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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. our top stories: teachers and students are among at least 17 people shot dead at a high school in florida. a 19—year—old former student who'd been expelled and was not allowed back on site is arrested. south africa's governing anc welcomes president zuma's resignation. he says he wants to prevent violence being perpetrated in his name. and we look back on the life and career of morgan tsvangirai, the veteran zimbabwean opposition leader and prime minister, who's died. at least 17 people have been killed in a school shooting in florida. many others have been wounded. two right now are critically ill. a 19 year old man is in custody, he's a student who'd been expelled from the school.
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the latest from the bbc‘s bill hayton. running for their lives. students flee classrooms in panic. inside the 3—storey building, hundreds of others lay hiding from a gunman on the loose. as they streamed out of school, some were still clutching their valentine's day balloons. kids were freaking out. some kids froze, some kids were on their phones. a lot were on their phones, just trying to snapchat everything because they thought it was a joke and it wasn't. there was kids freaking out — students freaking out, teachers — it sucked. you hear about this all the time, but you never expect it to happen right here. everybody knows around here is a safe place and you don't expect this to happen here. but when it happens, you're just taken aback. dozens of police cars sped to the scene. paramilitary units moved in to confront the shooter. they carried out a wounded student,
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improvising emergency transport, and a street corner became an emergency room. the more badly injured were stretchered away, and then, a suspect, handcuffed by police on the roadside. he was taken into custody i believe about an hour after he left stoneman douglas, after he committed this horrific, homicidal, detestable act. he's been identified as a former student, nikolas cruz, apparently expelled for disciplinary reasons. his social media profile showing an obsession with violence. but the school authorities said they had no warning of any danger and they've pledged to repair the damage done. we're dealing with it and we're going to deal with it as a community, we'll pull through it and my prayers and heartfelt sorrow goes out to the families in this entire community. as relatives wept and grieved, some reflected on a wider social problem.
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this is the 18th school shooting in the united states this year. that's on average one every three days. bill hayton, bbc news. will try to get every child safe, will figure out how to learn from this to hopefully make sure this doesn't happen again. as police searched the school, they and the rest of the country will be seeking anzus to some very difficult questions. —— answers. bill hayton, bbc news. earlier i spoke to steven osher. he's a teacher at marjory stoneman douglas high school, he was in another part of the campus when it all started. yes, well, as you know, the primary objective when we have an incident is to get the students out of harm's way, so we pull them into wherever we can and lock down,
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make sure they're safe. it's tough. it's been a gruelling day. as you say, we were in lockdown for a couple of hours. we didn't know what was going on. we did hear sirens. and eventually, we were freed by swat teams, taken for processing to a local hotel where we were kind of asked a few questions, did we see anything, did we know anything, and so forth, and then we were released not long ago, about an hour ago. the day unfolded — in the morning, actually, we did have a fire drill, so it's kind of interesting that we had a fire drill towards the end of the day, we all know exactly what to do, we grab our things and we leave, and that's what we did. there was an announcement to evacuate. but 30 seconds later, while we were outside, we heard shouts, "code red, code red!" which means lockdown,
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and we had tojust run back to the nearest possible room that could be locked and grab the students, pull them inside and make sure they were safe. and that's more or less as much as i know. the students you've been de—briefing tonight, what have they been telling you? well, i can only tell you what i saw. on my way to the de—briefing centre, all the students were gathering around their phones, you know, they'e very into the social, media and i actually saw a clip of what was going on inside the classroom where the shooting happened, it was a very short clip. i did tell one of the officers there, and they said, "yes, we know, and that's what we're trying to get as much information as we can about the incident." this is from hearsay, the student said, "we know about the student, he was a bit weird, and he was a dropout,"
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and so some of the students even new his name. "i knew that guy." so you knew him or you didn't know him? and if he didn't know him, what are you hearing about him? we're being told he had been flagged as a campus threat, that staff had been warned to look out for him, that he had some sort of motive to harm students and wasn't supposed to be allowed back on the site with a backpack. what do you make of that? well, i don't know about that because i don't know the students, but the students i was with at the time told me they knew of him because we were watching it streaming live through our cellphones, and when they said that they had a suspect, then one of the students said, "i think i know who that is," and so forth. but i don't know, i've never heard about that student,
