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Survivor Found 17 Days After Bangladeshi Building Collapsed; NASA, USGS, Google Create First Time-Lapse Of Earth's Surface; Turkish Prime Minister Claims Evidence Of Syrian Chemical Weapon Use; Olympic Gold Medalist Sailor Dies In Training Accident; Prince Harry Visits Arlington National Cemetery
Aired May 10, 2013 - 08:00:00 ET
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MONITA RAJPAL, HOST: I'm Monita Rajpal in Hong Kong. Welcome to News Stream where news and technology meet.
A woman is pulled from the rubble in Bangladesh. It appears she survived for 17 days after the building collapsed on her.
An Olympic sailor is killed after a training accident in San Francisco.
And one of the largest collections of satellite photos ever assembled shows almost 30 years of change to our planet.
We begin this hour with what seems like a miracle in Bangladesh. 17 days after this building collapsed, a woman has just been pulled out of the rubble alive. Here, you can see her being rushed to the hospital. An official on the scene says crews heard her call out, "I'm alive. Please rescue me."
No other survivors had been found for several days. The death toll has now passed 1,000.
Let's get more now on the survivor's condition and how she was found. CNN's Matthew Chance is following developments from London for us.
Matthew, what more do we know?
MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A dramatic story, Monita, as you can see these incredible images that have come to us from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh where this building collapsed 17 days ago. After that period of time, you wouldn't legitimately expect anyone to be found alive inside that building, indeed the rescue effort that had been going on led by the Bangladeshi authorities, rescue workers, had really moved into a recovery effort to sort of salvage operation.
But as you say after 17 days this woman was dragged alive from the building. It seems that as rescue workers were clearing the second floor, or what was remaining of the second floor in the eight story building that collapsed near the center of the Bangladeshi capital.
They heard a voice crying out in Bengali. She was shouting, "I'm still here." And she shouted that her name was Reshma according to reports on the ground there. After that, within minutes, it seems that dozens of rescue workers, in fact hundreds according to this media report I'm reading here from Bangladesh, rushed to the scene and started to try and cut her free.
Apparently she managed to survive in a sort of air space that had been created when the building collapsed 17 days ago. Rescuers say it's possible that the woman survived for so long, because early on in the rescue operation they'd pumped large quantities of oxygen into the building, the collapsed building to try and fill up the air spaces with as much oxygen as possible and they'd pumped in water as well to provide drinking water for any survivors that may have been inside.
She's been taken in an ambulance. Now you can see there she was carried through the rubble, taken to an ambulance who has been -- she's being treated, Monita, in a nearby military hospital.
RAJPAL: Do we know at this point, Matthew, what her condition is?
CHANCE: Well, according to the authorities in Bangladesh who have been quoted in media reports, her condition appears to be quite well. She doesn't seem to have suffered any serious injuries, and again that may be one of the reasons why she's managed to stay alive for so long, because when you're injured obviously in a situation like this and you're not treated, infection would set in. It seems that she's not particularly badly injured and so that's very good for her.
Obviously, though, she's going to be given a thorough checkup at the hospital. Very unusual, as I say, for someone 17 days after a building like this collapses -- and unfortunately it's an all too common an occurrence across the world, very rare indeed for someone to be found in such good condition alive 17 days afterwards, Monita.
RAJPAL: All right, Matthew, thank you for that. Matthew Chance there at CNN London.
Now let's turn to Pakistan where people are preparing to cast ballots in a landmark election. Saturday's vote will mark the first democratic transition of power in Pakistan's 66 year history. Increased security can be seen on the streets of Karachi and other cities. Bombings, assassinations and a kidnapping have plagued the candidates and their campaigns.
And there are fresh reports of violence today. Let's bring in CNN's Saima Mohsin from Islamabad with more on that -- Saima.
SAIMA MOHSIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Monita, well this is a very real threat that security personnel have been posted across Pakistan for -- in fact, security has been hiked up. But first of all, let me tell you about a letter that we've just translated from the Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud to his spokesman discussing the fact that they are planning terrorist attacks on polling stations.
In it, a very sinister letter, very formal, very direct, and very strategic saying, look, this is what we're planning. Let's discuss it. And by the way, we have a suicide list that is separate for suicide attacks. So huge concern here about -- in Pakistan, about security on polling day and leading up to the polls on Saturday.
And about that security, it's just been hiked up. Hundreds of thousands of people are being deployed right across the country, that includes joint forces of military, police, other security personnel, at least 91,000 army men are being deployed across the country on the request of the election commission of Pakistan.
So some very brave people tomorrow that will be turning out to vote.
RAJPAL: Very brave people indeed, Saima, so let's talk a little bit about their determination to actually exercise their right to vote.
