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This is BBC World News Today with me, Geeta Guru-Murthy.
The headlines: new information emerges about America's worst
mass shooting and the man who carried it out.
A survivor of the Orlando gay club attack who was shot many times has
described how he came within an inch of being killed.
I look over, and he shoots a guy next to me. I am thinking, I am
next, I am dead. President Obama slams anti-Muslim
rhetoric in the wake If we fall into the trap of painting
all Muslims with a broad brush, and imply that we are at war with an
entire religion, then we are doing France boost security after another
terror attack that sees a policeman and his wife killed.
Russian football hooligans are deported from France as Uefa
tells Russia: any more trouble, you're out of the tournament.
And we get an exclusive look at the sister ship of the Titanic
in its final resting place at the bottom of the sea.
Survivors of the massacre in Orlando and the doctors who treated them
have been describing in powerful detail
exactly what happened on that dreadful night.
said he saw the gunman. who's still in hospital,
The BBC's Michelle Fleury is in Orlando for us. Michelle.
We heard from Micron. He spoke about the moment he was saying goodbye to
friends after an evening of fun and laughter. That was when the gunman
started shooting. He said he was shot in leg then he went on to
describe the harrowing moment when the gunman opened fire inside the
nightclub to make sure that people already on the ground where in fact
dead. More now in this report from our North American editor, Jon
Sopel. Stories of horror and survival don't
come much more vivid than this. At the hospital news
conference, Angel Colon, who was shot three times
in the lead, was applauded from his wheelchair as he spoke
about the nightmare that unfolded Everyone started running everywhere,
I got trampled over. I shattered and broke my
bones in my left leg. By this time, I could not
walk at all, all I could do was lay down
while everyone was running on top of me, trying
to get to where they had to be. People screaming
and yelling for help. He is shooting everyone
that is already dead on the floor, making sure that they are
dead. I was able to peek over
and I can just see I can hear the shot,
the shotgun is closer and I look over and he shoots
the girl next to me. I'm just there, laying down
thinking, "I'm next, I'm dead". So I don't know how but by the glory
of God, he shoots towards my head
but it hits my hands. Then he shoots me again
and it hits the side of my hip. I had no reaction, I was prepared
to just stay there, laying down, so he won't
know that I'm alive. # Let it be, let it be #
Let it be, let it be... # In Orlando last night,
sombre reflection as people from all walks
of life came together to express their revulsion
at what had happened. Let us take a moment in
silence as we prepare The vigil ended with a minute's
silence but as the crowd dispersed,
details were emerging about Omar Mateen that called
into question whether this massacre was simply the act
of an Islamic extremist. In the immediate aftermath
of the shooting at the Pulse nightclub, a lot of people
asked why here, why Orlando, when there were so many other,
bigger, better known clubs closer But now it has emerged
he was a regular patron here He used to come in
the bar, on the weekends sometimes, so he would
be there sometimes, he would miss a couple
of weeks and then be in again. He was a regular.
We consider that regular. Irrespective of the motive,
nothing changes the maths. 49 people dead and many others
with life-affecting injuries. President Obama launched a sustained
attack against Donald Trump is short while ago, responding to his
comments, criticising the president, and saying that to urge, to tar all
Muslims with one brush would not help protect Americans.
Are we going to start treating Muslim Americans differently? Are we
going to start discriminating against them because of their faith?
We have heard the suggestions during the course of this campaign. The
Republican officials actually agree with this? In Orlando, questions
still remain about the motives of the killer, Omar Mateen. There are
questions surrounding his wife. What did she know? She apparently drove
him to a Disney site. Was this a scouting opportunity or not? A lot
of rumours at this time, and a lot of unanswered questions. We heard an
impassioned and angry speech by President Obama, setting out his
thoughts and taking on the Donald Trump speech of 24 hours ago, when
he was talking about this phrase, radical Islam. Given what we know
about the attacker, how much of the broader agenda is being played out
through this attack 's looking at the initial response, most of the
focus was on this being an act of terror, talking about extremism.
