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airred with the passing of swallow movie legend. roger moore is dead at 89. movie legend. roger moore is dead at 89. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. fromng the threat level severe tech critical 24 hours after an explosion at a crowded pop concert. let's go to christine fraser in manchester for the latest. what is the mood? reporter: it was at this time local services were responding to reports of an explosion in the manchester arena. for several hours we did not know the enormity of what happened.
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27,000 people were in there for the ariana grande concert. after she left the stage people were making their way to the four-year adjacent -- to the adjacent to victoria station. among the crowd and many young people, he exploded his homemade device. the intention was to create as many casualties among those young people as he could. you will see behind me there is a candlelit vigil. had hundreds of people here in solidarity with the victims. 22 people so far. there are 59 victims. we would expect the death toll to rise because some of the injuries are severe. the all of the details of day and reaction from the authorities, here is gavin hewitt. 's concertana grande
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was coming to an end when from the foyer, the sound of an explosion. >> what is going on? >> oh, my god! gavin: there were screams, then running. a crowd of children -- teenagers, parents, all heading for whatever exit they could find. near the entrance, 22 people were killed. around 60 were injured. >> a massive flash, smoke, and me wife down on the floor. she's got bruising. under her chin there, bruised. she has probably broken a femur in her left leg. hot blewing really over us. and then we all dropped to the floor.
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then i realized once i tried to run back in, i couldn't really hear anything. this year was blocked -- this ear was blocked. it was just really scary. >> all i could hear was screaming, people crying. everyone running everywhere. complete madness. >> this is a public safety announcement. >> everyone cramming through, everyone screaming. [sirens] gavin: the injured were taken to 8 hospitals across greater manchester. some families and friends were split up in the rush to get emergency treatment. armored police units patrolled the streets by the arena. before the night was over, the police knew they were dealing with an attack by a suicide bomber with a homemade explosive device packed with metal fragments. during the night, specialist
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teams were brought it in case there were other explosive devices. it was a deliberate attack on children and young people, time d just at the moment when parents were waiting to pick up their sons and daughters. 400 police officers were deployed along with forensic teams. early on, police knew the identity of the bomber, but they didn't reveal his name until late afternoon. >> i can confirm the man suspected of carrying out last night's atrocity is 22-year-old salman abedi. however, he has not yet been formally named the coroner and i wouldn't wish to therefore comment any further about him at this stage. gavin: salman abedi was the son of refugees, a student at salford university. on the streets today, survivors reliving the terror of a concert that ended with murder. this is helen and isabella.
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>> we hit the corridor when we saw masses of people running in absolute terror and panic to get out. young teenage children, 14, 15. mothers with children carrying them over their shoulder. there were people with even wheelchairs panicking to get out. gavin: laura and isabella's concert ended with a search for an exit. >> we just ran. i don't know which entrance we came out of. we just ran. we found 2 girls who lost their parents. they had to get home on their own. very scared because they were on their own. gavin: manchester has been a city on edge today, shaken by alerts and rumors, and a shopping center evacuated. prime minister may: it is now
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beyond doubt that the people of manchester and this country have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack, an attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation. this was among the worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the united kingdom. and although it is not the first time manchester has suffered in this way, it is the worst attack the city has experienced, and the worst ever to hit the north of england. gavin: dozens of people are still trying to trace loved ones after last night's bombing. among the missing, olivia campbell, age 15. and some of the first victims of the attack are being named. georgina callander was aged 18, seen here with ariana grande at a previous event. john atkinson, age 28. and eight-year-old saffie
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roussos was among those killed. it was an attack directed at young people, at innocents. during the day, police raided a number of houses. a 23-year-old man was arrested in connection with yesterday's bombing. an attack on a family event has happened last night has long been feared. preventing a determined suicide bomber is incredibly difficult. the priority now for the police will be to discover everything they can about this man, whether he is part of a wider network, and whether there is a risk of further attacks. tonight, the prime minister raised the threat level to its highest category. prime minister may: it is now concluded on the basis of today's investigation that the threat level should be increased for the time being from severe to critical. this means that their assessment is not only that an attack remains highly likely, but that a further attack may be
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imminent. gavin: tonight, thousands of people gathered outside the town hall in a mark of defiance. one by one, members of different faiths insisted they would not be cowed. seeks with placards, "i love manchester," and then the crowd heard from a local poet. >> these hard times again in the streets of our city, but we won't take defeat and we don't want your pity, because this is the place where we stand strong together with a smile on our face, because this is the place in our hearts, in our homes, because this is the place that is part of our bones, because manchester gives us such strength from the fact that this is the place. gavin: defiant, yes, but questions, too, as to what drove
