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I'm Alice Baxter with BBC World News.
Police reveal the massive haul of weapons found after America's
deadliest mass shooting for three years but still no motive.
14 people killed in California after a married couple open fire
President Obama vows that the police will get to the bottom of it.
It is possible that this was terrorist-related but we don't know.
It's also possible that it was workplace related.
The US Defence Secretary announces the opening of all military combat
To succeed in our mission of the national defence, we cannot afford
to cut ourselves off from half of the country's talents and skills.
We have to take full advantage of every individual who can meet
Oscar Pistorius faces a return to jail, after South Africa's Appeal
More arrests are made in Switzerland over multi-million-dollar bribery
allegations at Fifa on the very day it announces major reforms.
I am aware that the road will be difficult, the challenge is there
And the gene therapy breakthrough which
could prevent diseases being passed from one generation to the next.
Police in the Californian city of San Bernardino are still
searching for a motive to Wednesday's mass shooting which left
The suspects, a husband and wife, dropped off their six-month-old
daughter before arming themselves with assault rifles and opening fire
President Obama said the United States has a history
Well, within the last hour, the assistant director of LA branch
of the FBI, David Bowdich, gave a news conference in which he
went through what investigators know so far about the suspects.
If you look at the amount of obvious preplanning that went in, the amount
of armaments he had, the weapons and ammunition, there was obviously
We don't know if this was the intended target or if there was
something that triggered him to do this immediately.
We just don't know and again that is going to take time
It appears he came back into the US in July 2040, as I said earlier.
I do not know all the countries he visited.
We know he did go to Pakistan at one point and we know she is here on
a K-1 Visa under a Pakistani passport.
Well, for the latest into the investigation
our correspondent James Cook has sent this report from the scene.
The streets, awash with police, hunting for a young man who had
gone on the rampage with his wife at a festive party.
Syed Farook reportedly left the gathering after a disagreement,
before returning with Tashfeen Malik, armed with automatic weapons.
We have two suspects both dressed in black.
They went into the room and locked the door.
I haven't tried to call her because I didn't want the phone ringing.
And so the hunt began and hours after the shooting parts
This is the second scene we are at now, around a couple of miles from
But just up that street, it was over the two suspects.
After a car chase through the city, they died here in a gun battle,
I don't know who was shooting who first but they were both
We work in the building and we hid in the back
Syed Farook was a 28-year-old American.
On an old dating profile he called himself a good Muslim looking
for a girl who liked snowboarding and would wear a hijab.
The FBI are asking the same question,
scouring the couple's home for explosives.
Terrorism is a possibility they say but so too is a workplace
Either way, the country he leads has by one count assume that more than
-- Either way, the country he leads has by one count seen more than
We are going to have to search ourselves as a society to make sure
we can take basic steps that would make it harder, not impossible
but harder for individuals to get access to weapons.
This tense and grieving city is still short of answers.
Why did a mild-mannered man and his wife spark all of this, leaving
Our correspondent Laura Trevelyan is in San Bernardino.
And what other details that came out of the press conference that the
police chief gave to journalists in the last hour was the huge amount of
weapons these people possessed. Yes, many details are coming out of
that press conference, not least now that there are a total of 21 people
were wounded after the shooting rampage. 14 people killed. At the
home of the suspects, police discovered 12 pipe bombs and 3000
rounds of ammunition and they discovered the tools for making
explosive devices. In addition, at the scene where I am now where the
shooting took place yesterday at this community centre for disabled
people, the authorities found in the car belonging to the suspects 1600
rounds. That is an extraordinary amount of ammunition. And more
details about the explosive device found in the centre. The authorities
described it as being one pipe bomb combined of three which was being
operated by some kind of remote control car device which apparently
had failed to detonate. So the level of preplanning which had gone into
this attack is shown by the sheer range of ammunition and explosives
discovered since the shooting happened. Staggering. One detail
which remains a mystery is the happened. Staggering. One detail
motive. Yes, law enforcement officials are saying little about
that in the past hour. The leader FBI official said it would be
irresponsible and premature to call this terrorism. They do not have the
motive still, said the weed or lease office. This is now an FBI
investigation which suggests authorities want to explore the
possibility this is terrorism. At the press conference, the officials
were asked if the male suspect went abroad and was radicalised and they
said they were looking into it. He said he came back into the US in
July 2014, having visited Pakistan among other countries. But still no
more answers and it could be a long time until there are definitive
answers and in the meantime this community is grieving for those who
died. We are told that later this afternoon the names of the dead will
begin to be released. This has issue of gun control back into the
spotlight. Thanks. The American Defence Secretary has
announced that all US military The historic move comes
after several years of study, and plans to wipe away generations
of limits on how and where women Women will now be able to contribute
