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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: more questions for the uk's security services as it emerges they were warned about the third london bridge attacker. he's been named as 22—year—old youssef zaghba. an australian nurse — kirsty boden — is the third victim to be named. she was killed as she ran to help others during the attack. president trump claims credit for the blockade of qatar by some of its gulf neighbours — he says it could be "the beginning of the end" for terrorism. and we report from inside raqqa as fighters enter the city stronghold of so—called islamic state. hello. all three men who carried out the terror attack at london bridge have now been named.
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the british prime minister, theresa may has announced that a review would be undertaken by police and mi5 following concerns that previous warnings about two of the attackers had not been followed up. the third attacker was named as 22—year—old youssef zaghba — an italian national of moroccan descent. italian authorities say he was stopped from travelling to syria last year and his name was shared with the british authorities. and there are further questions about another of the attackers, khuram butt, who'd been investigated two years ago as our home editor mark easton reports. the faces of a self—appointed death squad. we now know the identities of all three men who went on a killing spree in london on saturday night, today police naming this man — youssef zaghba — as the third member of the gang. zaghba was born in fez in morocco, to a moroccan father and italian mother. 22 years old, he recently moved to east london where he worked in a restaurant. but last year he was stopped by security forces at bologna airport, in italy, on suspicion of trying
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to make his way to fight in syria — literature relating to so—called islamic state in his bag. placed on the italian terror watch—list, uk police today said neither they nor mi5 regarded him as a person of interest. in italy, a prosecutor claimed today the british authorities had been tipped off about zaghba, who lived at this house in bologna. one of his relatives said he'd hoped to find a job in the uk. translation: he went to london, he was away for two or three months and then he came back. he was here for a month and then he told his mum, "i'm leaving, because here there's nothing and in london i can work." the fact that zaghba was a terror suspect in italy adds to the pressure on british security services to explain why they were caught blind ahead of saturday's terrible attack. another member of the gang, of course khuram butt, was well—known to police and mi5, prompting searching questions as to whether more could
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or should have been done to prevent mass murder. we will look at how this, how the processes were followed, what they did. they will be wanting to look at that, because they will want to learn lessons for the future, if there are lessons to be learned. butt appeared in this channel 4 documentary on radical islamists last year, linking into extremist preacher anjem choudary, now in jail for encouraging support for so—called islamic state. despite this, security service interest in him was scaled down. the bbc has described butt‘s cv, in which he describes himself as a motivated, zealous and trusted individual who had worked in security, welcoming guests and securing buildings. he worked on the london underground last year, but claimed his responsibilities included "assisting customer evacuation where necessary." in pakistan today, his uncle said he was ashamed, and said his nephew's victims were constantly on his mind. some have suggested the killings
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might have been prevented if any of the men had been subject to a court order known as a tpim, restricting the movements of terror suspects who haven't been convicted of a crime. but the man who until recently officially reviewed terror legislation for the government says the orders are really aimed at a small number of individuals where strong evidence of terrorist activity exists, but can't be used in open court for security reasons. for that limited category of people, they're very useful. where they don't help is in relation to people who can't be shown to have promoted terrorism or plotted
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terrorism, but who may be sympathetic to terrorists. more detail emerged today about the last member of the three—man gang, north african born rachid redouane. he was married to a british citizen and lived in dublin for a time before relocating to east london. a house in ilford was targeted in a counterterror operation early today. bell tolls at 11 o'clock this morning, britain was encouraged to stop for one minute, to pause and to reflect on the events of saturday night. through the minds of many will have run the question, why did this have to happen? mark easton, bbc news, london bridge. two victims of the london bridge attack haven been named today. kirsty boden was a 28—year—old nurse from australia who worked at nearby guy's hospital. a frenchman killed in the attack has been named as 27—year—old alexandre pigeard from normandy. a second australian national is now known to have died but so far
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they have not been officially named. across the uk at 11:00 this morning, a minute's silence was observed to remember all the victims. out correspondent alison holt reports on the second nationwide silence in the space of a fortnight. bell tolls a time to remember, a time to reflect on an attack at the heart of london. bell tolls time to stand together, on the streets where it happened. the ambulance crews who fought so hard to save lives, london's mayor at their side. manchester, still raw from the violence inflicted
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here just two weeks ago. and beyond. in these quiet moments, for some, the anguish is too much. nicola smith wanted to remember herformer boyfriend. james mcmullan was one of the seven people killed on saturday. i feel anger, but i can't let that override my feeling of love forjames and our memories because i know that's not what he wanted. me, as a person, i'm extremely angry. i'm extremely angry, but because i've been with james, i know that i can't let anger win. james and chrissy archibald,
