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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. our top stories: ten sailors are missing after a us navy ship collides with a merchant vessel in waters near singapore. a rescue operation is underway. spanish police say 12 terror suspects spent six months planning thursday's barcelona van attack. american and south korean troops begin their annual military exercises, as tensions remain high on the korean peninsula. contributes to jerry contributes tojerry lewis, one of america's all—time comedy greats, who has died in las vegas convention centre the one —— and tributes. —— who has died in las vegas aged 91. the us navy says ten of its sailors are missing and five have been injured after one of its ships
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collided with an oil tanker off the coast of singapore. the uss john mccain, a guided missile destroyer, was damaged in the collision with the liberian—flagged vessel. it is the second serious collision involving a us navy ship within two months. earlier i spoke to our south east asia correspondent karishma vaswani, and i asked her what more do we know. well, the information that's come through from the us navy's seventh fleet public affairs department is patchy at the very least. this is what we know at this stage. what we have been told is ten sailors are missing. five are reported to be injured. that's the information coming in from the public affairs department. the incident happened in the early hours this morning. we understand thejohn mccain uss destroyer was making a routine stop to singapore.
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this is very common for warships, a american warships in particular, in this part of the world. they are allies. while en route, it is not clear yet, it happened near singapore, in the straits of malacca. these are extremely congested waters, notjust because of trade, but because this is a very narrow body of water as well. it is still unclear at this stage what caused the incident. the collision occurred with a merchant vessel, a liberian flag waving vessel. substantially larger than the warship, it was. it sustained damage on the port side. it is not clear the extent of damage. media reports unconfirmed at this stage say there has been flooding in the ship. but what the us navy has been able to tell us is that the ship
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is running on its own power and is on its way to port. that is what we know at this stage. this is not the first time in the past two months a navy ship has been involved in a collision. you're absolutely right. now, a few months ago, back injune, in fact, off the coast of japan, another us warship, the uss fitzgerald, collided with a vessel much larger than the ship itself. it raises questions about the conduct on these ships. last friday, the us navy disciplined the commanders of the uss fitzgerald, saying that the incident in which seven us sailors lost their lives was avoidable. it is not clear what caused the collision. in the statement, they said the investigations would continue. 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 homemade bombs into crowds in las ramblas, but the plan changed after two of them died
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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. our correspondent wyre davies reports from the town of ripoll, 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 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.
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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, mohamed and omar hychami. "the last time i saw my youngest son," he told me, "was about 3:00pm on thursday, just hours before the attack in barcelona and cambrils. he didn't 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
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destroyed a bomb factory south of barcelona on 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 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,
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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 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
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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 the ramblas when they were struck. in a statement, his family says... 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
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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. and of course, you can keep up to date on this story and much, much more on our website. go to a massive joint military exercise 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 a fire. amidst heightened rhetoric on both sides, yogita limaye has been to the point where north and south meet, the demilitarised zone. it is 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
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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 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 their two countries from fighting each other. south korea chose sweden and switzerland, while the north chose poland and czechoslovakia, as neutral nations to
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monitor the armistice. but, in the 1990s, pyongyang expelled the commission from its side. so now, only swedish and swiss officers 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 to receive, and to 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,
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and then, of course, it goes a 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 home, because there is a peace treaty. even 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.
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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 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
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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. the latest headlines: ten sailors are missing after a us navy ship collided with a merchant vessel in waters near singapore. a rescue operation is under way. spanish police say 12 terror suspects spent six months planning thursday's barcelona van attack. bangladesh is grappling with the worst flooding for 30 years as this year's monsoon rains take a huge toll on parts of south asia.
