it's no surprise that he, one of the most influential people in the organization should essentially nominate himself with presumably some level of backing to be al qaeda's leader. it's taken a month and a half to do this. i think what we can expect to see, we're already hearing in his first statement, is a commitment to the same. they will carry on tribute to osama bin laden, calling out to the people of palestine, calling out to many of the other franchises around the world, somalia, yemen, afghanistan, pledging support to different ongoing offshoots if you will, zain. >> how hard was it within al qaeda itself to pick him? >> reporter: i think he had always been the leader in waiting. it's certainly what he would have expected himself. what he doesn't bring to the table is the charisma that bin laden had. and it will be interesting to
see if he can be that figure head that bin laden was, that rallied people to the cause. in many ways it sort of doesn't matter. al qaeda is franchised now. the message is out there. the ideology that ayman al zawahiri helped develop over the years is out there. he was seen when he came to al qaeda, when he came to bin laden in the beginning as somebody who took bin laden and his own direction. he's already molded the organization in the way that he wants to go. and it sort of self-perpetuating now to a certain agree, the ideology that he's put forward is out there of a global jihad. that's up and running. can he be as popular as bin laden was? that's unlikely, zain. >> cnn's senior international correspondent nic robertson. greece is in the grip of new turmoil. the prime minister is reshuffling his government after violent protests exploded on the streets of athens.
geor he is trying to win support for more austerity measures. wednesday and images of protesters clashing with riot police through a fog of tear gas has really put the seriousness of the greek debt crisis in focus. about 25,000 demonstrators within on t were on the street in the capital. we're joined by someone in athens. >> the rumors have been flying thick and fast yesterday and today about whether lawmakers will resign. one or two have threatened to do so. one of them has actually
specifically said he will yesterday, which would bring the governing majority down to 155 seats and george needs 151. that brings him within four deputies of losing a majority. >> is he going to be able to do that? will he be able to hold it together? >> the test will come if and when he presents the austerity plans which the creditors of greece have said this is absolutely necessary. this is the midterm fiscal strategy which cuts 28 billion euros in costs and in new revenue levees and adds new revenue levies. the total package is worth 28 billion over five years. that has to come to parliament in the next few days in some
form. that will be the litmus test. because if at that time, people do not feel the new government has got the right mix of measures, again, the package will fail on the vote or prior to the vote and the government will have to, again, rethink. >> what are ordinary greeks saying today? >> people exasperated. there are a lot of people who are in danger of losing middle-class status to put it very frankly. the quality of life, the standard of living in greece is falling with every new wave of austerity measures. this latest package contains a new one, two or 3% tax hike on individuals. there are new consumer taxes going in which affects everyone indiscriminately. not so well off pensioners as well as people who are better
off. this is the third or fourth time these levies are being measured. one, people are are becoming poorer in a short space of time and two, the government can't think of anything else to bring in the emergency it needs to service the emergency bailout money it got from the eu and imf last year. that is very troubling because a sort of parallel action to bringing in the revenue is meant to be stimulating the economy. if that doesn't happen it's simply going to go on shrinking. >> journal iist john cerapolous thank you very much. shares across europe are falling into the red. investors across asia also rattled. all the major indices ended
lower. and indonesian court has found abu bakar ba'asyir guilty of inciting terror attacks. he was sentenced to ayears in prison. ba'asyir's organization made a statement before the verdict was handed down rejecting the court's authority and saying the trial was really con ducked under laws formulated by infidels. cnn in is jakarta. she joins me on the line. kathy, what are the details of what happened in court today? >> reporter: well, zain, there were about 500 abu bakar ba'asyir's supporters listen together proceedings through a large monitor, sometimes yelling and chanting, reacting to what the judges were reading. the verdict was quite lengthy. in the end a panel of five
judges convicted ba'asyir and sentenced him to 15 years in jail. for basically influencing other people to provide funds for what would be terrorist acts. now, we know that the money was used for a militant training camp in the province in north sumatra, this was basically by a group of militants. some of them who had been convicted for terrorism-related crimes and who were released from jail. ba'asyir wants detained in august last year to his suspected links to that militant training camp. police say he helped establish the camp and members of his group, jat, was also involved in that and they were planning to launch attacks similar to the ones in mumbai in 2008 and targeting indonesian government officials and institutions. zain?
>> is this ruling going to be appealed? >> yes. the lawyers say they are going to appeal the verdict, although ba'asyir himself, at the end of today's trial made a statement in court calling the proceedings blasphemous. his contention was that he was being tried under laws formulated by infidels. and he wasn't charged under sharia law. he's a radical cleric who preaches and in the end has an objective of creating an islamic state here. >> kathy quiano. first came the final, then came the riot. in the end they had to bring in the police. find out why the stanley cup made so many fans so angry.