to our mission They will be allowed to drive tanks,
fire mortars, and lead infantry They will be able to serve as
Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Marine Corps infantry,
Air Force para jumpers and everything else that was
previously open only to men. Even more importantly,
our military will be better able to harness the skills and perspectives
that talented women have to offer. "No exceptions" was the
recommendation of the secretary of the Army, the secretary of the Air
Force and the secretary of the Navy, as well as the chief of staff of
the Army, chief of staff of the Air Force and Chief of Naval Operations
and the commander of Our correspondent Barbara
Plett-Usher is in Washington. It opens up more than 200,000
positions to women which were formally closed. The secretary of
defence listed some of the things they will now be able to do. At the
same time, this has been happening gradually over quite a long time,
especially over the past three was, because in January 20 13th the army
lifted its ban on the final restriction on women serving in
direct combat ground rules. But then restriction on women serving in
the leaders of different military services studied how this would work
and to ask for and argue for those exceptions. Only the Marine Corps
asked for partial exceptions. The secretary of defence said that
because it is a joint force he had decided to make the decision across
all the forces and that is because mainly the US military had to draw
from the broadest pool of talent and couldn't afford to cut off 50% of
the population. He says it also reflects what has been happening
during the Iraq war, women fighting in fighter jets, submarines, and
paying with their lives, killed and wounded. Now they will be able to
officially apply for these roles which have been closed for them
before. The Paralympic athlete Oscar
Pistorius has been found guilty of murder after an Appeal Court
judge in South Africa overturned The athlete killed
his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp The judge said mistakes had been
made in the first trial and that Pistorius must have known
that he would kill someone when he repeatedly shot through
a toilet door. He could now face a minimum
of 15 years in prison From Johannesburg Nomsa Maseko
reports. It is nearly three years since
Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead Today, the long wait
for her family was finally over. The accused's conviction and
sentence on count one was set aside Guilty of murder with the accused
having had criminal intent As they anxiously gathered
in the courtroom, one of the prosecution lawyers
hugged Reeva's mother. At least we have the truth now
and the right decision and the right judgment
and it is not up to me to say... They were South Africa's
glamorous couple. But in the early hours
of Valentine's Day 2013, she was killed in his bathroom
when he fired four high-calibre Pistorius denied intentionally
shooting his girlfriend, saying he believed he was shooting
at an intruder in self defence. The prosecution however argued that
he shot her in a fit of rage, The Supreme Court today said that
the athlete should have foreseen the consequences of his actions
when he opened fire, regardless By shooting through
a locked toilet door, the judge concluded he must have known that he
was going to kill someone. The judge also found there were
fundamental errors in how the trial judge interpreted the law
when she convicted Pistorius on a lesser charge of manslaughter, for
which he spent a year in prison. Oscar Pistorius will remain here in
his uncle's home on house arrest. Now branded a murderer
by the Supreme Court of appeal, the disgraced athlete will wait until
next year for resentencing to find It is unlikely that he will be
able to appeal today's verdict. He now faces
a possible 15-year jail term. British warplanes have carried out
their first air strikes in Syria Almost immediately after the UK
parliament approved military action, four Tornado jets took off from
RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. The warplanes targeted
the Omar oil field in eastern Syria, Jonathan Beale reports from
RAF Akrotiri: This evening the reinforcements
arrived at RAF Akrotiri. Another eight jets.
This signals the rules have now changed, the border between Iraq
Last night, within an hour of MPs voting yes,
a pair of Tornadoes prepared for the first British air strikes in
Syria, loaded with 500lb bombs, it was a carefully choreographed
This is the second pair of tornadoes to leave tonight.
After that Commons vote authorised military action in Syria.
We have not been told the destination of these aircraft,
but we understand they will be flying over Syria
Their destination was the Omar oilfields, a source of funding
It was not that long before they returned.
The MoD said it was a successful mission.
This is the first pair of RAF Tornadoes, they have been flying
They went with three Paveway bombs and it looks like they've fired
I think as the initial operation, firstly it is a piece
of infrastructure and you can pre-plan it and
of course you would want a fairly big bang after a parliamentary vote.
There is low risk from the perspective of the pilots,
high gain from the perspective of the politicians.
These targets are part of a wider coalition strategy.
Cockpit videos released by the Pentagon shows US warplanes
hitting similar oil installations as well as tankers.
It is one of the main sources of income for the extremists.
But the Prime Minister admits it will take more to defeat IS.
We will need to be patient and persistent, this will take time,
it is complex and difficult what we are asking our
pilots to do, our thoughts should be with them and their families as they
These pilots will not be home by Christmas.
This bombing campaign could take years.
It will need more than warplanes to defeat IS.
Should scientists be allowed to do research which alters the DNA
It's a question being discussed by hundreds of scientists
from 20 countries in Washington at a conference on what's known
Our Medical Correspondent Fergus Walsh reports from the conference.
