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(CNN Student News) -- April 2, 2009

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G-20 Challenges - Note one leader's guidelines for measuring success at the G-20 meeting.

Who are the G-20? - Prevent yourself from thinking "gee whiz" when asked about the G-20

Teaching for Autism - Observe how flexibility plays into working with autistic students.



CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: From a meeting of economic minds to a gut-busting burger, there's a lot to digest in today's edition of CNN Student News. Here to walk you through it all, I'm Carl Azuz.

First Up: G-20 Challenges

AZUZ: The eyes of the world are on the G-20 meeting taking place in London, and that's where we begin today's show. As we mentioned yesterday, this is a group of 20 of the world's leading economic powers. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is playing host to this conference. But the president of France stole the spotlight before it even began. Reports on Wednesday said he was considering walking out if the meeting didn't address his concerns about reforming world-wide financial practices. It's not the only bump in the road on what's widely seen as an uphill climb.


AZUZ: Will the meeting of the G-20 solve the global recession? Not likely. But that's not stopping British leader Gordon Brown from giving success a shot:

GORDON BROWN, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: It's a global problem that requres a global solution.

AZUZ: And here are five ways in which he says, success at the G-20 could be measured. First, fix the banks. Stabilize how international banks operate, and restore people's confidence in them. Then, get the world economy growing again. Experts don't expect that to happen this year, so leaders are trying to ensure it'll happen in the near future. Next, support developing countries. As we come out of this recession, places like Russia, China and India are likely to have even bigger roles in the world economy. So they should be regarded as future power players. Also, prevent protectionism, which discourages international business, and promote global trade, which encourages it, getting money flowing between countries. And finally, help poor countries. Even as rich nations are suffering too, Prime Minister Brown believes they should still honor their commitments to those less fortunate. In essence, keep the poor from getting poorer.

Now you might notice that all of this encourages member nations to spend money. And not all leaders agree this is the way to tackle the problem. Germany and France, for example, want less money spent, and more tough rules put in place to prevent this from happening again. And others are reluctant to follow the U.S. and Britain because those two countries have little money left to spend themselves. So coming to an international agreement, is yet another challenge the G-20 faces.


G-20 Protests

AZUZ: As you just saw from those pictures, the members of the G-20 aren't the only ones gathering in London. Protesters, thousands of them, have flocked to the British capital. Some are demonstrating over the environment, some against various military conflicts. But many are speaking out about the global economy.

And not just speaking. Here, you can see protesters smashing the windows of a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland. It was closed yesterday, because of concerns about the demonstrations. Three people were arrested after the incident. Many protesters expressed their anger about how world governments have addressed the financial crisis. Phil Black was at another site that drew a lot of attention.


PHIL BLACK, CNN CORRESPONDENT, LONDON: This is just outside the Bank of England, where several protests groups have converged, having marched through London's financial district. A group of police have just had to make a tactical retreat, I just want to show you this over here. All those police officers you see scrambling over fences there , at one point dividing two groups of protesters, protesters challenged those lines and the police had to pull back.

There are several hundred people here. I'm trying to give you a 360 degree view now, space is very limited, If my cameraman can pan around. You can see this is the fore court outside the Bank of England, there's a few hundred people, pretty much, in every direction, and they've been penned in pretty tightly, which appears to be the police strategy. For the protesters, well, they don't like it. Phil Black, CNN, London.



GEORGE RAMSAY, CNN STUDENT NEWS: Time for the Shoutout! What country does this man lead? If you think you know it, shout it out! Is it: A) France, B) Italy, C) Greece or D) Russia? You've got three seconds -- GO! You're looking at Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of France. That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!

Who are the G-20?

AZUZ: Of course, President Sarkozy is also a member of the G-20. But if you had a little trouble identifying him just by his picture, you're probably not alone. And neither is he, when it comes to how well we know world leaders. Stephen Harper! Who? Felipe Calderon! Say what? Richard Roth hits the streets to gauge people's guesses about the G-20.



PERSON ON STREET #1: I have no idea.

PERSON ON STREET #2: The G-20? I dont know.

ROTH: The G-20 wasnt gee-whiz to some Americans.

PERSON ON STREET #3:The G-20 is a summit of leaders...

PERSON ON STREET #4: ...that gather together to decide on economic and um, environmental issues.

ROTH: World visitors get to stay.

PERSON ON STREET #5: It's the 20 industrial nations that meet and I guess basically decide our fate.

