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land i and alpa patel in london. the headlines: terror on the streets of barcelona as a van ploughs into a crowd killing at least 13 people.” saw a white van with a side door open. we heard gunshots — whether it was police or from the van i open. we heard gunshots — whether it was police orfrom the van i don't know. i didn't hang around for that. two people have been arrested but the van driver himself may still be on the run. spain was a prime minister has said there is no doubt it was a jihadist attack. i'm rico hizon in singapore. also on the programme: the grim toll of president duterte‘s war on drugs as more than 50 die in just three days. and britain says it hopes jail terms for the three activists in hong kong
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will not affect the legitimate processed. —— protest. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it's newsday. it is midnight here in london, 7am in singapore and 1am in barcelona, where three days of mourning have been declared after another terror attack on a major european city. 13 people have been killed and more than 100 injured after a van ploughed into a crowd of people. it happened on the city's most famous thoroughfare, las ramblas. from barcelona, here is gavin lee. terror on the streets of europe, again. and, again, a vehicle used as a weapon. come on, come on, just come on.
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las ramblas, in barcelona, a packed sunny evening on spain's most famous boulevard, in panic. screaming come on, you're gonna be alright. this white van mounted the pavement and ploughed into pedestrians. sirens bodies were left lying on the street. those who were nearby rushed to help the injured. emergency services arrived quickly, as the hunt for those responsible began. the city's metro and train stations were closed down. the nearby streets quickly deserted, as people were told to stay inside. i saw a white van with the side door open. we heard gunshots. whether it was the police or from the van, i don't know. i didn't hang around for that. we ran into the burger king to get shelter. reporter: what was going through
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your mind when it was going on? are we going to survive? yeah, we were just scared they were going to get in there. they pulled all the shutters down. just kept us safe and that was it. i saw people falling to the ground, and that struck my eyes, rather than the car. i immediately sensed that it was a nice—like event. and people around it ran away, fled away in panic. authorities say the vehicle was driven half a kilometre down las ramblas boulevard, reportedly at up to 80 kilometres an hour. police have released a photo of this man, driss oubakir, said to have rented the van. he's understood to have been known to police. a former prisoner, released five years ago. police say two people have been arrested tonight but investigators are still working to get
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to the bottom of how this happened and who was behind it. right now, people are being told to stay well away from the city. but this attack has happened in the middle of summer. there are locals, there are tourists, there are thousands of people here unsure of where to go and whether it is safe, and whether there are more people out there planning another attack. you cannot be sure to go anywhere else, anything can happen. wherever we go, we will still be exposed to something. tonight, as people start to comprehend the brutality of what's happened, they are being told to stay away and indoors, as police try to co—ordinate who carried out the attack and if any threat remains. well, i spoke to gavin a short while ago from the police cordon. he gave us this update. has been another police conference
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and they say the attacker, takos, have been co—ordinated. 5pm, on las ramblas, the busiest, most famous promenade in spain, one kilometre long, —— attackers. everyone inside who were in the hotels have been hiding out and in the past hour police have been going from bar to bar, the rest runs and cafes, questioning everybody. so what we know — a car went for about half a kilometre, possibly up to 80 miles an hour down the road, it ploughed through accpac group of people, we're talking about hundreds of people on last round was at the time —— a packed. 13 have been killed, 15 in critical condition in hospital, more than 100 people have been injured. the belgian consulate is a one belgian national is amongst the dead here, a tourist. the car came toa dead here, a tourist. the car came to a stop. two men were thought to have at one point gone into the bar. there was concerned they were amongst the tourists. that is why
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the house—to—house checks were being done. what we know is two men were hiding out in a separate bar. they have been arrested. a third man was caught up in a car chase 500 metres from here past three checkpoints. he has been shot dead. it is not substantiated and we don't know if it is part of the same investigation. but police say there is one prime suspect where they retrieved a passport from the car, isa man retrieved a passport from the car, is a man named driss 0ubakir, a moroccan national who had been living in spain, who was released from prison in 2012. there is very little details about whether they have been in custody. quitting at the moment he is someone please want to speak to. five hours in and are just asking to leave the barricades. 0ther just asking to leave the barricades. other people here. we will surely the camera. people are waiting over here. if you look. people have so cases. they are staying in the city. they are told to hide. they don't know where to go. they can't get in. a lot of people are worried right now, could there be another attack? gavin lee. and later in the programme we'll
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have a report from our security correspondent gordon corera, so do stay with us for that. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. as the debate over race relations intensifies in the united states, president trump has said the country's history is being "ripped apart" by the removal of statues, including those which commemorate supporters of slavery. his comments follow deadly violence at a rally in charlottesville, organised by far—right groups. 0ur north america editor jon sopel reports. bell tolls. does this statute represent heritage or hate? dignity or division? last night, this monument to a confederate soldier — the army from the south in the us civil war that fought to maintain slavery — was vandalised. today, as we filmed in leesburg, virginia, the local authorities decided it was time to install closed—circuit tv to keep a watchful eye on the monument. and this famous landmark of this pretty town was dividing opinion, just as it is across the country.
