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This is BBC World News Today with me Daniela Ritorto.


Rules on liquids, shoe searches and baggage scans will still apply.


But in airports across the globe, security is being beefed up.


The measures will be in force at airports with direct flights to the


US after a possible new terrorist threat was identified. We'll look at


how it could affect airline travel around the world A second day of


anger on the streets of East Jerusalem over the murder of


Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdair.


Israeli authorities are yet to release his body for burial.


Also coming up... Life inside an extremist enclave. Harrowing stories


from Iraqis who've escaped areas seized by Isis militants.


Brazil gets ready to tackle Colombia is the quarter finals of the


football World Cup. Al be reporting from Rio, we're that is so much


pressure on the Brazilian side, they have been consulting as


psychologist. -- I will be reporting from Rio.


Hello and welcome. Airports around the world are on terror alert after


warnings of a credible threat. In Uganda, security forces say they've


received a specific threat of a planned attack on its main


international terminal. Tougher security measures are on their way


for passengers taking direct flights to the United States. Reports from


America suggest groups with links to al-Qaeda in Syria and Yemen are


working on a new type of bomb which may not be picked up during the


usual screening process. Our security correspondent, Frank


Gardner, has the details. Heathrow today. And no outward signs


of anything unusual. But in the last 24 hours, the government has


announced that new unspecified security measures are being put in


place for transatlantic flights to America. It is in direct response to


the belief that Al-Qaeda operatives in Syria are planning to smuggle


sophisticated bombs onto planes. We take these decisions looking at the


evidence in front of us and working with our partners. This is something


we have discussed with the Americans. And we have put in place


some extra precautions and extra checks. The safety of the travelling


public must come first. This is where the government believes the


threat originated. With Al-Qaeda in Yemen. A group which has developed a


unique expertise in hard to detect explosives. Today's heightened


airport security is because that lethal expertise is thought to have


proliferated across borders. So the skills, developed in Yemen, are


believed to have been passed on by Al-Qaeda to their affiliates in


other parts of the Middle East. Specifically Syria, where their


trainers are feared to have instructed a whole new generation of


bombers. These include European jihadists with European passports.


And this is almost the only known picture of their mentor. Ibrahim


al-Asiri, who is still at large. In 2009, he sent the so-called


underpants bomber on a plane to Detroit with a hidden device that he


tried and failed to ignite as it came into land. The next year, he


built bombs inside printer ink toner cartridges. They got all the way


from Yemen to Britain's East Midlands Airport before they were


found. Today, this explosives expert showed us the effect of even just a


small drop of liquid explosive. LOUD BANG. When you come to detect


explosives, one of the traditional ways of doing it is by sniffing. So


you use an electronic sniffer, or you could use a dog. A low vapour


explosive, or low vapour pressure explosive, is one that doesn't


really give off any vapours. So there is nothing to sniff. And that


is what makes them ideal for smuggling through security and makes


them hard to detect. With the fighting in Syria pulling in


thousands of jihadists from Europe, intelligence analysts worry that


some of them are being quietly trained to go back home and plan


attacks. Both US and British airports already have extensive


security measures, including explosives detectors and body


scanners. It is not clear what more precautions can be taken. But


passengers are being warned to expect occasional delays for the


sake of a safe flight. Frank Gardner, BBC News.


Now for an update at what is happening in some US airports. David


Willis is at Dulles International Airport in Washington. Any visible


changes at this stage? Pretty much business as usual at the moment.


This is one of the largest airports in the United States. The first


flight to arrive from London Heathrow actually got in 20 minutes


early, officials from the Department of Homeland Security Chief that is


because these new security measures will not come into place for a


couple of days. Then of course it is possible that passengers will face


increased searches and scrutiny. But not until then. And there is very


little likelihood of delays up until that point. Nonetheless,


intelligence officials here believe there is a credible threat from


Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula devising some new form of bomb which


could a vague metal detectors. -- could evade. I expect the 4th of


July weekend tomorrow, busier time than most, what a passenger seeing?


