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hello. i'm babita sharma in london — the headlines. more questions for the uk's security services — as it emerges they were warned about the third london bridge attacker. he's been named as 22—year—old youssef zaghba. french police shoot a man outside paris's notre—dame cathedral — after he attacked officers with a hammer. also, president trump claims credit for the blockade of qatar by some of its gulf neighbours. he says it could be "the beginning of the end" for terrorism. and hidden for 600 years. the mediaeval aqueducts helping save southern india from drought. welcome to the programme.
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it's 8am in singapore and 1am here in london. the british prime minister, theresa may says she's prepared to modify human rights laws in order to tackle the terror threat. she was speaking after fresh questions were asked about how the security services had missed the london bridge terror plot. those questions are being asked more urgently after the third of the attackers was identified. he was youssef zaghba, a 22—year old moroccan—italian man, living in east london, who'd been prevented from travelling to syria last year. he was known to the authorities in italy. earlier, there was a minute's silence across britain for those who were caught up in the london bridge attack, including two australians who died. alison holt reports. bell tolls a time to remember, a time to reflect on an attack at the heart of london. bell tolls
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time to stand together, on the streets where it happened. the ambulance crews who fought so hard to save lives, london's mayor at their side. manchester, still raw from the violence inflicted here just two weeks ago. and beyond. in these quiet moments, for some, the anguish is too much.
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nicola smith wanted to remember herformer boyfriend. james mcmullan was one of the seven people killed on saturday. i feel anger, but i can't let that override my feeling of love forjames and our memories because i know that's not what he wanted. me, as a person, i'm extremely angry. i'm extremely angry, but because i've been with james, i know that i can't let anger win. james and chrissy archibald, a canadian social worker, were the first to be named as having lost are their lives. today new names and faces have emerged. among them, alexandre pigeard, a french national working as a waiter at one of the borough market restaurants. his mother is said to be devastated. and 28—year—old australian kirsty boden, she was a newly—promoted senior nurse at guy's hospital,
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who ran to help others that night. there was absolutely nothing at all she wouldn't do for somebody. she never saw bad in anybody. even if they were all having a bad day, kirsty was the person that was gonna to make you smile. and then there are the missing. 45—year—old xavier thomas was last seen on london bridge. tonight, detectives appealed for information as it's feared he may have been thrown into the river during the attack. sebastian belanger‘s family are travelling to the uk from france to try to discover what's happened to him. he was last seen outside one of the pubs on saturday. there's also no word on the whereabouts of ignacio echeverria from spain. or sara zalenak, an australian in london, working as a nanny. her family has heard nothing from her. sara's absolutely beautiful. she is a very special, kindred spirit. she's one of those people that doesn't drink, doesn't do drugs,
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doesn't do anything wrong. she's amazing, and she's 21 years of age. these remain desperate searches, desperate days for so many who've found themselves caught up in this tragedy. alison holt, bbc news. within the last hour, police here in the uk have arrested a 38—year—old man at heathrow airport in connection with the suicide bomb attack on the manchester arena. they say the arrest was pre—planned and there was no threat to heathrow airport. they say seven people altogether are now being held in custody as part of the investigation. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. police have shot a man who attacked an officer with a hammer outside the notre—dame cathedral in paris. the officer suffered minor injuries. the suspect was wounded in the chest
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when another policeman opened fire. hugh schofield has more. mid—afternoon, the esplanade in front of notre dame cathedral was packed with tourists went to shots rang out. a man with a hammer had attacked the police officer on patrol. the officer's colleague shot the ascendant wounding him in the chest. we were at the front and people came running towards us sleep we kept running but we did not know if it was a gunshot, what because it was but now it seems to have cleared, it is better. it was, the authorities are convinced, a terrorist attack. the interior minister visited the scene and told reporters what was known of the assailant. the aggressor sheltered while he was hitting the policeman. this is for syria! we don't know any more at this moment. —— shouting. this is for syria! we don't know any more at this moment. -- shouting. in the panic following the shots,
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hundreds of tourists sought refuge in the cathedral. they had to wait for two hours as police sealed off the area. among those inside was the former american ambassador to the un, nancy soderberg. everyone kept looking around and about 20 minutes later, they said the doors were closed and we had to stand inside and people were kind of milling around and they made people sit down in the pews and that's when people got very quiet and very nervous. the suspect is reported to have told police it took into hospital that he was a soldier of the caliphate. the investigation will focus, as it a lwa ys investigation will focus, as it always does, on whether he acted alone or whether there were others who knew of his plans. also making news today: us—backed fighters in syria have for the first time entered the outskirts of the so—called islamic state group's de facto capital in the country, raqqa. the kurdish—led syrian democratic forces have launched attacks to the east and west of the city, backed by heavy airstrikes from the us—led coalition.
