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U.S. Secretary Of State Keeps Dialogue With North Korea Possible, With Conditions; Adam Scott Takes Masters Home To Australia; Security Analysts Claims Android App Can Hijack Plane; Notorious French Thief Escapes Prison; Nicolas Maduro Claims Victory In Venezuela Presidential Election
Aired April 15, 2013 - 08:00:00 ET
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KRISTIE LU STOUT, HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. And welcome to News Stream where news and technology meet.
Now North Korea celebrates the birthday of its founding father as U.S. secretary of state urges Pyongyang to lay aside its nuclear program.
The hand-picked successor to Hugo Chavez claims victory in Venezuela's presidential election, but hackers are among those crying foul.
And Australia finally has a Master's winner, Adam Scott makes history at Augusta.
Now for weeks now, we've heard talk of possible North Korean missile tests, but for Pyongyang Monday appears to be a day of festivities celebrating the 101st anniversary of the birth of the nation's founder Kim il-Song. And Kim Jong un, North Korea's current leader paid respects to his grandfather and father Kim Jong-il here at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun where the embalmed bodies of both men lie in state.
And in these images released by the official North Korean newspaper, Rodong Sinmun. We can see the leader inside that mausoleum accompanied by military officials.
Now Kim il-Song's birthday is considered the most important day in the country. KCNA has been paying tribute to him all Monday, airing historical footage like this of the former leader.
As Pyongyang celebrates, some in South Korea are protesting and burning effigies of North Korean leaders past and present.
Now let's go to CNN's Anna Coren who has been watching developments from the South Korean capital. She joins us now live. And Anna, give us an idea of the contrasting mood across both sides of the DMZ this day.
ANNA COREN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Kristie, I think you showed it perfectly in your introduction. Here we have the day of the sun, the anniversary of the birth of Kim il-Song, the founder of North Korea who was born 101 years ago. He died 18 years ago. This is the most important day on the North Korean calendar. And as you saw there, Kim Jong-un paying homage to his grandfather and also to his father at that mausoleum on the stroke of midnight.
Today, throughout the day, we've seen wreath laying and other celebrations happening right around the country. Then here, in contrast, in Seoul you have protests taking place downtown on the streets about 100 people, it's probably the biggest protest that we've seen in the past months. And they were burning effigies of Kim Jong-un, calling for an end to the standoff, calling for an end to the nuclear program, and also for an end to the Kim Dynasty.
So, you know, this is something that we have seen. And, you know, very colorful demonstration here. We haven't seen anything quite like this in the past month. We've had this rhetoric coming out of Pyongyang on a daily basis, but finally a bit of response out of those here in South Korea. So that probably sums up, Kristie, the division and the divide between the two countries.
LU STOUT: So a dramatic protest in one corner of Seoul today. Celebrations also today in North Korea. And on North Korea's big day, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry he named the conditions for talks, but is North Korea even willing to negotiate?
COREN: Well, it's funny, Kristie, we've had a bit of a change in rhetoric out of Pyongyang yesterday. There was no talk of thermonuclear war against South Korea or the United States. They did bring up the offer of dialogue from South Korea, describing its words as an empty shell, saying it would need to change its attitude for North Korea to take this seriously.
Now as far as analysts are concerned, this is a bit of a shift in the way of thinking of Pyongyang. So perhaps we are seeing things deescalate slightly here on the Peninsula, but certainly John Kerry made it perfectly clear on his visit to Asia that it was about peace and stability. He was going to obviously support his allies if there was any provocation from the north, but he did open the door for diplomacy with North Korea, said if they were responsible, if they were serious about denuclearizing then the United States was interested in talking.
But as you know, Kristie, the ball is now in North Korea's court.
LU STOUT: All right, just looking at video from over the weekend of John Kerry talking to Xi Jinping, the Chinese president. He was there to get the buy-in from Beijing to -- for Beijing to persuade Pyongyang to end the threats and return to talks, but will Kim Jong-un even listen to China?
COREN: Well, that's a really good point, Kristie, because obviously China is the key factor here. We know that Chian is North Korea's only friend and ally in the region. It provides food, fuel and aid. But in the past, North Korea hasn't necessarily listened to what China has been saying, but how hard has China been pushing that message?
Obviously China has backed those UN sanctions that were imposed after the third nuclear test back in February, but they haven't necessarily enforced those sanctions.
You know, if China really wants to make a difference, they need to turn off the taps in far as the money, their legal money flowing into that country, because that is ultimately what is funding North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
So, obviously John Kerry made that perfectly clear to China during his visit there. He said that it must use its leverage, must use its influence. So, you know, that's up to China now to see what it does with its neighbor in the coming days and weeks.
LU STOUT: All right, Anna Coren joining us live from Seoul, thank you.
Now some analysts say that Kim Jong-un's political style has been modeled on his grandfather known as the Eternal President. This photo of Kim il-Song taken around 1950, it looks eerily similar to the current North Korean leader.
