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Prosecutors Issue Arrest Warrants For Muslim Brotherhood Leaders; Massive Floods In China Bury 30 In Mud; Lac-Megantic Trail Derailment Investigation Becomes Criminal; South Korea Lawmakers Reviewing Pilot Training Regulations; Ireland, Chile, Texas Debate Abortion Laws; Australia Underdog in Upcoming Ashes Series Test Cricket

Aired July 10, 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 a week on from the protests that triggered the ousting of Egypt's president, now reports say warrants have been issued for the arrest of some of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Now heavy floods washed away entire buildings in China. There's a big storm on the way.

And it changed the way our mobile devices work, Apple's App Store turns five.

Now it has been exactly one week since the Egyptian military removed President Mohamed Morsy from office. And just a short time ago, the interim government announced that he is in a safe place and he faces no charges.

But now TV reports that prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for some top Muslim Brotherhood officials. Now there had been a sense of calm returning to Cairo. And Reza Sayah joins us now live from the Egyptian capital.

And Reza, the Muslim Brotherhood now even under more pressure. What can you tell us?

REZA SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, this seems to be part of the ongoing campaign by the leadership, by this interim leadership to stifle and sideline at least some members of the Muslim Brotherhood. And what's remarkable is while this campaign is taking place, the interim government is pushing forth with establishing a leadership. New interim prime minister was appointed. His name is Hazem al-Bablawi. He's a liberal economist, a former finance minister, former deputy minister under the previous transitional government that followed the 2011 revolution.

Also, an interim vice president has been appointed. And this is a man many in the international community will recognize. Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel Laureate, the Egyptian diplomat, the former head of the IAEA, the UN's nuclear watch dog. He is now the interim vice president.

Of course, earlier, the interim president Adly Mansour, he set a timetable, a framework with which in a matter of months if everything goes smoothly, Egyptians could vote on an amended constitution followed by parliamentary elections. And then you will have presidential elections.

Of course standing in the way of this process, the Muslim Brotherhood, supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsy who are crying out for him to be reinstated. And describing this entire process as a violation of the most basic democratic principles.

It's interesting to note, Adly Mansour and this interim government have seemed to have reached out to the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, saying we are willing to have you be part of this new cabinet. But the message from the Muslim Brotherhood, the Freedom and Justice Party is clear. They want nothing less than their former President Mohamed Morsy to be reinstated, a scenario that's very, very unlikely at this point -- Kristie.

LU STOUT: Yeah, the Muslim Brotherhood saying they do not want to be part of this political process.

You mentioned the new interim prime minister forming a cabinet. We're waiting for, I believe, two more cabinet posts to be announced.

So, in the end how representative will it be?

SAYAH: Well, they have representation from the ultraconservative Nour Party tThroughout these past few days. And it hasn't exactly been a smooth road. The al Nour Party has represented many of the Islamist in this country. And that's why their role in this coalition is going to be critical.

But still missing from this coalition is representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Freedom and Justice Party. They could seemingly accept the offer of the interim government to take part in this coalition, but again it's critical to point out that their stance has been crystal clear, that they want the former president to be reinstated, Kristie.

LU STOUT: All right, Reza Sayah joining us live from Cairo, thank you.

And we'll take a closer look at some of the key players in Egypt that Reza mentioned.

Now General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is the leader of Egypt's armed forces. He was appointed defense minister by Mohamed Morsy. Al-Sisi announced the appointment of interim -- the interim president of Egypt.

Now Adly Mansour previously headed the country's high constitutional court. And one of his main roles will be to help draft a new constitution. Mr. Mansour is seen as an independent.

And the role of interim prime minister is being filled by this man, Hazem al-Bablawi, a liberal economist. He previously served as finance minister and deputy prime minister. And according to Reuters, al-Bablawi is reaching out to leaders of the National Salvation Front, that includes the new interim vice president Mohamed ElBaradei.

And remember, the National Salvation Front helped organize the protests that ousted Morsy.

Now Egypt's al-Nour Party also supported the ouster of Morsy, but it pulled out of efforts to form an interim government in response to the violence at Republican Guard headquarters. And the ultraconservative Islamists say that they support the interim PM, though it's unclear if they will accept any cabinet posts.

Now Egypt's official news agency says al-Nour and the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party will both be offered position. The Brotherhood, though, is demanding that Morsy be reinstated.

Now, Egypt's foreign minister is Mohammed Kamel Amr. And he tendered his resignation during the protests again President Morsy, but agreed to say on as caretaker.

And he spoke with our chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour.


CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: What are you saying to your counterparts in the United States?

You've been talking to Secretary of State John Kerry.

Did they give you -- did they know that this military move was coming?

What is it that they're telling you right now?

And, of course, you do know that there is a big argument, politically, in the halls of Congress about what should be done. Some very senior senators, Senator McCain, is calling for the billions of dollars of aid to your military to be cut off, although President Obama and Israel, apparently, does not want that to happen right now.

