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Merkel Teaches School Class; Stoltenberg Cab Stunt Used Actors; Cable Car Rescue in Chile; First Baby Panda in Taiwan; Kellie Pickler, USO Star; Rape of Seven-Year-Old Girl in India; Bahrain Deports American Teacher; Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Dominican Republic; Steroid Use Endangering Athletes; Parts of Asia Bake in Heat Wave

Aired August 13, 2013 - 12:30   ET



BROOKE BALDWIN, CNN ANCHOR: So before the break, we were talking about best countries for not just for working moms, working dads as well. We were talking about some crazy maternity leaves and paternity leaves. So here are some other countries.

MICHAEL HOLMES, CNN ANCHOR: Yeah, the list wasn't in any particular order, but these were the top two, the two that were in the top ten. Another European country, Norway, it offers 100 percent pay for 46 weeks.

BALDWIN: Forty-six weeks.

HOLMES: Yeah, 46 weeks, that's basically a year off, full pay.

BALDWIN: And bring it back here to North America. Alas, as we mentioned, no, no United States. It's our neighbor to the north. That is Canada. Among the benefits, the Canadian government pays out 100 bucks a month for child allowance for kids under six. They're giving you money if --

HOLMES: They got in Australia as well. Yeah, same thing in Australia, child allowance, it's a good election ploy.


HOLMES: Yeah. All right, now in the Vatican today, Pope Francis hosting players from the Italian and Argentine national soccer teams. I wanted to say football there.

BALDWIN: Go ahead. Go ahead.

HOLMES: But we'll call it soccer. The teams are to play a "friendly" tomorrow, as they call it, in Rome's Olympic stadium.

BALDWIN: The game is being dedicated to the pope who is an avid soccer fan.

And, listen, you know, not breaking news here, politicians do a lot of different things to try to get reelected. HOLMES: Really?

BALDWIN: Really?

HOLMES: Yeah, yesterday we talked about Norway's prime minister who actually -- this is how the story went -- went undercover as a taxi driver to find out what voters were talking about.

BALDWIN: There's an update on that today.

HOLMES: There is.

BALDWIN: Stand by for that in just a minute, but let's take you to Germany because German -- the German chancellor, it's her turn here.

She is now moonlighting in the classroom. (Inaudible) here is Diana Magnay.


DIANA MAGNAY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, making history by teaching it, holding a class at a Berlin high school to shares her experiences about growing up in communist East Germany.

ANGELA MERKEL, GERMAN CHANCELLOR (via translator): The 13th of August is the 52nd anniversary of the construction of the wall. That was in 1961, the year I first went to school. My favorite classes were languages, German and math.

MAGNAY: Merkel was asked to guest teach by German youth magazine, "Spiesser."

The election's about six weeks away. This is her first appearance on the campaign trail after a three-week summer break.

It's nothing quite as flashy as Norway's prime minister, who moonlighted as a taxi driver in June to sound out voters' views on campaign issues, a pre-election stunt and campaign video which went viral.

But Merkel's definitely opting to go heavy on the personal side of things this election season with a revamped website launched on Monday, detailing how she loves gardening and making potato soup, with old photos from her childhood and personal memories of how reunification inspired her to enter politics.

Opposition Social Democrat candidate Peer Steinbruck did himself no favors earlier this month when he suggested that Angela Merkel's East German childhood had given her a different understanding of Europe than those who'd grown up in the West.

Coupled with his frequent assertion that she lacks passion for European politics, he did little to endear himself with the 17 million voters living in the former East Germany. Polls show Merkel is the more popular candidate at this stage, her own history and record over the past two terms working in her favor with a German public who've grown used to the no-nonsense, vaguely schoolmistress-y approach of their current chancellor.

Diana Magnay, CNN, Berlin.


HOLMES: And we mentioned Norway and the prime minister. We've got an update now on that election stunt by Norway's prime minister. Apparently a little more stage managed than first thought.

BALDWIN: Apparently.

