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this is bbc news. the headlines at ten. singing. spain's king and queen are in attendance at a special mass in barcelona to honour those killed in the catalonia attacks. police say they are closing in on the suspected driver of the van that rammed into pedestrians on las ramblas, who escaped the scene on foot. a british paramedic stabbed four times in the finland terror attack insists he's no hero. hassan zubier was attacked while trying to save a women's life. i'm just a human being who cares about other human beings. maybe it is silly, but that's just me. i would do it again. iraqi forces have begun an offensive to retake tal afar, the last major city in the country to be held by so—called islamic state. fraudsters aiming to scam people out their pension could soon face fines of up to half a million pounds as the government introduces new measures to protect older savers.
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and ready to set sail from the docks of liverpool. as 12 racing yachts prepare to castaway on their 40,000 mile round—the—world adventure in the clipper world yacht race. and coming up. a look at the us—mexican border and the stories from the people who live their life in the borderlands. that's in life in the shadow of the wall at 10:30. good morning and welcome to bbc news. a memorial service in honour of the victims of the barcelona terror attack is taking place this morning at the city's famous sagrada familia church. king felipe and queen letizia of spain are attending the mass and on saturday, the royal couple visited some
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of the dozens of people injured when a van was driven into pedestrians in las ramblas, killing 13. tonight the city's football team will wear black armbands and shirts bearing the words "we are all barcelona" as well as holding a minute's silence before they play their first game of the season at their home stadium. while the city mourns, a manhunt is still under way for moroccan—born younes abouyaaqoub, the 22—year—old believed to be the van driver who escaped after the barcelona attack. 0ur correspondent, gavin lee, is in barcelona with the latest. gavin, that special service on the way? yes, and king felipe and queen letizia ashley along with the prime minister. as we see behind me, you might be able to hear some choral music coming from the church, but
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many of the families, of the 1a people killed, have been invited to ta ke people killed, have been invited to take part and some of the people injured, theirfamilies, take part and some of the people injured, their families, 5a take part and some of the people injured, theirfamilies, 5a people injured, theirfamilies, 5a people injured in these attacks, and it's the first time there has been any kind of real public gathering since the attack, thursday night on las ramblas, a white van travelling at 500 metres, and then later on in cambrils, five people were killed, and there are about 2000 people watching around here, taking part and being part of it. in the past few minutes, as part of the investigation, there's number of suspects the police are looking for. there are two brothers believed to have been killed back on thursday when the police shot dead five men in cambrils. the father of these brothers have spoken to our colleague and he said he believes the man the police should be looking for it and certain mosque. he has
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disappeared, a man who was a key suspect in this. my understanding at the moment is that he possibly was killed the day before the attack after an explosion at a house at a house 100 climate is from here. there is believed to be one suspect at the moment. 0ne there is believed to be one suspect at the moment. one of the fathers of the suspect is saying he believes this organiser was the imam. gavin, we have a situation where the security checkpoints have been increased. yes, you get a sense around me at the moment we are seeing first of all around las ramblas and sagrada familia cathedral, on the french border there are increased checkpoints. i think at the moment, this place in
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the pyrenees, this time where police say there are 12 men, the centre of this planning coordination attack is this planning coordination attack is this place, police sources are saying, there are huge cheques over there because if we are talking about what the police theory is, there were several vans hired before there were several vans hired before the attack on thursday. the idea was explosives would be put into these vans. it is not clear exactly what police are looking at, but this time it seems is the centre of this investigation. in the meantime, this memorial service and the whole of spain wanting to come together and pager due to what happened? -- paid tribute. i've spoken to you from berlin, paris, brussels afterthe attacks and in nice, and there is a familiar rhythm. away which has become an international way of morning. candles, flowers, chanting, the big public gatherings. there was
