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this is bbc news. i'm maryam moshiri with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. a british mp, sir david amess, has been stabbed to death while meeting constituents at a church hall outside london. a 25 year old man is in custody — held, on suspicion of murder. this was a difficult incident but our officers and paramedics from the east of england ambulance service worked extremely hard to save sir david. tragically he died at the scene. a counter terrorism team will lead the investigation. the prime minister was one of many, paying fulsome tribute, to the backbencher. well, i think all our hearts are full of shock
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the reason i think people are so shocked and saddened is above all he was one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics. in other news — more than a0 people have died in a series of suicide bomb blasts at a mosque in kandahar. free to fly in again — the united states is opening up its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from the 8th of november. music. and — one of the most distinctive and soulful voices in pop is back. adele releases her first new song in six years. hello and welcome. tributes have been paid to british member of
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parliament sir david amess who has been killed while holding a regular session for his constituents in essex in south east england. police say a man has been arrested. they're not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. david amess had been an mp for the governing conservative party since 1983. our home affairs correspondent, daniel sandford is at the scene. forensics teams and firearms officers at the methodist church where the local mp had been holding his fortnightly surgery. sir david amess�*s meeting with constituents had been from 10am to 1pm, butjust after midday, he was stabbed multiple times. he died at the scene leaving constituents in pot colleagues he was treated at the scene by police and ambulance staff but died before they could get him to hospital. sir david amess was the mp for southend west and well—respected locally. he'd represented the seat for the conservative party since 1997 and was a high—profile brexit supporter and a member of the european research group. i think all our hearts are full
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of shock and sadness today at the loss of sir david amess, mp, who was killed in his constituency surgery in a church after almost a0 years of continuous service to the people of essex and the whole of the united kingdom. and the reason i think people are so shocked and saddened is, above all, he was one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics. the police investigation is still in its early stages, but a 25—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. detectives say the man was detained shortly after officers arrived, and a knife was recovered at the scene. as constituents gathered near the church, there was a sense of acute shock. and all were keen to pay tribute, regardless of which party they'd voted for. it's so tragic. this is such a nice area, and for this to happen, it's... what can i say? he was such a nice person
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who loved everyone. and he was doing such a brilliantjob for all the local residents. the fact that scotland yard's counterterrorism command has taken over this investigation is a clear indication that there is at least some evidence that the crime was politically motivated or that the murder was inspired by some extremist ideology. at 69 years old, sir david was a veteran politician who'd first beeb elected to parliament in 1983. he's now become the second mp to be killed at a constituency surgery in just over five years. jo cox was murdered in birstall injune 2016. today is a dark and a shocking day, the more so because, heartbreakingly, we've been here before. informed by his faith, sir david had a profound sense of public duty, and he was highly respected and much liked across the houses of parliament,
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on all sides. the murder of another mp at a meeting with constituents has again sent shock waves through the world of politics. how can politicians do their best for those they represent if public surgeries are seen as too dangerous? daniel sanford, bbc news, leigh—on—sea. let's speak to the broadcaster and political journalistjohn stapletonmost worrying thing is that this thank you forjoining us. let me ask you first of all how far do you think this is going to go reigniting the debate about mp safety, because this is the way the politics in the uk works. mps need to build to meet their constituents face—to—face, to be able to do theirjobs properly. find face-to-face, to be able to do theirjobs properly.— theirjobs properly. and of course they _ theirjobs properly. and of course they do _ theirjobs properly. and of course they do in - theirjobs properly. and of course they do in the - theirjobs properly. and of| course they do in the home secretary and the speaker of the house of commons have said we need to discuss the security of mps as a result of this terrible, awful incident and are absolutely right. what you
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do about it i'm really not quite sure. mps need to talk to constituents, we pay them to talk to us about to listen to our concerns and resolve our problems and if necessary take them in the house of commons and get a change to a law if that's right. that's with airfare for and as for the reasons they get the job were applied to the job because that's what they're like doing. without that feedback from the public where are they? how do you go about making them more secure? it's very difficult indeed, many of them like sir david have these constituency meetings in local churches or church halls. there is little or no security there at all. other mps let anyone just 0ther mps let anyone just wander 0ther mps let anyonejust wander in there, 0ther mps let anyone just wander in there, they 0ther mps let anyonejust wander in there, they don't even have to give their names and addresses. i think that's going to have to change. at the very least people are going to have to say who they are, where
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they live, whether want to talk to the mp and provide some kind of security or confirmation of everything i havejust said. it's a very difficult issue to resolve if we are going to retain democracy, because this is an attack notjust on this poor man, his family, it's an attack on democracy itself in a tricky one to resolve. the difficult — tricky one to resolve. the difficult thing _ tricky one to resolve. the difficult thing here - tricky one to resolve. the difficult thing here since being able to talk about why. we don't know what happened exactly, with the reasoning was behind it. we know nothing, but do you think given the polarisation of politics over the last decade or so, given the last decade or so, given the rise of social media, how much do you think those things have a part to play in often putting pressure on mps in a way that was not there before? as a former liver mp under general earlier today saying that death threats are almost, plates these days. there's no