Jens Stoltenberg grabbed international attention, including ours, just yesterday after he posed as taxi driver to, as he put it, get closer to the voters, but his ruling Labor Party has now admitted, ah-ha, some of the passengers weren't exactly unsuspecting all along, were, in fact, paid and vetted, these people, in a casting call.


BALDWIN: I feel duped.

HOLMES: A little bit. I mean, yeah, apparently, they had a casting call. They didn't know they would be getting into cab with him, but they knew they would be in an ad for the Labor Party.

Not cool. I was more surprised you've got a prime minister driving around in a taxicab. Can you imagine that? No security.

BALDWIN: In a uniform, nonetheless.

HOLMES: No security. Nothing. Driving around in a cab.

BALDWIN: Would not fly around here.

HOLMES: Yeah, really.

BALDWIN: Imagine now being stuck in a cable car for up to eight hours. It happened to these tourists. The rescue, straight ahead.

No, thank you.



HOLMES: Tense moments high above the ground, this is happening in the Ukraine, or happened. You had 76 tourists stuck in two stalled cable cars.

BALDWIN: You do not want to be stuck in a cable car with me, let me assure you, my claustrophobia in my old age here. You see them, safely, though, on the ground. Rescuers lowered them down by rope, one at a time. And it took eight hours to get everyone down safely. Thirteen of the passengers were kids.

HOLMES: Women and children first. Unbelievable. Imagine being the last one out.

Check out this moment at the zoo in Taipei. Here we go, cute pandas, adorable, first to be born in Taiwan, actually, and the cub gets to see the mother for the first time. That's what that's all about.

BALDWIN: Super cute, these are the newest pictures of the panda cub who was born at the zoo last month. Caretakers have been watching her around the clock.

Zoo officials says it will still be a another couple of months before the cub will be on display. Hi, mom.

HOLMES: What is it about pandas? Everybody goes nuts.

BALDWIN: Oh, it's cute little animals, the obligatory "cute factor" here.

HOLMES: Yeah, yeah, yeah. We've got koalas and kangaroos. We've got cute up the wazoo in Australia.

BALDWIN: Yeah, yeah, I'm hearing about Australia.


BALDWIN: I've heard all about it.

HOLMES: Country star Kellie Pickler is used to playing crowds, isn't she?

BALDWIN: She is, but no matter where she plays, she says nothing compares to singing for the troops overseas with the USO.

And she is today's "Impact Your World."


KELLIE PICKLER, COUNTRY SINGER: Hey, there. I'm Kellie Pickler

I come from a military family. I've always had a great deal of respect for our servicemen and women.

Work a lot with the USO. I love working with them, and we've been able to do so many tours overseas.

Where are my girls at? All right!

To be in a position where you can take a piece of home to your servicemen and women, why would you not do that?

Because they need to know we have their back because they have ours. It's the right thing to do. That's why I do it.

The USO, they've been doing this for over 60 years. You cannot compare those shows to any other show that you do.

I wish I could just donate my whole time to just doing those tours. I'd do it in a heartbeat. I love it.

Join the movement. "Impact Your World" and you can be a part of something really special.


HOLMES: Good for her.

Still to come right here on AROUND THE WORLD, we're going to take you to a small town in the Dominican Republic. It's called Nizao.

BALDWIN: It may not be familiar for you, but some of the biggest baseball stars come from right there and using performance enhancing drug, growing up there and playing ball, not out of the norm.

That's coming up.


HOLMES: Police in India are looking for man who raped a seven-year- old girl. This happened in the bathroom of a train. They say the child was lured away from her mother before she was attacked.

BALDWIN: This latest incident follows months and months of outrage over sex crimes across India. This girl who was found at the train station over the weekend is being treated in the hospital.

Authorities in Bahrain have kicked an American teacher out of the country after accusing her of inciting hatred against the government and the royal family there.

HOLMES: Be careful what you say in Bahrain. The ministry of communications says the teacher was deported for, quote, "activities linked to radical opposition groups," unquote.

