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Britain Welcomes New Prince; Mass Prison Break; Rescues Continue in China for Earthquake Victims; Pope Gets Mobbed; Lebanese Resentment Swells with Syrian Refugees;
Aired July 23, 2013 - 12:00 ET
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SUZANNE MALVEAUX, CNN ANCHOR: A glimpse of the new prince. That's what the world is waiting for one day after the royal baby boy is born.
MICHAEL HOLMES, CNN ANCHOR: A prison break in Iraq. Two of them. Hundreds of al Qaeda militants on the loose after deadly coordinated attacks. Now the search is on for the terrorists.
MALVEAUX: Plus, super human strength. A woman trying to get off a train in Japan falls in a gap by the platform and passengers come to the rescue, pushing the train out of the way.
Welcome to AROUND THE WORLD. I'm Suzanne Malveaux.
HOLMES: And I'm Michael Holmes. Thanks for your company today.
Well, we haven't seen the royal baby yet the new one. Crowds still waiting on that first appearance at St. Mary's Hospital, where he was born, what, nearly 24 hours ago. Getting on (INAUDIBLE).
MALVEAUX: Twenty-four hours. No mistaking, the new member of the British royal family has arrived. That was the salute at the Tower of London. Tributes and celebrations ringing out across the UK. welcoming the future king. Thousands of people toasted the baby and buildings lit up in royal blue for a baby boy.
Well, if we do see the royal baby today, it could happen, it will probably be because the parents, William and Kate, are leaving the hospital. That's how it normally - they come out, they stand on the steps, photo op.
MALVEAUX: Sure. And our royal correspondent, Max Foster, he has been watching every moment of this outside St. Mary's, where he has been for days now.
Max, good to see you, as always.
We know that Kate's parents arrived for a visit earlier today. What did they say?
MAX FOSTER, CNN ROYAL CORRESPONDENT: Well it was - yes, they came about an hour ago and they went in. They were the first to visit the baby. So the first to visit this new future heir. And they're first grandchild as well. And they came out afterwards, said a few words. Hopefully we can listen to that now because Carole spoke for the family.
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CAROLE MIDDLETON, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE'S MOTHER: He's absolutely beautiful. They're both doing really well. And we're so thrilled.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How are the parents doing?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE).
MIDDLETON: Amazing. It's all coming back.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE).
MIDDLETON: Absolutely not. Thank you.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
FOSTER: So all smiles. So everything seems to be going well. We've been told that the duke and duchess may leave the hospital in the next sort of 15 hours. Not in the next hour, but after that it could happen any time. And we're expecting also some royal visitors, the other side of the family visiting. We'll bring that to you as soon as it happens, if it does happen. And, yes, we are -- it's kind of a positive atmosphere. Everyone going in and out of the hospital is smiling. So I think everything's going pretty well. So I do think they're probably going to come out sooner rather than later.
HOLMES: And, Max, where do they go when they leave the hospital? Are they going home? Where are they going?
FOSTER: That hasn't been confirmed yet, but the feeling is they'll probably go to Kensington Palace, certainly initially, and then they may well go to a (INAUDIBLE) in Bucklebury and stay with the Middletons again. That's where they spent a lot of their time. It's a very protected, very secluded home. They don't actually have a family home at this point, incredibly, and they're having an apartment done up at Kensington Palace. A big, grand apartment. A huge place. But it's not ready. It won't be ready until the autumn. So going to Bucklebury does make sense, particularly when you consider that William's only taking two weeks of paternity leave and then we'll be heading up to Anglesea (ph) to work. And the feeling is she probably wants to be with Carole as much as possible, her mom, in those early days, those early weeks of the prince's new life.
HOLMES: Yes. I'm sure they'll find somewhere to stay. They can, you know, bunk in with families, friends, something like that.
MALVEAUX: Yes, take a little time off.
HOLMES: They'll find somewhere. Good to see you, Max. As always, great work on this over the last week or so. It's going to be great to see them out there on those steps exactly where Diana stood with William 31 years ago.
