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Angelina Jolie's First Red Carpet Appearance Since Double Mastectomy; Eleven Kidnapped from Mexican Nightclub; South African White Community; Changing the World for Girls

Aired June 3, 2013 - 12:30   ET



SUZANNE MALVEAUX, CNN ANCHOR: Angelina Jolie, back on the red carpet for the first time since having a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Good for her.

MICHAEL HOLMES, CNN ANCHOR: Yeah, it was good to see her out and about.

The star attending the London world premiere of her fiance Brad Pitt's new movie, "World War Z."

And Jolie told our Erin McLaughlin how grateful she is for all the support the public has given her.


ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hundreds of photographers and thousands of applauding fans greeted Angelina Jolie for her return to the red carpet.

ANGELINA JOLIE, ACTRESS: I feel great. I feel wonderful. And I'm very, very grateful for all the support. It's meant a lot to me.

MCLAUGHLIN: Angelina didn't disappoint. She was a vision in a backless floor length gown. Her best accessory, long-time love Brad Pitt in matching black.

Angelina was on hand to support Brad at the premiere of his zombie movie, "World War Z." It was Angelina's first red carpet appearance since she'd announced that she'd had a preventative double mastectomy.

The mother of six was at times emotional.

JOLIES: Oh, they've been -- I get moved to talk about it really.

MCLAUGHLIN: It was her decision after testing positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation which increased her risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ever since Angelina Jolie announced she had a double mastectomy, everyone was wondering what was she going to look like, and when she appeared on the carpet with Brad Pitt, she looked absolutely stunning. MCLAUGHLIN: She has become an inspiration to millions since her brave revelation.

JOLIE: I've been very happy to see the discussion about women's health expanded and that means the world to me. And after losing my mom to these issues, I'm very grateful for it.

MCLAUGHLIN: Angelina's biggest fan says he is thankful to have his fiancee, healthy and happy, by his side.

BRAD PITT, ACTOR: It's actually a great decision to undertake that, then to go beyond that and share that with others because she realizes that this is not available for everyone and it should be.

MCLAUGHLIN: Erin McLaughlin, CNN, London.


MALVEAUX: Elizabeth Cohen, she is joining us here. Angelina Jolie, she looks great. She looks fantastic. She has a great outlook on all this. What does her future look like?

ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Her future looks really great. I mean, women who have the mastectomy and the reconstruction generally do really well. Sometimes something goes wrong with the implant and doctors have to go back in, but usually things go really well.

What will be interesting to know is what her recovery was like over the past four months because, having spoken to women who have done this, it is -- it can be a really exhausting time. So it's good to see her sort of out and about.

HOLMES: And she does say that, when she does recover, she's going to get her ovaries taken out as well, all linked to that defective gene.

COHEN: That's right. That's usually what doctors recommend is that you remove your ovaries as soon as you're done having children because she's at a high risk not just for breast cancer but also for ovarian cancer.

That procedure is much easier. It's sort of less involved than having a mastectomy and a reconstruction, but it also puts her into menopause, so she'll have to deal with that.

MALVEAUX: Is it likely to see -- I mean, she looks fantastic. And she's obviously doing well.

Is that how most women recover there? Or is it -- could it be different for her because she does have excellent care and a lot of attention, of course, to what's going on in her case.

COHEN: Yeah, I was talking to a friend of mine last night who's a gynecologist who just had a mastectomy and reconstruction and she said that as exhausting as it was after the surgery, she felt this incredible relief. She had made a decision. She'd done it. She was finished.

So I think a lot of women do feel that way, this sense of relief. Like if they have cancer, the cancer's out and they're hopefully cancer-free, or even in her case where she didn't have cancer but she made a decision based on her genetics, and the women I talk to said they felt good about doing that.

HOLMES: Feel like a load is lifted.

COHEN: Exactly. Exactly. And that really in a matter of months you feel like you're back to your old self.

