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AROUND THE WORLD

Turkey Protests; Photos Show Young Aspiring Model; London Murder Suspect in Court; Wild Weather Worldwide; Deadly Flooding in Central Europe; Six Still Missing from Oklahoma Storms

Aired June 3, 2013 - 12:00   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


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SUZANNE MALVEAUX, CNN ANCHOR: What started as a sit-in to protect a park in Istanbul, Turkey, , has now turned into a countrywide protest against the government. Is this the beginning of a Turkish spring?

MICHAEL HOLMES, CNN ANCHOR: And then Olympian Oscar Pistorius getting ready to return to court, accused of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. We've got the latest on his case.

MALVEAUX: Plus, new images of Steenkamp's early modeling days.

And Angelina Jolie makes her first red carpet appearance after having a double mastectomy. We're going to take a look at what is next ahead for her.

Welcome to AROUND THE WORLD. I'm Suzanne Malveaux.

HOLMES: And I'm Michael Holmes.

Police and demonstrators battling it out in the streets of Turkey. As Suzanne said, this started as a protest against plans to demolish a park in the city in Istanbul. It has grown into something much, much bigger.

MALVEAUX: In Ankara today, police, you see, blasted protesters with water cannons, fired teargas at them as well. In Istanbul, cars are driving through streets littered with pieces of metal and other debris from demonstrations last night. And Turkey's interior minister is urging protesters to stop the demonstrations as people head back to work today.

HOLMES: Yes, those protesters, they showed no signs of backing down. They're not going home. And they're turning their anger against the prime minister and the government that he is running.

MALVEAUX: Ivan Watson, he's joining us from Istanbul.

And, Ivan, first of all, the protesters originally said this was about freedom of speech. They say this is heavy-handed government. Have we seen this before?

It looks like Ivan Watson -- we're still trying to get a connection with him. Ivan?

IVAN WATSON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Suzanne, it's a little bit difficult to hear you because of the technology's acting up right now. If you can see us --

MALVEAUX: We've got you, Ivan. Go ahead.

WATSON: If you can see and hear me right now, we're in Desi (ph) Park. That's the place where this protest first started. And in a series of days that have been never-seen-before moments in Turkey, in Istanbul, this is another one of them because I would estimate there are thousands and thousands of people in this park in what is pretty much a joyous gathering, there's music playing, people picnicking. And all of this in defiance of the Turkish prime minister who has called the protesters who have criticized him extremists and members of marginal groups.

Instead, we see a lot of students, we see some families, we see middle-aged people, a lot of women as well. They seem determined to show that they are not marginal groups, that they are not extremists. They are Turkish citizens and they want their prime minister to listen to them.

Suzanne.

HOLMES: And, Ivan, of course, this is all become far more than this park protest, as we said. Now are people that are worried that the government is turning away from the secular nature of what Turkey has become. And this is the prime minister, who's been an important ally for the west as well. What is the prime minister saying about these criticisms?

All right. We've lost Ivan apparently. He's out there in the thick of things and, you know, that is one of the things that the people are worried about there, and that is that the government is moving away from the secular nature, cracking down on bans on alcohol in some areas, bans on kissing in public, that sort of thing. And that's not something Turkey has been since the days of (INAUDIBLE).

MALVEAUX: And Turkey is such an important ally to the United States.

HOLMES: (INAUDIBLE) very concerned.

MALVEAUX: A predominantly Muslim country. Really at the heart of the region. It's going to be very important to see what happens there, granted the Obama administration really paying very close attention to those street protesters.

HOLMES: Absolutely. And what we were going to see there, and Ivan was going to tell us about it, the prime minister, (INAUDIBLE), he's gone away on a trip (INAUDIBLE). Before he did, he blamed, you know, criminals and extremist elements and basically putting all the blame on those demonstrators who initially were very peaceful. And it was a hard-handed police action that really got things underway and there was retaliation and, of course, they've been kicking off in Ankara as well.

MALVEAUX: Not to mention the close nature to Syria. Used to be allies, Turkey and Syria. Now Turkey turning against Syria. And you've got thousands and thousands of those Syrian refugees spilling into Turkey. So the real danger there is whether or not this is going to be drawn into some sort of regional conflict as well. And Syria advising its residents not to travel to Turkey because of the protests that are there.

