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i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: 59 people dead and at least 500 injured in america's worst ever mass shooting. president trump urges americans to stand together. last night, gunmen open fire on a large crowd. it was an act of pure evil —— a gunman. the gunman has been named as stephen paddock, who fired on crowds of people from the window of his hotel room, before killing himself. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: the attack prompts fresh debate about whether tighter gun control measures are needed in america. also in the programme: as the white house repeats now is not the time to talk to north korea, we have a special report on how america plans to curb the regime's nuclear power. good morning, it is 7:00am
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in singapore, midnight in london, and ii:00pm in las vegas, where people are coming to terms with the deadliest gun attack in the country's modern history. president trump has appealed for unity and peace in response to what he called the pure evil of the shootings there. at least 59 people were killed and more than 500 were hurt when stephen paddock, a retired accountant, opened fire on crowds at a music concert from a room in a nearby hotel. we begin our coverage with the report from james cook in las vegas.
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in the cold nevada desert, country music is warming the throng. the time is 10:08pm. the noise prompts confusion. the crowd, 22,000—strong, hesitates. it takes a moment, a deadly moment, before they realise they are under attack. gunfire. by now, a second round of bullets is raining down. there is a pause. the gunman is reloading again. he is high above them, in the mandalay bay hotel. panic follows. it is a scramble to live. there were people hiding underneath my car for cover. and there was a gentleman that was shot, and he said, "can you help me?" and so i put him in my car, and i had like six people in my car, people without shoes,
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running, just to get away. we just hit the ground, and just lay there and hung onto each other. and it was quiet for a bit, and then fired another 30 rounds, and then quiet. and then what we were doing was, every time he stopped, he was reloading, we had gotten up and started making our way towards the fence. he would start shooting again, and we would hit the ground. gunfire. by now, the music fans are frantic. if they can, they run, and like this woman, they hide. we were sitting ducks, and you could hear the bullets coming closer. and then it would get quiet, and then he would, like, reload. and then he would start going again.
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and the girl that was standing right behind me, about two feet, she got shot in the stomach. and everybody thought at first it was just firecrackers. and then itjust kept going more. we felt the shots, and then we ran. to the hangar, to the airport, and we just kept running. it was... once we got out the back, we started seeing the people that were shot, and the people that were dead. and that's when it hit me, that this was real. within half an hour, officers know the gunman is in the hotel. explosives ready, they prepared to go in. this police radio recording captures the moment they stormed the room. breach, breach, breach. explosion. by now, it is nearly midnight, and the gunman is dead, apparently having killed himself. he left the city in chaos,
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with hospitals overwhelmed, and too few ambulances for more than 500 casualties. we just need to get people over to the hospital, 0k? ok, put them all in the back. hundreds of people remain in hospital, where surgeons have been battling to save life after life. we had all hands on deck. we had eight or nine trauma surgeons alone in the facility. we had eight operating rooms rolling simultaneously, operating on patients, doing what in trauma we refer to as damage control, getting them on the table, stopping the process of them dying, stabilising them. as for the gunman, he was stephen paddock, a 64—year—old retired accountant from mesquite, an hour's drive from the vegas strip. he had checked into the hotel on thursday. as far as his history and background, we haven't completed that part of the investigation yet.
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but we located numerous firearms in the room he occupied. for a western democracy, the united states has seen an astonishing amount of horror like this. but, even here, this is carnage on a different scale. james cook, bbc news, las vegas. within the last 45 minutes, law enforcement officials in the us state of nevada have held a news conference on the investigation into the aftermath of america's worst mass shooting. police say they have recovered explosives and ammunition from a house owned by gunman stephen paddock. yes, we found some... i believe it was fertiliser, is that correct? ammonia sulphate. i can't recall the chemical compound. ammonium nitrate, within the car. we didn't have any compounds additional to that. 0ur correspondent laura bicker reports on what is known
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about the gunman. stephen paddock, a retired accountant and high—stakes gambler, turned a country music concert into a killing field. he had been in his room on the 32nd floor of the mandalay hotel for days, waiting with a cache of rifles and automatic weapons. his familyjust can't comprehend the horror of his crime. my brother did this, i... this is like it was done — you know, like he shot us. imean... if he'd have killed my kids, i couldn't be more dumbfounded. i mean, it doesn't... there's nothing... so last communication... there's nothing. i can show you the text, he said, "how's mum?" where the hell did he get automatic weapons? he has no military background, or anything like that. i mean, when you find out about him — like i said,
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he's a guy who lived in a house in mesquite, and drove down and gambled in las vegas. he did stuff — ate burritos. the 64—year—old made few friends in his suburban retirement village in the quiet town of mesquite. police found more guns and ammunition when they raided his home. what's unique for us is that the gunman, the shooter, and the person with him, we in the mesquite police department have not had any contact with these people in the past. we haven't had any traffic stops, we haven't had any law enforcement contacts, no arrests, or nothing. he would disappear for days to nearby las vegas to gamble, but also made money from rental properties and came across as odd to some of his chance. he roamed around the apartment, he talked to you, always real casual. and they showed his picture. i was shocked, because like i said, he was a nice guy.
