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Crisis in Myanmar; Korean Summit; Inquest Into Princess Diana's Death; Poland's Ambassador to Iraq Injured in Bomb Attack

Aired October 3, 2007 - 12:00   ET


HALA GORANI, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: Repressing dissent. Smuggled images from Myanmar shows the harsh brutality of the crackdown on demonstrators.
MICHAEL HOLMES, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: Revisiting a fatal crash. Day two of a British inquest into Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed's death reveals intimate details and new video.

GORANI: Making waves. A British rock band takes the way and markets its songs into new territory.

HOLMES: And disappearing ice. The North Pole is shrinking faster than you might think.

Hello, everyone. It is 10:30 p.m. in Myanmar, 5:00 p.m. in London.

Welcome to our report broadcast right around the globe.

I'm Michael Holmes.

GORANI: I'm Hala Gorani.

From Anchorage to Ankara, wherever you are watching, this is YOUR WORLD TODAY.

Welcome to our show, everyone.

No news may be bad news for the people of Myanmar. Since the government pulled the plug on the Internet, few images of anti- government protests have made it out of the country. But that doesn't mean things are back to normal. is reporting at least eight truckloads of prisoners were hauled away in Yangon on Wednesday. But it's also saying that dozens of Buddhist monks, nuns and a few journalists were released.

Still, the people of Myanmar are terrified. Soldiers are going house to house searching for those who took part in the protests. The government says 10 people were killed in the clashes, but dissidents say the death toll is more than 200 with 6,000 detained.

Dan Rivers got a hold of some startling new video that was smuggled out of Myanmar. These are exclusive pictures and here's Dan's report.


DAN RIVERS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This is the ugly face of military repression the generals who control Myanmar have tried so hard to cover up.

The images just smuggled out by men and women who risked their lives are at least two days old. The pictures taken just before Myanmar's foreign minister claims security personnel had exercised what he called the utmost restraint.

The soldiers corralled those they caught in the middle of the road. Some prisoners already clearly injured. Watched over by an officer in the now silent street.

Across the country, reports of largely empty neighborhoods and empty monasteries after brutal crackdowns.

On the same smuggled video, pictures of a demonstration just before the police intervened. The deafening chant of a confident crowd marching peacefully through the city.

But the moment was short lived. The demonstrators flee. Soldiers bark orders as an injured protester is tended to by an anxious friend trying to stay out of sight. And in the street, the remains of the stampede.

Those who weren't fast enough are searched and loaded onto trucks by men who are not wearing uniforms, backing up protesters' claims that plainclothes intelligence officers were operating in their midst. And they are not the only disturbing images leaking from Myanmar. These pictures shot by dissident journalists show a dead monk apparently tortured, left face down in a stream not far from where the demonstrations had taken place in the capital.

Smuggled evidence seeping out of this isolated country that the pro-democracy movement is being ruthlessly crushed, pictures that are likely to define Myanmar's government to the world.

Dan Rivers, CNN, Bangkok.


HOLMES: Meanwhile, a nuclear breakthrough with North Korea. Nations involved in those six-party talks say the communist country has agreed to completely disable its main nuclear facility and do it by the end of the year.

Now, under this updated agreement, Pyongyang will reveal the full extent of its nuclear program. It has also promised not to transfer nuclear materials, technology or know-how to other nations.

Now, the United States said it's going to send a team to North Korea next week for the dismantling of the main reactor at Yongbyon. In exchange, Pyongyang will get about a million tons of fuel, or its equivalent in economic aid. Washington also reiterating its promise to eventually remove North Korea from its list of countries that sponsor terrorism.

All right.

Thanks, but no thanks. That's the response South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun is giving after being invited by the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il, to stick around the North Korean capital for another day. The two leaders are expected to instead wrap things up on Thursday morning, and Sohn Jie-Ae has that.


SOHN JIE-AE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): ... for only the second summit ever for the two countries. North Korean leader Kim Jong Il asked South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun to take his time in the North and stay another day. A clearly surprised Roh says he must consult with his aides.

