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Nelson Mandela's Health Improving; Pope Francis Speaks on Child Abuse; Internet Lampoons Kin Jong-un; Waterfall Freezes in China; Bieber Wants His Monkey Back
Aired April 5, 2013 - 12:30 ET
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SUZANNE MALVEAUX, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back to AROUND THE WORLD. Here are some of the stories right now we are following.
In Japan another power outage at the Fukushima nuclear plant, this one lasting several hours today, but the power is back on again.
MICHAEL HOLMES, CNN ANCHOR: Yeah, this is the same plant, of course, that was hit by the tsunami two years ago causing the worst nuclear meltdown since Chernobyl.
No final word if there was any radioactive leak from today's power outage.
MALVEAUX: In India rescue crews are searching for survivors who might be trapped in the rubble of a building that collapsed. At least 46 people are dead, 70 others injured.
Now, rescuers have pulled some people alive from the rubble including five children.
HOLMES: Yeah. A local official says people were actually living in the building even though it was still under construction.
Police say the shoddy construction itself may have caused the collapse. It was being built illegally as is common in that part of the world, sadly.
MALVEAUX: In South Africa, Nelson Mandela's wife said God is listening to all the prayers on his behalf. She says Mandela's condition continues to improve.
He's been in the hospital since last week because of a lung infection. And his wife says he's still there just to be on the safe side.
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GRACA MACHEL, NELSON MANDELA'S WIFE: He is getting better and better. He is in hospital because the doctors want to make sure that he's strong enough to go home and nothing's going to recur.
Thank you very, very, very much for lifting him up. God is listening.
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MALVEAUX: That's so nice.
HOLMES: That is, isn't it?
MALVEAUX: God is listening. I love that.
We don't have any word on whether or not he might be released from the hospital soon, but she certainly sounds very optimistic.
HOLMES: All the reports get more and more positive. So I think they're keeping an eye on him, making sure he's got rid of all the infection before they send him home. So, yeah, good luck. It's lovely to hear from her.
Pope Francis, meanwhile, calling for decisive action, strong words from a pope, against child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.
The Vatican says the pope wants to move forward on cases of guilty priests.
MALVEAUX: Pope Francis is also urging church leaders to protect children, help those who have already been abused.
For more on what this might mean for the church, want to take you to Reverend Alberto Cutie who joins us from Miami.
And, first of all, tell us what is the significance of the pope's call?
FATHER ALBERTO CUTIE, FORMER CATHOLIC PRIEST: Well, I think that this is a great thing not just for the church, for society, to hear a leader of such incredible weight saying we have to do something more decisive to stop these sexual abuse of minors. This is something that all of us need to hear.
At the same time, there are some concerns that when Pope Francis was cardinal and bishop in Buenos Aires that he didn't meet with the victims of child abuse that easily.
And, so, as a pope, he's now speaking out universally, but people also need to see what happens at the local level.
Are bishops really responding to victims of child abuse? And are they trying to really bridge that gap between the institutional church and the people that are getting hurt and coming forward and saying we have been hurt by officials in the church?
HOLMES: And, in fact, you're hearing that. At least one victim's group came out today and again saying we want to hear -- we want to see action and not just hear more words. And that's been an ongoing criticism of the Catholic Church.
What are your thoughts?
CUTIE: Well, I think that, first of all, we need to look at what the church has done. The church decided on a zero tolerance policy here in the U.S. That's been spreading throughout the world.
I think that Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict and now Pope Francis have this incredible challenge to tell the world that the church is serious about the sexual child abuse of minors.
But at the same time I've got to tell you, we've got to face this issue in society. And we've got to look at it not just as a church issue. We need to look at it as something that's affecting all of our churches, our synagogues, our religious institutions, our schools, our parks.
Wherever young children are, wherever there are minors, there are vulnerable people. There are people that need our help and protection.
And so I think that the church's call is something that is positive, but people want to see more than just a call. People want to see some new action.
And that's what I think is going to be the biggest challenge for Pope Francis now. What new action will actually take place?
MALVEAUX: And, Reverend, do we know what his position is when it comes to -- I mean, there's been a lot of legal action, a lot of law cases and those kinds of things -- whether or not he believes in prosecuting, and not only kicking these priests out of the church, but also prosecuting them under the law?
CUTIE: Well, the church has said publicly that it wants that, but really that's not what's been happening.
If we think about it, every time that the church settles a case where there's money involved, there's a certain protection of the priest and of the institution.