Our passengers nervous? Some passengers are nervous. I got a -- I


spoke to some who came from Heathrow, who said they were nervous


given the current atmosphere. And when you start seeing armed guards


and so on, at international airports, it is bound to make you


uneasy. But we are a couple of days away from that. And it may well be


that that will not be part of this new landscape at all, that the


checks will be more subtle, officials here making the point that


a lot will go on behind the scenes, if you like, rather than involving


just straightforward searching. We will leave it for there. David,


thank you. We can go to our Washington studio. Professor Peter


Neumann is from the International Centre for the study of


radicalisation and political violence at Kings College. Thank you


for joining us. Thank you. I wondered if this there -- if there


is a sense of shock, jihadists is fighting themselves over the last


couple of years and the fact that Western targets do remain crying,


perhaps surprise for us? Yes, to some extent and outwardly, but at


the same time, it is precisely because they are fighting each other


that some of the groups that have been shown, or been known to be less


active over the past year or so, they are trying to prove themselves


by attacking a high-profile western targets, and in particular Al-Qaeda,


on the defensive for the past few months, because Isis has been so


successful, so they may well argue that only by attacking Western


targets that they can still claim leadership of the movement. Almost


like a competition between rival jihadists factions. A frightening


competition. In terms of what we're talking about, these new devices.


Are security authorities aware of what is being planned question might


we are hearing about a undetectable or non-traceable bombs perhaps.


Certainly true that Al-Qaeda in Yemen has been particularly


innovative, some of the devices mentioned over the past few years,


such as hidden in and aware, concealed inside the Bull's bodies,


-- hidden in underwear toner cartridges. I think they keep


working one bombs and explosives devices inside people's bodies,


which makes them almost impossible to detect, and that is the biggest


threat. Just on that point, I wondered if the focus should shift


not just to scanning technology, but making sure these people never get


anywhere near an airport in the first place, maybe directing Syrian


and Yemeni intelligence? That is what security forces have been


trying to do. There was a second bomb in underwear which was detected


because Western and Arab security forces had informers within the


organisation. And that is as important as security at the


airport. If you only detect the bomb at the airport, that is already too


late. Ideally, you want to detect and interrupted the plot long before


it even gets to the point where it gets to the airport. Thank you,


Professor. The funeral of the Palestinian


teenager, who was found dead just outside of Jerusalem on Wednesday,


has been delayed while an autopsy is carried out. It's thought Muhammad


Abu Khdair was killed in revenge for the murder of three Israeli


teenagers. At least ten Palestinians are reported to have been injured


after air strikes on the Gaza Strip. The violence has worsened over the


past couple of hours. Normally bustling neighbourhoods have been


brought to a standstill. One Palestinian man hurled stones at


security forces who responded with tear gas. Elsewhere, at least ten


Palestinians are reported to have been injured during air strikes on


the Gaza strip, and Israel says the strikes were in response to a wave


of rocket attacks from Gaza. Yolande Knell reports from Jerusalem.


The smouldering aftermath of overnight clashes. Palestinians in


East Jerusalem vented their anger over the death of a local boy.


Stones were their ammunition against Israeli police. The body of Mohammed


Abu Khdair, who was 17, was found in a forest yesterday. Just hours after


he was seen being bundled into a van. Israeli police say they are


still investigating. But his family believe he was abducted and killed


in revenge for the recent murder of three Israeli teenagers. The funeral


cannot take place until an autopsy is done. TRANSLATION: We sent an


Arab Muslim doctor to check on the body. That was our main priority.


That it is an Arab doctor who observes the autopsy. And now we are


waiting. But God willing, we will not have to wait until the middle of


the night to receive the body. TRANSLATION: Of course, I blame the


Israeli government. And this is an Israeli area. There is supposed to


be safety and security in this neighbourhood. This is not a


Palestinian area. Israel has the strongest and biggest security force


in the world. But only for the Jewish people. But when an Arab is


killed, there is no security. Now, mourners wait for the funeral


outside the family home. Everywhere you look here, you have


plenty of evidence of the overnight violence. But it reached much


further than East Jerusalem. There were also clashes in Palestinian


cities across the West Bank, where the Israeli army has been doing


raids. And in the Gaza Strip. Explosions lit up the night sky in


Gaza. This was Israel's response to the rockets fired by militants. In


southern Israel, homes were hit. No one here was injured.


TRANSLATION: It is impossible to start the day without fear. And the


children, even though I tell them not to be afraid, when it reaches


you, it changes everything. The whole situation. The cycle of


violence is a familiar pattern in this decades-old conflict. But the


latest developments are a worrying sign of a potential escalation.


