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Growing Tensions between Two Palestinian Governments; Ray Rice Cut from Baltimore Ravens; Search for Lost Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 Set to Resume; Health Concerns for Using Cell Phones

Aired September 09, 2014 - 04:00   ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Hi, I`m Carl Azuz. Today`s edition of CNN STUDENT NEWS starts in the Middle East where tensions are growing between two rival

governments of Palestinians. There are two Palestinian territories with two different governments. The West Bank is one of them. It`s controlled

by the Palestinian Authority. Gaza is the other. It`s controlled by a militant group called Hamas. The two sides agreed to form a unity

government earlier this year. But the Palestinian Authority accuses Hamas of running a shadow government, an unauthorized group of 27 officials who

control Gaza. And the Palestinian Authority says if that continues, a unity government is helpless.

Hamas says the accusation is unjustified and untrue, and that it will keep working with the rival group on a unity government. If that falls through,

it`s another complication in the restless region of the world.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hamas is the current ruling party in Gaza, and has been since 2006, when it won a landslide in democratic elections. In fact,

at the time it became one of the first Islamist parties around the world to win political office, but much of the West considers Hamas to be a

terrorist organization. The group was born in 1997 just at the start of the first Intifada, or Palestinian uprising.

Now, the group`s founders wanted it to be able to deliver social welfare programs to the residents of Gaza, which at this particular point number

about 1.8 million people, but then a year in, it published its charter, and within that charter Hamas was calling for the destruction of Israel. Hamas

started a suicide bombing campaign against Israel in the 1990s.

So, what does Hamas want? It does not recognize Israel`s right to exist, calling not only for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands,

but for an end to the Israeli state itself. As well as the right of return for Palestinians who were forced to leave their homes and became refugees

when the state of Israel was created back in 1948.

Hamas wants a lifting of the Israeli blockade on Gaza. Israel at this point controls the airspace and the waters of Gaza, along with Egypt. It

controls the borders. Israel says that is necessary to try and cope with the more militarized Hamas.

And thirdly, Hamas wants the release of around 6500 Palestinian prisoners, currently in Israeli detention. They believe that they are being held


And then there`s the question as to whether Hamas is simply in this fight because it has nothing to lose. Living conditions for almost 2 million

people in one of the most densely populated territories on earth are very tough, and they are not improving. Unemployment hovers around the 50

percent level, and that`s before this latest round of fighting.

Hamas has also lost one of its major allies, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. The new Egyptian regime considers Hamas to be an enemy.

Nevertheless, some experts say that simply by fighting against Israel, Hamas appears to be standing up for the rights of the Palestinian people.


AZUZ: In the National Football League, the Baltimore Ravens cut Ray Rice yesterday. And the three time pro-ball running back was suspended from

playing anywhere in the NFL.

Earlier this year, Rice was charged with assault for allegedly hitting his fiancee at hotel. The charge was set to be dropped after Rice started an

intervention program. The couple did get married and Rice did apologize.


RAY RICE, SUSPENDED NFL PLAYER: What happened at night was something that should have never happened. And, you know, like I said, I have to pay for

that for the rest of my life. Because my daughter is very intelligent, you know, and she`s going to want to know what happened. Because she`s going

to press Google one day and just how fast these - fast this mess is going to go worldwide. That`s how fast my daughter is going to be able to pick

up the phone and Google her father`s name and the first thing that`s going to come up is not how many touchdowns I scored. It`s going to come up

about what happened.


AZUZ: The Baltimore Ravens originally stuck by Rice, and the NFL originally gave Rice a two game suspension, which critics called "weak."

The league later revised its domestic violence policy to six games without pay, though that wouldn`t apply to Rice. But yesterday new video surfaced

that showed Rice punching his then fiancee. The Ravens terminated his contract, the NFL saying it was the first time they`d seen the video, then

suspended Rice indefinitely.

Today`s "Roll Call" schools were picked from requests at yesterday`s transcript page at All things new today. For

instance, in New York we are calling out the Braves at Canandaigua Middle School in Canandaigua. In New Jersey, the Terriers are watching it,

Delaware Valley Regional High School in Frenchtown. And in New Mexico, the Warriors are on the roll, at Tse` Yi` Gai High School in Pueblo Pentado.

