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Pro-Russian Mob Seizes Ukrainian Naval Headquarters; The Search for MH 370. Google Introduces Android Wear; The Cars of James Bond
Aired March 19, 2014 - 8:00 ET
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KRISTIE LU STOUT, HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong and welcome to News Stream where news and technology meet.
Now anguish from the families of those missing as the search for Malaysia Airline Flight 370 moves on to day 12.
Armed pro-Russian supporters storm the Ukrainian naval headquarters in Crimea.
And Google aims for your wrist as they unveil software for smartwatches.
First, let's bring you up to speed on the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. And here are the latest developments. On Day 12 of search efforts, Australia says it has found no sign of the aircraft in the southern corridor. Now Malaysian authorities say reported sighting in the Maldives turned out to be false. And as investigators continued to probe all passengers and crew, police are working to retrieve data they say was deleted from a flight simulator taken from the pilot's home.
Now frustrations have boiled over for some relatieves of the 239 people on the missing plane. One group in Kuala Lumpur staged an emotional protest against the Malaysian government's handling of the investigation.
Now the other major story we're following this hour is the tense situation in Crimea. It's likely to be a topic at prime minister's question time in the British parliament. We'll bring that to you live when it happens.
Now on the ground in Crimea, things have escalated dramatically in Sevastopol. Hundreds of armed pro-Russian supporters have broken into and taken over the Ukrainian naval headquarters there. They've replaced Ukrainian flags with Russian ones.
Now Ukrainian naval official says so far no shots have been fired.
And this incident, it comes one day after a member of the Ukrainian military was killed in the regional capital Simferapol where a base there was seized by masked gunmen.
Now CNN's Nick Paton Walsh is there. He joins me now live with the latest on the rising tensions between pro-Russian and Ukrainian forces. And Nick, another raid on a military base there in Crimea today. Is this formerly a political crisis escalating into an all-out military conflict?
NICK PATON WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, that's what the Ukrainian government warned was happening yesterday. But I have to say whilst we're seeing a pattern forming at bases across the Crimean peninsula, for the most part we're not hearing reports of bloodshed or much violence.
As you said yesterday in Sevastopol the Ukrainian navy headquarters was, it seemed, stormed by protesters, some of them armed. We are hearing that the head of the Ukrainian navy, Sergey Galduk is missing, according to the Ukrainian defense ministry, his whereabouts unknown, suggestions are elsewhere that maybe he's in the hands of pro-Russian militia at this stage.
But also at another base we were at yesterday in the northwest, there were tense scenes then between pro-Russian protesters and Russian troops.
We hear now that in fact a tractor was used to break down the gates of that base and those protesters with troops amassing at the entrance there.
So, yes, tense scenes, certainly, across bases, another one in Paravalny (ph) where a lot of focus has been there the last couple of weeks, that apparently has fallen to pro-Russian militia. Another one Balbek (ph) near Sevastopol airport there, that is apparently still in the hands of the Ukrainian military.
But the real question is do these standoffs, tense as they are, result in violence? We seem to be seeing them dissipate more or less peacefully through negotiation, but it's always just a hair's breath away from the potential of things going very nastily wrong, Kristie.
LU STOUT: Now let's talk about the Russian presence in Crimea. After Vladimir Putin signed that bill to annex the region, are you seeing the Russian flag firmly in place throughout the region? Are Russian forces, not pro-Russian forces, Russian forces out and about on the streets?
WALSH: Well, what is interesting to note, Kristie, is that even though Vladimir Putin lengthily lectured his audience about international law yesterday, very clear in his opinion, that Russia has done here is within the confines of international law, in fact briefly mocking the west for even bringing that up after the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Those Russian troops we see here -- and let's face it, they are Russian, there's not -- no possible, feasible explanation that existed in Crimea, self- defense forces who are natively based who have that kind of equipment, but didn't do anything until the last few weeks, those forces are Russian. But still, they won't tell us that they are Russian. And still Vladimir Putin talks about them being self-defense forces.
So we see the Russian flag up in many places now, above a lot of the bases we've been talking about, the Russian flag now flies, even the one (inaudible) in the northwest I was just talking about where the Ukrainian and the Russian flag flies simultaneously. It's no doubt that the pro- Russian sentiment here is glad to be embraced by the Russian federation. There's no doubt that you can now find plenty of pro-Ukrainians deeply troubled about what happens next for them here, including the ethnic Tatar minority, Kristie.
Back to you.
LU STOUT: Got you. Thank you very much indeed. Nick Paton Walsh reporting live from Crimea.
