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Online Shoppers Get More Personal Experience; Warrant Out For Thai Opposition Leader; Syrian Streets A Battle Of Snipers; Speed A Factor In Paul Walker's Death; China's Lunar Probe On Schedule; Saving Pakistan's Coral Reef; Jury Sees Video Today Of Alleged Killers Of Lee Rigby

Aired December 2, 2013 - 08:00:00   ET

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PAULINE CHIOU, HOST: I'm Pauline Chiou in Hong Kong. Welcome to News Stream where news and technology meet.

A Thai court has issued an arrest warrant for the leader of anti-government protests in Bangkok, charging him with treason.

We'll tell you the remarkable life story of the man who spent more than 40 years living in a polio ward.

And is this how we'll get our online shopping delivered to us? We'll show you what Amazon is planning next.

We begin in Thailand where in the last few hours a Bangkok court has issued an arrest warrant for the leader of ongoing anti-government demonstrations, accusing him of treason.

It is a fluid situation that has become more violent in recent days. At the epicenter of the protests is Government House. It is also the location of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's offices.

In answer to calls for resignation, she says it would be unconstitutional for her to step down. And the door is open for negotiations to end the unrest.

Let's take a look at a map of Bangkok to show you where these events are unfolding. Anti-government protesters have targeted a string of official buildings. Right now the focal point is Government House in the heart of the capital.

But the protesters are also directing their anger at the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police. Three people were killed, one at a university, and more than 60 were wounded in clashes between protesters and government supporters during the weekend.

The army headquarters was stormed on Friday by demonstrators demanding the military help to overthrow the government. And protesters are currently occupying various government buildings, including the finance ministry.

And if you don't know Bangkok, let's show you where these protests compare to popular tourist sites like Silom Road, full of hotels and shops, and Erawan shopping district and the royal palace.

Well, for the latest on this turmoil, let's go straight to Paula Hancock live in Bangkok who has been covering this story. Paula, the prime minister says she is open to negotiation, but what's the reaction from the opposition?

PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Pauline, at this point we are waiting for the protest leaders who (inaudible) to actually speak on television. He hasn't at this point and we're just waiting for that.

But here outside government house , the seat of power in Thailand, the protest is still violent, it's still ongoing as you can see, it's dark now. And we've had to just move a little further up the street as what's currently going on behind us is a small group of these protesters, a hardcore group of the protesters that are using slingshots to send nuts and bolts over to the riot police within the government headquarters itself. They're trying to get inside. And in return, we're seeing tear gas. Earlier we saw a water cannon. And we have been hearing shots fired as well.

Now the national security chief says that they are using rubber bullets. Some protesters have been accusing the police of using live ammunition. The national security chief has denied this.

We have been seeing some injuries, though, coming out from this fighting. It has been very localized into this one particular area, but certainly we are seeing less protesters on the street. But those that are still here are definitely more hardcore -- Pauline.

CHIOU: Paula, the court has issued an arrest warrant for Suthep, the opposition leader. Is this being viewed as purely a political move?

HANCOCKS: Well, this isn't the first arrest warrant that's been issued for Suthep. One was issued just a few days ago. And the police didn't act on it at that point even though it was known where he was. It'll -- we'd have to see whether or not they'll act on it at this particular occasion.

But of course the political wheels are moving. They're moving extremely slowly and not necessarily in a positive fashion. We know that Suthep did meet Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Sunday. He basically gave her an ultimatum and said you have two days to step down and two days to hand power over back to the people.

Now we've heard from the prime minister today. And she's pointed out that she would be willing to step down if she thought that would bring about a peaceful conclusion to these protests, but she said what Suthep and the protesters are asking for is simply not possible under the constitution. She can't hand power back to the people. So she's asking for help in trying to resolve this, saying that all doors are open at this point, because she does want a peaceful solution -- Pauline.

CHIOU: So, Paula, the opposition says they not only want her to step down, they don't want a snap election either, they want a people's council to choose the country's leadership. So is that what Yingluck Shinawatra is unconstitutional, that that's not even a possibility?

HANCOCKS: Well, basically the government and the prime ministership of Yingluck Shinawatra is democratically elected, she is democratically elected. And for Suthep, the protest leader, to want a people's council, would not be democratically elected forum. So obviously under the constitution and under the laws in Thailand that would be difficult, which is what the prime minister has been saying. And she said she is willing, if it is necessary, to step down.

