welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is lewis vaughanjones. our top stories: a man has been charged after at least 11 people were shot dead at a synagogue in the us city of pittsburgh. in other news, a helicopter belonging to leicester city's thai owner has crashed after taking off from the football team's stadium. hello and welcome to bbc news. a man's been charged after at least 11 people were killed in pittsburgh in a gun attack on a synagogue. the shooting took place during a baby—naming ceremony. the alleged gunman has been named by us media as robert bowers and surrendered to police after a tense stand—off. he reportedly shouted anti—jewish slurs during the attack.
danjohnson has the latest. 10am in a quiet pittsburgh suburb. heavily armed police surrounded a synagogue that was attacked just after saturday morning services began. people living nearby were warned to stay indoors until the suspect could be tracked down. you could hear the shots when we were standing in our living room and we could just hear, like, just rapid—fire. it's scary. i cried. and i'm still... i heard about it and i thought, wow, i thought about the people who i knew would be there. i know people that attend that synagogue. and it's terrible. we are all shocked by it and we're numb at the thought that this could happen. it's a very sad day. four police officers were shot as he was confronted and arrested. it's taken the emergency services some time to confirm that 11 members of the congregation were killed and two injured. it's a very horrific crime scene.
it's one of the worst i've seen, and i've been on some plane crashes. it's very bad. this was quickly described as a hate crime and the fbi is leading the investigation. members of the tree of life synagogue, conducting a peaceful service in their place of worship, were brutally murdered by a gunman targeting them simply because of their faith. the suspect‘s full motive is unknown but we believe he was acting alone. this is the man in custody, rob bowers, a 16—year—old, who was heavily armed with pistols, an assault rifle and social media accounts filled with anti—semitic hate. he's reported to have shouted, "kill alljews" as he opened fire. questions quickly turned to gun control and the tone of political debate. is this another example of america's aggressively divided politics encouraging extreme violence? the president condemned the killings and called for unity. we must all rise above the hate,
move past our divisions and embrace our common destiny as americans. and it doesn't mean that we can't fight hard and be strong and say what's on our mind. but we have to always remember those elements, we have to remember the elements of love and dignity and respect and so many others. armed officers are guarding synagogues across the us. anti—semitic attacks have been on the rise here in recent years. midterm elections are just ten days away now, and this week, mail bombs were sent to prominent political figures. now, the peace of morning prayers has been broken by deadly gunfire — another reminder of the threats this country faces. danjohnson, bbc news, washington. here in the uk, a helicopter belonging to the chairman of leicester city football club has crashed in a car park outside the club's ground.
our reporter simon clemison is at the king power stadium. you can see the distance there possibly, the emergency services at the scene, it crashed in the car park of the ground of the football stadium here. even the last few minutes, we've seen emergency services, they've been coming and going. they have been coming and going all evening. as you say, this is the owner's helicopter. it's seen at every home game, landing on the pitch before and after the fans, it comes and goes. tonight was no difference. it was a late kick—off here in leicester in the east midlands, and what happened was the helicopter — the sight and sounds of it, it took off, witnesses said that it cleared the ground, but then silence, before a huge bang and this fireball exploding. simon clemison reporting.
leicester city fan john butcher was at the scene and told us what he saw. we were actually in a bar facing the stadium. we have seen a lot of fire engines come by. as we came out to see what had happened, what had occurred, my nephew came running towards me. he was in a real state of shock. he said he'd seen the helicopter spiral out of control and then within a second, drop like a stone to the floor. the propeller on the tail of the helicopter that seemed to lose power and then the helicopter just span, spiralled out of control. the former cabinet minister, lord hain, says he stands by his decision to name sir philip green as the businessman at the centre of allegations of sexual harassment and racial abuse. he made the revelation in the lords, using parliamentary privilege. but sir philip,
who denies all the allegations, says lord hain failed to disclose potential links to a newspaper that wanted to publish the story. here's our political correspondent nick erdley. i feel it's my duty, under parliamentary privilege, to name philip green as the individual in question. lord hain‘s naming of sir philip green has been controversial, but he's legally protected. peers can't be sued for comments they make in parliament. but it's emerged that he advised lawyers representing the daily telegraph, the newspaper fighting to publish allegations about sir philip's conduct. the firm says there's no connection, but the topshop boss says it should've been declared. in a statement, sir philip told the bbc: lord hain is in spain on parliamentary business, but says sir philip's comments
are a malevolent diversion. he also denied knowing the law firm was involved. i stand fully by what i've said in the house of lords. i'm resolute about that. i will not be frightened or intimidated into retracting or apologising for what i told parliament last thursday. i comply with all of my obligations in the house of lords, as i always have done. this case has generated controversy on a number of levels. some think that the rich are misusing injunctions and that lord hain was right. others think he's undermined the legal system. either way, lord hain says this has nothing to do with his previous work for the daily telegraph's lawyers. but sir philip says that needs investigating. the house of lords says any complaint he makes will be looked into. the controversy over these allegations, what should and shouldn't be disclosed, goes on. nick eardley, bbc news. let's look at some other stories in brief.
