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a very warm welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to our viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. how top stories: —— our top stories: more questions for the uk's security services. it's emerged they were warned about the third london bridge attacker. he's been named as 22—year—old youssef zaghba. an australian nurse, kirsty boden, is the third victim to be named — she was killed as she ran to help others during the attack. president trump claims credit for the blockade of qatar by some of its gulf neighbours — he claims it could be "the beginning of the end" for terrorism. and we report from inside raqqa as fighters enter the city stronghold of the extremist group that calls itself islamic state. hello. all three men who carried out the terror attack at london bridge have now been named. and the british prime minister has
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announced a review by police and mi5 — there are growing concerns that warnings about two of the attackers were not followed up. the third attacker was youssef zaghba, a 22—year—old italian national of moroccan descent. italian authorities say he was stopped from travelling to syria last year, and his name was then shared with british authorities. there are more questions about the third attacker, khuram butt, who'd been investigated two years ago. this report from our home editor mark easton. the faces of a self appointed death squad. we now know the identities of all three men who went on a killing spree in london on saturday night, today police naming this man — youssef zaghba — as the third member of the gang. zaghba was born in fez in morocco, to a moroccan father and italian mother. 22 years old, he recently moved to east london where he worked in a restaurant. but last year he was stopped by security forces at bologna airport, in italy, on suspicion of trying to make his way to fight in syria — literature relating to so—called
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islamic state in his bag. placed on the italian terror watch—list, uk police today said neither they nor mi5 regarded him as a person of interest. in italy, a prosecutor claimed today the british authorities had been tipped off about zaghba, who lived at this house in bologna. one of his relatives said he'd hoped to find a job in the uk. translation: he went to london, he was away for two or three months and then he came back. he was here for a month and then he told his mum, "i'm leaving, because here there's nothing and in london i can work." the fact that zaghba was a terror suspect in italy adds to the pressure on british security services to explain why they were caught blind ahead of saturday's terrible attack. another member of the gang, of course khuram butt,
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was well—known to police and mi5, prompting searching questions as to whether more could or should have been done to prevent mass murder. we will look at how this, how the processes were followed, what they did. they will be wanting to look at that, because they will want to learn lessons for the future, if there are lessons to be learned. butt appeared in this channel 4 documentary on radical islamists last year, linking into extremist preacher anjem choudary, now in jail for encouraging support for so—called islamic state. despite this, security service interest in him was scaled down. the bbc has described butt‘s cv, in which he describes himself as a motivated, zealous and trusted individual who had worked in security, welcoming guests and securing buildings. he worked on the london underground last year, but claimed his responsibilities included "assisting customer evacuation where necessary." in pakistan today, his uncle said he was ashamed, and said his nephew's victims were constantly on his mind. i don't know why they were killed.
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some have suggested the killings might have been prevented if any of the men had been subject to a court order known as a tpim, restricting the movements of terror suspects who haven't been convicted of a crime. but the man who until recently officially reviewed terror legislation for the government says the orders are really aimed at a small number of individuals where strong evidence of terrorist activity exists, but can't be used in open court for security reasons. for that limited category of people, they're very useful. where they don't help is in relation to people who can't be shown to have promoted terrorism or plotted terrorism, but who may be sympathetic to terrorists. more detail emerged today
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about the last member of the three—man gang, north african—born rachid redouane. he was married to a british citizen and lived in dublin for a time before relocating to east london. a house in ilford was targeted in a counterterror operation early today. bell tolls at 11 o'clock this morning, britain was encouraged to stop for one minute, to pause and to reflect on the events of saturday night. through the minds of many will have run the question, why did this have to happen? mark easton, bbc news, london bridge. two victims of the attack were named today. kirsty boden was a 28—year—old nurse from australia who worked at nearby guy's hospital. a french man was also killed — 27 year—old alexandre pigeard, from normandy. a second australian national is also known to have died. across the uk, at ”am this morning, there was a minute's silence
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to remember all the victims, the second in the space of a fortnight. alison holt reports. bell tolls a time to remember, a time to reflect on an attack at the heart of london. bell tolls 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.
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in these quiet moments, for some, the anguish is too much. 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.
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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, 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.
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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, 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. french police have shot and injured a man who attacked an officer with a hammer near notre dame cathedral in paris. officials are treating the incident as terrorism. they say the man shouted "this is for syria". 1000 visitors were kept by police inside the cathedral as the entire area was locked down.