What is the U.S. saying to you?

AMR: I think the U.S. is saying to us what everybody is saying and what we are, ourselves, want to do. We want to move ahead with an inclusive political process. And nobody would be excluded. We should move very quickly within a very clear time frame.

And, actually, this is what happened yesterday, when we have this constitution, a declaration, which has set the steps that going forward in very definite time frame. Between now and having a presidential election, there is a maximum of six to seven months. It is very clear. And I think this is where everybody wants to see Egypt going.

AMANPOUR: Let me ask you about the Muslim Brotherhood. You know, obviously, President Morsy was deposed. He is we don't know where. Maybe you can tell me where he is, but he is under some kind of detention, arrest. You can describe for me exactly where he is.

Plus, Muslim Brotherhood individuals are being rounded up and arrested. Plus, Muslim Brotherhood businesses are being targeted.

How do you expect, then, to come into the process?

What are you doing to make that easier for them?

AMR: Christiane, you have to understand that there are lots of rumors swirling around here and in Egypt. And many of the things that are portrayed as facts are not -- turned out not to be facts. We heard about...

AMANPOUR: So is Mr. Morsy free?

AMR: see some of the leaders.

Mr. Morsy, I understand he is, you see, treated very well. He is -- I mean he's not free to go around, but he's treated very well. And you understand that this is also for his own safety.

AMANPOUR: Where is he?

AMR: We are going through a very turbulent time. No, I really can't -- I can't tell you, because I don't know exactly where is he. But what I know that he's being treated very well.


LU STOUT: Egypt's caretaker foreign minister Mohammed Kamel Amr speaking to CNN's Christiane Amanpour earlier.

Now heavy rain in China triggered a mudslide burying dozens of people. And here's a look at some other damage. Now meteorologist Samantha Moore will have the latest on the conditions there straight ahead on News Stream.

Also, speaking exclusively to CNN's Richard Quest, former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn recounts the last two turbulent years of his private and professional life.

And police say that deadly train derailment and explosion in Canada may not have been an accident.


LU STOUT: Welcome back.

Now heavy rain is causing catastrophic flooding in central China. Let's get the update now with Samantha Moore. She joins us from the World Weather Center -- Samantha.

SAMANTHA MOORE, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: It's a very, very wet pattern, Kristie. Unfortunately it has had dramatic effects across the region.

Here's some of the rainfall amounts that we have had on that Tuesday, Wednesday time frame here. In Chengdu, we had seen some 153 millimeters. And all across the region along a stationary boundary, we have continued to see heavy rain day after day. And there's just nowhere for it to go as the ground is completely saturated here. We've had some isolated amounts the past seven days at over 300 millimeters. So we are seeing incredible problems here with the flooding and the mudslides. And Chengdu here in the township of Zhangxing (ph). The terrain is very, very mountainous. And that's where we have the mudslides where some 30 to 40 people remain trapped.

Look how steep the terrain is here. And of course that's causing more problems for the rescue workers to get in there and try to unearth these 30 or 40 people who continue to be trapped in the mud.

And the water and the raging rivers, it's just amazing.

Take a look at some of these pictures. This home, the foundation just torn right out from under it and sent rushing down the river here. This is incredibly powerful water. Folks really trying to deal with this incredible rage of the water as it moves on down. This is Deng City (ph) in China. Look at -- I can't even imagine being in these homes. Hopefully all of these people are evacuated. But there are people around, we've seen them in some of the video this morning.

Look at this gentleman here, not too far -- dangerously close to that raging water.

And bridges being torn down as well. We have a lot of pictures coming in of bridges being torn off from their shorings as well.

Take -- there's one of them right there in -- throughout the region as well as this strong gushing water has just torn the foundation out from under it. And a lot of vehicles on some of these bridges at the time of the incident.

Let's take a look at what's coming your way. We could still see another 100 to 200 millimeters of rain along that stationary boundary here. So it's going to continue to cause a lot of concern as the flooding problem is going to continue here in the days to come. And it's because the stationary front is tapping into some very moist air. So the heavy rain will continue all across the region as we head through Friday.

And then we have to be worried about a strengthening typhoon. It is headed for the coast. And the conditions are perfect for intensification. And it is intensifying moving to the west northwest at 22 kilometers per hour and 230 max -- 230 kilometer per hour max sustained winds, Kristie. So it could become a super typhoon very, very shortly.

It looks like it's starting to become a little less organized on this side maybe because of some dry air filtering in. But a major concern to Taiwan here, especially the northern tip of it, Kristie. So we'll continue to keep you apprised as this strengthening typhoon continues to head in their direction.

LU STOUT: Yeah, very worrying to see. Dramatic video from inside China of the flood damage there. And then we have this typhoon perhaps on its way to becoming a super typhoon on its way. Very worrying stuff. Samantha Moore joining us, thank you.