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this is "world one" live from london. here are our top stories. seven weeks after the killing of osama bin laden, al qaeda announces a new leader, ayman al zawahiri served as deputy for more than a decade. a statement says al zawahiri would honor of legacy of his predecessor. the fbi is offering a a milli i million reward leading to his capture. ba'asyir was convicted of planning, funding and inciting terrorism. in a statement before the judgment, his organization sid it rejected the verdict because it was based on laws formulated by infidels. greek's prime minister says he'll ask for a vote of
confidence in parliament, following a day of violent protests in athens over the new proposed austerity measures as greece teeters on the edge of default. for the first time in almost four decades, the boston bruins won the top trophy in nhl hockey, the stanley cup. they beat the vancouver canucks on wednesday. as greg black reports, canucks fans don't take losing lightly. just look at what happened in vancouver. >> reporter: while boston celebrated their stanley cup victory, thousands of canucks fans took to the streets of vancouver rioting. flipping cars and setting fires. >> very sad scene right now in downtown vancouver. we're hearing of more cars that have been overturned as well. >> reporter: some people posed for pictures in front of fires, others broke through store windows. vancouver police tried to contain the unruly crowd that continually taunted and threw things at officers.
some fans were wrestled to the ground by police. one fan said he found the riots to be an embarrassment to vancouver. >> this is wrong for the city. this isn't the reputation we want. >> reporter: the canucks have been to the finals three times in their 41 seasons in the nhl but they've never won the stanley cup. greg black, cnn. quick correction. it's 40 years and not 41. don riddell joins us no w. the last time canadians won was 1983. i was there. it was a pretty good night. i don't remember it. >> that's always a good sign. >> the bruins beat the canucks in a decisive game seven, winning the trophy for the first time since 1972 and the sixth time overall. the series up to this point
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welcome back. you're watching "world one." here's some of the stories we're talking about. the u.s. congresswoman who was shot in the head in january is out of the hospital. gabrielle giffords will have further treatment at home now. she was one of 13 people wounded in a mass shooting in arizona in january which also left six people dead. the man accused of the attack has been found not competent to stand trial. now, tell me, do you
recognize this face? you do, right? it's actor and singer justin timberlake, the man who dated britney spears, cameron diaz and jessica bi jessica biel. he's going to be concentrating on his acting career for now. and in order to relax he's admitted to the magazine that he is a pot smoker. according to timberlake, quote, some people are just better high. and a treat for star gazers around the world. oh, my goodness, how beautiful is this shot? this is what a red moon looks like. some of you in asia and in the middle east had a better chance of observing the first lunar eclipse of the year with viewers in europe. this happens when the earth casts its shadow overt moon. the reason it's red is because of the refracted light coming from the sun and also because of
the ash cloud in chile, the ash has somehow also give tonight a more orangey and reddish hue. thousands have been forced to scramble for safety. jen delgado has the details at the weather center. >> the flooding has been going on since may and will last potentially through july. we're dealing with what they call plum rains. this has been producing a tremendous amount of rainfall. along the coast line, for areas along southern china, the storms are starting to pop up. we'll continue to see more of that happening along southern and central parts of china. the area that does not need it. let's go to video so you can get an idea of what the area looks like. you see the rushing water, a truck trying to cross a flooded roadway. this has been a hard-hit area. reportedly more than 100 people
have died. we now know that 88,000 people had to be evacuated yesterday because of the threat of landslides. as i take you over, for today, we are going to continue to see rain popping up. we'll see the stationary front trying to move up towards the north a bit more. you can see where the heaviest rainfall will be. that area does not need any more rainfall. we could potentially see roughly about 5 inches in some parts. as i said to you, the plum rains last through july, getting that warm, moist air coming off the pacific as well as the south china sea and it produces a tremendous amount of rainfall. we're talking about millions of dollars in damages and thousands of homes have been damaged. zain? >> jen delgado, thank you so much. you're going to like this story because these guys are very small. they're very famous. these are extremely rare snow leopards. take a look at them. they are nine weeks old.
