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president biden met with leaders in tokyo. we have more on what the group is planning to accomplish. and there has been a school shooting in the state of texas, with reports of several casualties and many more injured. we will have the details. ♪ welcome to wor news america on pbs and around the globe. documents seen by the bbc that are said to have been hacked by chinese police computers show that uighur prisoners are shot on site if they are caught trying to eape. thousands of photographs shed light on a secret system of mass incarceration. the chinese government dismissed claims that uighurs are arbitrarily detained in the region come assaying such allegations are fakeness. -- region, saying such
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allegations are fake news. correspondent: these are the faces china never intended us to see from its system ofass incarceration. the government long denied its running detention camps for uighurs, instead insisting they are vocational schools for willing students. the photos, almost 3000 of them, show the reality of how whole swaths of uighur society have been swept up, person by person. the oldest was 73 at the time of her detention, the youngest just 15. the uighurs, their turkic relations, faced cycles of tightening government control. and with mounting criticism over the camps, the authorities
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have taken journalists on tours, showing the uighurs celebrating their culture and, they say, being guided away from extremism. but it is a narrative undermined by the tens of thousands of files passed to the bbc. one set of documents described the guarding of this camp outside of a city with armed police stationed at all the main buildings, and with each watchtower guarded by two officers equipped with sniper rifles and machine guns. inside, lessons are watched over by police,arrying shields, batons, and handcuffs. and the documents described the response to students who attempted to escape. if warning shots are ignored, the order is clear, shoot them dead. >> this is classifieinternal government information. host: the files, said to be hacked from a source whose identity remains unknown, were first passed to this xinjiang
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scholar who in tur shared them with the bbc. >> you have police and heavy riot gear standing next to some of the men. some of the men have their arms in a funny position, as if they were handcuffed. this is powerful material. i was looking through these images on my laptop and living room and had to get up and go somewhere else and. i was overwhelmed. correspondent: the hacked files contain hundreds of spreadsheets of ciccone and -- of draconian jail sentences. just for growing a beard, this man was sentenced to 16 years in jail. his chosen expression of uighur identity forcibly removed. many others have been jailed for listening to illegal religious lectures.
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the documents don't say whether their dahters have been sent, like so many others, to the state run boarding schools built alongside the camps. >> the data can be verified. shown to contain real people. this man has not seen his wife and children since he left xinjiang in 2017, yet a search of the hacked finals found this. a photo of his wife, sentenced, the documents say, to 16 years in prison for a vague offense that appears time and again rather in a crowd to disturb the social order. >> you can see how her spirit is broken, he lls me. correspondent: this man new his eldest son had been jailed. 15 years. >> for terrorismenses, although as evidenced, only his
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son's devout islamic faith is listed. the chinese foreign ministry spokesman responded to our report. describing it as simply the latest anti-china falsehood and an attempt to smear china with rumors and lies. xinjiang is prosperous and the people have happy lives, he said. but there has been known attempt -- been no attempt to address the images itself, further evidence of th harsh detention and indoctrination of a people not for what they have done, but for who they are. host: you have been covering the atrocities committed against the uighursnd muslim chinese for many years now. were you surprised by the extent of what was revealed in these documents? >> there is no doubt that this
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data breach is unprecedented, both in terms of the quantity of information and the quality. it is interesting, its publication comes at the same time, the same week as the united nations high commissioner for human rights begins a long-awaited and deeply controversial trip to xinjiang, controversial because critics fear that china's tight control of her itinerary will have a bearing on the conclusions she reaches. the evidence we have in this unique form of course has the potential to further fuel those concerns. already there has been gnificant political reaction from the u.k. for an office, from the state department in washington, and from the u.s. ambassador here at the united nations, who has tweeted an online version of our report,
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calling on michelle to take a close look at the images i our reporting and depressed chinese officials for answers. host: has -- you talked about responses from the u.k. and unit states -- have we had a response yet from china itself? >> we heard from the foreign ministry spokesperson there. we have heard these criticisms before from china many times essentially the point he was making is reporting oxinjiang not just from us but other international news organizations is designed to undermine china, it's part of a western inspired plot. but no attempt to address the evidce itself. we had sensed the chinese government -- sent the chinese government a detailed list of questions about those
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photographs, about the spreadsheets of da detailing the detention status of people, the reasons for their detention. on that, so far those questions have been met with silence. host: given that you're seeing the timing of this, making it politically embarrassing for china, but they have resisted such criticism in the past. is this enough to make a difference? >> that is a very good question. over the time that i've been reporting this story from the beginning, when the mass incarceration campaign began in earnest in 2017, there has unubtedly been an international shift in response, tightening sanctions, >> good evening. we are breaking into your
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regularly --egularly scheduled programming because president biden is expected to address the nation momentarily from the white house. he is speaking after a horrific elementary school shooting in texas where 18 young students and will teach our dead. president biden just returned from his trip to asia and here is the president. >> hello fellow americans. i hope when i became president i would not have to do this again. another massacre.