Now he was on his way to becoming one of the most powerful men in Europe. In 2011, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was the managing director of the International Monetary Fund and likely to run for French president. But his life and his career came crashing down after he was charged with attempted rape of a New York hotel employee.

Those charges were later dropped, but the damage had been done. And Strauss-Kahn sat down with Richard Quest in an exclusive interview with CNN.

And Richard joins us now live from London. Richard, what did he tell you?

RICHARD QUEST, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It was a wide ranging interview, which nothing was really off limits. We talked obviously about the EuroZone crisis. We talked about his political ambitions. And you'll hear, of course, that in great detail on Quest Means Business tonight. What does Dominique Strauss-Kahn believe, where does he believe he can make contributions?

He describes the EuroZone handling of the crisis as catastrophic. He calls the Cyprus bailout a disaster. He genuinely says he's not interested in running for president again.

It is when you talk about what happened in New York, of course, that attention really focuses, particularly this. This was the perp walk when he was arrested, charged, handcuffed, and then of course paraded before the world's press.

In New York they consider some -- the perp walk something of an act of virility and masculinity, all -- all criminals, they say, all those charged from the high to the low, have to face the perp walk as they're taken from police station to court or to prison. For Dominique Strauss-Kahn, it's simply an awful thing to endure.


DOMINIQUE STRAUSS-KAHN, FORMER MANAGING DIRECTOR, IMF: I think it's a terrible thing, frankly, but only because it's difficult to live. Many things are difficult to live with. You have to do.

The problem is, that it's a moment where, in all European, American society, you're supposed to be innocent. You're supposed to be innocent until you're convicted. And the perp walk takes place at the moment where you're supposed to be innocent.

And so what happens, you're just shown to everybody as if you were a criminal at the moment where nobody knows if it's true or not. Maybe you're a criminal, maybe you're not, and it will be proved later on. And so, it's just unfair to put people in that way in front of the rest of the world when you just don't know what they have done.

QUEST: Did you feel that at the time?

STRAUSS-KAHN: Well, I was angry. Because at this moment, I didn't understand what was going on, I didn't understand why I was there. I was just understanding that something was going on that I didn't control.

If you want me to tell you that there is a crisis of leadership, I will tell you, there is. You know, some erratic saying, which is that an army of lions led by sheep will always be defeated by an army of sheep led by a lion. And that's exactly what we are: sheep.

QUEST: We were lions being led by sheep?

STRAUSS-KAHN: I'm afraid that...

QUEST: The Commission's not up to it.

STRAUSS-KAHN: Some -- you can't be that general. Some leaders in Europe are perfectly up-to-date and know what they'll have to do. But mostly, the European system is built in a way that no decision is made, no hard decision can be made.

The banking system in Europe is sick, very sick, much more than people say. It has to be really cleaned up before growth will come back. And because most of the leaders are unable to make decisions, including the question of how much people, the traders and so on will make, how much money they will make.

But that's only a small part of the problem. If you don't solve the problem of the banks in Europe, you won't have growth anymore.

(END VIDEOTAPE) QUEST: Fundamentally, Kristie, what he says is that Europe has a failure in its ability to make decisions, particularly the hard decisions. The system militates against it. And as you'll hear again tonight on Quest Means Business, on the question of EU-U.S. free trade, he worries that the Europeans will end up being naive.

LU STOUT: Wow. You got him to speak on banking, on politics, on that famous perp walk, a riveting interview. Richard Quest joining us live from London, thank you, Richard.

Now you are watching News Stream. And coming up next, this, it looks like a normal grocery store, but that cashier is specially trained to care for people with dementia. And we'll explain why.


LU STOUT: Coming to you live from Hong Kong, you are back watching News Stream. And this is a visual version of all the stories we've got in the show today. We've already told you about the latest developments in Egypt. And then later, we'll bring you a live report from Canada where police have opened a criminal probe into that deadly train crash.

But now, I want to take you back to a place known as dementia village, it is an elder care facility in the Netherlands unlike any other in the world. And all this week, our chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, is taking us inside.


DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, if you walk back in here, this will look like just about any other grocery story to you, but I want to point out a few things that are different. You do see the same products -- juices, you can buy just about anything you want, cleaning products, but you'll notice pretty quickly there's no prices on anything. And you're about to see there's no money that is exchanged hands either.

The customers, as you might guess, are a very different type of clientele here, they are residents of this village. They all have severe dementia. Often times, they come here with their caregivers.

Ultimately, when they come up to the front desk after buying all their products, they don't exchange any money. And Trudy (ph), who is the staff member, is trained specifically to handle people with dementia.


Now a fascinating sneak peak there at a World's Untold Stories documentary called Dementia Village.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins me now live from New York. And Sanjay, first, can you break down for us what dementia really is?

