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Death Toll Continues To Rise In Gaza; Sergio Romero's Heroics Send Argentina To World Cup Final; A Look Inside A U.S. Immigrant Detention Facility; The Inspiration Behind China's Phoenix Towers; Running of the Bulls Expert Gored In Spain
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AMARA WALKER, HOST: I'm Amara Walker at CNN Center. Welcome to News Stream where news and technology meet.
In the Middle East, fears grow that Israel may follow air strikes with a ground offensive in Gaza.
Sergio Romero's spectacular save helped send Argentina to Rio for the World Cup finals.
And as more children illegally cross the border into the U.S. we take you inside one of the shelters that's holding them while politicians debate
The death toll is rising as Israeli airstrikes continue to pound parts of Gaza. Palestinian officials say at least 81 people have been killed in
Gaza since the air strikes began Monday. At least 540 others have been injured. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the operation will
continue and will expand until militants stop firing rockets into Israel.
Israel President Shimon Peres told CNN's Becky Anderson a ground offensive may happen soon. And he blamed Hamas militants for deepening the
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
SHIMON PERES, PRESIDENT OF ISRAEL: We didn't start the war today, they started it already several days ago. And they continue and they
spread the fire on more areas in Israel.
ANDERSON: How long will Israel wait?
PERES: Until we should reach -- or the moment we shall reach a conclusion that should be the next step. We shall not pick a date. No,
nobody will do it. It may happen quite soon.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
WALKER: A Hamas spokesman says a possible ground offensive by Israel, quote, "doesn't scare anyone." And he says Hamas fighters are ready to
take on Israeli soldier.
Diana Magnay joining us now from southern Israel near the border with Gaza. Diana, clearly the rhetoric is escalating. What's the situation
where you are now?
DIANA MAGNAY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, we've been standing here all day. And we've seen numerous Israeli air strikes, huge
plumes of smoke rising from the cities on the northern most tip of Gaza Strip, which are behind me. And we've seen rockets being fired out of Gaza
and various intercepts by the Iron Dome system. And this is the same scene from this angle as we've been seeing for the last few days since Operation
Protective Edge began.
In Israel cities, you will hear air raid sirens. In cities like Tel Aviv, there have been rockets intercepted by Iron Dome over Tel Aviv,
rockets flying towards and over Jerusalem.
Also, and of course the death toll in Gaza itself mounting by the hour, just under 80 so far, 22 of them children. However clinical Israel
says these strikes are there are invariably innocents caught up in the process.
Israel officials have made quite clear that now is no longer a time when quiet will be met with quiet. So if the rockets stop coming, they,
too, will cease their strikes. They say that Hamas must pay the price for this barrage of rocket fire into Israel. And the question is how far are
they prepared to go?
Clearly, the ability, the potential to use ground troops is there. They've already called up 20,000. The IDF are authorized to call up 20,000
more. It depends how deeply they really want to unroot Hamas and target and destroy its rocket firing capabilities and also its organizational
structure. If that were to involve ground troops, it may take a very long time, but that is clearly especially for people here in the south of the
country, what many of them want.
Here's what the mayor of Ashkelon said when I spoke to him earlier this morning.
Oh, sorry, Amara, we're not playing his sound. He basically said if we have to get Hamas out, I'm prepared to sit it out as long as it takes so
the people in my city are safe. And that is certainly a view that you'll hear in these southern towns in southern Israel, which are becoming all too
used to a barrage of rocket fire coming from Hamas in Gaza -- Amara.
WALKER: Now, we're hearing that Egypt is willing to step in and try to mediate an end to this crisis. What are you hearing about this
possibility, because it seemed unlikely a few days ago, since Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.
MAGNAY: Yes. They say that they are holding -- trying to have some diplomatic talks with people from both sides. But the government of
President Sisi is an entirely different ball game from the government of President Morsy who was the Muslim Brotherhood with which Hamas is aligned.
President Sisi, on the other hand, blames Hamas to a certain extent for the rise in militancy in Jihadi groups in the Sinai desert.
So, there are very different relation. And in fact the economy squeeze that the people in Gaza are feeling at this stage is precisely
because Egypt has destroyed many of the tunnels through Rafaa (ph) providing supplies and also weapons to come into Gaza. This is why Hamas
itself is quite significantly weakened.
So they are not best friend. So it will be interesting to see really what leverage Egypt has, if any, whatever it may say about trying to make
the two sides talk, which doesn't look like it's going to happen any time soon, Amara.
