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The UN says the shelling of one of its schools in Gaza by Israel is a


disgraceful act. At least 15 people were killed and more than 70 wounded


when the building housing refugees was struck without warning.


This was a classroom. It is a classroom where people were


sleeping. There were deaths and injuries.


This is the scene live at Gaza, where Israel has just begun a


humanitarian cease-fire due to last four hours. We will be getting the


latest from Gaza and Israel. Also this lunch time... Bankers who


break the rules could be forced to give back bonuses up to seven years


after getting them. The deadly e-border outbreak - the


government is holding an emergency The deadly e-border outbreak - the


government is holding an meeting this lunch time, saying it could


pose a threat to the UK. I am at Hampden Park in Glasgow on


day seven of the Commonwealth Games and there are 19 gold medals up for


grabs today. Away from the action, it is this man, Usain Bolt, who is


stealing the headlines. He has categorically denied making


disparaging remarks about the Games.


In sport later... England's cricketers are on top of


the third test. They have not enforced the follow-up.


British Airways is to be sued over claims one


of its pilots abused children in African schools and orphanages.


Campaigners at Charing Cross Hospital fight plans to radically


change the Health service. Good afternoon. Palestinian health


officials say at least 15 people were killed this morning and 19


injured when Israeli tank shells hit a United Nations school in northern


Gaza, the second to be had this week. People had taken refuge in the


school. Israel says it will investigate the incident. A senior


Israeli military figure has just told the BBC that a humanitarian


cease-fire will start about now. This girl 's school at about five


o'clock this morning, several shells slammed into the buildings. It is a


place where the UN says more than 3000 people were seeking shelter. It


must have been terrifying, chaos. Most of the dead would never have


known what had hit them. This classroom is one of the places that


took a great hit. There are bloodstains on the floor, there are


bits of human remains here still. Scattered around, evidence of what


passed for normal family life. There is a pink football, a broken packet


of pasta, plastic bottles. But this is a terrible scene. And those who


survived could do little to help. TRANSLATION: We were on the other


side of the school. We rushed over and all we could do was move the


bodies and injured people. The ambulance were trying to get your at


first they could not. When the injured finally got to the local


hospital, further chaos as doctors, already exhausted from three weeks


of this, did what they could to save lives. All these people were in what


was supposed to be an internationally designated UN


shelter. Our security staff are able to access the school this morning


and they collected fragments from the explosive devices, and they were


able to take photographs looking at where the impact was and the


direction from where they fire came. It was Israeli artillery


fire. This is a disgraceful act. This cannot continue. These people


were coming for safe harbour. The Israeli army says this is the focus


of its operations - tunnels dug by her mast to infiltrate fighters into


Israel. It has accused her mass of firing on its forces and it says the


fire was returned. It will continue to investigate. Any loss of human


life is a tragedy. We are operating under extreme conditions in a


reality for the other side has no regard for the situation. We are


trying to minimise the civilian deaths and we are warning civilians


to vacate specific areas. Back at the school people wonder where to go


and what to do next. Many have already headed further into Gaza


city, where the UN will struggle to cope with another influx of the


displaced. Others have stayed here, but they are beginning to lose all


hope. Let's get the latest from Jerusalem


and our correspondent there, Bethany Bell. Israel has just announced that


four our cease-fire. Possess a response to the anger that has been


felt over their latest attack? We put the question to an Israeli


army spokesman and he said the things were not related. In terms of


the school, Israel says Palestinian militants opened fire on Israeli


troops from near the school and that Israeli troops returned fire in


response. He said that any loss of human life was a tragedy, but he


said that Israel does not deliberately target or attack UN


facilities. He said that he accused Hamas of using Palestinian civilians


as human shields. It has just announced a cease-fire, this partial


humanitarian cease-fire, for four hours in some parts of the Gaza


Strip. Many people here are bracing themselves for this conflict to go


on. Here in Israel, people want the threat of the cross-border tunnel


from Gaza to be removed and they want the rocket fire on Israel to


stop. There is still widespread support here for what the Army is


doing. Thank you. The Bank of England has announced


some of the toughest restrictions on bankers' pee anywhere in the world.


Bankers will be forced to return their bonuses up to seven years


after receiving them if they are fine to have worked with misconduct.


Our financial correspondent has the details.


City bankers are some of the highest-paid workers in the UK. Many


receive a substantial part of that pee in the form of an annual bonus.


It a lump sum of one in shares which can be up to double their basic


salary. They generally have to wait to get their hands on it for three


or five years and it can be clawed back during that time. Under these


new rules they will have to give it back up to seven years later, even


if they have already spent it. We now have the toughest regime in


banking pay of any global financial centre. Bankers are paid less here


than they are compared to New York, Singapore and Hong Kong. This could


have an impact on the competitiveness of London as a


financial centre and the jobs here. The Bank of England has described


the conduct of some bankers as highly reprehensible and has


released proposals which could see some face prison in extreme cases.


