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not doing it. >> who is asking him that question now? their first words about life inside that iranian prison. those two hikers just back inside the u.s. now, without handlers watching, they speak about what happened in that prison. the glow in the dark breakthrough. the race to chase down cancer cells and reveal their hiding spots. why doctors are calling it a potential game-changer tonight. the surprise setback for amanda knox. the american college student fighting her murder conviction in italy. "20/20" anchor elizabeth vargas with the parents tonight on that courtroom surprise. an abc news exclusive. and a star is born. this is the marilyn monroe we all knew. tonight, though, before she became an icon. images from that first photo shoot, and what she told photographers that day. good evening. and we're glad you're here on a sunday night. some big developments this weekend in the race for president and the jockeying for
position among republicans. even democrats acknowledge president obama is vulnerable in this economy. but inside republican circles, a nagging question. who offers the best chance to beat him? this weekend, a big upset in florida. texas governor rick perry, who had said he needed florida, lost in the straw poll there to a relative unknown. and so, tonight, behind the scenes, is there a push to get new jersey governor chris christie to jump into the race? will he change his mind? and what does all this say about the republican candidate who leads the gop in fund-raising, mitt romney? we start here tonight with abc's john hendren. >> reporter: as the republican presidential lineup takes shape, party elites are increasingly voicing a common theme -- disappointment. >> i think these are very weak front-runners. >> rick perry is not prepared for the pressure of the presidential stage yet. >> reporter: front-runner rick perry entered this weekend's florida straw poll heavily favored and with a texas-sized swagger. >> it's great to be in the state that picks presidents. that's what florida does.
>> reporter: he left humiliated and humbled, a distant second to herman cain, the man from godfather's pizza. >> there may be slicker candidates and there may be smoother debaters, but i know what i believe in, and i'm going to stand on that belief. >> reporter: mitt romney, the early front-runner, took third place, struggling to muster the enthusiasm of gop voters. >> there are a lot of republicans out there who want the perfect candidate. the candidate that is going to sweep them off their feet. and right now, they don't see that candidate. >> reporter: it's a point not missed by the comedy writers at "saturday night live." >> mitt romney might not be the perfect candidate, but he's the perfect candidate in comparison to the other candidates. >> that concludes tonight's debate. as a reminder to chris christie, it's wide open, buddy. >> reporter: that's not entirely a joke. the republican disarray is so intense, that after perry's implosion, those close to new jersey governor chris christie say there is new pressure from party leaders to recruit him to run. although he told abc's diane sawyer he's not
interested. >> you're still saying categorically, not running. >> i'm not running. >> categorically not running. >> i mean, i don't know how else to put it, diane. i mean, the answer is no. >> reporter: this week, christie makes fundraising stops in missouri, california and louisiana. that's a lot of time away from new jersey. sources close to christie say he has been besieged by big-name republicans urging him to run. he's been telling them he's not interested in joining the race, but david, the fact that big party leaders have been urging him to speaks volumes. >> and he is traveling the country, as you mentioned, this week. john hendren at the white house, thank you. i want to bring in our senior washington editor, rick klein. and we know chris christie said he's not running. we also are going to hear in the coming days that same followup question diane asked him a few months back, which was, why not? here's how he answered her and i want to get your reaction here. >> if you see things falling apart, most people have the impulse to go in and try to save the situation. >> good way to put it. you don't make a decision to run for president of the united states based on impulse.
