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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 2: two mass shootings in the united states. the first in a walmart store in el paso, texas, where 20 people were killed. a suspect has been taken into custody by police. he's been identified by local media as 21—year—old patrick crusius. the second shooting took place in dayton, ohio, where nine people died. officials said the speed of the police‘s response could have saved hundreds of lives. —— ten people died. if dayton police had not gotten to the shooter in under a minute... think of that, 26 injured, nine dead, hundreds of people in the oregon district could be dead today. police are stopping
whaley bridge residents from returning to their homes as more heavy rain is expected in derbyshire amid the battle to prevent the town's dam from collapsing. borisjohnson announces £1.8 billion of extra funding for hospitals in england. heathrow airport holds last—minute talks with unions in an attempt to avert strikes next week, but they say airlines have started to contact passengers on affected flights. a daredevil french inventor has succeeded in crossing the english channel on a jet—powered hoverboard injust 20 minutes. and witness history hears from a survivor of cambodia's killing fields, where more than a million people were killed by the khmer rouge. that's in half an hour, here on bbc news.
good afternoon. there have been two mass shootings in the united states, just hours apart, in texas and ohio. in el paso, texas, 20 people were killed when a man opened fire on shoppers in a walmart supermarket in one of the worst mass shootings in modern us history. a 21—year—old white man has been arrested and police are investigating whether the attack, which happened a few miles from the us—mexico border, was a racially motivated hate crime. our correspondent, sophie long, reports. oh, my god. parents were shopping with their children when suddenly they were told to run. run, run, run! the walmart store was packed with thousands of people when a gunman started firing indiscriminately. 20 people were killed, 26 others were hurt. many, according to the governor of texas, sustained
life—threatening injuries. on a day that would have been a normal day for someone to leisurely go shopping, it turned into one of the most deadly days in the history of texas. lives were taken who should still be with us today. one white man has been arrested and taken into custody. he's been identified by local media as 21—year—old patrick crusius. police say they're examining the possibility that this attack was a hate crime. they're investigating possible links with a white nationalist manifesto that was published anonymously online, claiming the attack was targeted at the hispanic community. it has the nexus at this point in time to a hate crime. the fbi will be looking into that, with the other federal authorities. right now, we are looking at potential capital murder charges
for this individual. el paso sits on the border with mexico. its population is more than 80% hispanic. it's become a focal point in the debate over immigration in the united states. this is someone who came from outside of our community to do us harm, a community that has shown nothing but generosity and kindness to the least among us. mass shootings are not uncommon here. exactly a week ago, a six—year—old and a 13—year—old were among those killed when a gunman opened fire at a festival in northern california. but people are shocked that it happened here in el paso, considered to be one of america's safest cities, and they are shocked that such young, innocent lives were lost and so many. but amid the horror and the pain and the great, great sadness, there are demands again for something to be done to stop it. sophie long, bbc news, el paso.
meanwhile, just hours later, another gunman opened fire in the us city of dayton in ohio, killing nine people and injuring at least 26 others. the shooting happened outside a bar and the gunman was killed by police. officers say they believe he was acting alone. two eyewitnesses explained what they saw as events unfolded. people just started running, they started pushing us out the back door, into the alley out the back, because they did not want us coming out the front, because they did not know where the shooter was, or how many there was. the screams, the cruisers, the chaos, i have never been pushed out of newcom's, i have never been told to get out of newcom's, but the security guards in themselves were running around telling people to get out, and just how everybody was acting, you knew that something was wrong, and then, when you came outside, as soon
as you hit the front street, you saw the bodies and you knew that this was different, you knew it was something you never thought of experiencing. would not want anyone to experience. the city's mayor, nan whaley, gave an update at a news conference, and said america needed to ask itself why so many people were dying. the suspect opened fire along the oregon district. he was wearing body armour and used a 223 calibre high—capacity magazine. he had additional magazines. 26 have been injured and are at area hospitals. ten fatalities in our community, including the shooter. in less then one minute, in less than one minute, dayton first responders neutralised the shooter. while this is a terribly sad day for our city, i am amazed by the quick response of dayton police to save literally hundreds of lives.
