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welcome to newsday: i'm babita sharma in london. police say one of the three london bridge attackers was a well—known supporter of an islamist extremist group. president trump again attacks the mayor of london on twitter — but the white house says he's not picking a fight. and i'm rico hizon in singapore, also on the programme we report from the southern philippines where hundreds of civilians remain trapped in the city of marawi, as the government fights to retake it from islamist militants it is clear that badly underestimated both the strength and the numbers of the insurgents. india launches its most powerful rocket — carrying the heaviest satellite its put into orbit. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news — it's newsday. welcome to the programme, it's one in the morning
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here in london, where two of the three men who carried out saturday's terror attack in london have been named by police. 27—year—old khuram butt was a british pakistani living in east london and he had been known to police and mi5. the other attacker was thirty year old rachid redouane, also from east london. our home editor mark easton has more. they knew him. one of the three men who murdered seven people in london on saturday night was well known to police and mi5 as an extremist. documentary voiceover: the group display the black flag of islam. khuram butt, featured in a channel 4 documentary last year on radical islamists in britain. its title — thejihadis next door. so how was he able to go on to kill until counterterrorism officers shot him dead? police have tonight confirmed the names of two of the attackers. khuram butt, a 27—year—old
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from a british—pakistani family. he lived in barking in east london and was married with two children including a young baby. in the last few years, he worked for kentucky fried chicken and was a customer service advisor at transport for london. less is known about rachid redouane. police and security services say he was unknown to them before the attack but is understood to be 30 years old, claiming to have a libyan or moroccan background. until last year, he lived in dublin with a scottish partner, but according to irish prime minister enda kenny, was not known to the security services. and observed in respect of radicalisation and matters relevant to that. in this case, these facts are being checked but my understanding is that this individual was not a member of that small group. why you touching him for? khuram butt, though, was very much on the uk security services' radar and there will be serious
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questions about how someone with such well—known extremist views was able to carry out a murderous attack on the streets of london. security barriers appeared on some london bridges overnight as london bridge itself reopened to people and traffic heading in and out of the square mile. london is getting back to normal. this bunch of flowers almost the only sign of the carnage that was here on london bridge on saturday night and into sunday morning but a huge police and security operation is continuing, trying to map the network of people behind the ideas that spawned mass murder of london's streets. bouquets at the border of what is now a huge crime scene in the heart of the capital. tents marking the places in borough market where people fell, forensic officers gathering clues and evidence. this afternoon, the commissioner of the metropolitan police visited
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the area with the mayor of london. it is deeply, deeply chilling and horribly sad to see what we have just seen and to think about the barbarous acts on saturday night. we saw extraordinary courage, extraordinary professionalism and extraordinary compassion from our public servants. political and religious leaders, emergency service workers as well as thousands of ordinary londoners attended a vigil in a public park this evening just a short distance from where the attacks occurred. as a proud and patriotic british muslim, i say this, you do not commit these disgusting acts in my name. applause. and you will never succeed in dividing our city. people came to remember,
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to you unite and to give thanks. but if they also came to seek answers as to how this attack could have happened, tonight, there seemed to be more questions. mark easton, bbc, news, london bridge. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. a siege in an apartment building in the australian city of melbourne has ended with two people dead. police shot dead a gunman who had been holding a woman hostage inside the building. a second man died earlier in the siege — he was found with a gunshot wound. police have confirmed they are treating it as a possible terrorist incident as hwyel griffith told me a little earlier. the police in melbourne initially got a call for pm local time with reports of an explosion in the brighton area of the city. when i got to the building they found the
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body of a man, a worker who had been shot dead. next came a phone call from a woman who said she was being held hostage inside the building. more police reinforcements came to the area. an hour later a gunman emerged, started shooting at police all three injured with non— life—threatening words. it has been confirmed in our batman was known to police. what is a leading authorities to believe there could bea authorities to believe there could be a terror link? there are several factors at play. he's someone who does have a background in extremism. in 2009 he was accused of being part ofa in 2009 he was accused of being part of a terror threat at a military base in sydney. during the time of
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the siege, calls were made to channel seven by a man claiming he was holding a siege in the name of al-qaeda and islamic state. islamic state has claimed responsibility the third element is being treated with caution. they are not convinced this was a direct attack by the islamic state but they are investigating this is a terror incident and there will be extra security measures on the streets of melbourne. also making news today — there're fears that a major rupture in relations between the gulf state of qatar and its neighbours will lead to air travel disruption across the region. saudi arabia, the uae, egypt and other states have severed all ties with the qataris after accusing them of supporting jihadi groups, including the islamic state militants. qatar denies this. montenegro has formallyjoined nato at a ceremony in washington,