GUPTA: Well, you know, dementia is not a specific disease, but rather it's a constellation or a group of symptoms that usually affects memory, as you might guess. People have difficulty now with short-term memory, but start to have difficulty with longer term memories as well. So short-term memories, just getting through activities of daily living can be a challenge. But longer-term memories become affected and they don't really have the fabric of their lives anymore. they may not remember loved ones, close friends, all these sorts of things.

But typically, in addition to memory, it also tends to affect judgment, just your daily judgment, figuring out what you're going to be doing from one moment to the next. And when those things really start to interfere with daily life, they call it dementia.

Alzheimer's is a type of dementia, but there's other things that can cause dementia as well.

LU STOUT: So it affects both memory and judgment.

What are some of the warning signs that someone -- that a loved one might be developing dementia or Alzheimer's?

GUPTA: This can be challenging sometimes, because I think as people age that becomes one of the first questions, is this just normal memory loss or is this something more? And I think the key is what you see there on the screen, that memory loss that disrupts your daily life, really makes it hard for you to just get through a typical day, planning, solving problems becomes really challenging. And you can become very confused with where you are, what time of day it is, walking into rooms and really having no idea why you're in that particular room.

So it's -- again, it can be -- there's no blood test or specific brain scan that can tell you for sure. A lot of times doctors will look at these things and say if it's gotten to the point where it affects daily life, this is likely to be a form of dementia and possibly Alzheimer's dementia.

LU STOUT: And the number of people with dementia is set to double by year 2030. I mean, why is dementia such a rapidly growing problem?

GUPTA: Yeah, and this is fascinating. I mean, when you think about these numbers, I mean you're talking about tens of millions of people around the world. I think there's a couple of very important things, one is just that we are an aging population, especially in developed countries. So there's more people who are just going to be older. About half the people, for example, over the age of 85 will have some form of dementia. You know, it's most commonly diagnosed in people who are 65 and older.

Family history is a big risk factor as well. And there now has been a lot of research looking into specific genes that might put you more at risk.

But I think one of the biggest ones, and this is why the developed country, I think Kristie, is more affected than some of the undeveloped countries, is the same risk factors that put us at risk for heart disease, you know, the high fatty diet, the western diet that it's called, can also put us at increased risk for dementia and even Alzheimer's dementia. So there's a corollary with all these things.

But this is -- this could be one of the biggest public health problems in the developed world that we see in the next 20, 30 years. So as you might imagine, there's a lot of focus, a lot of interest on this.

LU STOUT: Yeah, fascinating and worrying that link between dementia and heart disease. Well, as always, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, thank you for joining us. Thank you for your insight. We'll be sure to tune in to your documentary this weekend. Take care.

GUPTA: Thank you.

LU STOUT: Now, let's introduce you to this week's CNN hero. Now Dale Beatty is a U.S. army veteran who knows the meaning of sacrifice. When his hometown came together to thank him for his service by building him a home, he decided to pay back the kindness. And now his organization is called Purple Heart Homes helps disabled American veterans get the welcome they deserve.



DALE BEATTY, PURPLE HEART HOMES: I'm a combat wounded Iraq veteran. As I was recovering at Walter Reed, my community approached me and said they wanted to help build a home for my return. People would come and work on my project just because they respected the sacrifice that I had gone through. All veterans have been taught to be responsible for the guy to your left and the guy to your right. Other veterans haven't had it as easy as I have. So, I sat down with my battle buddy, John, and we decided to level the playing field.

I'm Dale Beatty, and it's now my mission to help other veterans get the support and the homes they deserve from their communities.

There's thousands of veterans right here in our midst. People don't realize the need that's out there. Our homes can help any service- connected disabled veteran regardless of their age or war.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is, the young man, why we're all here today.


BEATTY: It's just getting the community engaged, to get a ramp built or a foreclosed home remodeled or an entire house built from the ground up.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: With narrow doorways that I couldn't get through. I had to crawl in on my hands and knees. To have them build a whole new bathroom was unbelievable.

BEATTY: We want to make their life easier, safer, just better, and their emotions are being rehabbed as well. Regardless of when you serve, we're all the same. They just need to know that somebody does care about them.


LU STOUT: And you can read more about Dale's construction crusade at And if you know someone who deserve to be recognized as CNN hero, you can nominate them on our website.

Now, investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a train to derail and explode in a small town in Canada. And police say that they have found evidence that could suggest foul play. We'll have the latest from Lac-Megantic next on News Stream.

And a debate on abortion is underway in Ireland where it's banned. Parliament considers a bill to allow a woman to terminate a pregnancy if it can save her life.


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

Now heavy rain is causing havoc across parts of southwest China. According to state media, a landslide brought on by torrential rain in Sichuan Province has buried between 30 to 40 people. Rescuers are at the scene.

