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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,