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[08:00:17] KRISTIE LU STOUT, HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong and welcome to News Stream.
Now another apparent atrocity in Aleppo. Syrian forces are accused of yet another chemical weapons attack.
Also, America's moral obligation, that's what the U.S. president tells the nation of Laos as he
promises to help clear millions of unexploded bombs dropped by U.S. planes decades ago.
And Apple's next big thing: the next generation iPhone is only hours away, but will it live up to the hype? We'll take you live to the launch.
Syria's opposition is in London right now laying out a blueprint for peace in the country. And that vision, though, is a far cry from what is
happening on the ground. This footage, it was released by activists in Aleppo and shows people gasping for air at a hospital, children gasping for air after a chemical attack.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights accuses Syria of using warplanes to drop barrel bombs containing chlorine gas. Volunteers say that more than
100 people were hurt. As you saw just on the video, many of them children.
Let's bring in Arwa Damon now. She has, of course, reported extensively in Syria and she joins me now live from Istanbul.
And Arwa, just another heartbreaking and unspeakable bombing in Syria. The footage of the aftermath just utterly horrific to watch.
ARWA DAMON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It is, especially as you watch those tiny little children trying to breathe, not really fully
understanding what it is that has taken place, although their reality is one that is filled with this kind of violence on a near daily basis.
And when you look at those images of the children and of the adults being treated let's also remember that these are not individuals that have the
luxury of being treated in hospitals that are actually fully functional. A lot of these hospitals, especially in that part of eastern Aleppo, have
been driven well underground. They are severely lacking in resources. They're running on generators, so their reliance on fuel which is also in
very short supply given the fact that Aleppo is once again under siege.
So it's not just having to deal with the aftermath of this kind of an attack, it's also having to deal with actually being able to access the
kind of treatment that one would need. And this is why, Kristie, time and time again, day in and day out we're hearing these repeated pleas from
residents of Aleppo, from doctors that are struggling really against the odds to try to treat people in the aftermath of these kinds of attacks,
pleas for help.
And these are things that we've been hearing for around five years now, Kristie, with still nothing concrete that has materialized to bring about
an end to this kind of suffering.
LU STOUT: You know, it's just heartbreaking to see that footage, the children just gasping for
air after this chemical attack, another chemical attack in Syria.
Earlier this week, we had those talks between Russia and the U.S. that failed to reach any sort of deal for peace. We got more talks today in
London. I mean could this event that happened in Aleppo and this horrific video somehow move the needle toward peace?
DAMON: You know, one would hope, one would want to think that we live in a world where the broadcasting these types of images actually did cause a
needle to shift. But again I take us back to the last five years where you have had images much worse than the ones coming out today emerge on a
fairly regular basis, you've had images of children's lifeless bodies being pulled out from underneath the rubble of widescale bombing and devastation.
You've had chemical attacks that were reportedly much more severe than that. Remember back in 2013, in August, you had that massive chemical
attack that happened in the Damascus suburb of Ruta (ph) where hundreds, if not over 1,000 people were killed. And I remember clearly back then
activists I was talking to calling and saying, you know, given that something so terrible, so unthinkable has happened to us, given that the
United States' red line has been crossed, do you think that right now the world will listen and actually come together and do something to end the
bloodshed in Sria?
Well, we're now in 2016 and that has not yet materialized.
Yes, you do have these ongoing talks in London right now with the high negotiations committee for Syria that really brings together all sorts of
individuals from various different opposition elements to try to put forward what they're calling a blueprint for peace. The thing is, is we've
been talking about blueprints -- they've been talking about a very similar
blueprint for months now at this stage. And talks keep falling apart.
You have the negotiations between the U.S., and Russia basically result in absolutely no deal for even the most basic of things. The cessation of
hostilities to allow humanitarian aid in. And one doesn't want to come out at this stage and say that it's hopeless because one can't lose hope
because you have to at least keep on trying.
But there also is a certain measure of responsibility upon the key negotiators, upon the key nations, to actually begin putting action behind
[08:05:49] LU STOUT: Yeah, Arwa, as you point out, a line has been crossed again in Syria, and Aleppo remains a death trap for the scores of people
who live there. Arwa Damon reporting live for us. Thank you, Arwa, and take care.
