise going full throttle.


FOSTER: You're watching CNN. This is Connect the World with me, Max Foster. Welcome back to you.

The family of a 15 year old Pakistani activist shot by the Taliban is with her at a British hospital. Senior international correspondent Matthew Chance reports from Birmingham on what doctors have to say about her progress.


MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Recovery in a hospital bed, Malala Yousufzai is now surrounded by her family. This is the first video of the 15 year old activist since she was shot in the head by the Taliban then evacuated to Britain earlier this month.

Her father, who arrived from Pakistan on Thursday, spoke of what he called her encouraging progress and of the family's emotional reunion.

ZIAUDDIN YOUSUFZAI, MALALA'S FATHER: I love her. And of course they this morning last night when we met her, there were tears in her eyes. And they were out of happiness I say.

CHANCE: The attack on Malala as she was returning from school in the Swat Valley has provoked widespread outrage. Thousands have protested across Pakistan where she has been a vocal campaigner for girl's education. She was targeted by the Taliban because of it. Now public anger has turned against the militants.

And her father who has vowed to return the family to Pakistan expressed his gratitude.

YOUSUFZAI: When she fell, Pakistan stood and the world raised. And this is a turning point, which is not my daughter, which is the daughter of everybody.

CHANCE: Now his supporters are watching her recovery.

Doctors here at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham talk of Malala's very good progress. The head wound, they say, is no longer infected. And there does not appear to be any brain damage. Her vision and hearing appear good, although they're still being tested. And they say she has a very good recollection of the traumatic events that brought her here.

And she's not forgotten her cause either. One of the first things she asked, says her father, was whether he'd brought her school books, a sign of how determined this young girl remains.

Matthew Chance, CNN, Birmingham, England.


FOSTER: Here's a look at some other stories connecting our world tonight. Syria's temporary cease-fire has been shattered almost as soon as it began. An opposition group says at least 70 people were killed across Syria on Friday, among them several people killed by a car bombing in Damascus. Some of the dead are said to be children. The truce was supposed to last through the weekend to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al- Adha.

It's emerged British police were alerted as many as seven times over alleged abuses by a well known television star. Jimmy Saville was once a prominent presenter on the BBC. Earlier this month a documentary showed several women accusing the presenter of sexually abusing them as teenagers. Since then, around 300 women and a handful of men have been identified as potential victims. Atika Shubert reports.


ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: British police now believe BBC personality Jimmy Saville who died last year may have abused around 300 children over the course of six decades. He was, police say, a predatory sexual offender who committed abuse on an unprecedented scale.

But police have now also revealed that they have already been several investigations into Saville before. Take, for example, in the 1980s, one of the earliest cases reported, a young girl told police that Saville had assaulted her at a BBC TV center in London. Then later on in 2003, a woman told police that Saville had grouped her as a young girl in the 1970s. Then a series of allegations around 2007. Surrey police reported a series of inappropriate sexual contact was reported, at least two of them at schools, one of them in a hospital, all of them dating from the 1970s.

Now as a result of that investigation, Surrey police say they actually interviewed Saville in 2009 under caution and even referred the case for prosecution. But it was dropped, because of insufficient evidence.

Police have now reopened the investigation, speaking to more than 100 victims that have come forward. Police have also warned that Saville was not the only one named in these allegations and they are preparing to make arrests.

Atika Schubert, CNN, London.


FOSTER: Now as the eastern U.S. braces for a potential super storm, Hurricane Sandy is now showing signs of weakening, but not before it killed at least 21 people as it churned through the Caribbean.

Right now let's bring in meteorologist Jenny Harrison for more on what could happen. And certainly American utility companies are preparing for the worst.


And actually, Max, (inaudible) and Seaboard (ph), different districts, different states have already been putting into play their emergency procedures for exactly this scenario.

Now this is the actual storm. You mention it's losing some of its strength, or it has lost some of its strength, it has. And you can see on the satellite it's not a really sort of clearly defined storm at the moment, certainly no eye is visible. What you can see is all these clouds still associated with it and still impacting Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It really won't be until about Sunday afternoon that things really clear there.

But this is the forecast track. So this is what we're really concerned about now, of course, where it is going next and where we need to really be prepared. The winds just at Hurricane Strength at 121 kilometers an hour, moving slowly for the next 24 hours. And then it does begin to move quicker as you can see. You can see the bigger gap between the 48 and the 72 hour time periods. At this point it is looking as if it is going to make landfall.

