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South Korean Presidential Race Pits Dictators Daughter Against Human Rights Activist; Rain Threatens to Top Reservoirs in Sri Lanka; Napoli Fined Two Points, 70,000 Euros for 2010 Match Fixing; Animals Bring Smiles to Newtown Families

Aired December 18, 2012 - 08:00:00   ET


MONITA RAJPAL, HOST: Hello, I'm Monita Rajpal in Hong Kong. Welcome to News Stream where news and technology meet. In Newtown, Connecticut, some children are returning to school as others are being buried. The latest of the investigation into the shocking tragedy there continues.

Also, could this woman make history as South Korea's first female president on the eve of elections. We look at the country's options.

And freed and unharmed, an American journalist and his crew are safely released after being captured in Syria.

The community of Newtown, Connecticut is still coping with the pain and the trauma of last week's mass shooting. Some parents will bring their children back to school today, others are still preparing to bury their little ones. Across the country, there is a sense that this tragedy may bring about change. Recent polls show more people support stricter gun laws after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and some lawmakers are speaking up for an assault weapons ban.

Here's Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein.


SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN, (D) CALIFORNIA: This is the straw that breaks the camel's back. People have to respond. They have to understand that the rights of the many to remain safe are more important than any right you may think you have to have a military style assault weapon.


RAJPAL: Well, this man and Senator Feinstein are usually on opposite sides of the gun control debate, but now Senator Joe Manchin says he wants to work with her. The Conservative Democrat spoke to Christiane Amanpour.


CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It is surprising, perhaps, that you have now come out and said it's time to rethink the elements of gun control. What was the moment that made you rethink?

SEN. JOE MANCHIN, (R) WEST VIRGINIA: It's not so much as we think it, but you know who would have ever thought in America, or anywhere in the world, that children would be slaughtered? You know, that -- it's changed me. But with that being said, people are afraid to talk about some things that just basically should be talked about. I don't know of anybody that goes hunting with an assault rifle. I don't know people that need 10, 20, 30 round clips.

AMANPOUR: So you're committed to change?

MANCHIN: I'm committed to bringing the dialogue that will bring a total change, and I mean a total change.

AMANPOUR: Including stiffer gun control.

MANCHIN: Including the reforms that we're looking at as assault weapons and basically how they get into hands of deranged people. And basically the clips and multiple clips which is Chuck Schumer moving on that. We're going to look at all of that. That's all on the table.


RAJPAL: Well, the proposed legislation would reinstate a federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. Senator Manchin's change of heart is all the more remarkable considering how strongly he has supported gun rights. This was his campaign ad back in 2010.


MANCHIN: I'm Joe Manchin, I approve this ad because I'll always defend West Virginia. As your Senator, I'll protect our second amendment rights, that's why the NRA endorsed me. I'll take on Washington and this administration to get the federal government off of our backs and out of our pockets. I'll cut federal spending and I'll repeal the bad parts of Obamacare. I sued EPA and I'll take dead aim at the cap and trade bill, because it's bad for West Virginia.


RAJPAL: Ah, but the issue of an assault weapons ban is far from settled. Many ardent gun rights politicians are staying quiet, declining requests for interviews. President Barack Obama has said it is time for a change, but it may be hard for those outside the United States to understand America's gun culture.

Jonathan Mann puts it into historical perspective.


JONATHAN MANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: There are an estimated 270 million guns in the hands of civilians in the United States, making Americans the most heavily armed people in the world per capita. Yemen, a tribal nation with no history of strong central government or the rule of law, comes in a distant second.

Most guns are in the hands of careful and law abiding citizens, but not all. By one estimate, guns shoot more than 100,000 people a year in the U.S. when the number of homocides, suicides, and accidents were all added together.

America's collective memory of the wild west in the 1800s, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King half a century ago is punctuated by gun violence.

In fact, there were guns in America long before America was even born. Early settlers in several states were required by law to own and maintain weapons as a matter of collective defense. By the time the U.S. was established, its citizens had taken up arms not only against their Native American neighbors, but the army of their own king.

The new constitution reflected that in its Bill of Rights declaring that a "well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

For more than two centuries that remained an important, but largely overlooked guarantee, subjected to a modest series of controls, but in 2008 and 2010, landmark Supreme Court ruling gave that constitutional right sweeping new power, dramatically diminishing government authority to limit gun ownership.

