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laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am laura trevelyan. a teenager opens fire at a high school in california, killing two students and injuring three others >> i regret to inform it is a sad day in california and in the nation with another tragic shooting at a school. laura: add one more democrat to the presidential race. former massachusetts governor deval patrick is a late entry tw a d field. plus, women are serving on the front lines around the world. we speak to a photographer who has made a career of capturing them through her camera's lens. laura: for those watching on pbs and around the globe, lcome to "world news america." it is a scene that has become all too familiar in the united
states, students being evacuated from their school because of an active shooter. chday it was saugus high sl in santa clarita, california. a 16-year-old opened fire and killed twodents while injuring three more. the suspect was taken to hospital for injuries but is in a brief time ago the police had this to say at a press conference. >> detectives have reviewed the video at the scene in which clearly ow the subject in the quad withdraw a handguckfrom his ck, shoot and wound five people, and shoot himself on the head. there are no others outstanding as part of this incident or who took part in the assault. laura: a brief time ago i got an update from the bbc's david lewillis in los an david:av authoritiesreleased the name of the gunman.
his name is nathiel berhow, and today was his 16th birthday. he was a student at thnd high schoole was caught on surveillance video taking a gun from his backpack anopening fire on five of his classmates, two of whom have passed away, a 16-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy. there are two girls and a boy in hospital. thangunman is gravely ill, having taken a shot at himself. we have a situation which leto the sort of panic and horror that has been all-too-familiar down the years ischos both here and elsewhere in the united states. already democrats calling fornt tighter gun-l laws. meanwhile, on the ground, police in santa clarita say they are searching the suspect's home, they have also been speaking to
his mother and his girlfriend, and they are looking to interview all the students at the school, some of whom barricaded themselves in tir classrooms when the shots started to ring out. i think the big question right now is how did a 16-yearld get his has on a semiautomatic pistol. laura: davs wil there. a brief time ago i spoke california congresswoman jackie speier from capitol hill. r thank you ing with us. two students are dead in a california community and parents are grieving. what is your rction? rep. speier: it has got to stop. california has one of the strongest sets of gun violence prevention laws on the books, tid yet here we have a sit where this young man got a semiautomatic weapon and was able to shoot down some of his classmates. k w that there is a great deal of stress for young people in high school and elementarysc ol, and some of it is
because of social media, some of it is because of family. i am one of those who believes we have got to create more mental-health positions for schools to help these ung people, because more often than not theyre not children that want to be loners. they are actually children who want to be joiners andbeen somehow rejected from a group. we don't know the full story yet here, but once again, the irony is on the senate floor, where we have our gun violence prevention measure having passed the use, a hold was put on it by a senator today, ironically at the same time as the shooting rang out. so i grieve for the families and the students whoave experienced this. the rest of their lives. have on it is once again a tragedy we should be preventing.ne
laura:f the officials in santa clarita asked when are we going to come together as a community and to say no more. but what is the answer there? is it the senate blocking n-control? rep. speier: so the senate is blocking right now the gunve vience pion legislation that was just a comprehensive background check. but in california, let me remind everyone, we have very strong laws on the books, the strongest and the fact that th young man got this gun, and we don't know yet how, it may have been in the tomily, i think we have go create some responsibility for family members and gun owners. we need to have a smart tech associated with the guns that are in circulation so that it can only be utilized by someone who, once they put their fingerprint on the gun, it candi odge the lock and allow them to shoot it. otherwise these guns pass through different hands or ares, in family hond a
m saffected youngster will take the gun and do h so many others. laura: what would you say to the students tonight in california who ared so traumatized nt to be protected from this? drep. speier: that is a h question to answer. i'm a victim of gun violence myself, i was shot fe times many years ago, and i carry the scars of that emnally and physically. it is something that will be with them the rest of their lives. we areetter than this. our country has to recognize s on,the violence that g and most of it is happening -- certainly the mass shootings pear to be happening wit young people who become disaffected and go to areas where there is large gathering of people in their schools or shopping centers or cinemas, and the fact is that all of us are