But of course, it is very difficult to see at this point how those demands, she says, of the protesters could actually be met. Her most immediate concern and the most immediate concern of protesters here as well is how this violence is going to end.

It is very localized. And it's only in this area where the protests have turned violent.

But of course this is the second day now. In fact, we're going into the third night that we are seeing this kind of violence on the streets of Bangkok. And it's not the sort of pictures that the government wants beamed around the world. They are obviously starting the high peak tourism season. They don't want these sort of images to be shown to people and they don't want this image of Thailand to be shown to people.

But obviously at this point there is a small core of protesters. And I must point out, it is still a small core that is carry out this violence. But at this point they're vowing that they're not going home until they have toppled this government or at least until they've got inside Government House -- Pauline.

CHIOU: OK. And going into the third night of these protests there.

Paula Hancocks, thank you very much for giving us a read of the situation there on the street.

Well, now to the other side of the world, to protesters in Kiev. But the message is the same, they want the government gone. And they say they are not going anywhere until that happens.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters have set up camp in the Ukrainian capital locking government buildings and calling for a general strike. A week on, these protests have escalated from anger over the government's refusal to sign a trade deal with the European Union, to demand for a fresh election.

Now on Sunday, some of the protesters used a bulldozer to break through a police barricade. Demonstrators say that this is not a protest, it is a revolution.

The interior minister says if there are calls for mass disturbances, than the government will react harshly.

A massive protest movement back in November of 2004 managed to overthrow the government. So can they do it again this time? Let's go live to Kiev now where we're joined by CNN's Phil Black.

Phil, is the movement this time around building up to the same level and the same intensity as the orange revolution a few years back?

PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, people say here that it is certainly heading in that direction, Pauline. And there is no doubt that things have really intensified, escalated just over the last couple of days in a way that perhaps before the weekend no one would have been likely to predict, because before the weekend there was still significant anger here about the Ukrainian government's decision not to sign these trade and association agreements with the European Union, but what really changed over the weekend was the way police started treating these protesters, and in particular Saturday morning where they used considerable force, protesters say, to drive them out of Independence Square behind me.

What that has done has triggered a dramatic escalation and the degree of public feeling here that led to a massive protest out on the streets just behind me yesterday with an estimated more than 100,000 people or so. And there are now people -- protesters say thousands -- permanently occupying that space. They've set up barricades around it to prevent the police from getting there. There are thousands of people there already. They say thousands slept overnight and the numbers are growing through the day here, building up to they say what will be another large protest around 7:00 pm local time this evening, once people finish work.

So there is certainly a real sense of escalation here and certainly the desire of these protesters is very much what it was in 2004. They effectively want to overturn a government in a sense.

A few days ago, no one was talking about revolution here, but that is now the word that everyone here, in particular leaders of opposition politicians, they're also using. They're talking about revolution, they're talking about changing the government of this country, Pauline.

CHIOU: So they're talking about revolution after the violent clashes that we saw over the weekend.

Phil, what's the sense there? How heavy a hand does Russia have in this crackdown that we saw from over the weekend?

BLACK: I'm having a little trouble hearing you, Pauline, I'm afraid. But I understand you're asking a question about Russia there. Russia we know has been -- has played a large role in the Ukrainian government's decision not to follow the EU path at this time. The Ukrainian government says it is still very much committed taking its country in that direction, but not yet.

And that is because it believes that the damage that that would do to its relationship with Russia would be significant. And that would, it says, deliver an economic blow to this country that the Ukrainian economy would not be able to withstand at this time.

The accusation from the European Union is that Russia has used a very heavy hand in pressuring the Ukrainian government to make that decision -- threats, coercion, the Russian government denies that, but that is (inaudible)...

CHIOU: OK, we're having a little bit of audio and technology problems there with our live shot with Phil Black in Kiev as he keeps his eye on the protests there in Ukraine.

Well, just ahead on News Stream this hour, we will take you to a frontline in Syria where the battle is advancing into the city of Damascus.

Plus, four people are dead after a train derailed in New York. We'll have the very latest on the investigation into this crash.

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CHIOU: You're watching New Stream. And you're looking at a visual version of all the stories we have in the show today.

And we started with the situation in Thailand. A little later, we'll tell you the story of a man who has spent almost his entire life in a hospital.

But first to Syria. It's been almost three years since unrest broke out in the country and there was no break from the bloodshed this weekend. Opposition and government forces both report that Bashar al-Assad's troops killed dozens of people in Aleppo Province on Saturday. The government says it was targeting terrorists, opposition forces say those killed were actually civilians.

