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Clashes In Cairo Leave Two Dead, Hundreds Injured; Bangladeshi Child Brutally Maimed In Attack Receives World-Class Care at Johns Hopkins

Aired December 5, 2012 - 16:00   ET



Tonight on Connect the World, chaos on the streets of Cairo. Rival protest groups clash as demonstrations over the country's constitution turn deadly.

ANNOUNCER: Live from CNN London, this is Connect the World with Becky Anderson.

ANDERSON: Well, as anger continues to boil over onto the streets of Egypt's capital, tonight the media's fury: why some members of the press are protesting with a blackout.

Also this hour, a royal apology from Australian's talk show says sorry for making a hoax call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge is being treated. We're live in central London and in Melbourne for you tonight for reactions.

And talk about pressure: elimination looms over Chelsea in a must win Champion's League match happening right now.



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Well, we begin with the most serious political crisis in Egypt since President Mohammed Morsi took power. Clashes outside the presidential palace in Cairo turned deadly on Wednesday as government opponents and supporters battled in the streets, some throwing rocks and fire bombs. At least two protesters were killed. This comes as outrage against President Mohammed Morsi reached his inner circle. Today, three of his advisers resigned to protest his decree that expands his powers.

Government critics are also furious with a draft constitution they fear tramples on key rights.

Well, despite all the unrest, Egypt's vice president says a national referendum on that constitution will go ahead as planned.

Let's bring in Reza Sayah in Cairo for the very latest. If Morsi thought he'd ride out, or ridden out this protests he was sorely mistaken. What's the mood this hour, Reza?

REZA SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It's calming down a little bit. And we should pass along some new information. The Muslim Brotherhood, a spokesperson releasing a statement the past hour, calling on protesters to withdraw from the presidential palace in an effort to establish some peace and calm. But certainly a lot of damage has already been done.

We've seen a lot of tense nights over the past week-and-a-half. Without question, this was the ugliest night of them all. This was the first night where you really saw the two sides go at in an all out brawl in front of the presidential palace. You had more than 200 people killed.

The pictures you're looking at right now is one of the offices of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Freedom and Justice Party. Two of their offices outside of Cairo were attacked by masked men and torched, but much of the drama tonight taking place outside of the presidential palace, that's where you had supporters of President Morsi and opponents of President Morsi gather throughout that day. The crowds started to grow around late afternoon, early evening. There were small pockets of clashes.

And then you had a remarkable stare down. The main road in front of the palace, a railroad track divides it. On one side, you had the supporters of the president, on the other side you had opponents. There was a stare down. You could sense that tension was escalating. All that needed to happen for violence to break out was someone throwing a piece of rock or debris. And that's exactly what happened. Clashes broke out in the side streets, back and forth they went, scores of people injured.

Conflicting reports that two people were killed during these protests. The health minister saying two people. State media saying there were no fatalities, Becky. But just an ugly, ugly night. And if this was a barometer of things to come there's no way that President Morsi is going to have a cakewalk to December 15, this national referendum.

ANDERSON: We spoke to one of the opposition leaders, Mohamed ElBaradei, about a week, a week-and-a-half ago just after this November 22 decree expanding Morsi's powers. And at the time he called for what he described to me as civil disobedience. We've seen that night in (inaudible), some of it of course as you suggest turning deadly. At this point, with the resignations that we've seen from Morsi's inner circle, do you get the sense that he is beginning to be damaged goods at this point? Because certainly he's held up and been supported until this point.

SAYAH: And that's an important reminder to our viewers that he still has significant support. It was a lot of people out in front of the presidential palace supporting him, but the message tonight by the opposition factions, including Mohamed ElBaradei who spoke earlier, is they're not going away. They're going to continue to protest.

Mohamd ElBaradei held a news conference today with other opposition leaders and he called for the president directly to annul and cancel this draft constitution and to start over again. They're giving no indications that they're backing down.

And in many ways, this is a fight for Egypt's identity. I think all these groups recognize that this is a critical moment. They want their vision to be the post-revolution Egypt. They know this is defining moment. And neither side is going away easily, Becky.


