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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm duncan golestani — our top stories: a mass shooting at a baptist church in texas leaves 26 dead. another 20 are injured. we are dealing with the largest mass shooting in our state's history. there are so many people who have lost fa m ily there are so many people who have lost family members. a huge new leak of financial documents — known as the paradise papers — has revealed how the powerful and wealthy secretly invest vast amounts of money in offshore tax havens. president trump's marathon tour of asia begins injapan. he praises the prime minister — next he'll meet the emperor. and, mixed feelings about the first daughter. japanese women have their say on ivanka trump. there's been another mass shooting
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in the united states — 26 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a church in texas. the attack happened at the first baptist church in sutherland springs. the suspect — who fled the scene in a vehicle — was found dead. sarah corker reports. a sunday morning church service that turned into a scene of horror. a gunman walked into this, the first baptist church in sutherland springs, and started firing on the congregation. dozens of people are dead, several others are injured. among them, a child as young as five. there's no words. this happens in new york, in big cities.
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no one's safe. my dad's already taught me how to get the gun out of the save, get ‘em loaded. i mean, if it can happen here, guys, it can happen anywhere. i'm about in the dark as everybody 'cause i changed my mind to go to church today, so did my daughter. otherwise we'd be there. after the attack, the gunmen fled by car and was later found dead in his vehicle. it's not clear what his motive was or how he died. we are dealing with the largest mass shooting in the state's history. there are so many families who have lost family members. fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. the tragedy, of course, is worsened by the fact that it happened in a church, a place of worship! where these people were innocently gunned down. and be with us as we learn to deal with this in the days to come. this is a small close—knit community and the wait for news of loved ones is agonising. the fbi is now helping local police with their investigations. we believe he is a young, white male, maybe in his early 20s.
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he was dressed in all black tactical—type gear and was wearing a ballistic vest. the delay in getting him identified is, there were multiple weapons in the vehicle and the vehicle was being processed... and on a tour of asia, president donald trump responded to the news. through the tears and through the sadness, we stand strong, oh, so strong. my administration will provide its full support to the great state of texas. this latest mass shooting comes a month after a gunmen open fire in las vegas, killing 58 people, and two years after a white supremacist shot dead nine in a church in south carolina. and now this tiny texan town, flags flying half—mast, is another community in mourning. sarah corker, bbc news. joining me live from san antonio, texas is sharon ko, a reporter
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for kens five news. can you bring us up to date with what is happening at the scene? right now, there is massive police presence. including here, officers from the bed county area over rate sutherland springs. as they mentioned in the press conference, this will take a very long time. they released only some information about the shooter that this will ta ke about the shooter that this will take some time. are we learning anything more about the victims?- this time, we still don't know the names of the victims. the governor said he would want to talk to the family ‘s first before he released the names of the victims. added
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respect of the families. that is totally understandable. —— out of respect. can you tell us more about the community and the parishioners? sutherland springs is about 30 miles east of san antonio. it is a small, rural town. you can imagine, a population of 700 people. there are about to gas stations. it is very small. when you think about that, 26 lives lost. that is 4% of the population of the town. this mass shooting has devastated that whole town. what is the mood tonight? what is happening away from the quiet —— crime scene, in the town more generally? there are dozens of residents who held hands tonight and lit candles. just in remembrance of the lives lost. wed you expect the
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investigation to go in the next 2a hours? we are hoping to learn more about the shooter. tbs news confirmed that the suspected shooter was a former us air force member who served. he was discharged and court marshalled in may of 2014. —— cbs news. we are learning more about the motive. we appreciate your time, thank you. a huge leak of secret offshore investments has revealed the tax affairs of rich and powerful people around the world. the details are contained in millions of documents from a law firm which specialises in offshore arrangements for individuals and companies — in tax havens worldwide. they've been dubbed ‘the paradise papers' — they were obtained by the german newspaper su—deutsche zeitung and shared with the international consortium of investigative journalists — including the bbc‘s panorama programme. among the names revealed is the duchy of lancaster which manages the queen's private estate and which invested ten million offshore. bbc panorama's richard
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bilton reports. it is an island paradise but there is a lot more to bermuda than just beaches and the sun. it is a tax haven, secrecy and 0% tax rates. one of the world's biggest offshore companies, appleby, is based here. seven million documents have been leaked. for months, we had to carry out secret research. whispering: that's the head office. we have to be very careful at this stage of the investigation. appleby don't know that we have their data. but now we can report what goes on here. the leak is known as the paradise papers. it contains some of
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the biggest names in britain. like the queen's private estate. the queen's investments are handled by the duchy of lancaster. now, because of the files, we can see where some of the money was going. £10 million was invested in tax havens, with $7.5 million in one fund in the cayman islands. it is perfectly legal and there is no suggestion tax was being avoided but should the monarch's cash be going offshore? if the money has been invested in a tax haven, i would have thought it would be extremely embarrassing for the queen and the royal family. we expect higher standards of the queen in terms of where the investments are located. the duchy told us: the paradise papers also expose a new link
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between president trump's government and the russians. you know who that is, right? it's wilbur ross, president trump's commerce secretary. this is in gennady timchenko, the sanctioned friend of president putin. we have found that these two men have a business link. wilbur ross said that he cut ties with companies that could compromise his new role in the us government. your service has resulted in your divesting yourself of literally hundreds of millions of dollars. you did it to avoid any conflict of interest, correct? that is correct. we don't think that is correct. we have discovered mr ross has a stake in a shipping company called navigator holdings. one of its major clients is sibur, a russian energy company. gennady timchenko is a shareholder who was sanctioned by the us government in 2014.