The United Nations estimates that more than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria since this conflict began.

And even once quiet suburbs outside the capital of Damascus are feeling the heat as soldiers advance into the city center. As CNN's Fred Pleitgen saw, one suburb in the south of the city has become a key battleground in the war. He filed this report from the frontline.

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FRED PLEITGEN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: it's a war of snipers in this Damascus suburb. We're on the front line with government forces in the south of Syria's capital. Soldiers say their mission is to stop rebels from advancing into the city center.

"it's pretty much every day that they try to attack our positions," he says. "It happens in the morning, the afternoon, the evening and at night. When we see them we shoot."

Opposition fighters have occupied large parts of this district and are in the buildings only a few yards away.

This is what it looks like when the army notices movement on the other side. Soldiers gave us this video, which they say shows them attacking rebels as they try to fortify one of their positions.

This area is deeply scarred by the war. And heavy clashes could be heard from neighboring districts where the Syrian army is on the offensive.

(on camera): As you can see this neighborhood as been pretty destroyed by the fighting. The frontline has actually been static for quite a while now, but as the government wins back more territory around here, rebel fighters are fleeing to this area and there have been increased battles recently.

(voice-over): It's all part of the battle for the outskirts of Damascus -- that will be key to the outcome of Syria's civil war. The Syrian army has won a lot of territory in recent weeks, but opposition forces, often lead by Islamist brigades, have also claimed gains in some suburbs.

The commander in this district, whom we can't identify, says there are a lot of foreign jihadists among the ranks of the opposition.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have fighters from foreign countries which are leaders, especially from countries like Libya, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Pakistan.

PLEITGEN: While parts of this area have been totally destroyed. life continues for some residents very close to the front line. But the commander says it could be a while before the military will regain the upper hand.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: it can take some time, maybe weeks, maybe months, i cannot give you a correct time.

PLEITGEN: As the battle for the suburbs of Damascus rages, the soldiers here continue their mission to hold the line until they too get the order to attack.

Fred Pleitgen, CNN, Damascus.

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CHIOU: And you can take a closer look at what our reporters are seeing on their assignments. Just log on to this website, CNN.com/scenes. Scenes from the field brings you some of the compelling images that were not included in their news stories.

In New York, an investigation is now underway into a notorious stretch of train track after a fatal derailment. Four people were killed when a commuter train jumped the tracks on Sunday. As CNN's Alexandra Field reports, it's not the first time an accident has happened on the same curve.

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ALEXANDRA FIELD, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Overnight the names of all four passengers killed by the Metro North commuter train crash Sunday were released. MTA Police identified 54-year-old Donna Smith.

KATHY GEROME, NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR: Donna was a wonderful person. She was kind, neighborly, and friendly.

FIELD: The 35-year-old Ahn Kisook, 59-year-old James Ferrari and this man, 58-year-old father of four, James Lovell.

JONATHAN KRUK, NEIGHBOR: I'll remember him as having dignity and determination and being a wonderful father.

FIELD: Three of them ejected from the train, its cars strewn along the tracks in the Bronx.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I got thrown across back and forth and it came to like a halt and there was just people screaming.

FIELD: Early Sunday, a throng of rescue worker scoured the grizzly scene, one railcar nearly plunging into the river where divers check for bodies underwater.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I can see some people flying from my left side to the right side, people from the back. It's just crazy.

FIELD: At 7:20 a.m., the commuter train carrying 150 passengers on its way to Grand Central Station from Poughkeepsie approached an extremely sharp curve that required a speed limit of 30 miles per hour along the Harlem River, compared to the straight away prior requiring a speed limit of 70 miles per hour.

ANDREW CUOMO, GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK: The curve has been here for many, many years, right and trains take the curve, but it just can't be the curve.

FIELD: The train conductor said he tried to apply the brakes, but says they didn't work as all seven cars derailed barreling off the tracks.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: By the time I looked up, it was completely going off the tracks. There was just like the rubble from under the tracks like flying by my face.

FIELD: Only 1,700 feet away from a previous July derailment. That's where ten garbage freight cars flipped on their sides.

EARL WEENER, NTSB: We don't know what the train speed was. We will learn that from the vehicle event recorders.