Now South Korea's aviation authority says it has started a sweeping inspection of eight airlines and may reconsider its rules about training flights. Now the move follows the weekend crash in San Francisco involving one of South Korea's two largest carriers. The training of the pilot who tried to land Asiana Airlines flight 214 has come under scrutiny. Two people were killed.

Now South Korean staff are back inside the Kaesong Industrial Park for the first time since April. The factory complex, run jointly by North and South Korea, had been shut down by the North as tensions rose between the two countries. Now managers from the South have now been allowed in to inspect their factories.

Now jury selection is underway in the Ft. Hood shooting case. U.S. Army Major Nidal Malak Hasan was accused of opening fire on his fellow soldiers, killing 13 at an army base in Texas in 2009. Hasan is acting as his own attorney.

If found guilty, he could be executed.

Now we're going to take you to Canada now where police in the province of Quebec say that the train derailment and explosion in the small town of Lac-Megantic may not have been an accident. Now they have shifted the focus of their investigation to possible foul play.

And here is what they know so far about what happened. 72 tanker cars carrying crude oil were parked on the tracks in the town of Nantes. And fire officials say that they extinguished a small fire on the train hours before it rolled 11 kilometers downhill and then slammed into Lac-Megantic.

As we said, this is a small town. It has just under 6,000 residents. And 2,000 of them, a third of the population, had to be evacuated after the explosion.

About 800 are still not being allowed to return home. Now officials say that they've now found the remains of 15 people who were killed in the explosion and fire. 35 people are still missing.

And Paula Newton joins us now live from Lac-Megantic. And Paula, what led the police there to suggest this could be a criminal investigation?

PAULA NEWTON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, apparently evidence, evidence, Kristie, that they're refusing to tell us anything about, but they say that this is a serious investigation, one of the largest this province has ever seen. And they are refusing to rule out anything except for terrorism. Other than that, all this investigation is open to all possibilities. Take a listen.


NEWTON: It's clear police want to preserve the heart of what is now a crime scene. They've ask firefighters to stop dousing it with water. They have dozens of investigators combing through what little is left. And they've made it clear they're not convinced this was purely an accident.

CAPTAIN MICHEL FORGET, QUEBEC PROVINCIAL POLICE: Namely there are pieces that might lead us to believe that there are certain facts that might come to criminal acts.

NEWTON: Police refused to describe what evidence they found. But for victims caught up in this tragedy, the news was tough to take.

KARINE BLANCHETTE, BAR EMPLOYEE: It's not frustration, it's rage. I don't believe in fight fire with fire. I don't believe in that, but this person -- person killed a lot of people. My god.

NEWTON: Karine Blanchette worked in the Muse Bar (ph), a place filled with patrons that took the brunt of the blaze. She's lost friends. And now says she wants answers on how this could happen.

(on camera): People here continue to be horrified by the details of this catastrophe and the fact that oil tankers like this are still left unsecured right near their homes.

(voice-over): These nine tankers are all that's left of the runaway train. They remain parked in the small town of Nantes. And it's here where the train first ran into trouble. Local firefighters extinguished a small fire. The train was left parked. The rail company's owner says the fire department was doing its job, but may have triggered a brake failure.

ED BURKHARDT, PRESIDENT, RAIL WORLD INC: I think the fire department (inaudible). I think that's incontrovertible.

NEWTON: But the fire department denies that their actions in any way contributed to this, further complicating a challenging investigation.


NEWTON: You know, Kristie, I have to say as well, right behind me is what they're calling ground zero here. It is the blast zone. In the middle of this crime scene, a very large crime scene behind me, they are still trying to recover bodies. It's been painstaking. And still to date we still of the 15 recovered bodies, not one person has been able to be identified -- Kristie.

LU STOUT: Oh my goodness. There is such a sense of shock, of horror, of rage of what happened there in this small community of Lac-Megantic. What will happen next? I mean, when were they going to move those oil tankers that are right outside the town? And when will they start the task of rebuilding?

NEWTON: We're so far away from that, Kristie. I mean, as I said, this is still a crime investigation. They need to piece together that. They need to actually start the business of recovering those bodies, which they've tried, but in some spots is very difficult.

In terms of the way rail safety is going to happen, those cars that I just showed you in my report, the company has said that they will no longer park cars, trains like that in those small towns. Also, it was on the main track. They won't do that any longer. Clearly, there is some revision of how rail standards operating in this country. And not just this country, this is an American rail company. The train had been coming from the United States, was going back into the United States, clearly an issue for the entire continent, Kristie.

LU STOUT: All right, Paula Newton joining us live from Quebec, thank you.

Now, abortion is a contentious issue. And it's being debated in a number of places around the world, including in Ireland, it's being debated also in Texas, and in Chile as well.

We're going to first take you in for this story in Ireland what's happening there. If we can just bring it up for you here on the map we could tell you more about what's happening there.

In Ireland, we're looking at a bill on this story. If I can bring up my notes for you.

