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yucatan r having to collect. the bodies of russian soldiers left behind. we have a special report. and british prime minister birsa johnson has promised to learn lessons, after an official report blames senior leadership of -- for the parties inside downing street during the covid lockdowns. ♪ welcome to world news america on pbs and around the globe. across america, there is a profound sense of loss and grief, after 21 people were killed yesterday during a shooting at an elementary school in texas. it is the worst such attack in 10 years. 19 of the victims werehildren between the ages of seven and 10. one of them was a 10-year-old boy who loved to dance. another, a girl who died while
trying to call police. the 18-year-old gunman was shot dead at the scene. the attack took place in a town of uvalde, in southern texas. our north american editor is there and she has been speaking to members of the community. she sent us this report. reporter: the heartbreak is painfully apparent for parents, families, and neighbors. it must be the worst news anyone can hear. young children killed in their own classroom. as a police responded to the shooting -- as the police responded to the shooting, parents had to wait to discover if their children had survived or been shot dead. these are the faces of some of the victims. javier lopez was 10 years old, as was ellie garcia, and a mary j -- and amerie jo. eva mireles was one of t teachers killed. this means eight-year-old son was unharmed, that does not
understand what happened in the school yesterday. your son doesn't know there was a shooting at the school? >> he just acted like it was a regular day at school. reporter: how are you going to tell him what happened in the school yesterday? >> only one time, when time comes. reporter: have friends of his been killed? >> yes. reporter: you will have to ll him that as well. >> yes. reporter: it will be heartbreaking for you as well as for him. >> exactly. reporter: the gunman, 18-year-old salvador romas, lived locally. police have no idea why he did this or if it was preplanned. he crashed his car outside the school, emerged wearing body armor and carrying a semi-automatic rifle. >> unfortunately, this aspect managed to get inside one of the classrooms and barricade himself, where he started to shoot not only at officers that we responding, but also inside the classroom. reporter: all 21 victims have
now been identified and their remains removed from the school. what happened here has sparked a nationwide political argument about gun control. but here in uvalde, it is a deeply personal tragedy for those devastated parents and relatives or the traumatized children who attend the school. and one that has changed this small community. >> gun ownership is common and widespread in texas, but questions are being asked about why an 18-year-old needs access to a military style rifle. >> i have been in shock for the last 24 hours, talng to families, talking to the people in this community. it has made it altogether profound for me. we have got to do something in this country to stop this kind of madness. i can't imagine what people in other countries think of the united states. reporter: the police are working to establish a motive for this crime. the localommunity will never
understand why this had to happen here. sarah smith, bbc news, uvalde, texas. anchor: joining me now for more from texas is known you think about. we have any more information about the motive behind this? guest: no, there is no motive that has been established so far. what we are learning is more about salvador ramos. the texas governor held a press conference earlier in which he revealed more details about his movements before he carried out the murder of these children and teachers. he revealed that ramos had put a post in social media. the first post was that he planned to shoot his grandmother. the second post was that he did shoot his grandmother, she is in hospital.
the third post was that he was going to attack the elementary school and this happened two minutes later. meta issued a statement saying that those posts were private and were only made public after the fact that they are cooperating with investigators. in terms of what led this 18 year old to pick up an automatic rifle and gun down these young, innocent children, there is no clue yet on the motive. >> one of the things that is so striking is you have an 18-year-old who just had their birthday and was able to legally go out and buy these guns. i was it so easy? >> texas is a very pro-gun state. last year the governor signed a law which ant that if you were over 18, you can easily access air rifle, if you are -- 18, a
handgun. 21 years old, a rifle, without training. they have very relaxed laws here. i was speakingay t pay their respects. one girl said she didn't worry about how easy it was to access guns, but she also said that accessing guns is fundamentally part of your constitutional right as an american, the second amendment, which is something that repubcans argue, which is what governor abbott makes a point of. so texas has been criticized for having the relaxed gun laws. this week we got the n.r.a. and very powerful lobby, holding their annual conference here. that sums up how comfortable texas is when it comes to guns. michelle: our correspondent in uvalde for us. president biden has made an
emotional call to americans to stand up to the gun lobby and tighten restrictions. but as our reporter reports, america is as devoted as ever about the so-called right bear arms. >> the problem which came to the awful conclusion that you fa here is a demon have to do more to fight. >> our natn is shocked and saddened by the news of the shootings at virginia tech today. >> since i have been president, this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings. >> as a nation we have to ask, when in god's name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? when, in god's name, will be do what we all know in our gut needs to be don reporter: in america, perhaps no phrase rings hollow as "never
again," because mass shootings in schools keep happening routinely. each time it reignite the raw anger and emotion. >> in the last 10 days we had elderly black people killed in the supermarket in buffalo. asian churchgoers killed in southern california. and now we have children murdered at school. when are we going to do something! reporter: the columbine high school massacre more than two decades ago first captured live on television in vivid detail. far from being a turning point, since then, the shootings have become even deadlier, the victims even younger. melb la shooting where 20 of the victims were just six and seven years old. uvalde has reopened her wounds. >> the problem with us is we don't think about this unless there is a national incident. but the truth is, 120-plus