Now it's prime minister's question time in the British parliament. David Cameron is speaking about what's happening in Ukraine. Let's listen.
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LU STOUT: You've been watching prime minister's question time in the British parliament. The prime minister David Cameron, he's been speaking about the developments in Ukraine and Crimea. He said, quote, "we should work with our partners for a robust response." He also said that, quote, "we need to put down a very clear warning. For instance, if Russia was to go into Eastern Ukraine in any way there should be -- and he alluded to more economic sanctions.
Once again, that was the British Prime Minister David Cameron addressing the situation and the crisis in Ukraine, especially in Crimea during question time in parliament.
Now, Russia has stared down international condemnation and claimed Crimea as its own. And as CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports, the Russian people appear for the most part to be firmly behind their president's decision.
FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Just hours after Russia's annexation of Crimea, a huge celebration on Red Square. The star guest, Vladimir Putin, condemned by the west, but at the height of his power and popularity her in Russia.
"We're for peace," this woman says. "We're for Putin. We're for Crimea and we're for Sevastopol."
"Vladimir Vladimirovich, we love you," another screams. "We bow to you."
And this man added, "Crimea is ours. It's Russia's and it's always been ours and always will be."
Many hold signs welcoming Crimea, but to most the annexation is also a victory over the west, a sign of a strong Russia with a strong leader.
There's 80 rallies like this one going on all across Russia from Vladivostok in the far east to here in Moscow. And of course they're well organized by Vladimir Putin supporters. But at the same time there's no denying that Russian public opinion hugely favors his Crimea policies.
As he walked to the podium to a standing ovation earlier, Putin quickly made clear he would not be intimidated by western pressure.
"Crimea has always been and remains an inseparable part of Russia," he said. "This conviction, based on truth and fairness, has always been resolute and was passed from generation to generation."
Once again, Putin denied that thousands of troops on the ground in Crimea were his and blamed the west for allowing things to get this far.
"In the case of Ukraine, our western partners have crossed the line," he said. "They acted primitively, irresponsibly and unprofessionally."
And then, flanked by Crimean leaders virtually no one had heard of three weeks ago, with a stroke of a pen, the peninsula was handed to the Russian Federation. While Putin was creating history, all western leaders could do was criticize.
ANGELA MERKEL, GERMAN CHANCELLOR (through translator): The declaration of independence, which the Russian president also accepted yesterday was against international law. And the incorporation to the Russian Federation, in our opinion, also goes against international law.
PLEITGEN: The U.S. says Russia will pay a heavy price for annexing Crimea. But if poll numbers and public support are anything to go by, Vladimir Putin will not be too worried knowing most Russians believe it will be worth it.
Fred Pleitgen, CNN, Moscow.
LU STOUT: This is News Stream. And up next, the agonizing wait for information about flight 370, it's just too much for many relatives of those on board. There was commotion earlier today when one distraught family showed up ahead of a media briefing.
And a UN panel has just put out a scathing report on the bloodshed in Syria's civil war, accusing both Assad's forces and some rebel groups of crimes against humanity.
LU STOUT: Welcome back.
We are following all the breaking details on the possible whereabouts of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Now just a short time ago, a news conference with Malaysian officials raised questions about data deleted from the pilot's flight simulator that was in his home.
Now we don't know who deleted that data, but investigators have a forensics team working to recover that information now. Now officials also said that all passengers, crew and ground staff are being investigated. But there are still expert voices making the case for mechanical error. Now here's what Mary Schiavo, the former inspector general of the U.S. Department of Transportation had to say.
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MARY SCHIAVO, FRM. INSPECTOR-GENERAL U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: I've worked on many cases where the pilots were suspect. And it turned out to be a mechanical and a horrible, horrible problem. And I have a saying myself, sometimes an erratic flight path is heroism, not terrorism. And I always remind myself of that not to jump to that conclusion, because sometimes pilots are fighting just amazing battles and we never hear about it.
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LU STOUT: Mary Schiavo there.
But there have been signs in recent days pointing to human interference. In fact, a senior U.S. official told CNN that a change of course appears to have been programmed at least 12 minutes before the co- pilot signed off.
And Thai radar data showing an unknown aircraft minutes after the plane disappeared supports the belief that it took that abrupt westerly turn.
Now CNN's Kyung Lah spoke with a retired Malaysia airlines pilot who points out just how easy it would have been to change the jet's course.
NIK HUZLAN, FORMER MALAYSIA AIRLINES CAPTAIN: I know for sure I flew this plane. Yes, many times.
