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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: a gunman opens fire at a local newspaper in annapolis, maryland killing 5 people, injuring 2 more. a wave of deadly violence in mexico. more than 130 politicians have been murdered, ahead of sunday's elections. we have a special report. england loses 1—0 to belgium, finishing second in their group, meaning their next match will be against colombia. plus — majestic michaeljackson. how the singer wanted to be seen. a new exhibit reveals his last portrait. hello. five people have been shot dead in the newsroom of a local paper in the us state of maryland.
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two more were injured as the gunman fired with a shotgun through a glass door into the office of the capital gazette, in the city of annapolis. a suspect is being interrogated — police say he is a white man in his late 30s. no known motive so far, although at a press conference within the last hour anne arundel county acting police chief bill krampf told reporters they believe it was a "targeted attack." we mentioned before about the improvised explosive device. it is not an ied, it was canisters of smoke grenades that he used inside of the building when he entered the establishment. this person was prepared today to come in. to shoot people. his intent was to cause harm and as i stated before, the investigative part of this is going to be thorough.
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it's going to take some time. let's get more now from the bbc‘s nada tawfik, who's at the scene. officials have described this as a targeted attack. they say the gunmen came repaired to cause harm. and while they have not identified him specifically, they say he is a male in his late 30s. us media are reporting that he is jarrod ramos, a merrylands resident. officials are arguing in providing a clearer picture of the moments of the attack. they said the suspect entered the building, setting off a smoke grenade for shooting. we heard from reporters inside detailing those terrifying moments. one of the crime reporters, phil davidson, said it was like a war zone that the
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gunmen kiam in, shooting multiple people, re— loading his gun and it was terrifying as several of his staff hid under desks. lease are searching the suspect‘s home and looking into social media accounts that may belong to the suspect that made general threats to the paper as early as today. the staff here have been tweeting updates and vowed that they will have a newspaper out tomorrow. earlier i spoke to paul farhi, who is media reporter with the washington post. i asked him what he made of this incident. it is a terrible episode for the news media in america and yet another tragic shooting that seems so common in america these days. the media is not exempt and we are subject to the same thing that children and adults have faced for many years. this paper is really quite small and particular papers seem to be vulnerable. they are set up to welcome the public. people come in, they bring stories
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and advertising to the front desk. i've worked with them, many reporters have and the public can come and go, they are not screened off, they are not secure in some sense. you could walk in off the street, it was fairly common. it doesn't appear that this shooter had a lot of trouble getting in but he did shoot the front doors out as he entered. we don't know that what the motive was. the white house press secretary sarah sanders has condemned a violent attack on journalists but this is a hostile environment for journalists. we have seen the president at mass rallies, calling journalists enemies
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of the people. to a lot of people, it seems as if he has been inciting violence againstjournalists for some time. i don't want to go that far, that the cause of this was incited by the president's rhetoric although we have been alarmed by that rhetoric, however there are multiple possible causes and it could have been just a beef between him and the reporter, personal. we are not sure what it is. we won't say the president bears any responsibility. i am not suggesting that either. it's notable the nypd has deployed counterterrorist squads, media organisations. we are all very much alarmed by this, we are on edge. we now know, if we didn't before, but it could happen to others. my office is sending out emails to everyone to be alert, to be cautious and not to panic
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but we are as vulnerable as anyone is these days. america is an open country and there are a lot of guns in this country and people unfortunately seem to settle their disputes with firearms. the us has suffered i think 154 mass shootings this year so far. it is a terrible problem and we are not numb to it. this one has particular resonance to us in the news media of course but we are all part of a society and community that has been scarred by these things and it gets your attention every single time and every single time, it is no less worse than the last time. let's get some of the day's other news: a three—year investigation by a committee of british mps has
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found that intelligence officers in the uk had tolerated the inexcusable treatment of detainees by american agents after the 9/11 attacks. the intelligence and security committee said it was "beyond doubt" the agencies knew what was happening. the findings have sparked fresh calls for an independent, judge—led inquiry. president trump and vladimir putin are to hold a summit in the finnish capital, helsinki, next month. the meeting will take place onjuly 16. the white house said the two presidents would discuss us—russian relations and a range of national security issues. leaders from the european union are expected to talk late into the night to decide a new approach to migration. italy's new populist government is taking a hard line and germany's angela merkle is under pressure at home. ——merkel our europe editor, katya adler is in brussels. we have had high drama here tonight, when the italians basically said they would be blocking any decisions at this summit until they get concrete help with migrant
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arrivals on their shores. you see, yes, the main focus at this summit is migration, but leaders are also here to discuss brexit, the economy, security, and defence. but basically, the italians have borrowed some words from the uk commissioner, that they used with brexit. they looked the other leaders in the eye and said, nothing is agreed here until everything is agreed. you see, the italians smelt a rat. they were worried at the summit that they would be steamrolled by eu—savvy angela merkel. she also needs concessions on migration at this summit. she is fighting for her political life at home. germany and italy have different priorities when it comes to migration. germany wants deals that keep migrants out, while italy wants germany and the rest of the eu to take more migrants in. so, as one eu diplomat put it this evening, italy has taken them all hostage, and as we speak, other eu leaders are discussing migration in what i can only imagine is a very bad—tempered dinner.
