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Bangladeshi Garment Worker Protesters Demand Death Penalty For Building Owner; Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial Begins; Willem- Alexander Sworn In As New Netherlands Monarch; Anna Coren Takes Ride In South Korea's Newest Supersonic Jet; Spacecraft Snaps Picture Of Hurricane on Saturn

Aired April 30, 2013 - 08:00:00   ET


KRISTIE LU SOUT, HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. And welcome to News Stream where news and technology meet.

Now anger boils over in Bangladesh. Protesters demand the death penalty for the owner of a collapsed factory as he returns to court.

A Canadian boxer and the DNA of an unknown woman, investigators uncover new clues in the case of the Boston bombings.

And a new king for the Netherlands after the queen abdicates. We'll get the latest from Amsterdam.

Now there is growing anger in the Bangladeshi capital as the death toll rises in the collapse of a commercial building. Hundreds of garment workers are clashing with police near the site of last week's accident. And there has been a huge outpouring of grief as nearly 400 people are confirmed dead and hundreds are still unaccounted for.

And now fury -- many are calling for this man, the building's owner in the protective helmet there, to face the death penalty.

Now as the recovery operation continues, hundreds of families may never know what happened to their loved ones. Emergency workers are having a tough time as well. John Sparks has more on the very emotional scenes.


JOHN SPARKS: Rescue teams were given one last chance to find survivors. The obstacles were fearsome, the heat and stench of decomposing bodies overpowering, but they descended into the ruins nonetheless.

IDRIS ALI, RESCUE WORKER (through translator): You can't see anything inside, but you can hear people shouting or help. It's so dark, no wind, no light.

SPARKS: Mr. Ali told us they were looking for a woman, a distant voice amidst the rubble.

ALI (through translator): We think there's only one person alive now. And we're trying to help. We can hear her, but we need more time.

SPARKS: Their efforts would be in vain. Rescuers started a fire accidentally as they try to cut her free. To save themselves, they were forced to retreat.

"God knows what happened to the girl," he said.

They wept for the one they couldn't reach, one of 400 to lose their lives.

More than 2,500 managed to escape the ruins of the Rana Plaza (ph), although many have suffered terribly. We spoke to a 16-year-old girl who had worked in one of the garment factories.

ANNA, SURVIVOR (through translator): When the ceiling collapsed everyone started running, but one of the machines fell on me. I couldn't get my right hand out. There were many people under the machines.

SPARKS: The next day, Anna was found by a rescue team. And she was given a difficult choice.

ANNA (through translator): They said, do you want your hand or do you want your life? I said I don't need my hand, I want my life. A doctor could reach me, so a rescuer gave me an injection, then he cut my hand off.


LU STOUT: Heartbreaking story there.

Now the spotlight is turning to western retailers and the conditions in their suppliers' factories. The British clothing chain Primark says it will provide long-term aid to children who lost parents as well as helping the injured and families of the dead.

The Canadian supermarket chain Loblaw has also said it will compensate families of the almost 400 victims. But Theresa Haas from the group Worker Rights Consortium says it's not enough.


THERESA HAAS, WORKER RIGHTS CONSORTIUM: Labor rights, working conditions, fire and building safety are part of the responsibility of brands and retailers sourcing from the country. And it's important to know that as brands and retailers wring their hands and express sorrow over this tragedy, what they also are doing at the same time is refusing to take meaningful steps to improve conditions there in the form of something called the Bangladesh fire and building safety agreement, which is a program that would require fundamental repairs and renovations to make factories in Bangladesh safe for workers in that country.


LU STOUT: There's also Anna McMullen from the group Labour Behind the Label who says that consumers are partly responsible and that we've become apathetic about worker conditions so long as the price is right. You could check out her special column on

Now Syria state media says an explosion in Damascus has killed at least 13 people. It happened in the district of Al-Marjeh described as a commercial and historic center of the capital. An opposition group says a car bomb blew up behind the old building of the interior ministry. And Syrian state TV describes it as a terrorist explosion. More than 70 people are said to be injured, some critically.

And so far there has been no claim of responsibility. Now it comes one day after a bomb targeted the Syrian prime minister in another part of Damascus. Wael al-Halqi survived the attack on his motorcade, six others were killed.

Now turning now to the Boston bombings investigation. And sources tell CNN that the FBI has found female DNA on a fragment of one of the pressure cooker bombs used in the attack. They're trying to figure out who it belongs to. But they stress that that person may have nothing to do with the attack.

Now investigators took what are said to be DNA samples from the family home of the widow of deceased bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev on Monday. Katherine Russel and her daughter have been staying at the house with her parents.