Now, to give you another idea of the reality on the ground in Syria, the UN says in just one
week, 100,000 people have been forced from their homes in just one week. And new a report from UNICEF, it paints a grim picture for child migrants
around the world. It says nearly 50 million children have been uprooted, 28 million have fled because of violence, and
Almost 100,000 children who filed claims for asylum last year were not accompanied by
adults. And in five years the number of child refugees has jumped some 75 percent.
Now, UNICEF says these children may be refugees, internally displaced from migrants but first and foremost they are children no matter where they come
from, whoever they are, and without exception.
Now CNN spoke with UNICEF's deputy executive director about why this crisis goes on despite repeated calls for action.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
JUSTIN FORSYTH, DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UNICEF: And people have taken action, and there has been humanitarian outpouring and people have
supported UNICEF and many other organizations. But it hasn't, as you say, been matched by political will. We still have millions of children on the
move. We have millions of children at risk.
I was just a few weeks ago on an Italian navy ship off the coast of Libya picking up refugees from the sea, many of them on that route, nine of out
10 of the children are unaccompanied and alone. And they've been on terrible journeys. One young girl I met have fled from Boko Haram in
northern Nigeria. She'd been eight months on the road. she'd been caught by traffickers and she'd been locked underground in a cell in a prison in
Libya and raped almost every day for eight months. And now she was being traded into prostitution in Italy.
So, all of these children, whether they're fleeing from Central America, gang violence or from war in Africa or from Syria, are threatened by
traffickers and smugglers. And they desperately need our protection as well as our help with getting an education and a future.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
LU STOUT: 50 million children uprooted and desperate for help. That was UNICEF's deputy executor director Justin Forsyth.
Now some of those refugees and migrants have traveled through Europe on their way to the UK, and thousands have ended up at a camp known as the
jungle in the French port of Calais. And the UK wants to stop people from trying to illegally cross the English Channel.
The British immigration minister has announced the UK will build a, quote, big new wall in Calais by the end of the year. He says the measure is part
of a deal agreed with France.
Now, U.S. President Barack Obama has expressed optimism about the future of a controversial 12 nation trade deal at a townhall meeting in Laos. Now,
Mr. Obama says he believes the TransPacific Partnership will eventually get done after the presidential election in November.
Now that despite both major candidates opposing it.
Earlier, he visited a rehabilitation center for bomb victims in Laos. Unexploded bombs dropped by the U.S. during the Vietnam war still littered
the countryside. And Mr. Obama has pledged $90 million to help Laos clear them.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: As President of the United States, I believe that we have a profound moral and humanitarian obligation
to support this war. We're a nation that was founded on the belief in the dignity of every human being. Sometimes we struggled to stay true to that
belief, but that is precisely why we always have to work to address those difficult moments in history and to forge friendships with people who we
once called enemies.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
LU STOUT: Mr. Obama is in Laos for the ASEAN summit. For the latest, let's go live to CNN's Andrew Stevens in Luang Prabang.
And, Andrew, we heard moving and historic words by President Obama about America's secret and devastating bombing of Laos during the Vietnam War.
Tell us more about what he said and the reaction there to his words.
ANDREW STEVENS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDNENT: Well, he really is acknowledging America's role, Kristie, in that nine-year war, which dropped
so much ordnance across this country, even though it wasn't directly involved in that war, which was in Vietnam, neighboring Vietnam.
80 million or so of these little tennis ball-sized cluster munitions remain undetonated across this country along with many, many other types of
munitions. And the president was very honest about America's role in the secret war, and what it has meant, the legacy it has meant for Laos. And
as you say he has promised a $90 million program over three years, which is a significant improvement on the hundred or so million dollars the U.S. has
spent over the past 20 years.
So there is a genuine thanks from Laos, from the Laos people that the Americans are now actually taking this much more seriously. But even
saying that it's going to take decades to clear this problem. And the longer it goes on, still people will continue to wonder
why it is taking so long, why aren't the Americans spending more and more money on this. And that is
just going to be a reality of this.
