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in the wake of two mass shootings after condemnation of his own language by political opponents. as memorials were held in texas and ohio for the 31 people killed, the president said hate had no place in america. in one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy. these sinister ideologies must be defeated. with gun control going unmentioned in the president's speech, we'll be looking at the threat of far—right violence. also tonight... nearly £2 billion pledged by the government for nhs funding in england — but is it new money? the horror of one eyewitness
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at tate modern when a six—year—old boy was thrown from a tenth—floor balcony. the fellow who was being accused was being punched, and then we pushed him over to the side of the wall, where he was then standing and continued to say, "yeah, i did it, i did it". tesco is to cut thousands of staff in its tesco metro stores — blaming a competitive and challenging market. and england are demolished by australia, losing the first test by 251 runs. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, manchester united break the world record fee for a defender. england centre back harry maguire joins for £80 million. the details to come.
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good evening. president trump has condemned the two mass shootings in texas and ohio over the weekend that have left 31 people dead. he said the nation had to speak in one voice against racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. it came as mr trump was accused by political opponents of contributing to a rise in racist attacks with his own language, as president, and in the past. here's our north america, editorjon sopel. we've been here before, we'll be here again. another heart—wrenching vigil in an american city where deadly gun violence has made an unwelcome intrusion. in the midst of this darkness, there were also stories of immense heroism. specialist soldier glendon oakley rescued many children, but he's haunted by the ones he couldn't save. i understand it was heroic and i'm looked at as a hero for it, but that wasn't the reason for me.
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i'm just focused on the kids i couldn not get. these deaths at the hands of the alleged killer, patrick crusius, brought a more reflective donald trump to the podium at the white house, and he was unequivocal. this was a monstrous evil. the shooter in el paso posted a manifesto online, consumed by racist hate. in one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. these sinister ideologies must be defeated. hate has no place in america. he called for a new spirit of bipartisanship, but did not offer any new gun control measures. the focus needed to be on the people who got hold of them. we must reform our mental health laws to better identify mentally disturbed individuals who may commit acts of violence
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and make sure those people not only get treatment but, when necessary, involuntary confinement. mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun. but democrats say the president's own language when it comes to race and immigration at rallies like this one in the florida panhandle has helped create a toxic climate. this is an invasion! when you see these caravans starting out with 20,000 people, that's an invasion. but how do you stop these people? you can't. that's only in the panhandle you can get away with that stuff! but today from the president, the language was of a need for unity, the same words being spoken at the vigils. there is too much hate everywhere. all the hateful rhetoric going round this nation has taken a toll on this city.
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we've heard calls before of the need for everyone to come together, but in the past in washington, those words have tended to fall on deaf ears. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. just last month, the head of the fbi in the united states said the majority of domestic terrorism arrests since october were linked to white supremacy. with a closer look now at the rise in far—right violence, and what can be done to tackle it, here's our security correspondent gordon corera. even before el paso, the warning signs were there. a shooter targeting a synagogue in california in april. a member of the coast guard who'd stockpiled an arsenal of weapons for an attack. 11 killed at a synagogue in pittsburgh. and the statistics back that up. here you can see the rising number of what are called far right extremist incidents in the us over the last 15 years, especially recently.
