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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. three people are dead and three others seriously injured after a multiple stabbing in reading, west of london. a man of libyan origin has been arrested on suspicion of murder. suddenly there's one lone man darted off the park to the left towards them. he stabbed one just once, went around to the next person, stabbed them, went around to the next person. he managed to get three of them. president trump stages a comeback rally in tulsa in oklahoma, but fails to fill the arena. the us president fires a top federal prosecutor who had refused to leave office. greg berman oversaw the prosecution of a number of mr trump's associates. good news for tourists, as spain ends its lockdown
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and welcomes visitors from europe a dramatic solar eclipse stretching from west africa to taiwan. this was the view from hong kong. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world — and stay with us for the latest news and analysis from here and across the globe. britain's prime minister, boris johnson, has condemned what he called an "appalling" multiple stabbing in the southern english town of reading. three people were killed and three others seriously injured in the incident. witnesses said the attacker, who's of libyan origin and has been arrested on suspicion of murder, began stabbing people, apparently at random, at a park on saturday evening.
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police say it's not currently being treated as terrorism , although they're keeping an open mind about the motive. john mcmanus reports. an air ambulance descending to the centre of reading in response to reports of a brutal attack. the first alert came at around 7pm yesterday evening with witnesses reporting a lone man attacking random members of the public in forbury gardens. it's a small park right in the centre of the berkshire town, and it was busy with people relaxing in the sunshine on the longest day of the year. one witness described the savage nature of the assault. there were quite a few people in the park. there was a group of eight to ten people, middle—aged men drinking in a circle. suddenly this one lone man darted off the park to the left towards them. he stabbed one just once, went around to the next person,
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stabbed them, went around to the next person. he managed to get three of them before anyone sort of realise. a localjournalist who spoke to one of many witnesses said people scrambled to escape the scene. there was a waiter at a restaurant near to the garden who i spoke to at about nine o'clock this evening. he said he saw loads of people running away from the scene. he saw customers collecting orders telling staff at the restaurant that they'd seen loads of police cars go by. and they were forced to close the restaurant early as a safety precaution for their staff. as well as special counter—terrorism police, the air ambulances were joined by five regular ambulance crews and a hazardous area response team. police say several people were taken to hospital. three have died from their wounds. another three are seriously injured.
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a 25—year—old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. the bbc understands he is of libyan origin and had previously been in prison in the uk, but for a relatively minor offence. police say they are not currently treating this as a terrorist incident, but they are working with counterterrorism officers and are keeping an open mind as to the motivation. then, about an hour later, officers arrived at an address south of the town centre and quickly moved some residents away from a block of flats. at 11pm armed police with shields entered the building. responding to the attack the prime minister tweeted... labour leader sir keir starmer said...
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this was a frightening and deadly attack on members of the public enjoying an ordinary summer evening. now the investigation into why it happened gets under way. john mcmanus, bbc news. and a short time agojohn mcmanus — who's still at the scene of the attack in reading — gave us this update. that investigation really getting under way. in the last hour while we have been here more police officers have been here more police officers have arrived and are certainly more forensic officers, all heading to the park behind me where that stabbing frenzy took place at about a 7pm last night. unlike today's weather, it was a beautiful evening, plenty of people in the park caught u nawa res plenty of people in the park caught unawares it plenty of people in the park caught unawa res it seems plenty of people in the park caught unawares it seems in this confusing attack. now the investigation under way. police perhaps will tell us a little bit more about what happened. we know for example they raided an
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apartment building a few hours after the attack. we would like to know why that happened. they might tell us. why that happened. they might tell us. we know that three people died in last night's attack. three more seriously injured. there could be more. we are hoping the police will give us an update on the numbers affected as there were lots of people in the park. certainly we understand that from the eyewitnesses who saw the attack. more to come from the police today. two things i have made clear. firstly, the attack was not in any way related to black lives matter is protest that had taken place earlier on saturday. the two completely unrelated. they happened i apart. also police say there is social media footage circulating of the attack, some bit really quite disturbing. they want people who have that footage not to upload it to sites like twitter or facebook but to give it to them. it is potentially very upsetting particularly for bereaved families, but it could provide vital clues and a sequence
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but it could provide vital clues and a sequence of what happened when. those essential timings that could help the police in this investigation. john mcmanus. president trump has held his first campaign rally since the coronavirus outbreak began in the united states. turnout for the rally — in oklahoma — was much lower than mr trump's campaign had hoped for, and plans for him to address an outside gathering were dropped. his supporters claimed a million people had signed up to attend the event, but many of the seats at the arena in were empty. this our north america correspondent david willis reports. it wasn't entirely the comeback donald trump had been anticipating. shortly after it emerged that six members of his campaign team had tested positive for the coronavirus, a warm—up event nearby was cancelled for lack of attendance. they were empty seats in the auditorium as well. size matters to this president and he won't have been pleased.
