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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is gavin grey. our top stories: ten sailors are missing after a us navy ship collides with a merchant vessel in waters near singapore. a search and rescue operation is under way. spanish police say 12 terror suspects spend six months planning thursday's barcelona vehicle attack. american and south korean troops begin their annual military exercises, as tensions remain high on the korean peninsula. tributes tojerry lewis, one of america's all—time comedy greats, who's died in las vegas aged 91. the us navy says a search and rescue mission is taking place off the coast of singapore after one of its ships collided with a merchant vessel.
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the uss john mccain, a guided missile destroyer, was damaged in the collision. it's the second serious collision involving a us navy ship within two months. joining me now is our south—east asia correspondent, karisha vaswani. what more do we know? the information that has come through from the us navy's seventh fleet public affairs department is patchy at the very least. this is what we know at this stage. what we have been told is ten sailors are missing. five are reported to be injured. that is the information coming in from the public affairs department. the incident happened in the early hours this morning. we understand the john mccain the early hours this morning. we understand thejohn mccain uss destroyer was making a routine stop to singapore. it is common for a
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american warships and warships in this part of the world. they are allies. while en route, it is not clear yet, it happened near singapore, in extremely congested waters, not just because singapore, in extremely congested waters, notjust because of trade, but because this is a very narrow body of water as well. it is still unclear at this stage what caused the incident. the collision occurred with a merchant vessel, a liberian flag waving vessel. substantially larger than the warship, it was. it sustained damage on the port side. the extent of damage is not clear. media reports unconfirmed at this stage say there has been flooding in the ship. but it is running on its own power and is on its way to port. that is what we know at this stage. this is not the first time in the past two months a navy ship has been
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involved in a collision. that is correct. a few months ago, back in june, in fact, correct. a few months ago, back in june, infact, off correct. a few months ago, back in june, in fact, off the coast of japan, another us warship, the us has fitzgerald, collided in the way vessel, much larger than the ship itself —— uss. it raises questions about the conduct on these ships. last friday, the commanders of the uss fitzgerald were disciplined, saying that the incident in which seven us sailors lost their lives was avoidable. it is not clear what caused the collision. in the statement, they said the investigations would continue. thank you very much. spanish police say they believe a i2—strong terror cell spent six months planning the attack in barcelona that claimed 13 lives. they say the plotters originally intended to drive three vans laden with home—made bombs into crowds in las ramblas, but the plan changed after two of them died in an explosion last
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wednesday. the father of two men shot dead by police on friday has told the bbc he blames the imam at their local mosque for their radicalisation. our correspondent, wyre davies, reports from the town of rippol, where most of the suspects lived. the small, simple mosque in the town of ripoll, where many of those involved in the attacks on barcelona and cambrils came to pray. the name of the one attacker still at large, younis abu—yaqub, written on the wall, with others who contributed to mosque funds. and police are now asking if this man, abdelbaki es satty, the mosque imam, masterminded the attacks, and led so many young men from this town into jihad. and this was his tiny flat at the top of a building in the town. his bedroom has since been emptied of everything by police. now, according to people at the mosque, he left two months ago to go on an extended journey to morocco.
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but we know from his flatmate here, who won't be filmed, and others in the town, that he left as recently as last tuesday, very suddenly. all that is left here is his small koran and his empty bedroom. today i spoke to hechami gasi, the devastated father of two of the attackers from ripoll, mohamed and omar hychami, "the last time i saw my youngest son," he told me, "was at 3:00pm on thursday, hours before the attack in barcelona and cambrils." "he did not come back." hechami roundly blames the imam for radicalising his sons and the others. translation: he took these young, impressionable minds, messed around with their brains and now they're dead, my sons and the others. it's all the imam's fault. it is thought the imam may have been killed in the explosion that destroyed a bomb factory in the town
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of alca nar last wednesday, where police found dozens of gas canisters, apparently primed to make three massive car bombs. but the premature explosion forced the gang to change their plans. destructive events like this can often tear fragile communities apart, but here in ripoll, there is a determination that must not be allowed to happen. wyre davies, bbc news. you can keep up—to—date on this story online. a massive joint military exercise involving south korea and the united states is about to begin. tens of thousands of troops, aircraft, and naval vessels will be involved, but pyongyang isn't happy, saying it amounts to what it called "pouring gasoline on fire." amidst heightened rhetoric on both
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sides, yogita limaye has been to the point where north and south meet. it's a place where a handful of european military personnel still monitor the armistice signed between the two koreas 64 years ago. it's a little bit like being in the eye of the hurricane. so everything is very tense around, but here, here it is calm and nice and peaceful. so it's a little bit of a strange situation sometimes. right next to the border between north and south korea, these are the men guarding the ceasefire between the two countries. the korean war, which started in june 1950, ended 27 july 1953 with an armistice agreement. and that is the same armistice agreement that is valid here today. there is no peace between the countries. they are technically at war, but the armistice keeps the two countries from fighting each other. south korea chose sweden and switzerland, while the north
