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[08:00:14] KRISTIE LU STOUT, HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong and welcome to News Stream.

Now, the U.S. president makes his pick for the nation's highest court, earning praise from his party, but critics say it is a stolen seat and

brace for battle.

Plus, Israeli police move to clear a West Bank outpost deemed illegal. Hundreds of protesters are out in force.

And an undercover sting to catch human traffickers in the act and get them off the streets of India.

Now the stage is set for a possible political showdown over Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Now Mr. Trump's choice was kept under

wraps until a prime time announcement at the White House. Democrats are suggesting they could mount a challenge to the

conservative nominee and some are calling it the stolen seat, referring to last year's decision by Republicans to block consideration of Mr. Obama's


Let's take a look at what is at stake in this nomination. The Supreme Court is the highest court in the U.S. And normally it's served by nine

justices. But there has been a vacancy since Justice Antonin Scalia died last year. Now that left the court leaving the court evenly split along

ideological lines.

Now, the court hears 80 cases a year. A landmark ruling in 2015 allowed gay couples to marry

nationwide. In 1973, the court's Roe versus Wade decision legalized abortion.

Now in the future the court could be asked to rule on Trump's executive orders. Dozens of lawsuits have been filed against him since he took


Now, at just 49 years old, Gorsuch could remain on the court for a generation. Now, here's more from Jeff Zeleny.




ZELENY (voice-over): In a prime time reveal, President Trump unveiling Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee to the Supreme Court.

TRUMP: I only hope that both Democrats and Republicans can come together, for once, for the good of the country.

JUDGE NEIL GORSUCH, SUPREME COURT NOMINEE: As this process now moves to the Senate, I look forward with speaking with members from both sides of the


ZELENY (voice-over): Setting up a battle between Senate Republicans.

SEN. TED CRUZ (R), TEXAS: I think it was an absolute home run.

ZELENY (voice-over): And Democrats who are vowing a confirmation fight after President Obama's nominee to fill the seat of the late Justice

Antonin Scalia was blocked for 10 months.

SEN. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL (D), CONNECTICUT: If I conclude that he is out of the mainstream on issues like privacy rights, including women's health care

and Roe v. Wade, or worker and consumer protection, I will use every tool at my disposal to block his nomination.

ZELENY (voice-over): For the White House, it's a chance to turn the spotlight from the growing backlash over the President's executive order on

immigration and refugees, the fallout continuing with more than 900 State Department diplomats signing a memo of dissent against the travel ban.

House Speaker Paul Ryan admitting the rollout was unusually rough.

REP. PAUL RYAN (R), SPEAKER OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: Regrettably, the rollout was confusing, but on a go- forward basis, I'm

confident that Secretary Kelly is going to make sure that this is done correctly.

ZELENY (voice-over): Ryan speaking about Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly who is in charge of implementing the action, an action he defended

despite chaotic scenes and flip-flopping on green cardholders.

JOHN KELLY, SECRETARY OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY: We knew it was coming. It wasn't a surprise it was coming, and then we

implemented it.

ZELENY (voice-over): Meantime, the White House is trying to rebrand the order.

SEAN SPICER, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: -- that is, by nature, not a ban.

KRISTEN WELKER, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT, NBC NEWS: I understand your point, but the President himself...

SPICER: It is extreme vetting.

ZELENY (voice-over): Yet, ban is exactly how the President and his Press Secretary Sean Spicer described the action.

TRUMP: We're going to have a very, very strict ban.

SPICER: It's a 90-day ban. The ban deals with seven countries.

ZELENY (voice-over): Pressed on the point, Spicer provided no clarity, instead taking aim at a familiar target.

SPICER: No, I'm not confused. I think those are words that are being used to describe it are derived from what the media is calling this.

ZELENY (voice-over): Despite legal challenges and protests, the administration is signaling it has no plans to change the order. Three

high-ranking Republican Senators saying, they were told the White House will not be rewriting its controversial travel ban.