KYUNG LAH, NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT FOR CNN BASED IN LOS ANGELES: You flew the missing plane?
HUZLAN: Yes, many times.
LAH: The missing 777. Captain Nik Huzlan says he flew the Boeing passenger jet for Malaysia Airlines where he was both a pilot and executive until he retired two years ago. The missing airline, says Huzlan, was one of the youngest planes in the fleet.
HUZLAN: And I know that plane is more solid than anything else in the world, you know? And for it to just disappear the way it is, lots of questions.
LAH: Having flown the 777?
LAH: Do you rule out catastrophic mechanical failure?
HUZLAN: If it is catastrophic mechanical failure, it wouldn't be flying silently. I would just disappear.
LAH: Instead, it flew for hours -- no distress calls. For our interview, Huzlan was in this hall outside what he called a war room for the military, the airline and the government. Huzlan is not an active participant in the investigation, but he says any777 pilot knows the wide- body jet can be turned. How difficult is it to take a plane -- this particular -- 777 off course?
HUZLAN: It is so easy. It is so easy. Any pilot can do this. It's just a keystroke. A stewardess can just turn a keystroke.
LAH: Does it take a pilot to turn a 777?
HUZLAN: You just need to know what inputs you need to get into the computer.
LAH: So is it possible then that it's not just the pilot (inaudible).
HUZLAN: Oh, definitely it is. It is, it is. It is very, very possible.
LAH: What Huzlan feels is improbable, that the plane's pilot, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, was responsible. The two men began their piloting careers together more than 30 years ago. Captain Huzlan says Zaharie has been his usual self -- no warning signs, no odd behavior.
HUZLAN: The simplest formula in the whole show is to go straight the pilot, eventually which is to me a sad thing being a pilot myself. My own kind.
LAH: How much has this shaken pilots such as yourself who have flown - -
HUZLAN: I'm just shocked. I'm just shocked.
LU STOUT: And that was CNN Kyung Lah reporting.
Now still to come right here on CNN, human rights investigators report on the misery of the ongoing civil war in Syria. And neither the government nor the opposition forces escape harsh criticism.
LU STOUT: Welcome back.
Now the United Nations human rights council is set to debate a new and damning report on Syria which accuses both sides in the conflict of terrorizing the civilian population. Now Syria's civil war has dragged on for more than three years now. More than 100,000 people have died, millions have fled the country.
Now the independent international commission of inquiry includes in its report what it calls a perpetrator's list of those criminally responsible for the violence in Syria.
Now for the details, let's go straight to CNN Mohammed Jamjoom. He joins me live from Beirut. And Mohammed, just who is on this perpetrator's list?
MOHAMMED JAMJOOM, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, Kristie. This report paints an extremely grim picture of what it calls the most egregious human rights violations that have gone on between the period of January 20 until March 10.
Now on that perpetrator's list, the suspects this reports includes the heads of various Syrian intelligence agencies, those in charge of detention facilities in which torture takes place. Military commanders who target civilians, officials overseeing airports where barrel bombings are planned and then carried out. And the leaders of rebel groups and pro-government militias involved in attacking civilians.
Now as I mentioned before, this report documents many abuses that happened in that three months time period. Among those, in January barrel bombings that were happening in Aleppo. The reports says the government was carrying out these indiscriminate barrel bombs. They called barrel bombs an indiscriminate weapon, because they don't target precisely what they are going after and they level entire neighborhoods.
These barrel bombings were happening in Aleppo province even while the last round of Syrian peace talks were going on in Geneva.
We're also seeing in the report, they talk about this war that erupted within the war between the al Qaeda backed rebels, ISIS and between other more moderate Islamist rebels and western-backed rebels. At the time this was happening, this report alleges that ISIS was carrying out indiscriminate mass executions of detainees and prisoners that they had been holding in a children's hospital in Aleppo.
Now as I mentioned, a very grim picture of the human rights violations that have been going on on the ground in Syria. The report calls for many of these suspects to be investigated and charged with war crimes -- Kristie.
LU STOUT: You have ISIS, Syrian military generals, the barrel bombers all in this perpetrator's list.
The UN panel criticizes both sides for the violence. What does it say about the international community and its lack of action?
JAMJOOM: It says quite frankly that compassion is not enough. It says that the international community and the states that have influence over the warring parties in Syria have not done nearly enough to try to make sure that a political solution or some type of political compromise is finally reached. They say that that is the only way out of this war and the gross human rights violations that are going on on the ground there.