All right. Let me just clarify for our viewers who will be watching this and watching the scenes as they unfold in Egypt tonight. These protests have turned deadly as we believe. Two people killed, we believe at this point, in these protests in Cairo today. Ugly scenes there. And as I say, two people we believe killed on the streets in Cairo today.

Reza, thank you for that.

Some media organizations in Egypt are staging their own protests over this draft constitution. Four privately owned satellite TV channels said they would go off air at 1:00 am Cairo time, that's just about two hours from now, blacking out their coverage. It comes just a day after 11 partisan and independent newspapers suspended publication. They say they are, and I quote, standing up to tyranny.

So what is it that they have to fear? Well, if we look at article 48 from the draft constitution, it says freedom of the press, and I quote here, printing publication and mass media shall be guaranteed, but what key are the exceptions that are spelled out, such as - and I quote - the closure, or confiscation of media outlets is prohibited, except with a court order. The article ends by saying control over the media is prohibited with the exception of specific censorship that may be imposed in times of war or public mobilization.

Let's do more on this, shall we, that's not all that worries free speech advocates tonight.

The constitution also prohibits, quote, insulting or showing contempt for any human being.

I want to get some perspective for you from a journalist whose newspaper took part in that media blackout over the past 48 hours. Sayed Goubeyal heads the foreign affairs department of Al Watan. The paper, I believe Said, didn't go to press in protest Tuesday. You're on the line for us now from Cairo. What is it that most concerns you about what Morsi has decided to do for Egypt, he says, and on behalf of the people at this point. What do you most fear?


ANDERSON: Good evening.

GOUBEYAL: Hello? Good evening, ma'am. Yes. I am concerned about a lot of things and to cut a long story short I am very worried about the attitude of the president. The president will not (inaudible) enough to see the different people - to see the different opinions and to show enough respect for the opposition. They are very opposed to form idea that they have majority in the street. Probably they were right, or even probably had a still right, but this is not enough.

I would like to remind you that in Yemen, President Bashar Ali Saleh had enough people, enough support to keep him in office, but he - at the same time, he has enough opponents to paralyze the whole country. So it is not enough to be supported by 50 or 60 percent of the people in a country to be a successful president. You have to be supported and your decisions are appreciated by a far larger majority than the people that support you traditionally.

ANDERSON: I get your point. We see the scenes on the streets in Cairo this evening. One assumes there are protests in other cities across Egypt as well. I'm interested in why the media decided to take a stand specifically now?

There are journalists who we've spoken to tonight who say that freedoms for the media are better now than they ever were under the former president Hosni Mubarak. Do you agree with that? And if this is a very specific protest and strike that you are part of? Or is this sort of a wider statement about the way that Egypt is turning to your sense?

GOUBEYAL: To answer you the first part of your question why newspaper decided not to publish yesterday which is Tuesday, that's to give a sign and to give a message across for everybody else that they have great objections to the whole constitution, and particularly the items that limit the media liberty.

As for what you are saying that some people believe the press freedom is much larger than it has always been, probably are right, but do not take into consideration that the president is not strong enough right now and is not mighty enough as President Mubarak used to be in his first 20 or 25 years of his rule. So if people are free now not because the president is tolerate, but because he is not capable of doing anything else.

ANDERSON: Let me just stop you there for one moment. I hear you say he's not mighty enough as Mubarak once was in his early years. Are you looking for a stronger Egyptian president? And if that is not Morsi, what is it that you are calling for tonight specifically, very briefly?

GOUBEYAL: Probably have not expressed myself accurately. When I say might, I mean, the president does not right now because he has been only elected with 51 percent. So - and he is a new president after a revolution. So he is not in the same position that Mubarak used to be. I mean, he is not in a position to impose his own will.

We are not looking for a mighty president. We are looking for a democratic president, someone who is understandable, someone who can understand the opposition and to take as many people as he could into consideration when he takes decisions.

So am I making myself clear, ma'am?

ANDERSON: Yeah, you absolutely are. And we are going to leave it there, but we will talk again. We appreciate your thoughts as we look at pictures from earlier on today out of Cairo with our viewers this evening. Sir, we thank you.

