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News Wrap: In Germany, man drives car into crowd of revelers, injuring dozens

In our news wrap Monday, a man in the German town of Volkmarsen drove his car into a parade, injuring around 30 people, including children. Police say the driver deliberately hit the revelers, some of whom were seriously hurt. Also, Malaysia is in political turmoil after its prime minister abruptly resigned. Supporters abandoned Mahathir Mohamad to block a transition to his designated successor.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: The one-time Hollywood studio boss Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of rape and sexual assault against two women. He could get 29 years in prison, but he was acquitted on two counts that carried sentences of up to life in prison.

    The case had galvanized the MeToo movement, and prosecutors hailed the outcome.

  • Cyrus Vance:

    This is the new landscape for survivors of sexual assault in America, I believe, and this is a new day. It's a new day because Harvey Weinstein has finally been held accountable for crimes he committed. The women who came forward courageously and at great risk made that happen.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    We will get much more on all of this after the news summary.

    A man in Germany crashed his car into a Carnival season parade today, injuring around 30 people, including children. It happened in Volkmarsen, a town about 174 miles southwest of Berlin. Police say the 29-year-old driver deliberately drove into the revelers. Some were seriously hurt and taken to hospitals. The suspect is in custody. The motive remains a mystery.

    In India, President Trump began a state visit and addressed a mass rally of more than 100,000 people, declaring, America loves India. There were also protests in several Indian cities against his visit and against a citizenship law that excludes Muslims.

    We will take a closer look later in the program.

    Malaysia is in the grips of a political crisis tonight, after the prime minister abruptly resigned. Supporters of 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad had abandoned his party to block a transition of power to his designated successor, Anwar Ibrahim.

    But Anwar sounded optimistic, after meeting with the outgoing prime minister today.

  • Anwar Ibrahim (through translator):

    I cannot speak at length about this. Suffice to say that the meeting was very good. I am impressed with his position on the changes that were to be made, and to not bow to groups that want to seize power without an agenda for change.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    For now, Malaysia's king has appointed Mahathir as interim leader.

    Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza have announced a cease-fire with Israel. Fighting erupted Sunday when Israeli forces killed a militant allegedly trying to plant a bomb. Islamic Jihad fired rockets in retaliation on Sunday and again early today.

    The Israelis answered with airstrikes, before the militants announced a halt.

    Back in this country, a federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld a ban on letting family planning clinics refer women for abortions. The Trump administration policy applies to clinics that receive federal funds. Three lower courts had struck down the policy, but the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned those rulings today.

    Television actor Jussie Smollett pled not guilty today to charges that he faked a racist and homophobic attack on himself. Smollett's court appearance in Chicago came after a special prosecutor brought six new counts against him. He was initially charged last year, but that case was later dropped.

    And a passing of note: Trailblazing NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson has died in Newport News, Virginia. She was a black woman in a field almost entirely white, male and segregated, but her work was critical to early space missions.

    Decades later, Johnson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. That led to the book "Hidden Figures," which, in turn, became an Oscar-nominated film in 2016. Johnson was portrayed by actress Taraji P. Henson.

    Katherine Johnson was 101 years old.

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