"Can't you make that decision, Mr. President?" says the grinning Kim whose word is law in the North. Later, Roh decided to stick with the original schedule and declined the request to stay.

The South Korean leader brought gifts with him to the North -- a folding screen Kim admired and shelves filled with 150 DVDs of popular South Korean movies and TV dramas, titled like "Joint Security Area," which depicts brotherly love on the border between the two Koreas and "Old Boy," a critically acclaimed violent thriller.

If you are a normal North Korean, watching the South Korean titles could land you in jail. But Kim is a major movie buff with a collection of more than 20,000 foreign films in his private library.

At their first sit-down meeting, the South Korean president thanked Kim for showing up in person to greet him when he arrived in Pyongyang, to which Kim replied, "How could I stay home when you, Mr. President, came? It's not like I'm a patient or anything."

Many observers took this as a jab at recent South Korea media speculation that Kim was deathly ill due to his heart condition and diabetes.

(on camera): At the end of the day, a South Korean spokesman said the two leaders had frank and sufficient dialogue and the South Korean president was "satisfied". What of, the spokesman couldn't say. That will have to wait until Roh comes back south on Thursday as scheduled.

Sohn Jie-Ae, CNN, Seoul.


GORANI: All right. Was Princess Diana pregnant at the time of her death? And what was all that talk about an engagement ring?

Intriguing questions 10 years on. And startling photographs have emerged as a long-awaited coroner's inquest into the death of Princess Diana. Now, this is the newly released picture, the last one known of Diana, Princess of Wales, alive.

Alphonso Van Marsh is following the story.

First off, tell us about this picture, Alphonso. What do we see in it and what have people been saying about it in the U.K.? Ten years on, it's the first time we've had a look at it.


The public being able to see these previously unknown pictures for the first time. That photo that you mentioned on all the newspapers here.

What we see in that photo, we do see Diana, Princess of Wales. We don't actually see her face. We do see her blonde hair apparently looking back behind her as many allege that car being followed by the paparazzi.

We also see Dodi Al Fayed, her lover, by her side in the back of the vehicle. A very concerned looking Trevor Reese-Jones, the bodyguard, is sitting in the front. And then also, of course, Henri Paul, the driver of the Mercedes on that fateful night in the early hours of August 31, 1997.

Important to mention to you, Hala, within the past hour, at the Royal Courts of Justice behind me, new images previously unseen, CCTV, or security video, again giving some more details into the last hours of Diana, Princess of Wales', life.

Let's take a look at some of those pictures that, as I have to stress, have just been released, just been seen in this inquest. The idea of looking at when, where and how the princess died. Take a look at some of these pictures here.

We do see Diana getting into an elevator at the Ritz-Carlton. These CCTV, or security images, coming from some 31 cameras at the Ritz-Carlton.

In the elevator we see here coming on up with Dodi Al Fayed, heading toward the imperial suite in that hotel. Some might argue that supporting the belief that Dodi Al Fayed and the princess did have a strong relationship.

Something else that's very, very interesting to see -- we also see at one point Dodi Al Fayed leaving the Ritz-Carlton. The people in court today, the jurors, were told that Dodi Al Fayed, along with a member of the staff of the Ritz-Carlton, headed toward a very prestigious jewelry shop.

Now, of course that would lead -- or lend it to the argument that some made that the purchase by Dodi Al Fayed at that jewelry shop, that could have been a ring, a piece of jewelry. That would have led to the idea that many float here, that the relationship between Dodi Al Fayed and Princess Diana was getting more serious, perhaps an engagement.

Something else interesting worth noting amongst that fresh video, we see later on in the evening Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Al Fayed returning to that blue and white decorated imperial suite, where we did see a brown jacket-wearing Dodi holding the hand, if only briefly, of Diana, Princess of Wales, as they returned to the imperial suite -- Hala.

GORANI: All right, Alphonso.

And what about the rumor that Diana, Princess of Wales, might have been pregnant? Now, we heard over the years from investigations both in France and in Britain that that wasn't the case.

Was there anything said about that?

