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AROUND THE WORLD

TV Star's Cause of Death Revealed; Markets Struggle to Rebound; Severe Floods Swamp Alberta; Snowden Offered Flight to Iceland; Small Girl Saved from Fall in China; American Teenager Missing in South America;

Aired June 21, 2013 - 12:00   ET

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SUZANNE MALVEAUX, CNN ANCHOR: For help. How long medical personnel tried to resuscitate him.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Holy (EXPLETIVE DELETED). There it is.

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MICHAEL HOLMES, CNN ANCHOR: Yes, there it is. A house carried away by water, hitting a bridge. Flooding forcing 75,000 Canadians to evacuate. One says everything, everything is destroyed.

MALVEAUX: And this. An amazing catch by a group of mail carriers. This is out of China. They happened to be in the right place at the right time.

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

HOLMES: And I'm Michael Holmes. Thanks for your company.

MALVEAUX: Well, we now know what killed TV star James Gandolfini. This is over in Italy where he was found on vacation, died in a hotel in Rome.

HOLMES: Yes, following Italian law, doctors performed an autopsy within hours of his death. They do that for every death. And just a short time ago, they did release the official results. Dan Rivers is in Rome right now.

And, Dan, we're also learning those details about the minutes leading up to when he was found.

DAN RIVERS, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, I mean it's just a really grim story. We now know that he did die from a massive heart attack. The technical term was a myocardial arrest. That's basically a blockage of the artery. We're told that it was his 13- year-old son Michael who raised the alarm, was concerned when his father went into the bathroom, took a long time. Hotel staff recalled they actually had to sort of break the door down and then immediately saw what had happened, that he was collapsed.

They called an ambulance and emergency doctors came, tried to perform CPR on him. That resuscitation continued on the way into hospital. He arrived at hospital at 10:40 at night. But he was in cardiac arrest when he arrived. And they continued for 40 minutes after his arrival in hospital. They did everything they could, but they couldn't save him.

There's no sign of any suspicious circumstances. No evidence of substance abuse of excessive alcohol or foul play. It just really is one of those awful tragedies that you hear from time to time to take someone so young, though, only 51 years old, and to leave not only a 13-year-old son, but an eight-month-old daughter.

MALVEAUX: Tragic indeed. And I understand that there were people who were speaking to reporters today about just how soon the body would be able to be returned to the family and back to the United States. Have they made those arrangements?

RIVERS: They're in the process of making it. You know, I'm sure we're all aware that the bureaucracy here in Italy can be a little trying at times. I think the Italian authorities are doing everything they can to try and speed things up. Michael Kobold is a family friend who told a press conference today about how they're trying to do everything to get the body back quickly.

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MICHAEL KOBOLD, GANDOLFINI FAMILY FRIEND: We are all devastated by this loss. James was a devoted husband, a loving father of two children and a brother and cousin you could always count on. We thank you for giving us the privacy that you have given us and afforded us at this difficult time. Our thanks.

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RIVERS: So we're told that they will try to hold a funeral in New York Thursday, Friday, the latest Saturday they're saying. The film festival that he was due to receive an award at will go ahead in Sicily, although it's now turned from a celebration of this great actor's work, into a tribute into a man who will be sorely, sorely missed.

HOLMES: All right, Dan, thanks so much. Dan Rivers there on the spot in Italy.

MALVEAUX: And stocks struggling to rebound today. This is after the worse one-day sell-off of the year.

HOLMES: It was a bad day.

MALVEAUX: It was quite amazing to watch yesterday.

HOLMES: It was. It just got worse and worse. Felicia Taylor's joining us from the New York Stock Exchange.

It's sort of been bouncing around, flat-lining looking at it now, just 22 points down on the day. What's going on? FELICIA TAYLOR, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, what's happening is we're sort of, you know, we've got a lot of volatility in the marketplace. There's, you know, a little bit of increased volume because what they had are futures contracts that are expiring today. And that adds to a lot of, obviously, hedge fund players. You know major investors coming into the marketplace and selling off and buying back those contracts. So you're seeing this kind of trade up 30 point, down 40 points, and that's pretty much what's going to happen all day long.

