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wanted to show loyalty to the rebels. it is unlikely. and now this man trembles looking at the caps or the loo g looking at his captors every time he speaks. i worked in aleppo until it was blown up. desperate to pay for his wife's cesarean section, he took money as a guard and he said he had been on the job for fife dve da when the rebels captured him. the top enforcer in the facility is a hulking man named jumbo, and he says he endured days of torture in government prisons. in another room he seems to treat captured soldiers and army officers with more respect. days ago these were men in uniform fighting for the syrian government.
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now they are captors of an increasingly confident rebel movement determined to destroy the syrian regime. ivan watson, cnn, reporting from northern syria. we have another story out of syria. again, we have to warn you about some of the video that we are showing out of syria. it is quite frankly brutal. it is very graphic. it appears to show people being killed, and some say executed. this is really at the heart of the conflict here, and this is the city of aleppo, and where things are rapidly deteriorating. [ gun fire ] >> you are hearing massive gunshots ringing out there. you are watching what apparently looks like some kind of execution. we cannot confirm this 100%, the
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awe then t authenticity of the video, but we are told that these are members of syria's rebel movement. what they are doing, and what appears to be is that they are lining up militia men loyal to bashar al assad and these are the rebels killing them with machine guns and the crowd of rebels cheering and chanting. i want to bring in hala gorani to walk us through what we are watching and make sense of this, because now we are not talking about assad's forces, but talking about the rebels here on the ground and what they are allegedly doing. >> right. this is the biggest fear for syria, that this country, and in this case, we believe it happened in aleppo, that it will spiral into sectarian killing and rejeng attacks based on sect, and based on religion, and in this particular instance, we believe that these men who the rebels accuse of being the ghosts, the assad men and regular army, and these are
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revenge executions, because they blame this particular family and group for having killed protesters and having killed rebel soldiers. let me try to walk you through this and again, a fair warning for viewers if you have children or sensitive to violence and bloodshed, you might want to turn away at this stage. but this is what we are seeing in the first bit of this video. it shows the moment of capture, suzanne, of these militia men or what the rebels say are militia men. they are capture and kicked as you see them there lying and the faces bloodied, and then another piece of video here of the captured men held in a room there. we are showing their faces, because we can see the fear on the faces of some of these men in this case. and we are showing you the moment where they are rounded up in what we believe to be a classroom. then, and this is really the difficult part to watch. we have blurred some of the faces there. now, you can clearly identify some of the men who were in the
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room, a nd now lined up againsta wall. outside. we can hear some of the men saying don't shoot, don't shoot. they know what is coming. they are lined up against the wall and then we hear a hail of automatic gun fire as the men are cut down. [ gun fire ] eventually, bodies are piled up on top of each other in the video, and we are not showing you the most graphic content. here. >> and this is absolutely horrifying. you look at the fact that there is no clear cut good guy or bad guy, because there is brutal killing going on both sides.
