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Comic-Con Highlights; Kate Middleton In Labor; Phil Mickelson Wins British Open; EU Declares Hezbollah Terrorist Organization; Earthquake Strikes Gansu Province

Aired July 22, 2013 - 08:00:00   ET


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

Now the wait for the royal heir is almost over. We'll get an update from outside the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge is in labor.

Dubai pardons a woman who was sentenced to prison for reporting that she had been raped.

And Phil Mickelson speaks to CNN after an incredible final round that sees him crowned Open Champion.

Now the wait is almost over and soon the United Kingdom will know whether it will have a future king or queen.

Now Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital nearly six hours ago. And a short time afterward, royal officials confirmed that she was in labor.

Of course, Katherine is the wife of Prince William who is second in line to the throne after his father Prince Charles. And this baby will be third in line.

And CNN's team is on the ground in London. Atika Shubert is outside St. Mary's hospital where the royal birth is taking place. And Zain Verjee is outside Buckingham Palace, a place the new baby will one day call home.

Now let's go first to Atika outside the hospital. Atika, what is the latest you're hearing there?

ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, the latest we've heard from Kensington Palace is that the labor is progressing as normal. And basically they're trying to keep the Duchess of Cambridge as comfortable she can be inside the private wing of St. Mary's hospital, the Lindo Wing. And that's really all that we know at this point.

We know that she was brought in early this morning at around six in the early stages of labor.

So, how long is it going to take? We just don't know. For a lot of first time mothers, it can take - it can be very fast or very long, it's just really sort of up to the baby at this point, Kristie.

LU STOUT: Atika, quickly, do we know if Prince William is inside the delivery room with her?

SHUBERT: We undertstand that Prince William, yes, did accompany her to the hospital. He was on his annual leave. He'll get two weeks of paternity leave. And yes that (inaudible) he wants to be here for the birth of his baby.

LU STOUT: All right.

Now let's go to Zain Verjee outside Buckingham Palace. And Zain, once the baby is born, how will the announcement be made?

ZAIN VERJEE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, the drama is going start at the doors of the Lindo Wing first at St. Mary's hospital. As soon as we seen anybody opening those doors. We're going to be looking for them holding a piece of white paper. There's then going to be a car that will come slowly and regally right here behind me at Buckingham Palace. And then, behind the palace gates, there's going to be an easel positioned. And then this piece of paper is going to be put on the easel in the great British tradition. And the weight and the gender and other details of the baby are going to be on it so people can see.

So it will be the first time the public here and the rest of the world find out anything about the royal baby.

What we're not going to see is the name of the baby. So, don't look out for that yet.

A lot of people speculated on what it could be. James or Philip if it's a boy, or Victoria or Charlotte if it's a girl. And the bookies are having a good time with this as you can imagine.

But that easel, which by the way, was the same one used back in I think it was 1982 when Prince William was born, it going to be pulled out as well.

So all eyes will be behind Buckingham Palace to see what the details are.

It's going to be behind the gates, because we don't want anyone to nick it and sell it on eBay or something. So it's going to be protected that way.

There's a little bit of security out here as the crowds have been gathering all day. The queen is in Buckingham Palace. She is waiting by the phone, among other things, to find out if her royal great grandchild has been born. And she will be the first to be informed.

Prince William will be calling her on an encrypted phone so nobody can hack it. So she'll find out first. Then we will.

David Cameron, the prime minister, though, was excited about the news today that Kate's gone into labor. Listen to what he said.


DAVID CAMERON, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: Obviously, best wishes to them, a very exciting occasion, and the whole country is excited with them. So everyone is hoping for the best.


VERJEE: The whole country, the whole world is waiting to go on their summer vacations here in the UK among journalists and the queen who has been saying she'd like to get to Bal Moral soon, which is where she and the Corgis spend the summer.

There is a lot, Kristie, that we do not know about what is happening right now. But what we do know is babies take their time.

LU STOUT: Yes. And let's hope that it is a smooth delivery.

Zain Verjee and Atika Shubert joining us live from London. A big thank you to you both.

And we will check in again with our team in London a little bit later right here on News Stream.

And of course when the birth is announced, we'll bring that to you.

Now, two earthquakes hit China's northwest early on Monday morning. And Chinese media report that at least 75 people have died and more than 500 have been injured.

Now an initial 5.9 magnitude quake, it tore through Gansu Province. And then a second, 5.6 magnitude tremor, it hit the same spot about an hour-and-a-half later.

Now telephone and power lines have been cut. And a major highway has been damaged.

And the rescuers, they're scrambling to reach survivors in this remote mountainous area.

And the problems don't end there. And rescue efforts are expected to be slow due to the heavy rain. And more rain has been forecast. And experts have warned about potential landslides.

Now for more details, let's bring up David McKenzie. He joins us live from CNN Beijing. And David, let's talk about the rescue effort first. It is now nightfall, but could there still be people trapped in the rubble?

DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, that window that is there, that sort of 72 hour window that exists after an event like this if people are trapped under the rubble, unable to get out, well yes there's still hope for survivors to be found in the rubble.

Xi Jinping, China's president, said that all efforts must be made to try and rescue people from that rubble in the epicenter, really, Kristie, some dramatic pictures of the devastation that was wrought by this earthquake and the strong aftershocks. Entire buildings collapsed, homes heavily damaged tragically. It's the elderly and the young children who weren't able to escape, according to state media, that falling debris who might have been the worst affected.

There have been hundreds of soldiers, police and Red Cross volunteers who have been sent to that remote region to try and help. As you say, though, local weather circumstances and the rain that has hit that region in recent weeks will make rescue and recovery efforts that much harder - Kristie.

LU STOUT: Yeah, just a moment ago, we were looking at those, as you call it, dramatic pictures of the devastation there in the quake zone. Why did the quake this one - well, two in succession, why did it cause so much damage? Was it the nature of the quakes which were actually relatively low in magnitude compared to others, or was it the quality of the local buildings and the infrastructure?

MCKENZIE: Kristie, it's a combination of both.

Yes, the quake at 5.9 wasn't a particularly strong, serious earthquake compared to what has hit China in recent months, and certainly in recent years. It was a very shallow quake relatively speaking, which means that the aftershocks and the initial shocks would be more dramatic, quicker, and more violent.

It's also the Gansu Province is one of the poorest in China. It's believed that some of the buildings in that area aren't of the best quality. So that will certainly affect the chances of buildings collapsing. We've seen in quakes in China in recent years that it's often the building quality and building codes which aren't met. And therefore it means that buildings could collapse, often it's really the falling debris obviously that will be the most dangerous thing in the immediate aftermath of a quake.

People describe around a minute of heavy shaking, of trees shaking, buildings shaking even in nearby cities some distance from the epicenter. People rushed out into the street to seek safety.

Not the strongest quake, as I said, that has hit China, but certainly a very scary one and the potential for that death toll tragically to rise further through the night - Kristie.

LU STOUT: Yeah, and where the quake took place. We saw it on the Google map just then. It is known to be a mountainous, remote area. Could you tell us more about the quake zone. And also about the aid teams who mobilized fast enough to get there?

MCKENZIE: Well, the initial teams that will mobilize will be the local teams in the area and in the neighboring cities. The Chinese after the 2008 quake in Sichuan Province which killed more than 90,000, there was a lot of criticism then about the overall lack or swiftness of the response.

There is a sense, I believe, that China on some level has learned its lesson from that massive quake. When I was in Sichuan earlier this year, the level of response was very quick and very large from both the military and from groups like the Red Cross.

So you have two levels of response. You'll have the local response with people going in and trying to recover any survivors in the moments after the quake. And then you'll have the more - response being brought in from major cities like Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere to continue with those recovery efforts.

But certainly because some of the areas affected were pretty remove as you describe, just getting to those areas with the damaged roads and the rain and mudslides that have affected the region will be certainly challenging. So, you know, a lot of challenges for those recovery and rescue efforts.

And as time ticks by, certainly the hope of finding survivors will diminish.

LU STOUT: All right, David McKenzie joining us live from CNN Beijing, thank you very much indeed.

Now a man who set off a homemade explosive inside Beijing's airport is recovering. And Xinhua reports that Ji Zhongxing was the only person injured. It says the Ji wanted people to get away before detonating the device.

Now Ji is the one in the wheelchair in this video. He says that he was paralyzed in 2005 after being beaten by security guards. And has been petitioning for compensation ever since. Now police say he was attacked and was injured when he fell off his motorcycle. Now the China Daily reports that authorities are now looking into his case.

Now editorial in the pro-Beijing Global Times says that such extreme acts, like the one you just witnessed, the Global Times says they should not be tolerated. Says this, quote, "compassion for the suffering of Ji and sympathy for his explosion are two absolutely different things. We support unremitting efforts to pursue fairness and justice and call on the government to accelerate reforms in this aspect." But the piece then concludes by saying, quote, "in maintaining public security, we don't have the luxury of understanding and tolerating violent crimes."

Now to Dubai where a Norwegian woman was sentenced to prison after reporting that she had been raped. The 24-year-old interior designer has now been pardoned. Now she was convicted on charges of having unlawful sex, making a false statement and illegal consumption of alcohol. And the case has cast a spotlight on the way that the Emirates treat women who report sexual assault.

Let's bring in CNN's Nima Elbagir. She joins us live from Dubai. And Nima, what led to her pardon?

NIMA ELBAGIR, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, there was a huge international outcry, Kristie. And some very, very, very strong statements from the Norwegian foreign minister. He said that this conviction was actually in complete contravention of Marte's human rights. He said that this was in contravention of the conventions to protect women that the United Arab Emirates was a signatory, too.