FIELD: This is the second passenger train derailment in six months from Metro North. In May, an east bound train derailed in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It was hit by a westbound train, 76 people were injured. Sunday's crash eerily similar to the train that derailed in Northwestern Spain killing 79 passengers.

In that crash the train was approaching a sharp turn. Security video showed the shocking moment the train going more than twice the speed limit hurdled off the tracks. Officials are looking into what role if any speed rate in the Bronx accident.

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CHIOU: And that was Alexandra Field reporting.

Coming up next on News Stream, exploring and protecting Pakistan's coral reef. We'll meet the team doing valuable research and education on a little known maritime wonder. We'll be right back.

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CHIOU: Welcome back to News Stream where we take you to Pakistan now and the coral reef along its coastline. The reef has suffered from years of neglect and damage, but a father and daughter team are on a mission to protect it. Saima Mohsin has their story.

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SAIMA MOHSIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Pakistan's coastline is around 1,000 kilometers long where the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean merge.

(on camera): The fisherman have been here for 60 years catching cuttlefish, barracuda, lobster and crab. But as the area becomes more popular, people are dumping their rubbish in the sea, clogging up their nets, reducing their catch and damaging the coral reef.

(voice-over): Yousaf Ali and his daughter Rosheen run the Karachi SCUBA diving center. They've been exploring the coral reefs here and documenting marine life for the World Wildlife Fund.

YOUSAF ALI, KARACHI SCUBA DIVING CENTER: I'm a passionate SCUBA diver. And I love underwater life. The coral reef around here is just gorgeous, beautiful. And I want to protect it.

ROSHEEN KHAN, DIVE MASTER: People don't know that we have coral reef in Pakistan, even the Pakistanis they are not aware. So we have to raise the actually awareness.

ALI: We actually adopted this reef and then started looking after it. And every six months, the beginning of the diving season, in September, at the end of the diving season in March we clean up the reef, so less damage to the marine life.

The plastic bag, for example, is clear plastic, but the (inaudible) they eat it and they get probably their stomach problems. So all these things comes.

Look at all (inaudible) found.

MOHSIN: My god, all of that is from the coral reef?

ALI: Yes.

MOHSIN: Oh, it's really heavy.

ALI: It's heavy, isn't it?

MOHSIN: Let's take a look at what we've got.

Gosh, this is a towel, wrappers in here, all this fishing nets, a belt looks like it's from a car or an engine, wrappers, all of this is damaging all of this coral reef.

(voice-over): It's the fisherman, too, who also need to be educated. Their anchors break up the coral and their nets suffocate it.

KHAN: The fisherman actually they're not the -- they just think that they are the stones and the rocks down there. Sometimes you will see 50, 60 boats around the island and 50, 60 anchors around the reef. So you're actually destroying the reef faster. If there will be no reef, then there will be no fish to eat and feed for the fishermen as well as for the local community.

MOHSIN: So, the fisherman are also being educated about how to protect the ecosystem and improve their catch.

DOST MOHAMMED, FISHERMAN (through translator): We have really benefited from their (inaudible). It's good for the fish and good for us. We didn't know much about keeping the reef clean before, but we have learned a lot about it thanks to them.

MOHSIN: In addition to litter, nets and anchors, human and industrial waste has damaged marine life in the area. The growth of Karachi's ports, one of the largest in the region, has had a major impact. So the father- daughter team are working to protect the reef further up the coast, which has become a haven for marine life.

Since the team has been documenting marine life in the area, they've discovered 60 new species around this island alone.

ALI: This area should be declared as a marine park, so we can preserve it for future generations to come by.

MOHSIN: They hope the cleanup days and awareness courses for beach goers and fishermen alike will be a small, but significant step towards preserving Pakistan's coral reefs.

Saima Mohsin, CNN, Karachi, Pakistan.

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CHIOU: Well, coming up next, she has spent her life confined to a hospital bed with the debilitating polio virus, but that hasn't stopped this woman from creating this intricate art work. We'll have her inspirational stories up next.

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CHIOU: I'm Pauline Chiou in Hong Kong. You're watching News Stream and these are your world headlines.

In Thailand, a court has issued an arrest warrant for an anti-government protest leader, accusing him of treason. The protests have become more violent in recent days. Thai police say they used rubber bullets and tear gas against protesters at Government House in Bangkok. The prime minister has refused to step down.

Protesters in Ukraine are calling for a nationwide strike, but demonstrations began more than a week ago after the president pulled out of trade talks with the European Union. Protest leaders say the anti- government rallies have now become a revolution.