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strange, but nice. the question is, what would lead a man with no criminal history, no known strong political views, and no apparent motive to commit such relentless carnage? we are hoping to hearfrom we are hoping to hear from the clark cou nty we are hoping to hear from the clark county commission chairman in the next few minutes, and we will have more on the ongoing investigation, so more on the ongoing investigation, so stay with us for that. in other news: bangladesh says myanmar has agreed to set up a joint working group to oversee the return of rohingya muslims who have fled their homes. the announcement came after a meeting in bangladesh between ministers from the two countries. 500,000 have fled to bangladesh since late august, to escape a burmese military campaign. the un says not all the refugees are yet receiving the help they need. the huge, hugejob. and all of us, unicef, the whole un, the government, of course, everybody, are trying to do our best. at the
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needs are moving faster than our response. so we are hoping to increase the response so that we can meet the needs of all these people. also this hour: in the spanish region of catalonia, thousands of people have been protesting against sunday's violent police crackdown to stop an independence referendum in the region. the catalan leader has called for international mediation, and has urged the eu to stop turning a blind eye to what he called fundamental european rights being violated. but the spanish government has insisted catalonia will not gain independence. president trump has welcomed the leader of thailand's military junta to the white house, in a show of unity, following the coup of 2014 which soured relations between the two old allies. prayut chan—o—cha is the first thai leader to visit the white house since 2005. us media is reporting that the singer tom petty is seriously ill in hospital, following a cardiac arrest. the 66—year—old frontman for the group tom petty and the heartbreakers was taken to hospital after being found
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unconscious at his malibu home on sunday night. we return to our lead story, and the deadliest gun attack in america's modern history, in las vegas. 0n the line is steve sisolak. he is the clark county commission chairman. the county encompasses the city of las vegas. thank you so much forjoining us. share with us what impact has this horrific incident had on the community? well, obviously it is a dark day for las vegas. i mean, this is one individual, a lone wolf, as we call them, that was in the mandalay bay, hellbent on perpetrating an enormous amount of hate and violence and destruction of that community, and he did that. he reigned hundreds of bullets, rounds
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of ammunition, down on innocent folks. and the community, he reigned cape town, and the community has responded with an enormous amount of love, fighting back. it shows the true nature of our community. we ta ke true nature of our community. we take care of each other, we fight together. when i spoke to the share of this morning, and we were down here, we were running out of blood really quickly. we had, you know, 59 casualties and 500 and some people being treated. we put out a call for blood, and we have been inundated with people donating blood. there is an eight hour waiting time, if you are giving to the blood service. you can't get an appointment this week. if you want to get an appointment, we have set up a gofundme account, and with some burial expenses, transportation and whatnot, we have started mid—morning, probably 6am or 5am in the morning, and wejust passed $1.6 million, we have raised,
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from 15,000 to 18,000 individual donors. and you have praised the first responders, the emergency crews, the firefighters, the nurses and doctors. what kind of stress are they going through right now? we're all going through a lot of stress right now. is difficult. they are in a position and trained to handle these situations, but i don't think you can ever train yourself fully to be able to handle something along this line, until you are actually in the situation, so to speak. they we re the situation, so to speak. they were professional. they have a limit, as well, in terms of what they can do. everybody is tired, but there is still work to be done, so we are still at it, working as hard as we possibly can. thank you so much forjoining us. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: what, if anything, can america do
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stop mass shootings in the country? we will bring you a special report from our north america editor jon sopel. in all russia's turmoil, it has never come to this. president yeltsin said the day would decide the nation's destiny. the nightmare that so many people have feared for so long is playing out its final act here. russians are killing russians in front of a grandstand audience. it was his humility which produced affection from catholics throughout the world. but his departure is a tragedy for the catholic church. israel's right—winger ariel sharon visited the religious compound and that started the trouble. he wants israel alone to have sovereignty over the holy sites, an idea that's unthinkable to palestinians. after 45 years of division, germany is one.