WALKER: Yeah, and the UN will be meeting later today as well to talk about the ongoing violence there.
Diana Magnay, thank you for that live report.
And in Gaza, entire families are caught in the crossfire as Israeli artillery rains down near their neighborhoods and militants fire rockets
back into Israel. Senior international correspondent Ben Wedeman met with one family in Gaza to find out how they are coping with the sounds of
shelling right outside their door.
BEN WEDEMAN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESOPNDENT: These boys have heard outgoing missiles before, but they're still not used to it. The trail of
smoke visible from the front door.
The Jazji (ph) family lives in Ataka (ph) in northern Gaza near the Israeli border. Nine boys, two girls, their parents and an uncle live here
in an area where militants fire rockets at Israel and Israel fires back.
I ask their mother Amal (ph) how she deals with the racket of war outside. Do the children cry?
"No, I'm the one who cries for them," she says. "They don't understand. Do you know why I cry?" She asks. "Because others like them
can play and go here and there. You see this one? When he was 9-months- old we were stuck in this house for days. He's seen four wars since he was born."
She says, "rockets land here, there and everywhere."
She and the family would leave, but have nowhere to go.
"If we stay with my family or my in-laws, we would need 15 beds and lots of food. We'd need a whole house."
She and her husband Jodat (ph) won't allow the children out in the street these days.
7-year-old Mohammed says he can't sleep with the explosions.
I ask 13-year-old Suhail (ph) how his nerves are holding up. His expression speaks for him.
Jodat (ph) used to work in Israel 11 years ago. Since then, he's gotten by with odd jobs. His sporadic income supplemented by the garden
where they raise rabbits and chickens, fruit and vegetables.
All the time we've been here, we've been hearing drones overhead, airplanes, occasional shelling, bombing nearby, rockets being fired, not
exactly a safe neighborhood.
Back inside, the boys wait for the next boom.
Ben Wedeman, CNN, Ataka (ph), Northern Gaza.
WALKER: Still to come on News Stream this hour, we preview the big World Cup final this weekend between old rivals Argentina and Germany and
look at the games that got them there.
Plus, more allegations over overzealous spying at the U.S. National Security Agency and accusations and racial profiling.
And the immigration debate in the U.S. heating up again. We'll visit one shelter and hear from those who have made the dangerous journey across
WALKER: Welcome back.
After almost five weeks, we are down to the final two teams. Germany will face Argentina in Rio on Sunday for the World Cup. Argentina secured
their place in the final after getting passed The Netherlands in the semifinal. And it wasn't easy, though.
Lio Messi was shackled throughout a tight encounter. His best chance was this freekick that was easily saved and the Dutch almost stole the
match right at the end of normal time.
Arjen Robben danced through Argentina's back line, but was stopped by a fantastic tackle.
So it went to a penalty shootout. Ron Vlaar saw his effort saved by Sergio Romero. The Dutch only made it here after beating Costa Rica on
penalties, but it seemed their luck had finally run out.
Romero performed heroics again with this spectacular save against Wesley Sneijder.
Argentina were perfect in the shootout and knew they were close to their first World Cup final since 1990. And they confirmed their place
when Maxi Rodriguez smashed home his penalty to send his team to Rio.
Well, let's get more now on Argentina's victory. Shasta Darlington is in Sao Paulo with more. Hi there, Shasta.
SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Hi there, Amara.
You can imagine even though this wasn't the most exciting of games last night, I lost my voice, forgive me here. But it was a long game, a
long, rainy game in Sao Paulo and not just for the two teams, but also for the more than 60,000 fans packed into this stadium here in Sao Paulo.
I have to say, though, even though during the game it wasn't that emotional, as soon as it went to penalty kicks, people really got excited
not only here in Sao Paulo, but also in neighboring Argentina and Buenos Aires where people were watching the game on the big screen. And it
suddenly became clear who was going to come out ahead.
Back in Sao Paulo, for the many Brazilian fans in the stadium, it was a pretty tough night because they were cheering for Holland, shouting
Ollanda Ollanda (ph).
Now after the game, we finally heard from the players themselves about what they thought of the match.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
SERGIO ROMERO, ARGENTINA GOALKEEPER (through translator): Good, good. I was calm at the time of the penalty kicks. I felt confident and I
trusted my teammates. Everyone said something different to motivate me, and thanks to god I helped.
ARJEN ROBBEN, DUTCH MIDFIELDER: My feeling about my team is that I'm very proud what we achieved this tournament, how we presented ourselves.
