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Obama Visits Moore, Oklahoma; 10-Year-Old Fights For Lung Transplant; Middle East Showcases Talent In Guinness Book of Records; Kenyan Authorities Say Michael Adebolajo Arrested In 2010; U.S. Fugitive Williams Potts Wants To Come Home

Aired May 27, 2013 - 08:00:00   ET


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

Now more arrests made in the UK as police continue to investigate the killing of a British soldier on the streets of London.

And we begin our special series looking at the rise of China.

And history is made in American sport, as the first openly gay player takes the field in Major League Soccer.

Now in the wake of the brutal killing of a soldier in south London, the British government is forming a taskforce to take a hard look at extremism in the country. It comes after it was revealed that one suspect in the attack, Michael Adebolajo, was arrested in Kenya three years ago. The Kenyan government says he was suspected of possible links to a terror group.

Now police investigating Lee Rigby's murder made a ninth arrest on Sunday. A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. Three other men arrested on Saturday in connection with the case have now been released on bail.

Now Rigby's death has shocked the nation. And floral tributes to the 25- year-old soldier and father are piling up at the scene of the attack in the Woolwich district of London.

On Sunday, his family added to their flowers to the other makeshift memorials.

Now our senior international correspondent Matthew Chance is following all the latest developments on the story for us. And he joins us now live outside Downing Street in London.

And Matthew, over the weekend we know that more arrests were made, but can you give us more details? I mean, how were they tied tot he killing?

MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Kristie, that's not exactly clear yet. I mean, what we do know is that the authorities, the police, have got at least 500 officers investigating this killing of Drummer Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich in southeast London last Wednesday. They've been carrying out very intensive forensic examinations of the scene, looking at available video that comes from CCTV cameras and speaking to the associates of the murder suspects.

And so arrests have been made of people who they believe may have been linked to the suspects in some way, may have been linked, or may have had knowledge that this attack was going to take place.

But remember, they haven't been charged with anything yet, those other suspects that have been arrested. Indeed, a number of them have been released on police bail. At least two individuals have been released without any charges -- and have not been asked to come back to the station. So it's an ongoing investigation, which will not conclude, I expect, for several weeks ahead.

LU STOUT: And Matthew, in the aftermath of the attack, there have been angry protests and demonstrations in the UK. And also on Sunday night, we know that a fire broke out at an Islamic Center in the UK. Any link at all with last week's attack in Woolwich?

CHANCE: Well, again, that's not clear either. But what we do know is that there has been an upsurge, according to charities that monitor extremism in this country, an upsurge in violence against Muslims. One charity called Faith Matters says that attacks against Muslims have increased tenfold since Wednesday when this killing of Lee Rigby took place, ranging from graffiti on the walls of Islamic centers to the actual firebombings of a mosque. And that mosque was apparently hit by petrol bombs in Grimsby in the north of England.

Police say they've arrested two people on suspicion of arson.

But it does appear to be a general upsurge of anti-Muslim sentiment across Britain as a result of the killing.

LU STOUT: And the British prime minister, he set up an anti-extremism taskforce. What will it do?

CHANCE: Well, the taskforce is out there to look at extremism in all its forms, according to Downing Street, although the statement from number 10 does say that it accept that in practice the greatest threat comes from Islamic extremism. And so that's going to be the focus of this taskforce.

It's going to be chaired by David Cameron. He's not in the country right now. He's actually on holiday with his family in Ibiza, but one of the things the taskforce is going to do is to look at what possible legislation may be required to try and sort of mitigate against this kind of attack happening again. There's been talk of police being given additional powers to access extremist websites and personal emails so they can more closely monitor expected extremists within British society.

LU STOUT: All right, Matthew Chance reporting live from London for us, thank you.

Now Britain's home secretary Theresa may is calling for a crackdown on extremist groups, particularly online. And she discussed several ideas on Sunday, including perhaps a wider ban on some organizations accused of stirring up racial hatred, tighter rules governing the internet particularly, stronger powers by media regulators to limit extremist messages, including those that preach jihad.

Now the moves could be considered by a UK government taskforce headed by Prime Minister David Cameron, but they are likely to prompt a debate over freedom of speech, and probably won't be popular with internet companies.

Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt, he spoke at the Hay Literature Festival in western England this weekend. And according to British media, he said that his company has no plans to change the way it handles extremist material on the web.

And the Muslim Council of Britain has expressed reservations about the home secretary's proposals. In a statement, it said this, "we must be vigilant and ensure we do not inadvertently give into the demands of all extremists, making our society less free, divided and suspicious of each other."

Meanwhile, we are learning more about one of the suspect's alleged ties to a terror organization in Africa. Now Nima Elbagir has that part of the story from the Kenyan capital Nairobi.