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a canadian social worker, were the first to be named as having lost are their lives. today new names and faces have emerged. among them, alexandre pigeard, a french national working as a waiter at one of the borough market restaurants. his mother is said to be devastated. and 28—year—old australian kirsty boden, she was a newly—promoted senior nurse at guy's hospital, who ran to help others that night. there was absolutely nothing at all she wouldn't do for somebody. she never saw bad in anybody. even if they were all having a bad day, kirsty was the person that was gonna to make you smile. and then there are the missing. 45—year—old xavier thomas was last seen on london bridge. tonight, detectives appealed for information as it's feared he may have been thrown into the river during the attack. sebastian belanger‘s family are travelling to the uk from france to try to discover what's happened to him. he was last seen outside one
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of the pubs on saturday. there's also no word on the whereabouts of ignacio echeverria from spain. or sara zalenak, an australian in london, working as a nanny. her family has heard nothing from her. sara's absolutely beautiful. she is a very special, kindred spirit. she's one of those people that doesn't drink, doesn't do drugs, doesn't do anything wrong. she's amazing, and she's 21 years of age. these remain desperate searches, desperate days for so many who've found themselves caught up in this tragedy. french police say they've shot and injured a man who attacked an officer with a hammer near notre dame cathedral in paris. officials say the incident is being treated as terrorism and that the man shouted "this is for syria!" 1000 visitors were kept by police
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inside the cathedral following the attack as the entire area was locked down. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the british prime minister, theresa may, says she will change human rights laws that prevent the police and security services from dealing effectively with suspected terrorists. mrs may will make it easier to deport foreign terror suspects back to their own countries and restrict the freedom and movements of those that present a threat. the woman at the centre of bill cosby‘s sex assault trial has testified, saying she was frozen after the us comedian drugged her at his home in 200a. telling her story publicly for the first time, andrea constand alleged that the actor molested her and she wasn't able to fight back. bill cosby denies the allegations. amal clooney, the human rights lawyer and wife of actor george clooney, has given birth to twins. they're the couple's first children. george clooney‘s publicist said the pair, named ella and alexander, were born on tuesday morning and were happy, healthy and doing fine. president trump has declared his strong support for the blockade
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of qatar, led by saudi arabia. air links have been cut and qatari citizens have been expelled from several neighbouring countries. mr trump says he agrees that qatar has been supporting violent extremism. but as our diplomatic correspondent james robbins reports from doha, qatar says the accusations are a complete fabrication. the unprecedented blockade of qatar by her arab neighbours emptied some supermarket shelves briefly, but there's no widespread panic. queues formed as many flights in and out of qatar are banned, with the saudis leading this campaign against a fellow sunni muslim country they say is too supportive of rival shia muslim iran. qatar's foreign minister told me no—one understands how it came to this. what is shocking is the measures which have been taken against qatar. it was like a collective punishment from three countries in this region, by trying to block qatar and even
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blocking the people of qatar. they say you're far too close to iran, that you're supporting a country which is sponsoring extremism and terrorism. well actually, we don't know what makes them thinking that we are doing this. we have taken our measures with iran. we have a relationship with iran, a normal relationship. we want a positive relationship with iran. we don't want to have an escalation with anyone, not with iran. but we want to resolve all our conflicts by dialogue. but dialogue with iran is no part of donald trump's agenda. today, he tweeted his full backing for saudi—led punishment of qatar. so he seems to be pointing at you and accusing
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you in that tweet. actually, regarding president trump's tweet, we had a meeting directly with president trump, between him and his highness the emir, and he told us that there are some allegations about different countries in the region funding terrorism and we saw some of them as around qatar and saudi. he repeated this several times. we told him very clearly, if there is any allegation, we can sit on the table and we can sort it out. but there's no resolution in sight yet, as all sides consider how to repair an alliance usually regarded as critical. james robbins, bbc news, doha. why orlando survivors are now some of the strongest blood donation advocates. the queen and her husband began
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their royal progress to westminster. the moment of crowning, in accordance with the order of service, by a signal given by the great guns of the tower. tanks and troops are patrolling the streets of central peking after the bloody operation to crush student—led protests, and the violence has continued, the army firing on civilians throughout the following day and night. over there you can see its mighty tail — the only sign left, almost, that an aircraft had been here. uefa imposes an indefinite ban on english clubs playing in europe. today is the 20th anniversary of the release of the beatles' album sgt pepper's lonely hearts club band, a record described as the album of the century. this is bbc news.
