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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is gavin grey. our top stories: a us navy ship collides with a merchant vessel in waters near singapore. a search and rescue operation is under way. spanish police say 12 terror suspects spend six months planning thursday's barcelona vehicle attack. the seven—year—old boy missing since the barcelona attack is confirmed as one of the dead. his family say they will remember his smiles. bangladesh suffers its worst flooding for 30 years. across south asia millions of people are affected. tributes tojerry lewis, one of america's all—time comedy greats, who's died in las vegas aged 91. the us navy says a search and rescue
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mission is taking place off the coast of singapore after one of its ships collided with a merchant vessel. the uss john mccain, a guided missile destroyer, was damaged in the collision. it's the second serious collision involving a us navy ship within two months. with me is our news reporter, sarah corker. the collision was reported after 630 japan time this morning. it happened near singapore in the strait. us navy says the guided missile destroyer, the ussjohn mccain collided with a vehicle while the trip was transiting to a routine port visit in singapore. initial
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reports indicate the us warship sustained damage to her port side. we do know that the other vessel involved was a tanker sailing under a liberian flag. it was 183 metres long. the us warship was on routine operations and patrol in the south china sea. it was on its way to singapore. it is supporting security effo rts singapore. it is supporting security efforts in the region. it has done so efforts in the region. it has done so for some time. these incidents are very rare. but this is the second serious collision involving a us warship in as many months, as you said. the last one occurred injune. that was actually off the day of tokyo, japan's waters. that was the uss fitzgerald. it collided with a container ship, one in japanese waters. it sustained serious damage
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in several crew members were killed. investigations are still continuing into the cause of a crash. in terms of this collision, we don't know how serious it is, if anyone has been injured. the us navy has said there is an ongoing search and rescue operation. all right. sarah corker, thank you, we will leave it there. spanish police say they believe a 12—strong terror cell spent six months planning the attack in barcelona that claimed 13 lives. they say the plotters originally intended to drive three vans laden with home—made bombs into crowds in las ramblas, but the plan changed after two of them died in an explosion last wednesday. the father of two men shot dead by police on friday has told the bbc he blames the imam at their local mosque for their radicalisation. 0ur correspondent, wyre davies, reports from the town of rippol, where most of the suspects lived. the small, simple mosque in the town of ripoll, where many of those involved in the attacks on barcelona
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and cambrils came to pray. the name of the one attacker still at large, younis abu—yaqub, written on the wall, with others who contributed to mosque funds. and police are now asking if this man, abdelbaki es satty, the mosque imam, masterminded the attacks, and led so many young men from this town into jihad. and this was his tiny flat at the top of a building in the town. his bedroom has since been emptied of everything by police. now, according to people at the mosque, he left two months ago to go on an extended journey to morocco. but we know from his flatmate here, who won't be filmed, and others in the town, that he left as recently as last tuesday, very suddenly. all that is left here is his small koran and his empty bedroom. today i spoke to hechami gasi, the devastated father of two of the attackers from ripoll,
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mohamed and 0mar hychami, "the last time i saw my youngest son," he told me, "was at 3:00pm on thursday, hours before the attack in barcelona and cambrils." "he did not come back." hechami roundly blames the imam for radicalising his sons and the others. translation: he took these young, impressionable minds, messed around with their brains and now they're dead, my sons and the others. it's all the imam's fault. it is thought the imam may have been killed in the explosion that destroyed a bomb factory in the town of alca nar last wednesday, where police found dozens of gas canisters, apparently primed to make three massive car bombs. but the premature explosion forced the gang to change their plans. destructive events like this can often tear fragile communities apart, but here in ripoll, there is a determination that must not be allowed to happen. wyre davies, bbc news. police in barcelona have named more
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of the victims of thursday's attack, and confirmed that a seven—year—old boy was amongst the dead. julian cadman became separated from his mother as the attack unfolded. his family said they would remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to their hearts. james reynolds reports from barcelona. the sagrada familia basilica, monumental, unfinished, this morning gave this city a place in which to mourn all the victims. renato was one of the first in the queue. it's... no more sadness. it's incredible sadness. because this city is a symbol of — of freedom. of tolerance. between religions, races... what is happening is unbelievable. the people of barcelona now realise that they
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are as vulnerable as everyone else. and they now face a choice: change the way their city lives or carry on as before. choir sings the archbishop of barcelona asked the city to unite against fear. and he offered consolation to the bereaved. the cadman family now mourns seven—year—old julian, the youngest named victim of the attack. he and his mother, jumarie, were together on las ramblas when they were struck.