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way of proving this but i do think social media has exacerbated this problem. it has emboldened those people with vile views and appalling views to come out and make these threats and discuss and make terrible remarks on all social media. they have been emboldened by that and i think it has become more toxic as a result of social media. not the only cause but it's a big issue. �* ., , issue. and david was campaigning - issue. and david was| campaigning member issue. and david was i campaigning member of parliament, he was a lifelong backbencher, he was working class. he worked his way to becoming an mp. to think that what has happened to him and what has happened to him and what is happening generally will put people like him off getting into politics? life will put people like him off getting into politics? we need these peeple _ getting into politics? we need these peeple i _ getting into politics? we need these people i will— getting into politics? we need these people i will have - these people i will have reviews about mps and criticise them often justifiably but we need mps and need the system to work as it was originally set up. i was listening tojo cox's
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sister, now the mp for workjo cox search yourself before. and she was saying today this will increase the fear amongst mps. her partner had said today i don't want you to do this anymore, and i can fully understand that. and it's a matter of great regret that thatis matter of great regret that that is what happens. thank you so much it's _ that is what happens. thank you so much it's great _ that is what happens. thank you so much it's great to _ that is what happens. thank you so much it's great to talk - the numerous tributes paid today to sir david amess, have come from right across the political spectrum. and his death has led to renewed questions about the safety of mps, five years after the murder ofjo cox. her sister, the mp, kim leadbeeter, described her horror, at today's events. here's our political editor, laura kuenssberg. an officer's task in essex, to lower the flag. at half mast over parliament too.
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the unionjack hanging limply and sombre over number ten, matching the mood. david was a man who believed passionately in this country and in its future, and we have lost today a fine public servant and a much loved friend and colleague, and our thoughts are very much today with his wife, his children and his family was white sir david sir david spent nearly a0 years on those green benches. ve my right honourable friend tell one of his ministers to organise a city status competition so at long last southend—on—sea can become a city? affable, indefatigable, joyous and his love of his part of the world, passionate and his causes, and all politicians have opponents but he did not have enemies.
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today is a dark - and a shocking day. the more so becausel heartbreakingly we've been here before. informed by his face, i sir david had a profound sense of public duty - and he was highly respected and much like to cross i the houses of parliament on all sides —— _ informed by his—macro one. and his name is known for the worst of reasons, the second mp in five years killed just doing theirjob. jo cox, like sir david, elected to parliament but a parent, a partner and a sister too. kim leadbeater led herfamily�*s tributes back then. she will live on through all the world. paying the ultimate tribute now following jo as their hometown mp. it's really important we get good people in public life that this is the risk that we are all taking, you know, and so many mps today will be scared by this, and my partner came home and said, i don't want
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you to do it any more because the next time that phone goes it could be a different conversation. this is a terrible and rare event but the awful truth, it's become routine for many mps and often their staff to face threats, intimidation and abuse. common for those concerned to be reported to the police and those who come to servers in this place know full well they work can put them in harm's way. but friends say he would not want a change in the system. a proud tory essex man who made his way up through the 80s, who wanted to be with the people he represented. they of all people would not have wanted this to result in mps withdrawing further from the public, doing stuff by zoom instead of face—to—face, having screens, whatever it might be.
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that would have been the very last thing that david amess would ever have wanted and he's been one of those constant friends who have always been around, always been cheering the place up, can't somehow imagine life without him. yet he was aware of the worst thing that could come to pass. sir david wrote about an attack on another mp and warned it could happen to any one of us. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. earlier i spoke to cardinal vincent nichols — the archbishop of westminster — about david amess's life of public service. he was kind, he was joyful, he had a very, very open mind as well as some very, very firm convictions. from my point of view as a catholic leader he established what was called the all party group for the holy sea. so he understood the importance for to the back of the worldwide catholic church and increased and improved relationships between the catholic church and of the british government
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that led to, for example, to the visit of pope benedict to this country in 2010, and a reciprocal visit from government representatives to the holy city the following year, of which david was apart. he also campaigned for religious liberty issues generally, didn't he? i mean, he was very much not a sectarian type of person. no, he was an mp. he was an mp for all his constituencies. he was an mp who was a catholic. so he was there for everybody. and i think what touches me most deeply this evening, and the words that were just quoted, when one of his fellow mps was killed he said this could happen to any of us. but did he change his way? no he did not. he left himself in the front line to meet his constituents, to be with them knowing
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the risk. and i think that's why, for me, there is a tremendous tragic poignancy that he was actually killed in a place of worship, in a christian church. and if you think about the christian faith it is centred so much on generosity, on self—sacrifice and that's what he did. and yet, also, a christian church is a source of hope. that these terrible acts of evil are not ever the end of the story. so i think the coming together of those things, of the man, of his faith, the place of his death and the symbol of it all both deepens our appreciation of his life and helps to put a bit of hope back into our hearts.
