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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm mike embley. 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. british prime minister theresa may has said she's prepared to rip up human rights laws to ensure british police have the powers they need to tackle the terrorist threat. if our human rights laws stop us from doing it, we'll change the laws so we can from doing it, we'll change the laws so we can do it. president trump is claiming credit for the blockade of qatar by some of its neighbours, claiming it could be the beginning of the end for terrorism. and we report from inside raqqa as fighters enter the city
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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 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. 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.
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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 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
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of saturday's terrible attack. another member of the gang, of course khuram butt, 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 obtained 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
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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. 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
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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 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
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guy's hospital. a frenchman was also killed — 27—year—old alexandre pigea rd from normandy. a second australian national is also known to have died. not officially named yet. across the uk at 11:00 this morning there was a minute's silence 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,
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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. 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
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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, 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
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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, 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. the british prime minister says she is prepared to change human
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rights laws if that's necessary to fight extremism. mrs may, who's been criticised by opponents for reducing police numbers as home secretary, was speaking with just two days to the election. the opposition labour party said that what was needed was more money for policing and for prisons. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports on the final stages of a campaign dominated by questions over security. the rallies, the battle buses, and him. this might look like a traditional tory campaign, yet it has been anything but. stalled by two terror attacks within weeks. at the last minute, a new promise. longer prison sentences for those convicted, making it easier to deport foreign terror suspects back to their own country, and if human rights laws stop us from doing it we will
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change them so we can. she has vowed to get on with that on friday if you let her keep the red boxes. but she's been challenged on her own record on security in the days since the attack. do you fear there were intelligence failures in this case or is it the case but no matter how we try, some cases will slip through? the police and security services have done a good job of filing plots, five in the last month. and a significant number since in the last few years. they will want to learn lessons for the future, if there are those lessons to be learned. thank you very much, everybody. security may be a political help as well as a
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hindrance to mrs may. we have a tory party forced to ask questions about whether security was good enough. we've answered those questions. i think people will feel safer in those beds supporting theresa may. think people will feel safer in those beds supporting theresa maylj know i do. the on the smiles of the campaign, and the oh so casual conversations, the most serious of subjects over the last few days. yet labour's enthusiasm is undimmed. jeremy corbyn is cheered most everywhere goes, but he too is under pressure. everywhere we go, the crowds get bigger. yet how would he combat terror? we are all worried that will happen again. it requires vigilance but also proper resources, and therefore cutting police numbers and therefore cutting police numbers and not funding those involved in security is a problem, so we will put 10,000 more police officers on
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the street, because that affect safety a nd the street, because that affect safety and confidence. you can't ta ke safety and confidence. you can't take 20,000 policemen off the beat and expect the same security before they were cut. it's not possible. the ideological approach theresa may is taking that we have to police people '5 minds, it really is about numbers of people on the ground. people '5 minds, it really is about numbers of people on the groundlj think we have to look after each other, love one another. that's more important. a stridently different tone from ukip. islamists extremism isa tone from ukip. islamists extremism is a cancer within our society, and this is a cancer that needs to be cut out. the lib dems also on the back foot in this campaign, urging caution. sadly we discover that those people guilty of the pathetic, cowardly murders in manchester and london in the last fortnight are people who are known to the security forces. the question is not intelligence and new powers, it's having the resources to be able to
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keep us safe. security, though, one of the few issues that matters in every corner of the country. we have an opportunity in scotland to send a real message about the kind of country we want to be. theresa may is on the ropes in this election. it's no longer inevitable she'll get a bigger majority. events have changed this campaign may be like no other. few would have predicted this. can you give it up please allah rally that's taking place in brighton? labour rally, screened live in six places the country. a rock here, but we all determine who finds the pot of gold. you can get the very latest on the british election on our website: 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". a thousand visitors were kept by police inside the cathedral as the entire area
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was locked down. a year s a year :/startfeed. to survive as orlando and some of the strongest advocates for giving 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
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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. the main headline: 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. 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
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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. earlier i spoke with political analyst and author eric ham and asked him about president trump's seemingly conflicted attitude towards qatar. 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,
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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 been very engaged, very involved in the region, particularly with rebuilding and reshaping his 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 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
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personal credibility, is now on the 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 by saudi arabia and bahrain, trying to freeze out qatar. there are conspiracy theories running rife. the woman at the centre of the bill cosby sexual salt trials as she was frozen at the time. andrea constand alleged the bill cosby molested her and she was unable to fight back. he denies the allegations. uber has sacked at least 20 employees and is taking other action against staff all in relation, it says, to sexual harassment,
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bullying and issues about poor company culture. the bbc understands some dismissals are at a very senior level. amal clooney, human rights lawyer and wife of george clooney, has given birth to twins. they're the couple's first children. the actor's publicist said the twins, ella and alexander, are happy and healthy and added that, "george is sedated but should recover in a few days." in syria, fighters backed by american forces have, for the first time, entered the outskirts of raqqa, city stronghold of the extremist group that calls itself islamic state. ground troops, mainly syrian kurds, have launched attacks from the east, west and north. they're calling it a new phase in the battle. the bbc‘s rami ruhayem has obtained rare footage from inside raqqa. the groundwork 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
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strikes, they've advanced to raqqa's 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. 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
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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.
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the artillery shelling is close by. it's a city of death. anyone can die any time. 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. this monday it will be a year since the attack on the pulse nightclub in orlando — 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 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. we were trapped in the bathroom. my friends and i were there
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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 save those lives that night,
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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. that's it from us. 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 —
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gusts of 20—30mph or so across the southern counties of england, perhaps a bit stronger around some of the coasts and hills. 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.
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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 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. the headlines: 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. especially in iran. 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 — hardtalk.
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