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KRISTIE LU STOUT, HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. And welcome to News Stream where news and technology meet.

Now dramatic new video of two men (inaudible) London police after authorities say they attacked a British soldier on Wednesday.

And President Barack Obama gives a major speech on counterterrorism and the use of unmanned drones to strike targets.

And now the story of the cult TV show that is being a second life by the internet seven years after it was canceled.

We are learning more grim details about the butchering of a British soldier on a south London street. Now the victim has been named as 25- year-old Lee Rigby. Witnesses say he was hit by a car, then hacked to death in broad daylight on Wednesday.

And this video has now emerged of the moments after the brutal killing when police arrived on the scene. You can see the apparent suspects rushed toward the officers and hear gunshots as the police fire at them.

Now the men are under guard at two separate hospitals in London, both are in stable condition.

And as the investigation goes on, six homes have been searched. And the metropolitan police say a man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

Now London is tense in the wake of the attack. Police say an additional 1,200 officers are now on patrol to reassure the public.

Now at least so far there is no indication that Lee Rigby knew his attackers, one of whom has also been named.

After watching this video from our affiliate ITN, friends and acquaintances of this man, seen with blood-soaked hands and brandishing that meat cleaver, identified him as 28-year-old Michael Adebolajo.

And this footage, it's from a 2007 protest, it shows the suspect standing right next to the British Muslim radical leader Anjem Choudry. Choudry has confirmed to CNN that he knew Adebolajo from lectures and from demonstrations.

Now the family of the victim is holding a press conference right now. Let's listen in.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Our hero, we are so proud of thee (ph). (inaudible) precious gift given to us. Lee had a fiery temper. When he was younger, I used to sit on him until he'd calm down, until he was about 15 then he got too big and he used to sit on me.

Lee's dream of growing up was always to join the army, which he succeeded in doing. He was dedicated and loved his job.

Lee adored and cared a lot for his family. And he was very much a family man, looking out for his wife, his young son Jack, and his younger sisters who in turn would talk to him. He always had the banter with them, but would never, ever let any harm come to them.

He was over the moon being a dad, and an uncle. And he adored all his family.

Lee was a man who loved people. He had many friends growing up in Middleton and on army duties all over the world where he'd been sent. He believed life was for living, and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Courtney (ph) and Amy (ph), his younger sisters wrote this for me (ph). Rest in peace, Lee. We love you so much. And you didn't deserve this. You fought for your country and did it well. You will always be our hero. We are just (inaudible) so early. We love you, Lee.

Last text he sent to his mom read, "good night, Mom. I hope you had a fantastic day today, because you are the most fantastic one in a million mom that anyone could ever wish for. Thank you for supporting me all these years. You're not just my mom, you're my best friend. Good night. I love you loads."

Well, we would like to say, good night, Lee. Rest in peace our (inaudible). We love you loads. And words could not describe how loved and sadly missed you will be.

We'd like to thank everybody -- the police, and the army, for the amazing support we've received. And for all the good will messages all over the country, we are receiving in memory of Lee.

Our hearts have been ripped apart from us. And everyone is struggling to cope with this tragedy. So we would ask the press to respect our privacy to grieve (inaudible) as we try and come to terms.

Now I've got a little, it's basically like a poem (inaudible).

You fought bravely and with honor died. You leave your family so full of pride. Sleep well, little soldier. Your job is done, your war is over, your battle won. Our family chain is broken and nothing is the same. But as god takes us one by one, our chain will link again.

We're prepared to accept -- the family are not going to answer questions. If you have any questions -- if you come directly through me, I'll answer what I can. We'll take it from there.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (inaudible) he's always wanted to serve for the army. He's been all over Cyrpus, Germany.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He's been to Jordan.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ...never more proud. He went to Jordan. His proudest moments were serving in London on ceremonials with the drum corps.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He were very proud to be a drummer.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And he very proud to take part in the ceremonial parades. And he's beaten the retreat with the drums while we were in London.

UNIDENTIIFED FEMALE: How hard is it for you to accept that this happened on (inaudible)?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You don't expect that to happen.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, you don't expect it. I mean...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: When he's in he UK, he's (inaudible) safe.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When he's in Afghan, I mean, you come to terms with it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You know it's dangerous, don't you, when he goes (inaudible)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: know it's dangerous. You don't expect something like that on your doorstep. It's very difficult.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He's walked up and down that road so many times before.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (inaudible) where did you even find out what (inaudible)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I mean, really, at soon as it came on the news on the television. Obviously, we didn't know it was Lee, but you heart skips a beat when you see something like that on the tele and you know your son is in that area.