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chose poland and czechoslovakia, as neutral nations to monitor the armistice. but, in the 1990s, pyongyang expelled the commission from its side. so now, only swedish and swiss offices remain in south korea. in light of the fact that for more than 20 years there has been no communication from the other side, you know, as people who are posted here, do you think there is any point in being here? i think it's important to mention that we are present every day in the conference room. so we are every day ready to receive, and go sit back on the table to talk. even though north and south korean soldiers stand face—to—face at the border, there is no communication between the two sides. in recent days, harsh threats have been coming from pyongyang, but these have come to be expected. what is new now is that the rhetoric from north korea has met rhetoric from an american leader,
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which is a little bit different. and then, of course, it goes little bit higher. when you speak to the south korean people, of course, they're living next to each other, and the communications have been harsh a lot of the time. so i wouldn't say that they are more scared than the normal. but you never know. this contingent also monitors these military drills, conducted every year by the us and south korean forces, to ensure they don't violate the ceasefire. what was meant to be a temporary camp, untila peace agreement was signed, has now been here for 64 years. and of course, we all hope that we could close down here and go home, because there is a peace treaty. and so our nice and good time here in korea would end, but then we can say "mission accomplished," we go home. but, as long as north korea presses on with its nuclear programme, there can be no peace agreement here. ambassador christopher hill was us
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assistant secretary of state for east asian and pacific affairs from 2005—2009, and formerly he led the us delegation on the six—party talks on the north korean nuclear issue. hejoins me now he joins me now from hejoins me now from denver. thank you for your time today. the chinese and russians have suggested and proposed a halt of military exercises in exchange for a freeze on nuclear testing. should america abide by that? this is a russia — china idea are north korea idea. the idea of somehow weakening the exercises the us does with south korea really is an effort to try to push the alliance to something that is less robust and perhaps only on paper. what the north koreans want
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to do and to some extent the chinese as well is to decouple the us from south korean security. they want to get the us of the peninsula hoping that unifying would be easier. currently, i think it is a delusion on the part of the north koreans. it is important the us stand by in south korea. by the way, the size and scope of these exercises has diminished over the years for a lot of different reasons. what has not diminished is the north korean propaganda itself. ithink diminished is the north korean propaganda itself. i think it is something we have to live with every year with the north koreans. there are 80,000 troops this year. it is significant. would it have been better to perhaps defer, postponed, for a few weeks? no. there are 70,000 us troops involved. they come
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from the us. every year we have us troops. it gives credibility to the alliance. it is an alliance that is capable. 0ne without exercises every year is not an alliance. it is similarto year is not an alliance. it is similar to poland year is not an alliance. it is similarto poland in year is not an alliance. it is similar to poland in 1939 with france. britain and france were in no position to come to the aid of poland. the south korean us alliances strong. —— alliance is strong. we have given many opportunities to north korea. a full peace agreement, we have been prepared to recognise them. they have walked away from all of them. they have never given up on the chance of somehow overcoming south korea. they will not be able to do that, but they believe they can.
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0ver that, but they believe they can. over the past few weeks, moving slightly more broader than exercises themselves, how has the american government handled the brinkmanship from north korea? look, i will be very clear about that. i don't think our president should be doing that fire and fury tweeting. it is not helpful. it sounds like his teachers have been written by a north korean. putting that aside, the north koreans have continued to develop missiles. now they are aiming at the united states with a promise that soon if not already they will have nuclear armed missiles. soon if not already they will have nucleararmed missiles. i soon if not already they will have nuclear armed missiles. ithink soon if not already they will have nuclear armed missiles. i think we need to keep the focus on dealing with that. and i think all countries, including china and russia, should be focused on the fa ct russia, should be focused on the fact that north korea is a country that does not play by any sort of rules anywhere and is aiming at decoupling the us from south korea
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so that in their view they can somehow start a war and not be dealing with the united states in that process. thank you so much, christopher hill. and now for some of the other newsmaking the headlines. —— news making. the united nations says 1a thousand people have fled from the iraqi city of tal afar, where government forces have launched a major offensive against so—called islamic state. about 2,000 militants remain in the city which has been bombed by us and iraqi warplanes. president trump will announce his long—awaited strategy on afghanistan in a live tv address on monday night. the white house said the president would provide an "update on the path forward for america's engagement in afghanistan and south asia." thousands of people have marched through hong kong to show their support for three pro—democracy activists who were jailed last week.
