03/04/2012 World News Today


The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective.

Similar Content

Browse content similar to 03/04/2012. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!



This is BBC World News Today, with me, Tim Willcox.


Motivated by a grudge. New details emerge about the Korean gunman who


allegedly killed seven people at a university in California.


We do know that he was upset with administrators at the school and we


know he was upset with several students here because of the way he


was treated. A $10 million bounty is offered by the United States for


the Pakistani militant accused of masterminding the Mumbai attacks


that left 165 dead. The latest fallout from Britain's


phone hacking scandal - James Murdoch resigns as chairman of


BSkyB. Also coming up in the programme,


another U-turn from Britain's ruling coalition. The government


forced to climb down on the immediate implementation of new


And the name's Bond... For as long as I can. Daniel Craig talks about


his hopes to play 007 for as long as possible ahead of this autumn's


Hello and welcome. New details have emerged about the man who allegedly


shot seven people dead and injured three more at a university in


California. One Goh, the 43-year- old former student at the Korean


run private Oikos University in Oakland, is said to have become


upset about being teased over his English, and angry with officials


at the college from which he was expelled several months ago. We can


cross live to Los Angeles and our correspondent Peter Bowes. Here we


have another American college and another horrendous ordeal. Many


questions, questions from a community that has struggled to


understand what could have motivated someone to do this, but


now we are beginning to get some answers.


One Goh is a former nursing student at the college. He is the only


suspect in a mass shooting that claimed the lives of seven people.


He was arrested in a supermarket car-park a few miles from the


University. It was a chaotic and terrifying ordeal at the small


private college which caters mainly for the Korean community in Oakland.


The motive for the gunmen's rampaged appears to be revenge.


According to the local police chief, One Goh was having behavioural


problems and was expelled several months ago. He shot seven people


and three more are wounded. We know he was upset with administrators at


the school and we do know he was upset with several students here


because of the way he was treated when he was enrolled here two


months ago. One Goh, who was a Korean National, was said to be


particularly upset because students made fun of his ability to speak


English. The police chief said the gunman appeared to be planning the


attack for several weeks. He added that One Goh was co-operating with


the authorities, although he said that he had not been particularly


resourceful. -- remorseful. The victims range in age from 21 up to


40. The suspect is being held without bail on suspicion of murder,


attempted murder, kidnapping and car jacking.


So, an attack which seems to have been motivated by revenge, which


clearly will be of little comfort to those families, the seven


families grieving the loss of their loved ones. I understand there will


be a memorial service perhaps as early as later tonight in Oakland.


Any questions raised about the Sorry, we seem to have lost Peter


in Los Angeles. A $10 million reward is being offered by the


United States for the capture of Hafiz Mohamed Saeed - the Pakistani


man accused of masterminding the 2008 attacks in Mumbai. 165 people


were killed when gunmen went on a rampage lasting three days there.


Saeed is the founder of the militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba, but


now heads a charity called Jamaat- ud-Dawa. Orla Guerin in Islamabad


has more. Coming to rally around their leader,


Hafiz Mohamed Saeed. This was last week in Islamabad. The black and


white flags are from his Islamic charity. It is widely viewed as a


front for the band Lashkar-e-Toiba. And here is the man with the $10


million bounty on his head. In recent months, Hafiz Mohamed Saeed


has been making high-profile appearances at rallies around the


country, denouncing India and the US. They accuse him of


masterminding the Mumbai attacks in November 2008. After the mayhem and


carnage in India, Pakistan put him under house arrest several times,


but he was freed by the courts. We caught up with him at this rally


near Islamabad in January. What would you say to those who say you


planned the attack? I am telling you that the courts have cleared us.


The highest court in Pakistan. It is regrettable that people listen


to the media, not the courts. you have support from inside the


Pakistan military establishment and from the ISI? The Pakistan military


is part of Pakistan, so we all have sympathies and contacts with each


other. A many believe that he remains a free man here because of


longer links with Pakistan's spy agency, the ISI. It helped found


Lashkar-e-Toiba but denies protecting it now. While the group


was originally formed to fight Indian forces in Kashmir, senior


American officials worry that it now has ambitions well beyond this


region. Counter-terrorism experts warn Lashkar-e-Toiba could attempt


a Mumbai style attack in the United States or Europe. Martin Weinbaum


is a former Afghanistan and Pakistan Analyst at the US


Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research.


