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This is BBC World News Today with me, Tim Willcox.

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An apparent link between one of the attackers in the Californian mass

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The woman involved is said to have pledged allegiance to the leader

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It comes as television crews, including the BBC,

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It is quite extraordinary really, isn't it, that, as I say, so much

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mayhem and misery was plotted from this really very ordinary

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German pilots prepare to join the international fight against IS, but

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For too long a time, we have denied our responsibility.

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Now we have to live up to what is our responsibility in Europe.

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Also coming up, a cult leader from North London is convicted of raping

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his followers and imprisoning his daughter for decades.

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And how London is calling, a new generation of African artists as

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auction prices for their work soars. There's growing evidence that

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the mass shooting in California, which left 14 people dead,

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was linked to Islamist extremism. It's reported that one of the

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killers, 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik, had posted on Facebook during

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the attack, pledging allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader

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of so-called Islamic State. Now a news agency which supports

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Islamic State has posted on its website that followers of the

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group had carried out the attack. She and her husband Syed Farook

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carried out the massacre on Wednesday in San Bernadino,

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before being killed Our North American correspondent

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David Willis has just been given David. Yes, and we are expecting a

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lot more clarity on all of this in a news conference which is due to get

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underway a short distance from here any minute now. We will cross to

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that and bring you that live as we get it. But this, for all intents

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and purposes, has been the centre of activity this morning, the hosts

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were this couple were holed up before they carried out their

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murderous rampage on Wednesday morning, a short distance from

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here. Physical, the FBI over the last 24, 36 hours, -- basically, has

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been removing evidence from the scene. Amongst that, 12 pipe bombs,

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a veritable arsenal of ammunition, and several hundred tools which they

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thought could have been used to make bombs, were all removed from this

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fairly small apartment behind me. Then, they sealed it up, and the FBI

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regard it no longer as a crime scene, they handed it back and a

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short while ago, he opened it up, we went in with a number of other media

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folks to find out what lay inside. This, for those of you who have just

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joined us, is the apartment that was occupied by the two suspects in this

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attack on Wednesday. A lot of media interest, as I was mentioning. Let's

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have a look upstairs. Apparently, quite an ordinary apartment

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building. Going into the bedroom here. This is on the second floor.

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You can see a copy of the Koran here. You can see various other bits

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and pieces that have been left here, it looks as though it had been

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well searched by members of the FBI, they recovered, removed quite a

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lot of pieces of evidence yesterday, including, it is thought, some

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computer files and other information that was stored on computer, that

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they are looking to analyse, and to take it back to Washington, DC for

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firm and analysis. Let's move down now and go... I think if we can lead

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you in here, this is the front room. This is the front room of the

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building. There are various documents here. This was a couple,

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of course, let's not forget, who had a 6 -month-old daughter. They

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dropped her off with their grandmother on the morning of this

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attack on Wednesday morning -- her grandmother. Syed Farook went to

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work, had a disagreement, apparently, and after that, came

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back here to this house, assembled an arsenal of weapons and went with

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his wife back to the workplace and shot the place up, killing 14 people

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and injuring 21. We will move out of it now so we can give you a little

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bit more context, perhaps, on this, as far as the pictures are

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concerned. Some tools no doubt left behind by the FBI. Moving into the

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kitchen, it is a small, two-storey, two-bedroom apartment. Engaged in

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ordinary domestic activities, quite extraordinary, really, when you see

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this, all the weapons that have been found, just extraordinary that it is

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alongside the apparent preparations for a terrorist rampage, the place

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is boarded up, of course, the FBI in the last 36 hours, have been very

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busy. This is it, quite extraordinary, really, isn't it,

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that as I say, so much mayhem and misery was plotted from this really

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very ordinary apartment, two-storey apartment, in a leafy domestic

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street in the quietest town and possibly, you could find in Southern

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California. Really quite extraordinary scenes. We saw a bomb

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factory become a garage sale as people were kind of falling over

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themselves to pick up various bits of evidence. But you saw there, this

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life of domestic tranquillity, juxtaposed with all that we hear

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about the bombs that were being made in there, there were examples of

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baby food and all those things, really quite surreal. We are