roman catholic bishops have recommended that women are allowed to play a greater role within the church at a synod at the vatican. a month—long meeting had been called to examine how the church could better reach out to young people. attempts to include the acronym lgbt in the final text were blocked, and the document was vague on the church's attitude towards homosexuals. the catholic church has been damaged by sexual abuse of children by priests, and the attempts by the church hierarchy to cover up their crimes. people in the republic of ireland have voted to scrap the country's blasphemy law. nearly 65% voted yes in a referendum held on friday alongside presidential elections, which was won by incumbent president michael d higgins. he received 56% of the vote. a £1.5 billion boost for high streets will be announced by the chancellor in his budget speech on monday.
business rates for smaller firms in england are to be temporarily cut by a third, and £650 million will be allocated to rejuvenate high streets and transport links. our business correspondent joe miller reports. it is an increasingly familiar sight in britain's high street is, they shouted casualties of a bruising yearfor shouted casualties of a bruising year for retailers. across this north london road, a printshop is fighting to avoid the same fate. its founder says a steep increase in business which is the tax paid on rented shops and warehouses, is forcing him to downsize and lay off staff. our rates have risen from 12,000 -- 7000 to £12,000. we are making less money and employing less people because we cannot afford to keep it open because the government have taken that money from us. the
pleas from small business owners have been getting louder and louder over the last you months and they seem to have reached the chancellor in downing street. he is set to offer tax relief to up to half a million businesses and pump £650 million businesses and pump £650 million into sprucing up britain's high street and improving transport links. business groups have largely welcomed the treasury public announcements, but champagne corks are not being popped just yet. we have a business rate system is unsustainable and what we need to see is less tinkering and more wholesale reform of the system. as of now, there is no help for struggling chains like house of fraser who complain they pay more than out—of—town pent —— competitors like amazon. while small businesses in england will get an immediate tax reprieve, parliament in utter nations might decide to use the chancellor's new—found cash for other purposes. we can take you live
110w other purposes. we can take you live now to follow the royal tour. there you go. the duke and duchess of sussex are touching down in new zealand and here shaking hands with the new zealand prime minister. this is the latest stop of their mammoth 16 day tour. they have come from syd ney 16 day tour. they have come from sydney where they were therefore the ceremony of the invictus games. those games were wounded former service personnel, the fourth event set up of course by the duke of sussex. the closing ceremony there. they have just touched down in new zealand. they will be visiting wellington, auckland among other places. they will be laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier and of course they will be receiving the traditional welcomes, as i think
you can see there, traditional welcomes in the various different parts of new zealand that they visit. this tour, 16 days long. they have already been to fiji, colour, and —— if you remember —— tonga. and at the start of the tour, they announced megan's pregnancy. they are struggling with the wind on that airfield as they have just touched down there. we will follow the rest of the two and keep you up—to—date with what they do their. —— with what they do next. moving on. the caravan of central american migrants currently making its way across mexico to the united states has rejected a plan for asylum from the mexican government. our correspondent, will grant, has spent the week travelling with the group. when you have over 1,000 miles to go, it makes sense to set off early.