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i had, this is "world one," live from london, i'm zain vergee. seven weeks after the killing of osama bin laden, al qaeda announces a new leader. egyptian-born ayman al zawahiri served as bin laden's deputy for more than a decade. the statement posted on a number of jihadi websites say there won't be any change in al qaeda's policy and it will continue to support the taliban in afghanistan. the man described as the spiritual leader of the jihadest slup has been sentenced to 15 years in jail in indonesia. it was ba'asyir's third trial on terror-related charges. hundreds of supporters were
outside the courthouse listening to the verdict. he denies all charges. greece's prime minister will be reshuffling his cabinet to try and deal with the country's debt crisis. the main opposition wants the prime minister, george papandreou to get out, quit. that follows a day of violent protests in athens. look at the streets of athens yesterday and what was going on. about 25,000 demonstrators took to the streets of the capital. there have also been violent clashes on the streets of vancouver in canada. hockey fans lost their cool after watching their team slump to defeat in the deciding game of the stanley cup. you would never think this is downtown vancouver. but the canucks last to the boston bruins on wednesday. they were furious, the fans of advantage kufr. they take hockey very seriously, obviously. this got completely out of hand. let's take a closer look at the news that al qaeda's named a new leader, ayman al zawahiri is
occupying the space left by the killing of osama bin laden. with me now is a counterterrorism expert with a think tank based in london. thanks so much for being with us. what are we going to see with al zawahiri as boss, more of the same or something different? >> this doesn't change much. even before bin laden had died, zawahiri pretty much led the grupp. he did the strategic policy of what al qaeda's agenda was. certainly bin laden gave his authority and blessings to him. al zawahiri called the shots. it's a difficult situation for him hop how does he unite the different factions within al qaeda, the egyptian factions, yemeni and libyan factions, the fact that groups operational space has been confined by drone strikes, its leadership has been picked off. financially they're suffering. this is the ten-year anniversary in 2011. he needs to do something to keep al qaeda relevant in a very different scenario. >> does al qaeda like him? >> he has this reputation of micromanaging the organization.
and that's caused a lot of problems in the past. many of his former colleagues such as al sharif who has written a number of books criticizing al zawahiri for not being a true ideologue. he's created a lot of problems. when al qaeda was born in afghanistan in 1988, the belief was that he had actually fallen out with bin laden's mentor, which created a lot of internal problems. >> is he, himself, part of the problem? how divisive is he? >> now that he's formally taken over, this will be the real challenge. there was talk of other individuals within the organization potentially taking over, such as the pakistani kashmiri, a libyan or another egyptian. al zawahiri because of age and seniority outranks them. they have been superseded by other entities like al qaeda in
the raven peninsula, the pakistan taliban. bin laden's real strength was his ideology, his doctrine. zawahiri doesn't have that ability to issue al qaeda's messages succinctly. >> should we be more or less worried with al zawahiri at the top? >> al qaeda is on decline. al qaeda's not carried out a successful attack since the 2005 london transportation bombings. going beyond al qaeda, it's no longer about one group, it's about a number of different entities. if al zawahiri can purport bin laden's propaganda, his doctrine, that is potentially dangerous with the rise of lone wolf terrorism. >> there's another story of terrorism, ba'asyir sentenced to 15 years in jail. how significant is this? >> it's important. the inmedonesian authorities trd
twice before to prosecute him. he has supporters within indonesia, not just within the radical circles but the political circles. the grupp's infrastructure has been somewhat dismantled, its leaders have been picked off. abu bakar ba'asyir, his ideology is very influential. >> thank you so much. >> my pleasure. we want to take you to russia and the economic forum where the crisis in greece is on everyone's lips there. john defterios joinspetersburg. >> the economic forum is just getting under way, zain. i had a chance to speak to a
number of different bankers already. they're talking about guess and it's spillover effect, the ripples of greece. the economy is only $300 billion in size. the strategy by the european union and the european central bank and imf is to isolate greece on its own and work out the packages with portugal, ireland and on a larger scale, spain. that's not working. i had a chance to speak to jim wolfensohn. he said there's a large gap that still exists here. the eu states and leaders are trying to protect the private investors, the banks themself. now you have society and greece revolting. it's not working. he thinks, for example, the eu leaders, like the chancellor of germany, mrs. merkel and president sarkozy are going too far to protect their banks. let's take a listen. >> in my opinion, they are going too far. i think there is a situation here where there is real loss. greece and companies within
