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hello and welcome to bbc news at broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is gavin grey. our top stories: spain's government says the terror cell behind last week's attacks has been dismantled, but a massive manhunt continues for one key suspect. several members of the jihadist cell came from this small town in the pyrenees. a shocked community searches for answers. in other news: tens of thousands march in boston in opposition to a planned right—wing rally. president trump applauds the protestors for standing up to hate. and a british man injured while helping victims of finland's first terrorist attack insists he's "no hero." hello and welcome to bbc news.
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spain's interior minister says the terror cell behind the attacks there this week has been broken up. officials believe the cell consisted of 12 young men, most of them moroccan nationals. one man, younes abouyaaqoub, is still at large — police searching for him say they believe he may have been the driver of the van which mowed down so many people on thursday in barcelona, killing 13 and injuring 130. from there, james reynolds reports. the king of spain, determined to show that barcelona has nothing to fear. symbols of rule from the capital, madrid, are not always welcome in this, the catalan region, but in the aftermath of thursday's attack, felipe vi is met with cheers. this footage from a museum security camera appears to show part of the assault on las ramblas.
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the attackers‘ van tears down the avenue. passers—by run for their lives. the authorities say that they have now broken up the network responsible for the attacks in both barcelona and the coastal town of cambrils. at first investigators believed that one of the cambrils suspects, 17—year—old, moussa oukabir, was also the barcelona attacker, but now they are investigating the possibility that 22—year—old younes abouyaaqoub may have carried out the attack himself. he is currently at large. the authorities have announced greater security at spain's borders and also in places where tourists gather. the new measures come too late for andrew cadman, from britain and australia, he has flown in to find his 7—year—old son, julian. there is still no confirmed words on the boy's whereabouts or condition.
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these survivors told their stories to the queen and king, here on a tour of barcelona's hospitals. translation: this violent, cowardly attack, this assassination that has killed and injured many people and has moved us all, will not defeat asked or our values. barcelona, for so long free from attacks, now has to rewrite its own history. the mayor has opened a book of condolence. "i came to express my sympathies with the victims," sergio martinez told me, "i also wanted to show that we are not afraid and that we will carry on." tonight, on las ramblas, the simple act of going out for a walk becomes a powerful symbol and this city finds itself following the rhythm of mourning and defiance so familiar to the rest of this continent.
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james reynolds, bbc news, barcelona. well, several of the men behind the attacks grew up in the small town of ripoll, north of barcelona. most were the children of moroccan immigrants. among them younes abouyaaqoub — now on the run — who, as we've heard, may have driven the van in the barcelona attack. our correspondent, wyre davies, has been to ripoll, to speak to people there about the extremists who lived among them. the small chocolate box mountain town of ripoll in the foothills of the spanish pyrenees, the last place you would expect as the breeding ground for a gang of radical islamist militants preparing to commit mayhem and murder. at least seven young men from this small town either died during the attacks or have been arrested since thursday. they include moussa oukabir, said aallaa and mohamed hychami. all three were killed by police in cambrils, on friday morning.
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also from ripoll is younes abouyaaqoub, who is still on the run. at this small mosque in ripoll, where the boys and young men sometimes prayed, but were by no means the devout, community leaders were almost speechless, distraught by what has happened. "we did not really know the boys or what they were up to," says this man, who has been in charge of the mosque since the imam left, two months ago. "they sometimes came to pray," he says, "but if we'd known their plans we would have gone straight to the police." on the main road into town today, armed officers checking cars and lorries as spain hunts down all of those responsible for the attacks in barcelona and cambrils. although the spanish government says the cell that carried out these attack has now been dismantled, little is actually known about this small group of young men, mainly of moroccan descent,
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who apparently became radicalised and planned their attacks in the most unlikely of places. in the last two days, several suspects and known associates of the attackers have been arrested. the former imam's home has been searched and no one left in ripoll, a town where everyone knows everyone, can quite believe it. at the beginning the people in ripoll were shocked, because in a big town, in a big city, it is easy to find isolated communities, but not in a place like ripoll, because most young people participate in many activities. a 22—year—old son of this town is currently the most wanted man in spain. after what he and the others are accused of doing, it will take ripoll years to recover. wyre davies, bbc news. and you can find further background