VAN MARSH: In fact, there was. It's important to note that during this course of this inquest, which again stresses that it's determined, the where, the when and the how Diana, Princess of Wales, died, but not to assign blame. Well, the lord justice, the chief coroner running this inquest, reminded jurors to forget everything that they've heard prior to the beginning of this inquest, prior to their sitting on this second day of hearing testimony today.

But at the same time, the judge had told the jurors -- I should say the coroner told the jurors that they have to keep in mind that there are tons of possibility, including the possibility that scientific evidence may not answer the question either way as to whether Diana, Princess of Wales, was pregnant or not -- Hala.

GORANI: All right. Alphonso Van Marsh.

Thank you.

Ten years on. Live in London there reporting for us on day two of the Diana coroner's inquest.

HOLMES: Meanwhile, this is YOUR WORLD TODAY.

GORANI: A lot more ahead this hour.

Poland's ambassador to Iraq injured in a bomb attack.

Live to Baghdad for a late update.

HOLMES: Also, pay to play. A British band's revolutionary new way of selling music to its fans.

GORANI: And later, we all know the Arctic icepack is shrinking. Now there is word on just how fast it's shrinking, and the news may be alarming.

We'll have a special report and a special guest later this hour.


GORANI: Welcome back, everyone. This is CNN International and YOUR WORLD TODAY.

HOLMES: A special welcome to our viewers joining us in the United States this hour.

Well, targeted assassination attempt or random attack? Those questions linger following the bombing of the Poland ambassador to Iraq's convoy in Baghdad.

The ambassador survived. He was hurt. Three others were killed. Eleven people were wounded in all.

With more, let's go to Jim Clancy, standing by live in Baghdad.

Hi to you, Jim.


This happened about 10:00 in the morning, and it shattered what has been an otherwise relatively calm period in the capital city of Iraq. As you say, hard to tell whether this was an assassination attempt or not, but the deputy chief of mission at Poland's embassy here not mincing his words. He said this was a deliberate attack to kill.


CLANCY (voice over): Explosions ripped through the convoy of Polish Ambassador Edward Pietrzyk as he traveled from his residence to the embassy, both outside the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad. The roadside bombs destroyed the three SUVs in the convoy.

"We heard three explosion," said an eyewitness, "and rushed out to find three burned vehicles." Security sources confirmed there were three separate roadside bombs indicating a well-planned attack.

Pietrzyk was treated and released at a U.S. military hospital in Baghdad. His deputy says he will go to Poland for further treatment. One of Pietrzyk's body guards died in the blast. U.S. troops arrived on the scene within minutes and sealed the area.

MAJ. GEN. KEVIN BERGNER, MULTINATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ SPOKESMAN: I understand that there was a U.S. Embassy helicopter that supported some evacuation from the scene of the attack.

CLANCY: The Polish ambassador walked on his own to that helicopter. No immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Poland has some 900 troops stationed in the south-central area of Iraq. American officials, including Ambassador Ryan Crocker, and the U.S. military commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, condemned the attack.

In Warsaw, Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said the attack would not (INAUDIBLE) resolve to fight terrorism in Iraq.

(END VIDEOTAPE) CLANCY: We're learning a little bit more from the Polish Embassy just in the last few minutes. And that is that there was an exchange of small arms fire around this attack. Some of the ambassador's bodyguards were able to return fire.

Michael, back to you.

HOLMES: All right. A bizarre story, Jim. Thanks for that.

Jim Clancy in Baghdad.

GORANI: Well, former president Jimmy Carter may be in his 80s, but he's still got plenty of fight left in him. He proved it Wednesday when he got into a shouting match with Sudanese security officials.

It happened when they blocked him from meeting with refugees at a village in Darfur. An angry Carter said he was going to go anyway, telling officers they had no authority to stop him. He finally agreed to meet the refugees at another location but said he plans to tell Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir about the incident.

HOLMES: Well, what would happen if you walked in to a music store, grabbed a copy of a CD that was priced at, say, $15, but then told the clerk you were only going to pay him $5? You might be escorted outside. But the band Radiohead perhaps believes the customer is king, and they're proving it with their latest CD.

Phil Black checks it out.


