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KRISTIE LU STOUT, CNN NEWS STREAM SHOW HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong and welcome to "News Stream."

Peace and respect. That's what Pope Francis called for in his first speech in Myanmar, but he did not mention the Rohingya by name or how they have

been persecuted.

Preparing for the worst as ash pours out of an Indonesian volcano. The airport is closed again, and Bali is on high alert in case of a violent


And celebrations as well as protest as Kenya's president has sworn in for a second term despite the opposition.

Pope Francis just made a landmark speech in Myanmar, but he did not directly mention the plight of the Rohingya. He spoke alongside Myanmar's

de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, after their short meeting.


POPE FRANCIS, POPE OF CATHOLIC CHURCH (through translator): The religious difference. They don't have to be different. They don't have to create

divisions. But they have to be a strength with a tolerance, forgiveness, and the wisdom to build the country.


LU STOUT: Myanmar has been accused of carrying out ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, something that the government has repeatedly denied. Some

600,000 have poured into Bangladesh since August with stories of rape, murder, and villages being burned. In her speech, Aung San Suu Kyi says

Myanmar is addressing the longstanding issues in Rakhine State.


AUNG SAN SUU KYI, STATE COUNSELLOR OF MYANMAR: Of the many challenges that our government has been facing, the situation in the Rakhine has most

strongly captured the attention of the world. As we address longstanding issues, social, economic, and political, that have eroded trust and

understanding, harmony and cooperation between different communities in Rakhine, the support of our people and good friends who only wish to see us

succeed in our endeavors has been invaluable.


LU STOUT: CNN's Delia Gallagher has more on what the leader said.


DELIA GALLAGHER, CNN VATICAN CORRESPONDENT: In his first and likely most important speech of this trip in front of Aung San Suu Kyi and the

government leaders of Myanmar, Pope Francis concentrated heavily on the theme of respect for the rights of ethnic minorities, excluding none, the

pope said. He spoke about human rights and the need for democratic order in Myanmar.

The pope did not specifically mention the Rohingya refugees, something which going into the speech, some consider a sort of benchmark for the

pope's moral authority on the issue, whether or not he will use the term Rohingya, which is not accepted by the Myanmar government in his speech to

them. He did not do that.

He did speak about the rights of ethnic minorities here particularly "those who called this land their home." That is a reference to the Rohingyas who

have been here for centuries and yet are not recognized by the government of Myanmar or granted citizenship. And indeed the military of Myanmar has

been accused by the U.N. and the U.S. of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas.

So on balance, a speech which likely will not satisfy those who wanted to hear stronger language from Francis. But at the same time perhaps furthers

his objective in coming here, which is to have the ear of the leadership here open to dialogue and open to the possibility of building a full

democracy and full human rights for the people of Myanmar.

Delia Gallagher, CNN, Naypyidaw, Myanmar.


LU STOUT: Ivan Watson has reported extensively on the ground of Myanmar. He joins me now. And Ivan, the pope in the speech, he said it is a great sign

that leaders of various religions have began working together, but what's the reality on the ground inside Myanmar when many majority Buddhist

refused to recognize let alone embrace the Rohingya?

IVAN WATSON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, I think Rohingya activists, some human rights activists would like to see Pope Francis come

out and speak more forcefully on the issue. The fact of the matter is that among the 135 ethnic groups that are officially recognized by the state in

Myanmar, the Rohingya Muslims who have fled en masse in recent months are not recognized as indigenous people.

They are denied citizenship and statehood. They are effectively stateless, and that gets to the crux really of the conflict there. They complain that

they have been either confined to sprawling rural concentration camps or they have simply been run out of the country

[08:05:00] in recent months. And there is a bigger issue of rising Islamophobia in Myanmar as well. You have human rights organization, the

Burma Human Rights Organization, that has documented more than 20 villages in Myanmar that have put up signs that declare themselves essentially no

ghost zone for Muslims.

That Muslims are not allowed entry into the villages to own properties or businesses or to even visit there. That is some of the intolerance that

clearly Pope Francis has wanted to challenge during his trip, his first ever papal trip to this country.

LU STOUT: This intolerance is ongoing persecution of the Rohingya, why the legacy of Aung San Suu Kyi has been tarnished. She is a leader who has had

so much moral authority to change public opinion. Why is it that she can't do more on the Rohingya crisis?

WATSON: I think there are couple of factors here. One is that she is not the head of state. She -- her party was elected the government, but her

title is kind of been jerry-rigged. She is the state counsellor. The military still plays a colossal role in politics and in running the state

in Myanmar.

