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Aired March 18, 2013 - 08:00:00   ET


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

Decision delayed: lawmakers in Cyprus postpone a painful bailout vote. We'll tell you how the small island is having a big impact around the world.

Plus, China's leadership change is complete, but will it bring real change to the country?

And an incredible stunt over Rio. The real-life Superman who flew between skyscrapers with nothing but a jump suit.

Now Cyprus has delayed its vote on a controversial $13 billion bailout by the European Union. And terms of the deal triggered a run at bank ATMs in the EU's smallest state over the weekend. And the plan, it includes an unprecedented tax on people's bank deposits to bailout the country. And for some, it could be as high as almost 10 percent. Perhaps predictably, savers withdrew what they could in a bid to avoid the proposed new tax.

And then within the past half an hour as public outcry grew louder and amid reports that the terms could be softened, parliament delayed its vote to at least Tuesday.

Now we all know that the markets hate uncertainty. And until the Cyprus parliament votes on the plan, that is exactly what we are faced with. Now take a look at how this tiny nation's troubles are hitting the global stock markets. We are seeing red arrows everywhere: in Europe at the moment on the future's markets, in the U.S. and in Asia earlier today as well. And with the bailout targeting bank deposits. There is concern that people outside Cyprus might start to worry that their savings could be threatened as well.

Isa Suarez joins us now live now from London with more. And Isa, we know that the vote on this bailout deal in Cyprus has been delayed due in part to the pushback, right? I mean, pushback from the people of Cyprus and even from Vladimir Putin in Russia. Give us an idea of all the fury out there.

ISA SUAREZ, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Kristie, you said fury, disbelief, anger in fact that, you know, they all have to forfeit some of their cash in order to help the country avoid bankruptcy.

On Saturday, the euro group chairman announced a 10 billion euro bailout, that's $13 billion for Cyprus, but that comes with strings attached. Under the proposal, there will be a one off tax levy for those earning more than 100,000 plus euros will be fined at 9.9 percent of the deposit. Those earning less with less in their accounts will be subjected to a 6.75 percent tax levy.

Now that might not seem like much, but to people who have been saving for their retirement, for their children's educations, university, it is very tough to swallow. This is what some of them had to say.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): I feel like everyone else, annoyed an angry at the situation we are facing. We have no idea what we will face tomorrow. The situation is really difficult.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): I came here to withdraw money, but all withdrawals have been halted. The situation is tragic.


SUAREZ: So there you go, Kristie. This is just some of the feelings that we've been hearing from Cyprus, people obviously very angry, some of them can't take much money out, some of the cash machines have run out of cash and that's obviously a lot of pressure for the president of Cyrpus who has only been in power for three weeks or so. So now he will have to convince lawmakers to get this deal approved. But that's probably why we've seen a delay yet again on this parliamentary vote.

LU STOUT: That's right, the pressure is on the president. The vote has been delayed to at least Tuesday. Terms of the deal are also shifting as we speak Isa. So where does that stand right now?

SUAREZ: Well, because there was so much in terms of what people were saying there's so much unfairness. People calling it a robbery there in Cyprus, that they will have to forfeit some of their cash.

So the feeling is, what we're hearing, they will might spread some of the burden across those who earn more, so people with the target -- the bracket of 100,000 plus to 100,500 plus euros make -- be charged more, the tax levy. This with less than 100,000 probably only get about 3 percent.

Now none of this is confirmed, but that would spread the burden slightly more. And it will target those Russians who have about a third -- have been depositing a third of their accounts in Cyprus, Kristie.

LU STOUT: Yeah, that's right. And I'm glad you mentioned that point, that was the reason why Vladimir Putin has weighed in on the matter and why he's upset as well. Isa Suarez with the very latest on this crisis. Thank you.

And do stay with CNN for much more on this: how we got here, what happens next, what it all means to the global economy. You can find out in World Business Today. That follows News Stream at the top of the hour.

And now, a developing story to tell you, it's coming out of the U.S. state of Florida. And police, they were responding to an emergency call when they say that they found a body and several guns at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. They say that they also found improvised explosive devices in one of the school's parking garages. Now hundreds of students have been evacuated from a campus dormitory there as a precaution.


GRANT HESTON, UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA: And when they arrived, they found a subject dead of an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound. And when they were working the scene they discovered in addition to the handgun they discovered assault weapons and then improvised explosive devices. So out of an abundance of caution for the campus community, The Towers remain closed, the garage adjacent to it is closed and we've canceled classes until at least noon today.


LU STOUT: Again, this happened at the University of Central Florida. A bomb squad has been called to help to investigate the matter.

