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  • CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Hi, I`m Carl Azuz.

  • And we welcome you to our September, 11th, 2013 edition of CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • This is the anniversary of the tragic day in American history.

  • When members of the al Qaeda terrorist group hijacked four passenger planes in the United States,

  • then flew two of them into the World Trade Center, the Twin Towers in New York City.

  • Both towers eventually collapsed.

  • Another plane was flown into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., damaging a significant part of that massive building.

  • And on the fourth plane, it`s believed that passengers tried to take control back from the hijackers.

  • That flight crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

  • 2977 people were killed in the attack,

  • it was the worst active terrorism in American history,

  • and when President George W. Bush addressed the nation that night,

  • he foreshadowed the American response.

  • GEORGE W. BUSH: America and our friends and allies joined with all those who want peace and security in the world,

  • and we stand together to win the war against terrorism.

  • AZUZ: It was the beginning of an international campaign to fight al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

  • That started in Afghanistan, because that country`s leaders refused to turn over Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda terrorists who were leaving there?

  • Every year, memorials like this pay tribute to the victims of 9/11,

  • honoring them, naming them ensuring that they like the date itself are not forgotten.

  • WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: This latest idea floated by the Secretary of State John Kerry, picked up by the Russians,

  • is it possible this could avert a U.S. military strike on Syria?

  • BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNTIED STATES OF AMERICA: It`s possible if it`s real,

  • and, you know, I think it`s certainly a positive development when the Russians and the Syrians both make gestures towards dealing with these chemical weapons.

  • This is what we`ve been asking for not just over the last week or the last month, but for the last couple of years,

  • because these chemical weapons pose a significant threat to all nations and to the United States in particular.

  • That`s why 98 percent of humanity has said we don`t use this,

  • that protects our troops,

  • and it protects children like the ones that we saw on those videos inside of Syria.

  • So it is a potentially positive development.

  • I have to say that it`s unlikely that we would have arrived at that point

  • where there were even public statements like that

  • without a credible military threat to deal with the chemical weapons use inside of Syria.

  • AZUZ: The idea that president was talking about would be for Syria to hang control of its chemical weapons over to the international community.

  • Global reaction to that -- it`s combination of support and skepticism.

  • U.S., British and French leaders have agreed to explore this proposal seriously.

  • They also they won`t allow Syria to use this as a stalling tactic.

  • Here`s how one U.S. Senator reacted:

  • SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R ), ARIZONA: I`m very skeptical, very, very skeptical,

  • but the fact is that you can`t pass up this opportunity if it is one,

  • but you`ve got to right away determine whether it`s real or not.

  • AZUZ: Yesterday, Syria said it`s ready to reveal the location of its chemical weapons and stop producing them.

  • It also offered to show its chemical weapons facilities to representatives from Russia and the United Nations.

  • Syria also said it`s willing to join the chemical weapons convention,

  • an international agreement to eliminate the use of chemical weapons.

  • Syria is one of five countries that have not signed on to the agreement.

  • Recently President Obama asked Congress to approve a military strike against Syria.

  • Yesterday, he asked the Senate to hold off on any votes so that diplomatic process can play out.

  • The president was scheduled to make a speech about Syria last night.

  • Teachers, the resources box in our home page has latest details on this developing story.

  • Crisis in Syria, as you might be able to tell, dominating news coverage, but it`s not the only story out there.

  • Right now, we`re going to check in with a few CNN correspondents to learn about some of the other news happening around the world

  • starting with the new discovery at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

  • PAULINE CHIOU, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Scientists are calling it the largest single volcano on Earth.

  • At 400 miles wide, it has a footprint the size of New Mexico,

  • so why did it take so long to discover?

  • Tamu Massif lies about 1000 miles east of Japan in the depth of the Pacific Ocean.

  • The researchers who found it say it dwarves the previous world record holder, Mauna Loa in Hawaii,

  • and even rivals Olympus Mons on Mars, the largest volcano in the Solar System.

  • Luckily, the behemoth doesn`t pose much of a threat.

  • It`s been extinct for millions of years.

  • MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: A lost masterpiece hidden from the world for years has finally been unveiled.

  • "Sunset at Montmajour" is a large oil landscape, which was painted in 1888,

  • it`s the first full size canvas from the Dutch master discovered in 85 years.