Now Kim il-Song is considered the father of Communist North Korea. And Monday marks what would have been his 101st birthday. Kim il-Song helped found the country after World War II. He led the invasion of South Korea in 1950 sparking the Korean War. He ruled with an iron fist for nearly 50 years until his death in 1994. At the time, there were more than 40,000 statues of Kim, like this one, across North Korea.
Now Monday also marks the last day of a U.S. diplomatic mission in Asia. As discussed just now, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has visited South Korea, China and Japan on his three day trip focusing on the tense situation on the Korean peninsula.
Jill Dougherty traveled with him. And the two sat down in Tokyo for an interview. Take a listen.
JOHN KERRY, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: I was particularly pleased with the discussion in China. I think the Chinese are very serious and concerned about the instability of the peninsula, the instability of the region, and what Kim Jong-un is provoking as a consequence of the steps he's taking. So I'm very hopeful that in the days ahead, we will work -- we are going to work because we've agreed to very closely with China to try to change this dynamic from the past and now simply keep repeating this, you know, year to year.
JILL DOUGHERTY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You've indicated that you might be open in some fashion to a direct channel, maybe even talks with the North Koreans, but that they must take credible steps. Now KCNA, the official broadcaster for North Korea, is calling that a crafty trick and empty words and blaming the U.S. for escalating tension.
Under what -- number one, do you have any response to that? And under what conditions would you actually be open to any type of talks?
KERRY: Well, the United States has made clear many times what the conditions are for our entering talks. And they haven't change. What I simply did was repeat that we are open to talks. But the conditions have to be met where the North has to move towards denuclearization, indicated seriousness in doing so by reducing these threats, stop the testing, and indicate its prepared to actually negotiate on denuclearlization. Those are the conditions. And that's what we need to see met.
DOUGHERTY: Several times along this trip...
KERRY: There's no trick in that. It just requires them to respond.
DOUGHERTY: Several times during this trip you've said that North Korea will never be accepted as a nuclear power. But they have exploded three devices, tested three devices. Aren't they de facto, in reality now, some type of nuclear power?
KERRY: No. Not in terms of a delivery system and a nuclear capacity as you think about it in terms of war fighting, or capacity to attack people. Yes, they have a device. Yes, they have tested. And that is precisely why this has gotten more dangerous, because they are clearly pushing to the envelop in a way that becomes entirely unacceptable. And it is the belief of President Obama, myself, and the administration that what happens here also has an impact on perceptions in places like Iran, the Middle East and elsewhere where we are engaged in nonproliferation efforts.
LU STOUT: All right. Secretary John Kerry there.
And there's more North Korea a little bit later right here on News Stream. We will tell you why the BBC is in hot water with a prestigious London university after sending a journalist under cover into the hermit kingdom.
Now let's turn to Venezuela. The first election after the death of President Hugo Chavez has revealed a deeply divided nation. Now Chavez's hand-picked successor Nicolas Maduro came out on top. The national electoral counsel says he won 50.7 percent of the vote in Sunday's election.
Now the opposition candidate Henrique Capriles finished close behind with 49.1 percent of the vote. But he is refusing to concede and is demanding a recount.
On Twitter, Capriles says this, quote, "we warned the country and the world of an attempt to try and change the expressed will of the people." And nearly 170,000 people have heeded his request to retweet it.
Now Capriles seems to have the support of the hacker group LulzSec. It claims credit for hijacking the official Twitter account of Nicolas Maduro as the polls closed. It also tweeted the message, "electoral fraud." Maduro supporters blame right-wing opponents for the hack attack.
And here, information minister Ernesto Villegas condemns it as what he calls the despair of fascism.
Now Mr. Maduro has called on the country to respect the results.
Let's go live now to Caracas. We have our Paula Newton standing by And Paula, Mr. Maduro, he won by a pretty narrow victory, very narrow margin here, is that a major issue for the people of Venezuela?
PAULA NEWTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It is, because it is a country divided. And it wasn't that way when Hugo Chavez, as you will remember, took the presidency in October. He won by about 11 percent. This was not a decisive victory. And that was amplified with the opposition saying, look, we have evidence of a lot of electoral fraud.
You know, we have no clarify right now, Kristie, on when this recount will happen or how long it will take. And in the meantime, it is a pause that this country can ill afford because the economics of it.
Fascinating evening last night, Kristie. You know, Nicolas Maduro wasted no time. Moments after the results were announced, he got up on stage to be followed after by the opposition leader Henrique Capriles, both of them having a very different view about how this election went. Take a listen.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
NICOLAS MADURO, VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT-ELECT (through translator): A psychological electronic war against our people and these people have known have to face this war. And today we can say that we have a just, legal, constitutional and popular triumph.
HENRIQUE CAPRILES, OPPOSITION LEADER (through translator): I want to tell the candidate of the government today you're the loser and I'm telling you this unequivocally. You are the loser, you and your government. I say that unequivocally and with all commitment and transparency. We will not recognize any results until each vote of the Venezuelan people has been counted.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
NEWTON: I listened to that stark language, Kristie, you are the loser, you and your government are the loser. I can tell you that throughout the evening we had heard from the opposition that they actually believe that they took this election by a slim margin. And it is very unclear who the arbiter of all of this will be. There, the opposition says they do not have the confidence that they should in the institution, the electoral commission, to audit these results properly -- Kristie.