HOLMES: How's that for irony, huh?

MALVEAUX: Yes. Absolutely, right, when you think about it?

HOLMES: Yes.

MALVEAUX: Because you've got this bloody civil war raging in Syria, killing about 80,000 people. And the countries, of course, being allies before. But just the last two years, this has changed everything. It was just yesterday Syria's foreign minister suggested that the Turkish prime minister step down.

HOLMES: Yes, the irony of Syria wanting its citizens not to travel to Turkey. Goodness me.

Well, the Olympian who fatally shot his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, well he, according to his friends, is shaken by photographs of the crime scene that were leaked to the media. That's the word today from the family of Oscar Pistorius, known as "the blade runner," of course.

MALVEAUX: And, of course, you remember Pistorius charged with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. We are learning more about her from some newly released photos. Here's our Robyn Curnow.

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ROBYN CURNOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It was on the beaches of this South African seaside town that a young law student aspired to be a model, posing for these amateur snapshots. That young want-to-be model was Reeva Steenkamp. Just a few years later, she had transformed herself into a cover girl.

She might have looked different, but she didn't change inside said her student friend Carrie Smith (ph) who took those pictures on the beach about eight years ago.

CARRIE SMITH, REEVA STEENKAMP'S FRIEND: If anything, that's Reeva in her natural beauty. Not a stitch of makeup on. Hair blowing in the wind with the sea behind her, sun setting behind her.

GARRETT BARKLEY (ph), PHOTOGRAPHER: This is another one from the shoot.

CURNOW: Reeva was a confident, professional model, ambitious too says Garrett Barkley. He shot these photographs a few months before she was shot dead by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius. Pistorius says it was a tragic accident. That he thought she was an intruder. The state says it was murder. For now, it's just images of Reeva that are left to explain the kind of person she was.

BARKLEY: That's the photo I took of her not even edited. That's just how she is, you know. Skin always great. Beautiful eyes. Beautiful features, you know.

CURNOW: Reeva asked Barkley to take this photo of the tattoo etched on her neck.

BARKLEY: For her it was very personal to her. She never really spoke about it or anything. She just wanted a personal photo of it.

CURNOW (on camera): Reeva had a tattoo on the back of her neck that said "only God will judge me" in Italian. Do you know why she had that specific tattoo?

SMITH: It was something that her grandfather had always said and it was very close to her own heart.

CURNOW (voice-over): Words she felt defined her. While Oscar Pistorius will eventually be judged in a South African court.

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MALVEAUX: Robyn Curnow, she's joining us live from Johannesburg.

And, Robyn, of course, you take a look at those pictures of her and really, I mean, just stunning, mesmerizing. And all of these people are going to be looking, of course, following the Pistorius case as well. What do we think this hearing is all about tomorrow?

CURNOW: Well, not a big deal in terms of the legal process. He's basically just going to appear in court for 10 minutes, the lawyers tell me. This is essentially a postponement. The state's saying they need more time. They've asked for the postponement so they can investigate more.

But I think what is key about this I think for people around the world, for the media, this is the first time we're going to see Oscar Pistorius since he was released from police custody in February.

HOLMES: Yes, and, Robyn, I know that the other day you talked with Pistorius' uncle, describes him as a broken man. How is he saying Pistorius is coping with what happened at the moment?

CURNOW: Well, I think he essentially says he's heartbroken. That, you know, he's really not coping. He's in a hole. They're trying to get him out. I think I mentioned to you last week as well, Michael, but I saw Oscar myself and, you know, he really didn't look like and admitted that he wasn't the same man. So his uncle very, very also acutely aware of the impact this is having, of course, on the Steenkamp family and is polarizing South Africa, the world. I mean everybody's talking about it. Was this, you know, premeditated murder, or was it a tragic mistake? Take a listen to Oscar's uncle. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARNOLD PISTORIUS, OSCAR PISTORIUS' UNCLE: Yes, he's got photos in his room. He's got photos all over the place. And what can you say if you - if the person you love the most die and you were the instrument, how would you feel? It's unthinkable.

