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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. 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 the history of our state. there are so many families 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. all smiles as president trump begins his asian tour injapan, but he slams trade between the two countries as "neither fair, nor open." and mixed feelings about the ‘first daughter‘ — japanese women have their say on ivanka trump. hello. welcome to the programme.
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there's been another mass shooting in the united states. 26 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a church in texas. us media reports have named him as devin patrick kelley. 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. no—one‘s safe.
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my dad's already taught me how to get the gun out of the safe, 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 our 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 these days to come. this is a small close—knit community and the wait for news of loved ones is agonising. hold on and pray. the fbi is now helping local police with their investigations. we believe he is a young, white male, maybe in his early 20s. he was dressed in all
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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. a huge leak of secret offshore investments has revealed the tax affairs of rich and powerful
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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 suddeutsche 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 £10 million offshore. bbc panorama‘s richard 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.
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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. because 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 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 exactly 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
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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 between president trump‘s government and the russians. you know who that is, right? it‘s wilbur ross, president trump‘s commerce secretary. now, this is gennady timchenko. he is the sanctioned friend of president putin. we have found these two men have a business link. wilbur ross said he cut ties with companies that could compromise his new role in the us government. your service has resulted in your divesting yourself
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of literally hundreds of millions of dollars. you did it to avoid any conflict of interest, correct? that is correct, sir. we don‘t think that is correct. we‘ve 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. you don‘t want to get known as somebody who plays footsy or walks right 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 none of the funds he managed ever owned a majority of navigator‘s shares
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and he never met timchenko. there are revelations closer to home. i, michael, lord ashcroft, do swear by almighty god... lord ashcroft was 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. to avoid tax on those payments, the trust, called punta gorda, must act independently. if lord ashcroft avoided the rules, and was making decisions, he could face a big bill from the taxman. e—mails seen by us suggest a rising sense of frustration amongst the trustees that lord ashcroft was not playing by the rules. it looks like
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lord ashcroft was controlling the trust and expecting the trustees to rubber—stamp his decisions. hi. 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 that you could avoid millions in tax through that trust? lord ashcroft, why don‘t you talk to me, it would be great to hear your view. it was the punta gorda trust. dear, dear, dear, dear. is that your response? 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,
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appleby told us it does not specialise in tax, that these are confidential and commercially 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. 0ur royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, says the revelations are embarrassing for the queen. the palace is being tightlipped, i think that would be a fair characterisation of its position at the moment. by contrast, a republican pressure group has been quick to say that there should be much greater transparency about all the queen‘s finances. and, look, this is embarrassing for her. i think there is no question about that at all. it‘s the association with an area of investment activity that many people would regard as doubtful, many people would feel that this particular investor should never have been taken into by her financial advisers, not least because her reputation
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over so many years and so successfully, has been based on always setting the best of examples. it‘s important to say that there is no question of tax avoidance in this instance. the duchy of lancaster is, in point of fact, exempt from uk tax. the queen pays voluntarily the equivalent of income tax on her personal income from the duchy, which last year amounted to rather more than £19 million. but it is, unquestionably, i think, embarrassing for her. president trump has criticised the us trade relationship with japan as neitherfair, nor open. speaking on the second day of his visit to japan, mr trump said the united states had suffered a massive trade deficit with his hosts for "many, many years." his comments come ahead of formal talks with the japanese prime minister, shinzo abe. from tokyo, rupert wingfield—hayes reports. under bright sunny skies, air force one touched down at the yokota air base, just outside tokyo.
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with a military band playing hail to the chief and a stage flanked by fighterjets, president trump was given a rock—star welcome by 2,000 us troops stationed here in japan. and then, he got to don a militaryjacket. president trump could have landed at tokyo airport and been met by prime minister shinzo abe. it is significant that instead, for his first stop on his asian tour, he has chosen to land here, at a us military base, and to address us military personnel. got a lot of stuff coming... when he spoke, it was of america‘s overwhelming military might, and — without naming the country directly — this veiled threat to north korea‘s dictator, kim jong—un. no—one, no dictator, no regime and no nation, should underestimate, ever, american resolve. every once in a while in the past,
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they underestimated us. it was not pleasant for them, was it? it was not pleasant. minutes later, marine 0ne whisked the president to another of his favourite places — a golf course. there, waiting to welcome him, prime minister shinzo abe. mr abe has deliberately cast himself as donald trump‘s number one friend in asia, and today, he got his pay—off. president trump lavished praise on him and japan, calling it a treasured partner and crucial ally. on monday, the us president will fulfil another long—held ambition — an official welcome from japan‘s emperor. rupert wingfield hayes, bbc news, in tokyo. and you can get much more on donald trump‘s extensive asia visit. just visit the bbc website —
4:14 am, or download the bbc news app. let‘s take a look at some of the other stories making the news. 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. 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. at least five people have been killed and more than 2,000 evacuated following flash floods in malaysia. the army has been deployed
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to penang state where hours of torrential rain flooded streets and submerged cars. officials say that in some places flood waters reached more than 3 metres deep. more rain has been forecast and people have been urged to stay in their homes. 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, 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.
