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Car Bombs Kill At Least 42 In Turkish Border Town; Ariel Castro's Brothers Speak Out; Russia Works Hard To Ensure Security Ahead Of Winter Olympics; Tropical Cyclone Threatens Bay Of Bengal Countries; Nawaz Sharif's Party Unofficial Winners of Pakistan Elections

Aired May 13, 2013 - 08:00:00   ET


PAULINE CHIOU, HOST: I'm Pauline Chiou in Hong Kong. Welcome to News Stream where news and technology meet.

Tensions rise on the boarder between Syria and Turkey as each blames the other for two bomb attacks in a Turkish border town.

And Italian football matches stopped after racist abuse is heard in the stadium.

And human trafficking through the eyes of some of its youngest victims on the day of a landmark UN summit on modern-day slavery.

The day after dozens of grieving families buried their loved ones in Reyhanli, Turkey, people living near Turkey's border with Syria say they are angry and afraid.

Nine Turkish citizens have been taken into custody in connection with two bombing attacks that shattered the city center on Saturday. The car bombs exploded outside government buildings, killing at least 47 people.

Turkey's deputy prime minister is pointing the finger at Syria saying the attackers have links to Syrian intelligence, but Damascus denies any involvement.

Some 300,000 Syrian refugees have entered Turkey since Syria's civil war broke out two years ago. Many have sought refuge in Reyhanli.

Senior international correspondent Ben Wedeman is there and joins us now live with the very latest.

Ben, you're near the site of that explosion over the weekend. Tell us what you've been seeing there.

BEN WEDEMAN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: What I just saw just a few moments ago, Pauline, was a man emerging from this crowd, his face was all bloodied and apparently he was a Syrian, I could tell by the accent he was speaking. And people were sort of shouting at him. And that really gives you an idea of the anger of some of the people here in Reyhanli against the Syrian. Many of these Syrians, of course, are simply refugees who have fled from over the border, which is just 10 kilometers away from here.

But what you can see on the scene here is it was a massive bomb. There were two bombs on Saturday afternoon at about 1:00. One going off in a different part of town and then 15 minutes later a second car bomb exploding in font of the post office. It destroyed the post office, many of the buildings around it in an D this entire area almost all the glass was shattered.

We walked into one of the buildings around here and there were still blood Stains on the stairwell and the walls where the wounded people left the area.

So it was massive destruction caused by these two bombs.

Now the latest number we're hearing from the Turkish authorities is 46 dead, but I saw just about two hours ago one body being pulled out of the rubble and the rescuer said that there were more under the rubble, as many as two as well. And so these bombs causing huge damage here in Reyhanli.

But of course also causing tensions to really skyrocket in this town very close to the Syrian border -- Pauline.

CHIOU: Ben, we are seeing that these were two huge explosions. Syria is denying that it's behind these two car bombs, but what have Turkish officials said about why they think Syria is behind it?

WEDEMAN: Well, their points is, for instance, to the nine people that they've detained saying that they have connections with groups in Syria. They're suggesting that the bombs were assembled in various parts of this town.

What they're saying is that the people behind the bombings may be members of a Turkish radical Marxist organization whose leaders fled to Syria in the 1980s and were given refuge by the Syrian government.

So they certainly are pointing to the Syrians. At the same time they're stressing that they don't think that, a, al Qaeda was involved in this bombing. They don't think that Syrian refugees were involved in the bombing, but that doesn't stop many of the people here in this town from taking their anger out on ordinary Syrians.

Normally, this town would be full of Syrian cars, but you're not seeing any here at the moment. And there are very few Syrians on the streets -- Pauline.

CHIOU: Ben, recently we've seen the international effort for diplomacy stepped up over the situation in Syria. For example, the British Prime Minister David Cameron is in the U.S. today. He's going to speak with Obama about Syria. We saw the Secretary of State John Kerry from the U.S. in Russia last week speaking to his counterpart about Syria.

Is there a fear now that the civil war is spilling over the borders and could derail these international efforts?

WEDEMAN: Well, certainly that is what we're seeing here as the fear is that Turkey, which gave refuge to the refugees, which has sort of turned a blind eye to a lot of the rebel groups that are operating in Syria, is going to start to pay the price for that.

And certainly if you see more incidents like this, it's going to be very difficult for the Turkish government to sign on to any sort of peace efforts involving the United States and Russia. So it's a very, very delicate situation. And events on the ground here in Turkey could certainly very easily derail those diplomatic efforts -- Pauline.