NIMA ELBAGIR, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Further detail emerging in the investigation into that attack on the British soldier in London last week. Kenyan authorities have confirmed that one of the alleged attackers, Michael Adebolajo, was picked up in Kenya in November 2010 while attempting to illegally cross into Somalia. A Kenyan government spokesman says Adebolajo was detained along with several others for suspected ties to Somalia's al Qaeda linked militant group al Shabaab.

The government spokesman says Adebolajo was traveling under the name Michael Olemindis Ndemolajo. And it was under that name he appeared in court.

No charges were filed against Adebolajo, according to the Kenyan media. There are questions, though, about what happened to Adebolajo while in Kenyan custody. Kenyan authorities maintain that the relevant British authorities were given immediate access to him. The British foreign office, for its part, says that it provided consular assistance to a British national arrested in Kenya in 2010, but declined to provide further details.

Kenya has long been a partner in the so-called global war on terror. Acted both in the war against al Qaeda linked militants in Somalia and the campaign against al Qaeda in Yemen. These latest revelations are raising questions about that UK-Kenya partnership and whether there was anything either side could have done, should have done, to prevent the tragic events of last week.

Nima Elbagir, CNN, Nairobi.


LU STOUT: And turning now to diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Syria with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry set to meet his Russian counterpart in Paris.

Now meanwhile, both the Syria government and the opposition have indicated they may attend a peace conference in Geneva next month. And one pressing issue whether the European Union will end its arms embargo on Syria so that member nations can supply weapons to the rebels.

And all this comes against a backdrop of continuing violence in Syria where Hezbollah fighters from neighboring Lebanon have now joined the battle alongside Assad's forces.

Now Nick Paton Walsh is watching developments in Beirut. He joins me now.

And Nick, on Sunday we know that rockets hit Hezbollah strongholds in Lebanon. What impact is that having on the Syrian conflict?

NICK PATON WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, certainly inside Lebanon it had the impact of causing a wave of panic across Lebanese society. We haven't seen rockets flying around the capital city for decades, and perhaps since the last civil war. That caused many here to be deeply concerned. We could be seeing a new chapter in Lebanon's history of actual open sectarian conflict here.

So far, I should say, though, there has been a relatively calm response. Appeals from politicians for everyone to not leap forwards and react to it and further continue that cycle of violence appear to be heeded. But of course, it's got many deeply worried here.

Amidst this flurry of diplomatic activity aimed at trying to stop this growing regionalization of the conflict, we will today in Paris see U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. It's a private meeting and then a private dinner afterwards. Closed to the media. Trying, obviously, to build upon what seems to be a growing personal rapport between the two men. They both have complicated jobs -- the Russians trying to get Damascus to go to the table in Geneva for these peace talks, the government having -- of Syria having said that they would in principle attend.

A mixed message, though, from the U.S.'s partners in this, the Syrian opposition. They have partly, some of them, said they might attend in principle, other spokespeople said they won't. And then now a part of the Syrian National Council that comprises about a third have just come out and said they're unlikely to attend.

So an incredibly confused picture, which will only just complicate whether or not these Geneva talks very much last ditch in the eyes of many, will yield any results or have any application on the ground, Kristie.

LU STOUT: That' right, all eyes on this peace conference to take place next month in Geneva, but also what's happening this day in Brussels. There is a debate taking shape by EU member nations about whether or not the rebels should be armed. How is that debate playing out?

WALSH: Well, even in this element, the EU has many groups discussing this conflict. The EU is deeply divided, the French are clear that they would like to see these sanctions dropped or relaxed to enable perhaps in the future theory the arming of Syrian rebels. Let's hear what the U.S. (sic) foreign secretary William Hague had to say as their argument for that.


WILLIAM HAGUE, UK FOREIGN SECRETARY: There is a difference over what is appropriate now for the EU to do. In our view, it's important to show that we are prepared to amend our arms embargo so that the Assad regime gets a clear signal that it has to negotiate seriously.


WALSH: Now what the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague went on to say was that the Syrian people have had almost any weapon devised in history dropped on this particular point. And that, itself, is causing extremism to take hold within the Syrian population. Very much the counter of the argument of those who say the Syrian rebels shouldn't get any further weaponry, because they're concern is radicals already in the Syrian rebel ranks may eventually make use of any weaponry supplied by the EU or U.S. in the wrong way in this particularly volatile region.

So this discussion the EU has been having within itself has been going on now for nearly a year. Each time the deadline for these sanctions to be renewed comes up, the argument is made should they be dropped, should they be eased, should they be continued. And again, we're seeing that today with no clear avenue in site for the EU to actually relax them.