The reason a lot of these cases never go to court is because the church wants to stay out of court, not just for financial reasons, also for the reasons of secrecy. Things don't come out in the open when you settle out of court.
And so a lot of the things that are happening in the church right now, a lot of the questioning is, well, why don't they release all the records. That's what many of the organizations say.
Why don't they just tell everyone, hey, this is what's been happening with us? That's a big challenge.
HOLMES: Yeah. Yeah, you're exactly right. That's what a lot of people want to see.
Alberto Cutie, Reverend, thanks so much. Appreciate your being with us.
MALVEAUX: Kim Jong-un shown with pig ears and a Mickey Mouse tattoo, we're going to tell you about an attack that's on him, launched from the cyber world. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
HOLMES: Welcome back everyone. You're watching AROUND THE WORLD here on CNN.
Now, if the North Koreans are trying to get the world to take notice of them, well, they've succeeded.
There's been the verbal threat, there's been the aggressive military moves and a level of hostility that even veteran diplomats say they've never seen before. We heard Christopher Hill saying that.
MALVEAUX: And the North Koreans don't seem to be able to secure all of their official computer systems, however. There's a hacker group that broke into North Korea's website.
This happened just a couple days ago. Actually got some cheap laughs here. But there are not a lot of people who think it's funny.
Kyung Lah, she's in Seoul with the report.
KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It sounds like North Korean state TV, but what it says? "You're no better than a dog, Kim Jong-un."
That's what greeted viewers of the North Korean government website, uriminzokkiri, along with pictures of Kim Jong-un in drag.
Somber songs showing Kim Jong-un drinking wine while North Korean children starve. On uriminzokkiri's Twitter account, links to this image, a wanted poster showing Kim Jong-un dressed as an obese pig with exposed chest hair and a Mickey Mouse tattoo on his gut, calling him a threat to world peace.
The North Korean Twitter account blared the word, "Hacked," and it showed an image of a mask that's a favorite symbol of the hacking group, Anonymous.
It sounds totally like the North Korean announcer.
You can't help but laugh, says information security expert Seungjoo Kim. But this is just the latest shot in an ongoing and very serious cyber war between the two Koreas that goes far beyond the humiliation of a leader.
Which is the bigger threat, a conventional war, a nuclear war or this cyber war?
The purpose of a cyber war is to disable the enemy's ability to fight, says Professor Kim. As the cyber war continues, there's a high possibility it could lead to a conventional war.
In a country that claims to be the most wired in the world, South Korea has been under increasing attack. Just last month a major cyber assault knocked South Korean television networks offline and froze business at banks.
That's why Seoul is building the cyber army. These are the soldiers, learning to break code and understand what they call North Korean cyber terrorism.
We can't show you their faces because many of them will eventually work with the South Korean military on the cyber frontlines where they'll face off with cyber soldiers from the north.
As amusing as this is, there is growing concern among security experts in Seoul that because this was so successful and so funny that North Korea may become enraged and launch a massive counter-cyber attack against South Korea.
Kyung Lah, CNN, Seoul.
HOLMES: And, yeah, it's an amazing story.
Tonight at 6:00 Eastern, Wolf Blitzer is going to be devoting a whole hour to the crisis in North Korea, deep diving, which is a good thing to be doing on this issue.
MALVEAUX: Everybody paying attention to it.
It's a special edition of "The Situation Room." That is 6:00 p.m. Eastern today.
Want to check out this video as well. This is pretty cool. It's a waterfall that's actually frozen in midair. We're going to explain -- back there ...
HOLMES: Yeah, back there.
MALVEAUX: ... how that happened.
MALVEAUX: All right, more news making around the world here.
In Hollywood, some serious star power is behind this actually. This is a new film behind the life of Mikhail Gorbachev.
HOLMES: Yes. Now these are guys who get things done. We're talking about Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. HBO confirming rumors that a movie about the former Soviet leader is in the works.
MALVEAUX: They've got a script. They've got a director. No word on who's going to play Gorbachev on the screen, but he himself reportedly on board as a consultant. That's pretty cool. I'd see the movie.
HOLMES: Yes. Yes, I'd go watch that.
China now and a mother nature miracle. It's a marvel. Have a look at this. It is a beautiful frozen waterfall. And it's getting a lot of attention.
MALVEAUX: It's actually a nature reserve. It's near the city of Chifeng. It's about 16 feet wide, almost 40 feet high. And here's the thing, though, it's springtime there. So I don't even know, like how does something like this happen.