CHIOU: Ben, thank you for bringing us up to date on this story here from that car bombing on Saturday. Ben Wedeman live in Turkey along the Turkey-Syria border.

Now for 19 days now, crews have been scouring the rubble of a collapsed factory building in the Bangladeshi capital looking for the bodies of those still missing in the disaster. But officials say that search is now winding down and could end by tomorrow. 1,127 bodies have already been recovered. And one army official says he believes there are no more bodies in the ruins.

Meanwhile, the Bangladeshi government has set up a panel to raise the minimum wage for textile workers. The average wage right now is less than $40 a month.

Let's go straight to Leone Lakhani who is live in Dhaka with more. And she's also been following the story of a young woman who was pulled alive on Friday after surviving under that rubble for about 16 days.

Leone, tell us who she is doing, firs of all.

LEONE LAKHANI, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORREPSONDENT: Absolutely Pauline. We're actually at the hospital that she's being treated. This is a military hospital that she's been at since Friday when she was rescued. And she spoke to reporters for the first time in a proper press briefing a short time ago and we were there.

She seems to be still a little bit fragile. Doctors say she's improved a lot. They described they described how much when she first arrived that she was so traumatized that the slightest thing would startle her. She's much better than that (inaudible) 2010, in June of 2010 and she joined this garment factory in April, April 2nd of this year.

She was working on the third floor. And she said when the building collapsed she managed to crawl down into the basement. She said that along the way, many of her clothes had been torn off. She found some more clothes at the bottom of the basement and she changed into those clothes.

She did say that she doesn't remember certain details. She's still a tiny bit traumatized from what's happening. She's slowly, slowly remembering and recounting what happened during those 16 days. She also she was asked, you know, how she managed to do that. She said it was purely god's will that she survived. She doesn't know how she got that courage, but she was determined to survive.

She also said that she does not want to work in the garment industry any longer. She said that she only joined Rana Plaza (ph) back in April and she was earning about 45 4,700 takas. That's about 60 dollars a month, which is which is actually over average. 60 US dollars was her salary over there. But she says after this ordeal she will not be working in garments any more Pauline.

CHIOU: Leone, looking at her and considering what she's been through, she looks like she's in quite good condition considering she had been under that rubble for more than 16 days. You mentioned she does not work in the garment industry any more. The Bangladeshi government has said it's setting up a panel to discuss raising the minimum wage. So this has been a huge issue since this collapse happened. Is there hope for any real movement on improving the situation for garment workers?

LAKHANI: Pauline, you know, this is not the first garment -- this is not the first garment accident that we've seen, but it is the deadliest industrial disaster that Bangladesh has seen. There's been so much international pressure as a result of what's happened.

Now in the past, the government has been quite lax about tackling the issues surrounding the garment industry in terms of safety standards, for instance. And the reason for that is the garment industry is extremely powerful. Garment exports make up nearly 80 percent of Bangladesh's total annual exports. It's quite powerful.

This time, there's a lot more hope in the sense that there's been such an international outcry, there's been a lot more pressure from the international world.

What it will take is not just pressure from the government to raise the minimum wage, but also from the company's abroad, the international companies that have workers and that have supplies from Bangladesh to also agree to higher minimum wage, because at the moment the reason they come to Bangladesh is for the cheaper labor and lower costs. So it's going to have to be a concerted effort between the government here as well as the international community and the international companies that are sourcing their material here.

CHIOU: Right. That makes sense from the government to the western brands, it's a discussion we've been having for several weeks now.

Leone, thank you very much. That's Leone Lakhani with the latest on the survivor story in Dhaka in Bangladesh.

Well, officials in the Russian city of Sochi are taking no chances when it comes to making sure next year's Winter Olympics are safe. Coming up on News Stream, we'll have a live report from Sochi.

Plus, an Italian football match suspended because of racist chants by fans. The disturbing details coming up in sport.

And later, we talk exclusively to the two brothers of Ariel Castro, the Ohio man accused of holding three women captive for some 10 years. Hear what the brothers have to say about the man they are now calling a monster.


CHIOU: In Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif is preparing to return to power. According to unofficial results, his party came out on top in the national assembly. Sharif was prime minister twice before and was overthrown in a coup by Pervez Musharraf back in 1999. He will face some of the same challenges this time around. The country is still reeling from an unstable economy, political instability and also major security concerns. But one thing is different, for the first time he'll take over from another democratically elected civilian government.

Saima Mohsin has more now from Islamabad.