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in a statement, his family says... "he was so energetic, funny and cheeky. always bringing a smile to our faces. we are so blessed to have had him in our lives and will remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to our hearts." the other victims include bruno gulotta from italy, on holiday with his wife and two grandchildren. ian moore wilson was from canada. his family says he loved a debate and a proper sized pint. jared tucker from the united states was on honeymoon with his wife, heidi. and tonight, barcelona's unofficial cathedral, the nou camp, fell quiet. before kick—off, the stadium remembered the attack victims. in tribute, the names on the players‘ jerseys have each been replaced by the name of this city. james reynolds, bbc news, barcelona. you can keep up—to—date on this story and much,
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much more on our website. go to let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the united nations says 1a thousand people have fled from the iraqi city of tal afar, where government forces have launched a major offensive against so—called islamic state. about 2,000 militants remain in the city which has been bombed by us and iraqi warplanes. president trump will announce his long—awaited strategy on afghanistan in a live tv address on monday night. the white house said the president would provide an "update on the path forward for america's engagement in afghanistan and south asia." thousands of people have marched through hong kong to show their support for three pro—democracy activists who were jailed last week. joshua wong, nathan law and alex chow were initially given non—custodial sentences for their involvement in mass demonstrations in 2014, but hong kong's government pushed for tougher sentences. a massive joint military exercise
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involving south korea and the united states is about to begin. tens of thousands of troops, aircraft, and naval vessels will be involved, but pyongyang isn't happy, saying it amounts to what it called "pouring gasoline on fire." amidst heightened rhetoric on both sides, yogita limaye has been to the point where north and south meet. it's a place where a handful of european military personnel still monitor the armistice signed between the two koreas 64 years ago. it's a little bit like being in the eye of the hurricane. so everything is very tense around, but here, here it is calm and nice and peaceful. so it's a little bit of a strange situation sometimes. right next to the border between north and south korea, these are the men guarding the ceasefire between the two countries. the korean war, which started
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in june 1950, ended 27 july 1953 with an armistice agreement. and that is the same armistice agreement that is valid here today. there is no peace between the countries. they are technically at war, but the armistice keeps the two countries from fighting each other. south korea chose sweden and switzerland, while the north chose poland and czechoslovakia, as neutral nations to monitor the armistice. but, in the 1990s, pyongyang expelled the commission from its side. so now, only swedish and swiss offices remain in south korea. in light of the fact that for more than 20 years there has been no communication from the other side, you know, as people who are posted here, do you think there is any point in being here? i think it's important to mention that we are present every day in the conference room. so we are every day ready
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to receive, and go sit back on the table to talk. even though north and south korean soldiers stand face—to—face at the border, there is no communication between the two sides. in recent days, harsh threats have been coming from pyongyang, but these have come to be expected. what is new now is that the rhetoric from north korea has met rhetoric from an american leader, which is a little bit different. and then, of course, it goes little bit higher. when you speak to the south korean people, of course, they're living next to each other, and the communications have been harsh a lot of the time. so i wouldn't say that they are more scared than the normal. but you never know. this contingent also monitors these military drills, conducted every year by the us and south korean forces, to ensure they don't violate the ceasefire. what was meant to be a temporary camp, untila peace agreement was signed, has now been here for 64 years. and of course, we all hope that we could close down here and go
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home, because there is a peace treaty. and so our nice and good time here in korea would end, but then we can say "mission accomplished," we go home. but, as long as north korea presses on with its nuclear programme, there can be no peace agreement here. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: discovered after 72 years, the world war two warship sunk by a japanese submarine, in the pacific ocean. 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
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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. "well, well," joked the pope, "so you want me to desert rome?" this is bbc news. these are the