MALVEAUX: I know.
HOLMES: Exactly the same spot.
MALVEAUX: It's history in the making. And, obviously, you know, I mean this is a huge deal for a lot of people, especially in the U.K.
And the city of London loves their newspapers. They've got quite a number of headlines here. Full coverage. We're talking about "The Daily Telegraph's" headline, it says it all, it says, "heir at last." One of the other big tabloids, this is "The Daily Mail," gave a nod to Prince Charles with the headline, "oh boy! One's a grandpa." (INAUDIBLE), of course, a big picture of the prince, right?
HOLMES: I love - I love this one. You may not love what's in this if you live in England. "The Sun" is a famous tabloid newspaper. You may not love what's inside, but they are very cleaver with headlines. And, of course, they changed their masthead from "The Sun" to "The Son." I like that one.
MALVEAUX: And you've got "The Guardian" newspaper. This is celebrated with the birth, a big headline there. And - but the online version, have a look, just in case you weren't caught up in royal baby fever.
HOLMES: I love this. Yes.
MALVEAUX: OK. So they got you covered here. They said users, you can click on this tab that said "not a royalist." And if you clicked it, whala (ph), all the royal baby news goes away. Just disappears. You don't have to deal with all that stuff.
HOLMES: I thought that was very cleaver.
MALVEAUX: I love it.
MALVEAUX: You know, some people want to take a break.
All right, do stay with us for all the latest on the royal baby boy, of course, Prince Cambridge we'll call him for the moment. Our crews in place, ready to tell you all the details as we get them.
MALVEAUX: For now let's turn to some other stories making news around the world.
An incredibly brazen, well-coordinated jail break to tell you about. Two big prisons. This is in Iraq.
HOLMES: Yes, a massive manhunt now underway to find more than 500 prisoners who got out, most of them from the group al Qaeda in Iraq. Now, Nick Paton Walsh has been covering this for us from Jordan.
Nick, a brazen, bold attack and it certainly shows that if indeed it was al Qaeda that they have not been brought to their knees as elements of the Iraqi government have suggested over time.
NICK PATON WALSH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Certainly, Michael. Two sophisticated attacks on two of Iraq's most important jails late on Sunday night. Video in the darkness. You can just hear the gunfire in some of it. But one of these jails, al Tarji (ph), seems to have been relatively unscathed, held off the attackers. But it's Abu Ghraib, that infamous jail in central Baghdad, where there were allegations of American detainee abuse emerged all those years ago, that was overwhelmed by a car bomb and an al Qaeda suicide bombers, detonating themselves, allowing militants to attack with heavy machine guns, rocket propelled grenades and, most importantly here, letting out hundreds of inmates. (INAUDIBLE) senior militant leaders, the (INAUDIBLE), if you'd like, of militant groups there, many of whom linked to al Qaeda, al Qaeda in Iraq. The legacy of people fighting, the U.S. presence there, all those years ago, still in evidence, but clearly the wind in their sails at this point because of this brazen attack and over the last few months we've seen this daily death toll in Iraq. Dozens of them killed every day. Part of a bombing campaign many say directed by al Qaeda in Iraq.
MALVEAUX: Nick, where do we think these prisoners are going to go? Do we think that they're going to fade into the network, into society there, and simply slip away? Is there an aggressive effort to try to go after them and get them back inside of this prison?
WALSH: Well, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki's headed a crisis cell. They're launching a massive manhunt. But let's be realistic here. If you plan an attack as sophisticated as this, of course you're going to have a way of letting the people you get out of jail disappear into society.
I remember a similar jail break that happened in Kandahar, in Afghanistan. Many senior Taliban commanders let out during that. NATO then said they went back into the insurgency. Their expertise and their leadership causing a real problem in the months ahead for them in the south of Afghanistan. So that's what people will be concerned about in the weeks ahead here, Suzanne.