As legal reforms helped guns, so did one increasingly powerful lobby, The National Rifle Association, once a relatively modest organization of gun enthusiasts and hunters has become one of the most powerful political groups in the country. It helps elect candidates to congress and works to overturn gun control laws in the courts.

Norway is still mourning a mass murder in 2011 that killed 77 people, most of them teens, proof that America is by no means unique. But America does seem to be the place the whole world thinks of when apparently ordinary people use guns for gruesome acts of violence. America stands alone in its historic and cultural attachment to guns. America stands armed.

Jonathan Mann, CNN, reporting.


RAJPAL: Well, you heard Jonathan call the NRA one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the country, but it has been completely silenced since the mass shooting in Newtown. A spokesman says the NRA will not comment until the facts are thoroughly known. The group has gone quiet on social media as well. The last tweet on the NRA's account was about its 10 days of give aways.

Now just one day before the Connecticut rampage, it posted this message -- you can see it's thanking people for bringing the NRA's Facebook page to 1.7 million likes. But all of the NRA's Facebook accounts since been hidden. These links now take you to Facebook's homepage instead.

Now meanwhile, Connecticut State Police say they will look at every aspect of the shooting to find a possible motive. Authorities say they will look at suspected shooter Adam Lanza's history with firearms. Investigators are also examining his computer, but an official says it was smashed. It's unclear if they will be able to retrieve any emails or determine any website he may have visited.

Now as we mentioned, schools in Newtown are set to reopen later this Tuesday, but Sandy Hook Elementary, which remains a crime scene. Sandra Endo joins us now live from Newtown on how this community is dealing with this very emotional day -- Sandra.

SANDRA ENDO, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A very difficult day indeed, Monita, for a lot of students, parents and teachers here in Newtown. But a lot of people say this maybe the first step towards normalcy. And roughly, 5,400 Newtown students will return back to class today, and that's except Sandy Hook Elementary students. They will have classes still suspended because their campus, of course, still remaining a crime scene.

And in just a couple of hours from now, that is when classes begin. They are starting a little later today so that faculty can be prepared to take in the students. And they say there will be trained grieving counselors, police officers at every school. And principles are telling parents to make sure they talk to their children about what happened before they get to their classrooms, because they really don't know what other students may say inside schools. So clearly they want to make sure those lines of communication are open and teachers as well will also address what happens here in Newtown in an age appropriate manner -- Monita.

RAJPAL: Sandra, what about the investigation into possible motives behind this massacre?

ENDO: That is the big question. And investigators are sifting through all the physical evidence in both crime scenes at Sandy Hook Elementary School and at the shooter's residents. Of course they are not telling us a lot of details in terms of what they are finding out, but they say they are going to leave no stone unturned. They're going to go through everything they find to make sure they get a complete portrait of who this person is.

They know that -- according to records, they know that the shooter and his mother frequented some area shooting ranges and that he has had gun practice, but they don't know in terms of the timeline when that was exactly. So they're sifting through all the evidence they can find. And clearly trying to figure out why somebody could do this.

RAJPAL: Meanwhile, Sandra, you know, those of us who are far away from Newtown, Connecticut can only begin to imagine what this community is dealing with and how they are trying to piece their lives together as some parents see their kids go back to school, others are burying their little angels. Describe for us that kind of emotion that you're feeling there.

ENDO: You definitely see the pain and the grief on a lot of residents' faces here in Newtown. We've been here for several days now. And clearly there's been a very cold and wet type of weather stream around this area and that certainly matches the mood here. A lot of grief, a lot of sad faces.

So many people coming out to show their support as well for the lives lost. You can see just the memorial here in the middle of town with all the collection of flowers, candles, cards, stuffed animals for those 20 little children that passed away on Friday. So clearly a town of grieving, a town that is feeling so much pain, but a shared pain throughout the nation.

RAJPAL: All right, Sandra, thank you very much for that. Sandra Endo there live for us from Newtown, Connecticut.

Still to come here on News Stream, the latest twist in the patent war between Apple and Samsung. Both tech giants win and lose in a California court. We'll tell you how that's possible.