MOHSIN: It really is extraordinary, isn't it. To you and I, we would say, well, if there's a threat and a security threat why go there? Why risk that? Well, people are extremely adamant that they are going to vote. they're really looking forward, in fact, to going out and exercising their right to vote.
Speaking to people over the last few weeks there's no doubt in their mind that they will go to cast their votes for their particular parties, because it's a rarity here in Pakistan. They don't get that right very much. And of course if we look back at Pakistan's history, mostly, it's been overshadowed by military dictatorships. So they're finally getting their chance to vote in a democratic dispensation.
Let's not forget Pakistan made history with the last government. It was the first ever government in the country's history to actually reach a full term. All other governments have been kicked out, or citing corruption or someone actually canceling their right to governance, usually a president or a military dictator.
So finally the people of Pakistan have the chance to realize their right to vote. And they are determined to use it -- Monita.
RAJPAL: Saima, thank you very much. Saima Mohsin there live for us from Islamabad.
CNN has learned that the Turkish government is treating around a dozen Syrian patients who are exhibiting symptoms consistent with chemical weapons exposure. Now that comes after Turkey's prime minister told NBC News the so-called red line on chemical weapons set by the United States was crossed long ago.
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RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN, TURKISH PRIME MINISTER (through translator): It is clear that the regime has used chemical weapons on the missiles. They used about 200 missiles, according to our intelligence. And it can be even more, but not less.
ANN CURRY, NBC NEWS ANCHOR: What evidence do you have?
ERDOGAN (through translator): We have the remainders of these missiles. There are pictures. And then there are intelligence reports. And there are patients who are brought to our hospitals who were wounded by these chemical weapons.
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RAJPAL: Now Syria's government has denied similar allegations in the past. Turkey's prime minister is set to travel to Washington next week to talk with U.S. President Barack Obama.
Well, Nick Paton Walsh is following these developments for us. He joins us now live from our London bureau.
Nick, what more do we know about the nature of these claims?
NICK PATON WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, a Turkish source has been explaining the reason they're carrying out these tests is because the people weren't injured by any kind of conventional arms when they became in contact with Turkish officials, but the -- what they referred to as excessive results they found allowed them to suggest that perhaps chemical weapons may be involved.
I mean, obviously, Prime Minister Erdogan very clear there in saying it is clear chemical weapons have been used. And the story really has been in the caveats for the past few weeks. We've seen a series of western officials in the U.S. side, Britain as well saying there is evidence to suggest that it's likely that chemical weapons have been used, but never in the same clarity we've heard from Mr. Erdogan.
So clearly a move here, a barrage of statements to try and I think push people closer towards what Barack Obama famously called his red line, whether or not chemical weapons had been used. The White House have since made that red line slightly more elastic saying that they need definitive proof. And I think as these diplomatic meetings move ahead in the forthcoming days very much pressure to try and suggest that those weapons have actually been used.
RAJPAL: Yeah, more diplomatic meetings, we understand, between the British Prime Minister David Cameron along with the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin about Syria, specifically what we're talking about right now.
WALSH: Certainly. Obviously chemical weapons will come up. David Cameron has said that there is limited, but persuasive evidence that chemical weapons, including sarin, have been used. Of course the focus of that meeting will also be the diplomatic moves.
So much in the west now is focusing on the belief, some sort of transitional government or negotiation can end this two year long civil war. The Russians are, of course, key to that. They sort of vacillated between demanding Assad departure not be part of any negotiated settlement, but also saying more recently that the future of one man did not dictate the future of the Syrian people, so to speak.
So it's clear there's potential for possible Russian moves here. They're a key back at Damascus. And I think the focus now is of course, as we heard from Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterpart Sergei Lavrov from Moscow, that they're really trying, I think, to see if there's any common ground that can bring both these warring sides to the table.
It's a long shot, though, always has been, Monita. But I think the level of the casualties now and the fact that all the other options the international community seem to have are exhausted, meaning that once again they're trying to get negotiations underway.
RAJPAL: The difficulty when it comes to a story like this, Nick, is actually finding clarity and undeniable proof that this is indeed taking place.
You've reported from inside Syria. Talk to us about how difficult it is to get that sense of clarity.
WALSH: Well, certainly the key thing about chemical weapons is when you see them used, they normally result in hundreds if not thousands of casualties. And the instances we've been looking at here are talking about dozens of dead, perhaps, many people injured with symptoms that suggest the use of chemical weapons, but never that overwhelming statement.
And that certainly has given the U.S. some degree of pause for concern just to be absolutely sure what we're talking about here.
The samples that have been tested, it seems, by western officials consistently point to some sort of agent that's obviously not conventional in form. But the real case, of course, is how do you get people on the ground who are independent, and the UN is trying to put forward a team in that guise, to finally confirm this has actually taken place. And that's going to be the debate in the weeks ahead.