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becoming the alliance's twenty—ninth member. the membership of the tiny balkan nation brings all of europe's mediterranean coastline under the nato umbrella. the move was strongly opposed by russia, which has historic influence in montenegro. the us megastar bill cosby has finished his first day in court. the 71—year—old actor stands accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a university employee at his philadelphia mansion 13 years ago. for decades he was known as the ‘american dad' in the sitcom the cosby show. ivory coast footballer cheick tiote died in hospital after collapsing during a training session with the chinese club, beijing enterprises. he played in the english premier league for seven years with newcastle united, and played in two world cups with ivory coast. he was 30 years old. a minute's silence was held
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for the victims of london's terror attack ahead of a charity event hosted by prince harry. the 32—year—old took part in a polo match in singapore in aid of his charity sentebale. it's the first time the event has been held in southeast asia. the charity supports young people affected by hiv in lesotho and botswana. donald trump has again lashed out at london's mayor on twitter, over his assurances to londoners following saturday's terror attack. he accused sadiq khan of offering a "pathetic excuse" for saying there was no reason for people to be alarmed. mr khan had in fact said people should not be alarmed by an increased police presence. a short time ago i spoke to the bbc‘s mark lobel at westminster and i asked him how the mayor had responded to this latest tweet. sadiq khan very clear to point out
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that his aim is not to divide communities and suggesting perhaps the president might be doing just that. people here are very clear that. people here are very clear that the us president has taken the london mayor's comments out of context but what upsets them the most is the insensitive timing because it came 2a hours after the brutal killing in london bridge. the prime minister speaking up for sadiq khan saying he has done a good job and anyone who says otherwise — such as donald trump, it is implied— is wrong. a frosty reaction from many politicians, were a state visit from donald trump to take place. some suggesting it should be counselled. donald trump's office saying it was not his intention to attack the
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mayor. bill de blasio, the new york mayor, wrote to support the london mayor. as i said, sadiq khan underscoring the point that he does not want to divide communities. us secretary of state rex tillerson will meet new zealand's prime minister and the country's foreign minister gerry brownlee for talks later. he has been on a tour of the asia pacific region. on monday in australia he said beijing could not use its economic power to buy its way out of other problems, such as its military build—up in the south china sea. with me is chris leahy of the strategic advisory firm blackpeak group. thank you forjoining us. are the americans too late in the game to try to engage the chinese on these south china sea dispute?m
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try to engage the chinese on these south china sea dispute? it seems they are very late in the game. a lot has happened under the 0bama administration. what more can they do at this point? the chinese need the americans and the americans need the americans and the americans need the chinese. there is a political and economic links. i think the chinese realise as well but china has significantly strengthened its hand for its claim in these south china sea as a result of its activity. what about these artificial islands? they were built during the 0bama administration and nothing was done. is there anything the claimant can do together with the claimant can do together with the americans? there are number of claimants. the asean group has tried u nsuccessfully. claimants. the asean group has tried unsuccessfully. the chinese government has been quite clever to
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undertake bilateral discussions, notably with the philippines. it has scored some victories essentially by exchanging or offering favourable loa ns exchanging or offering favourable loans and development loans in exchange for quiet acquiescence. loans and development loans in exchange for quiet acquiescencem the end you see it as a lost battle? the battle may be lost, the walk can still be won. it is not going to be a war that sees china withdraw from the south china sea. they have built military bases and installations on these islands and clearly see this as their strategic backyard and they are going to defend their interests. it is quite troubling position. the recent it is quite troubling position. the rece nt m ove it is quite troubling position. the recent move by america to sail ships through the south china sea, the
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disputed area, caused a lot of disruption and anger in beijing. this will definitely increase the tension in the south china sea in relation between the two superpowers and now you have the chinese increasing their presence in the region and in the global stage?l lot of money poured into certain countries, malaysia is an example. this is coming at a time when the americans clearly need the chinese to help with the north korean problem. there is no solution to nuclear disarmament in north korea without chinese help and assistance. 0n the one hand you have james mattis and rex tillerson calling for stopping the development in the south china sea and allowing that to be international waters but in the other hand asking chinese will help
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in north korea. so the americans are not playing a particularly strong hand at the moment but the chinese are. thank you very much. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: we report from the southern philippines on the plight of civilians who've escaped fighting in the city of marawi. today we mourn the loss of innocent lives. londoners and people around the world. we send our love to the victims' families and to all those who were injured. there will now be a minutes silence. al unity and love for one another
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will always be stronger than to hate of the extremists. —— our unity. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: two of the three london bridge attackers have been named by police. one was a well—known supporter of an islamist extremist group. president trump has again taken to twitter to criticise the mayor of london, sadiq khan, over his response to the attack. china has complained to zambia
