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this is bbc news. the headlines at two. eight people have died after a crash involving a minibus and two lorries on the m1 near milton keynes. counter—terrorism police investigate after three officers were injured while arresting a man with a four foot sword outside buckingham palace. during the struggle, the individual repeatedly shouted the words "allahu akbar." hurricane harvey has weakened after battering the coast of texas with winds of 130 miles per hour. thousands of rail passengers face disruption as major train stations are affected by bank holiday engineering work. also in the next hour, the west indies batsmen frustrate england in the second test. two west indies batsmen hit half centuries — as england's bowlers struggle in the second test at headingley. and in half an hour click hits the road, the rail and the water as the teams heads to india to check how the country keeps connected. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. eight people have died in a crash involving two lorries and a minibus on the mi motorway in buckinghamshire. it happened on the southbound carriageway near newport pagnell in the early hours of this morning. four people have been taken to hospital and two men have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. our correspondent jenny kumah reports.
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the crash happened at around 3:15am on the mi southbound between junctions 15 and 14 near newport pagnell. one vehicle was a fedex uk lorry, the other from aim logistics. police believe the minibus was travelling from nottingham. eight people have been confirmed dead. four, including a child, were taken to hospital and are seriously injured. two men have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. they are in police custody. counter—terrorism police have said a man suspected of deliberately driving a car at police officers outside buckingham palace last night also had a four—foot long sword. they say the man repeated shouted the words "allahu akbar". three policemen were injured as they arrested the 26—year—old close to the mall roundabout. chi chi izundu reports. concerned tourists looked on after reports of a terror incident at one of the country's most high—profile destinations. the metropolitan police say at around 8:30pm a blue toyota prius was driven at a marked police car near buckingham palace.
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the car stopped and when officers went to investigate they were attacked by a suspect with a four—foot sword. cs gas was used as part of the arrest, and during the struggle the individual repeatedly shouted the words "allah akhbar". he is a 26—year—old male from the luton area and is now in custody at a central london location. police confirmed that our search is going on at an address in the luton area. we now know three police officers were injured in the attack. no members of the royalfamily were present in the palace at the time and an official has confirmed it is business as usual with the summer open tours. two of the officers involved have been treated in hospital and have since been released. there is heightened security across the capital over the bank holiday, particularly for events like notting hill carnival where a ring of steel has been
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promised to protect people from a barcelona—style attack. police are still appealing for information on last night's incident. the us national hurricane centre says the powerful storm which brought winds of 130 mph to the coast of texas has weakened to a categoryi hurricane. thousands of people were left without without power as hurricane harvey made landfall overnight near the city of corpus christi on the texas coast. catriona renton reports. powerful, dangerous and terrifying. hurricane harvey hit texas overnight, with high winds and heavy rain. when it made landfall it was a category four hurricane capable of causing catastrophic damage. this is a hurricane that will come inland, and then is going to hover for a long period of time.
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it could be days. harvey has been billed as the most powerful storm to hit the us mainland in more than a decade. the strongest to hit texas in over 50 years. this is harvey from above. the storm system is ten miles wide, bringing winds of up to 130 mph, and a metre of rain is expected to fall. corpus christi was in the eye of the storm when it hit. the streets are now deserted here after the rush to evacuate. 20 miles inland, in the city of victoria, they are preparing for the worst. what is your worst—case scenario? h—a—r—v—e—y, that's about as worst—case scenario for a community the size of victoria. we've never seen a forecast for that kind of localised rain. it's the most dangerous forecast we've ever seen. president trump has signed a disaster proclamation for texas
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to free up federal aid. harvey is stubborn and isn't planning on leaving any time soon, bringing several days of storm force winds and rain ahead. don champion, a reporter for the cbs network in the us, in corpus christi, texas and described what it was like there as the storm hit land earlier this morning. we are about 30 miles away from where the storm made landfall, in the town of rockport. already this morning, significant damage is being reported there. collapsed buildings, walls falling down. and damage all along the coast there from the
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powerful storm surge. the sun is rising and that will begin to reveal a lot of the damage that harvey caused overnight. but this is really only the start of this slow—moving disaster. now that the storm has made landfall, at last check, it is a category one hurricane, centred well north of where we are, but it is dropping torrential rains already in several places. nine inches of rain has already fallen. this is going to be an inland disaster now that the storm is going to be meandering over this part of the state. many places can see well over 30 inches of rain from the storm over the course of the next four days. so this is a slow motion disaster which is just getting underway. so what is hurricane harvey doing
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now? the weather centre with the latest. when hurricane harvey made la ndfall latest. when hurricane harvey made landfall in the early hours in texas, is with a category four hurricane bringing winds of 130 mph with stronger gusts. here is the very clearly defined eye of the hurricane. it has been downgraded to a category one hurricane and is forecast to become a tropical storm fitow. but is —— it is the amount of rain which brings us concerned. it isa it is a slow—moving system. we could see this same amount of rain in the next four days at somewhere like manchester would see in a whole year. up to one metre of rain, which could bring life—threatening flooding and that rain will keep falling over the next few days. we will keep a close eye on it. we can head to texas to show you a