And to be honest, these were words that we hadn't heard in previous cases when western women - there were two Brits and an Australian - were - found themselves in very similar situations, also reporting alleged sexual assaults. And also finding themselves up in court as defendants. We didn't see that kind of response from their home governments that we saw from the Norwegians.

The Norwegian response seems to have paid dividends. She's got a complete pardon. It's effectively a royal decree from the ruler of Dubai who is also prime minister of the United Arab Emirates. And it completely wipes the slate clean, Kristie. There is absolutely nothing remaining of these charges.

This isn't a pardon as if she had done it and it has then been pardoned, this is a pardon as if this had never happened.

But one of the consequences is that her alleged attacker, the man she had accused of assaulting her, he is also walking free, because this case has been wiped clean.

But as you said, this has caused a spotlight to be shown on a lot of concerns that human rights organizations have had over the years about the way that the United Arab Emirates deal with sexual violence against women. Human Rights Watch went so far as to say that the practice, the way that the police deal with sexual assault here, effectively it's almost like condoning the crimes, because women don't feel that they have - that they're heard.

Marte told CNN that when she reported her crime, 10 to 12 police officers turned up. Not one of them was a woman. She says she didn't feel that there was a safe space for her to really talk about what had happened.

But as you can imagine, incredibly relieved. We've been looking at some of the pictures that have been coming in. It's a very - it's very much a very, very different woman today than the one we saw over the last few days, Kristie.

LU STOUT: Yeah, such a relief. And because of the international pressure, she has been pardoned. But where is she, Marte, the young woman. And what does she plan to do next?

ELBAGIR: Well, we understand that she's still at the Norwegian center where she's been spending her time since she's been out on bail. She's hoping to go home, even though the ruler of Dubai has said that they're happy for her to stay.

She lost her job. She was employed by the interior design company that's owned by a Qatari billionaire businessman who is the husband of the singer Janet Jackson. They said that they had concerns over the way that her and her lawyers were interacting with them. They said that they felt that her conduct wasn't conducive to continuing - the loss of her job had nothing to do with the rape allegations, nor did it have anything to do with the conviction.

But as I understand it, she's just very, very much looking forward to going home, Kristie.

LU STOUT: All right, Nima Elbagir reporting. Thank you very much indeed for that.

You're watching News Stream. And coming up next, Phil Mickelson finally has his day at the open. The 2013 champion calls his win the greatest accomplishment of his career.

And Pope Francis goes to Brazil. It is his first foreign trip as pontiff. Find out what's on the agenda.

And this structure, it looks like coral, but it's not just decorative. Learn how this building's facade is helping to clean up Mexico City.


LU STOUT: Welcome back.

You're watching News Stream. And you're looking at a visual version of all the stories we've got in the show today.

We will update you on the wait for a royal heir at the halfway point of the show.

But now let's go to sports and a magical triumph by golfer Phil Mickelson at the Open Championship.

Now after more than 20 tries, the title is finally his. The three- time Master's champion is already calling his performance at The Open the best of his career.

Now a string of birdies in the Open's final few hours carried Mickelson to his fifth major title. And World Sport's Alex Thomas and Living Golf's Shane O'Donoghue join us live from the Muirfield course in Scotland.

And this is incredible. I mean, Phil Mickelson, he finally did it. And he talked to CNN. So what did he say?

ALEX THOMAS, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, hi, Kristie. Welcome back to Scotland's east coast. We're just a few miles down from Muirfield in North Berwick actually. And it's slightly cold here, colder - slightly drizzlier today - but it's probably Phil Mickelson picked the right time to fly out of the country last night on his private jet holding that precious Claret jug.

And one of the things he said to us, Kristie, was that he was very proud of himself and the way he bounced back from the bitter disappointment of a record sixth runner's up spot at last month's U.S. Open.


PHIL MICKELSON, 2013 BRITISH OPEN CHAMPION: A part of golf is dealing with failure, dealing with losing. And the U.S. Open was a very difficult loss for me, because it was a tournament I wanted to win so bad throughout my career and I've come so close. And to let it slide at Marion was a huge disappointment.

But after a few days of kind of sulking, if you will, I was able to reassess and look at that I'm playing really well. I'm playing some of the best golf of my career. And that I don't want to let a tournament that got away affect these future events coming up.

And I used it as a motivating factor to work a little bit harder and get ready for these upcoming majors.

And to win this Open championship, the tournament that has been the most elusive and the most difficult for me to play my best, it's probably the greatest accomplishment of my career.


THOMAS: That was Phil speaking to our living golf host Shane O'Donoghue who is alongside me.

Shane, he called it the greatest challenge of his career to win this title. Why was that?

SHANE O'DONOGHUE, LIVING GOLF HOST: Well, because it's been a conundrum, Alex, for 22 years, since he turned professional. And he did so with a stellar amateur record. I first saw him in 1991 when he came to Ireland to play in the Walker Cup matches. The United States versus Great Britain and Ireland. Of course, that match takes place in September in New York.