The thing is, as long as this debate continues to happen, it's simply buys longer time for both sides to dig in on the battlefield. And we have, of course, the bloodiest months coming ahead now, which normally are in summer.
RAJPAL: All right. Nick, thank you. Nick Paton Walsh there live for us from CNN London.
Let's turn now to North Korea and the case of Korean-American Kenneth Bay. Now you may recall he was sentenced to 15 years hard labor last week. Now, for the first time, North Korea is speaking out about the so-called hostile acts, it says, led to his conviction.
According to the state run news agency, the North Korean supreme court says Bay was caught red-handed with anti-government literature and set up anti- North Korean bases in China. Bay, a tour operator, was arrested in North Korea in November. The U.S. State Department has appealed for his release on humanitarian grounds.
Second guessing the investigation, why some are asking whether Ohio police missed crucial clues that could have helped them crack the case of three missing women a lot sooner.
Plus, Britain's Prince Harry creates a stir on Capitol Hill. We'll tell you where he's headed next in our live report straight ahead.
RAJPAL: You are watching News Stream. And this is the visual version of the stories we have on the show. We began by telling you about a woman miraculously pulled out of the rubble of a factory in Bangladesh 17 days after it collapsed. But now, let's take you to Cleveland, Ohio where the daughter of the man accused of kidnapping and holding three women against their will, will for about a decade is speaking out.
Angie Gregg told CNN she had no idea what was apparently going on in her father's house and says since finding out, along with the rest of the world on Monday, she feels like she and her family are characters in a bad movie.
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ANGIE GREGG, ARIEL CASTRO'S DAUGHTER: It was like everything crashed down. Like I just wanted to melt into the floor, like I just -- I just wanted to die.
I have no problem cutting him out of my life. I have no problem doing that. I never want to see him again.
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RAJPAL: Ariel Castro has so far been charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Two of the women and a six-year-old girl he's accused of holding captive have returned home to their families. The third woman remains in hospital where she's said to be in good condition.
Now knowing what she knows now, Castro's daughter says in hindsight, some of her father's behavior did appear strange over the years. And she's not the only one second guessing the past. As Gary Tuchman reports, Cleveland police are facing criticism over clues some say they might have overlooked.
GARY TUCHMAN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Eric Poindexter believes he could have helped Cleveland police end this kidnapping nightmare nine years ago.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My brother and I was driving down the street on the day Gina Dejesus was abducted.
TUCHMAN: The street is West 105th, only a couple blocks away from the school Gina was walking home from the day she was kidnapped. Eric and his brother were driving when a car came up on their left in the turning lane.
(on camera): Then you saw a girl walking down the sidewalk on that side of the street.
ERIC POINDEXTER, SAYS HE CALLED IN TIP TO POLICE: Right over there, right by that brick building.
TUCHMAN (on camera): What did you see this driver do after that?
POINDEXTER: Once we crossed Fidelity, this intersection, he swerved in front of us, almost hitting us, to get into where the "parking lane," quote/unquote, is, and as soon as we passed him up, he did a u-turn, didn't care if anybody was coming the other way or nothing, hit a u-turn right in front -- right in front of towards where the little girl was walking.
TUCHMAN (voice-over): In this week's police report about the case, authorities reveal Gina has confirmed she was kidnapped at West 105th Street.
(on camera): After Eric and his brother saw the car make a u- turn and head towards the girl, they also made a u-turn, angry that they almost got hit by the driver and also concerned about the girl. But when they got to the spot where they had seen the girl, they no longer did. She was gone.
(voice-over): It wasn't long before reports surfaced about a missing girl named Gina Dejesus. So Eric and his brother say they immediately called the police to tell them what they saw.
POINDEXTER: She was wearing tight black pants and a puffy gray jacket.
TUCHMAN (on camera): What was the description of Gina Dejesus after she went missing?
POINDEXTER: There was a little girl, Puerto Rican girl with long curly black hair wearing black pants, tight black pants and a gray puffy jacket.
TUCHMAN: Same exact descriptions.
POINDEXTER: Same exact descriptions.
TUCHMAN (voice-over): Eric says the authorities never seemed to think their information was credible.
POINDEXTER: It seemed like they was looking at us like we was just looking for attention or something like that.
TUCHMAN (on camera): The police.
POINDEXTER: Yes. They didn't seem to give any real true desire to the case, know what I'm saying? What we was telling them, they thought we were blowing smoke up their butts or something. I don't know.
TUCHMAN: Why do you think that is?
POINDEXTER: I have no clue.
TUCHMAN (voice-over): After the arrest of Ariel Castro, Eric and his brother say that is the face they saw behind the wheel that day. But theirs isn't the only story that if acted upon could have ended the terror allegedly brought by Ariel Castro.
In 2004, after Castro, who was a school bus driver, had allegedly kidnapped two girls and was about to kidnap Gina Dejesus, he left a child on his bus as he headed into the bus depot. I asked police why Castro wasn't more aggressively questioned about the incident.