MALVEAUX: Yeah, and good for her. I mean, you know, her aunt just passed away from breast cancer.

COHEN: Right.

MALVEAUX: So she is being so proactive. She wants to do it for her kids and for her family and for herself, obviously.

COHEN: It's so important to know your family history. And I think that that's one of the great lessons Angelina Jolie has given us is know your family history and don't be afraid of it. Act on it. Once you know that history, you know, consult a geneticist. Consult a counselor.

HOLMES: She actually said how grateful she was that what she had done and, by going public, had got the talk, you know, started and people were talking about it.

COHEN: It certainly did. It certainly did. Because I think we -- many of us know somebody who got mastectomy after cancer, but to have done it proactively, prophylactically, is different. And she really did get a conversation started.

HOLMES: Yeah, good.

MALVEAUX: Yeah, she did.

HOLMES: Elizabeth, great to see you. Elizabeth Cohen here on-set.

And pop in to, a lot more information there on it, too.

MALVEAUX: And we often talk about people having trouble getting an education in some parts of the world, especially women.

Well, over the weekend, celebrities, they came together to raise money for this very cause. We're talking Selma Hayek, others who are basically doing what they can do to help girls and women around the world have a voice and an education.

HOLMES: I know you're looking forward to that story.

All right, also coming up, check this out. Eleven people kidnapped in broad daylight from a nightclub in Mexico. It happened in the morning after the nightclub was winding down.

The investigation coming up next here on AROUND THE WORLD.


MALVEAUX: Eleven people were kidnapped in broad daylight from a nightclub. This is in Mexico City. We're not talking about some -- a seedy neighborhood actually.

HOLMES: These people were taken allegedly at gunpoint from an upscale part of the capital, just a block and a half, in fact, from the U.S. embassy.

This happened eight days ago. Police still don't know who the victims are at the moment.

MALVEAUX: Rafael Romo, he's joining us with details.

So tell us about this neighborhood here. I understand this is also where the grandson of Malcolm X was actually robbed and killed just weeks ago.

RAFAEL ROMO, CNN SENIOR LATIN AFFAIRS EDITOR: That's right. This is a neighborhood I'm very familiar with because not only because of what you mentioned, but also because the CNN bureau is not too far from there.

This is also right near Reforma Avenue. The way to compare it is maybe like Broadway in New York. That's the main thoroughfare in Mexico City.

And this bar is an after-hours bar. We're looking at images. It says (inaudible) outside, but it was actually known, Heaven.

And what the family members of these 11 missing young people are saying is that they were at this bar some time between 10:00 a.m. and noon on Sunday, May 26th, so eight days ago.

And at one point, a group of armed men in SUVs came into the place and took them away and nobody knows where they are.

Now, it is very surprising because -- and we have talked about this before. It used to be that this kind of incident would happen in border states where cartels operate and where they have been very active.

So this comes definitely as a surprise. Mexico City, like any other big city in the world, has its share of crime, but we haven't seen something like that in quite a few time.

Now, we had an opportunity to talk to one of the victims' -- the grandmother and this is what he had to say about the disappearance and the way it happened in broad daylight.


MARIA TERESA RAMOS, VICTIM'S GRANDMOTHER (via translator): This supposedly happened on a Sunday in broad daylight.

This couldn't have happened during the day and only a few steps from the Reforma Avenue without anybody noticing.

There should be surveillance cameras that can show us exactly what happened.


ROMO: And they're all young people. There are six men in their 20s, there was one teenager, 16 years old, and then four very young women, also just over 20.

HOLMES: It is extraordinary. And as you point out there, you've actually made the point before, at least it hasn't spread to Mexico City, the troubles we've seen.

We don't know exactly what's behind this, but obviously they're very worried in Mexico right now.

ROMO: Well, the point that authorities used to make is that violence was concentrated in the border states and that Mexico City was, for all practical purposes, immune to this kind of violence.

Now this forces authorities to take a second look at what they had been saying before and reinforce security, especially in that part of Mexico City.