But, you know, he came over and he really fell in love with LeHinge on the west coast of Ireland, the midwest. And he just loved the Links Challenge. And then he was spectacular in Ft. Marrick (ph).

So it looked like he was going to be a great links player. But it has taken this long for him to really figure things out and for things to line up for him. And it did yesterday. And it did in sensation, spectacular, sparkling style.

THOMAS: Can he now join Hagen, Hogan, Nicklaus, Woods player as someone with a career grand slam?

O'DONOGHUE: Well, he's the one player who justifiably can lay claim to being - you know, in there with a chance of joining that illustrious group, to make it six, to have achieved victories in all four majors. So the fact is, he's been runner up - runner up six times in the United States Open. So, you know, had he won one of those based on what happened yesterday, he would be a grand slam winner.

So, you know, I think he's going to focus everything on the U.S. Open. We'll probably put a lot of pressure on him anyway, but no more so than he will on himself. And next year at Pinehurst we'll see him revisit the place where he first came so close, in 1999, and he lost out to the late, great Payne Stewart who only months later died in a terrible plane crash.

So I think Payne may be looking down on Phil Mickelson next year. We'll see.

But, you know, it's the one thing that's missing, but it's the one thing that I think he will get.

THOMAS: Tell us a little about Henrik Stenson had his problems, but finished second, his best ever finish in a major and was top in, you know, fairways hit and also greens in regulation.

O'DONOGHUE: Well, he was also very, very good yesterday, you know, nearing brilliant. And he went out to win this and he was fantastic. But he's been mercurial. He's had bad form. However, you can't get away from the fact that he's been a world golf champion. He's won the Player's Championship in America. So the missing thing is the majors.

So I think he's one to put your money on for the PGA championship in a few week's time at Oak Hill, Rochester, New York.

THOMAS: OK. Thanks a lot, Shane.

Just one last final point before throwing back to you, Kristie. The attendance of this week's Open seriously down by almost 30,000. Organizers saying the weather was simply too good.

LU STOUT: Good to hear.

Well, truly getting inside golf live from Muirfield. Shane and Alex, a big thank you to you both.

So, Phil Mickelson, he has finally won the Open in Scotland. And that led one local reporter to suggest that his surname might actually have Scottish roots. Now, here's how Mickelson addresses ancestry at a news conference and his attempt at a Scottish accent, that kind of answered for him.


MICKELSON: I don't know.


MICKELSON: Maybe a wee bit.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (inaudible) finding out.


LU STOUT: All right. Good try there. But accents aside, winning The Open was clearly an emotional experience for Phil Mickelson. He was spotted embracing his longtime caddy Jim "Bones" McKay after hitting a birdie on the final hole. And Mickelson later paid tribute to his teammate saying, quote, "to have him my entire career I am so lucky."

Now you're watching News Stream. And coming up next, this hospital in Mexico's capital helps people breathe better. And we're not talking about medical treatments there. The building itself fights air pollution and in a very unusual way.


LU STOUT: All right, live from Hong Kong, you're back watching News Stream.

And 20 years ago, the air in Mexico City was considered the worst in the world. It was so badly polluted that on one day the birds fell dead out of the sky.

Now since then, the city has worked to clean up its act, but traffic there remains a major problem. And streets are so clogged with cargo emitting vehicles.

But one new building can counteract the effect of 1,000 cars. And Nick Parker explains how.


NICK PARKER, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A striking building on Mexico City's skyline, this hospital tower also has a very unique feature it eats smog.

(on camera): This facade is coated in a special material which, when hit by sunlight UV rays, begins to break down pollutants. Designers say it neutralizes the effects of 1,000 cars every day.

(voice-over): Although pollution level have declined, Mexico City is still grappling with being a megalopolis and the intrinsic problems it brings.

There are some four-and-a-half million cars registered here. And that number grows by about 200,000 every year.

The genesis of the design began some 10,000 kilometers away in Berlin.

ALLISON DRING, CO-DIRECTOR, ELECGANT ESTABLISHMENTS: We were witnessing the rise of smart materials and their applicability in architecture. And what we saw was a city full of built structures that were essentially dormant.

PARKER: Using material called titanium dioxide, they developed a pigment that coats the tiles, or so-called modules. When pollutants come into contact with the modules, they're turned into compounds like water and carbon dioxide.

DANIEL SCHWAAG, CO-DIRECTOR, ELEGANT ESTABLISHMENTS: The design is inspired by natural shapes. It's kind of similar in appearance to corals. There is a need in the photocatalic (ph) reaction for a maximum surface area. And the natural forms of corals, for example, is very good at doing that.

PARKER: Mexico was the first country to commission the project as part of a $20 billion investment into health infrastructure. City environment officials are impressed.