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do you believe the statue should come down? no, i don't. why not? like i say, it's history. it's not good history, but it's a reminder of what not to repeat in the past. it's a shame. it's a darn shame. you know, that they have to nit—pick stuff like this. should these statues stay or go? i think they should go. i believe the statues should go. it's a representation of past actions that have shackled and chained people both mentally and physically. but it's not only this vietnam vet saluting these monuments. today, donald trump entered the fray, tweeting. .. "sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. you can't change history, but you can learn from it. robert e lee, stonewalljackson. who's next? washington? jefferson? so foolish". jews will not replace us!
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it was plans to dismantle the statue of general lee that sparked these hate—drenched scenes in charlottesville at the weekend which left one person dead. no doubt these people will be cheering the president to the rafters for his comments today. but in durham, north carolina, those people who believe these statues are symbols of america's dark past are taking matters into their own hands. cheering there are statues like this all across the southern states of america. yes, they represent history and heritage. but that's only part of the story. they are also about the toxic state of race relations in america today, and the continuing search of african—americans to find equality and respect. an old soldier who now seems to represent an america uncomfortable about its past, divided about its present, uncertain about the future. jon sopel, bbc news, leesburg, virginia. also making news today:
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a ten—year—old rape victim in india has given birth to a baby girl, weeks after a plea for an abortion was rejected by the country's highest court. the victim was allegedly raped by her uncle, who has been arrested. the supreme court court turned down the request after a medical panel said her pregnancy was too far advanced. police have put a red alert on south africa's borders to prevent the zimbabwean first lady from fleeing the country. grace mugabe is accused of beating a 20—year—old model in a hotel room nearjohannesburg with an extension cord. police expected mrs mugabe, 52, to turn herself in on tuesday, but she failed to show up. the nobel prize winning activist, malala yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the taliban for advocating education for girls in pakistan, has confirmed she's been accepted into 0xford university.
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she'll read philosphy, politics and economics, starting this october. around a dozen sailors from the united states navy are facing punishment over a collision with a philippine cargo ship injune. the commanding officer, executive officer and master chief of the uss fitzgerald are all being removed from the ship. the navy‘s deputy chief says he's lost trust and confidence in their ability to lead following the incident. a 12—year—old yazidi boy has been reunited with his mother in canada three years after being captured by the so—called islamic state. emad tamo was reunited after a relative alerted his mother to his photo posted online after his rescue. the family were held captive by is in 2014 after their town was captured. emad's mother escaped with some of her children, arriving in canada as a refugee. the war on drugs in the philippines continues to take a deadly toll.
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police say they've killed another 26 suspected drug dealers, and arrested hundreds more. the operations were ordered by president rodrigo duterte. the latest deaths mean at least 58 people have been killed in the past three days. jonathan head reports — and a warning you may find some of the images in his report disturbing. 0ne one night, 26 dead. president duterte‘s war on drugs is back with a duterte's war on drugs is back with a vengeance. duterte's war on drugs is back with a vengeance. as duterte's war on drugs is back with a vengeance. as so duterte's war on drugs is back with a vengeance. as so often before, the police say they fired in self defence. as we are right here in san pedro, explain this officer, two men shot at offices, that's why they we re shot at offices, that's why they were killed. the police are calling
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this a one—time big—time anti— drugs and crime operation. another like it the night before killed 32 people. as before, these killings occurred in poor neighbourhoods, the focus of the drug warfrom in poor neighbourhoods, the focus of the drug war from its start. president duterte was forced to suspend their campaign back in february after police officers were found to have murdered a korean businessmen. but he offered no apology for restarting it. the 32 who died in bulakan, that is good, he told this group of anticorruption volunteers. if we could kill 32 every day, maybe we could fix this country. when he launched his drug war last year the president promised to end the problem within three to six months. he now says he was overoptimistic. that deadline has long since passed and still the
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killing goes on. jonathan head, bbc news, bangkok. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: a hired truck is used to inflict carnage in the centre of the spanish city of barcelona. can anything be done to prevent such terror attacks? also on the programme: will the jail sentences handed down to three pro—democracy activists in hong kong have a stifling effect on legitimate protest? washington, the world's most political city is today assessing the political health of the world's most powerful man. indeed i did have a relationship with miss lewinsky that was not appropriate. in fact, it was wrong. in south africa 97 people have been killed today in one of the worst days of violence between rival black groups. over the last 10