I mean, again, CNN bureau not too far from there. The Angel of Independence, an emblematic monument for Mexicans only a couple of blocks away from there, so it is very scary.

MALVEAUX: Are there any clues? Do they have any leads at all, or no?

ROMO: At this point Mexican authorities are looking at surveillance cameras owned by the government in Mexico City to see if they can find any clues, but nothing conclusive at this point.



HOLMES: All right.

MALVEAUX: Rafi, thank you. Appreciate that. We're going to be following this story, obviously.

We're also following another story, the U.S. sending weapons to Jordan as part of a planned military exercise.

HOLMES: Yeah, now this just came out a little long ago -- a little while ago. They say they may stay in the country longer in order to strengthen Jordan's security.

The defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, approving the deployment of this Patriot missile battery, also some F-16 aircraft to Jordan. MALVEAUX: So the weapons, they're going to be part of a training exercise called "Eager Lion." That's taking place this month.

U.S. officials say the deployment also gives Jordan a stronger position against violence from Syria's civil war.

HOLMES: Yeah, a lot of worry about spillover that border.

All right, now it is like stepping back in time. Coming up, we're going to take a look at a "whites-only" town in South Africa.

MALVEAUX: So of course, apartheid over, right? But people in this town say they're not being racist.

We're going to explain what are they doing on AROUND THE WORLD up next after the break.


MALVEAUX: More than a hundred workers dead, another 54 injured, this is in China. This is after a fire erupted at a poultry plant. This was in Jilin Province.

HOLMES: Yeah, that's right. A fire official tells us there are reports of an explosion first and then a fire. The cause, though, not known at the moment.

Rescuers struggling with narrow exits and some locked gates, too, according to some of the staff members. And there may still be people trapped in the building, they don't know.

So a hundred dead, 50 injured, that's half the workforce in that place.

MALVEAUX: Unbelievable.

We are now going to take you to South Africa. This is a community of folks who say that -- this is what they say, at least, that they're trying to preserve their identity.

This is, of course, 20 years, almost 20 years after apartheid, now saying "whites-only."

HOLMES: Exactly. And that's called Kleinfontein, and Nkepile Mabuse went there.


NKEPILE MABUSE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It's like stepping back in time.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Can you write right there name for me, initials and surname?

MABUSE: From the military-clad security at the gate to the sculptures and flags on display, this is apartheid-style living in democratic South Africa. It's called Kleinfontein, a whites-only private settlement about 30 kilometers southeast of the capital Pretoria.

Hello, Marisa.

Spokeswoman Marisa Haasbroek is unapologetic about the criteria for residents they want here.

Could I live in Kleinfontein?

MARISA HAASBROEK, KLEINFONTEIN SPOKESWOMAN: Kleinfontein is an African cultural community. Are you an Africaner? Then you can't live here.

MABUSE: Africaners are white south Africans of mostly Dutch decent.

HAASBROEK: We are trying to preserve our own identity. We're a minority like the people - like Tibet is a minority in China.

MABUSE: How does living next to a black person stop you from preserving and practicing your culture?

HAASBROEK: But I can't speak African all the time, like we can do inside Kleinfontein. I can't just be a Christian. I can't even have my own hero because you're going to be offended.

MABUSE: The hero she's talking about is Hendricks Verwoerd, a former South African prime minister considered the architect of apartheid.

HAASBROEK: If you look over there, there's our community wall.

MABUSE: But, as she shows me around this sprawling Africana enclave, Haasbroek insists the people here are not racist.

HAASBROEK: My argument is that we won't allow white African people here who are not aligned to our values.

MABUSE: Kleinfontein is not the only community of its kind in South Africa. Arunia (ph), in the northern cape, is its better known sister settlement. Arunia and Kleinfontein have 2,000 inhabitants, a tiny fraction of the country's Africaner population.

HAASBROEK: We don't really feel welcome -- all that welcome in the new (ph) South Africa. And as I look at we are saying, please give us just a little bit of independence and everybody's coming down on us.