LU STOUT: And that was CNN's Jeff Zeleny reporting.

Now, no matter what the White House says the effect is the same: a cut to the number of refugees it takes in. Now, Mr. Trump placed a number of

refugees the U.S. will accept at 50,000, that's about how many have been accepted each year since 9/11, But for 2017, the Obama administration

raised it to 110,000.

And it's not just the U.S. that is now pulling backs as European deals with the relentless stream of migrants seeking refuge from wartorn countries in

the Middle East.

Now, some European nations have decided to shut their borders, and the price is being paid in

human suffering.

I want to bring in CNN's Ben Wedeman and Phil Black with two separate, but powerful stories about how people are being protected by protectionist

policies. Phil is in Serbia where he met migrants stranded in sub-zero temperatures. But first, we have Ben Wedeman standing by in Baghdad with

the story of an Iraqi family directly affected by the U.S. travel ban.

Ben, let's go to you first. What have they been telling you?

[08:05:32] BEN WEDEMAN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, before we get to that, let me tell you that there's just been a statement coming out

from the Iraqi President Fuad Masum calling this executive order a shock and demanding that the United States rescind it.

Now, regarding the Iraqis who since 2003, many of them worked with the United States in very

perilous conditions, and they are desperate to get to the United States. They were the people who put

their lives on the line for the Americans.


WEDEMAN: Bags packed, U.S. visas and passports, Omar and his family are ready to go, but they're not going anywhere following President Trump's

temporary travel ban, which includes Iraq.

"It was a strong shock," he says, "we received visas after waiting three years. Then this order comes."

The Iraqi branch of Al-Qaeda planted a bomb in his car in 2009. It blew both his legs off and mangled his left hand. They targeted him because he

provided the U.S. marines and Iraqi police with intelligence on the terrorists in his hometown of Fallujah.

"They were planting bombs," he recalls, "aimed at innocent people, the Americans, the Iraqi army, the police."

Omar, his wife, and four children, received visas under a special program for Iraqis who worked for, or helped the Americans. In letters of

recommendation, marine officers praised his sacrifice and unyielding courage. Commendable traits which have now left him and his family in


"I have no future in Iraq and my children have no future, he says. If they go back to Fallujah, they'll be under threat. People will say your father

is Omar, and kill them."

And the kids are still too young to go to school, right?

Van was a translator for the U.S. army. That's the American soldiers gave him not his real name. He doesn't want to show his face for fear of

retribution from Iraqi extremists. For now, also out of fear, it will jeopardize an American visa application he submitted seven years ago. He

has a simple message for President Trump.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He should go and ask the soldiers, is that the right way to do it? Is that the right thing, to leave somebody behind? No.

WEDEMAN: Van received a letter containing a bullet and a threat a few years ago. "Stop working with the Americans, or else." He moved his family three

times and keeps a low profile.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I want to stop looking behind, when I walk in the street. That's all I want.

WEDEMAN: He wonders if he'll have to keep looking behind for the rest of his life.


WEDEMAN: And sort of one of the things that is particularly galling for Iraqis is they point out unlike Syria, Sudan, and Iran which have long and

troubled relationships with the United States, Iraq is a key ally of the United States in the war against ISIS. There are more than 5,000 U.S.

military personnel here backing up the Iraqi forces as they try to drive ISIS out of Mosul -- Kristie.

ANDERSON: Yeah. And now we have these brave Iraqis living in fear on the back of this travel ban, this executive order from President Trump. Ben

Wedeman, thank you.

From Ben in Baghdad, let's now go to CNN's Phil Black in Belgrade. And Phil, migrants there in Europe, they're paying the price of protectionist

policies as well. I mean, show us what they are suffering through.

PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yeah. Kristie, I don't think you will find a grimmer scene than this in a European city today.

