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Kerry, Lavrov to Meet About Syria; President Obama Addresses Chinese Reception, Donald Trump in Final Address at ASEAN Summit; Apple Ditches Headphone Jack; India Lawmakers Propose Commercial Surrogacy Ban

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

Now, the U.S. president says farewell to Asia, but not without some sharp words for his potential successor. We'll take you live to Laos as the

ASEAN summit wraps up.

Also, peace talks yet again. The U.S. and Russia meet once more to discuss ending Syria's civil war.

And banning access to the so-called womb of the world. India lawmakers push to end commercial surrogacy.

The U.S. president is heading home wrapping up what he calls a memorable and moving trip to Asia. Now, he gave a news conference a short time ago

from Laos where he attended the ASEAN summit with 10 member states.

Reporters asked him about Donald Trump's claims that Mr. Obama was humiliated when he arrived in China at the G20 summit when the host nation

didn't roll out the big staircase for the president to exit Air Force One. But Mr. Obama shrugged that off saying his reception across Asia has been


And he was also asked about the Philippine president's insulting remarks. But he Mr. Obama downplayed the controversy saying he doesn't take Mr.

Duterte's recent comments personally adding the pair shook hands during a brief exchange.

Now, CNN's Asia-Pacific editor Andrew Stevens joins us now from Vientiane, Laos with more. and Andrew, again on his final day there in Laos,

President Obama he faced reporters questions about how he was treated by Asian leaders.

What more did he say about his reception to the region?

ANDREW STEVENS, CNN INTERNAITONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, how he was by Asian leaders and his response to some of those comments from Donald Trump over

the past 24 hours. I mean, it has been difficult in places for the president. Apparently, seen as a snub, when the red carpet wasn't rolled

out for him at the start of that tour, the G20 tour. The insults from the new Philippines president, and also some pretty tough bargaining and lack

of breakthroughs with the Russian leader.

So, it has been tough for him. But he's been sort of focusing, Kristie, on highlights and you talked about a moving trip for him. That's a lot to do

with the U.S. getting more involved in clearing mines and unexploded ordnance from the secret war. But he was asked, as you say, about what he

thought this trip had been like and whether it was humiliating. This is his answer.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: In terms of my reception here, as far as I can tell has been terrific.

If this theory about my reception and my rebalance policy is based on me going down the short stairs in China, yes, I think that is overblown.


STEVENS: It drew a few smiles at the press conference when he said that.

But it was interesting, he was asked about Donald Trump and he went back on the offensive sort of underlined the fact that he does not think, Kristie,

that Donald Trump is suitable to be president. He talked about contradictory, uninformed and sometimes outright whacky statements coming

from Donald Trump and he said being president was a serious business and you had to do your homework, and saying that Donald Trump basically was not

up to it.

Andrew, tensions remain high over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. How has President Obama addressed that ongoing issue?

STEVENS: No breakthrough there. No meeting of minds. Barack Obama underlined today at some opening remarks just before meeting the ASEAN

leaders, that the decision taken at the international court ruling at The Hague, an international court ruling, which basically said that China's

expansion moves in the South China Sea were illegal, President Obama called that decision binding.

Now, the leaders of ASEAN have not mentioned that ruling in The Hague, in their final statements. So, they are not actually going to side with the

U.S. on its position about The Hague, which is interesting.

There was pressure by Beijing on the chair, which is Laos this year, of ASEAN, not to include The Hague decision in any of the final communique,

and Laos, which is a close ally of China agreed to that.

The statement did say that some leaders had expressed serious concerns about the ongoing developments in the South China Sea, Krisite, but didn't

really elaborate. And, again, China was not named at all in that communique.

So, it does look as if China did gain the upper hand in this. ASEAN looks like it is playing to

China's book even though four of the ASEAN countries are in direct conflict over China's expansionist claims in the South China Sea, particularly The

Philippines and Vietnam.

LU STOUT: All right, CNN's Andrew Stevens reporting live for us from Laos. Thank you, Andrew.