CHAD MYERS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Well --
HOLMES: Funny, funny you're here.
MYERS: Yes, funny I'm here. This took a long time.
HOLMES: Yes, we were wondering.
MALVEAUX: What is this?
MYERS: Have you guys ever been to like Penn's Cave or any of these limestone caves?
HOLMES: Oh, yes.
MYERS: See the stalactites and the stalagmites and the columns. That's exactly how this happened. Over the course of the winter, there was just enough of a trickle out of this creek -- that's all it was, not even a river, to come down. And as every little drop, like Chinese water torture, as every little drop came down, it froze and it got longer and longer and longer. And now it looks like there's a glacier there. Temperatures have been in the 40s and 50s in the past couple of days, so it is beginning to melt. But as it melts, it's shiny. It is a cool picture. We've got these pictures in from China a couple of different places. A couple of different people have taken even some i- Reports of this as well. Just -- I've, you know, I've seen stuff like this where like drips come out of a spring, you know, in Pennsylvania.
MALVEAUX: It's huge, this thing.
MYERS: But this thing is a monster.
HOLMES: Yes, you think stuff like Niagara Falls all of a sudden froze, but it's not that.
HOLMES: It was a trickle that just built up and built up and built up.
MYERS: Had the water gone fast, had it been a fast stream, the water would have just tumbled on down and kept going, but it just wouldn't --
MALVEAUX: Is there any way that could have -- MYERS: Go ahead.
MALVEAUX: Any way that could melt completely, that thing melts, or it's always going to be there?
HOLMES: Or falls off?
MYERS: It's going to fall off eventually. It's just going to run down. That thing's big enough to like sink the Titanic.
MYERS: I mean this really is an iceberg out there, but just great pictures and we love to show them to you on a Friday.
MALVEAUX: Wow. Nice.
HOLMES: Well, good, because I didn't know how that formed. So now I know, slowly.
MYERS: There you go.
HOLMES: It's very cool.
HOLMES: Yes. But at the end of the day, as we said at the beginning, it's springtime. What's that doing there?
HOLMES: I wonder if anybody would try to climb that thing, huh?
MYERS: Oh, that would be fun.
MALVEAUX: Yes, you know, step by step.
HOLMES: No. No.
MALVEAUX: While it's melting, no, not a good idea.
MYERS: Melting. Melting.
HOLMES: All right, good to see you, Chad.
MYERS: Good to see you.
MALVEAUX: Thank you.
MYERS: Have a good weekend.
MALVEAUX: All right. We're talking Justin Bieber now.
HOLMES: Really? Really? MALVEAUX: Yes, we really are.
MALVEAUX: So, you know, he's been in some trouble lately, but now he's got a pet monkey that's caught in a bit of a legal mess. This is out of Germany.
HOLMES: Yes, we've got exclusive access as well. We'll check that out for you, next.
HOLMES: Here's more of what's happening around the world.
Check this one out from Oslo, Norway.
MALVEAUX: Yes, this is more Bieber news. More Justin Bieber.
HOLMES: It is Bieber related, yes.
MALVEAUX: All right, schools are actually changing their schedules because of Justin Bieber. Five schools moving up their exams a week so they wouldn't coincide with Bieber's upcoming concerts that are happening there.
HOLMES: Go figure. Yes, it sounds extreme on the surface, but you'll recall that Bieber fever, as it's called I guess, caused riots in Norway last year. And what was happening was kids were going to school, staying up late and were terrible the next day. So they're shuffling it around.
MALVEAUX: Well, maybe that's a good idea. There's also this story, the pop star wants his monkey back. Apparently, yes, this is a story. Yes. He brought this baby monkey into Germany.
HOLMES: As one does. Why would you not go without your monkey?
MALVEAUX: So, of course, they took the monkey.
HOLMES: Yes, well --
MALVEAUX: They took this little thing.
HOLMES: You got -- if you think if you're going to take your monkey into a foreign country, there'd be some paperwork, right? Yes, here's Fred Pleitgen.
FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This is the moment we meet Mally, the baby capuchin monkey brought to Germany by Justin Bieber, but confiscated by authorities. It's now quarantined at this animal shelter in Munich. Mally seems a little shy when my giant fingers stroke his tiny head. But those taking care of him say he's doing just fine.