DEPUTY CHIEF ED TOMBA, CLEVELAND POLICE: He was interviewed extensively relative to this complaint that we had. He was not a suspect in any other complaint. This was -- he was a bus driver who inadvertently, so he says, left a kid on a bus, went in for a lunch break, came back and then found the young man.
TUCHMAN: Castro was never prosecuted for that incident. A year later, Castro was accused in court documents of repeated abuse and domestic violence against his common law wife, Grimilda Figueroa. He was accused of everything from breaking her nose twice to dislocating her shoulders.
But the case was ultimately dismissed because of numerous delays caused by Castro not showing up and attorneys for both sides not showing up. Police strongly defend their work on this case, saying they have no records of any recent calls pertaining to Ariel Castro. They also tell us they have not been able to confirm if they have records of talking to Eric and his brother back when the kidnapping happened.
POINDEXTER: I now believe 100 percent in my heart that he was there to abduct that little girl. I believe that little girl was Gina Dejesus.
TUCHMAN: Police say they will continue to investigate if other calls have been made over the years.
Gary Tuchman, CNN, Cleveland.
RAJPAL: In the two years since President Hosni Mubarak was pushed from power, Egypt seems to have stumbled from one crisis to another. As Reza Sayah tells us, things are so bad, some Egyptians are openly calling for Mubarak's return.
REZA SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Look whose picture is on a giant poster in downtown Cairo local people are cheering for and posing for pictures with. It's none other than Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's a champion, like Sadat like (inaudible).
SAYAH: Mubarak is a champion.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, of course.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He is my president for 30 years.
SAYAH: You still consider him your president?
UNIDENTIIFED FEMALE: He is. I have no president except him.
SAYAH: You may be surprised that two years after the uprising that toppled Mubarak, his supporters are back out on the street. We're not talking about huge demonstrations, there's about 100 people in this one. Even so, they're out in public again. And they seem to be growing bolder and a little louder.
Do you not agree that he was an oppressive dictator?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Dictator? No, of course not.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): I hope, I hope he comes back. Everyone wants him to come back now. His popularity has increased. The more time passes, the more popular he is.
SAYAH: Mubarak is piling up Facebook friends, too, 1 million likes and counting on a Facebook page called I'm Sorry, Mr. President that was created right after he was deposed in 2011.
AHMED SHOKR, POLITICAL ANALYST: I hear it. And I understand where it's coming from.
SAYAH: Political analyst Ahmed Shokr says no one seriously thinks Mubarak can make a comeback. After all, he's 85, in prison, waiting to go on trial on murder charges, and still widely viewed as a disgraced dictator who did more bad than good.
Shokr says Mubarak's recent spike in popularity is more of a knock against the struggles of the current government.
SHOKR: There is a very deep disappointment with the way things have gone after the uprising of 2011. And a widespread distrust and anger at the Muslim Brotherhood for failing to deliver on many of their promises.
SAYAH: It's that failure, analysts say, that has some Egyptians once again praising the man whose same pictures were set on fire and ripped to shreds not too long ago.
Reza Sayah, CNN, Cairo.
RAJPAL: Britain's Prince Harry is due to visit the U.S.'s most hallowed ground. Coming up on News Stream, we'll take you live to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
And how much has the world changed in the past three decades? Just take a look at these satellite photos of Dubai here. And we'll show you more ahead.
RAJPAL: A somber stop today for Britain's Prince Harry on his tour of the United States. He is set to visit Arlington National Cemetery shortly, paying respects to service members killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. CNN's royal correspondent Max Foster is there. He joins us now -- Max.
MAX FOSTER, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Monita. A very different tone to today's proceedings. Harrymania pretty much hit Washington yesterday. Lots of young women very keen to meet him.
Today you're going to see him in uniform arriving in around half an hours time coming here to section 60, which is described as the saddest acre in America. It's where all the newest graves are. And you have to remember that Prince Harry is a serving officer himself, fairly recently coming back from Afghanistan. He's going to be looking at these graves thinking actually at the back of his mind it could have been him.
And then he's going to go on to Walter Reed as well, a medical center, where there's going to be wounded service men and women from Afghanistan.
So a very personal day for him, but also one that he doesn't necessarily be about him, he wants it to be about war veterans.
This is his big cause right now. This is what he's pushing. And that's what you're going to see a lot of today. You're not going to see the party prince at all today.
RAJPAL: Yeah, he takes a lot of pride in his work as a serviceman. In fact, both him and the Duke of Cambridge as well. They both take a lot of pride in what they do for the country. And this trip has been all about what you've been describing as gentle diplomacy. It has been taking away from what, you know, the good fun prince, but more about the causes that are deep to his heart, but also the causes that were deep to his mother's heart.
