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this is bbc news, i'm chris rogers. the headlines at eight: 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. 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 its conflict with the taliban. a remembrance service is held to mark the 20th anniversary of the omagh bombing, 29 people were killed in a car bomb attack in the town in 1998. also coming up — chaos in cornwall. the county struggles
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to cope with ‘unprecedented mass tourism' following the recent summer heatwave. laura muir wins gold in the 15 hundred metres on the final day of the european athletics championships in berlin. and the travel show team explore the bosnian capital sarajevo as it rebuilds itself after the devastating civil war. that's in 30 minutes here on bbc news. 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
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nearby, but had finished some time 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 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're not life—threatening. i think it's more by luck that that's occurred, and actually discharging a firearm in a crowded place like that, we could be investigating here a murder inquiry as opposed to an attempted 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've 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 will continue to spread the good word about this community, but situations like this don't help, and it's about sending messages to the people. extra reassurances are today being given to people living in the area. we're very, very proud of moss side, very proud of the people that live around here. it's a fantastic, thriving community. 16,000 people at the celebration yesterday is an indication of the strength of this community. and 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
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to the surface of the star 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. three, 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 a miles each second, faster than any other probe. it'll travel at 120 miles each
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second, faster than any other probe. even so, it will take three months to reach the sun, passing venus on the way. the spacecraft will spend seven years looking 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 the 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 theres 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. power grids 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. as you saw in that report, dr nicky fox is nasa's project scientist for the parker solar probe. she spoke to us earlier from florida — we asked her more about the spacecraft‘s journey. 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
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for us to keep the solar panels 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 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 we make our first swing through the solar corona. once we have done that and the instruments are operating, we will have them on almost all the time unless we are downloading data. we will have them all the way around
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venus and 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 damned hot out there! what are the chances this could all go terribly wrong? we have tested, tested and tested this spacecraft. you test for everything, fix problems and look for anomalies and you do everything before she takes off because once she takes off, there is not a lot you can do to to be able to fix it. they are not meant to be the solar atmosphere and the moment one of the probes does, 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. a remembrance service has been taking place to mark the 20th anniversary of the 0magh bombing.
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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 me described an ordinary day when ordinary people were doing ordinary things. then in 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 a woman pregnant with twins. in many ways, the families haven't been able to grieve 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 isjustice denied. michael gallagher, another speaker who lost his son in the bombing called on the politicians of northern ireland to work together because he said his family
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and the people here had paid the ultimate price for division. we also saw today a 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 is still just as important and they will continue to campaign for a public enquiry. a fourteen—year—old has been arrested on suspicion 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
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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 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
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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 a time, time of recruiting, constant advising and the senior leadership will improve the situation. we joined the afghan army out on patrol on the main highway to helmand. this, the road regularly targeted by taliban roadside bombs. but our escorts are more interested in their entertainment along the way. music plays
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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 round the city. it's this mission 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
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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. 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. fellow writers have been paying tribute to the british nobel prize winner, sir v s naipaul, who's died at his home in london. 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.
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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 from the sight of the biographer.
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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. 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 as attempted murder. nasa‘s ‘parker solar probe‘, which will analyse the sun's atmosphere for the first time, has successfully launched
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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. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here‘s chirs mitchell. good evening. hopefully in the next few minutes we will be able to bring you live on the bbc news channel dean asha smith‘s attempt at a third gold medalfor smith‘s attempt at a third gold medal for great smith‘s attempt at a third gold medalfor great britain. smith‘s attempt at a third gold medal for great britain. that emmy the four by 100 metres relay, they are coming out onto the track in berlin right now, it is the final night of action at the european athletics, already a good night on the track for britain‘s runners. laura meer has a first major outdoor gold. a fantastic run for her, she
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took her chance and was very aggressive. its immediate aggressive front running from the gun. that got her a first european goal in the 1500 metres. and any british woman. another british woman behind her, laura weightman taking the bronze. muir said afterwards that she wanted to avoid being taken in the home straight. i knew a lot of the girls had a good finish so i thought, the longer i leave it, the more risky it‘s going to be, and i know i can run hard from a long way out, so, yeah, ijust did that. that was great. i‘d seen the one, two on the board ijust tried to get to the finish line. great britain‘s distance running success continued in the 5,000 metres where eilish mccolgan won silver. fortuitous in a way. one of her competitors stopped in the race early. mixed fortunes for britain‘s gymnasts at the european
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championships, taking in place in glasgow. max whitlock missed out — the olympic and world pommel horse champion making an uncharacteristic mistake. but a great moment for dominick cunningham, who has become the first british gymnast to get european gold on men‘s floor after this routine. afterwards, he said the home crowd had spurred him on. manchester city have started the defence of their premier league title with a convincing win away at arsenal. a great solo effort from raheem sterling kick—started their 2—0 victory, and ruined the start of a new reign in london. ben croucher reports. wherever you look, the memories of arsenal is there. a new era now, not that fans would have noticed much difference from the previous month. raheem sterling‘s stock may have fallen in summer but from site to sizzler. riyhad mahrez will have to justify his record. denied a goal on
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his league debut. it will take time for emre can to implement his master plan. his players not quite on the same wavelength just yet. if it was same wavelength just yet. if it was same old arsenal, it the same old city, too. normally sergio aguero buries these, though. bernardo silva showed him just how to do it. 2—0, two easy. an emphatic start for pep guardiola and city‘s defence. for a new era at the emirates, the same questions remain. liverpool also won their first game — they put four past west ham. southampton and burnley drew. arsenal zero, man city two. perhaps 110w arsenal zero, man city two. perhaps now a good time to go to berlin occu i’s now a good time to go to berlin occurs dean asha smith going for a third gold medal. —— dean asha smith. great britain the favourites,
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big favourites to win this four by 100 m relay on the last night of the track at the european championships. steve cram with the commentary. she will need out the netherlands and tried to get them in a good position. naomi sydney will bring them home. poland, spain, great britain, northern ireland, netherlands, switzerland, germany italy and france. france still a danger on the outside but not perhaps as strong as they have been in other years. italy in lane seven. she finished very well in the
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semifinal to deny ireland a place. and for germany... the relay inspired by relays in germany will be lifted tonight. then the netherlands. 1099 in the 100. so used to this position, being the lead out athlete of the four by one. spain in lane two. : a bit curious. —— poland, a bit curious. great britain and northern ireland‘s
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men on the outstanding favourites for the final of that race to come after this one. not quite so clear cut here but this quartet does still start is the favourites. the midlands outside, a real danger. switzerland in five. asha philipp settles. the whole stadium now settles. the whole stadium now settles for the final of the women‘s four by 100 metres relay. stadium settles for the final of the women‘s relay. away they go. philip has been left a little bit by schippers. look how well she has run. lansiquot is in great form.