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this catholic nation held its breath for the men they call the 33. and then... bells tolled nationwide to announce the first rescue and chile let out an almighty roar. this is bbc world news, the latest headlines... a british member of parliament, sir david amess, has been stabbed to death while meeting constituents at a church hall outside london. he died at the scene. more than 30 people have died in a series of suicide bomb blasts at a mosque in kandahar. more than a0 people have been killed in afghanistan, in explosions at a mosque in the southern city of kandahar. those who died were shia muslims, who'd gathered for friday prayers. it comes a week after a suicide attack on another shia mosque
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in the northern city of kunduz killed at least 50 people. yogita lamaye reports. pain and suffering is relentless in afghanistan. this was the second major attack in a week — both targeted at the minority shia community. at this mosque in kandahar, witnesses say there were three suicide bombers. translation: the firing started after we ended prayers. - then 2—3 explosions took place. we were thrown towards the windows. many people were dead and wounded. i don't know what happened later. last friday, the northern city of kunduz was engulfed in terror. is—k, the regional affiliate of the islamic state group, claimed it was behind the bombing that killed scores of people. the attacks have spread fear
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among the shia minority. "i couldn't stop crying after seeing the news from kandahar," said this woman. "we shias have long been oppressed, and every time we are targeted." in recent weeks, is—k has carried out dozens of attacks, some against taliban fighters. this is the biggest challenge to the taliban's hold on security in this country since they seized power in august. they've said they don't want the us or any foreign country to be involved in operations against is. but, with an increasing number of such attacks, questions are being raised about their ability to combat the threat. taliban leaders have been playing down the dangers of is, desperate to portray they've brought stability and peace to afghanistan. the latest attack on their stronghold, kandahar, exposes the cracks in their claims.
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yogita limaye, bbc news, kabul. the united states has announced that it some breaking news on our top story from the merger of the british mp sir david amess. we have had a press release just brought out in the last few minutes by the police. and it says here according to the press release that sir david amess's murder has now been declared a terrorist incident. a terrorist incident with the potential motivation linked to islamist extremism. so the counterterrorism command leading the investigation, they set a fatal stabbing has been declared and their working closely with the colleagues eastern region specialist operations unit and essex police. it also goes on to say that at the scene they talk in detail about what happened. they also then say that a
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25—year—old british man was arrested at the scene of the murder. he is currently in custody at a police station in essex. please also say they are currently carrying out searches of two addresses in the london area. it is believed he acted alone in the police are not seeking anyone else in connexion with the incident at this time. just to reiterate, the murder of david amess has now been declared officially a terrorist incident by uk police. the united states has announced that it will reopen its borders on november the eighth to all foreign travellers who've been fully vaccinated against coronavirus. the white house said last month that restrictions would be lifted for people from more than 30 countries, but it hadn't specified a date. travellers will be eligible to enter the us if they've received jabs approved by its regulators, or by the world health organisation. nomia iqbal has the details. this is of course good news for airlines.
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the aviation industry has been brutally impacted by the pandemic. analysts reckon that there have been net losses of around about $35 billion in one year alone. of course, it isn'tjust about tourism, there are lots of people in the us who have family connexions with people abroad and they have not seen each other for about 18 months. that's how long the travel ban has been in force. but from november the 8th there is a new system in place where foreign travellers will be able to come to the us as long as they are fully vaccinated, so they have had both jabs. you will also need to prove that you are covid negative within 72 hours of boarding the flight and you will have to share contact tracing information. the other crucial thing here is the kind of vaccines that you have had. so if you are is fda approved that's ok, but also the white house has confirmed that if you received a vaccine that got an emergency authorisation by the world health organisation that is also 0k.