So as soon it was released on the tele, you know, we were attempting to get ahold of Lee, which obviously we couldn't. And it was middle of the night probably that (inaudible) Lee got confirmed to us it was Lee.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What will you miss the most about Lee?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Everything. His love for his family. His incredible sense of humor. He was a loving son and a wonderful father. And I just can't tell you how much he will be missed.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, no. He was coming up for the weekend.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He was coming up for the weekend, but there were a lot -- there was a lot of uncertainties, as you're aware with the (inaudible) the way it is, the redundancies and such.


LU STOUT: Moving scenes there. The family of Lee Rigby overwhelmed with grief offering their family's statement in reaction to the death of Lee Rigby, the young British soldier who was hacked to death earlier this week in southeast London. And the family said this, quote, Lee was a dad. He was an uncle. He was adored by all the family. He believed life was for living and will surely be missed. Rest in peace. We love you so much. You fought for your country and you did it well.

Now senior international correspondent Dan Rivers has been gathering more information about the British national of Nigerian descent, the suspect believed to be behind the butchering attack of Lee Rigby. Dan Rivers joins us now live from London.

Dan, what can you tell us?


Well, Michael Adebolajo remains in hospital under armed guard along with his alleged accomplice who is in a separate hospital, we're told, as the police have continued their investigations. They've arrested two more people, a man and a woman, on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

Meanwhile, you can see the floral tributes here behind me that are growing with every hour. I'm sure once people see that really heart rending testimony from his family it will provoke even more people to come down here and put flowers up.

Meanwhile, the security services and the police are trying to establish more about these two men, who exactly they were and what kind of history they had.


RIVERS: His bloodied image is seared into our brains. Brandishing the meat cleaver and knife he's suspected of using to kill a British soldier. But who is Michael Adebolajo? Friend, Abu Baraa shares much of his extremist ideology and says he's known him for more than seven years.

ABU BARAA, FRIEND OF MICHAEL ADEBOLAJO: I mean, he's always been very vocal and very concerned about the affairs of Muslims and people being oppressed. And he could never tolerate anybody to really be oppressed and without to do -- to say anything. And I'm sure he felt very frustrated and helpless when he couldn't. As a person, he was always very caring, very concerning, he's always had a heart for other people and just wanted to help everybody.

RIVERS: But on Wednesday, it appears he wanted to kill. In this video, you can see him and his alleged accomplice running towards the police brandishing knives as if they deliberately waited at the scene to attack the first police who responded. But the officers who arrived were armed and shot both men.

Michael Adebolajo was a fixture as Islamist rallies like this one in London in 2007. He's understood to have converted to Islam from Christianity four years earlier.

British of Nigerian descent, he studied at this school in Essex. He married in 2006, a marriage which Abu Baraa was unable to attend, because he was in prison for encouraging Muslims to kill British soldiers in Iraq.

(on camera): Would you condemn what he did?

BARAA: I would condemn the cause of this, which is the British foreign policy. At the end of the day, Britain has taken these people, its public, to war. And they've taken their soldiers to war and knowing full well that war, you know, is a violent practice and people get killed in war. Soldiers are, you know, in full knowledge that they could get killed.

So, Britain is the one who is responsible, the government and I believe all of us as the public, we are responsible. We should condemn ourselves. Why we did not do enough to stop these wars going on in Iraq and Afghanistan.

RIVERS: But you wouldn't condemn his actions.

BARAA: I would only condemn the one who is the cause of this, the aggressor, the occupier, which is the British government, the British troops.

RIVERS: But it is this young soldier, Drummer Lee Rigby, who has paid the price for such extremism. CNN understands spies at the British security service MI-5, based here in central London, were aware of Adebolajo and his accomplice while investigating other terrorist plots, but there was nothing to indicate either men were about to strike in such an appalling way.


RIVERS: I think there are several kind of takeaways from this, Kristie. One will be obviously how difficult it is to prevent any kind of similar attack. These two men, while they were known to the security services on the periphery of other terrorist plots, were clearly, you know, were not, as far as we know, supported by any kind of broader network appearing to be lone wolves, self-radicalized terrorists here, if that connection does prove to be true.

Secondly, also, the concerns about community relations here and, you know, the reaction of far right groups as well. We've already had some disturbances both here and in other parts of the country. And I think there will be concerns that community relations in this part of London and elsewhere could seriously deteriorate as a result of this.