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days, 500 have died. chanting: czechoslovakia must be freed! russia is observing a national day of mourning for the 118 submariners who died on board the kursk. we are all with them now, within our hearts. the pope has celebrated mass before a congregation of more than 2.5 million people, in his hometown of krakow. "stay with us, stay with us," chanted this ocean of humanity. "well, well," joked the pope, "so you want me to desert rome?" this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm alpa patel in london. our top stories:
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three days of mourning have been declared in barcelona after a van deliberately ploughed into a crowd in the centre of barcelona, killing 13 people two people have been arrested, but latest reports say the van driver himself is still on the run. spain's prime minister says there's no doubt it was a jihadist attack. let's ta ke let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. let's start with the straits times on the reaction to donald trump's remarks on charlottesville. it says president donald trump is increasingly isolated after being abandoned by business executives, contradicted by military leaders and shunned by republicans. china daily takes up the meeting between by chairman of the us joint chiefs of staff generaljoseph dunford to china's president. it quotes xi jinping who described the ups and downs of china—us ties as "a rainbow appears after winds and tides," and called for mutual sincerity and kindness.
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finally, we have the south china morning post from hong kong on the news that three pro—democracy student leaders have beenjailed for storming government headquarters in 2014. its writes that the ruling againstjoshua wong, nathan law, and alex chow, has effectively halted their budding political careers, as a criminal record means they also face a five—year ban from public office. let's get more on our top story. the attack in barcelona, which used a vehicle as a weapon to mow down pedestrians. it is one of at least seven to have been carried out in europe injust over a year. the problem for the authorities is that such attacks are extremely difficult to prevent. so, what more can the authorities do, if anything, with his analysis here's our security correspondent, gordon corera. barcelona is just the latest
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a series of vehicle attacks, leaving a terrible but tragically now almost a familiar scene on the streets of europe. the first major incident was in nice, when a lorry ploughed into a crowd just over a year ago. it was a target and moment to maximise the casualties and the impact. then a lorry attack onto a christmas market in berlin, then van driven into the city centre in stockholm. britain has not been immune from what has been called low—tech terrorism. in march, a man ploughed into a westminster bridge. three men drove down london bridge injune before attacking people with knives. and then finsbury park mosque
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worshippers were struck by a car. stopping these attacks is hard. here at westminster bridge, they have installed these barriers to stop vehicles ramming into pedestrians on the bridge, but an attacker could just pick a different crowded place. the authorities are also looking at things like more checks on people making short—notice rentals of vans, but the problem is these attacks require just everyday items, just a car, no guns or explosives, and, with so little planning required, it can be hard to spot them and stop them. new shock—absorbing barriers, like this one shown in a test, may offer some protection but counter—terrorism experts caution they cannot stop all attacks happening. it's an almost impossible thing to prevent completely but you can try to make it a little bit more difficult for terrorists, and that, to some extent, is all we can do. the way we stop this from happening is by preventing people from becoming radicalised or by people willing to come forward
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to say — "i know someone who might do this." that is how we stop it. this is one of the men authorities believe it is responsible. and tonight, islamic state so—called said it was responsible. but this does not always mean there was a direct link with the group. nd one major concern for security forces around the world is that these kind of attacks can be carried out with little or no training, direction or co—ordination. gordon corera, bbc news. in hong kong, three pro—democracy protesters have been sent to prison. joshua wong, alex chow, and nathan law were all linked to protests in 2014, known as the umbrella movement. the trio were jailed on an appeal from the hong kong government, which said their previous sentence of community service was too lenient. juliana liu is in hong kong. these three pro—democracy activists
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are making headlines in today's hong kong publications. that is correct. hong kong is still reeling from the news that the three leaders of the umbrella movement have beenjailed. this is after being tried, convicted, and sentenced last year. they have served out their sentences. but the government of hong kong decided the sentences were too lenient. they took their appeal too lenient. they took their appeal to the high court where a panel of threejudges agreed with to the high court where a panel of three judges agreed with them. the hong kong government has been saying all along this is not politically motivated, but certainly human rights groups say it is meant to be a message of deterrence to other young protesters. let me share with young protesters. let me share with you how the story is being reported in newspapers. this is the south china morning post. a quick look at the front page. let me review how it is being covered. here is a large