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so, for example, the astrazeneca jab which is widely used in the uk, and sinovac and the sinopharm vaccines used in china, that is all fine if you have received them. you will be able to enter the us. and if you do meet all the criteria and you do get into the us you will not need to quarantine. singer songwriter adele has released her first song for six years. �*easy on me' is from the forthcoming album �*30' mark savage has this report. # there ain't no gold in this river... the wait is over. after six years, adele is back and she's singing about the end of her marriage in 2019. # i changed who i was to put you both first # # but now i give up... there is something hopeful about it as well as sad, but obviously i bawled my eyes out when i was writing it and when i was singing it for the recording and stuff like that, but there's an element of hope in it
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which in turn gave me hope because i was at my wits�* end in the beginning of 2019. the song is about seeking forgiveness for her part in the breakdown of the relationship. adele has said her new album is, in part, an attempt to explain that situation to her nine—year—old son when he's older. great art is made from great pain. when we heard she'd broken up, you think, inevitably, as sad as it is for everybody concerned, there are going to be some really good songs coming out of the pain that she's been through, and i really admire the honesty for her to talk about so openly what has happened and all the feelings that she's had. # we could have had it all... adele's new record comes with big expectations. she already has 15 grammies, one oscar and nine brit awards. # i'll find someone like you... and she's inspired a new generation of artists, including fellow brit nominee
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joy crookes. # i don't know what i'd do... i think the thing that adele . made me feel ok with is that i'm not afraid of ballads. i know that in my past, i've - had friends when i was younger be like, "why are you writing these kinds of songs?" - and i rememberfeeling a bit ashamed of my writing. - and then the second thing is, amidst all her success, - all of the things that - could have changed her — accolades, everything — she'sjust so real. - "easy on me" has already been streamed millions of times, but not everyone was impressed. i sent a snippet of me singing it as i was writing it to three of my closest friends here, and one didn't like it, the other one was like, "well, yeah, maybe, keep trying, though", the other one was like, "i'm busy working", so that was the perfect response for me. mark savage, bbc news.
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that is a you can reach me on twitter — i'm @ bbcmaryam. hello again. most of us had a fine day on friday with plenty of sunshine around. it was certainly a beautiful end to the day in dumfries and galloway with the sun setting over the seas there on the horizon. now, we did briefly see a cool down in weather with this slightly fresher air coming down from the northwest, but this weekend, milder air is going to be pushing back in off the atlantic, and with that will come rising temperatures. so, on friday, actually, briefly, although it was cooler, temperatures got close to normal, 1a is average, actually, for october, it's been a very mild 0ctober so far. but actually this weekend, across the board, we will see those temperatures climbing two or three degrees celsius. and the milder air has actually already started to arrive in the southwest with thickening cloud. an odd spit of rain from that, 12 celsius for the first part
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of the saturday morning, contrast that with the cold air in the northeast, where parts of eastern scotland and northeast england have a frost in the countryside. now, for saturday morning, there will be a lot of cloud around first thing, a few showers for northern areas of scotland again. this cloud pushing eastwards across england could be thick enough to give an odd spit of rain, and through the afternoon, there is the threat of more general heavier rain moving into northern ireland, but that will arrive quite late in the day. it turns milder, 15 or 16 celsius quite widely, but it's scotland, we are still hanging onto that slightly cooler and fresher air. 10 celsius in aberdeen and 12 celsius for glasgow. now, saturday night, we will see a more active weather system move in bringing rain across northern ireland, some heavy rain in scotland. maybe a few spots for western parts of england and wales, but it is probably that the rain is going to be a little bit lighter an patchier nature here, and that takes us into sunday. a lot of cloud to start the day, still thick enough for an odd spit of rain.
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this is generally pushing eastwards with weather generally trying to improve and brighten as the day goes by, there will be a few sunny spells coming through from time to time. now, temperatures, mild again. we're looking at highs of 17 celsius in london and glasgow. and temperatures rising a little through the central belt of scotland, around 1a celsius for glasgow and edinburgh as well. into next week, the low pressure is firmly in charge, often going to be pretty windy, and we're going to see this very long weather front. this could bring some heavy prolonged outbreaks of rain, at the moment, it could be affecting the hills in wales, perhaps bringing some localised flooding, but otherwise very mild weather. could see temperatures up to 20 celsius in london on tuesday.
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this is bbc news. the headlines... the british police say the murder of a british mp has been declared an act of terrorism. sir david amess was repeatedly stabbed during his constituency surgery in essex. a 25—year—old man, thought to be a british national of somali origin, was arrested shortly afterwards. the so—called islamic state group says it carried out and attack that killed more than a0 people, at a mosque in the afghan city of kandahar. the mosque is used by the minority shia muslim community. the poice believe two suicide bombers carried out the assault the united states has announced that it will reopen its borders on november the eighth to all foreign travellers who've been fully vaccinated against coronavirus. the white house said travellers would also need a negative covid test taken in the seventy—two hours before travelling to the us.
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