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David Beckham Retires; Cyclone Mahasen Rages Ashore; Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Scrawls Motivation On Boat

Aired May 16, 2013 - 16:00   ET


FIONNUALA SWEENEY, HOST: Tonight, collateral damage, that's how the surviving Boston bombing suspect describes victims of his attack. His motive, retribution.

Also ahead, we hear from some of the youngest victims of Somalia's rape (inaudible).



DAVID BECKHAM, PARIS-SAINT GERMAIN MIDFIELDER: You're leaving as a champion. And I think that's why I think it's the right time.


SWEENEY: Football legend David Beckham finally hangs up his golden boots.

ANNOUNCER: Live from CNN London, this is Connect the World.

SWEENEY: First tonight, the words written by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as he hid from police inside a boat. A U.S. law enforcement official tells CNN the surviving Boston bombing suspects scribbled a message on the inside of the vessel as he lay bleeding. In it, he wrote that he would not miss his dead older brother, because he would soon be joining him.

Tsarnaev also indicated a motive for the bombing, writing it was payback against the United States for attacks against Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq. And the message said that those killed and injured in Boston were collateral damage.

Let's get the latest on this investigation. Deborah Feyerick joining us now live from New York.

Deb, why are we only hearing now about this?

DEBORAH FEYERICK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, it's very interesting. First of all, information in the investigation has been very slow to come out certainly by official law enforcement sources. Those black and white pictures that you were looking at, he is inside the boat. That was the night of his capture. And it really appears that the 19-year-old, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, really fully expected to die while he was in the boat that night, that was the night of the manhunt. He was wounded. He was bleeding. He had not had water and food for hours, yet he was still very defiant.

And a law enforcement official tells CNN that Tsarnaev scrawled this message in the boat during the dozen or so hours that he was hiding. And according to the source, Tsarnaev's message allegedly talks about his brother, the elder brother Tamerlan, and he says he is not going to miss his brother because he'll soon be joining him.

Tamerlan had died just hours earlier in a gunfight with police. And Dzhokhar had fled the scene in a stolen SUV, making his way to the shelter of that boat where he was hiding.

Also, he talks about the motive, again, scrawled on the inside of this boat. And it says that Tsarnaev made clear that the attack was for retribution, specifically for U.S. attacks against Muslims in Afghanistan - - U.S. attacks against the Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq, that's according to the source. In the note, Tsarnaev allegedly calls the victims in Boston collateral damage.

And then he adopts the mantra, Fionnuala, that we've heard a lot with these sort of homegrown terrorists and that is an attack against one Muslim is an attack against all Muslims.

But he had a lot of time in that boat and while he was hiding, clearly if he thought he was not going to live, he may have scratched that out so people would be aware of his final thoughts -- Fionnuala.

SWEENEY: And I wonder, does that make people in America more or less concerned about similar attacks by people in similar situations as those brothers with similar empathies. But let me ask you about Tamerlan Tsarnaev's widow, very much in the news at the end of this scenario in Boston a few weeks ago. What is her story now?

FEYERICK: Well, and it's very interesting, because initially when she's cooperating with investigators, with the FBI, she's giving them information. It's not clear whether, in fact, she will be charged with anything.

Look, there's such a broad range of things she could potentially be charged about, but her lawyers right now are working very aggressively to make sure that she is not charged. The indication is that she did not know what her husband was up to. Clearly the depth of her information, the depth of her cooperation will result in what happens to her.

You've got to remember that she has a three-year-old child that she had with Tamerlan Tsarnaev. And that is a very serious bargaining chip in some respects. So what she does, the choices she makes and the information she provides will depend on the future that she has with that child -- Fionnuala.

SWEENEY: All right, Deborah Feyerick, thank you for joining us there from New York.

Well, as this investigation continues, so, too, the grief for the families of the three people killed and the recovery for the 275 people wounded in the April 15 blasts. A month on from the attack at the six of those injured remain in hospital.

Young danger Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her leg in the bombings, has only just started her recovery at home. She spent three weeks in hospital. And that is where CNN's Anderson Cooper met her.


ANDERSON COOPER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This was Adrianne just one week after the Boston Marathon bombings.

(on camera): How close were you to the second explosion?

HASLET-DAVIS: I was right in front of it. Right in front of the business where it was. So I felt the direct impact. And it immediately blew off my left foot.

COOPER: How far away was the bomb? Do you know?

ADAM DAVIS, BOMBING SURVIVOR: My guess would have been about five feet.

COOPER: Five feet.

HASLET-DAVIS: Yes. We're lucky to be alive.