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after 31 of its nationals were arrested at the weekend for alleged illegal mining practices — including running unlicenced plants and employing children. china says zambia has not provided strong evidence. that story is on let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. we start with the financial times, which leads with the latest from the investigation into the london terror attack on saturday night. the article focuses on one of the three attackers, 27—year—old khuram butt and how security services failed to properly monitor him — despite his appearance in a tv documentary. in australia, tasmania's mercury is also covering the attack in london under the headline "grave fears for missing aussies." it carries an image of this young woman, sara zelenak. the 21—year—old was
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separated from her friends on london bridge during the attack and hasn't been able to be reached since — friends and family are appealing for any information. staying in australia and moving to the sydney morning herald. dominating its front page is that news we brought you earlier — the shooting and hostage situation in melbourne. the paper says police are looking into links between this incident and extremist groups. those are the major stories of key headlines are round the world. philippine president rodrigo duterte has offered large bounties for the leaders of islamic state fighters holding parts of a southern city — as the military warns its recapture may take longer than expected. two weeks on and hundreds of civilians remain trapped in the besieged city of marawi — after gunfire disrupted a four—hour truce to evacuate them. the fighting has left more than 170 dead, including at least 20 civilians. earlier i spoke tojonathan head
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who's on the island of mindanao in the southern philippines —in the city of illigan. i asked him for the latest. we have heard regular bulletins to the military saying they can —— control most of marawi. what is clear to us is the philippines armed forces is facing the most serious challenge it has for decades in terms of an armed challenge. here inside the country, they are clearly unable to flush the hard—core militants out of the centre of the city. you can't move around the centre of the city any more other than a small protected area. you can't see what is going on inside that you can hear the air strikes. there is a great deal of destruction to the city inside. the most immediate concern is undoubtedly for the civilians who are still there. nobody knows how many, it could be
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hundreds, maybe more. civilians have been trapped since the fighting started. few were able to get out. the christians have an extreme risk as the militants kill anyone who can't recite a muslim prayer. we had an awful incident where people were executed as they tried for fleeing. we've met a group of almost 200 who did get out after being trapped for 11 days but nobody knows the fate of those who are inside and who presumably had very little food and water. this is marawi today. a city abandoned by its people. a battleground. this is as far as we can battleground. this is as far as we ca n safely battleground. this is as far as we can safely go in marawi. the city centre is about two kilometres down in that direction. all around here, you can see the scars of battle on
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the building. the city government thought it could retake in just three days is still not under their control really two weeks later. it's clear they have badly underestimated both the strength and the numbers of the insurgents. there are civilians who have been trapped in insurgent held areas. this group has just escaped after hiding for 11 days. most of them are christians. the militants would have killed them. this woman is one of them. she has six young children. with little food to eat, they are now showing signs of malnutrition and needed treatment in hospital. translation: there was one time at night where we had billed as banging on the wall —— militants banging. the children were crying. they were afraid the militants would hear them. i didn't say anything to them at my heart was aching. i could do
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nothing. all these evacuees have stories to tell. this woman hid in a basement, listening to the gunman walking above her. a mother who persuaded the group not to take her 14—year—old son. i would then who lay ina 14—year—old son. i would then who lay in a bust up with her children to protect them from the extracts at the most inspiring story is that of the most inspiring story is that of the people who saved them. this man isa the people who saved them. this man is a respected muslim community leader led to the group who sheltered 71 christians in his home and stopped the militants from finding them. the second time they came back with a mindanao commander, he knows me personally, he knows my family. he is a ranking member of the group. from then on, nobody bothered me. our only concern is that bombs falling near the houses
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and the firefights that took place near the place. they think marawi is circled now. id cards and checks for the wanted posters you see everywhere. the community has survived losses before. even after the battle of marawi is over, it could still strike again. that wasjonathan head reporting from the island of mindanao in the southern philippines. india has successfully launched its most powerful rocket, carrying a communications satellite, weighing more than three tons. it's the heaviest, that india has ever put into orbit. the 640 ton rocket — lifted off from a launch—pad off the bay of bengal. our correspondent sanjoy mujumder reports. at historic day for india and a proud moment for its scientists as the gslv mk iii lifted off from our space centre in southern india, just off the coast of the bay of bengal. this is the most powerful rocket to
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be developed by india. it weighs more than 600 tons and is higher than the statue of liberty and it's taken the than the statue of liberty and it's ta ken the country than the statue of liberty and it's taken the country more than 15 years to develop. minutes after the launch, it placed into orbit successfully a communications satellite weighing more than three tons. that is the largest satellite ever been placed in two orbit by an indian station can see which has earned a reputation are round the world of being able to carry out its operations at a fraction of the cost of those carried out around the world. the the gslv mk iii would —— place estate agent into space that after today, at a fraction of the cost of those carried out by nasa, once again underlined india's ability to be an international player at a very, very low cost.