Plus, a dictator's daughter, or a president's chief of staff, that's the choice facing South Koreans as they get ready to vote for the president.

Plus, a U.S. television journalist and his crew are released after being held captive in Syria. We'll bring you the latest on that.


RAJPAL: Welcome back.

There will be no retrial in the landmark patent case between Samsung and Apple in the U.S. In August, Apple won $1 billion in damages from the California court. Samsung accused the jury of misconduct and requested a retrial, but the judge threw out that request. Still, it wasn't all good news for Apple. Their request for a permanent ban on offending Samsung products was also rejected.

Well, the fight between Apple and Samsung is the leading conflict in what's been called the patent wars, a series of cases between major tech companies as they accuse each other of patent infringement. In addition to Apple and Samsung, there have also been cases involving RIM, HTC, Sony, Motorola, Microsoft, and Google.

Well, South Koreans will vote for a new president on Wednesday, the race is tight, but the favorite by a small margin is this woman, Park Geun- hye. If she's elected, she would be the country's first female president. Her rival is a former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in. Paula Hancocks introduces both candidates.


PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The daughter of a brutal dictator or the child of South Korea's economic savior. How Korean's see Park Guen-hye really depends on how they view her father.

Park Jun-hye seized power in a military coup in 1961. He changed the constitution to cement power and crack down on dissent and opposition. He's accused of human rights abuses. But supporters point to his role in rebuilding the country from the ashes of the Korean war, transforming the economy and sparking growth.

After months of trying to defend her father's actions, Park finally apologized in September for those hurt by his dictatorial rule.

"I understand that the end does not justify the means," she said. "And this should be a lasting value for democracy."

Politics shaped Park as she spent her formative years in The Blue House. It also destroyed her family. Her mother was assassinated in 1974, killed by a botched North Korean attempt to kill Park Jun-hye. Park then assumed the role of first lady until her father was assassinated by his security chief in 1979.

Some experts say she is struggling to emerge from her father's shadow.

ANDREI LANKOV, KOOKMIN UNIVERSITY: It's a big question does she wants it and whether she can afford it, because for most people who are supporting Hye, she is above all daughter of her father.

HANCOCKS: Park herself was attacked during an election rally six years ago. She has a scar on her lower right cheek which a recent campaign advertisement plays on. She talks of wanting to heal the scars of the people.

Park never married and has no children, considered unusual in such a traditional society. But polls show her in a good position to be South Korea's first female president. One man stands in her way: liberal candidate Moon Jae-in. Chief of stafff of the late president Roo Moo-hyun. Stepping into the spotlight, Moon used to be a human rights activist. In fact, he was imprisoned during the 1970s for protesting against the regime of Park's father.

A former special forces commando and a black belt in judo, he's selling himself as the down to earth choice.

Both candidates are highlighting the negative aspects of their rivals past while focusing on the positives of their own and both are hoping that the ghosts of president's past will help propel them to the Blue House.

Paula Hancocks, CNN, Seoul.


RAJPAL: Still to come here on News Stream, South Africa's president gets another key vote of confidence. We'll tell you what the latest ANC elections mean for Jacob Zuma and the country, that's next.


RAJPAL: You are watching News Stream. And we are taking a look here at a visual rundown of our stories that we're covering today. We've already covered the top row, which was mainly the tragedy in Connecticut and then we also covered the preparations for elections in South Korea. But now we take you to South Africa. And South African president Jacob Zuma while he's on track to stay in power through the end of this decade. He's just won reelection as head of the African National Congress Party paving the way for reelection as president in 2014. But these latest results don't come without controversy.

Robyn Curnow joins us now from CNN Johannesburg with more on that.

Robyn, so no surprise there that he has taken the leadership role again of the ANC.

ROBYN CURNOW, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Hi there, Monita. No, indeed. We kind of knew coming into this conference that Jacob Zuma would probably come out as the winner, this despite, of course, the theories of scandals and negative publicity over the last previous months. Jacob Zuma is still overwhelmingly popular, particularly with that ANC crowd of delegates who voted him and majority of them over 75 percent saying, listen, we want him in as a second term, obviously setting him up to become the president again with the two -- the 2014 elections.