FOSTER: Yeah. So yesterday he was at this landmines exhibition. And that was all about Diana, that was her cause. And he's picking up on that. He went to a reception at the embassy, the UK embassy here and paid tribute to her, talked about how this was very satisfying to him as a person, as a son really.
That reception was also about promoting British interests, though. You keep seeing this in the background that these events he goes to, you see some -- you know, some British civil servants working the scene. They've got very senior Americans here wanting to meet the prince and they're taking advantage of that to try to promote the UK to them. UK trade links in particular.
And after he's been here in Virginia, Monita, he's going to fly off to Denver to another reception again hosted by the British government, paid for by the British government, a way of them getting big name Americans into these events and selling the UK to them.
So this is part of the brief on this tour promoting his charities, but also there's UK interests.
RAJPAL: What's really interesting, Max, is the fact that the British royal family still garners a lot of attention. In fact, the Americans really love these young royals.
FOSTER: Yeah, well, you've got to remember about Prince Harry is -- obviously there's a fascination with the Duchess of Cambridge here. And I've got a bit of a theory that it's partly linked to the fact that many people here grow up with those Disney princesses and she very much brings that idea to life, makes their dreams a reality.
But this is the country where dreams come true. And this is one thing you can't actually get your hands on. So later on this big polo match in Connecticut towards the end of the tour, you've got tickets being exchanged for huge amounts of money for an opportunity to meet Prince Harry. And there's a bit of an honesty about this when you go to Connecticut and speak to the people there, I mean actually he -- there's a window here to become a princess. I mean, he's the one person in the world at this time in America that can actually turn a woman into a princess.
So I think there's part of that, it's a fascination -- obviously there's a bit of fun to it as well, but that's where the fascination comes from. It's sort of an unattainable celebrity.
RAJPAL: Well, also we should let the American women know that you're taken as well, Max. You're not available.
Max Foster there at Arlington cemetery in Virginia. Thank you so much.
Still ahead, a tragic story out of California where a sailor who won Olympic gold is killed during a training accident in San Francisco Bay. Stay with us.
RAJPAL: I'm Monita Rajpal in Hong Kong. You are watching News Stream. And these are the headlines.
You're looking at video just in to CNN of a woman found alive in the rubble of a factory building in Bangladesh. 17 days after it collapsed. Here she is being treated at a nearby military hospital. Crews had given up hope days ago of finding any more survivors and had shifted their focus to retrieving bodies. The death toll from the building collapse has passed 1,000.
The Pakistani Taliban have renewed threats to attack Saturday's elections. The Pakistani military says troops will be out in force to provide security. Parties have campaigned against the backdrop of bombings and assassinations. And the general election holds out the prospect of the first democratic transfer of power in Pakistan's 66 year history.
CNN has learned that the Turkish government is treated around a dozen Syrian patients who are exhibiting symptoms consistent with chemical weapons exposure. Now this comes after Turkey's prime minister told NBC News the so-called red line on chemical weapons set by the U.S. was crossed long ago.
France is taking a day to commemorate the end of slavery. President Francois Hollande attended a ceremony earlier. It's been 165 years since France officially abolished slavery for good, but as Jim Bittermann found out, these are still cases -- there are still cases of modern day forced servitude.
TINA OKPARA, SLAVERY VICTIM: I was like in (inaudible) and his slave.
JIM BITTERMANN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Tina Okpara has been back before, but it's an emotional experience each time she returns to the house where she was held captive for five years.
OKPARA: I was like thinking about killing myself by then. But the only thing that makes me stay, that makes me keep on saying that maybe one I will -- somebody will rescue me...
BITTERMANN: At age 12 in her native Nigeria, Tina was legally adopted and brought to France by football star Godwin Okpara and his wife. Her birth family agreed to the adoption thinking she was heading off to a better life, but once here she was kept out of school and made to work as a domestic, sexually abused and mutilated. She tried to escape but failed to convince police at the local commisariat that she was not just a runaway. A second time, though, she succeeded. And Okparas were convicted and sent to jail.
OKPARA: They tried to destroy me once. They are not -- despite all I went through I'm still alive. I'm lucky to be alive.
BITTERMANN: If Tina's case is unusual, modern slavery in France is not. The association here which tries to rescue the enslaved, helped free 122 people from bondage last year and its president says it's only the tip of the iceberg.
SYLVIE O'DY, COMMITTEE AGAINST MODERN SLAVERY: People don't believe it when we tell that to people in France. They say, no, it's not true. Slavery has been abolished 150 years ago so you don't have slavery in France. and you say, yes, you have slavery by the metro next to your house you can have slavery.
BITTERMANN: Typical, says the association, are cases like that of this Filipino woman who out of fear prefers we call her Jeanne. She was hired to work as domestic help by a family from the Middle East. They took away her passport and papers and threatened her if she did not work for them day and night. When they came to France for a visit, she managed to escape by climbing out of a six floor window and sliding to the ground on a rope.