It calls on the international community once more to redouble their efforts, to get together with the states that have influence on both the Syrian rebels, the opposition and the Syrian government to try to hammer out some kind of a deal, because it says and reiterates many times throughout the report that people who are suffering who are millions of innocent Syrian civilians, because of the civil war that spirals more out of control there every day -- Kristie.
LU STOUT: Mohammed Jamjoom reporting live from Beirut, thank you very much indeed for that report.
Now we'll get more on our top story this hour, the missing Malaysia airlines plane in just a few minutes, but now I want to take a look at a big storm it's heading for western Europe. Let's get details with Mari Ramos. She joins me from the world weather center -- Mari.
MARI RAMOS, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Kristie.
The reason we're watching this storm closely is because already advisories are up across parts of Ireland for winds that could be as high as maybe 100 kilometers per hour by the time all is said and done, especially in those exposed coast lines. Remember that these are areas that were flooded for quite a long time across particularly in the southern parts of the UK, but also parts of Ireland. There's a lot of beach erosion in place. Some communities still recovering from all of that flooding.
So, it's significant enough that we really need to pay attention to it. There are no warnings across the UK, by the way, or alerts because of this oncoming weather, but there are some flood alerts and flood warnings across the south still. And remember the water table very high, any amount of rain really here could cause some serious problems.
This is what it looks like on the satellite image. And our next image right over here what we have is the winds already starting to pick up. Look at Dublin, close to 40 kilometers per hour. In London, about 20.
So we're going to see some travel delays with this as it continues to kind of come in as we head through the afternoon hours today, overnight tonight and easily in through the day tomorrow.
This is what it looks like on the forecast. You can easily see that line of rain, mostly rain, really not cold enough to support any kind of significant snowfall except maybe in the northern most areas you see a little bit of snow popping up right there, also as we head across southern parts of Norway here. And then rain as we head over in toward the rest of southern Scandinavia down toward Denmark through the low countries and all the way back over toward France.
They might get some rain in Paris and we really could use that. Remember all those problems with the air quality, doing much better now that we're getting a lot more of that mixing in the air.
But the winds will be a concern. And I want to show you the forecast wind gusts across this region. By Thursday just after lunchtime, winds could be gusty as high as 70 kilometers per hour in London proper, close to 60 in Paris and close to 70 in Brussels.
As we wear on through the rest of the day, through the evening hours on Thursday we'll still be looking at some pretty strong winds that will be spreading across even through the northeastern corner of Europe. So this will be a slow moving system that will be affecting a big area.
And like I said, it's not going to be such a huge storm that will cause a significant damage, but enough especially for those areas that were flooded before that could see some problems.
When we look at the weather through the rest of the week I think generally mild conditions remaining to the south and definitely that's the storm to watch. We've had a dip in the weather here across eastern -- northeastern Europe and moving into Russia and the temperatures are cooling down somewhat across those area. And you can see that right there with that minus 3 for Moscow on the last official day of winter.
By the way, Kristie, a spring in the northern hemisphere starts tomorrow and Autumn in the southern hemisphere.
Back to you.
LU STOUT: All right, good news for us here in the northern hemisphere. Mari Ramos there, thank you.
Now still to come right here on News Stream. Man or machine. Was it mechanical error or human interference that led to the disappearance of Flight 370? That is the question the investigators are working so hard to answer as the search for the missing plane continue.
LU STOUT: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. You're watching News Stream. And we'll focus on the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in a minute, but first let's take a look at the other stories making headlines.
Now hundreds of armed pro-Russian supporters have stormed the Ukrainian naval headquarters in the Crimean city of Sevastopol. The Ukrainian naval official says so far no shots have been fired, but that the situation remains tense. Now the official says there are about 70 Ukrainian naval officers on the base.
The prosecution in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial made a surprise request for an adjournment today saying that the state was within days of closing. Now the trial will resume Monday morning, giving the prosecution time to prepare for its final four to five witnesses.
Now let's bring up some live pictures from Britain's House of Commons. The British finance minister George Osborne, he is due to present this year's budget within the hour. There's the Prime Minister David Cameron speaking at the moment.
Now the real headline figure that's expected out of the UK, though, is an upward revision of UK's growth forecast for 2014. And we'll give you all the details on World Business Today, that will be starting in about 30 minutes. So stick around for that.
Now, to the latest on the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Australia says it has found no sign of air craft in the southern corridor. Now that's one of two vast arcs being combed for the plane that went missing some 12 days ago.
Now Malaysian authorities say both areas are still being treated as equally important, though they're working to narrow the huge field.