And as you mentioned just now, on the U.S. president brushed off Donald Trump remarks that Mr. Obama was humiliated on his final trip to Asia, but

Trump had even more criticism for the president at a forum in New York on Wednesday night. He and Hillary Clinton appeared separately at the event.

It was hosted by NBC. And they faced some questions on foreign policy and questions on national security. Sunlen Serfaty reports.


SUNLEN SERFATY, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Donald Trump drumming up more controversy.

TRUMP: The man has very strong control over the country.

SERFATY (voice-over): Praising Vladimir Putin while trashing President Barack Obama.

TRUMP: He has been a leader far more than our President has been a leader.

SERFATY (voice-over): And attacking the performance of U.S. military generals, standing by his statement, claiming he knows more about ISIS than

the generals do.

TRUMP: Under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the generals have been reduced to rubble. They have been reduced to a point

where it is embarrassing for our country.

SERFATY (voice-over): But giving no details on his plan to defeat ISIS.

TRUMP: I have a substantial chance of winning. If I win, I don't want to broadcast to the enemy exactly what my plan is.

SERFATY (voice-over): Hillary Clinton making clear her plan to fight ISIS will not include ground troops.

HILLARY CLINTON, (D) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: We've got to do it with air power. We've got to do it with much more support for the Arabs and the

Kurds who will fight on the ground against ISIS. We are not putting ground troops into Iraq ever again, and we're not putting ground troops into


SERFATY (voice-over): Clinton getting grilled over her use of a private e- mail server while serving as Secretary of State and her vote to go to war with Iraq.

CLINTON: Classified material has a header, which says top secret, secret, confidential. Nothing, and I will repeat this and this is verified in the

report by the Department of Justice, none of the e- mails sent or received by me had such a header. I think that the decision to go to war in Iraq was

a mistake.

SERFATY (voice-over): Later, Trump repeating his false claim that owe opposed the Iraq war from the start.

TRUMP: I've always said, you shouldn't be there.


TRUMP: Yes, I guess so. You know, I wish it was -- I wish the first time it was done correctly.

SERFATY (voice-over): And declaring that the U.S. should have stolen oil from Iraq.

TRUMP: But if we're going to get out, take the oil. If we would have taken the oil, you wouldn't have ISIS. It used to be to the victor belong the


SERFATY (voice-over): And sparking outrage for defending his controversial 2013 tweet that suggests sexual assault in the military is a result of

women serving alongside men.

TRUMP: It is a correct tweet. There are many people that think that that's absolutely correct. You have reported -- and the gentlemen can tell you,

you have the report of rape and nobody gets prosecuted. There are no consequence.

SERFATY (voice-over): Also drawing criticism, NBC News Anchor Matt Lauer being accused of aggressively questioning Clinton.

CLINTON: I have time. I will --

MATT LAUER, HOST, NBC NEWS: I want to get to a lot of questions.

CLINTON: I will talk quickly.

SERFATY (voice-over): And not fact checking Trump's claims throughout the events.

TRUMP: I was totally against the war in Iraq, perhaps almost as bad was the way Barack Obama got out. That was a disaster.

LAUER: People talk about you and Commander-in-Chief, and not just Secretary Clinton but some of your Republican opponents in the primary season, and

they wonder about your temperament.


LU STOUT: And that was CNN's Sunlen Serfaty reporting.

Now, whoever wins the election in November, will need to address the conflict in Syria. Now, U.S. and Russian negotiators are to meet for the

third time in two weeks to discuss a cease-fire. In the last two days, activists have accused the Syrian government of dropping poison gas on

Aleppo. The talks followed failed efforts to reach an agreement on the sidelines of the G20.

Now, let's go now to Geneva where the talks are going to be held. And CNN's international diplomatic editor Nic Robertson joins us now.

And, Nic, when John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov sit down to talk, can they narrow down their


NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Secretary Kerry is expected in later today. And I say expected because he was, with Sergey

Lavrov, expected in earlier today and the talks had been expected today. But as we heard from President Putin at the G20 after President Obama said

that there were still gaps in getting this agreement, President Putin said he thought a deal could still be hammered out within the next few days.