Now where exactly it makes landfall of course there's a huge - well, not huge, but there's an amount of uncertainty. It is actually quite a big area. It could be anywhere, really, from the Carolinas up towards the New York, maybe even up towards Boston.

But at the moment this is the forecast track, that thick red line is what the national hurricane center are saying it is looking to be making landfall.

This in terms of timeline is probably Tuesday is a time we're talking about now. Monday into Tuesday. So why is it going to make landfall, what it's actually doing this whole storm system. There are key factors. High pressure to the east in the Atlantic. This is blocking the storm system from heading out towards the east as so often these storms do. At the same time, we have a front coming through. We have a trough as well. All of this is steering the storm system. And eventually sort of literally pulling it in towards land.

And you can see again by the two arrows that it really could come onshore in any of these sort of areas. But regardless of where it actually comes onshore, in the next couple of days we're going to see some tremendous amounts of rain along the coast, real concerns for storm surge, but very strong rip currents, flooding of course. The storm surge could take the flooding very well inland. And of course, huge impact when it comes to travel delays. The leaves are still on the trees. And so again the trees are going to come down, power outages.

But just to compound things even further it's actually at a time of very high tides known as astronomical high tide. You then put the storm tide on top of that, you have this storm surge, and that is the concern.

So all of these factors coming in, a huge wind field, Max, which means we could see literally winds at around 120 kilometers an hour all the way across the eastern seaboard up into the northeast. There comes a front, here comes the rain, the two combine. We have snow on the inside, colder edge, and certainly all of this a recipe for some really serious weather conditions.

And of course the closer the storm gets to land, the more those rain accumulations will also increase as well as the winds getting stronger. We're going to watch this closely.

FOSTER: Jenny, thank you much indeed for that.

We're going to take you to a short break, when we come back the head of the cycling governing body calls for his own organization to be investigated. The latest twist in the Lance Armstrong saga is next.


FOSTER: The next investigation into cycling looks set to target the governing body of the sport. Where will it all end - Alex.

ALEX THOMAS, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, well this comes just four days after the UCI, cycling's world governing body confirmed the United States anti-doping agency's punishment of Lance Armstrong for doping, although he denies it. A lifetime cycling ban, stripping of his Tour de France titles and now today saying they want their prize money back and all other cyclists that were implicated by the Lance Armstrong affair, they're going to award no winners at all for the years that Armstrong won the Tour de France, 1999 to 2005. Remember that pretty mosaic you had of all the winners, that will literally be just blank spaces for those seven years then.

The most interesting thing, though, is the UCI themselves saying they're going to set up an external, independent commission to look at the way the governing body has run all this. Under huge pressure for Pat McQuaid to resign. This is what he said, "we've listened to the world's reaction to the Lance Armstrong affair and have taken those opinions - sorry, those additional decisive steps in response to the grave concerns raised." Admitting that after Monday they sat back, read all the papers, listen to the radio, watched the tele, and realized they weren't doing enough...

FOSTER: They were too slow, is that the point?

THOMAS: People just said they - why they left it up to USADA seven years after the events to investigate and expose Armstrong, shouldn't they have done more to do it? Surely they're complicit somehow, which they're adamant they're not. And that's why they set up this independent commission to try and investigate. We should report back by June next year just before the 100th Tour de France which they don't want to be overshadowed.

FOSTER: Alex, thank you very much indeed.

You are watching Connect the World live from London. Coming up, a record number of people are out of work in Spain. Why it's women who are bearing the brunt.

Plus, Bond is back, a look at 007's classic past.


FOSTER: A very warm welcome to our viewers across Europe and around the world. I'm Max Foster and these are the latest world headlines for CNN.

A court in Milan has sentenced Silvio Berlusconi to four years in prison for tax fraud. The former Italian prime minister calls it intolerable judicial harassment and says it's politically motivated. He vowing to appeal.

Opposition members say that more than 70 people have died across Syria on Friday despite a temporary cease-fire. Among the violence, a car bombing in Damascus. Some of the dead there are believed to be children.

Chinese prosecutors put a former top official under criminal investigation. Seen here when he was still a rising star -- political star, Bo Xilai has since been expelled from the Communist Party. Now, state media reports he's accused of bribery and influence peddling.

Spain's unemployment rate hit a record high of 25 percent in the third quarter. There are now 5.8 million people out of work in Spain. Analysts believe the jobless rate could get worse as the economy continues to contract.

