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hello, this is bbc news, i'm gavin grey. police in spain say they believe the suspects in the two terror attacks carried out in barcelona and cambrils had been planning something much bigger. 1a people have died and more than 130 have been injured. clive myrie reports from 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? then, as king felipe and prime minister rajoy looked on, applause and defiance. chanting: no tinc por, no tinc por! "we are not afraid", they chant. but the previous 2a hours of violence were shocking.
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this, a street in the coastal town of cambrils. a terror suspect is cornered, and he 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 8—12 people, 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 is 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
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through my head was, like, the paris and the london attacks, where the attackers would come through, like, restaurants and bars, and just, like, 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 kind of shift that from my mind, at all. and it is absolutely heartbreaking, 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, then you realise what actually has happened. but, despite the horror of the last couple of days, investigators believe the killers were planning an even bigger attack, using gas canisters. the police operation to find other members of the terror cell is one
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of the biggest in spain for more than a decade. and this evening, more details are emerging of the victims. 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 is 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. and, on the boulevard where the white van eventually crashed, there is a shrine. so many have told us life must go on, that the terrorists will never win. but lives have been changed here forever. and you can find further background detail and analysis
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of the spain terror attacks on our website. simply go to let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. police in finland say two people have been killed and at least seven others injured in a stabbing attack in the city of turku. a man has been arrested, after being shot by the police. security has been tightened nationwide. police said they were still trying to establish the motives behind the attack, but the interior minister likened it to the assaults in barcelona. steve bannon has joined a growing list of casualties from the white house, being fired from his role as chief strategist. bannon, who helped shape the america first message of mr trump's election campaign, is returning to his role with the right wing website brightbart. stay with us here on bbc news, still to come: celebrating black britain.
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actors, politicians, musicians all part of a new exhibition heading to the national portrait gallery in london. the prime minister has called sir bruce forsyth, who's died at the age of 89, a national treasure. one of britain's biggest entertainers started out as a teenage variety act before finding huge success with shows like the generation game and later strictly come dancing. david sillito looks 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...
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it only took 16 years of struggle to become an overnight star of sunday nights at the london palladium. a fellow veteran of the show had nothing but admiration for this all—round talent. # i'm so awfully shy... he was great. he was one of our greatest entertainers ever, perhaps the greatest we've ever had. he could do everything. lovely light piano player, nice tap dancer. not a gag man, but made people roar laughing. and class, he had a lot of class. and he was, without doubt, a national treasure. he deserved his knighthood. 50—odd years at the top, in our business — that's a bit of a record. one key part of the palladium formula was game show, beat the clock. the comic chaos, the rapport with the public — he was a natural. over there. the bit of paper, bit of paper, come on! that's it, that's it, you've won! nice to see you, to see you...
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audience: nice! and nowhere showcased the talent better than the generation game, in the ‘705. this is another phyllis here. i don't like being called phyllis. oh, you don't? my name's phyl with a y. phyl with a y? alright, 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. a swing ball game, there we are. goodness me, we've got the steam iron. 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? if he had a regret, it was not
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making it in america, infilms, and his main love, as a song—and—dance man. he could sing, he could dance, fabulous pianist, a comic — everything. if you want an all—round entertainer, i think you think, first of all, bruce forsyth. this could save the whole show. just do as i do. be like the generation game, all right? you're never quite prepared for the end, are you? of course, he was such a remarkable, iconic figure. none more remarkable and iconic in all of television history in this country. that's the kind of man we're talking about. # now you're here, and now i know just where i'm going. # no more doubts or fears... sir bruce forsyth — he first appeared on the bbc in august 1939.