LU STOUT: All right, Dan Rivers, reporting for us live at the scene. Thank you.

Now the victim in this tragedy was a 25-year-old father who had been in the British army since 2006. Lee Rigby was a member of the corpse of drums and was serving with the second battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. And that is an infantry battalion that was most recently deployed to Afghanistan.

Now Drummer Rigby served in Helmund Province in 2009, but most recently he had been attached to the regimental recruiting team in London.

Now tributes are being paid to him at the scene of his murder in the London district of Woolwich.

A lifelong Manchester United fan, he leaves behind a 2-year-old son Jack. We'll have much more on this story later in the program.

Now, to the U.S. now where President Barack Obama says drones are a necessary evil in the war on terror. Now his administration has come under fire because drone strikes haven't only killed terrorists, but civilians as well. In a major counterterrorism speech on Thursday, Mr. Obama defended his position saying that drones are the best way to keep America safe, but he suggested they must be used with more restraint.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Dozens of highly skilled al Qaeda commanders, trainers, bomb makers and operatives have been taken off the battlefield. Plots have been disrupted that would have targeted international aviation, U.S. transit systems, European cities, and our troops in Afghanistan. Simply put, these strikes have saved lives.

Moreover, America's actions are legal. We were attacked on 9/11. Within a week, congress overwhelmingly authorized the use of force. Under domestic law and international law, the United States is at war with al Qaeda, the Taliban and their associated forces. We are at war with an organization that right now would kill as many Americans as they could if we did not stop them first. So this is a just war, a war waged proportionally, in a last resort and in self defense.


LU STOUT: Now, before his speech, President Obama issued a new set of rules on when drones can be used. The presidential policy guidance says a strike can only be ordered if the intended target cannot be captured by the U.S. or foreign government, if the target poses an imminent threat to Americans and if it's absolutely confirmed that the target is at the location of the proposed strike. Administration officials say that these guidelines should reduce the number of drone strikes and limit civilian casualties, which Mr. Obama also acknowledged in his speech.


OBAMA: It is a hard fact that U.S. strikes have resulted in civilian casualties, a risk that exists in every war. And for the families of those civilians, no words or legal construct can justify their loss. For me and those in my chain of command, those deaths will haunt us as long as we live.


LU STOUT: But the U.S. president's words are apparently little comfort to the Pakistani government. It said it welcomed Mr. Obama's acknowledgment that force alone cannot make the U.S. safer, but added that the use of drones is counterproductive. And said it violates not only Pakistan's national sovereignty, but also international law.

Now these weapons of lethal force are also targeting militants in Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. But most of the strikes have taken place in Pakistan's tribal areas. And most have been carried out under the Obama administration.

Now according to the New America Foundation, it's a think tank based in Washington, a total of 49 drone attacks took place in Pakistan under former U.S. President George W. Bush, but since President Obama took office, that number has increased to 307 and counting. All those strikes have killed at least 5,346 people, at least 565 of them were civilians.

Now you're watching News Stream, and coming up next on the program, we will tell you what prompted an emergency landing and evacuation from this plane at London's Heathrow Airport.

And what many say is an epidemic in Egypt, you won't believe some of the remarks this man got when he dressed as a woman and went under cover.


LU STOUT: Welcome back. You're watching News Stream.

And you're looking at a visual version of all the stories in the show today.

Now we started with the latest on one of the men accused of stabbing to death a British soldier. And later we'll bring you an exclusive interview with the head of European Football.

But now we'll go to one of the world's busiest airports and the emergency landing the temporarily shut it all down. Now this emergency landing, it disrupted the travel plans of thousands of people. And here is new video taken from inside the plane as it landed.

Now the Airbus A319, it had to turn back shortly after takeoff for Oslo due to what the airline describes as a technical fault. Now you can see that the engine does not have a cover on it.

Now 75 passengers on board a British Airways flight were evacuated using emergency slides. And both of Heathrow's runways were closed for a short time, but the airport says it is now fully operational.

Now it is said to be a busy travel day, because it's the start of a holiday weekend there in the UK.

Let's got to Richard Quest at our London bureau. He joins us now.

Richard, tell us more about the travel impact and the disruption?

RICHARD QUEST, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, obviously the airport is now open. It is a major football fixtures in the UK. And there's going to be a serious delay in that sense of flights being canceled, but the north and the south runway are now open. Heathrow is extremely experienced at getting this back to normal. So I'm expecting within a couple of hours things will somewhat return to as they should be.