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a us government contractor has been charged for leaking top secret information about alleged russian interference in last year's presidential election. reality winner had been employed at the national security agency since february. the charges were announced shortly after a news website published a document from the nsa. the us ambassador to the united nations, nikki haley, has told a meeting of the un human rights council that it must address what she called its chronic anti—israel bias, if it's to be credible. the us is pushing for changes to the way the council is run, including how the un elects its 47 members. being a member of this council is a privilege and no country who is a human rights violator should be allowed a seat at the table. finally, it's hard to accept that
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this council has never considered a resolution on venezuela and it adopted five biased resolutions in march against a single country, israel. it is essential that this council address its chronic anti— israel bias if it is to have any credibility. china has defended the detention of three activists who were investigating working conditions in factories that make shoes for companies owned by president trump's daughter ivanka. it is the first time the government has confirmed their detention. scientists have discovered the hottest known planet in the universe. it's called kelt nine—b and its surface is believed to reach temperatures of 4,300 celsius. the research team who made the discovery at ohio state university say it's twice the size ofjupiter and 650 light years from earth. president trump has declared his strong support
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for the blockade of qatar which is being led by saudi arabia. air and other transport links have been cut and qatari citizens have been expelled from neighbouring countries. mr trump has backed accusations that qatar has been supporting violent extremism. but qatar's foreign minister told the bbc such allegations were based on fabricated evidence. the philippines has halted the deployment of workers to qatar — there are nearly 250,000 filipinos living there. 0ur diplomatic correspondent james robbins reports, from the capital doha. the unprecedented blockade of qatar by her arab neighbours emptied some supermarket shelves briefly, but there's no widespread panic. queues formed as many flights in and out of qatar are banned, with the saudis leading this campaign against a fellow sunni muslim country they say is too supportive of rival shia muslim iran.
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qatar's foreign minister told me no—one understands how it came to this. what is shocking is the measures which have been taken against qatar. it was like a collective punishment from three countries in this region, by trying to block qatar and even blocking the people of qatar. they say you're far too close to iran, that you're supporting a country which is sponsoring extremism and terrorism. well, actually, we don't know what makes them thinking that we are doing this. we have taken our measures with iran. we have a relationship with iran, a normal relationship. we want a positive relationship with iran. we don't want to have an escalation with anyone, not with iran. but we want to resolve all our conflicts by dialogue. but dialogue with iran is no part of donald trump's agenda. today, he tweeted his full backing for saudi—led punishment of qatar.
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"during my recent trip to the middle east, i stated that there can no longer be funding of radical ideology. leaders pointed to qatar — look!" so he seems to be pointing at you and accusing you in that tweet. actually, regarding president trump's tweet, we had a meeting directly with president trump, between him and his highness the emir, and he told us that there are some allegations about different countries in the region funding terrorism and we saw some of them as around qatar and saudi. he repeated this several times. we told him very clearly, if there is any allegation, we can sit on the table and we can sort it out. but there's no resolution in sight yet, as all sides consider how to repair an alliance usually regarded as critical. james robbins, bbc news, doha. you're watching newsday on the bbc.
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still to come on the programme: the happy couple — george and amal clooney announce they're now the proud parents of twins ella and alexander. the queen and her husband began their royal progress to westminster. the moment of crowning, in accordance with the order of service, by a signal given by the great guns of the tower. tanks and troops are patrolling the streets of central peking after the bloody operation to crush student—led protests, and the violence has continued, the army firing on civilians throughout the following day and night. 0ver there you can see its mighty tail — the only sign left, almost, that an aircraft had been here. uefa imposes an indefinite ban on english clubs
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playing in europe. today is the 20th anniversary of the release of the beatles' album sgt pepper's lonely hearts club band, a record described as the album of the century. you are watching newsday on the bbc. welcome back everyone. i am rico hizon in singapore. thank you for joining us. i am babita sharma in london. our the top stories this hour: uk security services are facing more questions following revelations that they were warned about the third london bridge attacker. he's been named as 22—year—old youssef zaghba. french police have shot a man outside paris's notre dame cathedral after he attacked officers with a hammer. and do you remember this photo?
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0mran daqneesh, the syrian boy who became a symbol of civilian suffering in the city of aleppo, has now been photographed at his new home in the city. more on that story on let's now take a look at some of the front pages from around the world. we start in france with le figaro. it covers the attack on a police officer outside notre dame in paris — and the photo next to the article shows child soldiers in a propaganda video by so—called islamic state. the paper says the judiciary is worried the children may be "time bombs". moving on now to the front page of the china daily. —— daily. it shows california governor jerry brown meeting president xi jingping at the clean energy summit in beijing. china is taking a lead on renewables since donald trump rejected the paris climate accord. the financial times says markets are jittery
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ahead of thursday's testimony by james comey, the sacked fbi director, on capitol hill. he is expected to accuse the president of asking him to drop the investigation into his campaign team and russia. the paper says markets are growing disenchanted with mr trump, the dollar sagging to post election lows. and now, babita, you have a good news story for us, about twins? they are. happy news for george clooney and amal clooney. they have had twins. it is one of each. george clooney‘s publicist announced the birth of a girl, named ella and a boy, called alexander. they were born on tuesday here in the uk where the couple now live. the publicist went on to joke "george is sedated and should recover in a few days". philippine president, rodrigo duterte, has ordered the military to crush islamist militants occupying parts of the southern city of, marawi, on the island of mindanao.