MALVEAUX: All right, Nick Paton Walsh, thank you very much. Appreciate it.
HOLMES: And a lot of people, too, are worried that with the -- a lot of those fighters could end up in Syria because there's been a lot of fear of those wars bleeding into each other. There are people in Iraq worried that some of those al Qaeda guys are going to end up fighting in Syria, which just complicates the whole region.
HOLMES: Yes. MALVEAUX: And we are watching this. This is an amazing rescue. This is north of Tokyo. Dozens of passengers actually pushed a 32-ton train car off of this woman who was trapped and others pulled her to safety. Now, she had fallen into this eight inch gap between the train and the platform. Watch this.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): Who would imagine they would fall and get stuck in somewhere so narrow.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): But, so everyone saved her, right? Wow, that's wonderful.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, wonderful.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
HOLMES: Yes, some team work there. The woman apparently not even seriously hurt.
MALVEAUX: That's amazing.
HOLMES: Yes. All chipped in together. The train actually started running again about eight minutes later.
HOLMES: They like to keep the trains on time there in Tokyo.
MALVEAUX: Such a great story.
HOLMES: All right. Here is more now of what we are working on this hour for AROUND THE WORLD.
No bullet proof glass, just a little hatch back. The window rolled down. That's the pope in there. I guess he's sending a different message about being close to people.
MALVEAUX: But can you imagine what it's like for his security team. It's an absolute nightmare.
And from palaces to parties to privilege. But take a look at what life will be like for the new prince.
HOLMES: Also, climbing the world's tallest volcano. Well, that's going to take you months of preparation or you can skip the hard work, sit on the sofa, take the trip from your living room. We'll explain how you can do that, you lazy people.
HOLMES: OK, more stories for you making news around the world now.
In China's earthquake zone, rescue teams now intensifying their efforts to find those still missing beneath homes and buildings that collapsed during yesterday's big quake.
MALVEAUX: The country's rural northwest region is hardest hit. Authorities confirm now that at least 89 people are dead, more than 600 others injured. The newest concern now, more heavy rain is in the forecast and there is fear of possible landslides.
HOLMES: A head-on bus crash in Thailand killed 19 people today. One of them a three-year-old child. Police say the truck driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel, crossed the lane, ran into the bus head, causing it to burst into flames.
MALVEAUX: Police say most of the passengers were trapped on the bus as it burned. Now, the truck driver survived that crash. Twenty other passengers are being treated now for injuries.
And Pope Francis getting mobbed by the faithful after he arrives in Brazil. Amazing pictures here. An apparent wrong turn by the driver causes some kind of anxious moments here. Look at the security here, the pictures.
HOLMES: Yes. A real oops moment. Have a look at that. The pope's in the silver car there. And, get this, he's got the window down as well. Now, he likes to get close and personal with the public, with the faithful, but driving through a crowd with the windows down, well, that had all kinds of security implications. According to several reports, the driver, as Suzanne said, went down the wrong street. The crowds couldn't believe their luck, descended on the car. Oh, boy.
MALVEAUX: Yes, unbelievable. The pope in Brazil for International Youth Day celebrations. Our Miguel Marquez, he's got more on the significance of the pope's visit.
MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Pope Francis, off to a low key start on his biggest trip yet. As his plane landed, everything here stopped. Then he emerged.
His ride from the airport, a silver hatchback sent the unmistakable message, this is a different pope. He drove with the windows down. When it came to a stop, he was swarmed by pilgrims.
"This trip is important for the church," she says, "because it will bring all countries together and make for a strong emotional experience."
And then the moment so many have waited for. The first public experience by the pope. A quick spin around down Rio.
MARQUEZ (on camera): This is what it sounds like. This is what it looks like. This is what it feels like for the first Latin American pope to touch ground and be seen in a Latin American country.
MARQUEZ (voice-over): There were some protests.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We don't believe the government should spend public money in covering the events and in the security of the pope.
MARQUEZ: Protesters even tear gassed at Rio's government palace.