SAIMA MOHSIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Nawaz Sharif and his party look set to form the next democratic government of Pakistan after this historic election. Today, he's holding meetings with the party faithful, senior politicians deciding who he might nominate for ministerial posts in Pakistan. Meanwhile, he says the top of his agenda is dealing with the Taliban, but to work with all parties across the country to decide how to deal with it.

He's also said he wants to reach out to neighboring power India to improve relations with them. And he's interacted with President Obama who has wished him well and congratulated Pakistan on having such a historic peaceful election.

Now there are controversies surrounding the election, allegations of rigging as well. Protests have broken out across the country as voters come out onto the street claiming that they had witnessed rigging. Of course, we cannot verify that ourselves.

But the election commission of Pakistan says that an official tally starts Monday. It may take a couple of days before we have the official outcome for the election.

Saima Mohsin, CNN, Islamabad, Pakistan.


CHIOU: The calendar is closing in on the Winter Games. And some novel high tech security measures are already in place in Sochi, Russia. We'll tell you what the city is doing to keep the athletes and visitors safe.


CHIOU: You were watching News Stream and this is a visual version of all the stories that we're covering on the show.

We started with the tense situation on the border between Syria and Turkey. Later, we'll bring you an exclusive interview with the brothers of Ariel Castro, the man accused of kidnapping three women in the United States. But now, we're going to look ahead to the next Olympics. There are still 270 days to go before the Winter Games begin, but security is already very tight in the Russian city of Sochi.

Concerns are heightened in part because of last month's bombing at the Boston Marathon.

CNN's Phil Black joins me now live from Sochi.

Phil, how prepared is the city?

PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, this city, Pauline, has always faced two big challenges in hosting these winter games. The first one, you can see going on behind me, it's the massive construction effort to transform this rundown Soviet era summer resort destination into a world class Winter Olympic host city.

The second is the security threat based upon its very close location to one of Russia's most violent regions.

Russian officials say they will be ready. The safety, the security of the visitors end of the venues will be assured and you can already see a very obvious presence here on the ground.


BLACK: These men are not elite athletes, they're all 40 plus amateur ice hockey players. They're in Sochi, Russia's Olympic city, so they get a police escort. And because they're playing in Sochi's new Olympic venue, the Bolshoi Ice Dome, every bus is scanned and everyone is screened as if they were boarding an international flight.

But it's even more thorough, everyone gets a pat down. Journalists also get the full treatment. All of this for an amateur hockey match.

(on camera): The Russian authorities say proves what they've been saying all along and that is they've been taking security very seriously in this city long before the Boston attack.

(voice-over): Russia is racing to finish its new Olympic venues by the Black Sea and in the mountains above Sochi. And like all other host countries, its other priority is security.

But international terrorism isn't only concern here. This country is also dealing with an ongoing security threat within its own borders. Russia will host these Olympic Games while also fighting an Islamist insurgency.

(on camera): And the fight centers on a region just 500 kilometers that way, across those mountains, in an area known as the North Caucuses.

(voice-over): It's a place where militants and security forces regularly clash. And from where terrorists have planned numerous, devastating attacks in other parts of Russia. The most recent, a suicide bombing at Moscow's busiest airport killed 35 people in January 2011.

Vladim Mukhanov is an expert on the North Caucuses and the groups fighting there to establish an independent Islamist state.

VADIM MUKHANOV, NORTH CAUCUS EXPERT (through translator): It's clear that having that kind of neighbor sharply increases the risks for the Olympics themselves and for the people who visit it.

BLACK: There's also a connection between the North Caucuses and the Boston Marathon attack. Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev visited there in 2012 and was interested enough in the region's militants to post some of their videos online.

In Sochi, some locals are feeling the shockwaves of Boston.

This woman says she's worried about security at the games. And since Boston, she's been avoiding crowded places.

But Sochi's organizers say they still believe they can stage the safety Olympics ever, and this is part of that effort.

Sochi's deputy mayor Anatoly Rikov (ph) tells me this network of CCT cameras has software that monitors crowd behavior to detect possible threats. Russia's security services were always planning a massive effort to protect the Olympics here. And they'll now face greater scrutiny after Boston reminded the world big sporting events are vulnerable targets.


BLACK: Pauline, an indication of the possible threat that security services are dealing with here. One year ago, they say they discovered an disrupted a plot to attack these games when they found massive stores of weapons that included surface-to-air missiles, rocket propelled grenades and other explosives. If true, it is an indication of the challenge they face as these games are going to be held in closer proximity to ongoing violence and established terror groups than any other Olympics in recent memory -- Pauline.