Now they also say a reported sighting in the Maldives turned out to be false.
Investigators continue to probe all passengers and all crew on board that plane as well as ground staff. They say that they have receive background information from all countries except Russia and Ukraine.
Now police are also working to retrieve data they say was deleted from a flight simulator taken from the pilot's home.
So far the search has turned up nothing to satisfy the families of the 239 people on board the missing plane. And frustrations have really boiled over for some. In fact, one group in Kuala Lumpur staged a protest against the Malaysian government's handing of the investigation.
Now other relatives, they remain in Beijing, that's the flight's intended destination. Malaysia says it will send another high level delegation there to address questions and concerns.
Now our crew in Kuala Lumpur witnessed the emotional protest there. Atika Shubert joins me now from the Malaysian capital with more. And Atika, very chaotic, very emotional scenes. Tell us what you witnessed.
ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It was very chaotic. And it was very hard to hear, to be honest with you, because the women basically, family members of one of the Chinese passengers came to make a statement. And they set up in the press briefing room before it had started. They unfurled a banner. And as that happened, then the press came to talk to them.
The more they talked, the more emotional they became. And basically they were demanding more information, more transparency. They said they didn't get enough information and that they wanted the help of journalists to get that information.
But as that happened, more press came and then security came and literally dragged these women out screaming. And it was honestly it's the kind of scream that really just hits you in the heart, because you can hear the sound of the anguish of that mother there.
They were then moved from the hotel, forcibly and several people were knocked down in the process. So it was absolute chaos. And to be honest with you, the amount of media that was all over it did not help the situation either. And I think it goes to show that perhaps at this point, Malaysian authorities really have lost control certainly of the telling of the story here and possibly of the investigation.
LU STOUT: And Atika, you're absolutely right, that anguished scream from one of the family members. I mean, it's truly, truly gut wrenching.
There are so many challenges in this investigation, you know, just keeping the lines of communication and support open with the family members of those on board the plane. They have the logistical concerns, technical issues and also diplomacy. I mean, working with what is it 26 countries to get access to information. What can you tell us on that front?
SHUBERT: Yeah, unfortunately I also have a rather personal take on this. I've been waiting for two days to board a plane, first a Japanese search plane yesterday and today an American search plane. I wasn't able to get on either, because they didn't have flight clearance to fly over Indonesia.
Now we've heard different things. The Indonesian authorities say, yes, they have given flight clearance, but the Malaysian -- we don't know exactly when the Malaysian authorities actually formally for the flight clearance.
Now on paper and officially in the press briefings we are told that 26 countries are offering full cooperation and it's full steam ahead, but quite clearly there are search planes that are not searching because they don't have the piece of paper that says that they have permission to fly over the area they need to fly.
So, somewhere along here diplomacy and bureaucracy are actually stalling the process than actually pushing it forward, Kristie.
LU STOUT: Thank you so much indeed for mentioning that, because just moments from now our viewers worldwide will be hearing a taped interview that I did with the Indonesian foreign minister. And he said that flight clearance has been granted. What you're reporting, what you've experienced directly counters that. So here's hoping that officials in Indonesian are hearing what you're saying, what you're reporting so they can rectify that situation.
Now another question for you Atika while we have you there in KL, Malaysian authorities earlier today, they mentioned that some data was deleted from the flight simulator found in the pilot's home. Should that add more scrutiny on the pilot of the missing plane?
SHUBERT: I don't think necessarily that's the case. I mean, remember if you've got a lot of data in your computer or in your Kindle or any sort of electronic device, you delete some of it in order to free up space. So that doesn't necessarily mean that we should cast more suspicions onto the pilot.
It does mean that investigators are going to look for the data, try and recover it, see what's there, but simply deleting it doesn't mean that he's done anything wrong at this point. It's part of the investigation.
And just to follow up on that point of diplomacy, Indonesia says it has cleared the air space, but frankly we don't know when Malaysia officially requested that air space to be opened. So I think it's not just one country that may be at fault here, I think it's really about the conflicts of diplomacy and bureaucracy that are stalling this process from many different sides.
LU STOUT: All right, Atika Shubert there thank you so much for that clarification there at the end. Atika, take care.
Now Malaysian authorities, they also say that the northern and the southern corridors are equally important, but the southern area is much more challenging. Let's take a closer look here. As you can see, it consists of vast and remove open sea. And the U.S. government official tells CNN that based on available data, he believes it is far more likely the plane would have flown there saying, quote, that this is an area out of normal shipping lanes, out of any commercial flight patterns with few fishing boats and there are no islands.