And even after that, Kristie, there still has to be a decision to actually go ahead and arm them -- Kristie.

LU STOUT: That's right, the arms embargo expires on May 31.

Nick Paton Walsh joining us live from Beirut with the very latest. Thank you, Nick.

Now you're watching NEWS STREAM. And still ahead, we have the latest on a deadly weekend attack in eastern India where a political convoy was targeted by Maoist rebels.

And U.S. President Barack Obama meets some of the victims of last week's horrifying tornado in Oklahoma.

And it is the age of China. We kick off a week of special reporting on the rise and rise of the most populous nation on Earth.


LU STOUT: Welcome back.

Now in India, authorities are investigating a deadly attack on a convoy of local politicians. It happened in this eastern state on Saturday. And the police chief says as many as 500 Maoist insurgents took part in the assault. And so far no arrests have been made. At least 24 people were killed, including several members of the ruling congress party, another 33 were wounded.

Prime Minister Mamohan Singh has promised to find the perpetrators, but the government has been battling these left-wing extremists for decades.


PRAVEEN SWAMI, CNN-IBN SECURITY ANALYST: Maoists in southern Chhattisgarh, the region where this attack took place, have been extremely hostile to efforts of mainstream political parties to establish a presence there. Over the last couple of years, violence has waned and mainstream political actors have been trying to reestablish some kind of presence. Saturday's massacre was clearly a bloody, but effective way of telling them that they aren't welcome in the region.


LU STOUT: Now the Maoist militants say that they are fighting for the poor and the dispossessed. And the insurgency has resulted in thousands of deaths since the late 1960s.

Now let's turn to the United States. And one week after a devastating tornado struck the city of Moore, Oklahoma, survivors are still sifting through the pieces of their shattered lives. Nick Valencia shows us how they are healing.


NICK VALENCIA, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Thousands gathered at the First Baptist Church in Moore Sunday night to remember the 24 lives lost.

Last Monday's tornado was the strongest and deadliest to strike Oklahoma in years.

GOV. MARY FALLIN (R), OKLAHOMA: Our spirits have been shaken this week. Our hearts have been broken. But our resolve is strong. And we will rise again.

VALENCIA: President Obama saw the devastation left by the powerful tornado.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Obviously, the damage here is pretty hard to comprehend. Our hearts go out to the families who've been impacted. Including those who've had loved ones who were lost.

VALENCIA: The president offered solace and aid to those hard-hit by the tornado.

OBAMA: It's going to take a long time for this community to rebuild. So, I want to urge every American to step up.

VALENCIA: This weekend, the parents of Bethany Pate joined her at what was once her house. The cleanup has just begun.

BETHANY PATE, TORNADO SURVIVOR: Now, we're just getting real and starting to clean up, starting to take the next steps.

VALENCIA: Bit by bit, piece by piece, the residents of Moore, Shawnee and other cities impacted by the recent outbreak of tornadoes, are beginning to put their lives back together. And they're not doing it alone.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin offered her help to the residents of this Moore neighborhood.

FALLIN: For those that are just overwhelmed and it's just too much to do, get their personal belongings out, and then we'll come in and then we'll take care of it as a state.

VALENCIA: A bittersweet yet familiar sound of pomp and circumstance provided a needed respite from the devastation as seniors from three area high schools graduated.

SAWYER TUMBLSON, HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE: I mean, it kind of seems we're ending our senior year like this but then again it brings us all a lot closer and more together. So, I mean, that's always a good thing, too.

VALENCIA: It's a closeness that will bring renewal to a community ravaged by the storm and provide them the courage to rebuild.


LU STOUT: Nick Valencia reporting there.

And as you saw, just so much rebuilding to be done after the storm there. And elsewhere, extreme weather in the United States, lets get the very latest now with Samantha Moore. She joins us now from the World Weather Center -- Samantha.

SAMANTHA MOORE, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Oh, boy. We had quite a weekend, I'll tell you what. Lots of flooding rain. And we even had snow, and a lot of it, across parts of New England.

So what we have now is a slow moving system, a lot of moisture coming in off the Gulf of Mexico. It is air rich in moisture. The dew points are very, very high. So we have a lot of moisture to work with here. We'll see strong storms and some very heavy rain. In fact, take a look at some of the pictures coming out of central Iowa. Of course, this is the nation's heartland. Early this morning, flooded roadways. In fact, the roads just go right into what appears to be rivers, but they're actually flooded roadways here.

Folks spending their holiday weekend -- it is a holiday weekend here in the states, Memorial Day weekend. And they're spending their weekend sandbagging to protect their property. It's really something else here.

And this comes on the heels of all the flooding we have over the weekend in San Antonio. Satellite here shows that explosion of thunderstorms during the last few hours here right across south central Iowa and northern Missouri. So this is an area we're going to have to watch very carefully today.