Meanwhile, the surviving suspects, Tamerlan's young brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been given a high profile lawyer. A federal judge appointed Judy Clark to his defense team. Now she is widely considered the foremost expert on defending federal death penalty cases in the U.S.

Now a source also tells CNN that the FBI is looking into a possible connection between Tamerlan Tsarnaev and a Russian born Canadian jihadist. Now Phil Black is in our Moscow bureau with more on that. He joins us now.

And Phil, what's known about this Canadian, his name William Plotnikov.

PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Kristie, William Plotnikov, a man who spent his late adolescence in North America, who was a boxer, who apparently went on to become a jihadist. It sounds a little familiar. It is a very similar narrative to that which is attributed to the deceased Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Plotnikov said to have been born in Russia, moved to Canada with his family when he was a teenager. His family says he was radicalized there. And after that, went back to Russia, to Dagestan, where he fought as a militant.

Now the connection to Tsarnaev is that they were both in Dagestan in the first half of 2012. We know that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was there from January to July. And in fact, William Plotnikov was killed in a firefight with Russian security forces in July 2012 just days before Tamerlan Tsarnaev departed Russia and returned to the United States.

So investigators are looking into whether there was a connection between these two men, whether they met, whether they knew each other either online or in person, and whether or not Plotnikov's death in any way influenced Tsarnaev's departure from Russia, his return to the United States.

They're also said to be looking into a possible connection with another militant, an 18-year-old Mahmoud Nasr Nadal (ph) and whether or not he also knew Tsarnaev. He was also killed by Russian security forces in May 2012 -- Kristie.

LU STOUT: And Phil, since the bombings took place in Boston, we have heard from Putin and President Obama. They pledged to cooperate and to work closely together in the investigation. How is that coming along? How much trust, how much distrust is there between the U.S. and Russia?

BLACK: Well, the two president have spoken on the phone twice just in the last few days. And the reports out of those phone calls from both officers is that they have promised to work very closely on this case and in future cases as well. And they both praised each other and each other's administrations for the cooperation that has been shown.

And indeed all of the officials beneath them have been making very similar noises as well. The U.S. embassy here in Moscow has praised the cooperation that it has received with the Russian government, and in particular allowing FBI agents from this embassy to travel to Dagestan to continue their investigations there.

But the issue is not so much to what extent they are cooperating now, but to what extent did they cooperate a year or more ago? Because we know that back in 2011 that was when the Russians asked the FBI to first look into Tamerlan Tsarnaev because they were worried he had become radicalized. We know that the FBI did. They said they didn't find anything to indicate he was a threat, went back to the Russians, asked him questions, asked for more information, and apparently never heard anything back again.

So these questions exist, to what extent -- or what, precisely, did the Russians know at that time. Why was Tsarnaev on their radar? Did they share everything with the U.S. authorities? And indeed did the U.S. make the most that they could from that potential information.

At the moment, at least, all the public commentary is about the cooperation that is taking place now. No one is dwelling on the past, at least not publicly, Kristie.

LU STOUT: All right, Phil Black joining us live from Moscow, many thanks indeed for that.

Now Chechen rebels they have been launching attacks in Russia for years now. And it's not just the men who have been involved in the conflict.

Nic Robertson has been digging into the story, and he reports on the widows of the Chechen fighters.

OK, unfortunately we don't have that story for you right now.

Let's take you live to Amsterdam where the new king of the Netherlands is speaking right now. Let's listen in.

WILLEM-ALEXANDER, PRINCE OF ORANGE (through translator): ...are royalty.

Democracy is based on mutual benefits -- mutual trust between authorities and people. It offers perspectives, and also trust of authorities in its people.

All public institutions have been -- representatives have been chosen in order to deliver and maintain this trust and to maintain our democracy.

In the winning this trust, it's in small and great (inaudible). This was maintained by our last queen, Queen Beatrix. This trust was given her and she gave her trust. And this is the basis for her royalty. She has stood by this since she was -- since she entered royalty as queen on the 30 of April 1980.

It also stats that no royal has -- has no democratic or political duties, but that does not mean she doesn't -- the royal has responsibilities.

Dear mother, you were queen under the full consciousness with responsibilities it carried. The commitments you showed were well delivered and well carried out.

Dear mother, each of these responsibilities you delivered to the full. You knew how to carry on your duties and deliver. You would never give up on any of your responsibilities. You should leadership through care and led by example to each and every one of us. Your -- you were very popular everywhere you went. And you knew how to keep long traditions. I will now step in following your footsteps.

No one knows what the future brings.