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latest headlines: a us navy ship collides with a merchant vessel near singapore. a search and rescue operation is under way. and the spanish police said that the suspect spent six months planning the van attack. —— suspects. one of the greats of american comedy, jerry lewis, has died at his home in las vegas. he was 91. he found fame in the 1950s, after teaming up with dean martin. they collaborated on 17 films, including the stooge, living it up and three ring circus. jerry lewis went on to star in his own series of slapstick comedies. nick higham looks back at his life. here, enjoy yourself! jerry lewis‘ goofy comedy made him the world's best paid movie star. with their visual gags, the cartoon—like nature of his films left some people cold. but they were immensely popular. i wrote the joke thinking,
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wouldn't it be marvellous if the elastic face that we have, that can do so much, wouldn't it be marvellous if our bodies were elastic? so that we could do equally as much with them in animation? he was bornjoseph levitch in 1926 into a family ofjewish entertainers in newjersey. following his stage debut at the age of five, he went on to play to great acclaim to audiences throughout new york. aged just 20, he teamed up with dean martin. i'm not going to do it! what's all this noise? their combination of sophistication and slapstick brought a decade of success during which they starred together in 16 films. i wouldn't lie, i wouldn't lie to you. now, look... this weekend would be a perfect time for you to come out to the house, if you cared to... he thrilled as a talk show host stalked by robert de niro in the king of comedy. what do you say? it sounds great. the french, who considered him
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a genius, awarded him the legion of honour. but it will be his manic comedy performances for which jerry lewis will be best remembered. jerry lewis, who's died at the age of 91. we can speak now to tim grierson, a senior us film critic for screen international. thank you forjoining us today. so border bill, radio, television, film, and philanthropy. we will come onto all of that in a minute. but where do you think he will be best remembered? -- vaudeville. probably asa remembered? -- vaudeville. probably as a player near in film comedy. he was probably the charlie chaplin of his time. —— pioneer of film. he wrote them, directed them, and produce. he wanted have as much credit control as his hero, charlie
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chaplin. he did the same thing that charlie chaplin did, notjust being in front of the camera, but having as much control as possible. he came from a family of entertainers, didn't he? that perhaps his partnership with dean martin is where most people know him from. yes. for a decade, the 1950s, where most people know him from. yes. fora decade, the 1950s, he where most people know him from. yes. for a decade, the 1950s, he and dean martin were a comedy team for radio, for television, forfilm, and they were, by boast metrics, the most popular team in the 1950s. —— by most metrics. people talk about the beatles and other bands, and mutton and jerry lewis were the beatles of comedy in the 1950s. this just in terms of how big they were in the country. and dean martin and jerry lewis had this amazing comedic
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rapport. 0ne jerry lewis had this amazing comedic rapport. one was this suave man and the other was crazy and manic, or is jerry lewis describe himself, a monkey next to dean martin. they we re monkey next to dean martin. they were iconic and remain so. in the mid—19 60s, it declined, his career, until he starred injerry —— in the king of comedy. yes. the king of comedy, robert de niro, and mun scorsese —— martin, they decided thatjerry lewis would be the person to play this talk show host. he talked to them and love these groups, and this was then something
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different to what he was known for by american audiences. whatjerry lawler is —— whatjerry lewis brought was not as his expertise, but he also knew the underside of celebrity. had experience that himself. that character the played, jerry langford, jerry lewis imbued that character with a lot of what he knew from being in show business as long as he had been. it was an amazing performance, and opened the door in terms of dramatic performances that jerry lewis door in terms of dramatic performances thatjerry lewis would do later in his life, such as just recently where he played in max rose. so then later in his career, he was still able to break down barriers and try new things in a very kind of varied way. tim grierson from screen international, thank you. the wreckage of a us warship sunk by the japanese in 1945 has been discovered north east of the philippines.
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the uss indianapolis was found more than three miles below the surface. it had just completed a secret mission to deliver parts for the hiroshima nuclear bomb when it was hit by japanese torpedoes. more than 800 sailors died, the largest loss of life at sea in the history of the us navy. sarah corker reports. for 72 years, the final resting place of the uss indianapolis had been a mystery. that's it, we've got it — the indy. 500 kilometres beneath the surface of the philippine sea, these are the first pictures of the wreckage — an anchor on the left—hand side, marked "us navy". this was indy. this was from a refit at pearl harbor “119112. the ship was found by a research vessel they could reach some —— the ship was found by a research vessel that can reach some of the deepest ocean floors.