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights identified the teacher as Erin Kilbride. Kilbride wrote an article critical of Bahrain's crackdown on dissent. And look what happened.

BALDWIN: Health officials are trying to figure out what exactly poisoned at least 20 condors in the Andes Mountain Range between Chile and Argentina.

They think these birds -- they're endangered birds with wingspans of up to 10 feet -- may have eaten the carcasses of animals that were poisoned.

HOLMES: Unbelievable. Two of the birds died. Eighteen, fortunately, are recovering at a clinic.

Authorities found out about it after people saw the condors flying low and crashing into rocks.

BALDWIN: We've seen so many Major League Baseball players kicked off the field, suspended recently for using performance-enhancing drugs, PEDs.

But what are the drugs doing to the players who use them?

HOLMES: Yeah, much of this came into focus when we had big-time players -- we're talking about like A-Rod, Alex Rodriguez -- handed some pretty stiff suspensions as part of baseball's investigation into banned drugs.

Many of those suspended, an inordinate number when you look at the list, are from Latin America where the drugs are readily available.

BALDWIN: Rafael Romo shows us those who dream of making the big leagues by taking the drugs could lose a lot more than a contract.


RAFAEL ROMO, CNN SENIOR LATIN AFFAIRS EDITOR: Training hours in the tropical heat are long, but no one is complaining.

In this Dominican town called Nizao, many teenagers see baseball as the only ticket out of abject poverty.

But in their desperate efforts to reach the big leagues, some are putting themselves at risk.

AMAURY ROMERO, BASEBALL TRAINER (via translator): Some players, who seek to grow more rapidly, be stronger, and run faster, inject themselves with the substance that is normally used for horses.

ROMO: They call the substance "caballin" and it's widely available in the Dominican Republic.

Coaches and players believe "caballin" and other performance-enhancing drugs were responsible for at least five deaths of players under 19 years of age in in recent years. Pedro Marcados (ph), a 15-year-old aspiring big-leaguer, died four months ago.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): He felt a little dizzy and the coach told him to do two laps around the field. He had gone one and a half when he suddenly stopped, still looking dizzy, dropped his head and fell to the ground. We took him to the hospital immediately. But by the time we got there, his heart was no longer beating.

ROMO: The young player's parents denied our request for an interview, saying only that they had yet to hear an explanation of why their son died.

Eighteen-year-old Anthony Valdez (ph) died three years ago of cardiac arrest while playing a game at a baseball stadium in Nizao. His father showed CNN the death certificate.

ANTONIO VALDEZ, FATHER(through translator): My son died of a heart attack while training. We have the documents that say he died of a natural death. There were false rumors that said he had taken a drug.

ROMO (on camera): Coaches and players who declined to speak on camera say performance enhancing drugs are widely available in the Dominican Republic. Some of these drugs include those banned by Major League Baseball in the United States. Of 14 players suspended by Major League Baseball this year for using performance enhancing drugs, eight were born in the Dominican Republic.

ROMO (voice-over): Nizao is the birthplace of Vladimir Guerrero, who captured the 2004 American League MVP award. The veteran outfielder has never been linked to banned substances in a remarkable career that includes eight seasons with the Expos. But in a town where so many children dream of the big leagues, anything that can help them follow in his footsteps seem to be fair game.


BROOKE BALDWIN, CNN ANCHOR: Rafael Romo joins us now here.

So how easy is it for these players to get this cabain (ph), the PEDs in the Dominican Republic?

ROMO: Some of the people that refused to be on camera were telling us that it's as easy as going to the pharmacy and getting some vitamins that may or may not be safe for you, or go to the veterinary - a veterinarian and get a - this substance called cabain (ph), which is sold over the counter, no prescription, no need to monitor the dosage, nothing like that. So it is very, very open. It is widely available. And as you can see, as you saw in the report, it is a problem that is maybe killing some of its children.

MICHAEL HOLMES, CNN ANCHOR: So what then is the government -- if you can buy it over the counter, what can be done? I mean I was going to say, what is the government doing to stop this, but if it's legal, it's legal.