But you know, in the lead up to this conference, we've seen political assassinations, we've seen accusations of vote rigging, you know, of fraudulent accreditation process. This has been deeply divisive getting Jacob Zuma to this position. The party is very much split over pro-Zuma and anti-Zuma factions. And many worry, many are concerned that there will still be some sort of paralysis in government going forward, that this result won't heal anything. And how will people who have literally been fighting with each other over the outcome of this election do business together, whether it's in a small ANC branch in (inaudible) or whether it's at a cabinet meeting.

So there will be a lot of healing to do, a lot of work for Zuma to try and, you know, deal with these risks that lead to him winning.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa is the (inaudible) candidate for deputy president. Thank you.


CURNOW: OK. So now you've just heard some sound there where it was announced that Cyril Ramaphosa. Now this, Monita, is the key in terms of this election. Cyril Ramaphosa has had a remarkable political comeback. You know, he was out of politics from the mid-90s after he was tapped by Nelson Mandela to succeed him. He didn't win that, Thabo Mbeki did.

He then went into business, made a fortune. He's one of South Africa's richest men. Before all of that, he was a mine union leader and he was one of the people who helped to co-write, co-author the constitution, this is a man whose resume has pedigree. And the fact that he now has taken this deputy president's slot really puts this whole second term of Zuma in a new light. Many people will look on Cyril Ramaphosa's position within the new government as potentially sooner than the 2014 election as very favorable, particularly investors, particularly the business community will look to him as an entrepreneurial pragmatic figure, and that's a good thing when it comes to quite a (inaudible).

So a lot of challenges now for Zuma and Ramaphosa -- widening inequality, you know, deep unemployment, a real sense of slower growth, a crumbling education system, a lot of work for these men to do in the years ahead.

RAJPAL: And while there's a political drama that was taking place inside the ANC, there were reports of a plot to attack the convention as it was taking place. And we understand now there have been arrests. What more can you tell us about that?

CURNOW: Yes, there was -- the police announcing, and in fact, four men appearing in court today charged with terrorism and high treason. The police saying that there was a plot, a right-wing Africaaner conspiracy to kill some of the leaders of -- at the ANC conference. In court it came out and said that there were plans to shoot people execution style. Now they have been remanded in custody. They will appear in court again in early January. And the police tell me there's still to be more risks.

RAJPAL: All right. Robyn, thank you very much for that. CNN's Robyn Curnow reporting to us there from Johannesburg.

Well, still to come here on News Stream, this American TV journalist is safe after disappearing in Syria. So what do we know about what happened to NBC's Richard Engel?


RAJPAL: I'm Monita Rajpal in Hong Kong. You're watching News Stream. And these are your world headlines.

The anguish continues in the U.S. state of Connecticut as families of those killed in Friday's school shooting lay their loved ones to rest. Funerals for two murdered six year olds will be held later today. On Friday, police say Adam Lanza shot dead 20 children and seven adults in Newtown.

South African President Jacob Zuma has been reelected as leader of the country's governing party, the African National Congress. His win comes as the party leadership faces criticism from many of its own members, including allegations of corruption.

Iraq's president Jalal Talabani is being treated in a Baghdad hospital after some lawmakers say he suffered a stroke. His office would only say he had a health emergency. Mr. Talabani, who is 79, has been president of Iraq since 2005.

Queen Elizabeth made history today. She's become Britain's first monarch in more than 200 years to sit in on a cabinet meeting. The Queen was greeted at Downing Street by Prime Minister David Cameron. Her visit was part of the celebrations that have been held all year to mark 60 years on the throne.

And American journalist who disappeared in Syria has been released unharmed. Richard Engel who is the chief foreign correspondent for NBC News was captured along with his production crew. CNN's Nick Paton-Walsh joins us now from Beirut and neighboring Lebanon with more on what happened -- Nick.

NICK PATON-WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, apparently according to an NBC statement they crossed into Syria on Thursday and then silence. They heard nothing from them again until Monday and when it appeared they'd been freed.

Now they've subsequently explained what happened. Apparently as they crossed the border they were picked up by what Richard Engel refers to as about 15 armed men, heavily armed in ski masks, who took them away. They were bound, blindfolded, but apparently came under no physical harm while they were held. Moved between locations in the north of the country.