Now tensions are rising between North Korea and the U.S. And China is now trying to cool things down. At the center of the war of words is this man, the North Korean leader Kim Jong un. And under the 28 year old's watch, Pyongyang has conducted a third nuclear test and declare that it's prepared to launch a preemptive nuclear strike. In response, the U.S. says that it will beef up missile defenses on the West Coast. But China says that will only intensify the antagonism and won't solve anything.

Now for its part, North Korea's foreign ministry said, quote, "the U.S. remains unchanged in its hostile policy. And it has become more pronounced." And it warned that, quote, "that the U.S. is seriously mistaken if it thinks that North Korea had access to nukes as a bargaining chip, to barter them for economic reward."

Now South Korea is watching all of this unfold. And Anna Coren reports that a growing number of its people want Seoul to have its own nuclear arsenal.


ANNA COREN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: While Kim Jong un may have perfected the art of bluffing after weeks of apocalyptic threats, the North Korean regime and its quest to become a nuclear state is being taken very seriously south of the border.

CHONG MONG-JOON, SOUTH KOREAN LAWMAKER: The question is for South Koreans can we live peacefully with nuclear armed North Korea? The answer is no.

COREN: South Korean lawmaker Chong Mong-Joon, the son of the founer of Hyundai, believes his country can no longer sit on its hands watching its belligerent neighbor develop nuclear weapons. He says it's time for South Korea to have its own nuclear arsenal.

MONG-JOON: Well, the nuclear deterrence can be the only answer. We have to have nuclear capability.

COREN: And it would appear South Koreans tend to agree. Recent polls show that two-thirds of citizens surveyed support the idea, especially in the wake of North Korea's third nuclear test carried out last month.

Back in 1991, South Korea voluntarily gave up its nuclear deterrents after signing a denuclearization agreement with Pyongyang, which saw the U.S. remove its nuclear tactical weapons from the country.

The U.S. remains South Korea's ultimate insurance policy by falling under its nuclear umbrella. There are also 28,000 American troops stationed in the country, a sign of commitment to its ally.

But conservatives believe Seoul needs to position itself the same way Israel has against its nuclear enemy Iran.

HAHM CHAIBONG, PRESIDENT, ASAN INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES: In Iran, or in the Middle East situation, we know the existence of Israel is a huge deterrent to any power, any country in the region trying to or wishing to go nuclear, because we know that the Israeli have a proven record of retaliating or preemptively striking.

COREN: While there are concerns that a nuclear armed South Korea could damage its economy and affect relations with its neighbors and its key ally, the United States, Mr. Joon and his supporters believe that may be the price they have to pay to ensure denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

Regardless of whether or not South Korea goes down the nuclear route, the government under new presient Park Geun-hye says if there is any military provocation from Pyongyang, it will retaliate with destructive force.

Anna Coren, CNN, Seoul.


LU STOUT: You're watching News Stream. And up next, in his first address to the nation, Chinese president Xi Jinping calls for a new Chinese dream. But how does he define it? And what are people saying about it on social media?

In India, demands for justice after a Swiss tourist is gang raped and her husband beaten. The men accused in the attack are due in court today.

And ten years after the U.S. led invasion of Iraq, Arwa Damon visits the site that marks one family's memories.


LU STOUT: And you're looking at a video rundown of all the stories in the show. We've told you about the uncertainty in Cyrpus and its ripple effect worldwide. And later, we'll look at Iraq as the war's tenth anniversary approaches.

But now, I want to take you to China where a once in a decade leadership transition is now complete. Now the Chinese president Xi Jinping made his first address as the country's top leader.

Now in Sunday's speech, he introduced a concept for China's more than 1.3 billion citizens.


XI JINPING, PRESIDENT OF CHINA (through translator): To realize the Chinese dream of great renaissance means to build a strong and prosperous country, rejuvenate our nation, and push for the well being of the people.


LU STOUT: The Chinese dream.

Now Xi's speech came on the closing day of the National Party Congress where he was officially elected president last Thursday. And he called for unity among the Chinese people. And he urged the 3,000 delegates who were there to cut back on extravagance and to crack down on corruption.

Now pressing social issues like the widening wealth gap and air pollution also priorities for the new government.

Now Xi replaces Hu Jintao who led China for 10 years.

But what exactly is this Chinese dream that Xi is talking about? Now according to chatter on the China's microblog Sina Weibo there are two definitions, the state's and the people's.

Now one user writes this, "cleaner air, healthier water, safer food, safer baby formula, on time flights, unimpeded roads, lower gas prices, lower taxes, not a lot just a little. I have a dream, just a dream."

