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hello and welcome to bbc news. i'm reged ahmad. a woman has died and at least three people have been wounded in a shooting at a synagogue in california. a gunman opened fire during a passover celebration in north of san diego. a 19—year—old man has been arrested. chris buckler has the story. the attack happened as a passover celebration was being held at the synagogue in poway near san diego. it is understood police had issued a warning shortly beforehand and were investigating reports of a man armed with a gun. a police officer, k—9 officer
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was in route to the scene, he was monitoring both the san diego dispatch and the sheriff dispatch and heard the call, started making his way towards this call. as our officer was exiting the freeway, he clearly saw the suspect in his vehicle, the suspect pulled over, jumped out of his car with his hands up and was immediately taken into custody by the san diego police department. the mayor of the city says one person has been killed and several others injured. the motive for the shooting is not yet known, but many synagogues in the us had increased their security following an attack in pittsburgh six months ago that left 11 people dead. exactly a week after the easter sunday bombings, church services in sri lanka have been cancelled, amid fears of further attacks. thousands of troops are searching for the islamist militants still at large. yogita limaye reports. the search continues for those
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behind sri lanka's horror. police have been carrying out raids across the country. on friday, they followed a tip—off to this house, in the eastern city of sainthamaruthu. armed men were inside who set off an explosion. a gun battle followed, and the house burned down. more than a dozen died. women and children were caught up in the violence. among them are believed to be the wife and child of this man, zahran hashim — the alleged ringleader, he was one of two suicide bombers at the shangri la hotel. in a separate raid, police found a huge cache of bomb—making material, a discovery that reveals how grave the threat of more attacks still is. this banner of the islamic state group, which said it carried out the easter sunday attacks,
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was also found. several suspects are still at large. these photos were released by the government earlier this week. newly released closed—circuit tv footage shows the bomber at kingsbury hotel in colombo the night before the attack. backpack full of explosives, he checks in at the front desk, then goes to his room. in the morning, he's seen leaving the elevator on his way to the hotel's breakfast restaurant. moments later, he detonates his bomb. people are slowly beginning to piece together what happened at all the attack locations. in this batticaloa church, half of those killed were children — young boys and girls who were attending sunday school. the bbc‘s tamil service spoke to a pastor who recalls seeing the bomber. translation: he was wearing a shoulder bag and a camera bag. i wasn't aware of his purpose at that time. many children were drinking water in the entrance of the church
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after their sunday school class. people and children were entering, that's when the bomb went off. workers have begun to clear the trail of destruction, and most of those who died have been laid to rest, but fear remains. it's the seventh night of curfew here, and tomorrow will be a week since the attacks. it's a sunday, but no church services are being held because of worries they might be targeted again. there's a sense of disbelief here that such a large network of people was active in the country without being discovered by security agencies. but with search operations now becoming more intense, there is also hope that the government will soon get a grip on the situation. yogita limaye, bbc news, colombo. reports from sudan say that military leaders and the opposition coalition have agreed — in principle — on a transitional council to lead the country back
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towards civilian rule. further talks will be held, but negotiators say they're optimistic that progress is being made. you are watching bbc news. the united nations says many villages in northern mozambique have been entirely wiped out by cyclone kenneth which hit on thursday. the country is still recovering from cyclone idai, which killed hundreds of people further south last month. caroline rigby has the latest. where families once lived, now stand only shells. corrugated iron roofs contorted by the winds now litter the ground. these homes were ripped apart by the strongest cyclone to ever hit this region. jamaal‘s shop was just one of so many ravaged by the storm. translation: the wind destroyed the farms and the palm trees. the farms don't have anything. we lost everything. here in the village, as you see,
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300 houses have been destroyed. the view from above provides some idea of the scale of the destruction. villages completely flattened. the united nations has described the damage as heartbreaking. these villages have been entirely wiped out. they look like they have been run over by a bulldozer. the people are asking for shelter, then they need water in purification, and they need food. almost 20,000 people are now living in makeshift the placement centres, set up in schools and churches. so far, five people are known to have died as a result of cyclone kenneth. three of them from the island nation. more heavy rain is forecast for mozambique over the coming days. and with rivers already swollen, the threat of severe flooding continues to loom large. so people hear now face a daunting reality that the worst could still be yet to come.
