this is bbc news. the headlines: president trump says congressional leaders are having serious discussions about meaningful background checks on gun ownership, following two mass shootings this is bbc news, in the us last weekend. i'm nuala mcgovern. but he has not addressed calls our top stories: by the democrats for wider controls president trump promises serious discussions on tougher on access to weapons. background checks for gun ownership. protests in indian—administered kashmir days after delhi said it would revoke the area's special autonomous status. as protests continue hong kong's airport is occupied in indian—administered kashmir, delhi has told pakistan it must stop by hundreds of demonstrators as protests in the territory interfering in its internal affairs. enter their tenth weekend. relations have been strained a huge power blackout in england between the two countries and wales leaves almost since india revoked kashmir‘s special status earlier in the week. a million people without electricity, paksitan has responded by suspending train links, causing travel chaos. and halting trade. china has ordered the hong kong based airline cathay pacific to suspend any staff who support and bringing all the fun of the fair pro— democracy protests in the territory. beijing's latest tough stance comes as thousands of activists stage a sit—in at the territory's international airport — to an english cathedral.
hello and welcome to bbc news. president trump says congressional leaders are having serious discussions about tightening gun controls in the us in the aftermath of two mass shootings in the past week. mr trump said senior members of the republican party were on board and he'd also discussed the issue with the influential gun lobbyists, the national rifle association. however with senators on their summer recess, there's no prospect of any immediate legislation. we need intelligent background checks, 0k? we need intelligent background checks, ok? this isn't a question of nra, republican or democrats. i will tell you, i spoke to mitch mcconnell yesterday. he is totally on—board. he said, i've been waiting your call. is totally on i spoke to senators that in some cases, friends
of mine, but ready hardline senators, hardliners and when i say that i say that in a positive way, hardline on the second amendment. and they understand, we don't want insane people, mentally ill people, bad people, dangerous people. we don't want guns in the hands of the wrong people. our north america editor, jon sopel, is at the white house. this is his assessment of the situation. if this does happen, and they would be baby steps and it may still come to nothing, it would be a republican president taking on the might of the national rifle association, the most powerful lobbying organisation in the united states, and what makes it even more surprising is that donald trump sought to get the support of the national rifle association very early on. they backed him and donald trump has held them tight but he now believes that it's time to move on this issue and he said that, "i think, in the end, the nra will either be there "or maybe a little bit more neutral." well, not by their public utterances because they've said they are going to oppose any legislation that infringes
on the lawful rights of us citizens and they say the policy in particular is policy by soundbite but donald trump seems determined to press on, he says he's got the support of democrats and republicans and i think the fact that the president is backing this will encourage some republicans to kind of gird their loins and maybe vote against the nra but it's not going to change the number of guns in circulation. this is just about checking the backgrounds of those who want to buy guns and checking that they don't have any kind of mental illness. it may be a small step but it would be a significant one. let's get some of the day's other news. north korea has fired two "unidentified projectiles" into the sea, according to reports in south korea. they were fired from near the north—eastern city of hamhung into sea of japan. it's the latest in a series
of launches by pyongyang. reports from yemen say at least six civilians have been killed in renewed fighting in the southern port of aden. the warring parties are supposed to be on the same side in the fight against houthi rebels in the country's civil war. a powerful typhoon has made landfall in south eastern china bringing gusts of two hundred kilometres an hour and heavy rain. typhoon lekima — is the strongest to hit the country in 5 years. a red alert has been issued along the path of the storm, which is likely to reach shanghai, later in the day. malaysia has charged 17 former and current executives from the us investment bank goldman sachs — as part of its investigation into corruption at its huge state development fund, known as i mdb. goldman, which helped raise billions of dollars in bonds for the fund, says it will defend the charges ‘vigorously.’ india has told pakistan it must accept the new reality in kashmir and stop interfering in its internal affairs. relations have been strained since delhi revoked kashmir‘s special status earlier in the week. paksitan has responded by suspending train links, and halting trade. our correspondent yogita limaye is one of the few
internationaljournalists in kashmir — she sent this report from srinagar. tensions in kashmir are beginning to rise. young protesters have been coming out in many areas. pelting stones at security forces and jeering at them. soldiers fire lead pellets and tear gas to disperse the mob. chanting. voices that have been suppressed for days have begun to be heard. this was a spontaneous march by men who had just offered friday prayers. they walked through small alleys because they can't go out on the main roads. translation: in every part of india,