Yolande Knell, BBC News, Jerusalem. In Iraq, the BBC has heard harrowing


testimony from residents of large scale killings in areas under


control of Isis forces. The Sunni Islamic extremists appear to be


strengthening their grip in many parts of the country. The areas


under Isis control shown here include Tikrit, Mosul and the town


of Tal Afar. That is on the border with Syria. Around 50,000 people


people have now fled those areas for neighbouring Sinjar. Many have


disturbing stories of their treatment at the hands of the


militants. Every corner of the town of Sinjar


is taken. Here even building sites have become home to Iraqis fleeing


Isis. In the city's schools, the only private moments are found


inside shelters made from desks and chairs. There are six families to a


classroom. These Shia walked 20 miles to escape Isis. This man told


me they are targeting Sunnis, Shias, even Kurds. They are targeting


everyone. They have no humanity. They had to abandon homes in Mosul


and Tal Afar. But even the children are trying to make the best of it.


But they live in fear. This woman said, I have five martyrs in my


family, all killed by Isis. My daughter is a widow. I have only two


children left. Near the border with Syria, aid agencies have struggled


to get here. Isis have planted roadside bombs. Just up from Sinjar,


the front line is on the Tyne's doorstep. -- the town's. Tens of


thousands of Shia Muslims, Christians, Kurds and others escaped


along this road from Tal Afar, with Isis to the east and the West, here


in Sinjar, the found sanctuary. And they say they need it, because Isis


is engaged in a campaign to systematically clear the towns and


villages left behind. This man, a Kurd, was kidnapped by Isis and held


for 16 days. He was let go, but others were not. The jihadists, he


told me, were selective in their punishment. Be treated Sunnis better


than others. They released them straightaway. Even paid their taxi


fare home. But for Shia, if they cannot be exchanged for prisoners,


they will simply cut off their heads. We have been told that, where


Isis take control, they have been methodical in hunting down


non-Sunnis and those opposed to them. TRANSLATION: Isis is


collecting information about people and compiling a database in order to


identify those who work for the government or security forces. If


they do not repent and pledge their allegiance to the caliphate, they


will be killed. A lot of these people have disappeared in Mosul.


Isis have already altered Iraq's borders. Through fear and force,


they are transforming the ethnic and religious landscape around Sinjar.


Leaving many here wondering if they will ever be able to return home.


Let's have a look at some other stories making the news.


The leaders of South Korea and China have agreed to oppose North Korea's


President Park Guhn Hay and visiting Chinese President Xi


They say there should be no nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula.


They also agreed to strengthen commercial and diplomatic ties


Aid agencies in South Sudan are warning that four


million people are likely to face critical food shortages next month.


Ethnic violence has forced many people from their homes


since December, preventing them from planting or harvesting crops.


Thousands of people have died in the fighting, which began


when the president accused his deputy of attempting a coup.


Two people have been killed and 14 others injured during a second night


of sectarian violence in Myanmar's second largest city, Mandalay.


Police were out in force after the deaths of two men, one Muslim, the


other Buddhist. The violence began after rumours that a Buddhist woman


A Dutch court has ruled that a traditional figure,


known as Black Pete, is a negative stereotype of black people.


Zvarte Piet, as he's known in the Netherlands,


is the sidekick to the Dutch equivalent of Father Christmas.


But the figure has attracted growing controversy in recent years.


He's usually portrayed in a winter festival by white people in black


Now an Amsterdam court has ruled that the city council must


re-examine its decision to grant a permit to the festival.


Now to Brazil, where the World Cup hosts are gearing up for


their quarter-final play-off against the Colombians tomorrow night.


I don't know about you but I have an having withdrawal symptoms. It is


not long to go. The build-up here is huge and the tension is mounting.


There is a lot of focus on the Brazilian side. Are they cracking


under the pressure? We have seen tears on the pitch and a lot of her


supporters are worried that their team cannot cope with the strain.


People are saying that their midfield is not strong enough.


Neymar seems to be the most relaxed player in the side and he says he is


treating the match against Colombia like a kick around in his backyard.


