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Civilians And Government Face Off In Myanmar And Hong Kong; Massive Calving Occurs From An Ice Shelf; Young Woman Sets New Rowing Record. Aired 4-4:10a ET
Aired March 02, 2021 - 04:00 ET
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CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Hi, I`m Carl Azuz. And you`re in for 10 minutes of news and features from around the world. We`re always thankful to have
you watching. We return to Myanmar today, an Asian country also known as Burma, a military coup took place there a month ago and protests have been
welling up ever since.
A Burmese military commander has said troops have been using minimal source when confronting protestors. But on Sunday during demonstrations across the
country, troops used tear gas, stun grenades and according to the United Nations live ammunition against protestors and the U.N. Human Rights Office
says that left at least 18 people dead and dozens of others injured across Myanmar.
When the coup began, the military said it had removed and replaced the nation`s civilian leader and 24 members of her government. That leader is
Aung San Suu Kyi and the military brought a new charge against her on Monday.
It accuses Suu Kyi of breaking the law by publishing information that may cause fear or alarm. Suu Kyi`s political party won big in national
elections last November but the military says the vote was fraudulent.
And though it`s promised to hold new elections to bring in quote "true and disciplined" democracy, the military has declared a year-long national
emergency for the time being and it has not set a date for more elections to take place.
So the protests, some of which have been violent continue while activists have asked other countries to get involved in stopping the military
takeover. Tensions between demonstrators and government forces have also been flaring in Hong Kong.
This is a special administrative region of China. People there enjoy more freedoms than residents in mainland China but the communist country says it
is ultimately in control of Hong Kong. China imposed a national security law last year that says people who try to succeed, subvert the government
or cooperate with other countries against it could spend their lives in prison.
Forty-seven activists were recently arrested under that law and accused of trying to subvert Hong Kong`s government by organizing an unofficial
election. But a lawyer for the defendants says the charges are a challenge to Hong Kong`s fair electoral system and that they were brought without
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WILL RIPLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The arrests of 47 pro-democracy politicians here in Hong Kong is sparking fresh (ph) outrage and fresh (ph) protests.
In fact, this is the largest group of demonstrators that I have seen assemble since Beijing imposed its national security law in this city last
summer, and all these people who are out here are facing prosecution on a couple of different fronts.
One, they`re violating COVID restrictions on crowd size and two, some of them are chanting slogans and holding up banners. The police out here has
warned (inaudible) put them in violation of the national security law and threatened them with arrest and prosecution themselves just like the dozens
of pro-democracy lawmakers in the (Inaudible) Courthouse behind me.
Now you can see a large group of police officers out here. They have been warning protesters but things have remained peaceful out here. The
protestors and the police have been coexisting, standing side by side, a few insults hurled here and there but things really subdued.
Certainly, nothing like what we saw here at the height of the protest movement back in the summer of 2019. But it is extraordinary in this time
with fear about the national security law and restrictions from the COVID- 19 pandemic to see a crowd that stretches around the block.
A crowd that was growing until Hong Kong police cordoned off this area to try to choke off the crowds and prevent more people from coming here.
Warning everybody that if they don`t leave, they could face arrest. Will Ripley, CNN, Hong Kong.
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AZUZ: 10 Second Trivia. A Norwegian whaler named Carl A. Larsen became famous for doing what? Designing ice breakers, refining oil into fuel,
navigating the Pacific or exploring Antarctica. The Larsen Ice Shelf in Antarctica is named for Capitan Carl Larsen who sailed to it in 1893.
British researchers say an iceberg the size of New York City just broke off Antarctica and despite the size of the new iceberg, they say they`re not
surprised by this. The British Antarctic Survey has been monitoring it for years.
Over that period of time, massive cracks have formed in the Brunt Ice Shelf which is almost 500 feet thick. One of these chasms, these cracks, started
moving toward another one back in November and since January they`ve been growing by about a kilometer a day.
The BAS says the crack got wider on Friday and that essentially freed the massive iceberg from the rest of the shelf. This happens regularly in this
part of the world. Scientists say it`s due to a natural process called calving, when chunks of ice break away from glaciers or ice shelves.
They say it`s not related to other recent calving events and that`s not related to climate change, what they don`t know is what the iceberg is
going to do next. They believe it could move away from the Brunt Ice Shelf or possibly run aground and stay close by.
In the notably warmer waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, a 21-year-old British woman just spent more than a month at sea. She wasn`t adrift. She
was rowing and she hadn`t even been doing that very long before she decided to embark on a 3,000-mile rowing trip all alone.
According to her Web site, which is called Rudderly Mad, 21-year-old Jasmine Harrison is a part-time swimming teacher and bartender. She`s also
the holder of a new Guinness World Record.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`ve never rowed in my life. But I wanted to do (inaudible) and so I`m going to do that one day and then rode again when I
got my boat in July. And I spent a long time thinking about it. (Inaudible), I`m not like just so spontaneous like that.
If it`s something big and it`s going to (inaudible). I`m not a complete, like, free spirit, off you go. I (inaudible) lots of different fish. I just
excited about anything. (inaudible) oh my gosh. (Inaudible), whales and lots of dolphins. I took a picture and just in that one snap I had 40
dolphins in one picture. (inaudible) it is insane.
I even added a little crab on my boat as well which is -- I didn`t expect to see that quite in the middle of the sea. (inaudible) ridiculous. It`s --
it`s just so cool. (Inaudible) with nature. (Inaudible) literally (inaudible) away from the sea all the time especially like the fish.
(Inaudible) boat and (inaudible) they follow me and lead me to my destination and so like, (inaudible).
I`m like morning. (Inaudible). Scariest was maybe (Inaudible) nothing you can do about that and that was more scary afterwards. I thought oh my gosh,
what if I can`t row anymore. I`m not going to be able to make it the last two days. (Inaudible) came really close to me and that was more scary.
That was in my control. I had to do something to get out of that situation. Actually, I`ve got to use my radio. I`ve got to maybe -- using equipment,
use flares. Actually, then row, steer, do this. Do that. Contact using technology.
Find out which direction there in all sorts. I`m thinking I wish my hands would stop shaking so I could actually do something and then think, OK, all
right, why did that happen? That was my biggest thing was, why did that happen? It is so amazing. I don`t think you (inaudible) because (inaudible)
certificate from Ocean Growing (inaudible) earlier and a Guinness World Record.
And I`m like, that -- I feel like if I try and top that right now. I`ve not even finished this yet. I`m still talking to people, like that. It would
just (inaudible) entire thing if I tried to talk right now. Calm down. Don`t let things go to my head and, you know, just keep going. Just do what
I was going to do.
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AZUZ: According to the British Broadcasting Corporation, Germany dropped more than 7,000 explosives on the southwestern English city of Exeter
during World War II. One of them just blew up. Boom. No one was hurt. This was a controlled explosion carried out by police last weekend.
A day after the 80-year-old device was discovered by builders. Officials evacuated thousands of people from the area before setting the bomb off. It
reportedly left a crater as big as a double decker bus and caused significant damage to some buildings nearby.
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