Before the tournament nobody said -- everybody said after the group phase, you will be home. We were the best four. Today we gave our best. I
cannot say anything about my team that we should have done anything better.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
DARLINGTON: Now obviously Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero was the hero of the night. And you can bet that we'll be hearing his name a lot
from all of the Argentines who are now going to move back to Rio de Janeiro and get ready for this really historic match basically a rematch from the
1990 World Cup, Amara.
WALKER: Yeah, and the trash talking began almost immediately on Facebook and on Twitter between Argentina fans and Germany fans.
Shasta, what chance to -- excuse me, Argentina, have of beating the mighty Germans? And what would it mean for Argentina to win?
DARLINGTON: Obviously, Germany is the favorite coming out of these semifinals. They played a superior game. They beat Brazil 7-1. But for
both of them, there's a lot of historical significance. Argentina hasn't won since 1986 when Maradona was their hero and we kept on hearing that in
the stands, the fans cheering for Maradona.
On the other hand, Germany hasn't won it since 1990. So we're looking at two teams who haven't won the World Cup in a generation. So
this would be just hugely important for both sides. And what we'll have to see whether or not the pundits are correct, that Germany is the stronger
powerhouse here -- maybe the fact that we've got so many Argentine fans pouring across the border give a little more fan support.
But again this is going to be just a crucial match for both. And Brazil, the host country, unfortunately, sitting on the sidelines and
watching their archrival possibly take home the trophy, Amara.
WALKER: Yeah, well I have a feeling that this final is going to be a lot more exciting than Wednesday's match.
Shasta Darlington, take care of that voice of yours, thank you.
Well, so that means we are set for a World Cup final between two teams that know each other pretty well, as you've been hearing. They've met in
the World Cup final twice before. Diego Maradona inspired Argentina to a 3-2 win in the 1986 final over West Germany. But the Germans didn't have
to wait long for revenge. They met again in the final of the very next World Cup. And this time West Germany won 1-0.
They'll meet again in a few days in the famous Maracana stadium in Rio. It'll be the first time ever that the same teams have met in three
In the meantime, Brazilians are recovering, but it has been tough getting over that crushing defeat at the hands of Germany. Brazil's
President Dilma Rousseff is just as shocked as the rest of the country. She sat down with our Christiane Amanpour who asked the president if she
ever believed the World Cup host could be humiliated on their own turf.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
DILMA ROUSSEFF, PRESIDENT OF BRAZIL (through translator): No. In honesty, in all honesty, no, truly never. My nightmares never got so bad,
Christiane, they never went that far. As a supporter, of course I am deeply sorry, because I share the same sorrow of all supporters. But I
also know that we are a country that has one very peculiar feature, we rise to the challenge in the face of adversity. We are able to overcome.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
WALKER: You can watch the rest of Christiane's exclusive interview on Amanpour. That starts at 7:00 pm in London and 8:00 pm in Berlin only on
Coming up on News Stream, Edward Snowden spills more NSA secrets. Was the U.S. government secretly reading emails of some prominent Muslim
Americans who say they've done absolutely nothing wrong.
WALKER: Welcome back.
The Iraqi government says militants have seized nuclear materials and it is appealing for international help. In a letter to the United Nations,
Iraq's ambassador said terrorist groups stole nearly 40 kilograms of uranium compounds from the University of Mosul.
Now U.S. officials say the small amount of uranium that is not believed to be enriched does not pose a serious security risk.
Over the past month, ISIS militants have taken over towns in northern and western Iraq and the security situation continues to deteriorate with
heavy clashes and almost daily bomb blasts around the country.
Arwa Damon joining us live now from Baghdad with the very latest. So, Arwa, how concerning is it that Sunni militants have seized these nuclear
ARWA DAMON CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, the Iraqi government clearly is very concerned about this, issuing that appeal that
you were just mentioning right there. The government is continuously trying to rally even more international support as it is one month since
ISIS first took over Mosul, Iraq's second largest city. And there has not been any significant progress made in trying to recapture critical
territory that ISIS now controls.
This is just one of many points of concern that the Iraqi government is continuously pointing to, trying to rally not only the international
community, but also the nation around its own security forces as they continue to struggle to try to take the battle to ISIS.
But ISIS at this stage most certainly holding its ground and really forcing the Iraqi security forces to rely even more on unconventional
forces such as various militia groups that we are seeing quite active on the various different front lines, Amara.
WALKER: And now we have this latest development, Arwa, that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is accusing the Kurds of harboring ISIS militants.