MABUSE: They already run their own school and build their own infrastructure. And while the settlement has been criticized by political parties and ordinary citizens, their right to self- determination is protected by the Constitution.

Nkepile Mabuse, CNN, Kleinfontein, South Africa.


SUZANNE MALVEAUX, CNN ANCHOR: That's quite rare, I think, Michael. I was in South Africa last year - MICHAEL HOLMES, CNN ANCHOR: Yes.

MALVEAUX: Around Capetown and many of the communities very well integrated.

HOLMES: Uh-huh. Uh-huh.


HOLMES: Yes. Yes, but a lot of - a lot of concerns of crime and that we've discussed in the past with the sort of enclaves of security in places like Johannesburg. Yes, it's disturbing almost to see that.

All right, we're going to switch gears. When we come back, how Beyonce and other celebrities are standing up for women around the world.


MALVEAUX: All right, this is hot. Downright hot. We've got Beyonce, J- Lo, Madonna, some of the most successful performers ever. They all came together for this big concert, this was over the weekend, all to support girls and women around the world.


MALVEAUX: Yes, they did indeed. Becky Anderson's the lucky one. She's in London with all the details.

Tell us about the organization first, Bec.

BECKY ANDERSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, when the Taliban tried to assassinate young Pakistani education campaign in Malala Yousufzai, you'll remember that in October last year, there was a ground swell, a global revolution of activism that followed that, now putting girls and women issues in the spotlight and rightly so.

Almost uniquely, Michael, in the corporate world, Gucci has spearheaded what they call "Chime for Change." It's a campaign which focuses on womems' and girls' issues, improving education, health and justice for women around the world. The half of the world they say doesn't have a voice.

This concert was a sellout. It's a spin-off of the "Chime of Change" organization called "Sounds of Change Live." It was 55,000 in that stadium on Saturday night. A sell-out, as I said. Every single cent of that money going towards organizations that "Chime for Change" support. A fantastic night out.

MALVEAUX: All right. So, Becky, fantastic. Take us inside. Take us there. We want to hear a little bit of the music. We want to see it.

ANDERSON: Well, it was a sellout all right. It was a star-studded concert of the a-listing proportions as it were. Beyonce, J-Lo performing on the stage, Timberland, John Legend and also presenting on stage a number of other global stars from the world of music and movies. Have a listen. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MADONNA, MUSICIAN: The thing that I'm most interested in, most passionate about is education and that it is not a luxury, it should not be a luxury, but a basic human right.

AISHWARYA RAI BACHCHAN, ACTRESS: Every time we come to these various events or when we meet with citizens of kind of discrimination, the gender inequality that still exists in this present time, it's just disappointing, shocking and always cause for immediate change.

JESSICA CHASTAIN, ACTRESS: This is really great. Empowering women and girls and uniting to take care of half the population.

JOHN LEGEND, MUSICIAN: I think it's important that men care about this issue because it affects all of us. These are our sisters. These are our mothers .These are our wives, our daughters. And these are our friends. These are our community.

JAMES FRANCO, ACTOR: I believe in equality. And, you know, whenever any group is not given the same kind of rights or opportunities as another, I am happy to step in and try and help.


ANDERSON: The crowd was predominantly made up of women, sisters, their daughters, their grannies. I mean, it was a predominantly female crowd. And it was all about female empowerment. But it's important to listen to John Legend and the others there that we spoke to that night because if men don't support issues for women and girls around the world, nothing will get done. So it was great to see them there.

The performances were unbelievable. But I've got to say, it was really Beyonce who stole the show. And she co-founds this "Chime For Change" organization. This is not the last that we're going to hear from these guys.


MALVEAUX: Oh, good.


MALVEAUX: Keep it going. We like that.

HOLMES: Yes. Good to see you, Bec, thanks so much, getting to go to all the fun things as usual. Becky Anderson there in London.