That is part of why most likely Pope Francis on his arrival in Yangon yesterday, shortly after, he met with the commander in chief of the army,

the senior general, Min Aung Hlaing, because the military controls the seats in parliament. He has the final say on defense matters and on foreign

relations as well. So, her hands are somewhat tied in being able do certain things.

And another factor is that Islamophobia, that lack of empathy for the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar society as a whole, which has led some

of her supporters, one Muslim on the Rakhine commission who told CNN, it would be political suicide for her to come out and speak more forcefully in

defense of this long oppressed community. Kristie?

LU STOUT: And we know that later this week, it's on schedule, Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with Rohingya Muslims at a refugee camp in Bangladesh.

If and when that meeting happens, what is he going to see there?

WATSON: Well, we're not sure that he is going to make it to refugee camps down in that region called Cox's Bazar, but the Vatican has said that he

does intend to meet with around 30 Rohingya Muslims from that enormous refugee community. And that will be an important symbol for the pope.

We have to point out, he has not mentioned Rohingyas in his speech today, but he has spoken out forcefully about this in the past, Kristie, saying

that they have been tortured and killed simply because of their Muslim faith, calling them brothers and sisters.

Another point I want to bring up, it is less than two weeks ago that the U.S. secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, traveled to Naypyidaw, the capital,

and he avoided using a term that many wondered whether he would say ethnic cleansing in his public comments.

But less than a week later, he did come out with a statement condemning what he saw as ethnic cleansing on the ground involving the Rohingya

Muslims. So just because Pope Francis didn't use this public speech as an opportunity for that, does not mean that he might again use some of this

forceful criticism in the days ahead, just perhaps avoided embarrassing his official host on this occasion when he was standing side by side with Aung

San Suu Kyi. Kristie?

LU STOUT: That's right. The pope could still use some tougher language in the days and weeks again. Ivan Watson reporting for us live. Thank you,


The embattled U.S. senate candidate Roy Moore remains defensive. At a campaign event on Monday, he said all sexual misconduct allegations against

him are completely false and malicious. The Alabama Republican also compared the accusations to the Russia investigation, claiming that both

are political distractions. The White House says President Trump will not travel to Alabama to campaign for Moore due to scheduling conflicts.

Meanwhile, the president is getting criticized for words that he used to attack a Democratic senator. Mr. Trump called Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas"

at a ceremony honoring Navajo war heroes. This event took place on Monday. "Pocahontas" was a native American associated with a British colonial

settlement in what would become the United States. Here is what President Trump said.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: You were here long before any of us were here. Although, we have a representative in congress who they

say was here a long time ago. They call her "Pocahontas." But you know what? I like you, because you are special.


LU STOUT: The White House says Mr. Trump's use of "Pocahontas" was not racially motivated but the target of insult disagrees.


SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D), MASSACHUSETTS: I really couldn't believe that there he was in a ceremony to honor native American men who had really put

in on the line

[08:10:00] to save American lives, to save lives of people, our allies during World War II, really amazing people. And President Trump couldn't

even make it through a ceremony to honor these men without throwing in a racial slur.


LU STOUT: Now let's get the latest from our senior Washington correspondent Joe Johns. He is live for us from the White House. Joe, we heard it just

then. Donald Trump, he just couldn't resist, making this "Pocahontas" crack. Why is he being insensitive or just being oblivious here?

JOE JOHNS, CNN SENIOR WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: It's very difficult to get inside the president's mind, but what we do know is that the president has

used this "Pocahontas" term before and it is seen as racially insensitive by native Americans. In fact, on new day here in the United States

domestically, the president of the Navajo nation said as much this morning here in Washington. It is morning here.

So, it's pretty clear that the president understands that this is an insensitive term. "Pocahontas" is real historical figure from the 1600s in

the United States with quite a history connected to the English settler who came here in Virginia and then she made her way to England, in fact is

believed to be buried there.

So, it's very difficult to say what's inside the president's mind, but I can tell you it does appear to be an oversight. The fact that some of this

occurred in front of a picture of President Andrew Jackson who in the 1830s signed the Indian Removal Act which was a bill that essentially sent

thousands upon thousands of native Americans from the eastern United States to the west. And for many of them, it was a death march.

So, that part of it with members of the Navajo nation, president certainly was insensitive and likely an oversight. Kristie?