CURNOW: His life will never be the same again.

PISTORIUS: That's with no doubt. It won't be the same again. He will have to cope with it somehow.

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CURNOW: OK. And you know what, Reeva Steenkamp's family have also come out and spoken today. They said in an interview that they were really, really upset that they weren't able to warn her. There was a sense that they were also really sad. They were kept from thinking about what she must have felt like in that bathroom, how scared she was. Her mother saying repeatedly, he shot her till she was dead. I want to know why. A question I suppose any mother will want to ask. And the legal process is going to be a long one, that's for sure.

HOLMES: Yes. Robyn, thanks so much for your reporting on this throughout. Robyn Curnow, I know you're not well. Go rest your voice.

CURNOW: Thanks.

MALVEAUX: Yes, we'll be watching, though. I mean this is unbelievable. And it really is - it's very riveting on all sides.

HOLMES: Yes, tragic.

All right, still to come here on AROUND THE WORLD, he's accused of killing a British soldier in broad daylight. Now he's in court.

MALVEAUX: We're going to have the very latest on the London attack.

And then Angelina Jolie making her first red carpet appearance after having a double mastectomy. How her decision to be proactive has now inspired many others.

HOLMES: Plus, Madonna, J-Lo, Beyonce all come together to help empower women around the world. We have that as well.

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HOLMES: Welcome back.

One of the men accused in the gruesome killing of that British soldier in London made his first court appearance today.

MALVEAUX: It has been 12 days since that vicious attack. You might recall, this was on a street in broad daylight. Many of you remember the suspect was seen on video holding knives and a meat cleaver. His hands soaked with the blood of his young victim, Lee Rigby. HOLMES: Now, during the hearing today, Michael Adebolajo refused to stand as he clutched the Quran. He's also wanting to go by a different name now. Our Atika Shubert has details for us from London.

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ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Michael Adebolajo arrived here at Westminster Magistrates Court a little before 10:00 a.m. on Monday morning. He took a seat behind glass panels flanked by police officers. He was dressed all in white with his left arm in a cast. And he also held the Muslim holy book, the Quran, in his hand.

Now, the judge confirmed that he wanted to be called by a different name during court proceedings and that name is Mujahid Abu Hamza. He also had all the charges read out to him. Those charges were the murder of that British soldier, Lee Rigby. Also the attempted murder of two police officers and illegal possession of a firearm.

Now, he seemed quite agitated throughout this relatively short hearing. Just for 10 minutes this hearing was. But he seemed quite agitated, interrupting the judge several times to ask questions about proceedings. At one point he even seemed to appear to blow a kiss to a supporter in the public gallery. And then, before leaving the hearing, he actually lifted his arm up and kissed the Quran. So all very interesting details on a relatively short hearing.

He is now expected to have a bail hearing within 48 hours. And he will also have his preliminary hearing for his trial at the 28th of June, and that is when his case is expected to be joined up with that of the other main suspect in this, Michael Adebowale.

Atika Shubert, CNN, London.

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HOLMES: And in response to the attack, the British prime minister, David Cameron, today chaired the first meeting of a task force that he had announced a couple weeks ago to tackle radicalization at home.

MALVEAUX: So the focus is really rooting out some of these extreme views that the students and prisoners have, also try to prevent the spread of extremism online.

HOLMES: Yeah.

Well, a suicide bomber has tragically killed 10 school children and two NATO soldiers and an Afghan police officer. This happening today at a market in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika Province, a hotbed for insurgent attacks there.

MALVEAUX: And the Afghan interior ministry blaming the Taliban for this attack, but the terrorist group has not actually claimed responsibility, unlike most of the other attacks.

We've got coming up, 11 people kidnapped in broad daylight. This is at a bar in Mexico City, unbelievable story. We're going to have the latest on that investigation as well.

HOLMES: Also coming up, have a look at these pictures, floods in Europe, fires in California, deadly storms in Oklahoma. Weather AROUND THE WORLD, that's also coming up.

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MALVEAUX: Deadly flooding hit central Europe. The danger is not over yet as a matter of fact.

HOLMES: No, it's really bad. It's the worst in years.

