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this is bbc news. the headlines at 7pm... the spanish government says the terror cell responsible for two van attacks has been dismantled as the hunt continues for the suspect who may have driven the van. spain's king felipe has visited the injured in hospital — 12 people remain in a critical condition. a british man is among those hurt in yesterday's finland terror attack — he tried to protect two women from a man wielding a knife. a war of words between professor stephen hawking and the health secretaryjeremy hunt over the state of the nhs. thousands of anti—racism demonstrators have gathered in boston to oppose a rally featuring far—right speakers. also in the next hour, we'll get the latest on the growing death toll cased by major floods sweeping across south asia. more than 16 million people have been affected and nearly 600 killed by seasonalflooding in nepal,
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bangladesh and india. and in half an hour, sportsday will have all the latest from the football and cricketing world as manchester united beat swansea 4—0. good evening and welcome to bbc news. spain's interior minister says the terror cell behind the attacks there this week has been broken up. officials believe the cell consisted of 12 young men, most of them moroccan nationals. however the hunt is still on for one man — younes abouyaaqoub — who police believe may have been the man who drove the van which killed 13 people and injured 130 more in barcelona on thursday. james reynolds reports. barcelona, for so long free
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from attacks, now has to rewrite its own history. this morning the mayor, ada colau, made the first entry into a book of condolence, others followed. translation: i came to express my sympathy with the victims. i also want to show that we are not afraid and that we will carry on. the attacks here surprised barcelona, it's the first time this city has been hit in more than 30 years. barcelona now follows the same rhythm of mourning familiar to so many other cities on this continent. this footage, from a museum security camera, appears to show part of the attack. the van tears down the ramblas, passer—by run for their lives. gunfire. the police tied this attack to the one in the town of cambrils in which five suspects were shot dead.
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the authorities say that no new attacks are imminent, they believe that they've largely broken up the network responsible for the attacks in both barcelona and the coastal town of cambrils. at first, investigators believed that one of the cambrils suspects, 17—year—old moussa 0ukabir, was also the barcelona attacker, but now they're investigating the posibility that 22—year—old younes abouyaaqoub, from morocco, may have carried out the attack. he is currently at large. translation: to confirm, there is an arrest warrant against the person that has been recently named by the media, as i'm sure you'll all know. the police are still looking for that person. spain's king felipe and queen letizia have been on their own rounds, they've gone to see victims still recovering in barcelona's hospitals. the injured come from more than 30 countries. there's still no confirmed word on the whereabouts or condition
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of seven—year—old julian cadman from britain and australia. but the local police say that everyone caught up in the attack has been accounted for. applause. and tonight, on the ramblas residents cheered taxi drivers who gave free rides on the day of the attack. this city, like so many others, now has to choose how to lives. james reynolds, bbc news, barcelona. several of the men behind the attacks grew up in the small town of ripoll, north of barcelona. most were the children of moroccan immigrants. our correspondent, wyre davies, has been to ripoll, to speak to people there about the extremists who lived among them. the small chocolate box mountain town of ripoll in the foothills of the spanish pyrenees. the last place you would expect as a breeding ground for a gang of radical islamist militants
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preparing to commit murder. armed officers checking cars and lorries as spain hunts down all of those responsible for the attacks in barcelona and cambrils. although the spanish government said the cell who carried out this attack has been dismantled, little is known about this small group of young men, mainly of moroccan discent, who became radicalise and planned their attacks in the most unlikely of places. at least seven young men from this small town either died during the attacks or have been arrested since thursday. they include, moussa 0ukabir, said aallaa and mohamed hychami. they were killed by police in cambrils on friday morning. also from ripoll is younes abouyaaqoub, who is still on—the—run. at the small mosque in ripoll, where the boys and young men sometimes prayed,
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but were by no means devout, community leaders were almost speechless, distraught by what has happened. translation: we didn't really know the boys or what they were up to. this man has been in charge of the mosque since the imam left two months ago. translation: they came to pray, but if we had known their plans we would have gone straight to the police. in the last two—days several suspects and known associates of the attackers have been arrested. the former imam's home has been searched and no—one left in ripoll, a town where everyone knows everyone, can quite believe it. at the beginning the people in ripoll were in shock because in a big town, in a big city, it's easy to find isolated communities, but not in a place like ripoll because most of these young people would
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participate in many activities. a 22—year—old son of this talent is 110w a 22—year—old son of this talent is now wanted by the police. —— of this town. it will take ripoll years to recover. wyre davies, bbc news. our correspondent gavin lee is in barcelona for us. great to see the tourists and locals back on the streets defying these attacks. yes, on the face of it, it looks like it is getting back to normal, you can spot the police very quickly, vehicles by the police have been pleased in strategic locations so been pleased in strategic locations so it is difficult to get cars on here. what strikes me is in las ramblas there has been a great effort by stallholders, people coming back to pick up the pieces