CHIOU: Yes, many big challenges as we count down.

Phil, thank you very much. That's Phil Black live from Sochi.

And keeping with sports, there was yet another instance of racism coming out of the Italian football league. Pedro Pinto joins us now live from London with more. And Pedro, what exactly happened?

PEDRO PINTO, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Well, Pauline, it's the kind of news that continues to cast a cloud over football. Sunday's Serie A game between Milan and Roma was temporarily suspended because of racist chants from supporters.

Shortly after halftime, the match referee decided to stop play as the San Sirota away supporters directed racist abuse at Mario Balotelli and other black players lining up for AC Milan. The stadium announcement was made ordering offenders to cease chanting before play was allowed to resume.

The match finished 0-0.

Here in England, there has been one story dominating the sports headlines over the last five days or so, and that is Alex Ferguson's retirement as manager of Manchester United. On Sunday, the Scot coached his final home game at Old Trafford after 26 years and 38 trophies.

Our Alex Thomas has been following this story up in Manchester and joins us now. Alex, good to see you. Atmosphere there I'm sure bittersweet among fans. And today, though, they'll get a chance to celebrate everything Ferguson and the team has done.

ALEX THOMAS, CNN SPORTS CORREPSONDENT: Yeah, less than 24 hours ago, Pedro, it was all about farewell Fergie. After those unprecedented 26-and- a-half years Sir Alex Ferguson's team beating Swansea 2-1 in his last ever home game. Now in just over four-and-a-half hours time, they're going to parade the Premier League trophy, their 13th under Sir Alex.

I'm going to step out of shot and let my cameraman, Pete, just zoom in on the front of the east stand here. The transfer across the windows read, 'the story continues,' yesterday. That's been replaced by the number 2013. Yes, that's this year, but also 20 English Championships, 13 Premier League Titles.

You can see the barricades already out. The bus will pull out in front of there at 6:00 local time. There will be speeches and then they'll start making their way into the city center.

We're already heard from Fergie after the game yesterday. He says he's happy to take a backseat and watch from the sidelines.


SIR ALEX FERGUSON, MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER: My retirement doesn't mean the end of my life with the club. I've been with you to enjoy watching them rather than suffer with them. But if you think about it, those last minute goals, the comebacks, even the defeats are all part of this great football club of ours. And it's been unbelievable it's been for all of us. So thank you for that.


THOMAS: So the sense of bereavement, Pedro, is sort of giving way to a sense of joy and celebration over another success for Manchester United and what the future will bring under David Moyes, the Everton boss who is moving here to take charge on July 1.

PINTO: And Alex, speaking about the future, what does it hold for Wayne Rooney? He was dropped from the lineup yesterday after it was revealed he had asked for a transfer. What can you tell us about his situation right now?

THOMAS: It doesn't look good. And I think if Sir Alex Ferguson was still the manager next season, I could say with almost certainty he wouldn't be a Manchester United player. You think of the way Ferguson has got rid of the likes of David Beckham, Jaap Stam and Van Nistelrooy to name but a few down the years.

Yes, you're right, Sir Alex did confirm that Wayne Rooney for the second time in two years has asked to leave Manchester United, but it's now up to Moyes, really. Of course, Rooney's former manager at Everton, does he want to keep the player, try and put a fatherly arm around his shoulders and get him back into the mood of player for United or really is Rooney just at such odds with the club that he has to move on for his sake as well as for Manchester United's?

PINTO: Alex, thanks for the update.

One thing is for sure, plenty will be said and written about Rooney over the next few weeks and months before his future is decided.

All right, let's move on. Over in the United States, Tiger Woods added another title to his resume. The World Number One reigned victorious in this weekend's Players Championship in Florida. Woods was involved in a dramatic duel with Sergio Garcia on the final day at Sawgrass, but came out on top, clinching his fourth victory of the season.

Tiger showed some flashes of brilliance. And his final score of 13 under par was good enough to finish on top.

Garcia's title bid came to an end on the 17th as the Spaniard found the water not once, but twice. A quadruple bogey seven meant he had no hope of continuing his title challenge.

Outsider, David Lingmerth made a late charge and could have forced a playoff with an Eagle on 18, but he couldn't drain the long putt. And that meant Tiger won the Players Championship for the second time in his career.

That is all the sport for now. Pauline, back to you.

CHIOU: OK, thank you very much, Pedro.

Well, coming up next on News Stream, government ministers meeting at the UN are due to hear from some of the youngest survivors of slavery through their art work. These drawings carry colorful messages that talk alone cannot convey. We'll have that story ahead.