COOPER (voice-over): Her strength, along with that of her husband, Adam, who just returned from a tour in Afghanistan with the Air Force and was also injured in the bombing, inspired people around the world.

(on camera): You're determined to dance again, though.

HASLET-DAVIS: I am, yes. Dancing is the one thing that I do that when I do it, I don't feel like I should be doing anything else. Ever. I feel so free.

COOPER: Adrianne agreed to let us follow her recovery on the long road to dancing again.

HASLET-DAVIS: Seventeen, 18, 19, 20. Oh.

COOPER: And while she faces months of grueling therapy, her physical training as a dancer has helped better prepare her for learning to navigate the world with one leg.

She also agreed to videotape her everyday life. Her new normal.

HASLET-DAVIS: I am getting my very first manicure and pedicure in 20 days today since the marathon. And feeling more and more like a girl, and feeling more normal, even though only one of my feet are getting painted. Check those babies out.

COOPER: There are those simple milestones, and there are others that are hard.

HASLET-DAVIS: I'll be going home tomorrow. And it makes me really sad, because I don't feel like I'm ready. I'm nervous. And scared to walk the streets of Boston for the first time after all of this. And I've been living in this bubble of safety. Now I'm just going to go out into the real world and a world with bombs. And strangers and -- memories. That I don't know if I'm ready to face.

COOPER: But two and a half weeks after the bombing, it's time to go home.

HASLET-DAVIS: I really appreciate your encouraging words. Thank you.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Everybody's out there rooting for you. Show them what can happen.

HASLET-DAVIS: Thank you.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Instead of the bad guys.

HASLET-DAVIS: Instead of the bad guys is right.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Good guys are going to win.

HASLET-DAVIS: Totally agree.


COOPER: And the next day, despite her fears, she returns to Boylston Street where it all happened.

HASLET-DAVIS: After seeing the memorial and seeing people there and just paying their respects and hearing people tell me that -- that I was an inspiration, it's very sweet, first of all, that they -- they would want to give me their support. But I think it's also for them. It's important to see that all of us that were affected are moving on and trying to find some sort of normalcy. And for them to be able to kind of have that knowledge that life goes on after such a horrible tragedy.

COOPER: Anderson Cooper, CNN, Boston.


SWEENEY: Well, Anderson spoke to Adrianne again this week to see how she's getting on at home and what she's finding most difficult. Here's what she told him.


HASLET-DAVIS: Just the simple things, like getting up to go to the bathroom. And showering and getting ready in the morning. Just the simple little things that you have your daily routine. And in the middle of the night, if you have to get up and use the restroom, it is a task.

COOPER: So right now you're using a wheelchair.

HASLET-DAVIS: Yes, yes, I am. Mostly using the wheelchair to get around the city and such. I took a pretty bad fall about four or five days ago. I was not behaving, meaning I was hopping between the bed and the closet, because I just needed to get one thing.

COOPER: So hopping is not behaving?

HASLET-DAVIS: Is not behaving, no. No, not at all. And I hopped and lost my footing and landed directly onto my left leg, and it was excruciatingly painful.

COOPER: So you actually fell right on...

HASLET-DAVIS: I fell right on it. Just all of my weight right onto the top of it. All that tender muscle and stitches and -- nerves that are already painful and angry. And just screamed almost a surprising scream, where you scream and you don't really realize it's you. Because it's that painful.

COOPER: Does it feel real to you at this point? Has it -- has it all sunk in?

HASLET-DAVIS: It's -- it's interesting. It felt so much more real since I fell. I don't know if it was me just kind of realizing physically that my leg wasn't there anymore. But it was really hard for me.


SWEENEY: The story there of just one of the victims of the Boston bombings. And to find out how you can help survivors and the families of those killed, head to There you find a list of organizations working to support the many people affected by the attack, including a fund for Adrianne.

Still to come this hour, we get reaction to the news of football's superstar David Beckham's announced retirement.

A tropical cyclone barrels ashore in South Asia forcing thousands to flee and leaving destruction in its wake.

And, it's courageous, Somali women telling their tales of horror in order to put a stop to the rape epidemic plaguing their country. All that and much more when Connect the World continues.


SWEENEY: A tough task for the Turkish prime minister as he arrived in the United States. Recep Tayyip Erdogan met U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss the ongoing civil war in Syria and to try and push Washington to take a more active role in backing the rebels. Both men reiterated their support for opposition forces in their fight against Bashar al-Assad's regime. But despite pressure to respond to allegations of chemical weapon abuse, Mr. Obama said the issue was ultimately an international one.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I preserve the options of taking additional steps both diplomatic and military, because those chemical weapons inside of Syria also threaten our security over the long- term as well as our allies and friends and neighbors.

