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this is bbc world news today. police in spain stay terror network behind thursday's attack was planning a much bigger atrocity. this is the scene live in barcelona. hundreds of candles mark the spot where the biggest attack took place. side by side for a minute's silence, the king of spain and the prime minister. two people die and at least six others are injured in a stabbing in finland. police say it is not being treated as a terrorist incident. president trump fires his chief strategist steve bannon. welcome to world news today. police
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in spain say that thejihadist who killed 14 in spain say that thejihadist who killed 1a people in two vehicle attacks had been planning a much bigger atrocity involving explosives. the police say the plot seems to be disrupted by the explosion of a bomb factory. 13 people were killed and scores wounded yesterday when a van was driven into crowds in the centre of barcelona. during the night, five suspected terrorists were shot dead ina suspected terrorists were shot dead in a coastal town of cambrils after they drove a car into people killing one. four people have been arrested in connection with the attacks. my colleague is in barcelona. a shared silence. across another european city touched by terror, one minute of stillness filled the space that words could not. a void with a single burning question — why?
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then, as king felipe and prime minister rajoy looked on, applause and defiance. no tinc por! "we are not afraid", they chanted. but the previous 2a hours of violence were shocking. this, a street in the coastal town of cambrils. a terror suspect is cornered and is wearing what police believe is a suicide belt. they decide there is only one course of action. the dead man was one of five who tried to mow people down in a car on the nearby seafront. all the attackers were shot by police and investigators now believe they were part of a terrorist cell of eight to 12 people,
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some of whom were in this house, 120 miles from barcelona the night before, when a blast killed one person and injured seven others. it's thought explosive devices were being prepared, as well as the blueprint for barcelona's las ramblas attack. nick mouncey and stephanie walton from lincoln were caught up in the panic as a white van ploughed into the path of hundreds of people. they ran for cover into a nearby cafe. the only thing that was going through my head was the paris, and the london attacks, where the attackers would come through restaurants and bars, shooting and stabbing people. ijust thought, oh, my god, we're going to get shot, nick, we're going to get shot. it just felt like it was never ending, wasn't it? when we turned around, on that first bang, everybody on the floor, bodies everywhere, there were kids everywhere and people shouting. like, that... i can't seem to shift that from my mind at all. it is absolutely heartbreaking,
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what people have gone through here. and you were running for your lives? absolutely. you run in in sheer panic and terror because you don't really understand what's happened for probably about a minute or two. and then when you see the people on the floor, you realise what actually has happened. police have released this image of four suspects. a young moroccan man, moussa oukabir, and three others. his older brother, driss oukabir, was arrested yesterday. this evening, more details are emerging of the victims, from 2a different countries. like bruno gulotta, who was 35, from rome, on holiday with his wife and two young children. a little boy and girl, now left fatherless. and there are concerns forjulian cadman, who's seven and thought to have dual australian and british nationality. he hasn't been seen since the attack. the spanish are resilient people. 2a hours after the blood—letting, this is las ramblas. where a few hours ago bodies lay, now there are flowers.