But first in Chile where terminating a pregnancy is a crime, the rape and subsequent pregnancy of a young girl has caused outcry there. And lawmakers in Texas are to take a final vote on some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the United States.

As I mentioned just the, Irish politicians today -- later on they'll be voting on a bill that could permit a woman to end a pregnancy that puts her life at risk.

Now the Irish legislation, that was drawn up after a woman, an Indian woman, she was suffering a miscarriage. She died in hospital after doctors refused her an abortion.

Now Dan Rivers joins us now live from CNN London. And Dan, could you first walk us through the details of the abortion bill?

DAN RIVERS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: So this is a highly controversial bill that has really divided Ireland. It's an issue that Ireland has been grappling with for decades, but this bill is called the protection of life during pregnancy bill and basically seeks to avoided the situation that happened last October when Savita Halappanavar sadly died while she was going through labor. The pregnancy went terribly wrong. She died of blood poisoning.

The doctors felt they were unable to carry out an emergency abortion to save her life, because they felt that it was illegal in Ireland.

In fact, there is a supreme court ruling dating from 1992 that does allow abortion to be carried out in certain circumstances, but there is still a great deal of confusion about this. And I think this law is seeking to make it crystal clear now that in cases like this where the life of the mother is on the line -- and that includes, incidentally where the mother is claiming to be suicidal as a result of becoming pregnant, then doctors would be allowed to carry out an abortion.

At the moment, about 11 women each day travel to the UK from the Republic of Ireland to have abortions here where it's been legal since the 60s, of course, rather than break the law in Ireland.

So, a highly controversial bill. It's looking like it will pass, Kristie. It's going to be voted on in about seven hours time in the Irish parliament.

LU STOUT: Yeah, a bill likely to pass. And the provisions in this bill very clear, very precise. But what are critics -- and there are many out there -- what are critics in Ireland saying about the bill?

RIVERS: Well, I mean, there's two-fold. One, people are saying there is already a legal ruling in place and it's unnecessary from this supreme court ruling dating back to 1992 which was incidentally about a case called Case X in which a 14 year old girl who was raped said she was going to commit suicide if she wasn't allowed to have an abortion. That went all the way up to the Supreme Court. In the end, she miscarried anyway. So it -- that's why there is confusion in this case, because it was never kind of proven.

But the supreme court did eventually rule that she should have been allowed to have an abortion.

But there will be a whole tranche of people in the predominately Catholic country, of course, who say this is against the teachings of the church. It will encourage -- it's the beginning of a slippery slope, which will effectively legalize abortion in other cases. They feel that, you know, the right to life as this angry debate is also going on in other countries -- you mentioned of course in the U.S. as well -- that, you know that the sanctity of life, even in a fetus, should be preserved at all costs.

And so this has provoked real outrage. There were 35,000 people marching in protest against this law at the weekend. Some of the lawmakers themselves have had death threats. So it's really provoked a very angry and passionate debate across the Republic of Ireland.

LU STOUT: And let's talk about Savita. I mean, to what extent is her death in 2012 -- this is the 31-year-old Indian woman who died when she suffered from a miscarriage in hospital there in Ireland -- to what degree is she the catalyst to today's vote?

RIVERS: I think undoubtedly she is. I think that case highlighted the confusion without getting into too much graphic detail, the uterus ruptured during her pregnancy and the doctors decided that if they -- that her life wasn't at risk at that point. But if they carried out the abortion, it would have saved her life. And there was sort of medical confusion about at what point her life was at risk and therefore at what point they would have legal safeguards under this 1992 supreme court ruling to carry out the abortion. And hence there was confusion, hence there was hesitation, and hence ultimately she died.

And hence ultimately she died. And I think this undoubtedly is the catalyst for this law. No one wants to see such an unnecessary loss of life. And this is seeking to set out in very clear -- in a very clear way on the statute, but that if the woman's life is at risk, even if it's because she's threatening to kill herself, in that case she'd have to prove to a panel of three doctors, including two psychiatrists, that she was genuinely suicidal. In those circumstances, abortion would be legal.

LU STOUT: Yeah, a number of conditions to this bill that is likely to pass in Ireland.

Dan Rivers joining us live, thank you.

Now, abortion, even for medical reasons, has been outlawed in Chile since 1989. But the rape of an 11-year-old girl has led to fierce criticism of that law.

Now the girl is now 14 weeks pregnant. And because of the ban, ending the pregnancy is not an option for her.

Now the president of Chile, Sebastian Pinera opposes any easing of his country's abortion law, but he has political opposition. The former president, Michelle Bachelet, is seen as the frontrunner in Chile's election in November. She favors legalizing abortion in cases of rape.

Now Texas lawmakers are to take a final vote on broad new restrictions on abortion. Democratic senator Wendy Davis tried to shut down the legislation with a filibuster last month. But the bill came back. And the state's house of representatives gave it a tentative green light on Tuesday.