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from their work. i have spoken to you before from paris, knives, brussels and london and there is a similar part of people placing flowers, candles, silence, moments of applause. thousands of people were cheering a moment ago and thanking the taxi drivers for the fee —— free journeys after the attacks. yesterday there was a sudden noise in the street and thousands, you can imagine the scene behind me, people started to run behind me, people started to run behind me, people started to run behind me from catalonia square, it isa behind me from catalonia square, it is a place on edge at the same time, people are feeling nervous. especially when we are in the centre of the manhunt for that key suspect younes abouyaaqoub, the 22—year—old, who police are still trying to track down. gavin lee, thank you for that. much more from him later on. security officials in finland say a british citizen was injured
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in the knife attack in the city of turku yesterday, in which two people were killed. police are treating the attack as a terrorist incident, saying the 18—year—old moroccan suspect appeared to have targeted women. earlier i spoke to our correspondent andy moore and asked him what we know about the brit who was caught up in the attack. he is a man who was born in the uk in dartford. he lived in the uk for some time before moving to sweden, where he has lived for some time. originally the finnish authorities said he was a swedish citizen but we know he is a british national. he has an incredible story to tell. he remains in hospital and has been briefly communicating with the bbc via facebook, despite his injuries. he said he is in pain, so the responses we have got from him are short, but we understand why. briefly, he said he was not a hero but did what he was trained for — he is a paramedic. he said he did his best and no more. yesterday he gave an interview to a swedish newspaper via telephone telling the story of what happened and he said
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he was on holiday in the area with his girlfriend when this attack started. the first terror attack that there has been in finland. he said he went to the square and suddenly heard screaming, he turned around and saw a man with a knife hitting a woman on the ground and he said he tried to help the woman using his knowledge as a paramedic, tried to stop the blood flow. whilst doing that he was attacked, he was cut about four times. he said he returned to the woman lying on the ground, he saw that the woman was dying and he said that the woman was so badly injured she actually died in his arms. he did sustain injuries, we believe he was cut or stabbed four times. initially it was thought that he might lose the use of his hand because his nerves were damaged, but we understand his injuries may not be quite so significant now, not life—threatening. he has said that he will give a press conference tomorrow
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when he will tell the world the whole story. that was andy moore speaking earlier. seven people have been wounded in a knife attack in the russian city of surgut. the attacker was then shot dead by police. the man apparently stabbed passers—by on the street at random. the islamic state militant group has said it was behind the attack. but russia's investigations committee said it wouldn't comment on the possibility of terrorist motives, calling the attack "attempted murder". and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in sunday mornings front pages. at 10:30pm and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guestsjoining me tonight are anne ashworth, associate editor at the times and bonnie greer, playwright and writer at the new european. join us if you can.
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donald trump has thanked his former chief strategist, steve bannon, for his service after he was fired from his job at the white house. mr bannon — who was seen as the architect of mr trump's right—wing agenda — has vowed to continue to fight the president's opponents. he'll return to a role at the ultra—conservative website, breitbart news. david willis reports. in the last hour president donald trump has tweeted that steve bannon will be a great voice at breitbart news. steve bannon, widely credited for helping steer donald trump to victory, he was one of the most powerful men in the white house. if you think they will give your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken. every day — every day, it is going to be a fight. steve bannon has now returned to right—wing website breitbart news, which he ran before leaving tojoin the trump campaign a year ago. he has said that he intends to keep fighting on the president's behalf, but in an interview with the conservative magazine the weekly standard, he has said that the trump
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presidency that they fought for and won is now over. he is not a racist. i can tell you that. he is a good person. he actually gets a very unfair press in that regard. but we'll see what happens with mr bannon. by the time donald trump had made that less than ringing endorsement of his special adviser earlier this week the die was cast. steve bannon‘s clashes with more moderate forces in the west wing coupled with renewed accusations following the violence in charlottesville that he harboured white nationalist sympathies helped seal his fate. all of which leaves the president an increasingly lonely and isolated figure. while steve bannon‘s departure is a victory for those who wanted to see an end to the more extreme elements in the west wing, whether it will lead to a better functioning white house remains to be seen. david willis, bbc news. frances stead sellers is a political reporter