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detectives investigating the abduction and rape of two women in north london have released an image of the car they believe was used by the attacker. the women, both in their 20s, were abducted separately in the early hours of thursday, the first from a street in chingford and the second 12 hours later, from edgware. they managed to escape from their attacker following a struggle in osborne road in watford on thursday afternoon. police have released this cctv still of a car, believed to be a silver or grey ford s—max people carrier, with false registration plates and say they are looking for a muscular white man in his late 20s or early 30s, with a bald head or shaved blond hair. they have urged everyone in the area to remain vigilant. authorities in cyprus are continuing to search two lakes for victims of a man who's thought to be the country's first serial killer. it follows the confession
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of a greek cypriot army officer to the murder of seven women and girls. vigils have been held in memory of the victims as isabella allen reports: forensic investigators use robotic cameras to search a toxic lake southwest of nicosia. they are searching for bodies after a man confessed to killing seven women and girls. translation: the robotic camera has identified two objects which we suspect may be those we've been looking for. tomorrow morning, we'll begin the process of retrieving them so that we can inspect and identify them. yesterday, a vigil was held for the victims of what's said to be cyprus‘s first serial killing. there's widespread shock, but also outrage from demonstrators who accused the police of not taking the cases of the missing women seriously because of their foreign descent. the main suspect, whose name has not yet been made public,
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has appeared in court and remains in police detention. cypriot authorities have called in additional help from british investigative experts in this unprecedented case. isabella allen, bbc news. the uk's shale gas commissioner has resigned after just six months in thejob, saying the government is paying too much attention to a small, but noisy, environmental lobby. natascha engel, a former labour mp, said that unnecessarily strict rules on fracking meant it was nearly impossible to make a success of the industry. she's accused the government of "pandering" to "myths and scare stories". the snp leader, nicola sturgeon, plans to warn the uk government not to stand in the way of a second independence referendum. ms sturgeon will tell delegates at the party's spring conference in edinburgh that attempts to block a vote have been weakened, and that there has been a "surge" in support for a yes vote.
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voters in spain go to the polls today in a fiecely contested general election — the third in four years. among the contenders, the ultra nationalist vox party, whose leaders attack multiculturalism and feminism — the first real resurgence of the far right since the death of the dictator, general franco, in 1975. from madrid, james reynolds reports. a new far right party is rising in spain. it's called vox. at the party's final rally in madrid, its leader santiago abascal attacked multiculturalism and what he called feminist supremacy. i asked his supporters if they wanted to go back in time to the use of spain's 20th—century fascist leader general franco. the people of the left side wants
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to revive franco again. not you? you don't want to? no. not me, franco died too many years ago. do you want to go back to the past? no, never, never, and this is not going to the past, for sure. well, i like that vox confirms the spanish identity and also our history. populism and the rise of the far right have shaken up this country. the old two—party system has been shattered into pieces, making this election extremely hard to predict. earlier this week, four of the main party leaders, excluding vox, faced off on tv. the debate was chaired by ana pastor, the only woman on stage in a country long dominated by older men. translation: the women's vote which has been growing as a block may benefit the left.
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and i then think, surprisingly, young people, especially first—time voters, will vote en masse for vox. opponents of vox rally around this man, the socialist prime minister pedro sanchez. he portrays himself as a blockade against the advance of the hard right. the fractured parties will now fight for their pieces of this country. each sees a different spain in the same flag. james reynolds, bbc news, madrid. this is bbc news, the headlines: a shooting at a synagogue in california has left one person dead and several injured. police say a man has been arrested. and there are ongoing security fears across sri lanka, with church services cancelled a week after the easter sunday bombings.
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up to i million species are facing extinction due to human influences — that's according to a new draft report from the united nations. loss of clean air, drinkable water and co2—absorbing forests are all given as reasons for a "an imminent rapid acceleration in the global rate of species extinction". 130 countries are meeting in paris from monday to vet that report. well a little earlier i spoke to climate scientist dr peter glick, who's president—emeritus at the pacific institute and a member of the us national academy of sciences. i asked him what he made of the details in the report. this is a very disturbing report. obviously, over the next week the final wording will be revealed, but the figures are ready out. but what the figures are ready out. but what the report suggests is that we are seeing a very rapid acceleration of the extinction of literally up to a million species on the planet. due
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to all of the things that humans do, the way we have developed agriculture and deforestation, and overfishing, and impacts on our water resources and now human cost of climate change. this is a writ of extinction we have never seen as long as humans have been on the planet. a rate of extension we probably haven't seen for hundreds of millions of years and it is a very frightening report. it is really difficult for a lot of people who do not immerse themselves in this sort of science. to conceptualize these figures. to get a sense of how fast this can be. how can people get a sense of how serious this is? it is very hard to wrap our minds around. even for those of us who work in these fields from day—to—day. the estimate is that on the planet as a whole, there may be 8 million species of different kinds of life, fish, animals and insects, and plans. in this report suggest that as many as