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an oil tanker truck has caught fire in nigeria's commercial capital lagos. emergency officials say nine people are confirmed to have died, but that number is expected to rise. an official has blamed a brake failure on the tanker. a rescue operation is ongoing. lebo diseko has the story — and just a warning, you may find some of the pictures upsetting. this should have been a normal rush—hour on one of the main highways in lagos. instead, it was a scene of death, grief and fear after a fuel tanker crashed and caught fire. the flames spread from car to car, engulfing more than 50 in total. rescue teams have been working desperately to try and free anyone
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still trapped, but as the hours go by, the chances of finding people alive seemed less and less likely. this incident comes after three people were killed in a truck accident last week. it led to calls for the movements of big vehicles to be regulated. the state governor says his prayers are with everyone affected and in a statement, he insists authorities would not relent in putting measures in place to ensure the safety of lives. but for many, this is a hollow comfort. they are asking instead how something like this could have happened at all. lebo diseko, bbc news. donald trump has been visiting wisconsin, the home of harley—davidson motorbikes, the state's most iconic business. this week the manufacturer announced it's moving jobs out of america because of tariffs slapped on by the eu in retaliation for mr trump's duties.
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the president was visiting the site of a brand—new factory being built by the multinational foxconn. he called on harley—davidson to carry on building their motocycles here in the us. from wisconsin, here's chris buckler. harley—davidson has spent decades building an all—american image that's sold all over the world. but selling the distinctive roar of these engines has become an expensive, rather than an easy ride. the company already has assembly plants in other countries. but wisconsin is seen as the heart of harley. and at this, its sprawling site in the state it calls home, workers are talking about president trump's public fight with the firm, the eu's tariffs and the potential of theirjobs heading overseas. i love my company, i like my president, i'm happy. it's all good. it's a tit—for—tat. trump thinks he can irritate people and then the other people overreact.
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harley insists it needs to move some production abroad to avoid steep new tariffs. president trump, who started that trade battle with europe, was in wisconsin to break ground at a huge new electronics plant. but he had a message specifically for harley. harley—davidson, please build those beautiful motorcycles in the usa, please, ok? don't get cute with us. don't get cute. and he claimed it was looking likely the eu would back down. and they are going to come back and they are going to say, "let's talk". frankly, don't tell them i said it, but they already have. many here got fired up about donald trump's campaign for the presidency. but in this swing state he needs to keep those supporters on board, and uncertainty about harley could hurt him. trump as far as i'm concerned, i don't consider him america. he is our leader right now. but harley—davidson
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will always be america. there is no doubt harley—davidson is a classic american brand with more than a century of history. but it's the future success of the company which is important not just to employees but also president trump. america first was welcomed as a positive message but the road ahead has dangers, if the president continues to push his protectionist policies. chris buckler, bbc news, milwaukee. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: the joy of making it out of your group. we'll have all the latest from the world cup in russia as teams battle to make it into the final 16. china marked its first day rule in hong kong with a series of spectacular celebrations. the huge firework display was held
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in the former colony. the chinese president, jiang zemin, said unification was the start of a new era for hong kong. the world's first clone has been produced on an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep named dolly, cloned in a laboratory using a cell from another sheep. for the first time in 20 years, russian and american spacecraft have docked in orbit at the start of a new era of cooperation in space. challenger powered past the bishop rock lighthouse at almost 50 knots, shattering a record that had stood for 34 years. and there was no hiding the sheer elation of richard branson and his crew. good to have you with us.