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and, according to the fbi director, arrests linked to white supremacy run at the same level as those linked to jihadist violence. just in the first three quarters of this year, we've had more domestic terrorism arrests than the prior year, and it's about the same number of arrests as we have on the international terrorism side. the ideology is not new but it has been resurgent in the last few years. why? one reason is technology. most far right attackers have acted alone. but, like the el paso attacker, they inhabit an international online community where extremists incite and encourage others. social media plays a crucial role in the spread of white supremacist ideology. it essentially provides safe places
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where people can learn to hate and share and radicalise one another. this has lowered the barrier to entry to involvement in these groups and movements and you can essentially get involved in white supremacist ideology without even leaving your house. and then there's politics — there's a fiery debate in the us about whether the rhetoric over race and immigration with even the president using terms like invasion — encourages those acting violently. the reactions of the us president towards the charlottesville attackers, trying to sympathise, in a sense, with both sides of the issue, and the calls for pushback against immigrants in the united states, i think have fanned the flames of white supremacy. so i don't think the president has caused those, but i think what we see is the white supremacist movement in the united states has been energised. the us has devoted huge resources to countering terrorism since 2001 — but not so far to this type of terrorism. and switching focus may not be
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straightforward: because most white supremacists act alone rather than as part of a group, it is harder to detect them. then there are tensions over where constitutionally protected free speech ends and a violent ideology starts, and finally, there is the question of whether the trump administration has the political will to drive real change. reeta. let's talk to our north america editorjon sopel. there was some acknowledgement from the president of the importance of language. what's the reaction been? i think ithinka i think a lot of people have welcomed donald trump's comments about needing to call out racism, bigotry and white supremacy, and he was unequivocal in the language in which he spoke. there was also an understanding that the internet is pa rt understanding that the internet is part of the problem. violent video games are part of the problem. but also, it was greeted with a good deal of scepticism from many democrats. donald trump is due to go
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down to el paso on wednesday before the congressman who is running for the congressman who is running for the nomination, beto o'rourke, that he should stay away. there have been two significant interventions from former presidents. bill clinton has called for a reintroduction of the assault weapons ban. he said when that ban was in place, the number of mass shootings was way down. that law was changed and the numbers have gone up. and perhaps the even more significant intervention has come from barack obama. he doesn't mention donald trump by name, but let me read you a clip of it. "we should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of oui’ coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feed a climate of fear and hatred, or normalises racist sentiments". it's pretty clear who he is talking about. jon, thank you. our north editorjon sopel the prime minister has insisted that money announced for the nhs in england is extra funding after labour accused him of misleading voters. borisjohnson pledged £1 billion
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to be spent on a huge backlog of repairs and another £850 million on new facilities at 20 hospitals across the country. but labour says the money had already been earmarked for hospitals. our health editor, hugh pym, has more. with borisjohnson making his first big nhs announcement, what do patients across england have to say? down here in the south—west, you can sometimes feel a bit forgotten about compared to the rest of the country. making sure we're getting doctor's appointments on time, making sure that when we need a surgery and appointments, you can actually get seen on time as well. there's not enough funding for everything. lack of nurses and doctors and spaces and everything else. it's about time we had a super hospital. we need a super hospital around here. politically, the prime minister wants to be seen with his party to be taking the initiative on the nhs, as he visited united lincolnshire hospitals, one of the trusts chosen to get new investment over the next five years.
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i've said that myjob is to make sure that we use the funds that go into the nhs to reduce the time you wait to see your gp, the time you wait in a&e, and that is why we are doing it today. so, what are these £1.8 billion of spending pledges for england? £1 billion will be used this year to tackle hospital refurbishment. it has been estimated the total backlog is around £6 billion. £850 million will be spent on 20 new hospital projects over five years, including new wards, treatment centres and operating theatres. some of the money for this year, it seems, is already in the nhs system and has been freed up for our hospitals to spend on buildings and repairs. a billion is essentially money that trusts have already got, it is money that they have saved up, intending to spend it on things like this, but they have not been allowed to spend yet. it's not new cash, but it is a new approval, a new release of money for the nhs. labour say there are bigger problems which still haven't been addressed.
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today borisjohnson talked about new beds and new equipment, but we need new staff to look after those beds, to use that equipment, yet we are short of 100,000 staff. we are short of 40,000 nurses in the nhs. the latest list covers 20 hospitals so what about all the others, like this one, ipswich? well, a couple of years ago, it was allocated new funding to upgrade a&e care, but sources make clear there is still a need for money to modernise buildings and facilities. there is a victorian building still used for dermatology and plastic surgery, part of a sprawling site which is difficult for patients. the trust wants to close it down and build a new centre, but there is no money available yet to make that happen. there is always a massive backlog of maintenance issues. so, if you're working in buildings from the 1980s, the 19705, when a lot of ipswich and colchester hospitals were built, then you are constantly upgrading. we need to invest in new diagnostics. so there will always be a multi—million pound backlog of maintenance issues.