Also, a storm system exiting New England here that brought in some impressive amounts of snow. It looks like another system will be working its way in there, bringing in a little bit more reinforcing moisture. This time in the form of rain, not in snow. But you can see here on the radar the last 12 hours or so it's moved into Canada now.

But we have some incredible pictures of the snowfall here. In fact, parts of Vermont -- this is Mount Mansfield -- picked up over a foot of snow in the highest elevations there. You have all the spring greenery on the trees. And they were really kind of surprised to see this much snow accumulate here. Some of the ski resorts decided they would open over the holiday weekend just for fun.

Parts of upstate New York reported up to three feet of snow there in the Adirondack. It's just incredible to see this late spring snow storm.

And we are seeing the flooding here across much of eastern Asia. Check out some of the rainfall amounts we have had over the course of the weekend. And this comes on the heels of a very wet week. You can see in Rizhao, China some 190 millimeters of rainfall here. And it looks like this frontal system will continue to bring snow -- excuse me, bring rain -- I've got snow on the brain here after looking at that Vermont video -- some 100 millimeters possible along this frontal boundary. And boy, what a wet week had its been across China.

We have some flooding video coming in for you today, folks trying to deal with this -- look at this, trying to push their cars out of the flood water here. You can see folks trying to walk through the flood. Never recommend it to walk through it, because you don't know exactly how deep it is here.

But flooding all across southeastern China as we get it -- this is actually Kaili, China. As we head into the next 24 to 48 hours, more rain expected here in the region. And this time aimed along the coast here in southeastern China.

So a very wet pattern. We are into the rainy season. So a lot more of this to come. Back to you, Kristie.

LU STOUT: Yeah, a lot of rain on the way, potentially very dangerous conditions. Samantha Moore with the very latest. Thank you.

Now you're watching NEWS STREAM. And still to come, a brave 10-year-old waits for the lung transplant that could save her life, but with time running out her family says the rules governing transplants do not work in her favor. We'll have Sarah's story after the break.


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

Now a young American girl faces a heartbreaking situation, her lungs have been damaged beyond repair by disease and she desperately needs a lung transplant. But her situation has been complicated by her age and the rules governing organ sharing. Zain Asher has her story.



ZAIN ASHER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan wants to be a singer. Her mother says if she gets a new pair of lungs in the next few weeks, her dream could one day be a reality.

JANET MURNAGHAN, SARAH'S MOTHER: I'm not going to tell her she's (inaudible), because she's 10.

ASHER: Sarah was born with cystic fibrosis, an illness that's damaged her lungs beyond repair.

SARAH NURNAGHAN, AWAITING LUNG TRANSPLANT: I used to go to school before I got on oxygen. I got to go to school and at least try and act like all the normal children.

FRAN MURNAGHAN, SARAH'S DAD: I mean, we knew at some point she would need new lungs. We had hoped it would be much, much further down the road, but over the years her disease has progressed.

ASHER: If Sarah was 12 years old she'd have a higher chance of receiving adult's lungs, but since she's only 10, she primarily has access to children's lungs which are in much shorter supply,.

JANET MURNAGHAN: That's insane. It shouldn't be about their age. If she's the sickest person, she should qualify.

ASHER: Under the rules, the only way Sarah could receive an adult's lung to save her life is if all the other patients in her region who were aged 12 and older turned it down first.

DR. STUART SWEET, BOARD MEMBER, UNITED NETWORK FOR ORGAN SHARING: It tugs at my heart. It's not a perfect system, there is no perfect system. It's the best we can do right now.

ASHER: Dr. Stuart Sweet is a board member at the United Network for Organ Sharing. He helped write the pediatric transplant rules.

SWEET: If I changed the system to give Sarah an advantage, there's another patient, very likely and adolescent, who then gets a disadvantage. We built a system that we try to be -- tries to be as fair to everyone as possible.

ASHER: Sarah now has three to five weeks to live.

JANET MURNAGHAN: It's so hard to get pediatric lungs.

ASHER: Her mother is still working on a solution. Her options, though, are limited.

JANET MURNAGHAN: Maybe it's too late for Sarah, I don't know, but it's not -- it's not right. I'm going to fight for the next person's kid.

ASHER: Sarah still has hope.

SARAH MURNAGHAN: I'm not going for easy, I'm just going for possible.

ASHER: The possibility of living, of maybe one day realizing her dreams.

Zain Asher, CNN, Philadelphia.



LU STOUT: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong, you're watching NEWS STREAM, and these are your world headlines.

