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CNN 10 - January 28, 2019

CNN 10

Tragedy At Brazilian Iron Mine; U.S. Partial Government Shutdown Ends; Hidden Masterpiece Discovered In France; Igloo Hotel in Davos, Switzerland

Aired January 28, 2019 - 04:00:00 ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Welcoming viewers worldwide at cnn10.com and on ITunes, this is CNN 10 and I`m your host Carl Azuz. Happy to start off a new week with you. First story takes us to the South American nation of Brazil where a tragedy at an iron mine has buried parts of a city in mud.

That city is Brumadinho. It`s located in the southeastern part of the country. A dam broke on Friday causing mud and mining debris to flood into the city and in other parts of the region. At least 37 people were killed when that happened but Brazil`s government and fire department say that more than 250 others are still missing. Brazilian officials say the dam that burst was not considered to be high risk.

So an investigation will be done to figure out exactly what led to the collapse. In the meantime, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said his administration would do everything it could to reach the victims and prevent another event like this from happening. The rescue effort has been going on around the clock and hundreds of people have been found alive despite the fact that it`s been raining heavily making the search harder.

It had to paused at one point after water levels had increased at a second dam in the area.

Thousands were evacuated because of that but they were allowed to return home yesterday after officials determined it wasn`t likely to collapse.

What happened Friday was the second time that a dam owned by this same mining company had burst. The other incident happened in late 2015, it killed 19 people, buried towns in mud and polluted the environment.

Moving to North America where the partial shutdown of the U.S. government has ended, at least for a few weeks. President Donald Trump announced the news on Friday. The agreement reached between him and Congress does not include funding for the barrier between the U.S. and Mexico that Republicans and the president wanted. But he indicated that he`d still move ahead with his plans to build it if Congress does not reach an agreement on wall funding in the weeks ahead.


PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: The government will either shutdown on February 15th again or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency.


CARL AZUZ: There are still some question marks about what happens next because even though Democrats and Republicans will be working on a border security compromise in the weeks ahead. Democratic leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi say funding for a wall will not be part of it and they say another partial government shutdown shouldn`t either.


SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI: Disagreement in policy should never be a reason to shutdown government. It really shouldn`t especially again for a period of time that has an impact on the paychecks and I`m sad it`s taken this long. I`m glad that we`ve come to a conclusion today as to how we go forward.


CARL AZUZ: As far as it goes for the Federal employees who were directly effected by the shutdown, the president said that all of them would receive pay for the time they missed.

10 Second Trivia. Which French leader transformed a hunting lodge named Versailles into a massive palace surrounded by gardens? Charles the X,

Louis the XIV, Napoleon Bonaparte, Louis the XVI. It was Louis the XIV who expanded Versailles into the palatial complex that stands today.

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, that expansion cost about as much as a modern day airport and it`s not the only relic left behind by Louis XIV.

His reign lasted from 1643 until his death in 1715 and during that time French literature and art flourished. Aronold Devoyez was one of the artists who was active during this time and a massive scene he painted was recently uncovered in France. But because the painting is significantly older than the building it was hidden in, it now represents a mystery as well as French history.


JIM BITTERMAN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: As an architect who works on the ancient stones of Paris, Natalie Ryan is used to surprises mostly unpleasant ones that complicate her job. But the surprise she came upon while creating a new boutique for Fashion House Oscar de la Renta was nothing short of spectacular. Behind a wall in what used to be an insurance office, workers discovered a huge 10x24 foot oil painting. Oil on canvas that was glued onto the wall.

Art restorers were called in and beneath layers of grime and ancient varnish there emerged a 17th century masterpiece by Aronold Devoyez, a favorite in the court of King Louis the XIV.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (TRANSLATED): The first time I saw this work, my emotion was as big as the painting. As a restorer, right away I wanted to do a test to see what was underneath.

BITTERMAN: What was underneath is what is believed to be one of a series of four paintings commissioned to depict the travels of Louis XIV`s ambassador to the Middle East. Here shown entering into Jerusalem in 1674. But while the painting and the painter have been identified, the question is how did a 17th century painting end up behind a wall in a building constructed in the 19th century. There`s no clear answer.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Was it stolen? Was it found? Was it owned by the previous people that were here and they put it on the wall? Was it hidden during the war? There`s a lot of theory we can go there and so a whole spy story about it.

BITTERMAN: The story, quite naturally, led the de la Renta managers to rethink the design of their Paris boutique and how best to display their masterpiece.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They were indicated in the showroom. I think this is going to be a special visit in order to see it. I felt like really, you know, blessed being part of this whole experience.

BITTERMAN: With a number of historic renovations that go on in this town, workers have always got a lot of tales about the discovery of treasures behind the walls, gold and jewelry things like that. Most of them turned out to be fake or exaggerated. But in this case, the discovery turned out to be real. Jim Bitterman, CNN, Paris.


CARL AZUZ: In Davos, Switzerland there`s a hotel you can only stay at once or at least one season because when the weather warms up, it melts. It`s called the Igloo Hotel, the rooms and the art on the walls are carved out of snow and ice. It costs between $300 and $1,000 for a one night stay in a private room and though it has some of the amenities of other hotels like a restaurant, a pool and a sauna. It doesn`t have heat.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s called an Igloo Hotel. A hidden lair high in the Swiss Alps, built each year from packed snow. A perfect place for a bear to spend a long cold winter. And I can tell you, what an epic journey it`s been so far to get here. We`ve slid down the Blue Run. We got to the top of the mountain. We`re being swished and swayed by skiers. Welcome to my ice palace. Hi.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hello, how are you?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So here we are at the entrance of the igloo. You`re going to take me on a tour. I can see a sign post as well. We`ve got plenty of options.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Exactly. Here we can see, like, we have Hawaii. We have (inaudible) and we have Tasmania Island. And let`s go there and check it out.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Tasmania. Can we do Hawaii as well at some point? It`s going to be a bit warmer. This hotel has all the bare necessities.

Fifteen igloos so lots of room for lots of bears. Oh my goodness. Now this is an important piece of the jigsaw puzzle that I didn`t consider.

Oh, (inaudible), you brought to my princess room.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Here we have a bed made out of snow. We`ve some mattresses, sheep skin. We have an inner (ph) sleeping bag where people can use. We have light over there.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If you`ve never tried this, I`m not sure you would believe how comfortable and cozy this bed is. But all I can say is, it`s like, you know, lying on a cold cloud. I tuck myself in. Lights out. Thank you.


CARL AZUZ: Adventurous guests might be "alpining" away for that kind of "snowtel" but those who like to "parkas" somewhere warm will want to catch a lift and pick up the skis to a heated room. They might "igloos" their cool and become "hot headed" after the cold reception in a place that`d be their last resort. I`m Carl Azuz for CNN.