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hello, this is bbc news, i'm duncan golestani. our top stories: one person dies as a car ploughs into a crowd of people in the us state of virginia after a day of racial violence. the state governor has strong words for the far—right groups involved. our message is plain and simple, go home. you are not wanted in this great commonwealth. an explosion in the pakistani city of quetta leaves at least 15 people dead and 30 others injured. and disasterfor usain bolt as his final race before retirement ends with an injury. hello.
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one person has died and at least 19 people injured when a car was driven into a crowd in charlottesville in the us state of virginia. earlier, brawls erupted between counter—protesters and white nationalists planning to attend a march. it was called to protest against plans to remove a statue of a general who had fought for the pro—slavery confederacy during the us civil war. the governor of virginia said his only message for the white supremacists was to go home. you are not wanted in this great commonwealth. shame on you. you pretended you're patriots but you are anything but a patriot. you want to talk about patriots, talk about thomas jefferson and george washington, who brought our country together.
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you think about the patriots today, the young men and women wearing the cloth of our country, somewhere around the globe the globe they're putting their life in danger. they're patriots, you are not. you came here today to hurt people and you did hurt people. but my message is clear, we are stronger than you. president trump condemned what he called the hatred and bigotry on many sides, and state officials declared a state of emergency. our correspondent, laura bicker, has been monitoring the clashes from washington. hate has come to the streets of the southern american city. an explosion of violence sparked after a planned protest by white nationalists. the so—called alt—right, including figures from the ku klux klan and saluting neo—nazi sympathisers.
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the day started in a tense stand—off as the group was surrounded by anti—racism activists. it then erupted into taunting, shoving and outright brawling. this event has been declared an unlawful assembly. the rally was cancelled before it even began. as the turmoil subsided, police took back the streets. the crowd dispersed, then this... tyres screech a car, at speed, ploughs through protesters. a state of emergency has now been declared in cha rlottesville. many fear what is known as the alt—right have become emboldened by donald trump's ascent to the white house. the us president said the violence was notjust one—sided. we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. on many sides.
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it's been going on for a long time in our country. amidst the hate, there was some hope. this ain't going to solve nothing. you're out there, beating each other up! a rare and brief moment for division to be set aside. as the mayor now calls for calm to be restored. laura bicker, bbc news, washington. joining me now by webcam is michael bragg, a reporter from local newspaper the daily progress. it's just gone it'sjust gone 9pm it's just gone 9pm in charlottesville, what's the situation on the streets now? yes. a lot of it has cleared out at this time. i walked around downtown a few moments ago and it's mostly state and local police at this point. not much going on right now. michael, this has been brewing as an issue
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for a long time, but were people really expecting violence like this? i don't think people were expecting violence like this. people were definitely concerned and afraid of what was going to happen, but i don't think anybody expected what happened today to actually happen, a car running through people in the downtown mall. in terms of the groups making up what we believe as the white nationalists, what do you know about them in terms of where they have come from and what you know about them ? they have come from and what you know about them? to our understanding they have come from all over the country. last night at the university of virginia they met for a torch rally we counted or guest at least 700 were out there. there were several thousand people out there today so it's hard to say exactly where they came from, we have people claiming on social media they are coming from this and that pa rt they are coming from this and that part of the nation, so it's hard to
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say exactly where everybody came from. we heard very strong words from. we heard very strong words from governor mcauliffe, you know the local area very well, what do you think will happen in the coming hours and coming days?” you think will happen in the coming hours and coming days? i know tomorrow there will be a lot of different events for people to process what has happened. three people have died this weekend, one in the downtown maul and three police officers in a helicopter crash so a lot of people are going to ta ke crash so a lot of people are going to take time to think, regroup and reassess and as the week goes on it will be brought up several times and i'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities for public input and really the community coming together. can i pick up on the two police officers, do you know any more about that? sure. we were released information a little while ago, the names were released. i can pull up the e—mail now. the cause of the crash is still unknown. at this time they are saying there's no foul
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play is suspected, but as far as the names, they are both state police officers from virginia. that's really all we have at this moment in time. michael, appreciate that update from you. michael bragg from the daily progress in charlottesville. an explosion in the pakistani city of quetta has killed at least 15 people and left a0 others injured. authorities believe a security forces vehicle was targeted. the so—called islamic state group has claimed responsibility for the attack. laura westbrook reports. fla mes flames engulf a crowded market in the city of quetta. the aftermath of a suicide attack. the bomb rammed a motorcycle into a military truck which set fire to nearby vehicles. the local bomb disposal squad said at least 25 kilos of explosives was used. translation: a vehicle belonging to our security forces was targeted. according to the information we have received so far there are around 15 casualties.
