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Abu Anas al Libi Seized In Libya; Typhoon Fitow Slams Asian Coast; Sebastian Vettle One Win Away From Fourth Straight Driver's Championship; India Adapts 24; 51 Dead In Cairo After Clashes With Security Forces; Italian Coast Guard Faces Criticism Over Handling Of Capsized Boat
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KRISTIE LU STOUT, CNN INTERNATIONAL HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. And welcome to News Stream where news and technology meet.
Now the U.S. captures a suspected al Qaeda operative in one of two dramatic anti-terror raids.
The survivors of the tragic boat accident off the Italian island of Lampedusa speak out.
And we'll tell you why these golfers wore masks at a tournament this weekend.
Now two secret blitzes, two high value targets, and two very different outcomes. Now a team of U.S. Navy SEALs came away empty handed in Somalia on Saturday. A senior official says the SEALs went after an al Shabaab commander, but they came under heavy fire and had to withdraw without knowing if their target was dead or alive.
Now nearly 5,000 kilometers away, an elite U.S. army team conducted a raid in the Libyan capital. And in less than a minute, they captured this man, Abu Anas al Libi, a suspected al Qaeda operative.
Now he is believed to be linked to the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. And the raids have raised many questions. But first, let's find out more about al Libi. Nic Robertson joins us now live from CNN London. And Nic, tell us more about al Libi and his background.
NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, one of the most interesting things we've learned it appears now he's been captured is his wife says that he's been out of al Qaeda for many years, indeed pretty much since the 1998 bombings in Kenya and Tanzania targeting the U.S. embassies there.
So it's not clear how much sort of useful information his questioners in the high value -- high value detainee interrogation team who is now with, how much useful current information they may get from him.
Of course right now in Libya al Qaeda is trying to establish itself. They have sent operatives there to set up training camps.
But al Libi was living relatively in the open. And he'd been on the run for 15 years.
ROBERTSON (voice-over): It's a big deal, 15 years on the run, a $5 million bounty on his head. Abu Anas al-Libi captured in less than a minute. The former senior al Qaeda operative picked up in a dawn raid by U.S. authorities in his native Libya.
Believed to be a mastermind of the al Qaeda attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in August 1998, he is accused of conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals. Murder, destruction of American buildings, and government destruction of national defense utilities of the United States.
(on camera): According to al-Libi's wife, who saw the takedown outside their house in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, he was on his way back from prayers early Saturday morning when 10 men rushed his car. And before he could snatch his pistol from the glove box, he was overpowered. It was all over in seconds, driven away in three cars.
(voice-over): U.S. officials describe it as a lawful arrest under the terms of war.
JOHN KERRY, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: The United States of America will never stop in its effort to hold those accountable to conduct acts of terror. And those members of al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. You can literally run, but you cannot hide.
ROBERTSON: But it may not be so simple. The Libyan government is demanding answers, calling al-Libi's capture a kidnapping. Questions also about al- Libi's current al Qaeda credentials believed by this former colleague to be retired from terrorism.
NOMAN BENOTMAN, QUILLIAM FOUNDATION: I don't think in Libya he's a valuable source of information because until now I still believe he was a very low profile.
ROBERTSON: Benotman, himself a former jihadist, says al-Libi returned to Tripoli two years ago. Living in plain sight of the weak Libyan authorities. At a time when al Qaeda was setting up training camps ramping up operations in the aftermath of the overthrow of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
According to Benotman, there is no known ties between al-Libi and the 2012 U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi that killed four U.S. officials, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Nevertheless, he says a warning for al Qaeda. The U.S. now on the offensive in Libya.
BENOTMAN: It goes against, you know, a kind of narrative, you know. They're trying to convince people, Muslims and the youth, America is soft. Americans did not want war. Americans, they are cowards. That's exactly what they are teaching them the last 20 years.
ROBERTSON: So right now he's believed to be aboard a U.S. Naval vessel in the Mediterranean undergoing questioning. And after that, expected to be taken to New York, handed over to civilian authorities and put on trial -- Kristie.
LU STOUT: So that's what's next for al Libi, but how long has U.S. been following him? And how was he tracked down?
ROBERTSON: You know what's really interesting is that he was living out in the open in Libya for the past couple of years. The Libyan government itself had notified at the end of 2010 that at least some members of his family had moved back to Tripoli. So he is clearly someone that's been on the radar, U.S. radar for a long time.
There is no extradition treaty between the United States and Libya. Is that the reason U.S. officials went in and picked him up? Were they getting frustrated with the Libyan government for not detaining him as well? None of this is clear, but there were opportunities in the past prior to this state that he could have been detained, could have been brought in for questioning. So it really does raise that question why now.