I spoke to one broker and she said, you know, listen, after yesterday's 353 point loss after the last two days, which is about a 550 point loss, this is like, you know, the exhale after the marathon race. You kind of have to take a little bit of a check, review the situation, find out if you need new sneakers, how do your legs feel, and then see how you're going to move forward. And I thought that was a great analogy because what it meant was, you know, now we have to discover exactly what the Federal Reserve is intending to do. We can't predict it. We can only sort of debate it. And also, you know, we don't have any economic fundamentals. It's a Friday, in the summer, people are tired. There's not going to be a lot of activity. So you're going to see this kind of back and forth all day long.

MALVEAUX: Felicia, we both like your analogy being runners, the two of us here. This one with a bum knee though. But why are investors, you think, feeling better, a little bit better at least?

TAYLOR: Well, the truth is, I mean if you really are going to see the Federal Reserve start to pull back from that stimulus in the economy, that means that things are actually looking better. I'm not saying that that's what the situation is, but the truth is, that means that the economy really is in a steady recovery. And that's a good thing. That means people are finding jobs. That means they feel more comfortable about buying large ticket items, whether it be a car or a new refrigerator. So those are really very good things.

It also means that this market is going to start trading on fundamentals again. And that's really very comforting for traders. Admittedly, they were addicted to the punch bowl that's been there. But at the same time, there are plenty of people out there, especially on this floor at the New York Stock Exchange that say, you know what, it's a good thing to go back to the fundamentals.

MALVEAUX: All right. It is good news. Thank you, Felicia. Appreciate it, as always.

HOLMES: Getting some new sneakers. That will fix it.

MALVEAUX: Oh, yes. I better get that knee fixed.

HOLMES: Yes, right.

OK. Now we're going to turn to Canada. A major emergency unfolding in the province of Alberta. There's been flooding there. And 75,000 people driven from their homes in the major city of Calgary.

MALVEAUX: And that city, of course, has not even seen anything like this before. This situation so serious now that the Canadian military has been called out to actually help those rescuers. And Paula Newton, she's actually following what they're doing.

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PAULA NEWTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The sheer speed and strength of the water took many my surprise, leaving them in awe of the destruction.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Holy (EXPLETIVE DELETED). There it is.

NEWTON: Brad Creek, Alberta, others shot and watched as an entire home was swept down river and under a bridge.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, there goes a building. No idea, no idea where it came from. Somewhere up there.

NEWTON: And there was so much more devastation. Rivers swollen to levels not seen in a generation. More than 100,000 people have been evacuated. Their communities surrounded by water. Their homes ravaged first by torrential rain and flash flooding and then those rising, raging rivers. For a time, rescues were routine as hundreds of people saw the water around them rise several feet within just a few hours.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Like everything, everything is destroyed there. Our homes. Like, everything.

NEWTON: Downtown Calgary, one of Canada's largest cities, was all but abandoned, leaving the waters to creep upwards as city officials anxiously watched key dams and bridges.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I saw, when I was out there, a lot of things I've never seen before. I saw water levels that were incredibly high. I saw areas of the city that were deeply under water. Things I've never seen before. But knock on wood, we haven't had any injury, we haven't had any loss of life.

NEWTON: Yet there are many anxious hours ahead. Rain is in the forecast all weekend long. And even when the waters crest, water levels could remain high for days to come.

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HOLMES: And Paula Newton joins us now from the Canadian capital Ottawa.

I mean what's the forecast? What's the situation now, more rain?

NEWTON: Even people here in the capital watching the rain still coming, unfortunately, Michael, to southern Alberta. You know, that is the problem. That's how this whole thing started. Torrential rain in places where they normally don't get that much, especially in June, Michael.

And now forecast. Today, tomorrow, into Sunday, more and more rain. You know, those waters are creeping up. A lot of those rivers have crested, as I said. But you're still looking at major centers that may need more evacuations. They're talking about possibly keeping an eye on hospitals in places like Canmore (ph), Alberta, to make sure that those that are vulnerable don't have to be evacuated. A long weekend ahead in southern Alberta, Michael.