i don't feel ready in my heart to be president and unless i do, i don't have any right offering myself to the people of this country. >> so, we heard him say then, he doesn't have it in his heart. but in politics, can you change the heart quickly? >> that is the big question right now. and there is a concerted effort by big name and big money republicans to get chris christie to reconsider. and if he does change his mind, he would have serious explaining to do. but the bigger obstacle would be putting together a campaign organization quickly. as rick perry's disappointing show i showing showed, that's easier said than done. and the thing to keep in mind, this is happening because party regulars are deeply dissatisfied with the with the front-runners. all this chris christie buzz is a symptom of that, not necessarily the solution. >> perhaps a reflection of the field as a whole. rick klein in washington tonight, thank you. the main issue in the presidential campaign, of course, the economy. and here in new york, protests continued against the big banks and the bailout that helped the banks, wall street, they say, not main street. it turned ugly this weekend. protesters marching through
lower manhattan clashing with police. one man brought down forcefully by an officer there. about 80 people were arrested. protesters posted this video on the internet. and all eyes will be on wall street tomorrow for another reason, as well. so many every day american investors had to stomach a very painful week last week, watching their 401(k)s lose an entire year's growth in just a few days. and so, tonight here, what was behind it, as we head into another week with the same uncertainty. over the last week, stocks sank more than 6%, the worst week in three years, since the height of the recession. stoking fears we're headed for another recession or that we're already in one. in fact, the last seven days have wiped away an entire year of gains. what you added to your ira, your 401(k), your children's college fund -- gone. and while the markets are watching washington and jobs in this country, they're also watching something else. greece, on the precipice of economic collapse. because in this global economy, if greece defaults, it could take down many of the economies of the european union with it, because they've already loaned
greece hundreds of billions of dollars. they'd be left with the tab. and there is fear there could be a domino of bank failures. now those european economies are on the verge of giving greece even more money, for their own economic survival. >> the world is in a danger zone. in 2008, many people said they did not see the turbulence coming. leaders have no such excuse now. >> reporter: still, many economists fear help for greece is already too late. that italy could be next. essentially europe's version of what the lehman brothers collapse did to our economy here. could be another tumultuous week ahead. and so tonight, we are joined by business reporter trish regan. trish, great to see you. >> great to see you, david. >> i wanted to get to the number that we were talking about before. the constant contributor to the 401(k), they saved about $109,000 on average. they lost $7,000 last week. that is painful. we're in the 11th hour here, facing a bailout across the pond that we dealt with just a couple
of years ago. >> it's a similar situation. almost like they're going through exactly what we went through in 2008 all over again there. so, the countries are like, they're sub-prime mortgage holders. and david, it's really difficult, because they're trying to get the political will to get the money together, to bail these countries out. but you're talking about countries with different cultures and languages and leaders. and so if you think we've got gridlock here, if you think we had trouble getting our bailout program through, just imagine what they're going through and why that makes everyone so nervous. >> and the economy so interconnected now. germany, for example, had their own austerity measures and no the germans, for example, say, why should we bail out greece? >> very good point. they are saying, hey, we did what we had to do. we paid the price. why do we have to take care of them? and this is why so many people say, really, what is the future right now? what is the future of the euro if they can't get this together, if they can't all get on board together? does it mean that germany is
going to find itself in a very tough situation as a result of what greece is going through. >> wall street is watching. >> absolutely watching. it will be an interesting week. >> trish, thank you. and a program note. i'll be traveling with treasury secretary tim geithner tomorrow. we'll be asking him about president obama's jobs plan, about made in america. that's tomorrow night on "world news with diane sawyer." and you can send your questions @davidmuirabc on twitter. we're going to turn now to the two american hikers, freed after spending more than two years in an iranian prison. they have just landed in the u.s., and finally, without any handlers watching their every word, they are now able to speak out for the first time, candidly, about prison in iran. abc's jim sciutto, following their saga from the start. >> reporter: arriving back on american soil, josh fattal and shane bauer gave their first gripping details of a long, cruel imprisonment. >> we had to go on hunger strike repeatedly just to receive letters from our loved ones.
many times -- too many times -- we heard the screams of other prisoners being beaten and there was nothing we could do to help them. solitary confinement was the worst experience of all of our lives. >> reporter: though treated better than iranian prisoners, they say they were often blindfolded, occasionally beaten and cut off from the outside world. >> we lived in a world of lies and false hope. most infuriatingly, they even told us that our families stopped writing us letters. >> reporter: for the first time, we heard directly from them about how and why they were first captured. >> we do not know if we crossed the border. we will probably never know. this was never about crossing the unmarked border between iran and iraq. we were held because of our nationality. >> reporter: and now that they're free, do they forgive their iranian captors? >> we want to be clear. they do not deserve undue credit for ending what they had no right and no justification to start in the first place. >> reporter: for their families, they're just happy they're