LU STOUT: You know, the political tension is so high and the divisions so wide there in Venezuela. Why was Maduro's margin of victory so narrow? Why was it far more narrow than what was achieved by his political mentor, the late Hugo Chavez last year?
NEWTON: Clearly, Kristie, there are two things. One is he does not have the following the Hugo Chavez did, the larger than life figure and the charisma, what they've been talking about here for a long, long time.
You know, Kristie, this is a short, sharp campaign, 10 days. They are still mourning Hugo Chavez here. And yet this really is a victory for Henrique Capriles, at least one where he can say he really had incredible odds going against the government with all of the resources they had at hand. And still, all they could manage was to squeak out a victory at best, if that's what ends up happening.
It has to be said, Kristie, that underscoring all of this is a very tough economic climate. And many people here are suffering through record inflation, shortages, that is getting to people here. And they're wondering is there a better way going forward? At least 49 percent of them, Kristie, thought so and Henrique Capriles is on a mission now to prove that it was much more than that.
LU STOUT: All right, Paula Newton joining us live from Caracas, thank you very much indeed for that.
Now an update on the trial of the former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Now state TV reports that a court has granted his appeal to be released ahead of his retrial, but the ruling only applies to the case involving alleged killing of non-violent protesters during the 2011 uprising. Now he will remain in detention in connection with other cases which include charges of financial corruption and abuse of power.
A man hunt is underway in Europe for the inmate who staged a dramatic prison escape that could have come right out of the movies. Now coming up next on News Stream, we'll bring you the latest on the search for Redoine Faid.
Plus, putting his way into the history books, Adam Scott wins a sudden death playoff to become the first Australian to claim the Master's title.
And an aviation hijacking app, how likely is it that someone can take over the controls of a commercial airliner by using only a cellphone?
LU STOUT: Welcome back.
And you're looking at a visual rundown of all the major stories we're covering for you today on News Stream.
Now earlier, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN that he is hopeful that China will help wind down the war mongering on the Korean peninsula. And later we take a close look at Pyongyang's program to indoctrinate its children in allegiance to the state.
But now to a man hunt in Europe.
Now police across 26 European countries are looking for a convicted armed robber who staged a daring escape from a French prison over the weekend. Now police say Redoine Faid took hostages and used explosives. And Dan Rivers went to the prison in Lille.
DAN RIVERS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, there is now a Europe-wide manhunt one for one of France's most notorious armed robbers. Redoine Faid managed to escape from this prison behind me. Somehow, he managed to smuggle in enough explosives to blow his way through five separate security doors, the last one of which is behind me right there. You can still see some of the damage.
Now in the past, he's talked in an autobiography that he wrote by being inspired by Hollywood films such as Scarface and Heat. And certainly, this escape was just like a Hollywood blockbuster. He got out having taken four hostages and ran across this grass towards a local freeway.
And you can see, he didn't have to go far to get from the prison to the busy road where there was a waiting escape vehicle. That was found later on in a nearby village burnt out. The police think he swapped vehicles and now the trail has gone cold.
But there are really serious questions about how on earth he managed to smuggle so many explosives inside that prison and where this dangerous criminal will strike next.
LU STOUT: And Dan Rivers joins us now live from outside the prison in Lille. And Dan, is lack of security there at the prison, or prison overcrowding to blame for Faid's escape?
RIVERS: Well, overcrowding is one issue that the union here for the prison guards has highlighted. Frankly, whether that's the reason or not, it's pretty difficult to know. But there's going to be obviously a really serious inquiry into how on Earth he was able to get explosives inside this detention center. He somehow got hold of a pistol as well, whether that was stolen from one of the guards or was smuggled in, we don't know. But either way, he got out through five separate doors, as you saw there in my report.
LU STOUT: OK -- unfortunately we just lost our connection there with Dan Rivers, reporting live from outside the prison there in Lille, France. If we reconnect with Dan, we'll bring him to you right here on News Stream.
Now let's go to Iraq where it has been a deadly day across the country. 24 bombings in five cities have killed at least 25 people, more than 170 are injured.
And this is the aftermath of one of the attacks in Kirkuk. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
They come ahead of provincial elections, the first polls since U.S. troops withdrew more than one year ago.
Now you're watching News Stream, and still ahead we'll show you how extreme online bullying is taking teenage lives. Two disturbing cases apparently drove rape victims to suicide.
LU STOUT: Broadcasting live from Hong Kong, you're back watching News Stream.
Get your global forecast. And right now, it is the hottest time of the year in India. Let's get more with Mari Ramos, she joins us from the World Weather Center -- Mari.