But the president took a big step forward over the past couple of days to say that it did -- his country did have a moral obligation, his words, to
clearing up this unexploded, this deadly legacy from the war, Kristie.
[08:11:17] LU STOUT: Yeah, absolutely. A very big step forward. President Obama is there in Laos for the ASEAN summit and it's part of his
farewell tour of -- of Asia, and -- and I wanted to ask you just over the last eight years how has he changed the relationship between the U.S. and
Asia especially as you've seen China assert itself and expand its presence in the region?
STEVENS: Well, China's rise, and particularly what we have seen in recent years in the South
China Sea has actually driven many other countries towards the U.S., because they see this militarization in the South China Sea, they see China
flexing its muscles, and realize or look for some sort of balance to that.
So the U.S. is in a position where there is more willingness in this region for U.S. economic aid and military support. Now we've seen that in The
Philippines under the previous President Benigno Aquino, defense agreement signed between the two countries there.
The Vietnamese, likewise. The U.S. lifted the arms embargo there. The U.S. and Vietnam, which is also in conflict with China over the South China
Sea. U.S. and Vietnam moving closer together,
Laos itself is a very close ally, close satellite of Vietnam, and tends to follow Vietnamese policy. So there is an opening also for the U.S. here
in Laos. And Mr. Obama and the administration is looking to exploiting that.
So, there is definitely a move here. And certainly the president himself has been very, very
motivated to call this, and be part of this Asian century. He calls himself America's first Pacific president. And he has made a lot of effort
to try to make sure this pivot we've heard about for years and years now, this American pivot toAsia is actually working.
The question Kristie, isn't a success or not it's probably too early to say given what happens next. The next leader of the U.S., do they continue to
follow the Obama lead or do they walk away from it? That will be the test.
LU STOUT: All right, Andrew Stevens reporting for us live from Luang Prabang, Laos, thank you.
Now, Malaysia has now reported its first case of the Zika virus in a pregnant woman. The ministry of health says the patient is a 27-year-old
Chinese woman who is four months pregnant. The mosquito-borne virus has been linked to the birth defect microcephaly in babies.
Now, in nearby Singapore the number of locally transmitted Zika infections has now jumped to 283. And the city-state has stepped up efforts to
control mosquitoes. And the World Health Organization is stepping up its Zika guidance and now says people who traveled to area where Zika is active
should practice safe sex for at least six months.
It says research shows virus particles can remain in semen longer than previously thought.
Manisha Tank is monitoring the outbreak from Singapore. She joins us now live. And Manisha, Malaysia has confirmed its first case of Zika in a
pregnant woman. What do we know about her, and the health of her unborn child?
MANISHA TANK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: We don't have that many details as yet. As you already said, Kristie, she's 27 years old and she
is in hospital, and will be monitored on an ongoing basis during her pregnancy.
What jumped out at me when I saw this news was the fact that she comes from (inaudible) which for many who probably don't know, that is right on the
border with Singapore. And the back story to this is hat her husband commutes into Singapore pretty much every day for work and she was in
Singapore about six months ago.
So, I'm sure that scientists there, the doctors there, will be patching all of this together to try to understand where she contracted and how she
contracted Zika and monitor the situation quite closely.
But it is worth understanding that wider context, that take the confirmed number
of Zika cases in Malaysia to three -- one of those is in the health ministry's words a Singapore
import so to speak, the other was actually an isolated case on the island of Saba.and anyone who knows Malaysia knows that Saba is disconnected from
this part, from this area, as well.
So there are those isolated cases, that it's worth noting that, that not all connected to Singapore. As for Singapore, yes, we've had that latest
again another jump in the numbers slightly lower number than before in terms of the jump, eight, taking that number right now to 283. And those
preemptive measures of controlling the mosquito population, Kristie, still very much in force.
[08:15:49] LU STOUT: The number of cases continues to rise in Singapore. And Manisha because of that link to microcephaly, are pregnant women in
Singapore concerned? Are they taking extra precautions?
TANK: Of course, Kristie, we were really curious about that and we decided to spend the day investigating this part of the story, talking to women
here whoare expecting children to try and understand how they're feeling about this.