LU STOUT: OK, live pictures there from Amsterdam as The Netherlands swears in a new king. We've been listening to King Willem-Alexander addressing his mother, the former queen, now Princess Beatrix saying, quote, "you were very popular everywhere you went."

We have our royal correspondent standing by, Max Foster. He is there in Amsterdam. And just walk us through the proceedings this day, Max.

MAX FOSTER, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, it's fascinating. Across the city there's big screens and everyone is watching this. And it's gone silent. There's a real party atmosphere today, but at this moment they're all watching those big screens.

At the moment, this is a speech that the king is making, paying tribute obviously to his mother in warm words, describing her as mom.

But the key moment will come next when he swears an oath to the people of the kingdom. And that's really the formality.

And this occasion is effectively a joint session of parliament. So you have all the lawmakers in the country in presence there to witness this occasion, so it's a very formal occasion.

You also see in the audience there as well crown princes and princesses from around the world who are invited to this occasion.

A stunning occasion, actually. And you see Queen Maxima wearing this stunning blue dress, really stealing the show, a very regal occasion.

And the mantle that the king is wearing, fascinating bit of history there, it's as old as the royal house itself, first warn by Willem I some 200 years ago. He won't be crowned, the king, that doesn't happen here because the formal process was effectively the queen's signature earlier on, on a document which made him king. But there is a crown in presence there representing the sovereignty of the kingdom. There's also an orb and a sword representing territory and other things.

So it is -- it does have the sort of trappings of other monarchies but actually he won't be crowned on a throne as you may see in the UK, for example.

LU STOUT: Tell us more about the new king, Willem-Aleander. Where was he educated? What kind of issues is he passionate about?

FOSTER: Well, his issues -- he's got some interesting issues, one is water. And he's very big on that. You saw Kofi Annan in the audience there. He's worked with him on water issues. And he said that he's going to choose one or two issues that he cares passionately about. He's been involved in the International Olympic Committee as well. He's very keen on sports. An ominous -- there's an ominous absence today as well. His younger brother, Friso, was -- got caught in an avalanche while skiing last year. And he's in hospital in London. He's not there. He's no longer in the line of succession.

And, you know, this is a family that's had its troubles over the years -- attempted assassinations and the like -- but it got through those troubles. And the queen talked about that yesterday, actually.

Now it hands over to the king and a fresh start, if you like. Interesting to see Crown Princess Amalia as well. She's just nine years old. His oldest child, his oldest daughter. She is now his heir apparent. And she's sitting there alongside Princess Beatrix as senior royals, really, apart from the king on this occasion. So a complete change in the royal household. The whole line of succession changes.

And interesting to see it all unfold, really. A very, very popular monarchy. The queen was popular. The king is popular. And you're really seeing a very warming welcome to them here. It's like an ideal monarchy in many ways. And monarchies around the world would really love to have the sort of polling numbers that this family has.

LU STOUT: A warm welcome there for the new king and also for the new queen. Tell us more about Queen Maxima.

FOSTER: Yeah, well she's from Argentina. She's a former banker. And a stunning woman. It's really sort of -- there's so many people talk about her beauty, but also about her passion, about her causes as well. Lots of people wearing "We Love Maxima" t-shirts today. A very, very popular figure. And this is a country that's really taken her to heart. But she's a very, very big figure in Latin America as well. So Latin America is watching this.

I have to say, Kristie, also the Caribbean is watching this, because there are four countries in the kingdom of the Netherlands. There are three countries in the Caribbean as well. A big delegation from there. So a global event in many ways. And obviously great visuals as well. So I know that in many parts of the world they're sort of gripped to this occasion.

And it's a great introduction, really, for King Willem-Alexander. It's gone very, very smoothly so far. I have to say incredibly well organized this event. And as we go into the night, there's lots of parties organized. And they don't want to dampen that at all. You don't have a huge police presence or allowing things to carry on as normal.

Interesting that it turned from Queens Day to Kings Day halfway through the day. So a big state occasion certainly.

LU STOUT: All right. Historic change for the Dutch monarchy. And the world is watching. Max Foster joining us live from Amsterdam, thank you very much indeed for that.

And you're watching News Stream. We'll bring you more on the Dutch investiture as he takes his oath of office. We'll be right back.

WILLEM-ALEXANDER (through translator): I will enter royalty...


Now gunmen in Libya have taken over the justice ministry in the capital Tripoli. The country's justice minister tells CNN that he was in the building when 20 to 30 armed men in military fatigues forced him and all the other employees out. Now they've also blocked off roads leading to the building.