If things go as planned, China is about two weeks away from soft landing its first rover on the moon. The six wheeled vehicle, called Jade Rabbit, is housed inside a lunar probe which was rocketed into space earlier today. The solar powered rover is equipped with cameras and ground penetrating radar to measure what lies below the moon's surface.

The first witnesses are expected to be called on Monday in the trial of two men charged with hacking a British soldier to death on the street outside his London barracks.

For the latest now, let's go straight to CNN's Atika Shubert who is at the Old Bailey Court -- Atika.

ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, the prosecution is steadily making its way through the case. This is, of course, the second day of the trial. And what we've seen today is more CCTV video and stills of both of the defendants in the runup to the attack.

And you can see them on the video, for example, buying knives, knife sharpeners, making their way to the area.

On Friday, of course, we saw video, CCTV video, of the defendants driving their car onto the pavement, accelerating as they -- the moment that they hit - they appear to hit Lee Rigby.

So, a lot of this video is now coming out in court. And there's an astonishing amount of this video.

It looks like we're coming towards the end of that video and pretty soon we'll be hearing from the witnesses. We're not quite sure yet if we're going to hear from the witnesses themselves or if we're going to get written statements, but it's all part of the prosecution's case, we're just sort of in the middle of the moment, Pauline.

CHIOU: Atika, have the prosecutors said yet why the two men allegedly targeted Lee Rigby?

SHUBERT: Well, what the jury has seen is some of the video, mobile phone video, that was taken on the day of the attack. You probably remember some of that video in which Michael Adebolajo actually directly addressed bystanders there and said this was an eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth. And he cited wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as reasons for this attack.

But we haven't heard from the defendants themselves yet. And we're waiting for the defense to lay out its case. Of course, we do know that both of them, Michael Adebowale and Michael Abebolajo have pleaded not guilty. So we're waiting to see how they're going to outline their case.

CHIOU: OK, Atika, thank you very much. That's Atika Shubert there at the courthouse in London following this trial.

In Scotland, families and friends are paying respects to the victims of a helicopter crash from Friday evening, which killed nine people. On Monday, emergency services slowly lifted the wreckage of the helicopter from the Glasgow pub where it crashed. The venue was packed with about 150 people watching a band play when the aircraft suddenly plunged through the roof.

One witness says it was a miracle that more people were not killed.

Well, imagine spending almost your entire life in one room. In Brazil, Shasta Darlington met two polio patients who have been bed bound in a hospital ward for most of their lives, but as she discovered their physical confinement has not limited their imagination.

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SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN CORREPSONDENT: Pauloenhicki Mashado (ph) share some of his most cherished memories, images of a life spent here in this room, mostly confined to his bed for 43 years.

Pauloenhicki (ph) is paralyzed from the waist down. He breaths with the help of a respirator. As an infant, he contracted polio and was sent to live in the hospital, some of those years in the dreaded iron lung like these.

It was the 1970s before vaccines eradicated polio in Brazil.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): That's Pedro. Back then, it was him and me. We were very close. He was my best friend.

DARLINGTON: Children with serious infections were sent to the Clinicas Hospital in Sao Paulo with little hope of survival. There were nine of them here with Pauloenhicki. His mother had died two days after he was born, the rest of his family soon stopped coming to see him.

The polio ward was his home, the staff and fellow patients his family.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): It was a wonderful time. I'll never forget it. Even though most of our friends are no longer with us, I never stopped dreaming about them.

DARLINGTON: Over the years many died, including his best friend Pedro.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): It was December 26, the day after Christmas. Everything I'd planned with my friend, life, didn't have the same meaning. But it made me stronger.

DARLINGTON: Two people survived, Pauloenhicki (ph) and his life long friend and roomate Eliana Zagui.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): We are like brother and sister and we look after each other.

DARLINGTON: Eliana suffered paralysis caused by polio when she was a baby. She has lived in the hospital for 38 years.

ELIANA ZAGUI, POLIO SURVIVOR (through translator): I've been here since I was one year and nine months old. I learned to write, to paint, to use a cellphone, a computer, things I like.

DARLINGTON: They were both encouraged to push beyond their physical limitations. Eliana discovered painting, patiently dabbing at the canvas with a brush taped to a tongue depressor. The wear and tear on her teeth meant she had to limit herself, but she hasn't stopped.