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who are the rebels? people essentially desperate and picked up the weapons or are they criminals or a situation blowing up and ow of control? it seems that might become the case very soon where the opposition and the rebels are not united or you have some groups motivated by sectarian hatred and other groups motivated by the motivation overthrow a dictatorship. and you have to remember where it started. you have to remember that 17 months ago this started with the context of the of the arab spring when parents from daraa in the south said enough is enough and you cannot torture our children and we are going out in the street to openly defy the regime. they were killed by regime forces and shot the death. and little by little what the situation has turned into is an armed rebellion with groups appare apparently as we have seen in the video, if it is authentic
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and we believe that it is, apparently using some of the same extrajudicial at the ticks of the regime they are fighting. >> this is not the first time we have seen this, because it played out in libya when you had the group of people who, that crowd who dragged khadafy through the streets and that is what we saw there, and there is some stabl, there so how do they turn the corner and how does it change to have the different groups and the revenge killings taking place in the very much same execution style as the assad forces? >> well, that is a good question and one of the activists i was speaking to from aleppo said something very interesting. he said when the united states and the allies in the region including saudi arabia and qatar decide to arm financially or arm with heavy duty rep upon ri -- weaponry, perhaps part of the condition should be some training and knowledge of what the rules of warfare are, so
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that when you capture the enemy what to do, because in this case, if this is indeed authentic and these are the clan that is executed against the wall of a schoolhouse in northern syria, and if this is authentic, this is only going to open up the door to more sectarian bloodshed. >> this is exactly why the obama administration is not arming the rebels. they don't know who the people are, and they are disparate groups and they don't know whether they can trust them, and the turks who are actually arming them, and we are giving intelligence, but we have not gone that far. how the people who are aligned with the rebels make sure they get into the right hands, that this thing does not happen? >> well, go all of the way back to afghan in the soviet era and arming those against the soviet union and afghanistan and what that led to. you had the westernb nations helping the mujahadine against them and that turned around and did not lead to positive picture for the west. but i want to add one thing
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about the free syrian army and we have a piece of video again with all of the elements, it is difficult to authenticate, but a free syrian army identifying himself as a free syrian army officer promising to treat all captives humanly, and we have that video of him saying that we treat all captives from the shabiha by international law. and we don't have that, but it is out there, where at least one wing of the syrian army is trying to ensure the international community this is not how we are going to operate. >> we have been talking about this for days and weeks and we have seen what we thought was a turning point in the crisis and that perhaps assad's regime would crumble and the rebels would make a headway, but when you take a look at what is happening on the ground and this is at the hands of the rebels doing this kind of thing, do you think that now the assad gain some momentum or breathing space for people here who look at that
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and wonder, should i be supporting this movement? well, at this stage in the syrian crisis, no outside pronouncement or statement matterers anymore, because this crisis is internal and it is starting to spiral in the cases of these kinds of extra dishl killin gings and spiraling into something out of control. a long time now, assad administration has said that they don't care about the pressure from the outside, because they rely on the allies russia and iran and on the other sidef of the conflict you have allies of the rebels, those who are saying openly they would like to help them, saudi arabia and qatar and this is a conflict turning internal with outside forces and difficult to watch what is going on. >> it is difficult, but important to see what is going on. thank you, hala. this is what else we are
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[ male announcer ] stop the uh-oh fast with kaopectate. scandal and annihilation at the 2012 summer olympics in london. the u.s. jim ngymnastics team w gold of course and the first time in 16 years they have taken the top spot at the olympics and the white house confirmed that the president call them to congratulate them on their success. he spoke one by one to the fab five. and we are watching eight women, b badminton players who have been booted for playing badly. zain verjee is there, and let e's start with the scandal here, and who knew that badminton was so