And for the third straight day, the gunmen are preventing staff from entering the foreign ministry. And one of their key demands is a law that bars Gadhafi era officials from holding government posts. Now the justice minister says that the government is trying to avoid using force to end the demonstration.

Now Syrian state TV says terrorists set off a bomb in central Damascus, killing at least 13 people. An opposition group, the Syrian observatory for human rights, says a car bomb exploded near the old ministry of the interior building. It said that the number of casualties is set to rise and that is because more than 70 people were wounded by this powerful blast.

Now Fred Pleitgen is in Damascus. And he shows us the aftermath.


FRED PLEITGEN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: We're at the site where the attack happened. This is the old interior ministry building. It still houses some units of the interior ministry. And as you can see, the blast was absolutely massive. There's cars in front of the building that have been absolutely mangled.

And from what we're hearing from additional reports is that a blast apparently happened right here. And you can see, there's a gigantic crater. And believe it or not, apparently it came from a minibus, but that vehicle has just been completely disintegrated.

When we got here, we saw wounded who were still being carried out, all of this area. We also see people here who are picking up body parts and actually bringing them out of the building. The security forces are very, very nervous at this point in time, because of course they fear that there could be secondary explosions, secondary improvised explosive devices that might be planted here. And of course the surrounding buildings were also badly damaged from the blast.

Fred Pleitgen, CNN, Damascus.


LU STOUT: All right, let's take you back to Amsterdam. The Netherlands is swearing in its new king. Let's listen in to the swearing in ceremony.

WILLEM-ALEXANDER (through translator): So help me god.




LU STOUT: The oath has been taken, the Netherlands and the world have witnessed the swearing in of a new king. Let's return to our world correspondent Max Foster in Amsterdam.

And Max, such a grand occasion, a historic event. And a number of high profile individuals are in attendance there, including royalty from all over the world. What can you tell us?

FOSTER: Yeah, absolutely. And it's interesting, because if you imagine that the previous three monarchs in this country were all queens and you've got the Queen of England of well -- Queen of Great Britain, rather, and a Queen of Denmark. And this is the next generation of kings coming along. So this is a big test for European royalty. Can the men live up to what the women have achieved in the main monarchies in this country. So that's an interesting process.

He's also a very young king. He just said his oath of office, so the whole process is now complete. It's in front of a joint session, a special session of parliament. They are there to witness it.

The next stage is that they -- the president of the parliament will actually reply. And representatives from the Caribbean islands where this monarchy also applies, they will also reply.

And then it's a complete process. And there will be more sort of pomp and pageantry around it, but actually we're pretty much done.

And it's -- you know, it's interesting to see how people have accepted this new king. You know, they so adored their queen, but they're very excited to have a king. And they think he's quite cool, actually, he's quite informal. You know, he doesn't want to be referred to as Your Majesty. He doesn't expect that at all in any way. And he's very relaxed. And he's got a beautiful wife and they've done an incredible job today. So I think the Dutch are pretty pleased with what's unfolding on this special day for them.

LU STOUT: Good to hear. It is a special day, because it's the first time in more than, what, 120 years that the kingdom of The Netherlands finally has a king.

Max Foster joining us live from Amsterdam, thank you.

Now time for the sports headlines now. And the nine-time European champions Real Madrid look to overturn a massive deficit in order to reach the Champion's League final on Tuesday. Lets' get details with Amanda Davies. She joins us now with more -- Amanda.

AMANDA DAVIES, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Hi Kristie, yeah, it really would be an incredible comeback. And Jose Mourinho has described Real Madrid's Champion's League semifinal second leg against Borussia Dortmund as their biggest match in a decade. He's called for his side to get tough as they go into the match with a mountain to climb following their 4-1 defeat in the first leg.

Christiano Ronaldo is fit and ready to play, having missed Real's match at the weekend. And Mourinho knows that a comeback is possible as three times previously in European football Real Madrid have overturned a deficit of three goals or greater.


JOSE MOURINHO, REAL MADRID COACH (through translator): I don't want to talk about percentages, much less when the gap in the score is that wide. We know that we start the match 1-4 down. And when you start 1-4, it's complicated to use math to justify that we still have some chance.


DAVIES: Well, yeah, Havelange has resigned as the honorary president of world football's governing body after being named in a report saying that he accepted bribes during his two decades in charge of FIFA. The Brazilian had been named in the long awaited report by FIFA's ethics committee into the scandal involving collapsed marketing partners ISL. It named Havelange and a former executive committee members Ricardo Texeira and Nicolas Leoz as being guilty of taking bribes.

But whilst the report describes the current FIFA president Sepp Blatter's handling of the issue as clumsy, it says he didn't breach any rules.

