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this is bbc news. i'm chris rogers — the headlines at 7:00. police in manchester say a shotgun was probably used in a shooting in the city's moss side area last night — 12 people, including two childern, sustained pellet—type injuries. thankfully, whilst the injuries are serious, they are not life—threatening. that is more luck than anything else. we could be investigating a murder enquiry. three, two, one, zero... lift-off! nasa's space probe begins its ambitious seven yearjourney to the sun after it finally takes off from cape canaveral. hundreds of british troops arrive in kabul to support the afghan army in their conflict with the taliban. a remembrance service is held to mark the 20th anniversary of the 0magh bombing — 29 people were killed in a car bomb
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attack in the town in 1998. also coming up — chaos in cornwall... the county struggles to cope with "unprecedented mass tourism" following the recent summer heatwave. and england thump india by an innings and 159 runs to take a 2—0 lead in the five match test series. we'll have that and the rest of the day's sports action on sportsday in half an hour here on bbc news. good evening. 12 people, including two children, have been treated in hospital following a shooting in manchester's moss side , which the police have described as attempted murder. a carnival had been taking place nearby, but had finished some time
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before the attack took place. police said it was "a reckless act that could have had devastating consequences". from moss side, megan paterson reports. thousands of people enjoy manchester's caribbean carnival every year. yesterday it was no exception. but after the event finished at a large party a few streets away, shots were heard. officers arrived on the scene at 2:30am this morning, some were armed. nine people, including two children, suffered pellet—type wounds another man has leg injuries. whilst the injuries are serious, they are not life—threatening. i think it's more by luck that's occurred and actually, discharging a firearm in a crowded place like that, we could be investigating here a murder, as opposed to an attempt murder investigation. over the last 30 years this area has changed dramatically. guns and violence were
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once commonplace here. this incident has caused anger and frustration for the community leaders who have worked hard to change this neighbourhood's reputation. i live in moss side, i love moss side, i breathe the air of moss side. i've been there for a long time and i'll continue to spread the good word about this community. but situations like this don't help and it's about sending the messages to the people. extra reassurances are today being given to people living in the area. we are very, very proud of moss side, very proud of the people that live around here. it is a fantastic, thriving community. 16,000 people at the celebration yesterday is an indication of the strength in this community. we're not going to allow this one idiot to cast a shadow over moss side or the carnival. an attempted murder investigation continues in moss side this evening. the community, as eager as the police, to understand what happened here. a spacecraft launched by nasa from cape canaveral in florida has begun a long journey towards the sun and an orbit that will get it closer to the surface of the star
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than any previous mission. the parker solar probe is about the size of a car and protected by a special heat shield which will allow it to function in searing temperatures. 0ur science correspondent pallab ghosh has this report. two, one, zero — lift off. into the night, and on its way to touch the sun. a daring mission to shed light on the mysteries of our closest star, the sun. nasa's parker solar probe will get closer to the sun than any spacecraft before it, actually dipping into the sun's atmosphere. trajectory looking good, right down the middle... the probe was named after the 91—year—old solar physicist eugene parker, who was at the launch. all i'm going to say is, wow, here we go, we're in for some learning over the next several years. it'll travel at 120 miles each second, faster than any other probe. even so, it will take three
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months to reach the sun, passing venus on the way. the spacecraft will spend seven years looping around the sun, and it'll get hot — 1300 degrees celsius. we have a wonderful heat shield that we keep oriented between us and the sun, and so it keeps everything in the main body of the spacecraft nice and cool and kind of creates a shadow. and it has a white coating on it that was specially designed for parker solar probe. very much like you'd prefer to be in a white car on a hot day instead of a black car on a hot day. the probe will study the sun's atmosphere, which can be seen from earth during a total eclipse. shimmering and beautiful from so far away, violent and tumultuous close—up. this is a real picture from a previous mission. the parker probe will look even closer. it's really important that we study the sun because it affects our lives on earth in so many ways,