Now another a little bit more optimistic about the president's remarks, this user writes, quote, "the Chinese dream, the Chinese strength and the Chinese spirit are all explained and deepened in Xi Jinping's speech. He helped to establish a proud national identity."

But Yu Jian Rong (ph), he's a prominent academic with over 1 million Weibo followers, he thinks differently. And he wrote, "that the American dream represents the dreams of each American. It's based on the protection of individual rights. The China dream represents the dream of the nation, which is based on reinforcement of the state's power."

Now Mr. Xi was not the only one who spoke after the NPC closed. Now the new premier of China Li Keqiang also addressed the media. And our Beijing bureau chief Jaime Florcruz brings us a behind the scenes look.


JAIME FLORCRUZ, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The session typically reaches a climax with a press conference by the Chinese premier. And this year, it's Li Keqiang, the virtual CEO of China's bureaucracy and economy. And hundreds of journalists are here trying to get a chance to ask him a few questions.

Questions are typically screened beforehand. Some journalists know ahead of time that they will be chosen to ask a question.

Premier Li's press conference is over. I tried many times to get called so I can ask him some questions, but I failed. Well, maybe next year.

Jaime Florcruz, CNN, Beijing.


LU STOUT: So just how much is China likely to change under its new leaders? Well, David McKenzie is our correspondent in Beijing. He joins us now live. And David, Xi Jinping, when he speaks of the China dream and a renaissance for the country, what does he really mean? And does he have what it takes to bring actual change, meaningful change to China?

DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Kristie, we're going to have to wait and see if he's going to bring change. Obviously he's got ten years to do it. Certainly in that speech at the closing of the NPC a lot of lofty rhetoric, but he did manage to really hit home to many Chinese, because he has a very plainspoken style and he talks very directly compared to his predecessor Hu Jintao. So certainly he did tap into some of the aspirations of the Chinese people.

I don't think he really spoke about individual Chinese with that Chinese dream rhetoric, it was more like the collective Chinese pushing forward. And he means to say, I think, on several levels, Kristie. On the economic level, most people just want to get money in their back pocket and have their families safe from food scares and from the devastating pollution that has really racked China in recent months, and particularly in recent weeks.

So, Kristie, I think he's trying to tap into that nationalism, that patriotism, but very few concrete plans of action. So almost like a campaign speech where they can put it into action. He's got several years to do it. And that will be really the rest of his leadership -- Kristie.

LU STOUT: Let's talk about foreign policy, because China's foreign policy team that started to take shape over the weekend. What does it look like and what should we expect from China?

MCKENZIE: Well, we've heard from Xi Jinping and incoming premier that China wants to take a more assertive role on the national stage, not just in the last week, but certainly since we knew these two leaders were going to come into power.

There's a sense that they want to sort of push the pride of China also into foreign policy, whether it be through the military, whether it be through foreign disputes, China in the past really took a back seat, took an approach that they just let things happen and only got involved at the very last minute.

What we've seen with the China Sea disputes with Japan and in other international issues, this is a much more assertive China. From China's point of view and some of the other people watching this might say more aggressive.

Their leadership team they put in place for foreign policy is experienced. But certainly with Xi Jinping cozying up to the military in the last few months you might see a more nationalistic China, you might see a more assertive China on the world stage -- Kristie.

LU STOUT: All right. David McKenzie joining us live from Beijing, thank you.

Now as David mentioned at the top there, food safety a big concern for the Chinese people. And authorities in one of China's biggest city's Shanghai are reassuring residents that their tap water is safey despite more than 13,000 dead pigs found floating in a main river there.

Now the Huangpu River, it runs straight through the center of Shanghai. It supplies nearly a quarter of the city's drinking water. And for more than a week now, government workers there, they've been pulling pig carcasses from the river. And some of the pigs have tested positive for porcine circovirus. Now this is a common disease in swine that does not affect humans.

And China's state run news agency Xinhua quotes a government official as saying none of the dead pigs has been used for food. And also says that a farm in neighboring Zhejiang Province admitted to dumping the diseased pigs into the river.

Now on Tuesday, CNN will have a special look at pollution in China. So tune in from 6:00 to 8:00 am right here in Hong Kong.

Now up next right here on News Stream, back from injury and back to his best. In just a moment, we wrap up Rafael Nadal's title clash with Juan Martin Del Potro at Indian Wells. Stick around for that.


LU STOUT: It's a sparkling night here in Hong Kong. Coming to you live from the city, you're back watching News Stream.