Now President Obama is amongst the people to have called Jason Collins after the NBA player became the first current professional American male sports person to come out as gay. Collins took the historic step through an article in Sports Illustrated magazine stating that he didn't set out to be the first, but he's happy to start the conversation.

Rachel Nichols reports.


RACHEL NICHOLS, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: For the past 12 season, Jason Collins has done the NBA's dirty work, his seven foot, 255 pound frame protecting the basket night after night with little or no recognition. But with his revelation in this week's Sports Illustrated that he's gay, that anonymity is over. In explaining his decision, Collins said, quote, "I've endured years of misery, then gone to enormous lengths to live a lie. I was certain my world would have fallen apart if anyone know. And yet when I acknowledge my sexuality I felt whole for the first time."

President Obama called Collins to say he was impressed with his courage while the First Lady tweeted it was a huge step forward for the country. Many from the NBA community also expressed support.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL, 4-TIME NBA CHAMPION: Character is found in those who lead. And I'd like to commend you, Jason, for coming out and showing us what leadership looks like.

KEYON DOOLING, MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES GUARD: I'm glad he, you know, took that step. And I know he feels liberated for doing it. And I hope -- you know, I wish him the best and I hope that, you know, NBA guys can get past sexual orientation, any -- you know, all that BS. You know, at the end of the day he's a good guy. He's a hard worker. He's a good basketball player. And that's what he should be judged for and that's what he should be known for.

NICHOLS: Not everyone is accepting of his sexuality. Chris Broussard, a prominent ESPN basketball analyst called Collins a sinner.

CHRIS BROUSSARD, ESPN NBA WRITER & ANALYST: I'm a Christian. I don't agree with homosexuality. I think it's a sin as I think all sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is.

NICHOLS: In his magazine article, Collins said he first thought about revealing his secret during the 2011 NBA lockout. But it was the Boston Marathon bombings that pushed him to action, helping him realize things can change quickly and there will be no perfect time to divulge his sexuality. Collins also revealed that he decided to wear rarely seen number 98 as a tribute to Matthew Shepard, the gay university of Wyoming student tortured and murdered in 1998.

Collins is not the first male athlete to come out, but he is the first to do so while still playing for one of the four major U.S. pro-leagues. That said, Collins is a free agent, which means right now he's looking for a job.

For CNN, I'm Rachel Nichols, New York.


DAVIES: Kristie, it really is a fantastic article that he's written on Sports Illustrated magazine. It really comes out in an incredibly eloquent way and what it means. And the hope is that he can just carry on playing basketball.

LU STOUT: That's right. I mean, Collins, he is a pioneer. And he is an inspirational figure to many people. And a big thanks to him for sharing his story with the world. Amanda Davies there, live from London for us with the sports headlines. Thank you very much indeed for that.

You're watching News Stream. And still to come, you might just recognize that face. We sent our Anna Coren up in one of the world's top fighter jets.


LU STOUT: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. You're watching News Stream. And these are your world headlines.

Now The Netherlands has a new monarch, its first king in more than a century. Willem-Alexander took the Dutch throne today as his mother Queen Beatrix abdicated after a reign lasting 33 years. You're looking at live pictures there from Amsterdam. The swearing in ceremony is still underway there with others under the Dutch crown also taking their oaths.

Meanwhile, outside that building, people in Amsterdam, they are greeting the royal handover with street parties.

Now in Libya, the justice minister tells CNN that armed men in trucks loaded with anti-aircraft guns now occupy the ministry of Justice. He says he and the staff have all left. As the siege continues at the foreign ministry for a third day. The armed protesters are calling for a new law to ban Gadhafi era officials from taking government positions.

More gloom for Spain. Its economy has contracted for the seventh straight quarter. As expected, GDP fell .5 percent in the first quarter.

And U.S. and South Korean forces have completed their latest round of war games. The combined military drills stoked tensions between South Korea and North Korea. And while the exercises have now concluded, relations on the Korean peninsula remain tense.

Meanwhile, seven South Korean workers remain in the joint Kaesong complex inside North Korea. And Dan Rivers joins me now from Seoul.

And Dan, first, give us a status update from Kaesong.

DAN RIVERS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, the last 50 managers from South Korea were supposed to leave the Kaesong complex, which is a few kilometers inside North Korea yesterday in the event that at about midnight last night only 43 of them came out, seven still remain inside negotiating with the North Koreans after the North Koreans suddenly insisted that they owed millions of dollars in tax. This, of course, is a jointly run industrial complex between the North and the South. It provides the north with vital hard currency. The South, it has 120 firms working in there, giving them access to cheap labor. But it's also the last vestige, really, of cross border cooperation.

