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test. on this sunday night, terror in london. eight minutes of horror. the van running people over on the bridge, followed by the stabbing rampage. tonight eyewitnesses talk about how they escaped the deadly attack. the prime minister declares enough is enough, while president trump criticizes the mayor of london, pushing again for his travel ban. and after it all, moments of unity and defiance as the stars turn out in manchester. one-on-one. our exclusive interview with vladimir putin. tonight megyn kelly questions the russian president about the american president and his aides. cancer lifeline. the new system that is helping cancer patients live longer, and it's right in their own hands. and oh, the places you'll go. could there be
anything better than a book by dr. suess? get ready, kids, for the dr. suess museum. "nightly news" begins now. good evening. today the details of that deadly attack that terrified london last night began to come into sharper focus as survivors told their stories. police have made arrests and say they're still searching for associates of the attackers, but they do believe they shot and killed all of the suspects directly involved last night. dozens were injured. and among those killed not only british citizens, but a french national and a canadian. today strong words from britain's prime minister theresa may. >> there is, to be frank, far too much tolerance of extremism in our country. enough is enough. >> president trump used twitter to weigh
in on how best to combat terrorism. our team has been reporting on this all day, and we begin tonight with our chief foreign correspondent richard engel. richard, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, kate. isis has just claimed responsibility for this attack, but it offered no proof that it was directly involved. this was an extremely unsophisticated attack involving a few men, some knives and a van that was rented by the hour. but it's part of a wave of violence that this country is struggling to contain. just before 10:00 p.m., a van began to speed across london bridge, jumping on and off the curb, swerving into pedestrians, coming to a halt on a street filled with bars and restaurants. >> just to, you know -- >> car crash and accident. >> so the van came to a crashing stop? >> yeah. >> reporter: this group of lithuanian londoners out for a birthday celebration then saw three men jump out of the van
that nearly hit them, armed with knives. >> i think there was a bar manager. they stabbed him like ten times. >> he stepped in front of you. >> reporter: this cell phone footage shows the men walking calmly through the market, looking for their next victims. >> like a guy was running after me, but i managed to run away from you. >> reporter: so he was rung after you? >> yeah. >> reporter: s.w.a.t. teams arrived quickly and in force, ordering bar goers to get down. within minutes, all three suspects were killed by armed officers. the vests the attackers were wearing which look like suicide bombs turned out to be fakes. the rampage left seven dead and nearly 50 injured, many critically. british authorities say there is no connection to the recent bombing in manchester except that both cells were inspired by the same extreme jihadist views. now investigators are tracking down friends
and relatives of the attackers to find out if they were part of a wider network. neighbors say at least one of the attackers lived in this apartment building in the outskirts of london, and that police detained multiple people from here for questioning. neighbors said the suspected attacker who lived here didn't stand out. >> was a nice guy. nothing from what i've seen from the two or three years i've been here, and i've known him as well, no complaints, nothing. just a bit of a shock. >> reporter: isis put out a call for attacks just like this one to be carried out during the muslim holy month of ramadan. last year isis put out a very similar call, and ramadan turned out to be a very glide month. so we may not have seen the last of this. >> richard engel in london for us. richard, thank you. while the british prime minister said enough is enough after last night's violence, she also spoke about obstacles to defeating the terrorists. prime minister may said terrorists must be denied the safe spaces where they operate both online
and in the real world. nbc's bill neely has more tonight on a country under siege. >> reporter: armed police ended this massacre in eight minutes. with overwhelming firepower. but this is the third attack in three months here. in march a driver rammed pedestrians on another london bridge, then stabbed a policeman to death. two weeks ago, it was a suicide bomber in manchester, killing 22. >> we believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat we face. as terrorism breeds terrorism. >> reporter: things need to change, she said, but concede police action alone won't beat terrorists. you're scared? >> yes, i am. >> reporter: near the scene today muslims are afraid and angry. the police should do more? >> yeah, they should do more. >> reporter: not just the muslim community. >> you think we're saying oh, yes, it's okay? absolutely not. >> reporter: london's muslim mayor is rallying the city.