greece as well as in the weaker countries of the four really that there are have lost money. but that is going to cause the banking system to lose money. and i think what they're trying to do is to put that off, because they don't want to see weakness in the system. and in my judgment, that's against -- that's against nature. you can't pretened that you have good debts when the countries or companies you're lending to are in fact bankrupt or near bankrupt. so it's not real. >> reporter: and this has been a criticism of the european union, trying to kick the can down the road, kick the problem down the road and hope it's going to go away by etch strg out the debt. it's landed at the door step of the leaders meeting this weekend in luxembourg. a great deal of concern. we shouldn't for get, zain, right now, there's a $20 billion payment greece has to make by the end of june. so the timetable here for mr. papandreou to pull things
together and the payments to take place is very short. >> cnn's john deaf tefterios reporting. in the uk, check out the independent up in. it's gotten an opinion piece. this is the headline, riot all you want. the economic facts remain the same. the the protesters in athens can riot all they want but cannot alter the fundamental economic fact of their country is busted. mainly because it's been consuming more than it produces for years. in greece itself, we have this headline, get serious without further ado. nobody should be fooling around with the country's institutions and creating confusion. finally internet headline why should the u.s. bail out greece "the wall street journal" says, the country's big government has spawned an
enormously corrupt state that robz the poor of opportunity and enriches the well connected. if greece is bailed out again, what incentive do its politicians have to change their ways? one issue, many views, read all of those articles in full at facebook.com/w1cnn. you're watching "world one" live from london. those are new nato attacks on libya. but how long can they keep up the pressure on moammar gadhafi? we'll take you live to tripoli, next. new neutrogena® wet skin kids with helioplex. the first sunblock designed to be applied directly to wet skin. ordinary sunblock drips and whitens. neutrogena® wet skin kids instantly cuts through water. forms a broad spectrum protective barrier. with wet skin kids, your kids have full strength sun protection. try new wet skin sunblock for adults too. neutrogena® #1 dermatologist recommended suncare.
fell in two other cities. the attacks come as nato countries feel the heat over the growing cost of the war. u.s. president barack obama has been forced to defend u.s. military action after some members of congress said it violated u.s. law. but speaking here in london yesterday, nato's chief insisted that the alliance is wholly committed to finishing the job. let's go to david mckenzie in tripoli. tell us about the strikes that happened overnight. >> reporter: that's right, zain. before dawn, just before 5:00 a.m. this morning -- we counted six strikes, two of them making the buildings shake. let's take a listen to the aftermath of those strikes. zain, we believe these strikes were targeted moammar gadhafi's compound which is about a kilometer away from our
location. they have struck that site many times in the past and they are trying to show they're continuing the air strikes on a daily basis. zain? >> david, what would be the impact of the nato campaign if the u.s. pulled out? >> reporter: well, i think it would have a significant impact. certainly the state department are sending in that 30-page report to congress, late yesterday in the u.s. trying to explain what the u.s. involvement is. and though u.s. military involvement has pulled back substantially from the early days of the campaign some months ago, it still has a crucial role to play in the nato campaign. they say 70% of all intelligence has been gathered by u.s. forces. and they say they find a fixed track target and destroy and resume forces. all of that is made possible by the superior u.s. military involvement in nato.
we know that robert gates, the outgoing defense secretary, sort of slamming nato's military capability some days ago. if the u.s. were to pull out, certainly there would be a great degree of pullback in terms of the capability of nato's forces to protect civilians in libya. as you say, increase iing -- cog in from nato members and others about the length this campaign is taking, to have any real political gains on the grounded. >> cnn's david mckenzie reporting from tripoli inley libya. this is "world one," live from london. next, we get you a look inside syria. a young mother and family flee their home in fear. arwa damon hears the terrified voices of those witnessing a regime's brutal crackdown. ♪
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welcome back. this is "world one" live from london. we're coming up on 6:00 a.m. in new york, noon in berlin and 7:00 p.m. in tokyo. cnn reporters have been bringing you the latest events in syria's turbulent spring. so far we've had to rely on amateur videomakers and government-run tv for any pictures inside the country. our correspondents were not allowed into syria but in a rare move wednesday, the regime invited international journalists on a carefully
managed tour to the northern town of jisr al shugur. escorts took the correspondents to the site of a mass grave which the government says contained the bodies of murder soldiers. the latest round of violence sent syrians running for their lives. so far, almost 8,500 refugees have crossed the border. arwa damon managed to get across the border inside syria this week. she's now back in turkey. arwa, what did you see, what did you hear? >> reporter: zain, it is family after family telling the most horrific stories imaginable. the majority of the people who have been clustered in this makeshift refugee camel on the syrian side of the border are from jisr al shugur and the surrounding areas. some are crossing into turkey, into these refugee camps here but some are staying on the
