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hello. this is bbc news. my name is chris rogers. these are our top stories: ten sailors are missing after a us navy ship collides with a merchant vessel in waters near singapore. new details have emerged about the carousel suspected of carrying out the barcelona attack. police say 12 suspects spent six months planning it. -- suspects spent six months planning it. —— terror cell. a once in a lifetime spectacle: millions prepare to see the first solar eclipse to cross the usa, in 99 years. hello. i am hello. iam ben hello. i am ben bland. round one of the nafta talks are now complete, but huge differences remain as the us, canada and mexico try to hold together one of the world's biggest free trade zones.
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and russia's biggest oil company is leading a $13 billion deal which will secure it thousands of petrol stations across india. hello and welcome to the programme. the us navy says ten 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, a guided missile destroyer, was damaged in the collision with the liberian—flagged vessel. it's the second serious collision involving a us navy ship within two months. let's get more on this story. joining me now is our asia correspondent karishma vaswani. what more details are coming in? in the last few minutes, we have received an update from the us navy's public affairs department. they have been able to tell us that ten sailors are still missing. the five that are injured, for amongst them have been by helicopter to a
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hospital location in singapore, and another one did not need any further medical treatment. at this stage, thatis medical treatment. at this stage, that is the situation with the number of people who are still missing, and injuries. we know that the ussjon missing, and injuries. we know that the uss jon mccain missing, and injuries. we know that the ussjon mccain is expected to be heading to a naval base here in singapore. there is no further details, i should add, as to what time it might arrive here. what we also know is that the damage that it sustained, as of yet we have not been informed about the extent of the damage, but what we do know is that the us navy's public affairs department has said that it was the port side of the warship. the collision occurred in the early hours of monday morning, and again, it is not clear how bad the damage is to the other vessel involved in this collision. that is the liberian—flagged merchant vessel, which was substantially larger than this warship. this is the second
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such commission recently. —— collision. are we hearing anything from the us navy about what may have actually happened 7 from the us navy about what may have actually happened? no, chris, we are not hearing anything in terms of specifics as to what happened. what we have been told is that there will be an investigation under way. but you are right, this is a very worrying and quite awkward, frankly, thing for the united states navy. this is happening in it under the us and south korea are launching their first day of the annual missile drills —— military drills, not too far away from you. it raises questions about the competency of us navy's operations in the region. as you said earlier, this is the second such incident in the last few months, but is the fourth such incident between a us warship and another vessel in the last year. so
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some real concerns about the us navy and here in the world. but it is not clear what they do this collision. we hope to get those details from the us navy's public affairs department in the hours to come. karishma vaswani, thank you for joining us. we will keep you updated on any more developments. let's look at the latest developments in spain, now, following these terror attacks there. police in spain are exploring a possible link between thursday's attack on barcelona and the islamic state assaults on brussels airport last year. they're investigating an imam, abdelbaki es satty, who is thought to have radicalised the younger members of the cell that attacked las ramblas and cambrils. mark lobel reports. the suspected mastermind of the barcelona and a cambrils attacks,
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abdelbaki es satty, is the imam of this mosque in ripoll, north—western spain. he is being accused by his father of two of the attackers were radicalising his sons. translation: each of these young, impressionable minds, messed around with their brains, and now they are dead. the imam is believed to have been killed in an accidental explosion at a bomb factory, south of barcelona, a day before the attacks, there. police are now investigating his movements across europe prior to last week's attacks. according to the mayor of the belgian town of vilvoorde, he was there just before the deadly attacks on the mall that metro station and the brussels airport. it is being
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reported that the audi used in the attack was caught earlier in paris, and one of the members of the cell visitor zurich last year. police fear one of the attackers may have escaped to france. police now probe their attackers' links across europe. just ahead of the business news, let's look at some of the other news coming into the bbc newsroom in brief. the united nations says 111,000 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
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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. 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. the uk government is to publish more details of its brexit negotiating process today. the position papers are expected to outline what happens to goods already in the single market when the uk leaves the eu. the documents should also detail how the uk, and uk employees of the eu, handle secret information gleaned from the uk's membership. ben is here with all the business news. what do you have president vladimir putin we are looking to the us, canada, and mexico. —— what do you
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have for us? —— we are looking to the us, canada, and mexico. the countries have pledged to reach an agreement by early next year — but some trade experts have warned the timetable is just too tight. there are huge challenges ahead. the us says it wants new measures to make sure a substantial proportion of vehicles covered by the deal are made in america. at the momentjust over 62% of each vehicle must come from one of the three countries — but reports suggest the us hasn't yet revealed how it wants this changed in an effort to boost its own automotive sector. we will talk you through all of this on world business report in about 20 minutes, of course. another store we
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are —— another story we're looking at is the story of rosneft. a consortium led by the russian oil giant is expected to announce a $13 billion deal to buy the indian private refiner essar 0il. the deal will strengthen ties between the world's biggest oil producer and the world's fastest growing fuel consumer. essar 0il operates a 400,000 barrel—per—day oil refinery on india's west coast and sells fuels through its 3,000 retail stations in india. we will have all of that coming up for you in world business report. you can reach me for you in world business report. you can reach me on for you in world business report. you can reach me on twitter in the meantime, but now, back you, chris. cheers, we will see later. let's brings you the latest on those floods, now. —— let's bring you the latest on those floods, now. bangladesh is grappling with the worst flooding for thirty years as this year's monsoon rains take a huge toll on parts of south asia. the floods are now known to have claimed more than 700 lives and driven more than a million
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people from their homes. 0ur correspondent sanjoy majumder, reports from kurigram in the north of bangladesh. a third of bangladesh is now under water. people here are used to floods, but not on this scale. entire villages have been washed away. those left standing are abandoned. there used to be a village here — now almost all of it is underwater. there were houses, lanes, even a small playground, and i can hear the call to prayer from the village mosque, which is over that side. now, the only way to get around is by boat, and the villagers are simply trying to salvage whatever is left. when you've got nothing left, every little possession is invaluable. in this case, a mattress floating in the water. this used to be nur hussein's home. he tells me how the water rose without warning at night, swirling through his house. translation: i saved my brother and his wife and came back to get some clothes and blankets, but by then it was too late for me to get away.