LU STOUT: So, it's not just reaction from Elizabeth Warren. It is also the native American community that is deeply offended by the president's

comments. The optics of these comments made in front of the portrait of Andrew Jackson. What do supporters of the president make of this? How do

they react when President Trump makes such a gaffe?

JOHNS: Well, it's also true that there are many people who support the president who like this part of him, the sort of entertaining shoe from the

hip personality who is likely to say anything regardless of the setting and really doesn't think about political correctness, if you will. So, there is

an element of the president's true basis support that doesn't mind at all, quite frankly. And that's something that has been true throughout with some

of the more off color remarks the president has made since he got into the race.

LU STOUT: Absolutely, this is White House in 2017. Joe Johns reporting for us live. Thank you.

The president's daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump is taking her place on the world stage. She is in fact in India for the Global

Entrepreneurial Summit at the invitation of India's prime minister, Narendra Modi. But the top U.S. diplomat, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson,

is not in India.

A State Department official tells CNN Tillerson did not want to attend or send any senior staff to bolster the first daughter, hinting at a rift

within the White House over who is representing the U.S. oversees.

We are learning more details about that fairy tale engagement in U.K. Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle have revealed how they were

spending cozy night at Prince Harry's cottage having dinner, that's when he proposed, and she barely let him finish before saying "yes."

Erin McLaughlin is out at Buckingham Palace. She has more on the story for us. Erin, you know behind every whirl engagement is of course a love story.

How do they meet? How do they fall in love? What have we learned?

ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: We actually learned quite a lot, Kristie. They gave their first interview as a couple yesterday. They

shared a lot of details. They have been dating for about a year and a half. They met on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. Their third date in

fact was a camping trip to Botswana.

Prince Harry proposed a few weeks ago to Meghan Markle inside Kensington Palace during a cozy romantic dinner. He got down on one knee and Meghan

Markle said "yes" right away. All of these details, people on both sides of Atlantic really find fascinating. They're absolutely captivated by this

couple. It's really seen as a modern day fairy tale. We are also seeing

[08:15:00] Meghan Markle, 36-years-old, American actress, being welcomed by senior members of the royal family. The queen is said to be delighted by

the match, delighted at the news. We also heard earlier today from the duchess of Cambridge, speaking out about it for the first time upon arrival

at a royal engagement. Take a listen to what she had to say.


CATHERINE, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE: William and I are absolutely thrilled. It's such exciting news. It's a really happy time for any couple and we

wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this happy moment.


MCLAUGHLIN: And no doubt going forward, Meghan will be relying on Kate for advice. They after all will both be living inside Kensington Palace not far

from each other.

LU STOUT: And more on the impact that Meghan Markle could make her. How much change could she bring to the royal family?

MCLAUGHLIN: Well, you know, Prince Harry in that interview yesterday said that he is going to -- he sees her very much as another addition to the

royal family. Plenty of people here see this as a step forward for the royals. After all, she is an actress. She is American. She is 36-years-old

and a divorcee.

People see her joining this family as a sign of inclusiveness one step forward in the modernization of the royal family. So, you know, again,

members of the royal family, senior members of the royal family really welcoming her into the fold today as we saw evidenced by that statement by

Kate just earlier. Really unusual, it has to be said, for the duchess of Cambridge to make a statement to the cameras like that.

LU STOUT: And their life together going forward, we know that humanitarian causes are very important to the couple. So, should we expect that they are

going to have a very, very busy schedule ahead with global campaign work?

MCLAUGHLIN: That's right. It's something that they touched upon in yesterday's interview. Meghan making it very clear that she plans on

leaving her acting career behind. She was an actress on a hit series "Suits" to focus on philanthropy charity work that she is already been

doing as an actress.

She was an ambassador for the United Nations. And she said that she looks forward to getting boots on the ground in her words in London to really

focus on charity work, not just here in United Kingdom, but across the commonwealth, she said. Kristie?

LU STOUT: Erin McLaughlin reporting for us live from London. Thank you, Erin. You're watching "News Stream." Up next, a volcano in Bali continues

to pour up smoke and ash. And now tens of thousands are being told to get out of the danger zone as soon as possible. We got the details, next.

Also ahead, bitcoin is closing in on the $10,000 mark. What is behind the digital currency's incredible rise, next.


LU STOUT: Coming to you live from Hong Kong. Welcome back. This is "News Stream." A top Chinese general has committed suicides as he faced an

investigation for corruption charges.

(INAUDIBLE) reports investigators were looking into Zhang Yang and his ties to two former central military commission vice chairmen who were

caught in President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign. More than 1.4 million people have been punished in the crackdown since 2012. Critics have

accused the president of using the campaign to purge opponents.