But on one journey they apparently were intercepted by a Syrian rebel group called the Ahra Al-Sham brigade (ph). A firefight ensued. Two of the NBC crew's captors were killed, a number escaped, but that appears to have got the NBC crew their freedom.

Let's listen to Richard Engel's statements after his release.


RICHARD ENGEL, NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT: The last five days were very difficult. We're very happy to be out. We're very happy to be back in Turkey. We love being here. We love this country. We appreciate all the help.

The last five days are some days we would rather forget.


PATON-WALSH: Of course this brings a question who was it, who helped them. An NBC statement said they believed the group was not affiliated to the regime. Mr. Engel has gone on to say he actually believes the group holding him were Shabiha, now that's an Arabic term for thugs effectively, but used in this civil war to refer to militia often loyal to the regime. Richard Engel believes that actually he was being held by them perhaps as a pawn in a prisoner exchange they wanted to effect for some Iranian agents being held who were presumably in this case working to assist the regime in this civil war.

Reasonably positive outcome, though, to what must have been terrifying ordeal, Monita.

RAJPAL: It certainly paints a picture, it certainly gives an idea of just how difficult and how tough and dangerous -- dangerous it is to still cover the war in Syria. The violence continues as well in the country. We were also hearing reports of the capture or the control of a Palestinian refugee camp. What more do we know about that?

PATON-WALSH: Well, this is the (inaudible) camp in the outskirts of Damascus, densely populated area where tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees made their home temporarily and then permanently cramped together in this small space.

For some period of time this camp was showing loyalty to the regime. The FSA moved in, causing the population there to be stuck between both sides. At the weekend, intense shelling began and clashes occurred leaving dozens dead from airstrikes and artillery.

We are hearing reports from regime and activist sources at this point that the regime forces may be amassing around that camp to move in and take it, but again Palestinian refugees fleeing one conflict, caught now right in the cross hairs of another. Unclear what will happen, but once again we see the situation where the conflict comes to densely populated areas causing dozens, hundreds of civilian casualties -- Monita.

RAJPAL: All right, Nick, thank you for that. Nick Paton-Walsh reporting to us there live from Beirut.

Let's switch gears now and get a check now of the weather conditions. And we go to Mari Ramos at the world weather center. And Mari, want to talk about what's happening in Sri Lanka right now.

MARI RAMOS, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, you know, Monita, this is a story that we started following in the last couple of days. The rain has been very heavy across Sri Lanka, very heavy indeed. And I want to show you some of these rainfall totals that really impressed me. We were looking at this right now at the CNN World Weather Center. Very worrisome numbers right over here.

More than 500 millimeters of rain, that's just in the last two days across one area alone. In Kandy they've already had over 320 millimeters of rain.

On the ground, the situation is going from bad to worse very quickly. Let's go ahead and roll the pictures from Sri Lanka. Look at that, water as far as the eye can see.

The Sri Lanka Red Cross was tweeting just a little while ago some of the -- some of the latest information. They said that nine people so far have been killed and more than 3,000 have been displaced by the high water. And you can see here this shoots water everywhere. There's also landslide alerts across the area and that the water level across the reservoirs in different parts of Sri Lanka has reached over that 80 -- that critical 85 percent limit.

And what happens is they need people to be on alert, because that's when you begin to run the risk of some of these reservoirs over-topping or things like that.

And you can see here how serious the situation is already. The worst part is that there is more rain on the way. So that risk for flooding, for more flooding, for further landslides, it continues to be a huge concern.

If you look over here, you can see that flow just coming in here off the Indian Ocean bringing that heavy rain across Sri Lanka.

We should be looking at some rain this time of year, but it has been pretty significant and coming, of course, at the tail end of the monsoon season where the water levels are already pretty high, kind of makes the situation worse for people in this area. So we will keep you posted, of course, on that story as we move on.

As far as temperatures, not too bad. Columbo 26. As we head farther north in New Delhi, we're looking at 18. Fog tends to be a problem this time of year, so keep an eye out for that. 5 kilometers the visibility right now there in New Delhi, so not too bad.

Hong Kong, wow, 14. 13 in Taipei. We're definitely looking at the strong northwest monsoon moving through here. Temperatures some of the coldest air we've had so far this season funneling all the way down even into northern parts of Vietnam here. Windy as well. Minus 5 in Beijing, minus 8 in Seoul.

