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police say one of the three london bridge attackers was a well—known supporter of an islamist extremist group. he appeared in a tv documentary last year about a radical group which supports islamic state jihadists. all those detained by police following the killings have been released without charge. the mayor of london, sadiq khan, says he will not allow donald trump to divide communities in the wake of saturday's attack after the us president again criticised him on twitter. mr trump mocked the mayor for telling londoners they should not be alarmed. this was a misquotation. australian police are treating a deadly siege in melbourne as a terrorist incident. the siege in an apartment building 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. the sister of a man who's been missing since the london bridge attack says she believes he was killed. melissa mcmullan‘s brotherjames
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was last seen outside one of the pubs struck by the attackers. lucy manning reports. melissa mcmullan hasjust had the news no sister wants to hear. she now believes her brother, james, was murdered in the london bridge attack. this morning we received news from the police that my brother's bank card was found on one of the bodies from saturday night's brutal attack. while our pain will never diminish, it is important for us to all carry on with our lives in direct opposition to all those who would try to destroy ours. james was 32 years old, from london, on a night out with friends in a pub on borough high street, when he popped outside a cigarette. despite the anguish, the tears, melissa wanted to speak, to let everyone know what her big brother was like. there will only ever be one james. nowhere else will you find such humour and unique personality, with someone who puts friends and family above all else. he was an inspiration. melissa, how would you describe your brother?
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loving and caring. and no—one could ever replace my brother. the friends who were with james on saturday night supported melissa as she left saint thomas‘ hospital this afternoon, all heartbroken. andy, you were with him on saturday night, he was having fun? oh, yeah, his normal, hilarious self. he was always the life of the party. yeah, watching the football, james hates the football, he was always outside going for a cigarette, because he just didn't want to watch it with us. it was just a great night. what do you make of what has happened to your friend? it's just an absolute disgrace. and i can't even put into words how much... yeah, like, why? what's the point? it doesn't achieve anything. all you're doing is breeding hate. more than anything, melissa says her son will desperately miss his uncle james.
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my little boy loved him so, so much. he was always so excited to see him when he could. and they used to spend hours being silly, taking silly photos of each other, messing around. he was so good with him. that report from lucy manning. now on bbc news, it is time for the travel show. this week on the travel show i'm in a city that spans two continents and 3,000 years of history. also on this week's travel show, we're shaking things up in singapore. we're at a bar in london where the stereo costs more than a house. if you like music it'll blow your mind. and our global guru tackles the choice of rail, road or plane. take the train. istanbul really is
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a city like no other. 0n the banks of the mighty bosporus strait, it was founded by the greeks, who named it byzantium. later, the romans made it the capital of their eastern empire, changing its name to constantinople in honour of the emperor constantine. for over 500 years it was the seat of power for the sultan of the ottoman empire. built at the crossroads of europe and asia, it's turkey's largest and best—known city. i got in on the redeye flight, which is 11 hours from singapore, but had a bit of a rest and i'm ready to explore the city. i'm going to meet up
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with a local called seddah, who promises to take me around. following a spate of terrorist attacks and a failed military coup, 2016 was dubbed the year that tourists forgot turkey. traditionally around 10 million people visit istanbul every year, but those numbers have fallen drastically. now the city is keen to do all it can to reassure tourists and entice them back. how are you? you must be seddah, nice to meet you. what do you have planned for me? we will be exploring the city, going to some of the major sights, trying some different turkish foods. and also a hamam, which is a turkish bar. would you like to freshen up? —— bath. i think that would be good, i have a five o'clock shadow. tucked down many sidestreets in istanbul you will find plenty of old school barbers like this one, where you can get a haircut and a traditional shave with a cutthroat razor and hot towel, all at a knockdown price. dating back to the days when many
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homes in istanbul had no running water, they're still popular with the locals who come here to meet, socialise and freshen up. this is the bit i get worried about. now, this is something i haven't experienced. a nostril haircut. so this is the way to take the little hairs that you probably can't even see. he's burning the hair in the ears. i can smell it! much better. a brand—new man. as the centre of the ottoman empire for around 500 years, istanbul's wealth and influence grew, and each new ruler or sultan and was keen to leave his mark on the city. seddah has offered to show me