Now Britain's foreign secretary, William Hague, says the European Union should prepare to relax its embargo on supplying weapons to Syria. That would allows member nations to provide rebel groups with weapons. The EU leaders are in Brussels to discuss the ongoing Syrian conflict. And Hague said amending the embargo would put pressure on the Syrian government to negotiate.

Now police in eastern India are looking for suspects after the deadliest Maoist attack in India in years. At least 24 people were killed when hundreds of rebels ambushed a convoy of congress party leaders in Chhattisgarh state. India's prime minister and other political leaders are condemning Saturday's attack.

It is the first major sign of progress in six months of talks between the Colombian government and FARC rebels. Now the talks are taking place in Cuba. On Sunday, the two sides announced an agreement on land reform, but it's only the first of six big issues to be resolved. Now the others include disarming the rebels and the future of FARC leaders who have been convicted of serious crimes.

Three men arrested in connection with the killing of British soldier Lee Rigby in London have been released on bail. They were detained by UK counterterrorism police at the weekend on suspicion on conspiring to commit murder. Now three people remain in custody. And the two suspects arrested at the scene of the crime and another man picked up on Sunday.

There is no denying China's rise in recent years, but how will this global superpower manage its changing relationship with the world and the growing demands inside its own borders? This is what we'll be covering in the days ahead on CNN's Age of China.

Let's begin with Beijing, China's seat of power. It oversees a vast land, roughly the same size as the United States. Now China is the World's most populous country with more than 1.3 billion and 56 different ethnic groups. The Han Chinese have about a 91 percent majority. And among the 55 ethnic minorities are the Tibetans and Uighurs who have been demanding more autonomy. The priority for Beijing is economic growth. And the last three decades, it has lifted 600 million people out of poverty.

Now China is now the world's second largest economy. And the country is actively seeking a way to turn from an export machine into a consumer led economy.

But prosperity is not enough for the people of China. They are angry about pollution and corruption. There have also been calls for social reforms.


EVAN OSNOS, CHINA CORRESPONDENT, THE NEW YORKER: People today are looking for things that are more than just about their pocketbook. You know, they have a richer conception of what the good life means. They say, for instance, I want to live in a city where the air is cleaner. People also say, if I go to court, I want to be confident that I can get a reasonable judgment where the judge hasn't been bribed, or perhaps there hasn't been political influence.

So that's where it starts to get into a political issue. That in order to satisfy people's economic demands, there's going to have to be political reform of some kind. And that's where it gets hard for the party.


LU STOUT: And as Chinese President Xi Jinping focuses on these domestic concerns, he can't ignore his neighbors. China shares land borders with 14 countries. There's tension with Myanmar over mineral mining there by the Chinese. And there's also a border dispute to the west with India. And ongoing disputes at sea with South Korea, Japan and the Philippines.

Now according to the Organization for Cconomic Cooperation and Development, China is forecast to become the world's biggest economy by 2016. But with growth comes expectations.


LU STOUT: The Chinese government has long been fond of political slogans. Back in the 1970s it was "Reform and Opening Up," that set the tone for the country's economic transformation under leader Dong Xiaoping.

For the last nine years, officials have touted a "Harmonious Society" that was promoted by former president Hu Jintao.

And China's new leadership already seems to have its own catch phrase, "Pursuing the Chinese Dream." President Xi Jinping started using the expression before he even took office.

XI JINPING, CHINESE PRESIDENT (through translator): The great revival of the Chinese nation is the greatest Chinese dream.

LU STOUT: But what does that really mean? It depends on who you ask.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): For me, the Chinese dream is to buy a house in Beijing and to settle down here.

UNIDENTIIFED FEMALE (through translator): My dream is to have enough money to reunite with my family and not having to travel so far away for jobs.

UNIDENTIIFED MALE (through translator): I think good access to medicare is my biggest dream.

LU STOUT: Many believe the Chinese dream is tied to the country's economic health. And in particular to ensure continued growth by shifting an export led economy to one driven by domestic demand.

JING ULRICH, JPMORGAN MANAGING DIR. & CHAIRWOMAN OF GLOBAL MARKETS, CHINA: We cannot rely on investments, building a lot of infrastructure, factories, real estate forever. We have to really shift to a service driven economy. And aspirational consumers are everywhere in China, but they need to feel more secure about our future so that they can save less and spend more.

LU STOUT: Apart from building a strong social safety net, there are many more challenges here, like cleaning up the air and combating corruption.

The government has recognized that people want more.

WU JIANMIN, FORMER CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN: If you look at Xi Jinping, President Xi Jinping's speech, you can see they talk a lot about political reform. Xi Jinping was very clear on that. We need rule of law and democracy.

LU STOUT: But as China pursues its vision for its place in the world, some worry it is becoming expansionist and aggressive, especially regarding territorial claims at sea. But President Xi says his government's intentions are purely peaceful.