And then another area that I want to talk to you about is what's been happening just way out here in the Pacific in Fiji. We have new pictures to show you, this from when that tropical cyclone Evan was making landfall. This -- probably the strongest cyclone to ever hit Fiji directly.

These are pictures from Monday, amazing images here, winds is excess of 250 kilometers per hour as the storm was moving through. I can't imagine somebody like that just running through those areas. You can see the branches coming down, the roofs being ripped off of buildings, Monita, a very scary situation. Remarkably, no deaths have been reported in Fiji so far which is amazing considering the kind of damage that you can see here and the kind of strength that this storm had when it moved through.

This is where we are now with this storm, winds 176 kilometers per hour, but moving away from the more densely populated islands. So a little bit of respite there for them and they can begin their clean-up process.

Back to you, Monita.

RAJPAL: Yeah, the power is just astonishing there, Mari. Thank you very much for that.

Still ahead, Linsanity returns to Madison Square Garden, but this time the point guard plays for the visiting team. Stay with News Stream for that.


RAJPAL: Welcome back.

This week, our Leading Women open up about family and how their careers started. Both say their parents helped them get where they are today. Kristie Lu Stout has more on Korean born opera singer Sumi Jo, but first Felicia Taylor visits the president and managing director of GM Brazil, Grace Lieblein.


FELICIA TAYLOR, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Sao Paolo, an emerging business hub where the booming economy is fueling a demand for cars. As president of General Motors Brazil, Grace Lieblein's job is making sure her company is doing its part to meet some of that demand.

GRACE LIEBLEIN, PRESIDENT, GM BRAZIL: Last month, we were able to overtake the Toyota Corolla in the market here. We just see sales continuing to grow.

TAYLOR: The Brazil operation is GM's third largest in the world after the U.S. and China. From production, to new launches, to sales, Grace Lieblein is in charge.

LIEBLEIN: That's a beautiful color.

And you know, the thing about colors is that it's easy to do.

TAYLOR: Lieblein began her GM career in 1978 at a division in California where she was born. She took part in a program that enabled her to study industrial engineering while getting hands on experience.

She rose through the ranks as one of the few women in the industry.

LIEBLEIN: And my feeling was always I'm going to get in and I'm going to do the best job that I can. And I will build my credibility from there.

TAYLOR: She says her confidence, then and now, comes from her Nicaraguan mother who died in 2009 and her Cuban father who worked at a GM plant for 28 years.

LIEBLEIN: This belief that I could really do anything I wanted to do for me was very impactful. And you think about instilling that in a child, in a young girl, that's a gift.

TAYLOR: Values, she says, she and her husband Tom, who is a GM engineer, instill in their daughter Ally.

While we toured a top secret room in the design center, Lieblein let's us take a peek at a model about to launch.

LIEBLEIN: There you go. You've always wanted to do that, haven't you?

TAYLOR: If you had to pick one part of this whole process from start to finish of designing and producing a car, what's the most exciting for you?

LIEBLEIN: One is when you get your first prototype vehicle. Having that first prototype vehicle that you can actually drive and feel and start to experience.

TAYLOR: ...out on the road.

LIEBLEIN: And then that's the other point, the minute you see it on the road...

TAYLOR: That must be huge.

LIEBLEIN: It's a family thing. I mean, my daughter and my husband as well, every time we -- you know, especially when they were first coming out, every time we'd see a, you know, on a KBR or an enclave we -- there's another one. Yay, there's another one.

TAYLOR: The importance of work and family are on display in her office.

Who inspires you?

LIEBLEIN: First, probably my family. My husband and my daughter and my father, they are what keeps me going.

KRISTIE LU STOUT, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: I'm Kristie Lu Stout. Pitch perfect high notes, a voice from heaven, it's how some have described the singing of Sumi Jo. the Korean opera star and Grammy winner has graced stages all over the world. And each grand performance is proceeded by this: rehearsal and more rehearsal. This time it's for a concert at the Seoul Art Center.

Jo is no stranger to a demanding routine, that's how it's been since she was four years old.

SUMO JO, OPERA SINGER: I had lots of lessons, for example, singing and I did drawing and ice skating, acting.