But this is also an international problem. It's not going to be something that the United States does by itself.


SWEENEY: Far from Washington, the bloodshed in Syria continues. Opposition groups report that at least 63 people were killed on Thursday, mainly in and around Damascus. An estimated 80,000 people have been killed in the two year conflict.

One of football's iconic stars has announced his retirement. David Beckham is to hang up his boots for the last time, retiring after an illustrious 20 year career with some of the world's best clubs. In a statement earlier today, the former England captain thanked friends, family and fans for their support during his time as a player and said he was genuinely excited to what lay ahead.

CNN's Don Riddell is live for us at CNN Center. I mean, it's been quite a week for football announcements in Britain at the moment and concerning British figures. Was this expected?

DON RIDDELL, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, you're absolutely right. We had Sir Alex Ferguson just a few days ago and now David Beckham.

I mean, I guess it was and it wasn't expected. We shouldn't be surprised that a man who is 38-years-old has decided to retire from professional football. Most footballers have long since retired by the time they reach that age. But I think, Fionnuala, there was almost this feeling that David Beckham could just go on forever because he still seems so young, so sprightly, so fit and so healthy.

But I think he got to a point where he realized he really wasn't going to be able to carry on like that forever. And with Paris Saint-Germain just winning the French League title, this gave him an opportunity to go out on top.


BECKHAM: It's every athlete's dream, every footballer's dream to go out on the top, you know, on top form, or winning a trophy. You know it doesn't happen that often, but you know I've been lucky. Obviously when I left United, we won the league. When I left Madrid, we won the league. Like you said, leaving the Galaxy, you know, doing two years of winning the championship there. And then obviously coming here and winning the league.

It's nice to go out like that.


RIDDELL: He's very, very popular all over the world, as you know, Fionnuala. He's already an ambassador in many ways, notably he's the ambassador for football representing the whole country of China. And that is, I think, the kind of work we're going to see him do from this point on.

He may be retired as a footballer, but he's not going away any time soon.

SWEENEY: I'm sure he has an illustrious career ahead of him. Thanks very much, Don, because we will have much more on this story and his future career later in the program about 30 minutes from now.

Well, a terrifying scene in Paris on Thursday morning as a man shot and killed himself in front of young schoolchildren. Police say the incident happened outside a private nursery school just as a group of children were going inside. No one except the man was hurt. Authorities say they're investigating the suicide.

In Cambodia, two people have died after a concrete walkway collapsed inside a factory on Thursday, another six were injured. And police are searching the rubble for others who could be trapped. The factory employs hundreds of garment workers near the Cambodian capital where working conditions and factories have come under intense scrutiny after last month's building collapse in Bangladesh killed more than 1,100 people.

Tropical Cyclone Mahasen has struck the coast of Bangladesh, killing at least 12 people. The storm destroyed thousands of thatched houses and forced hundreds of thousands to relocate, but authorities say widespread disaster was averted.

Neighboring Myanmar was also spared despite rain and strong winds lashing the northwest coast. That area is home to tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims living in makeshift camps.

Tom Sater is at the international weather center with more on this storm. How is it looking right now, Tom?

TOM SATER, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Well, the remnant of Mahasen are now well to the north and could affect parts of China and many of the provinces there. But our view from space in the last 24 hour loop here, and the animation, shows landfall. We knew it wasn't going to be a large storm, it wasn't going to be a violent storm, it was all about the rains with this. In fact, keeping its severe status, barely even a category one hurricane.

But to get in closer, here's what we did see change. Originally it looked like Chittagong was going to be the final place here that we would have landfall. Six hours prior to landfall, instead of continuing to move northeast toward Chittagong, it continued to move to the north. And that's a six hour difference of about 100 kilometers. So it really played a big role.

We knew it was going to be eastward from Kolkata. We knew that if Chittagong was going to be the site for landfall that the storm surge was going to be a problem for those refugees. However, that storm surge forecast of three meters, well, we really only saw maybe only one-and-a- half to two meters materialize because instead of Chittagong as mentioned, landfall was about 100 kilometers to the west.

The remnants have moved on up to the area. What we have as far as the heavy rainfall, quite a bit -- Argartala 100 millimeters. It's the fifth day this month they've had that. We've had several that have had over 200.

So with the pictures, of course, before landfall several made it to the beach to watch the waves, the approaching storm. Not the best case scenario, but depending on where you were -- from Kolkata it would have been fine to watch it. The problem was going to be from Chittagong eastward.