Lots of the focus was the he had been radicalised. Whether he had
been inspired or directed by ISIS, and less attention paid to the act
of hate that President Obama first referred to in the aftermath. We
will be discussing that more. The FBI want to investigate the claims
by witnesses that he was, in fact, Omar Mateen was a frequent patron of
the Pulse Nightclub which may explain why he targeted that
particular venue. As for President Obama 's comments, at the end of a
heated political debate in which Donald Trump came out and criticised
the president for not using certain terms when referring to this attack,
this was a strong rebuttal of that, and an emphasis that a religion or
race should not be blamed for this, and that it was vital to refrain the
debate. The White House has been in touch with French authorities after
the killing of two members of the French police in their home. The
attack was carried out in the name of the so-called Islamic State
group. An anti-terrorist official in France has said that the attacker
stabbed the victim to death and then posted the video online.
Larossi Abballa was recording the film as he held the couple's
three-year-old son hostage at their home near Paris.
Nick Beake is in Paris for us and has been following the story.
I don't know if you have looked at any of that video footage that has
been posted. Take us through the events as you understand them.
Various threats were made. It was apparently posted on Facebook after
the murders had happened. In terms of what took place on the outskirts
of Paris last night, the Paris prosecutor today has been outlining
some of those events. An horrific picture was built up from what he
said. It seems that the police commander, a 46-year-old man was
attacked outside his home at night. His partner was taken hostage inside
the property along with their three-year-old son. The police were
called to the house. There was this time when there was negotiation
going on but police said that did not get anywhere. The man was
apparently threatening to blow up the house. The decision was made to
storm the property about midnight. The police found that the woman, the
mother of the young boy who, had been killed. The young boy was
three-year-old and he was able to be taken to safety. Police say that
during the course of the operation the assailant was shot dead by
police marksman. To what degree was this directed or just inspired by
IS. Do we know that? The so-called Islamic State said that they were in
some ways responsible for this, saying that one of their soldiers
had carried out this attack, and also, we know that this man who has
been named as responsible for this, Larossi Abballa, had pledged his
allegiance to the so-called Islamic State three weeks ago. Those are
things we know, but the extent to which this was operated from Syria
or Iraq, we don't know, but this gives the authorities here are real
concern. In Paris, they have been in a state of emergency for the past
six months after 120 people were murdered on the streets of Paris
back in November. We have seen attacks in Brussels a few months ago
when 30 B bullwhip killed. The concern is that not only can IS
coordinate and orchestrate attacks in European cities, they can also
inspire people to carry out their own smaller attacks which can be
lone wolf operations or in a small cell. As we saw in the case of what
happened last night, they can also be deadly and brutal.
Now a look at some of the day's other news.
At least 11 people have been injured in Paris after protests over
Thousands of demonstrators clashed with riot police in the city centre
as the upper house of parliament debated changes to employment laws.
The changes would make it easier for employers to hire and fire
workers and relax the limit on working hours.
The father of the murdered South African model, Reeva Steenkamp,
has spoken in court for the first time, saying her killer,
Oscar Pistorius, must pay for his crime.
Barry Steenkamp told the judge at the athlete's sentencing hearing
that his family was "devastated" by his daughter's death.
Oscar Pistorius faces a jail term of at least 15 years
for killing Ms Steenkamp in 2013, after his original
conviction for manslaughter was upgraded to murder.
Russian hackers have broken into the Democratic National party database
and accessed its research on the Republican Party candidate Donald
Trump, according to officials. E-mails and chat buddy thing to
Donald Trump are among the information believed to have been
taken. A legal battle has begun today over who came up with the
iconic Tatar rift in the song, Stairway to Heaven.
Led Zeppelin founders Robert Plant and Jimmy Page
are facing a copyright claim by a representative of the band
Spirit who claims the chords were taken from their song, Taurus.