More interestingly, Kristie, is this conundrum about the plane. And now there are lots of questions about what happened.

I want you to bear with me.

First of all, show us the pictures -- show us the pictures that you had in the wall behind you a moment or two ago when you introduced the story. And when you look at the first set of pictures, that's the one, now you can see quite clearly -- you can see it is the right engine that has caused the trouble. The right engine, if you look closely, that has the engine cowling missing.

Now show me the pictures of the plane coming in to land that you showed a minute or two, just a second or two ago. Now that is the left engine.

So, what has clearly happened, and we don't know the reason why, is the engine covers on both the right and the left engine appear to be missing from that plane.

We know from other pictures that the smoke was coming out of the right engine.

So, look, what does it all mean? I have absolutely no idea, Kristie. But what I do know, this was a serious, not dangerous incident. A plane lands on one engine quite easily. I was talking to one pilot this morning who had had a bird strike on his aircraft and he had to land on one engine. So that's not the significant part.

The significant part is why both of these aircraft engines in some shape or form appear to be damaged?

LU STOUT: Richard, very, very key details picked up by you. The engines on both sides being exposed. Thank you very much for sharing that with our audience.

Richard Quest joining us live from CNN London, thank you very much indeed.

You're watching News Stream. And coming up next, on the streets of Cairo, a male actor goes undercover and highlights the sexual harassment that ordinary Egyptian women have to face every day. An incredible story. Stick around for that.


LU STOUT: Coming to you live from Hong Kong, you're back watching News Stream.

Now an undercover investigation in Egypt has highlighted what many people say is a growing and constant problem. It involved a man dressing up as a woman and walking the streets in broad daylight. And Reza Sayah picks up the story.


REZA SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It took four hours and layers of cosmetics to make actor Waleed Hammad look like a woman.

WALEED HAMMAD, ACTOR: They had to pluck my eyebrows and shave my arms.

SAYAH: The mission, for a group of investigative journalists to go undercover and expose what they call an epidemic of sexual harassment that torments Egyptian women every day.

LENA EL GHADBAN, SHOW HOST: We wanted men, those men, to feel how it would feel like to be the target of -- whether it's words, it's looks, it's -- you know, someone walking after you.

HAMMAD: Anything to -- I can do to help make people be more aware of this problem. I was like, yes, yes.

SAYAH: With hidden cameras recording his every move, Waleed now looking the part, it's the streets of Cairo.

Within minutes, it starts.

HAMMAD: It's like under a microscope.

SAYAH: Stares, sexual advances, offers of money for sex, even when Waleed puts on an Islamic veil.

HAMMAD: Some of them were mild, like "hey, pretty face," or something. Or like, in a very sugar-coated way, it's like, you know, "I want to sleep with you tonight."

SAYAH: But then, things take a dangerous turn.

Tell me about this guy. He kept following you.

HAMMAD: Yeah, that's the one that kept following me for 45 minutes.

SAYAH: No matter where Waleed goes, the man follows. When Waleed ignores his plea for a date, the man gets aggressive.

Ultimately, he grabbed you.

HAMMAD: He grabbed my arm and put -- yeah, that's it.

SAYAH: He was scared.

HAMMAD: Yeah, yeah.

Like, I don't know what he was going to do, because he -- and then at the end he's like, he's looking right into my eyes. It's like, you have to give me your number, you have to -- you have to let me take you out.

SAYAH: This hidden camera experiment was a joint project by private TV channel ONTV and Cairo-based Valayal Productions (ph), a group of Egyptian activists and filmmakers.

The two partners say the best way to take on the toughest problems in post-revolution Egypt is to do good old fashioned investigative journalism and put it on TV.

HAMMAD: Television in Egypt has only just begun to scratch the surface in terms of the content that's possible.

SAYAH: Valayal (ph) and ONTV have tackled social issues and government corruption, but none of their shows created more buzz than when they dressed a man as a woman.

GHADBAN: The target for us was what if men felt what women felt like?

SAYAH: Waleed says the stress and fear he felt walking the streets as a woman...

HAMMAD: I, as a man, I can't imagine living my life like that every single day.

SAYAH: Is something he wouldn't wish on anyone.

Reza Sayah, CNN, Cairo.


LU STOUT: Great journalism there.

You're watching News Stream. And still ahead, Lee Rigby, he survived Afghanistan only to be brutally murdered on a south London street. We visit the home town of the soldier described as a true warrior.

And we're learning more about the women who rushed to the 25-year- old's side, standing up to the men who hacked him to death.