THOM YORKE, RADIOHEAD (SINGING): Rows of houses are bearing down on me.

PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice over): Critically acclaimed, often groundbreaking, British rock group Radiohead has a reputation for taking music into new territory. Now they're pioneering the way fans access that music.

JONATHAN GABAY, BRAND FORENSICS: They are pointing every single business and every single industry that actually mark a complete shift. This is one of those points.

BLACK: Next week, the band's new album, "In Rainbows," will be released exclusively through its Web site. That's not unusual. Allowing fans to decide what they want to pay for it is.

This is the message the music industry insiders are calling a revolution. "It's up to you."

Still don't get it?

BEN JONES, VIRGIN RADIO: Radiohead know their audience. They are an intelligent bunch of people. They are, you know, fairly affluent people as well. So, yes -- and they're also fans of Radiohead, so they know where Radiohead come from. And I think they'll also treat the band with a certain degree of respect.

BLACK (on camera): Perhaps the most daring ingredient in this strategy is something that rarely exists in a commercial transaction -- trust. But marketing experts say that's why it's clever. By asking the fans to value the music, Radiohead is telling those fans they trust them.

That encourages loyalty. The band makes money and everyone feels good about it.

YORKE (SINGING): No alarms and no surprises...

BLACK (voice over): Well, that's the idea. Radiohead can get away with this because they're no longer tied to a major record label and they already have a big fan base.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If the music isn't up to scratch, then I'm afraid it's not going to work. In fact, you literally couldn't give it away.

BLACK: They're not the first artists to try something different. Paul McCartney is selling his latest disk through the Starbucks record label, and others are giving their music away, like Prince, who recently distributed his album through a British newspaper.

It's all a reflection of the state of the music industry and the age of digital downloading. And we can expect more of it.

JONES: Albums don't really sell, so if you can get your album out there, however it may be, brilliant. It's the merchandise, it's the tour that makes the record label, the artist the money.

BLACK: Radiohead's album launches October 10th. Oh, and even if you think it's not worth a cent, there is a $1 transaction fee.

Phil Black, CNN, London.


GORANI: That's fascinating how digital downloading has changed the way we buy music.

We're going to take a short break.

When we come back, is the it is the world on thinner ice than previously thought? Some new images are leaving a chilling effect on at least some climate experts.

HOLMES: Our Jonathan Mann is looking into this -- Jon.


Scientists have been studying the slow melt-off of Arctic ice for a long time, but now suddenly a whole lot of it has gone missing. We'll show you what the satellite saw coming up.

GORANI: Also, a country with a racist past may be forced to confront a new subculture of extremism.

Stay with us.



GORANI: Welcome back everyone. YOUR WORLD TODAY is seen in more than 200 countries around the world. This hour, in the United States, welcome everyone. I'm Hala Gorani.

HOLMES: I'm Michael Holmes. Let's update you on the top stories to the minute.

A video showing Myanmar's military crackdown on demonstrators was smuggled out of the country. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the military junta and called for a fact-finding mission to the country. is reporting at least eight truck loads of prisoners were hauled off in downtown Yangon on Wednesday.

GORANI: Well, on the second day of the long-awaited inquest into the death of Princess Diana, the coroner told jurors that it is probably scientifically impossible to ever determined whether the princess of Wales was pregnant at the time of her fatal automobile accident.

HOLMES: North Korea has reportedly agreed to disable its Yongbyon nuclear complex by the end of this year. At the six-party talks in China, Pyongyang also promised to deliver a complete report on all its nuclear plans and facilities.

GORANI: We take a look now at immigration and the difficulties it is presenting in both the U.S. and in Europe. We begin with a story about a family divided by war, and maybe eventually, by borders. A husband on duty in Iraq, gallantly serving his third tour but when he comes home, his wife may not be there because she may have been deported. CNN's Thelma Gutierrez has their story.


PETTY OFFICER EDUARDO GONZALEZ, U.S. NAVY: I work on the flight deck. Some people consider it to be the most dangerous job in the world.

THELMA GUTIERREZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): For the third time in four years, U.S. Naval Petty Officer Eduardo Gonzalez is going to war.