laura: congresswomkieightening. speier, thank you for being with us. speier: thank you. laura: the already crowded race to be the democrat who takes on president trump next year is deval patrick, former governor of msachusetts, has entered the fray with less than three months to go before the iowa caucuses. it is a new twist to turbulent primary. mr. patrick says he is running for people who feel left out and want a better future, and hents seen as a st who could dent joe biden's support. mr. patrick: i am today announcing my candidacy for president of the united states.w laurh that, deval patrick announced his late in the day campaign. you might have thought that the was finally thinning out,
but no. the former massachusetts governor sees an opportunity. mr. patrick: we seem to be migrating to on the one camp nostalgia, let's just get rid of the incumbent president and we will go back to doinuswhat we to do, or it is our way, our big idea, or no way. ura: that seems like awn takef the front runners of the nomination, particularly joe biden and elizabeth warren. losing no time, deval patrick h was off to newampshire to register for the first in the nation pmary. mr. patrick: high hopes for everyone everywhere. laura: thati is a step that former mayor michael bloomberg is not taking. instead, he is registering forte races in the calendar should he decide to run. one thing is for sure, democratic voters will have no lack of choices, and now thereen is anotherist. mr. patrick: i used to be governor of massachusetts, but that is not where i started. laura: deval patrick has an inspirational story. born on the southside of chicago, he went to harvard, then one of the first african-american governors in the nation, a friend of barack obama's. his challenge is raising money and building an organization to show he can shake up the re.
a brief timego i spoke to a politics reporter with national public radio. thanks for being with us. what is behind deval patrick's late entry into this crowded race? >> there has been some sense among more establiment democrats as well as high dolls donor democrat perhaps joe biden not have the longevity or the strength to become the democratic nominee, and that elizabeth warren o bernie sanders may be too progressive to carry the democrats to be able to defeat donald trump.ut i should pointhat these are concerns of a certain class of establishment democratsounot concernsere amongst rank-and-file voters in iowa. most voters are sisfied with the democratic field as it is. laura: if you look at the early states oiowa and new hampshire and south carolina, where do you think deval patrick could do well? >>o s, part of his cap rests
upon the belf at he could do particularly well in new hampshire, which neighbors hima home state oachusetts. he was a two-tergovernor in massachu ttts and tevision media market in boston overflows into new hampshire. he has some degree of name recognition in new hampshire. the other assumption is that he could do particularly well in south he is one of the only elected black governors in amecan history. sizable population of africange, ericans in the democratic electorate. joe biden seems to be doing quite well with black voters until this point, but there is some sense that perhaps joe biden's appeal is brought by not as deep as some folkse.elieve it to deval patrick is assumelg he could doin some of these southern states were a number of african are tort of the elte. -- african-americans are part of the electorate. yura: have been speaking to rank-and-file voters. do you think deval patrick has a
chance of blunting the momentum of joe biden and pete buttigieg? asma: at thipoint he is entering the contest with lons than threes before voters begin casting ballots. i know folks in other countries, that see all right, butain the uniteds that is rather late in the game at this point. the analysts i've been speaking to this morning pointed out that he fac two challenges. onis about fundraising, how he is able to raise enough money to build an operation. the second is organizational strength. many of theses candida have been in the battleground states fo campaign staff and have been knocking on doors and from themselves have been campaigning in the states. the question i have is that at this poi, how does deval trickrganizationally build of the strength? one person i spoke to this morning said that had he gotten into the race once ago, he could potentially have been a top-tier candidate.
at this point in the race it is a question of cap he raise the funds and can he nizationally build a campaign? laura: asma khalid, thanks for being with us. as:y pleasure. laura: in other news, turkey has deported several suspected supporters of the so-called islamic state to germany. bthe group, includingy, was escorted on a flight to berlin. german security sources say there is not enough evidence to bring charges against them. israel says rockets have been fired from the gaza strip hours after a cease-fire was announced with the militant group islamic jihad. more than 30 palestinians were killedtwo days of clashes. investigators looking into wot own flight mh17 over ukraine have released intercepted phone calls which they claim show close links between high-ranking russian officials and rebel suspects who are on trial over the incident. 283 people were killed when the plane was brought down. the calls raised questions about ible involvement of top officials in moscow, accding to investigators.