Now residents in Bali living next to Mount Agung are being told to get out of the danger zone as soon as possible. Clouds of smoke and ash continue to

pour out of the volcano reaching as high as 9,000 meters. The main airport on the island is closed for at least the next 10 hours, leaving thousands

of travelers still stranded. The highest possible alert has been issued. And a major eruption could come at any time.

Earlier, I talked to Indonesian photographer and blogger Rio Helmi, and he sheds some light on what it's like for residents in Bali.


RIO HELMI, PHOTOGRAPHER AND BLOGGER: Well, the initial one that happened two months ago was quite chaotic because nobody was prepared for it.

Although in fact the volcanologists have indicated that it was happening some months ago, but nobody actually took the time and took it seriously to

prepare for that. So, that was quite chaotic, the first one.

This time, it is a little bit more organized in a sense that it is a little bit less frantic. We have people who are better prepared. Also, we have our

NGOs (ph) and couple of other friends have brought in communities from Java (ph) who deal with volcano contingencies all the time. They helped people

orient themselves to the situation. Their point of view is this is not a big deal. It is just a natural phenomenon. So, let's not make it a crisis.

LU STOUT (on camera): Yes, absolutely. For the tens of thousands of people who have been evacuated already, are they being adequately cared for,

sheltered, fed?

HELMI: It's a mixed bag (ph). You know, some are cared for better than others. And they tend to be people who have actually taken care of

themselves or have had people explain to them how to take care of themselves. In some of the bigger camps, a little bit more problematic

because people aren't in control of their environment so much.

So there is quite of disarrange and food can be an issue. Food supplies at the moment go through a bureaucratic process which is quite -- it can be a

little bit daunting, I think, for people from that area, you know, from the upper mountain areas there. So, you know, it is not all smooth sailing, but

we are getting through it.

LU STOUT (on camera): Got it. The world has seen the images. The massive amounts of ash being forced out of the volcano into the skies kilometers

high into the air. Surely living with that ash isn't very pleasant. What is that like?

HELMI: Well, first of all, that is not the worst -- that's -- it's going to get worse.


HELMI: Second of all, that ash is very fine. It is like (INAUDIBLE) with sharp edge and you can get, you know, you have to wear a mask or you have

to wear goggles if you're in the middle of that. And even in Ubud where I am living which is 30 kilometers away, you still get little bit fine, it's

not anywhere near as bad, but it is something that you have to take into consideration.

LU STOUT (on camera): The eruption is happening now. Everyone is bracing for that violent volcanic eruption to take place. Ahead of that, the

economic hit that it is having on the island of Bali. It is affecting farmers. It is affecting the tourism industry. How hard is Bali going to

get hit economically here?

HELMI: I think it is not going to be easy. I think it is going to be difficult. But I don't think there is any point in pretending it is not

happening. For a while, there are people who are trying to say, oh, it is really not happening and so forth.

The IMF Conference is coming up next year. People were trying to say, oh, let's focus on that. I think it is not a realistic way to go about it. I

think what is realistic for the tourism industry is to take this into stride and say, OK, we will work together and we will solve this together.

You know, it is simple as that, but it is not going to be easy.


LU STOUT: And that was Rio Helmi from Ubud, Indonesia just sharing his thoughts and what it's like to deal with this ongoing volcanic eruption

there in Indonesia.

Now bitcoin is soaring to new height. The digital currency is trading almost $10,000 right now. That is an incredible 860 percent increase in

value since the start of the year. Financial experts say people think more hedge fund managers will soon pour money into bitcoin.

Thanks to the Chicago mercantile exchange. It is expected to allow bitcoin future to be traded next month. And that is what led to this dramatic

increase. So, what is bitcoin? How do you get it? As mentioned, it is a digital currency. It is stored in computers or the Cloud. But if it doesn't

exist physically,

[08:25:00] how can a bitcoin have any value? After all, you can copy the digital (INAUDIBLE), you know, like movies and music. Why can't bitcoins be

copied? Well, that is because each bitcoin is created by solving an incredibly complicated math problem, which can only be solved by very

powerful computers.

Even then, it takes some time to come up with a solution and get the money. Now, who came up with bitcoin in the first place? And that is still a

mystery. It was created in 2009 by someone with the alias Satoshi Nakamoto.

