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they know it's such a bigger punishment when a celebrity faces something than an average guy who doesn't get headlines? >> this has been a debate, ashleigh, forever. that celebrities get off easier because of their celebrity status. i will tell you, in this case i was looking at this morning, she's already on an informal probation from last year for a three-year period. so if the allegations -- if the d.a. goes forward and prosecuted and found guilty, you could be talking serious matters on this. so i think the prosecutors worry about public scrutiny on these. and i think they're going to look at it. >> you know what, judge hackett and paul callan -- i'm not going to let you in on this one. >> we've got to give kudos to that guy. okay. >> we had so much breaking news with the passing of margaret thatcher, i have to cut it short there. but thank you to both of you paul callan and glen da hackett. stay tuned for watching everyone.
"around the world" is next. welcome to "around the world." i'm suzanne malveaux. >> and i'm michael holmes. hello, everyone. welcome to the program. we begin in england of course. >> political toughness earned her the nickname "the iron lady." today leaders from around the world remembers former british prime minister margaret thatcher. she died today of a stroke. >> she was 87 years old. britain's first female prime minister. we've got a lot more on this life and her legacy coming up. and in syria, a massive car bomb tore through damascus killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens more. the bomb went off in an area near one of the biggest public squares in the syrian capitol. now, the square surrounded by state buildings including the central bank of syria. >> syria's state television says it's believed the explosion was setoff by a suicide bomber. syria's civil war has been going on two years now.
more than 70,000 people have died. let's take you to israel. there is a push-on today to make kick start peace talks between israel and palestinians. secretary of state john kerry the one doing the pushing. >> he is in the middle east and he's already met with palestinian president mahmoud abbas. he made a stop in turkey talking to allies about staying on a path of better relations with israel. margaret thatcher once said she didn't think there would be a female prime minister of britain during her lifetime. 60 years later she got the job. today e. >> today people in britain and around the world remembering her iron lady reputation. really a reflection of her strength. she was determined, but also could be divisive as well. she was iconic.
becky anderson has her story. >> reporter: she did define. > the lady's not returning. >> reporter: she did direct. >> no. no. no. >> reporter: and when she chose, it was femininity alongside the steel. >> where there is doubt, may we bring faith. and where there's despair, may we bring hope. >> reporter: her longest serving cabinet member remembers this way. >> her style was essentially a determination not to be driven off course. the lady is not returning, her phraseology, demonstrates clear determination to see tough policy through. >> reporter: margaret thatcher grew up on complicated english market town. and the values she learned here shaped her entire political ideology. her father, a pillar of the
community, ran a pawnshop. she had the honor of serving as school representative in her final year before she went to oxford where she studied chemistry. but it was her father who was her biggest influence. it was he who impressed upon her the living beyond your means, a lesson she took to heart. >> one of the most immoral things you can do is to pose as the moral politician demanding more for health, more for education, more for industry, more for housing, more for everything. and then when you see the bill say, no, no, i didn't mean you to pay tax to pay for it. i meant you to borrow more. >> i think she was a woman of the moment. we had discontent, we had strike. we really needed a strong leader. and that's what we got.