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and on the boulevard where the white van eventually crashed, there's a shrine. so many have told us life must go on, that the terrorists will never win. but lives have been changed here forever. later on we will speak to a terrorism expert. now finland, where police say that two people have been killed and at least seven have been injured ina killed and at least seven have been injured in a stabbing attack in the city of turku. a young man has been arrested. he is thought to be the only suspect. authorities say they're increasing security. the european commission president, jean—claude juncker said:
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i spoke to a journalist from finland who was near by when the attack happened. i asked who was near by when the attack happened. iasked him who was near by when the attack happened. i asked him what he saw.|j was at the bank in the central and i just saw people panicking outside the window. people running towards, after another, i don't know the reason they were doing that. when i come out i seen they were shouting, catch the terrorist. just a few seconds later i have seen that the two ladies have been stabbed in front of bank and ijust ran into one of the worst one, a little bit older lady, just around the corner from the place i was in and i tried to give her first help and at the same time tried to call the police and the ambulance. it was really chaos at that time. this was one of
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the people that had been attacked? yes. yes, then we tried to concentrate on that lady, to save her life if we can and at the same time call the police and the ambulance and then after that for after about ten minutes, the ambulance came there and tried to give her treatment and take her to hospital. so sit was very, very bad situation especially for this lady, because it was... we thought that i'm quite surprised if she survived. i know you then went to the press conference that the authorities gave. what points of information do you think stood out from what they said? not so much. you know what we are talking about the country that has been very peaceful for a very long time. one of the best civilised
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countries in the world finland and outside people in finland are generous and civilised and they a lwa ys generous and civilised and they always come to help. people were shocked in every where of this country, because we thought that this might not happen. we have seen the tvs in barcelona and in france and belgium, but we thought finland might bea and belgium, but we thought finland might be a bit different. we are not a colonised country. when i see the police today in the press conference, the things you can see from there is that everything is about the beginning. they don't want to give anything away. they don't think, they don't want to say this is terrorism or a terrorist act. the only thing we got from there is we tried to find out, there was eight people, there was nine people altogether, two has been dying and seven injured in total today. so
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everything is aboutjust trying to find out what was the motives, who was this guy, why he did what he has done. is that resulted to barcelona 01’ done. is that resulted to barcelona or whatever it happened. that is all the questions that haven't been answered. a journalist from the questions that haven't been answered. ajournalist from finland speaking to me earlier. now president trump's chief strategist, steve bannon, is out. the white house chief strategist, who helped the president win the election is the president win the election is the latest to get the push. let's get the latest from gary o'donoghue. we were not sure whether he was push orde resigned, but we know now he has been fired? yes given the big heave hoe by president trump and speaks of speculation. some suggestion he may have tendered that resignation a couple of weeks ago,
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but officially today now we know that he is out, out for a number of reasons. he made some enemies in the white house, in the national security advisor and the president's son—in—law. he had been accused by donald trump himself of being behind some of leaks from the white house and he has been given a bunch of unauthorised interviews, including one in which he said north korea was a side show for the administration. that is totally at odds to what this white house thinks. will it matter that he goes? he does represent the right of centre, the alternative right of centre, the alternative right as it is sometimes called. he is accused by critics of being a neo—nazi sympathiser, something he has denied. but he is popular with that right—wing base that helped get donald trump elected. the sort of poon donald trump elected. the sort of poor, white, working class, voters,
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so his departure will not be welcomed by them. we have seen on one particular right—wing web—site, some warnings to donald trump that he shouldn't become a hostage to the sort of mainstream traditional republican views, otherwise some of his base may well turn on him. donald trump was criticised for being slow to condemn the far right protest in charlottesville. this isn't why steve bannon has been fired. there hasn't be a change of direction from donald trump?|j fired. there hasn't be a change of direction from donald trump? i don't think so, to some extent getting rid of steve bannon may ease some pressure on donald trump and lead some people to think, well, you know, he is trying to send a bit of an indication about the way this thing has been handled. but in the majority of this situation, donald trump has inflicted the problems on himself by coming out firstly and
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saying there was violence on many sides. then appearing to sort of toe a more traditional line and condemn the neo—nazis and then go back do his original line in that extraordinary slanging match with the press. so i don't think steve bannon can be blamed for what happened this week. but his departure may ease some pressure. i would be surprised if you see a massive ideological gear change as a result of his depart when you are. because donald trump know what is got him elected. thank you very much. stay with us here on bbc world news. we have more to come, including didn't he do well? the king of british saturday night tv entertainment has died at 89. we look back at the life of sir bruce forsyth. washington is today assessing the
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political health of world's most powerful man. i did have a relationship with her that was not appropriate. in fact, relationship with her that was not appropriate. infact, it relationship with her that was not appropriate. in fact, it was wrong. in south africa, 97 people have been killed today in one of worst days of violence between rival black groups. over the last ten days, 500 have died. russia is observing a national day of mourning for the 118 who died on board the kursk. we are with them in our hearts. the pope has celebrated mass between two and a half million people in poland. stay with us, chanted this ocean of humanity. well, well, joked the
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pope, so you want me to desert rome? welcome to bbc world news today. the headlines: police in spain say that thejihadist behind thursday's van attack had planned a much bigger atrocity involving knives and explosives. president trump has fired his chief strategist, steve bannon. now let's return to our top story and barcelona is the latest european city to suffer an attack where vehicles have been used to mow down people. for the authorities, such attacks are difficult to prevent and many have been wondering what more can be done to stop them. let's cross live to speak to a
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lecturer in politics and terrorism in madrid. when it comes to this particular area of spain, it has been known as a hotspot for this type of activity for some time. just tell us about the area itself. it's the region which has the biggest muslim community in spain. it also has the highest rate of detention related to jihadism in has the highest rate of detention related tojihadism in the latest year. and it has been known for the activity of radical preachers and very importantly of organisations which are legal like tablic that are also known for extolling a type of ideology which is very close to violentjihadism. sometimes this type of organisations can act as...