Jim Acosta has more.


JIM ACOSTA: Long a hot button issue that simmered on the back burner for years, the fight over abortion is back. In Texas, tensions are running high with protesters on both sides clashing at dueling rallies outside the state capital.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The ultimate goal is to shutter abortion clinics.

ACOSTA: While inside, lawmakers are getting an earful over a measure that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks and potentially put some doctors who perform the procedure out of business.

Two weeks ago, state senator Wendy Davis filibustered the bill and became an overnight political celebrity.

STATE SEN. WENDY DAVIS, (D) TEXAS: Because I have something to say about all of it and I want to make sure that the public understands...

ACOSTA: But after Texas governor Rick Perry responded by calling lawmakers back for a special session...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Our great friend, Senator Wendy Davis.

ACOSTA: Davis is a bit more realistic about her chances this time around.

DAVIS: I think it will be very difficult, because unfortunately the voices that have been here crying out against this bill are not going to be heard.

ACOSTA: So, to be blunt, you're not going to be able to filibuster this and this probably will get passed?

DAVIS: That's probabably the case.

ACOSTA: That would hand anti-abortion forces another victory in what's become the movement's new playbook.

ALEXA COOMBS, STUDENTS FOR LIFE: If we can't do it nationally, we're going state by state. There is pro-life legislation going on across the country.

ACOSTA: Just this year, 17 states and counting have approved more than 40 new restrictions on abortion rights across the country.


ACOSTA: Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, whose mother Anne was the last democratic governor of Texas, knows full well who is in control of the state house now.

RICHARDS: You'd hope they might rethink their position.

ACOSTA: But with Perry deciding against a fourth term as governor...

(on camera): Governor, what are you going to do with all that time off you got coming?

(voice-over): Democrats are once again dreaming big and looking to Wendy Davis who is not ready for that fight just yet.

DAVIS: I'm not going to comment on that right now. We've got our hands full trying to beat this bad bill back.

ACOSTA: It's widely expected the Texas abortion bill will be approved by both houses as soon as this Friday or early next week, but here in Texas as in other states that have battled over this issue, legal challenges to these new restrictions could come next.

Jim Acosta, CNN, Austin, Texas.


LU STOUT: Now you're watching News Stream. And coming up next, Apple marks its app anniversary. Five years ago, your phone changed forever. Stay with us.


LU STOUT: Welcome back.

Now five years ago today, iPhone users began to download apps. It might not seem like much, but the opening of the App Store, it was a milestone, turning handsets from simply being phones into the handheld computers they are today.

Now first, let's remind you what the iPhone was like when it came out back in 2007. No Facebook, no Angry Birds, no Skype, just the basic apps that came with the phone. Now the app store allowed you to change what your device could do. And suddenly your phone wasn't just a phone. It was also a piano, it was a game console, or even a comic book. There are now 850,000 apps on Apple's App Store alone. And when you combine that with similar services from Google, BlackBerry, Microsoft and more, Gardner says all of these stores will generate $25 billion in sales this year.

Now that dwarfs the entire music industry, which made just $16 billion last year.

And the irony is that none of this would exist if Steve Jobs had his way. Now the late Apple CEO's biography says that he initially resisted allowing other people to make apps. He didn't want outsiders to create applications for the iPhone that could mess it up, infect it with viruses or pollute its integrity -- proof that Steve Jobs wasn't always right.

Now this urn may be small, but it is at the center of one of sports biggest rivalries. It's the first test match in the Ashes Cricket series that got underway almost three hours ago. England, our favorites to beat Australia in the five test series. And if they do, it will be their third straight Ashes win.

Now earlier, England chose to bat first. But their capital Alistair Cook is already out.

And Patrick Snell has more on what we can expect from the Ashes in the days and weeks to come.


PATRICK SNELL, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: England and Australia, two giants of the game, rekindling the fires of battle. But the Baggy Greens are a team in turmoil right now. On British soil, they'll be looking to redeem themselves after the humiliation of a 4-0 series defeat in India earlier this year.

DAMIEN MARTYN, FORMER AUSTRALIAN CRICKETER: In India we lost, but we lost early. And we gave it up too easily. And we just know -- we fell in a heap. We don't want to see that. It's just not the Australian way. I mean, we all win and lose, but it's the way you go about it.

SNELL: The side has flirted with controversy in recent weeks with tremors of ill-discipline among the players. In late June, Cricket Australia axed head coach Micky Arthur, replacing him with Darren Lehmann just 16 days before the first ball is bowled at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

JAMES SUTHERLAND, AUSTRALIA CRICKET ADMINISTRATOR: We've made a decision. There will people that think that the timing is wrong, but we're very confident this is a decision in the interests of the Australian Cricket Team.