as a mayor this is a day that we all dread happening and certainly what's very sad is i've gotten messages from cities across the country, is that so many of us have gone through it. today is the 250th mass shooting in america. it's sad that it's in the city of dayton. talks are going on today to try to prevent two days of strikes at heathrow by engineers, firefighters and security staff. 177 flights are set to be cancelled on monday and tuesday in preparation for the strikes set for both days. in a statement released by heathrow this afternoon, the airport said: "airlines have now started to contact passengers on affected flights and passengers should contact their airline for more information." our correspondent katy austin is at heathrow airport for us. those discussions are ongoing.
that is right. there have been conciliation talks between the unite union and managers from heathrow airport, going on since friday evening. still no agreement on pay has been reached, to stop a strike by support staff, such as security guards, engineers and firefighters on monday and tuesday. no agreement has been reached to prevent that straight going ahead. as you say, heathrow has said in advance that 177 flights would need to be cancelled across monday and tuesday. passengers were confused in many cases about whether their flights we re cases about whether their flights were actually affected, because some airlines did not immediately take the decision to definitely cancel flights, or to tell customers which we re flights, or to tell customers which were affected. as heathrow has said this afternoon, more airlines are getting in touch with customers, so passengers know whether they will be moved on to another flight instead or whether they will get a refund from their airline, if there is is
not going ahead. even if the strike does happen, people turning up here at heathrow on monday and tuesday should expect to leave extra time to get through security because we are expecting to see very long queues. both sides have said they do not wa nt both sides have said they do not want the strike to happen but time is really running out if we're going to see a resolution. can you remind why the reject —— why the unite union rejected the latest pay offer from heathrow? this dispute has been going on for a while in the previous strike had been cancelled while union members voted on a revised pay offer. heathrow said the revised pay offer would give front line staff a pay rise of 7.3% over 2.5 years, unite union members said no and the union said it was not good enough, it was not enough, and that has left the situation in what seems to be an intractable situation, neither side has looked like stepping down and giving in to the other, so as things
stand, we have not heard much update over the past couple of days, other than heathrow saying that the unite union has rejected the latest offer, and they feel a strike is unnecessary. i understand the unite union have warned heathrow that they should not be paying or should think twice about paying compensation to the airlines as a way of getting around the strike. what about passengers? tomorrow, if the strikes go ahead on monday and tuesday, candy claim for compensation? that has been the point of view of the unite union. it has said to the airport, and the airport has rejected those claims that it could be saving money on compensation by increasing the pay offer. the airport has rejected that suggestion. in terms of passengers, we have believed all along that they would be entitled to get refunds from their airline, if their flight was cancelled. the prospect of any other kind of compensation looks
quite unlikely, because neither the airport or the airline are likely to pay that. from the point of view of the airlines, this is not something under their control. it is the fault of the airport that this is going ahead, so there has been some concern about passengers not being able to get compensation, if there are delays, for example, or if they have booked hotels or taxes, things that would be affected by delays and cancellations. some passengers, as an alternative to cancellations, will see their flights being an alternative to cancellations, will see theirflights being moved to other airports, so rather than here, theirflights to other airports, so rather than here, their flights might to other airports, so rather than here, theirflights might be taking off from gatwick, for example. that brings with it its own inconvenience, it might not work for everyone, but the airlines and heathrow have said they are trying to keep the passengers updated as much as they can and as soon as they can. as well as monday and tuesday, there is the possibility of more strike action later in the month? that is right, there are two for the
strike days that could be in the offing at the bank holiday weekend at the end of august. if no agreement is reached today and the strike goes ahead on monday and tuesday, that will not be the end. we may see further talks but as things stand, there will be four days of strikes in total, both in the coming week, and the last weekend in august. thank you very much. borisjohnson has pledged £1.8 billion in a one—off funding boost for the nhs in england. the prime minister said it would go towards "vital new kit" and upgrades for 20 hospitals. labour said it fell "significa ntly short" of the amount needed by the nhs and would not reverse years of cuts. here's our political correspondentjessica parker. a pledge on entering office. and we start work this week with 20 new hospital upgrades and ensuring that the money for the nhs really does get to the front line.