families are impacted by gun violence every day. if we broadcast that, then maybe it would stay in our minds, but we forget so easily. reporter: the democratic senator who formerly represented the sandy hook community pleaded with his republican colleagues compromise on meaningful gun reform legislation. >> i am here on thisloor to bag, to literally get down on my hands and knees and beg my colleagues, find a path forward here. reporter: united states has more guns than citizens, according to anil polling by galloped, 42% say they have a gun in their home. president biden has opposed restrictions on fiarm access, from universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons, and a red flag law to keep guns out of the hands of those with mental health issues. but the right to bear armin
the second amendment is so ingrained to the republican party's dna. >> the media will -- solutions to try to restrict the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. that doesn't work. it is not effective. it doesn't preven crime. reporter: as president biden calls on the country to stand up to the gun lobby, the most powerful one, the n.r.a., holds its conference this weekend, just hours away from the shooting inequality. -- the shooting in uvalde. michelle: turning to some of the day's other news, the ousted prime minister of pakistan, imran khan, has called on thousands of his supporters to demand fresh elections. in islamabad, all approach roads have blockednd police deployed to prevent the demonstrations from reaching the city center. protesters have clashed with police in different parts of pakistan. pfizer has announced it will no longer make a profit from selling it patented medicines to
the world's poorest countries, after being criticized for making a profit from its vaccines. pfizer's chief executive said 45 countries would benefit, covering a total of more than one billion people. wrong there will be one of the first -- rwanda will be one of the first countries to help develop the new vaccine. chinese president xi jinping spoke with the u.n. rights chief michelle bachelet where she was visiting the uyghur region of xinjiang, warning that politicizing human rights is an excuse to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. their talks, a day after huge cache of data hacked from the chinese government shows evidence of serious human rights violations there. now, south korea's military says north korea has fired three
ballistic missiles towards the city of japan, one of which it suspec was an intercontinental ballistic missile. it follows a trip by president joe biden to asia, where he discussed the issues of security and defense with its leaders. here is our correspondent with more. >> we don't have the details, we just have reports from the south korean military. onre said there wether smi a short range missile and the otr they think failed. the first one, they believe was an intercontinental ballistic missile. not confirmed yet. it did not fly as far as expected. intercontinental ballistic missiles are capable of reaching the mainland united states. it was a short flight. what that means is they could have been testing part of their technology, they didn't want to undergo a full test flight. to put it in context, north korea has been testing weapons increasingly the last
six months, they have had talks between the u.s. and south korea on demilitarization installed. so they have been continuing to develop nuclear weapons and it is believed their weapons are becoming more sophisticat and more dangerous. the last time they launched a missile was a couple of months ago. they are becoming more aggressive and more provocative. very quickly, the u.s. and south korea fired joint missiles of their only in the same area and had military drills. you then head south korea's president in a strongly worded statement saying that these actions by north korea would only strengthen the alliance between the united states and south korea and they would only further isolate north korea. really drawing on the messages in the weekend, sending the message that the united states and south korea are united, that the united states will defend south korea and that they will not tolerate these increasing
escalations by north korea. david: jean mackenzie reporting. we turn next to ukraine, where weeks after russian forces were pushed back from their attempt to take the ukrainian capital, kyiv, the bodies of many russian soldiers still lie abandoned. ukraine says russia shows no interest in getting the bodies back. our eastern europe correspondent reports, and a warning, the report contains distressing images. >> in the woods around kyiv, they are still finding shallow graves, searching for the dead long after the fighting ended here. villagers called in the forensic team when the dogs began digging. at the bodies are not ukrainian, that is the hood of a russian soldier. the body was removed carefully for identification. one of a huge number killed, trying to seize ukraine's capital. russia has a slogan -- "we don't
abandon our own." ukraine calls this proof that it does. >> the bodies that we have found show that they treat their people as rubbish, as cannon fodder. they don't need their soldiers, they threw them here, retreat and leave their bodies. >> we don't know why this soldier was left behind, but we do know that he was taken to a refrigerated cne where the bodies are stacking up now. the aim is to identify the dead, put names to these numbers and then send them back to their families. the ukraine says russia is not interested. >> at least this one has a chance of going home, the man in charge says. badges and bank cards show the body in the woods was a young soldier from siberia. >> [speaking in russian] reporter: ukraine's hotline for
mission russian soldiers -- missing russian soldiers got started and calls. at the start, she took dozens of calls per hour, mainly from married women hunting for their soldiers and sons. >> we told them what was actually happening here. the number dying had been injured in this -- and being injured in this war. she said they listened, often in shock and tears. as russian tanks tried to advance on kyiv, they met with resistance here. at a village restaurant, everything except the aquarium is in pieces. a month to the ruins, we found leaflets calling on the russian forces to surrender. no one knows the true scale of the losses here on either side. and ukrainian families have told us about their own struggle to get back the bodies of their soldiers. but in this city, villagers say
at least a dozen russians are buried here, and sympathy for those troops is limited. >> it's not humane to abandon a soldier, not to bury them. my wife felt sorry for the at first. but then we found out what they did here. no one piece them anymore. -- no one p does them anymore. reporter: with so much wreckage, the dead are still being discovered. we just spotted some human remains. there is a section of someone's spying and also a very charred piece of someone's foot. when the wind drops here, the smell is sickly sweet. probably the remains of another russian soldier, because there are russian tanks wrecked across the road here. there are carriages like this across ukraine.