Correct me if I'm wrong, it sounds a little far fetched, considering the Kurds were able to -- were the only forces that were able to effectively
fight back those Sunni militants.
What's behind all this?
DAMON: Well, at the core of this is really Iraq's politics playing themselves out in the worst manner possible. The comments by the prime
minister were made during his weekly television address where he says if they, the Kurds, want to be real partners with us in one unified Iraq, they
need to stop supporting ISIS terrorists and other groups.
This also comes after some fairly provocative comments were made by the president of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani
where he had been saying that now is the time for the Kurds to perhaps declare their own independence, where he wants to see a referendum being
held on the various disputed territories.
What this has resulted in, however, the prime minister's comments is the Kurdish members of parliament, the Kurdish members of cabinet,
effectively boycotting any sort of meetings that were supposed to be taking place, being recalled back to Urbil for some pretty serious consultations.
This happening at such a critical time for the nation is quite a blow to any sort of future national unity government that would emerge.
Remember, Iraq right now struggling to form a government of national unity, a lot of tensions around who should be prime minister. The Kurds
and the Sunni Arabs do not want to see Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's name put forward once again.
The key political leaders here have been under a lot of pressure by the United States and other players to effectively get their act together,
put their political differences aside. This move right now by the prime minister, his statements, the Kurds recalling their politicians from
Baghdad is definitely going to make that effort of creating a government that could perhaps help Iraq move out of this crisis all that more
WALKER: Yeah, quite surprising. You would think this would be a time of the country coming together and not creating more divisiveness in Iraq.
Arwa Damon, always appreciate your live reports. Arwa, thank you.
And more revelations are coming from classified documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edwrad Snowde. The documents reportedly show the
U.S. government spied on five Muslim Americans. The men say they've done nothing wrong and they want answers. Pamela Brown has the details.
PAMELA BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In a new report, the federal government spied on Muslim-Americans for six years, according to
the latest documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, an attorney, two professors, the executive director of the Muslim organization
CARE, even a political candidate running for office, all of whom deny any ties to terrorism.
Many Muslim-American advocates say the new report is alarming.
HARIS TARIN, MUSLIM PUBLIC AFFAIRS COUNCIL: All Americans should be concerned because there may be one group of Americans today, but tomorrow
it could be another group of Americans.
BROWN: The article published overnight by Glenn Greenwald of "The Intercept" identifies the five Americans based off an NSA spread sheet
titled FISA recap showing, mail address the government monitored. The Foreign Intelligence Act allows the government to monitor U.S. citizens
with the judge's approval from the FISA court. The spreadsheet designates 202 email addresses belonging to U.S. persons and nearly 2,000 belonging to
foreigners. Many of the email addresses on the list reportedly belonged to foreigners the government believed were linked to Hamas, Hezbollah and al
TARIN: We're concerned about the security. At the same time, we're concerned about the fundamental rights that we have as Americans.
GEORGE W. BUSH, FORMER PRESIDENT: My fellow citizens --
BROWN: The government under President George W. Bush allegedly began monitoring the American Muslims soon after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In
some instances, targets included members of the president's own party. Faisal Gill was a GOP operative and served on the Department of Homeland
Security under Bush. The spying allegedly continued through 2008 and in a joint statement, the Department of Justice and the director of national
intelligence say the government values privacy just as much as national security and that it's entirely false that U.S. intelligence agencies
conduct an electronic surveillance of political, religious or activist figures solely because they disagree with public policies or criticize the
Pamela Brown, CNN, Washington.
WALKER: Still ahead on News Stream, U.S. President Obama calls it an urgent humanitarian situation. And it's on his home turf. We'll look at
the growing U.S. immigration crisis from different angles. That's next.
WALKER: Welcome back. I'm Amara Walker at CNN Center. You're watching News Stream and these are your world headlines.
Palestinian officials say 78 people have been killed by Israeli airstrikes, including some women and children. Israel launched more air
attacks overnight aimed at Hamas targets. The government has said it is preparing for a ground operation if Hamas militants keep firing rockets at
The Iraqi government says militants took uranium compounds from a university near this northern city of Mosul. The UN's atomic agency is not
that worried, though. It said the material was, quote, low grade and does not pose a significant security risk.
Argentina are through to the World Cup finals. They beat the Dutch 4- 2 on penalties after a tight semifinal. Argentina will now face Germany in the final on Sunday.
U.S. President Barack Obama says action, not politics is what's needed to solve a growing immigration crisis on the country's southern border.
