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[08:00:21] KRISTIE LU STOUT, HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong and welcome to News Stream.
Now, another deadly air strike in Syria. While the U.S. and Russia argue over who was responsible for an attack on an aid convoy.
Why many white working class Americans are getting behind Donald Trump. CNN takes a special look at a group of people that could prove critical in
the U.S. election.
And we look at the secret of this Italian village, where many of the residents are living to the age of 100.
The cease-fire in Syria is in tatters and there has been no end to the violence. At least 13 people have been killed in an air strike on a
medical facility southwest of Aleppo. And it comes just a day after a UN aid convoy was attacked near that city. The U.S. says Russia was
responsible for that, but Moscow denies it, saying terrorists followed the convoy and then attacked.
Now, the cease-fire has been in place all but a week and has not lived up to its promise. It did not deliver on its first goal to bring food to
those in need. Now, people in Aleppo waited in vain as the UN asked Russia and the U.S. to work out a plan to allow aid workers
to get in safely, but it was over the weekend that the truce really started to unravel.
U.S.-led coalition war planes were targeting ISIS terrorists when they hit Syrian troops, killing
at least 60. It caused a diplomatic firestorm with Russia and the U.S. blaming each other for undermining the truce.
And then on Monday, Syria declared it considered the cease-fire to be over and on the same day a UN aid convoy was attacked near Aleppo. But with all
this, the U.S. says the cease-fire is not dead.
But what about the view from Russia? Now let's cross over to CNN's Matthew Chance, who joins us live from Moscow.
And Matthew, Russia is denying that it's responsible for that aid convoy attack, but how it
backing that claim up?
Well, it's saying, first of all, it's examined the footage of the aftermath of the attack and saying that it's seen no evidence that the damage caused
was caused by munitions dropped from the air. They are saying it wasn't an air strike.
They have also ruled their own air force out of this. They've ruled out the Syrian air force, their allies from doing this, because as I said, the
Syrians aren't able to carry out strikes in the nighttime. They don't have the technological capabilities to do that, the Russians say.
They are placing responsibility for this at the feet of the rebels. They're saying that the damage appears to have been caused by a mysterious fire
that began at the same time that there was a rebel attack under way in the same area near Aleppo. They've also released video showing surveillance,
drone surveillance by the Russians, of this humanitarian convoy. And they say it shows a rebel vehicle driving alongside the convoy carrying what
they say is a heavy duty mortar and the Russians are raising the question about whether the rebels that started this with the mortar attack on the
And so in short they're totally rejecting the idea that they're involved or responsible and are trying to blame the rebels in the region for this.
And Matthew, we know the UN Security Council will soon discuss the cease- fire collapse. We have John Kerry, Sergey Lavrov, both scheduled to speak in less than an hour from now. What should we expect to hear from the
Russian foreign minister?
CHANCE: Well, it's a good question, and we're going to be waiting with anticipation to hear
exactly what he says. I mean, up until now the situation, the word from the Kremlin, his bosses here in Moscow, have been that the chances of a
renewal of this cease-fire and the current circumstances are very weak.
I mean, the Russians have accused the United States of failing to uphold their side of the bargain, of failing to rein in the moderate rebels even
inside Syria that were part of this cessation of hostilities. The Russians say there have been hundreds of
attacks against Syrian army units by the rebels since the cease-fire came into force. And so that's one of the reasons they say that the chances of
renewing this cease-fire are very slim.
For their part, the United States have, of course, blamed the Russians for not putting enough
pressure on Syria, on the Syrian government to open the humanitarian corridor into eastern Aleppo to alleviate the hardships of those tens of
thousands of people inside that city, and so they've been blaming each other effectively for their breakdown of this truce.
LU STOUT: Our Matthew Chance reporting for us live from Moscow. Thank you, Matthew.
Israel says a security guard shot and wounded a man who was attempting to attack the Israeli
embassy in the Turkish capital. An Israeli foreign affairs spokesman tells CNN the attacker was shot before he reached the embassy in Ankara. It's
believed the man had a weapon. Israeli officials say possibly a knife.
Now, we are getting chilling new details about the suspected New York/New Jersey bomber Ahmad Rahami through the criminal complaint filed against
him. It says that Rahami was carrying a hand-written journal and inside it the author wrote about fearing, being caught before being able to
carry out a suicide attack.
It also makes reference to al Qaeda figures like Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlawki.
Now, investigators are also probing the suspects tumultuous relationship with his family.