Now elsewhere, what we have as far as the rainfall, it's going to be a flood problem for awhile. In fact, we're going to watch the remnants move as mentioned well to the north. But again, we cannot mention enough that it's such a saturated ground it's going to take awhile.

There were power outages, of course, we know of that. There will be some areas of concern as those try to make their way back to find possibly their homes destroyed somewhat, so rebuilding process is going on.

The good news, Fionnuala, it wasn't a violent cyclone. But of course it did cause some damage, no doubt about it. And they're going to feel the effects of the flooding for the next couple of weeks.

SWEENEY: All right. We leave it there. Tom Sater, thanks very much.

Live from London, this is Connect the World. Coming up, buying flesh in the brothels of the Philippines, how tourists are feeding the trade in human trafficking.

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SWEENEY: CNN has joined the fight against modern-day slavery with the Freedom Project shining a light on the issue, the victims and those trying to stop it. Tonight, a report from the Philippines. The country may be known for its vibrant culture and the beautiful beaches, but some tourists chose the country for a darker reason. Take a look.


CECILIA FLORES OEBANDA, VISAYAN FORUM FOUNDATION: When I see you westerns in the red light district, I know that they are buying flesh. They are the destination area of our trafficking girls. And if no one patronized that, and if no western go to that area there's no business for traffickers in the Philippines.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is where many trafficking victims in Manila often wind up -- on the streets where in areas where businessmen are known to unwind.

Transactions between prostitutes and Johns are done out in the open. The Filipino government estimates there are 800,000 people working in the illegal sex industry. And they believe as many as 100,000 are children. By the time this girl we'll call Maria turned 15, she'd had several dozen sexual partners. And every one of them had paid money to rape her.

OEBANDA: She said that she was 15-years-old when she was recruited. When she arrives, it's in a restaurant, but it's the (inaudible). And when she get out of -- go inside and climb the second floor, she find out around 16 more girls actually staying in that small place.

There are some girls that are younger than her, 13-years-old, 14- years-old. We were able to raid the casa, and we were able to recover around 23 more girls. And since then, (inaudible) there to a lot of reports. She's afraid.


OEBANDA: It's scary.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Visayan Forum took Maria's recruiter and the owner of the brothel to court, but a judge dismissed the case.


SWEENEY: Well, the problem of human trafficking in the Phillippines is investigated in a new CNN documentary The Fighters. It looks at how migrant workers and their families become unwitting victims of prostitution and slave labor and also champions some very courageous people who are fighting to stop it.

This CNN Freedom Project documentary will be presented in two parts over two consecutive nights. Viewers can see part one on Friday at 9:00 pm London time. Part two airs Saturday at the same time.

In the meantime, if you'd like to learn more, head to

The latest world news headlines just ahead.

Plus, the legacy of 20 years of conflict. Somalia struggles to deal with rampant levels of sexual abuse.

First, smartphones changed the game, then Google Glass promises to do it again. But a new type of computing could be lightyears ahead of both of them. More details later in the program.

And as we promised, more on David Beckham's retirement as he talks about why he thinks now is the best time to go.


SWEENEY: This is Connect the World. The top stories this hour.

The leaders of the U.S. and Turkey held a news conference after meeting at the White House. Barack Obama and Recep Tayyip Erdogan put questions on a range of issues. Both said the conflict in Syria was at the top of their agenda and both agreed the Syrian president must go.

A law enforcement source tells CNN Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote a message on the inside of the boat in which he was caught hiding. The message referred to blast victims as collateral damage and said attacks were retribution for U.S. attacks on Muslims.

Nigeria has imposed a 12 hour overnight curfew on northeastern Adamarwa state as troops head to the region to drive out Islamist insurgents. President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency there and in two other states earlier this week so that soldiers could begin an offensive against the Boko Haram group.

David Beckham is hanging up his boots. The English football star has become a global brand, will retire after Paris Saint-Germain's season ends. He closes his career with an impressive trophy case. He's won titles with four clubs. And won the 1999 Champion's League with Manchester United.

A weapon of war waged on the bodies of women and children. Rape and sexual violence has become an enormous problem in Somalia, a country trying to emerge from two decades of war.

But with fears of reprisals and the social stigma attached to such attacks, Somalia's rape epidemic remains largely unreported. CNN's Nima Elbagir speaks to some of the women brave enough to speak out.



NIMA ELBAGIR, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In a Mogadishu classroom tucked away from the world, this class is practicing spelling. At the back, the baby of the class, a six-year-old, isn't quite keeping up, but is happy just to clap along.