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so there's a lot we don't understand about the sun, for example the sun's atmosphere is far hotter than its surface, which is the opposite of the case from the earth. and we don't really understand why, and parker solar probe will help us understand those things for the first time. the northern lights are caused by particles spat out by the solar atmosphere. these same particles can disrupt power points and communications. by studying the sun, scientists hope to be able to predict these events and learn more about a star on which all life on earth depends. pallab ghosh, bbc news. that is something on my bucket list, to see the northern lights. dr nicky fox, nasa's project scientist for the parker solar probe in that report and she joins us now from florida. what is the probe doing this second
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as we are talking? she is speeding on her way towards venus. we estimate she is about 200,000 miles away from the earth. has solar panels are out so we are power positive on the spacecraft. the cooling system which is critical for us cooling system which is critical for us to keep the panel is nice and cool during the orbit, the system is active and we have the right attitude and she is on target for venus. as she makes this journey towards the sun, will we see any other sites, will there be any other data we can receive along the journey or is itjust about the sun? it is all about the solar wind. the next couple of weeks we are incredibly busy just next couple of weeks we are incredibly busyjust getting this spacecraft operational on orbit, getting instruments powered up and everything ready. we will be focused on that for the first 12, 13 weeks and then our first swing through the
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solar corona. 0nce and then our first swing through the solar corona. once we have done that and the instruments are operating, we will have them on all the time u nless we we will have them on all the time unless we are downloading data. we will have them on all the way into the sun's corona. there must be a lot of confidence because these things don't come cheap, but it is getting closer than any probe has got to the sun before and it is very heart of their! what are the chances this could all go terribly wrong? we have tested, tested and tested this spacecraft. you tests were everything, fix problems and look for anomalies and you do everything before she takes off because once she takes off, there is nothing to to be able to fix it. they cannot meant to be the solar atmosphere and the moment one of the probes does,
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she know she has a problem and she can take evasive action to mitigate the problem and get the heat shield back where it needs to be. in layman ‘s terms, what are we going to learn? a couple of things, why the corona material the hazy atmosphere we see jawing the eclipse, why it is so much hotter than the solar surface, about 300, 500 degrees hotter. it is important for us because we live in the atmosphere of the sun and we feel the effects of space weather. when we can really understand what is driving the solar wind, you know the mechanism that brings all of that solar material to us on brings all of that solar material to us on earth, we can do so much better at predicting the impact. it isa better at predicting the impact. it is a voyage of discovery, it is the first time we're going there, nothing has been to this region of solar system. we know we will have more questions than we currently know to ask and it will go and visit
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a starand know to ask and it will go and visit a star and although our son is special to us, it is an average star and learning about how a star works is just amazing for astrophysics and figuring out other stars in other galaxies. obviously the sun and getting anywhere near it is no place for a getting anywhere near it is no place fora human getting anywhere near it is no place for a human being but i am a big spacejunkie for a human being but i am a big space junkie and i for a human being but i am a big spacejunkie and i am @ science—fictionjunkie spacejunkie and i am @ science—fiction junkie and it seems to me probes are replacing human beings, we don't need humans to go to mars or space when we have this incredible technology, is that the way it's going? there is different things, horses for courses, humans in space, very important, they can do things and machines cannot do. it is seen with your eyes, the feeling, it is the extra piece the humans bring to that. but for making measurements of the solar wind, we have the right instruments on a
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robotic spacecraft and we are sending her into a region no human would ever want to. congratulations for getting this far and to the team as well. we will be right across it for the next seven years. yes, it has been a great day. a remembrance service has been taking place to mark the 20th anniversary of the 0magh bombing. 29 people were killed when a car bomb planted by dissident republicans exploded in the town. 0ur correspondentjohn campbell has more from 0magh. the memorial behind meat described an ordinary day when ordinary people we re an ordinary day when ordinary people were doing ordinary things. then one fateful moment, that changed. 21 people died almost instantly on the streets of 0magh and another eight died in hospital or on the way to hospital. among the victims were a grandmother, two babies and other with twins. in many ways, the families haven't been able to grieve