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the floods are now known to have claimed more than 700 lives and driven more than a million people from their homes. our correspondent sanjoy majumder reports from kurigram in the north of bangladesh. a third of bangladesh is now under water. people here are used to floods, but not on this scale. entire villages have been washed away. those left standing are abandoned. there used to be a village here — now almost all of it is underwater. there were houses, lanes, even a small playground, and i can hear the call to prayer from the village mosque, which is over that side. now, the only way to get around is by boat, and the villagers are simply trying to salvage whatever is left. when you've got nothing left, every little possession is invaluable. in this case, a mattress floating in the water. this used to be nur hussein's home. he tells me how the water rose without warning at night, swirling through his house. translation: i saved my brother
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and his wife and came back to get some clothes and blankets, but by then it was too late for me to get away. i spent the night on a tree. for some, however, leaving was not an option. this woman was heavily pregnant when the flood waters rose. her baby was born a day later. delivered inside their home, surrounded by water. translation: there was water inside our room, all the way up to the bed. we put some paper on the bed and put the baby on top, to keep him dry. the rising waters in part are a result of overflowing rivers, which enterfrom neighbouring india, itself reeling under floods. bangladesh is paying the price for being downstream. there is now a sense of desperation among the survivors. aid workers bring in supplies of
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fresh water and are soon surrounded. but there's simply not enough to go around, leaving many angry and frustrated. people are now squeezed into every inch of dry land. and with no sign of the floods abating, they could be here awhile. sanjay majumder, bbc news, kurigram, bangladesh. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the united nations says 111,000 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
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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. the wreckage of a us warship sunk by the japanese in 1945 has been discovered north—east of the philippines. 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. 5.5 kilometres beneath the surface of the philippine sea,
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these are the first pictures of the wreckage. an anchor marked on the left—hand side, "us navy". this was indy. this was from a refit at pearl harbor in 1942. the ship was found by a search vessel with equipment that can reach some of the deepest ocean floors. 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.
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many were eaten by sharks. just 316 were rescued out of a crew of nearly 1,200. i would prefer people to focus on the heroism and the valour of the crew, which actually began long 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 survivors said each of them had longed for the day when their ship would be found. sarah corker, bbc news. earlier i spoke with richard thelen, who survived the sinking of the uss indianapolis more than seven decades ago. it's great. i've been looking for her for quite a few years. i'm surprised they found her. i talked to a man at the last reunion about whether they would find itand i told him i didn't
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think so but he told me the latest technology today meant they can find it and they did. although it must be painful, can you tell us about the day the ship sank? i was sleeping top side as it was too hot below deck. i had to watch between 4am and 8am. i went down to go to sleep and at 12:10pm the ship was hit by torpedoes, two of them. one blew out 30, 40, 50, doing damage to the bow, the other hit midship, where the aviation gas was stored. we had two seaplanes aboard. the power went. when that blew up the ship sank in 12 minutes, which is really fast. indeed.
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the largest loss of life at sea in the history of the us navy. how did you manage to escape? well, i was on the topside there and i was lucky because the bow went down first. me and some other men got some lifejackets and life rafts that were anchored to the gunboat tower. we cut them down and by that time we saw the ship sink. i got myself a life jacket. a lot of people asked me where ijumped off the ship. i didn'tjump, the ship left me. it went down and i swam away. with regard to the secret mission the ship was on, were you aware of what it was doing at the time? no. a lot of people said it was a secret mission but we were in san francisco and the ship came out of dry dock
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and it was ready to be transferred, or travelled. so we just got over there. there are five things that stand out about this story. we set a speed record between the united states and kenya. we took the first atomic bomb over. it's the first time a captain was court marshalled for losing a ship in the history of the navy. more men lost in that ship in one sinking in the history of the navy in wartime. we spent more time in a lifejacket, four days and five nights, without food and water, and survived, than we did on the ship.
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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 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, 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
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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 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. plenty more on our website. this is bbc news. hello.
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sunday yet again was another 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 won't 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 cheered up in the south for england and wales.
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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
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and cloud for some. but at the same time, they herald the arrival for warm moist air from the tropics, and it hangs around into the middle of next week, until that cold front brings something more fresh from the atlantic. but in its northern portion it 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. these are the main headlines: the us navy says ten of its sailors are missing and five have been injured after one of its ships collided with an oil tanker off the coast of singapore. the uss john mccain was damaged in a collision with the liberian flagged vessel. boats and helicopters are involved in a rescue operation. spanish police say 12 terror
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suspects spent six months planning thursday's barcelona van attack. they say the plotters originally intended to drive three vans laden with homemade 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. he came to fame in the 1940s, playing the funny guy to dean martin's straight man in a nightclub act. now on bbc news, hardtalk.
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