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perhaps the most impressive. this is the mosque of sulemain. sulemain was the ottoman emperor who ruled for 47 years. this is the biggest imperial mosque in istanbul. this mosque was financed by the sultan. they were all built in seven years. this stands on the slopes of the hill, so from most parts of the city, you can see this mosque. napoleon once said that if all the world were one country, then this city would be its capital. running through the heart of istanbul is the mighty bosporus. on one side sits europe, on the other, asia. for thousands of years, it has carried cargo and passengers between the two, and also served as a gateway between the black sea
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and the mediterranean, making this one of the most important stretches of water in the world. and a nice view, as well. yes. tragically, it was here on the banks of the bosporus that terrorists struck on new year's eve, 2016, when they attacked an open—air nightclub. it was just the latest in a series of incidents that shook confidence and badly affected the city's already struggling tourist industry. but seddah says he is hopeful things will improve. well, those very unfortunate attacks made everybody scared, you know? it scared us as well. it scared the people who were thinking of coming here. the only way i think we can overcome this is to not be scared, and continue our lives. that will be the first starting point, i think for things to get better. istanbul is not the only capital city that has suffered a downturn because of terrorism. hotels a nd restau ra nts
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in paris were badly affected following a spate of attacks on there which kept tourists away, although things are slowly improving. people here in istanbul hope that the introduction of a new tourist police force will hope to rebuild confidence in a number of hotels are also offering substantial discounts to encourage travellers to return. this is the spice market, built in the 16th century, for the trading of spices. i can smell that spice in the air. it's making me a bit hungry, actually. let me introduce you to my friend here. she's going to introduce you to traditional turkish cheeses. i will see you soon, then. 0k. this place is packed, isn't it? yes, it's always packed. look at the choice. and all of this is from turkey, is it? these are all from turkey, different regions. they are from different cities, they all have different
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textures, different tastes. this is our main staple for breakfast. this is our most favourite cheese. so breakfast cheese, i would imagine it being a little bit easier, lighter? we are never lighter with cheese, no. totally wrong! this next cheese actually reminds me of parmesan or something like that. this one was made injuly, when we had a south—west wind. it's just the little details. just changing the profiles. this one is usually made around springtime. they are made exactly the same, but they have different texture, different tastes. this is probably one of my favourites, actually. you should eat this with some crunchy bread. yeah, a bit of olive oil. some olives, perhaps. perhaps, why not? when in rome. yes, when in rome. when in istanbul.
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as my day comes to an end here in istanbul, seddah tells me he has one last treat in store for me. we are off to one of the oldest turkish baths, or hamams, in the city. this is rather grand. first opened in the 16th century, it is built on a site that dates back to roman times. beautiful. the first thing you really notice is the thickness in the air. it's so humid in here. cold water! he's got what looks to be a pillow sack and has just filled it with soapy water.
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once you squeeze it out, these suds come out. i have enjoyed my day here in istanbul. its history, food and culture are remarkable. but for me, it is perhaps its location which makes it special. 0n the border between europe and asia, there is undeniably something beguiling about a place that has seen so much change during its almost 3,000 years of history, but remains unique whatever current problems it may face. next on the travel show, the first in a series of films exploring the food and drink of my hometown, singapore. we are starting with a taste of its most famous drink, the singapore sling. my name's leslie danker.
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i am the resident historian of raffles hotel. i have been with this hotel for 45 years. singapore was founded by sir thomas raffles and we were under british administration as a british colony. most of the british came to raffles hotel for their meals and drinks. they were meeting here very often. the young british men would sit under the veranda, drinking their whiskeys or gin and tonics. but the british ladies were not supposed to be seen drinking alcoholic averages in public. the bartender, ngiam tong boon, saw this and said, "i must do something for the ladies." he finally reached the conclusion that he would take gin, cherry liqueur, cointreau,
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benedictine, pineapplejuice, limejuice, a dash of angostura bitters, and he used the grenadine to give it a pink hue. it was created in 1915. we just celebrated the 100th anniversary in 2015. it's a camouflaged drink, you know? because of the grenadine, it has a sweet taste. still to come on this week's travel show, we're pulling the plug on modern tech to listen to music the old —fashioned way. this is like i have just flown first class. why would i want to go back to economy now?