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president trump has spoken to king salman of saudi arabia amid the escalating crisis over qatar. the president had earlier praised the kingdom's move to isolate its neighbour over its alleged funding of extremists. but the white house said the us was in contact with all parties to try and resolve the dispute between important us allies, while the pentagon thanked qatar for hosting the largest us air force base in the middle east. the rift has affected oil prices, hit travel and shipping, and left supermarkets in qatar short of goods. let's speak now to political analyst and author eric ham. thank you forjoining us, eric. it does seem a curious way for a us president to speak of and to treat a us ally, which has an enormous military base and thousands of us troops. that is right. it is. and you wonder what exactly donald trump is doing. but what you do understand
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is doing. but what you do understand is donald trump has a tendency to be unpredictable. and you're right. the united states has a military inspiration that which is vital to combating and fighting terrorism in the region. —— installation. but as donald trump commends saudi arabia for its actions, we know that rex tillerson has offered to work with all nations to try to come to some kind of negotiation settlement. so while donald trump is excoriating cutter on the one hand and lauding saudi arabia on the other, he is putting the weight and influence of the united states by the situation, try to resolve the problem. -- qatar. the president also has a tendency to take credit for things which are not down to him or are not true. but in this case, he can claim credit? he can. donald trump has
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been very engaged, very involved in the region, particularly with rebuilding and reshaping his relationship and the us‘s relationship and the us‘s relationship with saudi arabia. that was his first stop on his overseas trip, and there is a relationship established, and a dealfor sale of r established, and a dealfor sale of weaponry in the range of $300 billion. so we know that donald trump is looking to make changes and reshape the region, and i think what he's doing now is saying us credibility, as well as his own personal credibility, is now on the line. because we now have a high sta kes line. because we now have a high stakes game of chicken going on between qatar, which is actually tried to play all things to all people in the region, and with the other five nations, led people in the region, and with the otherfive nations, led by saudi arabia and bahrain, trying to freeze out qatar. there are conspiracy theories running rife. these will be
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lines that russia has shaken the nato alliance, that they are trying to destabilise the region by placing fa ke to destabilise the region by placing fake news in the area. qatar actually enjoys normalised relations with iran. and we know that iran is a strong ally, and russia is a strong ally of iran. it would not surprise me one bit if russia is actually trying to foment discord and division in the region in a week to try and change relationships not just with iran, but with all nations. so i do believe that in the united states is go to play a role, it is going to require a deft hand and enormous diplomatic tools, which
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right now, unfortunately, the united states has not have at its disposal. it is important to note that there isa it is important to note that there is a bottleneck within the white house and the state department, in that rectal ulcer does not have the tools he needs to actually does not have the ability to wade through the situation. —— in that rex tillerson does not have. we still have affairs in the region, but do not have had agents for international development there. beatles are not at his right now to actually try to work out a copper mine. —— there are not at his hands the tools to work out a compromise. much will the come — why survivors from the pulse nightclub tragedy are
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now encouraging people to donate blood. 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. over 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 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. this is bbc news.
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the latest headlines: uk security services are facing more questions following revelations that they werewarned about the third london bridge attacker. he's been named as 22 year—old youssef zaghba. in syria fighters backed by us forces have, for the first time, entered the outskirts of raqqa — the city stronghold of so—called islamic state. the ground forces, made up largely of syrian kurds, have launched attacks from the east, west and north of the city — after declaring a new phase in the battle. our correspondent rami ruhayem has obtained rare footage from inside raqqa and reports on the battle to retake the last is bastion inside syria. the ground work to capture raqqa from the islamic state group has been under way for months. kurdish—led forces, backed by the us, have been advancing towards the city and sealing off access routes. now, with the help of heavy air strikes, they've advanced to raqqa's
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eastern edge and are fighting inside the city for the first time. translation: we declare today the start of the great battle to liberate the city of raqqa, the so—called capital of terrorism and terrorists. with the international coalition‘s warplanes and the state of art weapons we will seize raqqa. many civilians have already fled the city, but an estimated 200,000 remain trapped. anyone living in raqqa now faces the threat of air strikes or the danger of being used as human shields, a well—known tactic of is. here's a rare glimpse inside the city. the milita nts' grip on their self—declared capital means we rarely get to see these streets.
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despite regular air strikes, they show a city still open for business, but one also prepared for the new dangers ahead. sandbags line every house and business, preparations for the imminent ground assault and street to street fighting. in some neighbourhoods, is have set up sheets of canvas to shield their movements from aircraft. in istanbul we met three activists who say they have risked their lives to smuggle these pictures out of raqqa. abu ahmed says the group are in constant contact with those still inside. translation: wherever you go there are tunnels. the city is on high alert. the mood is of war, of preparing for street fighting. civilians have been hit hard by us—led air strikes on raqqa. exact figures are hard to come by, but abu ahmed says no—one inside the city is safe. translation: people inside are the ones carrying the burden. they're being shelled and children are in a terrible mental state. the artillery shelling is close by. it's a city of death. anyone can die any time.
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fighting for the very survival of their self—declared caliphate, the odds are now stacked against is. the battle is likely to be long and bloody as they hang on to their last stronghold in syria. rami ruhayem, bbc news, in syria. this monday it will be a year since the attack on the pulse nightclub in orlando — it was america's bloodiest mass shooting. 49 people died. now survivors, saved by strangers who donated blood, are encouraging others to become donors. rajini vaidya nathan reports. the beating heart of orlando's gay community, now a place to remember and reflect. some survivors, likejeff and tony, find it too painful some survivors, likejeff and tony, find it too painful to return to pulse. jeff remembers the gunman opening fire. for him, the memories are still raw. oh, my god. we were trapped. we had nowhere to run.