You're watching Connect the World live from London. Our top story tonight is the protesters clashed outside the presidential palace in the Egyptian capital. On paper, a dispute over a new draft constitution, but deeper than that it seems a very real sense that the country's direction, it's very future is on the line. Stay with us for more on this story on CNN.

You're watching Connect the World live from London. I'm Becky Anderson for you. It's just about a quarter past 9:00 in London.

Still to come tonight, struggling to reach survivors, an update on rescue efforts underway in the Philippines.

He says he shouldn't be a suspect, but he fled from Belize. The software pioneer John MacAfee speaks exclusively to CNN.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think it's absolutely disgraceful and a complete invasion of privacy.


ANDERSON: Anger after two Australian DJs put in a prank call to the Duchess of Cambridge and well they get more than the bargained for. All that and much more when Connect the World continues.


ANDERSON: Welcome back. You're watching Connect the World here on CNN. I'm Becky Anderson for you.

Now the death toll from the typhoon in the Philippines has risen to at least 322 people, I'm afraid and with hundreds more missing. That number is almost certain to rise.

The storm made landfall in the southern island of Minandao on Tuesday causing landslides, uprooting trees and destroying thousands of homes and crops.

The head of the Red Cross there told us about the mammoth rescue efforts that are currently underway.


RICHARD GORDON, CHAIRMAN, PHILIPPINE RED CROSS: It's very to get to some of them. There are three communities, for example, that are isolated and can only be supplied by sea, because the bridges are down. So this is a Herculean effort. And of course we are going to have to provide generators. Some hospitals have lost the top of their roof so we're providing them with temporary big, big tents so that they could transfer the patients in there and provide generator (inaudible) as well as cots.


ANDERSON: All right. Well, the typhoon has been growing weaker as it veers west, but there are fears that it could regain strength in the South China Sea.

A look at some of the other stories that we are covering for you on Connect the World tonight. And internet security pioneer John MacAfee is seeking asylum in Guatemala. He surfaced there on Tuesday, but insists that he is not on the run from Belize where police want to question him in connection with his neighbor's death.

CNN's Martin Savage is on the story for you this evening.

Martin, this is quite frankly turning into quite a bizarre tale. You've interviewed MacAfee just days ago in Belize. In your opinion, is he scared for his life? Was he just overly paranoid at this point?

MARTIN SAVAGE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You know, it's difficult, Becky, to really make that kind of ascertainment, because I think it requires some sort of expertise of psychology that I don't necessarily have. But he is definitely paranoid. I mean, I know that just because of all the extremes we had to go through to arrange our interview, to meet face to face with him. He's talked to many reporters on the phone, but we were the first to actually find him and talk to him face to face. And it required all sorts of clandestine cab rides through crazy traffic and switching of vehicles and he wanted to make sure that we were actually, you know, legitimate and that the cameras had to be checked before we put them in front of him. He was a man who was worried.

Now is this an act or is it only in his mind? It's difficult to ascertain. But I will tell you it's contagious, because the whole time I'm doing that interview with him I kept expecting the windows to blow out and some special force of police to come in, but that never happened. And he said it wouldn't happen as long as the media was with him.

He feels safer with the media presence. It's when the cameras are no longer there that he gets worried.

ANDERSON: Amazing story.

Stick with it, Martin. We'll be back to you as - I guess as the plot thickens. Thank you for that.

Fighting between Syrian troops and rebels has been intensifying in Damascus and its suburbs, but it's not just around the capital. An opposition group now says at least 123 people have been killed across the country on Wednesday. The daily shelling is forcing many Syrians to flee their homes and take shelter elsewhere.

CNN's Arwa Damon saw for herself what this means for one family in Syria's second city, Aleppo.


ARWA DAMON, CNN SR. INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Down a steep stone stairway and into the darkness. This is where the Kurdiye family has been hiding for four months.

"The strikes were all around us. We just ran out, with nothing," 20- year- old Fatme recalls. "We just ran and ran down here, and the shrapnel was falling all over."

Since then, they have dared occasionally to go back home to collect belongings.

"There would be bombing like that, and we'd come running back here," Fatme says.

Their home is just five doors away. But it's right in one of Aleppo's front lines. It has been hit by artillery fire since they fled.