And of course the concerns in Libya and those really being expressed by the prime minister Ali Zeidan, calling this a kidnapping, the fears that picking -- the United States going in and picking somebody up in this way could destabilize a fragile government in a country where the government doesn't extend its authority very far, where there are militias all over the country and there is no national security force.
So it's in a very sort of weak environment for the Libyan government, but of course this has happened, Kristie.
LU STOUT: All right, Nic Robertson reporting for us. Thank you, Nic.
And as Nic just mentioned, Libya's interim government is distancing itself from al Libi's captured and has called it a kidnapping.
Now let's go live now to Tripoli. Jomana Karadsheh is standing by. And Jomana, first, let's talk about your exclusive interview with the wife of al Libi. What did she tell you?
JOMANA KARADSHEH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, regarding the actual capture of al Libi, Kristie, she said that she was the only one in the household of Abu Anas al Libi who witnessed his captured. She said it was early in the morning and her children were asleep. He had gone in the morning, had left to prayers at a nearby mosque. And here's what she says happened.
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UMM ABDUL RAHMAN, WIFE OF ABU ANAS AL LIBI (through translator): It was before 7:00 am. I was waiting for him as he was on his way back from the mosque. I rushed to the window after hearing the sound. I saw a Mercdes type minivan outside the house with a number of masked men and unmasked men around it. They were carrying pistols with silencers.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
KARADSHEH: Kristie, his wife insists that it was Libyans that she saw. She says the unmasked men that she saw looked Libyan. She said she heard the Libyan dialect.
Now this is something we are not hearing from any other sources. The U.S. did say it was its forces who carried out this operation. And as you mentioned, the Libyan government has been distancing itself.
The wife of al Libi saying no matter who has him right now, they just want to know that he's OK. She says he is a sick man. They say that he's -- he has a severe case of hepatitis C. And they want to know that his health condition is OK right now.
LU STOUT: Now, Jomana, just a moment ago Nic Robertson aluded to another portion of your exclusive interview with her when you talked about al Libi's past. Can you tell us more about what she revealed to you about al Libi's role in al Qaeda and the roll he played in the U.S. embassy bombings in 1998?
KARADSHEH: Kristie, she was insisting that he husband is an innocent man, saying all these accusations are fabrications, these are lies. She did admit that he was a member of al Qaeda up until 1996. She said that they've been married since 1991 and ever since they've been together she knew he was a member of al Qaeda and that he was a close associate of Osama bin Laden. She said he served as a personal security guard for bin Laden, but said in 1996 he left the organization. He no longer had ties to anyone or contacts with anyone within al Qaeda. And that, as you mentioned, was two years before the U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania saying that not only was he not involved in these bombings, she also denied that he was involved in any bombings, any terrorist activities for al Qaeda.
She said that he returned back to Libya in 2011 in the early part of that year to take part in the revolution to oust Moammar Gadhafi. And she says since then he has been living a normal life.
She said that they did live in fear for a certain amount of time over the past two years worrying about drone strikes or a kill or capture operation. But she says recently they started feeling a bit more comfortable saying that they felt that they were out of the spotlight. And so this operation taking place did take them by surprise.
LU STOUT: All right, Jomana Karadsheh reporting live for us from the Libyan capital. Thank you.
Now the U.S. raid in Somalia also targeted a man with alleged connections to the 1998 embassy bombings. Now a senior U.S. official says he is an al Shabaab commander named Ikrima.
Now little is known about him. Al Shabaab is affiliated with al Qaeda and wants to turn Somalia into a fundamentalist Islamic state.
Now the group claimed responsibility for last month's siege on a shopping mall in Kenya's capital. The attack killed at least 67 people.
We'll take you live to Nairobi a little bit later in the show.
Now turning now the Asia-Pacific economic cooperation forum underway right now in Bali, Indonesia. And trade is topping the agenda.
Now U.S. President Barack Obama is not there. He cancelled his trip because of the partial U.S. government shutdown.
Now Anna Coren is in Bali. She joins me now live.
And Anna, we know that two key U.S. rivals spoke earlier today, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. What did they say?
ANNA COREN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, both leaders really took center stage, Kristie, both talking about the economy and trade. And obviously with this region expecting, you know, growth to come off very slightly, according to the World Bank, that it's very important to reduce those tarriffs, reduce those barriers so as to really get those trading blocks working.
Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, he really stole the show, if you like. The reason being is that President Barack Obama was absent. She he took the box seat. He was actively networking with APEC leaders. And he mentioned that the whole world is watching APEC right now.
Take a listen to what he had to say.
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XI JINPING, PRESIDENT OF CHINA (through translator): The world economy is still struggling for recovery. And the Asia-Pacific economy, while enjoying good momentum of growth, it is confronted with new challenges. People around the world are looking to the APEC management to give new impetus to regional and global economic growth.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
COREN: So that was President Xi Jinping.
Well, Russian President Vladimir Putin, he also spoke. And he talked about really strengthening of the global trade system. But a rather friendly gesture, Kristie, Putin mentioned that he understood why Obama didn't make the trip out to Bali, that if he was in the same position he would have stayed and looked after the government shutdown.
He said it's in everybody's interest if the U.S. actually sorts this out sooner rather than later.
LU STOUT: Now the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, he also spoke today. Anna, do you think that he was able to fill the vacuum left by the Obama no-show there?
COREN: Certainly. I mean, it's not the president of the United States. And I can tell you that everyone here was rather disappointed that Obama was a no-show. But obviously John Kerry still a very important person, the U.S. Secretary of State. And, you know, while there were questions about America's commitment to the Asia-Pacific region, he really knocked those concerns on the head.
In his keynote speech, he basically said that nothing could shake America's commitment to the region.
Obviously the U.S. over the past couple of years have been talking about a rebalancing of its foreign policy, an Asia pivot if you like, to counter China's rise. They won't say that officially, but certainly that is what everybody believes.
So obviously they would have liked to have seen Obama here. John Kerry saying that, you know, America as I said very much committed to this part of the world. But with Obama not here, there is that lagging question as to what sort of influence, you know, the United States, number one economy, has on this part of the region particularly considering it is struggling domestically with its own issues. How can it then, you know, influence what is seen as really the engine -- growth engine of the world?
LU STOUT: All right, Anna Coren there live from Bali. Thank you.
You're watching New Stream. And still ahead, Italy mourns the victims of the Lampedusa boat tragedy. It's more bodies are recovered. Some are asking whether authorities took too long to respond. Stay with us.
LU STOUT: Now in the waters off the Italian island of Lampedusa, crews found dozens more bodies over the weekend after a migrant boat caught fire and sank last week. 194 bodies have been recovered so far. Now more than 500 African asylum seekers were on board. And the Italian Coast Guard is defending itself amid criticism that it took too long to respond.
Now dozens of survivors are housed in a detention center on Lampedusa. Senior international correspondent Matthew Chance got exclusive access and spoke to them about their ordeal.
MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: They're the only survivors of Italy's worst migrant shipwreck, 155 African refugees, mainly from Eritrea, now in this overcrowded immigrant detention center. There were some 500 people believed to be on board.
According to aid workers, they're too distraght, too shocked to talk.
But we found three survivors willing to recount their harrowing ordeal.
30-year-old Germani Nagassi tells me he'll never forget what he saw.
"For five hours we were floating, using the dead bodies of our companions. There is nothing worse than this. There were many children. There was a mother with her four children, a mother with an infant, all lost at sea. My mind is scared and in a terrible condition."
The traumatic firsthand accounts are helping build a picture of why this boat ended up on the seabed with most of its passengers entombed below deck. There's been criticism more was not done to help, crticism repeated by the survivors.
Hamid Mohammad, in the middle, is just 18. He swears to me an Italian vessel spotted them in trouble off the coast, but did nothing.
HAMID MOHAMMAD, SURVIVOR (through translator): The Italian's boat started circling around us. They circled our boat twice and just went away. That's when people started to panic. The captain said we need to start a fire. He gathered some clothes and bedsheet and lit them, but his container of benzene exploded. People were screaming as the boat capsized.
CHANCE: The lucky few were eventually rescued by Italian fisherman and the Coast Guard. The authorities have been criticized for filming this instead of saving more.
23-year-old survivor Abrahalli Amare told me his dreams of a better life in Europe have been shattered.
ABRAHALLI AMARE, SURVIVOR (through translator): We left our country because of hardship so that we could live in peace and help our families, but we have found this bitter sadness. It was so unexpected and so disturbing. And now we can't think of anything else.
CHANCE: At the port, recovery teams are filling trucks with the bodies they're still pulling from the sea, the human cost of this ill-fated voyage is literally still being counted.
Matthew Chance, CNN, Lampedusa.