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privately. because in the 20 years since the bombing they have had to carry out a public campaign to try and bring the perpetrators before the courts. as it stands, that still hasn't happened, nobody has been convicted for involvement in the bombing. 0ne speaker described how justice delayed is justice denied. michael gallagher, another speaker who lost his son in the bombing called on the politicians of northern ireland to work together because the people here had paid the ultimate price for division. we also saw today, change in emphasis from the families. the type of event which happened here will no longer be an annual occasion. instead the families will grieve and remember in a way which is more private and personal. but for so many of the families, the fight for justice personal. but for so many of the families, the fight forjustice is still just as important and they will continue to campaign for a public enquiry. a fourteen—year—old has been arrested on suspicion
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of murder after a man died following an assault. the incident took place in milton keynes on saturday evening during an altercation between a group of men. the 29—year—old victim left the scene in a taxi while two others fled on a moped. fighting has been continuing in the afghan city of ghazni where the taliban have attacked police headquarters and government buildings. 17 years on from the us—led invasion of afghanistan, british troops who are part of an increased uk military presence have been arriivng in the capital kabul. the hope is to support afghan troops and diplomatic efforts to end the conflict. 0ur defence correspondent jonathan beale reports. back to the dust and heat of helmand. this, the place where hundreds of british troops were killed, and which nearly fell to the taliban when they departed. four years ago the british left for good, but the americans soon returned. albeit in smaller numbers. now they are on their own, patrolling what was the sprawling
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british base of camp bastian. it was necessary for us to come back in here a couple of years ago. if that had not happened, i would imagine that helmand would be pretty solidly under the control of the taliban right now. at night, us marines fire illumination rounds to deter any attack. as well as lethal long—range artillery rockets to target enemy positions. by day, they oversee the training of the afghan army and the soldiers need all the help they can get. their unit has already suffered heavy losses. the core right now is sitting at about 30%. 30% of what it should be? yes, that's right. that's a worry, isn't it? it is, but there's time, time of recruiting, constant advising and the senior leadership
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will improve the situation. we joined the afghan army out on patrol on the main highway through helmand. this, the road regularly targeted by taliban roadside bombs. but our escorts seem more interested in their entertainment along the way. they still don't always look or sound like a professional army. the afghan army is now leading the fight. but they are well below strength, suffering high rates of attrition, whether through casualties or desertions, and they are still only just able to secure central helmand where most of the population lives. britain may have turned its back on helmand, but it does have a presence here in the capital kabul. 0n the ground, british soldiers have been tasked with transporting international advisers safely
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round the city. it's this mission dubbed armoured uber, that's been boosted by another 440 uk troops. it's still america that's doing the heavy lifting, but it's talking, not fighting that will change the course of this war. nobody is talking about fighting their way to victory any more. victory now is a political settlement and that is more than ever on the cards. but there's still no peace process, and for these afghan soldiers there's still no end in sight to 17 long years of war. jonathan beale, bbc news, kabul. the headlines on bbc news... police say the 12 people hurt in a shooting in moss side in manchester were likely injured by a shotgun — officers are investigating the incident
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as attempted murder. nasa's ‘parker solar probe' which will analyse the sun's atmosphere for the first time has successfully launched from cape canaveral in florida. more british troops arrive in the afghan capital kabul to support the country's army in its conflict with the taliban. the government says its planning to introduce new offences of causing death by dangerous or careless cycling. under the proposal cyclists who kill pedestrians would be treated in a similar way to dangerous drivers, who face a prison sentence up to 1a years. cycling campaigners are calling for wider reform of road safety legislation. simonjones reports. kim briggs was knocked over by a cyclist in london in 2016. she died a week later. the bike that hit her shouldn't have been on the road — it was designed for the velodrome, with no front brake. charlie alliston was riding it.
