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[08:00:00] KRISTIE LU STOUT, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong and welcome to News stream.


LU STOUT: We are learning more about the suspect behind the horrific terror attack in New York -- the attack that killed eight people on a

crowded bike path, while, President Donald Trump speaks out on Twitter this morning using the attack to call for stricter immigration policies.


LU STOUT: New Yorkers are waking up this morning to heightened security after the city's deadliest terror attack since 9/11. Eight people were

killed, nearly a dozen wounded when a man drove a truck along the crowded bike path in lower Manhattan, mowing down everyone in his path. Jean

Casarez has the latest on the investigation.


UNIDETIFIED MALE: We got multiple casualties. This is a mass casualty situation here.

JEAN CASAREZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Terrifying moments in downtown Manhattan.

UNIDETIFIED MALE: We need traffic shut down from 14th Street on the West Side Highway at this time. It's going to be a crime scene.

CASAREZ: A pickup truck barreling down a busy bike and foot path for nearly a mile. The carnage ending just blocks from the World Trade Center.

UNIDETIFIED MALE: Just out of nowhere, I hear and see people -- I see people running and screaming, and then just multiple gunshots, one after


CASAREZ: Police say the suspect 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov was shot in the stomach and remains hospitalized. A law enforcement source says a note

was found near the truck saying the attack was done in the name of ISIS.

GOV. ANDREW CUOMO, NEW YORK CITY: There is no evidence that suggest a wider plot or a wider scheme. We will be vigilant.

CASAREZ: Saipov, a native of Uzbekistan came to the United States in 2010. In 2013, he married a young woman also from Uzbekistan in Ohio. The

occupation listed on his marriage license, truck driver.

Law enforcement sources tell CNN Saipov is connected to a residence in Tampa, Florida but most recently lived in Patterson, New Jersey. Over

confirms to CNN that Saipov work for them for the past six months and pass their background check.

The company says they are cooperating with authorities. Saipov was arrested in Missouri in 2016 after failing to appear in court for a traffic

violation. Police say Saipov rented the pickup truck from this Home Depot store in New Jersey, just before carrying out the attack.

At 3:05 p.m., the truck entered the bike path driving south along New York City's Riverfront on the west side of lower Manhattan, plowing into

cyclists and pedestrians for nearly a mile, bodies and mangled bikes strewn across the path.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I see two gentlemen laying right there in the bike lane with tire marks across their body. You could tell that -- then I hear no


CASAREZ: The truck eventually coming to a halt after crashing into a school bus outside Stuyvesant High School. The attacker caught on camera

running from the truck brandishing what appeared to be two guns.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He was running for a little bit, and he was screaming up, and he was screaming in the street. He looked frustrated and act that

he is.

CASAREZ: Police later discovering that Saipov was holding a pellet and paintball gun. The suspect was shot by a 28-year-old NYPD Officer, Ryan

Nash -- one World Trade Center and Empire State Building lighting up in red, white and blue Tuesday night, despite the attack, the city's Halloween

parade going on as planned with tighter security.

MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO, NEW YORK CITY: New Yorkers are strong. New Yorkers are resilient and our spirit will never be moved by an act of violence and

an act meant to intimidate us.


LU STOUT: And New York is defiant after that attack. That was CNN's Jean Casarez reporting. Now among those killed in the attack were six foreign

nationals, five from Argentina and one from Belgium.

Now let's bring CNN's terror analyst Paul Cruickshank. He joins us live from London and, Paul, let's first talk about the suspect because I known

you have been digging into his background. Who is Sayfullo Saipov, what is significant about his background?

PAUL CRUICKSHANK, CNN TERROR ANALYST: Well, we know that he came into the United States in 2010. It's not clear yet when he became radicalized but

we have seen a lot of the cases.

And would the DHS assessing on this that the some are people getting involved in violence extremists in United States have become radicalized

after moving to the United States from overseas where they're foreign born.

[08:05:00] So it may will be given the time he spends in America, that he was radicalized out there. They will be investigating whether he had any

ties to any other extremists groups, networks, inside the United States.

And in 2014, there was a major FBI counterterrorism investigation launched in New York City in Brooklyn into group of Uzbek nationals and central

Asians who wanted to go and join with ISIS. And they have discussed planning a shooting attack on President Obama or an attack on Coney Island.

So one of the things that we are looking at is whether there is any kind of conductivity to past terrorism investigations past cases. Uzbekistan is a

place where there has been significant Jihadi terrorist activity in past decades going back up to the 1990s.