LU STOUT: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. You're watching News Stream. And these are your world headlines.

An Islamist militant group is claiming responsibility for attacks in Niger which killed dozens of people. The Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa says that the attacks were in response to Niger's cooperation with France for so-called war against Sharia. Now French deployed troops to Mali in January to help drive out Islamist militants.

Now riots have taken place for a fifth straight night in the suburbs of the Swedish capital Stockholm. Police say more than a dozen cars and three schools were torched and 13 people have been arrested. Now police are downplaying speculation that the unrest was triggered by the fatal shooting of a man by an officer.

And some breaking news from Afghanistan, a large explosion rocked an area of the capital of Kabul a short time ago. This is according to local police. There are no details yet about casualties, damage or the cause of the blast, but we'll bring those to you as soon as they come in.

Now a prayer service has been held in the hometown of the British soldier killed in a suspected terrorist attack in London. The 25-year-old machine gunner, drummer, and father of two Lee Rigby was raised near the city of Manchester. Now Matthew Chance is in nearby Rochdale, and he joins me now.

And Matthew, earlier we heard that moving tribute by the family of Lee Rigby.

MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, that's right, Kristie. In fact, I'm in a little place called Middleton, which is just outside Manchester near Rochdale as well. It's actually the estate where Lee Rigby grew up. And his family still live here just a short distance from here. In fact, behind me, around that corner.

But the house of the family is under police guard. They've asked repeatedly for their privacy to be respected at this very difficult time during their grieving. And so of course we're doing that.

But for the first time today, they did face the public. They did make public statements about how they must be feeling given their tragic loss. There was a sort of closed press conference given by a number of the family members, including his mother, his sister and his wife his well. They spoke very emotionally, Rebecca Rigby is her name, very emotionally about her tragic loss. Take a listen.


REBECCA RIGBY, VICTIM'S WIFE: I just want to say that I love Lee. I always will. And I'm proud to be his wife. (inaudible) so we can continue our (inaudible) together as a family. He was a devoted father to our son Jack. We both miss him terribly.


CHANCE: Also a statement was read out by Lee Rigby's stepfather in which he said the whole family was so extremely proud of him. They talked about how even growing up Lee always wanted to be a soldier and he succeeded in that. And in the statement, they also said they were so upset it had to leave so early. Our hearts have been ripped apart, said the family statement.

So, some very emotional scenes there coming from the family members who, as I say, are now in that house just a few hundreds yards from here in this town of Middleton, which is a very close knit community, Kristie, and we've spoken to lots of neighbors as well. And they're all feeling this sense of grief and shock.

LU STOUT: And that was a very, very emotional statement delivered by the family of Lee Rigby. And the family also gave details about Rigby's life as a father and as a soldier. What else have you learned about his life?

CHANCE: Well, we've had a picture painted to us by family members about how he was a very strong family member -- family man they called him. He was a dedicated father to his 2-year-old son Jack, and very much was looked up to by other members of his family.

On the professional front, he'd been in the military since 2006. He'd joint the Royal Fusiliers. He was a ceremonial drummer and so had the rank of drummer. He served in Cyprus and Germany, but also interestingly in Afghanistan. In 2009, he was deployed to Helmund Province in southern Afghanistan. And at that time, in that place, it was one of the most dangerous places and times for British forces in Afghanistan. So he went through that nightmare, really, of being on patrol in those areas.

And that sort of compounded the sense of shock that he should get through that, survive that experience in Afghanistan, only to be sort of cut down in the streets of his country's capital in southeast London. And so that added tot he sense of disbelief and horror amongst all the people who knew him here in Middleton.

LU STOUT: Such a tragic loss of the family and for the community there.

Matthew Chance reporting live, thank you.

Now Lee Rigby, he was wearing a "Help for Heroes" charity t-shirt when he was attacked in Woolwich. And that charity works with armed forces personnel and veterans wounded or otherwise affected by their time and service.

And since news of Wednesday's murder broke, it says its website has been struggling to cope with the number of people clicking on to it. Now the website is currently down. It does not show this statement, part of which reads this, quote, "we have been overwhelmed with people spontaneously choosing to show their support for the armed forces."

Now the brutal attack on Rigby, it took place on the London street in broad daylight. And as he lay dying, some ordinary women did something extraordinary, they tried to help him and they confronted his attackers.

Atika Shubert has more.


ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The video is shaky and brief, shot by an eyewitness. It shows three women who each in their own way stood up to the two young men who hacked a British soldier to death.