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dozens of the injured were brought to hospital. the attack happened when people were out celebrating the 70th anniversary of pakistan's independence. is said they carried out the attack. security forces have been targeted by both separatists and various islamist factions for decades. but a series of attacks late last year, like this one on a police training college that killed 61 cadets, has raised concerns about a growing militant presence. laura westbrook, bbc news. the chief of a hospital in the indian state of uttar pradesh
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has been suspended in connection with the deaths of sixty four children in six days. many of the victims were newborn babies. there are allegations that oxygen shortages caused the deaths in the town of gor—ak—pur because suppliers' bills went unpaid. authorities deny this and have ordered an investigation. there was disappointment at the world athletics championships in london for the man considered by many to be the greatest sprinter of all time, jamaica's usain bolt. he failed to finish in the men's 100m relay, which was eventually won by great britain. also leaving the track for good was britain's mo farah in the 5,000m. parvin kumar ramchurn rounds up all of the night's action. in a career decorated in glory, there was not a golden ending for usain bolt in the 100m relay. the 30—year—old jamaican and 8—time olympic gold medallist pulled up injured in the men's relay final while running the final leg forjamaica. the race unexpectedly won by great britain, much to the excitement of the home crowd in london. the united states finished second, with japan taking
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an excellent bronze medal. meanwhile, in the women's 100m relay, there was gold for the united states, with the british team taking silver in a close and exciting race. one of the greatest distance runners of all time, britain's mo farah, also bowed out of track competition at a major championship. the home favourite had been hoping to complete a historic double in the 5,000m, after already securing gold in the 10,000m. however, the british athlete was pushed into second place by ethiopian muktar edris. farah, a a—time olympic gold medallist, will now concentrate on the marathon. in the women's 100m hurdles, there was a triumphant return to london for former olympic champion sally pearson. after two years plagued by injury, the australian produced a time of 12.59 seconds to finish first. and in the men's decathlon, french athlete kevin mayer emerged with the gold medal.
