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hello and welcome to bbc news. britain is at its highest terror threat level following friday's tube bombing in london. there will be additional patrols in busy areas and at landmarks. 29 people were injured when the home—made device exploded at parsons green station. it's thought it didn't detonate as intended. the train was heading towards central london. our special correspondent lucy manning reports. on the floor of the tube, still in flames, it was supposed to blow up the carriage. that bag is on fire. it caused panic, fear, some injuries, but thankfully it didn't kill. guys, let's get away and move to the end of the platform. at 8:20am, this train, packed with commuters, had just arrived at parsons green. it was loud enough to make me wonder what the bang was, and i looked round and this wall of fire was just coming towards us. i turned left and i saw the fireball surge towards my side. luke walmsley was in the carriage listening to music. a bang and then a flash to my left.
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almost immediately, sort of a surge of people screaming and running towards me. the improvised bomb was in a white bucket, with wires attached, in a lidl freezer bag. david nelson saw it partially detonate. lots of schoolchildren on the way to school. noticed this flash of light over the other side of the carriage. felt this heatwave and then just like a burst of flames. after you saw the flames what happened 7 panic. everyone pushing to get off. luckily the doors were open because we'd just popped into the station. then a bit chaotic, people being thrown everywhere, people being trampled. there was people running over other people within the carriage. when i got outside the train i was able to see people,
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like, jumping off the train station towards the end of the carriage. passengers on the train behind were helped down the tracks. children had their schooljourney interrupted in the most frightening manner. within minutes, armed police, fire crews and ambulances arrived. it was clear there were some injuries. no—one allowed through here. burns and, from the stampede after, nearly 30 taken to hospital. this woman's commute to work ending in a very different way. relieved to be safe. peter crowley suffered burns to his head. there was a fireball above my head and there was a lot of people with facial burns and singed hair like myself. worst casualty eyesore, a gentleman, who had a pufferjacket that had all melted at the back. a large area around parsons green tube station has been cordoned off and this afternoon the police
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announced they were evacuating local residents living closest to it, to allow them to try and make that device left on the train a bit more stable. as so—called islamic state said it carried out this terror attack, the police hunted the would—be bomber and the terror threat level to the uk was raised. the joint terrorism analysis centre, the independent organisation which is responsible for setting the threat level on the basis of available intelligence, has now decided to raise the national threat level from severe to critical. this means that their assessment is that a further attack may be imminent. the army will now replace police officers at some locations, as hundreds of detectives search for who planted this bomb. we are making excellent progress at the moment as we pursue our lines of inquiry to identify, locate and arrest those responsible. this is a very complex investigation which is contining at speed
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with the full weight of the london counterterrorism policing resources assisted by colleagues from around the country and our intelligence agency partners such as mi5. for those who walked out of the tube carriage today, there is, of course, relief. lucky. i'll go home, give my wife and kids a big cuddle tonight. happy to be here. but with a bomber on the run and fears that another attack could be imminent, these are tense times for those whose job it is to catch him. lucy manning, bbc news, parsons green. you can keep up—to—date with the manhunt in london following the parsons green attack, (tx gfx) by going to our website where there are also more eyewitness
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accounts and analysis — just click on our website. more on the bombing now. the head of counter—terrorism says hundreds of detectives are now involved in the investigation. the bomb is being examined by forensic teams and officers are looking through cctv at the station for clues as to who planted it. our security correspondent gordon corera takes a closer look at the investigation and where it might lead. the device at the heart of the investigation. the ongoing hunt for the person who planted has now lead to the uk's threat level moving up to critical. its highest level. the makeshift bomb will have yielded some clues in that hunt. like these wires coming from the bucket, used to try and trigger an explosion. they look similar to these christmas tree lights that a birmingham man planned to use in a home—made device before he was arrested. such improvised devices do not always go off properly. that was the case on july 21st, 2005. experts believe today's bomb also didn't explode as intended.
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the size of the device that was employed was quite significant. and had that device functioned in its intended and designed mode, we'd have seen considerable casualties. many people injured and probably many people killed. the explosive may have been a compound called tatp. this footage from brussels airport and metro shows the devastation when it detonates properly, more than 30 were killed. it's also thought to have been used in the manchester arena attack this year. that involved a suicide bomber. but today's attacker wanted to get away and used a timer. that is similar to damon smith, seen here leaving a timed device at north greenwich a year ago, which was spotted before it went off. today, hundreds of counterterrorism detectives have been deployed in this investigation.