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controversial, but there are repercussions here, because they tried to lose and now they are being penalized. and tell us what happened? >> when you come to the olympics, suzanne, you want to win. now they are being accused of deliberately losing matches. we are talking about south korea, and indonesia and china. and some of those players have been disqualified after a preliminary hearing. what is argued is that they deliberately missed easy shots and deliberatelied into the net. the idea that many people are saying is that they had already qualified for the next round. what they wanted to do was the lose the matches so they could play the weaker teams. so what has happened is that they have been booted out, and there is a little bit of cloud over those three countries which is making the headlines. >> was the idea they didn't want to compete against each other, their fellow badminton players? >> well, if china won one particular match they would have
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competed againstt china, so it was not necessarily about the badminton, but the strategy, you know. so, yeah, one of the arguments is that that was what they were thinking. >> okay. are they able to actually appeal the suspension or done for the go around? >> according to system of the latest reports, they are done. there was some talk of an appeal, but the federation here is not accepting any appeals, and indonesia has reportedly withdrawn the appeal and china is saying they are going to launch an internal investigation. >> i want the talk about the fab five, because i love these women. they are awesome and so fantastic to see. this is coming from jordyn wieber who is one of the american gymnasts on the team and she tweeted it out, zain. she says just talked to the president on the phone. pretty much the coolest thing ever. that is pretty cool. what are they doing today? >> well, that is. it is icing on the cake. it was amazing and a solid
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performance. i was look at gabby douglas the flying squirrel and alexander raisman will be having competitions in the all-around. so they are celebrating, but trying to refocus and it was an amazing competition and got the gold since '96. what is happening with michael phelps? because he is obviously awesome himself, and broke all of the records, of course, 19 medals, but not getting a lot of love from the head of the london olympics. how come? >> well, yeah, you know, sebastian coe was asked, is he the greatest olympian ever, and sebastian coe said probably not. he is successful, but not necessarily the greatest. so he is getting flak from the u.s. and saying, is he crazy? michael phelps has 19 medals of course he is the greatest. the number count, yes, but what sebastian coe was trying to say, in swimming you have more opportunities to get more medals and you can swim into the
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relays, and get more medals from that, too. can you really compare who is the best and who isn't? look at jesse owens and nadia comaneci, the gymnast from romania and carl lewis, and so it really depends who you ask and what you thishgs but mink, phelps is amazing and nobody can walk him out of the history he has made. >> and how are the brits feeling about their first gold. >> yes, everybody went nuts. they gothe first gold in rowing. two women won that and then they won the tour de france to get a second gold. everybody is happy. this is the mood of the newspapers, and "here we go" in the "daily mirror" and then the "sun" says, "going forward for gold" and everybody is saying,
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"cheer for bradley and cut out the sideburns here." you cut them out and the idea is to just support him and hope that he wins. so, little bit of fun, but it worked. >> absolutely. and we know that the mayor of london got to zip lining, and we will get to that in the next hour. and fancy cocktails and luxurious soaks in a crystal clear swimming pool, and sounds like a great vacation? well, philip cousteau is going to tell us why luxury hotels in the developing world could be costing locals the clean water supply. it's the red. it's the green and yellow. it's the red, white and blue. because at the olympic games, it's not the color you go home with that matters. it's the colors you came in and when colors mean this much, you can only trust them to tide. so help keep your country's colors true, with tide.
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luxury resorts and exotic locations like bali attract tons of tourists who may not realize that all of the amenities they have come to enjoy like the golf courses and the infinity pools and the spas, and we love that, is using fresh water which is having serious impact on the people who live outside of the resort gates. joining us to talk about this is cnn correspondent and environmentalist philip cousteau. good to see you. >> or afternoon for you. >> yes, afternoon. and the charity group tourism
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concern put out this report and blast the beach resorts in the developing countries talking about what is taking place when it comes to water. we are talking about bali and indonesia and san zanzibar and is happening? we are talking about the disease and the poverty and the local commu communities end up suffering, and explain to us why. >> well, suzanne, it is important to remember that tourism is the largest transfer of wealth between the rich and the poor in the history of humanity, but it is a double-edged sword. there are certainly a lot of concern not only in the resorts, but resorts around the world to the degree to which fresh water is being used for the convenience of the guests versus the use of the locals. in some cases, it can be ten or more times as much water, 20 times as much water as the average local is using the guests use. so there is a great concern not