Is now, Rahami is now facing four criminal counts in connection with the bombings, including use of weapons of mass destruction.
Evan Perez has the latest.
EVAN PEREZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Federal investigators say this weekend's bombings were in the works for months. According to a criminal
complaint, alleged bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami bought the components for the explosives on eBay over the summer, including citric acid and circuit
And shipped the materials to his workplace, then just days before the attacks a video shows Rahami experimenting with explosives, officials say,
the video recovered from a family member's cell phone shows Rahami igniting incendiary material in a cylindrical container, then billowing smoke and
The bomb that ultimately exploded Saturday night in New York City, powerful enough to propel this 100 pound dumpster more than 120 feet, shattering
windows three stories high and 400 feet from the detonation. Twelve fingerprints on the unexploded bomb ultimately leading authorities to
Another key piece of evidence, a handwritten journal found on Rahami when he was captured in New Jersey, which authorities say references terrorists,
including American born al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and Osama bin Laden. Rahami writing, "God willing, the sounds of the bombs will be heard
in the streets."
The complaint references a social media account officials believe to be Rahami's, showing that the suspect favorited two videos related to jihad.
These details coming as authorities confirmed that Rahami came on the FBI's radar two years ago. U.S. Customs telling the CNN that they notified the
bureau about Rahami after he turned from a trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan in 2014. Later that year, the FBI investigated a tip alleging the suspect's
father was calling his son a terrorist.
UNIDENITIFIED FEMALE: Why did you call the FBI two years ago? What happened?
MOHAMMAD RAHAMI, FATHER OF BOMBING SUSPECT: He doing bad.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He doing bad. What did he do bad?
RAHAMI: He stabbed my son, he hit my wife, and I put him to jail four years ago.
PEREZ: His father ultimately retracting that accusation, leading authorities to conclude it was a domestic matter.
A friend of the suspect's says that Rahami and his family have been at odds since he got his girlfriend pregnant in high school.
EHSAN, FAMILY FRIEND OF NY BOMBING SUSPECT: For him, it was his father. And it was just, it was just tension. It was his part, too. He should have
listened more to his father, maybe stayed in school.
LU STOUT: Now, Afghanistan's government says it does not know anything about Rahami.
Now, CNN's Ivan Watson is in Kabul, Afghanistan, he joins me now with the latest from there.
And Ivan, and Kabul says it doesn't know anything, but have you found any evidence that Rahami was trained or radicalized there in Afghanistan?
IVAN WATSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, it's been interesting is that the preeminent militant jihadi groups here in the region, the
Taliban and even al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, Kristie, both of them have denied any links whatsoever to Rahami or to the bombing incidents in
the U.S. states of New York and New Jersey, that they are pushing away from that. And that's significant, because the Taliban throughout its 15-year
war against the U.S. military and the Afghan government here in Afghanistan, it frequently does claim responsibility for some of
the deadly attacks and raids that it carries out here in Kabul and in other parts of the country.
But the questions about whether or not, because he did make multiple trips to this part
of the world in 2011, in 2013, and 2014. He found a wife in Pakistan. He was traveling between the Pakistani border city of Quetta and Kandahar in
the Afghan southeast, areas where the Taliban is prevalent. So there are questions about his activities during those times and he was questioned
about it when he would fly back to the U.S., subjected to what's described as
secondary screening during which he would explain he was visiting relatives during his long visits to this part of the world -- Kristie.
LU STOUT: Yeah, let's talk more about Rahami's relatives. I mean, we learned that he had a turbulent relationship with his family. What are
some of the key details that investigators are focusing on?
WATSON: Yes, he had a turbulent relationship with his family. His family were essentially
refugees from the long conflict in Afghanistan. They traveled via Pakistan in the 1990s to the U.S. He arrived there as a child in the 1990s and
wasn't naturalized a U.S. citizen until about five, six years ago.
So a big question right now is, was he radicalized during perhaps his visits to this part or was this a result of growing up as an immigrant
world, or was this a result of growing up as an immigrant in the U.S.? And if you look at the history of run-ins with the law, the complaints that
were filed against Rahami by his own family, where he was essentially detained for stabbing his own brother in the leg, where there was an
account of him lifting a dumbbell and threatening his 17-year-old sister at some point just within the last five, six years, it does suggest a rather
And then you look at other telltale signs, you know, the Associated Press reporting that he worked as a security guard at one of their administrative
offices in New Jersey and during a short stint there was overheard frequently talking, criticizing the U.S. government involvement, military
involvement here in Afghanistan, almost expressing support for the Taliban, and then this handwritten notebook that was found on his person, which
involves statements supporting Osama bin Laden, supporting Anwar al- Awlawki, the kind of pro-al Qaeda propagandist who was killed by the U.S. in Yemen, signs that this was somebody who perhaps was starting to view his
new country, his new government that he had gotten citizenship as an enemy.