ROMO: Not a whole lot in the area of law enforcement, unfortunately, but there's a lot being done in the area of prevention. Some of these teams that are training these kids have doctors on staff that are frequently monitoring the kids for signs that they may be using some of these substances. And also, you know, some parts - some kids who have heart conditions already that also need to be monitored.

HOLMES: Very sad, as you say, you know, that this is the one way out for a lot of these kids and they put everything into it. Yes, Rafael, good to see you, my friend.

BALDWIN: Thank you.

Coming up, it's hot. Not just for a lot of you in the states, it's actually record breaking heat for some in Asia.

HOLMES: So bad one country is telling people, turn off your air conditioners or the power is going to go out.

Also, oh yes, refrigerator pants. You want some? BALDWIN: That's why we're looking at these.


BALDWIN: These are the refrigerator pants. That's what they call them. This is how you stay cool.

HOLMES: Styling.

BALDWIN: We're going to talk about that.

Styling and profiling.

HOLMES: Chad Myers might be wearing some.

BALDWIN: Oh, boy.

HOLMES: I think not.


HOLMES: Want to take you back now to a story we mentioned earlier. That 27-year-old who became - made history by becoming the first Saudi woman to reach the top of the world's highest mountain.

BALDWIN: So you are about to hear from her. She is Raha Moharrak. She reached the summit of Mt. Everest back in May.

HOLMES: Yes, Becky Anderson talked to her about this remarkable achievement and how she got there.


RAHA MOHARRAK, FIRST SAUDI WOMAN TO SUMMIT MT. EVEREST: In my mind I kept thinking, 75, 80 percent people die on the way down. OK. So I was thinking, OK, celebrate, but not too much, because you still need to get down. So I go up there. And when you realize that you can see the curvature of the earth, it just - it hits you even more, like, oh my God, this (INAUDIBLE).


MOHARRAK: It is very cold. It was - it was minus 45, 50 wind chill that day.

Someone actually said that, what's Barbie doing on the mountain? And then I said, don't let the Disney princess hair fool you. And I just walked away and then saw them on the way down when I summited - hi. You see my rock (ph). You know, it just - my way of telling them, don't, you know, stereotype.


BALDWIN: Her Disney princess hair.

HOLMES: Feisty isn't she. Yes. BALDWIN: I like her.

HOLMES: I like her moxy (ph).

BALDWIN: She said she'd never give up. She knew she wouldn't give up, but she did worry about the cold. It's quite chilly.

HOLMES: Yes. Yes. Yes, she said she blocked out the thoughts of the cold by focusing on her parents and how they supported her.



BALDWIN: Well, that's sweet.

HOLMES: It is, isn't it?

BALDWIN: Well, not -

HOLMES: Not that that would keep you warm, though, it's 50 below.

BALDWIN: Well, not so sweet, parts of Asia, people have been battling extreme heat there for weeks and weeks.

HOLMES: Yes, talk about the other extreme. In Japan, more than 50 people have died from the heat since late May. Temperatures there in some places hitting 105 degrees. That's a record.

BALDWIN: Over in China, a string of record hot days causing water shortages in Shanghai. The heat been putting a strain on the electrical grid in South Korea, prompting the government there to tell people to save power, turn off your air conditioners.

HOLMES: Chad Myers joining us now to talk about this.

Before we get to the nuts and bolts of the heat wave, South Korea, they had a massive spike, didn't they, in the refrigerator pants.

BALDWIN: Refrigerator pants. Yes.

HOLMES: This is obvious.

BALDWIN: You - Chad's closet is full of them, right?

HOLMES: I want to know what they are.

CHAD MYERS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: I truly thought this would be something high-tech. I did.

BALDWIN: I know. I was thinking like ice involved in cooling.

HOLMES: Yes. A little motor. You wouldn't want a little motor, yes.

MYERS: A little motor, a little fan blowing through there. Whoo.

BALDWIN: Any way.