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trying to keep pace with switzerland. germany are going so well. pinto has it. dina asher—smith gets fit and surely she can chase them down. working hard. dina asher—smith comes away, comes away bya asher—smith comes away, comes away by a distance, 41.8 eight. as soon as this quartet, as soon as three of them got the batten to dina asher—smith, just in touch and contact, asher—smith, just in touch and co nta ct, we asher—smith, just in touch and contact, we knew the result. that was a great run from the three other teams involved. what a fantastic leg run by dina asher smith. she becomes the first women to complete that
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sprint travel since catherine krabbe in1990. sprint travel since catherine krabbe in 1990. beating the reigning european champions, the netherlands. dina asher smith coming from a long way back in the home straight. all ofa way back in the home straight. all of a sudden, britain, great britain have a sprint star. not in the making, she is actually doing it on the track at the europeans with tokyo just a couple of years away. the olympics then will be firmly on the horizon of dina asher smith. what a run, great to bring you that live on the bbc news channel. if you wa nt live on the bbc news channel. if you want more athletics, don‘t forget you can cross to bbc one where they are showing the final night in berlin life. that‘s all from me, we will be back later on. thanks for that, chris, we havejust lost all oui’ that, chris, we havejust lost all our viewers! cornwall is "struggling to cope"
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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 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 summer i don‘t think that can the tremendous weather we‘ve had this summer i don‘t think that can be underestimated with people suffering in 30 degrees heat. we area we are a top tourist destination in terms of enjoying the coast. we do have over 400 beaches so two beeches overcrowded and some under pressure but we have 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 those other beaches and if you want to go
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to the hotspots, listen to the news and the traffic, the last thing 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 of 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 great experience for the visitor but also a good experience for the locals. it is about managing these peak 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 map people are given as they go anywhere in cornwall.
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there are more than enough beaches. maybe come back in the spring to go to the more popular beaches, these three particularly photogenic ones. come back in may orjune and have another great holiday in cornwall but enjoy the other 400 plus beaches we have got for people to enjoy. you have to be careful what you wish for because the weather is horrendous at the moment. hello. whilst many of us saw some sunshine yesterday, today has been a different story. cloudy, breezy, outbreaks of rain. this was the picture in lincolnshire earlier this afternoon. there have been some spells of sunshine around across parts of wales, south—west england and northern ireland, but the lion‘s share has been across shetland and 0rkney, and that‘s because they have been to the north of these fronts, which continue their very slow progress eastwards overnight. so further spells of rain and also some locally heavy and thundery showers pushing their way eastwards through wales and into england. behind them, we‘ll see a few clearer spells developing across parts of wales,
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south—west england and northern ireland. the chance we could catch the peak of the perseid meteor shower. some clearer spells for the far south of scotland but meanwhile, across central and northern scotland, that rain will continue to fall, and it won‘t be a cold night — temperatures falling to between 10 and 15 celsius as the overnight low. speaking of low, here‘s our area of low pressure to start monday morning. still lingering along the eastern coast of scotland and england, and still generating some showers, maybe some longer spells of rain and still a rumble of thunder. slowly, they‘ll start to ease away eastwards and, for most, it‘s a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers, which could still be heavy and thundery if you catch one. different story for scotland. still a lot of cloud, outbreaks of rain trying to work their way northwards, but tending to fizzle out as the day wears on. the best of the sunshine once again across shetland — temperatures here 15 celsius, 16 to 19 for much of scotland, 24 northern ireland and 23 for england and wales. it‘s central, southern and eastern parts of england which will see the best of the sunshine on tuesday. further north and west, more cloud. some showers likely
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for northern ireland, western and northern parts of scotland, maybe for northern england as well. where you‘ve got the showers and a noticeable breeze, temperatures only getting up to 18 or 19 celsius, but 25 or 26 in the sunshine across south—east england. here‘s how it looks tuesday into wednesday. we still have that influence from off the atlantic and still this front lingering, bringing further showers and longer spells of rain into northern ireland, scotland and northern england. so always quite cool and breezy, with a chance of some showers here through wednesday and thursday. drier further south and east, but eventually something fresher arriving through thursday and into friday. so, for much of this week, it‘s going to be windy at times. some showers along with spells of rain, but warmest and driest in the south—east. bye— bye.


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