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i did hear he was a dropout and i didn't know that there was some sort of warning out there as a threat for this student to coming on campus or not. steven, dreadful day for you and so many other people. thank you so much for giving us your time. and my condolences to the families and the students that, with me, have gone through this tragic incident. thank you. david willis is our correspondent in washington. he says that, unlike the previous administration, there will be little talk of gun control after the latest shooting. president trump tweeted today, saying that no child or teacher should feel unsafe in an american school. if you think that will provoke school. if you think that will p rovo ke a ny school. if you think that will provoke any debate about gun control in this country i think you will be disappointed. somebody made the point today that the sandy hook massacre, in which 20 young children we re massacre, in which 20 young children were gunned to death in their classroom, failed completely to turn
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the dial as far as this debate is concerned. that didn't do anything, what will? we had one congressman today, a democratic congressman who said simply, this country is in thrall to the nra. by that, he means the national rifle association, one of the most powerful pressure groups in the united states. based in the us, you will know the baffle m e nt by based in the us, you will know the bafflement by those outside the us. it seems congress and the white house just don't see the issue? it is interesting that barack 0bama was interviewed not long before his term in office came to an end, saying that hit one of his main regrets was not being able to do more to clamp
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down on this issue of guns and the proliferation of guns. 300 million weapons are said to exist in this country and we are getting to the stage where, as you heard, there is roughly one school shooting in this country every single week. so, despite that all that make people —— all people may say, particularly in the way of the politicians, there is resista nce the way of the politicians, there is resistance to close any loopholes. 0n social media there seems to be a standard sequence, thoughts and prayers, outrage, silence, sadness and absolutely nothing. prayers, outrage, silence, sadness and absolutely nothinglj prayers, outrage, silence, sadness and absolutely nothing. i might point out one thing that seems to be emerging from all of this and that is to do with the detail surrounding today's horrific incident. that is that apparently a lot of the pupils at this school were adhering to a fire alarm that had gone off and they thought it was just a drill, so
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they thought it was just a drill, so they were basically leaving the school in quite a composed manner and that is when the shooting started. there is speculation, just speculation, that the gunmen may have attempted to set off this fire alarm deliberately in order to drive people effectively into his parts. —— path. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. at least nineteen people have died after a truck carrying hundreds of illegal migrants crashed in libya. those on board were mainly eritrean and somli nationals and the victims included three women and a child. more than 100 people were also injured when the truck overturned near the town of bani walid. a french court has acquitted a man accused of providing assistance to the jihadists who attacked paris in november 2015. jawad bendaoud had rented out his flat to two of the attackers, but the court found he didn't know who they were at the time. two other defendants were jailed for five years each. one in every six children are now living in a global conflict zone, according to save the children.
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the charity says children are at more risk from armed conflict now, than at any other time in the last 20 years. syria, afghanistan and somalia were ranked as the most dangerous places for them. ruud lubbers — the longest—serving dutch prime minister — who went on to be a united nations high commissioner for refugees, has died at the age of 78. the current prime minister mark rutte — led tributes saying the netherlands had lost a statesman of international stature. ruud lubbers was prime minister for twelve years. it's been a torrid few weeks for south africa's politicians. but they appear to have finally forced jacob zuma to resign as president. he's stood down with immediate effect after mounting pressure from his party the anc to go. he faced persistent allegations of corruption and will now be formally succeeded by cyril ramaphosa, the new leader of the anc. 0ur africa editor fergal keane has more. the moment of decision came late when the former guerrilla fighter at last recognised he could not win.
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president jacob zuma addressed the south african nation and faced reality. i was just yards from him when he said the decisive words. the anc should never be divided in my name. i have, therefore, come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect. and with that statement, jacob zuma has brought to an end the most controversial period in the history of post—apartheid south africa. history, happening in a late—night statement, after a day in which it seemed he might still fight on. in pretoria, seat of the presidency, rumours of an imminent resignation had rippled all afternoon.