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the clashes started last month. since then at least 170 people have died, including 20 civilians. and more than 180,000 residents have had to flee. sidneyjones is director of the institute for policy analysis of conflict injakarta and an expert on terrorism groups. she told me why the conflict has been so drawn out. i think nobody expected this would be as well planned a takeover as it was. and we are dealing with a coalition of islamic state that can marshal hundreds of fighters, and there is nowhere else in southeast asia where this is the case. it has generated totally euphoria amongst indonesian and malaysians of islamic state. how significant is that? foreign fighters being members of the maute group? i think it is extremely significant. people have been afraid before that we would see
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foreign fighters coming back from syria and iraq, but now we are seeing foreign fighters from within the region being motivated to get to mindanao and joined the jihad the region being motivated to get to mindanao and joined thejihad there. the father and some of the relatives of the maute brothers were captured at eight checkpoint in mindanao yesterday afternoon. could this in any way affect the resolve of the brothers? i don't think so. we are dealing with two very charismatic, very capable leaders, who are middle eastern trained and clearly in com plete eastern trained and clearly in complete command of the people that they have brought together to fight. soi they have brought together to fight. so i don't think the arrest of their pa rents so i don't think the arrest of their parents is going to have any effect on their resolve. are there any risks that we could have seen that there could be other attacks in southeast asia? i think we have
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already seen a couple of attacks in ja ka rta already seen a couple of attacks in jakarta and there is a particular value that these militants attached to doing attacks during ramadan, the fasting month, that we are in right now. so we should not discount the possibility that there could be others. we also can't discount the possibility that there could be more attacks in manila. in manila, the capital? so in what way can the government and intelligence groups neutralise these so—called islamic state back groups? i think there has to be more sharing of information and co—ordination between immigration authorities and security agencies across indonesia, malaysia, and the philippines, in particular. but there needs to be a morcombe brings a strategy than anything you have seen from president duterte. ——
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but there needs to be a morcombe brings in strategy. —— more comprehensive. the british general election campaign is entering its final day with the party leaders out campaigning right across the uk ahead of voting on thursday. as we heard earlier, following the recent terror attacks in manchester and london, security issues are dominating the political debate. 0ur correspondent tom bateman gave me latest from westminster. yes, what we have had is a pretty frenetic penultimate day of campaigning from all the pager parties. as you say, since the attack at the weekend, with britain being in this unprecedented situation of having had to terrorist attacks during a general election campaign, something which has never happened before. —— all the major parties. this is overshadowed the entire debate, particularly in the last few days. what we have had this evening was theresa may, who was out campaigning and rallying with some
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conservative party activists, who, after having given a standard speech, the same she has given on the stump for the last week or so, she then went on to outline a series of anti— terrorism measures that she said were required and that she would bring in, she said, from her first day back in downing street, should you win the general election, she outlined the need for things like longer prison sentences for those convicted of terrorism offences, forforeign those convicted of terrorism offences, for foreign suspects to be deported to their countries of origin more easily. she went on to say ina origin more easily. she went on to say in a controversial part, that if human rights laws prevented any of measures be brought in, she would change those human rights laws. immediately, her labour opponents said it sounded like a u—turn to their manifesto. the conservatives had pledged that they would stay within the european system of human rights. that is not part of the european union system, but it is a system that has been brought into
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british law. the conservatives are denying it is a u—turn, saying basically talking about opt outs while remaining a signatory on the convention. so that is continuing to dominate the debate. i imagine it will be on the front pages on wednesday, the final day of campaigning in the uk election. meanwhile, the lib dems, another party who have opposed the conservatives on many issues, have said that theresa may's approach will not bring more freedom, but that they believe it would increase the likelihood of terrorism. that was tom bateman in westminster. for the past five years, many parts of southern india have been hit by drought. but as sanjoy majumder discovers, one area has managed to overcome the dry spell by using techniques developed in ancient persia. deep underground in southern india,
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an ancient secret, lost for centuries. 0ne an ancient secret, lost for centuries. one that has only recently come to light. these passages we re recently come to light. these passages were cut out of the rock in the 15th century. you can see these lampholders... this the 15th century. you can see these lampholders. .. this doctor stumbleupon five years ago. this is a system which draws groundwater.m isa a system which draws groundwater.m is a sophisticated system built by the region's turkish rulers. —— doctors stumbled upon. these wells are connected with tunnels. so the main well, the motherwell, busy a good source of water. and that it is taken to a place we want to create a settlement, or bass you already have