Pauloenhicki (ph) trained as a computer animator and is now working on a cartoon about his life with the help of crowd funding.

Dr. Nuno da Silva has worked in the ICU since 1988. He says Pauloenhicki (ph) and Eliana are inspirations.

DR. NUNO DA SILVA, HOSPITAL DAS CLINICAS (through translator): We've had young patients that we've taken to their room. They're examples to show that it isn't the end of the world.

DARLINGTON: Pauloenhicki's (ph) biggest passions are movies and video games, opportunities to escape his own world.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): I like to live outside my reality. To get out of reality I play games. In the games, I can go where I want without suffering pain.

DARLINGTON: He tells us that soon video games are going to take him out into the real world, a rare trip outside the hospital walls to visit a video game convention, a trip we don't want to miss.

Shasta Darlington, CNN, Sao Paulo.

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CHIOU: They are both truly teaching us important life lessons.

Well, tomorrow we will bring you the second part of the story as we follow Paulo (ph) on a rare trip outside the hospital. And you can watch that right here on New Stream at this time tomorrow.

And this is News Stream, coming up next, a tragic end for a Hollywood hero. We'll bring you the latest on the investigation into the death of actor Paul Walker who died over the weekend.

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CHIOU: The late French actor Marcel Marceau is probably the world's most famous mime artist. But a lesser known mime is credited with redefining the art form. His prestigious school has attracted actors from far and wide to learn his unique approach to movement in theater. On today's Art of Movement, Nick Glass visited his institution in Paris for a closer look.

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UNIDENTIIFED MALE: Notice its tension, what kind of tension does it have?

NICK GLASS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Here, in an old gymnasium in Paris, a group of students are learning how to fall to the ground like a sheet of paper. This is just one of the many objects they'll be asked to imitate during their two years at the prestigious Jacques Lecoq International School of Theatre.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE)

GLASS: Alumni include Oscar winning Geoffrey Rush, Sergio Lopez (ph) and Isla Fisher. They come here to learn the movement techniques created by one of the greatest mime teachers of all time, the late Jacques Lecoq. For him, mime wasn't a substitute for words, but the essential body language of theater.

JOS HOUBEN, JACQUE LECOQ INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF THEATRE: He doesn't not teach you to move, he teach you to look and to see movement. A certain Zen master said, you know, when I point at the moon do you see the moon or do you see my hand? So, if you look at my hand, or do you look at the moon? Where is the extension, the direction, the poetry behind the gesture?

JASON TURNER, JACQUES LECOQ INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF THEATER: The basis of this school is really looking at the -- what we call the mimetic aspects of humanity, how in looking at something the body reacts. How when we see a tree, how does the body reflect that somewhere?

Should we try building together? Let's try a space together le compelier (ph)?

GLASS: Objects offer an infinite source of inspiration for the actors to create characters, everything from shapes to colors to materials can evoke an emotion that can be turned into motion.

The essential lesson as LeCoq saw it was that "tout bouge," everything moves.

HOUBEN: We talk of architecture as frozen music. It is not because it moves that we are moved.

GLASS: Theatre begins in silence, the empty stage proceeds the action. What we saw to each other can take on new meaning, the context of what we don't say.

TURNER: I think movement is really our primary language, it's what we understand. We say the body never lies. It's what we believe when people tell us things, they say that we react a lot more to our physical presence than actually what we say. With words, we lie very well.

PAOLA RIZZA, JACQUES LECOQ INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF THEATRE(subtitles): When I'm with someone I don't know I don't talk to them. There is a period of silence and during this period of silence lots of things happen -- the looks, the body positions. All these silent things happen and that is theatre. And that is the greatest lesson of Jacques Lecoq's theatre, what is unwritten, what is invisible.

GLASS: Actors will always need to say their lines, but theatre will continue to explore what happens between them, looking to the silent world outside to inspire the body and fill in the spaces.

TURNER: When he was asked why do you insist so much on movement? He said, well, because later in life we only have the memory of it so as long as you're young an you can move, move.

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CHIOU: Coming up next, this little device may look like a toy helicopter, but in a few years it could be delivering online purchases straight to your door.

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CHIOU: You're watching News Stream.

Let's return to our visual rundown. In a few minutes, we'll look at where China's latest space probe is heading, but now we're going to take a look at the future of shopping. When you shop online, you might be used to retailers offering suggestions on what to buy, that's because online stores track what you've bought in the past to predict what you might want to buy in the future. As Laurie Segall tells us, that sort of technology is now expanding off the web and into the shops.