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70 years later, he was still there — still the king of saturday night. # in other words, i love you. # fly me to the moon!# sir bruce forsyth, who has died at the age of 89. the bbc director general tony hall said that sir bruce had invented and then re—invented saturday night entertainment. our media editor amol rajan looks at how he managed to keep pace with the changing times, adapting to the evolving television landscape to become one of the giants of light entertainment. the nation that first met bruce forsyth has long since vanished. first on the bbc in the year that britain went to war, he came to prominence in a country and a culture that was very different. back then there was just one television station in black and white. that meant tens of millions sat together to watch the biggest shows. as britain fell in love with the small screen, it was sir bruce's mischievious
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smile that provided the humour and humanity. this evening, the bbc‘s director—general said: in many ways in many ways we're living through a golden age of television, with more choice but something precious has been lost too — television still has the power to unite the country, of course, but very few shows can command the sorts of vast audience that sir bruce could rely on week in, week out. he had a way of making contact with an audience, either in a theatre
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or through a television camera. he was your friend and of course, he never let you down. he never underperformed. he never disappointed. he was a great picker of what shows were the right shows to do. sheer talent and likability meant he spanned the generations, staying not just relevant but riveting to viewers of strictly come dancing a full seven decades after his first performance. and uniquely today he spanned the genres too, prolific in dance, film, on stage and screen. bruce's legacy — the most entertaining, all—round, multi—talented performer this country has ever produced, absolutely amazing. but i think when you think of bruce, you smile. because it was his warmth, his charm, his sense of fun, the way he embraced you when you spoke to him. that came across to the public always. he was exceptional. through all the upheaval of post war
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british history there had been a constance presence — the wit, warmth and the more that britain and television changed, the more he stayed the same. truly, we will never see his like again. more now on the sacking of donald trump's controversial chief strategist, steve bannon. he was influential in the president's election campaign but criticised for his ties to the far—right. our washington correspondent aleem maqbool reports. to be the most controversial character in a crisis—ridden white house was no mean feat, but steve bannon mayjust have managed it. now, though, after months of tension among the president's staff, he is gone. all sounds very amicable.
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but, throughout, steve bannon was at loggerheads with many of his colleagues. he came from a background of running a news agency which became a mouthpiece for the far—right. it is widely acknowledged he played a huge role in the strategy that got president trump elected, based on a platform of nationalism, and a sentiment of taking back the country. he's going to continue to press his agenda. and, as economic conditions get better, as morejobs get better, they're going to continue to fight. if you think they're going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken. every day — every day it is going to be a fight. the violence at a far—right rally in charlottesville brought back into focus accusations steve bannon, the president's chief strategist, had white—nationalist sympathies, concerns that were dismissed just days ago by donald trump. i like him, he's a good man. he is not a racist, i can tell you that.
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he's a good person. he actually get a very unfair press in that regard. send in steve bannon. on the late—night comedy shows, steve bannon was portrayed as a dangerous, shadowy figure, but also the real brains behind the trump operation. ok, donald. that's enough fun for tonight. can i have my desk back? yes, of course, mr president. i'll go sit at my desk. something that is not likely to have pleased the president. this photograph of donald trump's close aides was taken just a few days into his presidency. less than seven months later, he has lost his national security adviser, his press secretary, his chief of staff, and now his chief strategist, which may leave donald trump looking a lonely figure. but steve bannon's dismissal is a victory for those wanting to remove the extreme elements
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surrounding their president. but it will take a lot to convince many this will lead to a better—functioning white house. you're watching bbc news. it's 3:15am. these are the latest headlines: police in barcelona say three of the suspects in thursday's terror attack are now confirmed dead. they include the 17—year—old thought to have been the van driver. stars from stage and screen are paying tribute to one of british television's biggest stars, sir bruce forsyth, who's died at the age of 89. let's get more on our top story now the events in barcelona and cambrils. so, what more do we know about the attackers who were directly involved and those who have now been arrested? our security correspondent gordon corera looks at where the investigation goes next. the day before the attack