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only about the water use, but electricity use, and we are seeing a big challenges in electricity and the generation of electricity in some countries around the world and how much is used in tourism and fresh water pollution, and sewage pollution going into the habitats and the coral reefs. there are challenges to tourism. >> you bring up a good point, because philippe, they say in z zanzibar that a local person uses 24 gallons a day versus 844 gallons a day for a tourist. what does that mean? >> well, for a population that is struggling for access to clean water, of course, up to 1 billion of people in the world today lack access to the clean water and it is the greatest crisis that we face in the 21st century. that being said however, and i have consulted with various
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hotels around the world, there are opportunities to do better. i think that it is up to resort operator the look at how they can use many of the same technologies that we use in this country, rainwater catchman systems, and on site gray water catchment systems to water plants or bathtub water to water plant plants. not all tourist operators are bad egg, but there are some out there trying to do the right thing and being successful. >> a couple of the numbers that are staggering when you look at it. 1 in 6 people worldwide don't have access to clean water which is a total of 894 million people. if you are a tourist at some of the resorts and you want have to have a good time, what can you do to help out the local population? >> well, being informed. knowledge is power, suzanne, and the key for tourist, and you know, i tell people all of the time everything that we do make a difference and all of the
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choices ma s have a consequence. so when you go on vacation, make sure that you understand what the tourism is going to engage in, and the united foundation has started the global sustaining council, and that is a great resort with other tourism operators and tours around the world, and google search will bring up great resources that people and prospective tourists can engage in to make sure they are having a great time on vacation, but also having a positive impact on the community they are viz silling. >> all right. philippe cousteau, appreciate it. lights back on in india, and for how long? what caused the massive blackout for over half of the grid and half of the country? i didn't know how i was gonna to do it,
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now, looking at what is topping the charts around the world. in argentina, this song is number one. ♪ >> the song is by a puerto rican artist which means "run away" and in english like a fashion runway. and it had nearly 2 million hits on youtube. in india lights are restored to the northern half of the country, and that is after three lek tr electricity grids failed. millions of people were left in the dark because of an aging grid and overwhelming demand. that is more people than u.s. and mexico and canada combined. >> another case of bizarre sewing needle found on air
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canada flight en route to toronto. police are investigating, and air canada is saying it is checking with the cater, but declined to name the company. two weeks ago, needles were found on delta flights from amsterdam to the u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton is in senegal this hour, and the first stop of an 11-day tour across the continent. the trip will go to south sudan, and uganda, and malawi and uganda. she will address the nation, and praise the work for the democratic stability work in west africa. in april blind chinese dissident captured our attention with his escape from house arrest and eventual flight to the united states. today, he is on capitol hill with republican house speaker john boehner and minority leader nancy p pelo low spelosi are ou
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checking on a crisis that is forcing people to make difficult decisions, selling eggs to make cash. the process is painful and there are risks. still, spain is seeing a jump in the process, as one woman has done it five times. we have the story. >> reporter: this female donor does not want to be identified for fear of being stigmatized. she's hear at the clinic in central madrid to donate her eggs. the process she has been through four times before. >> translator: the first trip to
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the clinic i came with my mother. >> reporter: but today, she comes alone know iing that whil donating it will help others start a family, but it will help her family survive financially. >> translator: i work at a house and do manicures and also work as a cleaner. >> reporter: the economy here has impacted their financial situation, and so she decided to donate her eggs which is a series of injections of hormones and then the removal of the eggs. >> translator: once i made a donation and received up to 3,000 euros. >> the process is long and painful and carries risks. once accepted as donors men can give sperm once a week over a period of three months, and they will receive 50 euros every time. >> translator: when you don't have enough money, you take the donation money and you pay all of the bills.