TAYNA MULLER, MEXICO CITY ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY: What we have to do as government is develop the public policies that make these kind of phytoclimatic (ph) designs obligatory and not voluntary.

PARKER: For now, critics may ask what difference one building can make in a city of 23 million people?

SCHWAAG: We won't reduce significantly the levels of pollution for the entire city, we do it significantly for localized area where very high levels of pollution meets urban populations. So we are directly protecting people.

PARKER: And this, say, the architects, is a model that can be applied to any city around the world.

Nick Parker, CNN, Mexico City.


LU STOUT: Now the world is awaiting the arrival of the United Kingdom's future king or queen. Next on News Stream, we'll go back to London for an update and when we may hear news of the royal birth.

And Pope Francis is back on his home continent for World Youth Day. We'll get a live report from Brazil.


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

A Norwegian woman who was sentenced to 16 months in prison in Dubai after she reported being raped has been pardoned. Marte Dolelv went public with her story after she was sentenced. The interior designer reported that she was raped by a work colleague, but authorities convicted her of extramarital sex and drinking illegally.

Now Chinese media report at least 75 people have been killed after an earthquake his northern China. The 5.9 quake hit Gansu Province early this morning. Hundreds of people have been injured. And rescue efforts are underway.

Now Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised to move quickly with plans to overhaul the nation's stagnating economy. His Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partners won control of the upper house of parliament on Sunday and now control both houses.

Let's take you back to London for the latest on the impending arrival of the royal baby. Atika Shubert is outside St. Mary's Hospital. And Atika, what can you tell us?

SHUBERT: Well, we're still waiting. As far as we know, labor progressing as normal. But it is possibly the hottest day of the year in London. And I just want you to take a look at the media scrum out here today. There are the world's media has literally camped out here for days. And they're sweating it out underneath umbrellas, stilt photographers on their ladders waiting for that critical shot when we find out what is happening with the royal baby.

But in the meantime, we're continuing to wait. Our understanding is when the news is finally announced, the queen, of course, will be the first to know, but then the doctors will sign a proclamation on a white sheet of (inaudible) sized paper. They'll come out of this entrance here and race to Buckingham Palace where they will post that notice on an easel behind the gates of Buckingham Palace.

But until that happens, Kristie, we're still waiting.

LU STOUT: Yeah, we're still waiting and the world's media as well. And if the baby is a girl, Atika, we know that history will be made in terms of royal succession. Can you tell us why?

SHUBERT: Definitely. Well, succession law has - is now being changed here. And what this means is that if we have a baby princess then even if she later has a baby brother, a little prince, she will still be queen. The succession will no longer go to the eldest male, but to the eldest child.

So it would be history if a girl is born. But of course many people here say they would be happy with a little prince or a little princess.

LU STOUT: Of course.

Atika Shubert joining us live in London, thank you.

Now Pope Francis is making his first international trip as pontiff. He is on the way to Brazil for World Youth Day. And despite its name, World Youth Day is a nearly week long celebration of the Catholic faith.

Now hundreds of thousands of people are expected in Rio de Janeiro. And CNN's Miguel Marquez is there and he joins us now live.

And Miguel, what is the level of excitement there for this upcoming visit?

MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, it's absolutely enormous. I mean, millions of pilgrims are expected at the final mass. There may be as many as two-and-a-half million. And you can hear here on Copa Cabana Beach, the party already sounds like it's starting.

All of that said, there are great concerns about the pope's security law here.


MARQUEZ: This morning, Pope Francis on the road to Rio and World Youth Day. Millions of young Catholics headed here as well.

(on camera): So we've just landed here at the airport in Rio. And I'm joined by a group from Austin.


MARQUEZ: How hard have you worked for this? What does this mean to you to be here?

SARAH BUTLER, PILGRIM: We've been fundraising for about a year now. And it's just - it's amazing. God's work has brought us here. And all the challenges we've had to overcome to get to where we are and it's just - it's such an amazing feeling.

POPE FRANCIS (through translator): I don't know if there are young people in the square today. Are there?

MARQUEZ (voice-over): In a papal teaser on Sunday in Rome when Pope Francis asked if any young people were there, the response...


MARQUEZ: for a rock star. The new pontiff kicking off an ambitious effort to revitalize the church.

(on camera): But the people's pope heads into a country where the people just a month ago launched angry nationwide protests.

(voice-over): Fed up with corruption, bad public services and the price tags of global events like the upcoming Olympics and World Cup soccer.

Now, with the Brazilian government kicking in some $52 million for the pope's trip here, about the third of the overall tab, it'll be a fine line to walk. Protests are already planned. One will mark his arrival later today, another on Friday.

The need to build support for the church among young people ever greater after years of scandal and with evangelical churches on the rise.


MARQUEZ: Now the pope is now in the air headed here, but before he left, he did make some remarks to the press, seemingly speaking not only to the youth gathered here, but also young people in Europe saying his big concern is youth unemployment, really trying to reach out, giving them the indication that the church is, of course, for change, for good change in the world. And will help resolve some of these social crises.