Jeanne was held in forced servitude in this building in one of the most chic areas of Paris. In fact, so many cases of modern-day slavery take place in unexpected neighborhoods like this one that recently the anti- slavery committee published this booklet which shows pictures of places around the city where slaves have been held.
And it's not just foreigners who are responsible for the modern slavery in France. According to his lawyer, a Cambodian refugee names Soch (ph) was held in cruel conditions and forced to work by a French mother and daughter who took advantage of his mental incapacity for more than 10 years. Denied medical treatment, he pulled out his own teeth with pliers. And eventually, the French women were taken to court. Soch (ph) is now a ward of the state.
And so more than a century and a half after slavery was definitively abolished in France, modern-day instances of it still come up even in the leafy suburbs of Paris and sometimes to he disbelief of authorities here, who according to anti-slavery groups are gradually beginning to take the problem seriously.
Jim Bittermann, CNN, Chateau (ph), France.
RAJPAL: And join us a week from today for the premiere of a new CNN Freedom Project documentary. "The Fighters" follows a Philippine human rights activist working to protect children from the sex trade. Her efforts convinced the nation's biggest star, boxer Manny Pacquiao to join her. Part one airs next Friday at 7:00 pm here in Hong Kong. And catch part two the following day at the same time.
And there's more online, including an exclusive gallery from Manny Pacquiao's personal photographer. Go to CNN.com/thefighters.
Let's take a look now at the sports headlines. And the world of sailing is mourning the loss of one of its brightest stars. Pedro Pinto joins us now from London with more on that story -- Pedro.
We will catch up with Pedro a little bit later on. I'm told for now, though, we'll be right back after this short break.
RAJPAL: Welcome back. You are watching News Stream live from Hong Kong.
We want to get you more now on that story we were talking about just before the break. And the world of sailing is in mourning with the loss of one of its brightest stars. Pedro Pinto joins us now from London with more on that. Hi, Pedro.
PEDRO PINTO, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Monita. British sailor Andrew Simpson was killed on Thursday when his team's catamaran capsized during America's Cup training at San Francisco Bay. The 36 year old who was known as Bart among friends won two Olympic medals during his sailing career, one in Beijing and one in London. He was part of the Swedish Artemis team that will be taking part in the America's Cup later this year.
Simpson was trapped underneath his team's vessel for about 10 minutes after it had flipped over . And efforts to revive him failed. Simpson and 11 of his teammates were thrown into the water after the yacht capsized. Another sailor suffered injuries that were thought not to be life threatening. And all 12 aboard have now been accounted for.
Simpson's death has shaken this team to its core.
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PAUL CAYARD, CEO, ARTEMIS RACING: Shocking experience to go through. And we have a lot to deal with in the next few days in terms of assuring everybody's well-being. So, the boat is -- the boat itself is under control, but it's certainly not the first of our concerns. We're focused on the people.
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PINTO: No doubt it's a tragic story out of San Francisco.
Let's move on to football news. And it's official, David Moyes will succeed Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager at the end of the season. The confirmation came from Old Trafford on Thursday in the form of a statement. Moyes was always the frontrunner to get the job after Ferguson surprisingly announced he was stepping down after over 26 years at Old Trafford.
The current Everton boss is 50 years old, and just like Ferguson hails from Scotland. Moyes signed a six year contract with United and will start work at the club on the 1st of July.
Most golf fans around the world have their sites set on the Players Championship which teed off in Florida on Thursday. Tiger Woods is among the favorites, as usual. And he had a solid start at TPC Sawgrass, fired six birdies in the first round on his way to a 67. Believe it or not, Woods had never broken 70 in the opening round in his 15 previous tries.
He's still four shots off the lead, which belongs to a little known American, Roberto Castro. He was on fire and went on to tie the course record with a 63 on Thursday. He holds a three shot lead at the top of the leaderboard.
I can tell you there was a big upset at the Madrid tennis masters on Thursday. Roger Federer was knocked out in the third round by Kei Nishikori. The world number 2 was playing in his first tournament since taking a seven week break. And he did look quite a bit rusty. Nishikori took advantage. The players split the first two sets and then the Japanese star dominated the decider.
Nishikori, ranked 16th in the world, called this one of the biggest victories of his career. He won in an hour and 35 minutes. The score 6-4, 1-6, and 6-2 as he moves on to the quarterfinals.
Much more on these stories and others when you join me on World Sport later today. Monita, I know you'll be watching. Back to you.
RAJPAL: Always, Pedro, always watching.
Thank you very much for that.