GONZALEZ: Defending the country, that's trying to kick my family out, it is something that always runs through my mind.

GUTIERREZ: Gonzales is a U.S. citizen. His wife Mildred is not. She is facing deportation. Wondering who will care for their 20- month-old son.

MILDRED GONZALEZ, NAVY WIFE: I'm scared, like to go back. I'm scared for my life, my son's life.

I fear I won't see him anymore.

E. GONZALEZ: This is the type of situation that the government doesn't really get to see. They're tearing families apart and it hurts. It hurts a lot.

GUTIERREZ: Mildred Gonzalez came from Guatemala to the United States illegally when she was just five. No one knows how many military families face deportation and there is no protection for them.

LT. COL. MARGARET STOCK, U.S. ARMY RESERVE: What's most important when we're fighting a war is that to support war fighters.

GUTIERREZ: Margaret Stalk, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve teaches immigration law at West Point Military Academy. She argues military families need to be shielded from the threat of deportation.

STOCK: We've got people fighting overseas who are facing impossible situation of having family members facing deportation back home.

GUTIERREZ: Others disagree. Mark Krikorian from the Center for Immigration Studies lobbies for tougher laws on illegal immigrants, and says military families shouldn't have special treatment.

MARK KRIKORIAN, CENTER FOR IMMIGRATION STUDIES: What you are talking about is an amnesty for illegal immigrants who have a relative in the armed forces. And that's just -- it's outrageous.

GONZALEZ: He needs to understand that I'm trying to make his country better, my country better. And it should be her country, too.

GUTIERREZ: Mildred Gonzales has a stay on her deportation until June. Eduardo says when he returns from the Persian Gulf he faces a tough battle on the home front with immigration officials to keep his family together.

Thelma Gutierrez, CNN, Jacksonville, Florida.


HOLMES: In some cities they can be found outside of home improvement stores. Hoping a passer-by will tell him to jump into his pickup truck. They are the day laborers. We're talking about the United States here. People who get up each morning with a goal in mind and that is to find work, any work. CNN's Rick Sanchez wanted to see what it was like to walk a mile in their shoes.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) RICK SANCHEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): You see the guy in the hat? The blue shirt? The jeans? Carrying a bag over his shoulder? That's me. In Palisades Park, New Jersey, trying to blend in with the scores of day laborers looking for work.

(on camera): My goal is to try and mingle in with one of the thousands of groups of day laborers that assemble all over the country, on street corners, just to try and make a buck.

There is a camera that's hidden right there. There's a microphone right here. My goal is to walk in their shoes, to tell this story, their story, from the inside out.

(voice over): It is 7:00 a.m. and the waiting has begun. These guys are hoping for a job. Any job, sheet rock, gardening, moving. I approach them as Ricardo Sanchez, my birth name. Speak to them in Spanish. I tell them I'm Cuban. I ask them how it's going. Then I ask, this is where you wait? What do you tell somebody who possibly wants to give you a job?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): You ask how much they're paying.

SANCHEZ: I wonder if he asked in English.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): Yes, in English, mostly in English.

SANCHEZ: I asked him, what specifically do you say? I mean what do you ask?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): Because I can't speak English it gets complicated for me sometimes, too.

SANCHEZ: What I want to know is, how do you know when someone's going to give you work? Do they signal?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): Yes, a signal.

SANCHEZ: I ask him, what? They say listen, come over here, and then they talk to you? And then what? You negotiate?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): Of course.

SANCHEZ: Sometimes they don't want to pay?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): Yes. Sometimes they don't pay.

SANCHEZ: It's amazing. These guys can spend all day standing on these street corners and they're lucky -- lucky -- if they get two jobs a week. The rest of their time is filled waiting, and hoping. But they have to be here, they say, to feed their families and pay the rent.

By the way, the going rate is about $90 a day. If it is a smaller job, they try and get $9 to $10 an hour.

I ask him how much he charges.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): Well, it depends. Whatever goes for $10, it goes for $10. Me, I don't go for $10.