Mr. Obama met with Texas Governor Rick Perry on Wednesday to discuss the issue. Thousands of children from Central America have been crossing
illegally into the U.S. in recent months intensifying the debate on immigration reform. The president is urging U.S. Congress to allocate $3.7
billion in emergency funds to deal with the problem.
Now the trip from Central America is a long and treacherous one, especially for children. And making it into the U.S. doesn't guarantee you
get to stay. But as Rosa Flores reports, one Catholic shelter in Texas is trying to ease the transition for illegal immigrants.
ROSA FLORES, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): After traveling hundreds of miles, these Central American families find a glimmer of hope at a
temporary shelter at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas. Most are fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries, arriving
exhausted, with nothing but the clothing on their backs, laceless shoes and a manila folder handed to them by immigration officials with documents in
English they say they don't understand. Daisy Villanueva says she traveled with her two-year-old son Stanley by foot and by bus from her home country
of Honduras, nearly 1,500 miles, until she made it to America then turned herself in to immigration authorities. Few meals along the way, the fear
and trauma still clear on this family's face. She didn't leave anyone behind but hopes to reunite with her husband in North Carolina.
Not the case for Sergio Bolanos (ph). He left a wife and two children in Guatemala, making the dangerous journey with his nine-year-old son,
Vidal, who was anxious to change his dirty clothing and sit down to eat a meal.
Sergio says he crossed the border and turned himself in to immigration, spent three days with his son in a detention center, was
assigned a court date to face an immigration judge, and was set free at a bus station. That's how thousands of people end up in temporary shelters
like this one.
(on camera): This facility sees between 150 and 180 people a day. Take a look around, it's a quick stop. They get some fresh clothing, a blanket
for the road, some shoes, and also some snacks for their bus ride. And if there's time, they get a quick shower.
(voice over): Sister Norma Pimentel established this temporary shelter a month ago and has already served more than 3,000 people.
SISTER NORMA PIMENTEL, CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF THE RIO GRANDE: They may be stripped of everything but one thing they do have is their faith. And so
I think this is a beautiful encounter of faith alive amongst our people.
FLORES: It's the common story here.
Daisy says she wants to protect her son from the constant sound of gunshots in her neighborhood and the dead bodies on the streets.
For Sergio, he says he's escaping the extreme poverty in Guatemala where he had trouble putting food on the table working in agriculture. As
he and his son boarded a bus to reunite with family in California it was left up to them to honor the immigration court date in that paperwork in
the manila folder. Sergio wouldn't say if they plan to show up for the court hearing.
Rosa Flores, CNN, McAllen, Texas.
WALKER: Well, immigration reform remains a divisive issue in the U.S. For the latest, Jim Acosta joining us now from CNN Washington.
Jim, it's nice to have you. We should say immigration is one of the most divisive issues in the United States. Now you have President Obama
asking congress for nearly $4 billion.
First off, how likely is that to happen? And where will this money go?
JIM ACOSTA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Amara, good morning.
Yeah, the president is asking for $3.7 billion. It's really unclear at this point he's in a big political jam here in Washington mainly because
Republicans are sort of balking at this proposal. They see this as giving the president some money to throw basically good money after bad.
But basically that $3.7 billion would go to stepping up border patrols, increasing surveillance along the border. Nearly half of that
money will go to caring for these unaccompanied minors who have been flooding in from Central America. So that's a big chunk of the money that
they're asking for.
There are some senior administration officials who will be testifying up on Capitol Hill later on this morning. The secretary of Homeland
Security Jeh Johnson first among them who will be warning lawmakers that if the administration does not get this money they could basically run out of
space, run out of beds for these children down there along the southwestern border. So you could really see a humanitarian crisis that is happening
right now get much, much worse.
On the other side of things, the White House is asking for new legal authorities for the administration so they can speed up deportation
proceedings. Basically, the way the law works if you have an immigrant coming in unlawfully from Mexico the way the law works here in the U.S.
that migrant is sent right back to their place, their country of origin, but if they come in from Central America there is a big difference. Non-
contiguous countries, migrants who come in, they get refugee status hearings. They get to go into the refugee process. That process can take
much longer and so the administration wants to change that law. But Democrats are -- some Democrats are balking at that proposal.
So really he's getting it from both ends. And it's making the job of addressing this crisis that much more difficult.