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joshua wong, nathan law and alex chow were initially given non—custodial sentences for their involvement in mass demonstrations in 2014, but hong kong's government pushed for tougher sentences. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: discovered after 72 years, the world war two warship sunk by a japanese submarine, in the pacific ocean. washington, the world's most political city, is today assessing the political health of the world's most powerful man. indeed, i did have a relationship with miss lewinsky that was not appropriate. in fact, it was wrong. in south africa, 97 people have been killed today, in one of the worst days of violence between rival black groups. over the last ten days, 500 have died. chanting: czechoslovakia must be free! russia is observing a national day of mourning for the 118 submariners who died on board the kursk. we're all with them now,
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within our hearts. the pope has celebrated mass before a congregation of more than 2.5 million people, in his hometown of krakow. "stay with us, stay with us," chanted this ocean of humanity. "well, well," joked the pope, "so you want me to desert rome?" this is bbc news. the latest headlines: ten sailors are missing after a us navy ship collided with a merchant vessel in waters near singapore. a rescue operation is under way. spanish police say 12 terror suspects spent six months planning thursday's barcelona van attack. the wreckage of a us warship sunk by the japanese in 1945 has been discovered north—east of the philippines. the uss indianapolis was found more than three miles below the surface.
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it had just completed a secret mission to deliver parts for the hiroshima nuclear bomb when it was hit by japanese torpedoes. more than 800 sailors died, the largest loss of life at sea in the history of the us navy. sarah corker reports. for 72 years, the final resting place of the uss indianapolis had been a mystery. that's it, we've got it — the indy. 500 kilometres beneath the surface of the 5.5 kilometres beneath the surface of the philippine sea, these are the first pictures of the wreckage. an anchor on the left—hand side, marked "us navy". this was indy. this was from a refit at pearl harbor in 1942. the ship was found by a search vessel with equipment that can reach some
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of the deepest ocean floors. it was funded by the microsoft co—founder paul allen. we try to do this both as really exciting examples of underwater archaeology and as tributes to the brave men that went down in these ships. the warship had just completed a secret mission to deliver parts for the hiroshima nuclear bomb. close to midnight on the 30th ofjuly, 1945, she was hit by japanese torpedoes and sank in 12 minutes. two thirds of the crew initially survived the sinking, but no distress call was ever received. many were eaten by sharks. just 316 were rescued out of a crew of nearly 1,200. i would prefer people to focus on the heroism and the valour of the crew, which actually began before the ship was torpedoed and sunk. she had ten battle stars in some of the most brutal combat throughout the entire course of the pacific war. a spokesman for the 22 remaining survivors said each of them had longed for the day when their
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ship would be found. sarah corker, bbc news. joining me now is richard thelen, who survived the sinking of the uss indianapolis. should, indianapolis. thanks very much indeed for joining should, thanks very much indeed for joining us. what's your reaction to the news that ship has been discovered? it's great. i've been looking for herfor it's great. i've been looking for her for quite it's great. i've been looking for herfor quite a few it's great. i've been looking for her for quite a few years. i'm surprised they found her. i talked to someone at the last reunion about whether they would find it and i told them don't like him i didn't think so but he told me the latest technology today meant they can find it and they did. although it must be painful, can you tell us about the day the ship sank? i was on the top side. i had to watch between 4am and
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8am. iwent side. i had to watch between 4am and 8am. i went down to go to sleep and at 12:10am the ship was hit by torpedoes, two of them. one blew out 30,40, torpedoes, two of them. one blew out 30, 40, 50, doing damage to the bow, the other hit midship, we had two seaplanes aboard. the power went. when that blew up the ship sank in 12 minutes, which is really fast. indeed. the largest loss of life at sea indeed. the largest loss of life at sea in the history of the us navy. how did you manage to escape? well, i was on the topside there and i was lucky because the bow went down first. me and some other men got some lifejackets and life rafts that
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we re some lifejackets and life rafts that were anchored to the gunboat tower. we got down and by that time we saw the ship sink. i got myself a life jacket. a lot of people asked me where i jumped off jacket. a lot of people asked me where ijumped off the ship. i didn'tjump, the ship left me. it went down and i swam away. with regard to the secret mission the ship was on, were you aware of what it was doing at the time? no. a lot of people say it was a secret mission but we were in san francisco and the ship came out of dry dock and the ship came out of dry dock and it was ready to be transferred, or travelled. so we just got over there. there are five things that stand out about this story. we set a
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speed record between the united states and kenya. we took the first atomic bomb. it's the first time it happened in the history of the navy. more men lost in that ship in one sinking in the history of the navy in wartime. we spent more time in a lifejacket, four days and five nights, without food and water, and survived, than we did on the ship. indeed. richard thelen from america's surviving of the sinking of the uss indianapolis, thank you very much. 0k. one of the greats of american comedy, jerry lewis, has died at his home in las vegas. he was 91. he found fame in the 1950s
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after teaming up with dean martin and they collaborated on seventeen films, including the stooge, living it up and three ring circus. jerry lewis went on to star in his own series of slapstick comedies. nick higham looks back at his life. here, enjoy yourself! jerry lewis' goofy comedy made him the world's best paid movie star. with their visual gags, the cartoon—like nature of his films left some people cold. but they were immensely popular. i wrote the joke thinking, wouldn't it be marvellous if the elastic face that we have, that can do so much, wouldn't it be marvellous if our bodies were elastic? so that we could do equally as much with them in animation? he was bornjoseph levitch in 1926 into a family ofjewish entertainers in newjersey. following his stage debut at the age of five, he went on to play to great acclaim to audiences throughout new york. aged just 20, he teamed up with dean martin. i'm not going to do it!