more detail, including which 20 hospitals will get specific upgrades, is expected imminently. but 1.8 billion is less than the nhs in england spends on an average week, and health organisations say the bill to clear the nhs maintenance backlog is more like £6 billion. our hospitals, the ceilings are collapsing in wards, sewage pipes are collapsing, patients are getting their diagnosis appointments cancelled because of old faulty equipment and it is because the tories have done these smash and grab raids on the investment budgets. this all has particular significance for boris johnson. after that slogan on that bus during the referendum campaign. a spending commitment already made by his predecessor, theresa may, is designed to more than meet that amount, and the conservatives claim that sound management of the economy means that the cash is available. the health service is better funded
now than ever before in its history. 1.8 billion is not to be sniffed at. it is a significant commitment on top of what was already very significant commitment to the nhs. boris has made it clear the nhs is a priority. but with spending priorities, too, on the police, education and brexit preparations, some will suspect more borrowing is on the horizon. the prime minister may be willing to turn on the taps, but keeping the cash flowing isn't always so easy. jessica parker, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: 20 people have been killed in a mass shooting in a walmart store in the us city of el paso, texas. a man has been taken into custody by police. a second mass shooting has also taken place in the us, in dayton, ohio. ten people, including the shooter, have died. police are stopping whaley bridge residents from returning to their homes, as more heavy rain is expected
in derbyshire amid the battle to prevent the town's dam from collapsing. and we will stay with that story. in derbyshire, efforts are continuing to shore up the dam near whaley bridge ahead of heavy rain forecast for the east midlands this afternoon. residents who've had to move from their homes are no longer able to return to collect possessions because police say the emergency services have to concentrate resources on securing the dam. is this the calm before the storm? hard to believe this is still a dangerous situation, but as long as the threat remains, the work continues. we've got 22 high—volume pumps, ten of which are fire service and another 12 were brought in from contractors. our priority has always been to pump as much water out of the dam as possible because every bit of water we take out reduces the risk of the dam failing.
here grout is being poured over the sand bags which were dropped onto the damaged section of the dam by raf chinook helicopters. it will help to give the dam more support. some people living near the dam are feeling optimistic. i am no engineer so i don't know but i'm confident they have got the better of it and i think the amount they have got out of the reservoir now, i think even if they got heavy rain this afternoon, obviously some will go back in but i don't think it will go back into the levels that will bring it back up markedly. 1500 people had to leave their homes in whaley bridge while last night 55 homes in horwich end were evacuated. there are also concerns for nearby marple. even people who have been allowed to remain in their homes are finding it stressful. we are stranded. there is little we can do.
the drive way is full of emergency vehicles most of the time, we couldn't get out if we wanted to, let alone get out. we are not going to leave because then we would have to find somewhere else to live. even if the dam holds, it will be some time before the area is back to normal, and nobody will be able to relax until the predicted storm is over. charlotte gallagher, bbc news. a 37—year—old irish man has been charged with illegally importing firearms after 60 guns were found ina cararriving in doverfrom calais. they were found concealed in a volkswagen passat by officers on friday. it's believed to be the largest seizure of its kind at a uk port. robert keogh will appear in court tomorrow. pro—democracy protesters in hong kong have called for two more marches today, continuing their ninth consecutive weekend of demonstrations. they're also calling on residents to join a strike tomorrow. there were more clashes last night between security forces and protesters.