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LAURIE SEGALL, CNN MONEY (voice-over): This holiday season look for shopping to get a little bit personal. Welcome to shopping 2.0. Where stores know your gender, they know your mood.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Hello, Mr. Tacomodo (ph), welcome back to the Gap.

SEGALL: With one new technology they can even anticipate what you might want.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Two samoles (ph).

SEGALL: That's Cako, a cupcake store in San Francisco trying out tech built by a company called index. It helps retailers target products to you based on your taste.

ALBERT CHEN, CAKO OWNER: If you like red other cupcakes, you probably like the combination of cream cheese as well as cocoa cake and we would recommend the pumpkin cheesecake.

JONATHAN WALL, INDEX CO-FOUNDER: We kind of looked to Amazon as the back job to a lot of the things that we do. Amazon's vote really an incredible experience online and a lot of this has to do with their ability to recognize who you are.

SEGALL: They want to bring that experience offline.

WALL: Offline retailers need to be able to recognize you really on any channel you engage with them, whether it be online, social or in- store.

SEGALL: The technology which you opt into is baked into their payment system to collect your buying behavior. It's also integrated into a store's app so you'll get push notifications when you enter the store.

MARC FREED-FINNEGAN, INDEX CO-FOUNDER: So, it will say, welcome back, Marc. It might suggest a new product. Maybe provide you with an incentive to try something new.

SEGALL: The index founders were previously behind Google wallet but this technology doesn't require a phone to pay.

FINNEGAN: Yes, you don't have to pull out your phone or your wallet. You walk up and you enter an index PIN. And you effectively log into the store.

SEGALL (on camera): Right now the technology is limited to smaller retailers like Cako but the index founders are hoping that eventually the technology will be in major retailers. And imagine this, by walking into a store, you're actually logging into that store.

(voice-over): Ads are getting smart, too. Imagine technology that knows your gender. Knows how you feel. Immersive labs is making this possible with digital ads on phones or tablets that use the webcam to analyze your reaction and whether you are excited by the product or not. Other entrepreneurs set out to transform the way we pay and this the season where surprisingly less might be more.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: See, my wallet is filled with cards. Credit cards, debit cards, reward cards, gift cards. Filled with them. Too many. This is a coin.

SEGALL: The connected device digitally combines all your credit cards into one.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: All these cards are inside my coin.

KANISHK PARASHAR, CEO, COIN: Ended up choosing the wallet you'll be choosing on the coin.

SEGALL: It works on an app, users swipe their cards, take a picture and keep one card for all purposes.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: All you ever need is one coin for all your cards.

SEGALL: Laurie Segall, CNN Money, New York.

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CHIOU: Well, Amazon is no stranger to raising the bar for online shopping. And it's got something big in the pipeline. The company says it plans to use unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver good directly to a customer's door. CEO Jeff Bezos says this new technology called Prime Air could allow Amazon to make deliveries within half an hour of orders being placed online.

He says, however, it probably won't be ready for another four or five years, but that's not what Amazon's website says. According to a post, aerial deliveries will be ready to go when U.S. laws allow them and that could be as soon as 2015.

Well, speaking of flying without a pilot, China launched its first ever lunar space probe in the early hours of this morning. The unmanned spacecraft is expected to make a soft landing on the moon in mid-December. David McKenzie has more now from Beijing.

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DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It's the latest milestone in China's accelerating space program, aiming to be only the third country to execute a soft landing on the moon's surface.

(voice-over): Pre-dawn on Monday in southwest China, the Long March rocket launched without a hitch.

In the nose of the rocket the Chang'e 3 lunar probe carrying the Yutu (ph) or Jade Rabbit moon rover. Millions voted on the name taken from Chinese folklore.

If successful, the solar powered buggy will touch down in mid-December using its six wheels and mechanical arm to conduct three month's of scientific study in the Bay of Rainbows, a lunar lava plain. The last soft lunar landing was conducted by the Soviets way back in 1976.

China's space program was late in getting results, but with the government pouring billions into its manned and unmanned missions, China has taken its place as one of the major space players.

(on camera): State media says the Chang'e probe has separated from its rocket and is now in the Earth's orbit. They say this is just the next step in a space program that aims for deep space.

David McKenzie, CNN, Beijing.

