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tonight at ten: the main suspect in the barcelona terror attack is shot dead by police. 22—year—old younes abouyaaquob is the man thought to have driven the van through the crowds on las rambles, killing 13 people. police say they found him in a village 25 miles from barcelona, wearing what turned out to be a fake suicide belt. they believe the terror cell behind the attacks was 12—strong. eight suspects are dead and four are in custody. also tonight... millions of people see the first total eclipse to sweep across america in almost a century. from oregon to north carolina in 90 minutes, it wowed americans and their president. the us navy pauses operations worldwide after an american warship collides with a tanker near singapore — ten sailors are still missing. the england striker who's accused the national team manager of discrimination gives her first tv interview. and crowds gather in westminster as big ben chimes for the last time before four years
of renovation work begins. and coming up in sportsday on bbc news: wayne rooney happy again in manchester, but was his opener enough for everton to take all three points from manchester city? good evening. police in spain say they have shot dead the moroccan man who is believed to have driven the van into the crowds in barcelona on thursday, leaving 13 people dead. the 22—year—old was found near a village about 25 miles from the city. younes abouyaaquob was killed after he ran into a vineyard holding what turned out to be a fake suicide belt. the authorities in spain say the 12 original suspects have all been killed or detained,
but the operation is still ongoing. our correspondent tom burridge is in subirats where the main suspect was found today. this is rural catalonian wine country, 50 kilometres away from barcelona. after running down 13 men, women and children on las ramblas and killing another man during his getaway, younes abouyaaqoub, the driver of the van, somehow made it here. but his flight from the security services came to a violent end. the hunt for a young man who murdered so many ended here. the normally tranquil part of catalonian countryside, this afternoon swarmed
with armed police. in the sky, officers checking for accomplices. but hunted for days, younes abouyaaqoub died out here on his own. the catalan police have shot dead younes abouyaaqoub, driver of the van and the attack on thursday causing the death of 13 people...m all happened in the hills above barcelona. translation: it is shocking for a terrorist to be in the village. everyone knows each other here. locals say younes abouyaaqoub was spotted by a woman this morning who tipped off police. he apparently then ran off into a field. in the space of nearly four days, younes abouyaaqoub had travelled out into the countryside here, tens of kilometres away from barcelona. when
confronted by police, he revealed he was wearing what appeared to be a suicide belts. one report said he shouted god is great in arabic before officers shot him dead. earlier today the manhunt moved up a gear. cctv released of his movements after he drove a van indiscriminately down las ramblas. new images of a man motivated to kill as many as he could. we think this video, filmed by a local woman, shows the car he stole after the las ramblas attack. the owner was stabbed to death. he got out the vehicle with all of the dozens. lots of police suddenly right on him in seconds. the police believe younes abouyaaqoub was part of a larger network which they have now dismantled. five suspected members we re dismantled. five suspected members were shot dead when they try to carry out an attack last thursday in the town of cambrils. four more have
been arrested. two were killed in an explosion including abdelbaki es satty, an imam. the network's suspected ringleader. it was in the sleepy town of ripoll that he preached, where it's believed he filled young minds with ideology and hate, among them younes abouyaaqoub. his murderous mission ended here. born in morocco, at 22 he became a killer in spain. our correspondences in barcelona tonight. so the main suspect is dead but the investigation the police say continues. do they think this is pa rt continues. do they think this is part of a bigger network? they