LU STOUT: Now, far from the discussion and debate of the APEC gathering all this week CNN's On the Road series will bring you some greater insight into the customs and culture of Indonesia from homegrown architecture to high flying photography. Anna Coren explores the places, the people and the passions unique to this Southeast Asian nation.
And today, she looks at what is being done to protect and preserve one of the country's most cherished attractions.
COREN: In the middle of central Java, under the scorching sun, is a monument of worship that has stood here for more than a millenium. This is Borobudur, the greatest Buddhist temple in the world and the pride of all Indonesians.
Built on a hill back in the 8th and 9th Century, Borobudur is made up of java stone from the nearby volcano Mount Merapi. Divided into three tiers, the temple represents the stages of enlightenment. Lining the walls, 1,460 stone carved panels that tell the story of Buddha.
But it's the bell shaped stupas Borobudur is best known for. The largest one crowning the monument almost 10 meters in diameter.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's an almost temple.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The architecture, the structure, it's amazing. Very, very impressive.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's the people who built it I would imagine what they were doing is trying to put a transcendent idea into matter and form that would last. And they've done it, haven't they?
COREN: But that wasn't always a certainty. When power shifted to other parts of the region, Borobudur was abandoned. For 800 years, the temple was covered by jungle and volcanic ash until an Englishman rediscovered it in 1814.
Restoration slowly began until UNESCO got involved, returning Borobudur to its former glory.
(on camera): Back in 1973, under the guidance of UNESCO and the Indonesian government, this entire temple was pulled apart. Over the next 10 years, they rebuilt the foundations, making it stronger against earthquakes and upgraded the centuries old drainage system before finally putting all 2 million blocks of java stone back into their original place.
(voice-over): In 1992, it became a World Heritage Site. And is now one of Indonesia's most popular tourist destinations.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All people, many religion come Borobudur. Borobudur asset of the world.
COREN: And to the local community whose economy relies heavily on Borobudur.
So when Mount Merapi erupted in 2010, covering the temple in three centimeters of acid volcanic ash, 3,000 volunteers spent the next year meticulously cleaning every inch of Borobudur.
One of those people was tour guide Mura Aristina. The 31-year-old has been working here for 14 years. And although he's Muslim, like most of his fellow Indonesians, he believes this is one of the most sacred places on earth.
MUAR ARISTINA, TOUR GUIDE: I think that Borobudur, it was built not only for prayer or meditation, but maybe the main one is just to learn how to be a Buddha. Buddha means awareness, understanding (inaudible). So I think it's a big library how somebody can come and learn about all about universe, all about of life.
COREN: As stone mason ply their craft each day to conserve this piece of history, the hope is Borobudur will still be standing 1,000 years from now.
Anna Coren, CNN, Borobudur, Indonesia.
LU STOUT: Beautiful site.
Now our series continues all this week. And tomorrow we'll introduce you to a photographer going to great heights to capture the beauty of Indonesia. Aerial photographer Jez O'Hare (ph) will share some of his favorite images.
Now coming up next on News Stream, captured in a matter of seconds, U.S. special forces snatch a suspected terrorist off the sidewalks of Libya. The operation took months of planning.
And Kenya is singling out six suspects in last months' deadly terror attack. At least one got away. We'll go live to Nairobi for more on the investigation.
LU STOUT: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. You're watching News Stream. And these are your world headlines.
Now Libya's interim government calls Saturday's capture of a suspected al Qaeda operative a kidnapping. It is demanding an explanation from Washington after U.S. forces siezed Abu Anas al Libi near his home in Tripoli. Now he is a suspect in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.
Now Egyptian state media report at least 51 people have been killed and hundreds of others injured in clashes on Sunday as security forces fired tear gas as Muslim Brotherhood protesters marched in Cairo and across the country. Egypt's interior ministry says hundreds of demonstrators were arrested.
The UN says Syria's government has begun destroying some of its chemical weapons under the supervision of international inspectors. Now it's the result of a UN security council resolution passed last month. And officials say missile warheads, aerial bombs and mixing equipment are being destroyed or disabled.
Now parts of southeastern China are grappling with the remnants of Typhoon Fitow. At least three people were killed when the powerful storm struck on Monday after battering Okinawa, Japan. Now Fitow's winds reached more than 200 kilometers an hour, snapping electricity polls in half. Nearly 29 centimeters of rain fell in some areas in southeastern China flooding streets.
Now, let's return to our top story, the aftermath of the U.S. counter terror raids in Africa. Now we are still learning more about the two operations. Let's bring in Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr live from Washington.
And Barbara, how did these two raids play out?
BARBARA STARR, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Kristie, there was mixed results in these two raids, but now we do know why the Navy SEALs went into Somalia to risk it all.