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it was funded by the microsoft co—founder paul allen. we try to do this both as really exciting examples of underwater archaeology and as tributes to the brave men that went down in these ships. the warship had just completed a secret mission to deliver parts for the hiroshima nuclear bomb. close to midnight on the 30th ofjuly 1945, she was hit by japanese torpedoes, and sank in 12 minutes. two thirds of the crew initially survived the sinking, but no distress call was ever received. many were eaten by sharks. just 316 were rescued out of a crew of nearly 1200. i would prefer people to focus on the heroism and the valour of the crew, which actually began before the ship was torpedoed and sunk. she had ten battle stars in some of the most brutal combat throughout the entire course of the pacific war. a spokesman for the 22 remaining
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survivors said each of them had longed for the day when their ship would be found. sarah corker, bbc news. one of afg hanistan‘s most famous pop stars, aryana sayeed, has held a fundraising concert in the capital kabul, despite threats from traditionalists. nearly a thousand people, mostly young men and women, were in the crowd. the singer is known for her long hair and figure—hugging outfits, which are a taboo in afghanistan. clerics opposed the show, saying it was against afghan culture, but female fans were defiant. a pop concert in the heart of kabul. aryana sayeed is entertaining her fans with her folk and traditional songs. it was held to mark afghan independence day. hundreds of young men and women waving afghan flags danced to the tune. they want to send a message. translation: despite the threats,
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i didn't think such a big number of girls would attend here. fortunately, the number of women is bigger than men. i asked some of the girls "why are you here?" they said they wanted to defy those who were against the concert. it is rare in afghanistan for a female star to hold a concert. ms sayeed, described as afghanistan's kim kardashian, is known for her figure—hugging outfits and long hair. her music is a mixture of traditional and folk song. she highlights women's issues in her songs. clerics opposed her show, saying it was against gun culture. —— afghan culture. she has received a number of death threats for her outfits and public appearances.
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a day before the concert, aryana sayeed said she was determined to go ahead with the concert, despite the threats. there are certain people in afghanistan, and the afghan community, who are against music, against celebration, against even new year, eid — they are against everything. i feel like the we need to stand together and against them. her concert was scheduled to be held ghazi stadium in kabul, but it was held in a different location due to security concerns. aryana sayeed said she wanted to highlight that afghan women were still not free 90 years after independence. she says she will fight for that freedom with her music. this is bbc news. hello.
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sunday yet again was a day of contrasting weather fortunes across the british isles. generally speaking, the further north and east you were, the drier and finer was your day. the cloud filled in after a bright enough start in the south. eventually, the skies became pretty leaden so there was urgent work to be done in the fields, and eventually the rain arrived. a wet start to monday, too. mild underneath the blanket of cloud and rain. the cloud sitting low on the high ground of the south and south—west. further north and east, again, it's a bright start to the day, some decent spells of sunshine. a rather cool start to the day, given those clear skies. but at least you've got that sunshine. make the most of it, because it will not last in all parts, by any means at all. the general rule of thumb is to drive this rain ever further towards the north and east. it'll make slow progress, there's no doubt about it. here we are in the middle part of the afternoon. by this stage, things will have
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cheered up in the south for england and wales. where the sun comes out, 20—21 certainly, possibly even as high as 23 or 24. i am not sure whether the rain in the west goes to the east or a little further north. keep your weather eyes open to the east of the pennines. for the greater part of monday and on into the first part of tuesday, we will see that rain really has not completed its journey to the far north of scotland. tuesday is a bit like monday in that once the rain has gone further north, it offers the opportunity across a good part of england and wales for the cloud to begin to break. and if it does so, those temperatures really will rocket away. i show you 22—24 quite widely, but someone could have 26, possibly even 27. the weather fronts have brought the prospect of wind and rain and cloud for some. but at the same time, they herald the arrival for warm moist air from the tropics,
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and it hangs around into the middle of next week, until that cold front brings something more fresh from the atlantic. but the northern portion still has a lot of activity on it. there'll be some pretty heavy downpours in northern britain on wednesday. the last of those warmer days in the south as we go towards thursday and into friday, there are spells of showers, if not longer spells of rain, with temperatures maxing at 22—23. this is bbc news. the headlines: ten sailors are missing and five injured after a us destroyer collided with a liberian—flagged tanker, east of singapore. the ussjohn mccain is sailing under its own power and heading to port after the us navy launched an operation to rescue the guided missile destroyer. spanish police say twelve terror suspects spent six months planning thursday's barcelona van attack. they say the plotters originally intended to drive three vans laden with home—made bombs into crowds in las ramblas, but the plan changed after two of them died in an explosion last wednesday. one of the greats of american comedy, jerry lewis, has died in las vegas. he was 91.
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he came to fame in the 1940s playing the funny guy to dean martin's straight man, in a nightclub act. he then went on to have a successful solo career as a singer, actor, and director. now on bbc news, episode two of life in the shadow of the wall. juan paullier travels the entire length of the us—mexico border
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