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expecting that news conference from the FBI and we are expecting that

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they may well say they are taking over this entire investigation and

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that they are guarding it as what some are saying might be described

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as an act of home-grown violent extremism, which of course ruled out

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any possibility of this being a workplace dispute. There is no

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evidence, I am told, that this couple were involved in

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international terrorist organisations, certainly at this

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point in time, although who knows? But it is possible that this man's

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wife, she had radicalised him. There is evidence on the ground here that

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he suddenly changed his demeanour after returning from Saudi Arabia

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last summer. It was there that he met his wife and this apparently

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meek and mild and well liked man in the workplace somehow set about

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plotting this rampage. David, 20 very much. We will be returning to

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that FBI press conference as and when that starts.

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Within the hour, the White House spokesman, Josh Earnest,

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While not being able to confirm recent reports into

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the suspects' possible connections to terrorism, he did say that law

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enforcement were looking at all possible motives for the attack.

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The FBI is leading this investigation, as the President said

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yesterday, because of the possibility that this is a terrorist

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attack. And the President summoned his national security adviser, his

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top counterterrorism adviser, his Attorney General, the Director of

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the FBI, and the deputy Director of homeland security, to the Oval

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Office yesterday to get an update about what exactly transpired. And

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to make sure they understand how determined he is to get to the

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bottom of what exactly transpired. And that is exactly what the FBI and

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law enforcement officials, intelligence officials and others

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are doing, they are using the significant resources of the US

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Government to learn as much as they can about what exactly transpired.

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And the President has been giving recent updates, including as

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recently as this morning but it will be the responsibility of the

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investigators to make information public when they have concluded that

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it would not harm the investigation to do so.

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Belgium's prosecutor has announced they are searching

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for two new suspects, considered armed and dangerous,

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who are wanted in relation to the Paris terrorist attacks.

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They are accused of using fake ID papers to help wanted man

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Salah Abdeslam travel to Hungary in September.

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One of these identity card was also used to wire money to the ringleader

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of the attacks' family, four days after the massacre.

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Three weeks on from the devastating attacks in

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Paris, international action against militants from

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so-called Islamic State is beginning to take shape.

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Earlier this week, the UK Parliament voted to launch

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And now the German Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to join

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the campaign, although in a non-combat supporting role.

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Damien McGuinness reports from Berlin.

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Just hours after Germany's Parliament approved military

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involvement in Syria, the German troops started preparing Tornado

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jets for take-off. This will be Germany's largest current military

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mission abroad, but these warplanes were not -- will not launch bombs

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themselves, or other help identify the targets for American, British

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and French bombers. Which is exactly what is lacking at the moment, say

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German military leaders. TRANSLATION: We are making a very

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meaningful contribution to the existing reconnaissance system

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because with the Tornados we can make available highly detailed

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images of large areas in a short period of time. To support the fight

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against IS, Germany will send a frigate to assist a French aircraft

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carrier off the Syrian coast, six Tornados, as well as refuelling

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planes. 1200 German military personnel will also head to the

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region. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has so put -- support for the

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mission within her governing coalition and with a strong majority

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in Parliament there was never any question that she would not get

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approval from MPs for the mission. According to some polls, a majority

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of voters agree. But traditionally in Germany, military action is

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controversial. Left-wing opposition MPs voted no. TRANSLATION: You can

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be sure that the bombs in Syria killed more civilians than the

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barbaric attacks in Paris and the mothers of Raqqa are crying for

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their children. A war bombs also terror. Any Germans say the military

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mission is not well thought out and could make Germany more of a target

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for terrorists. But there are signs that the opposition to air strikes

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is dwindling. That is partly because of a sense of solidarity with

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France, and is the Paris attacks. Something which French resident

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Francois Hollande welcomed as he visited the carrier Charles de

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Gaulle. But also, Germans are feeling the impact of the conflict

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in Syria also to home. Almost 1 million refugees and migrants have

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arrived in Germany so far this year, many of them from Syria. Germany's

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government view is that without destroying the threat of IS, that

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flow of people will continue. This threat coming from Isis and Assad

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has caused the death toll of hundreds of thousands of people, and

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it is a challenge for Europe and for too long a time we have denied our

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responsibility. Now, we have to live up to what is our responsibility in

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Europe. Although German troops will not be bombing Syria, they will be

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in danger. There is a risk that German reconnaissance planes could

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be shot down by IS. If that happened, the growing support among

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Germans for military action in Syria is likely to suddenly evaporate.

