March 11, 2009
Posted: 1443 GMT
Hello readers and viewers,
Most of our attention at the International Desk today is focused on the deadly school shotting near Stuttgart, Germany.
At last count, at least 17 people were killed. The suspected shooter, a former 17 year-old student, was reportedly later shot bypolice after having fled the scene.
School shootings always spark debate. Beyond the human tragedy itself, people naturally wonder how to stop them, how to avoid them in the first place. Tighter gun control? Sure, but gun laws are, relatively speaking, strict in Germany compared to most countries around the world.
What about better security on campuses? It would certainly make the school environment more secure but who wants to go to class in a bunker and go through metal detectors to get to the school cafeteria.
Frederick Pleitgen is live from the scene. Diana Magnay will report on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's reaction to the rampage from Berlin.
Please take part in our I-Desk poll today. We want to know what you think should be done to avoid or lessen the impact of these random acts of mass violence.
Also at the I-Desk: french president Nicolas Sarkozy announces France (who never really left) will fully reintegrate the NATO alliance. Jim Bittermann is live from Paris.
Also, if you own stocks, today might be a good day to breathe a sigh of relief. After a triple digit gain yesterday, Wall Street is up again. But after the sigh of relief, it would be advisable not to hold your breath if you're hoping for a durable turnaround. We take what we can get these days.
Atika Shubert is live in Northern Ireland with the latest on the investigation into the killing of a police officer. There's been a second arrest.
And an interesting item on why a Vatican-linked publication thinks the washing machine contributed to changing the course of history.
See you on the air,
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