JINPING (through translator): The Chinese dream, we will fulfill, will not only benefit the Chinese people, but will benefit the people of the whole world.

LU STOUT: Mr. Xi has the next decade to show us what his dreams are really made of.


LU STOUT: And you can read more about the Chinese dream on our website, just go to And you'll also find a link to this Twitter list. It's tracking China chatter, or tweets, about China.

Now he gave up life in America so he could live in Cuba, but now William Potts wants to return home even if it means facing arrest there.

Now CNN's Patrick Oppmann has the story from Havana.


PATRICK OPPMANN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: William Potts gives praise to god. He's one of few Muslims in Cuba and belongs to an even smaller community, fugitives from U.S. justice who found safe haven here.

Potts arrived in Cuba in 1984, a self-styled revolutionary looking for military training. He came on a U.S. airliner he hijacked at gunpoint.

WILLIAM POTTS, U.S. FUGITIVE LIVING IN CUBA: Had them, you know, circle around, go low and circle around. I was looking for like McDonalds and Coca-Cola and propaganda like that. I didn't see any of it. So I said, well, we're probably here.

OPPMANN: But instead of rolling out the red carpet for a fellow traveler, the Cuba's tried Potts for the hijacking.

POTTS: And I didn't even know what 15 was in Spanish. And they said, quincy (ph). And I said, what -- what is quincy (ph)? And my translator, she said, you know -- I said, what -- she said 15 years.

I said 15 years for who.

She said, 15 said 15 years for you.

I said, oh, no, wait a minute, I'm a revolutionary. You can't give me 15 years.

OPPMANN: Potts served his time and moved to this neighborhood of crumbling Soviet style apartment buildings outside Havana. He is one of several dozen fugitives that the U.S. says Cuba refuses to send back to face American justice.

A few have million dollar bounties on their heads.

And American officials say their presence on the island is one of the reasons Cuba remains on the list of countries that support terrorism.

But there's just one problem, William Potts says.

POTTS: They're harboring terrorists here in Cuba, you know, nobody is harboring me, I'm trying to go back.

OPPAMNN: Potts wrote to the U.S. federal prosecutor handling his case offering to surrender himself.

POTTS: ...and make known to you my desire to return to the United States and face the charges pending against me in connection with the hijacking.

OPPMANN: He hasn't heard back.

William Potts even came here three times, the United States intersection in Havana, to offer to return to the United States. Neither American diplomats, nor the United States attorney's office in Miami would comment on Potts' case or explain to us why the delay in taking a wanted fugitive into custody.

Potts now works on this farm and hopes to take advantage of changing laws in Cuba to one day own his own land here.

POTTS: This is where I work. And this is what I hope to duplicate.

OPPMANN: But before he can do that, Potts wants to return to the U.S. to see family and he says to plead for forgiveness from the passengers of the plane he hijacked.

Patrick Oppmann, CNN, Havana.


LU STOUT: Still to come on NEWS STREAM, calculating the currents. One of the world's best surfers tells us how he achieves his artistic acrobatics.


LU STOUT: Now there's some surfers who can make their sport look like an art form. And 11-time ASP world champion Kelly Slater is one of them. So Nick Glass and the Art of Movement team, they met up with him to go in search of the perfect wave.


NICK GLASS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Beautiful, elemental, ever restless, and as often as not mesmerizing -- without breaking waves, what would surfers do? No waves, no surf, no surfing.

For a 1,000 years or more, men have paddled out into the sea with their boards and ridden the waves.

In the last 50 years or so, surfing has graduated from a subculture to a serious sport with a global following, particularly on the internet. Tens of millions of people do it, many others follow it.

Some surfers limber up on an autumn morning in Rio de Janeiro. The world professional tour, the surfing circus, has rolled up on the beach.

JOSH KERR, PROFESSIONAL SURFER: There are so many different variables in our sport like so many different variables. You have to know -- obviously the ocean is a base in itself and to know it so well, know everywhere where the water is moving, where the currents are going...

GLASS: The sport has become thrillingly acrobatic and aerial, as physically demanding as Olympic gymnastics or diving.

Kelly Slater from Florida is the acknowledged master of surfing, King Kelly. And he's practically deified. Just getting him on and off the beach takes twice as many security men as anyone else.

In depth interviews are rare.

KELLY SLATER, PROFESSIONAL SURFER: I'm not religious, but surfing is my religion, if I have a religion.

You know, it's like -- it's like a full on addiction for me. I just love it -- I'm just obsessive about it.

GLASS: Slater has been world champion no less than 11 times. He's thought profoundly about the sea and how waves move.