MARI RAMOS, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Hey Kristie, it is. As we head into April and even into early May it is the hottest time of the year for the subcontinent as they wait for the monsoon rains. And that, unfortunately, takes a long time for it to arrive.
35 right now in New Delhi, 40 in Ahmadabad. And notice Hyderabad also looking into the upper 30s. And it's already pretty late, so you've already reached your daytime high.
And again today we're looking at temperatures over the next couple of days, some two to five degrees, depending on where you are, above the average for this time of year. So even though it's hot, it's going to feel even hotter, because temperatures do remain above the average. Even Kolkata looking at some pretty warm temperatures. And back over here where Chiang Mai as we head into Thailand also here waiting for the rain.
When we talk about the monsoon, we really refer to the monsoon in south Asia, but southeast Asia has its own monsoon, and that doesn't start for awhile either. So it will be a little while until you begin to see some relief from the temperatures.
The monsoon, the southwest monsoon in this area doesn't really start until June. So we're only, what, mid-April, so you still have quite awhile to go until the rain if it behaves the way it's supposed to kind of move through these areas and brings you relief from the heat, that's why people wait for it for so long and they're so excited when it actually happens. But we're still a long ways away.
Temperatures have been a little bit on the warmer side, also, as we head over into east Asia. 23 in Shanghai, 24 in Hong Kong. A little bit cooler back over toward Japan, and mostly because you've had a bit more in the way of cloud cover over this region.
Notice the coldest air still here across the north and east. We're going to see a push of that colder air coming a bit farther to the south over the next couple of days. And basically what that means, just a little bit of a cool down that's going to be heading your way into this region.
Now, there you see a little bit of that moisture coming in, it's going to be with this and behind that where we'll start to see a little bit more of those cooler temperatures. So right now mild, high pressure in place, here comes the cold front, turning cooler to the north, and those rain showers affecting you across the middle portions of China back over toward the Korean Peninsula and even into western Japan.
But I think for you guys in Taipei and also in Tokyo, you should remain fairly on the quiet side. And finally the temperatures warm up here across Europe. For you in London, you haven't been this warm, 20 degrees, since September. So, yay, finally, right?
So we're starting to see a little bit of a change here in the temperatures and in the weather pattern overall. And I think it's going to stay warm. Those spring-like temperatures remain across much of the continent. That little bit of rain expected across northern parts of the UK.
Now to a story that's a little bit different, Kristie. You know how we love getting storm reports and weather reports from all over the world, and social media plays a huge aspect in this. Something pretty interesting happened over the weekend, not to us, but to the National Weather Service in Miami.
Roll the pictures, please, because this is pretty interesting. It may not look like much, but that's from Instagram from King James, you know who that is? None other than LeBron James, number 6 of the Miami Heat. It was pretty interesting in a tweet from the National Weather Service and an official storm report -- if you come back over to the weather map I'll show you what we're talking about.
Here you have it. Storm reports, they say, come from all sources. LeBron James, number 6 of the Miami Heat reporting significant street flooding in the Coral Gables area, report through social media.
There you go.
So, it can happen from anywhere, any time.
I love this story. It's one of my favorite weather tweets, let's say, of all time. Back to you.
LU STOUT: It's a fantastic story. LeBron James, citizen meteorologist.
RAMOS: There you go.
LU STOUT: Let's enlist him. He's a good one.
Mari Ramos, thank you.
Now, let's turn our attention to this story, it's just a tragic case in Canada. And sadly, it's not an isolated incident. Now Cristina Mutchler shows the story of an alleged rape victim who was cyber bullied to death.
CRISTINA MUTCHLER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: More than 100 people gathered at funeral services in Nova Scotia for 17 year old Rehteah Parsons, a victim, her family says, of gang rape followed by internet humiliation. She died three days after trying to hang herself.
LEAH PARSONS, RHETEAH'S MOTHER: I didn't even knock on the door, I just picked it open and feel the weight of her body on the door. I didn't think anything, I just opened the door and said Rheteah. And I had to cut her down. She was hung, she was hanging.
MUTCHLER: Online bullying, or trolling, is a disturbing trend that's leading some teens to take their own lives. Rheteah's family says she was gang raped and a photo of the attack was texted to her classmates and went viral online.
PARSONS: One girl that was her friend put on her status, "sluts need to leave this school anyway." Just bullying and boys that she didn't know send her messages, "we want to have fun. You did it with my friends, why don't we get together?" It just was non-stop.
MUTCHLER: No charges were filed, but police say they now have new leads and are reopening the case.
CPL. SCOTT MACRAE, ROYAL CANDIAN MOUNTED POLICE: The information has come from a credible person that we can verify, we can substantiate the information, work with them. And I will reiterate it did not come from any online source.
MUTCHLER: This case is not the only one of a teenaged girl allegedly being raped and then humiliated online and at school. In California, three teenage boys are now facing charges of sexual battery from an incident last September. The victim was 15-year-old Audrey Pott who later committed suicide.
LAUREN CERRI, POTT FAMILY ATTORNEY: What happened to Audrey was tragic. It should never have happened. I hope that they're brought to justice.