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the latest headlines: uk security services are facing more questions — following revelations that they were warned about the third london bridge attacker. he's been named as 22 year—old youssef zaghba. president trump has claimed credit for the blockade of qatar by some of its gulf neighbours — he says it could be "the beginning of the end" for terrorism. in syria fighters backed by us forces have, for the first time, entered the outskirts of raqqa — the city stronghold of so—called islamic state. the ground forces, made up largely of syrian kurds, have launched attacks from the east, west and north of the city — after declaring a new phase in the battle. our correspondent rami ruhayem has obtained rare footage from inside raqqa and reports on the battle to retake the last is bastion inside syria. the ground work to capture raqqa from the islamic state group has been under way for months.
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kurdish—led forces, backed by the us, have been advancing towards the city and sealing off access routes. now, with the help of heavy air strikes, they've advanced to raqqa's eastern edge and are fighting inside the city for the first time. translation: we declare today the start of the great battle to liberate the city of raqqa, the so—called capital of terrorism and terrorists. with the international coalition‘s warplanes and the state of art weapons we will seize raqqa. many civilians have already fled the city, but an estimated 200,000 remain trapped. anyone living in raqqa now faces the threat of air strikes or the danger of being used as human shields, a well—known tactic of is. here's a rare glimpse inside the city. the militants‘ grip on their self—declared capital means we rarely get to see these streets. despite regular air strikes,
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they show a city still open for business, but one also prepared for the new dangers ahead. sandbags line every house and business, preparations for the imminent ground assault and street to street fighting. in some neighbourhoods, is have set up sheets of canvas to shield their movements from aircraft. in istanbul we met three activists who say they have risked their lives to smuggle these pictures out of raqqa. abu ahmed says the group are in constant contact with those still inside. translation: wherever you go there are tunnels. the city is on high alert. the mood is of war, of preparing for street fighting. civilians have been hit hard by us—led air strikes on raqqa. exact figures are hard to come by, but abu ahmed says no—one inside the city is safe. translation: people inside are
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the ones carrying the burden. they're being shelled and children are in a terrible mental state. the artillery shelling is close by. it's a city of death. anyone can die any time. fighting for the very survival of their self—declared caliphate, the odds are now stacked against is. the battle is likely to be long and bloody as they hang on to their last stronghold in syria. rami ruhayem, bbc news, in syria. one of the three london bridge attacks and now we investigate what the authorities knew. known to police, known to m15, and today the bbc has been told of another warning that khuram butt was an extremist.
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i had to run for my safety and perhaps for my life that day... this is usama hasan. he said he came face—to—face with the london attacker here, at this family funfair to celebrate eid in july last year. he came up to me and he said, "how dare you come to a muslim event, because you're a nonbeliever." he started screaming abuse at me. he said, "you're taking money from the government to work against muslims, you spy on muslims..." his family took these photos of khuram butt at the eid festival. after the abuse, came violence. physically, what did he do? physically, he tried to assault me. yeah, he ran at me — he ran at me with an expression of hatred on his face. did he touch you? a scuffle broke out, and at one point i helped wrestle him to the ground. usama hasan says he ran, while his family took more photos for evidence. he believes he was targeted, because of his work countering extremism. very aggressive, he was full of hate. i felt intimidated. a bystander had told members of my family that "we know this guy."
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he was kicked out of the local mosque, of banned from the local mosque, for causing trouble there. did you ring the police straightaway? well, i rang 999, as you do, and i said, "i've been the victim of an assault." usama hasan also says he told officers he suspected the man who attacked him was part of the banned islamist extremist group, al—muhajiroun. yes, i told them, these are al—muhajiroun characters. i said, "in my view, they are a threat to national security — they must be monitored. they are clearly part of the pro—isis network." and what happened? he was eventually tracked down after about six months, and cautioned. and of course i feel desperately sorry for the seven victims... we've asked the police to respond to these allegations. last night, i couldn't sleep. i felt very upset and angry that we as a society had not been able to stop this man. regret, because within months khuram butt would go on to kill at random, destroying so many innocent lives.
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ed thomas, bbc news, east london. this monday it will be a year since the attack on the pulse nightclub in orlando — it was america's bloodiest mass shooting. 49 people died. now survivors, saved by strangers who donated blood, are encouraging others to become donors. rajini vaidya nathan reports. the beating heart of all under‘s gay community, now a place to remember and reflect. some survivors find it too painful to return. jeff remembers gunman opening fire. for him, the memories are still raw. we we re him, the memories are still raw. we were trapped. we had nowhere to to run. we were shot. multiple times.