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what's all this noise? their combination of sophistication and slapstick brought a decade of success during which they starred together in 16 films. i wouldn't lie, i wouldn't lie to you. now, look... this weekend would be a perfect time for you to come out to the house, if you cared to... he thrilled as a talk show host stalked by robert de niro in the king of comedy. what do you say? it sounds great. the french, who considered him a genius, awarded him the legion of honour. but it will be his manic comedy performances for which jerry lewis will be best remembered. the countdown has begun to a total solar eclipse which takes place on monday, with millions of americans preparing to see this once in a lifetime spectacle. it will be the first eclipse
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to cross the usa from coast to coast in 99 years. people used to say where this place is that no one will ask again because it's the greatest day this weekend ever. i love it, i think it's cool, it's bringing about the best in everybody and everyone's together, i love it. i'm very excited. this is banned. i just lived here a year and this is awesome. i'm going to be here and i'm going to sit here and watch it. 0n goji watch it, whatever is going to happen is going to happen. solar eclipse that i'm going to watch it. i'm so glad i'm here with my daughter to see it. —— i'm going to watch it. we're going to see it. we have been talking about it for yea rs, have been talking about it for years, it's been building up all this year. we're excited. this is just wonderful. really is. hello.
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sunday yet again was another day of contrasting weather fortunes across the british isles. generally speaking, the further north and east you were, the drier and finer was your day. the cloud filled in after a bright enough start in the south. eventually, the skies became pretty leaden so there was urgent work to be done in the fields, and eventually the rain arrived. a wet start to monday, too. mild underneath the blanket of cloud and rain. the cloud sitting low on the high ground of the south and south—west. further north and east, again, it's a bright start to the day, some decent spells of sunshine. a rather cool start to the day, given those clear skies. but at least you've got that sunshine. make the most of it, because it will not last in all parts, by any means at all. the general rule of thumb is to drive this rain ever further towards the north and east. it'll make slow progress, there's no doubt about it. here we are in the middle part of the afternoon. by this stage, things will have cheered up in the south
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for england and wales. where the sun comes out, 20—21 certainly, possibly even as high as 23 or 24. i am not sure whether the rain in the west goes to the east or a little further north. keep your weather eyes open to the east of the pennines. for the greater part of monday and on into the first part of tuesday, we will see that rain really has not completed its journey to the far north of scotland. tuesday is a bit like monday in that once the rain has gone further north, it offers the opportunity across a good part of england and wales for the cloud to begin to break. and if it does so, those temperatures really will rocket away. i show you 22—24 quite widely, but someone could have 26, possibly even 27. the weather fronts have brought the prospect of wind and rain and cloud for some. but at the same time,
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they herald the arrival for warm moist air from the tropics, and it hangs around into the middle of next week, until that cold front brings something more fresh from the atlantic. but the northern portion still has a lot of activity on it. there'll be some pretty heavy downpours in northern britain on wednesday. the last of those warmer days in the south as we go towards thursday and into friday, there are spells of showers, if not longer spells of rain, with temperatures maxing at 22—23. this is bbc news. the headlines: the us navy says ten of its sailors are missing and five have been injured after one of its ships collided with an oil tanker off the coast of singapore. the uss john mccain was damaged in the collision with the liberian—flagged vessel. boats and helicopters are involved in a rescue operation. spanish police say 12 terror suspects spent six months planning thursday's barcelona van attack. they say the plotters originally
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intended to drive three vans laden with homemade bombs into crowds in las ramblas, but the plan changed after two of them died in an explosion last wednesday. one of the greats of american comedy, jerry lewis, has died in las vegas. he was 91. he came to fame in the 1940s, playing the funny guy to dean martin's straight man in a nightclub act. he then went on to have a successful solo career as a singer, actor, and director. now on bbc news, dateline london.
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