Oh, by the way, this is also a good time to promote our CNN special, "Girls Rising." That airs Sunday, June 16th. Don't miss it. It's terrific.

MALVEAUX: And this young girl needs a lung transplant, but she might not be able to get one in time. Her parents say it is because of her age. She's too young. We're going to take a look at how this case is bringing attention to transplant laws here in the United States. That is at the top of the hour.

HOLMES: Plus, it already costs a fortune to take your family on a vacation. Well, now family-friendly Disney hiking its prices. How a family of four could shell out almost $400 just to get into a Disney park. That's coming up.

MALVEAUX: That's just crazy. You're watching AROUND THE WORLD on CNN.


HOLMES: Love a bit of sport. I don't know if you've been following the French Open.

MALVEAUX: Nice. Good stuff.

HOLMES: Love, love the grand slams. And in Paris, Serena Williams continuing her stretch of wins at the French Open. Williams had no trouble beating the Italian Roberta Vinci in straight sets on Sunday.

MALVEAUX: The 70-minute match was her 28th win. This is in a row.


MALVEAUX: That moves her into the quarter finals tomorrow against Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova.

HOLMES: Kuznetsova.

MALVEAUX: She beat Williams in the French Open quarter finals four years ago.


MALVEAUX: Now, this is - I mean this is an outrage. I mean, really. Disney World, OK -

HOLMES: Oh, yes.

MALVEAUX: More expensive. I don't even know how people afford this. One-day ticket at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando now goes for $95 for an adult. And so that's up by $6.

HOLMES: I mean that's - I mean, really?

MALVEAUX: The kids -

HOLMES: Yes, but it's the second increase in a year. Last June, of course, they raised adult prices from $84 to $89. It just keeps going up.

MALVEAUX: And it's for the kids, right? It's for the kids.

HOLMES: Oh, yes.

MALVEAUX: These are increases for the kids tickets. They're now $89.

HOLMES: It's almost like the adult price, yes.

MALVEAUX: Do the math here.


MALVEAUX: The one-day cost for a family of four at the Magic Kingdom, $368. And you know like nobody's just there for -

HOLMES: And nobody goes for a day.


HOLMES: Yes. And that's before you bought some overpriced food and - I don't know if I'm allowed to say that, but I - well, it is. And trinkets.

MALVEAUX: I hope they have discounts and scholarships and all kinds of things for folks who can't afford that, because that is not affordable for most folks.

HOLMES: Who -- that is not affordable. That is crazy. Three days there and you --

MALVEAUX: Yes. And you have to work a lot to get your kids to Disney now.

HOLMES: We'll go to vacation once every four years, yes.

All right, here's what's trending right now. HBO's - I haven't seen this show. HBO's "Game of Thrones," that's huge.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The man who passes his sentence should swing the sword.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is it true you saw the white walkers?


MALVEAUX: All right.

HOLMES: We're just admitting that we haven't seen it.

MALVEAUX: We - yes, we are cultural misfits.


MALVEAUX: But spoiler alert here. If you haven't watched Sunday's "Red Wedding" episode, you might want to turn down the sound just for a couple minutes here because we're about to reveal --

HOLMES: Yes. Oh, no, really? Rob Stark, his pregnant wife and his mother, Katelin (ph) - are we allowed to say this - they're all dead, victims of a calculated and brutal ambush. The director, Jeff (ph), is in my ear. He's had to listen to that and he is horrified. MALVEAUX: Yes. And the Twitter universe, of course, absolutely blowing up when all the - these are the -- we're talking about the major characters simply wiped out.

HOLMES: Oh, my goodness.

MALVEAUX: We're going to have to check this -- we're going to have to get the whole series and you and I watch to see how they - watch this.

HOLMES: Watch it all before that. We'll do our best.

Thanks for watching AROUND THE WORLD. That will do it for me, but not for you.

MALVEAUX: I'll see you tomorrow.

HOLMES: See you tomorrow.

MALVEAUX: All right.

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