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welcome to the slice of the show that tackles at your questions about getting the best out of travel. coming up: memphis to new orleans by train, plane, or automobile. and the best european city break at christmas. but first, jon kay asks... even though mauritius is south of the equator, it's at its best in the northern summer. and it's easily combined with south africa, thanks to frequent flights from both
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london and johannesburg. but i think mozambique is also very accessible and equally rewarding. the eastern boundary of south africa's kruger national park is the international frontier between south africa and mozambique. head for maputo, one of the more attractive big cities in africa, then go north—east along the coast to see some of the best of the beaches on the indian ocean without the crowds you get at more traditional locations. accommodation is improving all the time, and prices are pleasingly low. michelle abels asks... michells, take the train. the distance between these two cities is almost 400 miles — you'd imagine there would be direct flights between the two cities, but i can't find any. and connection at atlanta would involve a big detour.
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the road journey is straightforward, due south along the 155 freeway, and takes six or seven hours. but it is not one of the great american drives, and when you arrive in new orleans, the parking can be challenging. so instead, i recommend the train south from memphis at 6:50am any day you like. the city of new orleans, rolling down the mississippi for most of the day, you would arrive — in theory at least — just under nine hours later. you can experience the marvellous american railroad forjust $49, available on most days, if you book in advance. finally, mrs shaker tweets from aberdeen to ask about a christmas trip. amsterdam is my choice, because the wonderful rijksmuseum is open every day of the year. in many other cities,
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the 25th of december, along with the first of january, are days off. christmas day is an excellent time to see the collection without the usual crowds, and, for my money, the finest distillation of the golden age on the planet, with rembrandt‘s night watch rightly getting pride of place. elsewhere in the city, many shops will be closed on christmas day, but in all the usual tourist areas, most cafes and restaurants will be open and suitably festive. in terms of getting there, amsterdam has excellent links from across europe. and you also can travel around happily — dutch railways operates the same basic schedule every day of the year and most city transport will also be watching. wherever you're watching, the travel show is here to help. so email and i will do my very best to find you an answer. so from me, simon calder, the global guru, it's bye from now, and see you next time.
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finally, on the travel show, we're all used to storing and streaming almost endless amounts of music on our phones. but this week, tommy sandhu's looking for places in london where the records take centre stage. so, when i'm not on the travel show, i do this on monday to friday. i play songs on national radio and talk in between. the music that i play comes from a server. there are some decks over there, but i hardly use them. on my way into the radio show, i listen to music on my phone. but today, i'm there to meet some people who believe that music should be appreciated and enjoyed the old —fashioned way. the uk's at the centre of a global revival in vinyl music.