Recklessness, interest rate rating, money-laundering, misselling, these


scandals have cost the City its reputation and taxpayers and Gerald


is hundreds of billions of pounds. It is hoped these tough new rules


will change the culture of the people working in the heart of


banking. Any imagine every single anchor bringing everybody to court?


You have to think about the methodology of it. You want to claw


back seven years, really? That would be tough. No, I am happy that yearly


would be the way forward. Seven years is ridiculous. I would


probably leave. They are not accountable for the way that they


behave and they would be in any other industry so I would support


that, for sure. These are ground-breaking measures, but do


they go too far? These are acceptable. There will be an


argument against it. Eventually we will see new rules so we have made


the first move. Is the bonus party over? The champagne may have to go


back on ice for a few more years. change the Health service.


The Foreign Secretary, Phillip Hammond is chairing a meeting of the


COBRA emergency committee this lunch time into the outbreak of Ebola in


West Africa, which has killed nearly 700 people. The disease is


continuing to spread, with medical charities warning it's likely to


last until the end of the year. Some airlines have halted flights into


Liberia and Sierra Leone as concerns grow. It's spread through direct


contact with blood or other body fluids of an infected person. And


its symptoms include bleeding, diarrhoea and vomiting. It was first


reported in Guinea in March, and has since claimed at least 310 lives


there. Our Global Health Correspondent Tulip Mazumder reports


now from Guinea. The latest and one of the youngest


victims of Ebola - wrapped in layers of plastic bags, it is the tiny body


of four-year-old Faya. His family are too scared to attend his burial


so he is carefully laid to rest by strangers. The virus spreads through


contact with a patient's bodily fluids, so health workers see


themselves in suits where temperatures hit 40 Celsius. It is


relentless work. This nurse looked after baby Faya in his final


moments. TRANSLATION: I was there with him just before he died. I had


been feeding him milk. I stepped away just for a short break but then


I was called back and he was dead. I was totally devastated. At times I


would just go outside and cry. Some people believe medics are actually


bringing Ebola here and harvesting organs from the dead. What after yet


another death, community leaders here agreed to hear the truth about


Ebola. And, crucially, how to stop it spreading. A few days ago, health


workers couldn't even get into this village but they have made a


breakthrough here today. People are bringing out their sick relatives


and they are agreeing to be checked over for symptoms of Ebola. This man


convinced his sick mother to get help. She had a high fever and had


been vomiting for days. There have been seven deaths in this small


village so far, but medics say many more could be infected. Samples from


affected villagers come to this makeshift diagnostics laboratory.


British scientists are among those testing for the virus. Sometimes you


are seeing patients who are brought in very young and they are testing


positive, and it gets very sad. It is visiting time back at the


treatment centre and 13-year-old Alfons has come to see his little


sister. Initial tests have come back negative. Ebola is an indiscriminate


virus. Their mother is very sick and may not survive.


Our chief political correspondent Norman Smith is at the Cabinet


Office where the meeting is being held. This disease has so far been


confined to Africa but it is slowly being taken seriously here?


-- clearly being taken seriously here?


The Foreign Secretary said it is a threat and it would be folly to


ignore the danger, which is why he is holding this emergency meeting to


put in place a precautionary plan. I stress the cautionary, because there


are no cases of Ebola in the UK, no Britons have contracted the virus.


The concern is aircraft will. There are a vast number of flights from


west Africa to the UK which increases the danger of the disease


spreading here, which is why doctors and staff have been instructed to


watch out for patients showing symptoms. It is white airlines and


border agency staff are going to be told to monitor passengers more


closely. Much of the government's effort is going to go on the ground


in West Africa in providing Aberdeen may as is, clinicians, medical staff


to try and contain the disease and it is worth flagging up that


officials stressed the much higher hygiene standards in the UK. Even


just by washing your hands, it is a pretty effective safeguard against


the disease. International monitors trying to


reach the crash out of the Malaysian plane have once again been turned


back. The monitors were trying to find a clear route to the area but


were halted at a checkpoint controlled by pro-Russian


separatists. It is the -- fourth day in the row they have been unable to


get to the area. Rolf Harris's Jail term will not be


challenged for being too lenient. The Attorney-General will not


referred the disgraced entertainer's sentence for five


years and nine months to the Court of Appeal. The division -- decision


comes despite complaints about the leniency of the sentence.


The Crown Prosecution Service says two former executives at the News


of the World are to be charged with phone hacking.