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and i bled out for over three hours. jeff was shot in the neck, stomach and legs. the paramedics saying his blue. he has lost a lot of blood. i later learned that i received blood from over a0 donors so that is a lot of blood. it was blood donations that saved his life. after a operations he's making a steady recovery. in the wake of the tragedy, hundreds queued at this blood back in all under the do whatever they could in one week alone, 28,000 units of blood were donated. double what they usually get. it was the donors that came in before the tragedy that saved those lives. the blood has to be donated
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in advance. survivors are partnering with us to encourage people donating blood now. i survived something really terrible and crazy and at the best thing we can do is try to make something positive come out of this negative. pulse nightclub has not reopen. people continue to leave flowers to the victims. there are plans to turn it into a lasting memorialfor plans to turn it into a lasting memorial for those plans to turn it into a lasting memorialfor those who plans to turn it into a lasting memorial for those who died but the campaign by some survivors to encourage blood donations is something they feel could become another lasting legacy. now, one man's rubbish is another man's treasure. emptying the bins of colombia's capital bogota, jose alberto gutierrez one day found a copy of the classic tolstoy novel anna karenina and kept it. fast forward two decades and the binman, who never studied further than primary school, has amassed a free library of more than 20,000 thrown away books.
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sarah corker reports. he used the bogota bin man with a taste for literature. for the past 20 years jose taste for literature. for the past 20 yearsjose alberto gutierrez has been keeping the city streets clean and rescuing unwanted books. his nickname is now lord of the books and this is his free community library. translation: ithink we and this is his free community library. translation: i think we are the only library in the world where they come to borrow a book and we give it to them as a present. they come to borrow a book and we give it to them as a presentm started with a thrown out tolstoi novel now a whole floor of this law is filled with around 25,000 and open to school children. he never got past rhyme is cool himself that now travels around the country. —— primary school. he also provides
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books for the fark. i come from a place of misery and poverty. books transformed me so this is a symbol of hope and peace. next, jose alberto gutierrezjose alberto gutierrez plans to go back to study for his school leavers exam which he missed first time around. —— the fat —— review announced by theresa may when warnings on two of the attackers were not followed up. thank you for watching. hi there.
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the weather caused all kinds of problems on tuesday. a number of serious accidents caused by the strong winds in southern england, in particular. the winds gusted over 60 mph in a number of places, bringing down a few trees and causing those problems. the low pressure that's been responsible for that windy spell of weather still with us then into wednesday but the winds will be very slowly easing a bit over the next 2a hours. this is how we start off the day on wednesday, then. still the winds gusting to a0s and 50s miles an hour. we are still talking about inland gales. outbreaks of rain across eastern areas, drier and brighter further west. and generally, i think, the weather will be improving as we go on through the day. winds continuing to ease a little bit more and there will be a fair bit of sunshine to go around as well. let's take a closer look at he weather through wednesday morning, and across southern counties of england, temperatures pushing into double figures fairly briskly. but they'll still have fairly strong winds first thing in the morning — gusts of 20—30mph or so across the southern counties of england,
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perhaps a bit stronger around some of the coasts and hills. still around a0—50mph as we travel further northwards and eastwards, closer to that area of low pressure. and although many areas will start the day on a dry note with sunshine, across the east we'll have that thicker cloud with persistent outbreaks of rain affecting eastern scotland, in particular. there's the risk of some surface water flooding, affecting parts of eastern scotland as we go through the day as those rainfall totals continued to accumulate. otherwise, though, we've got a fair bit of dry weather to come as we head through the rest of the day, with sunshine, but the next weather system will be working in late in the day to northern ireland, wales and the south—west. outbreaks of rain pushing into these areas as we head into wednesday evening. then overnight, more wet weather pushes across england and wales. not too much in the way of rain, that said, across south—east england. scotland should stay clear of the rain through the night. but it is the chance for thursday, and you can see low pressure firmly in charge of our weather. more lows waiting out in the wing as well. so we are in for quite an unsettled
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spell at the moment. for thursday, we'll see another batch of rain, pushing northwards across england and wales, northern ireland. not lasting too long. but the rain tending to become a little bit slow—moving as it works into southern scotland as we go on through thursday afternoon. the weather turning a little bit brighter further south and east as we head through the afternoon, but still with quite a bit of cloud around. friday looks like being the better day. drier, more in the way of sunshine. still a few showers dotted around here and there. most of these across northern and eastern areas of scotland. the weekend staying unsettled. if anything, though, probably sunday the better of the two days of the weekend. that's your weather. this is bbc news — the headlines: the uk's security services are under mounting pressure — it's emerged they warned about the third london bridge attacker. he's been named as 22—year—old youseff zaghba, a moroccan—italian man who lived in east london. president trump has claimed credit for the blockade of qatar by some of its gulf neighbours who accuse it of supporting terrorism in the region. he said his recent visit
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to saudi arabia was already paying off and the development might mark the beginning of the end to terrorism. fighters backed by us forces have, for the first time, entered the outskirts of raqqa, the city stronghold of so—called islamic state. the ground forces — made up largely of syrian kurds — have launched attacks from the east, west and north of the city after declaring a new phase in the battle. now it's time for hardtalk.
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