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in the city, an explosion ripped through this house in a small town south of barcelona. at first, it was reported to have been a gas leak, some kind of accident. but now police say those inside may have been preparing a bomb using gas cylinders, before something went wrong. police suspect they were building an explosive device large enough to be carried in a truck to target the city. but something went wrong in the bomb factory, killing some of those inside. now, without a bomb, and knowing the explosion might put police on their trail, the cell decided they had to act fast. at least one member went to las ramblas in a hired van, and struck the pedestrians on thursday afternoon, fleeing the scene. that evening another van, perhaps used as a getaway vehicle, was found in a town north of barcelona. in the early hours of friday morning, the cell made another attempt to kill before they were hunted down, again using what they could, a car driven at people in cambrils,
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like las ramblas, a place packed with tourists. but the car overturned, and the men inside, some wearing fake suicide vests, were shot by police before they could attack more people with knives. it is suspected that moussa oukabir, who may have been the driver of the van in las ramblas, might have been one of those killed here. what looked yesterday like perhaps a lone individual, inspired by extremist ideology, driving down the streets here at las ramblas, now looks like perhaps just the remnants of a larger, more ambitious plot. there certainly may be questions about whether there were any tip—offs, or whether more could have been done to protect all the people here. but there also may be a sense that spain may have narrowly missed out on something even worse. these are some of the members of the cell. it is thought to have been more than a dozen—strong, unusually large. so—called islamic state
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said they were what it called its soldiers. he's 17 years old, so he had no driving licence. very young. other two are 18 and 20, i think, and 22. they were preparing a big, big bomb in that house. so i think somebody with more experience, and maybe better guidance, can organise a cell like this. and that might be a link to so—called islamic state in iraq or syria? in my opinion, this will be discovered in the next days. the authorities are still hunting for more members of the network, and they will be urgently trying to establish just how big this cell was, and trying to understand why, given its size, it wasn't spotted earlier. the red cross warns that floods
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in south asia are becoming one of the worst regional humanitarian crises in years. widespread flooding in nepal, bangladesh and india is affecting more than 16 million people. forecasters say the flooding is expected to worsen over the weekend. sarah corker reports. this is a rescue mission in north—east india. teams scour submerged villages looking for the missing. communities have been cut off, left to wait for food and aid to arrive. their homes have been destroyed. the sheer volume of the monsoon rains has washed away bridges. roads are disappearing too. the floods reshaping this landscape. and, for many, this makeshift shelters are now all they've got left. in low—lying bangladesh, 3.9
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million people have been affected, a third of the country is flooded. in india, floods are causing serious problems for every 11 million people infour problems for every 11 million people in four states in the north. and across south asia, the monsoon rains are thought to have killed about 500. in south nepal, when the river ove rflowed 500. in south nepal, when the river overflowed it 500. in south nepal, when the river ove rflowed it swept 500. in south nepal, when the river overflowed it swept away entire communities. people salvage what they can, but these are the worst floods in 15 years here and there is anger about the government's slow response. translation: if our demands are not met, what should we do? we have to sleep on the side of the road, we have to die on the side of the road. we have nothing. we don't have a house, we don't have to eat. and overin house, we don't have to eat. and over in bangladesh, water levels are
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already at a record high. troops have been brought into help. and throughout this entire region, there are growing fears of food shortages and disease. the international red cross says the situation is desperate. and it is set to get worse, with further heavy rain forecast in the coming days. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the former bbc news correspondent and presenter liz mackean has died at the age of 52. the award winning journalist worked on newsnight for 1h years. before that she presented on bbc breakfast. she was best known for her coverage of the jimmy saville scandal and the northern ireland conflict. professor stephen hawking says the nhs is in crisis because of conservative policies. the scientist will make the claims in a speech at the weekend. the lifelong labour supporter, who has motor neurone disease, will say he would not be here today were it not for the service. the government has defended its record. the entertainer michael barrymore
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has been told he's entitled to damages from essex police, after claiming his wrongful arrest damaged his career. mr barrymore was arrested on suspicion of the rape and murder of 31—year—old stuart lubbock at his home in 2001, but never charged. they're some of britain's most successful black musicians, actors, sports stars, politicians. and now their pictures will be put on display at the national portrait gallery in london to celebrate black britain. chi chi izundu reports. 37 faces of the most influential names in the black british community. for the first time, a collection will feature in a major new exhibition at the national portrait gallery. it's the gallery's biggest acquisition of afro—caribbean portraits. photographer simon frederick originally took the pictures for a bbc two documentary, black is the new black, but donated the whole