They have brought in a sports psychologist. Colombia do not feel


the pressure in the same weight because they are the outsiders and


they are looking forward to another World Cup performance. They have one


for on the trot and they are looking forward to another victory. Let's


take stock because we have had a couple of rest days. Resilience are


worried about the informants of 13. -- Brazilians are worried about the


performance of the team. There have been some great goals. Rodriguez has


had the standard goal of the season. We have seen protests. We have seen


anger and resentment at the cost of the championship. That does not sit


berry well with some of the huge social poverty issues that you see


here. -- sit very well. It is almost as if the people of the sale are


putting their anger to one side. They are watching and loving the


book. Maybe there will be more protests later on but for now, it is


all about the sport. -- loving but that well. There is another match


happening tomorrow. What has happened with the German team?


Reports from the German camp that some of their players have been ill


with flu-like symptoms. We do not know exactly what is how men. I do


not think it is anything that serious. It will be another


thrilling encounter. We will wait and see. They have World Cup


pedigree. They have great tournament experience and it will be a great


game in Rio de Janeiro. I am looking forward to it. You are a lucky man.


Thank you. Don't forget you can keep


across all the world cup action on our website including what to


expect from the quarter-finals and as well as analysis on what's


next for US football after their You can also tweet us here at the


BBC with your World Cup thoughts. Here's one from BBC Sport asking


if Brazil lack the flair Join the conversation using


the #bbc world cup. A sports doctor has told the trial


of Oscar Pistorius that he is traumatised by the death of his


girlfriend. The prosecution argues that Oscar Pistorius killed Reeva


Steenkamp deliberately. We can get an update from the courthouse in


Pretoria. This was staged 36 of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. The


court heard from Barry Roux who is the senior defence counsel for Oscar


Pistorius. He read from a psychologist report which said that


Oscar Pistorius suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. It


said he needs clinical treat them because if he does not get that, he


has an increased risk of suicide. He also said Oscar Pistorius, quoting


from the report, is still mourning the loss of his girlfriend. We heard


from another defence witness. He is a sports doctor and has been working


with Oscar Pistorius. He was quoting from many studies making the point


that disabled people suffer from more attacks and criminal activity


than able-bodied people. He quoted a study that after the Paralympic


Games in London in 20, there was an increase in attacks on disabled


people than on able-bodied people and the judge in this trial


dismissed one of the evidence pieces that was brought in by the defence,


and e-mail that courted a lady who said that the Seybold people feel


more honourable than able-bodied people. -- that disabled people feel


more vulnerable. The objection was sustained. The judge said that court


will continue tomorrow and when it resumes, perhaps we will hear from


Gerrie Nel 20 begins his cross-examination.


The roads have been resurfaced, the bunting is out and the nearly 200


cyclists competing in this year's Tour de France are getting ready to


jump on their bikes for Saturday's start, not in France but in England,


David Bond reports. They are preparing for a taste of France.


People are lining the roads in Yorkshire. It is a big moment for


Yorkshire. It is another high point for British Cycling. It is still


quite hard to believe that Team Sky will this year goal for the bird


wing in a row. While the architect of the sport is not resting on his


laurels, he knows how far Britain has come. We have dominated the


Olympic Games, we have won the Tour de France twice and we have some


fantastic female riders. I think by anyone's assessment, if you took the


last six years, we are the number one cycling nation in the world. All


of this is the result of millions of pounds of investment which has


helped take Team Sky to the pinnacle of the sport. But having won the


Tour de France two years in a row, the challenge is how to stay on


top. Here is the man tasked with that job. It is Chris Froome. He


hopes the support of the Yorkshire crowd will push into another


victory. Every little town and village along the route has embraced


this competition and juicy bicycles everywhere. -- and you see. It is


great to have this reception. But the decision to leave out Sir


Bradley Wiggins has caused tensions. The head of Team Sky admits it was


one of the hardest calls he has ever had to make. It was difficult, I am


not going to live. From a performance and professional point


of view, it was straightforward, but from a personal point of view, it


kept me awake at night, that is for sure. Cycling in this country has


never been more popular or successful. For the sake of the


sport's hard earned reputation, everyone will be hoping that the end


of this year's Tour de France is as British as its beginning.


That's all from the programme but the weather is next.


Thanks for joining us and from me and the rest of the team, goodbye.


Good evening. Across the south-east we had temperatures around 28


degrees. Tomorrow will be another white -- one day but for many of us,




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