The Danube River in lower Austria, have a look at the pictures. That's likely to swell to the level it reached in 2002 flooding. I actually covered those floods.

In Salzburg, one man died in a landslide. Three other people are missing. Austria's vice chancellor says it is still getting worse.

MALVEAUX: And check this out. This is the Czech Republic. A state of emergency is now in effect. At least three people there have died.

This is the worst flooding in more than 10 years. Heavy rainfall over the past couple days also caused landslides near Prague. About 3,000 people in the city have now been evacuated.

HOLMES: Such a beautiful place.

And in Germany now, folks dealing with the heaviest rains there in 50 years. Evacuation orders in effect for three entire regions. Troops are being deployed to help with rescues.

MALVEAUX: And from flooding to fires, crews are trying to get a handle on this. Take a look at these pictures, unbelievable. This is about an hour just northeast of Los Angeles.

The L.A. fire department's saying that the so-called Powerhouse Fire about 40 percent contained now, but really hard to predict. This fire doubled in size just over the weekend.

HOLMES: Yeah, amazing, isn't it?

About 3,000 people actually had to evacuate. Folks who live there say this fire is a bad one, and they are scared.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We've had the smoke coming over in years before, but it's never been this close. And it's never been that big.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Looked like the whole canyon's just going to blow up. Literally, the whole canyon's going to blow up and we're going to be screwed.

(END VIDEO CLIP) HOLMES: Some good news from the fire zone, though, this fire isn't expected to get any bigger. And evacuees will likely be allowed back into their homes fairly soon, fingers crossed.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Large tornado. Very large tornado.

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MALVEAUX: Well, that is the sound -- it is a terrifying sound for those who were close to it, a tornado gathering strength. This is near Union City, Oklahoma.

At least 13 people died in the five tornadoes that slammed that state. That was Friday night. And watch what happened here. This is to this truck driver and his truck.

HOLMES: Keep watching, too. It's not over. There he goes. The power of those tornadoes, enormous, understandably, of course.

Six people in Oklahoma, still missing. Oklahoma City's fire chief says four of them sought shelter in storm drains and may have been swept away in the flooding that followed.

MALVEAUX: And another scary sound. This. the sound of the storm. Just listen. That is unbelievable.

HOLMES: Wow.

MALVEAUX: That is unbelievable.

HOLMES: Terrifying.

MALVEAUX: This is from one of our iReporters who captures this lightning strike. Unbelievable. This is during heavy thunderstorms.

This happened early Saturday morning. This is out of Tulsa. Says it was some of the most intense what they call "fork lightning" that he has ever seen. Look at that.

HOLMES: That is just unbelievable, what has been happening up in that part of the country in the last couple of weeks, isn't it?

Those tornadoes not -- were deadly not just for people who were looking for cover, by the way. It also claimed the lives of three storm chasers.

MALVEAUX: Tim Samaras, his son Paul Samaras and Carl Young, they were killed while chasing the tornado in El Reno.

And this is what their truck looked like, unbelievable, when it was recovered yesterday, mangled, shredded by the force of that storm. You can only imagine what that was like to be there.

HOLMES: Absolutely. MALVEAUX: And Tim's brother, he says he wasn't a reckless man. He died doing essentially what he loved.

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JIM SAMARAS, TIM SAMARAS' BROTHER: I just couldn't ever think it would ever happen to him because of his level of expertise, years of being able doing this, safety and all of his training, everything else he's done.

If I had to have a way for my brother to die, it would be doing what he did, chasing tornadoes.

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HOLMES: That is heartbreaking. But he did have a lot of science in what he was doing. He was not a thrill seeker.

And by the way, a photographer with the weather channel crew is recovering after being seriously hurt when his vehicle was tossed from the highway as well. He's in hospital there.

MALVEAUX: It's such a risky job that they do.

HOLMES: It is.

MALVEAUX: It' hard to imagine they came to such a tragic end.

We have up AROUND THE WORLD another story, Angelina Jolie. This is a good one, making her first red carpet appearance after having a preventable double mastectomy.

HOLMES: She did this after finding out she had a high chance of getting breast and ovarian cancer. She's not stopping with the one surgery either.

We'll explain what she's doing, next.

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