Neil Wallis, the paper's former deputy editor, and Jules Stenson,


the former features editor, will appear before Westminster


HSBC has told three Muslim organisations that their bank


One of them - the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London - described


HSBC has denied that the groups are being targeted


because of their religious or political links, but has said that


This man runs a think tank on Islamic issues and has been told by


HSBC that his bank account and those of his family will close in two


months. He says he was not given a proper explanation. The


organisations are mainly charities and the link is that many are at


live on the case of Palestine. So I'm left to speculate that this is


why. That would be a shame if that were true. The Finsbury Park mosque


in north London and Bolton raised Muslim charity also received letters


telling them their accounts would be closed. The reason given that having


them remain as a customer fell outside but the bank called their


risk appetite. The mosque made headlines over a decade ago due to


its connections with radical cleric Abu Hamza. The mosque says that the


days of extremism are behind them. All the letters that have been sent


does not give any reason as to why it was closed in the first place. So


that can lead us only to believe it is an Islamophobic campaign. In a


statement HSBC said that decisions to end customer relationships are


not taken lightly but not based on race or religion of the customer.


The banks have so badly failed that the boardroom has become a pressure


cooker. They must not fall foul of authorities. They must improve their


media perception of performance. They must not take risks. The


charities commission confirmed it is not investigating any of the


organisations involved and says if the charities do not have a


relationship with a bank, it could harm public trust in their work.


At least 15 people were killed and dozens injured when a UN-run school


The UN says it was a disgraceful act.


The future shape of London - the Mayor unveils how


the capital will have to change to cope with a rising population.


And after helping England to victory in the Team event,


Hemel Hempstead gymnast Max Whitlock is going for gold again today


Next week, a series of ceremonies across Britain and Europe will look


back a hundred years to the start of the First World War.


Over the next three days, Robert Hall will be travelling the


route that British soldiers would have taken on their way to war.


He begins in the Lincolnshire village of Friesthorpe,


where one family lost five of their eight sons.


They became known as the Beechey Boys, and this weekend a specially


written drama will be performed at the Parish Church in their honour.


You could easily miss the tiny hamlet.


14 houses clustered around this beautiful and ancient church.


The story I will tell you is closely connected with the church, the story


of a large and happy family torn apart by the coming of war.


On a sultry summer evening in Boston, a packed auditorium is


hearing the story of one Lincolnshire family swallowed by a


They are on the parapet of the trench.


A story which led me to a tiny churchyard on the road north


from Lincoln, and the grave of Tom Beechey, rector of Friesthorpe.


His granddaughter's photos show a proud father of eight sons


and six daughters, who evidently had an idyllic childhood.


There was always a welcome for everybody.


It consists of 300 letters and telegrams.


In Lincoln's county archive, precious boxes of letters chart


the tragedy that unfolded after the boys marched away to do their duty.


Five were killed, one was badly injured.


This is Barnard Beechey, the first of the brothers to be killed.


He was killed at the Battle of Loos in 1915.


The characters of each individual man show through


from what they write, and some of them are quite candid.


One of the most telling items in the family collection is this letter


written by rifleman Leonard Beechey, talking about the death of his


brother Charles, and he writes to his mother, "He was always so good


and reliable and it is very difficult


Each one seems a harder blow than the previous one."


Leonard Beechey himself was killed just over a month later.


He was on the wire all night, and nobody could get him off.


Amy Beechey is said to have borne the loss


Her true feelings only surfacing during a royal visit to Lincoln


when the Queen thanked her for her sacrifice.


Mrs Beechey is said to have replied, "That was no sacrifice, ma'am,


Well the Reverend Beechey sadly died before the war and his wife had to


bear that by herself. Tomorrow I am in Winchester to find out how well


the soldiers were equipped. The Crown Prosecution Service is just


announced they will prosecute a former Metropolitan Police officer


for killing a man in 2005. The man was shot in the back of a car in


London. Inside a police car which was part


of a firearms convoy in pursuit of a suspected armed gang. By the time


the chase was over, one of the gang was dead. A police marksman shot


24-year-old is at Rodney at close range in 2005. It took seven years


for there to be an enquiry rather than an inquest into his death. The


enquiry reported last year and found there was no lawful justification


for shooting Mr Rodney dead. And it was critical of the police


operation. Mr Rodney and his group were under surveillance in the hours


before his death. Officers were working on intelligence that the men


were planning to rip-off a gang of suspect drug dealers at gunpoint,


that is why they chased the car. Is why they chased the car. As Carol


was stopped and boxed in, eight bullets were fired at Mr Rodney. --


as their car. Six hit him in the head and body. Now almost a decade


after his death a dramatic development is the case is set to


move to the criminal courts. Well Jim Kelly is with me now. What more


can you tell us? We have just had a statement from the Director of


Public Prosecutions who says they have carefully considered the new


file of evidence following the enquiry and they have decided that


this officer, known only as East Devon, who has actually left the


Metropolitan Police, he has been given anonymity. He has been charged


with murder and will make his first court appearance on the 10th of


September. He will appear before Westminster magistrates. Police


officer to be charged with murder is very rare. We understand they have


just been two cases in the past. No officer in this country has ever


been convicted of the murder of a civilian in a police operation like


this. But this just hasn't happened in the last few minutes. -- has


happened. The world's fastest man,


Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, says newspaper reports that he made