SANCHEZ: He says the pay should be daily and he shoots for $100 a day. The last thing these guys need is more competition. Yet they welcome me and even try and give me a lesson on how to negotiate.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): How much do you charge per hour up front? How many hours are you giving me? It is ten hours. $100. No, eight hours is $100, if you like it.

SANCHEZ: After four hours, I saw few job offers. This homeowner needed his furniture moved. I walked the 20 minutes to his apartment for a job that paid only $9 an hour. Unfortunately, it was only about an hour's worth of work.

By the way -- only one of these workers noticed that I wasn't the real deal. He knew I just didn't quite fit in. But even then, his honesty both surprised and saddened me. He tells me all he wants to do is work.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): Of course, supposedly that's what it is. All it is. You want to work for, at least as far as I go. If I could work for at least a year straight? Then what am I going to be in this country for I'd rather be in my country. All you get in this country is bitterness and sadness and loneliness.

SANCHEZ: But he tells me, he needs the money.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): Of course, that's true. First place is, that's the money. That's why we come.


HOLMES: Rick Sanchez reporting there from Palisades Park in New Jersey.

GORANI: Now we have some newly released video to show you, coming out of London. The second day of the Diana, Princess of Wales, coroner's inquest is a reconstruction of the car crash that killed the princess. That reconstruction put together in 1998, but newly released. Our Alfonso Van Marsh is in London with the latest on this video.

Alphonso, tell us more.

ALPHONSO VAN MARSH, CNN INTL. CORRESPONDENT: That's right, Hala. As you mentioned, this is the second day since the jurors were sworn in on this long-standing inquest, taking a look into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Within the last few hours, as you mentioned, a very dramatic video. Let's take a look at some of these pictures.

A reconstruction done by London Metropolitan Police retracing the steps that that black Mercedes took on August 31st, 1997. This reconstruction was actually done in February of 1998. Again, the idea, as we understood from the testimony today, to give those jurors a better idea of the final moments of Diana, Princess of Wales, of her life as she was in that Mercedes with her companion and lover, Dodi Al Fayed, also along with her, bodyguard and driver, Henri Paul.

In this reconstruction, one is taken during the daytime, one was shot during the nighttime. We see the police reconstruct that journey from the Ritz-Carlton, continuing through the streets of Paris, going through two tunnels, and as many of our viewers may remember, of course that Mercedes on August 31st, 1997, did a crash in that second tunnel.

It is all part of a very dramatic last two days in this inquest determining when, where and how Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed. The jurors being instructed to forget everything that they've heard, read, or seen prior to being sworn in yesterday on this inquest.

Then today, the courtroom absolutely captivated -- captivated -- as these pictures showing that possible route reconstructed by the London Metropolitan Police, brought into evidence in the courtroom today. Every eye watching those screens, Hala.

GORANI: Now, Alphonso, what is the goal of this coroner's inquest? It is 10 years on, French police investigations have already determined that this was an accident, that Henri Paul, the driver, was essentially drunk, that they were speeding. What is the goal right now of an inquest 10 years later?

VAN MARSH: Well, we have to remember that the death of Diana was an absolutely huge, huge event. Not just in this country, but around the world. We're seeing popularity of the princess 10 years on. Much is due to the legal battle fought by Mohamed al Fayed, of course who is the father of Dodi al Fayed, who alleges something much more sinister than just a car accident happened leading to the death of Diana and Dodi al Fayed.

So during the course of this inquest, as we mentioned earlier this week, 11 jurors, six women and five men, were sworn in. The coroner leading this inquest reminding the jurors that they should not take into consideration anything that they may have seen or heard, made-for-TV movies, documentaries, books, all of that goes straight out the window. They need to concentrate on the evidence that's being presented.

Right behind me here in the Royal Courts of Justice here in the western part of London they want them to concentrate on the information being presented today to help put things into context today. As we mentioned, that dramatic video that police reconstruction showing those final steps, that route the Mercedes containing Dodi and Diana was going through central Paris. Next week, Hala, jurors are expected to travel to the accident scene to see it for themselves.

GORANI: All right, Alphonso, thanks very much.