First, an unidentified woman, kneeling down by the victim's body, apparently praying. Then, in this video, she is standing with another woman confronting the blood-soaked killers.

It was perhaps what prompted one of the attackers to say this.

MICHAEL ADEBOLAJO: I apologize that women had to witness this today, but in our land our women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your government. They don't care about you.

SHUBERT: It was a surreal scene. Many eyewitnesses initially thought it was a road accident, including Cub Scout leader and mom Ingrid Loyau- Kennett. She jumped down from her bus to offer first aid before realizing the full horror of what had happened. She spoke to Britain's ITV News.

INGRID LOYAU-KENNETT, WITNESS: I could see (inaudible) a butcher's knife and a -- do you those ax the butchers have to cut that? Yeah, that's what he had. And blood all over him. And I thought, what the heck, what happened there?

And I thought, OK, obviously he's a bit excited. And the thing was just to talk to him.

SHUBERT: In this photo, Loyau-Kennett can be seen attempting to talk with one of the suspects, even as he clutches a meat cleaver in his bloodied hands.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Were you not scared for yourself in that situation?



LOYAU-KENNETT: I mean, I tried, because (inaudible) with children stopping around by so it was even more and more important that I talk to him and then ask him what he wanted, because I thought, well, usually they want something.

SHUBERT: It was a moment of instinctive courage amid a scene of terrible bloodshed.

Atika Shubert, CNN, Woolwich, London.


LU STOUT: Now, coming up, we will hear exclusively from the head of European football who tells us why he thinks it's wrong for footballers to walk off the pitch when faced with racist abuse.


LU STOUT: Welcome back.

And let's go back to our visual rundown. In a few minutes, we'll show you how a cult TV show was revived seven years after being canceled.

But now let's go to the world of sport and an exclusive interview with the head of European football. Now Michel Platini is in London ahead of this weekend's Champion's League final. Let's get more on that interview now from World Sport's Alex Thomas -- Alex.


We're a little more than 24 hours away from the first ever all German Champion's League final. Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are flown into the UK. But before the mouthwatering action on the pitch, there have been big decisions taken off the pitch with UEFA holding a two-day congress. And they have just voted to approve new plans to tackle racism, a huge problem in the game ever since Kevin-Prince Boeteng, the Milan player, walked off the pitch in protest at racist abuse from the fans in a friendly game earlier this year.

So, on Thursday, my colleague Pedro Pinto spoke to the UEFA president Michel Platini about what European football's governing body is planning to do to get to the bottom of this huge issue.


PEDRO PINTO, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: A topic we normally discuss, serious one, is racism in football. It keeps on coming up. I was recently in Italy speaking with Mario Balotelli and Kevin-Prince Boateng about it. They've had very tough experiences in stadiums there. I know there have been new measures announced from UEFA to increase the sanctions. Can you tell us about those, what you decided to do?

MICHEL PLATINI, UEFA PRESIDENT: It's a proposal. Each will adopt from (inaudible) statutes, regulation, state, but it's very important to resolve this case. It's not normal that people in 2013 are insulted about the color, about the difference of color. It's not normal. And it's very tough for the player on the field. (inaudible) player, we are responsible of that. And (inaudible) for the player and we try to do that outside the field too.

PINTO: So correct me if I'm wrong with some of these measures.

If there is racist abuse in the stands, and the referee gives two warnings, at the third time he can stop the game.

PLATINI: Yeah, of course.

PINTO: The game is abandoned.

PLATINI: The game is -- he has to abandon the game.

PINTO: He has to abandon the game?

PLATINI: I encourage him to do that.

PINTO: So, let's say a game is abandoned. The penalty first would be to close that stand, correct? The next stage would be to close that stand?

PLATINI: That is a decision that we propose to the national association.

PINTO: If it happens a second time, the whole stadium is closed and they play behind closed doors, plus a 50,000 euro fine.


PINTO: Is that fine enough?

PLATINI: We will see. We will see.

PINTO: Because a lot of people still think that these fines should be higher, because 50,000 for some clubs...

PLATINI: It's not a question of money, because when you punish a club, because of the fans. So fans -- they can be not on the -- they can be from a political matter, they come to the game and they decide...

PINTO: Balotelli told me last week that if he was racially abused again he would walk off the field like Boeteng did before.


PINTO: You have said before, if I'm not mistaken, that a player walking off the field would get a yellow card.