Now Rafael Nadal is taking a break from tournament tennis, but not before proving he is still a force to be reckoned with. Let's join Alex Thomas in London for more -- Alex.


"He's as good as he always was." That was Juan Martin Del Potro's verdict on Rafa Nadal after he failed to prevent the Spaniard from claiming his third tennis title in four tournaments since returning from injury.

When Nadal made that comeback last month, some doubted if he'd ever get back to his best. But the 11-time Grand Slam champion was unbeatable in California over the last week at the BNP Paribas event. In Sunday's final, Nadal lost the opening set, but won the next two to claim a record 22nd ATP Masters title. He'll now take a month off before the clay court season begins.

Star player LeBron James says the Miami Heat is a special team after they continued to rewrite basektball's record books with a 22nd successive victory. The reigning NBA MVP is having arguably the best season of his career. 22 points and 12 rebounds against Toronto on Sunday night was LeBron's 32nd double-double of this campaign. He's not done that before.

Dwayne Wade added 24 points as the Heat pulled away in the final quarter, that was after the Raptors had clawed back a 16 point deficit and threatened a comeback at one stage.

Ray Allen was the Heat's other notable performer with 20 points off the bench. And after a 108-91 win, Miami can go second on the list of all- time winning streaks while beating Boston later on Monday.


LEBRON JAMES, MIAMI HEAT SMALL FORWARD: It's a special team, special ride right now that we're on. And, you know, I think the best thing about it is we're doing it together, we're doing it for one another. And I just want to try to keep it going, you know, and it's not about the streak, it's about it is about us getting better each and every day preparing to win each and every night. And we've been able to be fortunate to do that.

ERIK SPOELSTRA, MIAMI HEAT HEAD COACH: We respect that it's a special accomplishment. We're aware of it. But as we prepare it's one game after another. And we've sight of the process a little bit two months ago. And we focused on just trying to improve. And from there, working each game and competing and trying to take our game to another level.


THOMAS: They've certainly done that.

Some of the Red Bull Formula 1 team say they expect their fortunes to improve at the Malaysian Grand Prix after missing out on a winning start to the defense of their world titles. Lotus driver Jimmy Raikkonen claimed victory in the opening race of the season in Melbourne, Australia, taking the checkered flag ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel.

Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion called his 20th Grand Prix win one of the easiest of his career. Red Bulls say the higher temperatures in Malaysia will suit them better.

And we'll discuss more on that with F1 commentators Jonathan Legard who is live in the studio for World Sport. That show in four-and-a-half hours time.

For now, Kristie, back to you in Hong Kong.

LU STOUT: All right, Alex, thank you.

Now it is a case that has captured attention across the U.S. Two teenagers in Ohio accused of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl during a booze filled night of partying. This is back in August. They learned their fate on Sunday. And the high school football players, they never took the stand, but maintained their innocence throughout. But the judge found them guilty on all counts.

Now Poppy Harlow was in court for the entire trial. And she has this story.


POPPY HARLOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The mother of the 16-year-old victim spoke out for the first time since Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond raped her daughter, saying this after court ended.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It did not matter what school you went to, what city you lived in or what sports you've played. Human compassion is not taught by a teacher, a coach or a parent. It is a god-given gift instilled in all of us. You displayed not only a lack of this compassion, but a lack of any moral code. Your decisions that night affected countless lives, including those most dear to you. You were your own accuser through the social media that you chose to publish your criminal conduct on. This does not define who my daughter is. She will persevere, grow, and move on.

I have pity for you both. I hope you fear the lord, repent for your actions. And pray hard for his forgiveness.

HARLOW: The convicted rapists, both teenage boys, showing remorse after being found guilty.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I would like to apologize to (NAME DELETED FROM AUDIO) her family, my family and the community.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I would like to apologize to you people. I had no intention to do it. And I'm sorry to put you guys through this. I'd just like -- (inaudible). I'm sorry. I (inaudible) life.

HARLOW: The 16-year-old girl was raped during a series of late night parties in August when she was drunk.

JUDGE THOMAS LIPPS, STEUBENVILLE, OHIO: The court is able to view the demeanor of the witnesses, judge their credibility, and weigh the evidence presented to the court. The court has done so in this case. And it is the court's decision that both of the defendants are hereby adjudicated delinquent beyond a reasonable doubt on all three counts as charged.

HARLOW: Ma'lik Richmond, sentenced to a minimum of one year in a juvenile correction facility for rape. Trent Mays to a minimum of two years, guilty of rape and of taking and distributing an illegal nude photograph of the victim. Both Mays and Richmond will also have to register as juvenile sex offenders.

Prosecutors said the girl was so intoxicated she wasn't capable of consenting to anything.