believe they have got the network, they believed the 12 they have got means the network has been dismantled but that doesn't mean the investigations stop because they have so many investigations stop because they have so many more investigations stop because they have so many more questions to ask. was it just 12? who have so many more questions to ask. was itjust12? who did they have so many more questions to ask. was itjust 12? who did they know? did was itjust12? who did they know? did they travel around europe? they wa nt to did they travel around europe? they want to investigate the movements of the suspected ringleader who is now dead, the imam mentioned in tom's report. did he succeed in radicalising any other young sets of brothers? in the morning the four surviving members of this network will be driven to the authority of anti—terrorism investigators in madrid who will seek answers to those questions. tonight here at the top of las ramblas there will be some small, immediate relief that those responsible for the attack here and the attack in cambrils have been taken off the street but the city know what the world has learned in recent years, the threat doesn't
just stop because one particular network has been taken down. james, with the latest from barcelona, thank you. the us navy has ordered a pause in its worldwide operations to reassess safety measures after a collision between a us destroyer and an oil tanker. ten sailors are still missing after the incident which happened in the early hours of this morning. the guided missile destroyer — the ussjohn s mccain — was sailing east of singapore when the incident happened. it's the second collision involving a us navy ship in recent months. it then made it safely into dock in singapore. from there our asia correspondent karishma vaswani reports. this is what happens when a massive oil tanker collides with a us warship — a gaping hole in the side of the ussjohn s mccain, an american destroyer with more than 300 crew on board. it was on its way to singapore when, just before dawn, it collided with this merchant vessel, the liberian flagged alnic mc, an oil and chemical tanker much larger than the warship. it's still not clear how
the collision happened, but ten american sailors are still missing and five were injured in the incident. an international search and rescue operation is under way, involving the us, singapore and neighbouring malaysia. this is not normal. no, this is a big deal. this is an international disaster for them. it's possible that a number, er, some combination of poor seamanship or some combination of things going wrong with the ship, actually physically wrong with the ship, that could have led to this. this collision couldn't have come at a more awkward time for the united states. it's in the midst of its annual military drills with south korea that was launched this week, and it follows another collision with another us warship earlier in the year with a merchant vessel. this trend demands more forceful action. as such, i've directed an operational pause be taken in all of our fleets around the world. i want our fleet commanders to get
together with their leaders and their commands, to ensure that we're taking all appropriate immediate actions to ensure safe and effective operations around the world. and the us defense secretary, james mattis, says there will be a wider investigation into us naval operations after the collision. the chief of naval operations' broader enquiry will look at all related accidents, er, incidents at sea, that sort of thing. he is going to look at all factors, notjust the immediate ones, which will fall rightly under the fleet commander's investigation. all of this is raising questions aboutjust how effective the world's most powerful navy is in this part of the world. karishma vaswani, bbc news, singapore. our correspondent rupert wingfield—hayes is in singapore, where the warship has docked. how embarrassing is this for the
americans? it is a huge embarrassment for the us. as you can tell from the response both from the defence secretary and from the navy. the fact they are taking this operational pause across the globe is very significant of how seriously they are taking notjust is very significant of how seriously they are taking not just this incident off the coast of singapore but there have actually been three incidents in the last two months. one here, one of the coast of south korea and one of the coast of japan injune korea and one of the coast of japan in june where seven korea and one of the coast of japan injune where seven sailors were killed in a very similar incident to what happened here yesterday morning. those investigations were looking to a number of different issues. they essentially want to find out if there is a systemic problem either in the training or operations of vessels in the region that's leading to these sorts of incidents happening. this is a very important region for the us navy.