If you were watching last school year, one unforgettable story involved the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. On its way from

Malaysia to China, the plane turned way off course, and officials think it flew until it ran out of fuel, somewhere over the Indian Ocean. But now

wreckage, no debris, nothing from the flight has been found.


BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The search for missing flight 370 is arguably the most puzzling in history. But each new piece of the puzzle

gives authorities and family members of victims a glimmer of hope.

The search for MH-370 is set to resume. Australia hired Dutch engineering firm Fugro for the task.

WARREN TRUSS, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA: I remain cautiously optimistic that we will locate the missing aircraft within the priority

search area. This search will obviously be a challenging one.

KEILAR: Fugro has already begun underwater mapping. The new search is expected to cover 60,000 square kilometers and take up to a year to

complete, using two vessels equipped with side scan sonar, multibeam echo sounders and video cameras. Investigators will scour the seafloor in a new

search area, which is about 7,000 meters deep in some places.

Flight MH-370 vanished on March 8 with 239 people aboard, on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

If the plane is located, Fugro`s goal is to positively identify and map the wreckage. The estimated cost of this new operation, up to $48 million.

But the closure that finding the ill-fated plane would bring to victims` families is priceless. Brianna Keilar, CNN Washington.


AZUZ: Time for a "Shoutout." Who famously said, "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you." If you think you know it, shout it out! Was it Sherlock

Holmes, Alexander Graham Bell, Steve Jobs or Rory McIlroy? You`ve got three seconds, go!

In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell spoke those words into a telephone in the first successful call. That`s your answer and that`s your "Shoutout."

Don`t know if Mr. Bell was wearing a wrist watch when he said that, but he probably couldn`t imagine a day when one would help us get phone calls.

Computer giant Apple is set for a big announcement today. A new iPhone is expected, and iWatch, maybe, if Apple wants to compete with other smart

watchmakers, like Sony, Samsung and LG. CNN`s Dr. Sanjay Gupta who`s working on a series about living to 100, investigates whether cell phone

technology is healthy.


SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I think it`s by a little bit of a disservice to tell people that cell phones are without a doubt 100 percent

safe. There`s still a lot that we simply don`t know about cell phones and keep in mind, cell phones really haven`t been around that long, in the

skinner (ph) thing.

So, we are still waiting to see exactly what cell phones might do to the body and the brain. If you read the materials that come with your phone,

and I know nobody does this, you`d find it actually says to not hold the phone directly against your ear like this, but rather to hold it an inch or

even an inch and a half away. And part of the reason they say that is because there was a concern about this non-ionizing radiation leaving your

phone and going into your body. What hard does it cause? We don`t know for sure yet.

I think we worry a little bit more about children who may be having a cell phone close to their brains for long periods of time. For the simple fact

that their skulls are thinner. So, could you absorb more of this non- ionizing radiation across the thinner skull? We don`t know for sure. But I think there`s a heightened level of concern.

The World Health Organization after looking at all the studies out there classified cell phones as a possible carcinogen. That means something that

could possibly cause cancer. That`s how the WHO looks at it, and it`s a pretty good way for the rest of us as well. So, I like my phones, but

instead of talking so much on them, maybe you can email, you can text, like it possibly help you live to 100.


AZUZ: It looks like a pretty good pool party until you realize it`s gone to the dogs. And now it looks awesome. A dog swim only, this is a

fundraiser for a K9 Unit in Wisconsin. Police officers there have their salaries covered by the city, but not the dogs. Their training, their

food, their vet care is funded entirely by donations. So, events like this one, the annual dog paddle, bring in money that keeps the police dogs in

the swim, or on the case, or there when you need bark up, or when you have probably claws. They are keeping their noses to the ground, hounding out

crime, keeping suspects in the doghouse, completing civil obedience training.

I`m Carl Azuz. This is CNN STUDENT NEWS. Over in snout.