finally home. >> there's a huge burden lifted off of all of our chests and so much joy. >> reporter: they were so cut off in captivity, they didn't know they were being freed until the morning they left that tehran prison. as for what's next, there is talk of working to help free political prisoners around the world, but while shane bauer and sarah shourd were engaged in prison, david, there's still no wedding date. >> all right, jim sciutto, thank you again. and we're following a developing story tonight in the afghan capital of kabul. gun fire and possibly an explosion in a building used by the cia, a former hotel there. it's located in the most protected part of the capital and there was no immediate word on casualties. but it is of huge concern because it had been thought one of the most secure places in afghanistan. and in the middle east, a hero's welcome today for palestinian president mahmoud abbas, after he made history at the u.n. here in new york. asking that the u.n. recognize palestinians and their own state. he told cheering crowds in the west bank that a palestinian
spring has been born, but abbas rejected a u.s. proposal for the palestinians to return to peace talks, calling it a nonstarter, without an israeli freeze on building settlements in the west bank. and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu said that he would start peace talks now, but that the palestinians need to recognize the jewish state. so, are they really any closer to peace, and is israel concerned about that push for democracy all around them? are you concerned at all about the arab spring that we're witnessing? we were in tahrir square during the revolution. we've all witnessed what happened at the embassy in cairo in recent days, israeli diplomats essentially chased out of egypt. does it feel like a more dangerous time right now for israel in the region? >> definitely. it's dangerous for everyone, not only for israel. because while there are great hopes that the arab societies will undergo a democratic and peaceful transformation, there is also -- there are also other forces waiting in the wings to impose a militant islamic rule
on all these societies. >> reporter: mr. prime minister, when you looked out at the u.n. in speaking and know that most of that room overwhelmingly agrees with the palestinian perspective in this two-state wish, do you feel pressure in that room? >> the test of a leader is not to go only to friendly forums. it's to go to and face unfriendly fire. i try to speak the truth about israel's desire for peace, my desire for peace, but the necessity of peace, that the palestinians, for god sakes, recognize, finally, the jewish state. >> our interview with prime minister netanyahu. meantime, a seismic shift in saudi arabia. king abdullah announced that women will now be allowed to vote and run for office. it's the biggest reform yet by the king, since he began ruling in 1995. but the women still are not allowed to drive in the kingdom. we're going to turn now to the case of amanda knox, the american student imprisoned in italy, convicted with her boyfriend and another man in the brutal murder of her roommate. knox is appealing her conviction
and the stakes could not be higher. "20/20" co-anchor elizabeth vargas is in italy with knox's parents tonight on that surprise in the courtroom this weekend. it's an abc news exclusive. >> reporter: amanda knox's entire life is now on the line. the prosecution in the appeal ended its two-day closing arguments by asking the jury to increase her 26-year sentence to life in prison. knox listened, showing little emotion and was quickly ushered out of the courtroom. today, knox's parents told me amanda is holding up as well as possible and is still hopeful she will be freed. i imagine there have been times it's been hard to sit there, especially when the prosecutor argues for life in prison, a longer sentence than the one she's already facing. >> day one of the prosecution was probably the toughest because that was, you know, the literal character assassination. that was the hardest day for amanda. >> in my head, i'm screaming, "liar!" >> reporter: the prosecution
spent most of its closing arguments defending its work and slamming the independent dna review by court-appointed forensic experts, which was part of the appeal trial. those two experts concluded the dna on the two key pieces of evidence, a knife and a bra clasp, was inconclusive and likely contaminated. for knox's family, it is a continued emotional roller coaster. >> it's life or she gets to come home. and that's a pretty big thing to have on your mind as a 24-year-old. >> reporter: what do you say to her at a -- back in that holding area, those moments that you get to see her, to sort of help her steel herself for what she's about to hear yet again in court? >> you know, it's going to be a tough day. hang in there, you know, we're here, we'll get through this. just little phrases like that. you know, hug her real tight and tell her to hang on. >> reporter: closing arguments resume tomorrow and this week the defense is expected to argue that the dna evidence has been proven unreliable, a motive nonexistent.
and then amanda knox herself will address the court to plead for her life. a decision from the court is expected early next week. david? >> elizabeth vargas tonight. elizabeth, thanks so much. and still ahead here on "world news" this sunday night, a medical breakthrough. the glow in the dark development that could be a game-changer in the fight against cancer. why so many doctors are so optimistic tonight. lady gaga this evening with a powerful message. what she said before performing, about that 14-year-old boy who considered her a hero. and later this evening, the marilyn monroe as we all knew her, but tonight, the very first shoot. we'll reveal it, and what she said to those photographers that day. exclusive to the military. and commitment is not limited to one's military oath. the same set of values that drive our nation's military
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finally tonight here, marilyn monroe in a whole new light. from rare photographs shot as her very first photo session. they've been in a vault for decades, until now. she was just norma jean back taen then, a teenager who had just signed onto a modeling agency. not even blond yet. in the photos, she's smiling and appears hopeful. posing in swim suits and casual clothes. the american girl next door, at the very dawn of her career. she signed a release saying she was 21, though, she was just 19 that day in 1946. >> loveliest of the lovely. >> reporter: there was no way she could know the stardom that lay ahead, the sex symbol she'd become, thanks to movies like "the seven year itch" and that gust of wind that swept so many people watching away with it. there would be so many romantic highs and lows ahead. and a life that would end too soon. but in those early photographs,
at that moment, the innocence of a young girl who had yet to turn 20, who had yet to take hollywood by storm. marilyn mon rope at just 19. that's going to do it for "world news" this sunday night. we're always online at abcnews.com. "gma" fist thing in the morning and i hope you come back right here tomorrow night for another week of "world news," diane, right back here. thank you for watching and have a great night. >> alan: president obama in the bay area tonight. air force one touched down just a few minutes ago. good evening, i'm. >> alan: breaking news out of
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