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this is bbc news. i'm sophie long. the headlines at two... swedish police believe the man they've arrested is the driver of the lorry who carried out yesterday's fatal attack in stockholm. a man with links to the incident was arrested this morning at 1:45am. the man arrested is suspected of being the one who drove the car. foreign secretary borisjohnson calls off a visit to moscow, saying the chemical weapons attack in syria has changed the situation fundamentally. more disruption for passengers as rail workers across england stage another strike — there could be delays around the grand national. also in the next hour... honouring seven young people who've made extraordinary contributions to their communities. we'll speak to young carer mohamed khalil, who fled war—torn syria for britain at the age of ten. and in half an hour, we'll be in bangkok with the travel show.
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good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. swedish police say a man arrested in stockholm after yesterday's fatal lorry attack is almost certainly the driver, and a 39—year—old man from uzbekistan. four people were killed and 15 injured when the lorry crashed into the front of a department store. police have also confirmed that a "suspicious device" was found inside the truck. our correpondent dan johnson reports. after yesterday's horror there is calm, stillness and sadness in stockholm. people have come to together — time to reflect, a moment to remember. we were walking in the shop yesterday when it happened.
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patrick and francesca are tourists who were in the basement of the department store when the truck hit. we went up the escalator and saw panic and police with guns and stuff like that. how did people react? everybody was screaming and running to the other side of the building, and we took the side entrance and went out, and we just kept running to the other side of the city. this is the moment terror spread suddenly through the streets of sweden's capital. a hijacked lorry driven deliberately at shoppers. late last night the wreckage was towed away as police questioned the man they think was at the wheel. we have confirmed that he is a subject, a man from uzbekistan, 39 years old, that is what we know. in addition to that we would not
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like to say anything further about his whereabouts and his background. there is a quiet, contemplative mood here today. people are considering what happened yesterday. they know it will take time to sink in, but there's also concern about the deeper impact this may have. it is important now that we just show we are not afraid, that sweden will not change and that we will keep strong and work together for a better sweden. it's going to be a different stockholm from now on. you see the same thing in brussels and paris, and i hope not, but i think people will be more cautious. this morning, politicians and the crown princess paid their respects. everyone here wants to understand more about who attacked the heart of this nation and why. danjohnson, bbc news, stockholm. the foreign secretary borisjohnson has cancelled his planned trip to moscow next monday in response to the chemical attack in syria.
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in a statement he said, "we deplore russia's continued defence of the assad regime." meanwhile, the united states has expressed disappointment but not surprise at russian criticism of its attack on a syrian government airbase. daniel boettcher reports. the cruise missile strikes on the syrian air base where a sharp departure from a president whose policy on the campaign trail to the white house was one of avoiding overseas conflicts. administration officials are saying the strikes we re officials are saying the strikes were intended as a one off, not a change in direction and at an emergency meeting of the un security council, the us insisted its actions we re council, the us insisted its actions were fully justified. council, the us insisted its actions were fullyjustified. it council, the us insisted its actions were fully justified. it was time to say, enough. but not only say it, it was time to act. bashar al—assad must never use chemical weapons again. ever. syria denies using
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nerve gas in the attack on the rebel held town but the us says it has crossed a line. it fired almost 60 cruise missiles on the air base outside homes which it says the syrian air force used to launch the chemical weapons attack. but russia, syria's ally, accuses the us of an unprovoked show of force. russia's prime minister dmitry medvedev has said the strikes have brought moscow and washington to the verge of a military clash. britain's un ambassador criticised russia's continuing support for bashar al—assad. continuing support for bashar al-assad. russia needs to listen to this council, listen to the arab world, listen to the rest of the international community. above all, listen to the syrian people. and the foreign secretary borisjohnson has pulled out of a visit to moscow next week, saying development in syria had changed the situation fundamentally. he said he would
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instead focus on building coordinated international support to secure a ceasefire and an intensified political process. but moscow has said it will strengthen syria's anti—aircraft defences. it has also suspended a deal which is designed to prevent incidents between us and russian warplanes over the country, while washington says it is preparing further economic sanctions against syria. rajini vaidya nathan is rajini vaidyanathan is at president trump's mar—a—lago residents. tell us trump's mar—a—lago residents. tell usa trump's mar—a—lago residents. tell us a bit more about the trump administration's response to the international reaction to its striking syria. i think at the moment there is a question of whether syria will respond at all and what we've been hearing from officials at the un and the secretary of state is that this was a targeted attack, an act of