>> reporter: for today's conservative ladies, margaret thatcher is a source of great pride. >> she had such a wonderful coat to life. certain rules or regulations in the way you conduct yourself, manners, this sort of thing. she was a great icon. >> reporter: while her record are likely remain contested as it surely does for all major political figures, her passion for office and conviction in what she believed was never in any doubt. >> there are those who say our nation no longer has the stomach for the fight. i think i know our people. and i know they do. >> reporter: becky anderson, cnn. >> she won three elections as prime minister, she helped end of course the cold war. and her political legacy really spanning the globe. a trailblazer, iconic in my i many ways. >> and as we heard there, di u
divisive too in many ways. held her own against the men of her time, that's for sure. from gorbachev to reagan to the first president bush as well. >> want to bring in our chief international correspondent christiane amanpour to talk a little bit about your own experience with her. you met her, you had dinner with her. tell us a little bit about what she was like. >> well, when i did, it was long after she had been deposed, you remember stabbed in the back by her own party after very unpopular moves such as the tax back in 1990, 1991. in fact, right in the middle of having ke e deployed a huge british force to support the u.s. in the first gulf war, it was right at that time and i remember so well because i was covering the gulf war that the british prime minister was deposed and another leader had to come on. in any event, she was an incredibly dynamic woman. she left a legacy that has spanned not just the generation during which she was prime minister, she won three elections, matched only by tony
blair. and she has been, you know, identified with britain ever since. they used to call it thatcher's britain. sometimes for good, sometimes in a derisive way people called it. but there's no doubt she was as b boris johnson said today, a revolutionary figure. not only did she crash the iron -- or rather the glass ceiling in britain and became the first female prime minister, but she did it in a way that was as a conviction politician. today as we see so many political leaders put their finger in the wind and decide which way to blow, she was the one who actually did it the old fashioned way and really carried out her convictions. >> yep. >> so she really stands up for so many things including liberty around the world. we can discuss that if you like to. >> you put your finger on it there. she was somebody who really didn't go with the winds of change that we see today. and in many ways changed how a state is run in terms of
privatization. but for the u.s. audience, it's interesting. i was based in london from '87 to '91 and saw that sort of end of thatcher and the pole tax year. interesting in the u.s. she's sort of bathed in a glorious light if you like, but you can't talk about her without covering her divisiveness even within her own party. >> the proof of the pudding she was not out of office by the voters. she might have been. but she wasn't. she turf out because her own party decided they didn't want her at the top anymore. by the way, there was not a single elected -- you know, it took a long, long time for conservatives to come back into power after john major up until 199 -- you know, it was that ability that allowed tony blair to become prime minister in '97. and he even said that we have to recognize the constructive contributions of margaret thatcher. so she's begun to have a huge
rehabilitation over the years. and her popularity in 2011, which was one of the last polls taken, was very much higher than it was at the end of her time. but look, she helped very, very in a huge and large way, very, very significant way in the mob between the soviet union and the united states. she was the bridge between then gorbachev and then u.s. president ronald reagan. and she saw there was an avenue there, to explore it and to help bring down the communist regime and to fall and topple the iron curtain. she also as we know and you've been talking about decided that when britain was threatened as she put it when the balkans were taken again, she wasn't going to let that stand and she sent out the expedition force to recapture it. there, and i've just been talking to former prime minister john major, she was very disappointed by the united states because she did not get the help and support that she
felt that she needed. and she felt she deserved as somebody who stood literally shoulder-to-shoulder with the united states. so that was something that i think pained her quite a lot. and then of course in the first gulf war she stood very, very firmly against saddam hussein's invasion of kuwait. she stood with president george bush. and some would say even perhaps pushed him to make sure that this was an aggression that was going to be met and forced out if sanctions didn't succeed in moving saddam hussein out of kuwait, which they didn't. and today there have been an outpouring of messages from both president bushes, from president obama who said that, you know, for his daughters she has been a phenomenal example of the power of a woman to shatter the last glass ceiling certainly in british politics. and also that she was a politician of conviction. >> and we're going to have much, much more christiane on the iron
lady later in the hour. we want to go to korean peninsula a surely provocative move to add to the situation. north korea now pulling the workers out of the industrial complex it operates with south korea. >> already the north had banned south korean workers from the complex and threatened to shut it down. you see there south korean workers coming back from the complex into south korea. >> also, south korea's leaders say the north could conduct another missile test as early as wednesday. walking back on some of the comments made about the north getting ready for a new nuclear test. he says he meant that north korea is continuously preparing for another test. so they're trying to walk that back a little bit if they can. >> saying he misspoke really. yes. they've got everybody a built worried when he said that. but for weeks now north korean leader kim jong-un has been threatening attacks against the u.s., also against south korea. the u.s. having to dial back its