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yet when he made his first appearance of the day on state television, he was defiant and defensive — zuma the victim. what have i done? i have explained many times that this process... there's nothing i've done wrong. this is policy. what people are suggesting is a new phenomenon. what is the problem? at the same time, in cape town, anc mps were meeting to decide whether they'd support a motion of no—confidence to drive jacob zuma from power. the decision came quickly and was decisive. we are now proceeding with, as the chief whip, to proceed with a motion of no—confidence tomorrow so that president zuma is then removed so that we can proceed to elect president ramaphosa. a populist, a crowd—pleaser, he appealed to the anc grassroots, and with their backing, became party leader in 2009, even though he already faced serious corruption charges. i interviewed him just as he was about to
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become state president. a lot of people think you're a crook. is that so? (laughs) i want to see those people so they can tell me why they... are you a crook? me? what? i don't know. unless i have to go to the dictionary to learn what a crook is. it was his relationship with this family, the guptas, indian immigrants, which created the public outrage that finally forced the anc to act. the guptas are accused of using their connections with the president to acquire state enterprises and assets worth millions of pounds. so powerful, it's alleged, they could hire and fire cabinet ministers. today, they, too, felt the pressure. this was a police raid on their compound in johannesburg. seemingly untouchable until now, criminal charges may be imminent. if ever you wanted proof
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of the changed political temperature, this is it. the police seem at last to have found their courage. by the end of this dramatic day, jacob zuma seemed friendless and politically isolated, resigning before he could be humiliated in parliament. fergal keane, bbc news, pretoria. stay with us on bbc news. still to come — it's a long road for athletes to get to the olympics, but what about the parents? we've the story of one father determined to see his son compete. nine years and 15,000 deaths after going into afghanistan, the last soviet troops were finally going home, their withdrawal in good order, but the army defeated in the task it had been sent to perform. malcolm has been murdered, and that has a terrible effect
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on the morality of the people. i'm terrified of the repercussions on the streets. one wonders who is next. as the airlift got underway, there was no let—up in the eruption itself. lava streams from a vent low in the crater slow down into the sea east of the island, away from the town for the time being, but it could start flowing again at any time. the russians heralded their new—generation space station with a spectacular night launch. they've called it mir, the russian for peace. this is bbc news. the latest headlines — at least 17 people have been killed and at least 20 people were injured after a shooter opened fire in a florida high school. the gunman is now in custody and has been identified as a former student. south africa's president, jacob zuma,
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says he will resign effective immediately. it follows days of defying orders from the country's ruling anc party to leave office. 0xfam's director in asia has told the bbc she is aware of past cases of misconduct involving some of the charity's workers in the philippines, bangladesh and nepal. senior 0xfam officials in the uk have met the charity commission, which is investigating how the organisation handled abuse claims against former staff in haiti in 2011. angus crawford has the latest. a scandal made in the poverty of haiti's shanty towns, where a small number of aid workers became exploiters. it continues to send shock waves through the entire sector. and today, new revelations from 0xfam about other under—reported cases involving its workers. there were cases in the philippines. there were also cases in bangladesh. there were whistle—blowers coming forward in bangladesh,
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as far as i know. there was also a case, i think, in nepal. abusers exploit the chaos and confusion of natural disasters, like here in 2013 during typhoon haiyan in the philippines. and lan mercardo says even if they are caught and disciplined, charities are not warning each other about unsuitable staff. not yet. but that's a practice that we need to start. because... you know, the funny thing about cases like this is we always see them as reputational risks, no? but the way to manage reputational risk is not to keep silent. but in disaster zones, speed is key. charities scale up their efforts within hours, employing thousands of new staff in what can be a lawless vacuum. when the first crisis passes, sometimes within days or weeks,
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many move on to a new emergency, and possibly a new employer. so a problem for the whole sector, but one the international development secretary wants tackling now. unless you create a culture that prioritises the safety of vulnerable people and ensures victims and whistleblowers can come forward without fear, we will not work with you, and unless you report every serious incident and allegation, no matter how damaging to your reputation, we cannot be your partners. she's looking at the possibility of setting up a worldwide register of aid workers, and tomorrow, meet officers from the national crime agency, which says it's closely monitoring events. this british charity today dismissed a member of staff accused of sexual misconduct while at 0xfam in haiti in 2011, something he failed to tell them when he applied for the job.
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and tonight, 0xfam has revealed that last year it sacked its country director in haiti for mismanagement and inappropriate behaviour. angus crawford, bbc news. morgan tsvangirai, zimbabwe's main 0pposition leader, has died. the 65—year—old a former mine worker had been suffering from cancer. mr tsvangirai's career was marked by a long political struggle against the former president robert mugabe and he was beaten and imprisoned many times. 0ur correspondent shingai nyoka sent this report from harare. as a rookie challenging one of africa's ruthless and shrewdest leaders, the odds were always against morgan tsvangirai. what he lacked in formal education and liberation war history, he made up for in boldness, and his popularity soared. as leader of the trade unions, he led the largest anti—government
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protests since independence, cutting the unions' traditional ties with government. disillusioned with the de facto one—party state and a biting economy, zimbabweans were ready for an alternative — the mdc was born. in contrast to mr mugabe's exclusionary politics, mr tsvangirai welcomed everybody. president tsvangirai managed to bring together the students, the workers, commercial farmers, traditional leaders, war veterans and business people. stunned by his popularity, zanu—pf‘s response was visceral, with endless arrests, beatings and assassination attempt and treason charges. president mugabe suffered his first ever defeat at the polls to mr tsvangirai, who later
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pulled out of the run—off because of vote—rigging and violence. if he did not... the cheat, which was then advanced to morgan, and he accepted it. he would have been president in that time. i, morgan richard tsvangirai... many were, therefore, disappointed when he agreed to serve under mr mugabe in a powersharing agreement. in the following elections, he lost heavily. he blamed rigging. his critics said he'd lost credibility, abandoned his working—class roots for the lavish lifestyle common among zanu—pf. but many here will remember morgan tsvangirai as the working—class hero, whose fight for democracy triggered the end of the mugabe era. morgan tsvangirai, who's
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died at the age of 65. now, we hear a lot about thejourney athletes take to compete at the olympics, but what about their parents? 0ne swiss couple decided that rather than flying to see their son compete, they'd prefer to travel almost all the distance by bicycle instead. katie silver reports. the end of an 0lympic—sized journey. guido huwiler and his wife, rita ruttimann, arrive in the ski park of the olympic village in pyeongchang. they've travelled 12,000km over land to be reunited with their son, mischa gasser, an aerial skier for switzerland. translation: he's always been a crazy one and done lots of exciting and crazy things. i wasn't too surprised to hear about the trip. guido and rita started their bike tour in march last year
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in 0lten, switzerland. their journey took them through 20 countries, from the balkans to central asia. their toughest challenge was the pamir highway, a road that traverses mountains from afghanistan to kyrgyzstan. translation: we were totally exhausted. after 2,500km on gravel road, up to 4,500m altitude, it was very cold and we had very average, limited food. the pair planned to bike the entire journey, but because of visa issues, ended up breaking up theirjourney and ended up flying over china to korea's capital, seoul. from here, they braved freezing temperatures on bike. translation: the past two nights, we spent in our tent. in the morning, the inside the tent was all white, everything was frozen. the water in the coffee pot and the milk were both frozen — great! but the journey was worth it.