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we begin ourcampaign. i want to thank all of you. you are warriors. i've been watching... i've been watching the fake news for weeks now and everything is negative. don't go, don't come, don't do anything today. i've never seen anything like it. the trump campaign blamed the empty seats on the presence of protesters outside, although their attendance was largely peaceful. despite fears the event could prove a super spreader of the coronavirus, most were not wearing masks. yet as covid—i9 cases continue to spike in this country, the president went as far as to suggest the testing effort was making his record look bad and should be slowed down. here's the bad part. when you do testing to that extent, you're going to find more people, you're going to find more cases. so i said to my people, slow down the testing, please!
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making little mention of the state ofjustice in this country, which has prompted protests, the president took issue with those who sought to tear down statues of confederate leaders and cause trouble on the streets. americans have watched left—wing radicals burn down buildings, loot businesses, destroy private property, injure hundreds of dedicated police officers, only to hear the radicalfake news say, what a beautiful rally it was. making no mention of tulsa's tumultuous past as the site of one of the worst episodes of racial violence in american history, president trump said if democrats gained power in november, the rioters would be in charge. his handling of the coronavirus
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crisis could prove crucial to his re—election chances. david willis, bbc news, los angeles. president trump has sacked a top us prosecutor who had investigated several of his close allies. the move brings to an end a stand—off between geoffrey berman — the us attorney for the southern district of new york — and the trump administration, which had initially said the prosecutor had resigned, only for him to deny this. mr berman said he accepted the dismissal because his deputy would replace him as temporary us attorney. mr berman's office has been investigating the president's lawyer, rudy giuliani, and prosecuted his former lawyer michael cohen. spain has ended its state of emergency and has lifted coronavirus travel restrictions forforeign visitors from the european union and schengen zone countries and the uk. all arriving passengers will have their temperature taken at the airport, submit information on whether they have had the virus,
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and provide their contact details. simonjones reports. the beaches in barcelona look set to become a lot busier as locals are joined by visitors from abroad. spain is opening up to most other european countries as a state of emergency is lifted, formally marking the end of a 3—month lockdown. anyone flying in, though, will face a rather different reception at the airport. there will be temperature checks and visitors will need to provide details of where they are staying. after a period of uncertainty, the spanish government has confirmed uk tourists will be able to visit without having to quarantine on arrival. well, we are discussing with the uk authorities see if they would do the same on their side, we nevertheless are doing this out of respect for the 400,000 british citizens that have a second residence in spain and that are dying to benefit from their homes in our country.
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but despite the temptation of a socially distanced drink in the sun, the british government is still advising against all but essential travel abroad. and for the moment, people flying into the uk will have to spend two weeks in quarantine. spain, though, is desperate to get its tourism industry going again, so vital for the economy, but this is a country that has seen more than 28,000 deaths from coronavirus. it says it will do all it can to ensure the safety and security of visitors, but the question now is how many will be tempted by a spot of sea and sangria, or will people decide to holiday at home instead? simon jones, bbc news. this is bbc news. the headlines... three people are dead and three others seriously injured after a multiple stabbing in reading, west of london. a man of libyan origin has been arrested on suspicion of murder. president trump stages a comeback rally in tulsa in oklahoma, but fails to fill the arena.