riot police fired tear gas while missiles and rocks were thrown by some demonstrators, who wore masks and used laser pointers to try to avoid identification by facial recognition technology. our correspondent steve mcdonnell is in hong kong. the smashed windows of this police complex are as the result of hundreds of protesters who were here minutes ago on the other side of that traffic barrier, throwing bricks at the police station. it started with just a couple of bricks and lots of eggs but then just kept escalating. they were digging up more and more bricks and then, in their dozens, pelting them at the police station and people besides cheering on. as has been the pattern for the last couple of days, there seems to have been a bit of what you could call a guerilla type strike where the protesters come along, attack a police station for 15, 20 minutes and then all leave quickly because they know
they cannot remain here for too long smashing up a police station until the riot police come out with tear gas, baton charges and the like, and especially as there are more protests planned for today and a big strike planned for tomorrow so they don't want to be detained and arrested and miss out on that but itjust shows the brazen nature of this campaign now for at least some in the pro—democracy movement who have been quite radicalised and who are more than prepared to really challenge the authorities, even if it involves smashing up police stations and actions along those lines. that was steve mcdonnell in hong kong. two united airline pilots have been arrested at glasgow airport, for allegedly failing a breath test before boarding a flight to new york. the men, aged 45 and 61, have not been charged, but remain in custody and are expected to appear before court on tuesday.
they face up to two years in prison. iran's state tv has reported that iran's revolutionary guards corps have seized a foreign oil tanker in the gulf that was smuggling fuel to some arab states. they said there were seven crew on board — from different nationalities — that have been detained. last month, iran seized a british tanker in the gulf and allowed a second one to proceed after giving ita warning. this was in response to british involvement in the seizure of a tanker carrying iranian fuel off gibraltar. our middle east analyst and editor sebastian usher is here. hi, sebastien. what do we know about this? you pretty much said what iranian state media has given. it was taken on wednesday, but when we had incidents like this before there
has been a time lapse and there has been speculation over about that has gone missing and then iran has confirmed it went missing, but there's been no indication about a boat that was lost to international radar, also its a small boat and a small amount of fuel. that what the iranians are saying about it being caught smuggling fuel might be true. we don't know what flag it was flying under the nationalities of the crew, all that if it turns out there are connections to the us or there are connections to the us or the uk or european countries, that could turn this into another element of crisis. if not, we haven't had any real reaction so far from any outside country, all these countries emerald in this crisis with iran, not a word and if it turns out that this isn't connected to the us or the uk orto this isn't connected to the us or
the uk or to other countries, then it isa the uk or to other countries, then it is a sign of how iran is keeping up it is a sign of how iran is keeping up the pressure. even if it is legitimately, as it says, stopping few being smuggled, this is part of a strategy to show it can do things in the gulf which are uncomfortable for the rest of the world and it can exert pressure of that. when they talk about arab states, who are they referring to? who are iran not getting on with? there are very few arab getting on with? there are very few ara b states getting on with? there are very few arab states they do get on with, the ones they have the biggest problem with are the saudis and the united arab emirates. we are essentially fighting a proxy war in yemen with the uae and saudi arabia and in syria we saw a similar thing. the saudis have been stronger even in president trump in portraying what is going on in the middle east as a battle between the gulf countries
led by saudi arabia and iran and that everything iran is doing is causing the problem is, that is a message the saudis have pumped up day after day and the trump administration have echoed, not so strongly here or in the rest of europe and that is what is complicating efforts at the moment to get more security for ships in that area. us wants a full patrol there, it wants countries to look after own ships. the eu and even britain are stepping back from that, we have a second worship but the sense we want to send a big force and potentially lead us into much closer to a military conflict, the eu is pulling back from so at the moment the security that necessary isn't there in the force needed but the british ships at the moment after the incident with that name, there is stronger security. this is