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>> reporter: but this is her fifth donation and it is going to be her last. >> translator: they recommend a maximum of six donations so it won't affect your help. >> reporter: the doctor is surprised by the number of people coming to her clinic, but the process is regulated so they don't take everybody who comes to the door. potential donors must undergo thorough psychological evaluations. >> the number of donors increased, because there are more people that need the money to survive. >> reporter: accord ting to the body that monitors reproduction clinics in spain, in the last year alone there has been an almost 30% increase in egg and sperm donations, and once finished here, some go elsewhere selling their hair or breast milk. either way you look at it, these are signs of hardship,
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every aspect of the marijuana trade. we are talking about growing the drug and selling it and the government would regulate all of it. joining us from espanol anchor, fernando, and tell us why the president has decided this is the way to go? why is he taking this approach? >> well, some interesting points, suzanne. they believe they can separate the market, users from the traffickers. that is going to be the first step of the first reason they believe it will work for them and also separating the drugs from marijuana from heroin or cocaine, and the other important point is that they say that the professional farmers growing it on small parts of land will help them to control and have more security in terms of arms and traffic control, and they will have also some sort of system to regulate how many, the amounts of drugs that people buy just
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like a national regulation system, and also control the thc which is the active ingredient of marijuana and those are like a few one of the reasons that they think it will help them to work. >> and this not the only latin american country, but talking about brazil, and argentina, and why do they believe this is the right direction? >> well, it is a regional debate, and not just uruguay, and the president from guatemala has been talking about this during the america meeting in colombia, he brought it to the table. and also ex-presidents like vicente fox from mexico and others have been talking about it, so it has been around for a while, but this is the first time that a law has been actually drafted to make it pass to go all of the way through the congress and make it real. the other presidents have been talking about it, but there is no action in terms of lawmakes s
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working on it. >> why do you suppose there is this action taking place there where it has not made that kind of progress in other countries? what is it that makes it unique na it is going to go through the system, the process? >> well, first of all, everything goes down the politics, right? the president is -- >> not surprising. >> and so the president has a slight majority in the parliament and it could work because of that, but anyway, there is some opposition, and they have been fighting against it. but, i mean, real, the real matter of this thing is that if the parliament approves it, it is going to go, and it is going to be a reality for uruguay and it might be copied like talking about other presidents such as guatemala. >> and we know that the personal marijuana use, it is legal there, and will the rest of the regulation regulations will follow suit and pass in uruguay? >> yeah, well, that is what they think. i mean, there is a first step about talking about the
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individual persons that use marijuana, it is legal over there, and it is not like in mexico or some other countries in the region. it is not legal actually, so there is a first step over there that can tell us the possibility, and the flexibility and also the perception of the people over there in uruguay about this topic, because there is a big difference of the other countries in the region. >> all right. thank you very much. very interesting story, fernando. >> thank you very much. and imagine a talk show host who looks like this. it is a news station in egypt where all of the hosts wear vails valeeils and it could sig a cultural change in europe. [ chirps ]
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welcome back. when you see tv talk show hosts you don't normally see them covered, but that is exactly what a new tv station in egypt is now featuring.
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it is something that you would have never seen under hosni mubarak's regime, and now we go behind the scenes in cairo. >> reporter: talk naturally he says as if you are talking to your sister. advice to a new presenter, because on maria tv, it is all about her voice, and the audience will never see her face. all of the women from the presenters to producers are veiled from head to toe, a first for egyptian television. camera woman says she could not get a tv job after graduation just because she was veiled. >> translator: i was told a macabre existence in television was rejected. i was afraid i could not work in my field, and the door to employment was closed. until i found this channel.
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maria tv gives her and others a voice everyday on the christian channel. its mission is to give the women's conservative islamic message a greater presence in po post-mubarak egypt. >> we are trying to create a better society after the earthquake of freedom that was january 25th says the station manager alaa abdullah. it should be greater. while she fights for more voices like hers, she warns of giving too much freedom the others. we have liberal and secular channels that want to destroy islam, and create a society that is of their own and create new customs and traditions. the man behind the of the is her father who blames christian fi tor wh christianity for what he calls the loose morals, and he created
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maria tv to put women back on the right path. maria tv is my rejection of the heretical system of democracy. democracy lets the women dress immode immodestly, and work as dancerers and in parliament, and for others and me, this is sheer madness. the channel has developed a devoted following and until the advertising revenue starts coming on, donor donations will keep the lights on and the cameras rolling bringing in $0,000 a month. women are working for free hoping that some day maria tv will spread the conservative message 24 hours a day. >> we are joined by ian lee who is in cairo, and first of all, i used to live in egypt and all of the women had some sort of head covering and some not at all, but it is rare to see the total
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head-to-toe burqa as it is called so now that hosni mubarak is no longer in power and you have the revolution, what does this mean to the people in egypt that you have a station like this with the women wearing the full burqa? >> well, there's kind of a mixed reaction here in egypt. people who support this say that this is one of the things that they were fight iing for in las year's revolution, freedom of speech, especially for women like this. you don't see them much in the media so it is a marginalized group in society who has not had their voice heard, but another section says they are spreading conservative values that do not mesh well with egypt's historically modern views and some people say they are not having a place in society because they are breeding intolerance and this is what egypt does not need now. >> who is watching this station, because is it something that is being broadcast in egypt or throughout the middle east?