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another landmark moment in space exploration took place in florida — the first use of a recycled space vessel. and, lift off! the refurbished dragon cargo capsule — built by the private spacex company — took off from cape canaveral. it was taking a shipment of food and supplies for the astronauts living at the international space station. space, the final frontier. you have been watching newsday. stay with us.. we will be watching apple's next moves — will it be a social media app or is siri ready to take on the smart speaker market? one of the most anticipated events in silicon valley kicks off. that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. hello there. we have pretty unsettled weather not just in the next 2a hours. pretty
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much the week and head. he was seen in twickenham. a lot of grey clouds, rain and strong winds. courtesy of this area of the pressure which has been pushing its way slowly northwards and is with across the country over the past few hours. during tuesday, the low pressure will bring at times of heavy rain, strong winds that could lead to potential travel disruption. but the tuesday morning. the bulk of rain across parts of northern england, wales and stretching down towards the south—east, too. clear whether with showers behind it but we are seeing strong gale force gusts of wind at times. in more detail, 8am, clout and patchy outbreaks of rain across the south of england and east anglia, brighter skies in the channel islands across southwest wales with heavy showers and strong winds particularly around the coasts for the bristol channel and the irish sea coasts. the northern wales, northern england and across scotland, we have the clout and
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fairly persistent outbreaks of rain. there is likely to be a lot of lying surface water and spray for the morning rush—hour. through the day on tuesday, we have the strong winds gusting at times up to 15 mph. it is around the coast as well. we could see small trees down, for instance, with the strength of the wind. a lot of wet weather pushing northwards and eastwards across the country. clear conditions are heading in from the south—west. temperatures at best 13- 18 the south—west. temperatures at best 13— 18 degrees. the rain pushes across parts of north—east england, eastern scotland, too. elsewhere, clearer skies as we head into the early hours of wednesday morning. to start your day on wednesday, relatively mild underneath the clout and with the breeze, too. nine or 10 degrees, temperatures this thing, wednesday morning. during the day on wednesday, the low pressure were clear to the north—east. the isobars are still tightly packed together across a eastern parts of the country so it is still a breezy day.
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the wind will become confined to eastern scotland thriller rest of the day. a bit of respite. many of us the day. a bit of respite. many of us dry. the next batch of wet weather waste into the south—west of england —— works in. a pleasant enough day in the south—east. then through the day on thursday, we see the next area of low pressure working its way from west to east, slowly across the country. all in all, a pretty unsettled week and head. — r. —— by for now. bbc news. our top story. police name two of the men who killed seven people in saturday's terror attack in london one was khuram butt, who was known to the british security services. the second man named was rachid redouane, who claimed to be of moroccan and libyan descent. the mayor of london, sadiq khan, says he will not allow donald trump to divide communities in the wake of the london terror atack after the us president once again criticised him on twitter
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for telling londoners they should not be alarmed. and this video is trending on there are fears that a major rupture in relations between the gulf state of qatar and its neighbours will lead to air travel disruption. saudi arabia, the uae, egypt and other states have severed all ties with the qataris after accusing them of supporting jihadi groups. that's all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk: theresa may is accused ofjeopardising national security
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