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a settlement. teams of volunteers cleared the tunnels of dirt and sell. virgin engineers can't these tunnels 600 years ago, using nothing more than pickaxes and shovels. now the water is flowing again —— flowing again. eventually, water should come up to somewhere like this, over my head, supplying the needs of the community who live around here. —— persian engineers carved. it is entirely underground. this professor has been mapping the tunnels using simple aids like google earth and dubious. with the entrances to rid stored, there is 110w entrances to rid stored, there is now plenty of water for the local population. —— and gps. now plenty of water for the local population. -- and gps. there is a good amount of water here. that
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shows that these systems can survive. this year, 26 districts in karnataka survive. this year, 26 districts in karnata ka state were survive. this year, 26 districts in karnataka state were declared drought hit. the first time in yea rs, drought hit. the first time in years, this town is not one of them. unlocking the past has helped secure its future. you have been watching newsday on the bbc. i rico hizon in singapore. goodbye babita sharma. don't gojust yet, singapore. goodbye babita sharma. don't go just yet, rico hizon. -- i'm —— i'm rico. these pandas arejust arrived in china. they will be quarantined for a month while they acclimatise to the new home in chengdu before they go on show to the public. but reports are that they are doing very well. thank you for joining they are doing very well. thank you forjoining us. we will see you soon. hi there.
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the weather caused all kinds of problems on tuesday. a number of serious accidents caused by the strong winds in southern england, in particular. the winds gusted over 60 mph in a number of places, bringing down a few trees and causing those problems. the low pressure that's been responsible for that windy spell of weather still with us then into wednesday but the winds will be very slowly easing a bit over the next 2a hours. this is how we start off the day on wednesday, then. still the winds gusting to 40s and 50s miles an hour. we are still talking about inland gales. outbreaks of rain across eastern areas, drier and brighter further west. and generally, i think, the weather will be improving as we go on through the day. winds continuing to ease a little bit more and there will be a fair bit of sunshine to go around as well. let's take a closer look at he weather through wednesday morning, and across southern counties of england, temperatures pushing into double figures fairly briskly. but they'll still have fairly strong winds first thing in the morning — gusts of 20—30mph or so across the southern counties of england, perhaps a bit stronger around some of the coasts and hills.
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still around 40—50mph as we travel further northwards and eastwards, closer to that area of low pressure. and although many areas will start the day on a dry note with sunshine, across the east we'll have that thicker cloud with persistent outbreaks of rain affecting eastern scotland, in particular. there's the risk of some surface water flooding, affecting parts of eastern scotland as we go through the day as those rainfall totals continued to accumulate. 0therwise, though, we've got a fair bit of dry weather to come as we head through the rest of the day, with sunshine, but the next weather system will be working in late in the day to northern ireland, wales and the south—west. outbreaks of rain pushing into these areas as we head into wednesday evening. then overnight, more wet weather pushes across england and wales. not too much in the way of rain, that said, across south—east england. scotland should stay clear of the rain through the night. but it is the chance for thursday, and you can see low pressure firmly in charge of our weather. more lows waiting out in the wing as well. so we are in for quite an unsettled
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spell at the moment. for thursday, we'll see another batch of rain, pushing northwards across england and wales, northern ireland. not lasting too long. but the rain tending to become a little bit slow—moving as it works into southern scotland as we go on through thursday afternoon. the weather turning a little bit brighter further south and east as we head through the afternoon, but still with quite a bit of cloud around. friday looks like being the better day. drier, more in the way of sunshine. still a few showers dotted around here and there. most of these across northern and eastern areas of scotland. the weekend staying unsettled. if anything, though, probably sunday the better of the two days of the weekend. that's your weather. this is bbc news. our top story: the uk's security services are under mounting pressure after it emerged they were warned about the third london bridge attacker. he's been named as 22—year—old youssef zaghba, a moroccan—italian man who lived in east london. french police have shot and wounded a man who attacked an officer
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with a hammer near notre dame cathedral in paris, in what's being treated as a terrorist incident. french police have shot and wounded a man who attacked an officer with a hammer near notre dame cathedral in paris, in what's being treated as a terrorist incident. scientists have discovered the hottest known planet in the universe. it's called kelt nine—b and its surface is believed to reach temperatures of four—thousand three—hundred celsius. —— 4,300 celsius. the research team say it's twice the size ofjupiter and 650 light years from earth. that's all from me for now. stay with us on bbc news. and the top story here in the uk. theresa may has said she's ready to change any human rights law that
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