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this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: police say a gunman who killed five people at a local newspaper in annapolis, maryland, carried out a targetted attack. this sunday, mexico goes to the polls in the country's general election. for the candidates and their party supporters campaigning has been deadly. 132 people have been killed in deaths directly linked to politics. but it is notjust political violence that is spiking in mexico. by the end of may, there had been more than 13,000 murders across the country. clive myrie has been talking to candidates risking their lives for democracy. a security camera captures a political assassination in mexico. supporters of the congressional candidate in federal elections gather after a rally. at the bottom—right of the screen, fernando puron poses for a selfie with a voter. but circled on the left is his killer, who calmly walks up
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behind and shoots him in the head. in the southern town of zumpango, in the most violent state in mexico, some believe bullets, not the ballot box, should dictate elections. mario chavez knows he is a marked man. he is running for mayor of a town were drug cartels and criminal gangs jostle for influence and power. translation: they've tried to kill me several times, and i've heard they've hired assassins to kill me before the campaign is over. i'm scared, but i'm going to continue, for these people who are with me today. they want to see real change. they have hope, a dream, a desire to change this town. political violence has marred these
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elections like no other in modern mexican history. thousands of candidates running at local and federal level know they are in danger if their name is on the ballot. pamela turan, adolfo serna, omar gomez — just some of the more than 130 candidates and politicians killed in the election by criminal gangs. these men and women were not corruptible. they couldn't be bribed, so they were murdered. jose remedios was 35 and running for mayor of a small town when he was shot dead in broad daylight, after a political rally. he left behind a wife and three children. their grieving has barely begun. jose was murdered little more than six weeks ago. for carmen and the kids, the pain is still raw. his daughter, just four, holds tight a memory. translation: do you know what this
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blanket means to her? she says it smells of her father, and she will never let it go. carmen visits her husband's grave once a week. attending the memorial prompts a nagging question. what would he do, in her position, to best protect their children? translation: when he was a kid, his father died young, and he always told me it was hard not to have a father figure. and now, i see the story repeating itself with my children. it's hard, it's very hard. but here i am. her tears symbolise a land tortured by so many untimely deaths,
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lives cut short by violence. in the first five months of this year, more than 13,500 people have been murdered across mexico. and no—one seems to know how best to beat the criminal gangs that are fighting turf wars and killing at will. the candidates in the all—important race for the presidency have few ideas. carmen will be a victim no longer. she is taking her husband's place. she is running for mayor. translation: i'm tired of insecurity, and i know you are too. enough. to our communities, we are going to bring back peace and tranquillity. here i am.
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i am standing for my husband's dreams. my husband wanted a safe and peaceful town. and that is why, as a woman and as a wife, i want to finish what he started. carmen is now at risk of assassination herself, but she is adamant her husband would have wanted her to run. translation: i'm not scared. there are two types of fear — the one that paralyses you, and the one that gives you strength. her painful calculation — that the security of every child means she must make a stand. translation: my husband wanted the best for his children, that they grow up free of the problems we're all living with. clive myrie, bbc news,
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southern mexico. now to the latest from the world cup. england lost 1—0 to belgium in their final group match. they will now face colombia in the last 16. earlier, japan made it through to the next stage of the competition, despite losing 1—0 to poland. austin halewood reports. flying the flag very confident that the only team with the chance to get through to the last 16, senegal will carry the way of africa on their shoulder. they had the better of the first half, or their team bringing the chances and their fans bring colour. these days are not filled with the same enthusiasm in holland grab. but after the break with pollen should things up, the fans
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finally has early to celebrate. japan had been top of the group. as stood, they were heading. back in samara came the next twist in the tale the columbia back in the world cup. time to party. and with that, so cup. time to party. and with that, so cynical, it slipped away. the end of the road for the africans, out of yellow cards. the first time in 36 yea rs yellow cards. the first time in 36 years that no teeth on the continent was in the last 16. columbia topping the group, and in voluntary at the news broke. even in defeat, japan we re news broke. even in defeat, japan were thrilled. just. england and belgium were already through in group d. but in the first half, a moment of brilliance made the difference. belgium through to play japan as group winners. with a possible showdown against brazil in the quarter—finals on the horizon, it could come back to bite them.
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austin halewood, bbc news. he was the king of pop, but michaeljackson was also in his own words "a great fan of art." now on the ninth anniversary of his death, a new exhibition at the national portrait gallery in london, explores how he inspired many contemporary artists. among them, kehinde wiley, who painted the recent portrait of the former us president barack obama. will gompertz met the artist who was the last person to paint the singer before he died. michaeljackson, the child star, who became a global sensation, and then a pop culture icon, and a go—to subject for artists. the likes of andy warhol, keith haring, david lachapelle and gary hume have all had a run at capturing the enigmatic showman. this exhibition is a bit like one of those tv detective shows, insomuch as we're given all these different views of the great pop performer, but it's up to us to create our own three—dimensional portrait of him, that goes some way to answer the central question of this show, which is — who was michaeljackson? well, he's a trickster.