Is there much evidence to show that these bounties actually work?


don't believe that that essentially is what this is about. I think this


is a message to multiple audiences, but primarily the Pakistan


establishment. We are not very happy with the fact that extremist


groups, and Hafiz Mohamed Saeed is very much a main figure there, are


now organising and seem to have the support of the military. We are


exasperated by this development and we are also disturbed by the fact


that this ongoing process is taking place with a review of the


relations, and it is just dragging on and the US is being forced to


make concessions. So we finally have the US pushing back. Why now?


Because the President is going to be making a trip to India. So we


are also sending a message to India that at least, on this issue, we


side with India and we are bringing back to the for the subject of


terrorism, which has somehow been put aside as we have been focusing


so much on Afghanistan. You talk about the symbolism of this, but


conversely, doesn't dictate US and Pakistan relations to a new low, if


that's possible -- doesn't eat take US and Pakistan relations to a new


low? We have reached a point where there are many people in this town


who say we keep making concessions towards Pakistan in order to


somehow put the relationship back on an even keel but it is about


time for them to understand that there are some red lines. And one


of those red lines has to do with terrorism and the ambitions -- and


their ambitions. I think it is an appropriate time, given the fact


that India is coming back into the picture on one hand, and on the


other hand the fact that we are so upset by the way in which


negotiations have been taking place. He was, of course, arrested but


released after the Mumbai attacks. Wouldn't a smarter way be to


present irrefutable evidence to the Pakistanis and build a court case


against him? That case is already there as far as the Indians are


concerned. They have enough evidence that impotence Hafiz


Mohamed Saeed in the Mumbai attacks. -- that indicates Hafiz Mohammed


Saeed. Finally they have relented and moved towards some kind of


reproach went -- reproach malt. But there is not a question of the


evidence, it is about the Pakistan courts, and of late it is almost


impossible to rest any one Al hold onto them very long. The other


issue is that this man is seen in public and really moves around


quite freely. Even though his organisation was banned 10 years


ago. You s, 10 years ago, and the organisation he moved on to,


Jammat-ud-Dawa, the charity when has also been banned by us. As in


we have identified as a terrorist organisation. The Pakistanis do not.


He goes round the country making statements about not just the US,


but also the Pakistan government. Were he anybody else, that would


have got him into prison a long time ago. My first question to you


was does the Bounty work? Can you think of a time they have ever been


paid? I don't think they would. It would require the complicity of the


Pakistan security forces and, if anything, they have demonstrated


that they consider him useful at this point. Thank you very much for


joining us. 13 suspected Islamist arrested in the wake of their


Toulouse attacks are under formal investigation in France. They were


accused of plotting a number of kidnappings including that of a


judge in India. The Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, has


reportedly decided against issuing a pardon to the jailed oil tycoon,


Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Mr Medvedev ordered a review of the case, amid


speculation that he might release Russia's former richest man. He's


reportedly decided against pardoning someone who hasn't


officially asked for one. The three latest primaries take


place on Tuesday in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington DC, with


Mitt Romney looking to edge closer to the Republican presidential


nomination. Romney has attacked President Obama


in campaigning over the past few days rather than his main


Republican rival, Rick Santorum. And an Italian historian has come


up with a new theory for the mysterious death of the Renaissance


painter Caravaggio, claiming it was a revenge killing by the Knights of


Malta. The Professor says his theory is based on documents from


the Vatican's secret archive. He argues that the murder, about 400


years ago, had the tacit approval Kofi Annan has announced that a


United Nations team will arrive in Damascus in the next 48 hours to


discuss the deployment of international monitors. The head of


the Red Cross is already in the Syrian capital, meeting top


officials. But as Jim Muir reports from neighbouring Lebanon, the


increase in dialogue hasn't yet Activists say the target here was


the mosque in the north-west where heavy shelling was still going on


on Monday. Syria has committed itself to calling off the crackdown


within a week, but for the moment there is no sign of any halt.


According to activists, this town was among so many been shelled on


Tuesday. Syrian troops and tanks are supposed to be pulling out of


tank -- towns and cities already, but this internet footage which we


cannot verify purported to show them still in this city on Monday.


The Syrians have told Kofi Annan that they agree to his request that


they take the first step by pulling the military out of population


centres, although they insist the opposition must follow suit and


withdraw armed rebels. There is widespread scepticism, but the


important thing is that Kofi Annan has got the Russians on board.


Kofi Annan's plan states that Syria's government has to take the


first step, and we support the initiative. It has to start


withdrawing troops, but those who fight against the Syrian government,


if they do not follow the example, we will not achieve any results.


Hoping for better times, the International Red Cross president


was also in Syria for the first time in six months. He wants better


access for relief to trouble spots, including A2 our daily truce. He


also wants access to the detainees. -- 82 What Our Daily trees.