to those collectinghe dead, these are enemy soldiers. but in russia, someone somewhere must be looking for each one of them. michelle: in the uk, the british prime minister boris johnson has rejected calls for his resignation, after an official report blamed leadership feelings for a series of lockdown parties in and around downing street. the report revealed a culture of alcohol-fueled parties in government offices, at a time when british people we bad from socializing or even attending nerals because of the pandemic. our correspondent has more. reporter: it was the week before christmas when this investigation began. today, it is verdict delivered. 37 pages and nine photos. and here it is. at party after party, where and, of course, parties were banned,
we read about wine and cheese, beer and pizza. on pages 15 and 16, an event with a karaoke machine. and excessive alcohol consumption. one person being sick. a minor altercation, if item between two people. people leaving in the little of the night. on page 13, a reference to a do where people were encouraged to bring their own booze. a day after, a senior official says "we seem to have gotten away with it." sue concludes that there were evts that shouldn't have been allowed to happen. she puts the bme on leadership at the center must bear responsibility for this culture. since her earlier report in january, she accepts progress is being made in addressing the issues raised, that we, the public, have a right to expect the highest standards of behavior. and what happened fell short of those. she made one final observation.
it is her firm belief that these events did not reflect the prevailing culture in government at the time. [shouting] the prime minister had a few hours to digest what the report said this morning before addressing mp's at lunchtime. >> i take full responsibility for everything that took place on my watch. her report has emphasized that it is up to the political leadership in number 10 to two major responsibility, and of course, i do. reporter: sue gray investigated 16 events. the police looked at 12. fines were issued at eight of them. the prime minister issue that none of them. we have a picture of the one both he and the chancellor were fined for, a gathering to mark mr. johnson's birthday in june of 2020. the report also includes these
images. the prime minister said turning up at events like this was an important part of his job. >> i attended such gatherings to thank them for their service, which i believe is one of the essential duties of leadership. reporter: he insisted he changed his team and how they work, and he wanted to take out of governing. >> i am confident with the changes and new structures that are now in place, that we are humbled by the experience, and we have learned our lesson. reporter: the liberal party himself along with his deputy repeated that boris johnson must resign. >> it is time to pack his bags. only then can the government function again. only then can the rot lee carved out. only then can we restore the
dignity of that great office, and the democracy that it represents. reporter: other party leaders also focused on the prime minister's character. >> truthfulness. honesty. transparency, did not enter. it is just not part of his way of being, and it speaks for the type of man that he is. >> can the prime minister look at the british people in the eye and name one person, just one person he cares about more than himself? reporter: those conservative critics of mr. johnson posed these thoughts for their fellow tory mp's. >> the question i humbly put to my colleagues is, are you willing, day in and da out to defend this behavior publicly? reporter: some responded by saying yes. from the commons, it was back to downing street for the prime
minister, and questions from reporters. >> talk to a reviewer and convince a reviewer that you are not tempted or willing to lie to get out of a tight spot. >> i say to that person,, look i have tried to explain as clearly as i can what happened. i believ that they were work events. they were a part of my job. and that view appears to be substantiated by the fact that our lives not fined. reporter: tonight, boris johnson is back in parliament, facing conservative mps in private. it is they who will decide whether he stays or goes. chris mason, bbc news, westminster. michelle: fore we go, there has been an outpouring of grief in the u.s. after the killings in uvalde. beyond america, there have also been tributes. [chanting]
this was the scene at one vigil in northern india to remember the victims in texas. students at a secondary school created signs and lit candles in order of those killed in the attack. i am a michelle fleury. 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 also 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. ♪ ♪
judy: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the "newshour" tonight, an attack on children. uvalde, texas, mourns the students and teachers killed in a horrific shooting at an elementary school as new details eerge. then, the results are in. voters in georgia make their voices heard in critical primary elections as former president trump's endorsement yields mixed results. and two years later, a new biography of george floyd contextualizes his life against the united states' legacy of systemic racism. > he was surrounded by the crime and the drugs and the issues that come along with deep poverty. and it made it very difficult for him to envision how to escape. but that was always his goal. judy: all that and more on tonight's