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December 1st, 2013
12:20 PM ET

Mandela family: New film highlights 'real' side of Nelson, Winnie

A film 16 years in the making, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" is making quite an impression on the Mandela family.

His granddaughters, Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamini told New Day editorial producer Nadia Bilchik that because the film is based on Mandela's autobiography, it highlights an aspect of their grandfather's fight against apartheid that people rarely see– their mother, Winnie Mandela.

Bilchik is originally from Johannesburg, and gained exclusive access to the granddaughters and Winnie to ask them about the performance of British actor Naomi Harris, who plays Winnie in the film.

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Nadia, granddaughters best   NADIA WINNIE

Editorial Producer Nadia Bilchik traveled to Soweto in Johannesburg Nov. 22 to meet with Mandela granddaughters Zaziwe Dlamini Manaway and Swati Dlamini (top) and wife Winnie Mandela (bottom).

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October 22nd, 2013
08:00 AM ET

Roma Mystery Child Could Be Missing American Girl

About 10 cases of missing children are "being taken very seriously" in connection with the suspected abduction of a girl by a Roma couple in Greece, a spokesman for a Greek children's charity said Tuesday.

"They include children from the United States, Canada, Poland and France," said Panagiotis Pardalis, of the Smile of the Child charity.

In a case that has generated huge interest in Greece, authorities have charged the Roma couple with abducting the child they call "Maria." They appeared in court Monday and were remanded into custody pending a trial.

The parents of a Missouri girl missing since 2011 are now raising the alarm that the child could be their daughter and the FBI is getting involved.

Meanwhile, the parents of a Missouri girl missing since 2011 are now raising the alarm that the child could be their daughter, Baby Lisa Irwin, and the FBI is getting involved.

But some things don’t add up.

“Lisa would be 3 years old. According to a spokesman from Smile of the Child, Maria is to be around 5 or 6 but all possibilities must be ruled out,” reports CNN’s George Howell.

And Greek authorities are taking the possibility that Maria may actually be Baby Lisa very seriously.


August 20th, 2013
01:52 PM ET

King Orders Medical Treatment for 1,345 Pound Man

There's new hope this morning for a Saudi Arabian citizen who is one of the heaviest people in the world.

Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari weighs 1,345 pounds and because of his weight, he can't move on his own.

Now, on order of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, he's been airlifted by military plane to Riyadh to undergo medical treatment.

“Shaari hasn’t been able to leave his bedroom for more than two years,” reports CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen.

He was taken out of his home using a forklift, and part of the structure had to be demolished to be bring him out.

“It's unclear how he got to be this severely obese but Dr. Robert Lustig, a leading pediatric endocrinologist, has a theory,” Cohen says.

“I don't think he can eat himself to 1,345 pounds, but he can certainly drink himself to it,” Lustig says.

“Liquid calories don't stimulate satiety like solid calories…It's hot there, so it goes down really easy.”

According to Dr. Lustig, the treatment must include a restrictive diet, not weight loss surgery.

“You can't do surgery on him now, it's too dangerous. You basically would have to keep him in the hospital for years on a restricted calorie diet. At some point it will become safe to do a bariatric procedure.”

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August 20th, 2013
01:27 PM ET

First Official Pictures of Prince George

The royal family is giving the world its first official look at little Prince George Louis Alexander.

On Monday, Kensington Palace released two photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the future king swaddled in a blanket.

But they weren’t photographed in the conventional style, putting a modern spin on what it means to be a royal.

“Contrary to formal royal baby portraits of the past taken by professional photographers, these family photos were snapped by the baby's grandfather, Michael Middleton, in the backyard garden of the Middleton family home in Bucklebury,” reports CNN's Max Foster.

While his skills behind the lens are being criticized by the British press, who claim the photos are "very flat and there is not a great deal of contrast in them" and "the parents are also out of focus in both pictures,” the subjects in his photos look perfectly content.

“The proud parents look relaxed,” Foster says. “Kate beaming in a purple dress, while George sleeps comfortably swaddled in her arms, a luxury occurrence according to Prince William.”

"He's growing quite quickly actually, but he's a little fighter,” Prince William says.

“He wiggles around quite a lot and he doesn't want to go to sleep that much."

The family’s four-legged members enter the frame in one photo.

Tilly is the Middleton family retriever, and Lupo is the couple's Cocker Spaniel, "who now has to share the attention of the doting parents,” Foster explains.

“He's been slobbering sort of around the house a bit, so he's perfectly happy,” the new father says of Lupo.

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