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the 25—year—old, who finished second at the rio olympics last year, finished on 8,768 points. parvin kumar ramchurn, bbc news. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter, i'm @duncangolestani stay with us here on bbc news, still to come: a danish inventor appears in court charged with killing a journalist he took on board his submarine. the kenyan human rights commission has blamed police for using excessive force on protestors after results of the presidential election were announced. they claim 2a people have died in election—related violence since tuesday. leaders of the opposition have appealed for calm, but say they still don't recognise the outcome of the election. alistair leithead reports. after a night of violence, the ambulances brought out the injured from the worst—hit neighbourhoods. some had bullet wounds, others
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machete cuts and head injuries. it's hard to know how many people have been killed or injured in the police crackdown in these opposition strongholds. the clashes continued throughout the day, rock—throwing youths confronting tear gas—firing police. they‘ re dramatic images, and they were intense, but this was largely contained to small areas. well, there have certainly been violent clashes. we've seen people who have been killed and injured. but it is very much just back and forth between local youths and these special units you can see, who are quite well—armed. much of what was fired was tear gas, but there is plenty of evidence live bullets were used. monica atieno lost her nephew, thomas, this morning. i heard that he was shot dead by the police officers. was it a bullet wound in his body? yes, there is a wound, a bullet wound in the chest. kenya's human rights commission said
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the police were using excessive force, despite a denial from the government. people who break into shops are not peaceful protesters. so you cannot say the police used live bullets on peaceful protesters. it is not true. the opposition national super alliance again rejected what they called a sham election, but theirsenior leaders were absent. stealing elections with impunity, in every five years, must come to an end. this is nothing like the level of anger or violence that sparked the killings ten years ago, but it is a test of leadership over the angry opposition supporters and overzealous police, and it is a test for kenyan democracy. alistair leithead, bbc news, nairobi. detectives are questioning a 27—year—old man on suspicion of murdering a mother and daughter in colders green in north london. the women, aged 66 and 33,
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were found stabbed to death at a house in colders green on friday night. a man arrested on suspicion of pushing a woman into the path of an oncoming bus on a bridge in west london has been eliminated from the investigation. eric bellquist was arrested on thursday but his lawyer said there was irrefutable proof he was in the us at the time. the metropolitan police say he'll face no further action. the jogger is still being sought by officers. the unite union has warned that strike action by refuse workers in birmingham, which has left waste piling up in the streets, could continue until christmas. industrial action began at the end ofjune in a row over working conditions and pay. birmingham city council has accused the refuse workers of holding
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the city to ransom. kathryn stanczyszyn reports. itjust keeps mounting up. six weeks of strike action by refuse workers has left some streets in birmingham full of bin bags and vulnerable to vermin. now the union behind the action, unite, says it will ballot its members on continuing that action all the way until christmas. the council is proposing to take safety—critical responsibilities off bin loaders at the back of a bin wagon, endangering my members and the public. but, in doing so, there will be a cost to my members' income of between £3,500 to £5,000 a person. they're already on low incomes, and they simply cannot afford it. the row with birmingham city council over changes to the waste service has deepened, with the council accusing unite of holding the city to ransom. it says it must modernise, saving millions of pounds in the process, and also that no—one will losejobs. the city council says it will have cleared all the backlog by the end of this weekend, and it then has a plan for further disruption. it is also inviting unite to get around the table,
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with it and the independent arbitrators, acas. but workers say, although it is not desirable, they are willing to continue the action for many more months. this bin man spoke to us anonymously. we don't want to, but we are willing to stay out for as long as it takes. if that means up till christmas, then so be it. it is stalemate, but the patience of residents dealing with the consequences is running out. kathryn stanczyszyn, bbc news, birmingham. you are watching bbc news. these are the latest headlines: one person has died after a car was driven into a crowd in the us state of virginia, during clashes between white nationalists and anti—racist p rotesto rs. let's return to our top story, the racial violence in virginia. the bbc‘s joel gunter was in cha rlottesville, when the street brawls erupted. the national guard and riot
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police blocked off the area around emancipation park. when i left it was really starting to dissipate. the last of the white nationalist protesters had been pushed out, and the counter—protesters had moved off, too. some of the white nationalists went briefly up to mcintyre park, where they had a permit to rally. but even there they petered out not long after. virginia is quite a liberal place, cha rlottesville is quite virginia is quite a liberal place, charlottesville is quite a liberal place. it is. lots of people have come out from as far as texas, florida, and california. it's a mixture, a motley crew of different right—wing groups, including the so—called alt—right,
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as well as other more hard—core white nationalist groups and southern defence groups. it's a real different mixture, but a lot of people descending on charlottesville from out of town to make a statement about the statue and about what they see as their heritage. can you explain more about that, about the statue, and the two parks that this centres on? yeah, i mean, it really focuses on what is now being called emancipation park, which was previously lee park and at the heart of the part is the statue of robert e lee, the confederate general. that's planned to be taken down, to be removed and sold, as part of a wider removal of confederate monuments across the country. that's obviously riled up strong feelings on the part of some who think the confederacy is being maligned. john, people were marching on friday. there were arrests.