show of force to stop things from getting worse in many ways. >> yeah. both the u.s. and south korea preparing in case the north actually follows through with its threats. kyung lah actually talks about how that could happen. >> reporter: neighbors of the u.s. osan air base are used to the sounds of military drills. but when the batteries go up and armed pointed north to the sky, they know this is not another ordinary maneuver. i feel much more secure with the u.s. army right next to us says this osan business owner, even though north korea has threatened to attack u.s. bases. the missiles, a sign that the region is ready to counter a possible attack. but it's not just in the military town. across south korea's cities amid the rush of daily life, visible signs of preparation for a potential disaster. 24 underground locations, and that's just in one district says
this city's civil defense unit. this is the city's latest disaster plan posted at bus stations and apartment buildings. this sign says shelter in korean as part of this city's emergency disaster plan. if there is something that happens, the people are supposed to try to get into this and other parking structures in the city. and you can see for yourself this is several stories deep. it is solid concrete. this is essentially an urban underground bunker. most commuters ignore the new fliers and instructions, numb to the threats from pyongyang. north korea is just 15 miles away from here. but this woman born during the korean war sees it differently. we already lived through difficult times. and now we have a better life, she says. i'm worried about everything that's happening now. a nation quietly preparing for a just-in-case for the
unimaginable. kyung lah, cnn, south korea. >> and tonight 6:00 p.m. eastern wolf blitzer will devote an entire hour to the crisis in north korea. tune in for a special edition of "the situation room." not going to want to miss that as well. 6:00 p.m. eastern. meanwhile, here's more of what we're working on this hour for "around the world." nothing like spending your vacation in north korea. >> kind of strange. some americans are doing just that. they just got back from a trip. they're going to actually share a couple of pictures with us. and she gave controversial vacations. beyonce and jay-z of course getting a rousing applause and warm welcome on their trip to cuba. >> but some lawmakers, well, they're not happy back here at home. we'll tell you why. plus, exclusive video from inside a taliban training camp. stay with us for a rare look. hey.
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killed in an attack in afghanistan this weekend. >> she was part of a group delivering donated textbooks to schools in southern afghanistan. and her parents spoke to cnn earlier, told us that she was always driven to help others. >> we would somewhat joke with her sometimes about how we just wanted to, you know, see her safe within the walls of the embassy compounds, but that was not who anne was. >> yeah, she wanted to be out. she wanted to be out doing things with the local population. there was no keeping her down. >> anne smedingoff is believed to be the first u.s. diplomat killed since the attack in benghazi, libya. this weekend's attack just highlights things not completely secure as combat troops are getting to withdraw from the country, that's happening next year. in a cnn exclusive, our own nic robertson takes a look at how the taliban are getting new recruits ready now to step in. >> he touk e talks to a journalist who went inside and
spent a week at a training camp on the pakistan/afghanistan border. check it out. >> reporter: this is not your normal taliban video. more misses than hits. more recruits struggling to master their weapons. >> condition of home, sleeping -- >> reporter: he is a pakistani journalist. out of concern for his safety, wants his identity kept secret. he tells me the pakistani taliban gave him rare access to one of their remote training camps close to afghanistan where he saw them preparing for the nato pullout over the border. a battle he says the taliban think they've won. >> we inflicted damages on them, that's why they're withdrawing from the region. that is our success that they are going from the region.
>> reporter: he says he shot this video over a year ago. and for the week he was there, he followed four young pakistani suicide attack recruits. the training as detailed as it was long and relentless. everything from gun cleaning to rehearsing murder while driving in a car. all of it, he says, apparently under american drone surveillance. >> there was fear of drone military operation everything. >> reporter: later, after he left, he says this building was hit in a drone strike. nine taliban killed. it's why only a handful are trained together and why the camps are kept spartan. but he says it doesn't stop the recruits from coming. >> if the u.s. are here, we are happy because we want to fight with them face-to-face. >> reporter: as u.s. troops draw down in afghanistan, the
pakistani taliban are increasingly upping their fight across the border. this is one of their recent propaganda videos shot in afghanistan. in a barbaric act they murder a man they claim is an afghan spy working for nato. cnn cannot confirm its authenticity. it is a chilling reminder of how raw recruits hone their skills and how pakistan's taliban em boldened by the nato drawdown are flooding more fighters across the border. >> they have meager resources. very meager resources, but their determination -- when i saw their determination, their determination was very high. >> reporter: these raw recruits, just a handful in a gathering storm ready to take advantage in a battle they think they've won. nic robertson, cnn, islamabad,
pakistan. >> all right. this story getting a lot of attention here. beyonce stirring up some controversy as well as jay-z. >> they popped down to cuba. not everybody's happy about it. we'll tell you about it when we come back. her and jay-z. copd makes it hard to breathe... but with advair, i'm breathing better. so now i can help make this a great block party. ♪ [ male announcer ] advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most copd medications, advair contains both an anti-inflammatory and a long-acting bronchodilator working together to help improve your lung function all day. advair won't replace fast-acting inhalers