  • The painting was originally believed to be a forgery,

  • it set for years in the attic of a Norwegian art collector,

  • but thanks to new research, including a letter from Van Gogh itself, experts were able to authenticate it.

  • SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: New images have been unveiled showing Rio de Janeiro like you`ve never seen it before.

  • That`s because this is a mockup of what the Olympic Park will look like when the games kick off three years from now in 2016.

  • Now, the park was designed by the same British architects who built the 2012 London Park,

  • but this time the flowing pathways are supposed to resemble the meandering Amazon River,

  • it will be lit up at night, some of these lights look like the Olympic flag.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: See, if you can I.D. me.

  • I`m a geographic feature.

  • I`m a narrow passage that connects two large bodies of water.

  • Some of my more famous examples are Gibraltar, Hormuz and Bering.

  • I`m a strait like the Straits of Florida between Cuba and the United States.

  • AZUZ: Diana Nyad made history early this month when she swam across the Straits of Florida.

  • Some people in the swimming community aren`t so sure that Nyad`s name belongs in the record books.

  • John Zarrella dives into the debate surrounding the swim.

  • JOHN ZARELLA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Diana Nyad facing off with members of the Marathon Swimming Community to answer the sudden rising tide of questions

  • about her record swim from Cuba to Key West.

  • Did she hold on to the boat at any time?

  • Did she get out of the water?

  • How could her speed at one point nearly double?

  • The online Marathon Swimmers Forum is filled with posts,

  • many like this one, "Is this attempt, effort, swim going to be a Guinness World Record?

  • I thought records had to be verified and unequivocal,

  • which this is most certainly not."

  • The founder of the forum, a marathon swimmer himself, is one of those who wants answers.

  • EVAN MORRISON, MARATHON SWIMMER: What her crew reported to be a 7.5 hour stretch on the second night of her swim where she neither consumed any calories or any liquids,

  • so (inaudible) were not feeding and drinking, and I think most experienced marathon swimmers look at that and think it`s impossible.

  • ZARRELLA: The biggest issues seems to be just how fast she was moving.

  • At one point, her speed nearly doubled, to more than three miles an hour,

  • leading to the questions about whether she got an assist from a boat.

  • Marlin Scott who captained the shark boat, told CNN he has no doubts, Nyad swim was legit.

  • MARLIN SCOTT, SHARK BOAT CAPTAIN: I never saw Diana Nyad come out of the water.

  • I saw her swim every time I woke up, she was swimming.

  • Every time I went back and laid down for a little while, she was swimming.

  • She was in the water the whole time.

  • I believe it 100 percent.

  • MITCH ROFFER, ROFFER`S OCEAN FISHING FORECASTING SERVICE: The current was perfectly favorable,

  • it couldn`t have been a more ideal situation where the current was going from Havana to Key West almost directly.

  • ZARRELLA: Members of Nyad`s team say it was learning from the past preparation and, of course, luck.

  • John Zarrella, CNN, Miami.

  • AZUZ: Going international for today`s "Roll Call", checking out who is watching us from around the world.

  • We`re starting in Puerto Rico with the pirates from Antilles High School.

  • You, guys, are on the map today.

  • Next, we`re heading to Durban, South Africa, to say hello to the students at the Glenwood Christian School.

  • And finally, the Korean Advanced Preparatory Academy in Yangpyeong, South Korea, thanks to all of you for tuning in.

  • Batman and Captain American don`t work together too much in the comics,

  • but this real life dynamic duo came to the rescue recently.

  • They were at an event for kids when someone saw a smoke nearby.

  • Batman -well, this Batman, is a former firefighter, knew it might be serious.

  • They raised to the scene of a house fire to see if anyone or anything was trapped inside,

  • that`s when Bats rescued a cat, even giving it mouth to mouth CPR.

  • JOHN BUCKLAND, "BATMAN": First look on the cat`s face was, oh, he`s (inaudible).

  • He`s got -- yeah, resuscitated by Batman, that`s pretty scary thing to wake up to.

  • AZUZ: Bat, waking up D.C. superheroes definitely something to marvel at.

  • And I`m sure the cat`s owner is thankful for that Dark Knight in shining armor.

  • It`s going to put a cap on today`s show.

  • I`m Carl Azuz, have a great day.

  • END

CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Hi, I`m Carl Azuz.

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