The economic news out of Spain just keeps on getting worse, doesn't it? Let's just get more on that record unemployment rate from Al Goodman, live from the Spanish capital Madrid. These figures are very, very high, but are they surprising, Al?

AL GOODMAN, CNN MADRID BUREAU CHIEF: Well, the analysts had said it was just due to go up because you've got a country in recession, you've got consumption down, you've got many people calling for the prime minister to go for a full rescue for the entire -- a bailout for the entire country.

But these figures finally breaking out over that 25 percent mark for the first time, basically, since the data has been kept. And for people under 25 years old, 52 percent is the rate of unemployment for them.

And also you see in this last quarter -- these are the quarterly figures coming out this day -- you see a sharp rise in women losing their jobs, because jobs were lost in services sector, in public sector jobs, a lot of places where women work. Max?

FOSTER: OK, Al, thank you very much, indeed, for that. It's not just the crippling jobless rate that's keeping the Spanish government awake at night. Some of the country's most talented workers are packing their bags, and for good. Erin McLaughlin reports.


ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Susana Sanchez loves to cook. Her dream is to run her own restaurant in the land she calls home.

SUSANA SANCHEZ, SPANISH EXPATRIATE: I want to buy my house on a piece of land and live relaxing in Spain.

MCLAUGHLIN: It's a dream on hold, no match for the reality of Spain's economic crisis. For now, Sanchez lives in London, where she works as an au pair. The Spanish government estimates that more than half a million people will leave Spain this year alone. They're leaving for places like the UK to improve their English and make ends meet because, as Maria says, it is virtually impossible to find a job in Spain.

SANCHEZ: I called like a thousand CVs. Nobody calls me.

MCLAUGHLIN (on camera): In Spain?

SANCHEZ: Yes. Nobody called me for anything. I came with nothing in my pockets. But I'm very positive. We will get there.

MCLAUGHLIN: And in the meantime, you're here.

SANCHEZ: Yes, yes, yes, yes. To survive. Yes, yes.

MCLAUGHLIN (voice-over): After months of searching, Sanchez found temporary employment here, living in an apartment with Salman Malik and his family. Malik had posted an ad on a local website offering room and board and $160 a week in exchange for childcare. The response, he says, was incredible.

SALMAN MALIK, EMPLOYER: Same day, I had three CVs I received, and then it started to flood --

MCLAUGHLIN (on camera): Wow.

MALIK: -- my inbox. You can see, most of them are from --


MALIK: -- Spain.

MCLAUGHLIN (voice-over): Esther Herrera was one of the applicants Salman rejected. She has a college degree in education but speaks very little English. Having no luck in London's competitive nanny market, she found a job as a cleaner here at the Mayfair, a five-star luxury hotel. She says the move was frightening.

ESTHER HERRERA, SPANISH EXPATRIATE (through translator): It's not easy. It's not easy to come here without having an idea at all.

MCLAUGHLIN: Luckily, she had a friend to help her. Maria de la Iglesia helped Herrera once she arrived. De la Iglesia has a masters degree in television. She works as a presenter in Spain, unpaid for a year, before making her way to the UK.

MARIA DE LA IGLESIA, SPANISH EXPATRIATE: I was lucky because in two weeks, I could find a good job. I can say that.

MCLAUGHLIN (on camera): Is the job for you is working in a shop as a salesperson?

DE LA IGLESIA: If you can start working in a shop, it's quite good. It was something that I was always thinking to come here, to live here for a year or two years. But now I think that it's going to be for a long time.

MCLAUGHLIN (voice-over): And that is what some economists say Spain should fear most, that the people who are leaving, often the most talented and those with the best education, may decide never to come back, even when things at home start to improve.

Erin McLaughlin, CNN, London.


FOSTER: Well, it's not surprising that jobs are hard to find when you consider the latest Spanish GDP figures. In the third quarter, the country's economy contracted 0.4 percent. But across the Atlantic, things are looking up in the United States, and that could mean brighter days ahead for countries like Spain.

Let's bring in Richard at CNN Center. Richard, first of all, these figures that came out from the US economy were pretty spectacular, weren't they?

RICHARD QUEST, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, they were, and they do raise questions. GDP up 2 percent in one quarter from the previous 1.3 in the previous quarter. And I think what it -- if you look behind them, you see two things. You see consumers were spending more money, and that was a good thing.