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retaliation, so any further steps measures it might take will depend on what syria's response is to that. but one thing that is important to stress is that we have been told... visuals that mar—a—lago said last night that the us is preparing further sanctions against syria. it is unclear when they will be announced but the us treasury secretary did say that there will be further sanctions. it is worth noting that in 2013, after the red line that president 0bama set after a chemical weapons attack in syria happened back then, the us did impose sanctions against syria, against certain assets and individuals they felt were involved in that chemical weapons attack back then but many would say that didn't make much of a difference. even russia has been criticised roundly by the us for being complicit in this recent chemical weapons attack, for failing this recent chemical weapons attack, forfailing to get this recent chemical weapons attack, for failing to get rid this recent chemical weapons attack, forfailing to get rid of this recent chemical weapons attack, for failing to get rid of those chemical weapons in syria, having
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promised the international community that it would. i should just say that it would. i should just say that the focus now, certainly in the pentagon, is investigating whether russia played a role in the chemical attack last tuesday. the pentagon is looking at intelligence and specifically it is looking at the movements of a drone which flew over a hospital shortly after the chemical weapons attack and then later bombed at the hospital. the pentagon is investigating whether that was a russian drone that may have been trying to cover up evidence of the chemical weapons. interestingly, some indication from nikki haley that they would, although this was a one—off, we are told, be prepared to do the same again if they needed to. how is this all playing out politically for donald trump there? that is an interesting one because, actually, politically, president trump has had support for this targeted strike across the political spectrum so even democrats in congress have been
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saying that it was a good thing that he did that. there has been some comparison with president 0bama's progress to take action against syria back in 2013 and his failure to actually follow through. so you had people from both sides of the political lines saying they support that. interestingly, i've been reading about what some supporters of donald trump think of this, i looked it up we've spoken to people in palm beach who say it was a good thing that they would but he did that but there are other people who voted for president trump who bucked his idea that he was going to put america first and wasn't going to get involved in conflicts around the world. so there are some people who voted for president trump who are disappointed that he did this because they don't believe you should be getting involved in things like this. of course, it is worth pointing out that a week ago if i was talking to you, i would be telling you that us officials didn't have a strategy in terms of trying to oust president assad or even
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trying to take any action against his government. theirfocus, and it still is their focus, was to try to ta ke still is their focus, was to try to take out islamic state, so even six days ago we were hearing from senior officials that dealing with the assad regime will not a priority. of course, all of that changed after president trump saw those images of the chemical attack on tuesday. some have said, is this emotional, was this an emotional response? does this an emotional response? does this show that the us doesn't have a clear strategy? certainly, those close to president trump say that is not the case, it wasn't an emotional response. but going forward, it is still not very clear what the next steps a re still not very clear what the next steps are in terms of america's overall strategy when it comes to syria. thanks very much indeed. let's talk a bit more about boris johnson's decision to cancel his trip to moscow. with me is our political correspondent matt cole. we heard earlier today that boris johnson has decided to cancel that trip. just how significant a move is
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that? it is not be underestimated. let's remember that this was going to the first trip by british foreign secretary to moscow for the best pa rt secretary to moscow for the best part of five years. relations have not been good between london and moscow for quite some time, going right back to the middle of the last decade with the poisoning of alexander litvinenko, when findings here suggested that vladimir putin himself might have signed off the decision on the poisoning of that former russian agent here in london, so things have gone downhill ever since, the episodes in ukraine, the annexation of crimea. western sanctions against russia. this was a bit ofan sanctions against russia. this was a bit of an opportunity to start resetting, recalibrating those relations. this is now not going to ta ke relations. this is now not going to take place. instead, borisjohnson will travel to italy to meet with other members, other foreign ministers, of the g7 group of nations and discuss that strategy that rajini vaidya nathan nations and discuss that strategy that rajini vaidyanathan was discussing. rex tillerson will be pa rt discussing. rex tillerson will be part of those discussions, the us