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information and analysis of the spanish terror attacks on our website. that's let's ta ke let's take a look at some of the other news making the headlines this hour. the iraqi prime minister has announced the start of the ground operation to drive the islamic state group out of its last major urban stronghold in the country, tal afar. waves of air strikes have been conducted against the city in recent weeks and it's been surrounded the iraqi army and militias. the government of sierra leone says the number of victims from the mudslide in the capital freetown has risen to 441. about 600 more people are missing. attempts continue to dig out more bodies from the debris in the regent district of the city. the authorities are warning of the dangers of water—borne diseases. the white house says president trump and his wife, melania, will not take part in one of america's top arts awards. a statement said this would allow the recipients to celebrate without any political distractions. several winners had said they would not attend a reception
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at the white house. as we've been hearing, attempts by a far—right group to hold a rally in the us city of boston have been thwarted by a massive counter—demonstration. a small group of white nationalists were trying to hold what they called a "free speech rally". the protests followed last weekend's violence in virginia, when a young woman was killed by a car driven at a crowd of anti—racist demonstrators. aleem maqbool reports from boston. crowd chanting: we can't hear you! it was a day of taunting american‘s far—right. —— america's. this was their so—called ‘free speech‘ rally that —— this was their so—called "free speech rally"
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that after recent violence, many had been worried about. but this was the city‘s response — a massive counter protest of bostonians condemning hate—speech and racism. crawd chanting: the people united will never be defeated! i am outraged. outraged. we have to make a difference. i can't believe in 2017 that we are still marching for rights. when faced with the option to stand and say what is right and wrong, i cannot sit home and keep my views to myself, when there is hate out there. they certainly have the right to speak but we also have the right to congregate and to show that we do not support what they have to say and i think the numbers bear that out today. the two demonstrations — one outnumbering the other by many thousands — were kept apart to prevent trouble, but the far—right demonstrators, often wearing from trump hats, were unapologetic. i‘m a racist. that defiance often angered those around. just one of those so—called free—speech protesters has just come out into the crowd and has had to be escorted by police through this very angry crowd, who have been chanting anti—racism and anti—trump
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slogans all day. the president has been underfire for failing to unequivocally condemn the far—right activists that protested in charleville, last week. even after a counter—demonstrator, heather heyer, was killed. today, donald trump tweeted... there were moments of tensions but, on the whole, the day was peaceful. more about being a huge statement from people here that, whatever their president does, they will come out in their drove to condemn bigotry when they see it. aleem maqbool, bbc news, in boston. we will be talking to one of the protest organisers later in the programme. a british paramedic severely injured
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while trying to save the life of a woman stabbed in finland on friday has told the bbc he‘s not a hero. hassan zubier said he did his best and no more. i saw the severe injuries she had in her throat. i got hold of her artery, stopped the bleeding. but the man came back. he tried to stab me, i kicked him. he ran away. he came back. and then i felt like someone hitting me in the back. people screamed. i was trying to save her life. well, two women died in what‘s being described as finland‘s first terrorist attack. police say the attacker, who was shot and then arrested, is moroccan. four more moroccan men have been arrested and an international search warrant is out for a fifth. tom donkin has more. in the wake of the dual attacks in spain, another european community is coming to terms with
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the horror of terrorism. the city of turku, a business and cultural hub on the south—west coast of finland is now calm with quiet remembrance. on friday afternoon, it was the scene of chaos. an 18—year—old man carrying a knife went on a frenzied attack in the city‘s main market square. the moroccan killed two people and injured eight others before police shot him in the leg and made the arrest. authorities have not released the identity of the attacker, who remains in hospital. police believe this was not a random act of violence on the innocent, but a targeted attack on women. the two finnish victims were female as were six of the eight others injured. this is the first ever terror attack in finland‘s history. juha sipila is the first finnish leader who has had to respond to terrorism but his message was familiar. this is the first time we have a terrorist attack in finland. of course, the whole country is sorrowing the situation right now and we are looking for the future anyway, together.
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and we don‘t give up. while terrorism is new for finland, the authorities are asking the usual questions after an incident like this. did the attacker act alone, or was he part of a wider network? so far, four other moroccan men have been arrested in connection with the attack. an international search warrant is out for a fifth. so, while the interior ministry says nationwide security is being stepped up, the country‘s flags are lowered to half—mast out of respect for the victims. but also, it will remind those here that despite a history of relative peace, terrorism is part of a new reality. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: ahead of america‘s total solar eclipse on monday, we travel to the faroe islands,
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to meet people who‘ve seen the phemomenon twice. 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 ten days, 500 have died. chanting: czechoslovakia must be free! russia is observing a national day of mourning for the 118 submariners who died on board the kursk. we‘re 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.