And later, we'll bring you our exclusive interview with the brothers of the American man charged with kidnapping and raping three young women in the state of Ohio.


CHIOU: I'm Pauline Chiou in Hong Kong. And you're watching News Stream. These are our world headlines.

Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is getting ready to govern again. According to unofficial results, Sharif who was ousted in a military coup back in 1999 came out on top in Saturday's vote. The election, however, was marred by violence. At least 29 people were killed as extremists targeted polling stations across the country.

South Korea's president has apologized for what she described as an unsavory incident involving one of her aides. Spokesman Yoon Chang-yung was fired last week over accusations of sexual misconduct. He's accused of making inappropriate advances towards a female student guide while he was accompanying the president in Washington, D.C. Yoon blamed the incident on a quote, cultural misunderstanding.

The World Health Organization says it appears a new SARS-like virus could spread from person to person. This warning follows France's announcement that a second person has been infected with the deadly Corona virus in the city of Lilles. That victim had shared a hospital room with the first person diagnosed.

Through the Freedom Project, CNN has been covering the issue of human trafficking over the last two years. We've uncovered the ways that slavery still exists in the modern world and followed the ups and downs of the fight to finally put it to an end.

In less than half an hour from now, government ministers from around the world are due to meet at the UN general assembly to discuss this very issue of human trafficking and to hear from activists and also survivors of slavery. It is the first such high level meeting of its kind.

CNN's Jim Clancy joins us now live from the United Nations with more. And Jim, this is a good milestone to see. What else can you tell us about this meeting?

JIM CLANCY, CNN CORREPSONDENT: Well, it is a big deal, as you've outlined it, because it's bringing together people at a level not seen before, pushed by the UN Office and Drugs and Crime. A report that came out earlier this year that indicates that human trafficking, at least what we know of it, is not getting a lot better.

Why isn't it getting any better? Number one, law enforcement, they look at this -- and, you know, when you're in the drug business you put up with the reality that you're going to lose some shipments and a lot of people are going to get arrested. Human trafficking far more profitable for the people that are involved in it. And how many get arrested? Fewer than 1 percent are even prosecuted and convicted of these crimes.

And so they have an extraordinary opening here they know that they have to shut down. And it is only at the governmental level that they can really begin to do that.

The thing they're looking at is the victims, the survivors if you will. It's one thing to halt a human trafficking operation, it's quite another to really help the people who have been victimized.

And our own UN correspondent here, senior international correspondent Richard Roth gives us a look at some young men specifically helped by the UN in a special program after being subjected to years within the Lords Resistance Army as child soldiers. Here's his report.


ROSS BLECKNER, ARTIST: This, for instance, is a brain scan.

RICHARD ROTH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Abstract artist Ross Bleckner considers his studio a scientific laboratory, experimenting with identity and a relationship with the outside world.

BLECKNER: I've always been involved with social activism.

ROTH: That didn't prepare Bleckner, though, for a journey he made four years ago to Gulu (ph), Uganda.

BLECKNER: It had a really big influence on me?

ROTH: Bleckner is the first artist to be named a United Nations goodwill ambassador for the Office of Drugs and Crime.

BLECKNER: You know artists tend -- bring a lot of attention to issues?

ROTH: Teaching and talking with 25 children who were child soldiers and kidnap victims of the Lords Resistance Army, which terrorized parts of Africa.

BLECKNER: What I asked them to do is relive their experiences through painting, through drawling.

ROTH: Pride and dignity through painting after years of trauma. The children's art work was later displayed at the UN in an exhibition.

Yeah, what images struck you?

BLECKNER: What struck me is they had an unbelievably open willingness to think about the bright side of the future of Africa could be.

ROTH: In a trusting environment, the child victims expressed themselves through the paints and brushes Bleckner brought with him.

BLECKNER: In the end, it really has to do with self-respect. And that's what was taken away from people who are trafficked.

ROTH: Bleckner took the fear he saw in Uganda and put that theme in his own paintings back in New York.

BLECKNER: This is a painting where the images, you know, come in and out of consciousness, that kind of scary image suddenly is there and disappears.

ROTH: Bearing witness, Bleckner says, is part of many of his paintings.

BLECKNER: Welcome to Gulu (ph).

ROTH: The children's paintings captured in this book and sent to Uganda, one man stood out when the children painted. Joseph Kony, the murderous leader of the Lord's Resistance Army still on the run and the subject of an activist film.

