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U.S. President Donald Trump on His Way To Hanoi, Vietnam to meet Vietnam President Trong Before the Second Summit with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un; Brexit is Coming on March 29th but It Could Effect the Fishing Industry in Britain; Megachile Pluto, the World`s Largest Bee Reappears In Indonesia; A Volkswagen Camper Van Made Up Of Legos

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CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Hi I`m Carl Azuz and welcome to CNN 10. We`re returning to our daily current events coverage today and of course we`re

happy to have you watching. Our first stop is in Southeast Asia where U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday. Air Force One

touches down in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and the American leader will meet with Vietnam`s leader President Nguyen Phu Trong. That`s not the main

reason why President Trump traveled there though. It`s for a second summit with Kim Jong-Un, the leader of North Korea.

Their meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday and Thursday. No one knows yet what will come out of this historic event. It`s only the second

face to face meeting that sitting leaders from these two countries have ever had. Critics say their first summit which was held in June of last

year didn`t produce enough concrete results though it was considered a diplomatic success for both leaders. So observers will be watching to see

what specific plans of action are made by President Trump and Leader Kim. The U.S. wants North Korea to show that it`s shutting down its

controversial nuclear program.

North Korea wants the U.S. to normalize relations with the communist state. Another possibility here that the Korean War will officially be brought to

an end. A ceasefire stopped the fighting in 1953 but North Korea and South Korea along with the nations that supported them have never officially

declared that the war is over. The setting for this event in Vietnam, another communist country that`s been a rival of the United States provides

symbolism that American officials hope to take advantage of.


WILL RIPLEY, CNN FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT: These three flags, the United States, Vietnam and North Korea line the streets of Hanoi. The Vietnamese

capital known for its iconic landmarks like the Tang Hou Bridge. A symbol of this city`s past which also includes the Vietnam War which left much of

this city in ruins and then the city was rebuilt, an economic miracle. Here in Vietnam as a result of normalized relations with the United States

and perhaps a lesson for North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un who is on his way here for his historic second summit with the U.S. President Donald Trump.

This is the international media center. Thousands of foreign journalists are descending on Hanoi and the Vietnamese government knows that the eyes

of the world are watching. They`ve even flown in these flowers from Dalat in the central highlands of Vietnam and you can see cleaning crews all over

the city. Sprucing things up. Making sure everything is perfect. Behind me here is the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" where American prisoners of war were

detained, interrogated and tortured during the Vietnam War including the late U.S. Senator John McCain.

This building really is a symbol of just how far Vietnam has come since those dark days during the war. A symbol of how a country can recover from

a conflict with the United States, normalized relations and end up with a booming economy and a better relationship with the rest of the world. It`s

a message that the U.S. President Donald Trump will undoubtedly be trying to hit home when he meets with the North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un here

later this week. Will Ripley, CNN, Hanoi.


CARL AZUZ: 10 Second Trivia. Which of these countries has the largest fishing industry in the world? India, China, Indonesia or United States.

When it comes to aquaculture or underwater agriculture, China leads the world with the largest fishing industry.

Another event coming up is the Brexit, the British exit from the European Union which is scheduled to happen on March 29th. One big question is

whether it will happen with a deal in place. If the British government and the European Union can agree on the terms on how Britain will split off,

the whole process could go more easily and smoothly.

If they can`t, what`s called a no deal Brexit could happen which carries enough uncertainty to temporarily hurt the British economy. We`ve

mentioned that no country has left the European Union since it was officially established in 1993. It`s an incredibly complicated process and

you get a sense of that from how it`s impacting people in Britain`s fishing industry.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You wouldn`t think that this has much to do with global politics. Fishing accounts for a tiny percentage of the UK economy,

just .12 percent but the industry has been at the heart of the Brexit debate over and over again. This is a look, in three parts, about how the

British fishing industry embodies the hopes, fears and complexities of the UK leaving the European Union.

The story starts at the coast, Portsmouth, England. Matt (ph) is one of nearly 12,000 fishermen working in the UK. Taking back control of British

fishing waters for fishermen like him was a key promise of the pro-Brexit campaign in 2016. One poll before the referendum showed that 92 percent of

British fishermen supported Brexit.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It wasn`t the only reason I voted to leave but it was one of the main issues. I would class this industry as being the

endangered species. Is there anything (inaudible) could do personally to change it? No. It`s all down to the final (inaudible) to - -

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: British Euro skeptics have long been angry at having to share their fishing waters with other EU countries. They see it as

losing sovereignty over a precious national resource.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You can`t blame the European fishermen. At the end of the day, if I had the opportunity, another vessel big enough to go to

France and exploit their fishing grounds which yielded a lot more cash. I would do it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: From the coast, these fish are sold to the UK`s fish markets. Fish traders are the beating heart of the British fish industry,

getting British fish to markets overseas or at home and bringing in seafood from abroad. The UK imports 70 to 80 percent of the fish Brits eat and

exports up to 80 percent of its catches. Currently, traders like Eric (ph) can export fish to the EU without tariffs but after Brexit his goods might

be taxed at the border.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We export to mainly Spain, France, we used to do a lot with Italy. If another country wants our fish and I`m sure they will, they

will have to pay the increased charges.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: While industries across the UK are nervous about the effects of losing the free trade with the EU, Eric (ph) shrugs off any


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Brexit is Brexit. (inaudible). For me as a fisherman and fish merchant, I`ll be very happy.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is the end of the line, the kitchen of a fish restaurant. A cornerstone in London, British fish is always on the menu

but often the hand serving it come from further a field. 75 percent of waiters and waitresses in the UK hospitality industry come from other EU


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All of the stuff that we have that work on the (inaudible) house are non-British citizens and they see it as a career - -

a restaurant manger in - - in France is regarded the same way as a bank manager. Jobs in the front of house are very often by - - by British

people are seen as a stop gap.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Under EU rules, a European citizen has the right to live and work in any EU state and the British government says the millions

of Europeans already living in the UK would be allowed to stay post-Brexit. But curtailing immigration in the UK was one of the rallying cries of the

pro-Brexit referendum campaign and that has some restaurant owners nervous.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s more the uncertainty of it. I mean, I - - I probably know as much as the government do about what`s going to happen

with Brexit which is nothing. If suddenly we had to help all our (inaudible) payloads and money for visas. If we had to lose a lot of staff

very quickly, it would be a massive - - a massive hurdle for us to get over in the restaurant business.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: From the port to the plate, this fishy food chain bears some of Brexit`s most important questions.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is Megachile Pluto, the world`s largest bee and something I`ve dreamed of seeing for about nine years.


CARL AZUZ: Fusing (ph) modern cars feature way to much plastic, here`s a classic that has them all beat. It`s a Volkswagen Camper Van made from

Legos. It`s builders used computer software to calculate how many plastic bricks they`d need. Then they assembled 400,000 of them and included a

pitched roof, a 1960`s style kitchen and a sliding side door. At 1,500 pounds, it weighs less than a real van with a six week build time it took a

lot longer to assemble.

And while it has a number of "vanatics", it`s not for everyone. Some folks don`t "brick" for Legos. Some already have too much on their plate. Some

don`t want to "tile" you that at any minute their car could fall to pieces. It gives them a pretty bad attitude. Others can "lego" of all that because

these are the building blocks that make them "plastic". I`m Carl Azuz and that`s CNN.