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you don't want to get known as somebody who plays footsy or walks up to the line with sanctioned individuals. if you know anything about the russians it's that under the current system, it's easy to get dirty. don't go there, man, don't go there. mr ross told us that none of the funds he managed ever owned a majority of navigator's shares and he never met timchenko. there are revelations closer to home. i, michael, lord ashcroft, do swear by almighty god... lord ashcroft was the tory deputy chairman and gave millions to the party but what we found in the files could leave him facing a tax bill of tens of millions. a series of payments totalling around $200 million were made to him from a trust in bermuda.
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to avoid tax on those payments, the trust, called punta gorda, must act independently, if lord ashcroft avoided the rules, —— if lord ashcroft avoided the rules, he could face a big bill from the taxman. e—mails seen by us suggest a rising sense of frustration from the trustees that lord ashcroft was not playing by the rules. it looks like lord ashcroft was controlling the trust and expecting trustees to rubber—stamp his decisions. i'm richard bilton, i work for panorama... he didn't answer written questions, so i caught up with him at the tory conference. did you have tens of millions in an offshore trust that you secretly controlled, sir? did that mean you could avoid millions in tax? lord ashcroft, why don't you talk
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to me, it would be great to hear your view. it was the punta gorda trust. dear, dear, dear, dear. his lawyers made said that i had started shouting something at him by which time lord ashcroft had walked away and heard nothing of what i said. we've done about a mile and a half, we could have been sponsored. despite the questions, lord ashcroft wouldn't give us his side. i'm not going to follow you in there, sir. about the whole leak, appleby said it does not specialise in tax, that these are commercial and sensitive documents relating to appleby and its clients. these are the first names from the paradise papers but there are more to come from this extraordinary leak. the us president is continuing his marathon tour of asia. president trump started the tour
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injapan and after meeting the japanese prime minister said the two countries had never been closer. speaking on the second day of his visit to japan, he said the united states have suffered at huge trade deficit with his hosts for many, many years. his comments come ahead of formal talks with the japanese prime minister shinzo abe. 0ur correspondent, steve mcdonell, is in tokyo for us. a warm welcome for the president but irra some key differences? absolutely. the message from donald trump here in tokyo today on day two of his 12 day two of asia is that trade relations between the us and japan are simply not fair. now, at a business breakfast each included executives from the japanese car companies maz, mitsubishi and the like, he said that cars was the big problem. —— mazda. he said that they
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should be more japanese cars, sorry, more united states cars, sold in japan and that japanese car companies should be producing a car that they sell in the united states in the us. critics would say they are already japanese companies in the us. critics would say they are alreadyjapanese companies to invest and have been doing it since the 80s and they would also point out that one of the reasons that there are no us cars here is they are too big for the smallerjapanese roads. there are plenty of other foreign cars on the streets here. 0ut as the japanese government feel about donald trump trying to reopen trade negotiations with the country? —— how does the japanese government feel. we will find out more about that this afternoon when donald trump and shinzo abe have formal talks. 0ne trump and shinzo abe have formal talks. one of the key points of difference have been around the tpp,
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the tra ns—pacific partnership. difference have been around the tpp, the trans—pacific partnership. iraq 0bama set it up, donald trump pulled the us out and japan is tragic at the us out and japan is tragic at the remaining 11 countries to get the remaining 11 countries to get the tdp alive. —— barack 0bama. in the tdp alive. —— barack 0bama. in the hope that the us mightjoin again. there needs to be a bilateral trade deal between the us and japan and the japanese government doesn't agree. he wants more of a multilateral solution to the region. they will have a major difference on this point when they meet in tokyo this point when they meet in tokyo this afternoon. apart from prime minister shinzo abe, who else will president trump be meeting with? he has tried to make the big pitch to the business sector already at this is the problem. some are here would say, are these just going to be talks? talks about talks. unless there is some movement on a us —