MARIANNA HEMMETER, PROSECUTOR, OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: This case is about a 16 year old girl who was taken advantage of, toyed with and humiliated. And it's time that the people who did that to her are held responsible.

HARLOW: Eyewitness testimony from three teenage boys, all friends of Mays and Richmond, and all granted immunity from criminal prosecution, was damaging. One witness saying he videotaped Mays performing a sexual act on the girl during a car ride between parties.

Two others testified they saw Richmond do the same later that night while she was lying naked on the floor.

In the state of Ohio, this act performed without consent constitutes rape.

MIKE DEWINE, OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL: There seems to be an unbelievable casualness about rape and about sex. It's a cavalier attitude, a belief that somehow there isn't anything wrong with any of this.

HARLOW: Text messages, tweets, and photos were at the center of the trial. Fellow teens vulgarly joked about the rape.

"Song of the night is definitely Rape Me by Nirvana."

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What if that was your daughter?



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If that was my daughter, I wouldn't care. I would just let her be dead.

HARLOW: Witnesses read text messages, including this one about the victim from Trent Mays to a friend.

"Yeah, dude, she was like a dead body. I just needed some sexual attention."

There was no jury, this was a bench trial with visiting judge Thomas Lipps rendering the verdict because this was a juvenile case.

Poppy Harlow, CNN, Steubenville, Ohio.


LU STOUT: Emotional scenes in the courtroom there after the verdict for a sickening crime.

You're watching News Stream and still to come on the program, a Danish war ship joins the hunt for pirates off the coast of east Africa. We will show you the working of its sophisticated technology.

And as the world marks 10 years since the invasion of Iraq, one family reminds us that the passage of time just cannot heal the wounds.


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

Now Cyprus has delayed its vote on a controversial $13 billion bailout by the European Union. A plan includes an unprecedented tax on bank deposits. And that triggered a run on the country's bank ATMs over the weekend. But lawmakers have now postponed a parliamentary vote on the plan until at least Tuesday.

Now troubles in the EU's smallest member state have sent the global stock markets into a tailspin. We had significant losses in Asia earlier today. Europe is trading down at the moment. And the U.S. futures are pointing to a lower open on Wall Street.

At least eight people have been killed in a bombing in the capital of Somalia. A car bomb exploded in the heart of Mogadishu earlier today and the details are still sketchy at the moment, but police say that the blast appear to target government officials.

Now two prisoners who made a spectacular escape from a Canadian prison are back behind bars. On Sunday, two men commandeered a tourist helicopter and forced the pilot to fly to a detention center northwest of Montreal. Now they then lowered cables, or ropes to hoist the two prisoners on board. The authorities say they captured both the prisoners and arrested two other people.

Now 10 years ago the governments of the U.S. and the United Kingdom made the case that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was harboring weapons of mass destruction. And the U.S. led an invasion. Saddam Hussein was captured and later executed for crimes against humanity. But the weapons were never found. Now U.S. ground and air forces remained in the country for the better part of a decade as part of Washington's war on terror.

Now the war claimed tens of thousands of lives. And for every life lost, countless others have been changed forever. Now CNN's Arwa Damon has returned to Iraq to speak with survivors. And she joins me now live from Baghdad -- Arwa.

ARWA DAMON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: And Kristie, this most certainly is a country that is filled with devastating moments, that is filled with people who have really been through the unimaginable. And they've really impacted all of us journalists who have been covering this war throughout. So we wanted to share the story of one man who had a particularly profound impact on me.


DAMON: We're heading along the Euphrates River Valley in al Anbar Province, land that once made a part of al Qaeda's kingdom in Iraq. Driving towards Husayba, a town close to the Syrian border. The market is vibrant, alive, so different from the last time I was here.

It was November 2005. I was embedded with U.S. marines on Operation: Steel Curtain. It was similar to countless other embeds.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's been fingered as a bad guy.

DAMON: Troops going house to house, civilians filing out petrified. A man named Mohamed Rejeb was among them. And he told me.

MOHAMMED REJEB, HUSAYBA RESIDENT (through translator): We want them to save us from the terrorists. We want stability.

DAMON: A simple wish perhaps, but al Qaeda killed anyone who spoke out against them.

No civilian I had ever met had dared do so, so openly. I was in awe of Mohamed's (ph) courage.

The battle for Husayba was intense. Fighters lurked in alleyways, hid behind doors. The ground shook in the U.S. bombardment. But it wasn't only al Qaeda they hit. In one strike, one entire family was killed.