people are celebrating, but they don't know that our hearts are bleeding. we are crying. we are under siege. translation: we have been completely betrayed. they have put a gun to our heads and told us that a few people in the government have decided our fate. earlier, inside the mosque, too, there was sloganeering, and the cleric also made a speech about the issue. "the dispute over kashmir can only end when they take the opinion of people here", he said. it is the first friday since the government removed this region's special privileges. while most of the big mosques were closed, in some places, people were allowed to go out and pray. however, phone and internet lines remain cut off. separatist leaders have been moved out of kashmir. top politicians from the region remain under house arrest. the indian government, taking no chances, worried that the situation here
could spiral into widespread unrest. away from the empty streets of kashmir, in other parts of india, the government's actions have found resounding support. "it is a very good decision. we will now be able to control terrorism," one woman says. "i went to kashmir as a tourist but i didn't feel safe. prime minister modi has made a good move." a beautiful land that is no stranger to conflict, but rarely has it stood on the cusp of such an uncertain future. yogita limaye, bbc news, srinangar. in muzuffarabad, the capital of pakistani—administered kashmir,students and faculty members of the territory's main university chanted ‘we want freedom' as they marched on the offices of the united nations military observers group, in order to lodge an official
complaint against the indian government. in delhi, supporters of prime minister modi backed the indian government's actions. translation: it is a very good move. we will now be able to control terrorrism. translation: i went to kashmir as a tourist in 2013 — we didn't feel safe. prime minister modi has made a good move. we'll go to kashmir again without fear. translation: prime minister modi has done what no other prime minister could have done. true indians will support his decision. hong kong is bracing for another weekend of turmoil — following a large, but peaceful, occupation of the international airport on friday by pro—democracy demonstrators. the territory's leader, carrie lam criticised those who've been involved in increasingly violent street clashes and beijing has ordered the hong kong—based airline, cathay pacific, to suspend any staff who support the demonstrations. stephen mcdonell reports
from hong kong airport. in their thousands, black clad pro—democracy activists occupied the arrivals hall at hong kong airport. the officials allow the city and to continue as long as corridors were left clear for travellers to leave the building. we want democracy because we realise that this is an authoritarian government, and we need our voice to be heard by the government. the protesters said the aim was to reach a wider audience, and carrying banners criticising the local government, calling for universal suffrage and demanding an independent enquiry into alleged links between police officers and triad gangs. over the past two months, the police have used excessive force, to stop the protests from happening. hong kong's leader carrie lam said no such inquiry was needed
as police were carrying out their own internal investigation, and at a news conference she warned there would be more arrests over coming days if radical pro—democracy groups continue to clash with riot police. they did not mind destroying hong kong's economy, they have no stake in the society which so many people have helped to build. and that is why they resort to all this violence and obstructions, causing huge damage. what these people want, their key demand, is to be able to choose who their leader is. they are today no closer to achieving that. carrie lam showing no sign that she is moving in that direction, nor is beijing. however as you can see, these activists are also showing no inclination that they are prepared to give up yet. china's central government has also targeted stuff from cathay pacific, who have supported the pro—democracy movement.
the civil aviation administration said any flight from hong kong airline carrying crew had backed the protest would neither be allowed to land in china not fly through chinese airspace. we certainly wouldn't dream of telling them what they have to think about something, they are all adults, they are all service professionals, we respect them greatly. cathay pacific has released a statement in response to china's demand to suspend staff who have been supporting the pro—democracy protests. china's ban on cathay staff who've supported the demonstrations is due to begin on sunday — we'll bring you details of what happens here on bbc
world news. major power cuts have caused travel chaos across large areas of england and wales, affecting close to a million people. the national grid says two generators failed which triggered an emergency response to limit access to the network. katy austin has the latest. commuters navigating clapham junction station in darkness. this evening's power cuts did not last long but the impact affected more than a million people. including thousands of train passengers across the country, some unable to board. i am going to hang around and see if they put the trains back on and fix the issue but if not, i'm going to have to find somewhere to stay tonight and get a train tomorrow. no—one has come over and spoken to me. no—one seems to know what is going on. if you go and ask for help, no one really knows what is going on at all. while some were stuck on trains.