The pressure cooker environment there because of other oppressive tactics of-- of the authoritarian regime, which is fueled extremists and then also,

push them out of the country, push them out to places like Afghanistan- Pakistan border region.

But in more recent years, there have been many Uzbek extremists have traveled to Syria and Iraq, and joined with groups like ISIS, at least

1,500 according to recent assessment by the Soufan Group.

And there have been a number of bicycling involves in terrorist attacks and plots around the world. Just this year, one was the New Year's Eve attack

in Istanbul in a night club, another, an attack in April in Stockholm by an Uzbek national using a truck and that same month, a bombing on the metro in

Saint Petersburg.

And there have been a lot of frustrations which are being felt by Uzbeks around of the world because of this over repressive tactics that have gone

on inside the country, anger over a counterterrorism between countries like Russia.

Even in the United States and the regime over there and all of that creates grievances which these Jihadist groups can exploit, but we don't know if

that played a role here with this individual. We are still only learning the various details about his trajectory.

LU STOUT: So we know that he is an Uzbek national. He has been living in the United States for the last couple of years. Investigators need to

establish whether that there is a link to ISIS, if it was inspired by ISIS, directly commanded by ISIS, et cetera. We know that he is still alive.

In fact, he being question and reportedly cooperating with authorities as being questions. This is a big opportunity to find out, you know, what is

his link to ISIS. What are the key unanswered questions for investigators and how will investigators get the suspect to give up vital intelligence?

CRUICKSHANK: Well, they wanted to get as much information as possible and often, that means tactics to sort of establish some kind of relationship

within an interrogations, (Inaudible) with somebody like this to try and get information fast because that could save lives.

The one big question is, why he is believe to have acted alone, it's not clear yet whether he plot it alone, e whether there were any potential co-

conspirators. It's is really impossible for investigators to ruled that out of this early stage of the investigation.

But are going to be looking at that very carefully, who was he in contact with in person in the United States on over social media or if he was

active on any social media platforms to try to stop any -- any other attacks, the number one priority.

There's also going to be concerned that other extremists in United States who are considering something maybe in inspired by this and we saw here in

United Kingdom with three terrorist attacks this year.

That according to authorities here, they will fight off each other, one inspired the next and the next, and so on with all the media coverage, with

all the propaganda that was made by ISIS.

The group has yet to claim this despite all the media coverage about the legions that he declared in this note, I think it is really a matter of

time before there is some kind of statement that comes out from ISIS.

But that doesn't necessarily mean they have any link to him in terms of contacts and after all, this is a group that put an absurd claim of

responsibility for attack in Las Vegas just a few weeks ago, as well as several other absurd claims. So frankly, ISIS often just makes stuff up.

[08:10:00] LU STOUT: Yeah, very good to point that out and also, as you point out just a moment ago, in the wake of this attack in New York, ISIS

is yet to give up any sort of official claim of responsibility.

Paul Cruickshank, as always, thank you for your insight and take care. Now earlier, the mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio spoke to CNN's New Day

about the attack. Chris Cuomo asked de Blasio, what did he say to people who are worried that this could happen at any time, at any place.


DE BLASIO: To worry is natural. It is a very painful instant and our hearts go out to the families of the eight people who were -- who lives are

taken and people are feeling and obviously the closeness physically to ground zero means even more.

But at the same time, people certainly see an intense NYPD presence every single day. We have added 2,000 more officers on patrol in the city in the

last two years. We have the strongest antiterrorism capacity we have ever had.

And that includes, Chris, a lot of officers out with long guns, with heavy gear that New Yorkers see and are reassured to see every single day and you

will see increased police presence over these next days as well.

I think it is painful for us but at the same time, people know there might be ideas, the finest police force in the world knows a lot about stopping

terrorism. And you are going to see that presence, and I think people that know that it is there for them.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: You know, the world has changed, you know, I've heard you talk about it with your kids and you were talking to young people

this morning.


CUOMO: When you and I were growing up, Mr. Mayor, if we saw the long guns and police presence like we see today it would have freaked us out. But

today there is a reassurance in that. But there's also a new dynamic. Who does this?

And you saw the president weighing in this morning. He's blaming this presence of this man for seven years in this country on what they're

calling an open border policy, essentially.

Yes, he came in legally through a process, through an airport and had been here many years, so far we understand, without incident or any flags to


But there's blame here. This is about Muslims. This is about people wanting to get us. And this is about Democrats like you letting them in

too easily. How do you respond?