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"well, well," joked the pope, "so you want me to desert rome?" this is bbc news. the latest headlines: spain‘s government says the terror cell behind last week‘s attacks has been dismantled. but the hunt continues for a key suspect. tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of boston, to protest against a far right rally in the city. let‘s stay with that story. rinaldo del gallo is a lawyer, he ran for the senate as a bernie sanders progressive, and he‘s fought for, amongst other things, transgender rights. he was due to speak at the free speech rally which caused thousands to come out and protest against. you did not. why not? what happened
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is that police basically did not allow me to approach the stage and speak. i went to every gate and spoke to 20 police. i spoke to 91 one and they did not let me speak. -- 911. the one and they did not let me speak. —— 911. the police did a good job and a bad job. the event to doubt really happen. people were not allowed to listen. —— did not really. apparently many speakers we re really. apparently many speakers were locked out and basically could not be heard. they did a good job at basically keeping us alive. the antifa was very violent. i say this asa antifa was very violent. i say this as a guy who has sponsored legislation, what they call
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legislation, what they call legislation for immigrants. but the antifa group was very bad. they were shouting at me and calling the white trash. i was wearing a bernie sanders t—shirt which i am wearing right now. it was quite obvious. i was holding a sign for minimum wage. it was obvious i was progressive... iam it was obvious i was progressive... i am sorry to interrupt, but the counter demonstrators are saying it was a platform to racism and bigotry. well, what i believe is you have to allow freedom of speech. i know that is different in america. u nless know that is different in america. unless there is a clear and present danger, whether it is the court issuing an injunction, arresting someone issuing an injunction, arresting someone who is about to be violent,
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they should be allowed to speak. that is why i am a strong believer in freedom of expression and the first amendment. what has been happening in charlottesville with tensions so high, was it a bad time to hold such a rally? i think the timing was unfortunate. but i think what has happened, just as conservatives have to denounce the old is right, i think we progressives really need to decry these antifa people. they are too extreme and too violent. they were to violence against me today is a big they were pretty bad in cha rlottesville big they were pretty bad in charlottesville as well. —— today. you need to keep them away. don‘t try to engage in the violent. that
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is what they did. it is a mistake. it will hurt progressives and i am worried about it. when you say that, when you were being escorted away by police, some of the speakers were being escorted away, it appears that some of them were very fearful for their lives. did you feel that way? i was very afraid for my life. i thought if i was not taken out in a paddy wagon, i would not have lived through it. what happened is it became apparent i was a speaker and then the antifa started yelling at me, calling the white trash, white trash, white trash. i believe i would have been hurt, possibly worse. they throw acid in the faces of people. they caused $100,000 worth of damage at one event. i have every reason to believe i would have been hurt. they have a history. 0k.
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a couple of counter demonstrators we spoke to today said it was peaceful and they were determined to keep it that way, but nevertheless, for you, thank you forjoining us. thank you very much. the ecuadorian government has sent a strong warning to china about illegal fishing in waters around the galapagos archipelago, a marine reserve. officials say over 100 chinese flagged boats have been identified in or near to the protected zone. one of the vessels was captured last week, carrying 300 tons of endangered sharks, the crew was arrested. sarah corker‘s report contains some graphic images. this is the chinese flagged vessel suspected of fishing inside the galapagos islands marine reserve. on board there were 300 tons of fish. most of the catch was endangered sharks, including baby sharks and protected species such as hammerheads. on saturday, ecuadorian officials sent this warning. china has been asked
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to respond to this protest regarding the respect of our sovereignty and our exclusive economic zone, and of the conservation principles established in the un convention on the rights of the ocean. the crew members are being held in custody, pending court proceedings. if found guilty, they could face up to three years in prison for environmental crimes. the islands are located in the eastern pacific ocean, more than 900 kilometres off the coast of south america. the unesco world heritage site has been listed because of the diversity of plants and animals found there. shark fin is considered a delicacy in chinese cuisine. they said that that fishing is wiping out endangered species and fuelling illegal trafficking. eclipse fever is taking hold, with people across the united states
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preparing for the total solar eclipse on monday. for some advice of what to expect, we‘ve spoken to people from the faroe islands who ecperienced their own eclipse in 2015. dear america... america. dear america... people were shocked we did not watch the eclipse. we turned our back. we looked at the landscape. the