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i spent the night on a tree. for some, however, leaving was not an option. this woman was heavily pregnant when the flood waters rose. her baby was born a day later. delivered inside their home, surrounded by water. translation: there was water inside our room, all the way up to the bed. we put some paper on the bed and put the baby on top, to keep him dry. the rising waters in part are a result of overflowing rivers, which enterfrom neighbouring india, itself reeling under floods. bangladesh is paying the price for being downstream. there is now a sense of desperation among the survivors. aid workers bring in supplies of fresh water and are soon surrounded. but there's simply not enough to go around, leaving many angry and frustrated. people are now squeezed into every inch of dry land. and with no sign of the floods abating, they could be here awhile.
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sanjay majumder, bbc news, kurigram, bangladesh. millions of people across america are preparing to watch a total solar eclipse later — the first to be visible from coast—to—coast in almost a hundred years. the sight of the moon's shadow passing directly in front of the sun, is expected to draw record audiences, as nada tawfik reports. eclipse mania has arrived, and in the small town of hockin still, kentucky, this is the largest party they have overthrown. —— hopkinsville. officially eclipseville for the day, locals are
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over the moon. it is a fantastic atmosphere. i love it. it is bring out the best in everybody, and everybody's together. i love it. to deal with the overwhelming preparations, this quiet community of 30,000 appointed a special eclipse co—ordinator. the mayor says this has been used in the making. about ten years ago, we got a phone call from a scientist asking about the eclipse, and if they could book hotel rooms. that was the first had heard of it. at the downtown festival, there are dozens of lenders, selling everything from clips t—shirts to artwork and glasses. officials hope it will give the local economy a needed boost. the demand is stretching some businesses their limit. at this local hamburger shop, they have been struggling to serve food fastener. wall—to—wall, people have been in, today. and it has been non-stop for
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campsites welcoming outsiders. what also makes hopkinsville such an ideal place to view the eclipse is all the farmland. and it is the perfect location to post the masses of spectators who have descended on the small town from around the country and the world. at this campsite, people have travelled from as far as canada, the uk, campsite, people have travelled from as faras canada, the uk, and campsite, people have travelled from as far as canada, the uk, and even australia. carl is from melbourne, and has vowed to see as many total solar eclipses as possible. see a partial eclipse is like going to church. but seeing a total eclipse, a total solar eclipse is like meeting god, or seeing god. the moment of totality will last two minutes and a0 seconds, here, but the memory will leave a permanent mark on this rural community. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: tributes tojerry lewis, one of americas all—time comedy greats, who's died in las vegas, aged 91. washington, the world's
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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 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, 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?"
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this is bbc news. the latest headlines: ten sailors are missing after a us navy ship collides with a merchant vessel in waters near singapore. a search operation is under way. spanish police say 12 terror suspects spent six months planning thursday's barcelona van attack. a massive joint military exercise involving south korea and the united states is taking place on monday. tens of thousands of troops, aircraft and naval vessels will be involved. but north korea isn't happy. it said the us should prepare for a merciless strike. amidst the heightened rhetoric on both sides, our correspondent yogita limaye has been to the point where north and south meet, the dematerialised zone, where a handful of european —— demilitarised zone,
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where a handful of european military personnel monitor the armistice signed between the two koreas 6a 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 their two countries from fighting each other. south korea chose sweden and switzerland, while the north chose poland and czechoslovakia, as neutral nations to
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monitor the armistice. but in the 1990s, pyongyang expelled the commission from its side. so now only swedish and swiss officers 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 to 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, which is a little bit different,
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and then, of course, it goes a 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 6a years. and of course, we all hope that we could close down here and go home, because there is a peace treaty. even 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. fascinating, isn't it?