"He doesn't seem to stress at all," the shelter's head tells me, "but he's very young, about 14 weeks. And if Justin Bieber got him at the beginning of March, the animal was only about nine weeks old then. Here in Germany, that would not be allowed."
The monkey was allegedly a gift for Bieber's 19th birthday. And he took the animal along when he went on tour in Germany. But when his plane landed in Munich, customs officials seized the primate saying Bieber didn't provide proper documentation to bring it into the country.
Now, Mally spends his days in this room with a routine of feeding, playing and lots of cuddles from the staff.
PLEITGEN (on camera): Justin Bieber faces a fine of around $70,000 for bringing Mally to Germany without proper documentation. And if he doesn't provide the necessary documents within about four weeks, authorities here could try to find a new home for the monkey.
PLEITGEN (voice-over): Bieber's camp refused to comment on the issue, but it comes at a tough time for the superstar. He was recently booed for arriving late to a concert in London and got into an altercation with a photographer, and in a separate incident, allegedly with one of his neighbors.
The head of the animal shelter says Bieber's representatives have been in touch trying to get the necessary paperwork.
"Personally, I think, the best thing Justin Bieber could do for himself and for the monkey is to say, all right, it was not smart of my friends to give me the animal and I just don't have the time for it. Now, I want to do something good for the animal and get it to a good institution where it can live with other monkeys," the head says.
But for now, Mally remains in quarantine, clinging to the teddy bear the shelter says was given to him by Justin Bieber.
Fred Pleitgen, CNN, Munich, Germany.
MALVEAUX: Well, see. Maybe we'll cover their reunion, huh, of Bieber and the monkey.
HOLMES: I still say, you know, flying into Germany to do a pop concert, what do you think you're going to walk through customs saying, yes, and he's with me.
MALVEAUX: Yes, I mean, he's (ph) New York. He's my pet. My companion.
MALVEAUX: President Obama taking a little bit of heat here for calling California's attorney general by far the best looking attorney general in the country. That's got some women raising their eyebrows. We're going to talk about that in the next hour.
MALVEAUX: This is fun. This is (INAUDIBLE). It's in the Netherlands. And they are partying like it's, well, 1699. People at this shopping mall are getting a pleasant surprise when a flash mob appears swinging from ropes, running, marching through the place in period costumes. You see them there.
HOLMES: This is -- yes, this is a shopping mall. It looks like the famous Rembrandt painting "The Night Watch." And, you know, you get this at the end of this, by the way, so stick around. The flash mob celebrating the reopening of a museum in Amsterdam where "The Night Watch" is hanging. Of course a famous, famous Rembrandt painting. And standby, here it comes. Here's the payoff. That's the painting.
HOLMES: Isn't that good.
MALVEAUX: Oh, that is so cool.
HOLMES: That is very cool.
MALVEAUX: And people are just -- they had no idea what was going on.
HOLMES: No. None.
MALVEAUX: It was just happening right before them.
HOLMES: Oh, it was awesome. Awesome stuff.
MALVEAUX: Yes, that is really cool.
HOLMES: Yes, terrific.
MALVEAUX: I like that. We'll have to come up with our own.
HOLMES: Yes, that would be some work. Boy.
All right, we've got some other photos around the world that caught our eye today. Have a look at this.
MALVEAUX: This is in Hong Kong. People went to cemeteries to commemorate grave sweeping day. Families cleaned and placed flowers on the graves and urns of their ancestors. It's a Chinese tradition. It dates back to 2,000 years.
HOLMES: Yes. And have a look at this one. We've got a sparrow in Berlin taking refuge in the muzzle of a former Soviet tank. You couldn't set that up, could you? Obviously it is no threat to him, the tank anyway. Sort he just sort of nuzzled his way in there.
MALVEAUX: And the queen of England doing some sweet research. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip deciding to take a tour of the Mars chocolate research factory in the U.K. Yummy! Part of her visit she received an edible painting of the Windsor Castle. And I think that's cool.
HOLMES: Home. Yes, yes, get an edible painting of your house. Not bad.
That will do it for me. I've got to go. Have a great weekend.
MALVEAUX: You too.
MALVEAUX: I'll see you on Monday.
HOLMES: Stick around, I've got basketball tournaments and oh, you know.
MALVEAUX: I know, you've got kids.
HOLMES: I've got kids. Yes, I get no weekend.
MALVEAUX: Your kids will be here.
HOLMES: All right. See you Monday.
MALVEAUX: No break for you. See you.
HOLMES: All right.