midday heat in chiapas is so fierce, so energy—sapping, the caravan of migrants rolls out before dawn. the lucky ones hitch a lift on anything they can. the rest have to keep walking and are growing tired. the migrants still have the vast majority of their arduous journey to go, and most of mexico to cross. perhaps only a fraction of them will even make it to the us—mexico border as the temptation to turn back grows. staying the course is hard enough. now, imagine doing it with several small children. deportee samuel rosales is bringing his family on what is his fifth attempt to return to the united states. his one—year—old daughter, madeline, is exhausted and has had a fever. but samuel insists honduras, one of the poorest and most violent countries in the americas, is no place for a child. translation: we know
we're risking the lives of all three of us on this trip. but we're doing it because at home we run almost the same risks as we find on the road. without presenting any evidence, president trump has equated these people with gangs and even middle eastern terrorists. the people i met, though, were mostly poor honduran families in search of work and security. so far, the mexican authorities have simply waved them through. but the caravan can expect a military presence at the us border. i am sure they will reach the border. how many, i don't know. but on the way, you will see persons that quit and go back to their country. but also, persons that stay in mexico. so, we assume that. from covering marathon distances in searing heat to sleeping rough in torrential rain, the fate of samuel's family is now mired in controversy. with the us midterm elections approaching, the youngest migrants
simply aren't aware they're part of a much wider political game. will grant, bbc news, chiapas in southern mexico. the people of brazil are preparing to vote in the second and decisive round of a presidential election on sunday. our correspondent katy watson reports. jair bolsanaro's fans are counting down the days till victory, hoping he'll make brazil great again. nicknamed the ‘trump of the tropics', many people here think the us president is a man brazil could learn from. it's been a dramatic campaign — stabbed in a rally last month, bolsanaro's popularity has continued to soar. yeeeeeah! bolsonaro!! like many people in this rally, this man supported military dictatorship in brazil, and he'd do it again. if it is necessary, we are going to get in arms to defend our country. we don't want the communism here. never!
fernando haddad is the man trying to beat bolsonaro, but he'll struggle. with his predecessor lula in prison for corruption, there's real hatred towards the left. there's also real fear for brazil's young democracy. this carnival parade is supporting haddad, the only candidate they say will protect brazil from another dictatorship. the theme of this parade is prejudice is a weapon that kills. there's no doubt that these elections have been full of judgement, anger and division among brazilians, but what next? there's also a great deal of fear about the future. this man was tortured during the dictatorship. if bolsonaro wins, it will be a huge step back. translation: the army electrocuted me on my tongue and my penis. bolsonaro said he's in favour of torture. i never imagined that at the age of 75 i'd have to return to this.
but even in the violent slums of recife, where people benefited from workers' party social programmes, political allegiances are shifting. fisherman carlos didn't live through the dictatorship, but he's still voting for bolsonaro. he tells me he'll change brazil, and the country needs military rule. for many brazilians, the desire for firm leadership matters more than the threat to democracy. it's a future people want to change, yet that future's more uncertain than ever. katy watson, bbc news, in north—east brazil. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: a man's been charged after a gun attack on a synagogue in the us city of pittsburgh, which has left 11 people dead. a helicopter belonging to leicester city's thai owner has crashed after taking off from the football team's stadium. more on the pittsburgh shooting now. our north america correspondent gary o'donoghue is near the scene
of the shooting and has sent this report. you can see the synagogue in the distance behind me. this is where at 10:00 this morning the authorities say robert bowers entered that synagogue and shot dead 11 people, wounding several others, including four police officers. we understand two people are still critically ill, in hospital. the authorities are now searching a home a few miles away from here where they believe bowers lives. they are doing that with extreme caution because they fear the home might be booby—trapped. bowers himself was shot during that confrontation. they eventually got him on the third floor of the synagogue where he barricaded himself inside a room, and he managed to wound several officers during that exchange of fire. he is now in custody and we don't believe his life is in danger at this stage. the fbi and other authorities have just been giving a press conference and they say there were no children involved in the shooting, no children died or were injured as a result of the shooting. they also say they might bring charges as early as today, and thatjustice will be "swift
and severe," in the words of one prosecutor. it's being prosecuted as a hate crime, a federal crime, and that could mean the severest penalty possible. at the moment, what is happening here is that people are just trying to come to terms with the awful, awful hate crime in the middle of a religious service on the sabbath, on thejewish sabbath, where a man appears to have gone into this synagogue, shouting slogans, anti—semitic hateful slogans, and murdering 11 people. oren segal works at the anti—defamation league's center on extremism, a group that fights anti—semitism. he joined me from new york a short time ago. i asked him whether cases of anti—semitism have been on the rise. here at adl we have the documented incidences since 1979. in this past year, 2017, we saw a 57% increase in incidences
reported to adl since the last year. what you think some of the causes and reasons behind that? we are living in a very divisive atmosphere in this country. not only are the public discussions focused on anti—immigrant rhetoric, anti—muslim rhetoric, and other forms of hate, which are basically the foundation when it comes to extremist chatter. but social media and the explosion in the ability to reach, recruit, radicalise, and share messages of hate is unprecedented in human history. the accommodation has made anti—semitism is that we are dealing with on all levels. and how you begin to tackle that? social media is there and not going anywhere. we expect those who are leading these technology companies in social media to take a proactive role to try to stop
the exploitation of their services for extremism and hate. we expect our elected officials and all public officials to speak out clearly and consistently against all forms of hate, including anti—semitism. and what about the political leadership on issues like this? it's very well tackling the technology and the technology firms, but this comes down to what people feel is permissible to feel, to think, the ways in which people express themselves. what leadership role to politicians play? listen, at the end of the day, fighting hate, pushing back against hate, as we do it at adl, is a battle for hearts and minds. and you look for allies in that fight. elected officials, public officials, and really people in all sorts of communities all have to reject hatred when it arises.
