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sara: this is dw news live from berlin. the death toll rises in the worst mass shooting in u.s. history. >> it was an act of evil. sara: president trump condemns the gunmen after more than 50 were killed at a las vegas concert. and coming up, a would be
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catalonian crisis. one day after cap alanna authorities -- after catalan voters voted for succession. and the rhythms that role our lives. three men win the nobel peace prize. brent: -- sara: welcome to the program. a gunman in the u.s. city of las vegas has injured over 500 people and killed more than 50. a 50-year-old white man from nevada is also dead in a apparent suicide. the attack happened on the famed las vegas strip. the man checked into the
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mandalay bay casino and then began firing from the 35th f loor. correspondent: this was the moment when music turned to gunfire. moments before, it was just another daegis evening. the crowd had been enjoying a country music festival. now they are running for their lives. as hysteria broke out, the shooter continued his rampage. people at the scene describe the horror. >> i was inside. we refused to believe it was a shooting until it kept going and going. he left the stage and everybody started fleeing. we had to hop a gate to get out.
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it was crazy. >> they kept shooting and shooting. we thought it was play machine guns. it definitely was not. it sounds like at least 30 rounds or more. correspondent: donald trump offered his warmest condolences to the victims and their families. >> my fellow americans, we are joined together in sadness, shock and grief. last night a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in las vegas, nevada. he brutally murdered more than 50 people and wounded hundreds more. it was an active. -- it was an act of pure
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evil. correspondent: police rushed to the scene of the mandalay bay casino, where the shooter had checked in as a guest. he began shooting indiscriminately at concertgoers outside. >> we identify numerous firearms in the rim is that he occupied. it is going to be a long and tedious investigation. we are bringing in all the resources of the fbi to assist us. correspondent: authorities believe the attacker, a 64-year-old white man was acting alone. the incident is now the worst mass shooting in modern u.s. history. sara: joining us is a man who attended this concert for four years and never had any trouble until last night.
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can you tell us about what you experienced last night? sorry about that. we're trying to talk but we are having some video problems. as we mentioned, he experienced this incident in las vegas where a gunman was shooting into a crowd of people at a country music festival. we want to talk about some other stories making news around the world. the death toll and separatist violence in cameroon has risen to 17 after clashes broke out sunday between protesters and security forces in the country's
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english-speaking region. they are calling for independence from the french-speaking majority. opposition supporters blame the board for the botched election. observers say the current tensions boil over into ethnic violence in kenya. alexei navalny has been sentenced to 20 days in jail after his rally in the city. navalny plans to run against russian president vladimir putin in next year's election. a car bomb in damascus's bloated and two --damascus exploded.
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another attacker got inside before being shot by police. damascus has seen relatively little violence in its five-year civil war. let's head back to britain wingard who we are trying to speak with about his experience attending this concert in las vegas. a concert, we know scores of people are now dead and hundreds injured. can you tell us what you experienced last night? >> when we heard the gunshots, as everyone said, it sounded like fireworks. we did not react to the first round. the second round, by then, we were looking around and someone i could see was getting cpr. i saw the musician leave the
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stage. i looked at my wife and my friends. they were crouched down. we ran under the sitting area for the vip. i was lying on my wife making sure everything was ok. once time had passed, we listened and listened and the shooting stopped. we were able to come out. there was a security guard telling everyone to get out. we all came out and ran to the exit. we had to run across the whole field where the shooting took place. i told everyone not to look because there were bodies being carried on makeshift stretchers.
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there were police hidden behind columns. they were tucked away and that gave us the impression something could happen at any time. we just ran away. heading down the strip, someone said there was another shooter. we kept going anywhere we could to feel safe. it was surreal. all our friends unscathed. sarah: we can just imagine how harrowing that must have been. this seems you were describing, for you to have lived -- this scene you were describing, that you have lived through that. when you look around at this
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area, can you explain to us, do you know why this attacker might have chosen this specific target? >> unfortunately it is a great chance for that to happen. the 32nd floor is a gre view of the area. there is a view of the whole arena. you get a birds eye view of the entire thing. unfortunately, when there are bad people in the world, they seize an opportunity. a good spot for a bad thing to happen. sarah: what are you going to do now? i think more than 20,000 people were at this concert.