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..says the artist who painted this riff on rubens, the singer's last commissioned portrait. michaeljackson is the one who shows you one face and says, "do you like that? watch this, i've got 20 more". and we're not talking about plastic surgeries, we're not talking about the changing of race. we're talking about him showing a mirror to society and saying, not only do i change, but so do you. there was that question of, well, what skin tone should i paint? what era within his evolution are we talking about? i arrived at the moment we have here. he's not quite as light or dark as you might see him at either extreme of his career, but he's, in my mind, the michael that i know. it is a painting where there is, some of the changes he undertook are evident — the thinner
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lips, the thinner nose. which brings to call questions around race, self—love, notions of white beauty standards, and all this. these are really complicated questions, that deserve to be talked about, and i love that painting can be a provocation for that. michael was troubled and talented and beautiful, all at once. and elusive, as this exhibition shows. it is difficult for us to get beyond his public persona. maybe it was for him, too. to get us to drop our guard... # because this is thriller...# reveal ourselves. will gompertz, bbc news. desperately, the menus again. police say a gunman carried out a targeted attack when he killed five people in an annapolis newspaper office. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter — i'm @bbc mike embley. —— @bbcmikeembley.
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hello there. on thursday, all four nations of the uk recorded a temperature above 30 degrees, so can we keep that up through the next few days? well, it is going to stayjust about dry, there'll be some sunshine around, but northern areas are going to turn just a little bit cooler. high pressure still with us, but it is drifting northwards. the flow of winds around high pressure in this clockwise direction, and that will allow us to tap into some slightly cooler air, sitting a long way up to the north, but some of that is just going to try to fringe its way in towards parts of scotland in particular. with that, some extra cloud into eastern areas as we start off friday morning. still mild, though, in glasgow to start the day, 15 degrees, similar temperature in london. as we go on through the day, some of this cloud will linger close to these eastern coasts. whereas over the last few days, it has burnt back out to sea, i think we will see a bit more cloud encroaching into these eastern areas.
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as a consequence, it will be cooler. scotland generally a little bit less hot than it has been over the last day or so, so 26 degrees in glasgow on friday afternoon. further south, those temperatures still up into the high 20s. parts of wales, perhaps the western side of northern ireland, could still get up to 30 degrees. now, we go through friday night, and we're going to bring that cloud in eastern areas a little bit further west. it'll spread across parts of the midlands, northern england. clear skies out west, temperatures dropping to between 9 and 1a degrees. high pressure, then, still with us as we start off the weekend. there are a couple of subtle weather features that may change things a bit — one frontal system which try to will bring a bit more cloud into the north—west, and this area of low pressure, which will come into play through the second half of the weekend. but saturday a nice—looking day. in fact, even for those eastern areas, there'll probably be more sunshine on saturday than there will be on friday. and in the sunshine, those temperatures still doing pretty nicely. mid—to—high 20s for most places, still a bit cooler close to those north sea coasts.
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now, i mentioned that area of low pressure down to the south. as get on into sunday, it is going to try to fringe a cluster of showers towards southern and western parts of the uk. so across the south—west, wales, perhaps northern ireland, there could just be some showers and perhaps some thunderstorms during sunday. further east, a lot of dry and sunny weather, and we start to bring the winds in from the near continent. levels of humidity are going to start to rise, temperatures back up to 30 degrees, maybe a little higher than that across parts of the south—east. and we stick with that slightly more humid feel as we go on into the new working week. a lot of dry weather, some spells of sunshine, just the chance of the odd shower in the south and west. this is bbc world news, the headlines: police in the us state of maryland say five people have been killed in a shooting at the offices of a daily newspaper. officers say the gunman, who has been arrested, was carrying out a targeted attack. us media have identified the suspect as 38—year—old jarrod ramos. european union leaders in brussels are trying to resolve deep divisions over
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the issue of migration. italy has said it will refuse to sign any concluding statement unless the summit agrees to share responsibility for the asylum seekers arriving on its coast. the date and location are officially set. president trump will meet vladimir putin in helsinki onjuly 16th. the two have been together at international summits, but this is the first planned trip for bilateral talks. mr trump says they'll focus on us—russia relations and that he will also bring up syria and ukraine. one of the first fire fighters to enter grenfell tower has been describing the moment he realised the blaze was spreading outside the building.
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