HOLMES: And, Paula, where do those people go. I mean we're looking at these pictures. Obviously a lot of people out of their homes. What are some of the places that they're actually able to get some help?

NEWTON: Well, that's the good news. After a while, Suzanne, they realized that they'd put people in one evacuation center. The rivers, at times, would even change direction and then that place would become venerable. They have done all they can and people here in the capital watching. The military is at the ready to continue to do more of those air rescues if that kind of help is needed to get people far away from that flood zone.

Again, it's just taken everybody by surprise. These are areas that normally don't flood this way, Suzanne, at this time of year. And they're just trying to do all they can. As you heard the mayor said, the priority, making sure everyone stays safe, first and foremost, and after that, what a mess. Suzanne, what a mess.

MALVEAUX: Yes. All right, Paula, thank you so much. We appreciate it.

You look at those pictures and it's absolutely incredible.

HOLMES: Yes, got memories (ph) of India there.

MALVEAUX: And she says it switches over. One direction one time. It switches. You don't even know where to go.

HOLMES: Just terrifying. Can you imagine? Yes, I was going to say, a lot of those pictures reminding you of the pictures we've been seeing out of India, northern India, the last few days. Incredible. Just north of the border there.

MALVEAUX: And Edward Snowden, where is he right now? It's really anyone's guess. This is - this weekend marking the two weeks since the bombshell leak about a U.S. government surveillance programs. It's believed that he's still laying low somewhere in Hong Kong, but really we don't even know how long.

HOLMES: Yes, today is Snowden's 30th birthday, actually, and we learned today that a man close to the WikiLeaks group is ready to give him something of a present -- a private plane and passage to Iceland and possible save haven. Here's Nic Robertson.

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NIC ROBERTSON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Could one of these business jets be Edward Snowden's ticket to cheat U.S. justice? On the fringes of Hong Kong's sprawling international airport, this tiny, private charter terminal is the latest focus in Snowden's efforts to avoid extradition, according to an Icelandic businessman. Olafur Sigurvinsson, a business partner of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he has plans in place to charter a plan to fly Snowden to Iceland if the government there agrees.

OLAFUR SIGURVINSSON, OFFERING SNOWDEN FLIGHT OUT OF HONG KONG: We just want to make absolutely - we want to make sure that if he starts to transport the guy that he will now - he will be safe when he lands, you know. He will not be extradited to U.S.

EDWARD SNOWDEN, NSA LEAKER: Hong Kong has a strong tradition of free speech.

ROBERTSON: Despite picking Hong Kong to get his message out, Snowden has been on the record saying his next move should be asylum in Iceland because of its Internet freedoms. Icelandic officials tell us they've had no formal asylum request and say they have told Snowden's intermediaries he needs to be in Iceland to get asylum.

ROBERTSON (on camera): If Snowden does board a flight here, he could be in Iceland in a little over 12 hours. But there are no guarantees he'd even make it to the gates here.

ROBERTSON (voice-over): So far, Snowden is a free man. The United States has not made a surrender or extradition request to trigger an arrest warrant, but that could change in a heartbeat.

SIMON YOUNG, HONG KONG UNIVERSITY: It's possible in some cases where there's urgency that a provisional arrest warrant might be issued and then it's for the law enforcement in Hong Kong to enforce that arrest warrant.

ROBERTSON: And, according to this Hong Kong legal expert, Snowden would get no warning about his arrest.

ROBERTSON (on camera): It's quite possible that a provisional arrest warrant could be issued and no one would know until they knocked on his door to take him into custody?

YOUNG: Yes. Yes. Yes. That's right. That's right. And even before the U.S. or the Hong Kong authorities were to say that a surrender request has been made.

ROBERTSON (voice-over): On his 30th birthday, a sobering prospect for Snowden, his future in the hand of others, waiting for Iceland to green light a new start.

Nic Robertson, CNN, Hong Kong.