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in elementary school. beautiful, innocen second, third and fourth graders. how many see their friends die as if they are on a battlefield? they will live with it the best of their lives. there is a lot we don't know yet. there is a lot we do know. parents who will never see their child again, never have them jump in bed and cuddle with them. parents who will never be the same. to lose a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped away.
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there is a hollowness in your chest, you feel like you're very -- you feel like you are being sucked into it and you will never be able to get out. suffocating. it is never quiet the same. there is a feeling by the family members left behind. jill and i have talked about this in another context. the lord is near to the brokenhearted and saved -- saves the crushed in spirit. so many crushed spirits. tonight, i asked the nation to pray for them and give the parents and siblings strength in the darkness they feel right now.
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when in god's name will be stand up to the gun lobby? when in god's name will be due what we know it to be done. it has been 3440 eight days, 10 years since i stood up at a high school in connecticut, a great school in connecticut where another gunman is geared 26 people including 20 first graders in the sandy hook elementary school. since then, there have been over 900 incidents of gunfire is reported on school grounds. marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida. santa fe high school in texas. oxford high school in she can. the list goes on and on and the list grows when we have mass shootings at places like movie
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theaters and houses of worship. as we saw at a grocery store in buffalo, new york, i am sick and tired of it. we have to act. don't tell me we can't have an impact on this carnage. i spent my career as a senator and a vice president to pass common sense gun laws. mass shootings went down. when the law expired, mass shootings tripled. the idea that an 18-year-old kid can walk into a gun store and buy assault weapons is just wrong. what in god's name do you need an assault weapon for except to kill someone? they are not running through the forest with kevlar vests on.
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it is just sick. the gun manufacturers spent two decades aggressively marketing assault weapons which make them the most and largest profit. here is what else i know, most americans support common sense laws, common sense gun laws. i just got off a trip from a meeting with asian leaders and i learned about this when i was on the aircraft. what struck me on that 17 hour flight -- what struck me is these kinds of mass shootings rarely happen anywhere else in the world. why? they have mental health problems.
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they have domestic disputes and other countries. they have people who are lost but these kinds of mass shootings never happen with the kind of frequency that happened in america. why are we willing to live with this carnage? where in god's name is our backbone to stand up to the lobbyists? it is time to turn this pain into action. we have to make it clear to every elected official that it is time to act. it is time for those to block the common sense -- we need to let you know that we will not forget. we can do so much more.
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our prayer tonight is those parents land and vet -- lying in bed wondering if i will be able to sleep again. what do i say to my other children? what happens tomorrow? god bless the loss of innocent life on this saturday. may we save those crushed in spirit because they will need a lot of our prayers. god love you. request that was a good -- clearly emotional president
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biden. this left 18 children and one teacher dead. we now return you to yourthese y resource these states have. there are many countries which illegally fish in the exclusive economic zones of these countries. on top of that, there is a $50 billion pan-regional economic development initiative, somewhat in response to the belt and road initiative, and president biden released the indo pacific economic framework of the united states, which has now had a large number of regional states, including india, most of southeast asia, australia, japan, korea and others sign up and support of it. these are not trivial developments. host: it's fair to say that russia's invasion of ukraine has exposed some divisions within the quad, notably india failing to condemn russia.