not only do we have the tensions on the korean peninsula but we also have the us navy facing off against the chinese in the china sea service has very serious implications for the credibility of the us navy as it operates in east asia and southeast asia. rupert, thank you. for the first time in 99 years, a total eclipse has swept across america. millions of people watched as the moon passed in front of the sun, casting a deep shadow more than 60 miles wide across earth. it began on the west coast of america above oregon, and in the space of about 90 minutes, swept across 13 states, ending in south carolina. our science correspondent pallab ghosh joined the sky watchers in madras, oregon. they came in their tens of thousands, like pilgrims, to the tiny town of madras. they came to witness one of nature's greatest
spectacles. it is quarter past ten in the morning but it seems like night—time, we are a few seconds away from the total eclipse. the moon has almost completely covered the sun, it looks like a smiling face in the sky. the sun dimms to an airy, pale light. up above, a thin smile in the sky. and then a flash, a diamond ring, and then the moon blocks the sun's bright disc. its atmosphere, normally washed away by the solar light, now appears as a halo around the moon. it seems like a shimmering black pearl, hanging in the sky. cheering. it was like a religious experience to me. i photographed it, i got some successful pictures, i cried. this
is definitely something you have to see in person, you cannot describe it unless you have actually seen it. the eclipse crossed the entire us, ten states. a distance of 2500 miles injust 90 minutes. from coast—to—coast, it seemed everyone was interested. people were dazzled by the spectacle. the last time and eclipse crossed the country was nearly 100 years ago. even american football pitches have been turned over to science. all across the us, at astronomers collected data they will send into nasa. we would like to learn more about how these eclipses affect the planet and the atmosphere, if there's any atmospheric disturbance, if it's wind changes. for two incredible minutes, a tiny town became the centre of the universe as those he
became the first in america to witness one of the great wonders of the solar system. pallab ghosh, bbc news, madras. although the great american eclipse is now over, because so many people we re is now over, because so many people were able to see it, it will live long in the american memory. although the pictures show what an incredibly beautiful sight it is, you really have to be at a total eclipse to get the full impact of it. the light turns incredibly eerie, temperatures begin to fall, and then there's a flash and all of and then there's a flash and all of a sudden your whole world is turned upside down, as day turns tonight and you enter an almost dreamlike state. someone here once described it to me that on a scale of one to ten, the experience is a million, but what's really incredible is that the moon is exactly the right size
and the moon is exactly the right size a nd exa ctly the moon is exactly the right size and exactly the right distance from the earth to block out only the bright part of the sun so you can see its shimmering atmosphere in all its glory. and so we can only see this awesome sight because of a remarkable cosmic coincidence. a brief look at some of the day's other news stories. nearly 800 people are now known to have died in recent floods triggered by monsoon rains in india, nepal and bangladesh. aid workers are warning of severe food shortages and an outbreak of diseases. the pharmaceutical giantjohnson & johnson's been ordered to pay $417 million to an american woman over links between its baby powder and ovarian cancer. it's the largest payout yet awarded against the company, which is facing more than a thousand law suits. johnson &johnson deny claims they've known about the links for years and say they'll appeal. an england footballer who's accused the national team manager of discrimination has given her first tv interview.
the striker eni aluko claims she was dropped after speaking out in what she thought was a confidential review about alleged "racial and prejudicial" remarks made by manager mark sampson. he's been cleared of any wrongdoing in both an fa review and an independent investigation. eni aluko has been speaking to our sports editor, dan roan. she's one of her country's best—known female footballers, but last year, eni aluko raised serious concerns about the culture in the england setup, when asked to be part of a confidential fa review. and in herfirst broadcast interview since the controversy began earlier this month, the striker told me she fears it may have cost her. the fact is that a week before i was dropped from the england team, for the first time in 11 years, i had given my account of what i felt was discrimination towards me, what i felt was a bullying culture. so, whichever way you look at it, being part of that cultural review has cost me... potentially cost me
my england career. england manager mark sampson was the subject of aluko's complaints and the man who dropped her from the squad, the timing of which the fa insists was purely coincidental. both an internal inquiry and an independent investigation cleared him and his staff of any wrongdoing, and found no evidence of an alleged racial remark to another player. sampson's vowed to improve his communication style, but aluko — who's a qualified lawyer — has now gone public with an alleged incident involving the coach before a game in 2014. he asked me, "who's coming to watch the game for you?" and i said, "oh, i've got family coming in from nigeria, actually. i've got family flying in." and he said, erm, "make sure they don't come over with ebola." when that was said, did you challenge him at the time? did you say, that's unacceptable? no, i laughed. i laughed. because, i mean, i was in shock.