All this happening on the last day of major military exercises that have taken place for the last two months here, which in the past and this time have stoked tensions on the peninsula.


RIVERS: A show of overwhelming military strength, South Korean armed forces engage in massive annual war games with their American allies. These are among the biggest simulated battles staged anywhere in the world. And on occasion, these exercises have provoked a violent reaction from the North.

Sometimes the North has held its own exercises, determined to show its military might. On other occasions, the bombardment has been real.

At the end of an exercise in November 2010, North Korea shelled the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong killing four.

North Korea's new leader Kim Jong un visited the soldiers responsible in March, a show of defiance by him and adulation by his troops.

During U.S.-South Korean war games in March 2010, a South Korean naval ship the Cheonan was sunk with the loss of 46 lives. The U.S. and South Korea claim North Korea torpedoed the ship, but that's denied by the North.

So it is understandable tensions are high again on the final day of the latest military maneuvers. North Korea's rhetoric has been particularly bellicose this year. Threats to launch a nuclear attack on the United States after the U.S. flew B-2 bombers over the peninsula.

KIM MIN-SEOK, SOUTH KOREAN DEFENSE MINISTRY SPOKESMAN (through translator): We're ending the key resolve and full eagle exercises as of today, but South Korean and U.S. military will closely monitor the North's possible provocations and its movements as well as its possible missile launches.

RIVERS: And now the only remaining North-South joint Korean venture, the Kaesong Industrial Park has been effectively shut down after North Korea pulled out its 50,000 workers.

Hundreds of South Korean managers have also been evacuated, crossing the demilitarized zone with whatever they could carry. But seven South Koreans are still in Kaesong, denied permission to leave by North Korea until they pay millions of dollars in tax.

(on camera): The suspension of the Kaesong Industrial Park is a lose- lose situation. It's bad for North Korea, because it will be deprived of vital hard currency, but it's also bad for South Korea, because it will lose access to cheap labor and the last vestige of cross-border cooperation.

(voice-over): So the nervous wait at the Kaesong border crossing continues. The South Korean government insists its seven workers are not being held against their will, but no one knows when or if the factories at Kaesong will reopen.


RIVERS: And as if things aren't bad enough, there is another looming crisis in North Korea, an American citizen, Kenneth Bay, who has been charged with plotting to overthrow the regime after he was caught with material on a USB stick inside the regime. He was conducting a tour there. That's something that may bubble up in the coming weeks, Kristie. But some are seeing that, perhaps, as a bargaining chip by the North to try and get back to the negotiating table with the United States.

LU STOUT: All right. Dan Rivers joining us live with the very latest from Seoul. Thank you.

Now on Monday, we showed you this, our Anna Coren training to fly one of South Korea's most high tech jets. She underwent special training and was under the close scrutiny of experienced South Korean air force trainers, air crews and medics the entire time. She blacked out twice, but ultimately she did pass the test. And so she got a change to go up in the air.


ANNA COREN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: This is South Korean military hardware at its finest. It's called the T-50, a training fighter jet that's creating the country's next generation of Top Guns. CNN was given rare access to the supersonic jet. And I was allowed to be co-pilot.

The only problem, I blacked out twice during the training as a result of extreme g-forces, a physical force on the body from acceleration or gravity.

MAJOR CHUN YEONG-HO, SOUTH KOREAN AIR FORCE PILOT: We have trained you how to oppress and we're ready -- no problem. Today, maybe you don't black out. Yeah.

COREN: Let's hope so.

(voice-over): With my pilot's reassuring words, I was sent to the equipment room.

(on camera): This is the anti-G suit. So hopefully it will stop the blood rushing from my head.

(voice-over): Then it was out to the hangar where I was strapped into the back of a $25 million fighter jet.

YEONG-HO: I'm ready.

COREN: With the control tower's permission, we were up and away.

Korean aerospace industries have developed these fighter jets with American defense contractor Lockheed Martin. While the key purpose is to protect South Korea's security, they're also being produced for export. The Indonesian air force has already purchased 16 jets.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is good. Very good. Fantastic.

COREN: And other countries, including the United States, are interested in buying them.

(on camera): We are currently flying at 13,000 feet, which puts us well above the clouds, but we are going to climb to 24,000 feet and reach speeds of up to 800 kilometers an hour. It's truly is amazing.

(voice-over): With the sightseeing out of the way, it was time for some maneuvers.

YEONG-HO: This time we will five g-forces.


YEONG-HO: Hey, how about this.

COREN: Yeah.

YEONG-HO: You feel good?