It will - it's yet to be seen whether or not he will be able to meet eye-to-eye with some of the protesters expected here in Rio. As many as six protests expected here in Rio during his trip.

Back to you.

LU STOUT: All right. Miguel Marquez joining us live from Rio. Thank you very much indeed for the preview and what to expect with the pope's visit there.

Now we want to tell you about another developing story, the European Union has agreed to list the military wing of the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. And our senior international correspondent Nick Paton Walsh is following the story from CNN Beirut. He joins us now.

And Nick, is practical terms, what does this mean for Hezbollah and its assets?

NICK PATON WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, we just don't know at the moment, Kristie. According to one European diplomat, in the coming days they'll work out exactly how this plays out legally, what terms and law they will use, but this European diplomat said at this point they don't expect individuals to have their assets frozen or travel restrictions against them. It's not targeting individual people, it will target the military wing of Hezbollah.

Now that in itself is complicated, because many argue it's difficult to distinguish between the political and military elements of an organization that many say has one leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah.

So many will be looking to this certainly as a political gesture. The phrase the European diplomat used what they got today was political agreement. But we have to see how it pans out. But the symbolic gesture is certainly there. The EU reversing course after months, if not years, of not wanting to take this step. But it's clearly being pushed by recent events in Syria, Kristie.

LU STOUT: Now a symbolic gesture has been made by the EU. Has there been any response from Hezbollah?

WALSH: At this point, no. We have asked, but we haven't actually seen a statement directly responding to this, but one is anticipated later on today.

But it's pretty fair to say from recent comments by Hassan Nasrallah, this isn't necessarily going to interrupt their stride too much. Many argue that this has been long potentially in the works, given Hezbollah plenty of warning to remove any vulnerable assets that may be in the European Union. Much of their funding, the critics say, comes from Iran and other sources anyway.

So, yes, this - are there of course other major issues Hezbollah is dealing with right now. They've got involved existentially in a conflict in neighboring Syria where they're backing the Assad regime. That's got significant ramifications for them here inside Lebanon where many are wondering quite what the Syrian mostly Sunni rebels may do in response.

So much on Hezbollah's plate at this time. So this EU gesture, while of course making discomfort in many parts of the world, but it's not likely to interrupt their operations at any point in the near future, Kristie.

LU STOUT: Yeah, and this EU declaration, it targets the military wing of Hezbollah, but how much distinction is there between the political and the military wings of Hezbollah?

WALSH: They're saying it's very complicated when you try and do that. And many argue it's impossible, in some ways. Although, the UK has for some time designated the military wing - in its statement today, the UK foreign secretary William Hague said that they had still managed to give security and aid to the government of Lebanon despite that longer-term black-listing that the UK had done.

He also pointed out this was a response by the EU, a clear message that it stands united against terrorism, shows no organization can carry out terrorist acts on European soil such as the appalling attack in Bulgaria one year ago. That, of course, has been investigated. Many accusations Hezbollah were involved on an attack on a bus of mostly Israeli tourists.

And of course I think the issue here will be exactly how this practically plays out in the weeks ahead. We're very short on details here, but we do have that grander political gesture of the EU changing course quite dramatically - Kristie.

LU STOUT: OK. Got it. Nick Paton Walsh reporting live for us from Beirut. Thank you.

Now Apple says its developer website has been hacked. And this is what you see if you try to access the developer site. And the message, the company assures registered developers that their sensitive and personal information is safe. But there is a possibility that the hacker may have accessed some of their names, mail, and/or email addresses.

Now the site is for anyone developing apps for the Mac or iPhone and iPad can find resources to help them. And The Guardian Newspaper says that its talked to a security researcher from Turkey who has claimed responsibility.

Now the article says that he insists the hack was to show that Apple's system was leaking user information and that he reported all the bugs he found to Apple.

Now, coming up on the Art of Movement, it's a race down memory lane, or rather the Formula One track. We take a look at how far the race car has come.


LU STOUT: Welcome back.

On Today's Art of Movement, we take a look at the evolution of Formula One race cars. Christina Macfarlane shows us how designs have changed over time all in the pursuit of speed.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think motor sport gives you so much passion, so much motivation.

STIRLING MOSS, F1 ICON: What is so beautiful is not just the look of the car, but the way it handles, the way it performs.

EARL OF MARCH AND KINRARA, FOUNDER, GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED: The way technology and sculpture kind of blend together in a car, and especially in a racing car, where it's going to its most extreme, is one of its major attractions.

JACKY ICKX, FORMER F1 DRIVER: It brings dreams - brings dreams for person, dreams for car, dreams into a project a group of people who want to build a team, a car, to construct a car. I think it's all about dreams. And from the start, it's dreams about cars and mobility.

