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  • CNN Student News is happy to see you this Wednesday.

  • We're jumping right in to our commercial free coverage

  • with a report on the civil war in Syria.

  • How involved is Russia becoming in that conflict,

  • and what is Russia hoping to gain?

  • Those are two questions that international officials,

  • particularly those in the US, are trying to figure out.

  • Some background, Syria's been torn apart since the spring of 2011.

  • On one front there's the Syrian government

  • fighting to keep control of the Middle Eastern country.

  • On another, different rebel groups fighting to topple that government,

  • and complicating things further,

  • militias and terrorist groups like ISIS,

  • who are looking to grab land and power.

  • The US has a controversial program to give weapons

  • and training to moderate Syrian rebels,

  • so it's supporting some of those who are fighting the Syrian government.

  • But American officials say Russia is giving more

  • and more support to the Syrian government,

  • so that's why the Obama administration

  • is increasingly concerned about Russia's activity there.

  • By the day, Russian denials of involvement in this brutal conflict

  • appear to be eroding.

  • The Premier now says if it weren't for Moscow helping the Syrian government,

  • this carnage would worsen and the humanitarian crisis intensify.

  • We've been providing and will be providing

  • all necessary military technical assistance,

  • and we call on other countries to join us.

  • If Russia hadn't been supporting Syria,

  • the situation there would be worse than Libya, and we would see more refugees.

  • But it's the level of that military support which continues to raise concerns.

  • The Kremlin is rejecting allegations

  • it's already engaged in combat operations alongside the Syrian military.

  • But US officials say Russia appears to be dramatically

  • increasing its military footprint in Syria.

  • But US officials admit the real intentions of the Kremlin are at yet unclear,

  • to build an anti- ISIS coalition, to support its Syrian ally,

  • or simply to send a message to the West that Russia is back.

  • Matthew Chance, CNN, Moscow.

  • See if you can ID me. In total land area,

  • I'm one of the largest countries in the world,

  • but my population is less than that of Texas.

  • I'm made up of two territories, and six states,

  • and I'm located in the Southern Hemisphere. Good day, mate.

  • I'm Australia, and my 23 million people

  • are governed by a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy.

  • Even though Australia is a member of the British Commonwealth

  • and its Chief of State is Queen Elizabeth II,

  • Australia's lawmaking power lies with its Parliament.

  • And that Parliament, not Australian voters,

  • decides who the country's leader will be.

  • It just decided on a new one.

  • Former Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull

  • was sworn in yesterday as Australia's 29th Prime Minister.

  • He's replacing former leader Tony Abbott.

  • While many citizens are concerned about

  • Australia's slowing economy,

  • Prime Minister Turnbull will have the additional challenge

  • of stabilizing the country's leadership.

  • He's Australia's fourth prime minister in a little more than two years.

  • Well it's time for the call of the role,

  • and it's the first time we've ever called role in Nepal.

  • The town of Jawalakhel is not far from the capital of Kathmandu

  • and it's there that the students of St. Xavier's School are watching.

  • Great to see you. And hello to the Panthers of Mars Hill, Maine.

  • We've got Central Aroostook High School on today from the pine tree state,

  • and right next door to New Hampshire, it's great to see the Tigers.

  • Indian River School in Canaan is on a roll.

  • In the US state of Iowa, the population is about 5. 5 % Latino,

  • just over 3 % African American, 2 % Asian, and more than 92 % White.

  • In Iowa City, where you'll find the University of Iowa,

  • it might come as a surprise to learn that bubble tea shops,

  • which are hugely popular in East Asia,

  • outnumber Starbucks coffee houses three to one.

  • It's part of a changing campus culture that's part clash,

  • part economics and all opportunity.

  • We were sitting out here in the middle of Iowa,

  • which as you might guess is not one of the most diverse places in the world.

  • It's been really interesting to see

  • how many international students attend Iowa now,

  • and of the undergraduates, the vast majority are from China.

  • An American student who's coming from rural Iowa or a smaller town in Iowa,

  • they might not interact with not only international people,

  • but just with any minorities at all.

  • I think people love the idea of diversity. For growing globalization,

  • but it's hard and messy sometimes.

  • My name is Yuhao Chen and I'm from Shenjen, China.

  • After coming from a huge city,

  • it's pretty a big shock for me.

  • In my imagination Iowa was like a corn place where people just eat corn.

  • My parents didn't have a chance to come to the United States,

  • so they really want me to come.

  • I watch a lot of American movies, Hollywood movies.

  • I really want to get closer to American culture.

  • In 2007, there were about 100 Chinese undergraduate students here,

  • now there's close to 3, 000.

  • China's economy has quadrupled in the last decade,

  • so we see lots of parents in China

  • who are now able to send their children to an American university.

  • What did Lincoln say about- State funding is going out the door,

  • and more and more state institutions are taking in international students

  • because they bring in out of state tuition.

  • And so the funding model actually encourages us

  • to take a higher percentage in, and so that's why we started down that path.

  • A lot of international Chinese students,

  • they prefer to stay in their comfort zone,

  • because they don't want to feel embarrassed because of their poor English.

  • Left to their own devices,

  • the students don't naturally integrate in the kind of way that they should.

  • The university has taken a number of steps to try to

  • help integrate the international students to acculturate,

  • to assimilate them better, and it remains an incomplete objective.

  • Last year there became a huge social media explosion of anti- Chinese

  • and anti- Asian student feelings on Twitter, on Facebook.

  • We thought that we were not accepted on the campus,

  • and we were made fun of.

  • That was really a sad point of my college life.

  • At the beginning, I feel really angry.

  • I just realize that stereotypes exist, especially for minority groups.

  • It's part of human nature, so you cannot avoid it.

  • There are still individuals out there that create problems.

  • I've seen that on this campus.

  • I've seen it on other campuses. Welcome to English Club, come on in, Jason.

  • I'm just so glad that we have the ability to shine the light on the many,

  • many more students that are doing things that make this an inclusive,

  • welcoming environment.

  • We know that going to a foreign country can be intimidating.

  • I wish that more domestic students understood

  • that interacting with international students is good.

  • It makes you a smarter person.

  • It makes you better at whatever you wanna be.

  • I think what a squirrel I was, personally,

  • as an 18 year old freshman.

  • Going to college halfway around the world

  • in a language that's maybe a second or third language,

  • it's a huge challenge.

  • I have so much respect for the international students

  • willing to accept this challenge and largely succeeding.

  • The first edition of the Guinness Book of World Records was published in 1955.

  • Six decades later,

  • the company that certifies everything from the world's largest feet

  • to the fastest 100 meters run in clogs to the longest fur on a rabbit.

  • Yes, they cover all that.

  • They've got a brand new edition and here are some highlights.

  • It's been a remarkable year for record breaking.

  • We've sifted through about 1, 000 applications every week

  • for the past year to bring you some of the most amazing,

  • awe- inspiring records.

  • And we've got a Texas longhorn steer with three meters wide horns,

  • and also Purin the dog, who's got a record for catching balls in his paws.

  • Goal! Goal! This is very unusual for a tortoise to be so active.

  • We're so proud of Bertie to be the Guinness World Record holder.

  • In Japan we find an incredible BMX trick artist

  • who's matched some great records this year.

  • Which no doubt took a lot of BM extra practice, but like the longhorn,

  • the rider knew how to steer.

  • Like the tortoise, you could tur- tell he'd covered some ground,

  • and like the dog, you knew he was purring his heart in his work.

  • I'm Carl Azuz,

  • and I hope they're going to create a record category for puns.

  • We would own it.

CNN Student News is happy to see you this Wednesday.

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