DE BLASIO: Look, the last thing the president or anyone else should do is politicize this tragedy. We have to find out what happened here.

That work's going to be done by the FBI, by the NYPD, and all of our partners to determine exactly who this man is, what moved him to this

horrible act, what's going on, is there any bigger ramification? That's what we should be focused on.

But look, in the end, the last thing we should do is start casting aspersions on whole races of people, or whole religions, or whole nations.

That only makes the situation worse. The bottom line is we -- anyone who wants to come to this country should be very thoroughly vetted as an


But the minute you start generalizing it, especially to a whole religion, then, unfortunately, we're sending the exact negative message that a lot of

our enemies want, that the terrorists want to affirm that this nation is somehow anti-Muslim.

We've got to do the exact opposite. We've got to show we respect all people in America. That's about as American a value as there is. Our

constitution says it, our history says it. We respect all faiths.

When we send that message it helps us -- in this country, in this world, it helps us fight terror. It helps us have the high ground.


LU STOUT: Well, this strategy should not be politicized. That is the key message from Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City as he was speaking

to CNN's Chris Cuomo there. Now, Chris, mentioned how the attack is already triggering a political backlash. That, de Blasio, warned against.

Just a short time ago, President Trump had more to say about the attack in New York on Twitter and he is pointing the finger at America's immigration


Now CNN's Joe Johns, joins me now from outside the White House with more. And, Joe, the U.S. president taking a Twitter this morning with new

information about the New York attacked but what is Trump really trying to say here?

JOE JOHNS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: the president is trying to explain to the country, something that we started hearing last night, which is that this

is suspect came into United States through a visa program that he and his a ministration had been trying to get rid of.

Here is the tweet, the terrorist came in your country through what is called the diversity visa lottery program, a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want

merit-based, Chuck Schumer course is the Senate Minority Leader, the Democrat.

However, this program as I understand it was started during the Clinton years, and again it something that the president has been trying to get rid

in his ongoing battle to tighten up on the immigration programs in the United States. There is also that political element of going after Chuck


[08:15:00] And nonetheless, it's a policy question and only the beginning of the story as the reverberations from this latest terror attack in New

York continue.


JOHNS: President Trump responding to the deadliest terror attack in the U.S. since he took office, tweeting that he ordered Homeland security to

step up our already extreme vetting program for providing no additional information about what the order means.

In the immediate aftermath of the attack, the president sent a series of tweets, calling the suspect, sick and deranged. And asserting, we must not

allow ISIS to return or enter our country before offering his condolences to the victims.

The suspect is from Uzbekistan, a country that has not been included in any version of the president's travel ban. The New York City attack comes as

the White House is facing tough questions about two former Trump campaign aides now charged and the third who pleaded guilty in Special Counsel

Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

White House lawyer Ty Cobb selling CNN the president has decided to stick with the strategy of cooperating with Mueller for now, despite being urged

to take a harder line by his former Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon.

Sources told CNN, one of the president's closest and longest-serving aid, Communications Director Hope Hicks, will be interviewed by Mueller's team

in mid-November.


JOHNS: President Trump ignoring questions about former Foreign Policy Advisor, George Papadopoulos after it was revealed he pleaded guilty to

lying to the FBI about his contact with Russia during the campaign.

SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, PRESS SECRETARY, WHITE HOUSE: What Papadopoulos did was lie and that is on him, not on the campaign.

JOHNS: The White House press secretary attempting to discredit Papadopoulos and distance the president from him after Mr. Trump called his

former advisor, a low-level volunteer and a proven liar on Twitter.

MICHAEL CAPUTO, FORMER TRUMP ADVISOR: He was the coffee boy. He had nothing to do with the campaign.

JOHNS: This is a new court filing shed light on why authorities placed the president's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick

Gates on house arrest.

Both men pleaded not guilty to 12 criminal counts this week including money laundering, and failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial


The new document shows Manafort holds three U.S. passports, each under a different number. He traveled to Mexico, China and Ecuador this year with

a phone and email account registered under a fake name.

Prosecutors say Gates frequently changed banks, opening 55 accounts with 13 financial institutions and that both men were frequent travelers to Cyprus

with some of Gates bank accounts are based.


JOHNS: Manafort and Gates are expected in federal court here in Washington D.C. as early as tomorrow. If convicted, they could face up to 10 years in

prison. Kristie.

LU STOUT: Joe Johns, live for us in the White House, thank you, Joe. Now, lawyers for Google, Facebook and Twitter return to Capitol Hill in the

hours ahead for a second day of hearings on Russian ads on social media.