Other problems, as well. You know, he reached out to his own congressman in New Jersey asking for help about getting his Pakistani wife a visa.
There were a long list of administrative delays. Her Pakistani passport was expiring. She was pregnant. Then he needed to get a visa for his
child, as well.
And she -- it's important to note, is currently in the United Arab Emirates, we're hearing from U.S. officials, she was cooperating with U.S.
officials on the ground there, and is expected to return back to the U.S. There's certainly likely to be more questions for her, though U.S.
investigators have made it clear that they are not linking her at all to the bombing incidents in New York and New Jersey -- Kristie.
LU STOUT: All right. Ivan Watson there covering all bases with what we know about the bombing suspects. Reporting live for us from Kabul. Thank
Now, the U.S. and South Korea are making sure the world and especially North Korea see the
strength of their alliance. The two nations have carried out a show of force operation in South Korea.
the second one this week. As Paula Hancocks reports, there is more to come.
PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A second show of force in as many weeks from the United States. Two B-1B bombers flew close to the
demilitarized zone, the DMZ, that splits North and South Korea. A U.S. military source telling CNN that this is the first time that this type of
U.S. bomber has flown so close to North Korea.
Now, one of those bombers then landed at Osan air base south of Seoul, the other flew back to
its base in Guam.
Now, the message to Pyongyang was very clear, that the bond between Seoul and Washington has never been stronger. One U.S. air force commander
saying, quote, "what we're showing today is just one tool we have to choose from a wide array of options."
Now, this is in direct response to North Korea's fifth nuclear test earlier this month, and, of course, fears that they are ready for number six.
Meanwhile, a South Korean defense ministry official has confirmed to CNN that there will be a joint military drill between the United States and
South Korea next month in Alaska. This particular military drill is a simulation of an attack on nuclear facilities.
Now, the official was at pains to point out to us that it's not directly or particularly aimed at North Korea, but North Korea for one clearly thinks
it is. State-run media KCNA saying it appears to be a practice run for attacking the North's nuclear facilities.
Paula Hancocks, CNN, Seoul.
LU STOUT: You're watching News Stream. And still ahead, anger over the deadly police shooting of a black man spills on to the streets of North
Also ahead, a new poll finds America's white working class feels it's been left behind. What that means for the U.S. presidential election.
[08:16:41] LU STOUT: All right, coming to you live from Hong Kong, you're back watching News Stream.
Now, they were two men from different cities, hundreds of kilometers apart, but the fatal police
shootings of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, producing similar calls for justice.
Now, just hours ago, this was the scene in Charlotte as protesters clashed with police.
Now, the city's mayor has called for calm. And that came shortly after this demonstration in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Now, crowds gathered to call for the arrest of the officer who killed Terence Crutcher, an unarmed 40-year-old father of four.
Now, CNN's Brynn Gingras is in New York with more. And Brin, this morning new information about the shooting in Charlotte and the officer involved.
What can you tell us?
BRYNN GINGRAS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right, Kristie, we know that the officer is an African-American, as well. So this is really, of course,
going to bring new questions into the investigation, or certain speculation into the investigation, which is really unfolding at this
We know that officer is on paid administrative leave in the aftermath of this shooting. At this point we really don't have any details of exactly
where this investigation stands right now, Kristie.
LU STOUT: And Brynn, protests have erupted after that police shooting. What's the situation now in the city of Charlotte?
GINGRAS: We've heard that it's actually calmed down a bit, but certainly overnight, into the early morning hours highways were shut down by
protesters, 12 officers, according to the Charlotte police department were injured, protesters were injured. So it was certainly quite tumultuous
over this shooting. And there's big differing stories here, and that is that police say this man who was shot, 43 year old, he was armed, while his
family says that he was not.
And instead, Kristie, they say he was just reading a book.
GINGRAS: Overnight violent protesters erupting on the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hold the police office accountable for what they do.