"We go home every two weeks to shower, fearful and terrorized," Fatme's mother tells us. "We have a weak home. It could crumble any moment."

Their makeshift bunker was a workshop, the carpenter's intricately carved furniture still lining the walls. The last time the family ventured out was three weeks ago.

Fatme and her young sister want to leave, anywhere but here, anywhere they can feel the sun and smell fresh air. But their father refuses.

"Poor but proud." He says he doesn't want to be at the mercy of others. Here, he can send his son to scrape money and buy a little food. It's humbling how amidst all they have lost and suffered, they insist on offering us tea.

The girls dream of wounded neighbors. Their mother has nightmares her children are dead and says she feels her heart is going to burst with each explosion.

"I just tell her it's far away and not to be scared," Fatme says. But sometimes the bombings are so close, the family says they choke on the dust.

"What can we say, we're living in a prison, prisoners in a prison," Fatme says.

"It's more like a grave," Zuhra (ph) adds.

(on camera): To give you an idea of just how dark it really is and terrifying with all of the sounds of the gunfire outside, we're going to switch our camera light off. This tiny flame is all the family has.

(voice-over): As they listen to the sounds of war above.

Arwa Damon, CNN, Aleppo.


ANDERSON: You're watching Connect the World live from London. 23 minutes past 9:00 here. Plenty more still to come this hour including a seven year old boy beaten, stabbed and mutilated for refusing to be a slave. It's the story of utter heartbreak, but let me tell you also one of hope. That after this very short break. Do stay with us.


ANDERSON: If you are a regular viewer of CNN you will be well aware of our commitment to try to end modern-day slavery. It's called the Freedom Project. And this week's story is this, a seven year old boy kidnapped off the streets of Bangladesh and left beaten, stabbed and mutilated when he wouldn't submit to forced labor. It's a story we've brought you before. CNN's Sara Sidner was on that story. And she's been following the boy's journey since then and joins me now.

And if ever there was a light at the end of that modern-day slavery tunnel, Sara, I think this one probably provides it, doesn't it?


Look, it's a story that is about incomprehensible brutality against a child that really turned into a story about uncommon compassion from a stranger. This seven year old we met a long while back, he had been brutalized by several strangers, according to police, that castrated him and also cut off one of his testicles as a punishment. And eventually this child was helped by someone who never met this family before from a world away.


SIDNER: It's Monday morning. Aquoi (ph), his father and their advocate Alina Kahn, arrive at the world renowned Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Jeff Phelps is the hospital's international care coordinator.

JEFF PHELPS, JOHNS HOPKINS CHILDREN'S CENTER: You guys tired from jet lag at all?


SIDNER: As he escorts them door to door, they're struck by the contrast: how different it is from the dark, crowded, 1940s era hospital building in Bangladesh where Aquoi (Ph) spend three months after he was attacked.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He has damaged (inaudible)

PHELPS: She's explaining the reason why it's not crowded over here, saying that everybody has the time...

SIDNER: But for Aquoi's (ph) father, these beautiful surroundings mean nothing if the surgery is not successful. And he has a clear cut measure for success: fertility, his son's ability to have children the old fashioned way.

Today, he's meeting the doctors who will operate on his son just three days from now. He's eager to hear that everything medically speaking will be OK, because so much of Aquoi's (ph) life is not OK.


SIDNER: And why wasn't his life OK? Well, it was because several men, according to investigators, actually were trying to force Aquoi (ph) to beg. And when he refused, that is when they brutally attacked him. Not only did they cut off his penis and one of his testicles, they gutted this child. And he almost died, but he ended up surviving and now is the key witness in a case against the men accused of attacking him, Becky.

ANDERSON: Just one of the hundreds of stories that we told this year as part of our modern-day slavery project as it work, the Freedom Project.

Sara, thank you for that.

A story of hope at the end of what was a particularly dark period for that kid. A preview there of our new CNN Freedom project documentary called Operation: Hope. And you can see it right here Saturday at 8:00 pm in London, 9:00 p in Berlin.

We'll take a very short break on the show. Coming up, the latest world news headlines from CNN, including an apology from an Australian radio station after a prank call almost reaches its target.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: How could anybody call up and get that? Surely they'd have some kind of special security.