Senate Committee grilled them on their ability to prevent their platforms being taken advantage of through ads and postings. They said they would do

more. But Facebook would not commit to stop running political ads in the U.S., paid for by foreign money.

In prepared testimony, the companies revealed the staggering scale of Russian influence permeating these platforms. Facebook says roughly 126

million Americans may have seen ads by a Russian government troll farm between June of 2015 and August 2017, that is more than half of the total

U.S. voting population.

Twitter found almost 37,000 accounts appearing to be associated with Russia that generated automated election related content, resulting in 288 million

impressions between September and mid-November of 2016.

And Google later revealed that Russian linked accounts had bought $4,700 worth of search and display ads, but some Democratic lawmakers say that

this is just the tip of the iceberg. Now we keep following the latest at New York.

And also ahead on the program containing the threat of North Korea, where as the head of NATO, how the alliance would respond to any question from



LU STOUT: Coming to you live from Hong Kong, welcome back. This is News Stream. New Yorkers are strong and they are defiant after a man plowed a

pickup truck into crowds along the bike path on Tuesday.


LU STOUT: Now the Empire State Building was illuminated in red, white and blue on the evening of the attack, Halloween night, a show of solidarity in

the face of such tragedy.

The suspect is a native of Uzbekistan, police say that he drove a rented truck from Home Depot along a busy bike path, mowing down people and then

crashing into a school bus. Eight people died in this attack. Eleven people were injured and a witness describe the horrific scene.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He is in the bike lane -- clearly in the bike lane. And I see -- when I go down I see two gentlemen laying right there in the

bike lane with tire marks across their body and you could tell that they are here no more.


LU STOUT: Frightening account. There are sources -- authorities found a note near the truck, claiming that the attack was done in the name of ISIS.

Turning now to the tense standoff on the Pacific Island of Papua New Guinea, hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers have refused to leave an

immigration center run by Australia.


LU STOUT: The 700 men were told, they must move out. Now water and power have been cut-off and they have the option of settling in Papua New Guinea,

moving to Cambodia or the Pacific of Island Nauru or they could return to their home country.

But the refugees say that they want to move to Australia. They say that they will be attacked if they leave the detention center.


LU STOUT: Meanwhile, tension seems to be easing between South Korea and its biggest trading partner, China. Now Beijing has agreed to move on from

its dispute result after boycotting South Korean businesses for months.


LU STOUT: The feud began when South Korea agreed to set up that U.S. antimissile defense system to counter the threat being posed from North

Korea. China does not want American military kept saying, it can be used to spy on China.


LU STOUT: The head of NATO was in Japan just a few days Before U.S. President Donald Trump visits the region, and Jens Stoltenberg called North

Korea a global threat that requires a global response. I spoke with him about what can be done to reign in Pyongyang.


JENS STOLTENBERG, SECRETARY GENERAL, NATO: The most important thing now is to put pressure on North Korea. We need diplomatic pressure -- pressure.

We need the political pressure but most of all, we need economic pressure, meaning, that we need to make sure that the international community fully

implements in a transparent way the economic sanctions, sending a clear message to North Korea.

That it has to recalls to continue with the reckless and irresponsible development of nuclear weapons and missiles. And at the same time, show

them that there has -- there is game for him. There is a real value for them to change the behavior.

LU STOUT: Could North Korea, a global threat, drop nuclear weapons on Europe?

STOLTENBERG: Well what we have seen is that they are now developing long- range ballistic missiles -- the continental mental ballistic missiles. And these missiles will be able to hit and reach cities in both North America

and Europe.

[08:25:00] And that just highlights that this is not only a regional threat, it is a threat against international peace and security. It is a

global threat and this is a threat that NATO takes extremely serious.

LU STOUT: So, in the event of any aggressive action by North Korea, how would NATO respond?

STOLTENBERG: Well NATO has dealt to its ballistic missile threats for the decades. We have done that ever since the Cold War and ballistic missiles

in the Soviet Union.

And the way we have dealt with that is by providing strong, credible defense. We have the military capabilities. We have to resolve to respond

to any aggression.

And as long as we convey that message clearly to any potential advisory, we are preventing an attack, and the purpose of having strong defense, as NATO

has is to not provoke a conflict, but that is to prevent the conflict. And that's -- that's also the way we deal with ballistic missile threats today.

LU STOUT: Now we know that the United States is a member of NATO and that the U.S. President Donald Trump in a matter of days will soon begin his

visit to Asia and it comes at a time when American credibility abroad has been deeply challenged. What -- do you believe that Donald Trump will be

able to convince leaders here in the region to stand with him against North Korea?