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they've been forensically analysing this device, looking for fingerprints and dna. they've also been scouring cctv images, looking for an individual carrying this bag onto the tube and then getting off without it. that will have been the starting point for their manhunt. mi5 are helping the investigation. they will want to know if the individual was part of a group or acted alone and, as has often been the case recently, if they were previously known to authorities. unfortunately it would not be a surprise and this concept of a lone wolf now would more accurately be described as a known wolf. increasingly attacks, when they happen, have been committed by individuals who were known in some way to either the counterterrorism police or mi5 beforehand. 0fficials here have reacted with irritation to this tweet from donald trump: theresa may responded
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that it was never helpful to speculate about an ongoing investigation. for the fifth time this year, the country is dealing with the aftermath of a terrorist attack. and tonight, with no sign yet of an arrest, officials felt they had to raise the threat level amid fears the danger has not yet passed. the united nations security council has again condemned north korea for carrying out what it called a "highly provocative" missile test on friday. however, there was no mention in the un statement of any further sanctions. the north korean leader, kimjong un, has announced that his country's nuclear programmes will continue, despite sanctions, in order to have an equilbrium —— equilibrium with
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the united states. north korea is celebrating, another successful test for its hwasong—i2 ballistic missile, and kim jong—un was there to congratulate the scientists. he told them it was his aim to establish a "balance of force" with the united states, so it cannot threaten his country with military action. but on a visit to an airbase near washington, president trump said the us would never be intimidated. after seeing your capabilities and commitment here today, i am more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming. in new york, the un security council discussed the situation for the second time this week. this time, there was no new resolution, only a press statement strongly condemning the missile launch, and urging compliance with existing sanctions. and russia says the us has to get
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serious about talks with north korea. we called on our us partners and others, to implement political and diplomatic solutions that are provided for in the resolution, and without implementing peace we also will consider it as non—compliance with the resolution, not fully implementing the resolution. but as russia and china urged patience, the us says it is running out of time. it wants an end to north korea's missile and nuclear programmes, but with those programmes making rapid progress, the choices facing world leaders are becoming more difficult. after twenty years in space, the cassini mission to saturn has come to a spectacular end. the probe had run out of fuel, and the us space agency, nasa, had commanded it to destroy itself by plunging into the planet's atmosphere. 0ur science editor david shukman has more. it has been a journey that sounds
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like something from science fiction, nasa conjuring up animations of the cassini spacecraft flying around the spectacular rings of saturn. but this really did happen, and these are some of the images the mission actually captured. the planet seen from closer than ever before. the strange detail of its rings. a jetstream in the shape of a hexagon. and an utterly weird collection of moons. but today, the expedition had to come to an end. i'm going to call this the end of mission. at mission control, in california, hugs and applause. for many, it has been the work of a lifetime, and no surprise there were very mixed feelings as the final signal reached earth. well, it's been a part of my life for 20 years. we've spent day in and day out thinking about cassini, planning the observations,
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focusing on the science. my career has been based on cassini, so it's really hard to see that go. saturn is the most distant world to have been explored for so long. and the cassini spacecraft, which is almost as big as a bus, has achieved something never attempted before. it has given us unprecedented views, and these have led to dozens of discoveries. the mission is described as one of the most remarkable journeys of exploration, while it has been orbiting saturn for a staggering 13 years. now, it is one of saturn's moons, called enceladus, that has produced the most startling revelation. plumes of vapour were spotted blasting out of it. now, this turned out to be water. so let's take a closer look inside where we now know that, under a covering of ice, there is an ocean. and scientists have come to an amazing conclusion — that in here there is every ingredient needed for life.
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this opens up a whole new realm of possibilities in the search for life beyond earth. and the discovery of conditions on moons like enceladus is a real breakthrough for scientists like linda spilker, who started her career at nasa three decades ago, when the mission began. we want to know, is there life on enceladus's ocean? could there be oceans inside of other moons? it will take future missions to go back and answer those questions. the mission captured these images of saturn's moon titan, and this is the sound the spacecraft recorded. to make sure cassini didn't contaminate any of the worlds where there may be life, it was sent to its destruction. but it has raised some tantalising new questions. david shukman, bbc news. the terror threat level was raised
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after a morning commute incident. an kim jong—un says his country will meet its nuclear ambitions despite sanctions after the un strongly condemns friday's missile test. united nations human rights experts are extremely worried about the arrest of an egyptian lawyer who was detained as he was about to fly to switzerland to meet them. the lawyer, ibrahim metwaly, was due to speak to the un working group on enforced disappearances about cases including that of an italian student who was tortured to death in egypt. from cairo, 0rla guerin reports. lawyer, ibrahim metwaly, who dared to fight for egypt's disappeared, including his eldest son, amr. last sunday, at cairo airport, he disappeared himself. he wound up here at the high—security tora prison complex, instead of addressing un experts in geneva. now, the lawyer is facing charges of illegally founding
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an organisation for families of the disappeared. his younger son abdel moneim, also a campaigner, told me he knew the risks, but he wanted to speak for the disappeared, like the murdered italian giulio regeni. translation: my father actually expected that he might be stopped at the airport, but he chose not to let fear control him. he took the risk to bring the voice of the victims to the un, and the entire world. your brother has disappeared, your father is now behind bars. are you worried that you could be next? translation: i'm living with this fear. it's difficult, but history will remember that i did something. human rights groups say as many as 1,300 people have disappeared off the streets in egypt over the past two years, taken by the military or national security agencies. they say most reappear weeks or months later, in custody, having been tortured.