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CHIOU: Let's take a look at the world forecast right now. Samantha Moore is live at the world weather center with more. And Samantha, if you're in certain parts of Europe it looks like you could be in for some sogginess today?

SAMANTHA MOORE, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely. We had a very wet pattern here over the course of the weekend, Pauline. And it's been in this pattern, generally speaking the past few weeks with an area of low pressure cut off over the Mediterranean. So we've seen some heavy rain at times out of this particular low that is spinning around here. In fact in Tripoli, we had a month's worth of rain in just 24 hours, a lot of rain also stretching over into Italy.

So we're seeing scenes like this coming our way today. This out of Tripoli where all that rain came down and the rain was up over -- the water was up over their hubcaps as they tried to make their way through this rain in Tripoli. So that really has caused some issues with folks getting around. And then the cold air settling in on the northern side of all of this. So it is remaining very cold across northern Europe and we're still contending with that area of low pressure that's meandering around here in the Mediterranean. So it's going to keep things unsettled there.

Cold temperatures, it is going to stay below average the next few days in Paris. Look, only 4 degrees on Tuesday. Berlin only 3 and Budapest at 3 as well. So chilly temperatures remaining here across much of the region.

Well, let's take you into Indonesia where they have been dealing with flooding of their own here. Look at all of the rain that they have seen. And it continues to move on in across much of Indonesia, including these areas that were hard hit by flooding in Sumatra.

Let's take you to those pictures coming out of Sumatra where we saw a hillside just disappear here, nine people were killed including four children as they received a month's worth of rain in just 24 hours on saturated ground.

Of course, this region Verisage (ph), is family for its passionate fruit that they grow there. Population just under 50,000. And they're having to contend with the saturated ground. They've had rain consistently the last couple of weeks and now with this torrential downpour they had over the course of the weekend, that hillside just collapsed, the homes not built very well in this region either. So the homes went right along with them as this riverbed next to it just overflowed.

So let's take a look at the weather pattern here. Unfortunately not going to be seeing much in the way of relief.

By the way, it is mountainous terrain and that's one of the issues here as they see all of this heavy rain come down on saturated ground it can just move right on down here. And a lot of environmentalists actually blame the logging that's been going on in this region. There's just nothing to hold the soil fast so it just gives way.

Additional heavy rain along the monsoon trough here as well, Pauline. So we're going to continue to watch for the soggy conditions to continue across much of Indonesia. Back to you.

CHIOU: Oh, those pictures are just so horrible to see and the fatalities to know about.

OK, thank you very much, Samantha. Samantha Moore there at the weather center.

Well, U.S. investigators say speed was most likely a factor in the deadly car crash that killed Hollywood actor Paul Walker and a friend. Authorities are still working to determine exactly what caused the car they were driving to slam into a light pole and a tree before bursting into flames.

CNN's Nischelle Turner takes a closer look at what happened.

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VIN DIESEL, ACTOR: Right behind you.

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: One of Hollywood's most bankable stars, Paul Walker who has made a name for himself in the "Fast and Furious" movie franchise died in fiery car crash in Santa Clarita California. A second person also died in the accident. Both were attending a charity event for Walker's organization Reach out Worldwide. The event was intended to benefit the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The crash happened just north of Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon.

According to his representative, Paul Walker was not driving the 2005 Porsche. When deputies arrived, the car was on fire, both people in the car pronounced dead at the scene.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's nothing -- we tried, we went through fire extinguishers.

TURNER: All that remains -- burnt, mangled metal and a light pole that's been knocked down. Authorities say speed was a factor.

Walker wasn't just a car enthusiast on screen. Off screen, the actor competed in the Red Line Time Attack Racing Series. He had been filming the seventh installment of "Fast and Furious" at the time of his death and some of Hollywood's biggest stars are reacting.

Co-star Vin Diesel said on his Instagram account, "Brother, I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new angel, rest in peace."

And another "Fast and Furious" co-star Ludacris tweeted "Your humble spirit was felt from the start. Wherever you blessed your presence, you always left a mark."

And fellow actor Tyrese Gibson said, "My heart is hurting so bad, no one can make me believe this is real. My God, my God, I can't believe I'm writing this."

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CHIOU: And that was Nischelle Turner reporting.

Walker was on a break from filming the seventh installment of the popular Fast and Furious movie franchise when he died, as Nischelle had mentioned. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the makers of the film Universal say it's still on course for completion. Universal says it's not sure how it will go about finishing this film and it's not yet known when it will be released.

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

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