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beyonce, jay-z used to being in the spotlight of course, but not for this reason. two republican lawmakers from florida want to know why it is they showed up in cuba last week. they were there to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. >> they were. but the u.s. has some pretty tough rules against travel to the communist nation. even though the restrictions have been loosened a little bit as recently as last year, most americans who travel there have to have a special license. so, did they? >> rafael romo with all the answers. >> fly to cuba of all places, right? anyway, that's what they did. and two cuban-american members of congress are asking the u.s. government to look into the trip
to cuba. mario diaz-balart say the superstar couple violated. they represent south florida, home to a large community of cubans who fed the communist regime of fidel castro. in a letter sent to the u.s. treasury department, the lawmakers say despite the clear prohibition against tourism in cuba, numerous press reports described the couple's trip as tourism, and the castro regime touted it as such. we represent a community of many who have been deeply and personally harmed by the castro regime's atrocities including former political prisoners. they celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary. a fine restaurant in downtown havana. >> translator: when she came down, there were people passing by and leaning over the balcony and they recognized her and
started shouting, beyonce, beyonce to her. so we realized it was her. it went up and she came with her husband. and when they got here they walked around the entire restaurant to have a look at it. they were very nice. they said hello to everyone. >> the u.s. government restricted travel to cuba for its citizens after fidel castro took power in 1959 although educational and cultural exchanges are allowed, the state-run cuban website says the couple was in cuba as tourists. and the florida lawmakers also believe that was the case. we have tried repeatedly to reach out to beyonce and jay-z for comment on this but so far unsuccessful. >> so describe the rules here. what is the proper thing they needed to do before they could travel? >> for the average american, it's nearly impossible to go to cuba. but the reality is what happens is americans who want to go either travel to mexico or to canada. and then from there travel to havana. and the cubans know this so well that they don't stamp their
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and welcome back everyone to "around the world." right now in china more cases of bird flu are being reported. the country's state-run news agency says 21 people now infected with a new strain of the virus. >> six people have already died. the world health organization says there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission. now, investigators have not been able to identify actually the
source, however, of this outbreak. in cairo, egypt, fighting between coptic christians and muslims has left one person dead, 66 injured. >> you see the violence there. this all happening outside a church as mourners gather to remember four christians killed in other fighting with muslims. the christian minority there has been the target of high profile attacks in the last few years. this is a real test for president mohamed morsi. across israel today people are now stopping what they're doing and pausing to remember the six million people killed in the holocaust. everything basically coming to halt for two minutes as the sirens filled the air. it is part of ceremonies across the country marking the annual holocaust remembrance day. back to the death of margaret thatcher now. her political toughness earned her the nickname ironically from
the soviets by the way of "the iron lady." today, leaders from around the world remembering the former british prime minister margaret thatcher. >> she died of a stroke at the age of 87. she was britain's first and only female prime minister. richard quest is in london. richard, you've been foe e following this quite extensively. there are amazing things, quotes, one-liners. this is one thing she said, if you want something said ask a man, but if you want something done, ask a woman. what do you make of her statements? and really just the strong power that she brought to the table? >> she brought complete and total power to the table. and she did it in a very feminine way. and that i think is what people fail to understand about the way margaret thatcher rolled. francois regularly to say that
she was flirting with him. and indeed if you do see margaret thatcher and you look at those old pictures of her at g-7 meetings, she used every wily female femme fatale charm she had to get her way. that was one of the great attractions. some would arguably say whenever you saw ronald reagan and margaret thatcher together, they were almost flirting with each other. and i think that that has to be the overall -- she knew how to use her female skills. let's put it like that. >> and, richard, of course when we talk about margaret thatcher, i mean, she had her own title, thatcherism, a champion of capitalism, sometimes many would say with a sledge hammer. this is in your wheelhouse. talk about her influence on the economy both in britain but also beyond. >> total and absolute. she took britain, which was
virtually bankrupt, beset by strikes in 1979, the so-called winter of discontent where even the dead weren't being buried. and she transformed it. not single handed, but it was monitorism, it was privatization. if it had a british before it, it was privatized. it was all predicated around the idea of those who work would benefit. but at the same time the national health service was not destroyed as many people feared. there were major cuts in the education system. some say she destroyed in large part the education system. but fundamentally -- i think, look, even some of her critics, tony blair for one of them who never changed many of the reforms that she introduced, for example, on industrial relations or uniforms -- unions. many of them would say that she was the woman for the times that she was ruling in.