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mountain was on fire. i set a few go—pros in the chicken house and the animals were confused. they were going in their chicken house and falling asleep. and then the hen who came out minutes later looked around and made sounds like it does in the morning. in 1953. this was the year before. it was a little bit scary because we did not know what it was. it is very beautiful to see. you
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will experience it in your country. it would be nice to have some family and friends over. just being with the family and trying to enjoy it. many people were at home to look at it. if i had many people were at home to look at it. ifi had a many people were at home to look at it. if i had a chance to do it again, my tip would be don‘t take any pictures. just enjoyed it. it goes so fast. let the professionals ta ke goes so fast. let the professionals take the pictures. remember to use your solar eclipse glasses because they will protect you from damaging your highs, especially just they will protect you from damaging your highs, especiallyjust after the totality. your pupils open in the totality. your pupils open in the darkness. the sun will go straight into your highs and you
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will not feel the pain until later. — your will not feel the pain until later. —— your eyes. that eclipse is on monday. now, one for fans of the king of rock and roll. this is the elvis of asia competition in the philippines. 23 enthusiasts from across the continent put on their blue suede shoes, combed their sideburns and shook their hips, all for the 40th anniversary of the death of elvis presley. the good natured event was won by localjun espinosa who will be packed off to graceland for his efforts. let‘s hope they don‘t mark him return to sender. this is bbc news.
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hello again. saturday was another day of sunshine and showers, showers particularly frequent across more northern parts of the uk. in scotland, many of them were heavy and thundery. this is one of the clouds working across the skyline of argyll and bute, a big cumulonimbus cloud working into the scottish highlands. some beautiful pictures there. a few showers left over across north—western scotland, for most, a dry start to day. these kind of temperatures first thing in the morning. our weather today is going to be influenced by this. hurricane gert a few days ago was to the east of the united states, but since then it has moved north, and it has been ripped apart by the strong winds of the jet stream. the moist remains of gert are now racing across the atlantic tied in with this normal area of low pressure. sunday starts off for most of us as a much better day. dry weather, a few showers around. more in the way of morning sunshine. in the afternoon, things clouding over a little bit. some bright weather for most of the uk. towards the south—west, a different story. through the afternoon, gradually seeing the cloud thickening up to bring outbreaks of rain. initially quite light and drizzly, similar in wales. later in the evening,
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the rain getting a bit heavier. for the midlands, eastern and northern areas of england, dry with some sunshine. probably clouding over in northern ireland. in scotland, far fewer showers. dry weather and light winds, should feel pleasant when that sunshine comes out. sunday night seas the rain turn increasingly heavy. notjust across england and wales but also in northern ireland, later in the night we will see heavier rain arrive. along with that band of rain, turning quite murky with mist and hill fog. rain tied in with this weather front. early in the week it will push north, taking some heavy bursts of rain with it. allowing some warmer air into the south of the uk. the warmer air is behind this front. a cloudy start with some damp conditions and hill fog, it may stay wet in northern ireland for a chunk of the day. rain crossing into northern england, central and southern scotland but probably not reaching the far north of scotland. increasingly humid in the south. not much in the way of sunshine but temperatures still in the low 20s. although tuesday starts cloudy,
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if we do see some sunshine breaking through the cloud in the south of england, temperatures could reach around 27 celsius. after weeks of looking for it, i finally found some warm august weather. this is bbc news, the headlines: the spanish government says the terror cell behind the recent attacks there has now been broken up. but a police manhunt continues for the driver of the van which killed 13 people in barcelona. spain‘s king and queen are to attend a special mass on sunday in honour of the victims. tens of thousands of people in the us city of boston have demonstrated against a rally by the far—right. the small turnout of supporters for the right—wing "free—speech rally" had to be escorted away. police made a number
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of arrests after scuffles with what they called anti—police agitators. the iraqi prime minister has announced the start of the ground operation to drive the islamic state group out of its last major urban stronghold in the country, tal afar. waves of air strikes have been conducted against the city in recent weeks and it‘s been surrounded the iraqi army and militias. now on bbc news it‘s time to click. this week and next, a repeat of click‘s stellar trip to india,
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