Now take a look at this map, it's from Marine Traffic.com. And unlike other search areas, including the Strait of Malaka and the Gulf of Thailand, the area of the southern Indian Ocean crews are scouring it sees very few vessels.
Now Mike Purcell was involved in the search and recovery of Air France 447. And he spoke about what the crews are going through.
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MIKE PURCELL, WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTE: A sense of urgency to find people. We always assume they're alive until we prove positively they're not. And the faster we get to them, the more likely we are to be able to save them. So that sense of urgency is always there. It produces a pressure to perform. And sometimes it gives us an incentive to go beyond what we really should be doing.
On the other side of that, anybody that's ever done search observation it is boring. The first couple of hours you're running on adrenaline. You're going to find them. By the time you're into the fifth, sixth, seventh day of the search and you spent most of that time scanning the surface, it is very easy to miss things.
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LU STOUT: Insight from Mike Purcell there.
Now Australia and Indonesia are leading efforts in the southern corridor. And earlier, I spoke to the Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa.
MARY NATALEGAWA, INDONESIAN FOREIGN MINISTER: Ever since from day one Indonesia has been very keen to ensure that we lend the maximum of assistance and support to the Malaysian authorities, first of all, not least because we have our own nationals on board of that aircraft, but not least as well because of the indication that the aircraft may have traveled along this so-called southern corridor and we have every interest to lend the fullest of support to the Malaysian authorities.
And this has been forthcoming ever since the very beginning, for example, by the deployment of no less than five naval vessels as well as two aircraft to be able to detect -- to try to detect the lost aircraft.
But beyond those, we are now facilitating as well flight clearance requests from various other nations who are traversing through our airspace to get to the southern part of the Indian Ocean where most of the (inaudible) are being conducted.
LU STOUT: Now a U.S. government source tells CNN that it is more likely that the plane could be found in the southern corridor of the search area. Do you agree with that?
NATALEGAWA: Well, you know, at this stage I guess Malaysian authorities as the coordinator of all our efforts must be pursuing all leads that may prove to be successful and therefore we are working to ensure that we do all we can, at least in the southern corridor part where Indonesia is very much involved. And you know we don't have the luxury of not doing anything and therefore we are really pursuing this with a great deal of seriousness and sense of urgency.
LU STOUT: How long will it take to complete the search in the southern corridor, in the area that your government has been tasked to cover?
NATALEGAWA: You know, I don't wish to put any timeline, least of all deadline in terms of effort. But we will carry out this efforts as long as is needed and we will be very much guided by the Malaysian authorities, that's the coordinating country to all these multinational efforts.
You know, Indonesia has every reason and every incentive to lend our fully support to this noble effort to find the aircraft.
LU STOUT: Now earlier this week there were reports that Indonesia failed to allow search aircraft over flights into your air space. Are you now allowing search aircraft access to your air space?
NATALEGAWA: Actually I'm a little bit perplexed when I heard about this supposed (inaudible), because I haven't detected that, because I have seen some requests by United States and Japan for the air clearance for their aircraft, one for example by the United States that we did on the 17th of March for clearance between 17 and 20 of March. There was (inaudible) on the 17th and provided on the same day for their -- the -- for their aircraft.
And likewise, the Japanese authorities have submitted on the 18th six air clearance for six aircraft, which was forthcoming on the same day. And since then, there's been some more.
So I don't think there's any -- any bottlenecks or red tape involved. We are facilitating and proceeding as time -- in a timely manner as possible.
LU STOUT: And whether it's access to air space, or access to information, is there full and open cooperation between your government, the Malaysia government, all governments involved here?
NATALEGAWA: Absolutely. I mean, the Malaysian authorities have made known the kind of information that's needed and while I cannot speak on behalf of those who are directly involved in terms of information sharing, I have no doubt that such information would have been shared by now, because as I said before at the very beginning, we have every interest in assisting and finding -- in getting the solution to the situation.
LU STOUT: And that was Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa speaking to me earlier. He says Indonesia is facilitating overflights of search aircraft in a timely manner. But earlier we heard from a reporter in Kuala Lumpur, Atika Shubert, and says that because of the overflight issue she has not been able to join search crews that have applied to fly into and across Indonesian air space to try to find the missing plane.
Now moving on to documents provided by the U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, they're revealing yet another alleged U.S. surveillance program. The Washington Post is reporting that the National Security Agency has developed an intelligence system capable of capturing and recording 100 percent of all phone calls made in a foreign country. It's called Mystic. And it's reportedly already being put to use right now, though the paper did not reveal where.