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This is well used today. -- this is World News Today.

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Floods have brought the Southern Indian city of Chennai,

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formerly known as Madras, to a standstill after

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Around 280 people have died in the floods over the past few months.

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Rescue teams have been trying to get food and medicines to thousands

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But it has started to rain heavily again.

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The waters have been receiving all day because -- but just in the past

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couple of hours we have had some intense showers and you can get a

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sense of it behind me, just the pace at which the rain is coming down, it

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is very intense. I was told by eyewitnesses it was even worse

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earlier in the week when Chennai experiences heavy and intense

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showers. The huggers at the moment, unless this gets much worse, is to

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begin the whole process of relief and rehabilitation. There are many

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people who went home today for the 1st time after the rains let up for

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the 1st time since the waters receded. Just to get a sense of the

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damage to their houses and property. Many people I spoke to said they

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would have to rebuild their lives all over again because they had

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something lost so much. People living and working in the

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neighbourhoods where the water has reached after the 1st level of their

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homes so everything inside was completely destroyed. The priority

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for the administration at the moment is to try and get the infrastructure

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back up and running, phone lines have been down for days and it is

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difficult to communicate so that is a priority. The airports have been

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shut for most of the week. We understand there have been some

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clearance for civilian suit -- civilian aeroplanes. Some people are

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combining of major shortages particularly essential supplies such

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as milk. Looking ahead, the long-term impact of this is

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something that will have to be assessed, this is India's fourth

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biggest city, a major industrial base, the damage it has gone through

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in the last few days has been immense.

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A self styled cult leader here in London has been convicted

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of raping and indecently assaulting two of his followers,

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and imprisoning his own daughter in the commune for 30 years.

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Aravindan Balakrishnan used violence and sexual degradation to keep

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the women under control for several decades.

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Our correspondent Tom Symonds reports.

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Captivity, year after year, three decades in all

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Aravindan Balakrishnan's bizarre cult dominated the lives

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It became clear that the victims were so conditioned that

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they truly believed he was all powerful and all seeing.

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Some shared his politics but this young woman was his daughter, born

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into the cult and hidden from the world. What I first learned to write

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was about the love of Allah. My mother was saying, he is God, he is

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the star of our life so we have to watch him. This is her first ever

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interview. She told me he demanded loyalty. He is in charge and

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everyone is basically his slave. -- the love of Comrade Bala.

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Balakrishnan courted Chairman Mao and later the brainwashing started,

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that he had supernatural powers. -- quoted. There were always rules,

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work for the collective, forget your family. The doors were often locked,

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going out alone was frowned upon. Because of the risks outside on the

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British fascist state. Because of the risks outside on the

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We can go straight to California now. There have been some concerns

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in the area, people talking about law-enforcement not sharing

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information, and a potential at a movie theatre summer --, something

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of that nature. I want to address that right now. On Monday night,

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Tuesday morning, before the incident, November 30, December one,

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right around midnight, one o'clock in the morning, there was an

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incident at the Regal Cinema, and what that case was is that the

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gentleman who was described as appearing to be Middle Eastern came

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up and spoke to the security guard around the time the theatre was

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closing and he was asking the security guard questions about the

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movies and things like that but the security guard but it was odd. That

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person ultimately left in a silver Volvo 4-door vehicle, 2012, 2013, we

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do not have a plate. A security guard thought it was weird. Shortly

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afterwards, the guard noticed another car driving around the area

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with another person that was possibly Middle Eastern in

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appearance, that appeared to be taking photographs in and around the

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theatre. The security guard checked up and notified the police

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department. We have gone out that night, we took a report and we put

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that out to every law-enforcement agency in the county, simply that

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there were suspicious circumstances that were noted. That is all we have

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on that. Then, it went into the regular investigative channels and

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protocols with local authorities not. They are following up and

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looking at videos, trying to determine that there is a real

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threat or seeing if there are any crimes associated with those

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vehicles. At this point we have zero connection, 0 evidence or

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information, that connects that event of what happened here on

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Wednesday morning. I want to make that clear. But as a result of what

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happened on Wednesday, the police department has been on a tactical

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alert situation, we have every officer in the department working on

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12 hour shifts, we will maintain that until -- until we think it is

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appropriate to stand down. We do not have credible information to

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indicate there is a threat to this region right now. But I wanted to

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address that because of some things that came out to imply we were

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hiding information. We are not hiding information from anybody.