WALKER: Jim, the numbers are astounding. And we're only talking right now about Central America, 57,000 unaccompanied minors, children,
surging into the U.S. I guess the question is comprehensive immigration reform, is that on the table at this point?
ACOSTA: No. As a matter of fact, the Speaker of the House John Boehner, the Republican leader here in Washington, he was here at the White
House a couple of weeks ago and told the president face-to-face that immigration reform is dead.
And keep in mind this is a piece of legislation that passed the Senate on a bipartisan basis, but because over in the House of Representatives
it's much more conservative. There are many more Tea Party backed members of congress in the House of Representatives that body is just not receptive
to that legislation and so the Speaker of the House told the president it's not going to happen.
The question -- and I think it's an interesting question, Amara -- is whether or not this crisis that's unfolding at the border somehow
strengthens the president's hand politically speaking and essentially tells both sides of the aisle that now is the time to pass immigration reform.
My sense of it, though, is that at this point Republicans are really seeing a big political advantage heading into the mid-term election cycle
and essentially seeing the president floundering on this issue. So by, you know, giving him a hand by passing immigration reform, that would
essentially will be bailing them out of this situation. I just don't see the Republicans doing that at this point. And the politics in addition to
everything else is just making this crisis that much worse.
WALKER: Yeah. It sure it. Jim Acosta at the White House, thank you so much for that update, Jim.
ACOSTA: You bet. You got it.
WALKER: Well, one of the major hurdles for U.S. border control officers is that some of their counterparts in Central America turn a blind
eye to illegal immigration. Gary Tuchman went to the Guatemala-Mexico border to witness some of it firsthand.
GARY TUCHMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: This is the Suchiate River which separates Mexico from Guatemala. Right now we're in Guatemala, the
westernmost part of the country. Across the river, the southernmost part of Mexico. And you can see throughout this river there are rafts of people who
are trying to get across the border and they're doing it very easily.
This is very unlike the border going to the United States. We have to be secret about it. I want to give you a look here to give you an idea of
how open this is. There are police here. There are police all over here. And no one minds that people are going across the river from here in
Guatemala into Mexico.
You can see this family of three, a mother, a father, and their little boy. They told me a short time ago they're getting ready to go on this
raft. The rafts are made of these huge inner tubes, and they're getting ready to go across from here in Guatemala into Mexico. They're hoping also
to get into the United States.
This river is active from sunrise to sunset. And in addition to all the police being here not caring that people are crossing from here in
Guatemala into Mexico, what's really amazing is about a mile in this direction is the official border station. The official border station is
right down there. So even though the border patrol people for Guatemala and Mexico work over there, they don't seem to care either. This is just a very
active business. And the going rate right now for crossing is the equivalent of $1.30.
And this is the family we just met, the a little child and his parents. A man in the red shirt with the stick, he's the pilot of this
raft. And he's the guy who just got the $1.30. Typically what happens, they will go to the other side. They will go into Mexico. There are taxis and
vans and also bicycle taxis on the other side which will take them, in a lot of cases, to a nearby city in Mexico called Tapachula. In Tapachula
they stay in shelters and then try to figure out where to go from there. But it is a long way from Tapachula, Mexico, the southern part of Mexico,
right near here to the United States. It could take them weeks to get there, if they get there successfully. And that's an open question.
The police are not only friendly here, they're actually encouraging us to go for a ride on one of the rafts. They're saying, yes, go into Mexico.
So we are. And this is our skipper. Your name, sir?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Paluco (ph).
TUCHMAN: This is Paluco. Paluco, we paid him $1.30 already to go on the raft with him. Paluco, is this a fun job?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, it's fun.
TUCHMAN: Fun. Easy?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Easy job.
TUCHMAN: You like taking people into Mexico?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sure.
TUCHMAN: OK. People leave Guatemala, come with Paluco. He takes them to Mexico. And then if they succeed, they end up in the United States. But
if you do this in the Rio Grande of Texas, you're going to be in a lot of trouble. You can't do it in front of cops. But here with Paluco, you can do
it in front of everybody.
Paluco has now taken us into Mexico. But unlike most of the people on this river, we're going to head back into Guatemala and spend the next
couple of hours watching people continue to cross this river heading north.
TUCHMAN (voice-over): Gary Tuchman, CNN.
WALKER: That is one eye-opening perspective, isn't it? That was Gary Tuchman reporting from the Guatemala-Mexico border.
Still ahead here on News Stream, pink is the new green in china. Well look at these new towers that are set to be the tallest and the most
environmentally friendly in the world.