BLECKNER: I kept asking why is he orange. And evidently when he came into the towns at night, he wore an orange mask. So they thought he was orange.

ROTH: The demons will still be there, but some healing with the stroke of a brush.

BLECKNER: Art is the most direct way for children who have been put through painful experiences to be able to express themselves in a way that is rehabilitive.

ROTH: Richard Roth, CNN, New York.


CLANCY: Now, you know, Bleckner is somebody that is involved as a goodwill ambassador. There are many others for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime like Mira Sorvino who voiced one of CNN's documentaries on the subject of human trafficking and how to fight it. All of these people are very important for raising the awareness of people around the globe.

But now it's moving on beyond awareness. We're talking about law enforcement. We're talking about reaching out, helping the victims -- Pauline.

CIOU: Yeah, we're talking about action right now.

Unfortunately, Jim, human trafficking has been a problem for a very, very long time. So what is motivating countries to act now?

CLANCY: They see the popular reaction to things like the CNN Freedom Project, they see the willingness of school -- everybody from school children to grandmothers that are joining and raising their voices. They don't want to be on the wrong side of history. And a lot of countries feel that, OK, if we've got a problem let's address that problem, let's capitalize on our image and how we can improve that image by taking the needed action in order to ensure the safety of our own citizens, of our young women and young men, the primary victims of human trafficking around the world.

Pauline, back to you.

CHIOU: Yeah, and we're trying to fix this problem together.

Jim, thank you very much.

And let's look into the issue in a little bit more depth here. And I want to bring you to this touchscreen to show you what the UN is saying. It says victims of trafficking are being subject to several forms of exploitation. Sexual exploitation is most frequently detected, accounted for more than half of all trafficking victims worldwide in 2010. More than a third were victims of forced labor. A tiny fraction, less than 1 percent, were trafficked for organ removal. And all other types of trafficking make up about 6 percent of the number of victims.

We're going to stay with the fight against human trafficking to bring you a story that we've been working on for about two years now. In 2011, shortly after CNN launched the Freedom Project, producer Leaf Korlum (ph) traveled to the Philippines to see how world champion boxer turned politician Manny Pacquiao was helping to fight human trafficking. And you're about to see, that began an eye-opening investigation into an outrageous crime taking place against children.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Few of us have ever seen evil up close, but the girls in this story all have. They are just a few of the 1 million children believed to be involved in human trafficking around the world.

My name is Leaf Korlum (ph). Two years ago, I traveled to the Philippines to cover a story about child prostitution. That's when I fist met a woman named Cecilia Florez Abanda (ph). She has committed her life to protecting children and fighting modern-day slavery. She is hoping to convince the Philippine's favorite son, Manny Pacquiao, to lead the battle. But for those fighting for a better world, nothing in life comes easy. And as I would soon learn, in a country like the Philippines, nothing is ever as it seems.


CHIOU: And that is a short look there at our new CNN Freedom Project documentary called The Fighters. It will be presented in two parts over two consecutive nights. Viewers in Asia can see part one on Friday night at 7:00, part two airs Saturday at the same time.

And you can go to to check out our exclusive online content, including a photo gallery for Manny Pacquiao's personal photographer. And you can also learn how to take a virtual stand against human trafficking with CNN iReport and the End It movement. All that and much more at

Three Ohio women are asking for time to heal after their unimaginable ordeal. One week ago today police rescued Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight from this Cleveland house right here where authorities say the women were held captive for the better part of a decade by this man, Ariel Castro.

Initially, his two brothers were also taken into custody, but investigators now say that Pedro and Onil Castro had nothing to do with the kidnappings. The brothers have gone into hiding after receiving death threats online. And they spoke exclusively with CNN's Martin Savidge.



MARIN SAVIDGE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: What is your brother to you now?

ONIL CASTRO, ARIEL CASTRO'S BROTHER: A monster, hateful. I hope he rots in that jail. I don't even want them to take his life like that, I want him to suffer in that jail to the last extent. I don't care if they even feed him for what he has done to my life and my family's


SAVIDGE: To the both of you now, he no longer exists..

O. CASTRO: Right.

P. CASTRO: Yeah.

SAVIDGE: He is gone.

P. CASTRO: He is a goner.

SAVIDGE: Almost as if he were dead.

O. CASTRO: I'm glad that he left the door unlocked or whatever he did, whether he did it on purpose, maybe he wanted to get caught. Maybe time was up. Maybe he was inside too much. He wanted to get caught, but if he did it that way he shouldn't have went to momma's house and picked me up and put me in a car if he knew that was going to happen.