disparaging comments about the He's accused journalists


of making up the stories. So on Day Seven of the Glasgow


Games, let's get the latest from The morning session of athletics has


recently finished. But across town it is those comments apparently made


by Usain Bolt that are making headlines. He is out and about


watching some sport this morning. He was asked what he thought of the


games just in the last 30 minutes and apparently said, they're


awesome. Calm and relaxed today, Usain Bolt finds himself at the


centre of the Commonwealth storm. Glasgow woke up this morning to


newspaper claims that the king of the track made less than friendly


comments about the friendly games. But did he? Well the double Olympic


champion was on Twitter this morning saying, I am waking up to this


nonsense. Journalists, please do not create lives to make headlines. One


reporter caught up with him yesterday and is standing by her


story. Usain Bolt describe against today is awesome, but more could


emerge tomorrow. What about those paying to watch the action? He's


just in a bad mood. It quite unlike him. I think we have done really


well and the city is showing its friendly side. Everyone going all


out to make it a great games. Organisers spent years trying to


secure his services and will now spend the next few days trying to


convince Glasgow that he wants to be here. We take Usain Bolt at his word


and we are pleased with how he had responded. These are a fantastic


games. When he came for his first press conference, he was up eat and


positive. Focused on delivering for his fellow countrymen. Despite the


controversy, the action continued on day seven. A blow for Wales is Dai


Greene failed to qualify in the 400 metres hurdles. England beat


Scotland in the Commonwealth grudge match at the hockey, 2-1. And in


Edinburgh Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch caused the blast of their own


on day one of the guiding. And just tick with the sport, Louise Hazel is


with me. You took gold 14 England at the last Commonwealth Games in the


heptathlon. You hoped to come out of retirement and compete today. Are


you going to be watching the action in a bittersweet way? It will be


tinged with sadness. I will be reporting with Radio 5 live and


perhaps watching my Crown goes to a Canadian. I would like that to have


gone to someone from the home countries but I cannot see that


happening. But we may just get a bronze medal. What other key names


to look out for? Well the Canadian is likely to take the gold medal and


then in second place another Canadian. Then we have an amazing


performer from England, Jessica Taylor, who seems to have already


stepped up to the plate and is currently in third position. She has


to hold of the other girls this evening if she is to get the bronze


medal. And that is all for now. Back to you. Now look at the weather


forecast. It is breezy today and the more


unsettled weather again in the North. We are hanging onto the


sunshine further south. But gradually that heat will use a way


and the showers become more prevalent towards the end of the


week. -- eased away. More cloud further north and underneath that


cloud we have quite a few sharp showers around. Not too far away


from the Glasgow area where we have seen them already this morning. So


little change for the rest of play today. Passing showers and sunshine


but that constant westerly breeze which should disappear tomorrow.


Showers also in Northern Ireland and down towards Northumberland as well.


Further south through most of Wales and the South West of England we


have some beautiful sunshine around the coast and very pleasant


temperatures. Still hanging onto that heat further east. Not quite as


stifling as yesterday. Some lovely weather hanging on to the south-east


and into East Anglia. Even where we have the showers, it is not going to


rain all day. The showers continue for western and northern areas


overnight. Some starting to filter South. And just like last night the


humidity slowed -- slightly lowered and it has been. And the rain really


starts to come into the north west of Scotland, more persistent rain in


the North followed by some heavy and thundery showers for Scotland and


perhaps Northern Ireland. And tomorrow looking more unsettled


through Wales and the Midlands. And eventually East Anglia. Just the far


south-east hanging on to the good weather. There is more likelihood


that we will catch some sharp showers as well by Friday. For the


weekend, looking quite blasted through Friday night and into


Saturday. Heavy rain and strong wind. Heavy showers following


behind. At the moment Sunday still looks like the drier day of the


weekend, but looking a lot more unsettled.


A reminder of our top story. At least 15 people were killed and


dozens injured when a UN run school was hit by Israeli shells in Gaza.


The UN says it is a disgraceful act. And this is the scene now from Gaza


where Israel has just begun a humanitarian cease-fire due to last


for four hours.