LU STOUT: She says her mother, a former amateur singer and pianist, laid the groundwork for her career.

JO: She always started if she had a baby girl, she want her make an opera singer. And here -- that's why I'm here.

LU STOUT: Jo's professional journey began in 1983 when she left her native Korea and headed to Rome to study opera. She's lived in Italy ever since.

JO: I was just 19. I had know had to cook, I didn't know any words in Italian.

LU STOUT: She found good company and friendship in a puppy.

JO: Oh my gosh, there are puppies.

LU STOUT: And to this day, her love of dogs remains.

She's very active as an animal advocate.

JO: know, and very sad. They need some help, really.

LU STOUT: She also owns dogs of her own.

JO: You know, my father and my mother, they always loved very much the nature. Trees and plants and animals.

LU STOUT: And there's also the gift and love of music Jo inherited, a cornerstone of her life.

JO: Every day when I wake up and I thank god that I can sing. Life is such a precious gift. So everything is beautiful for me.


RAJPAL: All year, we have profiled inspirational women at the top of their field. And you can learn more about all of them on our website and share with us your plans to advance your own careers in 2013. That's at

Still ahead here on News Stream, healing the children. We'll show you how these dogs are being used in Newtown, Connecticut to help the town overwhelmed by grief.


RAJPAL: Welcome back.

If you use Instagram, you may have seen the panicky headlines that the social network can now sell your photos, it's because of new terms of service that will go into effect next month. Here is a relevant part of their new terms where it does, indeed, say that Instagram may sell your user name, likeness, and photos without any compensation to you. That might make you uncomfortable, but we wanted to compare it to the terms and conditions at other social networks. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr all say that you own all of the content you post on their sites, but by posting something you also grant those sites the right to use your content in various ways.

Twitter doesn't necessarily say they will sell your content, but they do say they have the right ot use it and share it with other companies without compensating you.

Facebook's terms are similar, but less specific. It just says that you give Facebook the right, subject to your privacy settings, to use the content, but no more than that. Facebook does specify that they're licensed to use your content and once you delete it or your account from Facebook, unless your friends have shared it.

Compared to the other social networks it looks like Flickr's terms are perhaps the most limited. Flickr says it will only use your content to promote Flickr. There's nothing on there that suggest it'll use your photos in any other way or give them to anyone else. And like Facebook, Flickr's license ends once you delete that account.

So not every social network demands the same rights as Instagram. Now we'll see just how users react when the new terms take effect on January 16th.

Italian football bosses have handed out a strong punishment to one of their leading clubs as the clamp down on match fixing continues. Let's join Alex Thomas in London for more details on that -- Alex.

ALEX THOMAS, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Monita, Napoli's hopes of qualifying for next season's Champion's League have been hit by a two point deduction for max fixing. The famous Serie A club has been punished by Italy's football federation over illegal bets placed on a game against Sandoria back in 2010.

It means Napoli have dropped from third to fifth in the table, slipping out of the qualifying spots for next season's top European club competitions. Actually they're in the last qualifying spot for top European club competitions. In addition, they've been fined $70,000 euros, three players have been banned with former goalkeeper Mattio Gionello (ph) suspended for more than three years.

Better news for Barcelona fans after the club announced contract extensions for Lionel Messi, Carlos Puyol and Xavi. Messi, who scored a record 90 goals in 2012 so far are signed until 2018 when he'll be 31 years old.

For awhile last season, it was the buzz word in the NBA, but even though Linsanity has calmed down, the young point guard was the center of attention again on Monday night when he returned to the court that made him famous.


ANNOUNCER: And guard at 6'3 from Harvard, number seven Jeremy Lin.


THOMAS: So, the New York Knicks fans cheering Lin on his return to the Big Apple. And it looked as if he was inspired by facing his old teammates. Lin and his new Houston Rockets colleague James Hardin are starting to gel. And they combined to score 50 points between them. Hardin with 28.

And that little runner put Houston 11 points clear.

At one stage, the lead was as much as 27 points.

The Knicks missing injured star Carmelo Anthony. And Lin didn't show much mercy. He had 8 assists, scored 22 points, and helped inflict the Knicks' first home defeat of the season. He also ensured that the Rockets snapped a seven game losing streak on the road. It wasn't even close in the end, 109-96.