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have you been offered any counseling or have the authorities been in touch with you? >> nothing like that yet. today we have just taken the day, we only got an hour's sleep at most. we came home, the first thing i did was have the kids and we just the day watching tv. eight of us got out no problem. there was a lady who we took home so she could find her friends. my wife has another convention on the strip tomorrow and she does not want to go there. she doesn't like the groups now.
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-- like big groups now. things have changed, when you look at big venues with big people. sarah: thank you very much for joining us after experiencing something so traumatic and for giving us a little bit of perspective. brenton wingard, we mentioned you had attended this concert in the past and we thank you for giving us more. let's turn to some other news. catalonia's regional government is calling for international mediation for its bid of independence from spain. this after voting was marred by violence. madrid has dismissed to be
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referendum as illegal and invalid -- the referendum as illegal and invalid. correspondent: supporters of catalans separatism were out in force today. despite the mood of defiance in barcelona, he opens the door to de-escalation. >> what i am now recommending is mediation. that mediation requires the presence of a third party. that hardly needs to be international for this to be an effective process. this is important to restore the institutional normality that has been disturbed by disproportionate decisions from spain's central government. correspondent: the violence was on the front of the morning papers. some catalans were outraged by
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police tactics and others expressed reservations about leaving spain. >> there may be other ways so we would be more happy with the result. part of the catalans are not happy with the result. >> yesterday was terrible. i am 70 years old. i experienced in the dictatorship and this is the same --i experienced the dictatorship and this is the same. correspondent: as pro-independence protests continue, international concern has been mounting. one official tweeted that he appealed to the prime minister to avoid isolation -- avoid escalation.
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as spain faces its biggest constitutional crisis in decades, there are fears of prolonged instability and unrest. the catalan parliament is expected to vote next week on whether to make a declaration of independence. and in less talks resolve the crisis, it could be been any -- and unless talks resolve the crisis, it could deepen even further. sarah: we saw protests against sunday's violence, what you tell us about the situation now? correspondent: right now, as you can see behind me, there are only a few tourists coming to the main squares in barcelona. it was a much different picture during the day. this square and las ramblas was
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packed with people. many thousands across catalonia came to say we are protesting silently but that silent protest quickly turned loud and lots of young people are chanting i cast my ballot, i want to have an independent catalonia. many people are upset because they say the way the police handled yesterday was a form of suppression. suppressing of the democratic right of every catalonian citizen, which critics say it to cast your ballot. but there's a different picture if you ask the government. sarah: a different picture they have been vocal about. you have been looking into similar movement like this in a
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series called new nationalism. we have been traveling the world looking at various different countries, how does the separatist movement in barcelona compared to what you have found elsewhere -- compare to what you have found elsewhere? correspondent: i have been traveling the world asking people why they feel inclined to vote for politicians who encourage a strong national identity. i see some similarities in catalonia with scotland. they are much inclined to vote for a regional government that supports independence from the u.k. the difference is, in scotland, their negotiation with the u.k., the referendum was upheld in legal terms.