STARR: An extraordinary show of force by U.S. commandos in highly risky secret operations in Somalia and Libya. Friday, October 4th, predawn, on Somalia's southern coast, U.S. Navy seals slip off a commercial ship and raid a terrorist stronghold. But within moments, they are forced to abort under heavy gunfire from militants.
Just a day later 6:30 a.m. 3,000 miles away on the streets of Tripoli, Libya, Abu al Libi, a senior Al Qaeda operative, is returning home from morning prayers. He will be grabbed by U.S. army Delta Force commandos. On the streets of Italy, al Libi is confronted with cars by 10 masked men. The U.S. team grabs him before he can reach his gun. They are gone in seconds, not a shot fired.
His wife tells CNN the men she saw were Libyans. Al Libi is taken to a U.S. Navy warship. He is wanted by the U.S. for the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The president clearly had to approve both of these operations. This is to send U.S. military personnel into foreign countries, and that's a presidential decision.
STARR: In Somalia, it's Seal Team 6 that is sent, the same unit that killed Usama bin Laden. In an eerie coincidence, it's 20 years to the day of the Blackhawk down disaster in Somalia that killed 18 U.S. troops. This time the Seals are hunting an al Shabaab leader. Al Shabaab is the Al Qaeda- linked terror group that claimed responsibility for the shopping mall attack in Kenya two weeks ago. Local Somalis say the seniors in the house come under fire the Seals retreat, not sure if their target is dead. But the al Libi mission was a clear success.
STARR: And what we now know is that U.S. commando units had been conducting secret surveillance, intelligence gathering for weeks against both of these targets.
And what U.S. officials tell us is really this is the new face of how the U.S. is going after terrorists. No more major land wars in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, but look for more of these very lethal, surgical lightning strikes by commando teams in the future -- Kristie.
LU STOUT: All right. Barbara Starr reporting for us, thank you.
Now not much is known about the al Shabaab commander who was targeted in that raid in Somalia. Now a U.S. official says that he is a Kenyan of Somali origin.
Nima Elbagir joins us now live from Nairobi, Kenya. And Nima, let's talk about the target. I mean, who is -- and he's known by this name Ikrima? And what is his role in al-Shabaab?
NIMA ELBAGIR, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, we understand that he's one of the al Shabaab foreign fighters, because as you said although he's of Somali origin he grew up in Kenya.
We believe that he might have come from the Kenyan coastal town of Mumbasa which is emerging increasingly as a real hotbed in the region of both al Qaeda cells and radicalization.
But as far as the Americans were concerned, their main interest in him stems to his alleged involvement in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings and his close relationship and affiliation with Saleh Ali Nabhan, who was alleged bombmaker in both those attacks and the 2002 attacks here in Kenya of an Israeli hotel.
Now Saleh Nabhan, interestingly enough, was the last man that the Americans went into Somalia to get. They were a little bit more successful on that mission. They killed him in 2009.
And to kind of bring that circle around for you, these two men are linked to the Westgate shopping mall attacks. One of the attackers who was a relative of Saleh Nabhan and is believed to be part of this same incredibly dangerous al Qaeda cell here in east Africa, Kristie.
LU STOUT: And speaking of that Westgate mall attack, Kenya has named the six suspects behind it, including a woman. Who are they?
ELBAGIR: Well, one of them is, as we were just saying Omar Nabhan, another one who is know as Khattab al-Kene, he is believed to be a Somali-American. We're still trying to get some more detail -- an American, I should say, of Somali origin. We're still trying to get a bit more detail about him.
Another gentleman, only one name was given. We don't really have much more of a sense beyond that.
But the leader of the organization, they believe he is of Sudanese origin and is very high ranking in al Qaeda and Africa.
Now I want to talk a little bit about this woman, this Somali woman, she actually, authorities believe, was the one manning the heavy machine gun, this is a stand mounted machine gun. You often see them in war zones on the back of pickups. She was manning this on the ground. Authorities believe by the time that they had killed her, that she had killed 39 civilians.
There are also two more men. We don't yet have any detail on whether they were actually part of the gunmen within Westgate, but they are believed to be part of the Westgate group.
Kenyan authorities have released footage of them withdrawing cash from a cash machine, because they say they actually bought the car that transported the attackers to Westgate. And authorities are seeking further information about them, Kristie.
LU STOUT: Now the raid to take down al Shabaab's Ikrima, the raid that took place in Somalia over the weekend, it did not go down as planned. He is still at-large. What has been the regional reaction, reaction from officials in Somalia and also there in Kenya?
