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CNN Student News Transcript: November 5, 2007

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(CNN Student News) -- November 5, 2007

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Crisis in Pakistan - Learn about a political crisis that's taking place in Pakistan.

Flooded in Mexico - Hear about rescue and relief efforts in a flooded part of Mexico.

Behind the Mask - Get a peek at a famous face that hasn't been seen in 3,000 years.



MONICA LLOYD, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: It's Monday, and we're kicking off a brand new week of CNN Student News. Hi, everyone. I'm Monica Lloyd.

First Up: Crisis in Pakistan

LLOYD: First up today, Pakistan is in the middle of a political crisis. The Asian country has three main branches of government, just like the U.S.: the executive, legislative and judicial. But right now, the executive branch has suspended the nation's constitution; next January's elections for the legislative branch could be on hold for up to a year; and the judicial branch has been put under house arrest. John Lorinc has the details on the tense situation in Pakistan.


JOHN LORINC, CNN REPORTER: Troops take to the streets of Pakistani cities, as a nation familiar with political instability got another round on Saturday. Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf, citing growing lawlessness and violence by Islamic extremists, declared a state of emergency. He said he was forced to take action.

PRES. GEN. PERVEZ MUSHARRAF, PAKISTAN: I personally, with all my conviction and with all the facts available to me, consider that inaction at this moment is suicide for Pakistan.

LORINC: As part of the emergency declaration, the nation's constitution has been suspended, TV and phone access has been cut and for the second time this year, the same chief justice of the supreme court has been removed. Pakistan's supreme court, a source of opposition to Musharraf, called the state of emergency illegal. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, speaking from Turkey, criticized the move and called on Pakistan's leadership to make it as temporary as possible.

CONDOLEEZZA RICE, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: We would hope that whatever happens, that there would be a quick return to a constitutional path.

LORINC: Besides leading a nation with nuclear weapons, General Musharraf is a key partner with the United States in the War on Terror. I'm John Lorinc, reporting from Atlanta.


LLOYD: Now, you might be wondering how political instability on the other side of the globe affects anything in America, or if it does at all. But as Tony Harris explains, there are several reasons why the U.S. is paying close attention to what's going on in Pakistan.


TONY HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: Do we care what happens in Pakistan? Why should we? It's a relatively small Muslim country half a world away. Their chief export? Textiles. And their one main adversary is India. But there are plenty of reasons why chaos in Pakistan would spell trouble here in the United States. In no order, they are: The troops. Nearly 30,000 American soldiers and Marines are deployed immediately next door in Afghanistan. Remember, most analysts believe Osama bin Laden is somewhere in a rocky range of mountains between the two countries. Al Qaeda would certainly flourish in a country distracted by a worsening state of emergency. Then, there is the issue of the nukes. Pakistan has them. India has them. They've already fought three full-on wars, mostly about territory and autonomy, and they still threaten each other all the time. It's safe to say that the world is safer with steady fingers on nuclear buttons. Next reason: Democracy. Pakistan's current president, Pervez Musharraf, took power in 1999; literally, took power. He was not elected. He handpicks judges, generalsand lawmakers. His last re-election? He got 98 percent of the vote. That raises eyebrows in Washington, where the White House would prefer to do business with a government of the people. Still, Washington regards Pakistan as an indispensable ally in the war against global terrorism. But it's a relationship that will only weaken if order and stability is not soon restored in Pakistan. Tony Harris, CNN, Atlanta.



CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS: Time for the Shoutout! When does a tropical storm officially become a hurricane? If you think you know it, shout it out! Is it: A) When it enters the Gulf of Mexico, B) Barometric pressure reaches 900 millibars, C) Congress declares it a hurricane or D) Sustained wind speeds reach 74 mph? You've got three seconds -- GO! It's all about wind speeds here. A Category 1 Hurricane has winds of at least 74 mph. That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!

Storm Report

LLOYD: And that's exactly what happened to Noel. It pounded parts of the Caribbean when it was a tropical storm. But late last week, it strengthened into a hurricane and starting moving north, bearing down on New England. Strong winds and rain brought high waves crashing onto shore, and knocked out power for thousands of people in the area over the weekend.

Flooded in Mexico

LLOYD: Heavy rains have caused major flooding in the Mexican state of Tabasco. Nearly 80 percent of the capital city and three-quarters of the entire region is under water. Harris Whitbeck has more on the situation.