Activists say in the meantime the authorities say they must up


demolishing property, including these ones. There are fears that


there may be more of this sort of thing as next week's deadline


approaches. The uncle of President Bashar Al Assad has been speaking


in Paris where he lives in exile. Rifa'at Al Assad says that his


nephew's days in office are numbered. He was speaking to our


Middle East Editor, Jeremy Bowen, who explained who Rifa'at Al Assad


30 years ago he was the most -- second most powerful man in Syria,


as he was the right hand man of his brother, he was the first president


and the father of basher Al Assad he was the incumbent -- Bashar al-


Assad. He became notorious in 1982 when, on his brother's orders, he


led a very severe operation against the Muslim Brotherhood uprising and


estimates of the killing their start at 10,000. But looking at


what is going on at the moment in Syria, and I talked to the


President's brother in a grand house, and he has been in exile for


since the 80s, and he said that he did nothing but current President


could survive the way things are It will be very difficult for him


to stay in power. The problems are general to all parts of Syria.


There are no places that have escaped violence, so why don't


think he can escape -- stay in power. I would say he should stay


so he can co-operate with the new government and offer the experience


He has already bid for power once and it was interesting what he said,


that he still thought there was a role to play. Yes, you have to take


what he says with a pretty big pinch of salt because this is a man


who has been mostly in exile since 1984, when he tried to lead a coup


when his brother, the President, was still. It nearly became a civil


war, thousands of troops on the street. -- his brother was ill. He


has an axe to grind so it is interesting that he said there may


not be have -- be a future for Bashar al-Assad but they might be a


future for the dynasty. TRANSLATION: Yes, but -- the family


is pretty much excepted. The Security Council should monitor


free and transparent elections. You will see that the family has a


great deal of support. A few months ago he offered to lead a Syrian


transition. What sort of support could he command? Because of his


past, I think, the things that he did, seen as supporters of Bashar


al-Assad as disloyal, means he does not have a political future in the


country, but it is interesting listening to his talk -- him talk


about the support for the Assads, it is an Alawite community, and


they have support among Christians and others. That is why, more than


a year after the uprising started, he is still in power.


James Murdoch, once the heir to his father Rupert's media empire, has


now resigned from British Sky Broadcasting, just weeks after


standing down as chairman of the newspaper publisher News


International. It is the latest fall-out from the UK phone hacking


scandal, where a newspaper owned by the Murdochs - the now extinct News


of the World - published illegally accessed information about


celebrities and politicians. Here is Hugh Pym.


James Murdoch was seen as heir apparent at News Corporation, one


by his father of Rupert, but may be no longer. The spotlight has been


on him since relegations that allegations of fine acting at the


news of the world. In February he quit his post running the newspaper


business. Now he has decided to stand down as chairman of BSkyB,


part owned by News Corporation, although he is staying on the board.


The Prime Minister, on a visit to a housing development, gave a brief


reaction. It is obviously a matter for him and the company and its


shareholders. What I say is that the issues at News Corporation go


beyond one person. They are now about how the organisation can


restore public confidence. Phone hacking allegations at the news of


the world raised questions about James Murdoch did or did not know.


The former editor Rebekah Brooks was later questioned by police.


James Murdoch and his father were grilled by a Commons committee. Its


report is due out within weeks. They also questioned by the Leveson


Inquiry. Mr Murdoch said he had behaved ethically at all times but


he was aware his role as chairman could become a lightning rod for


BSkyB, hence his resignation. Today's boardroom change will not


break -- make any difference to Sky viewers. But it is highly


significant the James Murdoch personally and his position in the


media industry and the Murdoch empire. When he resigned from being


head of the press interest in the UK it was said by News Corporation


that he would then focus on the TV interest. The fact that he is


leaving the crown jewel of News Corporation's TV interest means


that he is unlikely to have as -- a consistent job in the pay-TV area.


An inquiry by the regulator into whether BSkyB is fit to hold a


broadcasting licence is continuing. The British government has been


forced to climb down on plans to monitor the e-mails, phone calls,


text messages and internet searches of everyone in the country. Civil


liberties groups had expressed concern about the plan but the


government, until a few hours ago, had insisted only "criminals,


paedophiles and terrorists" had anything to fear, arguing that


safeguards for privacy would be guaranteed. Rather than automatic


implementation the plans will now be subject to parliamentary debate


and scrutiny. Let's talk to Heather Brooke from


the Times. Also the author of The Revolution Will Be Digitised. There


has been this climbdown by the coalition government here but how


draconian were the measures? They would have been something that we


could pride ourselves, although that is not the right word, have


been equivalent with China. That is the scale they wanted to implement.