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secretary of state. he will go on to moscow and have a meeting but that is something borisjohnson will not do. that has been criticism here with the lib dems are suggesting this makes boris johnson with the lib dems are suggesting this makes borisjohnson the us poodle, that president trump has no faith in him. an assistant close to borisjohnson has said that that is nonsense and this is part of a strategy where they think boris johnson can only be g7 response and this will mean there would be two visits, won by the british secretary, won by the un us secretary of state. in his statement he said he had her close discussions with rex tillerson who would still go to moscow. what is the thinking? there is a united front. the meeting of foreign ministers over the next two days and monday and tuesday in italy will be looking specifically at how to progress things in syria. the planning for life after president assad, trying to look at
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how russia might demilitarise and looking at how the country might rebuild. what the west and the g7 group of nations will want to present is a united front. people close to the foreign secretary would suggest that if he had gone tomorrow and not attended the g7 and a few days later rex tillerson had gone, it would have given the russians an opportunity to maybe angle on response, split hairs and try and divide a wedge. this way, the foreign secretary and his team are absolutely adamant that when rex tillerson goes, he will be carrying a message that is united from all of those western powers involved in the g7 to try to put pressure on and gain some solution to what is the most intractable problem. workers at three rail companies have begun a 24—hour strike on the day of the grand national race at aintree, near liverpool. the action, involving southern, merseyrail and arriva rail north, is part of an ongoing dispute over staffing and the role of conductors. merseyrail said choosing to strike on the day of the race meeting
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would damage liverpool's reputation. we have a strong relationship with the rmt and we have engaged in previous discussions and we would welcome further discussions. we made it quite clear that should a dispute ta ke it quite clear that should a dispute take place on grand national day it would not change our stance. however we are willing to negotiate because we are willing to negotiate because we need to resolve this for the benefit of customers. new trains is a fantastic opportunity for the city region and is something we should both graphs with both hands and make it happen. the survey indicates massive support from the public to retain guards. we had no issue from racegoers today. passengers are paying for this level of safety in their ticket prices, so why, as a passenger, would you want to pay even more on your ticket price for less safety solely to benefit the province of the private train operators? we think it is u na cce pta ble operators? we think it is unacceptable and passengers deserve a safe railway and the second safety critical conductor on every service.
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the chief executive of ford has said he cannot guarantee the company will keep manufacturing in the uk after brexit. mark fields told bbc news it was "really important" for the uk to secure a free trade deal with the european union. he said ford was "going to be in the uk for quite some time", but that "nothing could be guaranteed over many years." he's been speaking to our correspondent robin brant. we need to make sure that all of our facilities around the world are globally competitive. listen, we are very proud to be in the uk and we're going to be in the uk for quite some time but it's going to be really important, particularly as article 50 is now triggered, that, from our standpoint, there needs to be free trade between the uk and the continent and that's really important to us. i think it is important to our business, important to our customers. are ford going to stay irrespective or is there always a chance that, you know, you are a big global company, that maybe one day ford is not there? in the uk?
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in the uk, after brexit. well, i think overall, it depends... that's a very sweeping statement. i can't guarantee anything. nobody can guarantee anything over many, many years but i think our intent is making sure that our uk business remains very strong and that's why we're engaging with the governments to be able to say, "here's what we think we need to make sure that that remains a possibility and we stay across the continent and in the uk and we have a healthy business in europe." you're watching bbc news. our latest headline... swedish police believe the man they have arrested is the driver who carried out yesterday's fatal attack in stockholm. foreign secretary borisjohnson cause of a visit to moscow, saying the chemical weapons attack in syria has changed the situation fundamentally. extra trains have been laid on to deal with possible disruption to services on grand national day because of a 2k hour strike by rail
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workers. a teenage boy has appeared in court in northern ireland charged with attempting to obtain a machine gun and a hundred rounds of ammunition. the 14—year—old was arrested at a shopping centre in coleraine in country londonderry on thursday. 0ur correspondentjohn campbell was in court for the hearing this morning. well, the boy was arrested at riverside retail park in coleraine on thursday. the police officer gave some details about what led up to that arrest. she said there had been a proactive police investigation for a number of weeks involving the dark web. she alleged the boy had reached out across the dark web in an attempt to buy a russian—made submachine gun and 100 rounds of ammunition. she said that as part of that he came to the retail park and when he attempted to buy the ammunition, he was arrested by what she referred to as an operative. he has been released on bail. there are strict bail conditions, which include the fact that he's not able to possess a computer or mobile phone and he will appear in court again later this month.