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last year, the italian researcher giulio regeni was tortured to death after he vanished in cairo. egyptian authorities denied involvement, but rome recalled its ambassador. though there has been nojustice for regeni, a new italian ambassador has just arrived here. human rights campaigners say that sends the wrong message to the egyptian government. it has already emboldened them, just by announcing the ambassador will come back to egypt. we had a website blocked, we had members arrested, and more and more, the government feels entitled to do whatever it wants. how serious could the consequences be? i think the plan for the government
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is to silence anybody who speaks out on enforced disappearances. we asked egypt's interior ministry for an interview or a comment about forced disappearances. it didn't respond. but, in the past, the ministry has said there is no such thing in egypt, not a single case, and any allegations about this are part of a propaganda campaign against the government. the pound has hit its highest level against the dollar since the result of the brexit vote lastjune. it follows comments yesterday from a senior bank of england figure who signalled that interest rates could rise "in the coming months". the pound also gained against the euro, rising by i%. up to 400,000 people in the uk may have had their personal information stolen during a huge cyber security breach at a us credit monitoring firm. the company, equifax, revealed last week that files storing personal details of more than 143 million americans had been hacked back in july.
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the data includes names, dates of birth, e—mail addresses, and telephone numbers. the body of a british tourist killed in a suspected crocodile attack has been found in a lagoon in south—eastern sri lanka. 2a—year—old, paul mcclean, who worked for the financial times, had been on holiday in arugam bay and is believed to have been washing his hands in a lagoon when he was killed. in a statement the paper said it was "heartbroken" over his death. the pressure on the government to lift its one % pay cap on public sector workers has intensified after 14 health unions called for a rise for more than a million workers in the nhs. in a letter to the chancellor, the unions, representing nurses, midwives, and other support staff, are calling for an increase of nearly [i%. the government says it wants their pay to be fair but also affordable to taxpayers. 0ur health editor, hugh pym, reports. diane, who is a laboratory
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technician, has worked in the nhs for more than three decades. but the last few years have been the toughest, because of the pay cap. she's had to watch very closely what she spends on herself and her daughter. it makes us all very angry. all public sector workers should have the cap lifted. we are alljust as important, we all work as front—line workers, we are all the cog in the wheel that keeps going round to make the nhs work. scrap the cap has been the court in protest against pay restraint. earlier this week the government lifted the 1% limit for police and prison officers. health unions now wants nearly four times that, paid for by two and a half billion pounds of new money. the total nhs budget
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in england is 110 billion. here's how the pay cap imposed after 2010 affected nurses and midwives. average annual wage rises in england have been under 1% since then. that was well below the inflation rate for much of that time. employers didn't comment on the specific wage increase demanded by unions, but in a significant move one group representing hospitals and other trusts in england said it was broadly sympathetic to the union's claim because of current difficulties recruiting and retaining staff. i think it's absolutely understandable that the health unions have called for an end to the pay cap. we've seen austerity now biting for the past seven years. and it's absolutely critical that we see that pay cap lifted so that we get enough staff on the front line and we keep those staff that are there. devolved administrations will set their own pay policy. a government spokesperson said for england the priority was to ensure any settlement was fair, while also being affordable to taxpayers. but they know across the nhs there's
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real passion about getting more pay. hugh pym, bbc news. a new museum dedicated to graffiti is opening its doors in berlin on saturday. urban nation is being described as the world's first street art museum. the bbc‘s tim allman has more. in berlin, they are posing a question. is this art or a public eyesore? the german capital is famous or notorious, depending on your point of view, for its graffiti. now, a museum has been set up devoted to this unique form of street art. urban nation will host the works of around 150 international and local artists showcasing their dynamism and their variety. translation: urban contemporary art is the logical next step to follow
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what is happening on the street. i think this can be an archive aiming to tell a story for the first time from the beginning until now — that is what we are trying to show here. berlin already has a venue for street art — a huge stretch of the wall that divided the city during the cold war, the eastside gallery telling the country's story and becoming a memorial to peace. graffiti artists hoping that where berlin leads, others will follow. i think it's a nice thing that a museum is happening because the artists who have been a part of this scene and movement for a long time are now getting the respect that they deserve and it's nice that it's looking back through the history and it's picking out different areas from it. the first exhibition is called art mile and, fittingly enough, it will take place on the streets. the world's top ballet dancers
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are gathering in hull for a special gala performance on saturday. the principal dancer of russia's prestigious mariinsky ballet, the head of the royal ballet and the principal of the english national ballet will be there. they all followed similar paths to stardom, beginning their careers at a small dance school in hull, as our arts correspondent, david sillito, reports. classical music i think it's a very special day for hull and for the dance world. nice to be back here. how long since you were last here? it must‘ve been when i was a little kid. before i went to the royal ballet school. this is the story of ballet and an extraordinary homecoming.