The Knicks fans booing Lin by the final whistle, because he caused so much pain for their team.


JEREMY LIN, HOUSTON ROCKETS POINT GUARD: I had fun out there. And I'm thankful of the fans. And I know a lot of people showed out and you know supported and, you know, wore my old jersey and things like that. So still thankful to the fans. You know, it was actually a lot better than I thought.


THOMAS: You can take a look at the Knicks' winning percentage. It doesn't seem as if they've missed losing Lin over the summer, although he has helped inflict two of their six defeats this season. The Rockets have swept the season series against the Knicks, winning by a total of 41 points. Lin averaging 17.5 points a game against his former team compared to an average of only 11.3 for all the other games he's played this season.

Well, by the time Lindsey Vaughn hangs up her skis for good, she will almost certainly be the most successful woman ever to have competed in the sport. But there is concern about the American after she suddenly quit the World Cup circuit. Vaughn is the event's reigning champion and second on the list of all-time victories, just six race wins away from setting a new record. She's already crossed the line in first place four times this season, although she didn't finish either of the events she competed in last week.

Writing on her Facebook page, Vaughn said, "since my intestinal infection last month, I have been struggling with my energy and strength. This is nothing to do with my recent interview with People magazine."

And in that interview, she talked about her battle privately with depression.

We'll have more in World Sport in just over three hours time. For now, back to you in Hong Kong, Monita.

RAJPAL: All right, Alex, thank you very much for that.

Well, most pet owners will tell you animals have the ability to lift our moods and help get us through the tough times. And in Newtown, Connecticut, that's taken a whole new meaning for children reeling from the unspeakable tragedy there.

Gary Tuchman brings us more.


GARY TUCHMAN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Nine golden retrievers on the march, making their way into a recreation center in Newtown, Connecticut, for an emotional rescue to help comfort the children who survived the attack at sandy hook elementary and other children in town.

Therapeutic canines are sponsored and trained by Lutheran Church Charities, transported in a van for a 900-mile ride from Illinois.

(on camera): Let me give you a quick introduction to the dogs here. This is Chewy. This is Ruthie, Abby, Prince, Luther.


TUCHMAN: Maggie. Hanna.


TUCHMAN: Barney, and?


TUCHMAN: Shammy. These are the comfort dogs. What is a comfort dog?

TIM HETZNER, LUTHERAN CHURCH CHARITIES: A comfort dog is one who brings comfort to other people when they're suffering or hurting, or bring happiness to people. It helps people process their grief.

TUCHMAN: So it's specially trained?

HETZNER: They are specially trained. These are all specially trained service dogs. We don't use them with disabled. We train them additionally to work with all different age groups and people.

To some people, and we've seen this with children, it brings a sense of calmness in a time of confusion for them during this period. To some it helps them process their grief. They'll start crying, and they'll hug the dog. And to some children they'll come up sad and they'll walk away happy.

TUCHMAN: Do you know that Luther is incapable of being mean? Luther is a friendly dog.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hayden loves dogs.

TUCHMAN: When does training begin to be a comfort dog?

HETZNER: Five and a half weeks. We buy puppies at 5-1/2 weeks and turn them upside down and how their temperament is and from that point on --

TUCHMAN: You turn them upside down. If they are turned upside down and they flail, they can't be a comfort dog?

HETZNER: Right. Our initial screening is if they can be relaxed in that position, then we start the next process, which is a train they're works with them one-on-one for the next eight months to a year.

TUCHMAN: And where else have your dogs been? What other disasters?

HETZNER: Our dogs a month ago when Sandy hit, we were out in New York and New Jersey. We have been in Indiana with the floodings. We had dogs out in Joplin, Missouri.

TUCHMAN: Come here! This is Luther. He is a comfort dog. You can pet him. It says right here, "please pet me." How do you feel when you see a child come up to one of your dogs who has been in this situation and has a big smile on their face?

HETZNER: Tears. They smile, I cry.

TUCHMAN (voice-over): And amid the continuing sadness here, there were a lot of smiles.


RAJPAL: Gary Tuchman reporting there.

I'm Monita Rajpal in Hong Kong. That is News Stream. The news continues here on CNN. World Business Today is next.