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in berlin, a million germans celebrate the rebirth of europe's biggest and richest nation. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. at least 59 people are killed in las vegas, in america's worst ever modern day shooting. more than 500 others are injured. officials confirm that the gunman, a former accountant, killed himself. the philippines' first lady honeylet avancena is leading the launch of the philippine national police's community drug rehabilitation programme. she's the guest of honour
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at the opening, which comes amid growing criticism over the killing of drug suspects during police operations. joining me from manila is howard johnson. what kind of impact is this having on the drug programme and rehabilitation in the philippines? good morning. in many ways, the president's long—term partner was brought along to this event to bring a bit of star power to the proceedings. why is that? the philippines national police force have had a pretty bad summer of headlines with various allegations of teenagers being killed, most notably, a 17—year—old which caused headlines and outrage in the country. so, honeylet avancena was
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brought in, she said that her husband had never been ordering police to kill drug addicts. he told police to kill drug addicts. he told police officers, it do your duty, and if in the process you kill 1000 people because you are doing your duty, i will protect you. activists here are saying that this event yesterday, the use of the president's long—term partner, was a bit of pr to cover up the thousands of deaths we have seen in this war on drugs. you have recently visited a drug rehabilitation centre, has it been effective? this was one of the first waves of rehabilitation centres that was dealt under rodrigo duterte's war on drugs. it has a
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10,000 person capacity. there were just 430 people there at the time. if you build centres away from the capital cities, you will have issues with families being able to get along to the centres. i did speak to people there who said that the system people there who said that the syste m ha d people there who said that the system had worked for them, they felt rehabilitated and ready to go back to their families. all the most part, the big message from people was that they felt safe in these centres. they were away from the killings on the street. it was safer to be there while that stuff was going on outside. the drug war continues in the philippines, thank you for that update. the philippines' first lady honeylet avancena is leading the launch of the philippine national police's —— let's stay with that topic now. the attack in las vegas is the latest in a long list of mass
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shootings in america — with the debate over guns once again a divisive issue. 0ur north america editorjon sopel has been looking at the response to what happened in the city. in vegas last night — terror, fear and mayhem. in the nation's capital this afternoon, 2500 miles away — a brooding, reflective silence. bell tolls. there is shock as well as anguish, even though this country has been here so many times before. he brutally murdered more than 50 people and wounded hundreds more. it was an act of pure evil. in moments of tragedy and horror, america comes together as one — and it always has. until now, the worst shootings were the nightclub attack in orlando, where 0mar mateen killed 49 people in an act inspired by so—called islamic state. and before that was the killings at virginia tech university,
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when 32 people were killed. but in terms of shock, surely nothing eclipses sandy hook in connecticut, when 20 children, aged between five and seven, and five teachers were killed at their elementary school — an act of brutality so shocking that it moved the then president to tears. they had their entire lives ahead of them. birthdays, graduations, weddings. kids of their own. today, lawmakers from connecticut sought to reopen the age—old debate on gun control, senator chris murphy saying, "it is positively infuriating that my colleagues in congress are so afraid of the gun industry." but gun control is unlikely to go anywhere. the industry in america is huge, and its lobbying organisation has managed to see off any attempt at reform. indeed, one of the ironies of previous mass shootings is that sales of weapons tend to increase as gun owners fear that new controls might be introduced.
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but that is unlikely to happen with president trump, who has allied himself closely to the national rifle association. as your president, i will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. never, ever. cheering. it's estimated there are as many private guns in circulation as there are people — around 300 million. around 30,000 people die each year in gun related incidents. that figure includes suicides, accidents and murders, which means, in the last year, four times as many people in the us died from guns than the total number of coalition forces killed in afghanistan and iraq during 16 years of war. in his address to the nation, donald trump said the american people would be seeking explanations, but the one issue he didn't touch upon was whether gun control could have played a part.