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nervousness. two the big public gatherings. there was nervousness. two days the big public gatherings. there was nervousness. two days ago, the big public gatherings. there was nervousness. two days ago, there was a noise and about a thousand people banned from the square because there isa banned from the square because there is a fragile police especially when you hear police helicopters going past knowing the manhunt is going on. gavin, for the time being, thank you very much at the sagrada familia. margaret gilmore is a senior associate fellow at the royal united services institute. — shejoins me via webcam from reading. thank you very much margaret for speaking to us. we are sharing this connection with morocco, members of the family perhaps connected to that particular country. explain to us the significance of that. particular country. explain to us the significance of thatlj particular country. explain to us the significance of that. i think what we have seen in the last six months or so in particular is that isis has been setting up, establishing itself more strongly. and making stronger links with the groups in northern africa. in this
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particular case, morocco is fairly close to spain and therefore easier to get to. the rather moroccan communities. but i think you have to be careful about making that a link to strong. morocco is very friendly to strong. morocco is very friendly to the west. you have a group of people who are from a particular community, who happens to be the moroccan community, who have become extreme in their views. they are closely knit, groups of brothers who've grown up together in the same place and formed a cell, and then, under the influence of probably somebody who has been guiding them but also under the influence of isis. supporters i would say. given they were able to come together and operate, organise for almost a whole year undetected, is that because they were a close family? how was it possible to get to this stage
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undetected? well, it does appear none of them have been on the radar and that is unusual in virtually every other attack in recent years. they have either had a familial background or been known to the authorities but there's not been enough evidence against them. also one member is often the weakest link. i think what they seem to have done is they have established themselves as very mainstream, ordinarily, on facebook, leading fairly westernised lives and underneath it all, it seems they have been leading a second double life and maybe that is something they have been doing intentionally so they don't draw attention to themselves, but certainly, it's unusual such a large group kept together for so long undetected unusual such a large group kept togetherfor so long undetected but they haven't got any kind of record which is brought them to the attention of the authorities. will
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we ever know if they were guided by so—called islamic state or operating effectively themselves with influences by them? influence, absolutely. these groups mix and change so i think we will find that much more. there's a lot of people and information. there will be other people who may be linked to still alive. if they are caught alive, you can find information on that. right the spanish authorities and our own authorities helping them will know an awful lot more than we do in the public. they will have access already and be really trawling through their computers, who they we re through their computers, who they were dealing with, what websites they were going onto, where they we re they were going onto, where they were travelling in the last year or two and, most importantly, who they have been speaking to. on particular phone lines, and where are those phone lines, and where are those phone lines, and where are those phone lines set, in morocco or another country? thank you very much
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for your expertise. thank you. a british paramedic, stabbed repeatedly during a terror attack in finland, has described how he tried in vain to save the life of one of the victims. speaking from his hospital bed, hassan zubier has told the bbc he wouldn't hesitate to do the same again, but insists he is no hero. two women died and eight other people were wounded in the city of turku on friday. simonjones has this report. the market square that became the scene of a terror attack. hassan zubier was on holiday in turku. he tried to protect his girlfriend and help those who had been injured, kicking the attacker. speaking from his hospital bed, he said despite his efforts, one of the women died in his arms. i'm nota hero, i'mjust a human being who cares for other human beings. maybe it sounds silly, but that's me. i would do it again, anytime, because the world is such a dark place. and if we don't help each other, who is going to help us?
