hello, this is bbc news — i'm nuala mcgovern. our top stories: president trump promises serious discussions on tougher background checks for gun ownership. protests in indian—administered kashmir days after delhi said it would revoke the area's special autonomous status. hong kong's airport is occupied by hundreds of demonstrators as protests in the territory enter their tenth weekend. a huge power blackout in england and wales leaves almost a million people without electricity causing travel chaos. and bringing all the fun of the fair to an english cathedral.
hello and welcome to bbc news. president trump says congressional leaders are having "serious discussions" about tightening gun controls in the us in the aftermath of two mass shootings in the past week. mr trump said senior members of the republican party were "on board" — and he'd also discussed the issue with the influential gun lobbyists, the national rifle association. however with senators on their summer recess, there's no prospect of any immediate legislation. there has been no president who feels more strongly about the second amendment than i do however we need meaningful background checks so that sick people don't get guns. our north america editor, jon sopel, is at the white house. this is his assessment of the situation. if this does happen, and they would be baby steps and it would come to
nothing, it would be a republican president taking on the might of the national rifle association, the most powerful lobbying organisation in the united states and what makes it even more surprising is that donald trump sought to get the support of the national rifle association very early on. they'd backed him and donald trump has held them tight but he now believes it's time to move on this issue and he said, "i think that in the end the mri ——na —— nra will either be there for a bit more neutral. close quote not in their public utterances because they said they will oppose any legislation that infringes on the rights of us citizens and their policy in particular is policy by soundbite donald trump seems determined to press on and says he has the support of democrats and republicans and i think the fact that the president is backing this will encourage some republicans to kind of gird their loins and maybe vote against the nra but it's not going to change the
number of guns in circulation. this is just about checking the backgrounds of those who want to buy guns and checking they don't have any kind of mental illness. it may bea any kind of mental illness. it may be a small step but it would be a significant one. and — you can keep up to date all with all the latest information surrounding the current debate surrounding us gun control on the bbc website. there you will find a section dedicated to reports and articles looking at gun violence in in the united states that's all at the website, or download the bbc news app. let's get some of the day's other news. north korea fired two "unidentified projectiles" into the sea, according to reports in south korea. they were fired from near the north—eastern city of hamhung into sea of japan. it's the latest in a series of launches by pyongyang. reports from yemen say at least six civilians have been killed in renewed fighting in the southern port of aden.
the warring parties are supposed to be on the same side in the fight against houthi rebels in the country's civil war. a powerful typhoon has made landfall in south eastern china bringing gusts of two hundred kilometres an hour and heavy rain. typhoon lekima — is the strongest to hit the country since 2014. a red alert has been issued along the path of the storm, which is likely to reach shanghai, later in the day. malaysia has charged 17 former and current executives from the us investment bank goldman sachs — as part of its investigation into corruption at its huge state development fund, known as imdb. goldman, which helped raise billions of dollars in bonds for the fund, says it will defend the charges ‘vigorously.’ india has told pakistan it must accept the new reality in kashmir and stop interfering in its internal affairs. relations have been strained since delhi revoked kashmir‘s special status earlier in the week. paksitan has responded by suspending train links, and halting trade. our correspondent yogita limaye is one of the few international journalists in kashmir — she sent this report from srinagar.
tensions in kashmir are beginning to rise. young protesters have been coming out in many areas. pelting stones at security forces and jeering at them. soldiers fire lead pellets and tear gas to disperse the mob. chanting. voices that have been suppressed for days have begun to be heard. this was a spontaneous march by men who had just offered friday prayers. they walked through small alleys because they can't go out on the main roads. translation: in every part of india, people are celebrating, but they don't know that our hearts are bleeding. we are crying. we are under siege.