other side, hoping to go back home in the future, hoping they'd be reunited with loved ones they love in the a os. in all of this, we met one woman who fled from even farther away because of the sheer horror of what she witnessed. she is simply too terrified to appear on camera. and asks that we call her noor, not her real name. the 22-year-old english major has come to this rudimentary camp tucked along side the turkish border, because she says if she stays at home in latakia, she will die. >> i cannot be here. >> she described what she witnessed just outside her house, nothing short of horrific. >> every day when we have the protesters in the street, military and army come to them and kill them in front of our eyes. >> reporter: did you see it? >> in the house we have a window
and the window with fire, if i was sleeping under the window, i will lose myself and i will die. >> reporter: the government onslaught was said to be especially bloody. the syrian government has consistently said it is only targeting armed groups, something eyewitnesses say is a lie. this video reported to be taken last friday, and posted to youtube, which cnn cannot independently verify, appears to show people seeking cover behind a wall as intense gunfire rings out amid flums of smoke. nour says on that day, a lawyer she knew was gunned down for no reason. >> he doesn't want to go to the protests. he was going to visit his sister
and then they showed him. people come to the hospital and said after ten minutes return them dead. >> reporter: you saw this from the window? >> yes. his car, suzuki and the blood come from his car. >> reporter: that is when she fled with her family. >> as she's talking her hands keep shaking uncontrollably. you can hear her voice quivering as well. it's just the trauma of what she's seen and what she's talking about is so evident. as is her raw anger and frustration. >> god created human being to live in this world in liberty. why does one man and his family control all these people? why? >> reporter: in her mind, there's one man who could make it stop. >> why our president killing us? killing our boths and sisters and take them to the prison?
why? i just want to ask him this question. >> reporter: and zain, that is a question we have been hearing time and time again from a number of refugees, for their part, the government has continued to maintain it simply is targeting armed gangs who are intent or fomenting unrest in their own country. zain? >> gosh, arwa, what is it like for you to be inside syria as a reporter? what were your impressions? >> reporter: it's an incredibly grim set of conditions that these refugees are having to deal with on the other side, not only are we, by being there, afforded the opportunity to have direct access to syrians who say they witnessed firsthand the brutality of their regime prior to crossing over or contact with individuals who by and large over the phone trying to reach eyewitnesses, since the country
has prevent us from having access to the people, to speak to them about the horrors they've experienced. at the same time, one really grows to appreciate what these individuals have been through. not only did did they have to flee, they're dealing with this out in the open. they have for protection, for example, against the rain and it had been raining up until the last few days, these plastic tarps strung between trees, food they have to rely on the villagers here on the turkish side of the border ferrying things like bread and basics across. there's something of a makeshift pharmacy that has been set up inside this camp by an individual who was in fact a pharmacist who fled and took all of his wares with him. he desperately needs more. washing, that happens in a dirty river. these people have fled the violence, they feel relatively
safe but that does not necessarily mean their lives have taken a turn for the better, not by any stretch of the imagination. in speaking to them, they keep wondering when they'll be able to go home and of course no one has that answer at this stage. >> cnn's arwa damon reporting. great reporting, arwa. thank you. this is "world one," live from london. a quick reminder of our top stories. seven weeks after the killing the osama bin laden, al qaeda announced a new leader, the egyptian-born ayman al zawahiri served as bin laden's deputy for more than a decade. the statement posted on a number of jihadi websites says al zawahiri would honor his predecessor's legacy. the fbi is offering a $25 million reward for any information leading to his capture. indonesian courts sentenced abu bakar ba'asyir to 15 years in jail. he was convicted of planning, funding and inciting terrorism. in a statement, his
organization, said it rejected the verdict because it was based on laws formulated by infidels. and the prime minister of greece is planning to form a new government today. george papandreou says he'll be asking for a vote of confidence in parliament, that's after a day of violent protests in athens, just look at these pictures. demonstrators were so angry over the government's call for more austerity measures as greece teeters on the edge of default. there have also been violent clashes on the streets of vancouver in canada. hockey fans lost their cool after watching their local team slump to defeat in the deciding game of the stanley cup. the canucks lost to the boston bruins on wednesday and fans in vancouver take hockey very seriously. it really did get out of control. you can see what happened on the streets of vancouver when fans just couldn't deal with their loss. stay with cnn and keep up to date with all of these stories. for me as well as the team here
on "world one," that's it from all of us. thanks a lot for watching. ahead on this "american morning," osama bin laden's successor, al qaeda elevating its long-time number two to the top spot. who is ayman al zawahiri, where did he come from? and also a war of words over the mission in libya. ten u.s. congressmen suing president obama saying he overstepped his powers. and the house may try to remove anthony weiner today. this as a former porn star is talking about her contacts with the congressman. and justin timberlake tells us what he does to stop thinking. all of that ahead on "american morning."
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