But also, you see government spending considerably more money. Cynics will say, well, why not? If you're got an election coming up, you'll spend more. But the truth of the matter is, the US economy has been moving, albeit at a -- the Fed calls it a "moderate pace," it's certainly below trend growth, but it -- at least, Max, it is growing, and at least unemployment is coming down.

FOSTER: So, the biggest economy in the West is doing better than expected. Is that good for the rest of the Western economies?

QUEST: Oh, absolutely. Except, of course, imports were down. But by and large, if the major engine of growth was to falter any further, then we would be in some very serious problems, indeed. Look, you've got these three giants: you've got Asia, led by China, you've got the eurozone and the EU, and you've got the United States.

Now, you've got the US growing, you've got Asia growing, and in the middle, you've got the sclerotic eurozone still in recession. These two have to keep pulling to pull the train along.

The worrying part is that Europe continues to be the brake and the drag. It doesn't buy as much from China, it drags down the United States. And that's really what's different about this recovery. We've seen global recoveries before, but never with such an intertwined globalization, to just throw jargon in gratuitously. And that is what makes it so difficult and different.

And if you take the Spanish situation, well, there you really do have a very worrying moment because, Max, ultimately Spain is going to have to rely on Engines of growth like Germany and northern European countries to help pull it out.

FOSTER: And the big news coming up, of course, from your side of the pond at the moment is the election. How does this all play into that?

QUEST: I think it's crucial. We have more job numbers just before the actual election itself, but it is crucial. And it's crucial for one factor: does it give the impression that things are getting better? If it does, then that plays into, of course, President Obama.

Today, Mitt Romney gave his major economic address. There was no mention of, of course, the GDP, not noticeably, anyway, in what I heard. But for President Obama, the ability to say "Things are getting better, stay with me and stay the course" is really, frankly, the best hope he's got.

As opposed to Mitt Romney, who can actually say, "Well, they're not really getting better, and stay with the president and you end up with four more years of the same." And that is the balancing fact at the moment. No question about it, though. Today's GDP numbers would certainly be a fill- up for the president.

FOSTER: And the whole reason for you being in the US right now, Richard, is because you've been trying to test the pulse of people. You've been traveling across the country, of course. All this talk from economists and politicians and us journalists, actually, is it filtering through? Does it actually feel better in the US right now?

QUEST: That's a very hard question. Depends where you are. And I'll tell you -- you'll see it next week on my American Quest reports. It depends where you are. And I'll tell you this. Even if you are feeling better, it's the old story. If you are in work and you have a job, you are OK. You can pay your bills, you have health care, and you are probably doing all right.

But you know somebody, family member, friend, or neighbor, who is less fortunate, and you are at risk and worry about your own job. So, it's not quite "I'm all right, Jack, pull up the ladder." It's more a case of, "I'm all right, Jack, for now."

FOSTER: OK, Richard, thank you very much. And looking forward to your reports next week.

Coming up after the break, two industry leaders tell us how they hope to prepare the next generation of women in business.


FOSTER: In this week's Leading Women, we catch up with trailblazers Jennifer Taylor at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Donna Langley of Universal Pictures. They're both female leaders in fields dominated by men. They tell Kristie Lu Stout and Felicia Taylor how they share their experience through mentoring the next generation of Leading Women.


KRISTIE LU STOUT, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): After 15 years in banking, Jennifer Taylor has risen to COO of the Asia Pacific division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Today, she's enjoying giving back as a mentor, especially to women.

JENNIFER TAYLOR, COO, BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH, ASIA PACIFIC: I haven't personally felt any barriers, but I know that other women do feel some barriers, which is why I spend so much time on women mentorship and really believe in paying it forward to help those who are coming after me.

STOUT: Taylor says on average, she has eight to ten meetings a day. Here, she's getting an update on an upcoming venturing conference in India.

TAYLOR: What are the team's expectations of what I will need to do in India? When should I be there? That would also be very helpful.


STOUT (on camera): What has been the highlight of your career so far?

TAYLOR: One of the most exciting highlights of my career has been a recent -- very recent experience I had in June. I was one of the global -- five global ambassadors that went to Cape Town to spend a week with 25 emerging women leaders from a wide variety of countries around the world, and we worked with them for a whole week to try and give them the skills that they need to more forward in their career.

This is Andeisha Farid, who's one of -- who's my mentee, who manages seven orphanages in Afghanistan.

STOUT: Incredible.