People had buried the dead in a garden. A curfew prevented them from going to the graveyard. When we arrived, they were digging up and moving the bodies. All but one were women and children.

And there was Mohamed Rejeb, still searching for victims, the dead were his relatives.

As the body of 11 year old Abdullah (ph) was recovered Mohammed said.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): Look at him. Look at him. You would swear that he was sleeping.

DAMON: Seven years later, I want to find Mohammed again.

(on camera): So we gave one of our stringers who kind of works in this area a photograph, a screen grab from the footage that we had of Mohammed and we told him this story. And then he began trying to track him down. And it turns out he's pretty well known. But we think his shop is right around the corner here.

(voice-over): I want to give him a hug, but that's not appropriate here. I tell him he hasn't changed and that I had thought often of his family.

REJEB (through translator): Look, that's my son, remember the one who had the little baby? He was shot in the stomach by the Americans when he was in his car.

DAMON: His tone matter of fact. He is so welcoming, it's humbling.

We walked towards his house.

(on camera): So he remembers exactly how the military unit that I was with actually approached his house on his street. And we'd come up from this narrow alleyway. And this part I do remember, but in that house right there, there was a foreign fighter who had just been killed by the U.S. forces.

(voice-over): It's a bleak tour. He points out another house that al Qaeda had taken over.

(on camera): And al Qaeda at the time actually threatened him, because he was complaining some about the fact that they were endangering people in the neighborhood by, you know, their presence there and also because they were bomb -- making all of these bombs and whatnot.

(voice-over): And then he proudly introduces us to his family.

(on camera): This young man now, Mohammed, was the baby that he was carying in his arms when he first walked out of the house when we first met him.

(voice-over): And then I ask, why did he speak out and beg the Americans to save them?

REJEB (through translator): We had nothing left to lose. We wanted security. We wanted to get rid of this chaos.

DAMON: Then came the airstrike.

REJEB (through translator): I never imagined we would pay this price. We never imagined the Americans wouldn't differentiate between friend and foe. It was all the same to them.

DAMON: He's unable to articulate his emotion that day. The rubble of the house that was pulverized is long clear, another home built on the lot. Grass covers the place where those bodies were temporarily buried. Rose of tombstones just a short distance away.

(on camera): Some of these graves still have what was used as the original tombstone lying next to them with the name just crudely carved into the rock. And it was all that they could do at the time so that they would remember who was buried where.

(voice-over): Today, Mohammed's views about the U.S. invasion are very different.

REJEB (through translator): I wish that the Americans had never come. They ruined our country. They planted divisions. And brought in things that were not here.

DAMON: 10 years on, Iraqis are still paying the price for an invasion they had no say in.


DAMON: And Kristie what perhaps is what makes what happened here so heartbreaking is the fact that so many Iraqis had such hopes when the regime first fell. And now ten years on, they're still struggling to survive in a country that is neither entirely stable or secure.

LU STOUT: And are the people of Iraq -- they have suffered so much in the last 10 years and all that embodied in the life of a man who you were unbelievably able to find again, Mohammed Rejeb. An incredible report, powerful story. Arwa Damon joining us live, thank you.

Now one of the architects of the war was Paul Wolfowitz, the former U.S. deputy defense secretary. In an exclusive interview, he recently sat down with CNN's Fareed Zakaria on GPS.


FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Bottom line. Given what you know today, would you have done it, again?

PAUL WOLFOWITZ, FRM. U.S. DEPUTY DEFENSE SECRETARY: My -- I certainly would have done it differently. And particularly with respect to counterinsurgency strategy, let's be clear about that. There might have been other ways of pursuing this problem, but it was not going to go away. The notion that either we did it then or we did nothing, something was going to happen. And everything we know, including from the Duelfer Report and the interviews with Saddam make it clear he hadn't given up on the pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, he may have removed his stockpile so that he could survive an inspection. But his goal was to get rid of the inspectors, get rid of the sanctions and as he said clearly in the Duelfer Report says clearly then starts these programs all over again. So, I think the most likely alternative to going to war in 2003 would have been go to the war in 2005 or 2007.


LU STOUT: Wow. Paul Wolfowitz rationalizing the war 10 years on. And during that same interview, he acknowledged the cost of the war, particularly the loss of life was high and something that he felt acutely.

Now don't miss the CNN special presentation "Iraq 10 Years On." Arwa Damon shares her reflections from the early days of the war until now. That's Tuesday 17:30 in Hong Kong, 18:30 in Tokyo right here on CNN.