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HOLMES: All right, meanwhile, here's more of what we are working on this hour for AROUND THE WORLD.

We got this, look at this, breathtaking video out of China. A group of men, they're actually mail workers, save a two-year-old girl. That's quite a catch. We'll tell you how she ended up falling out of a fifth floor window.

MALVEAUX: And Angelina Jolie back in action in her role as U.N. envoy. She's visiting a camp for Syrian refugees and is sharing her experience exclusively with CNN.

HOLMES: And since its lunchtime here on the East Coast, cow intestines and ox liver. Yum. Some of the delicacies drawing crowds to a restaurant in Sueto (ph), South Africa.

MALVEAUX: Ah, sounds delicious. Tasty. We're going to take you there. Stay with us.

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HOLMES: All right, want to check some more stories making news "Around the World."

Let's go to India now. The death toll has skyrocketed there, now more than 550 deaths blamed on that flooding, and authorities say that death toll could go higher.

MALVEAUX: Heavy rains from early monsoons have swamped much of the country, the situation especially severe in northern India. That's where 50,000 people are stranded, one local leader calling the disaster a "Himalayan tsunami."

In Singapore, a warning for people to stay indoors, watch this, as thick haze choking that city. The pollution index there is the highest ever recorded, and the haze has drifted in from some forest fires on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

HOLMES: Yeah, it could last for weeks actually. The winds are not blowing in the right direction and the haze has actually strained relations between Singapore and Indonesia.

Singapore is blaming Indonesian farmers for starting those fires to plant more crops, but Indonesia says stop behaving like a child.

That was the words of one of the authorities there, and they say that, yes, they are plantations, but some of those plantations are run by Singaporean companies.

MALVEAUX: So they're all to blame.

HOLMES: Yeah, they're blaming each other, and Singaporeans are suffering.

MALVEAUX: In Miami, I don't know if we got a chance to watch this. I loved it. Another championship trophy for the Heat, the team beat the San Antonio Spurs, game seven of the NBA championship to win the title. Fun game to watch.

HOLMES: Yeah.

MALVEAUX: LeBron James scoring 37 points, had 12 rebounds to lead the Heat to a second consecutive title and third overall. HOLMES: Yeah, I was going for the Spurs.

LeBron calls his team amazing. Well, he would.

MALVEAUX: Sorry about your team.

HOLMES: Yeah, I know.

MALVEAUX: You know, next time, buddy.

HOLMES: I wanted the old guys to win, and also, being "Around the World," the Spurs, they've got Brazilians, they've got French men, they've got Australians. It's the "Around the World" team.

MALVEAUX: Oh, it's an international team.

HOLMES: Very.

MALVEAUX: Yeah, the Heat are cooler, though.

HOLMES: Let's not fight.

MALVEAUX: And some men being hailed as heroes, this is after this incredible rescue. We've been talking about this all morning.

This two-year-old girl fell from a building in China. They happened to be in the right place at the right time.

HOLMES: Yeah, here's David McKenzie.

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DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: An incredible rescue in Zhenjiang, China, taking a break from work, a group of couriers hear crying. They look up, to their horror, and see a two-year-old girl on the ledge outside a window five floors up.

The whole sequence caught on a security camera of the company, they tried to calm the young girl nicknamed "Chi Chi" (ph).

Then the nightmare scenario, "Chi Chi" (ph) loses her footing. The men rush forward and she falls.

And just in time they catch her, and she gets a hug.

There actions have set Chinese social media alight. "Good job, Mr. Mail Carrier," said this user. "This is the best marketing," said another about the courier company.

The (inaudible) company says they will reward their workers who saved "Chi Chi" (ph). Two were likely injured.

And the young girl whose parents say she got through the window when they were out buying medicine was left shaken, but with just a scratch and quite a story.

David McKenzie, CNN, Beijing.

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MALVEAUX: You've got to love those guys.

HOLMES: Yeah, they all went to help and went back to work. Yeah, good stuff. Good catch, too.

MALVEAUX: This is a sad story. An 18-year-old from Oklahoma is missing while on family vacation.