ELBAGIR: Well, publicly no one is really talking on record, but privately, to some of the sources we've been reaching out to here in Kenya there is definitely a sense of retribution, that, you know, the U.S. is a very close ally. Kenya's involvement in Somalia has been something that they've spoken a lot to the U.S. about in terms of neutralizing the al Shabaab threat not just in the region, but broadly across the world. And so Kenyan authorities that we've been speaking to they're hopeful that, you know, that this is a blow that perhaps although it didn't get its target, that will have given al Shabaab a sense that they are not safe.
Bar away where this attack took place, it's actually right within al Shabaab's comfort zone. Its support town in southcentral Somalia. This is very much deep within al Shabaab territory in Somalia.
So, for the al Shabaab leadership to get that sense that OK this is attack wasn't successful, but you are watched. They know where you are. And they are going to try to get to you. And maybe this time it didn't work out, but most of the people we've been speaking to in this region feel like this is a warning shot. And they feel that al Shabaab have definitely heard it, Kristie.
LU STOUT: That's right, the message has been sent loud and clear. Nima Elbagir reporting for us. Thank you.
Now Egypt's state media says at least 51 people were killed in Sunday's violence, more than 250 were injured. Now the Muslims Brotherhood says peaceful protesters were killed. Now Reza Sayah was on the streets of Cairo as the unrest unfolded.
REZA SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The day began peacefully but quickly devolved into dueling demonstrations ending with violent beatings and deadly clashes that put into sharp focus a nation deeply divided.
On one side, supporters of the military backed interim government who despise the Muslim Brotherhood.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They are terrorists! They are proving this every day.
SAYAH: On the other side, Brotherhood supporters beaten and battered, but determined to keep their movement alive.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I will fight for this.
SAYAH: About mid-morning, thousands of government supporters marched the iconic Tahrir Square to celebrate the 40 anniversary of Egypt's war against Israel and to praise Egypt's top general, Abdul Fatah al- Sisi, the man who toppled Egypt's democratically elected former president, Mohamed Morsy, and his Muslim Brotherhood-led government.
UNIDENTIFIED MAEL: General al-Sisi is a wise person. He loves this country and this country loves him.
SAYAH: When Brotherhood backers announced they, too, were coming to Tahrir Square, the stage was set for confrontation.
(on camera): All right. This is the first standoff in the day that we've seen and it doesn't get more dramatic than this. Behind me is Tahrir Square. This is a line people have set up and a couple of blocks down you find supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohamed Morsy and they are staring down police who are staring them down right back.
OK. It looks like security forces have decided to move them out. A few seconds ago, we heard the fire, tear gas, and off they went racing towards the protesters, chasing them away.
(voice-over): Brotherhood supporters never made it to Tahrir Square. Instead, they marched through surrounding neighborhoods, repeatedly clashing with police. The sound of automatic gunfire echoed through Cairo Streets. Dozens of Brotherhood supporters were killed. Who was doing the shoot was unclear.
On (inaudible), just a few blocks from Tahrir Square, our cameras captured the cost of being caught by Egyptian police. Police often accused by human rights groups of using excessive force. It was a glimpse of a political conflict where the government and its supporters say they are not backing down.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We will not accept this. And we will not allow this.
SAYAH: And where Brotherhood supporters say they are ready to die for their cause.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Until my last breath.
SAYAH: Reza Sayah, CNN, Cairo.
LU STOUT: This is News Stream. And up next, a cloud hung over Beijing's big sporting weekend, but it wasn't rain, it was smog. You could say that the players and spectators alike were a bit teed off.
LU STOUT: It is Monday night here in Hong Kong. And you're back watching News Stream.
Now the tropics were incredibly active over the weekend with a second typhoon in less than 24 hours bearing down on Okinawa. Let's get the details now with Samantha Moore. She joins us from the world weather center -- Samantha.
SAMANTHA MOORE, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Now, Kristie, you're right. It was an active weekend, and it continues to be. A little late in the seasons as well.
Here are the remnants from Fitow that moved onshor yesterday during the evening hours. And then we have Danas. It's so well defined. It is now north of Okinawa, just north after giving them a good lashing. And then behind that another disturbance that could turn into something. In fact, the models are looking very active as we head into the next week.
But here's some of the rainfall amounts and the wind gusts that we saw from Fitow pretty amazing as it made its way onshore. And also the big waves that we saw, waves some 20 meters or so, came crashing over the seawall here, almost caught these guards offguard. They had to run away from the dangers, from these huge waves that can just sweep you out to sea.
