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this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie. the headlines at 11pm: ajudge in spain charges two men in connection with last week's terror attack in barcelona as one suspect admits the group had been a planning a much bigger assault. president trump changes policy and commits to sending more troops to afghanistan. businesses across the north of england call on the government to commit to greater transport links ahead of a summit in leeds. and on newsnight, donald trump says america will fight to win in afghanistan, and wants pakistan to stop housing be very terrorists the us is fighting. so how will pakistan respond? —— the very. good evening and welcome to bbc
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news. four moroccan men suspected of the attacks in and around barcelona last week have appeared in court. 15 people were killed and more than 100 injured in the violence. two men have been charged with terror offences including murder, another man is being held in provisional detention and a fourth man has been released on bail. earlier in court, one of the suspects admitted a bigger attack was being planned. from spain, tom burridge reports. in the wake of the deadliest terror attack in spain in years, four men moved from barcelona last night. one by one, they were led into a high security prison outside madrid. the four men in court today are all linked in different ways to last week's attacks and a wider plot. mohamed houli chemlal, this morning taken to court in his hospital pyjamas. last wednesday he was badly injured in an explosion in the town of alcanar. he admitted in court the group
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was planning a larger attack. he will remain in prison, and faces terrorism charges. driss oukabir's passport was found in the rented van, which was driven with such deadly effect down las ramblas the following day. he has also been imprisoned and charged. the man driving the van, younes abouyaaqoub, was shot dead by police yesterday in countryside outside barcelona. another suspect, salah el karib. he owned an internet cafe in ripoll and remains in custody pending further enquiries. there have been police raids tonight in ripoll and elsewhere. and the fourth man in court, mohamed aalla. he denied being the owner of the audi a3 used in the attack in the coastal resort of cambrils on friday morning. today, he has been released without charge. it has been confirmed that a speed camera clocked four of the attackers as they drove to paris or week before the very attack. police in catalonia say their investigation
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is far from over. on las ramblas, five days on, there is a palpable sense of defiance. spain is a country where much of life is lived outdoors. and no amount of terror will change that. but of course, many lives have been cruelly touched forever. brave british tourist harry athwal held a young boy, after he had been hit by the van. i was afraid for the boy at that point. when i looked at his injuries, they were severe. i am actually quite emotional, as well, because i knew straightaway this boy had to be seven or eight years old, and that's the same age as my son. and like i said, due to the injuries, i was quite upset. but the first thing i tried to do was to check his pulse, to see if he was alive. his hairwas similar to my son's hair. it is a little bit shorter than my son's now, but it was brown, thick beautiful hair. i stroked it. i kept trying to talk to him. as more facts are revealed about the perpetrators of this, questions hang in the air.
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tom burridge, bbc news in barcelona. donald trump says he's sending more troops to afghanistan to fight the resurgent taliban. the announcement is major reversal for the president, who, when running for the white house, called for a speedy withdrawal from a conflict he said was a "total disaster". our north america editor jon sopel reports. donald trump on his weight to a rally in phoenix, arizona, with a tricky sales job rally in phoenix, arizona, with a tricky salesjob on rally in phoenix, arizona, with a tricky sales job on his rally in phoenix, arizona, with a tricky salesjob on his hands. the man who liked to be a crowd—pleaser and throughout campaign delighted audiences with his plans to withdraw us forces from afghanistan. a waste of money and american blood, he said. but last night, as they played hell to the chief, he was prepared to hit the reverse thrust button on that policy. my original instinct was to pull out. historically, i
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like following my instincts. —— hail to the chief. but all my life, i have heard decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the oval office. but what this flip—flop means in practical terms is hard to assess. the president has not said how many additional troops he will send or how long they will be there. he said is about results, not timelines. and even though kabul might be a long way from charlottesville, recent from virginia were clearly on his mum when he said this: loyalty to oui’ mum when he said this: loyalty to our nation demands loyalty to each other. love america requires love for all of its people. when we open oui’ for all of its people. when we open our hearts to patriotism, there is noah rubin for prejudice, no place for bigotry, and no tolerance for hate. and some of his harshest words we re hate. and some of his harshest words were aimed at the pakistani government, whom he accused of harbouring terrorists, while taking
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billions of dollars in us aid money. he called his new age policy " strategic realism", and summed it up this way: we are not nation-building again. we are killing terrorists. what do his supporters make of the afghanistan u—turn?|j what do his supporters make of the afghanistan u-turn? i think mr trump has received some new information. i am has received some new information. i a m relu cta ntly has received some new information. i am reluctantly going to follow his lead. he has been listening and knows exactly what he needs to do, fiow. knows exactly what he needs to do, now. that is why i am for his decision. i'd like what i am seeing in afghanistan, but i go to reserve judgement until i see the fruits that are going to come out of it. but the fruits right now are that we are wasting money, and we are training terrorists over there. although donald trump has tried to dress this speech up as a significant shift in policy, the most striking thing about it is the
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sense of continuity with the vile white house. and one other thing: now this major policy announcement has come, this is donald trump is's war in afghanistan, not iraq obama's, not the generals‘ war in afghanistan, not iraq obama's, not the generals'. he now has something he never wanted to buy. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. —— barack obama. the us secretary of state rex tillerson told a news conference that negotiation not military might is the solution in afghanistan. this entire effort is intended to put pressure on the taliban and to have the talent and understand you will not win a battlefield victory. we may not win one, but neither will you. so some point, we need to come to the negotiating table, and bring this to an end. this is a regional approach. and part of the reason this took as long as did is that which is not just this took as long as did is that which is notjust to focus on afghanistan, but we undertook a fairly conference in review of our