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at the same time, a girl lost her life. i feel so upset that i could not save her. this is the world we live in at this time. tributes in the square to those who lost their lives and were injured. the attack was witnessed by many. i was in the bank with my wife. people were running from here. the window, from the window, i saw people just running there. i thought, what's happening? i came out. the guyjust stepped from out the front of the bank. police say the attack are deliberately targeted women. an 18—year—old moroccan was arrested after being shot by police. four other suspects are being held. this is the first terrorist attack in finland. of course, the whole nation is mourning now, and so the whole europe is mourning with us. hassan zubier, who now lives in sweden, is being offered support
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by the uk embassy in finland. the iraqi army has begun an offensive to retake tal afar — the last major city in the country held by so—called islamic state. the iraqi prime minister, haider al—abadi, said the militants had no choice other than to leave or be killed. sarah corker reports. iraqi armed units head for the city of tal afar, 80 kilometres west of mosul. troops have the area surrounded and for several days, warplanes bombed is positions. so—called islamic state has held it since 2014. in a televised speech, the iraqi prime minister announced the start of the ground offensive to retake the city. translation: i told them to either surrender or die. as we promised before, we promise now, we will continue the liberation process. it's five weeks since the iraqi
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government declared victory in mosul, iraq's second city, after a fierce nine—month battle. around 2,000 is militants are thought to remain in tal afar. thousands of civilians have fled under the cover of darkness for weeks now. it's not known how many remain. translation: if they had caught us, they would've given us a bullet to the head. thank god we fled. the situation over there is dire. they have no food, water anything to drink. the un has warned of a new wave of displaced civilians with fighting intensifying, and if the iraqi troops succeed in liberating tal afar, it will be a severe blow to the is presence in iraq. with me is afzal ashraf.
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he's now a visiting fellow at the university of nottingham. how big a blow would this be? massive, because it was in iraq that the so—called california baghdad declared himself like kallis, it was after that he declared islamic state. with tal afar gone, after mosul, there is no major city in iraq they will control although the small towns and villages around in the valley that they have begun to disperse around. and again, in the next few weeks, we would expect that raqqa would fall. after that, this myth of an islamic state, this caliphate, evaporates. the organisation, they will be around in
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small pockets. they will become what they started off with. desperate cells of terrorists conducting operations throughout the region. iraq and syria particularly. but this idea of a caliphate, which is inspiring a lot of attacks across the world, not just inspiring a lot of attacks across the world, notjust in europe, that becomes unsustainable. and i would expect that if things are managed properly, we will see this recent burst of terrorist activity in europe and across the world to begin to subside. it won't disappear. but that motivating factor that has caused many of these people to think they can change the world through this mythical caliphate, i think it will begin to go. you think those attacks will subside because i've been hearing other points of view saying that, while islamic state loses its territory, then becomes encouraged to cause chaos and terror
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elsewhere. it does, but in the medium to long term it will subside. we saw this exactly the same pattern when 911 happened. after 911, the war on terror put pressure on the bin ladin, and we saw a burst of terrorist activity as the pressure increased, as al-qaeda became weaker, but after awhile, increased, as al-qaeda became weaker, but afterawhile, because al-qaeda couldn't the miss of attacking the west, it meant that terrorist attacks that italy in the west dropped. 0ur security reduced. 0ur resources reduced. people didn't see the threat being a strong as it was. the same thing we are seeing now. we have seen the decline of islamic state's territory for some time and this has led to this recent burst of attacks but once the idea,
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this myth of the caliphate evaporates, what are they going to fight for? there will always be crazy guys who do stuff, but many of them genuinely believe that they're going to have this state, and they will be confronted with the reality that it came and it's gone. and it won't succeed. so, in the medium term, and longer term, we will see subsidence, reduction of attacks. what we will need is to make sure there aren't other ungoverned spaces created. we need governments to behave in a way which doesn't cause further grievances. we will have to leave it there. thank you so much for your expertise. you are watching bbc news. spain's king and queen are in attendance at a special mass in barcelona to honour those killed in the catalonia attacks. and the man hunt continues for the suspect who police believe drove the van on las ramblas,
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who escaped the scene on foot. a british paramedic who was stabbed four times in the finland terror attack insists he's no hero. hassan zubier was attacked while trying to save a women's life. sport now and for a full round up from the bbc sport centre, here'sjessica. good morning to you. england's cricketers took 19 wickets in a day to beat west indies by a record margin: an innings and 209 runs in the first test at edgbaston. stuart broad took three for 3h as they crumbled to 137 all out. the moves up they crumbled to 137 all out. the moves up to second in the all—time list of england's leading test wicket takers above ian botham, which he describes as a special day. he's obviously been a hero of mine, watching him bowl and play.