ELBAGIR: Ranging in age from six to eleven, these girls all have one thing in common: they have either been raped or suffered through the rape of a loved one. Even the six-year-old is a rape survivor.

Next-door in the clinic adjoining the class, a seven-year-old and his mother are in for checkup. The mother was raped, and then watched, helpless, as her son was molested. Too afraid to seek help, she did what she thought would help: wash her sons wounds with hot water and salt for four, excruciating days until they were found and brought here.


ELBAGIR: This is the Elman Peace and Human Rights Center. Founded in 2011, this is Somalia's first rape crisis center. For the safety of the center's staff and the victims, we agreed not to reveal the location of the centers we visited.

ELBAGIR (on camera): When you hear the numbers, they're pretty extraordinary: 1700 rapes in camps in Mogadishu alone.

ILWAD ELMAN, ELMAN PEACE AND HUMAN RIGHTS CENTER: And also that it's not just in the IDP communities, too. It's very much the host community is also affected by rampant abuse of sexual and gender-based violence.

ELBAGIR (voice-over): Rape in Somalia carries huge social stigma, and after more than two decades of war, there is no way of knowing how many women are suffering in silence. For the first time in decades, there is reason for optimism here: a newly-appointed and popular president and increased security.

Yet, the plight of Somalia's women has seen little improvement. Earlier this year, Lul Ali Osman Barake made headlines when she reported her rape at the hands of men she claims were government soldiers.

"They took turns to rape me," she told us, "only stopping when they thought I was dead." When she reported the crime, it was Barake who was arrested and convicted of defaming a government institution.

Eventually, she was freed after a huge international outcry, but she tells us her attackers have yet to face justice.

The United Nations says 70 percent of the rapes perpetrated in Somalia are carried out by men in military uniform. The Somali prime minister admitted to us that they have a problem.

ABDI FARAH SHIRDON, PRIME MINISTER OF SOMALIA: There has not been effective government in Somalia for so long time. But really, now we are organize ourselves, and I think that we will disconnect from the future -- from the past.

Essentially, we have nominated a new police commissioner, judiciary is in reform, and we are really having -- we are constituting a new policy for making women -- our women and children safer than ever.

ELBAGIR: But activists say the damage has been done.

ELMAN: I think it's become a lot harder for women to report rape. One clear message was sent to them, that if you do report a rape, there's much of a chance of you ending up in jail as the perpetrator.

ELBAGIR: And often, the same woman is raped repeatedly by different perpetrators. "Powa" (ph) agreed to talk to us as long as we concealed her identity and referred to her by a pseudonym. After being raped, she told us, she fled her home for what she thought was a new beginning in another part of town.

In her new home, and in spite of being pregnant with the first rapist's baby, she says she was attacked again.

The UN is due to send in a British-funded team of experts on sexual violence to support the Somali government in establishing protection mechanisms, but that will take time and money in a country that has so many pressing needs.

ELMAN: I think that this newfound stability and these new steps -- this new progress that has been made by Somalia that the entire world is celebrating, because it is, indeed, worth celebrating, that it has to be something that everybody has access to and that ten years ago and today shouldn't be the same for the woman that was disregarded either way.

ELBAGIR: For now, they're relying on themselves and each other to rebuild their lives as best they can.

Nima Elbagir, CNN, Mogadishu.


SWEENEY: For more on this issue and what can be done to combat it, we're joined in New York by Zainab Bangura, the United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence and Conflict. Thank you for joining us.

My first question is, with something like 77 percent of these rapes, as we heard in this report, committed by men in military uniform, do you ever think that the perpetrators will be brought to justice?

ZAINAB BANGURA, UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE ON SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT: We do believe, because as you're aware, we've signed a gen communique with the president, the government of Somalia, to be able to make sure they put the infrastructure that is needed to ensure that whoever commits the crime, we will try them.

And secondly, when they are going to do the security sector recommended DDR, we have to do vetting and screening to make sure that those who commit the crime are not included in the new army.

So, the challenge we have with regards to identifying the perpetrator is you never know -- all you know is that the person has arms, and they live -- most of them live in the IDPs with the women and children.

SWEENEY: You're right.

BANGURA: But all of them who are in uniform: the military, the police, and the militia. So, that's one of the issues that is going to be dealt with immediately to make sure that we differentiate the uniforms, so we give security uniform for the police, the military, and then the militia will be taken out.

SWEENEY: Right. Right. So, in a sense, that's one way to move Somalia forward on this issue, but in terms of the inclusivity of Somalian women, particularly Somalian women who have been raped, the stigma of speaking out is very much alive and well in Somalia.