today, the speaker of the house, nancy pelosi, said president trump has already admitted to bribery when it comes to the ukraine phone call which is at the heart of the impeachme inquiry. her comments come a day before a second public hearing which will feature the former ukraine ambassador mie yovanovitch. when it comes to continued republican pressure on the whistleblower, this is what she had to say. spear pelosi: but nobody, nobody -- the president is not above the law, the president will be held accntle, and nobody should have the right to endanger whistleblowers. that is a system i will defend, and the american people, the american people understand that. laura: a briefime ago i with ron christie,merhearings advisor to george w. bush. it looks like democrats are trying to ke the case that the president engaged in bribery
when he withheld the military aid to ukraine and asked for the investigation into the bidens. going? you think that is ron: good evening to you, laura. ink it is not going to g anywhere. we heard about russian collusion and then a quid pro quo and now we are talking about bribery. but that is a legal definion. remember that high crimes and misdemeanors is a political question rather than legal one. if the democrats are saying that the president is involved in bribery, it will be interesting to see how they define it to the american people. laura: they are carrn with the public hearings. more tomorrow and next week. of the witnesses coming up, do you think anwill be particularly problematic for the president? ron: it will be very interesting to s what the former ambassador to ukraine has to say about what the administration's stated policy goalwere i ukraine. did president trump have a strong interest for a personal reas, political reason, or t american people's best interest at mind? that will be telling. how much pressure to t president and/or the state
department put on the investor -- ambassador to achieve goals that mig america's strategic interest? laura: is the president more closely tied to those dealings withkraine now that we know he called ambassador sondland to inquire about how the investigations were going? ron: i'm not as worried aut that as many analysts are on the airwaves these days, and let m explain why. there is a notion called hearsay. we have heard legedly that the president and the investor spoke -- and the ambassador spoke on the phone and the president pressed for an investigation, but we don't necessarily .ow that is tr we need more facts, we need something to corroborat , and then you can make that conn ition. thus fon't see the connection. laura:e know that senate republicans are talking about it sounds like they are assuming that the house impeaches the president. if it is a lengthy trial, isad that good oror mr. trump? ron:he one thing it will be bad for if the democrats running --s the democrats running for president. it will take all of the oxygen
out of the room. we will be talking about president trp and a trial. will it hurt the presidentca poliy? of course it would. but the ones to watch are the democrats seeking to unseat hi will they have the abilityo resonate with the american people if all we are talking about is impeachment? laura: how about those vulnerable republicans in tight races? what about them when it comes to the impeachment inquiry? erron: it is going to be a difficult vote. you look at someone like susan collins in the great state of maine. n,if she votes for convicthe does she fend off a well-financed challenger? i don't know. if she votes no, that could be the end of her senate career. laura: ron christie, thanks for being with us. ron: nice to see you. laura: you are watchbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, venicepe is riencing the worst flooding in half a century. we are there to see the damage. laura: china's president has
accused protesters in hong kong of a violent, illegal action, which he says tramples on the rule of order. mr. xi says the unrest could threatened the principle of one country, two syste, underha which hong kon had significant autonomy from beijing. parts of hong kong for a fourth successive day. robin brandt has the story. robin: four straight days of purchase and of his station heart of hong kong's financial district -- protests and demonstratio in the heart of ng kong's financial district. we saw office workers takings over r the heart of the city, some moving big flowerpots into thera road,ic had nowhere to go. others were digging up rex on the pavement and using those to block the roads. it was highly disruptive. police came at the very end, but
at that stage most of the protesters had gone. this is disruption, the impact we are seeing on the infrastructure here the metro network, part of that remains close. all of them werehu today and that will be extended into monday as well. atme the same ou have some of the university campuses being turned into fortresses. we have been at the chinese university on a couple of occasions over the last 48 hours. learnings lectuve stopped there. you have a sizable number of protesters still occupying a bridge that police have beov worried abou a highway, but they are supplying themselves with petrol bombs and blows and arrows. they are building walls from all in next occasions of some kind of confrontation. at the press conference,olice urged members of the public to push back and clear the roads. the clear inference is that if ople don't do that, the police perhaps -- this would be highly ivprovocat but the police
perhaps wouldecide they need to intervene again. laura: italy has declared a state of emergency in venice following the worst flooding the city has seen in more than 50 years. $22 million have beeelallocated tothe city and its people. more than 80% of venice, a unesco world heritage site,as under water when the tides were at their highest. jenny hill reports. jenny: en as they clear up, the flood alarms are going off. in a few hou and it is feared venice will be deluged again. >> is a disaster for all our family and the venetian people. jenny: they have n seen anything this bad's and 1960's. -- since the 1960's. one cole film as they tried and failed to keep the water out. >> water come from everywhere.