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1 this report suggest that as many as i million of those species may go extinct in the coming decades. it is a frightening report, basically talking about the devastation of the ecosystem of the planet, in order to support humans. am we are dependent on that ecosystem and these plants and animals for food, on that ecosystem and these plants and animals forfood, medicine, cleaning ourairand and animals forfood, medicine, cleaning our air and water. that is one of the reasons why this report is so upsetting. one of the things that sticks out for me is that what they described as a rapid acceleration of species extinction. are we facing a mass extinction event? is it as bad as that? yes. that is exactly what this report is saying. over time, species go extinct very slowly. but what we see here is human caused extinction. people and activities of human striving species to extinction when we tear down natural rain forest and
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replace them with monoculture grown food, we were placed ecosystem that may support literally of species within ecosystem that supports only or two species. and that's on scene basically throughout human existence. what is that going to mean for humans if there is only if you species left. will we see some pla nts you species left. will we see some plants not grow our food not available? how will affect people on available? how will affect people on a day—to—day basis? available? how will affect people on a day-to-day basis? it is a little ha rd to a day-to-day basis? it is a little hard to know. partly because humans have become very good at manipulating the environment. we will continue to grow food for ourselves. but the loss of species means a loss of the benefits that those species provide. the clean air thatis those species provide. the clean air that is provided and the food that is provided. the diversity of ecosystems around us, it is an impoverishment that we don't understand but unfortunately it looks like we will be experiencing
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in the coming years. very briefly, we talk about this a lot at the moment, what do we do, can we do anything to stop this from happening or is it too late? there are many things we can do. we actually have to do. one of them is we have to change the way we deal with the national environment. there is some talk about setting aside a vast amount of the remaining natural ecosystem as protected habitats. that is an important thing we can do. we can change the way we fish and stop overfishing some of the species. we can change the way we use chemicals worldwide that protect some of the species a lot of the things we care about day—to—day in terms of dealing with climate change or dealing with environmental problems or the same things that we need to be doing to protect more and more of the species that are vulnerable to human activities. we'll certainly keep an eye on that
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report as more details come out this week. thank you so much for your time. let's get some of the day's other news. at least four people have been killed in seattle and three more injured when a crane fell and crushed six vehicles. two of those killed were crane operators and two others were in vehicles below. the crane fell across a building under construction and then landed on a section of road as it broke in half. pakistan has suspended a nationwide anti—polio campaign following several attacks on health workers. one was killed in baluchistan province, while others have been assaulted elsewhere in the country. the campaign to give anti—polio drops to almost a0 million children under five has been undermined by distrust and the spread of misinformation. a ceremony has taken place in the border village of panmunjom to mark the first anniversary of the groundbreaking summit between the leader of north korea, kim jong—un, and the south's president, moonjae—in. the north did not accept the invitation to attend. in his address, president moon said peace remains the ultimate goal. china's ambassador in london has declared that britain can and must work with the chinese technology company huawei
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in developing its 5g telecoms network. the ambassador‘s intervention, in a british newspaper article, follows a report suggesting that the british government was split over whether huawei was a threat to security. thousands of protesters have marched in cities across france, in spite of plans announced by president macron to answer their concerns — including tax cuts and pensions rises. rahuljoglekar reports. the macron government may have thought that it is slowly building a bridge over troubled waters in france, taking control. but that was not to be. this weekend, like many others since november last year saw the yellow vest protesters out once again on the streets. the numbers have dwindled
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significantly from the highs of 300,000 last year, but as the haze of teargas lifted, a grim reality. the anger, and thousands of protesters, are here to stay, despite the government's announcements. translation: he has done nothing. what has changed? things will change for two or three households, two or three retirees. that is not what it takes. we need real measures, not small ones. translation: macron's announcements were empty promises. nothing is based on numbers, nothing is for sure. from strasbourg to paris, the man facing the music is france's youngest president, emmanuel macron. he has tried everything, it may seem. tax cuts, higher pensions, civil service reforms and a charm offensive on television. the latest proposals come on top of changes announced in december
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at a cost of ten billion euros. money can buy you many things but securing the peace on the streets of france, for now, just is not on that list. the labour party is to change its european election campaign leaflets to make clear it might support another referendum, under certain circumstances. it came after around 100 mps and meps wrote a letter calling for the party to promise a public vote on any brexit deal. jeremy corbyn has said that labour's ruling national executive will decide the party's position on tuesday. it's important that the party, a democratic party, makes the decision. sadly, or perhaps it is a good thing, i am not the dictator of the labour party. our political correspondent, iain watson explains why labour has decided to change its leaflets at such short notice. the leaflets were literally