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here it is a aggressive form of civic nationalism. these people are not nationalist because they do not want refugees in their country but it is aggressive and comes from the way this referendum was executed. there was no negotiation with spain and the main government in madrid that catalonia is part of. sarah: the violence during yesterday's referendum has spooked investors. kristof, the markets, they never like uncertainty? kristof: spanish stocks retreated as investors is isolated the consequences of the catalonian vote. after yesterday's brutal scenes, worries about europe's
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fifth-largest economy are growing. before the close of monday's session on the madrid stock exchange, the index had dropped as much as 1.6%. many traders fear that uncertainty over the fate of catalonia will lead to further declines. in this climate, government bonds may want higher yields. the common european currency also fell slightly. the euro lost nearly a cent. >> we had just overcome the euro crisis, so-called for independence are not going over well. the eu has a big task ahead of it. when 90% of the people want freedom, that cannot be ignored. correspondent: if catalonia gained independence, spain would
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lose its industrial heartland. the region is also important in the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. without catalonia, spain would slip to 15th place at the world ranking of economic countries, behind mexico. catalonian independence would not spain off course from its recovery. >> more than 100,000 travelers are looking for a way to return home after britain's monarch airlines collapsed. it said it had 30 aircrafts transporting customers around the world. monarch is the third european airline making its financial crash landing this year. correspondent: it was a familiar site at british airports for 50
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years. but that has changed overnight. the demise of monarch airlines was announced in an early morning online message from britain's aviation authority. passengers were left without a flight home, many stranded and destinations in the mediterranean. the government is planning to bring them home in the biggest ever peacetime repatriation. >> the hundred thousand passengers will come back to the u.k. within the next two weeks. correspondent: britain's 5th biggest airline has struggled with losses but hoped to turn things around with a cost-cutting program. bankruptcy rumors swirled and monarch got a of credit but now that it's gone
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and so is the airline -- that is gone and so is the airline. >> overcapacity in the market h as been for some time. correspondent: other british airline say they will hire monarch staff but that is little consolation for the passengers, they are not going anywhere. >> today on wall street, they observed a moment of silence for the victims of sunday's shooting. for more let's cross over to our markets manager. i want to stay on the topic of the las vegas shooting. with all the grief and horror, why is it that stocks in the arms industry are gaining? correspondent: we have seen this
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disturbing reaction before. after every mass shooting in the u.s. the call for tighter gun regulations get louder and then sales for guns in the united states pick up. we have seen it also after the presidential election in november. it was unlikely the u.s. administration would put tighter gun control out and that is why share prices of gunmakers fell. now that we have more calls for tighter gun regulation, the industry expects more sales. if anything will change this time, remains to be seen. it was another record day on wall street. the s&p 500 to set its record close -- its 40th record close. >> and general motors is putting a big bet on electric mobility. correspondent: german carmakers
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and politicians have been hesitant to call it all electric vehicles but now general electric has announced they will bring out 20 all-new electric models. the first cars are going to roll out in the next 18 months. general electric believes the future for the car industry will be electric. we thought reaction on wall street. the stock of general motors up 4%. general motors has the chevy volt but obviously g.m. sees the -- chevy volt, which is not doing good but obviously g.m. sees the future in electric. >> the nobel prize for medicine is out. sarah: why do we feel alert
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during the day and sleepy at night, apparently is all down to the body's inner clock. there are circadian rhythms that are crucial to our well-being. the men who discover the importance of the body's natural rhythms have been awarded the prize for medicine. they will share the award. the nobel committee said they discovered how impacting your sleep can have effect on your body function. we have this special report. correspondent: in the modern world, our lives are dictated by flocks. today's megacities are open 24/7. our bodies do not want to play along. everyone's body has a inner function that regulates hormone
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levels, sleep and metabolism. we ignore our inner clock at our. . it can even --we ignore our inner clock at our peril. but how does this inner clock actually work? that was a question answered by jeffrey hall, michael rosbash an d michael young. they isolated the genes in fruit flies that govern the inner clock. the prize-winning research led to the foundations of the signs of biological rhythms. thanks to them, we are now able to identify the dangers of disrupting our inner clock. speaking in new york, prizewinner michael young describes his shock at winning the prize. >> i had trouble getting my
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shoes on. i would pick up the shoes and the sox and then say i need to put my pants on first. you get here and see all this and you realize it must be true. sarah: it is true indeed. a very big congratulations. you are up to date on dw news from berlin. i'm sarah kelly in berlin. thank you so much for watching. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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elaine: 6 years and billions of dollars have done little to help the small earthquake-devastated country of haiti. what is life like today for those who survived the deadly quake? i'm elaine reyes in washington, d.c., and this is "americas now." first up--haiti's catastrophic earthquake in 2010 demolished much of the island's already fragile infrastructure. despite over $10 billion donated in aid, struggles and poor conditions persist. woman: really, we don't know what happened to the money. ha ha! but i don't see nothing done. there's really nothing done. elaine: correspondent stephen gibbs travels to the hard-hit island nation. he'll assess the quality of life for haitians now. and later, nestled betwehe

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