Now, Uhuru Kenyatta begins his second term as the president of Kenya, but will he be able to unite the divided country? We're going to be live in


Plus, President Trump takes on the media yet again this time suggesting a contest be held for a fake news trophy. The latest from Washington, coming



LU STOUT: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. You're watching "News Stream" and these are your wold headlines.

Pope Francis just gave a much anticipated speech in Myanmar, and he did not use the term Rohingya or directly address the crisis in Rakhine State. He

spoke alongside the country's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi . She said the government is addressing longstanding issues in Rakhine.

President Donald Trump called Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas" while honoring native American veterans of World War II.

Warren responded swiftly saying that the president could not make it through a ceremony without using a racial slur. The White House denies Mr.

Trump's remark was racially-motivated.

Volcanic ash continues to belch out of Mount Agung. The main airport on the island has been shut for a second day leaving thousands of tourists

stranded. Authorities are telling residents in the danger zone to leave as major to spew in Bali leaving thousands of tourists stranded. Authorities

are telling resident in the danger zone to leave as a major eruption could happen at any time.

Uhuru Kenyatta has declared that he will be president of all Kenyans at his swearing in ceremony. Mr. Kenyatta's first election victory was annulled by

the Supreme Court over irregularities. The rerun was boycotted by the opposition saying the irregularities have not been addressed.

Let's go to Farai Sevenzo who is in capital Nairobi. And Farai, it is interesting because today was the day of both celebration and protest.

Describe to us what happened as Kenyatta was sworn in again as Kenya's president.

FARAI SEVENZO, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Kristie, it was the case of two leaders in two different venues. Uhuru Kenyatta was over in

(INAUDIBLE) getting sworn in. He is surrounded by dignitaries including his neighboring presidents from Uganda, from Rwanda, and of course

[08:30:00] as well as Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel was also in attendance. Mass of security presence all across Nairobi, completely grid locked with

the kind of scenes you're seeing behind me here.

The presence of police and in the meantime, the other side -- the other leader, Raila Odinga was here where I am now in Embakasi where he was

addressing his followers.

And as soon as he finished speaking as we watched him speak, he promise to be sworn in a sort of parallel government. We don't know how that's going

to work on throughout December. We did get part of his speech.

But as soon as finished speaking, Kristie, the police did fire the several aide bodies of tear gas and said everybody scattering and running,

including ourselves. So you have a situation where as Mr. Kenyatta is speaking and this is about what he had to say about reuniting the country.


UHURU KENYATTA, KENYAN PRESIDENT: Whatever (Inaudible), instead of division, I know that we can build a Kenya which prosper by rewarding hard

work and leaving no one behind. Brothers and sisters, as I see it, you and I together can build a Kenya which all of us are proud to call home.


SEVENZO: And very honorable words indeed of trying to reach for every Kenyan to be pushing and pulling on the same direction but where we are,

Kristie, we haven't seen any evidence of that unity at all in Mr. Kenyatta's words there.

We have value seen women being struck by police batons. We have seen a teargas as I have said. Young men are running around holding live shells

of bullets. We don't know where they came from. But it is a complete truth that Kenya remains divided on this the day Mr. Kenyatta resumes his

presidency and begins his term.

LU STOUT: Yes, Kenya remains deeply divided, a huge challenge ahead for nearly inaugurated president. The opposition leader, Raila Odinga, doesn't

recognize the election results. So what does the opposition plan to do next?

SEVENZO: What we're seeing here, the kind of words and motivations of any opposition in any government. Their reason to (Inaudible) is to be heard.

So they are saying resist, resist, that is their refrain.

They watch their resisting which manner the resistance will take, we do not know but at the moment, Mr. Kenyatta is heading out to Kibera, one of his

strongholds again to address his supports.

And you can be certain that the police were not into this idea of a prayer rally or a meeting rally during this inauguration will regain full force

and you will probably see more teargas by the close of play today.

LU STOUT: Farai Sevenzo reporting live for us from Nairobi. To you and the crew, please take care. Thank you for your reporting.

U.S. President Donald Trump is again taking aim at one his favorite targets, the media. In his recent remarks, he even targeted out network

CNN International but journalists are fighting back. Brian Todd has more.


BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: President Trump's attacks on the mainstream news media are now getting darker and critics say more dangerous.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I called the fake news, the enemy of the people and they are. They are the enemy of the people.

TODD: The president who has made it a habit of calling real journalism fake, tweeted there should be a contest among the news networks not

including Fox to see which one, quote, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite president, me,

with the winner getting the fake news trophy.

Trump's assault on the truth comes after this weekend tweet in which he said quote, CNN International is still a major source of fake news and they

represent our nation to the world very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them.