TAYLOR: And actually, when I was on my way to Cape Town and she'd been chosen as my mentee, my big question for myself was, how -- what on Earth can I teach this amazing woman? We found that communication skills was something that she felt she could do with some support on, so that's how we managed to make a connection.

STOUT: She's your protegee.


STOUT: You have a mentorship relationship, and it's so close that it's framed in a photo.

TAYLOR: Yes. Yes.

STOUT: You've achieved so much as an executive, as a mother, as a mentor. Is there anything else that you'd like to achieve? Are there any unrealized goals?

TAYLOR: I would like to continue to work at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and help us to achieve all that we want to from a business strategy perspective in Asia. I would obviously like my children to grow up to be happy and successful. That's my unrealized goal at this point in time.

STOUT: Do you have in the back of your mind a career that you would like to see, in particular, your daughter take on?

TAYLOR: What I want to do is give my daughter every opportunity so that she can make her own choices. And that's what I would encourage her to do, to do what she's passionate about. Because I actually believe you need to be passionate about your career if you're going to be successful.


TAYLOR (on camera): So, obviously, you guys like to entertain.


TAYLOR (voice-over): For Universal pictures co-chair Donna Langley, her home is truly her sanctuary.

LANGLEY: We eat here as a family.

TAYLOR: She spends most of her time in her courtyard, designed to look like a Moroccan sunken garden. It's the calm she needs when she's not at work shaping Universal Pictures business and production strategies with chairman Adam Fogelson.

LANGLEY: So, we're going to look at the cut that -- as is, evaluate where the visual effects number is based on that cut.

TAYLOR: The responsibilities she holds take three assistants to manage.


So, there's one assistant who does her schedule, primarily, and it's everything from meetings and phone calls to events in the evenings to premiers. And then, there's another person who kind of helps with picking up all the pieces. She does all of the filing, she answers the phones.

And then, I more manage her materials. So, every script that comes in that she needs to read, I make sure that she has it when she needs it.

TAYLOR: But to Langley, these women are more than her assistants, they are people she can help move up in the business. She says she was helped by many people throughout her career. And like Jennifer Taylor, mentoring others is important to her.

LANGLEY: I recently had a mentee for a year. She came to me -- she was in high school. And when she walked through the door of the studio, she said, "I want to be an actress." I said, "OK." So we put her through a process where we did some auditions with her and we had her read scripts and really get a taste of what it would be like in reality to go out there.

TAYLOR (on camera): Did she want to be an actress when she left?

LANGLEY: No, she didn't.

TAYLOR: I bet.


LANGLEY: No, she didn't.

TAYLOR (voice-over): She holds regular meetings with her mentees, like Heather Morris Washington, an intern at NBC Universal.

HEATHER MORRIS WASHINGTON, INTERN: I'm just curious if you have any idea what it was, either in your personality or your work experiences, or maybe your decisions, that made you stand out as a studio executive and led to the position that you hold now?

LANGLEY: I think -- one of the things I've always done is I've always had a very strong point of view and found a way to express my opinions. And --

TAYLOR: Other tips from this high-profile Hollywood exec? Be prepared to do the work, whether it's weekends or around the clock. Anticipate what your boss will need next. And imagine yourself in the next job before you have it.

TAYLOR (on camera): Ultimately, what do you want to do?

LANGLEY: Ultimately -- I'm doing it.


FOSTER: You can, of course, keep up with all our Leading Women by heading to our website,

You're watching CONNECT THE WORLD. When we come back, revving up the 007 franchise. Our special Bond week takes a spin through half a century of film's classic cars.


FOSTER: Tonight, poetry in motion, Bond-style. His Olympic drop-in with the queen wasn't 007's only skyfall -- the new James Bond film of the same name opens today, as the man with the golden gun celebrates his golden anniversary. As part of our special Bond week, Neil Curry looks at the spy's classic cars.




NEIL CURRY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): From the dramatic ice car chase in "Die Another Day" to the tuk-tuk chase scene in "Octopussy," a series of iconic vehicles have revved up the action throughout the Bond franchise.

The Bond in Motion exhibition at Beaulieu National Motor Museum in southern England, has brought together an impressive collection of cars featured in the films. And several have the scars to prove it.

CURRY (on camera): This is an instantly recognizable car, the Lotus Esprit. Tell me about this one.

TIMOTHY EDGERTON, BEAULIEU MOTOR MUSEUM: Well, this vehicle itself if very impressive and very -- it's known well by the Bond fans.