GINGRAS: Several hundred protesters blocking a highway, looting trucks and setting fire to some of their cargo. Officers in riot gear deploying tear
gas and setting off flash bangs as angry crowds swarmed squad cars, throwing water bottles and rocks at the officers, injuring at least a
dozen. Protesters moving to a local Wal-Mart. Video shows them attempting to break in, but running once SWAT teams arrive.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The citizens have a legitimate concern, and their concerns shouldn't be taken lightly.
GINGRAS: The clashes breaking out following the fatal shooting of a black man, Keith Lamont Scott. Police say they arrived at an apartment complex
looking to serve a warrant to another individual when they encountered Scott, who they say was armed.
CHIEF KERR PUTNEY, CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG POLICE: Make some imminent threat to them and because of that at least one of our officers fired rounds at
GINGRAS: Brentley Vinson, identified as the officer who shot Scott, is also a black male, according to local reports now placed on administrative
leave. But protesters are out in full force, questioning when will black lives truly matter?
NOELLE DUNLAP, PROTESTOR: A terrorist, New Jersey, New York, he was taken alive. They said they wanted to question him. So because of you wanting to
question him does his life mean more than our black men across the nation?
[08:20:04] GINGRAS: And that last comment really being echoed all over social media at this point. As far as Scott is concerned, again, he is 43
years old. His family says he was a father of seven.
Charlotte's mayor saying she is going to uncover a full investigation. We're expecting to hear more about that investigation, Kristie, later
For now, though, the Charlotte's mayor asking for calm on Charlotte's streets -- Kristie.
LU STOUT: Yeah, especially now with tensions so high after the latest police shooting.
Brynn, thank you very much indeed for that.
Now, turning now to the U.S. race for president and another sign of the deep divide in the
Republican Party. Sources tell CNN former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has said he plans to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton. It is a rebuke of
his own party's nominee, Republican Donald Trump.
Now, Bush is said to are revealed his intention to a member of the prominent Kennedy family during a charity event. This week, CNN is taking
a closer look at a group of Americans, the white working class, those without four-year college degrees. And CNN worked with the Kaiser Family
Foundation to poll this group. And the survey found that they are not all Trump supporters. Just 60 percent of these voters would consider voting
But they are upset about the economy. 78 percent of white working class adults say that they are either very dissatisfied or somewhat dissatisfied
with the country's economy. And more than others they blame the federal government for the country's economic problems.
62 percent say the federal government deserves all or most of the blame, 34 percent said it deserves some of the blame.
One place where white working class voters are facing economic hardship is West Virginia. And McDowell county gave the Republican candidate his
biggest margin of victory during the primary season. And here are some of the voices from that part of the United States.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's depressing to watch the population disappear, business disappear and the activity to stop.
Back in the '50s, '60s, '70s, it was hard to walk up the sidewalk because there was so many people, now you walk up the sidewalk and there's nobody.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Our main industry has been coal. So when you don't diversify and then the coal miners, you know, are laid off, either they
stay and they have no money to spend, or they eventually have to pack up and move.
UNIDENITIFIED MALE: Oh, it's been four or five years, I guess, since I had any business.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We look different. We talk different. And people seem to think we don't exist. But if you're hungry, we'll split our last
meal with you. If you're cold, we'll get you something to stay warm. We give everything that we got, and we get nothing back.
I'm 69 and I don't see retirement, you know. I hope to god I live long enough to do better and help others. That's what we're here for.
Sometimes I come here at 8:00, I get out of here at 8:00 or 9:00 at night. And you're going to say, well, that's good. No, any job comes, you don't
turn it down and say tomorrow. If you say tomorrow, tomorrow won't be here.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have a natural disaster in the country, everybody shows up. We're the same as a natural disaster here without the effects,
you know, without the storm or without the flood. We're the same thing.
At the end of the day, Donald Trump will wake up a billionaire. His life will not be affected by this election. Hillary Clinton will wake up a
millionaire, her life will not be affected by this election. There's a whole lot of just regular common working class people that when we wake up
the morning after election, our roads are going to be getting worse, our sewer, our water, our schools are failing, and they want us to keep paying
more, and we keep getting less.
UNIDENITIFIED FEMALE: I don't like Hillary. She has some issues with coal and issues with our state. I would prefer to see Trump, even though I have
some issues with some of the things he says. I don't agree with.
When I see Trump as a businessman, I think he will help our county, definitely, but I think that he will help our country as a whole, because
he knows what he's doing.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They say he had enough guts and say I'm going to do this, that, and another. At least he's thinking.