that stena impero you can see on the screen. it has all gone quiet. the ste na screen. it has all gone quiet. the stena impero was taken by the iranians who said it was illegally operating, britain denies that and it came in response to weeks after british forces were instrumental in taking an iranian tanker off gibraltar. iran has suggested a swap would be a reasonable way of resolving it but our foreign secretary and government has said no, that would look like a concession to iran's narrative about this but britain says what iran has done has been illegal throughout and what we did was not, so if we did and exchange it would claim parity between the two. thank you. a french inventor‘s successfully become the first person to cross the english channel on a jet—powered hoverboard. it was second time lucky for franky zapata, who fell into the sea whilst trying
to refuel on his first attempt last month. james waterhouse reports. just a warning, if you are a fan of taking the ferry or train, they're about to seem very boring. this was how franky zapata decided to make the 22—mile crossing over the english channel, and how's this for an arrival? just to see him in the distance with my little binoculars was just amazing and as he flew over, just amazing. i didn't know what to expect. i thought it would be a historical thing but it was really high—tech. that's amazing. crossing the channel, however you do it, has always captured the imagination. matthew webb was the first person recorded to swim between france and britain in 1875. louis bleriot was the first person to fly it in 1909. ijust came to provide something more to cheer him in. yes, why didn't they
have a brass band here? like they did for... bleriot. yeah. more than 110 years later it's the turn of the jet powered hoverboard. franky zapata's invention is a bit bigger than a skateboard, powered by five turbines and fuelled by kerosene stored in his backpack. first thing in the morning he set off from close to calais, riding a piece of kit able to propel him to speeds of up to 118 mph. around 20 minutes later he arrived near dover in kent before making a cheeky wave and softly touching down. part of the journey involves refuelling on a raised platform on a boat. first time around he lost his balance and fell into the sea. no issues now, however — theyjust used a bigger one. once on english turf, he described his achievement as crazy and then broke into tears. james waterhouse, bbc news.
last week the world of e—sports — which is a form competitive video gaming — hit the headlines after the fornite world cup in new york saw teenagers walk away with millions of pounds in prize money. this weekend, hundreds of gamers are taking part in the latest e—sporting event, this time a little closer to home, and although becoming millionaires isn't on the agenda, small scale tournaments like it are growing in popularity. our reporter navtej johal was there. in a traditional sports centre, and very untraditional sports tournament. hundreds of players have come from around the world to staffordshire university in stoke on trent to battle it out in an e—sports, or competitive video games, competition. the favourite to win the £1200 prize this weekend is alvaro trif from spain. so, you're paid bya team, to travel around the world and play video games?
is that the most fun job in the world? yeah, yeah, it's really nice. i will enjoy that. i play a lot. it may have international interest but this is what is known as a grassroots tournament, set up by fans of this particular game, nintendo's super smash brothers. there aren't the huge sums that were at stake in last weekend's fortnite wold cup, or this weekend's fifa e—world cup in london but these events are the lifeblood of the esports community, that is growing all the time. the global audience for e—sports is estimated at more than 200 million and it's growing. even for a grassroots event like this, they're expecting thousands of people to tune in to watch online this weekend. let's go. staffordshire university has recognised this rising industry. last year, it became the first place in the uk to offer a degree in e—sports. our degree isn'tjust about playing video games, it's about the event management side of things. we did see a gap in the market when it came to the esports
industry, where they needed more knowledgeable people in e—sports to run esports events. in the uk, the video game sector is now worth more than video and music sales combined. there is even talk of e—sports becoming an olympic sport. can you see a world where e—sports arejust as popular, or even more popular, than some of the traditional sports? yes, we can. when we look up the stats, we have already exceeded some of the stadiums, some of the viewership levels in traditional sports. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav. a lot of attention in the derbyshire peak district. yes, we are watching these thunderstorms and showers develop across parts of northern england and scotland, becoming widespread across the north of the country and into north wales whereas further south east it will stay largely dry with some hazy sunshine and quite warm,
temperatures around 26 degrees so out today could be that warmest day for a while. further north high teens and low 20s. the met office warning covers a good portion of scotla nd warning covers a good portion of scotland and down into northern england, there could be gusty winds and lightning and hail. most storms will move through overnight but another batch of rain perches in from the west by dawn. low pressure still in control to start the week, plenty of showers mainly across northern and western areas and it will stick around through much of the week, showers will tend to be across more north and western areas, the south and the east seeing the best of the dry
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