We do a local MP here in Singapore who is expecting a child was out and about in the community this week trying to reassure parents, patients, who
were going for screenings. But today, we met a couple of women who've said they've slightly changed their lifestyle in the sense that, you know,
they're just being a little more vigilant. But otherwise they're feeling quite confident that the right measures are being taken and that life
should go on as normal.
We spoke to one of them. Her name is Zenn Soon. Let's hear what she had to say.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ZENN SOON, 3 MONTHS PREGNANT: We have slapped on some mosquito repellent before we go out, or we use mosquito patches every now and then.
But other than that, life is still pretty normal. We don't open the windows as much now at home. The AC is on more. And I love flowers and I
used to have a lot of flowers around the house, but for this period at least I've stopped it just in case, you know, you don't want to be breeding
any more mosquitoes or anything.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
TANK: And a message that we keep hearing repeated over and over again from people and also from Zenn today -- and she by the way is just three months
pregnant, so she's certainly wary and concerned about the headlines. But one of the messages that we're getting
over and over in Singapore is people have a lot more to fear from the likes of dengue fever. This is something that Singapore
has been trying to control for many years now, and because it had actually bolstered up its arsenal of anti-mosquito, anti-'80s mosquito measures this
year it feels that in terms of controlling Zika it is perhaps plan managing very well, Kristie.
LU STOUT: All right, Manisha Tank reporting for us live from Singapore. Thank you, Manisha. Take care.
Now, you're watching News Stream. And still to come on the program, the Paralympic games are about to begin, and we'll take you live to Rio where
excitement is building among the athletes.
Plus, new proposals, and new attacks. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton clash over national security.
[08:20:26] LU STOUT: Coming to you live from Hong Kong you're back watching News
Stream. We're just hours away from the opening ceremony of the Rio Paralympic games. And organizers are hoping for a last-minute surge in
Shasta Darlington has more on the mood in the city.
SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The Olympic flame is now here in Rio de Janeiro, with all of the excitement and journalists to
go with it. It has traveled around the country, five other cities. It was lit right here at the Museum of Tomorrow by Breno Viola (ph), a judo
fighter who also has down syndrome who said he's excited to see his city get that Olympic energy.
BRENO VIOLA, BRAZILIAN JUDOKA (through translator): This flame inspires people to feel the Olympic spirit, the Olympic and Paralympic spirit. To
have this flame here in front of me in my arm in Rio de Janeiro.
DARLINGTON: On Wednesday, the opening ceremony will kick off the games for 4,300 athletes from 161 countries. Noticeably absent is Russia. Their
entire Paralympic team banned thanks to the state sponsored doping scandal.
But that's not the only shadow overhanging these games. There have also been financial problems forcing organizers to scale back affecting
everything from seating, staffing and venues.
The president of the Paralympic committee says he never wants to go through that again.
PHILIP CRAVEN, PRES. INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE: Let us know if there's a problem you know and then we can start working things out months
before, or even maybe even a year before, or even more. Don't leave it to the last, as I said, last 30 seconds.
DARLINGTON: In the end, local and federal governments had to come in with a bailout package. They blamed the financial problems on ticket sales. At
the end of the Olympic games, only 13 percent of tickets for the Paralympic games had been sold.
Now, as they're just about to take off, however, 60 percent have been sold. That's more than we saw in Beijing.
And organizers say enthusiasm is growing as the torch travels around the city. We prepare for the opening ceremony, and of course, for the games
Shasta Darlington, CNN, Rio de Janeiro.
LU STOUT: So excitement is building. And those watching the opening ceremony will also witness history when the first Paralympics refugee team
enters the stadium.
Now Ibrahim al-Hussein (ph) was born in Syria, and used to swim in the Euphrates Rriver. In 2012, he lost part of his leg in a bombing. He fled
to Greece in 2014, and is competing in the 50 meter and 100 meter freestyle events.