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do you think there will be questions asked about why saturday's gathering was allowed to go ahead? well, yeah, i was in the middle of it on friday night, when about 200 or so white nationalist protesters lit torches and marched through the university of virginia campus. and that briefly descended into violent clashes on the uva campus, with some students there who had come to confront them. i don't think it really merited cancelling the rally at that point, on saturday. it seemed like an isolated moment of violence. but certainly there were questions raised this morning about the police presence around the rally, as the violence broke out this morning. it took police a little while, really, to even start to get involved in separating people. china's president, xijinping, has urged donald trump and north korea to avoid words and actions that could worsen their political stand—off. chinese state media says mr xi made the plea to mr trump in a phone call. in the past week, pyongyang and washington have been exchanging increasingly angry threats.
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from seoul, robin brant sent this report. president trump has threatened "fire and fury." his military, he says, is now "locked and loaded." but tonight, north korea is getting sound and music from its neighbours in the south. the message at this annual peace concert on the border perhaps a little louder, after a week of increasing tension. this is south korea's capital, just a few dozen miles away from that concert. the people here have long lived with the growing threat from the north. but... translation: i am worried about that, because the level of tension caused by trump's government is much higher than obama's government. translation: trump's policy offers me a comfortable life, because he puts heavy pressure on north korea. i feel comfortable. there are small signs, though, that they may be stepping up their preparedness. there are reports shoppers
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are buying more ready meals, and investors here are buying more gold. in just over a week's time, they will have a civil defence drill here in this city. the sirens will go off, people will be guided from above ground to metro stations or bomb shelters, to take cover from any possible aerial attack. it happens every year. last year, just a handful of districts in seoul took part. but apparently, this year, everyone is taking part. this relationship remains key to finding a solution. china's president, xijinping, has a crucial role if there is to be peace. but, in a phone call, he told mr trump that all relevant parties, him included, should stop exacerbating the situation. it isa
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it is a threat america cannot tolerate. mr trump called quam's president to save less. this is between you and i, but you don't talk like they talk, and you can't do that. you can't do that to people like us. across the sea, injapan, they are preparing missiles, but these are for defence. japanese military transporters have been moved to places where they could intercept any north korean launch. robin brant, bbc news, seoul. seven members of the white helmets in syria, the emergency service in rebel areas, have been buried after they were shot dead at one of their centres. the attack happened in the early hours of saturday in the town of sarmin, 9km east of the city of idlib. their bodies were discovered when volunteers arrived to start a shift. sebastian usher reports. the white helmets have lost many of their rescue workers in bomb blasts and gunfire, but this is the first time so many have been killed in cold blood. they were shot in the head as they worked the night shift. as the seven were being buried
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in the fields outside sarmin, a host of tributes were being paid to them online. the head of the white helmets posted the group's symbol stained with blood. others uploaded video of a man in tears after he rescued a child after an air strike. the white helmets have been celebrated as heroes by many. they have been nominated for the nobel peace prize, and their exploits documented in an oscar—winning film. but not everyone sees the group as whiter than white. they have been attacked as frauds, a western—backed pr stunt, and far too close for comfort tojihadists fighters. the group acknowledges that it receives a financial backing from the west, that some of its members were once fighters, and that, by necessity, they can only work in rebel—held areas. now it is unclear why seven of its members were killed, but the deaths bring another bleak and brutal twist to the syrian conflict.