WALKER: Well, these towers here may look pink, but they will act green. British architects have drawn up plans for the world's tallest
skyscrapers in Wuhan, China.
And it's not just their color that puts a rosy sheen on the city's future, the pink spire is called the Phoenix Towers will actually clean the
air and water around them.
We asked the architects about the inspiration for the project.
LAURIE CHETWOOD, CHAIRMAN, CHETWOODS ARCHITECTS: I suppose my inspiration for the project has come from the Chinese themselves. The
Chinese have a traditional Phoenix metaphor, two dragons, or two birds, one male, one female, and we used this idea as a sort of symbiotic idea that we
have one tower garnering as much energy from the natural elements as it could and then swapping that across to the smaller tower.
The towers themselves around about a kilometer high mark. So the height was something, but it also environmentally meant a lot to us.
The largest tower has a wind turbine in the top and that generates electricity and it's clad in photovoltaic panels, which means that we can
not only help give electricity to the project itself, but also to the district.
We use in the two towers that we formed a thermal chimney, which runs up through the middle of the biggest tower. And we draw in polluted air,
filter it and stick it out fresher. The really lovely idea, which I enjoyed most was the fact we're also cleansing the water and putting it
back. And we've got the tallest green wall in that particular -- so it's like a vertical garden, fantastic spectacle right the way up the smaller
I've been asked about the color pink, and why not pink? It's as good a color as any. And I think as architects we often towards monochromatic
colors. I don't think it's a bad thing that the buildings have more color in them these days. I think we all benefit from color and variety. And so
I hold my hands up and say I actually like the color and I thought it would look stunning.
We've created three restaurants, which are suspended between the towers, celestial restaurants, which you access from the towers and cross
in through the sky walks to the restaurants and have these fantastic views across all these lakes and the marvelous city.
It was really quite an exciting idea. It's the sort of idea that China embraces.
I would like the reaction to the buildings to be that the people consider them to be beautiful. And I would love people to have their
breath taken away by these.
WALKER: The renderings are already breathtaking.
Once completed, the Phoenix Towers are expected to stand one kilometer high, nearly 200 meters higher than the world's current tallest structure
the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Construction is set to be completed in late 2017 or early 2018. Those celestial restaurants look really cool.
Just ahead on News Stream, he wrote a book on safely surviving Spain's famous Running of the Bulls, but his own recent experience, well it didn't
go quite so smoothly. We'll tell you how it all went wrong for Buffalo Bill Hillmann next.
WALKER: Well, you might want to keep your charger handy if you're traveling to or from the UK. Passengers on flights in and out of Britain
may have to show their electronic devices are powered up or risk leaving them behind at the airport. The U.S. is putting similar measures in place.
Richard Quest explains how the changes affect travelers and how to do with them.
RICHARD QUEST, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Now more countries are joining in this charging up exercise. It's important to be prepared.
It's going to happen to you and me someday when we're going to have to get to the airport and realize, help, it's not charged up.
This is what you're going to need to get through such a crisis. First of all, always make sure you're traveling with enough connectors for the
Now that's more complicated than it seems. You might need some for an iPad or an iPod, you might need a mini for a Blackberry or some other
device. You've got to have the cables necessary preferably with USB connections.
But you'll need more, because you're in a foreign country, which might not have the same plug sockets. It's no use having a British socket if
you've landed in France and you're on the way to the U.S. So always make sure you have a multiadapter, that way wherever you are, whatever the
situation, you will be able to charge up your gadgets.
And finally think about carrying one of these. It's a portable charger. It gives a quick boost to your device. You pop the USB in. You
connect it to the device. And if you have been foolish enough and allowed your device, your phone, your Blackberry or your iPad to charge down or to
run out of juice, just do that and it will come back to life.
This is all about ensuring if for some reason something goes wrong you don't loose the things that matter.
Richard Quest, CNN, New York.
WALKER: I have a feeling Richard Quest is always prepared for anything.
Well, let's talk about Neoguri now. And it's still hanging around near Japan. Mari Ramos at the World Weather Center with the very latest.
Hi there, Mari.
MARI RAMOS, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, it's a tropical storm, but we probably won't see it as a tropical storm much longer. The storm is
racing to the east-northeast. It's recurving, you remember, we talked about that. Close to 54 kilometers per hour. So it's racing out of here.
When that happens, begins to lose its structure, probably no longer a tropical cyclone for not very much longer anyway.
There's still some moisture across northern parts of Honshu, but most of the action has remained offshore, as you can see here. The storm kind
of gets elongated across the area.