i didn't know... you know, i didn't know what to say. you believe it was a racist comment? yes, i believe... i believe it was. and again, i go back to the definition. i believe it was an unfavourable comment made to me, that made me feel completely shocked and intimidated, that was said to me because i'm of african descent. again, some will say, an offensive comment, but not necessarily a racist one. is that possible? i don't think it is possible. the fa says while this claim was included in general correspondence last year, it was not raised as a formal allegation. the bbc understands that sampson strongly denies the incident occurred. the fa refutes aluko's suggestion the two investigations into her original complaints were flawed, pointing out she refused to participate in the independent inquiry. they say they reached a financial settlement, paying aluko an amount understood to be £80,000, to avoid disruption to the england team ahead of this
summer's european championships and not to prevent disclosure. why speak out now? i feel that there's a lot of half—truths out in the public, and i think it's in the public interest now to understand the severity of this case. to understand that this isn't something i decided to fabricate out of the blue. this wasn't a bitter, impassioned revenge on the england manager. this was something i was asked to do. aluko has won 102 caps for her country, but she says she now fears her experience could deter other players from raising concerns. dan roan, bbc news. in the last few minutes, it's been reported that an earthquake measuring 3.6 magnitude hit the island of ischia, off the coast of naples. it is the height of tourist season. several buildings have collapsed, and there are reports that some people have been injured. the islands hospital has been evacuated. in a few hours, president trump
will set out his strategy for afghanistan, where security forces backed by foreign troops have struggled to halt advances by the taliban. his plan is thought to involve sending more american troops. our north america editor, jon sopel, is in washington for us. so what is he expected to say? well, there is a huge amount riding on this and the decision—making process itself has been absolutely tortuous because within the white house, you have had the faction of the generals wanting to reinforce america's existing troop levels so that the afg ha n existing troop levels so that the afghan army does not collapse and it has increased capability. on the other hand, you have had the nationalist wing, the populist wing, saying, let's get out of afghanistan, there is no good staying there any longer. that faction was represented by steve bannon and there is no coincidence his resignation last friday commons as donald trump is about to announce
the new policy today. so the expectation must be there will be additional troops sent first, and possibly as well involving nato troops. so interesting to see if other troop levels from other countries like britain go up as well. the two things donald trump has two avoid. he was so critical of barack obama, has two avoid. he was so critical of ba rack obama, saying has two avoid. he was so critical of barack obama, saying we have to get oui’ barack obama, saying we have to get our troops of gannon is done, we are wasting blood and treasure while they are there. so he has to make sure it is not a continuation of that policy, convincing the american people he is notjust following in barack obama's people he is notjust following in ba rack obama's footsteps. people he is notjust following in barack obama's footsteps. you say a huge amount is riding on this, how much is at stake for the president, given the events of the last few weeks? you have put your finger on it. if you look at the criticism in the wake of president donald trump since his intervention a couple of days ago in charlottesville, he was criticised from all sides and the only support he got was from the far
right and everybody said president did not seem presidential on the questions of the big moraljudgments of the day, and he fell short. this is an opportunity for every set for donald trump and in previous foreign policy speeches, he has been warmly applauded across the board. of the things he has said, and i think the white house is desperately hoping this will be the reboot that donald trump so badly needs. from washington, thank you. since the fall of colonel gaddafi six years ago, libya has been torn apart by the conflict between warring militias and tribes. in 2013, benghazi — libya's second city — was seized by islamist extremists. thousands were killed, and thousands more fled their homes. but earlier this summer, the libyan national army declared the city liberated. their forces are now thought to control most of the east of the country. hardtalk‘s stephen sackur has this special report from benghazi. benghazi — a broken city, in a divided country. jihadist fighters from so—called
islamic state were driven out of here four months ago. hundreds died, thousands lost their homes. only now are a few, like abdullah, venturing back. this was your house? how do you feel now, when you look at it? translation: when colonel gaddafi was overthrown six years ago, the leaders of britain and france rushed to benghazi to claim credit for this liberation. colonel gaddafi said he would hunt you down like rats, but you showed the courage of lions, and we salute your courage! cheering the triumphalism was misplaced. jihadist militants turned benghazi into an annex of their so—called caliphate. this man rooted the jihadists out —
marshal khalifa haftar, once gaddafi's favourite general, now commander of an army which has become libya's dominant force. marshal haftar‘s army now controls libya's key assets, oil and gas. this is the brega refinery complex. there have been times over the past six years when it's looked like the the violence and political chaos in libya could shut down this vital industry, but it has never quite happened. the oil and gas is still flowing. but as for the revenues being generated, well, much of the money is being creamed off by different warlords and militias. we feel there is improvement. you know now east of libya completely controlled by... mr haftar.