How do you go about, in your position, to erase the stigma and to allow people to speak out in a society where it's clearly not yet welcome?

BANGURA: Well, I just came back from Somalia about a month ago. I'd been there in Somalia engaging everybody is to allow the space to be open so that people can be able to talk about it. Because we know there is a deep culture of denial and culture of silence, so that women who are being raped are actually living in the shadows.

Now that we have signed the agreement with the government, I'm deploying a team in July, that will go down and work out the infrastructure. At present, we don't even have a law, a law to criminalize rape --


BANGURA: -- to protect the women, to be able to make sure services are provided. Already, we have $2 million that have been contributed by the British government -- the UK government --

SWEENEY: That's right.

BANGURA: -- and the United Arab Emirates. That resources will be used to provide adequate services. I'm already in discussion with my colleague who is prepared to visit --


BANGURA: -- head of the UNFP. He will visit to make sure --

SWEENEY: All right --

BANGURA: -- adequate services are provided for those women, and women can access the services.

SWEENEY: OK, I'm asking -- in a sense, you were appointed to this role last September, and I wonder, in your experience, how much of an infrastructure is already in place that can be replicated in countries like Somalia, or do you feel that, in some ways, that you're starting from the ground up and that Somalia really in some ways is a test case for the kind of infrastructure that you would be imposing?

BANGURA: I think Somalia will be a trying case for us, because as I said, first and foremost, they don't have a legal framework. So, they don't have a law that criminalizes rape.


BANGURA: The second, the police are not properly trained to investigate. And of course, there are allegations that the police are involved. So, we have to provide adequate training so that the police have the capacity and ability to be able to investigate the crime.

We are working with the police to make sure we have women's support units within the police so that women can feel confident enough to go and make a complaint and so that action will be taken.

SWEENEY: All right. May I ask a wider question, please? Something like 200,000 reported rape cases of women in northeastern Congo. We're dealing in a situation in Somalia which is post-war -- relatively post-war. But in Congo, where war is raging, how do you begin to grapple with a problem like that, as someone in your position?

BANGURA: The problem we're trying to deal with Congo, Congo has the legal framework. And they have a comprehensive strategy. The challenge we have is making sure we implement the strategy, all the government accountable for the first time in dealing with this issue in Congo, we have a final commitment from the government to be able to make sure they work with us.

I'm even going to address the Senate within a couple of months, I've got the invitation already. And I'm engaging the security forces, because about 20 percent or so of the rapes are committed by military and police.


BANGURA: And we have to hold them accountable. We have to punish them, and we have to end impunity within the police and the military. If we're able to get that, then a lot of the problem will be solved.

And then, there's also the militia, because they also commit the crime. There are lots of militia. So we can engage. And I have the mandate to be able to engage the militia and groups in any country, the non-state actors.

SWEENEY: All right. We must leave it there, but thank you very much for your time, there, in outlining the structure that you're introducing. Zainab Bangura is the UN Special Representative, of course, on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Thank you for joining us from New York.

BANGURA: Thank you.

SWEENEY: Live from London, you're watching CONNECT THE WORLD. Aircraft, radar, space, and weather all controlled by a single computer. The newest groundbreaking technology up next.


SWEENEY: Google and NASA have teamed up to share one of the world's first commercial quantum computers. This machine, made by Canada's D-Wave, will be installed in a NASA research center in California.

Quantum computing has the potential to work millions of times faster than the computers we're used to. That's because it stores and handles information in a totally different way. Standard computers used tiny switches called transistors, and they're either on or off. The computer sees that as a 1 or a 0.

Now, quantum computers work in a new, unexpected way. Instead of transistors that are on or off, it uses things called cubits. And here's where it gets interesting. As well being either a 0, a cubit can also be both at the same time. It's this extra state of being two things at once that allows quantum computers to do more things at once, therefore bringing about a quantum leap in terms of power.

Well, the computer NASA and Google will be using has to be stored within a special shielded room. Now, that may sound impractical, but just remember, that's exactly how standard computers started out.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Computations are over in a matter of minutes, and then, the results are recorded on magnetic tapes.


SWEENEY: Of course, these early machines are about as powerful as pocket calculators and they were only specifically trained -- or rather specially-trained operators who could use them. It didn't take long for them to shrink down to desktop size and increase massively in power, and now, our mobile phones and tablets run may thousands of times faster than those first machines.

So, quantum computers have the potential to completely change how we use technology in the future. Here to discuss when and how it could happen is Lance Ulanoff, he's the editor-in-chief of Thanks for joining us. Are you as excited as the scientists seem to be?