ANDERSON: While the DJs at the radio station didn't get through to, well, it was Prince William and Catherine, actually, but they did get the next best thing. The details after this.

And we find out who fashion god Valentino thinks is the most stylish woman in the world. Stand by.


ANDERSON: A very warm welcome to our viewers across Europe and around the world. Wherever you are watching, you are more than welcome. I'm Becky Anderson, these are the latest world news headlines here on CNN.

And three more offices of the Muslim Brotherhood have been set on fire in cities across Egypt. Protesters have been taking to the streets accusing the government of abusing its power. Now, supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi clashed earlier in Cairo. Health officials say two people were killed.

Philippine authorities say the death toll from the typhoon there has now jumped to 322. Rescue efforts are underway are underway to find hundreds of people still missing. The storm damage destroyed thousands of homes when it made landfall on Mindanao Island earlier this week.

An Australian radio station has apologized after two of its DJs made a prank phone call to a hospital where Prince William's wife is being treated for acute morning sickness. The DJs were put through to the Duchess of Cambridge's private nurse, who revealed details about the patient's condition.

This isn't the first time that the royal family has been the victim of a prank call, but this one calls at a particularly sensitive time for Prince William and his wife, of course. CNN's royal correspondent, Max Foster, is outside London's King Edward VII hospital, where Catherine is staying. Max, how on Earth did this happen? What are the details? What happened?

MAX FOSTER, CNN ROYAL CORRESPONDENT (via telephone): Well, it's really, really frighteningly straightforward. They literally rang up, these DJs from an Australian radio station, rang up the hospital impersonating the queen and Prince Charles, asking for an update, and they ended up being put through to Kate's ward. Not the best accents, I think you'll agree, when you listen to this, Becky.


JOHN LOFTHOUSE, CEO, KING EDWARD VII HOSPITAL: Technically, I think this was a breach of patient confidentiality, which I very much regret. Having said that, the information which was inadvertently revealed is already in the public domain.

I think this whole thing is pretty deplorable. Our nurses are caring, professional people trained to look after patients, not to cope with journalistic trickery of this sort.


FOSTER: That was actually the chief executive, we got our sound bites slightly mixed up. But this was what initially happened, Becky, when the call went through. We won't give you all the details, because some patient confidentiality was breached in this process, but this is how the call initially went up to the ward.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hello, good morning. This is VII Hospital.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (imitating Queen Elizabeth): Oh, hello there. Could I please speak to Kate, please, my granddaughter?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well, yes, just hold on ma'am.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (imitating Queen Elizabeth): Thank you.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are they putting us through?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (imitating Queen Elizabeth): Yes.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (imitating Queen Elizabeth): Kate, my darling, are you there?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Good morning, ma'am. This is the nurse's station, how may I help you?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (imitating Queen Elizabeth): Hello, I'm just after my granddaughter Kate. I want to see how her little tummy bug is going.


FOSTER: Well, there you are, Becky. Not particularly the best accents, but they did get through. They do now apologize for this breach of privacy, and the hospital is considering legal action. And you heard the chief executive a little earlier on talking about that. He does take it very seriously.

The palace is leaving it up to the hospital to deal with, but this is a serious matter, even though it started off as a joke, because this is patient confidentiality, and it should always remain private, everyone agrees.

ANDERSON: Yes. No, no, I get it. All right. We got a statement from 2Day FM. They say, and I quote, they "sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by the inquiry to Kate's hospital. The radio segment was done with light-hearted intentions. We wish Kate and her family all the best and we're glad to hear that she's doing well."

Max, stay with me for a moment. I want to get the reaction from Down Under tonight. DJ Ross Stevenson hosts a breakfast show, huge breakfast show, for Australian radio station 3AW. He's just come off air and joins me now, live from Melbourne, where it's just after half past eight in the morning. How big a story was this for you guys today, Ross?

ROSS STEVENSON, DJ, 3AW BREAKFAST SHOW: Massive story, Becky. Probably will. And I want to reiterate that that was 2Day FM, it's not us. This says 3AW, OK?


STEVENSON: And it's a very big story. I must say, it's probably creating more laughs in Australian than it is in your neck of the woods, so please don't get too angry at us.