translation: we have been completely betrayed. they have put a gun to our heads and told us that a few people in the government have decided our fate. earlier, inside the mosque, too, there was sloganeering, and the cleric also made a speech about the issue. "the dispute over kashmir can only end when they take the opinion of people here", he said. it is the first friday since the government removed this region's special privileges. while most of the big mosques were closed, in some places, people were allowed to go out and pray. however, phone and internet lines remain cut off. separatist leaders have been moved out of kashmir. top politicians from the region remain under house arrest. the indian government, taking no chances, worried that the situation here could spiral into widespread unrest. away from the empty streets
of kashmir, in other parts of india, the government's actions have found resounding support. "it is a very good decision. we will now be able to control terrorism," one woman says. "i went to kashmir as a tourist but i didn't feel safe. prime minister modi has made a good move." a beautiful land that is no stranger to conflict, but rarely has it stood on the cusp of such an uncertain future. yogita limaye, bbc news, srinangar. in muzaffarabad, the capital of pakistani—administered kashmir, students and faculty members of the territory's main university chanted ‘we want freedom' as they marched on the offices of the united nations military observers group, in order to lodge an official complaint against the indian government.
went to kashmir as a tourist in 2013, we didn't feel safe. the prime minister has made a good move. we will go to kashmir again without fear. prime minister modi has done what no other prime minister has done. true indians will support his decision. hong kong is bracing for another weekend of turmoil, following a large, but peaceful, occupation of the international airport on friday by pro—democracy demonstrators. the territory's leader carrie lam criticised those who've been involved in increasingly violent street clashes, and beijing has ordered the hong kong—based airline, cathay pacific, to suspend any staff who support the demonstrations. stephen mcdonell reports from hong kong airport. in their thousands, black clad pro—democracy activists occupied the arrivals hall at hong kong airport. the officials allow the city
and to continue as long as corridors were left clear for travellers to leave the building. we want democracy because we realise that this is an authoritarian government, and we need our voice to be heard by the government. the protesters said the aim was to reach a wider audience, and carrying banners criticising the local government, calling for universal suffrage and demanding an independent enquiry into alleged links between police officers and tryout gangs. over the past two months, the police have used excessive force, to stop the protests from happening. hong kong's leader carrie lam said no investigation was needed as police were carrying out their own internal investigation, and at a news conference she warned there would be more arrests over coming days if radical pro—democracy groups continue to clash with riot police.
they did not mind destroying hong kong's economy, they have no stake in the society which so many people have helped to build. and that is why they resort to all this violence and obstructions, causing huge damage. what these people want, their key demand, is to be able to choose who their leader is. they are today no closer to achieving that. carrie lam showing no sign that she is moving in that direction, nor is beijing. however as you can see, these activists are also showing no inclination that they are prepared to give up yet. china's central government has also targeted stuff from cathay pacific, who have supported the pro—democracy movement. the civil aviation administration said any flight from hong kong airline carrying crew had backed the protest would neither be allowed to land in china not fly through chinese airspace.