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our young ballerinas are following in extraordinary steps. joseph caley is now a dancer with the english national ballet. and it's not justjoseph, the royal ballet's artistic director and choreographer, they all started out here. right leg, left leg. i went to skelton hooper in hull. that's where i started to do ballet. it kind of has, you know, these pink walls in brick. so many fellow stars began here in this little side street in hull with vanessa hooper. robert, remember this? xander parrish was just eight when he first arrived, he is now the first ever british principle of russia's mariinsky. i simply can't believe it, i get to see all my beautiful babies. all back together again. all grown up, all dancing together. when you stand on that stage, what are you faeling? i think my heart will
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burst with pride. and there will probably be tears running down my face. but ijust feel so grateful that i have had the opportunity that they have had the opportunity, and we can share it together. and this is kevin o'hare, head of the royal ballet, anotherformer student. and this is his grand gala. a celebration of ballet, and all that began here. coming up, the headlines and click. first, the weather with nick miller. hello. after several days of quite cool, showery weather, only subtle changes taking place this weekend. there will be fewer showers around by the time we get to sunday. throughout the weekend, occasional sunshine. in it, it feels quite pleasant. in the showers, it feels quite cold. some quite chilly nights around, as well. perhaps a touch of frost in a few places. it is chilly because there has been a flow of air from the north. high pressure to the west of us,
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low pressure to the east. the air coming down from the north of these pressure systems, and it's unstable air, bringing showers. a few of the showers for western parts of wales, cornwall, devon, a few near north sea coast zones, into northern scotland, as well. but away from the showery areas, and most of us will be away from the showery areas, we're likely to start the day with some pleasant sunshine. just some areas of cloud and there, but where you've been clear for any period of time overnight, it will be a chilly start. so temperatures are only gradually recovering as we go through the morning. it is still on the breezy side. you'll certainly notice that across northern scotland, and here we're getting a fair few showers coming in on that stiff breeze. so on through the day, then, where you start with some sunshine, the cloud is going to build. there'll be the threat of a shower. where you start cloudy, you may well see the sunshine come out for a time, but there
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is still the threat of a shower. and it could be we see a longer spell of rain moving into parts of western scotland and into northern ireland. the showers get going elsewhere. there could be some heavy downpours around, especially across some eastern parts of england, that could come with a rumble of thunder. but everywhere at risk of getting at least one shower moving through that may be heavy. temperatures into the mid—teens. now, as we go on through into the evening, the chance again for another spell of rain, this time affecting parts of wales, south—west england. and even overnight, saturday night into sunday, there could be some heavy rain for some into south—west england, maybe around lion bay. heavy showers close to the south coast, whereas many other places will become dry, and it is going to be much cooler in rural spots compared with towns and city centres. for some in scotland, maybe northern ireland too, we will get close to freezing, for a touch of frost as sunday begins. maybe one or two mist and fog patches, because there are lighter winds for part two of the weekend, on sunday. as high pressure begins to nudge in, and it will give mainly dry weather to scotland, northern ireland, variable cloud.
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wales and western england will see relatively few showers, but elsewhere across england, a scattering of showers that could be on the heavy side, but by no means everyone will get one. with lighter winds, more seeing some sunshine. it will feel a little bit warmer by the time we get to sunday. but monday and tuesday is looking pretty quiet. not many showers at all, quite a bit of cloud, a little bit of sunshine. this is bbc news — the headlines: britain's prime minister has raised the country's terror threat assessment to the highest level following a bomb explosion on a rush—hour train in london. theresa may said security analysts had concluded that a further attack might be imminent — and there would be more armed police on the streets. the united nations security council has strongly condemned north korea for carrying out its latest missile test — calling it ‘highly provocative'.
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but after an emergency meeting the un said there would no further sanctions for now. north korea fired a missile over japan for the second time this month. after twenty years in space, the cassini mission to the ringed planet saturn has come to a spectacular end. the probe had run out of fuel and the us space agency nasa had commanded it to destroy itself by plunging into the planet's atmosphere. cassini orbited saturn for thirteen years. in about ten minutes time we'll have this week's edition of newswatch, but first on bbc news it's time for click.
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