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japanese trade relations, what does it all amount to? he has started with the businesspeople in the hope that it would have some effect on the ground and this afternoon is more of a formal discussion with the japanese prime minister, looking at not only trade but of course these crucial question of north korea. we are expecting from here on in, after the trade portion of the day is over, he will be moving on to many more discussions are about dealing with north korea's nuclear weapons. take you very much. and you can get much more on donald trump's extensive asia visit. just visit our the bbc website, bbc.com/news. 0r or you 0ryou can or you can download the bbc news app. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: as ivanka trump accompanies her father on his tour of asia. we askjapanese women for their take on the first daughter. the israeli prime minister, yitzhak rabin,
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the architect of the middle east peace process, has been assassinated. a 27—year—old jewish man has been arrested, and an extremistjewish organisation has claimed responsibility for the killing. at polling booths throughout the country, they voted on a historic day for australia. as the results came in, it was clear — the monarchy would survive. of the american hostages, there was no sign. they are being held somewhere inside the compound, and student leaders have threatened that, should the americans attempt rescue, they will all die. this mission has surpassed all expectations. voyager one is now the most distant man—made object anywhere in the universe, and itjust seems to keep on going. tonight, we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of ourarms, or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals. this is bbc news.
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the latest headlines: a mass shooting at a church in texas has left 26 people dead. another 20 are injured. a huge new leak of financial documents, known as the paradise papers, has revealed how the powerful and wealthy secretly invest vast amounts of money in offshore tax havens. let's stay with that story now. shruti shah is vice president of the coalition for integrity which is a non profit anti—corru ption charity. she joins us from washington. shruti, first of all, can you explain to us how shell companies work? shell companies are legal
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entities where the identity is disguised to avoid scrutiny by law in force meant and by the general public. so you can't actually determine ultimately who controls the company or who derives benefits from it. there's a level of a anonymity there. what are the legitimate uses of a shell company? there are many, for example, if you wa nt to there are many, for example, if you want to pool your investments or if you are working in a... you main news to use it to protect identities. you may use one if you wa nt to identities. you may use one if you want to protect against oil pricing in negotiations —— you may need to use it. if you want to sell land and you don't want a via to check the price of the land then you may use a
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sheu price of the land then you may use a shell company. the benefits of those are devised by individuals or corporations. —— a buyer. but the cost to society as a result of the muqqy cost to society as a result of the muggy laundering and corruption facilitated by shell companies, that costis facilitated by shell companies, that cost is borne by society at large —— money. what reforms would you like to see in this area? there are three main areas of reform i would like to see, first all countries should be collecting beneficial ownership information like true ownership information like true ownership information upon a company's formation, and then publishing it. but also these offshore service providers, these company service providers, these company service providers, these company service providers, can't be allowed to police themselves, they should have strong anti— money—laundering programmes and they should be required to do due diligence and some sort of screening on their clients to make sure they aren't
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unwittingly providing services or opening shell companies for money laundering is all corrupt public officials. ultimately when we see these leaks officials. ultimately when we see these lea ks and officials. ultimately when we see these leaks and when there is evidence of wrongdoing, such as tax evasion, we want law enforcement in those individual countries to punish the perpetrators for wrongdoing and to ensure thatjustice is served. shruti, thank you very much. it's important to say that tax avoidance is not illegal, but it is controversial, and these latest revelations are bound to fuel the political debate around offshore tax havens and whether governments should do more to clamp down on them. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the sacked catalan leader, carles puigdemont, and four of his former ministers have been freed with conditions by a judge in belgium. it's in connection with a european arrest warrant issued by spain. the judge said they could not leave belgium without permission and had to give details of where they were staying.