This is in Ecuador, and police really have no idea. They have no leads what's going to happen here.

You're going to hear from the young man's father who wants to find his son, up next.

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MALVEAUX: It's a sad story. This is an American teenager on summer vacation, a trip to South America, now missing. And he's been missing for several days.

This is August Reiger. He's 18-years-old and he's from Oklahoma. And he just graduated, right, from high school?

HOLMES: He did, yeah. A real mystery, he was hiking with his folks on a mountain in Ecuador, just literally disappeared. That was on Sunday.

Nick Valencia is here. He's been following this bizarre story, joins us now.

You talked to the dad. What's the latest?

NICK VALENCIA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Oh, he's very concerned, very anxious. He's holding out hope, but this is such a bizarre story.

I mean, this was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, right, in a safe area, Banos, Ecuador, about a hundred miles south of the capital, very tourist-y area, a very safe area not so dangerous.

But he went off ahead of his parents. You know, a young teen, 18- years-old, his parents were sort of lagging behind. And they were supposed to meet at the top of the mountain.

Once they got there, he wasn't there. It turned to night. He's still not back. That's when his parents starts really started getting worried.

Now I asked his father, I said, is there any inclination that you have that perhaps he may have wandered off by himself. He said that's completely out of the question.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) CHRIS REIGER, AUGUST REIGER'S FATHER (via telephone): No. I mean, no. I just -- that would -- I don't think so at all. I mean, yeah, that just seems like out of the question.

The next day we were supposed to leave. We had booked a tour to go into the jungle three nights with a guide. And it was really because of him that we booked that, you know? He is the one who is said he's particularly interested in the indigenous cultures and so forth.

And we were supposed to leave on that the next day, and, you know, he was real excited about it. He didn't have anything with him. He didn't have any money. He didn't have phone. He didn't have anything.

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VALENCIA: And this leisurely hike turned into a nightmare for the family. The -- I just got off the phone with the father. He said the search crews, more than 150 volunteers out there. They are combing the mountain again just to make sure, 100 percent sure, that they haven't missed anything, but it's looking very ominous right now, Suzanne.

MALVEAUX: Is there anything possibility of foul play? Do they think he could have been kidnapped or ...

VALENCIA: Initially, the father came out. he thought his son could have been kidnapped.

But this -- you know, to put it in perspective for our viewers, this is a safe area. Some of the local firefighters even told the family, we have grown up here the whole time -- our whole life and never had a kidnapping for ransom case.

The family is hoping, though, there's a good optimistic out come.

HOLMES: And it is a mountain area.

VALENCIA: It is a very mountainous area, and there's chance that he could fall off that steep slope there or side of the mountain.

But the family is just -- they're sticking around there in Ecuador. They're still there and they're holding out hope right now. We hope the best for them.

HOLMES: Yeah, fingers crossed.

MALVEAUX: Yeah, keep us posted, please.

VALENCIA: We will.

MALVEAUX: Yeah, thank you, Nick.

HOLMES: Thanks.

MALVEAUX: Appreciate it. HOLMES: All right. Coming up here on AROUND THE WORLD ...

MALVEAUX: Brazilian police firing tear gas and water cannons as 300,000 people come out to protest in Rio de Janeiro.

We're going to take you there live, right after this.

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MALVEAUX: Welcome back to "Around the World."

I want you to check this out. This is a huge rally taking place in Egypt. We're talking about tens of thousands of people.

They are out there to show their support for the president, Mohamed Morsi. Now he's going to mark his first year as president at the end of the month.

HOLMES: Yeah, this rally is near the presidential palace in Cairo, designed to prove that he's still popular with be people.

Now why is it being held? Well, it could be a little bit about timing because there is a big planned demonstration against the president for the end of the month, the 30th.

Opponents, of course, accuse him of having a hard line, Islamist agenda. They are demanding he step down or at least call early elections. No real chance of that happening.

MALVEAUX: And you'll recall Mr. Morsi was elected after the popular uprising ousting longtime President Hosni Mubarak.

Not let up in the anti-government protests, this is out of Brazil now.