we certainly wouldn't dream of telling them what they have to think about something, they are all adults, they are all service professionals, we respect them greatly. cathay pacific has released a statement in response to china's demand to suspend staff who have been supporting the pro—democracy protests. cathay said: china's ban on cathay staff who've supported the demonstrations is due to begin on sunday — we'll bring you details of what happens here on bbc world news. major power cuts have caused travel chaos across large areas of england, affecting close to a million people. the national grid says two generators failed — one a power station and another an offshore windfarm — which triggered an emergency response to limit access
to the network. katy austin has the latest. commuters navigating clapham junction station in darkness. this evening's power cuts did not last long but the impact affected more than a million people. including thousands of train passengers across the country, some unable to board. i am going to hang around and see if they put the trains back on and fix the issue but if not, i'm going to have to find somewhere to stay tonight and get a train tomorrow. no—one has come over and spoken to me. no—one seems to know what is going on. if you go and ask for help, no one really knows what is going on at all. while some were stuck on trains. i was on a train to edinburgh through to london, we stopped in the countryside for an hour and a half with no information. we were starting to conserve water but now they are sending us back to peterborough station where we are just going to have to be, i presume, dumped off stoplights london king's cross is one of the country's
busiest railway stations. passengers turned up this evening to find delays and cancellations and have now been told services are unlikely to resume today. reports of a problem emerged shortly after 5pm. uk power networks tweeted it was aware of a power cut which it believed was due to a national grid network failure. it supplies london and the south—east and said 300,000 homes were affected in that region, but it didn't end there. half a million people lost power in the area western power distribution covers, south—west england, south wales and the midlands. 110,000 customers served by northern power grid in the north—east, 26,000 supplied by electricity north west in areas from penrith in cumbria to stockport in greater manchester, and 16,000 sse customers in central and southern england, and tens of thousands more were affected in cheshire and merseyside. national grid said the issue was caused by the loss of two generators that connect to the gigabits transmission system which led to a fall in the frequency of the electricity system and it had to disconnect part of the network. it said that by 6:30pm, all demand was restored by the distribution network operators, and the system
is operating normally. by then, the loss of power had affected drivers, too, with some traffic lights out. newcastle airport experienced power issues, too, as did ipswich hospital, where the back—up generator failed. my mum got stuck in the lift in the scan, so we were looking at her ten feet off the ground, wondering how on earth she was going to get into the lift, because it wasn't working, or get down again, and it was quite a terrifying 20 minutes, wondering what is going to happen, are we going to have to get the emergency services? people whose friday evening journeys turned into a nightmare will be wondering how this could have happened. katy austin, bbc news. stay with us on bbc
news, still to come: we are going to bring you some of the people who have been doing helter—skelter at norwich cathedral. the question was whether we want to save our people and japanese as well and win the war, or whether we want to take a chance on being able to win the war by killing all our young men. the invasion began at two o'clock this morning. mr bush, like most other people, was clearly caught by surprise. we call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all the iraqi forces. 100 years old and still full of vigor, vitality and enjoyment of life. no other king or queen in british history has lived so long, and the queen mother is said to be quietly very pleased indeed that she's achieved this landmark anniversary.
this is a pivotal moment for the church as an international movement. the question now is whether the american vote will lead to a split in the anglican community. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: president trump says there is bipartisan support in congress for tougher background checks on people buying guns. and despite tight security, protests have broken out in indian administered kashmir, days after delhi said it would revoke the area's special autonomous status. the suspect in the el paso shooting image 22 people were killed is said
to have released his right to silence and said he targeted mexicans. all this week, we've spent a lot of time speaking about gun control and immigration policy in the wake of the shooting in el paso. but the community there is still dealing with the loss of friends and family, and their own personal trauma. as they try to find ways to heal, they are pulling together in the face of tragedy. there is suffering our city, the devil came into our city and did whatever he did, and it was evil, it was not from us. somebody from out of town came and did this to us. this is the type of city, that we are not defined by something like this. no—one ever should be going through a loss like this. this is hard, i don't believe he is really gone. like you see it all over the news, but then for it to happen in your owi'i but then for it to happen in your own city, is something shocking.