SAVIDGE: If you could talk to Gina, Michele, Amanda, and in a way you are, I guess, what would you say?

P. CASTRO: I would tell her that I'm sorry that you had to go through this. I was thinking about these girls being missing and I'm just grateful that they're home and out of that horrible house and I just tell them that I'm sorry for what Ariel done. Because, see, I -- not much -- it's Felix, I know him for long time. And when I find out that Ariel had Gina, I just broke, I just broke down. Because it's shocking. Ariel, we know this guy for a long time. Felix.

SAVIDGE: This is Gina's father.

P. CASTRO: Yes, Felix DeJesus. And you got his daughter and you go around like nothing, you even went to the vigils, you had posters, you give his mama a hug and you got his daughter captive?

SAVIDGE: Onil, the same thing?

O. CASTRO: Same thing. I just want also the families who want justice to the fullest extent, and I don't want ever to see anything like that happen to anybody in this world.

It has torn my heart apart. This has killed me. I am a walking corpse right now.


CHIOU: Pedro and Onil Castro say they feel fooled by their brother and they had no idea what was happening in that house.

Ariel Castro faces several charges of kidnapping and rape. He's being held on $8 million bond.

And still to come on News Stream, what most of us could not achieve, at least without a lot of practice suddenly looks much easier thanks to a major advance in technology. Just ahead, meet the creator of this incredible bionic leg.


CHIOU: The developer of the world's most advanced bionic leg says, I don't see disability, I see bad technology. Hugh Herr is devoted to designing better prosthetics. And as part of CNN's new show called The Art of Movement, Nick Glass traveled to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to learn more.


NICK GLASS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Hugh Herr is a boyish 48-year-old professor of biomechatronics at MIT's media lab. He's helped develop something absolutely extraordinary, the world's most advanced bionic leg.

(on camera): So, can I actually see this new bionic leg?

(voice-oVer): Both of his own legs are artificial.

HUGH HERR, MIT: So what you see here is a chunk of aluminum and titanium and silicon. It's powered -- this is the battery. What happens is when I walk it powers my movement from step to step in the same way that your calf muscle is controlled by your spinal cord. So we've actually captured the essence of how the lower leg works.

GLASS: In 1982, at the tender age of 17, Hugh Herr lost both his legs to frostbite trapped climbing in a blizzard.

HERR: I went back to climbing with specialized artificial limbs. And after a year, I was climbing better with the artificial limbs that I achieved with biological limbs before the accident. And this was just an awakening, because I realized that technology can heal, it can rehabilitate, and in my own case it actually could extend my physicality.

GLASS: Light and flexible, the bionic leg moves as elegantly as the real one as if the wearer still had calf muscle and an Achilles tendon. Twelve sensors to measure force, position, speed. Three microprocessor tell the leg how to perform. And in the ankle, a device that behaves exactly like a muscle.

HERR: When I go faster, it gives me more energy. When I go up a hill it gives me even more energy. When I go down a hill, it takes energy out, it break automatically for me.

I see an extraordinary beauty when that intimacy occurs between human and machine. They should be beautiful, but they need not have a human beauty, the could have a machine beauty.

GLASS: Some 600 amputees, many of them American soldiers, have been fitted with these legs. They aren't cheap. Hugh Herr's pair cost $120,000.

HERR: People aren't disabled, technology is disabled. I just -- I don't see disability at all, I see bad technology.

GLASS: If someone tapped you on the shoulder and said you can have your original limbs back, what would you say?

HERR: Absolutely no, absolutely not. It's fun having a body part that you can freely manipulate. From my knees down, I'm a blank slate. I can create anything. I can build legs with wings if I wanted to. That's a lot o fun.

GLASS: You look like you belong up there.

HERR: I've climbed since I was six, seven years old. To me, it's as simple as walking.

GLASS: (inaudible)

HERR: Did I get a 10?


CHIOU: Still ahead right here on News Stream, you're looking at what could be the first music video from outer space. We'll let you listen to it after the break.


CHIOU: The editor-in-chief of Bloombeg News has apologized after reporters were accused of spying on clients. The story revolves around the Bloombeg terminals which are special computer systems that provide real- time market data to its customers. Now the terminals area common site in the financial world. And they're widely used by everyone from traders to central bankers. Now it's emerged that Bloomberg reporters have used the terminals to access data on users.