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a young man to murder so many. gavin hewitt, bbc news, manchester. reporter: an hour ago we had hundreds of people who laid werees and there plenty of tears. there are so many stories we don't know of yet. among the 20 two people that died there are a lot of young people. aref the 59 in the hospital under 16. the first victim to be named was georgina callander. she was very excited to be going to the concert. she put an instagram picture of and ariana grande.d there will be others in their details will start to come out as the authorities work through
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the details and the corner is able to inform the families. our special correspondent ed thomas has been looking at the victims of last night's attack. ed: the youngest life lost, ussos, atd saffie ro the concert with her mother and sister. her teachers so choose a beautiful little girl loved by everyone. also killed was georgina callander. this was the teenager meeting the singer in 2015. and prayers go out to all of georgina's family, friends, and those affected by this loss. >> my daughter left school at 8:30 this morning and i was praying no one in her school was involved. at 11:00 the school announced that georgina callander had been
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confirmed. that she passed away last night. within four miles to young girls have died. ed: also confirmed, john arry.son from b rutherford,chloe the daughter of angelica has asked for help finding her parents. a mother is not accounted for after visiting the arena to collect her children. behind every face, a desperate search. you seen this girl? she was at the concert last night. olivias is the uncle of
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campbell. they asked to show her picture and publicize the search from hotels to hospitals. >> we have come to the arena to back streets, we have been to this hospital, a couple more. we have friends and family at the hospital. friends at black men who work there are looking at their hospital. we all need to get in contact with. if anyone sees her or knows where she is. ed: manchester is thinking of the injured. 59 people were taken to hospital. 12 of the casualties are children under the age of 16. are number of individuals with very serious injuries and require intensive care. people that will be in hospital for a long time. ed: at least some cause for hope. laura mcintyre has been found in
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hospital in serious condition, but alive. her friend is still missing. >> it is beyond understanding. mcintyre is laura in the hospital with serious injuries. we have no further news on mccloud then we had this morning. that is deeply concerning. ed: like so many others, young lives changed in seconds. it goes without saying this was a different attack from the crude attack on manchester bridgeway car was used as a weapon. it was a homemade device, but you need knowledge and there has to be sophistication in the planning. authorities are trying to figure out where that knowledge came from. did he teach himself how to make a bomb?
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or in the worst-case scenario was there someone who made the bomb for him and supplied it to him, someone authorities don't know about? if that is the scenario there is a risk of another attack. that is why the prime minister has elevated the threat level to critical, which means another attack could be critical. christian in a grieving manchester tonight, thank you. by theined on the phone u.s. secretary for homeland secretary under george w. bush. in britain tonight, the threat level has been raised to critical and the prime minister says another attack may he imminent. what is your reaction? my deepest condolences go out to all those who lost family members or were wounded. shouldershoulder to
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with our british allies. this is understandable considering there are unanswered questions about how the suicide bomber got the skills to make the bomb, and if not, if someone else gave him the bomb. until you establish there is no one else in a network that could carry out another attack, it is prudent to warn people there may be another attack and take steps. laura: soldiers will be deployed in support of armed police inicers in key sites britain. this is a key development in a country where police are not routinely armed. a.m. i'm plot006 was disrupted and once again the next year when there was an attempted bombing of a nightclub. the point is to intercept someone if you suspect they i'm bout to detonate an
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explosive device, or if they come with firearms or other weapons. the more presence on the street, the greater the possibility of intercepting someone. to be honest, it is never a guarantee. laura: tell us with your experience of these things, how will the british authorities go about establishing if this is the work of a lone wolf or a network? >> they will be looking at every scrap of information they can in the house where this individual lived, or anything they can learn from close associates that might lead them to some connection right before the attack or leading up to the attack that warrants further investigation. it might have to do with the purchase of certain materials, a pattern of telephone calls, and behavior noticed by a friend, or some combination. they key is to make sure that you run down every potential
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connection to someone else or another group of people. laura: in the u.s. there are many big concerts coming up, it is graduation season, there are lessonr concerts, what will they take from the attack on a pop concert in person? securityis no perfect and what we call a soft target, somewhere that is open and accessible to the public. in venues where you hold an event it is possible to have security check bags. in the space adjacent, where people might be waiting to get into the event you have an open target. unless you go so far as to lock down an entire city, there is no guarantee of safety. laura: what do you make of the tactic of attacking children so young attending a pop concert? >> it was a brutal, devilish