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the influence he has had on me, his performance against australia was inspirational. it is great to chat to him now. you can see how happy he is for me. it's a special day and a wonderful team performance. but it was lovely to get that three wicket spell towards the end of the day to see us home. man united fans have another impressive performance. liverpool also won yesterday but arsenal came unstuck at stoke. adam wilde has the details. when you are willing to win well, it appears to be straightforward. manchester united are, for the time being, keeping things simple. we don't need to close the doors. just let the horses run freely. and they were magnificent. swansea took time to
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find a freedom. 1—0 at half—time but then they broke into it. running away with three goals in four ruthless minutes. the season is still beginning but united, in the end, making things look easy. liverpool were made to wait against crystal palace. they took their time. mainfinding crystal palace. they took their time. main finding the right moment for this only goal of the game. just one goal at stoke where fans didn't have to wait long to see what their new star could do. what a moment for the new boy! the winner against arsenal, the perfect goal. for southampton, things seem to be going to plan. 2—0 against west ham reduced to ten men. hernandez scored twice to level the match. it took a late late charlie austin penalty to
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turn the game back their way. remarkable climax to what has been a thrilling afternoon. on a day when someone making things look simple, the saints won it the hard way. newly promoted sides huddersfield and newcastle play later this afternoon. newcastle will be hoping to pick up their first points of the season, while for huddersfield, who impressed in their win over crystal palace last week, it will be their first home game in the top flight for 45 years. the good thing is that we have a chance. as i said before, you play your first premier league game at home and we have the feeling that we have a chance to be successful against newcastle. this is the only thing you want, the feeling that you have a chance. but we have to be our best on sunday. in the scottish premiership, the champions celtic‘s 2—0 win
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at kilmarnock takes their unbeaten domestic run to an amazing 52 games. stjohnstone and aberdeen remain hot on celtic‘s heels at the top — they also have a perfect league record, with three wins from three. rangers could only draw 0—0 at home with hearts. the united states needsjust three and a half points to retain the solheim cup, after day two in iowa. they extended their lead over team europe to ten and a half, from five and a half. it's the first time since 1998 that the us has led going into the final day of singles matches. that all the sport for now. back to you. thank you very much. fraudsters aiming to scam people out of their pensions savings could soon face fines of up to half a million pounds. the government will introduce new measures to protect older savers, such as a ban on cold calling and tougher rules for those setting up pension schemes. criminals tricked savers out of nearly £5 million in the first five months of this year. here's our business correspondent joe lynam. for thousands of pensioners,
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a ringing phone has become something to dread rather than look forward to. that's because fraudsters are preying on older people on an almost industrial scale, trying to get their hands on their pension savings. the government is acting, though, by introducing new laws. banning anyone calling you without express permission to sell you an investment. you'll soon only be able to transfer large sums to proper companies with up—to—date accounts. and convicted fraudsters could face fines of up to half a million pounds. the government is reacting to a situation we have found by way of consultation and evidence gathering. we're responding to what the police and pensioners organisation have said. it is massively supported by organisations like aiduk. but there is little the government can do to prevent criminals overseas contacting older people, so the message from aiduk is always be vigilant, and if in doubt, hang up. joe lynam, bbc news.