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the basque militant group eta has handed over a file containing the details of its remaining arsenal of weapons and explosives. the information was given to french judicial authorities through a group of intermediaries. eta — which has killed more than 850 people in its attempt to create an independent state in northern spain and south—west france — declared a ceasefire in 2011, but did not give up its arms. 0ur chief international correspondent lyse doucet is in the basque city of bayonne in southern france. first of all, this is one of the longest surviving armed groups in the world, more than 50 years. it is the world, more than 50 years. it is the last autonomous armed group in western europe and it is a story because of the way it was done. it was done on you could call it a
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basque model of disarmament and verification, where statesmen have been able to get involved and basque organisations, governments, regional governments, civil society actors, trade unions, church and others, worked together with a nonofficial international team to get this job done. are you sceptical that eta is handing over all of its weapons? are you convinced? i'm convinced that eta is handing over the weapons it has its control. and not sceptical because it declared a ceasefire and anti—violence six years ago and we monitored that ceasefire and the declaration, there have not been any incidents of violence by eta so i believe that violence is no longer something that may be a part of their life and this is simply the next phase. how worried are you by the members of eta who want nothing to do with this process? there are said to be about 100 who reject the disarmament. the question new raises
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an important one and one of the reasons for the length of time between the declaration of ceasefire and the act of disarmament was the need to keep the organisation on board with this decision and make sure that there are no splits. as you know from the northern ireland experience, one of the worst bomb attacks took place after the good friday agreement and that has been an issue that has worried us constantly, of making sure that this is something that is done with the support of the whole organisation andl support of the whole organisation and i believe that has been the case. but it does mean the absence of broader political leadership to bring the rest of society along, including the many victims.|j bring the rest of society along, including the many victims. i would not say it is the absence of political leadership because we've had political leadership from the regional leaders in both the basque country and spain and also in the basque country in the french region. with regard to victims, it is tragic
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that when we negotiate an end to these conflicts that will lead to disarmament, we cannot address the claims of all... the work we do is about ending the violence. we hope that at least in the work we do, we can ensure that there are no war victims of any violence and that gives me a great sense of fulfilment that these guns that were used to kill people, used to assassinate leaders of different physical parties and trade unions and also opponents, will no longer be used to do that. former england rugby international brian moore is recovering in intensive care at st george's hospital in london after suffering a heart attack. the 55—year—old tweeted from the hospital in tooting to thank the professionals who "saved his life". moore won 64 england caps between 1987 and 1995, played for the british and irish lions, and trained as a solicitor while pursuing his rugby career. iraqi forces attempting to take the city of mosul are meeting fierce
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resistance from so—called islamic state. over the past five weeks the iraqi security forces have lost nearly 300 soldiers, while another 1,600 have been wounded in the battle for the western half of the city. 0ur defence correspondent jonathan beale has this report. it's been called the toughest urban fighting since the second world war. the battle for mosul is still far from over but it has already brutally scarred the city. snipers are pinning down the iraqi forces and slowing the advance. mortar fire, too, as we witnessed on the front line. a dangerous place, as the armoured vehicle in front of us is about to find out. that is the blast from an is rocket. we had to move fast to avoid being the next target. we are not sure as to
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what is going to come round the corner here, where is are. we've just come under sniper fire. there were mortars coming off nearby us. and then a vehicle in front of us got hit by an rpg. they're still within firing range but these are the streets recently freed from is control. these are the ones who managed to escape the extremists‘ clutches. many hid as the battle reached their doors. like bashar and his family, who feared the extremists would take them to use them as human shields. he says, "is told everyone to move within the hour. they said anyone who stayed behind will be burnt alive in their home. we were rescued just in time". many civilians, though, are trapped as the fighting becomes harder. both sides breaking down