and they were times when there seemed to be too much union power, society seemed to have lost its values and she would seem to be the person to put it right. the critics say exactly the opposite. they say she brought in a society that was riddled with divisiveness, totally about money and absolutely morally corrupt. >> yeah, many thought it an uncaring philosophy on a social level, but economically you're right. she certainly made a difference. richard, good to see you. richard quest there outside the houses of parliament. >> and we want to bring in fareed zakaria who knew margaret thatcher well. fareed, give us a sense of what was her influence on former president george h.w. bush? we know when iraq invaded kuwait, she was the one who famously kind of turned to bush and said don't get wobbly on me here and take on saddam hussein. >> you know, she was a very
determined woman who believed issues of international relations were ones fundamentally about morality. so she saw the invasion of kuwait as essentially a violation of international law. i think the bush people including the president have always felt that by publicly reminding him not to go wobbly she did him a disservice. that george h.w. bush had no intention of going wobbly. but in any event you saw the way she reacted to the forkland islands business when the argentine and saw with the gulf war. her response in these situations was almost kind of a snap moral judgment. the details followed later. >> and, fareed, you know, her legacy is really going to be a tapestry, a rich one and varied one. to her compromise was a dirty word, wasn't it?
>> to her compromise was a dirty word. and what she felt was that too many people in the west began their negotiations by compromising. her feeling was i'll put out my vision of what the world should look like, what britain should look like, let the other side put it out and let compromise arrive as a middle point between. but i'm not going to begin by sounding reasonable. she never felt the need to sound reasonable. she never felt the need to please the establishment. she was a unique figure in that she was the head of the conservative party in britain, which is one of the oldest establishment positions you can have. and yet she was deeply anti-establishment. >> all right. fareed, thank you so much. we really appreciate it. a lot of people of course are weighing in today, world leaders. but also meryl streep. she's also paying tribute to margaret thatcher. >> we will stand on principle, or we will not stand at all. >> but, margaret, with all due respect --
>> so you recall she played thatcher in the 2011 film. she won an academy award for her performance. here's what she said in a statement today. >> it was a terrific performance. she said "to have given women and girls around the world reason to supplant fantasies of being a princesses with a different dream, the real life option of leading their nation, this was ground breaking and admirable". >> and some people say, too, she went beyond gender. they never thought of her whether a female or male, she just represented power. >> strength. >> iconic. >> absolutely. well, this is an interesting story. >> it is. april in paris, sure. but what about april in pyongyang? >> some american tourists spent their vacation there. we're going to have their story next. mom always got good nutrition to taste great.
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where do you vacation, michael? >> not north korea. not normally. >> it's lovely this time, right? >> i went once in 1984, but not on vacation. the country has opened itself up to tourists, believe it or not. including americans. >> yeah. so i guess there are some folks who are going. of course we saw remember dennis rodman just a few weeks ago. well, david ma ki-- >> reporter: north korea propaganda target pretty clear. on state tv, a nation ready to smash the united states. so north korea is probably not where you'd plan your next trip. but this group of americans did just that. >> no, it's not a place to go on vacation. and, you know, my mom was very supportive. my girlfriend broke up with me over it. >> reporter: i caught up with
patrick byler clark and josh thomas, who american tourists who braved a trip to pyongyang. >> my parents didn't know. they still don't know. they'll find out tomorrow. >> reporter: and instead of mass rallies in kim il-sung square, roller blading, apparently it's the latest fad. >> on the scaquare there's a lo of kids roller blading. super popular right now. north korea is not just military few stepping across their main square. >> reporter: for these americans it was tasting traditional tea, posing with extras in a war film, attending a north korean wedding. >> i've been around the world to about 100 countries. and as american, north korea has been one of the forbidden countries. >> reporter: he guided the group. he rushed in in 2010 posting his experiences and photos on a popular blog, an american in north korea. >> the tension that's been talked about around the world is not felt when you're there.