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firefighters battling a huge fire at a packaging warehouse have managed to bring it under control. 100 firefighters were called to the fire on the building on festival way in basildon. the warehouse was com pletely basildon. the warehouse was completely engulfed by the flames and an industrial unit next door was also affected. police say they don't think there are any casualties. 0n the line is mollie houliston, who saw the fire on the way back from the v festival in chelmsford, essex. tell us what you saw. it was huge. we pulled up in a taxi but could not get close to it because the police closed off the road so we had to walk around and it was on the other end of the road and was getting bigger and bigger and firefighters we re bigger and bigger and firefighters were everywhere. trying to put it out. and then two massive explosions
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happened. so naturally, we screamed and ran. and then later on they told us and ran. and then later on they told us that it was actually tire tracks, they had exploded. not the actual building, which was good. you heard the two explosions? , yes, we were there. in terms of the heat, a fire on this scale, did you feel any of the heat coming from it? no, but the smoke was coming closer and closer to us and we had to cover our faces. to stop as inhaling any smoke. in terms of the actual road closures, you were on your way back from a festival, so you were stopped? how did that work? yes, we had to get out of the taxi because all the roads were closed and are still closed now. we ended up having to walk to our hotel which was next door to where the fire was. my
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goodness, that must‘ve been terrifying? it was terrifying. at the height of the fire, there were around 100 firefighters working trying to get this under control. as we we re trying to get this under control. as we were standing there, there were nine fire trucks which fired past as. i see. in nine fire trucks which fired past as. isee. in terms nine fire trucks which fired past as. i see. in terms of when you were being advised to move away, how were you being moved around because obviously the smoke, you were saying the smoke would have been very acrid? yes, the police were amazing. they were at the end of every road redirecting everyone. trying to get eve ryo ne redirecting everyone. trying to get everyone back to their hotel safely. well, thank you so much for sharing your experience, what you saw that enormous fire in basildon. she was returning from a festival and came across that fire. thank you very much and pleased to hear you say. the clipper round the world yacht
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race departs from albert dock in liverpool later this morning. 12 teams will spend a year sailing the globe in a 40,000 nautical mile race, featuring 700 participants over eight stages. 0ur correspondent andy gill is at the albert dock in liverpool for us now. it looks like a beautiful day. it looks like a beautiful daym is, a bit chilly, though. you can see the thousands of people who've come down to the albert dock in liverpool to what this race. the mersey is where the race will start ina mersey is where the race will start in a couple of hours' time. the first leg of 35 days of voyaging right across the atlantic from liverpool to uruguay. 0ne right across the atlantic from liverpool to uruguay. one of the important things about the race is a lot of the crew on a 40%, have never done any kind of ocean racing before. with me is michelle porter. she was a crew member on the last
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race, 2013—14. you did the whole circuit of the globe. why did you wa nt to circuit of the globe. why did you want to do it? it has the right time for me, good chance to take a career break. i gave everything up and headed off on the adventure of a lifetime. did you know what you are letting yourself in for? no, the training does not prepare you but there is great preparation but going into the ocean is fantastic. a life changing experience. what was the best and worst of it? winning back in londonderry, that was a fantastic moment for us. the worst but possibly being ta ken moment for us. the worst but possibly being taken back to port elizabeth in the southern ocean. seeing my boat leave me behind. it's very hard. how did you cope? you must have had some mountainous seas. how do you cope? you just learn to live with learning how the boat moves, the noises of makes and it's
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exciting. it is safety first, but an exciting. it is safety first, but an exciting adventure so the adrenaline kicks in. you whether small group of people, in a small confined space, so how did your personal relationships work? you learn you have no personal space. you got no boundaries, there's nowhere to hide, so boundaries, there's nowhere to hide, so if you have a conflict with anybody, you need to get over it pretty quickly. it is 70 foot and there are 20 to do so at a tight space. how has it changed due as a person? you realise materialthings don't matter, more tolerance, on a racing boat you're all the same, doesn't matter what you have, it's all about racing. thank you very much indeed. the 2017—18 race starts ina much indeed. the 2017—18 race starts in a couple of hours and in 11 months, july 2018, they will be back here in liverpool. fantastic. we look forward to it. the enthusiasm of your guest is contagious. thank
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you so much. we need some practical reve nu es you so much. we need some practical revenues for them now. what will the weather be like? after a lovely start for many, most will stay dry this afternoon with some sunny spells as well. cloud increasing in south—east england and wales. staying cloudy and get grey and grey during the afternoon. the rain becomes more extensive. heavy burst around cardigan bay and edging to the south of northern ireland. elsewhere, mostly staying dry with isolated showers and it will feel warmer than yesterday. heavy rain tonight, wales, southern parts of england and increasingly back into northern ireland, but to the south, humid and misty, northern england, scotland, another cool night with temperatures into single figures but here, dry and bright. some sunny spells but wetter weather in northern ireland spreading the south—west scotland, northern england later, early rain and drizzle

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