PLATINI: No, I said the last time that I agree with Boeteng's decision, but he have to say to the referee, because the referee who decide -- normally if a player is going away of the stadium, I think he has not the right to go away. But it's not a matter of the player to regulate the game and to stop the game, it's a matter of the referee. The referee can stop the game, but a player he can't do that. It's not possible (inaudible) if you are not (inaudible) you can go -- you can go out and what's happened.


THOMAS: President Michel Platini speaking to my World Sport colleague Pedro Pinto in an exclusive interview. And you can see more of it in World Sport in just over three hours time.

Kristie, for you -- for now, though, back to you in Hong Kong.

LU STOUT: Yeah, good, hard hitting interview there. Alex Thomas reporting, thank you.

Now meet Yuichiro Miura, at 80-years-old, he's just become the oldest man to reach the top of Mount Everest. And here he is looking down from the top of the world.

Now his climb is all the more impressive when you consider that he broke his hip two years ago. And underwent heart surgery in January.

Now the Japanese octogenarian has reached the top of the world's highest mountain before, though, in 2003 and in 2008. And a 76-year-old Nepalese man held the previous record for the oldest man to scale Everest. And now, age 81, he reportedly plans to retake the title with a climb next week.

But for now, Miura is celebrating his achievement. And here you can see him enjoying a tea ceremony during his ascent with his son.

But let's show this to you, this is our favorite photo from his climb. Not only are Miura and his son tucking into some sushi at around 8,000 meters above sea level, they are preparing it by hand. Now that alone would be a major feat for some, especially me.

Now, let's give you the global forecast and some searing heat wave and searing temperatures in India and Pakistan. Details with Mari Ramos. She stands by at the world weather center -- Mari.

MARI RAMOS, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Kristie, as you were telling that story I asked producer Jetson (ph) here if he could figure out the distance between a Mount Everest and New Delhi. So if you get that Jetson (ph) let me know, because I was thinking, you know, not that far away and here we are dealing with this extreme heatwave. It just shows you how quickly things change with elevation there across the subcontinent and of course as we head into the Himalayas.

Let's go ahead and start taking a look at some of these pictures. This is from Hyderabad, what a contrast, right. Temperatures have been extremely hot. Near record highs, and in many cases record high temperatures across the region, reaching in some cases up to 40 -- up to 50 degrees I should say, Celsius in the shade.

You've got to think about how dangerous this heat is. At least 40 people have lost their lives across India alone. Pakistan is also, you know, struggling with searing heat and power outages. One of the big problems that a lot of these places have, and these are some of the current temperatures right now. These purples that you see here, those are temperatures that are in the 50s.

So, this is extremely, extremely serious. Did you get that?

950? 950 kilometers away from Everest. So there you go.

So here we are dealing with this extreme -- extremely hot temperatures. Many places, like I was saying, the problem is that they don't even have proper water. So they have to go several kilometers to go get water. A lot of the poor neighborhoods don't even have running water, so they have to go try to find water. And when you're dealing with temperatures like this, you really start getting into some serious problems.

45 degrees in New Delhi, about 108, 109 degrees Fahrenheit. So just trying to do the math. You've got to remember, these are temperatures in the shade.

If you have travel plans in this part of the world, you better be prepared, because this is really intense. And you can't say people here are used to it, because they're not. These are out of the ordinary temperatures in this time. It is a heat wave that's going on that precedes the monsoon season. This is the hottest time of the year, but we are dealing with above average temperatures, some six and in some cases up to 10 degrees above the average for this time of year.

So that's what's happening there. We're really not expecting any kind of significant rainfall across these areas right now. We've had a few scattered rain showers across Bangladesh, back over into parts of eastern India, back over into Kolkata even, but everybody else pretty much staying bone dry and extremely hot, hot conditions that will persist.

Let's go ahead and switch gears. I want to show you where it is raining, and that is across portions of east Asia. And let's go ahead and take a look at some of the images that we have for you from that region.

Yeah, that's hail. And, you know, basically it's ice. What happens is in these very intense thunderstorms, you got a little drop of water, it starts to come down, but there's winds that bring it back up to the top and it refreezes and it starts to come down and it gets shot back up and it freezes again. The larger the hail, as that process is repeated over and over, you get these balls of ice that eventually fall to the ground. And that's what you have there.

The larger each one of those balls of ice would be, then the more intense, the more severe that thunderstorm would be. So this is usually a precursor to some very intense thunderstorms, or they happen within very intense thunderstorms.

And there was quite a bit of damage from this particular one. Not only did it come along with some very heavy rain. It damaged crops, buildings, cars, pretty scary situation.