But excitement over this pope's visit, hard to overcome. Good start for a man on a mission to reinvigorate the church.
HOLMES: And Miguel Marquez joins us now from Rio.
As we said, we -- the pope likes to get close to the people. But if you wanted to give your security chief a nervous breakdown, you do that.
MARQUEZ: Yes. Well, this is exactly what they are going through today, that they are concerned about. And he's always a security nightmare for them because whether it's in Rome or other places, he always sort of breaks away and does what he wants. So that was a concern.
You know, what we understand was, this was some miscommunication between federal authorities and local authorities. And rather than a wrong turn, he basically just went down a wrong lane, which put him in that situation.
MALVEAUX: And, Miguel, that's crazy. We're just looking at these pictures, still. It's unbelievable. How did the pope react to all of this?
MARQUEZ: He was happy as a clam it seems. They brought a baby over at one point so he could kiss it. And, you know, it's amazing, this guy, his openness. John Paul II was very -- the same, and obviously, he had the incident where he was shot and that sort of closed things down, but it wasn't like this. So it does cause a lot of issues for them.
But this is a guy who wants to come here. He's tweeting today. He wants to meet the people, very, very excited to be here. Apparently, he didn't sleep on the plane at all as well. He just -- this is his first big trip. He's back sort of on his home turf, almost. And he wants to make a great showing for the church. And so far they just seem to love him in Rio.
HOLMES: Yeah, you got to say he's quite the individual. It's going to be an exciting papacy with this pope. Not a lot on today. Thanks, Miguel, Miguel Marquez there. He hasn't got much on today. He's sort of ...
MALVEAUX: Let him do what he wants to do because I have a feeling they're not -- that's a battle with the security forces. They're not going to let him do that.
HOLMES: Oh, no. If he's got a day off today, I beat he's down at Copa Cabana Beach or something, hanging out with the people. It's just amazing. MALVEAUX: Another story we're following, life as a refuge. These kids had to flee their home in Syria. Now they are dealing with a growing resentment in a foreign country.
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MOHAMMED JAMJOOM, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: They hit us, he tells me, timidly, describing how Lebanese boys his age beat him up.
They said to me, "Damn every Syrian."
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MALVEAUX: Welcome back as we take you AROUND THE WORLD.
The White House may want to arm the Syrian rebels, but America's top military officer not too keen on the idea of a U.S. military build up in Damascus.
HOLMES: Yeah, a source telling CNN the White House is in a position to move forward on the plan now that the administration and State Department officials have briefed Congress. But today, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, General Martin Dempsey, said U.S. military involvement in Syria would likely cost billions of dollars and carry a whole range of risks for the forces involved.
MALVEAUX: So those caught in the middle of the warfare are thousands of Syrian refugees. Many of these people are children who are flooding across the border into Lebanon. Now at first they were met with a lot of support by the Lebanese, but as their numbers increased, so has Lebanese resentment. Our CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom has more from one of those refugee camps.
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JAMJOOM: He escaped the war, but life's no happier for young (Inaudible).
"I work so I can bring money for my family," he says.
School's out of the question so this 8-year-old Syrian refugee's new life consists of gathering eggs from a nearby farm. Harder still was the trauma he most recently went through.
"They hit us," he tells me, timidly, describing how Lebanese boys his age beat him up. "They said to me, 'Damn every Syrian.'"
It's a different kind of brutality (Inaudible) now faces.
In Lebanon's windswept Beqaa Valley, the harsh environment is reflected in the weary faces of kids all around. Their eyes look far older than they do, no childhood spark to be seen, smiles few and far between.
I asked this 15-year-old girl what life's been like for her here.
"Life?" she asks, unbelievingly as if the question were a farce. "We manage to live, she say, "but it's nothing like before."
In makeshift refugee camps like this one, the overwhelming feeling is sadness. The Syrians I've spoken with today tell me they can't believe their lives have come to this, that they're not just destitute, they're also discriminated against.