She's thinking how can I double cross you now, what am I going to do? I ain't going to vote for either damn one of them, because there's not much
difference. They are really not. We're the forgotten tribe.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What don't you like about her?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: she wants to shut down the coal industry, that's going to put me out of a job. It's not going to be real smart to vote for
somebody that's going to put you out of a job.
UNIDENITIFIED MALE: If the average person thinks the coal business as people, but it's not so. Coal business now is machinery. You can't put
workers back to work. Coal mining was done by men with their hands. That's all in the past. It's machines now.
UNIDENTIFEID FEMALE: You go over and bomb a country, you tear it all to hell, you build it back up, and they tear it up again. And then if we just
had one-tenth of that for our infrastructure and coming down here and say we're going to clean your waterways. We're going to do this, we're going
to do that, listen it's time to take care at home.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
LU STOUT: And we're going to bring you more of these stories, stories of Americans who feel left behind. It's hard to grasp what makes this
presidential election so unprecedented without hearing what they have to say.
You can learn more from a special section of our website, just go to CNN.com/whiteworkingclassandworried.
You're watching News Stream. Still ahead in the program, the UN General assembly is
meeting again for a second day. And we'll tell you what's on the agenda next.
And we take you to a tiny village in Italy where many are living to a ripe old age and find out what they say their secret is later this hour.
[08:31:16] LU STOUT: Now, it is day two of the Un General Assembly's annual debate. Robyn Curnow is at the UN now. She joins us live. And
Robyn how to fight the biggest threat to modern medicine, how does the UN plan to address the issue of antibiotic resistance?
ROBYN CURNOW, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Indeed. And one doctor said isn't it so ironic something so small can cause so many people to die, and
it's hard to estimate just how many people's lives are lost directly because of these super bugs that have exponentially grown around the world.
That's, of course, health experts say antibiotics have been overprescribed, badly used. It is now a global health crisis.
So that's being done? Well, in fourth time in UN history all the member states here, over 190
of them, will be signing a declaration here at the United Nations, a general assembly meeting will be called, just like one was called for Ebola
and HIV. So that gives you some sense of the global concern about the implications of these super bugs, as they are called. What does this mean?
What kind of action will be taken? This is the UN, of course, things move slowly, but
essentially what we're seeing a plan, a plan that went into effect the same way that the UN dealt with climate change, so they are
going to be looking at trying to ways to increase public awareness about how to antibiotics. There's going to be more lobbying of pharmaceutical
companies. There's going to be far more suveillance and regulation, or at least the pushing for far more surveillance and regulation of the use of
antibiotics, but in animals, too.
LU STOUT: And, Robyn, there will be a lot of action at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly today. What will you be looking out for?
CURNOW: Well, obviously, I mean, you just read the headlines there, Kristie, and the issue of
Syria, certainly again very much on the agenda and a number of these incidents certainly playing out. There's great concern. There is outrage.
There is anger by the international community, but not a lot of plans on what to do about the Syrian situation.
We are going to be seeing a security council ministerial level meeting on Syria in the next hour or so, certainly perhaps some tough words to be said
between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov. We'll keep an eye on that for you. There's also going to
be a security council meeting over Colombia and the coming to end over that decades long civil war.
In terms of the big attractions, the main haul in the assembly, Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president will be speaking around 10:00 a.m., around
an hour and a half from now, depending if all things go according to plan. That is always interesting, of course. Robert Mugabe, one of Africa's
longest serving presidents.
As usual, many critiques about human rights with his regime. He has been under pressure. There have been a number of protests. As we've been
reporting on CNN, they have also been huge crackdowns by the police on any dissent within Zimbabwe. Robert Mugabe, of course, very old. There have
also been a lot of questions about his health, rumors around his death. That is certainly not uncommon.
So, the fact that Robert Mubage comes here, shows up, saying I'm fit, I'm alive, I'm well, that is one thing. The other thing is, what's he going to
He's certainly going to lambaste his critics. He's always forceful about that, but he also goes off script sometimes. So his speech is often
interesting to watch in terms of gauging, perhaps, the situation in Aimbabwe.
So, all of that we're keeping an eye on here at the UN today, Kristie.
LU STOUT: Robyn, in the big speech from day one of the UN General Assembly, U.S. President Barack Obama, his final address to the assembly as
the American president, an opportunity for him to define his legacy. How did he do?