And of course a tropical cyclone is not one point on a map, it affects wide areas.
And we've had two particular areas of concern over the last few days. One was here across western tip of Japan, and the other one across central
Japan. Because they have had so much rain across this area over the last few days and weeks, in some cases easily over 350 millimeters of rain. And
when we put it all in perspective from the beginning when the storm actually formed and moved in this area right in there up to where we have
it now, you can see that path of the heaviest rain that moves across the region.
Now remember how I said that it's not just a point on the map, it has wide affects? It even caused heavy rain across the Philippines here as it
helped enhance that monsoon flow.
So this tropical cyclone has been around for quite a long time causing a lot of damage for a long time and now the latest is of course the
situation across parts of Japan already drenched in rain, and additional rainfall in the last few days from this approaching weather system.
That has caused a deadly mudslide. This is central Japan in Nagano Prefecture. And we have some video to show you. And it's really quite
amazing what you see what happens here. Taken from a traffic cam, and you can see fairly quiet conditions and then all of a sudden that. Amazing the
strength and the speed this happens. Very, very scary situation. This is the aftermath now what you're looking at here.
And Amara, really scary when you see those just several meters of mud and debris and everything that was carried through this area. Four people
lost their lives in this mudslide. It could have been much, much worse. And you can see the homes just completely obliterated there from the power,
the power that this mudslide had.
And of course areas that are mountainous are prone to mudslides, especially when they've had a lot of rain.
When we say any amount of rain that falls here could cause some serious problems, that's what we're talking about. The ground is already
loosened. It's soft. You have gravity working against you and then you have all of that rain that came down.
In Nigata, they had over 124 millimeters of rain in the last 24 hours. And all the way back over toward Fukushima, they have over 100 millimeters
And last picture here, South Korea, they had some very high waves and some heavy rain also from the storm. So widespread effects from that one
WALKER: Can't get over that video. It is just incredible. Thank you so much, Mari Ramos.
Well, each year at Spain's famous Running of the Bulls festival, many unlucky participants get injured and some have died. Buffalo Bill Hillmann
is a self-proclaimed expert on surviving the run and has even written a book about it. But this year's run didn't go quite according to plan.
Jeanne Moos has more.
JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): Buffalo Bill Hillmann took the bull by its horns all right -- right in his thigh.
(on camera): Are you on drugs?
HILLMANN: Yes, I'm on a lot of drugs. I think I'm on morphine.
MOOS (voice over): That bull didn't just gore anyone, it gored one of the authors of "Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona". Noted one
commenter, "The bull is now writing a book: how to gore a clown running in front of me on a street in Spain."
RTVE captured the moment that Bill, wearing suspenders, ran from the bull but got pushed by the guy behind him and then tripped on someone's
HILLMANN: The horn entered on my inner thigh and exited on my outer thigh and then pulled through.
MOOS (on camera): Do you remember feeling it go in?
HILLMANN: No, I didn't feel it at all. I did -- when he lifted me -- that's when I realized I was gored. It was actually very slow and like kind
of graceful to be lifted by a bull, but it didn't hurt at all.
MOOS (voice over): He was instantly in shock, didn't feel pain until he was put in an ambulance. Doctors told Bill the horn missed his femoral
artery by about this much. We spoke to Bill shortly after he had surgery to clean the wound.
HILLMANN: Sadly, you know, its just part of the run, you know. All the great runners have been gored.
MOOS: This was the tenth year that Bill has joined in the running of the bulls. People trip each other, the bulls trip over the people, the
bulls trip over the bulls. They pull the bull's tail to get it away from runners who are down.
Chapter three of "How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona" is full of tips such as if you fall down, stay down. Instinct tells the bull to jump
over debris. Will Bill be making any additions to the book?
HILLMANN: I think the book is very solid and I think today was a situation where somebody pushed me and I fell over and I got gored. MOOS:
Bill's prognosis is good, but not the bulls. They almost always wind up dead by the end of the day, killed in bull fights. The animal that gored
Bill got separated from the herd which sends a bull into attack mode. It trampled another guy after goring Bill.
Will the author be back for the re-running of the bulls next year?
HILLMANN: I can't wait to get back on the street.
MOOS: But give that creature credit. The bull that gored bill hit the bull's eye of irony.
Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.
WALKER: Oh, that video is so painful to watch. And he just takes everything in stride. Can't believe he's doing it again.
That is News Stream, but the news continues at CNN. World Business Today is coming up next.