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about to be posted out and had to be recalled because they made no mention of a referendum. this outraged some of the parties' most senior mps. i'm told the leaflets are now being changed to say that labour would back the option of a referendum to avoid what they see as a bad tory brexit deal. but this doesn't go far enough, the 100 mps and meps have signed a letter saying they want to have a confirmatory ballot, translation from political speech, a referendum on any deal, even one organised byjeremy corbyn. quite frankly, if i was a labour official, i wouldn't quite yet press the print button on any election literature. the annual white house correspondents' dinner is under way and it's set to be distinctly more serious than previous years. in a break from tradition, a historian will deliver the main speech instead of a comedian. president trump has however kept
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up his habit of not attending the event and this year also forbade any of his staff from attending. last year we saw a lot of the fallout from the event that the place where you had a comedian who really went after not only members of the president's own staff, but also sarah huckabee sanders personally, as she was actually at the event. so this year we saw my colleague who became the new head of the white house correspondent‘s association and i think he wanted to go on a different direction and this was something he had been talking about for a few years now. this event might be a bit more sombre, a little less glitzy than what we have seen in the past two years, but nevertheless you still have a number of really great parties that surround the dinner itself. —— last few years. there is still a lot of the glitz and glamour. i was at a pre—party that was hosted
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by the qatari embassy and it was a really great event. so you still have a bit of a balanced taking place in washington this weekend. what is the point of the white house correspondents' dinner for many people who are outside the bubble? sure. the point of the dinner is what's gotten lost over the years. the whole point of the dinner is to be a moment to reflect on the work of the fourth estate but also to provide much—needed scholarships for rising students and journalists who are pursuing careers in the field ofjournalism, that is the whole point of the event, not only to showcase the careers and the professionalism of those that are journalists, but also to provide and give back to those who are in need. also, i think one other reason for the event,
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this dinner is a time when you have members of the white house press along with members of the white house and other officials from the president's cabinet who have a time to come together and actually disconnect —— just connect, with one each other doesn't like one another to build relationships that can move forward when you are attempting to come together for issues relating to the public in the white house or any of the surrounding cabinets affected by the president. so a time for the white house and the press to connect with one another, but what is that relationship at the moment, because i have been reading that there hasn't been a white house media briefing since february? absolutely. right now you are seeing a press and a white house relationship that is probably the most contentious that we have seen in the last 30 years right now. when you have a president who is no longer even connecting or communicating to the press via his press secretary.
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so, that wall is only getting wider and it is getting increasingly thicker and taller and so the emnity between the fourth estate in the white house is only going to continue to grow and i think it will get worse before it gets better. always good to talk to you, eric ham. more than 200 million eastern orthodox christians worldwide are celebrating easter this sunday. this was the scene in moscow, at the cathedral of christ the saviour, as patriarch kirill gave the faithful the traditional "christ is risen" message. thousands of worshippers packed the cathedral, holding candles lit from the "holy fire", the flame brought by plane from jerusalem earlier in the day. according to orthodox tradition, the flame is passed from candle to candle, representing
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the resurrection of jesus. stay with us on bbc news. let's get the weather. because we say farewell to storm hanna that bought gusts of wind of over 80 miles an hour in north—west wales, significant rainfall as well. you can see the swirl of cloud on the satellite picture and a deep area of low pressure that is now, very quickly, becoming less deep and threatening as it slides out into the north sea. high pressure building in from the south—west means a much more settled day on sunday. not completely dry. some showers are around and sunny spells and, crucially, it will be less windy. a quieter start of the day with one or two showers as you can
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see including close to the london area. and it is a big day in london because the marathon is taking place. there is likely to be a lot of cloud overhead, producing one or two showers at times. it should predominantly be dry with some sunny glimpses and crucially for the participants, a comfortable feel. temperatures in the afternoon only reaching 1a or 15 degrees. for the rest of the uk, a couple of showers across north—west england, east wales and the midlands. showers continue across eastern england across the day and cloud will try to bring patchy rain into northern ireland, scotland and the far south—west. good spells of sunshine in between in the wind much lighter than they were on saturday so without lighter wind and sunshine it is going to feel quite a bit warmer stop temperatures topping out between 12 and 16 degrees. as we go through sunday evening into the night this cloud and patchy rain will try to move
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further east but it will not get much further than northern ireland, western parts of wales, devon and cornwall. elsewhere a dry night was clear spells, fog spell starting to develop and with light wind, temperatures will dip away across the eastern areas. some spots could even see a touch of frost. high pressure very much in charge of the scene as we get into sunday morning. not many isobars, and that's why we will see mist and fog patches. frontal systems trying to put in from the west at this making very little progress. most of us dry on monday. early fog will tend to clear and then we will see some sunny spells. best of the sunshine across scotland where temperatures could get 18, 19 possibly across the north—west highlands all the way up to 20 degrees. plenty of dry weather in the outlook for the week ahead but always the potentialfor some rain at times, especially in the north
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