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fire walls forjihadism. but sometimes they act and play the role of co nvoyor sometimes they act and play the role of convoyor belts tojihadism and catalonia has been known for this activity. just two years ago a number of businesses were cracked down upon for financing terrorism, money was being sent from spain to the middle east? yes, there has been some detentions, arrests because of activities related to terrorism, among them the ones you described. some years ago, there was a plot foiled in barcelona. it is in fact the only plot that has been attempted since the terrorist attacks in madrid on march 11th 2004, although it has been a high activity ofjihadist in spain, very
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few plots, only the one that i described in 2008, which was foiled, an attempt to attack the underground in barcelona and the one attack we have seen in the last couple of yea rs. have seen in the last couple of years. i know it is arley in the investigation —— early in the investigation, but do you think it was an inspired attack by islamic state or was there something more direct? yes i think it is a very important issue. because some of the media are accepting the interpretation of events from islamic state, the body of the islamic state, the body of the islamic state, the body of the islamic state claimed responsibility for the attack. but we are we have to bear in mind this has occurred in the past and it has been proven there was no links to the terrorist
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group itself. it was basically previous terrorist attacks in europe like in london or berlin, they were perpetrated by individuals who were definitely inspired by this type of ideology of the islamic state, but without any concrete link with the organisation. so in this case, the second hypothesis seems at the minute more plausible, which is that these individuals did not have direct contact or didn't follow orders from the terrorist group, which is quite weakened at the minute, the islamic state, but they we re minute, the islamic state, but they were inspired by their ideology and perpetrated this terrorist attack trying to acquire as the means fairly rudimentary as we have seen. thank you very much for sharing your expertise. now all the sport and the
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sporting world has been responding to the attacks in barcelona. yes on friday, spanish football was united in reflecting on the terror attacks. many clubs held silences ahead of training and players will wear black arm bands this weekend. barcelona led the tributes. the same as madrid. and there was a front—page that say, today we cannot speak about sport. as well as black arm bands, there is a minute's silence ahead of the matches in the la liga. barcelona don't play until sunday and later that day real madrid start their campaign. for a third time, liverpool have turned down an offer from barcelona for philippe coutinho
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believed to be in the region of $146 million. liverpool say the brazilian is not for sale. barcelona consider coutinho a replacement for neymar who, left tojoin paris in a record deal earlier this month. tottenham have signed a defender davidson sanchez from ajax. the columbian will be the club's first summer signing. he will ease anxiety for fa ns signing. he will ease anxiety for fans who have been concerned about the club's lack of summer signings. the deal is subject to a medical and a work permit. chelsea boss antonio co nte a work permit. chelsea boss antonio conte has been speaking and laughing about diego costa's situation. he had told the striker he had no future at the club and since then
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the pair have had a bitter relationship. antonio conte has managed to see the funny side when asked about the striker, saying he would be treated like criminal. laughter. it's great. it's great. i'm not interested to continue this issue and i repeat, for me, he is the past. stop. rain stopped play on the past. stop. rain stopped play on the second day of the first test between england and the west indies with england in control. alastair cook struck a double century as england declared on 514. the west indies reply got off to bad start,
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losing brathwaite for 0. but they reached 44—1 before the rain set in for the evening. in the solheim cup, an impressive performance from team europe mean they lead day one. after the foursome play, the europeans managed a two and a half lead to a one and a half lead. going on is the four ball and the americans are fighting back. that is all for now. thank you. one of britain's best known entertainers, sir bruce forsyth has
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died at the age of 89. he was famous for his catch phrases and his dancing. he entertained generation after generation. we will leave you with david sillito looking back at his life. live from london, this is strictly come dancing. please welcome your hosts... bruce forsyth! when it comes to tv history, bruce forsyth was simply the face of saturday night. strictly come dancing, the last hurrah in a career that went back more than 70 years. the boy bruce, the mighty atom wasjust the beginning of a life of song, dance and comedy. # that's why the lady is a tramp! business, that's exactly what he had. there are things he could call on,
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he could handle it. and when things went wrong, he could step in and put them right. of course, those shows were live. that's when he was in his pomp, live. sunday night at the london palladium in the ‘60s was his big break. beat the clock showed that he could make a game show must—watch tv and turn members of the public into prime—time entertainment. that's it! you've won! nice to see you, to see you... nice! and nowhere showcased the talent better than the generation game in the ‘70s. this is another phyllis here. i don't like being called phyllis. my name's phyl with a y. phyl with a y? all right, darling. a bit like that? there's another bundle of trouble. nice to see you, didn't he do well? the catchphrases became part of national life.