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scotland, wales and northern ireland will receive funding based on the formula linked to new money in england. hospital leaders say it is a start but no more than that. hugh pym, bbc news. the money is just one of a number of spending commitments announced by the prime minister in his first two weeks in the job. our politicial correspondent ben wright is in westminster for us. a lot of people think this is number 10 gearing up for an early election. a lot of people might be right. the nhs of court is a key issue for voters and there is a sense of a government readying itself for an early autumn election, despite boris johnson's insistence that britain will not go to the polls before brexit has happened. i think many mps had other ideas and today the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, said he would try to force a vote of confidence early in the new parliamentary term in an effort to trigger a general election and blocked a potential no—deal brexit
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at the end of october. remember, the government only has eight minuscule majority of one. they could lose that vote and boris johnson majority of one. they could lose that vote and borisjohnson cannot carry on for very long governing with that kind of majority. today munber ten swatted away any suggestions of confidence votes and what might follow if one was carried saying under no circumstances would there be an election before october there be an election before october the 31st and i think this tease us up the 31st and i think this tease us upfor the 31st and i think this tease us up for quite the 31st and i think this tease us upforquitea the 31st and i think this tease us up for quite a huge political showdown when mps return to westminster and the august low is over. benjamin acra, thank you very much. an eyewitness has described the shocking scenes at tate modern in london yesterday after a six—year—old boy from france was thrown from a 10th floor viewing platform. the american businessman told the bbc he heard a scream and then saw a child lying on a roof five storeys below. police are continuing to question a 17—year—old on suspicion of attempted murder. our special correspondent lucy manning has this report. parents with children at the tate modern this morning,
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but greeted by signs that the viewing gallery was shut, because on the tenth floor yesterday, the screams of a mother as her son fell five flows onto a flat roof. police investigating claims that the young child, visiting from france, was thrown over the edge by a teenager at the gallery. mark welty was on the viewing platform. there was a little commotion, with a very loud primal scream. and so, it was hard to ascertain what was going on. someone said someone had thrown a child over. i leapt up and looked over the rail. i did indeed see a child down below there. the child's mother then tried to climb the rail. i restrained her and pulled her back. and then the fellow who was being accused was being punched, and then we pushed him over to the side of the wall, where he was then standing
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and continued to say, yeah, i did it, i did it. it was there, near the fence. we were standing taking pictures. olga malchevska was also on the viewing platform with her four—year—old son when it happened. i heard that there was a kind of noise happening close to us, and we went to the lift. and on my way, i met a woman who was running, and she was shouting, my son, my son, and she was desperately crying. and instinctively, ithought maybe i should help, but i had my little child, so ijust grabbed him and we jumped into the lift. there was a helicopter, and then i saw paramedics running inside, and then paramedics carrying something. there was that emotional moment where you think, like, whether they are alive or not. police said today the six—year—old boy is in a stable but critical condition and is no longer
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in a life—threatening situation. the 17—year—old who is suspected of throwing him from the viewing platform isn't believed to have known the boy. as the boy's family waits for more news about his condition, the teenager is still being held on suspicion of attempted murder. police say there is no obvious motive and want to hear from visitors who saw anyone whose behaviour was worrying or out of place. lucy manning, bbc news. thousands of extra troops are on the streets of kashmir tonight after india dramatically stripped its part of the divided state of its special status, inflaming tensions with pakistan. it means an end to rights that the territory has enjoyed for more than 70 years, including making its own laws and guaranteeing jobs and property for local people. india and pakistan, both nuclear powers, have fought over kashmir since they became independent in 19117. both countries control part of it, but stake claims to the state in full.