"Some people say to me, 'God bless Bashar al-Assad's hands," Pushta (ph) tells me, "the hands that slaughtered you all. You deserve worse."
She said it's told as a joke, but she and her family aren't laughing.
Over 600,000 Syrians have fled to Lebanon, a tiny country of 4 million people. Aide workers warn resentment toward Syrian refugees is on the rise.
PATRICIA MOUAMMAR, WORLDVISION: The crisis entered its third year now, and the Lebanese community, even though very generous at the beginning of this crisis, now they cannot take the burden anymore.
JAMJOOM: Tensions have worsened as some Lebanese people have even been displaced.
Take Taha's (ph) family. They say their landlord replaced them with a recently arrived Syrian family willing to pay double the rent, their boy's anger clear as day.
"The Syrians took our world away from us," he says. "There's nothing left for us."
His father's outrage, however, is reserved for others.
"We're not against Syrians," he tells me. "We have to help the refugees, but our government has to take care of us, too. My son here, now he has to work, too. It's awful."
His oldest son just sits and stares, hopelessness and exhaustion apparent. He isn't just drained. Like so many Syrian children, he's also desperate.
Mohammed Jamjoom, CNN, Beqaa Valley, Lebanon.
MALVEAUX: A tough way to go.
HOLMES: Tragic situation.
Many people around the world, of course, were waiting anxiously as the royal baby came into the world, but back in the day a hundred people were actually in the room during the delivery to make sure there was no baby-switching shenanigans.
MALVEAUX: Oh, boy, talk about lack of privacy there.
Some interesting royal traditions, up ahead.
MALVEAUX: Love the music.
HOLMES: Very grand.
MALVEAUX: Very appropriate for the occasion here.
HOLMES: We should keep it.
MALVEAUX: The royal baby has arrived and so, of course, have the celebrations. Watch.
HOLMES: And as we speak Prince Charles arriving at the hospital. Grandpa Charles, he might be called any moment when he gets inside there.
MALVEAUX: Let's listen ...
HOLMES: And Camilla as well.
Listen to the crowd.
MALVEAUX: That is the moment everyone has been waiting for and it just happened.
HOLMES: Just like that.
MALVEAUX: Just like that, entering the hospital.
HOLMES: You got to see it, live. They pulled up, got out. Prince Charles acknowledged the crowd to a degree. Camilla was there as well.
MALVEAUX: Let's bring in our royal historian, Kate Williams. She's outside Buckingham Palace where she's been for a couple of days. Tell us about the significance of that very moment there. I imagine that perhaps we'll learn more about the baby. Perhaps see the baby in the coming days.
HOLMES: Is he likely to speak, probably not, or do you think he might?
KATE WILLIAMS, CNN ROYAL HISTORIAN: Charles has obviously gone in to see the baby today at St. Mary's Paddington, very exciting. We saw the Middletons, earlier, go in. Michael and Carole went in earlier to see the baby. Now Prince Charles gone in to see the baby, so it's very exciting.
He said, yesterday, how thrilled he was to be a grandfather, how excited, how overjoyed, how proud. He is a grandfather for the first time, and he's going to go meet the baby. It's not only his grandson, but also the next king of England after him and William, so sometime to come to the throne.
MALVEAUX: And, Max, you're there on the ground. You're on the scene. Tell us what the crowd, how the crowd is responding. We can only hear it, but I can't imagine what it looks like over there.
WILLIAMS: Oh, the crowd is so excited. I was here last night at Buckingham Palace, and it was really the place to be. It was full of people dancing, singing, Union Jack hats, people from all over the world as well.
And the hospital is a celebratory place. People are just so thrilled. And they've been waiting quite a long time for this baby, quite a few weeks. It's not just the journalists who've been waiting. It's the people because people want to have their baby parties, and they want to know whether or not they should buy pink plates or blue. Now they know.
MALVEAUX: And, Max, you're right there at the hospital. Tell us what it was like.