From the discovery of DNA structure by Crick and Watson, to the dawn of
IVF with the birth of Louise Brown, to the decoding of the human genome,
decades of progress in human biology means scientists can now alter the
very DNA that parents pass on to their children. Gene editing is
cheap, simple and accessible to scientists anywhere in the world. It
is like a molecular sat nav. It stands our DNA, reading the cold,
looking for the error. Then it uses molecular scissors to slip through
of strands, switching off a faulty gene or enabling a healthy copy to
be inserted. Both techniques have the potential to treat or even cure
genetic diseases. If gene editing was done in IVF embryos, that DNA
change would pass down all subsequent generations. In theory,
it could be used to prevent inherited conditions like cystic
fibrosis or Huntington's disease. Let your from three people, a
patient, ethicist tests, all with strong views. -- and scientist. I
will lose the ability to control my body. Charles carries the genetics
for Huntington's disease. It killed his father. His older brother now
needs 24-hour care. He says gene editing offers real hope. It is too
late for me but for generations to come this offers the priceless
possibility of putting an end to a disease which affects generation
after generation. But this ethicist argues it would be wrong to ever
allow gene edited the children to be born. It is too risky, we do not
need it, there are other ways to have healthy children, and it would
open the door possibly to a world of genetic haves and have-nots. We do
not need more inequality and discrimination. This man wants
scientists to be allowed to edit genes in embryos, but at this stage
only in a dish. He says cure is still years off. The ability to
manipulate specific genes and test what effect that has an cell or
tissue behaviour or organ behaviour, is really going to open up new
avenues of research and understanding how our bodies work.
Designer humans may be a long way off but these are designer dogs.
Chinese scientists edited versions as embryos and the result is they
have bigger muscles than other dogs. Modifying DNA raises profound
questions which scientists and society are only just beginning to
face. Now, a long time ago, in
a galaxy far, far away, two unknown 23-year-olds were cast in leading
roles in the new Star Wars film. The eagerly anticipated movie,
called The Force Awakens, features Our entertainment correspondent
Lizo Mzimba met them. There are stories
about what happened. The saga is part
of cinema mythology. For two relative unknowns, lead
roles that could perhaps propel So
for a few months I honestly didn't know whether I was coming or going,
whether I was going to lose the job, and then being surrounded by people
who really make you feel loved. I don't get recognised as much
as people make out to be for now, but then that is going to change
in a few weeks, but, yeah, It's just something that is
going to happen regardless. Daisy Ridley was making small
appearances in TV dramas and working in a pub
when she first started auditioning for a part which could be career
defining in all sorts of ways. Do you give much thought to
the fact that it's not a guarantee I think me and Rey are similar in
that, you know, she's just hoping for a better life, and I've been
so lucky with what happened before. When I did Casualty,
that was thrilling to me, John Boyega already has
a few smaller films under his belt. Filming this at Pinewood,
just outside London, alongside stars from the original
trilogy helped him feel at home. The funny thing about it is being
on this kind of like historical Hollywood set and
then, you know, walking downstairs and seeing the crew talk about
the latest episode of EastEnders. And as opening day approaches,
how nervous do you feel? I'm so used to
your voice talking about films, this is probably the most serious I've
ever thought, oh, it is coming out. Yeah, I guess it is daunting but I
just mainly want people to think I As football's world governing body,
Fifa, unveils plans aimed at cleaning up
the way it is run, two more senior Fifa's executive committee has
adopted reforms including restricting its president
to a maximum of 12 years at the top and tighter integrity
checks on senior officials. But what timing -
just a couple of hours earlier, Swiss authorities raided a hotel
in Zurich and detained two Fifa vice-presidents as part of
an ongoing bribery investigation. The BBC's Sports Editor Dan Roan,
gave me more details. These gentlemen are not household
names perhaps but they are effectively the two most powerful
foot all administrators in the American called federations. One of
the North Central American Confederation including the
Caribbean, and one represents this South American Federation. These
gentlemen were meant to be discussing the crucial reform
package you mentioned, which is seen by many as representative of Fifa's
attempts to rebuild public trust and confidence in it after a scandal
ridden few months, and another controversial proposal to expand the
World Cup to 40 teams by 2026. It is seen as something of a sweetener to
certain associations around the world to tempt them to vote for
reforms. Instead, those officials are in a ceric jail -- zero which --
Zurich Jail. Reminiscent of the raids earlier this year. That set
off the chain of events which led us here. Sepp Blatter currently
suspended. Fifa is desperately trying to look forward but events
like today prevented from doing so. It has been a few months of scandal
to put it mildly. Many of people are asking if any amount of reform can
help Fifa or if it needs to be overhauled or replaced?
There are some who believe that it is so tainted it should simply be
wound up. It is similar to a failed bank and there is no hope for it.
Something new must happen, a new organisation or Federation will stop
others believe there is hope for Fifa and if reforms are brought
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With Friday around the corner it looks like we are going to start the
day on a relatively quiet note will stop mostly dry but the winds will
strengthen throughout the day and eventually we will see some very
heavy rain arriving into the far north and west. We have rain
clearing away into the south-east corner