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its population is predominantly muslim. pakistan has accused india of acting illegally, and of attempting to dilute kashmir‘s muslim majority. the un has urged both sides to exercise restraint. yogita limaye reports from delhi. an uneasy quiet in kashmir. its people under lockdown. at its future was being decided hundreds of kilometres away. with one dramatic announcement in parliament, the specialist status kashmir had held for 70 years was revoked by a direct presidential order. this is a black monday, this is a dark day. there was an uproar among opposition mps who called the move unconstitutional. but among supporters of the decision, it was time to celebrate. one of the big election promises made by prime minister modi and his ruling bjp fulfilled.
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if i look at it from the people's perspective, in terms of employment opportunities, in terms of economic opportunities, seeing that development reaches at the grassroots, jammu and kashmir deserves much better so this is about the people of jammu and kashmir. at the time of partition, kashmir was a princely state. it was given a choice to be a part of india or pakistan. it chose the former, on the condition that it could make its own rules and only permanent residents could acquire land in the region. all those privileges have been done away with now and some are angry about how it unfolded. what has left many in the country in disbelief as the manner in which this was done. no elected representative from kashmir was consulted. here in parliament, mps did not vote on it. people here are questioning how this
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was allowed to happen in a democracy. to quell tensions in kashmir, tens of thousands of extra troops have been deployed. top politicians have been placed under house arrest. from where she was being held, a former kashmir chief minister spoke to the bbc over the phone. i'm really shocked because i feel this unilateral decision is going to have, you know, far reaching consequences for the whole subcontinent. it is going to be catastrophic. on the other side of the de facto border, pakistan protested too, saying it would explore all options to counter the move. this himalayan region that is disputed by both neighbours is at a turning point. yogita limaye, bbc news, delhi. here, thousands of tesco staff are to lose theirjobs in the latest round of redundancies at the uk's biggest supermarket firm. the retailer says the majority of workers will be cut from tesco metro shops. our consumer affairs correspondent
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colletta smith is in manchester. it has been a really difficult few yea rs it has been a really difficult few years for tesco staff and they are now coming out of the end of a big restructure for the company as they battle to retain that crown as the uk's biggest supermarket. we saw backin uk's biggest supermarket. we saw back in january at uk's biggest supermarket. we saw back injanuary at 9000 job losses. they were at the really big tesco superstore is pulled up next for the a cts superstore is pulled up next for the acts are these smaller tesco metro stores that tend to be on high streets. there are 153 of them up and down the uk and they are all under question as of today. the company say that they were designed for a weekly shop when we would go in with our trolleys but actually most customers these days have com pletely most customers these days have completely changed the way they shop and they say that 70% of customers in metro stores are nowjust picking up in metro stores are nowjust picking up ingredients for that night's
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dinner, doing convenience shopping, so they have changed the way the stores operate. that put a500 jobs at risk. the company says that they wa nt to at risk. the company says that they want to redeploy those staff within the company but there is absolutely no guarantee of that. it is worth remembering that tesco made profits of £1.7 billion last year and yet they are worried and trying to hang onto every penny with so much competition out there. colette, enqueue. police in hong kong have arrested more than 80 people, following a third consecutive day of pro—democracy protests. demonstrations and a strike have caused widespread disruption across the territory and police have fired teargas at activists. hong kong's leader warned the city was on the verge of a very dangerous situation. nick beake reports. hong kong's deepening crisis is exposing a dangerous clash of cultures. tonight, pro—democracy activists, dressed in black, fought street
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battles with men loyal to the beijing backed government. violence reigned for a third day running and this one up more than a thousand rounds of tear gas the police say they fired during this explosive summer of discontent. all this is happening outside the main government building but it is a similar picture in other parts of the city today and that is because these demonstrators say they on coming out onto the street. they have been doing it for two months and the reason they keep on coming is that they say they are getting nothing in the way of concessions from the government here. some police backed down today, but not hong kong's government. instead it claimed it was fighting enemies who were using the now suspended extradition bill is a cover to bring down this part of china. those ulterior motives
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are going to destroy hong kong. to risk one country, two systems. as another day of chaos was ending, beijing fired a warning at foreign powers to stop interfering in hong kong's affairs but it vowed no one should underestimate china's it was off to restore stability to the territory. we may soon discover that the level of force it is prepared to use to achieve that. nick beake, bbc news, hong kong. derbyshire fire and rescue service says it will take at least another day to pump enough water from a reservoir above the town of whaley bridge to help stabilise a dam which is in danger of bursting and flooding the area. residents have spent a fifth day out of their homes because of the partial collapse of the dam wall during torrential rain. danny savage reports. toddbrook reservoir is looking better by the day.