Now reporter's advocates worry about American journalist working overseas, including reporters working in hostile countries being targeted for or

rounded up as a result of the president's attacks.

FRANK SMYTH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GLOBAL JOURNALIST SECURITY: This kind of language contributes to heightened risk against them because it gives a

green light to despotic regimes around the world as well as their supporters to take actions against these journalists against these are

these news gatherers.

TODD: Regular viewers of CNN International might take a different view from the president.


TODD: Its journalists often risked their lives to reports on world events.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Our mrap takes a direct hit.

TODD: from places that administration officials can't or won't go basically.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is basically what is left of rebel health Aleppo.

[08:35:00] TODD: And sometimes becoming casualties themselves.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: CNN correspondent Ben Wedeman was hit by a live round during the clash between Israelis and Palestinians.

TODD: But Trump hasn't consigned his attacks to CNN. He called for NBC's license to be reviewed after the network aired or report on alleged

tensions he had with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

He has called the New York Times failing and he has accused Amazon founder Jeff Bezos who also owns the Washington Post of quote, getting away with

murder, tax-wise. In August, he attacked a broad range of reporters at a rally in Phoenix.

TRUMP: And they are bad people and I really think they don't like our country.

TODD: Critics say the president's insults of the free press are specially ironic, given his penchant for making false claims and embracing this

proven conspiracy theories.

SMYTH: This is a president who was espoused his own falsehoods, his own untrue statements, concerning president Barack Obama's birthplace, his

leader of the birther movement as part of the allegations that he made that the Obama administration conducted surveillance of him inside the Trump


TODD: Journalist advocates are now worried about not just American reporters but local reporters in other countries especially those under

dictatorships who could now be rounded up for little or no reason because of all this.

The committee to protect journalists says last year record number of journalists were imprisoned around the world and the two countries jailing

the most reporters, Turkey and China. Two nations whose leaders Donald Trump is very friendly with. Brian Todd, CNN, Washington.


LU STOUT: And now for something completely unrelated. How often do you use the word complicit? Well, according to, it's pumping in

more and more conversations. The website announced the word complicit in fact, as its word of the year.

It is defined as choosing to be involved in an illegal, or questionable act or involved with others in reprehensible or illegal activity.

It said that lookups of the word increase in 300 percent this year and Saturday Night Live was even, yes, complicit in making the word popular.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: When she walk into a room all eyes are on here, she Ivanka.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A woman like her deserves a fragrance all her own. A scent made just for her because she's beautiful, she is powerful, she is



LU STOUT: An in case you are wondering, last year's word of the year from was, xenophobia. You are watching News Stream.

Still ahead on the program, a field ranger in South African nature reserves is risking life and limb to protect Rhinos from extinction. He says each

day, a rhino isn't killed is a success for him. His stories next.


LU STOUT: All right, broadcasting live from Hong Kong, welcome back. This is News Stream. Now the man that you're about to meet has stare down the

barrel of a gun more times than he would care to count.

[08:40:00] As the lead field Ranger at a South African nature reserve, he dedicates his time and risks his life to save endangered rhinos. Take a



ANTON MZIMBA, FIELD RANGER, TIMBAVATI PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE: My name is Anton Mzimba, I work for Timbavati Private Nature Reserve as a field

Ranger. I'm doing this with passion because I want my children someday to see the rhino. I want my children to see the wildlife as it is today.

No one forced me to become a field ranger. I risk my life day and night, waking to protect the wildlife. So we have seen a significant loss of

rhino numbers. So to catch -- if it has through online, we are going to see the rhinos go extinct.

As a ranger, my duty is to protect the wildlife. My job includes patrolling the reserve and investigate any crime that I may find. A rhino

to me as a ranger is my (Inaudible). We are connected to the nature.

If the rhino one day goes extinct, it means that that chain that exist where thing that they are living organisms is broken. Where I see the

rhinos in their natural habitat, I praise the work that the (Inaudible).

Not only the rangers in Timbavati but the rangers around the world because we're sadden, we were not going to see the rhinos in their natural habitat

roaming freely, breathing, enjoying life.

My job is very dangerous. Now you are looking for an ant culture and it puts us in a life threatening situation and we have to deal with that and

our job is to protect wildlife, and we have to. It's an obligation for us.

What I fear most, its men. If one day a rhino goes to extinction, it's going to follow the elephant, the lion, the hyenas. So by protecting our

environment, we are also protecting the lived of our children's children.


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