Sharad Nashajpour (ph), is an Iranian who has been granted asylum in the U.S. And the athlete, who has cerebral palsy, is competing in the discus
Now, as Shasta mentioned in this piece a moment ago, many tickets for the Paralympics remain unsold. The International Paralympic Committee has
backed a global fund-raising campaign to provide tickets for 10,000 underprivileged kids in Brazil. You can also join if you want, but remember you only have a few hours left, so you have got to
do this now.
For easy access just go to the link which I put up on my Twitter page, it's@klustout.
Now, she missed the Rio Olympic Games and now she won't be back at the Paralympics either.
Supporters cheered Dilma Rousseff as she left Brazil's presidential palace for the last time. The country's senate ousted her last week on charges
that she's hidden a budget deficit ahead of her 2014 election win. She denies any wrongdoing and calls her impeachment a coup.
Now Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are trading barbs once again this time over national security. Now, the U.S. presidential rivals are raising
questions about each other's ability to be commander-in-chief. And they'll both have a chance to explain their side in a televised forum.
Sara Murray has more from the campaign trail.
DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: She never talks about policy.
SARA MURRAY, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton clashing over who is ready to be Commander-in-Chief.
HILLARY CLINTON, (D) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: He has no clue about what he is talking about.
MURRAY (voice-over): Trump, unveiling endorsements from nearly 90 retired U.S. military leaders and revealing his plan to demand a plan to take down
TRUMP: We're going to convene my top generals and give them a simple instruction. They will have 30 days to submit to the Oval Office a plan for
soundly and quickly defeating ISIS.
[08:25:09] CLINTON: He says he has a secret plan to defeat ISIS, but the secret is, he has no plan.
MURRAY (voice-over): As Clinton warns Trump will lead the U.S. back to war.
CLINTON: When it comes to fighting ISIS, he has been all over the map. You would have to literally map it out. He's talked about letting Syria become
a free zone for ISIS. Look at the map, Donald. He's talked about sending in American ground troops. Not on my watch.
MURRAY (voice-over): The Democratic nominee capitalizing on Trump's own words about veterans in this new ad.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: John McCain, a war hero.
TRUMP: He's not a war hero.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He's a war hero. Five and half years in the --
TRUMP: He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured, OK.
MURRAY (voice-over): As she touts her own military supporters.
CLINTON: They know they cannot count on Donald Trump. They view him as a danger and a risk.
MURRAY (voice-over): But Trump continues to argue Clinton is the risky one.
TRUMP: Hillary Clinton favors what has been called military adventurism, rushing to invade countries, displacing millions of families and then
inviting the refugees into our country, creating power vacuums filled by terrorist groups like ISIS.
MURRAY (voice-over): As the two rivals trade barbs over who qualifies as friend or foe.
TRUMP: Hillary likes to play tough with Russia. Putin looks at her and he laughs, OK. Russia doesn't like ISIS any better than we do. Wouldn't it be
nice if we actually got along with Russia and we could knock them out together? Wouldn't that be a good thing?
CLINTON: We're going to work with our allies, not insult them. We're going to stand up to our adversaries, not cozy up to them.
MURRAY (voice-over): Trump also taking aim at Clinton's private e- mail server highlighting the FBI's revelation that one of her aides destroyed
old phones with a hammer.
TRUMP: Very shady activity.
MURRAY (voice-over): And seizing on Clinton's repeated claim in her FBI interview that there were some details she just couldn't recall.
TRUMP: If she really can't remember, she can't be President. She doesn't member any -- were you instructed on how to use? I can't remember.
LU STOUT: And that was CNN's Sara Murray reporting there.
Now, along with national security, immigration has been another manger issue in this election. And a new CNN poll, it shows Americans pretty
evenly split on who they think would best handle it. Now among registered voters 49 percent say they trust Hillary Clinton on the issue. Now, slightly fewer lean toward Donald Trump, though the
difference is slight.
Now, among those who favor Clinton, more than two-thirds think the government's top priority should be a plan for those in the U.S. illegally
to become legal residents. Among Trump supporters, a majority want an emphasis on stopping illegal entry.
And at the bottom of both lists, mass deportation, though nearly 20 percent of likely Trump voters support it.
You're watching News Stream. And up next in the program, Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 7 in a few hours. But not everyone is happy about a
rumored change to the smart phone.