CURRY: How watertight was it?

EDGERTON: Not very watertight at all. The model you see here would've been used underwater for the actual camera shots. Two scuba divers sat inside. And that's why you saw bubbles coming out of the top.

It was taken by a cameraman after the filming. He was found in the Bahamas in his front garden, painted red with Christmas lights draped over it, weeds growing through it, all rusted through.

CURRY: So, the Aston Martin is, of course, the iconic vehicle of James Bond. Why has it become so?

EDGERTON: Well, Aston Martin wasn't actually really going to be picked for the Bond films. So, if you remember "Goldfinger," you see that beautiful Aston Martin car, with Sean Connery at the helm, as it were. And it does set off that persona of what Bond is.

Aston Martin were a very exclusive company in the day, and they actually had to purchase the cars to use them in the film. They weren't willing to actually give them away. But of course, after the film, they exploded Aston Martin's business.

CURRY: The Aston Martin is the most famous Bond vehicle, but American vehicles also played a big part in the movies. I've got a collection here. Tell me about some of these.

EDGERTON: Well, here we have the AMC Hornet. It's not like your regular American model, which has a V8. This one's with a V6. This was used in the film "The Man With the Golden Gun," which had the famous twist jump.

They actually used a genuine stuntman to do that jump. They had loads of fire engines, ambulances, all that down there to make sure in the event of an accident, he was safe. They actually did it first go.


CURRY: Another great maneuver involved this vehicle, here, the Ford Mustang.


CURRY: Tell me about it.

EDGERTON: So, "Diamonds Are Forever," the picture you see behind me with the -- Mustang on its side, is the vehicle you see here. Unfortunately, it's sad to say, it's rusted through. There's on engine. The alloys aren't matching, no headlights, fuel tank has gone the distance.

CURRY: Not all the Bond vehicles were cars, of course, and aircraft played a huge part in many of the films. Tell me about this particular famous one.

EDGERTON: Well, this is Little Nelly. It was the first sort of this kind of a gyrocopter. Very inspiring, very pioneering in its day. It broke many records in aviation for speed and altitude.

Obviously, the modifications on it, you've got the hellfire missiles, the machine guns at the front, which they were more than aware of. Another gadget, which is always missed, is he drops Bond's own parachute, since the helicopter's in the film.

CURRY: So, we've done the skies, we've done the roads and, of course, water. Tell me about this particularly lovely boat you have.

EDGERTON: Of course, the wonderful trio there, so you have the Fairy Huntress here. The vehicle itself was pioneering, the whole design was very slick, very smart and smooth, which gave it speed and maneuverability in the water. So much so, the actual chase boats they were using couldn't keep up with the Fairy Huntress, and the cameras, as well. They just couldn't keep up with it at all.

CURRY (voice-over): Another boat in the collection made an impact in the film "Live and Let Die," famous not for what it did in the water, but out of it.

EDGERTON: That held the record for three years for the longest boat jump. They used a stuntman for that. They ran off the original engine, which is on the boat, and it's just one of the hugest stunts that was used in the film.

CURRY (on camera): Across 50 years and 23 films, James Bond's journey through the world of espionage has demanded a variety of vehicles, from the rugged to the remarkable, and the plain ridiculous.

CURRY (voice-over): Neil Curry, CNN, Beaulieu.


FOSTER: Before we go, we've been asking you to send in get well messages for Malala Yousufzai on Facebook, Twitter, and iReport, and your comments have been flooding in, really, in the thousands, and from all around the world, as well.

From Malala's home country, Pakistan, comes this tweet from Maheen Usmani: "You make me believe that the pen ins mightier than the sword."

A poignant message from Rudolph Glaydor in Liberia. He writes, "Get well soon, Malala. The women in your country are waiting for you to change their world."

And from Denmark, Cecille Johnk says, "Dear Malala, may you live to see a world where girls do not have to be brave to go to school."

And finally, we want to show you this iReport sent to us by teacher Barbara Byron in California. One of her students wrote a poem for Malala. Have a listen.


UNIDENTIFIED GIRL: People deserve a good education. Nobody should really be suffering persecution. Everyone can make a difference for Malala.


FOSTER: Don't forget, you can send your own messages to Malala. Just lot onto Twitter and don't forget to include the hash tag #messageformalala. You can also head to cnn iReport, that's

I'm Max Foster, that was CONNECT THE WORLD. Thank you so much for watching. The world headlines are up next after this short break.