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Lastly, what I want to do right now is, this is going to be an official

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transfer of this investigation in terms of information and how it is

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going to flow on this, to the FBI. We have talked a lot about what that

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partnership is, I want to make clear our agency, the up other federal

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agencies investigating, continue to watch over the shoulder on this

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investigation to make sure we are doing the best job we can. But in

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terms of information, regarding the investigation on this incident, the

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search warrants, the officer injured as a result of this, this is an FBI

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investigation, they will be the lead on that. Myself and the sheriff will

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be the lead talking about local safety measures and security. With

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that, I will phone over to the assistant Director in charge from

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the FBI. Thank you. Good morning. First off, I want to stress again to

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the families of the victims, to the friends of the victims, to remember

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they are first in this scenario. We had victims who lost from one

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gentleman lost six children, one gentleman lost a baby and he was

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taking his first trip to Disneyland next week. Other people did not have

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the chance to have that. Every one of those lives can get and we want

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to offer our sincere prayers to those families. Secondly, I want to

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stress the partnership, you have seen this united front which is

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incredibly important for an investigation, of this complexity.

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This is a very conflict investigation, it is a very

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long-term investigation. My partners from the sheriff' Department, the

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San Bernardino police department and the ATF have been incredibly

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important in this investigation. We are lockstep in how we are handling

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this matter. I want to go forward today and tell you that as of today,

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based on the information and the facts as we know them, we are now

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investigating these horrific acts as an act of terrorism. We have

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uncovered evidence that has led us to learn of extensive planning,

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obviously we have uncovered evidence of explosives, multiple armaments,

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you know that, you know the ammunition that was out there, the

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high-powered weapons, the explosive devices, we are continuing to go

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down the path is to ensure that we find all of the evidence that

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pertains to this matter. We have also uncovered evidence that these

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subjects, they attempted to destroy their digital fingerprints, for

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example, we found two cellphones in a nearby trash can. Those cellphones

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were actually crushed, we have retained those and we continue to

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exploit the data from those cellphones. We do hope that the

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digital fingerprints that were left by these two individuals will take

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us towards their motivation. That evidence is incredibly important. I

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want to ensure that everyone understands that just because the

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FBI has taken the leadership based on the trajectory of this case, we

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are not just taking this on our own, we will continue down the same path

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we have been, which is a lockstep operation with these partners, that

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is important. They are the protectors of this community. We had

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a mandate to investigate terrorism to its fullest extent. We are

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working hand-in-hand with our other federal, local and state partners

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and hand-in-hand with our foreign counterparts to ensure that we find

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any connections that pertain to this matter. Next, I would like to

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introduce you that we have established a national task force,

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sorry, a national hotline, that I would like to invite the public to

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call if they have any information that pertains to this. I would ask

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the public to please be judicious and make sure that even though, if

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it is small, send it to us, please do not send us things that are

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obviously not pertinent to this matter because we have a lot of work

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to do in the future, but if you think in any fashion that what you

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have to offer pertains to this matter, please call us and give is

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that information, it is important. One 800 two to five 53 24. You can

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choose option for, which will take you to where you need to be stopped

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and I want to ensure to the public that your local state and federal

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law enforcement officials will continue to uncover Evaristo and to

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ensure that we find all the facts that pertain to these two

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individuals, I do not have all the answers now, I will take some

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questions. Are there other suspects? Can you give us any

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examples? We have been listening to this press

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conference from the FBI, about the mass shootings which left 14 dead,

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very convex investigation. They are treating it as an act of terrorism.

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This is BBC World News today. Severe weather warnings have been

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issued due to intense rainfall. It looks likely to affect the North

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West of England and Western Scotland through the course of

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