Now the group that claims it made a handgun using a 3D printer has removed instructions on how to do so from its website, that after a demand was made by the U.S. State Department. Earlier this week, the nonprofit group called Defense Distributed posted this video online apparently showing a single shot fired from the 3D printed plastic gun. But the State Department is concerned posting instructions on how to make it may violate international arms trafficking regulations. It issued a cease and desist letter to the group's founder.
It took 28 years, eight satellites and millions of satellite images for NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey and Google to create these time lapse videos. Published by Time Magazine, they tell the recent history of the planet and show in stark detail how we are all changing it and not always for the better.
REBECCA MOORE, ENGINEERING MANAGER, GOOGLE EARTH OUTREACH AND EARTH ENGINE: What we built is the world's first multi-decade animated time lapse of the Earth. Working with our partners, U.S. Geological Survey and NASA, we brought online millions of satellite images starting from 1984 to 2012. It's trillions of pixels of satellite imagery data that have never been available to the public before. And we've stitched that together into this seamless animation of the planet changing over time.
When you see the disappearing Amazon rainforest, ti's pretty shocking, it's pretty shocking.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One area of rainforest in particular that used to be about the size of Kansas has now lost a third of its acreage in just the last 30 years. That's a lot of trees going down very fast.
We see glaciers retreating across the surface of the world due to the impacts of climate change and other factors.
MOORE: You can see innovative, actually, water projects happening in the middle of the desert in the Middle East where they've created verdant agricultural fields out of nothing.
You can see artificial cities being built off, out into the ocean.
UNIDENTIIFED MALE: When you look at Las Vegas, the sprawl that came as a result, partly, of the housing boom, has been remarkable, except at Lake Mead, which keeps the whole area hydrated, has been shrinking in direct proportion to the growth of the city.
MOORE: NASA just launched the next Landsat satellite, Landsat 8. And yet congress is now considering whether to continue the Landsat Earth observing mission past Landsat 8.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That would be a terrible mistake. If we can't see how we're changing and sometimes damaging our Earth, we certainly can't keep ourselves accountable for it.
RAJPAL: And you can actually explore the site yourself and check out your own part of the world to see how it's changed over the last 30 years. Here's the change in our own home base of Hong Kong. You can find this at time.com/timelapse. And we should point out Time a part of the same parent company as CNN.
Now let's get a check of weather conditions where you are. Our resident space geek Mari Ramos is at the world weather center. Mari, I didn't describe you that way, that's what's written.
MARI RAMOS, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: I think that was -- that was probably our producer Ravi (ph). I"m go ahead and have a little talk with...
RAJPAL: Yes, that's probably Ravi (ph), our producer.
RAMOS: But you know what, that's OK. You know, I've been called worse. And space geek is actually pretty good. And I've got to tell you, those pictures that you were showing us right now, Monita, that report, fascinating. I absolutely love it. I was mesmerized.
I was a little while ago playing on that -- the time machine, so to speak, and it is really amazing. I'm going to go ahead and tweet that address in just a little while, because you will be pretty fascinating.
We use a kind of technology here before you see this, when we show you the before and after pictures before and after a disaster. And it's fascinating even in that small scale from, you know, a month ago until now or a year ago until now. But to see it for 30 years, wow, I really, really amazing.
But anyway, let's go ahead and get to the world of weather, a little closer to home here.
I want to talk to you about these tropical cyclones in the Indian Ocean. The one down here, Tropical Cyclone 24 we're not going to be too worried about it. It's in the middle of the ocean, an interest to shipping mainly. But this one farther to the north, Tropical Cyclone 1B formed just within the last 24 hours, it's a pretty large tropical cyclone, pretty widespread, not very intense. Tropical Cyclone 1B, it's the first one to form in the Bay of Bengal
Now tropical cyclones only form in this part of the world, they're very rare, they only form here in between the monsoon season. So right now that we are ending the dry part of the monsoon and getting into the wet part of the monsoon, it's kind of like when these tropical cyclones form. And we only get maybe one, two a year. So this is the first one.
It's pretty large, and you can see the moisture stretching all the way from Sri Lanka all the way back even into peninsular parts of Malaysia. So this is going to be affecting a lot of people.
This is another perspective of it. And again you can see how large and widespread those bands of the storm kind of swirling around here are. So we're going to keep an eye on this. Right now, the main threat is going to be rough seas for you guys in Sri Lanka, portions of southern India, Thailand, parts of Malaysia and then back over towards Sumatra.
But as we head into the weekend and this storm system probably intensifies a little bit more. And it heads farther to the north. I think more people are going to be affected. The Andaman Islands right over here will also get some very heavy rain from this. And then as it intensifies and moves north we'll have to see exactly where this heads.
These areas here across the north really need to start watching this. I think Myanmar and Bangladesh, that looks like the more likely scenario right now, but we're still so many days away a lot of things can happen. For now, let's just know that it's out here and some of those outer fringes will be affecting you over the next couple of days.