And we have a lot of video of the heavy rain that came into coastal China with Fitow. In fact, we had many reports over 130 millimeters this particular area. You can see the city area here in Shuitou is completely flooded over with the heavy downpours that came down in a very short period of time.
Not advised for you to wade out in the water like this. There's always things floating in the water that could be very, very dangerous, some of them alive, some it not. So stay out of those flood waters if you can.
And we have another storm system. This was a powerful typhoon with 230 kilometer per hour max sustained wind. When you add the forward momentum of 31 kilometers per hour going to northwest, that would equal a supertyphoon if you happen to be located right here and you can combine -- and you would combine the forward motion along with the max sustained winds.
So this is a powerful system.
It will most likely start to weaken as it continues its movement to the northwest the next 24 hours or so. In fact, by this time tomorrow it should be a little bit weaker, but still a strong system. And then going through the Korean straits we should end up seeing continue to weaken here. And then it will have its focus on Japan.
So we'll have to watch that very, very carefully.
Of course, it will bring in heavy rainfall amounts across Japan as it moves on through. We've already seen some of those incredible rainfall amounts averaging around 150 millimeters or so in many of these locations.
And if you're thinking, boy, this is a lot of activity for this time of year you're right, because typically our typhoons, tropical storms we peak, we peak during the month of August and then we really start to drop off once we get to October, but that as you can see not happening here. And Kristie, as I said a little bit earlier, those models we've been looking for the next week to 10 days, it looks like it's just as active if not a bit more.
So we'll be staying on top of this for you.
LU STOUT: All right, good to hear. A lot of storm activity out there. Samantha Moore, thank you.
Well, golfers, they often dress to impress when they step out onto the green, but an LPGA tournament in China this weekend players needed an extra accessory. Now many professional golfers in Beijing were sporting surgical masks, that's because a haze of smog cast a cloud over one of the city's biggest sporting events.
Now play was delayed on Sunday when the air quality became hazardous. And the smog, it made teeing off difficult, visibility was reduced to just 500 meters.
Now, the king of Formula One Sebastian Vettel is on the verge of another driver's championship, but would a fourth consecutive title be bad for his sport? Amanda Davies is in London with that and the other world sport headlines -- Amanda.
AMANDA DAVIES, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Kristie.
Yeah, that certainly is what everybody is talking about the Formula One paddock at the moment. But Vettel himself says he's trying not to think about the fact he can win that fourth straight title next weekend in Japan.
The Red Bull driver took victory in Korea on Sunday to move within touching distance of another driver's championship.
Vettel claims his eighth win of the season in Korea. That moves him 77 points clear of his nearest challenger, Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.
Lotus took second and third with Kimi Raikkonen finishing ahead of his teammate Romain Grosjean.
So Vettel can clinch the title this weekend in the next race. That would leave four races still to run. And if he takes another victory, and Fernando Alsonso finishes lower than eighth, the title is his.
But Louis Hamilton says that Vettel's dominance puts the sport in danger of losing its fans. He says, "personally, I feel for the fans, because I remember the period of time when Michael Schumacher was winning. I remember waking up in the morning to watch the start of the race and then going to sleep and then waking up when it ended, because I already knew what would happen. I'm pretty sure a lot of people were doing that today."
Well, we've got more of that coming up on World Sport in about three hours time.
Now the three-time Indy 500 champion Dario Franchitti is recovering in hospital in Houston after suffering a serious crash at Sunday's Grand Prix in Texas. Franchitti suffered a fractured ankle and vertebra in his back. And 14 spectators were also injured. Here's Mark McKay with the latest.
MARK MCKAY, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Last lap horror in Houston. Three-time Indy 500 champion Dario Franchitti attempting to make a high speed pass instead goes airborne, cartwheeling and destroying the catch fence, as his car virtually disintegrates around him.
Franchitti's car hits the back of Takuma Sato's, forcing his car to slam into the trackside fencing too. Debris rained into the spectator stands, injuring at least 13.
Carl Daniel shot this unbelievable video of the crash from the stands.
Franchitti is hospitalized with injuries ranging from a concussion, a broken right ankle, and a spinal fracture that doctors say won't require surgery. The 40-year-old was married to actress Ashley Judd, but the couple announced they were separating earlier this year.
Judd tweeted her thanks for the prayers and said she and her dogs were on the way to Houston.
The Franchitti crash came just 10 days shy of two-year anniversary of a spectacular Indy car crash in Las Vegas that took the life of driver Dan Weldon. In the wake of that tragedy came calls for changes to protective fencing at oval tracks.