STEVENSON: Look at the bright side. It reflects very well on the queen, who is after all 83 years of age, but still sounds like a 30-year- old scrubber from Bondi, which has got to be good for her. And that she is clearly accepted as a very polite woman, because when she wants to speak to her daughter-in-law in hospital, she rings hospital reception. She's a very --


ANDERSON: She does.

STEVENSON: -- polite woman.

ANDERSON: She doesn't ask -- and asks for the ward. Listen, I don't know whether -- we've had no reaction from Clarence House or Buckingham Palace at this stage, although on assumes they can only say "off with your heads!"

But we have had some reaction, Ross, to this on the streets of London. Just plain comical or just plain cruel? We asked some people on the streets of London, and this is what they thought. Have a listen to this.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think it's absolutely disgraceful and a complete invasion of privacy. I think she's -- she's so put upon, and it must be really difficult for her.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is their personal matter. One shouldn't interfere. Normal thing. That they're royalty and everything, one should leave the children alone.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: How could anybody call up and get that? Surely they'd have some kind of special security. For anyone, let alone --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's why they'd want to do the first place, it's really -- quite sick, isn't it?

UNIDENTIFID MALE: Basically, I couldn't care less. It really is of no interest to me whatsoever.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, the press shouldn't have released it, should they? That's an intrusion. There are no two ways about it.


ANDERSON: What I want to know, though, and I know that you run one of the most-listened to radio shows across the country, is this something that you considered doing, or is this something that you wouldn't touch with a barge pole? Come on, tell me. Be honest.

STEVENSON: No, I'll be -- I'm always honest with you, Becky. No, it's not something we would do. We're far too sober and considered for that. And when you look at it, actually doing prank calls was probably something that was first -- Marconi was probably the first person to do a prank call, it's that old an idea.

So, no, no. We wouldn't do it. And I can tell from the (inaudible) - - and what you wonder -- you won 29 gold medals to our 7 at the Olympics Games. You're beating us in the last two Ashes series. Do you want further revenge? We're hurting enough as it is.


ANDERSON: You're not doing yourselves any favors Down Under, are you? Ross and I spoke, of course, during the Olympics. I'm British, he's Australian, and he took a bit of a -- well, he took a bit of a spanking when it comes to the medal tally. But you took it well. It's always a pleasure to speak to you --

STEVENSON: I tell you what. If you want revenge, why don't you just get one of your radio hosts to try to put a call through pretending to be the queen wanting to speak to our own royalty, Shane Warne.


ANDERSON: Let me make it to the last --


STEVENSON: That is --

ANDERSON: It's 10:00 at night, nearly, here, but let me make a call and see whether we can work that out. Nice idea. Ross Stevenson on the line for you by broadband this evening. Technology is a fantastic thing. Thank you, sir.

Let's get back to Max. Max, I want to get -- I want to take a sort of wider perspective on this. You've been covering this story now for three days. What do we know about Kate's condition at this point and how long she might be there?

FOSTER: Well, this business aside, we haven't had any official update, so literally the only update was the on that came out of that Australian radio station. The palace doesn't want to keep this rolling update system in place.

But what we did see tonight was Pippa and James, her brother and sister, they came and saw her. Carol had just left, Carol Middleton left, her mother. She didn't make any quotes to the cameras. But the fact that they're taking -- she's allowed to take other visitors apart from William is a good sign, so --


FOSTER: We don't know, but speculation is that she's leaving tomorrow, but she's certainly here overnight, and she'll be in here tomorrow morning. We don't know when she'll be released, exactly, but things seem to be improving.

ANDERSON: Good stuff. You know what? Let's just wish her the best. I hope she's feeling better. She's -- I know she must have been feeling really grotty, so listen, the best from us, and from Max, who's outside the hospital there, where Catherine is laid up for the time being. All right, Max, thank you for that.

A quick update from the world of sports for you here on CNN. London football side Chelsea have seen their hopes come to an end in the European Champions League. Moments ago, they crushed a Danish team 6-1, but the Blues needed Shakhtar Donetsk to do them a favor against Juventus as well. That game ended moments ago, Juventus winning. We're going to get you an update on all of the Champions League football tonight in about ten minutes' time, so do stay with us for that.