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the water level is going down by about two metres every 2a hours. below it, every road and footpath is still taped off, showing where no residents should be. but in here are a handful of people who refuse to leave their homes, a decision strongly criticised by police. one of them is mike friel. i know i could get out of here quick enough and get to higher ground. i'm in the town, but i'm on a slight hill and i know in a couple of minutes, i could get up the hill even higher. people don't seem to have realised that this was life—threatening. margot is one of those who's listened to the advice and moved out. she is frustrated that some people have refused to go. it's a selfish move, and it's implying that they know more than the environment agency, the engineers who are working here, and they don't. the aim, of course, is to get everybody back into their homes behind these
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lines as soon as possible. but talking to officials here, what they don't want to do is let people return and then find a reason to have to move them out again. the emergency‘s not over yet, not until the specialists tell us the dam is safe, which is why we keep pumping water out. but i have to say, thursday night, i had very little sleep because i was expecting a failure of that dam wall. it was in a critical position. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, visited today. he expressed sympathy to residents and called for an enquiry. there's still a lot of work being done, but if things continue at this pace, the waters should be down to a safe level by tomorrow. danny savage, bbc news, whaley bridge. cricket, and australia crushed england on the final day of the first ashes test, winning the match by 251 runs. it puts them ahead in an ashes series in the uk for the first time in 1a years. joe wilson reports. sunshine and special offers, £5 for children.
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the final day of the first test was a chance to show batting batting defiance, defence. the fans wanted england's batsmen to stay in, in there. operation survival. england had to stop australia taking ten wickets. rory burns was the first to go, his second innings a lot shorter than his first. jason roy. remember, nothing rash... as he learns how to be a test match batsman, this was a sharp lesson. it was the guile of australia's spin bowler, nathan lyon, which did for most of england's batsmen. lyon does not bowl fast, he is not draped in muscles, but he embodies australia's attitude. he took six wickets and, unfortunately, the sun kept shining so we had to keep watching. resistance came from chris woakes. on his home ground at least he gave the birmingham crowd something to respond to. the game was up long before woa kes fell for 37. the ball to steve smith. yes, he takes catches too. england all out. the smith batting earlier in the match will haunt england just as much as their own second
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innings collapse. it's frustrating, to finish the way it has. i think credit has to go to australia. we were bowled out today, i don't think it was gifted to them. but ultimately i think we have to look further back in the game. edgbaston did its best to live up to its fearsome reputation, the crowd cheered and jeered, they got dressed up but james anderson's calf failed. england's captain said that was a freak injury, defended anderson's selection. well, the ashes will be decided over the next four test matches but england now have a very confident group of australians to contend with. joe wilson, bbc news at edgbaston. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night.
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what in the sports day. sublime smith and the australian team go one as england surrender on the final day of edge fence. the £18 million man, moved to manchester united is complete. and off to a win on their opening game in the championship
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season with victory over huddersfield. hello, and welcome to sportsday. i'm gavin ramjaun. sublime smith and the australian team go one up, in the ashes series, as england surrender on the final day at edgbaston. england's players had a day to forget at edgbaston. joe root‘s side lost by 251 runs against australia, and are now 1—0 down in the ashes. they had a huge target to make, after steve smith's second century of the match inspired the tourists. but england fell miserably short, bowled out for 1a6 before tea. the team have it all to do now, with the second test, at lords, just over a week away. our sports correspondentjoe wilson was watching today's action. england fans may have been tempted to edgbaston today by the offer of a £5 ticket for under 16 is, and maybe
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