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  • Whether it`s your first day of school or you`ve been with us the past few weeks.

  • Thank you for watching CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • We are your cost-free and commercial free source for current events. I`m Carl Azuz.

  • First up, unexpected interviews with three Americans detained in North Korea.

  • This is a secretive communist country. It`s been at odds with South Korea and the United States since fighting stopped in the Korean War in 1953.

  • A CNN reporter was on a government tour of North Korea when he was taken to a secret location to interview each of the Americans.

  • That included Kenneth Bae, a 46-year old Christian missionary.

  • North Korea imprisoned him for what it called hostile acts to bring down its government.

  • I`ve been asking the American government to act upon getting me released here and I do believe that special envoy need to come in order to resolve the situation that I`m - right now.

  • All of the detainees say they`ve admitted guilt to North Korea, though one doesn`t know what he`s being charged with.

  • CNN couldn`t tell what kinds of conditions they were being held in,

  • North Korean government officials monitor the interviews and carefully guided CNN`s tour of NorthKorea.

  • The moment we land in North Korea it feels like we are walking into a time ward,

  • a nation decades behind the developed world, trying to catch up and trying even harder to control the flow of information.

  • From the round we take to the pictures we take, government minders are watching our every move.

  • They control what we see and what we don`t see.

  • Our fist stop, the birthplace of the nation`s founder, a man they call their eternal president Kim Il-sung.

  • Every North Korean who comes to Pyongyang will visit Mangyongdae at least once.

  • This is considered a sacred placed, and coming here is a pilgrimage.

  • These students travel 23 hours to drink from the Kim family`s well.

  • I want to come back again, says 12-year old Ko Chen Yang (ph). He comes from a rural area in the far north, a far cry from the capital, the showpiece of the nation.

  • This is the most modern children`s hospital in the entire country.

  • It took about a year to build, opened up six months ago, and it`s not just a medical equipment that`s state of the art.

  • We are told kids actually pretend to be sick just so that they can use the playground.

  • There are 300 beds in this hospital, in a city of more than 2.5 million people.

  • It`s one of several pet projects of the nation`s young leader Kim Jong-un who inherited power from his father and grandfather before him.

  • Another price project, the massive Munsu Water Park finished in just nine months.

  • We are told Kim Jong-un meticulously scrutinized every detail of this water park.

  • He examined the plans personally or told 113 times and even at his high ranking government officials test out those water slides to make sure they were safe.

  • As this people play, the United Nations worries other are suffering.

  • The World Food Program says many North Koreans face regular food shortages.

  • You wouldn`t know it with all the money spent on projects like this. Here, no expense is spared to put a modern, happy face on Pyongyang.

  • The rest of North Korean is kept hidden from our cameras and the eyes of the outside world.

  • Will Ripley, CNN, Pyongyang, North Korea.

  • We must use all the resource at our disposal, our aid, our diplomacy, our military.

  • We need a firm security response where the military action to go after terrorists,

  • international corporation on intelligence, or uncompromising action against terrorists at home.

  • Britain`s already providing equipment directly to Kurdish forces. We support U.S. military airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.

  • We started in North Korea, we are picking up in Britain.

  • We started in North Korea, we are picking up in Britain.

  • That stands for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

  • And what separates ISIS from other terrorists groups is that it`s not looking for a country to be its base.

  • ISIS wants to create its own country based on its own extreme interpretation of Islam.

  • It`s been murdering scores of people in Iraq and Syria who don`t share its beliefs.

  • On Friday, Britain`s raised its terror threat level to severe.

  • That means it believes that terrorist attack on British soil is likely, though it`s not necessarily imminent.

  • U.K. officials estimate that 500 British citizens have gone to fight for ISIS or other terrorist groups.

  • The prime minister wants to keep thosepeople from returning and to give police the ability to seize the passports of anyone suspected of traveling to support terrorism.