Both presidents pass their foreign secretary of state John Kerry, Sergei Lavrov, to get back together. So that's happening.

So, the expectation and the fact that the meeting creates, if you will -- and certainly from the Russian perspective they are sort of creating the

impression that this deal can be done, that the gaps can be narrowed.

The key gaps, we are told 13 out of 15 points have been agreed prior to the G20 -- humanitarian access in Aleppo, the nature of how a cease-fire would

work in Aleppo was another sticking point. But then at the G20, the understanding is that the Russian side backed away from something they

previously agreed to.

So, I think, for a lot of people, watching this process happen really, there's a sense of, OK, Russia really has, if you will, the ground to make

up here. And it's not clear if that's actually going to happen, if they are going to be able to concede or find compromise on those key points to

get at least a cease-fire and humanitarian access.

LU STOUT: Yeah, Russia has ground to make up here. And Russia also plays a critical role in these talks. We know the future of Bashar al-Assad,

that has been a key sticking point. What does it take to somehow make Russia change its position on Assad?

ROBERTSON: I think the hope is Russia sees that a military solution isn't possible in Syria and the assessment is that Russia isn't going for a

military solution in Syria. That's the big picture assessment. You know, when you look at Aleppo, which Russia, President Bashar al-Assad, the

Iranians all together have been pushing what appears to be a military solution only in Aleppo all through this year.

And it keeps getting in the way of talks. So, how -- what's changed and what is different about that scenario right now it's really not clear

whatsoever. And I certainly don't think that there is something that, you know, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry can say here to Sergey Lavrov,

that is going to force Russia to change its position, because Russia really has the assets on the ground, it has a stronger position. It's up to them

essentially if and when they say to President Bashar al-Assad, you need to step aside.

So, just to take one step back from that, these talks here between Sergey Lavrov, John Kerry, when they start, if they start, expected tomorrow, are

going to set the conditions with a cease-fire with humanitarian access, possibly prisoner releases, set the conditions for the real parties, the

rebels and hte Syrian government to then sit down and begin negotiations.

It's such a long track from where we are at today, somewhere down that track, six months, the

opposition is saying, Russia would have to give the message to President Assad that he needs to step aside.

It's not clear at all. And every time Russia has came up against this in the past, it hasn't happened. It's not clear at all how that -- where that

leverage on Russia is going to come from.

LU STOUT: Got you. So, these talks about creating conditions for political dialogue, there are many, many, many steps ahead.

Nic Robertson reporting live for us from Geneva. Thank you, Nic.

As we told you yesterday, the Syrian opposition has been meeting with key foreign ministers in London. And Nic has written an article online. It's

called "Tea and sympathy in London, while bombs fall on Aleppo." And he breaks down who are at these talks and just how complicated the conflict in

Syria is.

You can out who are friends, who are enemies? You can see that at the center of it all is ISIS. Check it out.

Now, the U.S. is accusing Russia of a close military encounter in international air space over the Black Sea. And according to the Pentagon,

a Russian jet flew dangerously close to a P-8, a Poseidon, similar to this one.

At one point, they came within three meters of each other. And this is one of several Russian intercepts reported by the U.S. military this year.

You're watching News Stream. And still ahead, women being paid to give birth to someone else's baby, it is a big industry in parts of India. And

now some lawmakers want to ban it. We'll explain why.

And as the Zika outbreak gets worse in Singapore, CNN finds out how pregnant women there are protecting themselves from the mosquito borne



LU STOUT: Coming to you live from Hong Kong, you are back watching News Stream. And lawmakers in India are expected to take up a controversial

bill that would end cmmercial surrogacy. Now, India is a top destination for people around the world seeking surrogate mothers, often because it

comes at a cheaper price.

Alexandra Field has more from New Delhi.



ALEXANDRA FIELD (voice-over): That's the sound they waited 22 years to hear.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): We had no hope and now we have a baby.

FIELD: And it was a labor of love, requiring the help of a surrogate mom, which is big business in India.