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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 after teaming up with dean martin and they collaborated on 17 films. celebrities around the world have paid tribute to the comedy legend. on twitter, the daughter of dean martin—lewis's long—time comedic partner wrote: "i'm heartbroken at the loss of our life—long friend jerry lewis. i've loved him all my life and will miss him greatly." comedian jim carrey: "that fool was no dummy. jerry lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy‘s absolute! i am because he was!" and talk show host larry king wrote: "jerry lived to make the world laugh, and laugh we did for decades. his talent was surpassed only by his humanitarianism. rest well pal." nick higham looks back on the life of a comedy legend. here, enjoy yourself!
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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! 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,
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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. jerry lewis, who's died at the age of 91. in the english premier league, the top two teams from last season, chelsea and tottenham, met on sunday at wembley. tottenham are using the stadium as their home ground this season because of re—development work, but they lost this match. 2—1 the final score, with marco alonso scoring both goals for the champions. the usa have won solheim cup. the
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americans had taken a commanding five point lead into the final day. and it proved too much despite a spirited european performance. the united states have now won five of the last seven competitions. in tennis, bulgarian seventh seed grigor dimitrov sealed the biggest win of his career when he beat australia's nick kyrgios 6—3 7—5 in the final of the cincinnati masters. one break in each set was enough for dimitrov to prevail under the hot afternoon sun — this his seventh career victory, and his first in a masters 1000 series event. a perfect stepping stone into the us open that begins a week on monday. meanwhile, it was a one—sided women's final in cincinnati, as spanish fourth seed
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garbine muguruza played flawlessly to crush romania's second seed, simona halep. halep lost to the wimbledon champion 6—1, 6—0 injust 57 minutes. a win would have seen halep replace karolina pliskova at the top of the world rankings. the iconic london landmark, big ben, will fall silent later today as a major conservation project begins. the famous bells will still sound on special occasions, but will otherwise be silent until 2021. emma vardy reports. clock chimes. since 1859, big ben has giigke through the reign of six monarchs and two world wars with only a handful of interruptions.
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however parliament as the bell now needs to be disconnected for the safety of construction workers during major renovation work. the plan to silence big ben has caused, well, rather a ding—dong with backlash from the public and politicians. the prime minister theresa may says she has asked the speaker of the commons to look into the matter urgently to see whether big ben could continue to be heard. for now big ben is due to be silenced until 2021, except for special occasions, such as new year's eve and remembrance day. people are invited to gather in parliament square to hear the final bongs at noon before the great bell is taken out of action. don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter, i'm at chrisrogersbbc. i will be back in a moment with a look at how the papers are covering the stories. hello.
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monday starts with sunshine for northern and eastern parts, what a contrast further south. here we have an old weather front making it a wet start for northern ireland and southern counties of england and will. at least it is mild, 1a— 16. the skies will be led on, there will be drizzly rain, you will notice low cloud on the high ground. even at lower levels it really won't look much like august at all. it is a bright start to the east of the pennines. through the afternoon the cloud will fill in. you will hang on to some sunshine across northern parts of scotland. at the same time some sunshine will break through the southern counties of england and wales. the temperatures will respond. 20— 21 certainly, someone might see 23— 2a
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quite easily. further north, here is the thicker cloud. it is one of those days for northern ireland. the rain moves further east or further north. for scotland, increasingly, the cloud fills in through the central belt. the rain arrives, though it doesn't complete its journey across the mainland until we get on through tuesday, into the first part of the day. the rain still shy the far north of scotland, getting injust still shy the far north of scotland, getting in just after lunch, still shy the far north of scotland, getting injust after lunch, i still shy the far north of scotland, getting in just after lunch, i would have thought. then tuesday, rather like monday, if the sun comes in, andi like monday, if the sun comes in, and i am sure it will for some, certainly the temperatures in the low 20s, someone i suspect will see 26, possibly even 27 degrees. then we get on into wednesday and the middle of the week, having imported all of this mild, moist air from middle of the week, having imported all of this mild, moist airfrom the atlantic, well, it sits around and offers the potential for temperatures into the 20s, until this weather front, this cold weather front, comes from the
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atlantic. wednesday will be the last day where we see the temperatures on into the mid—20s. the northern portion of the cold front really quite active. there will be some quite active. there will be some quite heavy downpours across the north of england and part of scotland. on into thursday and friday, with low pressure not1 million miles away, it will be a mixture of sunny spells and showers with some longer pulses of rain. goodbye. this is bbc world 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. boats and helicopters are involved in a search and rescue operation. spanish police say 12 terror suspects spent six months planning thursday's barcelona van attack that claimed 13 lives. the driver has now been identified but security officers say he may have fled to france. american and south korean troops have begin their annual military exercises as tensions remain high on the korean peninsula.
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