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News Wrap: Gunman in French Christmas market attack still at large

In our Wednesday news wrap, hundreds of police searched for the gunman behind a deadly attack at a famed Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, that killed at least two people. Also: The Senate advanced a resolution to end military support of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, following the intelligence community’s assessment that the Saudi crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggi's killing.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: British Prime Minister Theresa May turned back a bid to unseat her as leader of the Conservative Party. But supporters said she promised to step down before the next national elections in 2022. It all stemmed from resistance to her Brexit deal with the European Union.

    We will have a full report after the news summary.

    Hundreds of police searched across Eastern France today for the gunman who attacked a famed Christmas market in Strasbourg. He is accused of killing at least two people and wounding a dozen.

    Jonathan Miller of Independent Television News reports from Strasbourg.

  • Jonathan Miller:

    France is back on max alert. The Strasbourg lockdown failed to snare the gunman. A full-scale international manhunt in full swing, echoes of the Berlin Christmas market attack two years ago, the festive spirit of this city sacked, the blood of innocents splashed again on European streets.

  • Man:

    The security level would never be high enough to avoid an attack from a mad person. It's absolutely unavoidable. What can you do?

  • Jonathan Miller:

    The fugitive suspect, named tonight as Cherif Chekatt, French citizen, Strasbourg-born-and-bred, he had been on the terror watch list.

    He'd opened fire in three locations. The screams are truly chilling as he rampaged through the Christmas tourist heartland of this beautiful old city, killing randomly, as he reportedly yelled "Allahu akbar."

    He evaded capture by commandeering a taxi and making his escape.

  • Remy Heitz:

    During his journey, he opened fire several times with a handgun, and used a knife, with which he seriously injured and killed people. Faced with four soldiers from the Sentinel operation, he fired in their direction. They shot back, and he was injured in the arm.

  • Jonathan Miller:

    The European Parliament was in session at the time. Today, they held a minute's silence.

  • Antonio Tajani:

    We have to go forward. We shouldn't change our habits. This is why, yesterday, we continued to work in the plenary session.

  • Jonathan Miller:

    The truth is, habits have changed, though. It's just that seeing combat-ready troops patrolling streets is normal now.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    That report from Jonathan Miller of Independent Television News.

    The United States Senate moved today to consider ending military support for a Saudi coalition fighting in Yemen. The resolution comes amid bipartisan anger over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that the Saudi crown prince ordered the killing.

    Meanwhile, the U.S. House will not consider U.S. involvement in the Yemen war for the rest of this year. Republican leaders narrowly pushed through that proviso today during the debate on the farm bill. The bill itself passed easily, and it now goes to President Trump for his signature. It's worth $867 billion over 10 years. And we will get the details later in the program.

    In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned today that he is ready to assault U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Eastern Syria. The YPG militia has fought the Islamic State group, but Erdogan says the militia is linked to Kurdish rebels inside Turkey.

    In Ankara today, he said an offensive is imminent, but is not aimed at American forces helping the Kurds.

  • Recep Tayyip Erdogan:

    We have said, and we are saying again, that we will start the operation to clear the east of the Euphrates from separatist terrorists in a couple of days. Our target is never U.S. soldiers. Our target is separatist terrorists who are active in the region.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    In Washington, the Pentagon said any unilateral military strike into Northeastern Syria would be unacceptable.

    There is word that U.S. investigators believe China engineered the cyber-attack on Marriott's Starwood hotels. The breach exposed the personal data of some 500 million guests. Reports in The New York Times and Washington Post say the Marriott hack was part of a broader effort by China's Ministry of State Security.

    The news comes as the Trump administration is preparing to take action against China over its trade and cyber-actions.

    Congressional negotiators agreed today on overhauling sexual misconduct rules for lawmakers and aides. The compromise bill updates decades-old rules on reporting such claims. Members of the House and Senate would be personally responsible for financial settlements, instead of charging them to taxpayers.

    On Wall Street today, stocks managed to regain a little ground. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 157 points, to close at 24527. The Nasdaq rose 66, and the S&P 500 added 14.

    And the U.S. National Film Registry is adding "Jurassic Park," "My Fair Lady," and "Brokeback Mountain," and more than 20 other movies. The Library of Congress announced its annual selections today. Their addition makes a total of 750 films that have been tapped for special preservation since the registry began 30 years ago.

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