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translation: i think it's great, just super, that he's made it to the olympic games. they will watch him compete in the freestyle skiing heat this saturday. katie silver, bbc news. let's ta ke let's take a quick look at what has been happening in basics of the games. thursdays and thought the blue ribbon event of the alpine skiing. axl took the top prize, coming to the end of his career. he clocked a time of one minute a0 and claimed his country's first battle. he wasjust claimed his country's first battle. he was just ahead of his countrymen, with switzerland taking the bronze. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter. i'm @bbc mike embley. thank you for watching. thanks forjoining me. time we updated you on the weather
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prospects for the whole of the british isles for the next few days or so. wednesday started in a pretty wild and woolly way across the north—western quarter of scotland. as ever, our weather watchers were there to capture the evidence for us, but things improved dramatically. come a little further south, not far really, troon beach and ayrshire. the difference, you had to get rid of this big old weather front which really made a difference. started dry enough across the eastern side of the british isles but, as that moved in from the west, it brought quite a bit of cloud and rain. thankfully, that's moved away. thursday starts on a brighter note for many, a drier note, no, not necessarily, because certainly across western spots, particularly the north—western quarter of the british isles, there will be showers. elsewhere, bright enough and breezy sort day. quite a few isobars on that chart, and it makes a difference whether you're in the northern half of the british isles or the south, because further north, you're in the circulation of the big area of low pressure — there's quite a bit of wind, and it's got a bit of northerly
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in it, which makes it feel that much cooler. come a little bit further south, and a little ridge of high pressure is trying to calm things down. still breezy. there's a lot of isobars on that chart. the wind an ever—present right across the british isles. but i think the bulk of the activity found across the north, so if you're spending the day across southern parts, and here, i'm showing you the real detail — it's almost like, if you need reading glasses, we've just put them on to see exactly where those showers are, and you can see them peppering through western scotland and northern ireland. yes, we know there are words on that page, but we take those glasses off and we get the overall sense of what's going on. here are those temperatures. 5, 6, 7 in the north, 10, 11, possibly 12 in the south. taking you out of thursday, pushing on towards friday, not a great deal changes, save perhaps a greater influence from this little ridge of high pressure coming across the southern half of the british isles,
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killing off what showers there may have been on thursday. less breeze, but there's just not enough influence from that ridge of high pressure to keep rain away from the western side of scotland, maybe later on into the fringes of northern ireland, but the temperature differential just beginning to ease up here — 7 or 8 in the north, 10 or 11 in the south. the weekend? starts off none too badly. not wall—to—wall sunshine, but keep that little area of low pressure in mind, because it may on sunday give some parts a little bit of rain. otherwise, not a bad weekend. the latest headlines: at least 17 people have been shot dead at a high school in florida. a 19—year—old former student — who'd been expelled and was not supposed to be allowed back on site — has been arrested. president trump tweeted that no one should ever feel unsafe in an american school. south africa's governing anc has welcomed president jacob zuma's announcement that he's resigning. he said he was stepping down to prevent any violence being perpetrated in his name. he's faced allegations of corruption. the anc‘s new leader, cyril ramaphosa, is likely to be voted in as his successor.
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morgan tsvangarai, zimbabwe's main opposition leader, has died. the 65 year—old former prime minister had been suffering from cancer. mr tsvangirai and the party he founded, the movement for democratic change, repeatedly challenged robert mugabe during the ex—president‘s long grip on power. now on bbc news, here's hardtalk.
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