She has no idea what occurred until she woke up the following morning and had some drawing on her body in some private areas.
MUTCHLER: And in Ohio last month, two high school football players were convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl after the incident went viral on social media.
JOEY JACKSON, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: What happens is, is now you not only have eyewitness accounts, but you have pictures at many times to put together the information to see if there was attack, how it occurred. Who was involved. How many parties were there. What specifically was being done. You have a photo that's there.
And then sadder part, of course, is it's being put on social media and the consequences to individuals are so traumatic, because they can't take it.
MUTCHLER: Despite the cruelty that led to Rheteah's death, family members were touched by the outpouring at Rheteah's funeral.
PARSONS: The support has been overwhelming, a true testament of the beauty of humanity.
MUTCHLER: Cristina Mutchler, CNN.
LU STOUT: A disturbing story of a life cut short.
You're watching News Stream, we'll be back right after this.
LU STOUT: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong, you're watching News Stream and these are your world healines. Now Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor Nicolas Maduro won Venezuela's presidential election by a narrow margin, but his opponent is demanding a recount. Henrique Capriles Radonski says he won't recognize Mr. Maduro's win until every vote is counted.
Now North Korea is celebrating the 101st anniversary of the birth of Kim il-Song, the country's founder. Kim was the grandfather of current leader Kim Jong-un. Over the past few weeks has been threatening to attack South Korea and its American allies. The U.S. secretary of state has just wrapped up a trip to Asia trying to defuse tensions.
A full military rehearsal for the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, the former British prime minister, took place in London while most people in the city were still asleep this Monday. Now more than 700 members of the armed forces paraded before dawn to rehearse Wednesday's ceremony. At the center, a coffin draped in a Union flag carried on a horse drawn gun carriage.
Now in North Korea, propaganda starts young. Experts say that brain- washing, fueled by threats of punishment, begins almost from day one. Now Brian Todd speaks to one young North Korean who was put through the country's propaganda machine.
BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A captivating sight in Pyongyang Friday a rally staged by the Korean Children's Union. They pledge allegiance to the state and get their red scarves.
At another similar event, a young lady could barely get her words out.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): My heart is pounding. It's my first time seeing the venerated leader Kim Jong-un and I'm deeply touched by his love and care.
TODD (on camera): Look familiar to you?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
This is what I did all the time when I was in North Korea.
TODD (voice-over): Daniel Choi grew up in North Korea's world of child indoctrination. Choi now 24 says from as early as he could remember he had to sing songs at school paying homage to Kim Jong-il and his father, the founder of North Korea, Kim il-sung. He often had to visit monuments in their honor, and bow before them, marching military style was routine. Kids who failed to tow the line he says saw this happen to their families.
DANIEL CHOI, NORTH KOREAN DEFECTOR: They sent to farms or a very cold place.
TODD: An official with Amnesty International tells us North Korean children are taught to monitor each other. Daniel Choi says even math class involved propaganda.
CHOI: There is five Americans, American soldiers invade North Korea, and brave North Koreans kill them all Americans and how many left like that.
TODD: In school, Choi says stones were used to simulate hand grenades.
CHOI: They practice to show how far or how little.
TODD (on camera): And that's for gym class.
CHOI: Gym class, there's targets - they make targets of American soldiers.
TODD (voice-over): Analysts say North Korean children are in effect brainwashed from the time they're first cognizant. There are youth cells for the army, experts say, as well as for factories, government agencies, farms.
Analyst Gordon Flake visited a place called The Children's Model Farm in 1996.
GORDON FLAKE, MANSFIELD FOUNDATION: They brought all the kids out to greet us and they came out again with that kind of well rehearsed kind of glassy-eyed stare saying hello in Korean or good-bye and again in a remarkable way that there's a degree of indoctrination.
TODD: Getting the red scarf means you're in the young pioneer core, the parallels to previous dictatorships, Flake says are stark.
FLAKE: I don't need to make the comparison. It's obvious. This is clearly a highly indoctrinated totalitarian state where the children are tools of the state, just like it was in Hitler, just like it was in Stalin's Soviet Union.
TODD: Designed to get children to follow their leaders to the very end. Choi was lucky, he was smuggled out at age 14.
CHOI: Until I escaped from North Korea, I could die for them.
TODD: What does Choi think of Kim il-Sung and his family now. He says "nothing special, ordinary men."
(on camera): Gordon Flake says North Koreans have been so heavily indoctrinated from their youth that many who escape have a tough time functioning in modern democracies with high levels of unemployment and alcoholism, among some he says, there's even a desire to go back to North Korea.
Brian Todd, CNN, Washington.
LU STOUT: The London School of Economics says that the BBC recklessly endangered the lives of students when it sent three undercover journalists along a university trip to North Korea in order to gain entry into the country.
Atika Shubert joins us now from CNN London with more on this story. Atika, what is the university saying about how much the students knew about the BBC plan in North Korea?
ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, this is really what's at the heart of the issue. What's undisputed is that the BBC did tell the students traveling in this group that there would be a journalist among them. Now what's at dispute is just the extent of the journal -- the crew that would be traveling with them, did the students know, for example, that there would be filming, that there would be, in fact, three journalists going along.
The LSE has said that some of the students did not have enough information to make an informed decision about it, but they did know enough to put them in danger if it was discovered by North Korean authorities that there were journalists traveling inside the group. And so this is what is at heart of the dispute between the BBC and the LSE.
Now as for what exactly was filmed, we don't know yet, that -- the program is going to air tonight. And the BBC says they will go ahead and air that program despite demands from the LSE that they -- that they pull the program altogether.
LU STOUT: Yeah, tell us more about what the BBC is saying about this, because there must be an uproar on this. The BBC is standing by its decision that North Korea documentary will go on the air, why?
SHUBERT: Well, the BBC says it is in the public interest, that clearly what goes on inside North Korea is a big mystery. And for many journalists this is a big problem, how to get inside when permissions are almost always denied. For many filmmakers and journalists, the only way to do things is often to go undercover in some way.
Now the question is, did the BBC act ethically in going with this group of students inside to North Korea, did they in any way put these students in danger? And this is what the LSE is disputing.
LU STOUT: And the reaction there in the UK. I mean, how many support the BBC's decision that this is, indeed, in the public interest? And how many say this is just flat out wrong? And the students were put in a very risky situation.
SHUBERT: Yeah, well I think for certainly some of the students, particularly those students involved, they obviously had a very serious problem with it. At least two of the students did not -- wanted to be fuzzed out of some of the video, did not want to be identified in any way. And of course there has wider repercussions not just on the students that were involved in the trip, but also what about other academics that may want to go in in the future. Are they going to be -- come under increasing scrutiny, will they be denied in such places that don't want -- that are fearful that journalists may be traveling within the group.
So it does have wider repercussions. We don't know exactly where the British public stands on this, in part because that program hasn't aired yet. I think once it airs, we might find opinion sort of solidifying one way or the other.
LU STOUT: All right, Atika Shubert, joining us live from London, thank you.
And we have in depth coverage at the tensions on the Korean Peninsula on our website CNN.com/international. There you can read more from the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on why Pyongyang must stop, quote, "bucking the trend of history and commonsense." You could also send s your thoughts about what should be done to wind down the war mongering. CNNireport.com.
Now China's latest GDP figures have fallen short of market expectations. Growth slowed to 7.7 percent in the first quarter, that's well below the 8 percent that economists had predicted. As you can see, it is weighing on Europe's main indexes. Asia also finished lower. And Wall Street is poised for a soft start. And you can catch the opening bell, that in one hour from now on World Business Today.
Meanwhile, China has reported a big jump in the number of confirmed bird flu cases. 11 new infections bring the total to 60. And two more people died on Sunday, both in Shanghai. That brings the total to 13.
Now the virus appears to have spread beyond eastern China to Beijing and the central province of Hunan. And the World Health Organization says it expects more people will get sick.
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MICHAEL O'LEARY, WORLD HEALTH ORANGANIZATION: I think there's no way to predict how it will spread, but it's not surprising if we have no cases in different places like we now do in Beijing for the reasons that I mentioned. I mean, this is a sporadic disease as far as we know. But we're still looking intensively for the reservoir of infection, but the suspicions remain in birds and chickens and ducks and poultry. So, because it is sporadic, it can occur in other places. With the intense watching for this, we're sure that other cases will emerge.
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LU STOUT: OK, it is spreading in China, but the WHO says there is still no evidence that the virus can easily spread from person to person. So far, no cases have been reported outside of China. WHO is not recommending restrictions on trade or travel.
But neighboring Vietnam is stepping up its prevention effort. It's not working with the WHO to form inspection teams.
Now you're watching News Stream. And still to come, the color is green for Adam Scott who gave Australia its first ever Masters victory. More on the action from Augusta when we come back.
LU STOUT: Welcome back.
Now Australian sports fans are celebrating the country's first ever winner of the Masters golf championship, and we can cross live to Augusta, Georgia where Patrick Snell is ready to tell us just how he did it -- Patrick.
PATRICK SNELL, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, thrilling weekend. Thanks, Kristie.
Adam Scott, the pride of Australia, but he'll tell you he's done this for himself as well. In honor of Greg Norman, too. Greg Norman tweeting how proud he is of Adam Scott.
This was a moment, his occasion not just for Aussie golf, but also Adam Scott as well finally fulfilling all that potential we've been talking about for so many years.
Let me just replay quickly how it all unfolded. First up, how he got that incredible birdie at hole number 18. He sank a dramatic putt. That took him to nine under for the championship. Only problem for him was Cabrera followed suit with birdie. So they go to the sudden death playoff. This is Cabrera trying to win it on his own, but it just doesn't drop for the South American former champion. So Scott to win it.
Adam Scott on the brink of history. That is one special moment. And afterwards, he told our Rachel Nichols that 13 years after turning pro he finally gets his hands on a first major.