>> not on a personal level. i mean, the guys that we work with are good friends of mine. they're lovely people. >> reporter: so while thousands of south korean and u.s. troops guard the dmv, senior north korean officers gave a tour of the frontline to their american guests treating them like v.i.p.s. josh and patrick know they only got to see what the government minders let them, but they say it was worth it. and came back with an opinion that will surprise some. >> truly bottom of my being believed that north korea was not quite as crazy as the rest of the world seemed to think it was. >> cnn, beijing. >> now, you and i both reacted to one thing there. >> the girlfriend. >> the girlfriend broke up with him. >> well, we're going to get the girlfriend on the line. find out if it's the real story. >> there could be a back story. wolf blitzer's been to north
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sounds like something you'd see on a sci-fi channel. but actually this is real. this is coming from nasa. it's pretty cool. >> i'm not going to say it anymore. you've been taking the mickey out of me for the whole commercial break. it's lasso and put it in orbit around the moon. that's what they want to do. >> explain it for us. >> he said lasso. if you take your car and drive into the driveway and drive into the building and put the door down, what is that called? is it a garage? >> it's a garage. all right. all right. >> there's asteroids up there about the size of say a bungalow house. they want to get one, they want to bring it back, unmanned, and make it orbit around the moon to see if we can go land on it with another spaceship and then take off again. why do we want to do this? by 2025 at a cost of $2.6 billion. because if we're going to go
into deep space, we would probably not have enough fuel on board to get where we wanted to go or get back. could we land on an asteroid, mine the asteroid, get the fuel out of the asteroid and keep going? that's why we want to keep doing this. >> this is a great idea. i love it. but all the things that make it more stable to land on, is that the idea? >> we don't want it to fall back to earth and just burns up and turns into nothing. >> and if you just jump on it while you're going past, you'll end up somewhere you don't want to be. >> are we close to any of this? >> $2 billion and 12 years away. when we set our minds to something, the u.s. will get it done. >> yeah. i love it. i love all that. do it. get on that, will you? lasso the asteroid. put it in the ground. all right. when you think a world class skating you probably think of alps or colorado. but some of the world's best skiers, they're actually looking to the mountains of pakistan.
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skiers now flying to the top of the world to take on some of the slopes that really amazing, never tried before actually. >> pretty scary. only way to get there by helicopter and military helicopter. pakistan's military supplying them. and pakistan hopes it's going to jump start the country's tourist industry. okay. well, let's see what cnn's saima
has to say about that. >> it's the world's highest mountain range, but that hasn't stopped a team of free-ride heli skiers from taking it on. in 2003 the leader of the team climbed everest. now he's set for his biggest challenge yet. >> biggest, highest mountain range in the world. you have a unique terrain that's so big, so high and so wide. completely undiscovered. the place we flew today to nobody's ever been there, nobody ever stepped a foot there. so it's exciting. it's an adventure. >> reporter: some of the worl's best skiers and snow boarders have flown in for the pioneering project. there are no resorts for commercial heli teams here. so this team is working with the pakistan military to get them to the top of the mountain.
and when they find their spot, she is the only woman and pakistani on the team. >> it's absolutely incredible. i can't tell you what a thrill it is to have the opportunity to come here in this area of outstanding natural beauty to bring people from abroad all over the world who have skied everywhere and myself. i mean, we're all blown away. there's been nothing like it ever anywhere. >> reporter: were you nervous? >> extremely nervous. absolutely petrifieied getting in the really high region was incredible. >> reporter: home to the highest concentration of peaks over 8,000 meters to be found anywhere in the world. the team that's come here has 500 kilometers of mountain peaks
to discover. >> returning here would be a dream because what we discovered here flying around the last two days is basically that you could spend a full life or even ten life discovering terrain here. >> reporter: with untouched slopes where nobody has ever skied before, this international team has plenty of adventures ahead. while locals are hoping this will be the kick start they need to boost pakistan's winter sports and tourism industry. cnn, pakistan. >> that's pretty awesome. >> looks fantastic. >> once you're up there, there's no ski lift. you have to go down one way. >> my immediate thought is carving it up down there, have a lunch. >> you've never been skiing before. that's the risk you take.
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