Now the paper says the voice interception program can store and replay conversations for up to a month.
Now keep in mind, up to now most NSA programs have not involved the actual content of the calls themselves, only who made the call, at one time, and where.
You're watching News Stream. And still to come, Google sets its sights firmly on your wrists with the latest version of Android. We'll get an expert take on Android Wear next.
LU STOUT: OK. You've seen Google Glass, now Google is trying to move to your wrist. They unveiled the Android Wear operating system on Tuesday. It's designed for devices that live on your wrist like smartwatches. And Google released this video showing what Android Wear devices could do.
Now notably, it shows a focus on displaying information instead of being a fitness device like Samsung's Gear Fit.
Now just take a look at some of the features.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That stuff you care about moves with you from place to place so you never miss out on the important stuff. You can respond to (inaudible) just by speaking. Reply, thanks. We'll get you something from New York.
Or ask a question to get what you need. OK Google, toy stores nearby.
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LU STOUT: Now again, that's a concept video.
Now joining me now to discuss Android Wear is Nillay Petal, managing editor of The Verge.
Nillay, so good to see you. Welcome back.
Let's talk first about the platform. Now do you like what you're seeing so far with Android Wear?
NILLAY PATEL, THE VERGE: You know, I do. I think Google has kind of a very unique opportunity here because they are -- they do collect so much of your data, they do already have Google Now on the phone, which kind of shows you in real-time important information you might need. So my phone, for example, shows me that I have a flight, or what my commute to work will be like intelligently already.
So extending that to your wrist and to wearables with Android Wear I think is very smart. That's the sort of advantage that Google has that other people kind of aren't working on yet.
Apple is sort of getting there. If you have an iPhone you know you're notification screen shows you what's coming up today, but Google is doing it in a really big, really holistic way. And I think that makes their wearable play kind of more interesting than the other ones I've seen.
LU STOUT: You like the software platform, what about the hardware? What do you make of the designs of the first Android Wear smartwatches?
PATEL: Well, there's only been two announced so far. There's the Motorola Moto 360 and the LG has the G Watch I believe they're calling it. The Motorola one is really interesting. It looks really beautiful. I think it's very funny that we're at the point in smartwatches right now where simply making one round like a regular watch is the differentiating factor.
Motorola does have some experience making round devices before. They had a really cool phone called the Aura awhile ago. So I think they're using some of that experience to make a round watch.
But they do look really huge if you look at that concept video. The square watch looks absolutely enormous. The 360, the Moto 360 looks pretty thick. So I think there's a long way to go in designing this hardware to be slim and attractive and putting a big color touch screen on a device, putting a Bluetooth radio so it communicates to their phone, that requires a pretty big battery and battery life on these wearable devices is really not solved yet.
LU STOUT: Yeah, and that's the thing. That's when we get into the issue of can this be a real-life thing, right? Because they look right when you look at the concept videos, right, but can they work that seemlessly in real life? I mean, especially given battery issues. And also the voice command thing. I mean, can it really work?
PATEL: I have a lot of doubts about the voice command thing. I do think Android in particular has I think much better voice recognition than Siri -- Apple's Siri. I think Apple Siri is more intelligent sort of on the back end. So there's kind of this arm's race in both recognizing your voice then doing interesting things once it understands what you're saying.
But you know the thing about Google designing this platform, or Apple designing it versus a company like Samsung or Pebble is that Google owns the whole platform. And so they can make Android Wear a true extension of Android itself. If Apple ever does a watch they can make the Apple watch, a true extension of iOS and the iPhone itself.
And that is an extraordinary strength. And if they can figure that out, a way to make your watch a true extension of your phone and connected to everything else that you do with Google services, that's very powerful and that's the opportunity.
LU STOUT: Yeah, in that sense they'll really have a leg up over the competition, in particular Samsung. I mean, how do you think the Google smartwatches will compete with the Samsung Gear series?
PATEL: Well, I don't think the Samsung Gear series is particularly competitive right now. Samsung recently switched platforms. They went from Android to their own propriety platform called Tizen. It's sort of unclear why. They said it was for battery life, but now Google is coming out with a platform they say is optimized for battery life.
So there is a little bit of a war. You know, if you look at smartphones and tablets owning the platform there made Google and Apple very, very powerful competitors. You know, they've virtually erased Microsoft from the mobile market.
I think Samsung wants -- sees that same sort of opportunity in wearables and these other sort of more sensor laden devices that we're going to see pop up everywhere. And I think that's why they have their own platform.