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ADAM SCOTT, 2013 MASTERS CHAMPION: It's an amazing journey, the whole golfing career. And I've played a lot of majors. And to finally get one means a lot. I've knocked on the door a couple of times recently. And to get over the hurdle, hopefully it's the start of something to come.
RACHEL NICHOLS, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: What do you see when you look at this guy?
SCOTT: That's a happy man right there when I look at that. It's quite a feeling to make a couple of putts to win a tournament. It's what every kid dreams about. So for it to finally happen is amazing.
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SNELL: He's a popular young man. And many people feeling for him after his British Open meltdown last year at Royal Lytham and St. Anne's when he blew a four shot lead down the stretch. He had four straight boogies.
But he is happy now. And he can now focus on adding to this. At 32 years of age, Kristie, he is potentially entering the prime of his golfing career.
LU STOUT: And other than Adam Scott finally getting the chance to put on the green jacket there, what else will you remember about the Masters?
SNELL: Yeah, a couple of things. First of all, Rory McIlroy failure to really get his game and his season going at this Masters tournament, but also Tiger Woods, I think. Unequivocally that two shot penalty that was assessed on him Saturday morning following the incident on Friday when he admitted that he dropped from the wrong place. That, and then of course the big question which remains, shouldn't he have disqualified himself? He chose not to, citing that he was still within the rules of golf, which he was. But again, many people feeling that he perhaps should have given further thought to that particular issue.
And also the fact now that we are going to be five years since Tiger Woods last major when he heads to the U.S. Open in June, Kristie.
LU STOUT: Yeah, that two shot penalty, a brutal setback for Tiger.
And what about the Chinese teenager that we've been following so closely?
SNELL: Guan Tianglang, for me the human interest story of this season's first major. What an achievement. He just seemed to keep rewriting the Masters history books, not just the youngest ever to play in this coveted tournament, but the youngest player to make the cut at a major. And he handled himself so well. He played decent golf throughout this tournament. Four straight round without a double boogie on this monster course? Incredible stuff. He finished at 12 over par, which is very, very respectable indeed.
I really do hope we see plenty more of him. He is a breath of fresh air, Kristie.
LU STOUT: And the kid is just 14-years-old, incredible.
Patrick Snell joining us live from Augusta, thank you.
Now let's get the rest of the sports news now. And Alex Thomas joins us from CNN London -- Alex.
ALEX THOMAS, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Kristie. Yeah, Manchester City's football manager Roberto Mancini says his side should not be regarded as overwhelming favorites for next month's FA Cup final against Wigan. The Italian admitted it'll be another tough game after they got past Chelsea in their last four match at Wembley on Sunday.
Samir Nasri opened the scoring for City in the 35th minute.
And then just two minutes into the second half, City doubled their lead when Gareth Barry's chip was headed past Chelsea keeper Petr Cech by Sergio Arguero.
2-0 down, the London teamed out of contention, but they pulled a goal back thanks to an acrobatic effort by Demba Ba. The Senegal striker's bicycle kick was placed to perfection and almost inspired a Chelsea comeback, but their sustained pressure towards the end of the game didn't yield another goal and it finished 2-1 to City.
The Los Angeles Lakers are one win away from the NBA playoffs after a crucial victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Dwight Howard stepped up with a game high 26 points in the absence of the injured Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. A three from Antawn Jamison put the Spurs ahead at this stage in the fourth. And Tim Duncan, top scorer for San Antonio with 23 points on the night as they try to stay in touch with the home team at L.A.'s Staples Center. However, Howard and the rest outscored the Spurs by five points in the final quarter to clinch a 91-86 win that gives them the edge in their battle with the Utah Jazz for the west's final playoff berth.
That's the latest for now. Much more from Augusta on World Sport in just over three hours time. See you then.
LU STOUT: All right, Alex Thomas there, thank you.
And today is the 117th running of the Boston marathon. It's said to be the world's oldest annual marathon. And there will be some special heroes taking part.
Paul Burton of CNN affiliate WBZ reports.
PAUL BURTON, WBZ CORRESPONDENT: These are the real heroes of the Boston marathon, they're called the Achilles Freedom Team, wounded warriors who will be hand cycling the 26.2 miles.
MICHAEL FRAZIER, ACHILLES FREEDOM TEAM: Doing the Boston marathon, I mean it's one of the oldest marathons. And I'll tell you what, it's a privilege to be here to do that.
JAKE MURPHY, ACHILLES FREEDOM TEAM: Just to be able to do a marathon is going to be a dream come true.
BURTON: 26 year old Jake Murphy is from Wesley. He's so happy to be home. In July 2011, his entire life changed while on patrol in Afghanistan.
MURPHY: The IED went off, took both of my legs, and consequently I was also in a coma for about six weeks. So I suffered a traumatic brain injury also.
BURTON: But today he's doing much better and is proud not only to serve his country, but take part in the Boston Marathon.
MURPHY: My first Boston after years of walking down the street and watching them go through Wesley.