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the nra believes that the way you stop a bad man with a gun is to have a good man with a gun. but how that would have helped in the circumstances of las vegas last night is anyone's guess. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. the white house is doubling down on the president's position that there's no point in holding nuclear talks with north korea. press secretary sarah huckabee sanders said monday ‘now is not the time to talk‘. at the weekend president trump dismissed the prospect as a waste of time. panorama's jane corbyn has more now on the chances of limiting the north's nuclear capabilities. as public tensions between north korea and the us continue to escalate, behind—the—scenes, military and diplomatic efforts to plan for the future are under way. how worried should the us about
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north korea's latest nuclear test? they have demonstrated with their recent nuclear test that they have probably got a very powerful arsenal. do you think about north korea has the ability to hit the west coast of america with nuclear west coast of america with nuclear weapons? most likely. most likely. but not with a big number, not with the precision all the probability that it really hits the target, i don't think we can say. even 10% chanceis don't think we can say. even 10% chance is a big chance. and as i said, they will be met with fire, fury and friendly, power. despite the risks to the us, president trump has taken a bullish approach to the threat from north korea. a former north korean deputy ambassador to the uk who has defected thinks it is the uk who has defected thinks it is the right approach. we have
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indicated that the missiles are there. then president trump said that the fury and fire or whatever, suddenly kim jong—un was surprised to see that president trump is different from 0bama. maybe president trump can conduct a military attack on north korea. this rhetoric stopped kim jong—un from further going on the attack. i think that kind of unpredictability of president trump these days is working. so, how is america best able to protect itself and its ally, south korea? able to protect itself and its ally, south korea ? satellite able to protect itself and its ally, south korea? satellite pictures show how hard it is to keep track of the north's missile sites. this factory, the number 65 it, it is largely an underground manufacturing facility. under this hillside, covered in trees? yes. thisjust shows you how
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difficult it would be for a military strike to take out all the missile sites. they are hidden in a move them around. i would say most of north korea's important military is on the ground. any military action taken by the us could come at a huge loss of life in south korea, according to one former cia korea expert. when i was in the government, we did war games and ta bletop government, we did war games and tabletop exercises. the alliance a lwa ys tabletop exercises. the alliance always won, it was at the cost of hundreds of thousands of casualties ina hundreds of thousands of casualties in a conflict with north korea. it was before we thought they had nuclear weapons. threats of further nuclear weapons. threats of further nuclear missile launchers and tests have been issued by both sides. for now, the rest of the world waits to see who moves first. you have been watching newsday. i'm rico hizon in singapore. stay with us — we'll bring you all the latest on the mass shooting in las vegas. hello. further strong wind at times
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this week, even the risk of gales as we maintain an autumnal flavour to the weather. this pressure system was the wind maker on monday. still producing some strong winds in the far north of scotland and the northern isles. as tuesday begins, high pressure building on, winds easing of it with high pressure building in. most places are going to be dry starting the day, with plenty of sunshine. here is a look at things at eight o'clock in the morning. a few showers dotted about northern ireland and scotland, far north of scotland into the northern isles there could be some cost is early on of about 50— 60 mph. 0ne isles there could be some cost is early on of about 50— 60 mph. one or two showers in the north—west of england, very few and far between. for most of us, a dry start to the day. a good deal of sunshine. a breezy start with temperatures a bit lower than this outside of the large towns and city centres. some of us in single figures, but sunshine to
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compensate. sunny spells continuing through the day. some patchy cloud developing. a few showers running into western parts of scotland, most places dry. a fresh feeling breeze. 0ut places dry. a fresh feeling breeze. out of some sunshine, in that breeze, there will be a chill around. temperatures for the most pa rt around. temperatures for the most part in the mid— low teens. not too far away from average for this time of year. tuesday evening and night, seen showers in western scotland merging to give some longer spells of rain in places. starting to pick up of rain in places. starting to pick up once again towards the far north of scotla nd up once again towards the far north of scotland into 0rkney, a very windy start to wednesday morning. south of this area of rain, a lot of clear whether going into wednesday morning. quite chilly again under clear skies. some spots into mid— low single figures in the countryside. wednesday brings a band of rain across scotland and northern ireland, mainly north—west england as we go through the day. south of that, some sunny spells. quite breezy, not much warmer. into wednesday night, rain gathering for
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northern ireland, much of northern england and wales. this area of low pressure moving across the uk. parts of scotla nd pressure moving across the uk. parts of scotland in the farm of staying dry, we are concerned about some of the rain and the impact. it could be heavy on wednesday night into thursday morning. coastal gales. as the system clears away from southern parts on thursday, quite windy. some gales was showers across eastern parts of the uk. it could be quite windy for a time on friday. by friday, another area of high pressure building across the uk to stop winds easing, and most places will end the week fine and dry. i'm babita sharma with bbc world news. our top story: at least 59 people are killed in america's worst modern—day shooting tragedy. a gunman fired at concertgoers in las vegas from a nearby hotel. president trump describes
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the tragedy as an act of evil, and will visit the scene on wednesday, but he is already under pressure to tighten gun control laws. and this story is trending on bbc.com. it is the trial of two women accused of killing the half—brother of north korean leader kimjong—un. the women, one from vietnam, the other from indonesia, are accused of killing kim jong—nam at kuala lumpur airport using a nerve agent. that is all from me now. stay with bbc world news. now on bbc news, it is time for hardtalk.
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