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portfolio to the gallery. i kept reading newspaper saying that we were a failing community. but then in those very same newspapers, the media seeing us as, you know, leaders. in fashion, in sport, in music, in industry. i just felt that it was time to tell a different story. science, politics, music and business, just some of the industries that those who sat for these portraits represent. with a list of more than 750 names, simon is hoping that this collection isjust the beginning. the images include line of duty star thandie newton, the new editor in chief of british vogue, edward enninful, and singer laura mvula. i think probably one of my favourite shots is this one of sir trevor. an honour is how dj and presenter trevor nelson feels about being part of it. i didn't realise how seismic
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it was until i'd actually visited here a few years ago, my first visit here to be fair. the magnitude of the place is ridiculous. it's like the whole history of this country in pictures and portraits. to feel like a part of it is to feel like a bit of the brickwork, maybe, like we're permanently here, which is great. and as for the man behind the camera, will he be part of the exhibition? i don't know, maybe one day it would be nice to have my picture in here as well. a reminder of one of main stories: tributes have been paid to sir bruce forsyth, who died yesterday. we'll leave you with some of the most memorable moments from his life in television. nice to see you, to see you... nice! # fly me to the moon # and let me stay among the stars # let me see what spring is like
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# onjupiter and mars...# a tea service, a rug, two military prints... oh, the blender? oh, didn't she do well! ? # darling, kiss me...# just do the same thing, we're coming in now. right. # i'm putting on my top hat, messing up my white tie, dancing... # in other words, in other words, i love you # fly me to the moon! we are looking ahead to the weekend weather prospects.
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let's delve into the weather menu and see what's on offer. we're all going to get decent spells of sunshine this weekend, but it won't be completely dry. there'll be a few showers around and maybe more persistent rain into the west later on sunday. this is how the pressure chart looks, not particularly promising. low pressure close by. this weather front will move into western scotland during saturday, bringing a lot of thick cloud to start the day across north—western areas. quite a gusty wind and a fair number of showers. not the most promising start. away from that, wales and south—west england probably with the sunniest skies first thing. patchy cloud across eastern areas of england breaking up quickly with sunshine coming out. and we are all going to see sunshine during the day on saturday. there will be showers around, but there will be larger spaces between the showers. the highest chance of showers across scotland. elsewhere, showers are hit and miss in nature. lengthy spells in the day that stay dry.
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temperature wise, still no great shakes. similar to friday. noticeably warmer across scotland, especially in the north—east. it was a miserable day yesterday. for the cricket at edgbaston there's a small chance a passing shower, but essentially most of the day will stay dry. the winds will continue to lighten into the evening. that's true across most of the country. the winds continue to fall lighter through the night—time. temperatures 12—13 degrees. this is the chart for the second half of the weekend. i want to show you these fronts to the west. they contain the remnants of old hurricane gert, which died sometime ago, on friday. on sunday, we'll see increasing cloud coming into the west. that'll be quite low, so there could be hill fog patches dotted around. outbreaks of drizzle for wales and south—west england. becoming increasingly humid. even despite the sunshine it will still feel warm and oppressive.
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in northern ireland we could see a spell of heavier rain. but for much of the north and east of the uk, it's drier, with further spells of sunshine for the second half of the weekend. then for some of us things will warm up next week. the dividing line between the cooler air to the north and the humid air to the south is this weather front and it will bring some fairly heavy rain. probably northern ireland, where scotland, north—west wales will be at risk of some of that. but that warming trend continues on tuesday. so, after weeks of looking for it, it looks like, for some of us, i may have found summer. that's your weather. this is bbc news, the headlines: the key suspect in the barcelona terror attack is confirmed dead. moussa oukabir, thought to have deliberately driven into crowds of pedestrians, was one of five men killed in a police raid on friday. they were reportedly planning bigger atrocities
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using explosives. steve bannon has joined a growing list of casualties from the white house, being fired from his role as chief strategist. bannon, who helped shape the america first message of mr trump's election campaign, is returning to his role with the right wing website brightbart. more than 460 people are now confirmed to have died in the landslide and flooding that hit sierra leone's capital freetown, according to the red cross. a mass burial has taken place amid rising fears of an outbreak of cholera. around 600 people are still missing.
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