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he was cleared of manslaughter butjailed for 18 months for causing bodily harm by wanton or furious driving, under a law from victorian times. there is no cycling equivalent of the offence of causing death by dangerous driving. with the support of kim briggs‘ family, the government will now consider whether that should change in england, scotland and wales. we were very concerned because there has been a worry that there was a gap in the law relating to dangerous and careless cycling and the potential offence of death or serious injury caused by that. of course, the gap was highlighted by the alliston case last year. campaigners say adding an couple of new offences specific to cyclists isn't going far enough. the government are missing an opportunity. what they should be doing is having a full review of all road traffic offences and penalties. they've ducked that. four years ago, they said they would do it. what we've ended up with is a review
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of cycling offences on their own. the whole system in relation to road traffic offences and penalties isn't working. the government says it is also doing more to keep cyclists themselves safe, with improvements to the highway code planned to try to stop drivers passing too closely to bikes. simon jones, bbc news. 39 civilians, including 12 children, have been killed in an explosion that brought down a building in the mainly rebel—held syrian province of idlib. it's not known what caused the blast, but the building is reported to have contained a store of munitions belonging to an arms trafficker. most of the people in the building are believed to have been syrians displaced from other areas of the country. india's central government has pledged an additional £11 million to relief efforts in kerala following severe flooding. more than 30 people have died after heavy monsoon rains led to unprecedented flooding in the southern indian state. tens of thousands have been evacuated from the affected areas and are taking shelter in rescue camps. protesters have gathered near the white house in washington
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a year after a white nationalist rally in charlottesville in virginia sparked deadly clashes and heightened racial tensions. anti—racism campaigners and members of far right and white supremacist groups are holding demonstrations today. 0ur correspondent chris buckler is in washington. iamat i am at the freedom plaza where counter protesters have gathered. they are chanting behind me and they are chanting the name of heather, who was killed last year in charlottesville. who was killed last year in cha rlottesville. they who was killed last year in charlottesville. they will be coming ina charlottesville. they will be coming in a white civil rights protest in which they will walk through the city. that has angered many people, these counter protests, which have
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already begun in washington, dc. victoria is with me, you are protesting this, give me an idea of your feeling about them holding this protest a year on? it is very disrespectful because they know exactly what happened and exactly what they were trying to do. they are trying to do wedding. the presidency administration has given them a lot of courage to show their true feelings. but it is wrong and they know they are wrong. when you say the presidency has given them a lot of courage to show their feelings, what do you mean? there are feelings, what do you mean? there a re lots of feelings, what do you mean? there are lots of anti—donald trump m essa 9 es are lots of anti—donald trump messages on placards, so do you think it is fair to the president?” do, because he used to say a lot that he would, the ban on muslims, the border wall, he called african countries a word i will not say. he just doesn't know how to talk to people, he doesn't know how to
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understand and empathise with people but are different from him. that is what we are trying to stop. how divided is america at the moment? it feels like race has become a topic, but is very, very strong. at the same time there are all ages and races involved in this cou nterprotest? races involved in this counterprotest? race has always been a part of it, right now it is coming to light now because of the internet and how we are connected. race has always been a my parents experienced racism, i have experienced racism and my grandparents experienced racism and i am trying to stop my kids experiencing racism. can there bea kids experiencing racism. can there be a generational change in america? i hope so, with the election and the president we have chosen. i don't know if we can stop it. victoria, thank you forjoining us on bbc
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news. clearly, there is a lot of tension about the protests taking place this, and the counterprotest. there is a huge police presence in washington, dc and they say they are determined to ensure this passes off peacefully. there are expected to be 400 participants in the counter rally. chris buckler, thank you. we will keep you updated throughout the evening here. northern rail cancelled around 80 of its train services today, affecting journeys to liverpool, lancashire and greater manchester. the rail company blamed engineering problems. it follows similar disruption last weekend and on the day of the world cup final. the company said the cancellations would offer passengers "more certainty in planning their journeys". the rmt union again called for northern to be stripped of its franchise. fellow writers have been paying tribute to the british nobel prize winner, sir v s naipaul, who's died at his home in london.