HARRIS WHITBECK, CNN REPORTER: Dangling from what looks like an impossibly thin cable, two children are hoisted from the rooftop where they and their family have been trapped since last Thursday. The rest of the family looks, awaiting their turn to be airlifted to a makeshift refugee center. Helicopters criss-cross the skies over Villahermosa, where swollen rivers have completely cut off entire neighborhoods. In El Povenir, a project that houses about a thousand families, people are waiting in line for the helicopters to land. Some hope they are carrying supplies, a bag of rice or water. Others hope for a ride out of town. Authorities estimate at least 65,000 people are still trapped on the rooftops of their homes. They've been trapped for days now. The only way to get to them is by helicopter. Those helicopters are used to bring people out. They are also being used to bring supplies to those who need them: water, food and medicine. Helicopters also provide a vantage point for assessing how much this thriving city was affected. Only from the air can one get a true sense of the scope of the damage. Entire chunks of the city are under water. Roads and highways have made way for vast new lakes and lagoons. On the ground, the sense of urgency is more palpable. Long lines form wherever relief trucks park, people carrying away whatever is given to them to try and bring order back to their lives. Harris Whitbeck, CNN, Villahermosa, Tabasco.


I.D. Me!

AZUZ: See if you can I.D. me! I once called Egypt my home and my kingdom. I ruled there in the 14th century B.C., but my fame exploded in the 1920s. King Tutankhamun, or King Tut, became the object of worldwide fascination when his tomb was found intact in 1922.

Behind the Mask

LLOYD: Part of that fascination has to do with the mystery that surrounds the ancient ruler. You see, King Tut is really good at keeping a secret. His tomb was found more than 80 years ago, and hardly anyone knows what his face even looks like! But Aneesh Raman was in Egypt this weekend when King Tut faced the world once again.


ANEESH RAMAN, CNN REPORTER: He's been dead for three thousand years, but on Sunday, for the first time ever, the world got to see how King Tut was holding up. Gone were the casings and covers as the boy king was unveiled with, yup, bare hands. A low tech approach that faced some precarious moments going up the stairs. In the end, Tut didn't look too bad tucked away in his new bed, a climate-controlled Plexiglas container. It's meant to minimize damage done by thousands of visitors who every day pour in to see King Tut's tomb.

ZAHI HAWASS, GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE SUPERIOR COUNCIL OF ANTIQUITIES OF THE EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT: The mummy divided into eighteen pieces, and it's like a stone. And therefore, I thought that the humidity and the heat that 5,000 people a day enter the tomb, that breathing will change the mummy to a powder. The only good thing in this mummy is the face. We need to preserve the face.

RAMAN: And if the face doesn't look familiar, try this one: King Tut's golden mask, that is today an icon of Egypt's pharaonic past. It was exactly 85 years ago this week that, right here in the Valley of the Kings, Howard Carter, a British archaeologist, discovered the entrance to King Tut's tomb. It was the first found to have virtually everything inside intact. And because of that, the discovery catapulted a little known king, who ruled in the mid 1300's B.C. and who died at 19, to modern day prominence, even giving him a hit song.

NBC, FROM "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE": Now if I'd known, They'd line up just to see him, I'd've taken all my money, And bought me a museum.

RAMAN: And 85 years later, the boy king is now baring it all.

JEFF RANKID, BRITISH TOURIST: I was very impressed with it. It is something that took my breath away. It is unbelievable.

RAMAN: Maybe. But for others, it's a bit too much.

BOB PHILPOTTS, BRITISH TOURIST: I saw the tomb, yeah. But really, I think he ought to be left alone, just left quietly, at peace. And leave him here where he was buried, you know. It is as simple as that.

RAMAN: Aneesh Raman, CNN, Cairo.


Before We Go

LLOYD: Before we go, how about a leisurely weekend drive? The open road can be calming, watching all the different cars out on the... hey, wait a minute. All these cars look alike! Well, no, it's not a highway hallucination. It's a Corvette convoy, and these cars aren't caravanning just for kicks. They're doing it for charity! Hundreds of Corvette owners revved down this New Jersey expressway on Saturday to help deliver toys for tots.



LLOYD: So, would that make them toy cars? Probably not. Have a great day, everyone. I'm Monica Lloyd. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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