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we were trapped in the bathroom. my friends and i were there with about 15 or 20 other people. and we were shot, multiple times. and i bled out for over three hours. jeff was shot in the neck, stomach and legs. the paramedics saying that, "he's blue, he's blue, he's blue. he's lost a lot of blood, he's blue." and i later learned that i received blood from over a0 donors so that's a lot of blood. it was blood donations that saved jeff's life. after eight operations, he's making a steady recovery. in the wake of the tragedy, hundreds queued at this blood bank in orlando to do whatever they could to help. in one week alone, 28,000 units of blood were donated — more than double what they usually get. people came in to help replenish the blood supply. but it was the donors that came in in the days and weeks before the pulse tragedy that were helping
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save those lives that night, because the blood has to be donated in advance of it ever being needed. so those survivors are partnering with us in helping get out that awareness to the community, that don't wait for a tragedy to donate. donate now because blood is needed every day. i survived something really terrible, really crazy and the best thing we can do is try to make something positive come out of this big negative. pulse nightclub has not reopened since the attack last year. but people continue to leave flowers and tributes to the victims. there are plans to turn the club into a lasting memorial and museum for those who died but the campaign by some survivors to encourage blood donations is something they feel could become another lasting legacy. rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news, orlando. 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.
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the research team who made the discovery at ohio state university say it's twice the size ofjupiter and 650 light years from earth. i'm joined now by one of the co—authors of the report, professor keivan stassun. you found this three years ago but it has taken this long to believe you were seeing what you are seeing? that's exactly right. when you find something that is unbelievable, it took us a while to take it as something to believe. it is a remarkable discovery. the surface of the planet is almost as hot as the sun. imagine a world that goes around a star that is so hot that the star glows violent. it goes
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around this start every two days. a year is two days long. compare that to earth. most impressively and importantly, this planet receives 100 trillion times more ultraviolet radiation than we receive from our sun. that means the atmosphere is literally being foldaway, vaporise to the tune of1 billion kg every second. the planet is massive, twice as big as jupiter second. the planet is massive, twice as big asjupiter but it actually will not last very long? it probably won't last more than 100 million yea rs, won't last more than 100 million years, a blink of an eye in astronomical terms. what is interesting to contemplate is the fate of this planet is that it will
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either be swallowed up by its star 01’ either be swallowed up by its star or perhaps, if it possesses a small rocky core, as some of the reasons suggest, what might be left behind isa suggest, what might be left behind is a small rocky and that like our mercury, resembling a different kind of world than what seeing today. this setup is really unusual?m of world than what seeing today. this setup is really unusual? it is unlike anything astronomers have discovered inaudible of the extremes of the kinds of world that exist in the universe. i think our earthly communications are failing us. thank you for talking to arsenal ‘s top it was fascinating. the actor george clooney and his wife amal have become parents to twins. amal clooney gave birth to ella and alexander on tuesday. george clooney‘s publicist said the twins are happy, healthy and doing fine and joked that george is sedated and should recover in a few days.
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i wanted to show you a truly bad day on the water. the new zealand catamaran ca psizing right on the water. the new zealand catamaran capsizing right at the starting line. all crew are a kyneton fall. needless to say, they lost this race but they are leading the series. —— all crew are ok. and accounted for. youssef zaghba, a moroccan italian man, 22 years old has been identified as the third attacker in the london bridge tragedy. hi there. the weather caused all kinds of problems on tuesday. a number of serious accidents caused
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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. otherwise, 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 spell at the moment. for thursday, we'll see
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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. the latest headlines for you from bbc news: 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 youseff zaghba, a moroccan—italian man who lived in east london. president trump has claimed credit for the blockade of qatar by some of its gulf neighbours,
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who accuse it of supporting terrorism in the region. he said his recent visit to saudi arabia was "already paying off" and the development might mark the "beginning of the end to terrorism". fighters backed by us forces have, for the first time, entered the outskirts of raqqa, the city stronghold of so—called islamic state. the ground forces, made up largely of syrian kurds, have launched attacks from the east, west and north of the city, after declaring a new phase in the battle. now on bbc news, panorama. this rugged and beautiful landscape was once the scene of a short but brutal conflict. in 1982, a small british overseas territory in the
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atlantic, known as the falkland islands, was invaded by argentina. a task force set sail from britain to reclaim the islands. over 100 vessels and nearly 26,000 men and women, some as young as 18. vessels and nearly 26,000 men and women, some as young as 18m vessels and nearly 26,000 men and women, some as young as 18. it was the moment i was robbed of my youth. i don't think anybody, as a 19—year—old, should witness that much death. the british defeated the argentines injust much death. the british defeated the argentines in just under three weeks, and returned home victorious. but what happened after the parades we re but what happened after the parades were finished and the flags were put away? i was still young.

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