Let's take a look at what sort of data Bloombeg says its reporters could see and what they could not see. Well, according to Bloomberg its reporters never had access to data on portfolios, what stories people were reading or messages from one person to another, but reporters were able to access other information on users. They could see how often a user logged in, help desk inquiries and also how many times different programs were used.

Bloombeg now says reporters should not have access to any data like this. They've called that access inexcusable.

Let's more on to the weather forecast right now. And we're keeping our eye on a tropical cyclone in the Bay of Bengal. Meteorologist Mari Ramos is live at the world weather center with more details -- Mari.

MARI RAMOS, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Pauline, we're going to spend some time talking about this tropical cyclone, because it has the potential of becoming a huge disaster for a very vulnerable area here in this part of the world.

Let's go ahead and start with a little bit of history, first of all, and this is why so much attention is paid to this storm.

This is an area that has a history, a terrible, terrible history with deadly tropical cyclones.

Now 500,000 dead back in 1970, 140,000 dead in 1991, 140,000 dead in 2008. Nargis was the latest one. And those images were just horrific as that -- in the aftermath of that storm that hit Myanmar.

Now in this case, a couple of things I want to point out. First of all, the cyclone is still several days away, so there's time to prepare. And the second thing that we're not expecting it to be as intense as this storm we're seeing here with winds in excess of 200 kilometers per hour. In this case, winds could be closer to 140, maybe 150 kilometers per hour. So we'll be monitoring it closely.

The storm has already begun to bring some heavy rain across parts of Sri Lanka -- 100 millimeters of rain in one case, 100 millimeters of rain in another. Threat for flooding and mudslides there. There are warnings for fishermen across this entire region, very -- of course, in the way of activity for seafarers in this area across peninsular parts of India and Sri Lanka, high waves and at times high winds as the storm churns along here in the Bay of Bengal.

It's moving a little bit closer than we expected to India, so it is bringing some rain here across this area.

The other thing is, we've already had some problems across northern parts of India and also into parts of Bangladesh with some rain that has moved along this area not related to the tropical cyclone that is still way down here to the south. There were some deadly landslides that occurred across this area to the north unrelated to the tropical cyclone. I want to make sure we understand that.

Terrible situation here as well. But of course, once you already have the ground as saturated as what we have here in the north, any amount of rain that when it comes along could really pose a huge, huge concern for people in this region even if they are not in the most vulnerable coastal areas, because these landslides were farther inland.

So, that was there to the north. We're going to go ahead and come back to the south over here and talk about the tropical cyclone. Mahasen in the name. And you can see it right over here churning in the area here of the Bay of Bengal. What we're expecting to happen with this storm is that it's going to continue trailing to the north here and move into this area here of the northern Bay of Bengal. As that happens, we're talking about very low lying terrain and, you know -- depending on where it makes landfall will be depend on the effects and what could happen.

One of the big concerns for international agencies right now is the refugee camps along this area, particularly in Myanmar where more than 50,000 people are in refugee camps that look like this.

Now there are already plans in place, the UN is saying, to try to mitigate any kind of huge losses here. In Bangladesh, they're monitoring the cyclone risk. They're prepositioning emergency supplies. And they said that they want to focus on timely evacuation, that means getting the people out, Pauline, when they need to get out.

In Myanmar, the situation similar but a little bit different. They said that they're going to base their plans on how intense the storm is expected to be. So they're going to monitor it until it gets a little closer and then start deciding on what exactly is going to happen.

Camp residents, like the ones that you see here, in the most vulnerable areas will be moved, some to shelters, some will be asked to return to their homes if they have any. And then they're also making radio announcements, which is a big thing, because in the past Myanmar has been accused of not making timely announcements to the residents and so many people for that reason have died.

So that's good plans that are in place right now.

CHIOU: Yeah, this is a very, very serious situation. But the one bright spot, as you mention Mari, is that we're a few days away so at least the agencies have time to prepare.

All right, thank you for keeping your eye on that, Mari.

I think you will like this next story. The countdown is on for astronaut Chris Hadfield. The Canadian has handed over command of the International Space Station and is set to return to Earth later on Monday. His Twitter followers are savoring his final images from space. Hadfield has gained many, many fans during his five months on ISS tweeting photos and videos as well and also chatting with the likes of Williams Shatner.

But he has saved the best for last. Check it out.




CHIOU: He has a pretty good voice, doesn't he? Yes, that was Space Oddity, sung from space. And Hadfield made a few tweaks to the lyrics as you heard. And as you can see, even David Bowie approved. This is on the singer's official Facebook page.

And that is News Stream, but the news continues right here at CNN. World Business Today is coming up next.