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News Wrap: Trial begins for alleged organizer of Benghazi attack

In our news wrap Monday, federal prosecutors began making their case against Ahmed Abu Khattala, the alleged organizer of the 2012 attack on American outposts in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Also, another trial began in Malaysia for two women accused of killing Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    In the day's other news: Federal prosecutors began making their case in Washington against Ahmed Abu Khattala. He's the alleged organizer of the attack on American outposts in Benghazi, Libya. The 2012 assault killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Abu Khattala was captured by U.S. special forces three years ago.

    In opening statements today, prosecutors charged he was motivated by a hatred of America that boiled over.

    Another trial began today in Malaysia for two women accused of killing Kim Jong-nam. He was the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The women were escorted into court amid tight security. They pleaded not guilty to poisoning Kim with a nerve agent at an airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur. North Korea has denied any role in the killing.

    In Spain, crowds protested in Barcelona today, after widespread police violence during Sunday's independence referendum. Almost 900 civilians, and more than 400 police, were injured in Catalonia.

    Jonathan Rugman of Independent Television News is there.

  • JONATHAN RUGMAN, ITN:

    Police intervention at polling stations left hundreds injured yesterday. Catalan nationalists are now trying to capitalize on this violence to get Europe to intervene to achieve the independence they want.

  • CARLES PUIGDEMONT, President, Catalonia (through interpreter):

    The situation needs mediation, and the mediation, as I have said, is the presence of a third party. And it must be an international actor in order to be effective.

  • JONATHAN RUGMAN:

    But the Catalan leader knows he's likely to be disappointed, after the European Commission said the vote was illegal and urged both sides to talk. Despite jubilation in Barcelona last night, just 42 percent of the Catalonian electorate voted, though it was overwhelmingly for the keys to their own state.

    The Catalan authorities say that the confiscation of ballot boxes and the closing of polling stations meant that three-quarters-of-a-million votes could not be counted. Madrid has refused to apologize for what happened yesterday. The prime minister said the state had responded firmly and serenely. His government has threatened to suspend local autonomy if independence goes ahead.

  • MARIANO RAJOY, Prime Minister, Spain (through interpreter):

    There has been no referendum on self-determination in Catalonia. All Spaniards have seen that the rule of law is still strong and in force, that it responds to those who breach it.

  • JONATHAN RUGMAN:

    There seems to be no dialogue to avert a crisis here, no mediation that we know of. A general strike has been called for tomorrow. And independence could be declared within days.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    That report from Jonathan Rugman of Independent Television News.

    Three American scientists will share this year's Nobel Prize for medicine. Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young for isolating a gene that controls the body's biological rhythms.

    Young works at Rockefeller University in New York City. He says the news completely took him by surprise.

    MICHAEL YOUNG, Co-Winner, Nobel Prize for Medicine: I really had trouble even getting my shoes on this morning.

    (LAUGHTER)

  • MICHAEL YOUNG:

    I would go and I would pick up the shoes, and then I would realize I need the socks, and then I realize I need to put my pants on first.

    (LAUGHTER)

  • MICHAEL YOUNG:

    But you get here and see all this, and I guess you realize it must be true.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    The Americans' work has helped researchers study sleep disorders, and has raised awareness about the health benefits of sleep.

    The Interior Department's inspector general is now investigating Secretary Ryan Zinke's use of chartered flights. He acknowledged last week that he's taken three such flights, including one that cost $12,000. Health Secretary Tom Price resigned over his use of numerous chartered flights.

    And on Wall Street today, record highs all around. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 152 points to close at 22557. The Nasdaq rose more than 20 points, and the S&P 500 added nine.

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