And we have this just into CNN, an aide to British Parliament or member of parliament Siobhain McDonagh says that the lawmaker will receive, quote, "substantial damages from Rupert Murdoch's newspaper The Sun," that's for accessing personal information from her mobile phone. This agreement was reached in London's high court just a short time ago. The phone had been stolen but The Sun is not accused of stealing the mobile.

Now in Central India six men are under arrest in the gang rape and robbery of a Swiss woman. It happened in Datia District about 325 kilometers south of New Delhi. And the suspects are due in court today. The woman and her husband, they were camping near a forest when police say the suspects attacked them.

Now the Swiss ambassador to India is urging a swift investigation and, quote, justice. And the woman and her husband are recovering at the Swiss embassy in New Delhi.

Sumnima Udas reports that the case is focusing fresh attention on sexual assaults in India following the fatal gang rape of a young Indian woman in December.


SUMNIMA UDAS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The six men arrested for the rape and robbery of a Swiss woman in a remote part of central India over the weekend have confessed to their crimes. Local police say they have recovered items that the six suspects had stolen from the Swiss couple, including a laptop, mobile phone and some money.

The confessions in police custody don't actually mean anything, they're not admissible in the court of law here, so the police have also sent blood samples of the six suspects for DNA testing. Those results of the DNA testing will be submitted to the court once they're ready

Police say the six suspects belong to a local tribe. They're actually known criminals. They have a history of alcohol trafficking and drug trafficking and they live very close to where the Swiss couple was camping out that night.

Now the Swiss couple has been in India since early February. They're actually on the cycling tour, cycling from the city of Mumbai all the way north to Agra where the Taj Mahal is.

Now this rape case has once again put the spotlight on the way women are treated in India. Yes, this incident took place in a very remote part of the country. The crime was committed by criminals who are well known. And yes something like this could have happened anywhere in the world. But still observers here say the fact that this is happening so soon after the Delhi gang rape case does not put India in a good light.

Sumnima Udas, CNN, New Delhi.


LU STOUT: Now you're watching News Stream. And coming up next, we have rare access to one of the world's most technologically advanced warships. We are taking you on board as it patrols the waters off east Africa on the hunt for pirates.


LU STOUT: Welcome back.

Now a high tech Danish warship is sailing off east Africa to combat an age old problem. Nima Elbagir learned first hand how crew members run practice drills to deal with Pirates.


NIMA ELBAGIR, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: We are on the Danish ship the (inaudible). It's lean. It's fast. And it's meant to be one of the most high tech warships in the world.

The Eva (ph) is part of NATO's counter piracy operation out here on the Indian Ocean. And everything about this ship is designed to daunt and awe.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The overall idea is overwhelming show of force. And then you -- if your warnings are not taken serious, then with your weapon systems and a gradual use of force, you add further pressure. But keeping the pirates at bay, keeping them ashore is the first key issue.

ELBAGIR: And that's what ships like yours do, because they patrol so close to the shore.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. We can sit on the pirate camps and prevent them from coming out. And if they go out, we disrupt them.

ELGABIR: Of course it would be naive to presume that the pirates are not also learning and evolving just as you have.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They have been building up tactical procedures and we have seen that they are fantastic sailors. Now that we can come very close to shore, I've seen with my own eyes how they can negate -- negotiate the big waves along the coast. So the thesis that they can only operate in the transition period and in smooth waters, that doesn't hold.

They're fantastic sailors. They are well organized. And they can easily put up an attack group with the necessary money to do so and to get the men.

ELBAGIR: When they're involved in an approach on a pirate ship. Two of them will come up at the same time with the special forces, the frogmen contingent.

This thing goes incredibly fast.

They want to show us how easy to maneuver the ship is, how light it turns and how quickly it gets to its top speed. It's not a very comfortable ride.

And that's not all, this is the ship's operation room, effectively its nerve center and pride of place here is given to the screen relaying information back from its high tech infrared camera. That camera has the capability of at least 12 kilometers so often it can even let them know what's going on on shore.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We can see right into a small crowd. We can see faces of some people. We can see what do they have in the crowd. This is that -- is that fishing gear? Is it (inaudible). Is there a lot of weapons on board and stuff like that. So...

ELBAGIR: And you've actually used this to be able to determine who is the captain, who is the person that needs to be your primary target.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah. We can see who is taking charge. Especially when we're doing an approach, if we do have a pirate ship and we're doing an approach, trying to, you know, free the hostages or at least take back the ship, then we can see who is actually in charge, because you just follow the different people around the ship and you could determine who is in charge of pirates.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As long as we're here, we are putting strong pressure. And it would be naive to think that if we leave that all will stay peaceful. That's not the case. The funding is there. And they would be able to launch pirate attack groups very shortly.