LANCE ULANOFF, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, MASHABLE: Yes, well, having computers that work in a wholly different way than I'm used to, than my phone or my desktop computer, is exciting, and not just because they do things differently, but potentially, they do things better.

They just -- the computational power is off the charts. But it's also really hard to understand how something can be two things at once. But it's about those possibilities, it's about its ability to ingest and weave through the possibilities and almost see around corners in ways that other computers can't do.

Typical computers kind of use raw power to work out a problem, and they work out every permutation, but they do it almost sequentially, as opposed to this. Quantum computing sort of uses the laws, the mechanics of physics to cut through everything to reach a brand-new conclusion. All that said --


ULANOFF: I know that -- I know that some people, when I was researching this, it was interesting to see how some people still don't really believe it does what they think it can do, even though researchers say, yes, this stuff really works.

But part of the problem is that it's spent more time sort of looking at almost statistics, as opposed to solving real-world problems. And I think the really interesting thing about NASA and Google getting together is that we may have more tangible evidence of what quantum computing can do.

SWEENEY: All right, so, it's going to take a while for Google to work that out with NASA, because they want to use the NASA center, if I'm right --


SWEENEY: -- in saying, to find out how this might advance and how fast it could be in terms of artificial intelligence --


SWEENEY: -- voice recognition, that kind of thing. Will it be good for business?

ULANOFF: Well, business is always going to be risk-adverse. They're not going to put their trust in something that is, as you've just said, fairly untested. Can it do artificial intelligence? Can it solve these problems? And I think you've got two -- great entities: Google, a massive company with a lot of data, and NASA, a great center of research that are going to look into it.

But businesses want something they can depend on. Also, something that is cost-effective. These computers cost millions and millions of dollars for one single computer.

SWEENEY: Wow. But presumably over a period of time, one would expect the cost of these computers to become less, as indeed, the size of them.

ULANOFF: Yes. That's what happens with computing. It's certainly what's happened with standard binary-based computing, and it's happened even faster than we anticipated. It's about 30 years down the road since they started talking about quantum computing, and so we're here, which also means that the timeline is moving a lot slower. I'm not sure that in my lifetime I'll get to own a quantum computer.

SWEENEY: Let me ask you a question about genetics. Will it change diagnosing and treating genetic diseases? And I have to jump in here as well and say what are the implications for our privacy, our health, but also our individual privacy?

ULANOFF: Well, so the quantum computer's ability to look at so many different permutations simultaneously, to do those two things at once, with genetic material, which is so dense and so complex, and DNA, to me is very exciting, because you have to imagine that quantum computers could do a better job than regular computers at looking at all the various permutations of diseases. That's what's exciting.

On the privacy side, I just mentioned Google. Google is a company with a heck of a lot of data. Who is that data all about? It's all about you. So --


ULANOFF: If Google has the world's most powerful computer to look at everything about you and everything everyone in the world, well, I don't know. Hopefully they will use it as a force for good.

SWEENEY: Yes. And there are some questions about that. We shall see where that debate leads us and developments in this. Thank you very much, indeed, for joining us from New York. Lance Ulanoff.

ULANOFF: My pleasure.

SWEENEY: Coming up after this short break on CONNECT THE WORLD, he was the master of a football free kick, but how would you look on video bending it like Beckham? And --


CHRIS HADFIELD, ASTRONAUT (singing): This is Major Tom to Ground Control --


SWEENEY: Yes, the singing astronaut again. He tells all about his life in orbit.


HADFIELD (singing): And I'm floating in a most peculiar way. And the stars look very different today.



SWEENEY: Back to the top story of the day: David Beckham retiring from football. So, how will he be remembered? What is his legacy? And for that, we go back to Don Riddell at CNN Center. I suspect that this is a man who doesn't think his legacy is wrapped up by announcing his retirement from football?

DON RIDDELL, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Oh, absolutely not. And the - - a real part of his legacy is the fact that he's taken football to so many new markets. Of course, he moved to the United States a few years ago to try and boost the profile of soccer here in this country. Of course, he's made it hugely popular in Asia, where he himself is a football icon.

And he's going to be continuing to do that kind of work. He is an ambassador, now, for football in China, for example. He will continue to do that work.

Of course, he'll be remembered for a lot of things, not least the fact that he played for many of Europe's top clubs and won league titles with all of them. But when asked today how he wants to be remembered, this is what he says is the essence of David Beckham.


DAVID BECKHAM, RETIRES FROM FOOTBALL: I just want people to see me as a hard-working footballer, someone that's passionate about the game, and someone that every time I stepped on the pitch, I've given everything that I have.