i was on a train to edinburgh through to london, we stopped in the countryside for an hour and a half with no information. we were starting to conserve water but now they are sending us back to peterborough station where we are just going to have to be, i presume, dumped off stoplights london king's cross is one of the country's busiest railway stations. passengers turned up this evening to find delays and cancellations and have now been told services are unlikely to resume today. reports of a problem emerged shortly after 5pm. uk power networks tweeted it was aware of a power cut which it believed was due to a national grid network failure. it supplies london and the south—east and said 300,000 homes were affected in that region, but it didn't end there. half a million people lost power in the area western power distribution covers, south—west england, south wales and the midlands. 110,000 customers served by northern power grid in the north—east, 26,000 supplied by electricity north west in areas from penrith in cumbria to stockport
in greater manchester, and 16,000 sse customers in central and southern england, and tens of thousands more were affected in cheshire and merseyside. national grid said the issue was caused by the loss of two generators that connect to the gigabits transmission system which led to a fall in the frequency of the electricity system and it had to disconnect part of the network. it said that by 6:30pm, all demand was restored by the distribution network operators, and the system is operating normally. by then, the loss of power had affected drivers, too, with some traffic lights out. newcastle airport experienced power issues, too, as did ipswich hospital, where the back—up generator failed. my mum got stuck in the lift in the scan, so we were looking at her ten feet off the ground, wondering how on earth she was going to get into the lift, because it wasn't working, or get down again, and it was quite a terrifying 20 minutes, wondering what is going to happen, are we going to have to get
the emergency services? people whose friday evening journeys turned into a nightmare will be wondering how this could have happened. katy austin, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: all the fun of the fair at a historic english cathedral. the question was whether we want to save our people and japanese as well and win the war, or whether we want to take a chance on being able to win the war by killing all our young men. the invasion began at two o'clock this morning. mr bush, like most other people, was clearly caught by surprise. we call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all the iraqi forces. 100 years old and still full of vigor, vitality and enjoyment of life. no other king or queen in british history has lived so long,
and the queen mother is said to be quietly very pleased indeed that she's achieved this landmark anniversary. this is a pivotal moment for the church as an international movement. the question now is whether the american vote will lead to a split in the anglican community. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: president trump says there's bipartisan support in congress for tougher background checks on people buying guns. despite tight security, protests have broken out in indian—administered kashmir — days after delhi said it would revoke the area's special autonomous status. the suspect in the el paso shooting, in which 22 people were killed, is reported to have confessed to police that he was targeting mexicans.
he is said to have waived his right to silence. all this week, we've spent a lot of time speaking about gun control and immigration policy in the wake of the shooting. but the community there is still dealing with the loss of friends and family — and their own personal trauma. as they try to find ways to heal, they are pulling together in the face of tragedy. there is suffering in our city, the devil came into our city and did whatever he did, and it was evil, it was not from us. somebody from out of town came and did this to us. this is the type of city, that we are not defined by something like this. no—one ever should be going through a loss like this. this is hard, i don't
believe he is really gone. like, you see it all over the news, but then for it to happen in your own city, is like, something shocking. i don't think it's actually hit home yet, it's something where you don't really want to believe. it's kind of hard. everybody who has been here or who has lived in el paso knows that somebody from here would never do something like that. it's full of life, and they tried to take that from us. the resilience is embedded within our community, because this community has gone through a lot. the fabrics of our community
are made of immigrants. i think it is also reflective ofjust the latino community, like if a stranger came to your house and asked for food or a place to stay, like, you would always open your doors. even if you don't have anything to give them, you give them whatever you can. it is just the community that we are, and i know that's what we're going to be from here on out, regardless of what happened. i hope that el paso can be an example to other communities that have latino populations or immigrant populations, to know that we can be safe and we can create safe communities. but there is a lot of healing that we need to do. all: el paso strong! to me, being el paso strong is being and achieving a passionate life style, is being and achieving a passionate lifestyle, and making sacrifices for it. we have just grown stronger, we were scared
for the first days but it has brought us closer together, like everybody here. it will be back to its original self, it's going to take time, but it's going to be back. we're going be more united, not going to give into something like this. if i would have met him and known he was coming, i would have just, notjust me, but everybody would have just shown him how hispanics are and the way of el paso, we would have shown them the food, the culture, how loving we are, and that we're not mean people or bad people like they say we are. i love el paso. is italy about to have a snap general election? the often fraught coalition between the five—star movement and the league party appears to have broken apart beyond repair. the league's leader, matteo salvini, has called for a no—confidence vote, blaming the five star movement‘s opposition to a high
speed rail link. james reynolds reports from rome. the league's leader matteo salvini, surely the most photographed man in italy, wants to break up the populist coalition and head for an early election. but that is no particular surprise. for the last year, salvini has had to share power with the five—star movement, as one of two deputy prime ministers. but current opinion polls suggest that he may have a chance of winning a snap vote and taking over as italy's prime minister. he's calling his members of parliament to rome to organise a no—confidence vote. translation: all the parliamentarians from the league will be in rome on monday, they will be there on tuesday, on wednesday, on thursday and on friday. it's absurd that someone says, as i read in some newspaper, that we cannot force
parliamentarians to work on the ferragosto public holiday. they should get off their bums and go to work, even on a public holiday. this puts pressure on the five—star leader luigi di maio, who is also a deputy prime minister. his party has been losing support, but he says he is not scared of an early vote, and he accuses salvini of being destructive. translation: minister salvini, after having spent two weeks at the beach, came to rome only to bring down the government and accuse parliamentarians of not working. next week members of the senate will break their holidays to discuss holding a formal no—confidence vote which may take place later this month. if it passes, the initiative would then fall to italy's president, sergio mattarella, who has the sole power to decide whether or not to call early election.