Activists and NGOs say what we are seeing here is a direct result, what happens when countries or blocs of countries focus on securing their

borders and building fences, instead of extending capacity for safe routes to aslyum.

Their point is people still come. They suffer more. This is an abandoned decaying rail yard in central Baghdad, which through the coldest nights of

winter have sheltered thousands of people. These are Afghans who have made an extraordinary journey from Afghanistan to Iran to Turkey to Bulgaria,

here to Serbia. They want to keep going, but they are, for the moment, effectively stranded.

There are men and boys, around 1,000 of them, still staying here, and as we've found some of

those children have there terrible conditions...


PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Only the most desperate join this line. Each fence belongs to someone who is cold, hungry and a long

way from home.

The travel to Serbia from Afghanistan. 13-year-old Nadim (ph) made the journey along. Every day he joins this patient shuffle for a serving of

hot food and crouches on the cold ground to eat it quickly.

It's usually his only meal of the day.

He shows us the small room he shares with nine other people. Nadim (ph) tells me he fled

Afghanistan after his father was killed by the Taliban. He wants to reach France and go to school, arrange for his mother and sister to join him.

Where you sleep really matters here.

We meet Paradoun Hogani (ph) inside the main smoke-filled building where most of the migrants fight the freezing temperatures by burning fires day

and night. Somehow this boy smiles easily, like a 12-year-old who has only known comfort and safety.

But Paradoun (ph) says he, too, fled the Taliban's violence. He's been traveling alone for eight months. His face is black from smoke. He tells

me he dreams they will open the border soon.

Paradoun (ph) is talking about the Serbian-Hungarian border. Everyone we talked to here says

they are trying to cross it, only to be forced back by Hungarian security forces.

How old are you?


BLACK: 19.


BLACK: Bikhan Ahmedzai (phY says he's made four attempts to cross Hungary's border fence?

Will you try again?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I will try again.

BLACK: It is really difficult to understand how they continue breathing this air, living like this for so long, day after day, night after night.

There are Serbian government camps that would keep them away from the smoke and the cold, but they choose to stay here and endure this because they are

scared, scared of not being allowed to continue their journey north to a safe, wealthy country and hopefully a new life.

Some are worried about being unable to apply for asylum in other countries if they first register for help in Serbia. Serbia's government

deliberately won't help these people while they are staying here. It's trying to encourage them to move into organized camps, at least for the

winter. The problem is that policy is not working. While some have moved, every day more people arrive at the old rail yard.

As night falls and the temperatures plummet the migrants face a stark choice: the cold or the smoke. Many stay outside for as long as they can,

but eventually they must go inside for the precious warmth they know is also doing them untold harm.

Paradoun (ph) and have found chicken pieces to boil. He's smiling again, joking about wanting a cigarette while breathing in the oppressive smoke.

His smile defies the miserable reality. These people are stranded indefinitely between their

dreams and their fears. They are determined not to take a step back, and they are not allowed to move forward.


LU STOUT: Such a grim picture of human suffering there as migrants from Afghanistan battle through a bitter, bitter winter. That was Phil Black

reporting from Serbia.

Now the British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing pressure from both parliament and the public over her plan to welcome Donald Trump for a state

visit. An online petition calling for the prime minister to withdraw the invitation is approaching 2 million signatures. Now, opposition leaders

asked her how she can ignore that kind of public pressure, particularly after Mr. Trump's temporary ban

on travelers from seven Muslim majority countries. And speaking in the last hour, she condemned that decision.


THERESA MAY, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: ...welcomes refugees. We have over the last recent years, whether I had advanced notice of a ban on refugees,

the answer is no. If he's asking me if I had advanced notice that the executive order could affect British citizens, the answer is no. If he's

asking if I had advanced notice of the travel restrictions, the answer is we all did because President Trump said he was going to do this in his

election campaign.


LU STOUT: Now, U.S. policy wasn't the only controversial topic being up for discussion in parliament. Lawmakers are first set to vote on the

Brexit bill that formally triggers Britain's divorce from the EU.