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last year, sales of lps rose here by more than 50%. but why? is the old technology really better than the new? this is gearbox records, a studio where they use vintage kit from the 60s to make records today. this retro equipment all works. it's not a museum. so we are producing sounds from analogue and from digital, which are really the best one can do at the moment. so we are mixing the best of ancient and modern to create the best sound. normally, you hear people saying vinyl is best for sound quality. when we do a—b between analogue and digital in here, almost anybody can tell the difference. the music sounds a little more bound together. digital is quite crystalline, and immediately quite beguiling, but over time, i think it is easier to listen to. i'm on my way now to a place
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in kings cross, with a classic bit of vinyl, as well, because i've heard that this place has got a "money's no object to its attitude" to its sound system. they've installed a half a million pound stereo system. i've got to check it out. we went into this with a no compromise approach. if it is going to improve the sound, we will go for it. and that's at every level: that's the amplifiers, the speakers, the cartridges. so it's for geeks? their‘s a lot of money being spent on geeks going "woohoo — the sound quality that's coming out!" and there is an element of that, and the equipment is off the scale. it is in deep, deep audiophile territory. you are unlikely to hear or see anything like this in public, but if you like music,
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it will blow your mind. if you close your eyes and just focus on one of the instruments, you can hearjust that, in absolute clarity. it is like you could move your way around through the band. this is like i'vejust flown first class. why would i want to go back to economy, now? i've just experienced the good life. i don't want to go back. just leave me here. now, i've always thought that music is best when it is a shared
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experience. you think of a concert or a nightclub dance floor. nothing beats it. but there are a bunch of people they get together in one of london's coolest neighbourhoods and listen to an entire album, on vinyl, from start to finish, in silence. i love vinyl. i've been collecting records for i don't want to tell you how many decades, but for long time. i wouldn't say it is all about audio. it's really about the music. it is always about the music first and foremost. people want to come here to listen to what their favourite albums, or one they don't even know, because they want to hear it in a different way, get behind it, get its context, and have a shared listening experience with other people. they also want to take time out of their week where they can sit back, turn their phone off, and just listen to music. i actually, i often listen to music
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that has a lot of memories for me, from when i was growing up. it is unusual to sit and listen to an album, these days. so, normally, you might listen to a song or something, but to listen to an album from start to finish, and is really focus on that, that is a real treat. i think it's good to listen to it with other people, too. that's why people go to live performances. you know, it's interesting to go to... it's like going to the cinema, really, isn't it? 1967 was the completely transformative year in rock and pop. piper at the gates of dawn by pink floyd drew upon the wind in the willows, that it's named after. just like you go to a tasting restaurant for little flavours, you gather together here to share in music and people are stimulated through their ears.
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tomorrow, i'll be back playing songs from a computer server. but as for today, i've never heard music sound quite so alive as it does on these records. i'm afraid that is all the time we have for this week, but coming up next week, christa goes to chile to visit the pacific coast town that was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami seven years ago, but has been rebuilt and reborn, and is welcoming tourists. catch that if you can, but from me and the rest of the travel show team here in turkey, it's goodbye. hello there.
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with heavy rain and some strong winds in the forecast, you could well see some disruption to travel over the next 2a hours. there could be lying surface water around and the strength of the wind perhaps strong enough to down to some small trees. we have low pressure pushing gradually northwards and eastwards across the country during the past few hours. through tuesday morning, that area brings outbreaks of rain across many parts of the country. gale force gusts of wind at times, too. there will be brighter conditions moving in from the west later on. let's look at 8am for the morning commute. cloudy for the midlands down tot the south—east with patchy
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outbreaks of rain. more sunshine as we head south—west of england and wales. sunny spells, scattered showers, still windy around the exposed coasts and hills. wet whether continuing across north wales, the midlands, northern england. northern ireland will see a return to drier weather with sunshine but scotland is sitting underneath the cloud with outbreaks of rain. the area of rain nudges slowly northwards and eastwards across england, wales and scotland. the south—western half of the uk sees a return to sunshine and showers, but the strength of the wind could be gusting up to 50mph, even inland. a windy day on tuesday and it will feel cooler than it has been recently with temperatures between 13 and 18 degrees. particularly cool where you're stuck under cloud and the outbreaks of rain across scotland and north—east england, the rain lingers on into the early hours of wednesday. elsewhere across the country, a return to clearer conditions and less windy. temperatures overnight down to about nine or ten. wednesday will be an improving sort of day down to the fact that this area of low pressure will slowly clear off to the north—east. we still have pretty tightly packed
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isoba rs during wednesday. another breezy day to come across northern and eastern parts of england and scotland but elsewhere we have light winds and a bit more sunshine, so an improvement. the next batch of rain waiting in the wings to head in from the south—west later on. but in the sunshine with the lighter winds, it will reach about 20 or so in london. during thursday, we will see further spells of wet weather working west to east across the country, another breezy day and that makes way for a fairly unsettled week ahead. bye for now. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: police say one of the three london bridge attackers was a well—known supporter of an islamist extremist group. president trump attacks the mayor of london again on twitter. the white house says he is not picking a fight. australian police are treating a deadly siege in melbourne
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as a terrorist incident. america's biggest celebrity court case for decades. bill cosby faces charges he used power and fame to drug and sexually assault a helpless woman.
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