[08:35:05] CURNOW: You know what was interesting about this speech, it wasn't a speech -- in many ways, we were talking about it yesterday. It
was a speech about his legacy, about laying out his foreign policy successes. He kind of listed, you know, the opening up of Cuba, of
Myanmar, Colombia as well, certainly on his to-do list that successfully ticked off.
He definitely pondered over the issue of Syria, of refugees, of terror, but I think the use of
the word is ponder. It's certainly that the tone of that speech -- it was a very idealistic speech. I was listening to it. And it was certainly the
speech of a man who had a vision of what he wants the world to be like. He's coming to the end of his tenure as U.S. president and it was certainly
a wish list of how he'd like humanity to be. It was very idealistic. He talked about world
leaders and citizens being coworkers with god.
In a way it was a treaty of American power, of what he wished American power was. It was an ode to democracy. It was very ponderous in many
ways, very intellectual, not a lot of details, not a lot of policy, that's where the criticism came in. But certainly in many ways it was Obama
LU STOUT: All right, thank you, Robyn Curnow, live for us from the UN. Thank you, Robyn. Take care.
Now, Samsung's massive recall of the Galaxy Note 7, that has received a lot of attention, still only 25 percent of the Note 7s sold in the U.S. have
been returned so far. That percentage could go way up today when replacement phones become available at American retailers, but Samsung
isn't taking any chances. If you have the old at risk Note 7, we've got this
warning message telling users to turn the phone off and stop using it now.
And this will pop up every time you turn your phone on or to charge it. Now, two actions that Samsung says could cause the phone to catch fire.
Now customers can either get a full refund, or exchange your old note sevens for a fixed version.
You're watching News Stream. Still to come on the program, an Italian village may hold the
secret to living a very long and healthy life. Find out why next.
LU STOUT: Welcome back. Now the Great Wall is one of China, and perhaps the world's, most famous monuments. But an effort to repair a stretch of
it is generating horror and ridicule. Now, photos show it is now covered in smooth white cement, I mean, completely wiping out its original
The Great Wall, it runs through nine provinces across Northern China and local governments are responsible for taking care of their own stretch of
the wall. Conservationists are calling on the central government to regulate restoration efforts.
Now China's first space lab, Tiangong-1, is currently orbiting Earth, and according to Xinhua, Chinese officials expect it to fall into Earth's
atmosphere next year. Most of the debris will likely burn up during the fall, but reports say because China doesn't know exactly where and when
that debris is going to hit, it could indicate china has lost control of Tiangong-1. That means some debris is at
risk of striking populated areas.
Now, ask anyone how to live long and they will tell you you have to eat well, get enough sleep,
exercise, try not to stress out, but some residents of a small Italian village say they have more tips.
Ben Wedeman heads there to see how they live to a ripe old age.
[08:40:04] BEN WEDEMAN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Giuseppe is 94 years old. He still tends his own garden, still hangs out with the younger
guys and watches their card game and still enjoys the company of the opposite sex.
"I noticed," he says, "that also that is indispensable. It makes you happy, more cheerful."
Does it still work, I ask?
"Yes," he says. "Once it really worked."
Giuseppe lives in the southern Italian town of Acheroli (ph), where one in ten residents is more than 100 years old, where living well beyond the
already impressive average Italian life span of 82 is the norm.
Earlier this year, Rome's Satience (ph) University and the University of California-San Diego launched a study to see why people here live so long
and so strong. It was in the villages along this coast that American nutritionist Ansel Keys (ph) identified what is
now known as the Mediterranean diet.
(inaudible), a spring chicken at 79, was Keys' cook and now runs a restaurant specializing in that diet -- fresh herbs, vegetables, fruit, and
fish, all local.
"Because we eat natural things," she says, "things that we grow, we know what's there."
Researchers are particularly interested in rosemary, which they suspect helps circulation
to the brain and might explain why Alzheimer's is rare here.
Obviously, diet has a lot to do with the longevity of local residents, but clearly there are other factors. There's no pollution, they are right by
the sea, the weather's very nice, and there are almost none of the stresses of modern life.
Antonio celebrated his 100th birthday recently. He attributes his long life to, in his words:
"this beautiful woman, the woman of my life."
Amina, a spry 93, continues to write poetry and recite it from memory, this one dedicated to
"And I became," so her poem concludes, "the bride of this fisherman."
You can't quantify it, but love also plays a role.
Ben Wedeman, CNN, Italy.
LU STOUT: So the secret is love and rosemary.
Now, that is News Stream. I'm Kristie Lu Stout. World Sport with Amanda Davies is