extremism and anti—semitism in particular is the lifeblood of many of these hate groups. and violence is neverfar behind. oren segal there. syria's political crisis has been discussed by the leaders of russia, france and germany at a summit hosted by turkey's president recep tayyip erdogan in istanbul. after hours of talks, the leaders agreed that a committee to create a new constitution should meet by the end of the year. our correspondent sarah rainsford has more from istanbul. it was an unusual format here on the banks of the bosphorus in istanbul. notjust turkey and russia here, involved, but leaders from france and germany. recep tayyip erdogan, the turkish president, said that was because it was important to expand those involved in the process of bringing a lasting solution for syria as broadly as possible. they talked for a significant time here, several hours, we are told at this ottoman mansion here at istanbul. recep tayyip erdogan had emerged
to say these were effective talks, constructive talks. there were key issues on the agenda. first of all the situation in idlib, that last rebel—held stronghold in syria, where, just over a month ago, russia and turkey agreed a ceasefire deal. they said it was important for that ceasefire to be consolidated and to be spread. but there was a point of difference there between the french and russian leaders. putin said that russia had the right to step in against what he called provocations by terrorist to support the syrian military if there were violations of the ceasefire. the french president said that would be absolutely unacceptable. on the political process, going forward, again, some differences, some saying
it is difficult to move to political resolution, there are big differences in how to reach that. so significant differences. a key thing that was agreed was there must be a committee of members coming together to discuss a constitution for syria as soon as possible. that is the first step of the political process that should begin for syria. it has been stalled for some time. all sides at these takes said that should begin by the end of the year. sri lanka's political crisis has deepened after parliament fashion is a growing industry in africa, and lagos fashion week has
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a beautiful weather watchers picture sent in from keswick in cumbria. however, if you were caught under the showers it was miserable. frequent showers in the north—east of scotland, some of them wintry over higher ground. frequent showers running in across the yorkshire coast, east anglia, the midlands and the south—west. and that brought rumbles of thunder, and to close out the day in parts of lincolnshire and cambridgeshire, there were some hailstorms as well. so a pretty miserable story, and we are in this cold air now, right across the country. not just the uk. through much of europe as well, descending as far south as spain and portugal, where on monday they had temperatures into the mid—20s. they're going to close out the week, if they're lucky, on 10—11 degrees. for us, we start off sunday on a chilly note, a touch of light frost in parts of scotland. western areas will see the best of the sunshine on sunday. that north—easterly breeze always running the risk of driving in showers along the east coast and a real nuisance again across east anglia and the south—east of england. highest values on sunday, 8— 11. still not particularly warm. winds will fall on sunday night into monday morning, the skies will clear, and there is the possibility of a widespread hard frost first thing on monday morning. so certainly a cold start to the new working week. hopefully to compensate, some lovely sparkling sunshine to go with it.
it should be a really quiet day. one or two isolated showers into the western isles. don't be too concerned about this rain out in the atlantic. temperatures 8—11 again. in fact, looking ahead, we need to look at what is happening across in the mediterranean. a real storm across portions of italy. heavy snow over the alps, and that is going to be spreading its way steadily north. so there is a level of uncertainty, just how much of eastern england is going to be affected by that area of low pressure, it could bring some significant rain. it will also bring something a little less cold, some mild moist air moving in across the sea up through the middle part of the week.
all that translates into a forecast like this. it does look like there will be dry weather for many, but there is the potential for rain, some of it heavy, into the south—east, to make itjust that little bit milder. that's it. enjoy your sunday. this is bbc news. the headlines: 11 people have been killed in a shooting at a synagogue in pittsburgh in the united states.