FIELD: The country has been called the womb of the world. A few years ago, CNN took you to the heart of it, a town filled with women dubbed by critics

as having wombs for rent. Now the government is working to put the whole business out of business.

DR. SOUMYA SWANinaTHAN, DIRECTOR GENERAL, INDIAN MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL: We thought the government felt that it's very, very important that we move

a bill to protect these women. We've received a large number of complaints, but with most of the complaints are about people who are either not given

the amount that they were promised or who had some complications that were not covered medically or to do with the children who were left behind.

FIELD: Dr. Soumya SwaNinathan, director general at the Indian Medical Research Council, helped draft the bill. It would clamp down on the more

than 2,000 under-regulated fertility clinics operating in the country. If passed, it would put an end to paid surrogacy, and an end to paychecks

worth thousands of dollars for these women, among the country's poorest, women who might otherwise earn a few hundred in a year.

They didn't want to be identified because they say there's a social stigma surrounding surrogacy.

"With the money, the future of our children will be good, we will educate them. We are benefiting from it and helping others who don't have children,

she says."

(on camera): If passed, India's ban to prevent surrogacy would not only prevent poor women from making a substantial amount of money as surrogates,

it would stop people from all over the world from coming to India to have babies, and that includes Indian parents, gay couples and single women. The

only people that could have babies would be married heterosexual Indian couples who have not been able to have a baby in five years and who are

unable to find an unpaid surrogate family member.

(voice-over): This doctor can delivered hundreds of babies from surrogate mowers. She delivered this baby and a hundred other babies from surrogate

mothers. She argues the government is stripping women of the right to make choices about their bodies and earn money they need.

DR. KABANI BANERJEE, OPPOSES SUROGACY BILL: Perhaps their intention is good of the government, but I feel they are ill-informed.

FIELD: A disservice, she believes, toward the women who depend on thepaychecks and the ones who still hope to hear this.



LU STOUT: Now, Alexandra Field joins us now live from New Delhi with more on this story. And Alex, could a ban on commercial surrogacy lead to an

illegal, underground industry in India?

FIELD: Well, that's certainly what the opponents of this bill are saying. You already have a legal system that has not been able to be properly

regulated. So they say that this illegal system could crop up in its place.

When I speak to supporters of the bill, however, they say that there are lines in the bill that

would protect against that. They say there would be stronger regulation of the more than 2,000 fertility clinics that are operating in this country,

and specifically, they say, they would go after the doctors who would dare to break the law and that could mean fines or even time in prison for

doctors who involve themselves with paid surrogacy if it was to be outlawed, Kristie.

LU STOUT: And Alexandra, will this bill pass? I mean, how much political momentum is there for a ban on commercial surrogacy there?

FIELD: There seems to be tremendous will behind getting this bill passed. This is something that's been talked about in this country for the last few

years. In 2012, again in 2015 when you had the home minister order fertility clinics to stop doing surrogacy for foreign couples. So, there

is a lot of momentum behind it.

Again, this is a bill that still needs to proceed through parliament, so there could be be changes to the bill. But when we talk to the architects

of it, they say that really the crux of this bill, at the heart of it, is a goal toward removing paid surrogacy. They would replace it with this

system of altruistic surrogacy in which women could participate as surrogates if they were family members, as we pointed out, or unpaid.

But again, that would apply to a small amount of people who would qualify for that.

ANDERSON: And as you point out in your report, people all over the world have been coming to India to have babies, Indian parents, overseas parents,

gay couples, single women, single Indian women. If India does, indeed, ban commercial surrogacy, what other options

do they have?

FIELD: Yeah, it does leave a lot of questions. Again, the supporters say that people should look at surrogacy as an option of last resort. Most

would-be parents tell you they are already doing that.

But, again, the supporters of the bill say that they are encouraging more people to adopt. If that's not what you want to do, if that's not what

you're looking to do, what is left for you? Well, Kristie, this is directed in large part toward foreign nationals who have been coming here

to do cheaper surrogacy. We know there is another marketplace, if you will, for those

couples. They can simply go to other countries where paid surrogacy is allowed at low prices as well or they can pay more to do it in western

countries like the U.S.