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a danish inventor who designed the world's biggest privately built submarine has been detained on suspicion of manslaughter. the 46—year—old denies killing a swedishjournalist who had been travelling with him. 30—year—old kim vall was last seen on the submarine, before it sank. our europe regional editor danny aeberhard reports. kim wall and peter madsen, looking out from the home—built nautilus on thursday evening, as it leaves copenhagen. ms wall, apparently seen here, is the only passenger. that much is clear. what happened next is not. the freelance journalist's boyfriend reported her missing, and a huge search was launched. mr madsen was spotted by witnesses on friday, aboard the nautilus. but soon after, it sank — fast. it was located at a depth of seven metres, and efforts to recover it are underway. peter, are you ok? mr madsen was rescued,
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reportedly as the sub went down, by a private boat. he said he was fine, although a little sad, seeing the nautilus go down. peter madsen had hit the headlines in 2008, when he managed to build the nearly—80—metre—long vessel using online crowdfunding. he was arrested when he returned to shore. the inventor says he dropped ms wall off on one of copenhagen's islands on thursday night. police are examining cctv footage to try to verify this. he has appeared in court in a closed hearing. prosecutors said it was needed to shield relatives from emerging details, and to give space for the ongoing police investigation, one that could have stepped from the pages of even the most imaginative danish crime thriller. now the weather, with louise lear. good morning.
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well, despite a few nuisance showers across north—east england, for many of us, saturday was a promising day. and a ridge of high pressure continues to build through the night, so clear skies here, withjust a little bit more in the way of cloud across the essex and kent coasts, with the legacy of those saturday showers. but, generally speaking, it is quiet start to sunday. it will be a chilly one, not necessarily in towns and city centres, but in rural spots, expect low single figures to greet you first thing this morning. but there will be a light breeze, and with those clear skies comes lots of pleasant sunshine. so not a bad start to the day. as we go through the afternoon, cloud will start to bubble up, and we'll see a few isolated showers, but hopefully they'll be few and far between. favoured spots likely across scotland and northern ireland. if you dodge the showers, with light winds, 17 or 18 degrees will feel quite pleasant. certainly a better day through the borders, north—east england, down into lincolnshire, in comparison to yesterday. fine, dry and sunny. yes, the risk of an isolated shower further west, into wales and south—west england.
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but again, you'll be unlikely to catch those, so highs of 19 to 20 degrees here, and low 20s quite possibly, again if we get the sunshine continuing. so, if you're heading off for the final day of the world athletics championships, whether it is the morning or the evening session, perfect weather conditions for those spectators, and for the athletes. spectators and for the athletes. and a similar story, as well, for the premiership matches taking place today. very nice indeed, largely dry here. now, as we move out of sunday, into monday, a change to come. a weather front moves in from the west. it'll bring the heaviest of the rain through scotland, in particular, and north—west england. light and patchy into northern ireland, wales and south—west england. the best of the sunshine, really, through east anglia, the east midlands, down into the south—east corner. here, we could see highest values around 22 or 23. but, even in the cloud and the rain, we're looking at around 15 to 19 degrees. so once the rain lifts and the brightness returns, not too bad an affair. that front will still clear away. it is not going to bring that much
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in the way of persistent rain across the east, but it will do so through tuesday night, into the start of the day. so on tuesday it looks as though we will see a scattering of showers, but not a bad affair. 17 to 23 degrees the overall high. that front still to clear away, and then another waits in the wings for wednesday. but, ahead of it, it stays relatively quiet, so not a bad day on wednesday. it will cloud over from the west with that rain arriving, but that is going to be the story this week. there will be some spells of sunshine from time to time, but also, we can't rule out spells of rain. one person has died and at least 19 others were injured when a car was driven into a crowd in the american city of charlottesville, where demonstrations were being held against a far—right march. officials say there have been another two deaths linked to clashes. an explosion in the pakistani city of quetta has left at least 15 people dead and 30 others injured. the pakistani military said the explosion targeted an army vehicle and several vehicles were set alight. the biggest star in world athletics,
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usain bolt, of jamaica, has competed in his last major championship. bolt led his team in the ax100m sprint relay in london, but he pulled up injured in the final straight. great britain won the gold, and silver went to the united states. now on bbc news, it's dateline london.
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