ELBAGIR: Thanks to ships like the Eva (ph), these waters are now a very different place. But the message we've been hearing from everyone on board again and again is now is not the time for complacency.

Nima Elbagir, CNN, on the Eva Vikselt (ph).


LU STOUT: Well, from chasing pirates off the coast of Africa to gazing at the skies over Europe. Let's bring in meteorologist Samantha Moore. She joins us from the world weather center -- Samantha.


Boy we are getting ready to wrap up the season of winter and it just keeps hanging on bringing a very unsettled pattern in the last couple of weeks. In fact, look at this foggy stretch during the past 12 days in London, Paris, Dublin, we have had 11 of those 12 days we've had rain. And in Rome, 10 of the last 12 days we've had that very wet persistent pattern as we've had the new pope taking charge at The Vatican and it has been unsettled and in Berlin and Hamburg eight days of precip within the last 12 days.

So this wet, unsettled pattern continuing here. You see that area of low pressure here over western Europe bringing in all that soggy air across much of the south here. In fact, we are staying very unsettled today in Rome with some thunderstorms and some gusty winds. In fact, we'll take a little closer look here at the radar.

It does cut off here. So there's actually rain over northeastern Italy.

But the heaviest rain will continue here across northern Italy as we head into the next few hours. And then we should start to see improvement during the evening hours once the drier air moves in. You can see the backside here.

So a little drier air will be moving in during the evening and overnight hours here.

But it is a wet pattern. And you can see it'll stay wet as we head into Wednesday with more wet weather in the forecast here.

So unsettled as we wrap up the season of winter and head into spring, which of course begins early on Wednesday.

So this is what we are seeing with this pattern. There's your area of low pressure. There's that fetch of moisture off the water. And then in between the cold air, which is coming from the northeast, we have that wintry mix here making for some very rough travel across this region and some impressive snowfall amounts in the north for this late in the season. In fact, this is the way it's going to be accumulating in the next 48 hours.

You can see how heavy this snow is going to be here across much of Berlin. I mean, we're expecting to see some 19 centimeters of snow accumulate here. So definitely some impressive amounts. And you know that it's going to be affecting travel. In fact, we are expecting -- these are the anticipated travel delays as we head through the rest of the today, some hour to an hour-and-a-half in Berlin and in Munich due to the snow and due to the wind.

Lesser delays here in Glasgow, but we could see delays up to an hour there and then lesser delays in Dublin running some 15 to 30 minutes. Also, Copenhagen and Barcelona and Marseilles also seeing some fairly significant delays yet as we head through the rest of this afternoon and evening. So we'll be dealing with that and then many areas dealing with this cold weather. The ice, this picture coming to us from Klina, Serbia where we're seeing that cold weather continue to settle in here despite the fact that we're getting ready to wrap up winter in the northern hemisphere.

Back to you, Kristie.

LU STOUT: All right. Weather woes. Winter weather still continuing in many parts of the world. Samantha Moore there, thank you.

MOORE: You bet.

LU STOUT: Still to come right here on News Stream, from floating above the clouds on a quiet morning to shooting through a tiny, tiny gap between two skyscrapers. We've got the details and more. Incredible footage.


LU STOUT: Welcome back.

And now to that death defying stunt in Rio de Janeiro. Now two Norwegian thrill seekers filmed their latest feat above Brazil's second city. And you can see them here. They're flying over the city. Beautiful video. And then, wearing wing suits, they break free and they rocket toward Rio. The destination: a tiny gap between two skyscrapers.

I'll have one of the daredevils take the story from there.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) JOKKE SOMMER, DAREDEVIL: The gap between the buildings is about seven or eight meters wide, something like that. It's about like -- it's a regular exit of the building, that's the width of it.

And reason -- the way we discovered it -- or planned it out was will be Google Earth where we measured the distance from one certain point to the building and then we measured how much altitude we need to have above this certain point to get the correct glide angle towards the building.

So as soon as I saw that I was over the mark I had set myself in Google Earth, I jumped out and I knew that I had a lot of reserve to make it to the building.

So then I just -- I just by my angle of attack and I fly towards it and if I feel any turbulence or anything like this I would have skipped flying through the building. But since there was no wind and it was really clear we just went for it.


LU STOUT: He's so nonchalant about it. But he touched on it there, the slightest turbulence or just a fraction off in his calculations and it could have been a very different ending.

Now Rio is Brazil's second largest city. It's home to around 6 million people. And the landing zone, it is right in the middle. And these are the very towers they flew between. And seeing just how built up that area is, and the small gap between those towers, it underlines just how risky that stunt was.

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