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live shot of corpus christi. it's about 9am there at the moment. many residents fled the area. some have decided to return now. 0thers sat it out. you can still hear it is quite windy and see it as windy as well. we are being told by the national hurricane centre that hurricane ha rvey‘s hurricane centre that hurricane harvey's maximum sustained winds are 110w harvey's maximum sustained winds are now at 75 mph, nothing like the 130 mph in the early hours. another update makes clear that the storm surge is still a problem along parts of the texas coast, saying that a number of ports and it is about 1.5 metres higher than normal. just over six foot, that is. the low pressure
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at sea lifts tides and they blow in higher than normal. so this is forecast over the next few days and with the storm surges, flooding is expected to get worst. people have been advised to turn around and don't drown if you approach water in your car. we will even for the moment, any more updates, we will let you know. —— we will leave that for the moment. two men in a small plane have died as it crashed in dorset this morning. the plane came down close to compton abbas airfield near shaftesbury. the pilot and passenger in the tiger moth were both in their 60s. the air accidents investigation branch has been informed. north korea has fired three short—range ballistic missiles, according to the american military. two of the missiles failed in flight, the third blew up almost immediately after it was launched. the latest firings come during a joint us—south korea military exercise, which has been strongly criticised by pyongyang. that is perhaps the reason behind
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these missile tests. the former thailand prime minister yingluck shinawat has fled to dubai, after she failed to appear at a court appearance in bangkok. local media say she escaped via cambodia and singapore, before travelling to the gulf state, where her brother thaksin — also a former thai prime minister — lives in exile. yingluck shinawat is facing a sentence of up to ten years in jail if she's found guilty of criminal negligence charges. millions of travellers on the move this bank holida weekend are facing disruption because of major rail engineering works. the south east of england will be badly affected with station closures at charing cross, euston and liverpool street. there will be limited services at other stations. in the north west of england engineering work will affect stations in manchester, preston, blackpool and bolton. 0ur correspondent spencer stokes is at wigan station. network rail say they choose bank holidays because there are fewer people travelling, 5 million people less travelling so it makes sense for them to do the work now.
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although if you are trying to get away it can seem to be an extremely bad time to do the work. being summer, there are fewer commuters travelling into the railway stations. wigan is affected because of what 200 miles away on the other end of the west coast main line at euston station in london where preparatory work for the new hs2 out to birmingham is getting underway. so the west coast mainline trains from the north—west travelling to london are stopping at rugby or milton keynes and passengers from wigan, wanting to get to london are being told to travel via manchester and then sheffield to st pancras station. one group of passengers could have been severely affected, the fans of wigan warriors rugby league team who are competing in the challenge cup final at wembley in one hour.
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many of them were expecting to travel by rail but the message about the disruption got through and instead, they took coaches to the capital instead. there is some engineering upgrade work at other stations around here, bolton station is virtually all closed with trains diverted between manchester and preston as an upgrade takes place there. this is putting added pressure on these coast main —— on the east coast mainline from the north—east down to london as passengers are told to go over to the east of the country to head down south towards london. president donald trump has pardoned the controversial former arizona sheriff, jo arpaio. he had been convicted of criminal contempt after he defied a court order to stop traffic patrols targeting suspected immigrants. mr arpaio said the pardon was a great honour. he is a big supporter of law enforcement. i know it came from his heart.
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two years ago, i supported him at the first rally and i always said, regardless of the pardon, i will be with him to the end. and i say that. arizona lawmakers have vowed to fight the president's decision. he made a cowardly and pathetic move and i will say that again, it was cowardly and pathetic by a cowardly and pathetic man to wait a few days whilst we are in the midst of a hurricane, when people's lives are in danger, to slip this pardon in under the radar. this is as far under the radar as he can get it and it is so because he is ashamed of it and he should be ashamed. iraqi forces say they have broken through the defences of so—called islamic state and reached the centre of the city of tal afar. close to the syrian border, the city is one of the group's last remaining strongholds in iraq after they were driven out
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of the city of mosul. the iraqi offensive to liberate the city has been under way for six days. sarah corker reports. iraqi soldiers fire rockets at is positions in tal afar. so—called islamic state has held the city in northern iraq since 2014. the battle in alleys, streets, and houses is fierce. iraqi forces say they have now seized about three quarters of the city, breaking through is defences. translation: the units move towards the neighbourhood, which has only about 5% left to retake from islamic state. then we will announce the liberation of this area. what remains is one neighbourhood, the citadel known as the old city of tal afar. sitting on a major road between mosul and the syrian border, the city was once a main supply
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route for is, and is one of its last remaining strongholds in iraq. tens of thousands of civilians have already fled. food and water in tal afar are running out. in one neighbourhood, soldiers found these vehicles, believed to have been prepared as car bombs by is. translation: while inspecting these liberated areas, we found these storage warehouses and these vehicles. we are continuing our search of the whole area. they also discovered a network of tunnels, packed with missiles and mines, which government troops then blew up. explosion. it is estimated up to 2,000 militants remain in the north—eastern quarter. iraqi commanders, though, say they are certain victory is near. the un warns that around 30,000 civilians are trapped by the fighting. sarah corker, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news...