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a swing ball game, there we are. goodness me. didn't he do well? among the tributes today, the director—general of the bbc lord hall said he was one of our greatest entertainers. he defined saturday night. after that, play your cards right on itv — another successful game show. are you going to go on? tony blair insists that weapons of mass destruction will eventually be found in iraq. well, it would be nice to see them, to see them... nice! on have i got news for you he reminded tv what a pro he was. if he had a regret, it was not making it in america, in films and his main love, as a song and dance man. this could save the whole show. just do as i do.
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it'll be like the generation game, all right? you're never quite prepared for the end, are you? he was such a remarkable, iconic figure. there's no more remarkable in all of television history in this country, that's the kind of man we're talking about. sir bruce forsyth. he first appeared on the bbc in 1939. 70 years later, he was still there — still the king of saturday night. # i love you! # fly me to the moon! hello i would like to start by telling you about our tropical storm that formed last night in the atlantic. that is harvey and there
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could be more. for harvey, through friday it has been moving into the wind ward islands, and for the likes of martinique, up to 100 millimetres of martinique, up to 100 millimetres of water could fall and it could give large waves and currents and some damaging winds before it moves away and heads towards mexico. now further north we have got lumpy cloud showing a showery day on friday across the united states and canada. the showers will continue through friday and into the weekend. that just poses through friday and into the weekend. thatjust poses the risk of a lot of cloud for those hoping to take in the solar eclipse on sunday. if you have plans to go, stay tuned. the risk of wild fires is high in western canada and the winds are not light either. this week has been
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dominate bed d by the floods in sierra leone. more rain is expected. we have had a brief respite, just a few showers. but the showers have been gathering in intensity and in area as you can see. they're not far from the freetown area and we expect more intense rain to come about and last into next week. so that may hamper the clear up operation here. in india, to the north, where we have had severe flooding, it is at least slightly drier. the energy is making its way across central and eastern india and there are warnings for here where we think the focus of heaviest of the rain will be through the weekendment but still more rain to come down. so expect further severe flooding in places. it has
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been a windy end to week in south—east australia and it looks windy to the south—west and it is windy to the south—west and it is windy into the weekend. a nasty area of low pressure for new zealand will keep things unsettled and temperatures will drop as that windy weather moves in, bringing some snow to the hills. some showers developing late on friday and lasting into the weekend across the alps could give problems for poland and germany. it is hotting up in the south through the weekend and next week. cooler further south through the weekend and next week. coolerfurther north. but darren will have more on that for you later. the headlines: police in spain say
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the jihadists the headlines: police in spain say thejihadists behind thursday‘ van attack had planned a bigger atrocity. they think the terrorists had to change their plans. the site in barcelona is marked by candles and flowers. 14 people died and into we re and flowers. 14 people died and into were injured. steve bannon has been fired from his role as white house chief strategist. bannon helped shaped the america first message of president trump‘s election campaign. two people have been stabbed to death and six injured in finland. one suspect has been arrested. police say it is not clear if this


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