but then for it to happen in your own city, is something shockinglj don't think it is actually hit me out, something where you don't really wa nt out, something where you don't really want to believe. it is kind of hard. everybody who has been here or who has lived in el paso knows that somebody from here would never do something like that. it is full of life, and they tried to take that follows. —— of life, and they tried to take that follows. — — from of life, and they tried to take that follows. —— from us. the resilience is embodied within oui’ the resilience is embodied within our community, because this community has gone through a lot. the fabrics of our community are made of immigrants. i think it is also reflective of just made of immigrants. i think it is also reflective ofjust the latino community, like if a stranger came to your house and asked for food or a place to stay, we would always
open your doors. even if you don't have anything to give them, give them whatever you can. it is just them whatever you can. it is just the community that we are, and i know that is what we're going to to be from here on out, regardless of what happened. i hope that el paso can be an example to other communities that have latino populations or immigrant populations, to know that we can be a safe and we can create safer communities. but there is a lot of healing that we need to do. to being el paso strong is being digital —— diligent and ices for it. we have just grown stronger, we were scared for the first days but it has brought us closer together, like everybody here. it will be back to its original self, it's going to ta ke its original self, it's going to take time, but it's going to be back. we're going be more united,
not going to give into something like this. ifi not going to give into something like this. if i would have met him and known he was coming, i would have just, notjust me, and known he was coming, i would havejust, notjust me, but everybody would have just shown him how hispanics are the way they are in el paso and that, i would have shown them the food, how lovingly our, we shown them the food, how lovingly oui’, we are shown them the food, how lovingly our, we are and bad people like they say we are full up i love el paso. is italy about to have a snap general election? the often fraught coalition between the five star movement and the league party appears to have broken apart beyond repair. the league's leader, matteo salvini, has called for a no—confidence vote, blaming the five star movement‘s opposition to a high speed rail link. james reynolds reports from rome. the from rome. leg's leader matteo salvini, surely
the legs leader matteo salvini, surely the most photographed man in italy, wants to break up the populist coalition and head for an early election. but that is no particular surprise. for the last year, matteo salvini has had to share power with the 5—star movement, as one of two deputy prime ministers. but current opinion polls suggest that he may have a chance of winning a snap vote and taking over as italy's prime minister. he is calling his members of parliament to rome to organise a no—confidence vote. translation: all the parliamentarians from the league will be in rome on monday, they will be there on tuesday, on wednesday, on thursday and on friday stop it is absurd that someone says, as i read in some newspaper, but we cannot force parliamentarians to work on the public holiday. they should get off their bottoms and go to work, even on a public holiday. this puts
pressure on the 5—star leader who is also a deputy prime minister. his party has been losing support, but he says he is not scared of an early vote, and he accuses matteo salvini of being destruct. matteo salvini, after having spent two weeks at the beach, came to roan only to bring down the government and accuse parliamentarians of not working. —— came to rome. next week members of the senate will break their holidays to discuss holding a formal no—confidence vote which may take place later this month. if it passes, the initiative would then fall to italy's president, who has the sole power to decide whether or not to call early election. in other news, a tornado has ripped through southern luxembourg, close to the border with france and belgium. the footage shows the tornado tearing apart a building's roof and sucking large amounts of debris into the air.
trees were uprooted and roads were blocked in the towns of bascharage and petange on friday evening. six people have been injured. there's been a rush to buy medical iodine in russia's far north, following a rocket accident that lead to a brief spike in radiation. according to local media, pharmacies are selling out of their iodine stocks in the cities of arkhangelsk and severodvinsk. iodine can block the thyroid gland's take—up of radioactive chemicals, but it can also cause health issues. five people died in thursday's accident at a test site. norwich cathedral — one of the oldest in england — has installed a realfairground helter skelter to allow visitors a closer glimpse of its medieval roof. hasn't escaped criticism though — one bishop has called the move ‘a mistake'. 0ur religion editor, martin bashir, went to take a look.