there's been a rush to buy medical iodine in russia's far north, following a rocket accident that lead to a brief spike in radiation. according to local media, pharmacies are selling out of their iodine stocks in the cities of arkhangelsk and severodvinsk. iodine can block the thyroid gland's take—up of radioactive chemicals, but it can also cause health issues. five people died in thursday's accident at a test site. norwich cathedral — one of the oldest in england — has installed a realfairground helter skelter to allow visitors a closer glimpse of its medieval roof. it hasn't escaped criticism though — one bishop has called the move ‘a mistake'. our religion editor, martin bashir, went to take a look. amid the ancient cloisters of this hallowed place, not the sound of evensong — but a fairground ride. it is faster than i thought it would be, it is good fun.
really good fun. didn't make you think about anything more deeply? if i am honest, no, other than what a random thing to have in a cathedral. i think it was very good and fast. it took four days to build and costs £2 per ride. the cathedral says it is designed to give a close—up view of the stunning medieval ceiling, and start conversations about faith. i think we have to remember that we are dealing with a great diversity of people in our nation, and if we are going to reach out of a lot of different people we have got to use different methods to reach them. at 55 feet tall it is closer to the heavens, but will it take people closer to god ? but isn't this a sign that the church has lost faith in its gospel message, and is now reduced to basically having gimmicks? oh no, this is a sign of a confident church. english cathedrals are the great success story of the church of england. our numbers coming to worship are increasing, numbers of visitors
across all cathedrals are rising. so if that is the case, why do you have a helter—skelter? because our job has always been to retell the story. i'm now going to climb the 36 steps myself. six flights of stairs, and i am nowjust over ten feet from the cathedral ceiling. are you ready? thank you very much — ooh, that is quick! haven't seen much of the ceiling from here. well, i have to say, i think i prefer evensong for understanding the gospel and the christian faith, butjudging by the line over there, i think i am in the minority. before we go, a little bit of culinary art, a sculpture of big bird from sesame street they're made entirely of butter, made at the iowa
state fair in the united states. there was also a butter cow that would provide enough spread for more than 19,000 slices of toast. stay with us on the bbc. hello there, we have seen impacts already from this unseasonal weather, and we are not finished just yet either. some more rain to come which will be quite heavy, perhaps some thundery downpours as well this weekend, and those winds are strengthening more widely now across england and wales. that's because our unusually deep area of low pressure for the time of year is drifting its way northwards, winds strengthening on its southern flank, there is more rain around overnight as well, but where the winds are lighter, later in scotland and northern ireland, there may be a few mist and fog patches. 13—111, it's warmer further south, 16—17, with more showers, even longer spells of rain, quite a few of those in the morning across wales and the south—west of england.
a number of heavy showers developing further north, and those will be more slow—moving and more frequent as well. not too much rain for the north—west of scotland, i think it will be more towards eastern scotland later in the day that we will see some thundery downpours, and throughout the day, they are never too far away from southern scotland and also close to northern ireland as well, this line of downpours running over the irish sea into the north—west of england. further south showers more fleeting, because it will be so windy, those are the wind gusts, widespread gales for england and wales, gusts of 60 miles an hour across southern coasts. a very windy conditions, and it won't feel as warm or as muggy either, 27 east anglia yesterday, looking at low 20s at best. winds do continue to ease a little during saturday night into sunday morning, but you can see we still have some areas of rain, and again that could be heavy and thundery with the prospect of some localised flooding as well. those temperatures begin to drop
away towards southern parts of the uk, typically 13—111. so to the second half of the weekend, it is not completely dry, there will be some sunshine around, but we will see more showers developing across england and wales, for a time across northern ireland, and a spot of rain is slow—moving, central and southern scotland and the far north of england, underneath that it will not be very warm at all for the time of year, 14—15 for northern parts of the uk, 22 or 23 towards the south—east at best. an area of low pressure is pulling away on sunday, hence the winds easing down, but look what's coming in from the atlantic. all these weather fronts, another area of low pressure developing around the middle part of next week, there is no sign of summer returning really in the outlook as we head into next week, it remains very unsettled, we will get some showers or longer spells of rain, some sunshine at times but not particularly warm 00:28:48,910 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 for the time of year.