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>> well, they are broadcasting across the middle east all of the way from they say western iran to morocco, and so it covers the entire middle east, and this show, this channel runs come completely on donations so they have enough people watching it that it will keep running and people working there. >> and i notice in the script you said that they have an anti-christian station, so what is their message when they actually have this broadcast? are they broadcasting tolerance? are they broadcasting hate? what are they saying? >> well, definitely, if you are a christian, this isn't something that you are going to want to hear. if you are a christian, it is hatred towards them, because they are basically blaming christians for all of the pr problems in society, and when you listen to the preacher actually talk to people over the telephone, he says that he tries to blame whatever problem they have on christianity or the
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christian christians in egypt. so it is definitely, if you are a christian, this is something that they are going to be worried about. >> and if just by the people that you talked to when they see something like this, does it concern them? does it worry them that you have a conservative group that is on tv or really a test for them for all of the groups to have more religious tolerance? >> well, right now what we are seeing in egypt really is a lot of soul searching for what is their religious identify. and so we are seeing right now kind of a tug of war between the conservative conservatives and the moderates. the moderates want a more inclusive society to express your opinions and the conservatives are telling us, no sh no, this is the way we should run a country and this is the way we are going to do it. so you have a battle in between, but the people who will watch are the minorities and egypt has a lot of minorities. they have 10% christian population and they have a very
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small jewish population, so these are the people who are going to be ultimately affected by what comes out. >> all right. it will be fascinating to see how they sort it all out there, and whether or not there is tolerance all around. thank you, ian. appreciate it. if you shell out dough for the london olympics, you might want to do it in style. we will give you a tour of the super yachts docked around the city just in time for the games. s aren't exactly competitive. who do you think i am, quicken loans? [ spokesman ] when you refinance your mortgage with quicken loans, you'll find that our rates and fees are extremely competitive. because the last thing you want is to spend too much on your mortgage. one more way quicken loans is engineered to amaze. ♪ one more way quicken loans is engineered to amaze. it's hard to see opportunity in today's challenging environment. unless you have the right perspective.
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this particular yacht would have crew of 18 to 25. what would be the price tag to own something like this? >> well, it is in excess of 60 million euros. >> how much to charter something like this? >> approximately half a million euro euros. >> and what kind of amenities would you get for that money? >> you name it. the yacht would have everything that you can imagine. >> this is the lives of the rich and the famous i suppose and what they like to do. >> reporter: so this is an unusual site for london and how unusual? >> well, it is right in the middle of the financial district so to turn it into a super yacht marina is really pretty bizarre really. >> reporter: why would you choose a yacht? >> well, because it has all of the crew and the people you know and the amenities and you can move it. it goes wherever you go. >>er and pretty good parties here, as well? >> yes, and this has a huge deck and they have had pretty
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spectacular parties on board. >> reporter: so this is the ultimate status symbol here in the olympics? >> well, ultimately in the world. in terms of toys, you don't get in terms of toys, you don't get much bigger. -- captions by vitac -- i'm suzanne malveaux and in this hour of c"cnn newsroom," a bat minton team is disqualified by trying to fix the match and trying not the win. president obama is gaining big ground in battleground states including all-important ohio where he is speaking this next hour. and why tens of thousands of americans are dying every year due to medical mistakes. let's get right to it. the united states is dry, and disastrously dry. more than half of the koun thinks in the nation are designated disaster zones from the ingagriculture department today. the reason is no rain, and
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