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his best—known books include a house for mr biswas, a bend in the river and in a free state, which won the booker prize. 0ur arts correspondent david sillito has been looking back at his life. the bookcase had been made at short hills by an out of work blacksmith, who wished to show his gratitude to mr biswas. a house for mr biswas in 1961, established v s naipaul‘s name as a writer. it was inspired by his own life, an oxford educated author, whose roots lay in the indentured indian workforce of the caribbean sugar plantations. i was born in trinidad. all these facets of one's background, personality and life have to be explored. in 2001, he was awarded the nobel prize for literature. it was just one of many awards, but sir vidiadhar could also be gruff, prickly, his views on islam and africa ensured he had his critics. he was not afraid of upsetting people. he didn't try to keep the worst aspect of his earlier behaviour away
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from the sight of the biographer. in the end, it's not the personality traits, rather it's the books, the works of literature that will endure. the writer, salman rushdie, said even though they'd disagreed all their lives, he felt he'd lost a beloved elder brother. the scholarship boy from trinidad that arrived in oxford in the 50s, was always something of an outsider looking in. his gaze could be unforgiving, but it was almost always worth reading. to understand me, you've got to know that writing is the most important aspect of my life. so, it's a kind of magic. it's a kind of magic. cornwall is "struggling to cope" with "unprecedented mass tourism" this summer according to visit cornwall, the county's tourist board. it said that it has actively stopped promoting two beaches because of problems
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caused by overcrowding. porthcurno beach and kynance cove, traditionally quieter beauty spots, have seen an influx of visitors after social media promotion. local people said traffic gridlock was making some communities unsafe. malcolm bell, the chief executive of visit cornwall, explained why he thought the county has seen such an increase in tourism. the tremendous people we've had this summeri the tremendous people we've had this summer i don't think that can be underestimated with people suffering in 30 degrees heat. we do have over 400 beaches so two beeches overcrowded and some under pressure but more than enough beaches to satisfy the people of britain. we have lots of local people going out and lots of visitors. we have all
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those other beaches and if you want to go to the hotspots, listen to the news and the traffic, the last thing you want to do is get caught in the big trafficjams you want to do is get caught in the big traffic jams and you want to do is get caught in the big trafficjams and it's just a matter of redistributing across a beautiful county, beautiful part of the world and getting the information across a when it's best to go there but more importantly, when it is wise not to go there. one in three households in cornwall depend on tourism and lots of other people do. we want a good experience for the visitor but also a good experience for the locals. it is about managing bespeak points. 52 weeks of the year, this is a challenge for about four weekends of the year and about six weeks. we can crack it and allow locals to get on with their days. it has been a challenge this summer but we are committed to keep working on it to make sure local people have a great life as well as visitors having a great time in cornwall. we have over 420 beaches, 100 featured on a free
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map people are given as they go anywhere in cornwall. there are more than enough beaches. maybe come back in the spring to go to the more popular beaches, these three particularly photogenic one. come backin particularly photogenic one. come back in may orjune and have another great holiday in cornwall but enjoyed the other 400 plus beaches we have got for people to enjoy. now it's time for a look at the weather. it has been a soggy sunday, cloudy and breezy with outbreaks of rain. warnings of thunderstorms across parts of england and wales gradually pushing their way east. we will keep some cloud and outbreaks of rain moving northwards through scotland and if you clear spells if you'd like to catch the peak of the media shower. a lot of cloud. do tomorrow
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showery rain and potentially thundery across eastern coasts of scotla nd thundery across eastern coasts of scotland and england. further west, cloudy developing and almost anywhere could catch a thundery shower through the day. showers the northern ireland and a soggy day across central and northern parts of scotland. slowly it will ease off through the day. highs of 17 or 18 celsius, up to 23 further south and east. the scotland and northern ireland, further showers on tuesday and wednesday but warmer for england and wednesday but warmer for england and wales. hello this is bbc news. a shooting at a street party in manchester's moss side area is being treated as attempted murder after 12 people, including two children, were wounded. police believe a shotgun with pellets was used in the incident. nasa's daring solar probe mission has successfully launched from cape canaveral in florida after the launch was called off yesterday.
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the mission will analyse the sun's atmosphere for the first time. the afghan army is joined by more british troops in kabul in a move which raises the uk military presence in the country to over a thousand. and family members of the 29 people killed in the 0magh bombing attend a memorial service 20 years on from the car bomb attack in the country tyrone town. now on bbc news it's time for sportsday. live from the bbc sport centre, i'm chris mitchell. coming up for you on sportsday. they've still got it...


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