SLATER: You know, the ocean waves, the whole thing is a mechanism. It has a life. It has a pattern to it. It has a thing that's happening. You have to just fit into it the right way. You know, you have to learn to read all the signals and the signs and the movements and be able to put yourself in the place you want to in that environment.

Once you've done it enough, you start to understand where you can be. You start to understand how close to the waves or late you can take off. There's a -- I mean, there's just a -- it's just a lifelong calculation, really.


LU STOUT: It was incredible and breathtaking. Nick Glass there talking to surfing superstar Kelly Slater. And you can check out more about our new Art of Movement series online. The show is highlighting the latest innovations in science and technology, everything from Ballet to bionics. And exploring how those cultural currents are shaping our lives. You can check it out,

Now we've got a world sport update straight ahead. And a bit of history as the first openly gay player in Major League Soccer makes his debut.


LU STOUT: Welcome back.

Now as many parents know, little girls often like to dress up like princesses. Well, photographer Jaime Moore found a way to make customs an inspiring history lesson. For her daughter Emma's fifth birthday, Jaime had her pose as five iconic women. And as her mom explains, Emma turned out to be much more than just a cute model for the portraits.


JAIME MOORE, PHOTOGRAPHER: I was looking for women -- and there's thousands of women to choose from, as well as, you know, well educated independent women who just went against their time, they went against societies rules during their period and set the bar higher for not only themselves, but women in the future, just doing what they wanted to do with their lives.

As we were posing each portrait, I would explain the history of each woman and what they'd done. And that seemed to just excite her so much. She really seemed to fall in love with the women.

And I showed her the pictures as well, the original pictures. And that seemed -- I mean, I just feel like in the pictures she almost becomes her character. She's such a natural of herself with the camera.

Explaining about Coco Chanel and what women used to wear was a very interesting conversation. The thought, you know, to her of not wearing pants, or a corset was -- it was very fun. And she was very interactive with it, even for being five. I was very impressed.

Amelia Earhart, you know, we did that one first. I was actually worried that that one would take the longest, that it would be the trickiest to capture, and instead I think reading about her and her amazing story and what an inspiration, instead I almost think she came alive through the film and actually made me emotional going through the film after the shoot. She was just excellent. She got so excited. You know, I'm cheering during the shoot, you know, Emma you just flew a plane by yourself across the ocean. And she just lit right up and was thrilled. And I think that was definitely her favorite.

She asked questions about everything. And even when I had proposed the idea to her, she was so fascinated by everything that I was saying, she was shocked that there wasn't the woman president yet. She asked me many questions about that. So I think, you know, just her age really is what greatly inspires something new and different.


LU STOUT: Very cute. And very instructive mother-daughter exercise there.

Now they lost game two, but the Miami Heat have regained the lead in their NBA playoff series against the Indiana Pacers. And Alex Thomas joins us from London to tell us just how they did it -- Alex.

ALEX THOMAS, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, hi, Kristie. After a narrow loss in game one and a four point win on Friday, the Indiana Pacers looked capable of putting up a really good fight in the Eastern Conference Final against the Miami Heat, however, the reigning NBA champions reasserted their authority in game three on Sunday night in Indiana.

LeBron James with a game high 22 points, all but four of those points coming in an dominant first half. The Heat scorching to an early lead, outscoring their opponents in every quarter.

They were 21 points clear of the Pacers at one stage. And a final score was 114-96 in the Heat's favor. They'll hold a 2-1 series lead for game four in Indianapolis on Tuesday.


LEBRON JAMES, MIAMI HEAT FORWARD: I made a conscious effort to, you know, sit down in the post tonight, try to put pressure on their defense. The coaching staff wanted me to be down there tonight. And then my teammates allowed me to do that.

FRANK VOGEL, PACERS HEAD COACH: If you're not perfect guarding them, they'll do what they did to us tonight. Sometimes when you are perfect with your coverages they still find a way to make baskets.

But, we didn't have a great defensive night. It wasn't horrible as bad as the numbers looked. You have to credit Miami for playing a great basketball game.


THOMAS: Robbie Rogers has become the first openly gay player to compete in a Major League Soccer match after making his debut for the Los Angeles Galaxy. He came on as a substitute with just under a quarter of an hour remaining as the Galaxy beat the Seattle Sounders 4-0. Rogers was only signed a day earlier having decided to resume his playing career after the positive reaction when he came out earlier in the year.


ROBBIE ROGERS, L.A. GALAXY MIDFIELDER: To be totally honest with you, I was actually kind of afraid, you know, kind of afraid to be back in an environment that, you know, kind of affected me in the past. So, you know, coming in here a little bit nervous. You know, I spoke with Landon a little bit before that and wanted to see what he thought about the whole situation. And after I finally got in here, you know, everything was completely normal as it should be.