STOLTENBERG: I'm convinced that the whole international community and of course also the United States and the NATO allies are standing together

against the behavior development of nuclear weapons and missiles in North Korea.

Because this is dangerous to all and its undermining decades of efforts over a widening proliferation of nuclear weapons, we have made some

progress in countries like Ukraine, South Africa, Belarus and other countries.

And we have to make sure that we don't see North Korea on going in the opposite direction and it was to mention that we have also make some

progress when it comes to the arms-control of nuclear weapons.

In 2010, the United States and Russia agrees with the sealing of 1,550 strategic nuclear weapons and in Europe, decrease the number of nuclear

weapons, by 90 percent.

So there has been progress. And therefore, we have to continue to work for progress also when it comes to the new threat post by North Korea.

LU STOUT: In regards to the Korean Peninsula, the tension continues to simmer and occasionally it flares up, what do you believe at this moment is

the risk of actual direct conflict?

STOLTENBERG: It is a danger and it is a threat. At the same time, I think it is important that we don't escalate and become alarmed and also create

an alarm without any reason. So we have to balance both describing the threats.

But also responding in the firm and predictable way, and that is exactly what NATO is doing both as an alliance but also in our dialogue, and our

corporation with partners in the region like Japan and South Korea.


LU STOUT: NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaking to me earlier about the threat of North Korea. You are watching News Stream and coming

up, the return to our top news story, the terror attack in New York City. Is the U.S., becoming the next battleground for the ISIS. We will more on

the suspect's claim of having links to the terror group.


KRISTIE LU STOUT, CNN NEWS STREAM SHOW HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. You're watching "News Stream" and these are your world headlines.

A law enforcement official tells CNN the suspect in the New York terror attack was questioned by FBI and police at the hospital overnight. He is

identified as a 29-year-old native of Uzbekistan. Eight people were killed and nearly a dozen wounded.

Police say he drove a truck along the crowded bike path in Manhattan. A senior law enforcement source says authorities found a note near the truck

claiming the attack was done in the name of ISIS.

The White House says Communications Director Hope Hicks has agreed to be interviewed by Robert Mueller's team. The source says former chief

strategist Steve Bannon advised the presidency to take a hard line against Mueller. But the White House says the president does not support Bannon's

call to cut funding to the special counsel.

U.K.'s first secretary of state is under investigation after a writer accused him of sexual harassment. Kate Maltby says Damian Green brought up

sexual matters at a dinner and touched her knee. Green says it is completely untrue and comes as a complete shock and is deeply hurtful.

Meanwhile, the Labor Party is investigating an allegation that a party activist was raped by a senior official in 2011.

More on our top news story. The terror attack in New York City. CNN's Nick Paton Walsh joins me now from CNN London with a closer look at the son of

ISIS (ph) and also the background of the suspect. Nick, we know that he is a Uzbekistan native. There is that note that this was carried out -- the

attack was carried out in the name of ISIS. Is there a link between ISIS and Uzbekistan?

NICK PATON WALSH, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, certainly many of the fighters -- foreign fighters in ISIS have hailed from

Uzbekistan or from that nation. In fact, the words (ph) Uzbekistan not so often associated because people refer to these fighters as Russian-


But from Central Asia where poverty, extremism, intensity, repressive or dysfunctional governments, of course, boom in radicalization over the past

10 or 20 years or so. Central Asia contributed a lot to the foreign fighter (INAUDIBLE) both Iraq and Syria, some say even half Libya and Afghanistan

as well. That's one issue here.

But remember the key fact here that Sayfullo Saipov did not appear as far as we know now go back to Uzbekistan since he left there in 2010. We just

heard from Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, saying, "that he was radicalized domestically."

He also says he was "associated with ISIS that might hint perhaps at some sort of contact online," very hard to tell at this early stage, but the

model certainly that Governor Cuomo refers to doesn't require that necessarily.

Back in 2014, ISIS said, you don't have to be hopeless, go forward, use calves, use knives, do what you can, attack the infidel in their homeland.

That does appear to be the model for many of the attackers going forward. That's important because it removes that sort of traditional concept of a

training camp in chain of command that many got used to when Al Qaeda tried to attack the West in the previous decade.

So key here, certainly Uzbekistan is a hot place of Islamic radicalism, but at this particular stage, the investigation isn't yielding links to

Sayfullo Saipov's homeland, just suggestions perhaps may be that he is associated with ISIS who we do have contingents or members from Uzbekistan.