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anti—racism protests have taken place in japan, and are expected again this weekend to support the black lives matter campaign. protesters in tokyo wanted to show solidarity in the wake of george floyd's death. joining me live now from yokohama is baye mcneil. he writes a column for the japan times called, black eye, focusing on the experiences of black people living injapan. tell us what are the experiences of people like you injapan? tell us what are the experiences of people like you in japan? it's varied. it depends on your perspective on things. ijust want to talk a little bit about black lives matter here injapan and the protests that have been occurring recently. last week there was a protest in osaka attended by maybe a thousand people, and also another protest here in tokyo attended by 3000 to 4000 people. it is going
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very well. i am hearing about protest coming up. it is picking up momentum. that is great. tell us more about the extent of racism in japan? we have seen so many countries around the world in the wa ke countries around the world in the wake of what happened in minneapolis, country really examining their consciences and talking about how they treat race is an issue. —— countries examining their consciences. what is the state injapan? their consciences. what is the state in japan? i think many japanese people don't realise why black lives matter is really an issue here because i think many japanese view this as a homogenous country, which it is. but there is a long history of racism in japan it is. but there is a long history of racism injapan added dates back to when japan of racism injapan added dates back to whenjapan was of racism injapan added dates back to when japan was first of racism injapan added dates back
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to whenjapan was first opened up to the west. —— and it dates back. the people on his ship... this was when blackface were first introduced. these racial stereotypes were introduced to japan. this is carried on from that point until today. so we have a long history of racism in japan in the racial stereotypes, including recently, last week, on television there was a programme talking about the background of black lives matter and in that programme there was an animation where some racist stereotypes were used. there are racial issues in japan. but i thinks thanks to black lives matter raising this issue and giving people more information about black lives matter and about racial problems here in japan, black lives matter and about racial problems here injapan, some of them are going to be addressed. and what
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would you say about the wave of protest we have seen across the united states and right round the world, including japan, in the light of what happened to george floyd in minneapolis? it really has been an extraordinary global phenomenon? minneapolis? it really has been an extraordinary global phenomenon7m has been, it really has been. i think it's a result of black people around the world having similar experiences. people are now taking notice of how negative and detrimental they have been to the progress of people of african descent around the world. the diaspora, i would say in the united states and the caribbean and other western countries, are having a very similar experience. they have been at the bitter end, the business end of white supremacy and racism. black lives matter, these protests around the world, are addressing these and it is bringing to attention a lot of the problems like police brutality
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and unemployment, health care, discrepancies, these kind of things are being brought to the attention of the world. that's great. really good to talk to you. a writer for the japan times. thank you for your time. you're welcome. lebanon's economy is collapsing, with the country's currency losing 70% of its value in the past six months. the crisis has been made worse by the coronavirus lockdown. now many middle class families can no longer afford to pay their domestic workers. as our correspondent, martin patience reports from beirut, this has left many destitute. this is the human cost of lebanon's economic crisis. migrant workers are dumped on the street because their lebanese thank employers no longer want them. where a mobile phone is often the only lifeline. this man is dropping off an ethiopian maid.
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but watch as tensions flare. he goes for his gun. and here is another worker being dropped off. human rights groups call this modern—day slavery. for some of the workers it is too much. we were told at least six of the maids left here were suffering serious mental health issues. this woman has been working in lebanon for a year and a half. she says she has now been thrown away like rubbish. she says she has not been paid her salary in four months, but that she no longer cares. she just wants to be able to go home. this scene is a snapshot of what is happening right
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across the middle east. millions of migrant workers are in lockdown or they have been laid off, or like here in lebanon, they have been left to fend for themselves. this woman is an ethiopian cleaner. after finishing work she heads to the embassy to help out. translation: the women here all want to travel but at the moment the airport is closed. they should be kept in the houses where they work until done. the embassy is right here. they have shelter. why don't they open it? it is just wrong. many of the workers have now been moved from the embassy. the lebanese government says it is doing all it can, given the country's economic crisis. our minister took the initiative.
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there was generous security. we kept the workers at the hotel for two days. afterwards we send them to a shelter. many countries are now facing a reckoning with racism. in lebanon, migrant workers are being openly discarded, and they have no idea when or if they will ever get home. martin patience, bbc news, beirut. health secretary matt hancock has confirmed in the last few minutes that pubs and restaurants will now this week when there will be able to reopen. he said of the government is looking at the two metre rule and how any possible risk can be reduced. let's talk to helen catt. there has been so much pressure on
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the government to cut the two metres social distancing role down to a major. what is the latest? we know they have this under review. we know this review will report back this week. the chancellor confirmed that last —— yesterday. we heard again from matt hancock today. what we got from matt hancock today. what we got from matt hancock was what it might be changing too, which is what we don't know at the moment. this is the idea that has been floating around in some of the papers today of one metre plus, just to add some more jargon to the coronavirus thesaurus. this is the idea you can cut eight to one metre but you need to put some other methods in place to put some other methods in place to add some extra protection. matt hancock talking earlier was talking about mitigation. there are also odds of mitigation you can put in place to be physically closer than two metres but not have the transmission of the virus or the risk of transmission that he would otherwise have. so for instance, we have seen in lots of