Still to come, though, before that: the tallest building, the biggest mall, manmade island, it doesn't stop there for Dubai. We can take you inside one of the most ambitious projects yet.


ANDERSON: All right, 44 minutes past 9:00 in London. And if anyone thought that construction and growth was slowing down in Dubai, well, let m tell you, think again. The emirate already boasts the largest manmade harbor in the world, but it's about to get even bigger.

The Jebel Ali port sits between Dubai's two famous palm islands, and just as they were built into the sea, the port was built into the desert. In this week's Gateway series, I went to find out just how far the port authorities plan to expand.


ANDERSON (voice-over): If you build it, they will come. One of the biggest ports in the world, Dubai's Jebel Ali, was not too long ago nothing but a sandy desert along the shallow waters of the Gulf.

As Dubai rapidly develops, its ruler, Rashid bin Saeed al Maktoum, had a vision: a port that would ensure future prosperity for the emirate.

In 1976, the first dredger began to eat its way across the sand dunes, and the sea began to flow into the desert. The port of Jebel Ali was born.

Captain Hassan al Suwaidi has worked here for nearly 30 years, witnessing its transformation from provincial port to global Gateway.

HASSAN AL SUWAIDI, CAPTAIN, SENIOR HARBOR MASTER: This was in the middle the desert, or you can say a few kilometers away from the beach was the sand. So, it's amazing.

ANDERSON (on camera): What are the biggest challenges?

SUWAIDI: The biggest challenge is now, as the industry, the ships becoming bigger and bigger, so we have to call for these largest businesses, huge ships. We're talking about a distance of around 400 meters.

ANDERSON (voice-over): Bigger ships bring in bigger profits, and Jebel Ali currently fuels 20 percent of Dubai's GDP. The port, which could handle 70 to 80 ships when it was first built, can now receive 16,000 vessels a year and counting.

ANDERSON (on camera): The work going on behind me is the expansion of terminal two. Now, just like most of Jebel Ali, as far as the eye can see here, this land has been reclaimed. And when this is finished, it will be able to simultaneously handle six mega vessels.

ANDERSON (voice-over): The brand-new $850 million terminal three is also starting to emerge. For Jebel Ali, the sky -- or in this case, the sea -- is no limit.

ANDERSON (on camera): How much more can you grow?

MOHAMMED AL MUALLEM, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, DP WORLD: Well, this is the far biggest in the region. If you take it from Europe right down to Singapore, really. But listen, we can build more islands, we can go up to 50 million containers capacity, if you want. It's by far a dream which is really -- right now it doesn't exist anywhere.

ANDERSON (voice-over): A dream that for Hassan is well on its way to becoming reality.

SUWAIDI: The faster we are going, the more Dubai as a whole will become like additional parts within the Middle East. Maybe a lot wider, also. So that to me dates --

ANDERSON (on camera): Source of pride.




ANDERSON: Well, he's one of the most illustrious fashion designers in the world. Valentino has dressed European princesses, American first ladies, A-list actresses, it just goes on, doesn't, it?

And now, the luxury and glamour of his life's work is actually on display here in London. CNN's Atika Shubert, my colleague, met the man himself and got a look at what is a quite phenomenal legendary collection.


VALENTINO GARAVANI, FASHION DESIGNER: I choose completely all their clothes. All their clothes, and it meant a lot to me because they were clothes that many, many of very important people were wearing those clothes.

ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: These are -- some of the most glamorous women in the world have worn these dresses, and they really are small pieces of history. Jackie Kennedy Onassis' --

VALENTINO: Yes, yes.

SHUBERT: -- wedding dress.

VALENTION: That on. My white collection was something very positive in my career. This was 68 and I think it was the starting, really, of my good career. Everybody came to all their clothes, and when they knew that Mrs. Kennedy to marry Onassis, she was wearing one of my dresses, after, you have no idea the numbers of customers.

And they came, and I remember that dress, I sold a costume made haute couture. I fashioned 30 pieces.


SHUBERT: What about style icons today, like the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton?