People have obviously looked at certain other things that have gone on throughout my career, and I think sometimes that's overshadowed what I've done on the pitch or what I've achieved on the pitch. And that's -- as much as I say that that doesn't hurt me, of course it does.


RIDDELL: He's referring to kind of the Hollywood aspect of his lifestyle, the showbiz, the entertainment, the haircuts, the trend-setting clothes, all that kind of thing.

It was a bit of a circus, quite often, with David Beckham. But it does, of course, mean that everybody has an opinion on him. He was a household name right around the world, and when we got a sample of opinions on the streets of London today, it was quite clear that everybody knew who David Beckham was, and everybody had an opinion about him.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think it's about time he realized that he's not a big footballer, he's only a model. So, yes, I think it's about time.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, he was a good player, but a bit old, I think.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He was a good player, but now, it's time to stop.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Will I miss him? Particularly not.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, he used to play for Manchester United, and nobody likes them, so --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's one of the most remarkable players of the 21st century. He played for the greatest teams in the world: Real Madrid, Manchester United, Milan, all of those teams. And he's also a role model for all the young football players. So, of course, it's going to be a loss.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A real good player in his day, but he's a bit past it now. About time to let some new ones have a go.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, he's an ambassador, so he's going to be big for football regardless, you know what I mean? He's made it a bit more worldwide, a bit more global, so a lot of people know about football now that didn't.


RIDDELL: Yes, I would echo that. Thirty-eight years old, David Beckham retiring from professional football. He played for some of the best clubs, was successful with all of them, but his new career will now begin as he continues to promote football around the world. Fionnuala?

SWEENEY: And there'll be lots of football pundits in the pubs this weekend discussing this, Alex Ferguson, then Mancini, et cetera. But lost in all this Beckham news today was another cricket sport-fixing scandal.

RIDDELL: Yes, of course, we had this scandal a few years ago involving the Pakistani national team, which ended up with three players actually being jailed in England. We potentially have another one in India. This involves three players from the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, which is the most lucrative cricket league in the world.

Three of those players, including the former Indian test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, have actually been arrested by Delhi police on suspicion of sport-fixing, which doesn't actually involve rigging entire matches. But it certainly does involve being responsible for manipulating individuals incidents within these games.

So, they have been arrested by the Delhi police. The Indian Cricket Board has suspended them and promised a much stricter punishment should they be found guilty.

SWEENEY: All right, thanks very much. Don Riddell at CNN Center.

Well, back to David Beckham just for a moment. He's known, of course, for his ability to bend his kicks, curving the ball around defenders to score. And in honor of Beckham's iconic trick, we want to see your bending skills.

Get a friend to shoot a video of you bending the ball into the goal and upload it to, and we'll share the best bending videos on CNN.

In tonight's Parting Shots, he can hold a tune in orbit and his photographs are out of this world. But now, with his feet firmly back on the ground, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is sharing his adventures in space. Here's John Zarrella.


HADFIELD (singing): This is Ground Control to Major Tom --

JOHN ZARRELLA, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): His name is Chris Hadfield, but to millions of people around the world, he's the singing astronaut. His version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" shot aboard the International Space Station, became an international sensation this week, garnering more than 12 million views on YouTube and counting.

The 53-year-old Canadian is now back on Earth -- Monday he and two other astronauts landed in Kazakhstan aboard the Soyuz. Thursday, he spoke with reporters via webcast about how he's recovering from his five months in space.

HADFIELD: It feels like I played a hard game of rugby yesterday or played full-contact hockey yesterday that I hadn't played in a while. My body's just sore, and I'm dizzy.

ZARRELLA: While Hadfield is dealing with the difficulties of readjusting to gravity, he's extremely upbeat about the time he spent in orbit.

HADFIELD: This space station is a wonderful example of how people can do things right. There was beautiful imagery. There's poetry in what's happening. There's purpose in what's happening. There's a beauty to it. There's hope in it.

ZARRELLA: Hadfield posted dozens of photos and videos online from space, some amazing shots of Earth, to what it's like to try and brush your teeth in zero gravity. And while he's not the first astronaut to use Twitter, with nearly one million followers, he may be the most successful.

HADFIELD: It is just too good an experience to keep to yourself, and the more people that see it and understand it, I think the more the benefits of space exploration will roll back into daily life for all of us.


ZARRELLA: Hadfield hopes he's hit a chord with young people and will inspire the next generation of space explorers.

John Zarrella, CNN, Miami.


SWEENEY: He's certainly made an impact already. I'm Fionnuala Sweeney, and that was CONNECT THE WORLD. Thank you for watching.