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eight people are killed in a crash involving a minibus and two lorries on the m1 near milton keynes. three officers are injured while arresting a man with a four—foot sword outside buckingham palace. counterterrorism police are investigating. hurricane harvey weakens after battering the coast of texas with winds of 130 mph. and in sport... a late raheem sterling goal earns manchester city victory over bournemouth in the premier league's lunchtime kick off. he was sent off for his celebrations — the goal though prevented his side from dropping points for the second time in a week. hull are looking to retain rugby league's challenge cup as they face wigan this afternoon. kick off at wembley was 15 minutes ago. wigan are leading. and england's women are hoping to
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follow u p and england's women are hoping to follow up their victory tonight. kick—off is at 7:45pm. i'll be back with more on those stories. in the philippines, hundreds of people have attended the funeral of a teenager who died after being arrested during an anti—drugs operation. officials say he was involved in the drugs trade, and died while resisting arrest. but video evidence seems to show him being dragged away by plain clothes police officers — and his supporters are demanding an inquiry. howard johnson reports. tears and grieving. raw emotions on display at the funeral of kian delos santos. around 1,000 people packed the small church in the north of manila close to where the high school student grew up. hundreds of others lined the streets on the approach to the church, some holding placards denouncing the president's war on drugs.
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17—year—old kian was killed in a police raid last week during an upsurge in anti—drug operations. the official police report at the time of the killing said delos santos resisted arrest with a gun. but this was later contradicted by cctv footage and eyewitness reports. a senate committee hearing into the killing last thursday heard how the police force responsible for the operation only confirmed the boy's alleged drug ties after his death and by using social media. the parents of kian delos santos have filed murder charges against the police. three other official enquiries into the killing have also been launched. howard johnson, bbc news, manila. security has been tightened in at least five north indian states after nearly 30 people died in the violence that erupted after the conviction for rape — of a self—proclaimed religious leader. thousands of supporters
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of gurmeet ram rahim singh went on the rampage after the court gave its verdict in the town of punchkula. police used live rounds to try to stop the violence and 2,500 people have been arrested. more now from our correspondent there. we have been trying to get to there. we have been trying to get to the prison where the guru is being held. this major highway has been closed. the press are allowed into this area but it is one kilometre away from the prison. you canjust make it out behind those white buildings on the horizon. these restrictions are a measure of how anxious the authorities are about crowd of the bureau's followers building up and a repeat of the terrible violence that we saw in india yesterday. that has been condemned from the top downwards, the prime minister downwards has
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said that they won't calm here. there is a great deal of tension and fear that clashes could again break out. the deputy head at eton who circulated questions from an a level—equivalent economics exam before the test had been taken — has left the school. mo tanweer, who was also head of economics, left following an investigation by an exam board. eating has confirmed that some pupils did receive advance information and they have been awarded marks based on the average of the rest of their work. —— eaton school. extra police are on the streets of manchester this weekend as thousands of people attend the city's pride event. following the manchester arena bombing in may, security has been increased, though the police stress there's no evidence of a specific threat. andy gill reports. well before the official start of manchester pride,
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the party for many was in full swing. gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people from all over europe getting together to celebrate who they are. 50 years ago this would not be allowed so it is a great way to celebrate what those people have done for us and it's a great achievement and we still have a long way to go. everyone has different issues through the year. it is one chance to relax a bit. out of this world. it is the only one to talk about. if you want to do pride, it has to be manchester pride. the organiser is promising a four—day feast of fun. it is a fantastic celebration. we still face discrimination and pride events like this are key to show we can all stand together united as one to work towards eradicating discrimination. there is a serious side to the pride this year. police say there is no specific intelligence of a terrorist threat to the lgbt community or greater manchester, but after the attack in may and more recent atrocities in europe, they have reviewed security. we have looked at a number of
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security measures around the site. and wider areas in terms of any threats or risks. there are events across the bank holiday weekend, ending in a candlelit vigil on monday night to remember those lost to the hiv virus. andy gill, bbc news, manchester. nearly half a million pounds will be given to community projects in england to help develop new technology to tackle littering. it's hoped the money will go towards creating new apps and "smart bins" which will alert rubbish collectors when they're full. the government claims this new approach to litter could save taxpayers money. what we are hoping to do with this innovation fund is seed fund some new ideas that are coming through and really test them out. whether it is bins overflowing like the ones behind me, is there a smart app way to report that to the local council or, indeed, that the bins themselves can report it. speaking of litter, this next story