Now, Nina Dos Santos is in Westminster. She joins us now live. And again, Nina, during question time, Theresa May she was pressured to condemn

Trump's travel plan. How hard a condemnation did she deliver?

NINA DOS SANTOS, CNN MONEY: Well, she was repeatedly asked to condemn that. She said, well, look, our government has been clear all along. We

view it as decisive and wrong.

It was the first time, by the way, we heard Theresa May herself say that, although she has managed to deliver that message twice via her foreign

secretary and home secretary as well, but she stopped short of retracting that official invitation invitation extended by

her on behalf of the queen to Donald Trump to make a formal big state visit to the UK and that's really

the thing that has a lot of people in this country hot under the color.

As you mentioned there about 2 million people have signed up to this petition on the government's website suggested Donald Trump should not be

invited here for a state visit and maybe some people say the best that the UK government can do at this point is to try and downgrade this future

visit initially, at least, to some kind of political tete-a-tete between the leaders of governments, so we're talking about Theresa May and Donald

Trump leaving the queen out and then later on perhaps extend a formal state visit to Donald Trump in a few years from now.

You can imagine that that wouldn't go down very well in the White House with Donald Trump famously being a man of the moment. And Theresa May

refused repeatedly to retract that invitation, and that sparked a lot of anger from Jeremy Coryn, the head of the opposition party. Here's part of

what he had to say when he rebuked her about her rebuff on that.


JEREMY CORBYN, LABOUR PARTY LEADER: President Trump has torn up international agreements on refugees. He's threatened to dump

international agreements on climate change. He's praised the use of torture. He's invited hatred against Muslims. He's directly attacked

women's rights. Just what more does the President Trump have to do before the prime minister will listen to the 1.8 million people who have already

called for his state visit invitation to be withdrawn?


DOS SANTOS: And one of the most vociferous voices against this most recent travel ban put

forward in this executive order by the White House is actually no longer a member of this house

behind me, he is the London Mayor Sadiq Khan. He was once a member of the houses of parliament for the Labour Party, the opposition party. He's now

the mayor of London. And he hosted a gathering of 100 ambassadors, including five of the seven countries that have been affected by this

travel ban. And he used that to say I call upon not just our prime minister, Theresa May, to condemn what Donald Trump has put forward here

and retract that state visit, but I called on all world leaders to do what he

called the decent thing.

He said that this move is cruel and it's also divisive, it's counterproductive. And he believes that it targets people from the seven

countries because these are largely Muslim countries -- Kristie.

LU STOUT: All right, anti-Trump pressure is building in Britain. Nina dos Santos, reporting live for us. Thank you, Nina.

Now, police in Germany say that they have arrested 19 suspects believed to have links to the Islamic State. They report targeting 54 mosques,

businesses and homes in the federal state of Hesse, which incorporates Frankfurt. 16 men have been arrested there.

Now, police in Berlin, meanwhile, report another three arrests there of men suspected to have links to ISIS.

The police statement says some of the men are suspected of planning a terror attack, although no specific target had yet been chosen.

Now, you're watching News Stream. And still ahead, Israeli police have started evicting people from a West Bank outpost. Why they're being forced


And, there were fresh concerns about Hong Kong's autonomy and the rule of law after a Chinese billionaire was reportedly seized from a luxury hotel

in the city. We've got the details next.


[08:21:12] LU STOUT: Welcome back.

Coming to you live from Hong Kong, you're watching News Stream.

At this hour Israeli police are evicting people from a West Bank outpost. Israel's high court ruled the Amona outpost illegal because it was built on

private Palestinian land.

Now, police began making the way to the site as protesters tried to block the road.

CNN's Oren Libermann is there at the outpost now. He joins us live. And Oren, security forces, they have moved into the area to clear out this

contentious camp. What's the latest?