BURTON: Each one of these servicemen arrived in Boston on private jets and greeted by local authorities.
FRAZIER: The welcome here is just absolutely amazing. I've been in a lot of cities and this is probably the first city that you get off the plane and firefighters and police are outside just there to welcome us.
BURTON: And it certainly is inspiring to watch these heroes step off the plane one by one on their own power.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's breathtaking. They're so inspiring. And they're part of our family now.
BURTON: Each one knows they have a long road to recovery. And while getting through the marathon will be challenging, it is something each one of them knows they can accomplish.
CHRISTOPER HANCOCK, ACHILLES FREEDOM TEAM: It's a new adventure for me. I see how far I can push myself.
FRAZIER: The biggest message is that never let anything get you down. You can accomplish anything that you want to. Me and all the rest of the guys are here living proof of that. There's nothing to stop us.
LU STOUT: Paul Burton of affiliate WBZ reporting on that inspiring story of the disabled military veterans running the Boston Marathon.
You're watching News Stream. And up next, a security consultant claims he has invented a mobile app to hijack airplanes, but is there really any reason to panic? We'll have a reality check right here on News Stream.
LU STOUT: Welcome back.
Now the singer Justin Bieber has caused controversy after comments he wrote in a museum's guest book were posted on the museum's Facebook page. Now Bieber and his crew visited Anne Frank house in Amsterdam on Friday night. Her diary about hiding from the Nazis during the holocaust was published after her death in a concentration camp. And it was read by millions around the world.
Now after his visit, Bieber wrote in the guest book, quote, "truly inspiring to be able to come here, Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a believer."
Now for those of you who don't know, a believer is a term given to teenage girls enthralled by the singer. Now Bieber's words, they got nearly 2,000 comments from Facebook users, many of whom were critical.
One user wrote this, "glad he went, but the last sentence is very self-serving. He missed the lessons of Anne totally."
Now a similar message from another user who wrote, "here I thought it was nice of him to go and see the history of her until I read what he wrote. Have some respect, Mr. Bieber, for she will be famous long after your fame fizzles."
But others asked people to take a moment to reflect. Now this Facebook user quotes Anne Frank saying "despite everything, I believe people are really good at heart." And the user adds, "I think before everyone goes bashing Justin Bieber, we should take a moment to think about these words and why Anne said them."
Now, imagine a scenario where someone would hijack an airplane with a mobile phone app. Now according to one security consultant that is actually possible. And he has tested out the app he invented to do just that in a simulated program. But aviation and security officials aren't too concerned and say that you shouldn't be either. Tom Foreman explains why.
TOM FOREMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The new Android app called PlaneSpoilt allegedly exploits a security weakness, mimicking a ground based navigation system and sending false information to planes in flight. By manipulating the data stream, a user can change instrument displays, make oxygen masks drop or take over the autopilot.
At least that is what the inventor Hugo Teso suggests.
HUGO TESO, SECURITY CONSULTANT: You could also at a certain level gain some control on where the airplane is going, if it's up, down, turning, these kinds of things could be done.
FOREMAN: Teso who is a pilot and security consultant says he's trying to warn the aviation community about a potential danger. But many do not believe he can do what he says because of two key problems.
Problem one, Teso's invention has so far been demonstrated only on a flight simulation program. The Federal Aviation Administration and European officials say cracking into the controls of a real airplane is much more difficult. Therefore, a hacker cannot obtain full control of an aircraft. Even Teso admits that.
TESO: None of our applications and code can be used against a real airplane. We did that on purpose for security reasons.
FOREMAN: He also admits to problem two, at any time on any plane subjected to such an attack, the pilot can override the hacker. Simply turning off the autopilot and taking control again. That's why aviation experts are widely greeting this news of a hijacking app with a yawn.
JEFF PRICE, PROF. OF AVIATION MANAGEMENT, MSU DENVER: Well, if he's able to hack into an actual flight management system onboard an aircraft, that would pose a risk. But so far, all he's done is hacked into a PC.
FOREMAN (on camera): So, on your next flight, keep your seat belt fastened and your tray table locked. But don't worry about the guy on the phone, he may be playing Angry Birds but he's probably not flying the plane.
Tom Foreman, CNN, Washington.
LU STOUT: And speaking of travel, Dennis Rodman says he plans to return to North Korea. Now media reports quote the former NBA star as saying he will go back on August 1. Now remember, he traveled to Pyongyang with the Harlem Globetrotters in February for a TV documentary.
Here's what he had to say after that trip.
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DENNIS RODMAN, FRM. NBA STAR: His country like him, not like him, love him. Love him. And guess what -- yes, yes, I love him. I love him. The guy is awesome.
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LU STOUT: Well, Rodman is believed to be the first American to publicly meet the young leader.
Now China's current leaders also have not met with Kim Jong-un. And speaking to CNN, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry would only say that Rodman is free to travel, but did not endorse the destination of Pyongyang.
That is News Stream, but the news continues at CNN. World Business Today is next.