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state media in saudi arabia say a prince and several other high—ranking officials have been killed in a helicopter crash near the town of abha, close to the country's border with yemen. prince mansour bin muqrin was a deputy governor, son of the former crown prince of saudi arabia, muqrin al—saud. it's not yet known why the aircraft crashed. let's return now to president trump's visit to japan, and his daughter ivanka, who serves as his special adviser, is accompanying him on his asian tour. while in tokyo, she spoke at the world assembly for women. but what do women injapan think of the first daughter? let's take a look. i think she's a really confusing figure. i saw a lot of her and her father sort of together. he would be objectifying her and she would just laugh it off. i mean, it's always good to see
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a female figure in the realm of politics or in a position so high up, but then again, it doesn't make sense why she is there at this moment because it's not like she was elected. examples of sexism injapan from my experience — who hasn't experienced sexism injapan, ithink! it's such a deep—rooted issue. some views on ivanka trump.
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now to norway, where the best from the world of logging have been going head to head. this is the world championship timber sports contest where all things wood cutting are celebrated. you'll find chopping, chain sawing and good old fashioned long sawing practised by the best in the world. but which country has the best logger? well, the title was retained for a second year running by jason wynyard from new zealand. let's get a reminder of our top story and 26 people have died in a shooting at a church in a small town in texas. the worst such incident in the history of the state. for more on that story stay with us on bbc news. well, bonfire night was a cold and mainly dry one up and down the uk. 0vernight those temperatures continue to fall away under clear skies and with light winds,
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leading to the coldest night of the season so far. during the early hours of monday morning, we're looking at values in towns and cities close to freezing. you can see the blue hue there on the map. and in rural places, significantly colder, down to —4, —5, maybe even —6 in one or two places along with some mist and fog. so we start monday morning off on a cold and a brighter note. some mist and fog around too, that should tend to clear away, we'll start to see a change, though, out west as a weather system slowly moves in bringing cloud, rain and strengthening winds. into the afternoon, some of that thick cloud will have arrived across the south—west of england, in towards wales. some spots of rain too. the wind strengthening up from the south, lifting temperatures gradually to 11 to 12 celsius. still, though, a cold but bright and sunny afternoon for the midlands eastwards and here it'll remain like that until the overnight period when the thickening cloud arrives. for much of northern england, for northern ireland, scotland, cloudier skies into the afternoon, strengthening winds and that rain really starting to pep up and become more persistent and heavy across the north—west corner of scotland.
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you can see the isobars packed together, so it'll be a breezy evening across the board and that cloud continuing to push eastwards along with this rain band. by the end of the night, it'll be a cross western parts of britain. behind it, something clearer and cooler but ahead of it, mild and breezy and certainly much milder than the previous night. but the mild air, as you can see here, is only a very, very thin slice, wedged between two areas of cold air and another plunge of cold air moving in behind that rain band. so it'll be a windy, breezy day across much of england and wales on tuesday. the rain eventually reaching eastern areas, where it will be fairly heavy at times. behind it, skies brightened up nicely, one or two showers around, plenty of sunshine, but the air will be colder, back into single figures for many. double figures across the east and the south—east, but here, very wet. that weather front eventually clears away and a ridge of high pressure noses in for wednesday before the next weather system moves
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in during wednesday night. so a cold start again to many places on wednesday, a little bit of frost, at least bright with some sunshine and turning bright eventually across the far south—east. turning wetter and windier, though, across scotland and northern ireland. that band of wet and windy weather spreads through during wednesday night to leave thursday breezy, cooler again with a little bit of sunshine and a few showers. this is bbc news. the headlines: at least 26 people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at a church in texas. the attack in the small town of sutherland springs left another 20 injured and is described as the worst mass shooting in texan history. the gunman is reported to have been killed in the aftermath. a huge new leak of financial documents known as the paradise papers has revealed how the powerful and wealthy secretly invest vast amounts of money in offshore tax havens. the papers disclose how donald trump's commerce secretary has business links with russian allies of president putin who are subject to us sanctions.
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president trump is injapan at the start of a marathon 11—day tour of asia. after meeting the japanese prime minister he said the two countries had never been closer. he's due to be officially welcomed by emperor akihito before moving on to south korea, china, vietnam and the philippines. now on bbc news, it is time for
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