So, this does really effect Indian couples, people who are living right here.

It affects the single women who would not qualify for altruistic surrogacy, it affects the gay couples who would not qualify for altruistic surrogacy.

And that's a big problem. That's rankling people in this country who say that if you're going to have a law that's about surrogate mothers, it

shouldn't be about discriNinating against would-be parents.

LU STOUT: Yeah, a multi-faceted debate here. Alexandra Field reporting for us live in New Delhi. Thank you, Alex.

Now, every day, it seems that the number of Zika cases just goes up in Singapore. Now today, nine new cases were confirmed bringing the total

number there to 292.

Now, Singapore is stepping up efforts to control the mosquito population while pregnant women are taking extra precautions. Manisha Tank spoke to

some of them.


MANISHA TANK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Nina and her daughter come to this park almost every day to play in the shade of the trees together.

Though it seems idyllic, Singapore's climate is a beacon for biting inspects including the Zika carrying Aedes mosquito.

Even though she's eight months pregnant, Nina isn't worried.

NINA CHUA, EXPECTANT MOTHER: The best thing you can do is prevention, yeah, that's how I feel about it.

TANK: I suppose if you live in Singapore, you are quite used to insects.

CHUA: Yeah. I'm not going to let it stop me from my every day life.

TANK: Nina protects herself from the home remedy she had originally cooked up for her daughter. News of her balm traveled by word of mouth. And when

the first case of Zika emerged in Singapore, she was inundated with interest.

CHUA: The first on the day -- on the day that there was one person suspected, I had 20 orders. And the second, I had 70 orders.

TANK: Wow.

Since then, Singapore's Zika cases have jumped. But this is a country well versed in fighting mosquito borne disease.

Like Nina, expectant mother Zenn Soon, isn't scared, but she is mindful of the dangers of Zika.

ZENN SOON, EXPECTANT MOTHER: 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 Ind i used to have a lot of flowers around the house. But for

this period, at least, I have stopped it, just in case. You know, you don't want to be breeding any more mosquitoes or anything.

TANK: Zenn thinks the government's efforts to spread public awareness over Zika have been


SOON: You don't want there to be panic amongst people. And life does go on.

TANK: And that's an opinion Nina shares, not just for herself, but for her daughter as well.

CHUA: I'm not going to hide in the house, I'm going to do what I do with her every day, because she'll miss out on life if I'm going to be so


TANK: Manisha Tank, CNN, Singapore.


LU STOUT: Now, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca begins this week. And Saudi forces are bracing for millions who will arrive.

Now security is of course a major concern after last year's stampede. And Michael Holmes reports it is creating a deeper division between Saudi

Arabia and Iran.


MICHAEL HOLMES, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Saudi security forces ready for action in response to a disaster in Mecca. But this isn't the real

thing. It is a drill in preparation for the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Saudi officials say they are taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety of

the pilgrims this month.

MAJ. GEN. MUHAMMAD AL AHMADI, SAUDI SPECIAL FORCES FOR SECURITY (through translator): We are really ready to serve the guests and providing the most

extreme levels of security of their arrival in the country until they leave.

HOLMES: Authorities say they are taking no chances following last year's stampede in which Riyadh said more than 700 people died. But according to

counts of countries that repatriated bodies, the death toll could have been more than 2,000.

This strained relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran. More than 460 of those killed were Iranians. Tehran has already barred its citizens from

participating in this year's pilgrimage. Iran's supreme leader has suggested Muslim countries consider ending ownership of the Hajj. Riyad

accusing Iran of trying to politicize the event and compromise safety.


HOLMES: Each pilgrim is being given an electronic bracelet and there are more surveillance cameras, all intended to avoid a repeat of last year. But

those measures are being criticized by Khomeini. In a statement on his website, he accused the Saudis of collaborating with, quote, "spy agencies

of the U.S. and the Zionist regime" to make what he calls, quote, "the divine sanctuary" unsafe for everyone.