OREN LIEBERMANN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Kristie, you get a sense of how this is proceeding here behind me. You see police moving in

along the roads in this outpost, the outpost of Amona in the West Bank.

Police have surrounded the homes, evicted a number of people, made about a dozen arrests, some of which we've seen at homes right around here as

protests have pushed back, thrown stones, thrown a number of different liquids a number of different liquids as well as paint at police as they

tried to carry out these evacuations of some 42 homes in the Amona outpost.

As police advanced, every step they took, they were met by some 600 to 700 protests, according to police. So it has been slow going.

Police have been out here all morning, and it looks like they could be here well into the night. Police say that about ten officers have been injured,

carrying out these evacuations as well as about a dozen arrests, that according to police.

We'll take a look behind me here. You get a sense of how they are proceeding on a home-by-home basis. They'll surround the home. Each of

these homes is barricaded and has dozens of protesters inside. That will be the challenges as they go home to home, but you see how they are

proceeding here, surrounding each home, clearing out around the home and then when they get the order they will move in evacuating this outpost one

home at a time until the order is carried out -- Kristie.

LU STOUT: Oren, we see behind you quite a of security forces wearing yellow vests. How many soldiers, how many police officers have been sent

there to evacuate the outpost?

LIEBERMANN: According to police, some 3,000 security forces. The vests you see behind me are actually the stretcher carriers in case there are

injuries here, and so far there have been, according to police, some police who were lightly injured. There are also a number of medics and other

police officers here to carry out the evacuation.

Around the police officers in Amona is the Israeli military. They are making sure that no protesters or anyone else for that matter comes in, so

they have created a ring around the outpost, and it's police operating for the evacuation inside the outpost.

LU STOUT: All right. Oren Liebermann live at the scene for us, many thanks indeed for that update.

LU STOUT: Now, turning now to the Philippines where the defense ministry wants President Rodrigo Duterte to clarify the military's role in his war

on drugs. Earlier this week, Mr. Duterte ordered police to stop taking part in the drug war. It came coming after the killing of a South Korean

man allegedly by corrupt police officials.

Will Ripley has more.


WILL RIPLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: When Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared his nationwide war on drugs around seven months ago, he put a lot

of power in the hands of local police, essentially allowing them to kill drug suspects with impunity.

Well, now, at least temporarily, he's taking that power away.

RODRIGO DUTERTE, PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES: No policeman in this country, in the world, is allowed to enforce law related to the drug


RIPLEY: Revelations that police officers have been engaged in corrupt activities. There were senate hearings, and there was video evidence

presented that claimed to show police officers planting drugs at a crime scene.

Human rights groups have been saying ever since this war on drugs began that officers have been engaged in corrupt activity. They say that

officers have been paying vigilante killers. They say that officers have put things like guns and drugs at crime scenes to make it look like

suspects were involved in drug activity or that they opened fire on the police first,

claims that the victim's family have denied, but they really haven't had a whole lot of recourse, because President Duarte said officers would not be

prosecuted for enforcing his war on drugs.

And since he's declared that war, more than 7,000 people have died, more than half of those killings have been the vigilante so-called extra

judicial killings. Well, now Duterte says police will not be participating in the drug war. He's bringing in the military and he's also going to be investigating police corruption.

He says those corrupt officers are scallywags. He wants wants them rooted out, but he promises that the drug war will continue.

Amnesty International just put out a report saying that the poorest of the poor being exterminated and we were on the ground in the Philippines for

several weeks and we saw a lot of tragic cases, including the murder of a young boy killed next to his father who was a drug suspect.

Family members of these who have died often say that they were trying to turn their lives around, but their lives were cut short. Now we have to

wait and see what will happen on the streets of the Philippines, how this new policy will play out, or if the killings will, indeed, continue.

Will Ripley, CNN, Tokyo.