>> i'm quite clear that we will never let them win, nor will we cower in our city as londoners. >> reporter: but the threats are huge. british intelligence agencies are running 500 active investigations of 3,000 people they believe pose an islamist threat. but up to 20,000 more are of interest. security services are struggling? >> they are struggling. they've been expanded hugely in the uk. they've doubled in size. but that still doesn't solve the problem. >> reporter: and this terror cell is now a dead-end. this search will provide evidence, but it may not prevent any future attack. there is no proof so far these three men were directed by anyone. >> what we're facing right now is a generational conflict. this is going to be with us for quite a long time. >> reporter: police tonight fear more low-tech copycat attacks, the hardest to predict or prevent. and the timing of this attack surely no
coincidence. just days before britain's voters choose their prime minister in thursday's election. the police here on high alert, and ordinary people here asking what's next and how do we stop this. kate? >> bill neely, thank you. for his part, president trump reacted quickly in his own way to the london attack with a mix of simple think, offers of help, criticism, and promoting his own security agenda. nbc's kelly o'donnell has more on all that. >> reporter: president trump's unconventional london response, sticking with his weekend routine. for hours at his golf resort spotted with peyton manning and senator bob corker. he had already offered the expected condolences. so today the president teed off on twitter. point one, we must stop being politically correct regarding the business of security for our people. point two, the president questioned the judgment of london's mayor, who
described the city as among the safest. >> london, as we'll see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days, no reason to be alarmed. >> reporter: president trump seized on those last five words after citing the casualties. "mayor of london says there is no reason to be alarmed." london's first muslim mayor sadiq khan and trump have opposed before. that was point three. president trump tweeted right after the attacks, we need the courts to give us back our rights. we need the travel ban as an extra level of safety. blocked by federal judges, the trump administration urged the supreme court to permit enforcement of its 90-day hold on visas to six muslim majority countries. democrats call it discriminatory. >> there is really no evidence to suggest that by banning muslims or banning muslims from a particular set of six countries, that we would make ourselves here in the united states safer.
>> reporter: some republicans, concerned about the specific ban, say the president has a point. >> we need to do a better job of vetting individuals who are coming from war-torn countries into our nation. >> reporter: tonight the president and first lady attend the annual gala to benefit ford's theater. it will be the first time the president is on camera, and advisers say it is possible he will comment on london. simply doing that would be a traditional leader response, even if president trump brings hi more hardened political edge. kate? >> and kelly, i know you'll keep an eye on that. kelly o'donnell, thank you so much. there is a heavy police presence tonight in portland, oregon, and threats of violence as hundreds of people gather for competing political rallies there. the protests come nine days after two men were stabbed to death on a train by a man shouting anti-muslim slurs. nbc's gadi schwartz is there and has our report. >> reporter: a tense face-off in portland.
pro trump supporters at an event billed as a free spreech raleech rally. >> no fair, no fair, immigrants are welcome here. >> what you going to do about it? >> reporter: it comes just days after a hate-fill aid tack on a train. the suspect white supremacist jeremy christian charged with killing two men who intervened when christian yelled anti-muslim insults at two young women. >> this is my country! >> reporter: organizers of the rally say they had nothing to do with christian who had attend 1 of their events in the past. they said they kicked him out of the rally. following the train attack, the mayor of portland, fear mortgage violence, urged the federal government to deny a rally permit. but the rally held in a federal plaza was allowed to proceed. >> to me it's about free speech. it's about other people not being able to shut us down baas just because they disagree with what we think and say. >> reporter: police moving in at the
slightest confrontation. >> coming in with an arrest. >> reporter: kate, i want to show you what's happening right now. you see police. police are pushing people back into this park. these interest anti-trump protesters. over here on this side of the street, this is where the pro trump rally was happening. right now this park is still surrounded by three sides of protesters. back to you. >> all right, gadi schwartz out in portland, thank you. bill cosby goes on trial tomorrow in a courtroom outside philadelphia charged with sexual assault. the case will focus on what happened one night 13 years ago between cosby and andrea constant. constant is expected to testify this week. kosgei bihas said he will not take the stand in his own defense. if convicted, cosby faces a maximum of 15 to 30 years in prison. and back to where we started tonight, to the uk and a show of unity this evening in manchester two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 people as