The Saudis believe the new measures are already working. More than a million people arrived this week amid tight security.

The Red Crescent Society also getting involved, saying it's using lessons from last year's disaster.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translation): God willing, the service will be better this season and this season we consider it very hot, as you can see.

So we have made good preparation for sun stroke cases.

HOLMES: Michael Holmes, CNN, Atlanta.


LU STOUT: You are watching News Stream. And still to come, Apple is known for breaking the norm. And now it's trying to change the way people listen

to music. But will it work?

Air China is facing a backlash over a piece of travel advice in an in- flight magazine. We'll tell you what it said and why it sparked controversy.



LU STOUT: Now, we have all flipped through them on the plane, those in- flight magazines that usually carry pretty tame articles on shopping and travel.

But Air China is coming under fire over travel advice published in its on board magazine. Matt Rivers has the controversy.


MATT RIVERS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Air China has now officially apologized for a racist travel tip that was publicized inside

one of its in-flight magazines. This incident started going viral when a journalist with CNBC posted a picture of that travel tip online.

And as you can see in this picture, it reads that safety: London is generally a safe place to travel,

however precautions are needed when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people. We advise tourists not to go out

alone at night, and females always to be accompanied by another person when traveling.

And so as you might imagine, that created a lot of outrage online. One British lawmaker called on Air China to formally apologize.

And several comments -- or several requests for comment from CNN throughout the day today, Air China did send us a statement saying in part, quote,

"Wings of China is one of nearly 100 foreign and domestic publications we distribute on board to serve our customers. Articles in these publications

do not reflect the views of Air China. After discovering the issue, Air China has immediately removed the magazine from all its flights. We have

also asked the publisher to draw a serious lesson from the episode and strengthen its content review to avoid similar problems from arising


So, clearly Air China there trying to distance itself from this publisher responsible for printing this in-flight magazine.

But this isn't the only recent racist incident that we have seen here in China, it was just a few months ago that we were reporting on a television

advertisement for a laundry detergent. Now, in that advertisement you can see a black man flirting with a Chinese woman. And the black man

approaches the Chinese woman. She takes a laundry detergent capsule, puts it inside his mouth, then she puts him in the washing machine, and a few

seconds later, the black man does not pop out of the washing machine, rather a Chinese man pops out. So, obviously a very racist advertisement

there that created similar outrage to the kind that we're seeing here after this in-flight publication came out.

Now, not only did Air China issue a statement, but the ministry of foreign affairs here in China also commented on this issue at their daily briefing

saying that they did not agree with what was published in Air China, that it does not reflect the views of the Chinese government and that they were

looking forward to seeing the results of an internal investigation from Air China.

Matt Rivers, CNN, Beijing.


LU STOUT: Now, Apple has unveiled its new smartphone, iPhone 7. And it doesn't look different from the 6, the new phones do have a better camera

and battery life and are water resistant. But there is one major change and you can see it here. The new phones, they don't have a headphone


Now, Apple is promoting its wireless headphones to go with this. We'll bring an image up for you.

But some point out they are so small with no cord and the users may lose them. Also, they need to be charged.

But you cannot charge them through your phone.

Now, if you don't like the change, apple has an adapter for the old headset.

And as Jeanne Moos finds out, some fanas are probably going to want to get that adapter.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: If Apple has its way, you can kiss your headphone wires goodbye, gone the way of the tethered telephone because the

new iPhone 7 has no headphone jack.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We believe in a wireless future.

MOOS: Meet airpods. Wired said they looked like a tiny space fisherman.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Priced at just $159.

MOOS: No more dancing with flopping wires like in the old iPod ads.


MOOS: You want to say good-bye to these things?


MOOS: iPhone fans of all ages.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I am going to miss the headphone jack.

MOOS: Were resistant.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If it's not broken, just leave it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I find the wireless a pain in the neck because you have to charge them.