[08:26:07] LU STOUT: A Chinese billionaire reportedly connected to China's most powerful families have suddenly disappeared. Now, a source tells CNN

Xiao Jianhua was told that he was seized by security officials from his apartment in Hong Kong's Four Seasons Hotel and then taken to

the mainland.

Hong Kong police confirmed that Xiao was reported missing on Friday; however, this front page ad with Xiao's name on it, this appeared today.

It says, quote, I'm recuperating overseas.

Now in the past, other high-profile business people detained in China have been pressed to release messages saying that everything is fine. And this

case is also sparking concern about Hong Kong's autonomy under one country, two systems.

Now, Chinese law enforcement agents are not allowed to act in this self- governing city.

Now, earlier this week, we introduced you to a woman whose family sold her into a sham marriage when she was just a girl. After the break, we'll

hear from the women who are going undercover to stop these tragic stories from happening.



[08:31:18] LU STOUT: All aural this week, CNN's Freedom Project uncovers an international sex trafficking network in our series that's called Brides

for Sale.

Young girls are sold by their families into sham marriages and often become victims of sexual

abuse. In this report, Muhammad Lila follows an undercover operation to catch the traffickers involved.


MUHAMMAD LILA, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It's a busy afternoon in the old city of Hyderabad. A group of women, faces covered, are planning a

daring operation.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (subtitles): Have you put the phones in the bag?

LILA: They are putting on hidden cameras on their way to meet a suspected human trafficker.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: When you are going behind, you have to be very fast.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (subtitles): are we close to the house?

LILA: This is their secret footage, and these are no ordinary women. Most of them are former

trafficking victims themselves.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (subtitles): Call the madam quickly.

LILA: Now they are part of a local NGO that goes undercover trying to catch human traffickers on camera in the act of selling underage girls.


LILA: Inside this house, they are posing as a mother and a group of friends, trying to sell two

underage girls into a forced marriage for the equivalent of just a few hundred dollars.

UNIDENITIFIED FEMALE (subtitles): The rent is so high now, it's become a problem financially.

LILA: The house they are in belongs to a woman who is a well-known marriage broker. The

business runs in her family arranging for underage girls to be married off often to old Arab men. They fly in specifically to have sex with virgins.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (subtitles): Take if off now.

LILA: The broker starts by asking to see the girls' faces.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (subtitles): My kids, they are young bu they look order.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (subtitles): Small, eh? So they are like my kids.

LILA: As the women continue to talk, what the broker doesn't know is that across town Jameela Nishat (ph) is listening in.

The women who've left their cell phone on, so Jameela can monitor the conversation live at the NGO's headquarters.

UNIDENITIFIED FEMALE: Many of the Arabs think that if they marry a virgin, they think -- I mean, they are healthy, even if they have any sexual

diseases that will clean up. That is one of the major reasons these sheikhs come here to marry the virgins.

This is our (inaudible) Shaheen.

LILA: Jameela started the NGO 20 years ago to stop a type of trafficking where young girls are forced into these kinds of marriages without their

consent. Her volunteers run sting operations targeting suspected traffickers, then showing that footage to police and asking them to make an


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's always a risk, but we keep doing this kind of thing.

LILA: It's all going according to plan when suddenly the phone gets disconnected so we do the only thing we can. We wait and wait.

Back inside the house this is what their cameras are recording.

UNIDENITIFIED FEMALE (subtitles: When you leave here, two or three of you should leave first in a small group, then the rest should follow later.

LILA: The women are told to come back in two days to finalize the deal.

Two days later, the city is alive once again. It's dark outside and this time we follow their Rickshaw with our own cameras rolling from a safe


[08:35:05] UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (subtitles): Don't touch it -- the camera -- over and over again. Don't keep straightening it.

LILA: Back at the house, the curtain opens, a woman answers, and they are told to go inside.

UNIDENTFIED FEMALE (subtitles): We are helpless and we need to get our daughters married.

