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Quick Guide & Transcript: 2005 - Year in Pictures


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(CNN Student News) -- December 16, 2005

Quick Guide

Review the reports that made CNN Student News headlines in 2005.



CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: A very warm welcome to this special year-end edition of CNN Student News! I'm Carl Azuz. For weeks, we've been looking back at the top stories of 2005 and assembling a sort of video album of the images that made history...along with the impressions of our reporters, in their own words. Unfolding now is our year in pictures.



SACHI KOTO, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: The most powerful earthquake on the planet in 40 years. It triggered massive waves called tsunamis.

TSUNAMI WITNESS: It looked like a regular high-tide wave and then it just got more intense and more intense and everybody started running off the beach and it was chaos... there was cars floating down the street.

TSUNAMI VICTIM: I could only see my son's face and he was being swept away. I managed to catch him at first, but I just couldn't hold on.

DEANNA MORAWSKI, CNN STUDENT NEWS REPORTER: The tsunamis devastated nations from eastern Africa to Indonesia. The search continues for thousands who are missing. Relief supplies are flooding in to Aceh, but not fast enough. The infrastructure is simply overwhelmed.

SANJAY GUPTA, CNN REPORTER: Makeshift morgues, burial sites often overflowing with the gruesome sight of decomposing bodies.

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: These past few days have brought loss to the world that is beyond our comprehension.

UNIDENTIFIED: There are no words in human speech to describe what we saw.

FORMER US SEC. OF STATE COLIN POWELL: This is an unprecedented disaster.


BEN WEDEMAN, CNN REPORTER: Local officials called it the most transparent vote in modern Arab history. This election was by the standards of the Arab world relatively free and fair. The Palestinian territories may not be on the verge of becoming a beacon of democracy in the Middle East, but there is a glimmer.


MORAWSKI: Iraqi officials say continued terrorism will not deter the country from holding elections on January 30th.

IRAQ VOTER: We never have any election before now. This is first time in our lives, in my life.

MORAWSKI: The United Iraqi Alliance -- backed by Iraq's top Shiite Muslim clerics -- is headed for a majority in the transitional National Assembly, and is likely to claim the office of prime minister.

WEDEMAN: Will this be the handshake that ends 4 1/2 years of bloodshed...Or just another handshake? The Palestinians pledged an end to attacks on Israel, Israel responding that it will suspend military operations in the West Bank and Gaza.


UNIDENTIFIED: What we are witnessing today is not just an assassination of former Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri. It is the assassination of Lebanon as a democracy.'

MORAWSKI: Anti-Syrian opposition groups have taken to the streets in protest... Many blaming Syria for the assassination.

WEDEMAN: People power on the streets of Beirut. Celebrating the resignation of their Syrian-baked government after two weeks of peaceful demonstrations.


CHRISTINA PARK, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: Some international officials fear that if they don't act now, bird flu could become the next major pandemic.

BRIAN TODD, CNN REPORTER: In Asia, farmers and others have gotten it from animals' nose and throat secretions. Experts are worried that it could go through a deadly genetic evolution. How close is this strain to spreading to the United States? Officials at the WHO and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services say there's no way to know for sure.


PARK: The attorney for Schiavo's parents said that they did everything possible under the law to keep their daughter alive. Her husband and legal guardian Michael Schiavo was holding her at the time of her death, and his attorney said that Terri died peacefully.


ARCHBISHOP LEONARDO SANDRI, VATICAN'S UNDERSECRETARY OF STATE: Our beloved holy father John Paul II has returned to the house of the Father.

MORAWSKI: 115 cardinals were soon sequestered at the Sistine Chapel, charged with the task of selecting a new pope.

NAT: Habemus papem!

MORAWSKI: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany chose the papal name Benedict XVI.


MORAWSKI: A week of mixed emotions for the British capital... Beginning with a major announcement from the International Olympic Committee:

NATSOT: The games of the 30th Olympiad in 2012 are awarded to the city of London!


MORAWSKI: The news was quickly overshadowed by terrorist attacks on London's transit system the next day. At the height of morning rush hour, bombs tore through three trains in the city subway, and then a double-decker bus.

PADDICK: This clearly was a callous attack on purely innocent members of the public.


NATSOT: 3...2...1 and liftoff of Space Shuttle Discovery

CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS REPORTER: Officials are paying close attention to what appears to be two pieces of falling debris detected during liftoff. Debris was blamed for fatally damaging the Shuttle Columbia in 2003.

NAT: There it is! there it is!

MORAWSKI: NASA's Discovery touched down safely...completing the first shuttle mission since the Columbia disaster.


JEWISH SETTLER: The people of Israel will be back here, just as all the prophets promised us.