CHRISTINA MACFARLANE, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Motor sport fans have always regarded Formula One as the pinnacle of all motor sport for its unrelenting pursuit of speed. No other cars in the world can reach speeds of 160 kilometers per hour and back to zero in just 5 seconds.

(voice-over): To achieve this end, Formula One designers have been pushing the boundaries of car innovation since the start of the championship in 1950. Four-time world champion Alain Prost began his Formula One career at the start of the turbo engine era.

ALAIN PROST, 4-TIME F1 WORLD CHAMPION: '76, '77 when Renault has introduced the first turbo engine. Everybody was laughing, and especially in England, you know, they were calling the car the Euro teapot. And nobody could believe that it would be possible.

MACFARLANE: How does a turbo engine differ, exactly, to the standard engines that you'd been driving before.

PROST: The turbo engine was very different. You had more power, more top end power, but the weight of the car was much, much bigger.

You had the turbo, you had the big red (inaudible) and everything. But we had to put into a smaller - and in fact, it was going up a lot of weight on the top. You know, you were changing the weight distribution a lot and more than anything the sense of gravity was going high.

So, in fact, we were learning all the time. And the team was getting more and more experienced and being very curious working close with engineers.

I really love it. It was a very frustrating time, too. I often blew up the turbo. Blew out the engine. But it was part of the time I think everybody has accepted, you know. And - but, the volution, you could see from the '81 to the end of the turbo in '86 was huge.

If you put a white piece of paper to the engineers, they're going to make miracles.

MACFARLANE: Anything is possible.

PROST: Anything is possible, exactly.


LU STOUT: (inaudible) to the engineers there.

Now you're watching News Stream. And coming up next, we've got the weird, the wild and the wacky. Super hero fans flock to San Diego for the annual Comic-Con and we have got the highlights.


LU STOUT: Welcome back.

And as we reported at the top of the hour, Northern China has been hit with devastating earthquakes. And rescue efforts are expected to be hit by heavy rain there. So let's get the forecast with Mari Ramos. She joins us from the world weather center - Mari.

MARI RAMOS, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Kristie, just a terrible situation there continues to develop in China after that earthquake. Just to remind our audience a little bit about what happened, we had an earthquake in this area, 5.9 magnitude, relatively shallow quake at a depth of less than 10 kilometers. This happened about 13 kilometers east of a town called Chabu in China.

Now this is an area that is no stranger to earthquakes. Unfortunately, they do tend to have some minor - major quakes in this area quite often, unfortunately. This one, while it was not as intense, it was relatively shallow. And there's been a lot of rain in this area recently. And that has made the situation even worse for people in this region.

Now only was the ground already saturated with water. And when this strong shaking happened, a lot of the mountainsides like the ones that you see here, there were several mudslides that occurred, and that's been blocking the roadways, making certain rescue effort even more difficult than what it would be under normal circumstances considering the terrain here.

Now you can see it again, some of these towns that were shaken the most very precarious hillsides there down into the valleys here. So any amount of rain that falls here over the next couple of days could really be a concern for authorities.

When you look at the last three days as far as rainfall, you can see that there has been some rain there, but most of it has actually been farther to the east with some very heavy rain and some significant flooding back over toward Changxi and also the rest of Sichuan Province.

Now, we are going to see more rain. And at times, the rain in this area will be locally heavy. You can see that cold front that's kind of stuck in this area here. And that will continue to cause some problems.

We've had some very heavy rain back over toward northeastern China, through the Korean peninsula and then back over toward Japan. And the Korean peninsula, the rain has been very significant as well.

I want to show you this right over here, some areas, particularly on this eastern side, have had over 500 millimeters of rain in just since July 1st. So here we are now toward the end of the month counting up how much rain has fallen, between 200 to 300 percent of the average for this time of year. In a rare press release from North Korea, they're saying that some more than 6,000 homes have already been damaged by the flooding that happened just in the last few days. If you consider how long it's been raining along these areas, you can see how significant is. They're saying that some 27,000 people were left homeless there.

You can see right over here, since July 1st, they've had over 700 millimeters of rain in South Korea. And their neighbors to the north here, more than 460 millimeters of rain against an average of only 275.

Kristie, very significant rainfall. And you can see how more moisture, some very heavy rain again expected here as we head through the next few days. So definitely a story we'll continue to follow.

Back to you.

LU STOUT: All right. Mari Ramos with the forecast there. Thank you.

Now Comic-Con has wrapped up in California, but not without thrilling fans of cult TV shows like Dr. Who and Veronica Mars with sneak peaks at what they can expect next.

Now plenty of new installments to super hero movie franchises were also showcased at the pop culture convention.

And Tory Dunnan was there.


TORY DUNNAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Here at Comic-Con, this is where thousands of super hero fans make their annual pilgrimage to the San Diego convention center.

And to survive a day, you almost have to have special powers.

The man, the myth, the legend.