MARTYN: You know, who do you blame? You know, yeah, OK players are playing and the coach is off the field, but at the end of the day the coach is employed to do that job and I think it was a bold decision, but the right one by Cricket Australia that we had to change.

SNELL: Lehman's appointment has rejuvenated public interest back home, but certainly the days of Australia monopolizing the international scene are a distant memory. And for the first time in a generation, they go into this series as underdogs.

TOM MOODY, FORMER AUSTRALIAN CRICKETER: I think it's very important that we show, regardless of the outcome of the series, that we show that there's stability in Australian cricket. And that can be shown through leadership, whether it be through the coach, whether it be through the captain, and whether it be through selection.

SNELL: By contrast, England appear calm and confident, eager to retain the Ashes in front of a home crowd. And while the Aussies cast a long shadow, the hosts are just rearing to get going.

STUART BROAD, ENGLAND CRICKETER: I'm sure they wouldn't care what's going on in our camp at the moment. We don't really care what's going on in their camp. We just need to maker sure we're 100 percent right.

SNELL: Able to enjoy a settled squad and the return of X-factor Kevin Peterson, England know the Ashes are theirs to lose.

STEVEN FINN, ENGLAND CRICKETER: It's going to be important that we -- that we just focus about what happens in our dressing room. You know, we're going to have to be up for the fight. It's going to be a very tough series, but we know that if we play our best cricket, we're very capable of winning the Ashes.

SNELL: So, can Australia rise from the ashes like a phoenix, or will the English lions claw them down to earth?

BROAD: This time, we want to start hit the ground running. We need to hit the Australians hard and that's what we're ready for.


LU STOUT: Patrick Snell there previewing the Ashes series.

And for the first time, the test matches will be streamed live online.

Now the England and Wales cricket board has signed a deal with YouTube, but only internet users in mainland Europe and South America will be able to see the live stream, that's because the service is only available on YouTube in regions where the Ashes is not broadcast on TV.

Now it seems in China bigger really is better, especially if you are an architect, a builder or a property developer. We'll tell you why after the break.


LU STOUT: Welcome back.

Now it might come as a little surprise that the world's most populous country has laid claim to having the world's biggest building. The New Century Global Center recently opened in Chengdu, but China is now also looking to take the title of world's tallest building. David McKenzie reports from Shanghai.


DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: This will soon be the tallest building in China. As for the biggest in the world, it's just been unveiled in Chengdu. Coming in at a whopping 5.77 million square feet. iMax, two luxury hotels, a Mediterranean village. And if you get tired of the pollution in China, go inside to the 1,300 foot indoor swimming pool which crashes onto the largest LED screen in the world, which is either at sunset or at sunrise.

The tallest building in the world, of course, is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. But China wants to beat that.

It won't be this building here in Shanghai, but there are plans for a sky city, some 220 floors in Chengzhe (ph). And they want to build it in 90 days using a new prefabricated design that's clear that here in China, even with the economy slowing down, bigger is better.

David McKenzie, CNN, Shanghai.


LU STOUT: And that, as David mentioned, the Burj Khalifa is currently the world's tallest structure. So how does the Shanghai tower stack up? Well, we place them side by side. As you can see, the Burj, it just towers over it. But China's plans for Sky City is set to beat the Burj by 10 meters.

And now to a story about a former deputy sheriff in the U.S. who says that he was burglarized while he was at home. Now the suspects did not tie him up or even threaten him with a weapon. As Laurie Mitchell explains, they had a rather unique way to steal.


LAURIE MITCHELL: It was a hot summer day when a woman living near Canterbury Lane asked her male neighbor if she could cool off in his pool.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I told her where it was. And she said can she go? And I said sure.

MITCHELL: The woman then asked him if he minded if she swam naked. The man who didn't want to go on camera said no. And showed her to the pool where he sat in a chair and watched her for 20 minutes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I went and got her a towel. She dried off. And all of a sudden she's soaking wet again. And I escorted her outside. And I invited her to church. And she said that she doesn't have time for that.

MITCHELL: The man thought the woman's husband had gone back to their house to get her cigarettes. He now believes he was tricked. When the 30- something year old woman left, the 54 year old victim says he noticed jewelry, medication and the service weapon he used when he was a Mississippi deputy were all missing.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's aggravating. You want to help people out from time to time regardless of their situation that they're in. And then when you turn around and open up your hospitality and then you are taken for granted and actually burglarized, you want to close the door on other people from then on.

MITCHELL: Investigators have identified the suspect, but they have not yet been found.


LU STOUT: All right, that was truly a bizarre story. And before we go, we want to share some new information out of Egypt. The military says that 200 people have been taken into police custody from Monday's violence in Cairo, that was when dozens of people were killed in a shooting outside the Republican Guard headquarters.

Now those in custody could face charges of manslaughter, voluntary manslaughter, thuggery, and illegal possession of firearms. And the investigations are still underway.

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