COREN: Feel great. Wow.

That's intense.

(voice-over): We did the B-roll, the loop, the Cuban eight followed by the famous Immelman turn.

(on camera): Oh -- oh, my god.



(voice-over): Then the split-S and vertical demo.

YEONG-HO: Upside down.

COREN: Upside down. It feels like someone is sucking the air out of you. It is so intense.

If I look I'm in pain, it's because I am. There is so much pressure on your body and you have to stretch your body so tight so that you don't pass out.

(voice-over): Maneuvers these fighter pilots practice on a daily basis, preparing for combat.

(on camera): After 60 years of tensions here on the Korean peninsula, the T-50 has helped pave the way to creating the ultimate deterrent against war. That's the real hope that with this fighter jet it's hostile motives with the North will finally know its place (ph).

(voice-over): And with these pilots protecting the skies, this country is certainly in safe hands.

Anna Coren, CNN, Gyeongju, South Korea.


LU STOUT: Anna goes Top Gun. That was incredible.

Now let's take you to these United States next. And testimony begins today. And Michael Jackson's wrongful death trial, the late king of pop's mother and children are suing concert promoter AEG Live. As Kyung Lah reports, both sides came out swinging in opening statements on Monday.


KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You could barely see the Jackson family members amid a crush of cameras. They arrived at the wrongful death civil trial, a familiar circus that follows Michael Jackson even beyond the grave.

Part of the performer's rehearsal for his ill-fated This Is It tour was the first video clip played by his family's lawyer during opening statements. Jackson's mother, Catherine, and her three grandchildren Paris, Prince Michael, and Blanket, say concert promoter AEG Live was a greedy commercial enterprise that put profits ahead of Jackson's health by hiring and controlling Dr. Conrad Murray. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for injecting the insomniac pop star with a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol.

Seated in the court's first row, 82 year old Catherine Jackson listened as her lawyer, Brian Panish told the jury AEG ignored the obvious red flags and they hired Dr. Murray. They were ruthless and they wanted to be number one at all costs.

The Jacksons say AEG Live should pay. On the witness list, Jackson's defense attorney at his child molestation child.

THOMAS MESEREAU, MICHAEL JACKSON'S CRIMINAL ATTORNEY: The question is, what was Michael Jackson's life worth. He died at 50 years of age. He was the son of a wonderful woman, Catherine Jackson, the father of three beautiful children. What was his life worth? And it was worth quite a bit. He was the best known celebrity on the planet.

LAH: But AEG Live defense attorney Marvin Putnam told jurors the blame in Jackson's death lies with Jackson, promising the case will get ugly. Putnam said Jackson ex-wife Debbie Row, helped administer propofol 10 years ago. And his decade long use of the drug was Jackon's deepest, darkest secret. They didn't see this coming. They had no idea, said, Putnam. They were a concert promoter. How could they know?

The next step, testimony begins. And what promises to be a star- studded line-up from Sharon Osbourne to Spike Lee and Jackson ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley. This trial could last well into the summer.

Kyung Lah, CNN, Los Angeles.


LU STOUT: Now still to come right here on News Stream, a father, manager and mentor: how the father of Beyonce Knowles helped the pop star become a leading woman.


LU STOUT: Welcome back.

And this week on Leading Women, a 17-time Grammy winner whose supercharged career extends beyond music. Find out what and who pushes Beyonce Knowles to succeed.


LU STOUT: From a young age, Beyonce Knowles wanted to be a performer. Before she was even out of her teens, she was a star.

BEYONCE KNOWLES, SINGER: I didn't at all know that I was going to be a star, but I did know that I felt very comfortable when I was on the stage.

LU STOUT: She attributes much of her success to her own family, including her father Matthew who, in the early years, was both her manager and mentor.

CORI MURRAY, ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR, ESSENCE MAGAZINE: She always acknowledges that he taught her so much, it's not only that you have to be polite and good, but you have to be strategic, you have to be stern, you have to be firm. And she learned that. And now I think she knows that what it takes to be a successful business woman is all those years under that training that her father, it's almost like he helped push her in a world to be on her own.

LU STOUT: From her mother came other lessons.

KNOWLES: Beauty fades. And who you are from within is forever. And definitely be a woman of your word and hard work.

LU STOUT: And it did take hard work to get Beyonce where she is today.

Even though she scored her first number one single at 17 while with Destiny's Child, and became a global superstar in her 20s. Success did not always come easily. MURRAY: It wasn't like she -- the minute she opened her mouth all that platinum albums and Grammys came rushing towards her. She really, really had to work towards it. And I think it just shows you that if you work hard enough and you believe in yourself enough and you know that you have that talent, then if you just keep working all your successes will come to you. And she's definitely proof of that.