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at the washington post who has studied steve bannon‘s career closely. shejoins me on webcam from pennsylvania. hello and thank you forjoining us on the bbc. another interesting week, hasn't it been? what do you expect from steve bannon the barbarian, as he likes to be known! he also referred to as thomas cromwell he must have been glad to have exited rather than be executed! this is a significant move for him and one that he will be more co mforta ble and one that he will be more comfortable with. i do not think that steve bannon was someone who enjoyed playing second fiddle to the president and now we see him going back into the role that he played so influentially and powerfully, helping to bring donald trump into the white house one year ago, it was when hejoined the the white house one year ago, it was when he joined the trump the white house one year ago, it was when hejoined the trump campaign last august and bringing with them people like kellyanne conway and the
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support of robert massara the major financier and his daughter that donald trump seemed like he was moving towards the white house. so his legacy in the white house is bringing trump in and now we will see him back in this bomb throwing roll that he adopted last night and he was so comfortable in before he went to the white house. —— robert mercer. —— robert mercer. so what is happening at the white house, we have seen steve bannon getting fired, is this the doing of president trump or is this new chief of staff taking over? we have this marine general taking over and adding order to the place. one of my collea g u es adding order to the place. one of my colleagues pointed out thatjohn kerry may have his hand on the switchboard but president trump has a cellphone and steve bannon knows that number. it is an ongoing
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question and we will learn as we go. we have to report the speculation but steve bannon is someone who has had the area the president and trump knows that the fiery populism that was put forward by steve bannon on breitbart got him elected and even though we might see a more moderate white house that will work more closely with congress, steve bannon has said that he will fight the opponents of donald trump in the media, on the hilland in opponents of donald trump in the media, on the hill and in corporate america. is a more moderate white house enough to stop the united states president from having to pull out of the function like they only was due to appear at tonight because of those threatening to boycott them as he goes? that is surely embarrassing for an american leader, isn't it? it is amazing, we have seen his economic council, people pulling back from that, major figures in industry and in the arts andjim and this council
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figures in industry and in the arts and jim and this council sent a strongly worded letter. has isolation is extreme at this point and this comes after the tragedy in cha rlottesville last and this comes after the tragedy in charlottesville last week. compare that to today in the northern city of boston, where people have been on the streets. the so—called free speech march was outnumbered by peaceful protesters. we will see what the ultimate fallout of that is but things are changing and evolving very quickly. are? or are just hearing a stronger voice and against donald trump, but he still has his supporters? we know he has a lot of secret supporters as well? yes, he has a base that steve bannon played to admit that goes in the future, thatis to admit that goes in the future, that is unclear. but donald trump had switched back and forth on issues and it will be interesting to find out his agenda, how much are the changes from the agenda that steve bannon brought him the nod,
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this anti—immigrantand steve bannon brought him the nod, this anti—immigrant and anti—foreign policy and the opposition to trade deals, all issues that steve bannon fostered on his radio programmes before he joined the white house. just to be clear, your impression is that steve bannon will be just as if not more powerful outside of the white house when it comes to influencing donald trump policy even though there are signs that the white house is trying to be more moderate, organised and stable? moderate, organised and stable7m many ways, when you think what happened when steve bannon was in the white house and tried to push as immigration ban, it did not go, there were lessons for the checks and balances of the constitution. so some of these major net is just that he tried to push through but donald trump actually stop the president from doing things. so perhaps on the outside where they can throw bombs, steve bannon will be more powerful. it will be interesting to see. thank you for that analysis. the latest
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headlines now. the spanish government says the terror cell responsible for two van attacks has been dismantled as the hunt continues for the suspect who may have driven the van. a british man is among those hurt in yesterday's finland terror attack — he tried to protect two women from a man wielding a knife. a war of words between professor stephen hawking and the health secretaryjeremy hunt over the state of the nhs. at least 23 people have died and 64 have been injured after a train derailment in india. the incident happened near muzzaffarnagar, in the northern state of uttar pradesh. injured passengers have been rushed to a local hospital. rescue operations are under way. a short time ago we spoke to our correspondent nitin srivastava who gave us this update. the latest is that ten people have died, the authorities have been speaking about their concern
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of the nature of this accident and more than two dozen are being treated in hospital and some people are said to be in a critical and serious condition. the prime minister has tweeted about the incident, the rail minister has rushed to the accident site. this is another serious railway accident that has happened in india in the last two months and this is a big cause of concern, not only for the passengers and the travellers but also for the government. officials say more than 16 million people have been affected by severe flooding in parts of nepal, india and bangladesh. 500 people are thought to have been killed, with conditions expected to deteriorate further over the weekend. the red cross and red crescent say it is becoming one of the worst regional humanitarian crises in years.