And then this is in Guangdon, and there you see the very heavy rain that's bee affecting this area as well. We seem to be talking about these two provinces back to back all the time, because they really seem to be getting the bulk of this very nasty weather.

You want to see something else, check out this sand storm, this is farther to the north. Amazing. Look at the people trying to run for cover there, Kristie. The winds were howling to more than 80 kilometers per hour. It came and went just as quickly. It was daylight one moment, pitch dark the next. This happens every once in awhile in this part of the world.

The sand has moved on now all the way out to the Yellow Sea. We are expecting an improvement here as far as the weather conditions are concerned. Wow, such extreme weather, amazing images there from Asia and many of them from China again.

Come back over to the weather map, I want to show you, we do have some scattered rain showers here. The heaviest rain will be farther to the south and also into northern parts here of Luzon in the Philippines. Back to you.

LU STOUT: All right. And I can't get over that sand storm video. And the man on the motorbike riding along without a mask on, incredible. Mari Ramos there, thank you. Take care. Have a good weekend.

Now Arrested Development fans are counting down to Sunday. And that is when Netflix is bringing back to Bluth family. Up next, we explore why it took a video streaming site to revive the cult comedy.


LU STOUT: Now, it was hailed as one of the greatest cult hits on TV, but it's been seven long years since the final episode of Arrested Development. And now, thanks to the video streaming site Netflix, the Bluth family is back.

Nischelle Turner has the story.


NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Now the story of a canceled TV comedy about a dysfunctional family that gained cult status and a devoted fanbase and is getting a second life. It's Arrested Development, the critically acclaimed Emmy Winning show never found its footing with viewers, but after the 2006 Finale, the fans begin to multiply.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Someone turned me on to it a couple of years after it got canceled, but I just loved it.

TURNER: Enough for the cast members to notice.

WILL ARNETT, ACTOR: It feels like the show has never been more popular than it is now.

JESSICA WALTER, ACTRESS: A lot of people found the show after it was on television, on the DVDs and on the internet.

TURNER: Seven years later, Arrested Development is returning with a fourth season, not on network TV, but on the popular streaming service Netflix. The shows producer Brian Grazer says it was a big move.

BRIAN GRAZER, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER: Never would I say taking over the business, but they're another very viable outlet to watch programming.

TURNER: If the new season proves to be a success, the Netflix model could be used by those behind other canceled shows, according to Lacey Rose of the Hollywood reporter.

LACEY ROSE, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Other show runners of canceled shows will look at this and say how can we do this, how can we revive our show? Between the cable networks that are increasingly trying to up their originals as well as these, you know, streaming platforms like Netflix, like Amazon, there can be new homes for these shows.

TURNER: With high profile shows on their queue, Netflix could be battling the big networks at the Emmy's for the first time.

ROSE: With a show like House of Cards as well as Arrested Development, I think it would certainly do a tremendous amount for the companies reputation in Hollywood. And I think it would, you know, plant a flag in the ground for internet television.

JASON BATEMAN, ACTOR: We knew that we were being included. And this effort that Netflix is making to kind of change the way television is brought to people.

TURNER: Niscelle Turner, CNN, Hollywood.


LU STOUT: And as any diehard fan of Arrested Development will tell you, the comedy revolves around the seemingly endless array of recurring jokes. But don't take my word for it, NPR has logged every running gag in the show and organized it by character and season. This is the results, it' a detailed chart showing how every chicken dance, or reference to the Blue Man Group is linked across all 53 original episodes. And better still, NPR's team will be updating the chart when season four hits Netflix this Sunday.

And finally it's time to go over and out there. And the force must be strong with the team that built this lifesized Lego X-Wing Fighter, the model of the classic star wars spaceship is made of a mammoth 5.3 million Lego bricks, that means it is 42 times the size of the model you can buy in stores.

Lego unveiled the X-Wing in New York's Times Square and you can see its size compared to the cameraman right there.

It is more than 13 meters long. It is the largest Lego creation in the world. And the company says it took more than two years to develop the design, which also features a Lego R2D2 droid.

It took 17,000 hours over four months to put together. And the creation was made to promote Lego's new series The Yoda Chronicles, which will air on the cartoon network owned by the same company that owns CNN.

And before we go, I want to bring you one update from Afghanistan. Again, a large explosion was heard in Kabul a short time ago, this is according to the deputy police chief. AFP says the Taliban have claimed responsibility and that gunmen have taken up positions in a Kabul building.

We'll bring you more on this story as we get any new developments.

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