they left a concert there. there was another concert tonight. this one a benefit in honor of the victims. nbc's kelly cobiella on the show of strength. >> reporter: in scarred manchester, 50,000 people facing the fear. >> you looked fear right in the face and you said no, we are manchester, and the world is watching. >> reporter: ariana grande back on stage 13 days after the bombing that injured and killed so many young fans. >> it was one of the best experiences of my life and then it turned into the worst. >> reporter: 16-year-old cara didn't think she would survive that night. in her wheelchair, she couldn't get to the exits. >> i went through all the things i've not done with my life yet. and it was really, really, really horrible because you heard everybody yelling for their parents, yelling for their children, their friends. >> reporter: she hopes to replace those memories with something better. >> you've got to show them they're not going to beat you. >> reporter: but this morning her tickets
hadn't come through. thousands came early, nervous, anxious, thinking of london. >> something's happened again last night. it's just really upsetting. >> reporter: police closed the streets, guarded the gates and searched every bag. two hours before show time -- >> you made it! >> i'm really excited. >> reporter: you're going to see her. >> i know. i can't wait. >> reporter: kyra with tickets and a brave face. tonight a chance to make new memories, to heal. 15-year-old olivia campbell was one of the first victims to be named. >> i had the pleasure of meeting olivia's mommy a few days ago. she told me that olivia would have wanted to hear the hits. >> reporter: tonight they're singing along and sending a message. >> for everybody and showing that we're unbreakable. >> reporter: tonight the red cross said they raised nearly $3 million in donations on the we love manchester website, and are hoping for another million once ticket sales are counted, money that
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finally tonight, if you and your kids or maybe your grandkids can't get enough of dr. suess' "oh the places you'll go," now there is a place you can go to immerse yourselves in all of his greatest stories, a new museum dedicated to the life and work of the man who has been a household name for generations. it opened this weekend, and our kevin tibbles got a preview. >> reporter: everyone's got a favorite. >> "green eggs and ham." >> the lorax. >> reporter: and why not? no one makes learning to read more fun than dr. suess.
one fish, two fish, redfish -- >> blue fish. >> reporter: and fun is what this new museum is all about. >> no! >> he wanted children to pick up a book and not be able to put it down. >> reporter: theodore gaisal was dr. suess. in fact, suess was his middle name. and he hailed from right here in springfield, massachusetts. >> ladies and gentlemen, if you'll give a warm welcome to dr. suess, mr. ted gais gaisal. >> reporter: hello. >> reporter: even his home study where he breathed life into so many characters has been restored here with the assistance of his stepdaughter, lee gray diamond. >> we have his easel and work table and chair and his pencils and his oils. we have the actual papers that he worked on. it's the only time you're ever going to see anything like this. >> reporter: publishing more than 40 books, they've sold more than 650 million
copies worldwide. do you like green eggs and sn and ham? the biggest treat of all a kid's expression when you're read one of the stories. i will not eat them here or there. i do not like them -- >> anywhere! >> there is always that kindness, and kindness is timeless. and the sense of fun is timeless. >> reporter: and on this fun day, a new generation learns the more that you read, the more things you will know. and the more that you learn, the more places you'll go. kevin tibbles, nbc news, springfield, massachusetts. >> all the thinks you think. that is "nbc nightly news" for this sunday night. lester holt will be back in tomorrow. i'm kate snow reporting from new york. for all of us here at nbc news, have a great night.
welcome to "sunday night." i'm megyn kelly. ♪ ♪ >> do you have something damaging on our president? >> tonight, an nbc news exclusive. >> translator: this is just another load of nonsense. >> a tough conversation with russian president vladimir putin. >> translator: why do you feel you have the right to ask us these kind of questions, to moralize and give us lessons on how to live. >> reporter: american elections, russian hacking, and worldwide controversy. >> are they all lying? and cynthia mcfadden investigates stunning claims about a drug company. >> you have to wr