MYERS: I digress. They're just very thin polyester. Can't see through them, but the air does flow through. And they're 3.50 for white and black and about $4, $5 for the very colorful one.

HOLMES: Oh, I'm disappointed now.

MYERS: I thought you'd soak them in water and they'd evaporate or something like that -


MYERS: But they want to still wear long pants in the summer and that's how they get away with it.

BALDWIN: Well, there you go.

MYERS: Wear as thin as you can.

Look at this, though, for Shimano, Japan. I mean this is the hottest temperature ever recorded anywhere in Japan, any season, any time, 106. And, you know, they've had their power problems, obviously, as well there in Japan. China, 104. Shanghai yesterday was 99. I mean it's just hot everywhere across this area.

Something that may help China a little bit is this Utor. Utor is going to bring at least a little bit of cloud cover into the hottest parts of China. It will bring some damage, though, at 110 miles per hour here just south of - there's Hong Kong over here. Here's Hanoi. So coming into the south China area here for the next couple of hours. As it does make kind of landfall, it turns to the left. It will kind of spread out some rainfall as well. Back out here toward the west - into western China, you do see an awful lot of mountains and those mountains could bring a little bit of flooding as well.

Not only are we talking about China and Japan and all that, but Europe. Europe has been just sweltering as well. Slovenia picked up 105 degrees on August 4th. Austria, 104. These are places that are fairly high in the elevation too. They shouldn't be getting this high. Shanghai reached 105 in August. That is their hottest day ever on record. And, there you go, there's the hottest day ever in any place, any city, any time, in Japan, Shimanto (ph), 106 on Monday.

BALDWIN: If somebody's going to Italy and watching the weather there (INAUDIBLE) it's very hot, hot, hot.

HOLMES: Yes, it has been. Yes. Yes, it's hot there as well.

You know it's funny, though, and you know this, Chad, you know, it was 108, I think, yesterday in Baghdad, but it's about what you're used to, isn't it, you know?

MYERS: It is.

HOLMES: In Japan you just - they're just not used to that.

BALDWIN: Not normal, no.

MYERS: And when you pack that many people into such a small place and then you turn off the air-conditioning, you fry a few nerves.

HOLMES: Yes. Yes, exactly. Exactly.

Good to see you, my friend.

MYERS: Good to see you guys.

BALDWIN: Refrigerator pants. That's my takeaway.

HOLMES: Refrigerator pants. Pick some up, will you?


OK, coming up, we've all had a neighbor that does something we don't quite like, right?

HOLMES: Yes. Check out what this guy did. He turned his penthouse into a mountain top getaway. The people below not too impressed. We'll talk about it when we come back.

BALDWIN: Bring some boulders on over.

HOLMES: Yes, why not.


HOLMES: Well, take a look at what is trending right now around the world and it is trending.

BALDWIN: It is indeed. This is one of my favorite stories. This is just crazy. This is Beijing. And wait until you see what one man has built on the top of his 26 story apartment building. This is clearly no ordinary rock garden. Here is David McKenzie.



DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It's causing a firestorm on social media here in China. Across the way, that building, a Chinese medicine professor has built this enormous rocky art crop (ph) on top of his apartment. Ten thousand square foot of apartment. The people in the building have complained for years, says state media, saying that they have cracks forming. He's a senior member of the communist party, according to media here in Beijing, and so many people feel would be untouchable.


HOLMES: Try doing that if you're not a senior member of the communist party.

BALDWIN: I guess so. And it took this guy years to, you know, put this thing up. Pamela Brown joining us from New York.

Pamela, it took him, you know, year and now they're saying 15 days, take it down.

PAMELA BROWN, CNN ANCHOR: Years and not to mention how much money it took to make that thing. Wow.

BALDWIN: No kidding.

HOLMES: Well, it's so heavy it's cracking. Oh, crazy. Yes.

BROWN: Yes, unbelievable.

BALDWIN: Over to you. Over to you.

BROWN: All right, good to see you both. All right.

BALDWIN: Take it away.

BROWN: NEWSROOM starts right now.

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