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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.