LU STOUT: Got it. It is looking increasingly like this is a case of homegrown extremism by a suspect who has been based for years in the United

States. Nick Paton Walsh reporting live for us. Thank you.

As Nick mentioned earlier, the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, spoke to CNN's "New Day" about the terror suspect. Let's listen.


GOV. ANDREW CUOMO (D), NEW YORK: He was associated with ISIS and he was radicalized domestically. He is a depraved coward.

[08:35:00] And they tried to create terror. It is not the first time. It is a global phenomenon now. It is all through Europe, et cetera. It happened

to New York first in 1993. World Trade Center bombing, my father was governor. Six people died. Then, obviously, 9/11. And we expect it to

continue. You just can't let it beat you.

ALISYN CAMEROTA, CO-ANCHOR, CNN NEW DAY: And governor, when you said that he was radicalized domestically, what does that mean? What do you know

about that?

CUOMO: Well, the evidence show, and again, it's only several hours and the investigation is ongoing. But, after he came to the United States is when

he started to become informed about ISIS and radical Islamic tactics. We have no evidnce yet of associations or a continuing plot or associated

plots and our only evidence to date is that this was an isolated incident that he himself performed.

Again, ISIS has gotten it down to a simple formula that they can put on the internet. And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to rent a car, rent a

truck. But, they are cowards and they are depraved. I resist the temptation to delve into who they were and why, and we know why.

They hate America and New York is a target. Let's be honest. We have the Statue of Liberty in our harbor holding the torch that says freedom and

democracy and it's repugnant to them. That was the World Trade Center bombing. That was 9/11. I was there for that. That was the hardest blow

this nation has taken with the associated attacks. And they failed.

They have a 100 percent failure rate. New York got up. We got up stronger, we got up bigger, we got up better, and that's what yesterday was also. It

was a failed attempt.


LU STOUT: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo there speaking to CNN's "New Day."

Now, the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, is in Tehran to meet with top leaders there. Talks are expected to include the 2015 Iran nuclear deal,

now in limbo, after U.S. President Donald Trump said that the U.S. will decertify it. Russia has blessed Mister Trump for that decision.

Meanwhile, a running television reports that Mister Putin is to discuss the Syrian conflict as well as bilateral ties. This is "News Stream." Still to

come, one old dog has learned some new tricks. Thanks to a makeover by Sony. The company is trying to steal hearts with yes, this adorable little

robot pup.


LU STOUT: While taking a stroll to the (INAUDIBLE) of Hanoi, you might just see store fronts and buildings that look maybe a little bit worn down. But

in today's Hanoi (INAUDIBLE), a local artist shows us those same streets hold a world of local contemporary arts.

[08:40:00] (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My name is (INAUDIBLE). I'm a (INAUDIBLE) in Hanoi. Manzi's location also (INAUDIBLE) special tool. Actually (INAUDIBLE)

shortest street in Hanoi and it's hidden (ph). The (INAUDIBLE) street hasn't changed that much since 1986 when Vietnam opened up to the world.

You can see the old houses (INAUDIBLE) peaceful, beautiful, and the people here in the area (INAUDIBLE) everything we do it here, the neighbors have

photos (ph), so we are very lucky to be here.

I (INAUDIBLE) in Hanoi and grew up here (INAUDIBLE) gypsy, artist family. My father is a visual artist (INAUDIBLE) childhood. When my father's

friends got together on a time at home, they talk about life, about the art, and also about the (INAUDIBLE) situation here in Vietnam at the time.

So I think that influenced me a lot.

Contemporary art is very important. It reflects the current society and also (INAUDIBLE) bring real life to the work and people need to appreciate


The world without art is not a living world especially in Vietnam. When the country is in traditional period, everything on the (INAUDIBLE) is mixed.

As Vietnamese, you have to promote the things from your country, my personal passion, that I want to do something good for the country and also



LU STOUT: And finally, Sony is bringing back an old dog with some new tricks. This is the new "Aibo." It begs, it plays, it understands positive

reinforcement, even developed personality based on what its owners like.

Sony first launched the dog back in the late 90s with as you recall that distinctly more robotic look. They were popular at first, but as interest

wanes, Sony stopped making "Aibo" back in 2006. "Aibo" is to go back on sale after Christmas in January for a little more than $1,700.

And that is "News Stream." I'm Kristie Lu Stout, but don't go anywhere, "World Sport" with Alex Thomas is next.


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