we found ourselves surrounded by water. jenny: the beauty of this agency fragile now. inside saint mark's basilica, they are still assessing the damage. >> fill of water jey: venice lies low, prone to floods, vulrable to the effects of climate change. a delayed for years by corruption, scandal, and overspend. little comfort for those watching as the tides rise,, fall and rise again. jenny hill, bbc news, venice. laura: a disasteoffor the people enice and everyone who loves that city. women haveeen part of the military for more than a century, but today they are branching out into roles that re reserved for men. from seeing combat on the front lines or patrolling as u.n. peacekeepers, the opportunities
fomen to serve are growing. isphotojournlynsey addario has been documenting female warriors for nationa' geographic'women campaign. i spoke to her earlier. thanks so much for being with us. from syria to south sudan, more and more women are serving on the front lines. what have you found that these women have in common w comes to what is motivating them? lynsey: i covered five different countries for the story and i found that most women want tose e their country and help their people. that is something i saw whether it was in the ngle in colombia or syria and kurdish women or peacekeepers in sudan. -- sth sud. most people want to serve not ly their country but the countries around them in need. laura: does the nature of modern confli mean that the women who are not technically frontline still find themselves in combat roles? lynsey: the frontline as it usen to be nor exists. the frontline isor nebulous,
of everywhere because of terrorism and the nature of war now. to say that women should not be on the front line or to say that more and morwomen are on the front line basically means more and more women are heading toward battle or at least headinge to places that th could be a possibility of something happening. now. is really anywhere right laura: you also report that more and more women find themselves in peacekeeping roles. is there something specific that women bring to u.n. peacekeeping? lindsay: the united naons has found that people respond to female peacekeepers, that thti are very eff. i think they are not seen as threatening. they are very engaging to the population. when i w in south sudan i was doing a patrol with don i had -- ghanaian women and we were accompanying south sudanes men to get firewood. we were walking for a fair amount of time with them and they were stopping to t a lot of the women and the south sudanese women were saying we love seeing women peacekeepers because it shows our daughters
that they don't have to get married at 16 years old, thatot there arr things they can do to their lives.ey essentially ere saying that they were role models for them. laura: of all the women you photographed for the story, is there one that particularly stands out?ns : you know, there were women in every country that stood out. i love seeing whmen in roles e we traditionally see men. in colombia in the jungle.nders she had been almost 20 years in the jungnd she had two children she saw very rarely. i also see the sacrifices women are making. it is not to say that men don't make them, but i see a lot of mothers making these sacrifices. laura: you mentioned u.s. womeny ad been in combat roles since the early 1990's. are we seeing women in leadership roles? lindsay: wel they have been in combat roles since the early
1990's, but not awe combat roles that is something that ash carter, defense secretary did, and leon panetta made the announcement. it w only in 2016 that all o those roles were open to women. it is still little by little. there are a lot of physical and bntal endurance tests women need to go throuore they can hold these positions.s i think thismething we are seeing more and more across the board in different roles. still, it is something that is relatively new. laura: lynsey addario, thanks so much for being with us. lynsey: laura: women on the front lines all over the world. remember you can find much more , of the day's news on our website. to see what were we rking on, do website. check us out on twitter. i am a laura trevelyan. thank you for watching "bbc world news america." narrator: fundg for this presentation is made possible by... babbel, an online proguam designed by la specialists
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