i think in the nearest future, all this problem will be solved. masha allah. in pockets of benghazi, it's tempting to believe marshal haftar has put an end to libya's chaos. but then there's this — evidence, seemingly, of a mass execution of prisoners by haftar‘s men. the international criminal court is investigating this as a war crime and has issued an arrest warrant for the officer in charge. ‘as haftar moved his forces back into benghazi, there were egregious abuses of human rights'. er, these reports came out and he voiced his concern, and he said that he would address them by investigating these people who have been committing these, er, acts, these outlawed acts. have you seen those videos and pictures, minister, of people being shot in the back of the head, bound hand
and feet, executed ? unfortunately, i have seen them. er, these acts should stop. benghazi's young men have grown up with guns, militias and war. marshal haftar has promised them something better, but there are other sides in this crippled country and few believe the fighting is over. stephen sackur, bbc news, benghazi. and you can see the full version of stephen's film — hardtalk on the road in eastern libya — from tomorrow, on the bbc iplayer. football, and in tonight's premier league game, manchester city and everton drew one—all. wayne rooney scored his 200th premier league goalfor the visitors, but manchester city equalised late on, despite having had kyle walker sent off in the first half. big ben fell silent this afternoon. the nation's most famous bell won't chime again,
except for on special occasions, until 2021. major repair work is getting underway at the houses of parliament, but some mps are unhappy at the length of time it will take. our political correspondent, ben wright, joined the crowds in westminster. big ben chimes as midday approached, a crowd swelled in parliament square. all eyes on the clock, waiting for the bell. there's about ten minutes to go until we hear it for the last time. what does big ben mean to you? well, it's just part of being british, isn't it? you're around in london and it's one of those things that's always been there. to be a part of all this, erm, and it's gonna be the last time for four years, erm, a little bit sad. and then, for now, the final chimes. chimes protecting the hearing of workers renovating elizabeth tower is one reason parliament decided big ben must not be struck for four years, except for remembrance sunday and new year's eve. but a few mps are mourning,
not applauding, badgering the commons authorities to think again. everybody‘s interested in what's happening across the world, so itjust shows what a symbol of britain big ben and the palace of westminster is. it means something, it really does. these are the chimes of freedom, and they've got to be respected. we've got to keep them bonging. most mps are not fretting about the infrequency of big ben's chimes, but a commons commission has said it will look again at the timetable for repairs. trying to find a fix that would enable the bells to be struck on the same basis that they are currently, i think, would be near impossible. it certainly would be a very, very expensive option. it's now one o'clock. the crowds have thinned, the political rumpus will recede, and time, of course, carries on. the renovations are now beginning, and big ben... is silent. ben wright, bbc news, westminster. that's it from us.
newsnight is coming up on bbc two. a special report from the poll fray city of mosul. former residents want to go home, but with isis fighters in the city and booby traps in the houses remaining, can people rebuild their lives? join me now on bbc two. but another look at today's spectacular eclipse from america. from everyone here, good night. hello and welcome to sportsday — i'm hugh woozencroft. coming up this evening. 200 up for wayne rooney in the premier league but was it enough to take everton past manchester city in the in the battle of the blues? chris froome takes the lead in the vuelta as the four—time tour