I'm not sure, unless you've been living in a cave for the last 10 years, it is possible you haven't heard anything about the death of Princess Diana, or at least some re-enactment of it.

Thank you very much, Alphonso Van Marsh.

And, Michael, we were seeing those pictures that have just been released 10 years on, video of Princess Diana at the Ritz. That last picture of her alive. Once again the princess making headlines.

HOLMES: Yes, you're certainly right. Not going away any time soon.

Meanwhile, a growing number of scientists warn that arctic ice is melting at an even more alarming rate than we already knew.

GORANI: And now, there may be new proof. Jonathan Mann is looking into it.

JONATHAN MANN, CNN INTL. CORRESPONDENT: The proof is in a picture from space, from a NASA satellite. And it shows the ice of the Arctic melting into the sea faster than ever before. Faster than ever expected -- Michael, Hala.

GORANI: All right, thanks, Jonathan. See you in a bit.

HOLMES: Also coming up, his swing may be a little, well, different, but this golfer isn't letting a disability keep him off the green. His story, and it is an inspiring one also ahead on YOUR WORLD TODAY.


GORANI: Welcome back. You're with YOUR WORLD TODAY.

Some very dramatic pictures we're going to put up for you right now. Look at this -- evacuations ordered, a large section -- you see it there in the middle of your screen -- of Soledad Mountain Road buckles. We understand that the cause of this is a landslide. This is in La Jolla. The fire department is on this scene.

It is near the intersection for those of you who know this area of Palm Canyon Road. This is happening in San Diego, California. One of our affiliates sends us this picture. Doesn't like there were any cars on the road when this happened. From this aerial view we are getting, there don't seem to be any cars that have actually caved in to that road. But of course we'll have to wait and get more details from the fire department and emergency rescue services. But there you have it, some dramatic scenes -- Michael.

HOLMES: Some evacuations under way there as well. Certainly drama, we'll keep you informed on that.

Meanwhile, news that global warming has taken an enormous casualty -- the size of an entire country. Think about that. Scientists know that the planet's temperature is rising most dramatically in the Arctic and the Antarctic. But now there is new evidence of a sudden and dramatic change. Jonathan Mann with some "Insight". MANN: This is big news. Literally news you can measure in miles and tons. News that's trouble for the environment. The Arctic has hit another milestone, or more accurately, you could say it's melted it. Less ice than ever measured before.


GREGORY NEUMAN, NASA JET PROPULSION LABORATORY: Between 2005 and 2007, the amount of perennial ice that was lost is roughly the size of California and Texas combined. So that's a large area.


MANN: A large area. Look at this graph created by NASA. At first, the total of Arctic ice goes up and down year to year. But long-term, the total year-round ice has been going down ever since NASA started studying it by satellite. At first 10 percent per decade, then a whole lot faster.

And 2005 was the worst year, the previous record until just a few weeks ago when NASA saw ice was down by nearly 25 percent. It just about drops off the chart. That is a big, big thaw. The effect is to open up a million square miles or 2.5 million square kilometers of open water in a little less than 30 years. That's an area bigger than Greenland, up in the north, right next door.

To be fair, not all of it is melting. Some of it is actually moving, which is a little weird, too. Wind is pushing huge amounts of it to the west, and it is melting off there. That is still bad news though, because with less ice now, next year's thaw will probably be even bigger. Something to watch and worry about. Back to you.

GORANI: All right, Jonathan Mann with some "Insight" there.

Let's understand a little bit better just how serious the meltdown is according to some experts. Whether the trend can be reversed, is it too late? Some people are asking that question. We're joined by Doctor Jamie Morison, he's principle oceanographer and a professor at the University of Washington.

Thank you for being with us, Professor. Why is this happening now and are you very, very concerned?

PROF. JAMIE MORISON, OCEANOGRAPHER, UNIV. OF WASHINGTON: Well, we're concerned, I guess, and surprised and scratching our heads and trying to understand the implications of that ourselves.

GORANI: So, why is it happening? Because according to some of the animations, we are seeing pictures there of the Arctic ice cap, it seems like the shrinking of that ice mass has sped up. What could be the possible reasons for this?