Plus, Fox News hopes to put the network's harassment scandal to rest with a big payoff. We've got the details ahead.
[08:31:52] LU STOUT: Apple is expected to unveil the new generation of iPhones at its fall event in a few hours and while new iPhones are usually
a big hit among Apple fans, one rumored change is already generating some controversy.
Now, Apple is expected to ditch the head phone jack and fully embrace wireless head phones, and reaction to that rumor has not been positive so
far. Now, CNN Money's business and technology correspondent Samuel Burke is in San Francisco for the big reveal. He joins us now live.
Samuel, good to see you. What should we expect from the big Apple event?
SAMUEL BURKE, CN MONEY: To upgrade or not to upgrade, that is the question that will be answered today at this event. A lot of rumors out there.
Here are the real core expectations that we have. Number one, a water resistant device catching up to Samsung in that respect. So drop your
phone in a river, a lake, the bathroom, who knows, hopefully it will survive.
Also, a dual lens camera. Now Huawei already has this. I've tried this. These pictures look like the quality that you would take from a
photographer at a wedding for example.
Also more storage, and thank god for that. If you've ever taken a picture and then all of a sudden it won't save you'll be happy to know it looks
like the cheapest device will start out at 32 gigabytes. And then getting rid of the head phone port, that's that little hole right there where you
plug in your head phones. Hopefully that will make the iPhone slimmer, and have more space for a bigger battery.
LU STOUT: And that's a big headline. I mean, now that Apple is going to be nixing the iPhone headphone jack, how will users be able to listen to
sound files from the new iPhone?
BURKE: So, a lot of people think that maybe it will just be as simple as being able to plug your headphones into the charging port. That would mean
that you can't listen to your music around charge at the same time. Other people believe that Apple will have a set of wireless headphones, those are
already available on the market from other companies. So, will they give it to you for free or will they charge for it? Or if you just are cheap or
you want to stick to your old device, your old headphones, maybe a port here, rather an adaptor that you can just plug in so that it switches over
to your charging port. I was trying out some of those at the tech show in Germany last week. They work great and only cost a few bucks, Kristie.
LU STOUT: Yeah, and old habits die hard. So, an adapter is a good solution there.
And Samuel, there's been some social media outrage to this change, but there's a lot of history to suggest that Apple is a leader for these big
changes in tech, right?
BURKE: Change is always so hard, whether it's in your personal life or even with a device. But in the end, it seems to have always worked out in
Apple's favor. You know, they got rid of the floppy disk drive, which was very controversial at the time. When the iPhone came out a lot of people
thought that it would never work because it didn't have a removable battery. They said what are you going to do when your battery dies,
clearly some of those folks were wrong.
And then they got rid of the DVDs in laptops and people thought they were nuts and then it became the industry standard.
So, people always ask me why are you covering all these Apple events? It seems like free advertising. But the truth is, Apple is an industry leader
and that's why all eyes will be fixed on this event today and we'll be covering for you and seeing if they change the whole tech industry with
some of these small changes.
LU STOUT: Yeah, and it's kicking off just a few hours from now. And you are there. Samuel Burke reporting live from San Francisco. Thank you,
Well, Apple's new iPhone is sure to boast all the latest technology, some people are ditching their smartphones altogether. The so-called dumb phone
users, such as, yes, the actor Eddie Redmayne, are opting for simple hand sets using them to just make calls.
CNN's Nina Dos Santos looks at this new trend switching off from a very connected world.
[08:35:30] NINA DOS SANTOS, CNN MONEY: Smartphones: always to hand, and always connected. Emails, social media, games, news, markets, sports, more
games, music, photos, weather, it's information overload.
But many people are ditching their smartphones in favor of a simpler handset. In 2015, an
estimated 44 million so-called basic phones were sold, accounting for 2 percent of the mobile market. That may not sound like a lot but it's still
worth nearly $7 billion.
Leading the charge for change is Swiss-based Punkd whose CEO hopes that their device can help cut through the clutter of the modern world.
PETTER NEBY, CEO, PUNKD: It's not always good to be always online and always in the world of notifications.