ROTH: But, just who are these guys, and gals?

PERSON ON STREET #6: That's Angela Merkel.

PERSON ON STREET #7: Who is this man? You know I always see on TV. I can get these. I do not know who this man is.

ROTH: Who is this?

PERSON ON STREET #9:Sylvester Stallone, is it?

ROTH: No, that's not Sylvester Stallone. That's Sarkozy, the president of France. Maybe his wife calls him Rambo, when we're not looking, on the Champs Elysee?

PERSON ON STREET #10:That is the prime minister of Great Britain.

ROTH: So many leaders, hard to keep up. Wooaa! That was the Russian President who almost fell off down Fifth Avenue.

PERSON ON STREET #10:That is the dictator of Venezuela.

ROTH: No, it is the prime minister of Italy.

PERSON ON STREET #11: Manmohan Singh.

ROTH: All right, you got that cold. Where are you from?

PERSON ON STREET #11: I'm Indian!

ROTH: Oh yeah, wise guy? Who's this?

PERSON ON STREET #11: He's the Japanese guy, he's the Chinese guy?

ROTH: Yes..No, Secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon, next?


ROTH: One leader was recognized by everyone.

PERSON ON STREET #12: We know Obama.

ROTH: You don't know Gordon Brown? Where ya from?

PERSON ON STREET #13: Gordon Brown.

ROTH: Ahh, where ya from?

PERSON ON STREET #13: Gordon Brown.

ROTH: Hu Jintao of China! Your reporter wasn't perfect. That man is an important international figure, wait a minute! There's always that cat-loving Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper.

PERSON ON STREET #14: Good looking cat.

ROTH: Well I think we have all learned something, haven't we? Richard Roth, CNN, New York


Fast Facts

RAMSAY: Time for some Fast Facts! Autism is a brain disorder, and an estimated 3 to 6 out of every 1,000 American children have it. Symptoms are diverse, but people with autism usually have problems in three areas: language, social interaction, and behavior. The first signs of autism usually appear before age three. And although treatment of the disorder has improved greatly, autism cannot be cured.

Teaching for Autism

AZUZ: This disorder affects tens of millions around the globe. That is why the United Nations declared April 2nd, today, as World Autism Awareness Day. It's designed to focus on the disorder, people who have it, and treatments that have been successful. Given that people with autism struggle with language and how to interact with others, a classroom environment can present some challenges. But Judy Fortin introduces us to one teacher who aims to overcome them.


JUDY FORTIN, CNN MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Stefanie Waldrop has spent the past five years teaching children with autism. She says there is no lesson plan that can prepare her for any given day.

STEFANIE WALDROP, MARCUS AUTISM CENTER: We come in here in the morning not knowing what the day's going to hold so we have to be really flexible about the stuff you do in the classroom.

FORTIN: Waldrop and her assistants try to help the students achieve certain goals involving language, behavioral and social skills.

WALDROP: We have kids that come in that aren't able to talk at all that now can run on simple conversations, knowing that you'll get there eventually is really exciting and gratifying.

FORTIN: Catherine Trapani of the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta says teachers like Waldrop have their eye on the ultimate measure of success.

CATHERINE TRAPANI, MARCUS AUTISM CENTER: To develop skills to get children out of this setting and into community-based settings.

FORTIN: Trapani conceeds because of stress and physical demands of the job there is a high burnout rate among teachers, but Waldrop thinks she has what it takes to go the distance.

WALDROP: If something's not working, you just have to be creative and find something new.


Promo - "Eyewitness To Murder"

AZUZ: Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. was a living symbol of the American civil rights movement, and this weekend marks the anniversary of his tragic death. The CNN documentary "Eyewitness To Murder" examines Doctor King's assassination. It airs this Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. ET On CNN. You can find our curriculum guide for the program at

Before We Go

AZUZ: And finally today, it's not exactly a place for salad and asparagus, but then you don't expect food at a ballpark to be all that healthy. This however is a whole new ball game. Feast your eyes on the fifth-third burger. Four pounds of patties, five slices of cheese, a cup of chili, and a heaping helping of salsa and corn chips. Because why would you want to eat chips with your burger, when you can eat them on your burger? Sure, it costs about $20.



AZUZ: But for all that food, you really can't have a beef with the price. We'll see you again tomorrow. For CNN Student News, I'm Carl Azuz.

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