MORISON: Well, the immediate cause, I think, is that this summer we had an anomalous wind pattern, which exported ice out of the basin at an unusually high rate, and basically flushed the ice out. That's sort of superimposed on a pattern of diminishing ice production in the winter time, that we are concerned is associated with global warming.

GORANI: So, Professor Morison, on the one hand you have moving ice, on the other hand you have melting ice. Then thirdly, you have ice not being produced as much as it was in the past. Can we blame climate change? Global warming?

MORISON: Well, you've probably -- you can blame global warming for the long-term trend of basically less ice production in the winter time. And you have to think of the arctic ice pack as sort of an ice factory where it is produced, and grows in the winter, tends to melt off to some extent in the summer, and all during that time ice is being exported into the North Atlantic.

GORANI: Sorry, because we only have 30 seconds. I apologize for interrupting, but the questions so many people are asking at this point, is it too late? What can be done to reverse this trend? Anything?

MORISON: Well, if temperatures can be stopped from rising, a gradual trend, that will help. We worry we've reached a tipping point beyond which they will go into a regime in which ice disappears completely in the summer. And frankly, we just don't know if we've gone over the tipping point so far. That we can't go back.

GORANI: Dr. Jamie Morison of the University of Washington, thanks so much for being on YOUR WORLD TODAY.

MORISON: Thank you.

HOLMES: We'll take you back to California. These are extraordinary pictures we've been seeing in the La Jolla area of California. It's part of San Diego, La Jolla. The streets cracking, buckling. You see there part of a house that is literally sinking into the ground. Early reports -- this has only happened a short time ago -- were suggesting a landslide. It also has been suggested perhaps a sinkhole of some sort.

It seems to be along a line there across the freeway. Doesn't appear like any cars were on that particular point of the freeway when this happened, but a house starting to disappear. Officials in the area, police and fire, have asked people in the immediate vicinity to get out, evacuate. Electrical power has been shut off. These are homes worth up to $2 million in this area, La Jolla, San Diego. We'll keep an eye on it. Be right back.


GORANI: Welcome back.

If you're a golfer and you get together with your golfer friends, talk turns quickly to handicap. But one player in Idaho has them all beat.

HOLMES: Certainly does. Even so, George Utley refuses to think of his particular physical challenge as handicap, of course. Ed McDougal has his amazing story. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

ED MCDOUGAL, CNN INTL. CORRESPONDENT (voice over): George Utley was born without arms 48 years ago. And 25 years ago, he saw a guy on the TV show "That's Incredible" just like him, playing golf. So he decided he was going to become a golfer, too.

GEORGE UTLEY, GOLFER: Life is too short. You just got to get out, you know, conquer the world because you never know what you can do unless you try.

NANCY UTLEY, GEORGE'S MOTHER: I run into people that say he is an inspiration because most people complain about the least little thing. And you know, if you walk a day in his shoes, you think we're very lucky.

MCDOUGAL: George got some extra long clubs, specially made, and hit the course. It took a while to get his swing down. It is more of a hockey swing. He sticks the shaft under his left armpit and bends over. He started beating buckets of balls and soon George, like any other golfer, was hooked.

G. UTLEY: It was pretty tough. Golf is not the easiest game in the world. I mean especially when you got a ball so small you get into the hole. But it took me about two years to get my swinging down and figure out what club for certain yardage.

MCDOUGAL: And he's not just out there hacking it around. George can actually play. His low round is an 81. Last month he won his flag in a tournament in Caldwell. His clubs are really long, but George knows it is all about the short game.

G. UTLEY: My favorite part of the game is putting and chipping. That's the strongest part of your game, regardless how long, how short you are, if you can chip and putt around the green you can make up for a lot of strokes.

MCDOUGAL: You've got to hand it to George Utley, he's a golfer with no hands. That is incredible.


HOLMES: Extraordinary.

That will do it for this hour. I'm Michael Holmes.

Absolutely. I'm Hala Gorani. Stay with CNN. A lot more ahead after a short break.