MOOS: But the new air pods supplied five hours of listening on a single charge. Those watching the iPhone 7 unveiling got a charge out of James

Corden, singing carpool karaoke while pretending to transport Apple CEO Tim Cook to the event.

Presenters extolled everything from longer battery life to better cameras to water resistant, allows the new iPhones to survive a dunk in the toilet,

while jokesters mocked Apple for its air pods and created parody products like the Apple pencil, writes on things and instant recharging.

This is no parody. Apple introduced two new iPhone colors.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There is a second new black. We call it simply black.

MOOS: Wires and headphone jacks only '90s kids will remember.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Infrared sensors detect which each air pod is in your ear.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's one more thing to worry about.

MOOS: The Apple event ended with a performance by the shy to show her face Sia. Unfortunately, we couldn't see whether or not she was wearing AirPods.

Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.


LU STOUT: Got to love Sia. She's got style.

But Apple did reveal something that received cheers. Nintendo game designer Shigori Moto (ph) demonstrated the new Super Mario Run. It is a

Mario game specially designed for smartphones, finally, you can play with just one hand. The famous plumber will be making his App Store appearance

later this year.

You're watching News Stream. We'll be back right after this.



CHARLY SALLAS, PHOTOGRAPHER: Basically before coming to Japan, I wasn't used to taking pictures. I didn't have any interest in photography, but

then I came here and I started to be influenced by many Japanese photographers, but also movies. I love Japanese movies.

Most of the time, it's very bright. I like the story of brightness. On my Instagram, if you take my first pictures I think they are really, really

bright. It was an attempt at trying some sort of Japanese style.

Personally, I love taking pictures at a place called (inaudible). And basically there you eat soupless ramen that's called (inaudible).

And the dish we had today was kind of special because it had like pork in it. And there's a lot of shops in Tokyo that start to do that, but this

one in terms of like flavor it's amazing. So, I always want to like promote his shop and have more people come to it. So that's why I often

take pictures there.

And all the restaurants in Tokyo, you can see the kitchen, and that's a nice kind of bond between the customer and the chef, it's a kind of sense

of trust.

You can see the food he's making and you get to see the whole process.

There's a lot of things going on in that bowl, like when you mix it up, all the flavors, like

rise up. You get a lot of meat flavor and after slurping the noodles, because Japanese slurp noodles, which can be kind of shocking for

foreigners, but you slurp the noodles and it releases even more flavor.

And then you have the iberica (ph) pork, which like an expensive sushi would, it just melts in your mouth once you eat it, which is really

amazing. So many sensations going on there.

So, there's a street where I like to take pictures. And it called Omoide Yokocho. In Japanese, Omoide Yokocho it means, like, the memory street,

memory lane. It's in Shinjuku (ph) and once really hat's unique about it, you are here in Shinjuku (ph). It's very modern-looking. There's tall

skyscrapers everywhere. But this street it's like going back to a time like 60 years

before it. It's amazing, it has a unique charm. There's lots of delicious restaurants. All small restaurants are like four or five seats.

I like to see people eating, having fun, maybe drinking. The chef cooking, like just ordinary scene like for any Japanese people, it would seem like

completely ordinary, but when you go inside that street and you look through the lens, it feels like you are in some kind of old Japanese movie.

That's the kind of vibe I want to take.

What's great about Tokyo is it's so big, you have many different kind of like environments. You've got like modern buildings, you've got like old

streets, and you've got some huge parks. I think there's anything for everybody. Like, or even people who aren't interested in photography,

there's something for you.


LU STOUT: Beautiful photography in that bowl of hot ramen noodle soup that is going to

stay with me.

Now, before we go, I want to tell you how NASA is watching our backs. Now, they're sending a space probe to chase down an asteroid, one that's made

their list of potentially hazardous asteroids, because there is a chance, a small chance it could strike Earth one day.

Now, it will take the probe two years to reach the rock, but scientists hope to bring pieces of it to Earth and they hope to learn more about the

origin of life and to measure how the asteroid changes direction by expelling the heat from the sun so they can better predict where it will be

in the future.

And that is News Stream. I'm Kristie Lu Stout.