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does that undermine the efforts of the quad? is there anything the u.s. and president biden could say to prime minister modi to draw them closer together? mr. rudd: to some extent the international media commentary on this is somewhat in excess of the reality. india has its own local circumstances with russia, particularly the russians have provided the book of indian military quitman. -- bulk of indian military equipment. until that changes with new patterns of purchasing from india, there will always be a level of constraint there. more broadly what is significant is t statement issued on behalf of all four governments, india, australia, japan and the united states, condemning the use of force in the resolution of international disputes and conflicts. that is a direct reference to russia, and india as a signary
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to that statement. host: honorable kev rudd, thank you for joining us on the program today. mr. rudd: good to be with you. host: in the state of texas, there are reports that several students have been killed after a gunman opened fire in an elementary school. joining us now for more is the bbc's barbara plett-usher. what more do you tragedy that seems to be unfolding? barbara: it took place in a small town called uvalde, which is about 80 miles west of san antonio. around noon, the sool district wrote on twitter that there was an active shooter in the elementary school and said people should stay away. not much information was released as the authorities worked hard to contactrantic parents and let them know what was going on. the governor greg abbott has
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confirmed that at least 14 children have been killed and one adult, a teacher, ini -- in thischool shooting. he said the shooter was an 18-year-old male. it's believed that this man walks into the school with a handgun and rifle. he was killed by responding officers, so he ao is dead. the school district set up a center now for parents to reunite with their children about a mile and a half from the school. mass shootings are not uncommon in the states, including in schools. children are taught how to respond to them in the but these were young children. the age and the number of dead i think makes this one of the worst school shootings in recent memory. host: you raise that point,
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ther are many anxious parents out right now desperately worried about being able to pick up their children. barbara: yes, absolutely. the school authorities will have had to contact parents whose children have been injured, whose children have been killed. it's not entirely clear when we knew about the casualty figures because hospitals were reporting that more than a dozen children had been injured, so it's not re among theth dea toll. every anxious parent will have worried that their children was among them and they will have raised to this unification center -- raced to this unification center to meet their children. it will be a horrifying experience for them because this is the nightmare of any parent who sends their child to school. host: barbara, i know you will bring us more as you have it.
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in other news, russia's leading opposition figure, alexei navalny, told a moscow court that president pin was a madman that had started a war in ukraine based on lies. navalny made the comments while unsuccessfully appealing a nine year prison sentence. he denies his charges and say they were fabricated to thwart his political ambitions. appearing from the maximum-security jail via video link, navalny said president putin would suffer an historic defeat. brazilian police s they killed 11 people in a favela as part of an operation against organized crime. 10 were suspected gang members, one was a woman caught in the crossfire. officers say they were tryinto arrest the leaders of one of brazil's criminal gangs. one of asia's most senior catholic clerics appeared in a court in hong kong on charges of
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improperly failing to register a defense fund forro-democracy protesters. the 90-year-old and four other activists were arrested under the city's national security law earlier this month. and airbnb says it is shutting down its local business in china. the me rental companies has traveled throughout the company has -- the country has proven to be difficult, if not impossible due to covid restrictions. airbnb joins a list of internet platforms that opted out of the chinese market. the san francisco firm said chinese users would still be able to book listings and experiences overseas. germany says it's ordered 40,000 vaccine doses to be readied if the current monkeypox outbreak gets worse, but health officials there have stressed that the risk to the general population remains low. its recent spread outside parts of africa, where it is endemic, has baffled epidemiologists.
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before we go, just a reminder of that news of a shooting at an elementary school in uvalde, texas. texas governor greg abbott said at least 14 students and one teacher are confirmed dead. several others are being injured and treated in hospital. that is all narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by... narrator: financial services firm, raymond james. man: bdo. accountants and advisors. narrator: funding was so provided by, the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. ♪ ♪
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william: good evening. i'm william brangham. judy woodruff is away. on the "newshour" tonight, a tragedy in texas -- more than a dozen children have been killed in a mass shooting at an elementary school in uvalde, the latest horric act of gun violence here in the u.s. then, vote 2022 -- georgians cast their ballots in critical primary eletermine the state's future, and theecti extent of former president trump's influence. and opportunity on the menu. a new orleans non-profit works to counter the racial imbalance in the restaurant industry. >> it's not that there's a shortage of talent. it's not that there is a lack of diversity here. it's -- i believe it's a lack of access. william: all that and more on tonight's "pbs newshour."

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