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relationships in pakistan, and our relationships in pakistan, and our relationship with india, and we see this approach as requiring an integration of all three of those strategies. rex tillerson speaking a little earlier today. the government will tell the eu it's "not appropriate" for the european court ofjustice to have directjurisdiction over the uk after brexit in a paper due to be published tomorrow. the document will set out ways trade disputes between the eu and uk could be resolved in the future, but the question of how any agreements will be enforced has already proved contentious in the negotiations. our political correspondent chris mason is in westminster tonight. chris, one suspects brussels will have something to say about the question ofjurisdiction, especially over eu citizens living and working, potentially, in the uk after brexit? yes, clive, this is an essential sticking point in the negotiations that are about to happen between the uk and european union. the question
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is how disputes will be resolved when the uk is the eu. central to thatis when the uk is the eu. central to that is what is known as the european court ofjustice, in luxembourg, the supreme arbiter of all things eu law. the primus has fought over herself to say that because coming out of the eu, it is not necessary oi’ because coming out of the eu, it is not necessary or appropriate for the court to have any direct jurisdiction over the uk after brexit. —— the prime minister has fought. the key thing here is how much a role it could have in england in the new arrangements with the uk. police have seized on the word " d i rect" police have seized on the word "direct" tonight, saying that indirectly could continue to have a
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role, which frustrate some. indeed. —— frustrates. more than 70,000 people have signed a petition, calling for the government to spend more on transport outside of london and the south east of england. it emerged earlier this year that more than half of england's annual £32 billion transport budget is spent in london. the former chancellor, george osborne, says a northern powerhouse rail network connecting liverpool to hull, must be established. jon kay has been speaking to passengers travelling between liverpool and manchester to gauge opinions. this train will be calling at manchester victoria, huddersfield... heading across northern england tonight, the 17.10 service from liverpool. on time, but, for some, it's just too slow. yeah, it's terrible, it's absolutely terrible. rona has spent six hours today commuting between yorkshire and merseyside and it's only 70 miles each way. it's a really long day. so for me, i left home at 6:30am this morning and i'll get home at 7:30pm tonight, so that's a very long day.
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so for my productivity, it impacts me tomorrow because i'm just shattered. while she is recovering, tomorrow the north of england's politicians and business leaders will be holding a summit to discuss building a high—speed link across the region. it could cut the journey from manchester to leeds from 48 minutes to 26, and the 90 minute journey from liverpool to leeds to just one hour. just the section between manchester and leeds across the pennines can cost up to £7 billion, so do rail users think it's worth it? no, no. that's a lot of money. it's not worth that money. what do you think the money should be spent on instead, what would you do with it? spent it on education, spent it on health. it's always been the south, so why not the north for a change? definitely. i don't think it's a big deal getting somewhere ten minutes quicker, really. i think if they're more efficient, on time, better services, cleaner, i think
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that's more important. with a house on the wirral and a business in newcastle, herb would love a faster line, but he thinks they are cheaper and more realistic ways of getting business moving. to make sure anywhere along any of the northern rails you would never drop a phone call, you would always be able to have high—speed mobile data available to you, ideally wi—fi, but even just ag would be a huge step forward. but raman thinks a new railway is the only solution and would help him expand from the north—east to the north—west. for us, better links towards manchester and liverpool, that would make it easier for us to do business in those regions. it could actually lead to the opening of an office in those regions, because at the minute we are quite restricted, in terms of what we can do in that region. but this could be a long and slow journey. it's about politics as well as the price, and the north of england is not the only region raising its voice and demanding urgent investment in infrastructure.
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jon kay, bbc news. the former boss of the retail chain bhs, dominic chappell, is to be prosecuted by the pensions regulator, forfailing to provide information to the investigation into its sale. bhs went into administration last year, with 11,000 people losing theirjobs, and the company pension scheme £171 million in the red. you up—to—date with all the news. now it's time to new site. —— newsnight. our troops will fight to win. we will fight to win. fighting talk from president trump over afghanistan. but harsh words too for pakistan, formally a us ally, for harbouring the taliban and other terrorists.
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how far can he push islamabad? what does the afghanistan announcement tell us about who holds the power in the white house? we speak to the mercenary boss who had hoped for a role in the region. what does he make of the president's plan? grenfell‘s long shadow. more than 600 people are receiving nhs counselling following the tragedy. we'll hear of the slow painful process towards recovering mental health. my children did not know what fear was. she knows what fear is now. my child is priceless and their children are priceless. the government said hs three will happen. representatives of northern cities get together to discuss the plans
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for london. we'll speak to one of the police officers who dealt with the paddington rail crash in oct 1999. good evening. "we will fight to win." that is now president trump's battle cry for afghanistan, a far cry from his pre—election determination that there should be an american withdrawal from the country. now he has given the pentagon authority to ramp up troop numbers, and greater autonomy to attack the taliban. also in his sights in his fort myer speech was pakistan — with the president calling for islamabad to stop providing safe havens for terrorists. mr trump said pakistan had much to gain from partnering with the international effort in afghanistan and much to lose from harbouring criminals and terrorists.


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