Now, the heat, of course, scorching heat. This happened before the monsoon starts. And we still continue to see that kind of situation.
Back to you, Monita.
RAJPAL: Mari, thank you very much for that.
We want to bring you some live pictures that we're getting in to the news room as we've mentioned. Britain's Prince Harry is visiting Arlington National Cemetery in the United States. These are those live pictures of the prince arriving. He is paying respects to service members killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many are buried in section 60 where you can see the prince right now. He is in full uniform. He's scheduled to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns next hour.
Harry is, of course, a captain in the British army and has served twice in Afghanistan. His most recent deployment ended in January.
Prince Harry also supports various military charities. His week long trip to the U.S. is meant to highlight those.
As we see there, he is in full military uniform. He's often known -- he's probably perhaps better known to his comrades as Captain Wales, preferring that than Prince Harry when he's on duty, obviously. He has been on two tours of Afghanistan. And we have seen -- they have been limited showings, limited access to him when he is there, because his focus is on serving his country and protecting not only his comrades and his fellow soldiers, but also the people of Afghanistan and the work that British forces are doing there.
He is there at the Arlington National Cemetery again honoring and paying respects to the countless number of lives lost, servicemen and women whose lives -- who paid the ultimate price for protecting and serving their country.
Of course, our Max Foster is continuing to follow the prince. And of course he'll have more on CNN a little bit later on.
But coming up next here on News Stream, these servers are part of a project to record Britain's digital history. We're talking about 1 billion webpages of content. Learn more after the break.
RAJPAL: Blogs, ebooks, Facebook entries, even Twitter feeds like mine here, they don't last forever folks. Formats change, whole sites can disappear, and once they're gone a slice of our digital heritage could be lost. But UK lawmakers say the information we share online will one day be part of a vital history. So six of Britain's top libraries are now being allowed to archive not just every book published in the UK, but also every website based there.
Erin McLaughlin went to the British library in London to find out more.
ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: These are clues from civilizations sometimes centuries old. How people saw their world, what they found amusing, how they prayed, treasures of the British library. The collection includes a copy of every book, journal, newspaper and magazine published in Print in the UK since 1662. And now that collection extends to the digital space as well.
LUCIE BURGESS, HEAD OF CONTENT STRATEGY, THE BRITISH LIBRARY: We want to be able to paint this really rich and diverse picture of life in the UK today. And to do that, you have to be able to collect ebooks, you have to be able collect blogs and websites and social media. I mean, they're an absolutely critical part of our cultural and intellectual heritage.
MCLAUGHLIN: It promises to be one of the most comprehensive digital archives in the world stored on four secure servers.
BURGESS: Starting to archive the whole of the UK webspace. I mean, this is fantastic. We're talking about 4.8 million websites, a billion webpages of content. This is the first time that this has ever been done in the UK. So it's a fully comprehensive webscale project.
MCLAUGHLIN: And this is what it sounds like, and this is what it looks like.
BURGESS: Yeah, exactly. You're exactly right.
MCLAUGHLIN: Getting the law changed to allow the library to sweep the internet for blogs, tweets, and pages wasn't easy. In fact, it took 10 years.
During that time, there was the London bombing in 2005, the financial crisis in 2008 and the UK election in 2010, historic events that the libraries archivists say have fallen into a digital black hole, online content lost forever.
BURGESS: Well, this digital material changes over time. Websites get taken down. The average life of a website is we estimate only 75 days. And so as I say this material disappears incredibly quickly.
MCLAUGLIN: About a year from now, we'll be able to take a look at the archives right here at the British Library. They'll be in the form of a digital snapshot of the internet at points in time so that someone centuries from now will be able to see what life was like in 2013.
Erin McLaughlin, CNN, London.
RAJPAL: But the British Library could come across a problem when it comes to providing public access to its digital archive. In the U.S. the Library of Congress has been archiving all public tweets since 2006, that's when Twitter was founded. As of January, it had collected more than 170 billion tweets. So far, the ones from 2006 to 2010 are organized, but the library says searching the archive can take 24 hours. It says it needs hundreds, if not thousands of serves to reduce that time.
Now, we began the show with an amazing story of survival. A woman pulled from the rubble 17 days after a building collapsed on top of her. But we cannot forget that more than 1,000 people died in that building collapse. Now we're going to show you photograph from the tragedy. It is perhaps one of the most poignant images we've seen, but we do warn you that you may find it disturbing.
Now here you see two victims in a sort of embrace at that collapsed garment factory. The photo was taken the day after the collapse. We don't know how they got this way. They may have died in an embrace or their bodies may have fallen into this position or somehow been pushed by shifting debris.
It certainly is powerful showing just how -- just two of the now more than 1,000 people who have died. And those cannot be forgotten.
And that is News Stream. I'm Monita Rajpal. World Business Today is next.