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will appal you. the national trust has accused some visitors to the lake district of treating the landscape like a pop festival site. the organisation says the increasing popularity of wild camping, where people pitch a tent away from organised areas, is threatening the beauty of the region. dave guest reports. wild camping is about getting closer to nature and getting away from civilisation. it's about spending a night high upon the hills, away from civilisation, often away from other people. and spending that night with nature under the stars in a self—sufficient, low—key manner. responsible wild campers like these make sure they are discreet, do not cause damage, and take everything home with them when they leave. it is traditionally something done on the higher hills. what is the change you've noticed? new audiences have become aware of wild camping and are treating it in a different manner. there seems to be a more disposable culture coming into what people perceive to be wild camping. that is now coming within 500 metres
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of car parks and carrying in as much as they need. and as for taking everything home, this is what national trust rangers are finding. this is in the lake district. ranger simon hill is spending more and more of his time chasing off and cleaning up after clueless campers. we have pulled out countless tents and inflatable mattresses, batteries... so, this is evidence of the remains of a fire site. it is quite often the sort of remnants that we will come across. we have had experiences where we have taken trailer loads of rubbish out. it has become commonplace for festival—goers to abandon tents sleeping bags and camping clutter at the end knowing
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someone would clean it up. but this is not a festival site. the national trust say they are not trying to stop all wild camping in its traditionalform. they want people to be responsible. if you want to find out how, go to the national trust website. orjust pack up and tidy up after you! sound like father, don't i? the final countdown has begun in what is expected to be the most watched pay—per—view boxing match ever. at the pre—fight weigh—in for the much—hyped contest, mixed martial arts star conor mcgregor vowed to knock out the unbeaten floyd mayweather. from las vegas, here's our sports news correspondent, richard conway. the hype has been unrelenting and while the final face—off for this mega—fight was another spectacle, it's clear conor mcgregor and floyd mayweatherjr have captured the imagination, and the wallets, of many boxing fans.
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now, with the formalities over, mcgregor is focused on the task ahead. let's go, let's see who can take it. he's over there twiddling his thumbs, twitching away. i see a man afraid, that's it. the buildup has been controversial and there are questions over a contest staged primarily for financial reasons. the man who describes himself as tbe, the best ever, is expecting his payday to be swift. it won't go the distance, mark my words. irish fans have flocked to las vegas in recent days and the celebrations will likely continue for several more nights if mcgregor can pull off a shock win. the world is going to explode if he does. it will be mad if he wins. if he does it, what's the party going to be like? insane. we'll be asleep somewhere outside at the front! but mayweather‘s father, who taught him how to box, says mcgregor‘s lack of experience will see him fail.
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—— will see him fade. he'll throw a lot of punches, miss a lot, and if he gets tired then, whack! when conor mcgregor returns to this arena, it will be to face floyd mayweather. one of the greatest boxers of his generation. the time for talking is over. richard conway, bbc news, las vegas. i told you we looked nervous! you can listen to that fight on bbc radio five live at 4am. many people believe —— dream of becoming a rock star. and these people have mastered the instrument, if not stage presence. this is the air guitar world championships in finland. someone has just world championships in finland. someone hasjust said in my error, he's good! what is he actually
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doing? 15 air guitarists around the world —— from around the world competed in the final. the winner was matt burns from the us. the organisers say the aim of the championship is to promote world peace and claim climate change. if everybody played air guitar. it's august! this is the weather. august has been unsettled but the end of the month is delivering sunshine. this is butland, and this theme continues over the bank holiday for many. —— this is rutland. we have had showers over scotla nd rutland. we have had showers over scotland and scattered showers over more than england and wales. showers
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losing their energy through to this evening and it becomes mainly dry overnight. with light winds, there will be patchy mist and fog. not a cold night. 30 degrees to 16 celsius. high pressure across much of the country tomorrow and this front to the north—west will increase the cloud and strengthen the wind, bring patchy rain to the western isles of scotland during the day. away from here, a lot of dry weather. good amounts of sunshine once we lose early mist and fog. if a over the over western scotland as the front pushes across. a cooler field there. —— a cooler feeling there. sunshine will prevail for the notting hill carnival on sunday and monday. away from scotland, it is a bank holiday monday to start the week. for many, dry as this area of high pressure continues. but this
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frontal system pushing into the north—west will strengthen winds and bring


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