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CNN 10 - October 15, 2018

CNN 10

Washington Post Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Missing; Pastor Andrew Brunson Released From Turkey; President Trump To Visit Georgia and Florida To Access Damage From Hurricane Michael; Longest Flight In the World; Boston Dynamics Stepping Up Robot Abilities

Aired October 15, 2018 - 04:00:00 ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Hi. I`m Carl Azuz for CNN 10. Welcome to the show. First story we`re explaining today is how the mysterious disappearance of a journalist is having ripple effects around the world. Jamal Khashoggi is a columnist for the Washington Post. He`s been living in Washington, D.C. He`s originally from Saudi Arabia and he used to be an advisor to the Saudi government. But he became critical of that government and wrote critical columns about it in the Post. On October 2nd, Khashoggi was Istanbul, Turkey. He was visiting the Saudi Consulate there to get paperwork that would allow him to marry his Turkish fiancee. That`s the last time he was seen.

Turkish officials say Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi`s home country that he had criticized is responsible for his disappearance and possibly his murder.

Saudi Arabia`s government says it hasn`t been involved in any way in Khashoggi`s disappearance and says he left the Saudi Consulate on the afternoon he visited it. But while Saudi Arabia and Turkey have formed a team to investigate, international pressure`s been heating up. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened severe punishment for Saudi Arabia if it`s government is found to be responsible for Khashoggi`s murder. Saudi Arabia`s government says it would respond to any action against it with even greater action.

Britain, France and Germany are also pushing Saudi Arabia for answers related to Khashoggi`s disappearance. With all this going on a significant event just took place involving the U.S. and Turkey. Andrew Brunson was released from a Turkish prison. He`s an American pastor who`d lived and worked in Turkey for more than 23 years but he was arrested in March 2016 and accused of being involved in a failed coup in Turkey. American officials and activists said Pastor Brunson was innocent and was arrested mainly because of his Christian faith. He returned to the U.S. over the weekend.

President Trump says the timing of Brunson`s release during the international tensions over Khashoggi`s disappearance was strictly coincidental and that the U.S. made no deal with Turkey for Brunson`s return. He said the U.S. greatly appreciated the release and that it could lead to good, perhaps great relations between the U.S. and Turkey.

Stateside, his attention will be on Florida and southern Georgia this week when the President visits some of the areas damaged by Hurricane Michael.

He`s issued a Major Disaster Declaration for Florida. That will add Federal funding to the state and local relief efforts. At least 18 deaths have been blamed on the storm. Hundreds of thousands of people are still without electricity five days after Michael made landfall. In some areas, residents expect it to take years before they`re back to normal.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Officials here had warned people across the panhandle that they would need to fend for themselves for the 72 hours after the hurricane. Well that window has now closed and so a lot of people are now relying on the state to provide food and water. There are now several areas set up around town where people can pick up those supplies. There is also a curfew in effect from 7pm to 7am and it is eerie to drive around at night because there are no lights on. There is no power and there`s no people around either. Though it`s hard to imagine that there would be many people here anyways even without a curfew because many of the homes here look something like this.

They are completely uninhabitable. This is actually a strip mall here. This was an office. There was a bakery over there and then a print shop.

The problem is that this makes an inviting target for looters and that continues to be a problem. People helping themselves to things at homes and businesses. So much so that firefighters are actually going out on some calls with law enforcement just in case there are any security concerns around running into looters accidentally. Those firefighters also expect that they will still find people who are trapped inside their traps even today. They also expect they`ll find bodies and that the death toll in this area will rise.

There are 240,000 plus people across Florida without power. But for the school system that is really the least of their concerns because most of the schools in this district were badly damaged. That means the vast majority of the students in this district, there are 26,000 of them will be displaced. So now the school board has a problem. What do you do to make sure that those kids can continue their education? They might have to use the buildings that are still standing and are still intact. They may have to do two sessions of school in one day in order to make that happen the school board is going to meet tomorrow to make a final decision on that.

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CARL AZUZ: 10 Second Trivia. Who completed the first solo flight around the world? Wiley Post, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart or Louis Bleriot.

An American aviator named Wiley Post was the first to do this completing the feat in 1933.

It took him more than seven days and several stops to do it. Today, of course, you can travel much faster. Even taking a commercial flight from Singapore to New York City in around 18 hours. That`s kind of an extreme example though. It is the longest passenger flight in the world. More than 10,000 miles, it costs more than $1,400 one way and that`s as long as you don`t select business or first class. What`s it like to be in the air for that long?

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Nine months in the planning. Lots of care and dedication. A brand new aircraft and a record to be broken. The longest flight in the world. Here we go. Wheels up.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sixteen hours left for flying. Nothing really much to do really except keep an eye on things, climb as high as we can.

Communicate with air traffic control. Nothing exciting which is how I like it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So this is the selection of food that is served immediately after take off. I`ve chosen to have all three of the main options. What`s this?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, this is - - we call it (inaudible). So this is for us to dispose all the (inaudible) like liquids, (inaudible) cups so that it won`t clog the sink.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh. I thought is was the rice maker. OK. So we`ve got 11 and a half hours still to go. Most of the plane is asleep. I can`t sleep yet. I want to save my sleep to the last six or seven hours of the flight. So I`m fresh and relaxed in the early morning. So that means time for movies. And on this flight there are hundreds and hundreds.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So we did quite a number of flight trial. Most of the passenger after the first meal they will sleep for about six hours and then they wake up. They`re looking for food to eat.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`re now two hours out of Newark Airport. Time to get dressed once again. I always get dressed about this time before landing on a long flight, or the bathrooms get rather nasty. This A350 has 161 passengers onboard. There`s no economy class here but there is premier economy. Morning, good flight. What do you think of it? Longest flight in the world. Did you enjoy it?

Yay. And so we have arrived, 17 hours 25 minutes. A quicker crossing because of the excellent tail winds. This flight along with the other ultra long hauls are ushering in an entirely new era of travel. Longer distances. Any two places on the globe can now pretty much be joined up.

The world really is now our oyster.

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CARL AZUZ: Boston Dynamics Atlas Robot which is classified as a humanoid robot because it looks awfully human-ish is getting more surefooted. The company recently released footage of it doing parkour. Now maybe jumping over a log isn`t particularly impressive but the box jumps and the agility the machine shows in completing them has a lot of folks either really impressed or really concerned.

It`s one fewer trick people could use to escape. How are people going to stay one step ahead of robots if they keep stepping up their agilities and increasing their abilities? If a machine gets it`s running gear into gear and jumps into action, doing parkour, of "parcourse" is going to be "par for the course" when vaulting in the pursuit of a "parkour practicionour". I`m Carl Azuz and that pretty much completes the circuit for today`s edition of CNN.

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