MORAWSKI: Sentiments from an Israeli settler as she and thousands of others were evacuated from their homes. Israel completed its historic pullout this week from Gaza and parts of the West Bank. Land that will soon be handed over to Palestinian control, in an effort to advance the peace process in the Middle East.


MORAWSKI: Florida got a soggy visit from Tropical Storm Arlene - the first named storm of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season.


NEW ORLEANS MAYOR RAY NAGIN: Ladies and gentlemen, this is not a test.

JOHN ZARRELLA, CNN REPORTER: Already you can see blown out windows in the building across the street from us the wind is howling and circulating throughout the corridors of these streets.

MONICA LLOYD, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: A day after Hurricane Katrina crashed through, authorities rushed to evacuate refugees in New Orleans as conditions deteriorated. Boats and helicopters were used to reach those who'd climbed to the attics and roofs of their homes.

KATRINA VICTIM: No food, no water, helicopters flying over our heads. This is ridiculous. We got to go.

JJ RAMBERG, CNN REPORTER: Tens of thousands of evacuees holed up in the Louisiana Superdome are on their way to Houston. It's too dangerous to go home, so the governor of Texas has opened up the Astrodome some 300 miles away.

LLOYD: Verbal fireworks light up Capitol Hill, when the former head of FEMA discusses the agency's response to Hurricane Katrina.

SHAYS: You weren't right for the job.

BROWN: I take great umbrage to that comment, congressman. We moved all of those in there. We did all of those things. And things were working in Mississippi and things were working in Alabama. I guess you want me to be the superhero that is going to step in there and suddenly take everybody out of New Orleans.

PHYLLIS JACKSON, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: The Army Corps of Engineers says New Orleans is just about dry, a little more than a month after Hurricane Katrina soaked the bowl-shaped city.

NAGIN: It's a good day in New Orleans. The sun is shining. We're bringing New Orleans back.


JUDY FORTIN, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: Hurricane Rita was at Category 3 strength when it hit, blasting the region with 120 mph winds.

TOM FOREMAN, CNN REPORTER: Water crashing through windows. Floodwaters reaching for the ceiling. Appliances tossed around like toys. And many of their belongings washed away.


MORAWSKI: Tropical Storm Epsilon became the 26th named storm of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. Surpassing the record of 21 named storms set in 1933.


JACKSON: The Chief Justice of the United States passed away on Saturday night. William Rehnquist was 80 years old.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Judge Roberts has earned the nation's confidence, and I'm pleased to announce that I will nominate him to serve as the 17th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

KAREEN WYNTER, CNN REPORTER: He takes the oath of office as the third youngest chief justice in history. 50-year-old John Roberts will influence American law and lives for decades to come.

KYUNG LAH, CNN REPORTER: Under mounting attacks of cronyism, lack of judicial experience, and lack of a conservative record, Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination.

SHANON COOK, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: The president hopes that Circuit Judge Samuel Alito will be confirmed to the Supreme Court by year's end.


JACKSON: There's frustration and anger among survivors of last Saturday's 7.6 magnitude earthquake in South Asia.

STAN GRANT, CNN REPORTER: High in the mountains of Pakistan controlled Kashmir, the temperature is at the freezing point. The survivors of the quake share a fire and their pain. "My future is black," this woman tells me. "I lost my husband, I have no home, no blankets, no tent and the snow is coming."

MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN REPORTER: Without professional rescue teams here, it's going to be difficult if not impossible to find any more survivors.


AYAD ALLAWI, IRAQI PRIME MINISTER: This is a historic day, a day of national consensus.

MORAWSKI: Iraq's draft constitution passed with more than 78 percent of the October 15th vote. The approval is a key step in establishing an Iraqi democracy, and paves the way for a December election for a new Iraqi parliament.


CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: Fifty years after she helped spark the civil rights movement by refusing to move to the back of a bus, Rosa Parks... A civil rights pioneer making history -- again.

TARA MERGENER, CNN REPORTER: Thousands filed in one by one to pay their respects to the seamstress who so inspired the civil rights movement.

SPEAKER AT CEREMONY: May her noble spirit remind us of the power of fateful small acts.


ANEESH RAMAN, CNN REPORTER: Anonymous voices from behind a blue curtain...Five witnesses - known only by the letters A through E - testifying Tuesday in the trial of Saddam Hussein...Detailing torture endured after the former dictator narrowly escaped an assassination attempt.

SADDAM HUSSEIN, FORMER IRAQI PRESIDENT: There's no room for us to smoke or swim or walk for two steps outside of the cell.

RAMAN: And as the session ended, Saddam threatened to not show up on Wednesday.



AZUZ: ...And that tops off our last program of the year. We wish you the best of holidays, and look forward to seeing you again in 2006! I'm Carl Azuz.

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