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walls to move undercover. a deadly labyrinth with the enemy sometimes hiding in the same building. downstairs was, until recently, an is position. they‘ re making sure they don't come back. this is unforgiving urban warfare against an enemy that has had three years to prepare and is proving harder to spot. with the iraqi security forces never sure what might be round the corner. some extraordinary acts by young people have been celebrated at the rotary young citizen awards in manchester today. there are seven winners, chosen from hundreds of people nominated across the uk and the republic of ireland. the awards are now in their tenth year —
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and winners from the past decade also travelled to manchester for this year's celebrations. live now to noel phillips, who is in manchesterfor us. 0ver over to you. sophie, there has been no shortage of inspirational young people. i'm talking about young people using their talents and ability for the good of everybody and my next guest defines inspiration. his name is mohamad khalil. ears from syria and he is 16 and has won and award today for helping people. your story is a stark reminder of the ongoing conflict in syria. what was life like before you left? it was a really nice country, beautiful country, people helping each other and happy people. now, when the war starts, people hate each other, killing each other and you don't
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know whose brother or sister are killing. all the children dying. ict viz, and i really could cry about it because it is dangerous stuff. this is all still very raw for you because earlier this week we saw some really grim pictures coming from syria with children die in. how does it make you feel when you turn the tv on and you see people dying? i feel bad and merely to cry because when i see small children dying i say, what did this child do for you to kill him? you should help people, not kill people. money will not do anything for you, people do for you, not money. that is why i am sad i think about it. you are helping people at the moment but before we
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stop talking about syria, i must mention that you were seriously injured before you left syria. you we re injured before you left syria. you were shot in your leg and you have some injuries to your arm. yes, it is here. what happened? when i took the shot, i went to go the first time to school and suddenly the car was coming and it was me and my cousin and my best friends and they started to shoot everybody who was there. i was with my friends and my cousin and they killed all my friends and my cousin. all your friends and my cousin. all your friends died? friends and my cousin. all your friends died ? what friends and my cousin. all your friends died? what was it like seeing your friends dying. friends died? what was it like seeing your friends dyinglj friends died? what was it like seeing your friends dying. i feel like i can't feel my face. i was, like, dying. when i was shocked, i went like, i was dying, because the police were in the area and i went out to home and there was nobody home. i went to my dad's friend, who was not at home because he was in
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the army. it is worth mentioning, when you were shot you were helped bya when you were shot you were helped by a doctor who removed a bullet from your leg and now you are much better. yeah. when he see me escape, he took the bullet out and when he cut my leg, he made it bigger to ta ke cut my leg, he made it bigger to take the bullet out because it was very big. congratulations on your award because you have been given this award because you are so selfless. you are helping your mum, who suffers with cancer and dad is not very well. how do you feel?|j feel not very well. how do you feel?” feel happy today because i have taken the award and i have made more friends and i want to say thank you to everybody who heard my story, and for me it is very happy today because the best thing, i feel like. i made my dad to feel, like, i don't know how to say in english... proud.
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we are all proud of you. congratulations. sophie, it is so encouraging to see mohamad being recognised here. more from manchester a bit later. thanks so much. look forward to going back to you later. whether it's dancing, gardening or painting, this weekend people right across the uk will be getting involved with events to celebrate creativity. 0ur reporter tomos morgan travelled to the brecon beacons to find out what it's all about. as they came together yesterday on the slopes, the people, the lifeblood of a country created the heart beat of wales. designed to be interpreted best from the air, an artistic impression, the brain child of a local artist. so the idea of heart of wales, i took the idea of wales being a creative nation and created this movement. we want to move the mountain with creative people. those creative people with the people of wales. almost 100 volunteers from the local area created this art
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work in south wales. its purpose? to inspire creativity, so did it hit the brief? yes, it's inspiring. it's fun. it's fun, it's interesting. yeah, we're doing something with lots of people has been good fun. yeah, it inspired us, yes. perhaps to get out and be more creative, yeah. this human art installation on the slopes of the brecon beacons is a launch event and one of more than 600 events happening across the uk this weekend. wonderful. whoa, look at that. several pottery studios like this one in nottingham, will be opening their doors giving some guidance and an opportunity to break the mould. those who want more exercise, can get down and twerk at several dance master classes like this one in the capital. and even our presenters are getting involved, with mixed results,

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