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i'm joined now by syed ahsan, deputy director of save the children who is in dhaka in bangladesh. thank you for taking the time to speak to the bbc. just how bad is it where you are? yes, currently we have got the information that 27 districts out of 64 in bangladesh are flooded. that is 35% of the total country. this is the fourth time in the same year that we are experiencing floods. so it is natural for experiencing floods. so it is naturalfor bangladesh experiencing floods. so it is natural for bangladesh to experience bad flood at this time of year but this is a natural that the flood is coming and spreading into new areas every day. the levels are raised in
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many places, people are taking shelter in the highways on the streets. so far, 5.7 million people are affected in the floods. the government has evacuated around 3 million people to the shelters. so far around 100 people have died in the floods and save the children who have been monitoring the situation for women and children, in the sort of situation the women and children are more vulnerable and today we got the information that around 400 schools are closed and that this time of year, the mid—term examinations are meant to be happening but they have had to postpone these examinations. sorry
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to interrupt but you have mentioned and we know every year there are floods in bangladesh and india and nepal, but are you telling us that even though you are prepared for those annual floods that they are getting worse and organisations like save the children are becoming concerned about how you can help the people affected by this floods. as you have said, it is often the children and the most impoverished that suffer the most. well, the government and the itn all organisations are committed to raising money for the situation and initially we have teams in the flood affected areas. we also have partners helping. we are supporting with cash, unconditional cash transfer. we are providing cash and
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we still have the information that markets are operational in some areas, so we are providing them with additional cash so that people have the flexibility to meet their needs at the moment. many thanks for talking to us, i can understand how busy you are, so thank you for taking the time out. speaking from save the children, one of the many organisations trying to save vulnerable children and families from those devastating floods in asia. more on that throughout the evening on bbc news. professor stephen hawking — one of the world's most famous and foremost scientists — has launched a stinging attack on the government over the nhs. he's accused the health secretary jeremy hunt of "cherry picking" evidence to justify the creation of a seven—day nhs. mr hunt has rejected that and accused the nobel—prize winning scientist of spreading falsehoods. our correspondent sarah campbell was at the royal college of medicine where professor hawking
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made his speech. professor hawking acknowledge that he would not be giddy were it not for the excellent care he received at the hands of the nhs, but he is concerned about its future and he did not pull any punches, accusing the health secretary of abusing science, cherry—picking studies in order to win the argument over both levels of care at weekends and hospitals dangerously low. hunt has cherry picked research, and as a scientist, this is unacceptable. applause . looking at some studies but suppressing others to justify the policy that they want to implement for other reasons, that is against science. the issue of the seven-day nhsbt has proved toxic in relations
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between the health secretary and much of the medical profession in england. it was at the heart of many of the recent strikes that led to cancelled operations. in 2015, jeremy hunt stated that 6000 people die each year because of a monday to friday culture in the nhs. he wanted more senior staff on shift at weekends. one study was widely quoted, showing death rates were higherfor people quoted, showing death rates were higher for people admitted at the weekend. 16% for those admitted only sunday, compared to 11% for those admitted on wednesday. the underlying reasons were much disputed. responding to the cherry—picking accusation, jeremy hunt stated... and the tweets have continued. professor hawking also said that he sees the nhs are moving towards a us health insurance system and an eight—weekjeremy hunt said this afternoon it was a pernicious falsehood. it continued, as it too much to ask professor hawking to
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look at the evidence? jeremy hunt has never shied away from taking on the medical profession and it seems he is not shying away from taking on arguably britain's greatest living scientist. sarah campbell reporting. we have the latest headlines and sports they coming up shortly but now it is time for the weather. hello. it has been another day of sunshine and showers, one of our weather watchers photographing this cumulus members cloud bringing down this heavy pot into the highlands. there has been heavy rain in the west of scotland and this will continue overnight. showers for the west of england and the north continue overnight. showers for the west of england and the north of wales but for many of us through the night time the cloud will break up and the weather will be dry. temperatures between ten and 11 degrees in the towns and cities but cooler than that in the countryside. i would like to should do this, a few days ago we had this hurricane travelling up the side of the us. the remnants of that hurricane and
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the cockel are associated with it is embedded in this weather system that will be moving in on sunday. after a bright start to the day with sunshine, cloud will encroach across parts of wales and south—west england but this cloud will arrive late in the day, we we will start to see outbreaks of drizzly rain working in with the rain turning heavier for the evening across parts of wales and south—west england. that leaves the majority of the duty with fine and dry conditions lasting for most of the day with sun the better of the two these of the weekend. in the sunshine temperatures push up nicely into the high teens to low 20s. cool in scotla nd high teens to low 20s. cool in scotland but pleasant enough in the sunshine and fewer showers than we have seen today. a better kind of the. enter sunday night, the rain will get heavier across wales and southern counties of england with some hefty bursts are mixed in with that topical era. for northern ireland, rain arrives later in the night and that could be pretty heavy as well. on monday this band of rain
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will push gradually for northwards, behind as one front, that is where the warm air is across wales and southern counties of england and evenif southern counties of england and even if we do not see a great deal of sunshine, it will feel humid temperatures in the low 20s. further north, that is where the errors that bit cooler. early next week we will get that warmer air moving in with a south—westerly wind pushing our way. it will feel humid and the temperatures will be surging upwards on tuesday. uncertainty as to the amount of cloud but given a decent sunshine we could see temperatures reach around 29 degrees across parts of the south of england. that is the latest weather, bye for now. this is bbc news. the headlines.
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