LU STOUT: With a new album in the works, and a world tour underway, Beyonce is focused on her music for now. She also has business interests and a family of her own. And that's helped inspire her to take on new challenges like directing a documentary about her own life.

KNOWLES: Power is not given to you, you have to take it.

It's been a dream of mine to direct for years. And I've directed some of my concert films and videos, and finally after I laid eyes on my daughter I felt like I know who I am and I'm ready to tell my story, gave me a lot of bravery.

LU STOUT: Those who know Beyonce best predict many more successes to come.

MATHEW KNOWLES, BEYONCE'S FATHER: Most people that are successful have fought every day, most people that are successful people didn't believe, most people that are successful have failed, most people that are successful are passionate. All of that would be Beyonce.


LU STOUT: ...and a mentor.

Next week, tune in to hear from the chair and CEO of Dupont. And you can hear more about the other women at the peak of their professions on our website. Find it at

And coming up, Mari Ramos has a check of your global weather forecast. And she'll be taking us to outerspace. How long will this storm over Saturn last? She'll tell you after the break right here on News Stream.


LU STOUT: Welcome back.

And let's take you back to Amsterdam, bring up live pictures there from the Dutch capital and there, as we've been reporting all day, there is change for the Dutch monarchy. The first king there for the kingdom of The Netherlands in the last 120 years. And the celebration and ceremony is ongoing.

Now the last hour, we witness a swearing in of the new king, King Willem-Alexander. Let's listen in.


LU STOUT: A grand occasion with royalty all over the world in attendance. King Willem-Alexander, he's been taking in the scene. The music, the festivities, a festive Amsterdam, and a party that will continue well into the night.

Earlier, we saw his mother, Queen Beatrix, now Princess Beatrix. She abdicated. She announced it back in January saying that it was time for a new generation to lead.

Now, time now as promised for a check of the global weather forecast. And we have a tropical cyclone forming off the northeast coast of Australia. Let's get the details with Mari Ramos. She joins us from the world weather center -- Mari.

MARI RAMOS, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Kristie, I was just thinking that it's been awhile that we're talked about tropical cyclones, you know, it seems like we've had a little bit of a break, and a well deserved break, right.

Let's go ahead and start with this one off the coast of Australia. The name is Zane. And yoy can see it right over here just off the coast. Already you can see the cloud cover starting to approach the area. High seas. Wind about 111 kilometers per hour, gusting to about 140 kilometers per hour. So this is still relatively weaker storm. It would be about at a tropical storm strength. But about to get to that hurricane force winds. So -- but definitely something worth monitoring.

The track itself is expected to take it across this northern peninsula here. And it could become already by then with winds close to 160 kilometers per hour as it moves across the peninsula and back over toward the Gulf of Carpentaria

However, there are already some watches and warnings that are posted across here along the coast here, anywhere from Cape Tribulation all the way up to Cape Grenville, that's where you have your gale force wind warnings.

Remember that one of the big concerns with these tropical cyclones is not only the wind, but the amount of rain that they can bring. And that can happen very, very quickly so as the storm approaches, and even well -- even while it's still far away from land, the amount of rain could be a huge concern over this area, including the possibility of flooding, of course.

We have another tropical cyclone, this one off the coast of the Philippines. This is a low -- low probability that this will develop into anything. But I wanted to mention it to you, because I know you guys in the Philippines watch the tropics very, very closely. So I just want to let you know we're monitoring this, but probability for it to develop or even get close to the Philippines right now is still relatively low

And one storm that will not get even close to any of us here on Earth is this storm on Saturn.

I love this story, Kristie. The Cassini Spacecraft was able to take these high resolution images. And it may not look like much to you and me, but let me tell you, the eye alone is about 2,000 kilometers across. It makes it 20 times larger than the biggest hurricanes right here on Earth. The winds are spinning at an amazing 330 miles per hour. That's 530 kilometers per hour if you're trying to do the math.

And like an Earthly hurricane, it has an eye with little or no clouds and it spins counterclockwise in Saturn's northern hemisphere. Pretty cool stuff.

Unlike the hurricanes here on Earth, it actually takes its energy from the water vapor in the clouds. And they're trying to understand exactly why or how it does that. They think it's been spinning for years, we just never knew it was there. And it will probably be spinning for many more to come.

Back to you.

LU STOUT: A superlative storm. And you're a superlative meteorologist who can cover Saturn as well. Mari Ramos there. Thank you so much.

And that is News Stream, but the news continues at CNN. World Business Today is next.