STAN LEE, COMIC BOOK LEGEND: I'm Stan, nice to meet you.

DUNNAN: Nice to meet you.

So there's this really cool thing out there where you can take a picture as a super hero.

LEE: Take a picture as a super hero? Oh, I've always wanted that.

DUNNAN: Not only does Stan Lee have a YouTube channel called World of Heroes, he looks pretty good as a hero himself.

From the man behind Spider-Man, to one who plays him in front of a worldwide audience.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't know if Spider-Man has ever been a cool character, I think like, you know, what he does is he stands for the uncool.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yeah, I think everybody here is a nerd. And if you're not, you're in denial.

DUNNAN: From crowded carpets.





DUNNAN: To the all-star cast of JJ Abrams new TV series Almost Human. Fans have to brave to approach their favorite stars for an autograph.

She's speaking the language that you had to learn? That's impressive.

UNIDNETIFIED FEMALE: That's very impressive.

DUNNAN: The nerd celebration continues here at Comic-Con. It's likely that some of Big Bang Theory's 19 million weekly viewers are here. And they want to know what's next.

So who better to ask then?


DUNNAN: A lot of people here at Comic-Con, you think, oh Leonard and Penny. The dream for us.

JOHNNY GALECKI, ACTOR: I would like to represent that dream.

DUNNAN: As for those super hero powers, it turns out they're not so hard to come by.

Tory Dunnan, CNN, San Diego. It's pretty good.


LU STOUT: That's cute.

But the biggest news from Comic-Con is right here. Now this picture, it's from an iReporter, it shows the logo for a new movie starring both Superman and Batman. Man of Steel star Henry Cavill will return as Superman, but they have not picked the next Batman yet.

Now Warner Brothers did not reveal much about the film, but they did drop one tantalizing clue. Now they read out this page from one of Batman's most famous comics, the Dark Knight Returns. It's a comic that ends with a vicious fight between Batman and Superman.

Now the film is due out in 2015. And of course we should note, Warner Brothers belongs to the same parent company as CNN.

And while we're on the subject of super heroes, actor Andrew Garfield raised some interesting questions about his onscreen alter ego Spider-Man.


ANDREW GARFIELD, ACTOR: Why can't a hero be a hero no matter their sexuality? I understand that, you know, Peter Parker has never been portrayed as homosexual, as bisexual, and you know to be faithful to the original intention of Stan Lee, I wonder if that includes sexuality, you know what I mean? That's just a wonder I have. Obviously, it would be illogical for me in the third movie to be like, oh I'm kind of into guys now, that wouldn't help dramatically. It was a tongue-in-cheek philosophical question about these beloved characters and about a hero being a hero no matter what the color of their skin, no matter their sexual orientation.


LU STOUT: An interesting thought there.

Now the Amazing Spider-Man II starring Andrew Garfield as the webslinging super hero is due to hit cinemas in the U.S. early next year.

And we move on to some sad news that we received over the weekend. Now veteran White House journalist Helen Thomas passed away on Saturday at the age of 92. Now she had covered 10 presidents over nearly half a century and was the longest serving White House journalist.

Candy Crowley looks back on Helen's work and legacy.


CANDY CROWLEY, CNN CORREPSONDENT: Veteran newswoman Helen Thomas died Saturday. She would have turned 93 next month. Most of her obits contain the word "pioneer." she was that, spending much of her career hacking through the thicket of male-only press clubs and Washington institutions. The first female to cover a president. First chief White House correspondent for any wire service. First female member of this club or that. Helen Thomas was also my first friend in the White House press corps.

I was in my 20s when I was assigned to that beat, pretty excited and totally afraid the biggest names in journalism working there wouldn't think I belonged. Helen was one of the first to reach out. No one was nicer or more helpful, all the more amazing given that she worked for UPI and I worked for the competition, the A.P. We were not close friends, but after I left the White House, we would see each other at girls dinners or covering the same stories. She would invariably mention something I've written. Her support was unfailing.

Helen the journalist was dogged, fierce and, yes, many times asked loaded questions. She drove press secretaries and presidents crazy and what's wrong with that? She was opinionated, more publicly in her later years when she was a columnist. Her offhand harsh words for Israel ended her career. Helen the person was funny and she loved gossip, particularly when it involved dalliances in the press corps and she was not about being the first woman to do this or that, she was about making sure that she was not the last woman to do this or that.

Last year I won an award given by the American News Women's Club. I had not seen Helen for some time. She was frail and the sheer effort it must have taken for her to get there overwhelmed me. I hugged her and thanked her for coming. She had that "I'm up to something" smile of hers and told me I wouldn't have missed it. I'm so proud of you. Good for you.

Helen Thomas had a full life. She did not live perfectly, but she lived passionately and she made a difference. Thank you, Helen, for hacking your way through the thicket to make a path for the rest of us. Thank you for being my friend.


LU STOUT: Candy Crowely there.

And that is News Stream.