I don't know what their motivation was for putting this into the news


agenda set -- suddenly but they were ill-thought through, they


obviously had not consulted with the industry, who don't want this.


It is building a vulnerability into the structure of Google and Twitter.


That would have been passed down to the British taxpayer as well.


that's right. In terms of digital mobile telephony at the moment,


where do we stand, Britain, internationally in terms of that


backdoor access to those calls, durations and times? I don't think


people aware of how much we are already under surveillance. In the


book I write about the roll-out of mass surveillance, mainly in the


Nineties, when the FBI and the Department of Justice lobbied for


worldwide standards in back doors. Explain what that is. A mechanism


by which law enforcement can intercept all traffic in real time


and, in a country like America or Britain, you would hope that they


would have to get legal warrant in order to do that, but the problem


is that all that is built in as standard by the telephone companies,


and that's his then should doubt around the world. -- that is then.


Is this similar to what we are perhaps seen in China, Bahrain,


against pro-democracy protesters. am sure the FBI's plan was not to


hand over a tool for autocratic governments to spy on pro-democracy


campaigners but that is one of the consequences of the back door.


Concrete -- countries like Iran, China, Turkey are looking quite


seriously at having the same capability on the internet. What


shocked people in Britain is that our own government was thinking of


doing something similar. Here the government had argued that it was


contact, not contexts. They would be able to see where a call had


been made but not access it without a warrant. Are you saying that in


the other countries any government agency can reel -- in real time can


see what is being said? I think it is a misnomer to say that if you


can't see the contract it is fine. The most important intelligence is


signals intelligence. It is about your associates and that is a key


point in a democracy, your freedom to associate with who you want.


Just you are -- just because you are a friend of somebody who is a


friend of somebody, does that implicate you? Even if our


government said, it is fine, we are only going to be looked -- looking


at the signals, just the signals intelligence is sensitive. How will


egregious is the use in China as far as we understand it? Incredibly


egregious. We all look at China as a terribly -- terrible example of


where people have no freedom of association or communication. It is


not to say that they can't communicate, because they use


proxies and hidden services, but it is only the most technologically


savvy people who can do that and the rest of the population are


under the watchful eye of the state. Thank you very much the joining us


on the programme. -- for joining us. James Bond - ruthless, charming and


always evading certain death. Now it's time for the 50-year-old film


franchise to make its own spectacular comeback. Work on new


films was suspended when film company MGM faced problems in


recent years, but the debonair double-0 is back with a new film,


due to be released later this year. The BBC has been given a first look


at the movie in action, as our entertainment correspondent Lizo


Mzimba reports. Bond is undoubtedly a British icon


and so it seems appropriate that for this movie much of the filming


has been taken place above and below the streets of the capital. -


- taking. Daniel Craig says he is keen to be remembered as a great


bond. -- Bond. I want to leave my mark and I feel that this is going


to be very different from the last two movies but still a great Bond


movie. Starting with Dr No in 1962, it is the longest-running film


franchise in history. Number mack has been played by six different


actors. -- 007 has been. The series has taken over �3 billion at the


box office. One factor in its continuing success has been its


ability to constantly reinvent itself to reflect the changing


times. That continues with this movie. Making Bond less superhero


and more super spot -- super spy. know there will be somebody after


me and somebody after them so it is just being part of the process. I


will keep going until they tell me to stop. His first two outings as


Bond have gone down well with audiences and critics. He hopes


this will continue when the film is released later in the year.


It is out in October of this year. For new details have emerged about


the man who allegedly shot seven people dead and injured three more


at the University in California. He is said to be upset about being


teased. There is still snow in our forecast.


We had a lot in the early hours of Tuesday in our -- in Scotland.


Through the night time period, through Trans Pennine routes and


then through much of Wales it is higher routes that will be -- see


more of the slow. Low levels, perhaps not accumulating too much.


Through the course of when state the weather front stalls. The north


becomes sunnier but windy. The weather front will keep it cold,


cloudy, with rain, sleet and snow across the hills. South-east


England is set fair for much of the day. South-west England clouding


over through the day with some outbreaks of light rain. Windy for


Wales, cloudy and wet, further snow across the hills. Across Snowdonia


we could see 20 or 30 centimetres. For Northern Ireland and much of


Scotland, sunny spells around on Wednesday. Light winds emerging on


Download Subtitles