DOS SANTOS: Punkd's stripped back phone does have a calendar, contacts book and alarm, but at its heart it's a phone.
NEBY: It's all about taking back the conversation. This whole element of, no one really knows how to talk any longer.
DOS SANTOS: I brought along my Blackberry and also my iPhone. There are features of these two devices that I use every day. How can people cope
with just that?
NEBY: Well, that's -- that's exactly the point, isn't it? I think these smartphones are more computers that you can also talk from, and they're
less it is built to having a conversation with. For instance I myself am a user of a smartphone and such a phone. And so I
wouldn't give up my smartphone. But I just got more help from this to cut it out more often.
DOS SANTOS: And taking that step back seems to be getting the phone noticed. Sold out within weeks of its launch, it has the backing of design
ROSA BERTOLI, DESIGN EDITOR, WALLPAPER MAGAZINE: I think more and more people want simplicity in their daily lives, and design is a great tool to
achieve this simplicity because the work of designers is basically making our lives easier and creating objects that are pleasant to use, pleasant to
DOS SANTOS: Which means simple as well as smart, may be here to stay.
Nina Dos Santos, CNN Money, London.
LU STOUT: Now, we are also expecting big news from Sony. The company says a Playstation
meeting is happening right after Apple's event. Now Sony is expected to unveil a new more powerful high-end version of the Playstation 4,
reportedly code-named Neo. Now, it's not a completely new generation of game console, but it is expected to support 4k resolution and give a better
virtual reality experience.
Now Gamers are also expecting to see a slimmer version of the PS4 and updates on Playstation VR.
You're watching News Stream. Still ahead, Fox is paying big to end a sexual harassment lawsuit, but this may only be the beginning of the
[08:39:59] LU STOUT: Welcome back.
Now, the parent company of Fox News is paying $20 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit. That suit was brought by former anchor Gretchen
Carlson, but she isn't the only staffer to accuse ousted Fox News Chief Roger Ailes.
And amid all of this, long-time host Greta Van Susteren abruptly quit the network.
Brian Stelter has more.
GRETCHEN CARLSON, FRM. FOX NEWS HOST: Welcome to the Real Story. I'm Gretchen Carlson.
BRIAN STELTER, CNN INTENATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The real story behind Carlson's sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes will now never see
a courtroom. Fox's parent company announcing a bombshell $20 million settlement, made by the network on behalf of Ailes. Fox issuing a highly
unusual statement saying we sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect that she and all our
Experts say the eight figure settlement will have ripple effects all across corporate America.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Multiple women were taping conversations with Roger Ailes.
STELTER: The settlements mean any audiotapes will now remain secret.
So the Murdochs are clearly trying to move on while Ailes is still fighting. He resigned under pressure in late July and now the GOP
strategist turned TV boss is giving advice to Donald Trump, though not formally working for the campaign.
Today Ailes' lawyer, Susan Estrich (ph) pointedly saying he's not helping to pay for the settlement.
All told, more than 20 women reportedly spoke with the Murdochs' outside law firm about
Ailes' alleged harassment.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: These are stories that they did not even tell their families, their husbands, their children. I mean, these are incredibly
STELTER: Ailes has denied it. But the aftershocks continue at Fox. One of the network's best-known hosts, Greta Van Susteren, exercising a clause
in her contract letting her walk out the door now that Ailes is out.
She says on Facebook Fox has not felt like home to me for a few years. Now, she's looking for a new broadcasting job.
And as for Carlson, maybe there's advocacy work in her future. In a statement, she says she will redouble my efforts to empower women in the
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LU STOUT: And that was Brian Stelter reporting.
And finally, it looks like any old map until you inspect it closely. An English company has released the marvelous map of actual Australian place
names and I warn you now, many of those names cannot be mentioned in polite company.
Intercourse Island, and Lovely Bottom are just a couple of examples.
But the mapmakers say that Tasmania has the highest concentration of quirky names. And there are lots with the word bottom in them apparently.
And Australia is not the only country with naughty names, though. The company has also made maps for Britain, and the United States.
And that's is News Stream. I'm Kristie Lu Stout. But don't go anywhere, World Sport with Alex Thomas is next.