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the retail that has open, lots of shops, perspex screens. obviously you can be closer than two metres with a perspex screen and the risk of transmission is very, very low. masks also make an impact. hence the role that masks must be worn on public transport and in hospitals. there are other mitigations you can put in place as well. back to back? it would make for a good interview of reset back to back? it wouldn't make for a good pub lunch either. but it is safer than face—to—face. just so i get clarity, this will all be written down? if you do this, it is gone? we will set all of this out this week. helen, what are labour saying? we haven't been quite sure whether this is something labour would support because they have raised concerns previously about making sure it was
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safe for workers to go back, it was safe for workers to go back, it was safe for workers to go back, it was safe for things to reopen. so that was put to jonathan ashworth, safe for things to reopen. so that was put tojonathan ashworth, the shadow health secretary for labour. he was on andrew marr is shiao this morning. he was asked if labour would back this if the government went ahead? we also need to see a greater use of face masks, iwould have we also need to see a greater use of face masks, i would have thought. certain staff workers who are very public facing in their day—to—day action, perhaps, greater use of face shielding. let's get a testing and tracing up and running. there is a broader point. infection rates are coming down, they appear to be plateauing. hospitaladmissions coming down, they appear to be plateauing. hospital admissions are coming down. death rates, thankfully, are coming down, but this still remains a deadly virus. we cannot be complacent. so if we are going to relax some measures, we need to make sure other mitigation measures are in place. labour saying they would back the reduction in social distancing under
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certain circumstances. with those mitigations the suggestion was that micro the other thing labour have been keen to highlight is the necessity to make sure that the test and trace system is working really fully. we have seen the app component of that which was supposed to be part of it, it hasn't come to fruition. there is a delay on that. but the human contact tracing is up and running. that may have to be integrated into some of the measures we may hear about this week. for example, matt hancock was asked earlier on sky news, could that mean i will have to register my details before going to the pub? he said, yeah, that is not something the government is running out. the rationale being that if somebody in the pub got coronavirus, then you would be able to identify everybody who was at risk. it looks like the two things we might hear a lot about this week are the idea of mitigation measures, physical mitigation measures, physical mitigation measures you heard matt hancock talk about, but also how they really embed that idea of being able to
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trace where there is an outbreak. helen catt, many thanks. a dramatic solar eclipse has appeared in the skies across a narrow band of the earth. here is the view of the moment of peak solar eclipse as seen from hong kong. skywatchers saw a so—called ring of fire eclipse, where the moon passes between the earth and the sun, leaving a thin ring visible. the phenomenon lasted just under a minute and a half at its point of maximum duration. astronomers say it's like switching from a 500 watt bulb to 30 watts. now, a new record has been set for the price of a guitar. this semi—acoustic guitar played by the nirvana frontman, kurt cobain, in one of his last television appearances before his death has sold for $6 million at an auction in los angeles, making it the most expensive guitar in the world.
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you are watching bbc news. hello there. this weekend was the somersaults this weekend and it looks likely we will see some summer sunshine and warmth returning as we go through the week ahead. —— summer solstice. for most it will be fine and sunny. the heat building from wednesday onwards. there will be some showery rain in the far north—west. more significant rain through the night. this was the early hours in northamptonshire. let's look at where that rain is moving. it is moving steadily north and east, the heaviest is across scotland, starting to weaken as it moves through eastern england. behind it you can see an improving picture, sunny spells and scattered showers. as we got through this afternoon the showers most heavy and frequent through northern ireland,
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scotland, may be north—west and england, may be the odd rumble of thunder. showers few and far between across england and wales. a noticeable strong gusty wind at times. 30 mph. that means it will feel it a bit cooler in the showers to the north. we should see values of 22 degrees, 72 fahrenheit. as we go through the evening and overnight at those showers are likely to fade away. we keep the clear skies. unlike the night passed, that was pretty mild, temperatures in single figures, particularly in scotland. temperatures could fall to 5 degrees in rural areas. whiteley around nine, ten to 12 degrees elsewhere. high pressure starts to build and keeps things quite acquired from monday onwards across england and wales. we have a weak weather front topping across the high. it stays pretty windy. it will bring outbreaks of rain. light and party to begin with across northern ireland, western fringes of scotland. then we see some heavier pulses developing close to the
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scottish borders by the middle of the afternoon. more cloud across wales and south—west england. the best of the suntan on monday likely to be across eastern england, where we could see highs of 23 degrees. that marks the beginning of this warmth set to build. under the influence of high pressure. this weather front a weak affair. it is the southerly wind that will win out of the battle, driving in this heat and humidity from the near continent. that means once we have got the rain out of the way on tuesday, a lot of dry weather in the forecast, with temps —— temperatures peaking in the low 30s. take care.
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this is bbc news, the headlines... three people are dead and three others seriously injured after a multiple stabbing in reading, west of london. a man of libyan origin has been arrested on suspicion of murder. suddenly this one lone man darted off the park to the left towards them. he stabbed one, just once, went around to the next person, stabbed them, went around to the next person. he managed to get three of them. president trump stages a rally in tulsa in oklahoma, but fails to fill the arena. the us president fires a top federal prosecutor who had refused to leave office. greg berman oversaw the prosecution of a number of mr trump's associates. good news for tourists as spain ends its lockdown and welcomes visitors from europe.


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