Sunday's race was held on a street circuit, in the shadow of the Houston Astrodome. It serves as another example of the dangers associated with a sport that thrives on speed.
Mark McKay, CNN, Atlanta.
DAVIES: Incredible pictures there. Of course, we wish Dario Franchitti well with his recovery.
On to some tennis news, though. And Rafael Nadal may have overtaken Novak Djokovic as the world number one on Monday. But it was Djokovic with the upper hand in the final at the China Open on Sunday. Djokovic said the victory was important for his confidence after losing the top spot to the Spaniar. Nadal hadn't lost a hardcourt match all year, but the Serb was really fired up for this one. And in the end recorded a comfortable victory 6-3, 6-4.
It's the fourth win in China in five years for Djokovic. And Nadal leaves Beijing empty handed, but back at the top of the rankings today.
And Serena Williams is celebrating her 10th title of the year after getting the better of Jelena Jankovic to win the ladies events in China. The world number one seems to be struggling with an injury earlier in the second set. But she still managed to comfortably beat her Serbian opponent two and two. The match Serena's 73 of the season, her first tournament victory in Beijing, though, since 2004.
That's it for me for now, Kristie. Nice to see you. Back to you.
LU STOUT: All right, Amanda Davies there, thank you, take care.
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LU SOTUT: A bold newcomer to India's prime time lineup, a hit U.S. TV series 24 is being adapted for Indian audiences with a few changes. And we'll take you on the set after the break.
LU STOUT: Welcome back.
Now from Hollywood to Ballywood, the American TV show 24, about a counterterror unit, is now being adapted in India.
Now the series, it was known for playing out in real-time with the fictional character Jack Bauer fighting to save the country with a 24 hour deadline.
Now CNN's Mallika Kapur takes us tot he set where the Indian version is being filmed.
MALLIKA KAPUR, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The clock is ticking. A hostage situation turns nasty. There's no Jack Bauer here to save the day. Don't worry, this man will.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Country or family, it's all there.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Come on, Tony, let's go.
KAPUR: Bollywood star Anil Kapoor is producing and playing the lead in the Indian version of the popular American TV series 24 in which Kapoor played the role of a Middle Eastern president.
This is 24's first foreign adaptation.
ANIL KAPOOR, BOLLYWOOD ACTOR: When I was in America, I felt that this 24 is much more relevant for India, because you see over here there have been so many terrorist attacks, so many bomb blasts, and there have been assassinations also. There has been an ATS over there, anti-terror squad, which is there, but it came into prominence after the 20-6-11 (ph).
KAPUR: The Mumbai attacks.
KAPOOR: The Mumbai attacks.
KAPUR: Kapoor says he's been careful to keep the essence of the action packed series intact, while giving it a local touch.
You say you've had to adapt it a little bit for the Indian audience.
KAPOOR: Quite a bit.
KAPUR: Quite a bit. What have you done? How have you localized it?
KAPOOR: Like, you know, it's very simple. Like, you know, in America you have the presidential elections. And here we don't. We have a process where the party is chosen and then a prime minister chosen from the...
KAPUR: Parliamentary democracy.
KAPOOR: Yeah, absolutely.
We are slightly much more emotional people. We just slightly pitched it a bit, slightly. But still it's very real. According to Indian standard, they might find it very subtle. That's my worry.
KAPUR: It could be a turning point for Indian television, which so far has been dominated by soaps revolving around strange relationships between mothers and daughters-in-laws.
KAPOOR: I feel India is ready for this change, because I can get that -- you know, sometimes you get that gut...
KAPOOR: You know, the way the films are changing. The (inaudible) film which are doing well. So I think films are changing, the audience is the same. So why not television?
KAPUR: Kapoor won't give away any details of the plot, but his costume and accessories promise it will be full of action.
Have you spent more time holding a gun than you ever imagined you would?
KAPOOR: Yes. Yes. I've last one year holding this gun.
KAPUR: The high powered Bollywood cast and big screen budget are set to blow up India's conservative small screen.
Mallika Kapur, CNN, Mumbai.
LU STOUT: And finally, I have an update for you. Now a couple of hours ago, I showed you this incredible diamond. It's called the Mangificient Oval Diamond. And it just sold at auction here in Hong Kong for a whopping $30 million.
Now the 118 carat white diamond is the largest of its type to go on auction. So it's no surprise that it went for a world record price.
Now the winning bid came from a private collector.
And that is News Stream, but we'll have much more on that diamond next on World Business Today.