But I think ultimately the mobile platforms that are important are Android and Apple's iOS. And ultimately, the platforms that will be true extensions of those on wearables and other kinds of devices will have to be related to those platforms very directly. And I think that gives Google and Apple, if Apple actually does something, kind of a huge built-in advantage.
LU STOUT: Got it.
Well, Nillay, thank you so much for the wearable forecast. Nillay Patel of The Verge, thank you take care.
Now, moving now from technology that you wear on your wrist to technology you wear on your head. Sony has unveiled a new virtual reality headset for the Playstation 4. The headset, it's called Project Morpheus. For now, there's no release date yet. It's one of a number of virtual reality projects that have just started to emerge.
Now you might be kind of confused here. I mean, virtual reality? I mean, didn't that trend disappear over a decade ago? Putting on bulky headsets to experience a virtual world, it was hyped as a vision of the future all the way back in the 90s, but VR, it never took off and kind of went away.
So why is Virtual Reality back? Well, it's all because of this device, it's called the Occulus Rift. Now the brainchild of 21-year-old Palmer Lucky, it's been widely hailed by many who try it as a VR device that actually works. And it's a claim that can't be judged unless you use it. But there's a simple way to judge how much people believe in this VR device, it has raised almost $100 million from investors.
You're watching News Stream. And coming up next, Mr. Bond goes beyond the ladies and the martinis. We'll have that story after the break.
LU STOUT: All right. Welcome back. And pardon me for that cough before the break.
Now from ejector seats to subaquatic skills, the glamorous cars in the James Bond movies have often been characters in their own right. And now a new exhibition in London celebrates the Bond Mobile.
Becky Anderson has more.
BECKY ANDERSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL: Bond wouldn't be Bond without his gadgets and fast cars. From the antique to the cutting-edge, a new exhibition in London showcases the largest official collection of vehicles used in the 007 movies. From the early days, Bond relied on high-tech to get him out of trouble.
ROGER MOORE AS JAMES BOND, "THE SPY WHO LOVED ME": Can you swim?
(CAR ENGINE REVVING)
ANDERSON: But the producers have often had to rely on basic techniques.
CHRIS CORBOULD, SPECIAL EFFECTS, BOND MOVIES In those days, there was no computer graphics, there was no optical effects, even. So, they would have had to do this all for real. They drive a real car into the water, they shot underwater all the various actions of the Lotus.
It was very exciting time because it was a Lotus and the first time it was every used in a James Bond film. So there was a lot of anticipation.
ANDERSON: Even in the modern films starring Daniel Craig as Bond, the stunts, still daring, are no less dangerous.
VIC ARMSTRONG, FORMER BOND STUNTMAN AND STUNT COORDINATOR: When you look and going across those roofs, no more than a 14-inch-wide strip of cement, and if you come off that, they're not under cranking, which means making the film go faster, they're actually running at real speed, it's just phenomenal.
(MOTORCYCLE ENGINE REVVING)
ARMSTRONG: And then the end of it, they jump through a window and land in a shopping mall in Turkey in the suit, again with people around, and they land and get complete control after the first bounce and squared away and spin the wheels and go away from it. It's just phenomenal bike control.
(on camera): Well, it isn't just James Bond who gets to drive these fancy, fast cars, it is, of course, the bad guys, too.
(voice-over): The iconic Aston Martin DB5 is featured in no less than 6 of the 22 Bond films. The producers of the franchise recognize just how important the Bond cars have been to 007's success.
MICHAEL G. WILSON, PRODUCER/SCREENWRITER, JAMES BOND FILMS: I think people, when they ask what the next film is, they say, "Who's the girl and what car does Bond drive?"
ANDERSON (on camera): Well, fast cars and fancy women and a Bond, of course, in every movie. Which is your favorite car?
BARBARA BROCCOLI, PRODUCER, JAMES BOND FILMS: Oh, I have to say CUB 1, because it was my father's car, and he used to drive me to school in it, and we'd go --
BROCCOLI: Oh yes. No, I used to make him park up the road and I'd walk --
BROCCOLI: ...because it was a Rolls-Royce.
ANDERSON: What do you drive these days, out of interest?
WILSON: Oh, I -- a Jag, of course.
ANDERSON: And you?
BROCCOLI: What can I say? I'm a mum.
ANDERSON: So, can I expect that the next Bond movie, which of course comes out in 2015, will star for the first time a Volvo or not?
BROCCOLI: Only if there's a mum in the film.
LU STOUT: Nothing wrong with Volvo, come on.
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