  • Well, it`s cold Labor Day, but relatively little labor gets done on the first Monday in September.

  • You know, Labor Day is a holiday to honor American workers. Here are five things you might not have known.

  • One, the first Labor Day Parade was on Tuesday, September 5, 1882. New York City saw 10,000 workers participate.

  • Two, Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a legal holiday. That was in 1887.

  • Three, U.S. government under President Grover Cleveland made it a national holiday in 1894.

  • Four, Labor Day has lots of unofficial significance.

  • The unofficial end of summer, the unofficial end of when you should wear white shoes, the unofficial beginning of national political campaigns.

  • And five, there`s a similar holiday in other countries. It`s called May Day, and it`s on May 1.

  • Roll Call. There`s only one place we look for your request: our transcript page at cnnstudentnews.com.

  • This three schools posted on last Friday`s transcript. Ledyard High School in Ledyard, Connecticut.

  • The colonels are in command from the northeast.

  • Whitehall High School in Whitehall, Montana. Great to have the Trojans with us today.

  • And Trevor G. Browne High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Can you bear the Bruins (ph)? They round up today`s roll call.

  • Your science teachers have taught you about non-renewable resources:

  • coal, mineral, natural gas. And renewable ones: oxygen, wood, wind.

  • The last one could be an effective source of renewable energy.

  • Giant wind turbines can cost more than $1 million each to install.

  • Considerably more to move them out into the ocean.

  • That solves some people`s criticism that the noise - or unpleasant to look at. It doesn`t solve the problem involving wildlife.

  • This is the London Array - it` the world`s largest offshore wind farm.

  • And this is what it helps power. The farm has 175 giant wind turbines, capable of generating enough electricity to power half a million homes.

  • And it`s quite possibly the answer to London`s growing energy needs.

  • We expect about 900,000 tons of cotton (ph) outside. To be safe to (INAUDIBLE) that would have otherwise be put into atmosphere.

  • That`s about the equivalent of just under 300,000 cause a year. Taking off the road.

  • Approximately 8.3 million people leave here, and by 2031 that number is expected to climb to 10 million.

  • A growing population means a growing need for energy.

  • London, one of the most historic cities in the world, knows that in order to keep up with future energy demands, they need to update and diversify their energy portfolio.

  • Straight about how do we get to know cleaner future, reliable energy source, and that`s for England (ph) that I`m going to raise about,

  • is moving from that (INAUDIBLE) call gas, nuclear to more, you know, renewable in offshore winds.

  • The U.K. is one of the world`s leaders and offshore win power. There are over 1,000 turbines (inaudible) the waters.

  • These things are massive, each turbine is larger than the London eye, and it takes as little as a 10 mile an hour gas to spend this.

  • Until recently, the Array was set to expand by possibly 57 more turbines, but construction was halted to save a rear breed of bird called the red-throated diver.

  • There are - species of bird in the U.K. and the cover - tempts (ph) during the winter.

  • And they feed there.

  • The fear is that the construction on the second phase would displace the birds.

  • Is it a bit of a disappointment that it`s not in the near future for you?

  • I think as an engineer, I always wanted to build (INAUDIBLE),

  • so of course, I would like things to go ahead, you know having said that, you`ve got to be realistic. Wind because I carry about the environment.

  • The future will present more obstacles that a bird, but one thing is certain: more of this means more of this.

  • If the Northern lights are called Aurora Borealis, and the southern ones are called Aurora Australius.

  • What do you call them in space?

  • Just depends on what you are looking at.

  • These are still the northern lights. This video was taken from aboard the international space station.

  • If it looks like they are flying by fast,

  • it`s because the station orbits Earth every 90 minutes.

  • And it looks like they are having a roaring good time.

  • We always make a little space for puns at the end of the show.

  • Some are out of this world, some are kind of spacey, but they are all part of Aurora.

  • I`m Carl Azuz, for CNN STUDENT NEWS.

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