VALENTINO: Oh, my gosh, you mentioned a lady that I love so much. I think she's what we want to see today. She's very chic. Very, very chic lady. And maybe one day, I hope that she is going to wear a Valentino.


SHUBERT: What advice do you have for designers today? It's a different fashion world, but at the same time --

VALENTINO: It's a different fashion world. They start to do the collections, then they want to be immediately famous. But you know, it took maybe 15 years for myself, working, being involved in fashion, designing. But I was ready to open my first fashion house after 10 years of really very strong work in France.

SHUBERT: So, these dresses today, they don't represent simply the glamour, but really, the hard work.

VALENTINO: Hard work. And so, here I am, and they have my -- all my daughters.


SHUBERT: This is your extended family.

VALENTINO: My extended family, yes, absolutely.


SHUBERT: Could you give us your top three most stylish women today?

VALENTINO: Let's put the Duchess of Cambridge first, because she's full of style. It's ridiculous not to mention, she's sensational. Another lady that I like very, very -- I don't want to make people jealous. It's very difficult. It's always very --

SHUBERT: Very diplomatic.

VALENTINO: -- embarrassing. Anne Hathaway, yes. Anne Hathaway. She's good-looking, she's going to be a huge, big, big star. And the third one, let's put a question mark.


ANDERSON: Oh, and the question mark will remain. Tweet me @BeckyCNN. Who do you think Valentino's third best most famous, exciting, and adorable woman should be? @BeckyCNN. There you go.

Right, let's do some sport for you. Chelsea have made Champions League history, but it's not a record that they will be proud of. To explain all is Alex Thomas, who's live at Stanford Bridge, where their match has just ended.

Champions League has never been easy to explain to those who don't understand the game of soccer. Even those who do might find this one a little confusing. Go on. Sort it out for us.

ALEX THOMAS, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Well, the unwelcome piece of history that Chelsea football club have made this evening here in London, Becky, is that they've become the first winners since this competition became a format where you have group stages followed by the knockout rounds, where the first to win the competition, and then in the next season, to lose at the group stage and not go through to the knockout rounds.

So, a very, very poor attempt at the defense of the European cup that they won amid such glorious scenes, we all remember, in Munich just over six months ago in May. How quickly fortunes can change on the football fields.

They did actually win tonight, Chelsea, by a whopping six goals to one against Danish champions FC Nordsjaelland, but it wasn't enough to put them through, because in the Ukraine, Juventus had beaten Shakhtar Donetsk one- nil, and that result meant whatever Chelsea did, they were already out.

So, woeful news for Rafa Benitez as their new manager, although it was the previous boss, Roberto Di Matteo, who put the team in this position. This was the first Champions League game for Rafa since he took charge here at Stanford Bridge.

ANDERSON: Picking your brains, then. Rafa. It's a great -- it was a win tonight, 6-1, like you said. A great game of football, I assume, in the end. But he is the interim manager of Chelsea and, quite frankly, aside from tonight, has done nothing at the club as of yet. What's your sense? Does he stay? Does he go? Does he last the season at this point?

THOMAS: He stays for now. He's been appointed until the end of the season. There were rumors early in the week that the Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who's got through a few managers, it's fair to say, in recent years, could call on the services of Avram Grant, the Israeli who has coached Chelsea before, took them to the final in 2008, where they lost on penalties to Manchester United.

Those rumors seem to have been exaggerated at this stage. Benitez does now have a win under his belt, so although Chelsea are out of the Champions League, he is sure to put a positive spin on it, say look, Fernando Torres, their under fire strikers, scored two goals tonight. Maybe we can carry some momentum back into the Barclay's Premier League campaign and put in a good show there.

He's going to need to if he hopes -- entertains any hopes of getting the job full time. We know Abramovich is a huge admirer of more cultured coaches, shall we say, like Pep Guardiola, who's still not got a new job after leaving Barcelona.

ANDERSON: Yes, on a sabbatical in New York, where he stays for the time being. Good for him. All right. I hear that's the end of your night. Go and find yourself a boozer somewhere where you can get warm. He looks freezing, doesn't he? Alex Thomas there outside Stanford Bridge for you this evening.

I'm Becky Anderson, that was CONNECT THE WORLD. Thanks for watching.