LILA: In order for police to make an arrest, the broker has to break the law, offering to buy, sell or transport the underage girls without their

consent, but something feels off. It's taking too long. Outside in the dark alleyway, we're starting to get worried.

We can't draw attention to ourselves so we're shooting this completely in the dark. They have been inside now for more than 20 minutes and there's

no way to know what's going on.

Inside the broker knows the girls are underage so she offers to make them fake IDs.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (subtitles): let's make a new identification card.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (subtitles): It's not happening. It's not happening.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (subtitles): If you pay money, anything can be made.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (subtitles): That's what I'm saying.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (subtitles): What's their age?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (subtitles): She's 14. She's 15.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (subtitles): OK, let's put her age as 24 and put hers as 25.

LILA: The broker asks the women to get back after they get their fake IDs, so they leave without having enough for a trafficking conviction.

For Jameela, it's a temporary setback vowing they will keep fighting until her last breath.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE; What is the meaning of death if you don't live it. Live your life, then you die. And living one single life is no life, live

at least 1,000 lives, at least I should have 1,000 Jameela so that I can die.

And as the women melt back into the bustling city, they know their next operation could be more dangerous, a risk they know they may have to take.

Muhammad Lila, CNN, Hyderabad, India.


LU STOUT: On Thursday, the CNN Freedom Project will introduce you to a new effort by a Nobel Peace Prize Winner, it's this new ambitious project to

mobilize young people to help in the fight against trafficking and slavery.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Child slavery, child labor, suppression of children is evil and we have to put an end to it.

LILA: Satiarti's (ph) foundation recently launched 100 million for 100 million, a campaign to mobilize young people from developed nations to

advocate on behalf of the estimated 100 million victims of child labor, trafficking, slavery and violence.


LU STOUT: Now, CNN is committed to fighting modern day slavery. And on March 14 we're we're teaming up with young people around the world for a

unique student led day of action. We call it my freedom day. And driving my freedom day is a simple question, what does freedom mean to you?


BOY: I come from Kenya. Freedom to me means going to school. What about you?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think for me freedom is the ability to be yourself everywhere.

BOY: Do you know that (inaudible) freedom day? All kids need freedom to grow big and strong.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (inaudible) high school loves my freedom day.


LU STOUT: I love these responses. Please send us your answers by text, photo or video across social media using #myfreedomday.

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


[08:40:56] LU STOUT: 2016 was a year of seemingly endless breaking news from terror attacks around the world to celebrity deaths, to the election

of Donald Trump.

Now, CNN Achors and correspondents have been reflecting on the people who touched their lives the most last year. And as our Becky Anderson tells

us, her heroes are her fellow journalists.


BECKY ANDERSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: 2016 has been an exceptionally busy year in news. And throughout it all, we as journalists

have been on the scene to witness events unfold and to report on how these massive events are impacting people living around the world,

So that is why my Heroes this year are my colleagues, the reporters who drop everything and head out to what are these far corners of the world to

tell the stories that need to be told.

What are you hearing on the ground?

ARWA DAMON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Becky, the advance is still continuing from multiple fronts.

ANDERSON: Many colleagues who worked tirelessly behind the scenes from producers to engineers to studio operators, all of whom help us present to

you, the viewer, all the stories that matter.

WILL RIPLEY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Few places put on these supersized displace of public adulation better than North Korea.

ANDERSON: We couldn't do this without the teams that work with us. I am fortunate to work with many of those people in Abu Dhabi and on the road in

this region and elsewhere day in and day out,

And let me tell you it is not always the most glamorous of jobs doing countless hours of

live programming, pulling all-nighters, for example. So I salute them for their courage, their dedication and what is their tireless effort to go

there and get the stories.

They are all my heroes in 2016, and I thank them.


LU STOUT: A salute to our colleagues and fellow journalists. Amen to that.

And that is News Stream. I'm Kristie Lu Stout. But don't go anywhere. World Sport with Amanda Davies is next.