THOMAS: Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova begin the defense of their French Open tennis titles today. The first round matches for both the men's and women's champions of 2012 are a couple of the highlights on day two at Roland Garros. Nadal actually a set down early on in his match against the German Daniel Brands.

The tournament started on Sunday, though. Venus Williams the first seed to get knocked out, beaten 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 by world number 37 Urszula Radwanska, a titanic struggle which lasted more than three hours, the Pole eventually beating her American opponent. Venus seeded number 30. It's the first opening round defeat in Paris since 2001.

No such problems for 2009 men's champion Roger Federer. He began his hunt for a record extending 18th Grand Slam crown with a straight sets win over Spanish qualifier Pablo Carreno Busta. Federer never really in trouble against the world number 166. He needed less than an hour-and-a-half to cruise through to the second round.

Radamel Falcao, arguably the most coveted striker in Europe right now appears to be heading for Monaco. The Colombia star is reportedly on the verge of a move from La Liga to Ligue 1. The transfer could cost as much as $77 million. After playing for Atletico Madrid on Sunday, the club's coach appeared to suggest Falcao was leaving. And if it's confirmed that he's joining Monaco, it'll be that team's third major signing of the European summer.

Interesting transfer activity for them. We'll be discussing that with Pedro Pinto in World Sport in just over three hours time.

For now, Kristie, back to you.

LU STOUT: All right, Alex Thomas there. Thank you.

Now, Dubai is famous for its soaring skyline, home to some of the tallest buildings in the world, but did you know it also holds the Guinness World Record for the most sand moved with a teaspoon in 30 seconds and the longest line of sandwiches? Leone Lakhani looks at why record breaking is becoming big business in the Middle East.


LENOE LAKHANI, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: In the deserts of Dubai, these cars are on the verge of a new world record -- longest convoy of off road vehicles. The number to beat, 150 in a row. And overseeing the event, Talal Omar, the head of the newly opened Guinness World Record office in Dubai.

Omar have overseen more than 300 records across the world. He recently relocated from London to Dubai just to cope with growing demand from record breakers in the Middle East.

TALAL OMAR, REGIONAL DIRECTOR, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS: In the UAE, Saudia Arabia and Egypt, we've seen an increase of 300 percent to 400 percent in number of applications over the past five years.

LAKHANI: It's a new business direction for a publishing institution. The Guinness Book of Records was first published in 1955 by the man behind the well known Guinness Brewery. The publisher still makes 70 percent of its revenues from book sales, but the other 30 percent comes from things like adjudication, the process of judging record attempts.

The strong growth in the Middle East of people attempting records means this is where the company is now focused.

It's going to take about three hours for all these cars to get through the course. They've been given a list of guidelines that they have to comply with. And if they break any of those rules, the record is off.

Perhaps not surprising for a country which has the world's tallest building, and some of the world's most opulent hotels, the United Arab Emirates holds more than 100 Guinness World Records, but breaking records is not just about superlatives.

ALISTAIR RICHARDS, GLOBAL PRESIDENT, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS: It is true to say that economically there are parts of the Middle East that want to showcase themselves. And certainly they're using Guinness World Records to demonstrate to the world that they're more than just an oil based industrial economy and culture.

LAKHANI: For these off roaders, months of careful preparation has finally paid off.

OMAR: I can confirm that the total number of cars in the convoy is 153 cars.


LAKHANI: A place in the iconic Guinness Book of World Record follows and another good reason why Talal Omar is now based in the Middle East.

Leone Lakhani, CNN, Dubai.


LU STOUT: Another record broken. Congrats.

Now, in Egypt an ancient temple has received a rather unwelcome modern addition. A teenage tourist carved his name on a stone sculpture inside the 3,500-year-old Luxor Temple. And his parents have now apologized for the act. They were tracked down after this photo was posted to Sino Weibo.

The graffiti reads, Ding Jinhao (ph) was here. It's been reposted nearly 90,000 times. It's received more than 18,000 comments, many expressed anger and embarrassment over the vandalism. Ding's (ph) mother has asked the public for forgiveness, that's according to local media.

And as for the man who took the photo, well he told the China Daily that he hopes this will remind Chinese tourists to behave while abroad and teach them the importance of protecting cultural relics.

Now before we go, I want to share something else that's been circulating online, but this one is bound to make you smile. Millions of people have viewed a surprise reunion that happened on BBC, the Graham Norton Show.

And if you watch TV back in the 1990s, then you know that was the iconic dance from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. And we bet you'll be humming the show's theme song for the rest of the day.

And that is NEWS STREAM, but the news continues at CNN. World Business Today is next.