amid the closeness of this ancient place, not the sound of evensong but a fairground ride. it is faster than i thought it would be, it is good fun. didn't make you about anything more deeply? ifi am honest, no, other than what a random thing to having a cathedral. it was very good and fast. it took four days to build and fast. it took four days to build and costs £2 per ride. the cathedral says it is designed to give a close—up view of the stunning mediaeval ceiling, and start conversations about faith.|j mediaeval ceiling, and start conversations about faith. i think we have to remember that we are dealing with a great vivacity of people in our nation, —— diversity, and if we are going to reach out of and if we are going to reach out of a lot of different people we are going to have to use different methods to reach them. at 55 feet tall it is closer to the heavens, but will it take people closer to god? isn't this a sign that the church has lost faith in its gospel message, and is now reduced to
basically having gimmicks? oh no, this is a sign of a confident church. english cathedrals are the great success story of the church of england. 0ur numbers coming to worship are increasing, numbers of visitors across all cathedrals are rising. if that is the case, why do you have a helter—skelter? rising. if that is the case, why do you have a helter-skelter? because ourjob has always been to retail their story. i'm now going to climb their story. i'm now going to climb the 36 steps myself. six flights of stairs, andi the 36 steps myself. six flights of stairs, and i am nowjust over ten feet from the cathedral ceiling. thank you very much, oh, that is quick! haven't seen much of the ceiling from here. well, i have to say, i think i prefer evensong for understanding the gospel and the christian faith, but judging understanding the gospel and the christian faith, butjudging by the line over there, i think i am in the minority. so unusual, but looks like a lot of funi so unusual, but looks like a lot of fun i have to say. would you be interested ? fun i have to say. would you be interested? you can reach me on
twitter, stay with us here on bbc news. hello there, we have seen impacts already from this unseasonal weather, and we are not finished just yet either. some more rain to come which will be quite heavy, perhaps some thundery downpours as well this weekend, and those winds are strengthening more widely now across england and wales. that is because our unusually deep area of low pressure for the time of year is drifting it way northwards, when strengthening on its southern flank, there is more rain around overnight as well, but whether winds are lighter, later in scotland and northern ireland, there may be a few mist and fog patches. 13—111, much warmer further south, 16—17, mist and fog patches. 13—111, much warmerfurther south, 16—17, with more showers, even longer spells of rain, quitea more showers, even longer spells of rain, quite a few of those in the morning across wales and south—west
of england. a number of heavy showers developing further north, and those will be more slow—moving and those will be more slow—moving and more frequent as well. not too much rain for the north—west of scotland, i think it will be more towards eastern scotland later in the day that we will see some thundery downpours, and throughout the day, we are never too far away from southern scotland and also closed northern ireland as well, this line of downpours running over the irish sea into the north—west of england. further south showers or fleeting, because it will be so windy because of wind gusts, rides spread gales for england and wales, gus love 60 miles an hour across southern coast well. a very windy conditions, and it won't feel as warm or as muggy either, 27 east anglia yesterday, looking at low 20s at best. winds do continue to ease a little during saturday night into sunday morning, but you can see we still have some areas of rain, and again that could be heavy and thundery with the prospect of some localised flooding as well. those temperatures begin to drop away towards southern parts of the uk,
typically 13—111. to the second half of the weekend, it is not completely dry, they will be some sunshine around, but we will see more showers developing across england and wales, for a time across northern ireland, and a smell of rain is slow—moving, central and southern scotland and the far north of england, underneath that it will not be very warm at all for the time of year, 111—15 for northern parts of the uk, 22 or 23 towards the south—east at best. an area of low pressure is pulling away on sunday, hence the winds easing down, but look what's coming in from the atlantic. all these weather fronts, another area of low pressure developing around the middle part of next week, there is no sign of summer returning really in the outlook as we head into next week, it remains very unsettled, we will get some showers or longer spells of rain, some sunshine at times but not particularly one for the time of year. —— particularly warm.
this is bbc news, the headlines: she president trump says congressional leaders are having serious discussions about meaningful background checks on gun ownership, following two mass shootings in the us last weekend. but he has not addressed calls by the democrats for wider controls on access to weapons. as protests continue in indian—administered kashmir, delhi has told pakistan it must stop interfering in its internal affairs. relations have been strained between the two countries since india revoked kashmir‘s special status earlier in the week. paksitan has responded by suspending train links, and halting trade. china is demanding cathay pacific airlines suspend any staff supporting protests in hong kong. thousands of pro—democracy activists have been staging a sit—in at the territory's international airport — the first of three planned days of rallies.