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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. 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
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vast amounts of money in offshore tax havens. the british cabinet minister damian green is to face a whitehall inquiry on monday into his conduct — but has denied new claims that police found pornography on a computer in his office nine years ago. mr green remains at loggerheads with the former police chief bob quick who made the allegations, saying they were "completely untrue" and a "political smear". mr quick said he stood by his claims, and that he would take part in the inquiry. 0ur political correspondent iain watson reports. he is one of theresa may‘s most senior and most trusted ministers, but damian green‘s reputation is under threat. he‘s already being investigated by whitehall officials over allegations he acted improperly towards a young journalist, claims he denies. and now, an allegation that pornography was found on a computer in his house of commons office
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nearly ten years ago. this claim dates from 2008, when his office was raided by police, investigating leaks from the home office. these two have never seen eye to eye since then. bob quick was the man in charge of that investigation, and the main, though not the only source, alleging that pornographic material was found. there‘s no suggestion that any of the material was illegal. damian green is a staunch ally of the prime minister, and her close friend, her deputy in all but name. and he‘s hugely influential behind—the—scenes here in downing street, during important cabinet committees, not least on brexit. he is notjust fighting for his reputation, he is battling hard for his political life. so, in a robust statement, damian green said: and bob quick‘s successor at the metropolitan police has told
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the bbc he had no knowledge of the pornography allegations. but bob quick says he stands by his story and will present evidence to the whitehall enquiry into damian green tomorrow. this conservative mp believes that‘s the correct process, and allegations from a confidential police investigation should never have been made public. what we‘re having in relation to damian, who i said should have been suspended, so there was a proper inquiry, this would have formed part of that inquiry. instead, we are pretty much having trial by the newspapers, and this is not acceptable. and now the conservative mp chris pincher has stepped aside as a government whip and has referred himself to his party‘s complaints procedure and to the police. this follows allegations of improper behaviour 16 years ago. party leaders will meet tomorrow to discuss more effective ways of dealing with harassment.
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but this won‘t be enough to stop the flow of further allegations. iain watson, bbc news, westminster. saudi arabia says that it will freeze all the bank accounts of those arrested on charges of corruption, a day after a purge of the kingdom‘s political and business leaders. the move has been seen as a consolidation of power by the heir to the throne, crown prince mohammed bin salman. tom donkin reports. the winds of change are sweeping through this desert kingdom. transformation in saudi arabia has been sudden and no one spared. senior princes, one of the country‘s richest men and many former ministers have been arrested, in what has been presented to the world as a purge of corruption. bank accounts will be frozen while assets and property will be handed over to the state. assets like london‘s savoy hotel, owned by prince alwaleed bin talal,
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known as the saudi warren buffett. this outspoken investor with a fortune close to $18 billion has major stakes in companies like apple and twitter. his arrest, along woth others, has sent shock waves through the ranks of the kingdom‘s elite, who have long been viewed as untouchable. king salman authorised the move by royal decree, many say, to shore up the power of his son, and heir, crown prince mohammed bin salman. prince mohammed is seen by many, especially younger saudis, as a charismatic visionary and a breath of fresh air. it‘s clear he intends to use his growing power and, by spearheading this purge, he has put the old elite on notice. he‘s touching that very raw nerve in the royal family, but also amongst his many cousins and so on. that not only is he in charge but he will have the following of the people in the pursuit of his agendas. now, whether this will losen the foundations of power, inside arabia, that is a really
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important question, a significant question, but where it really begins to tackle issues like corruption, like social change, there may be considerable support both inside and outside of the country. these arrests now leave no rival to challenge the crown prince to the throne and give him rsponsibility for all the security forces. he will ultimately be responsible for the many challenges the country faces, like diversifying the heavily oil—dependant economy, managing the cost the boycot of its neighbour, qatar, the fight against so—called islamic state, and the ongoing and seemingly unwinnable war in yemen. a missile launched towards riyadh this weekend a sign of how the saudis are struggling. while there seems to be little resistance in public, anyway, to this consolidation of power, the conventional nature of saudi politics has been broken and that is bound to upset some of the more conservative elements.
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but the sudden change in saudi arabia, which appears to have caught the world off guard, may be far from over. tom donkin, bbc news. 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 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.
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stay with us on bbc world news. stay with us. back in a moment. 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, 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 “11, —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
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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. 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.
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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 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. a huge new leak of financial documents, known as the ‘paradise papers‘, has revealed how the powerful and wealthy secretly
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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. 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, but also slammed trade between them as "neither fair, nor open." now on bbc news, hardtalk.
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