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splash photo of justin is being covered. here is a large splash photo ofjustin wong, one of the three activists, being taken from a police car to start his life in prison for the next three years. he was still punching the air and asking hong kong to not give up. below that headline, political careers halted forjailed student leaders. this is significant because according to hong kong rules, anyone sentenced to three months in prison is banned from elected politics for the next five years. two of the three activists intended to enter or re—enter politics. all three have been effectively barred from running in any kind of election for the next five years. let me show you the 0riental daily news, a chinese daily broadsheet. the story takes up the
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entire front page from top to bottom as you can see. at the top, voters of all three activists in police va ns of all three activists in police vans as they are taken to prison. —— photos of. the headline, three boys going to prison. a summary down here. a boxed summary of the judges and how they came to their decision. that is what is of importance in the newspapers. thank you very much for joining us from hong kong. before we go, a reminder of our top story. the so—called islamic state has claimed it was behind a terror attack in barcelona which has killed 13 people. more than 100 have been injured. we'll leave you with these eyewitness accounts. i was walking up to the catalunya metro station and i heard screams, first of all, and a couple of crashes, where i am guessing
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it was the moment the van mounted the pavement and knocked over all kinds of stalls and that kind of thing. and then that's when i saw the crowds parting because of a massive croud of people on las ramblas itself, and that's when i saw the van going at full speed down the middle of las ramblas. and when i saw that it wasn't slowing down, that's when i realised that there was something obviously very, very wrong. i saw a white van with its front looking like it was broken out and it was going... at first i thought it was a service vehicle. then i realised it was going too fast. it looked to me as if it was going left to right, hitting people at the stands — they were people shopping, basically. all of a sudden people were just screaming and running. my taxi stopped.
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we knew immediately what it was, you know, naturally, what happened, or what was going on at that moment. and we waited for a second and my taxi driverjust started saying "oh, my god, oh, my god," and i was in shock. we ran into the bakery and ran up the stairs to hide. and as we looked out the window, people were running through the markets. hundreds and hundreds of people running through the markets just as we were coming down. and then that's the point when we just sort of hid under the table upstairs in the bakery and we just waited. we were there for about 40 minutes, i think, hiding, and then we were told it was safe to come out but we must move away from the area. hello there. friday is looking
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cooler across—the—board. plenty of showers around as well. some of the merging together to bring longer spells of rain in the north and the west of the uk. we start the morning off with sunshine and dry in the south and east. plenty of showers in scotland. some merging together to bring longer spells of rain in the north—west and eastern areas as well. sunshine to the south. some sunshine and one or two showers for the northern isles. england and wales, most of the showers in northern and western areas. the midlands eastwards, largely dry. temperatures, 15— 17. quite breezy, especially close to the irish sea. the coast around the irish sea will be windy through the day. wet in the northern half of scotland. this is the future pushing towards wales and western parts of england later in
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the day, prolonged rain. the south—east. plenty of dry weather. top temperatures, 22 degrees. cooler than what we saw on thursday. during friday night, blustery. further pulses of rain. showers moving through. tending to turn more dry by the end of the night. cooler spots in rural places, central and northern part. saturday, dry. in between weather systems. looking good through the country. a windy day. showers are lighter. especially in northern and western areas, staying dry. 20— 22 is the high. this area of low pressure across the atla ntic towards this area of low pressure across the atlantic towards our shores will contain the remnants of what was hurrican gert. it will bring a surge of rain to south—western areas on
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sunday. starting of dry with sunshine. uncertain about how far and heavy this rain will spread. what it will do is introduce a brief surge of warmer and more humid air to southern part of britain towards the start of next week. again, uncertainty in that sunshine. temperatures could be reaching the mid—20s. a cool error alert behind that. slowly starting to go south. -- air. i'm alpa patel with bbc world news. our top story: 13 people have been killed in the spanish city of barcelona, after a van deliberately drove at speed into a crowd of pedestrians. so—called islamic state says it was behind the attack. two people have been arrested, but latest reports say the van driver may still be on the run. the spanish prime minister mariano rajoy has said he's in no doubt that what happened was a jihadist attack. speaking in barcelona, he said the fight against terrorism
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was the main priority for free and open societies. and this story is trending on donald trump has denounced the removal of beautiful confederate statues from public spaces in the us. he's tweeted that us history and culture are being ripped apart. his comments come after violent protests in charlottesville over the weekend.
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