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terror attack for two reasons. the victims were intended to be young. as bad as it is to kill innocent people, that is the most terrific. second, they timed it to wait until people were waiting to leave the concert. they were outside in a location that did not require them to go into the venue, but they knew a lot of people would be coming out at the close of the concert. that timing is a particularly tragic element to the terror attack. laura: thank you for joining us. >> and again, my condolences. laura: thank you for that. still to come, in the movies he always got the bad guy and the girl, off-camera he was charmed personified. the world remembers roger moore, a.k.a. james bond. laura: a gay couple is being
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caned in public 83 times in a conservative province in indonesia. they were arrested in late march after neighborhood vigilantes broke into their room to catch them having sex. you might find this report distressing. public shaming. 83 strokes of the cane in front of a crowd of hundreds. it is the caning of a gay couple. yesterday when i met with one of the men in jail he was clearly terrified. his hands and whole body were shaking, but he said he was relieved of his punishment was soon to be carried out and he could be reunited with his family. the crowd has been warned not to attack the men. say thisizers punishment has sent a chill
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through the lgbt community. >> it is horrible, and i think i should be more careful and behave more in front of society. it could happen to me. the right to impose sharia law in the wake of a devastating tsunami as part of a peace deal with the national government to end a decades long separatist war. taking part in this prayer meeting. when she was elected chief out to get gay people out. save the next generation. imagine what it was like if the whole world started to like the same gender and diseases spread around the world. reporter: today's caning is the first of a gay couple. the community fears it might not be the last.
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laura: in other news from around the world, the former director of the cia says he warned his russian intelligence counterpart that pressure should stop interfering in the u.s. election. testifying before the intelligence committee in washington dc, he said it became clear that russia was meddling to influence the result. the trump administration unveiled his budget plan for 2018 that proposes deep cuts to programs providing assistance to the poor. it would cut spending on safety totaling 10 billion dollars. james bond fans are raising their martini glasses the world over in honor of roger moore, who died at the age of 89.
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the english actor brought charm and humor to the role. ♪ >> bond. james bond. reporter: when roger moore took on james bond he was a little nervous. sean connery defined the role, but roger moore had his own secret weapon. wit. >> when one is in egypt, one should delve deeply into its treasures. reporter: he was hugely successful. >> a feast for my eyes. reporter: he had come a long day from his early days as a model for knitwear. ♪ reporter: his big break in television came in armor in "ivanhoe." born in south london the son of a policeman, he helped develop his image as a suave english gent. in "the saint," you saw the template for what was to come. >> what about your husband?
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he might not understand. reporter: in this and in "the persuaders," he was the action man with a sense of humor. >> i say, daniel. well, we played it tongue-in-cheek. i play most heroes don't reallyek, i see myself as a hero. >> but, james, i need you. >> so does england. reporter: when he finally said goodbye to bond, with acting career was on the wing, but he launched a new role with unicef. they said today that the world lost one of its great champions for children. >> forgive me, father for i have sinned. >> that is putting it mildly, 007. reporter: as an actor, sir roger never pretended to have great depth, but he was blessed with charisma. he was funny, good company -- >> by god, what is bond doing? reporter: and never took it too seriously.
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laura: farewell to roger moore. remember, you can find much more of the day's news on a website, plus, to see what we're working on at any time check out our facebook page. . am laura trevelyan thank you for watching world news america. >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation and kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. >> planning a vacation escape that is relaxing, inviting, and exciting is a lot easier than you think. you can find it here in aruba. families, couples, and friends can all find their escape on the
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island with warm sunny days, cooling trade winds, and the crystal blue caribbean sea. nonstop flights are available from most major airports. more information for your vacation planning is available at aruba.com. >> bbc world news was presented by kcet los angeles.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> sreenivasan: good evening. i'm hari sreenivasan. judy woodruff is away. on the newshour tonight: a deadly blast rocks england. the british prime minister believes another attack is imminent, after the bombing in manchester kills more than 20, including children. then, the russian investigation deepens. former c.i.a. director john brennan shares his concern over russian meddling, and calls the probe well-founded. >> i encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between russian officials and u.s. persons involved in the trump campaign. >> sreenivasan: and, the trump administration unveils a budget proposal, slashing funds for programs that serve the poor.

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