Thousands of extra police are being sent to the city of Lille
in Northern France amid fears of renewed clashes
between Russian and English football fans.
Today, European football's governing body Uefa fined Russia and warned
that their team will be disqualified from Euro 2016 if there's any repeat
of the violence seen at Saturday's game against England.
Our correspondent Danny Savage is in Lille.
A warning, his report contains some violent scenes.
This camera is strapped to a Russian football thug,
In Marseille last weekend, on the hunt for victims.
anybody who got in the way of them was given a kicking.
This is believed to be him, the same distinctive shorts
and you can see a camera strapped to his waist.
He was also caught by a news crew at the same time,
This man, Vladimir, claims he was involved.
He says his gang have waited ten years for such a fight and the
lack of intervention from the police meant they could do anything.
A huge security operation is now under way in Lille
where there are fears that Russian hooligans are heading for
another fight with England supporters.
The level of violence was absolutely unacceptable
and they need to be brought to justice.
How worried are you about them turning up here in Lille?
We have got to be concerned, haven't we?
Until they are dealt with and arrested and put before
a court, they will remain a potential issue.
Is there really people from Russia coming to cause trouble?
We know that everybody is mainly good but is there ten bad people
And because the hooligans are still at large,
England fans are looking over their shoulders.
These guys could jump out of nowhere and that is the single point
I suppose in previous tournaments where I've been, I could walk
along to a non-England game wearing my England flag.
Mainstream Russian supporters believe the aggro isn't coming here.
The way it was in Marseille, it was a competition with ultras.
Here, it is just pure competition between the fans
The ultras should be worried that the national team might be
disqualified or lose some points maybe in this competition
So I don't think there's any reason for further trouble.
There has been trouble already here in Lille.
These tables and chairs went flying on Sunday night.
There is talk of an alcohol ban but bar owners here believe
it will not apply to them in the city centre.
Their only concession is to serve everything in plastic cups.
Some bars will close, but not until midnight tomorrow.
Russia will be out of this competition
if their fans cause any more trouble in a stadium.
The race is now on to stop some supporters from getting
Here in Britain, politicians campaigning for a remain vote
in next week's EU referendum have stepped up their campaign
after several new polls suggested a majority
We'll hear the latest from the campaign trail shortly
but first, our reporter Nuala McGovern has been
looking at the challenges the European Union is facing.
Brussels has been home to the main European
In that time, it has seen what began as the European
Coal and Steel Community grow into the world's
It has a single market, and also the free movement of goods,
It has its own flag and its own currency and its own institutions.
And a growing number of countries, the 28 member states by now,
they agreed to pool aspects of their sovereign power
with the goal of an ever-closer union.
both here in Brussels of soul-searching going on,
and in the capitals of the 28 member states.
The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk,
he even went as far as saying that the idea of one EU state,
Well, the arrival of over 1 million migrants and refugees last year
tested not only the EU's borders but also
Italy and Greece, they were the two main points of entry
for the people that were coming, the migrants and the refugees,
but instead they were mainly resettled
They would like a European system to share the burden.
Elsewhere, particularly in Hungary and eastern European neighbours,
they would like as few refugees as possible, preferably none.
Growth across Europe is slow. abated but it's not over.
Many countries have high youth unemployment
and Greece remains in financial difficulty.
New research suggests that Euroscepticism is on the rise.
A new poll shows a slim majority across Europe that are now
Partly due to that, populist parties are on the rise.
They are often anti-EU, anti-immigrant and protectionist
and in fact a third of the 751 MEPs that sit in the European Parliament
Not enough people to block legislation, but a growing force.
June 23rd, the UK will find out just how Eurosceptic the
British electorate are, as they head to the polls to a referendum
to vote whether to Leave or Remain within the EU.
Both sides are presenting it as the most important decision
that British voters will face in their lifetime.
So, the makeup of the EU, also what it will be able
to achieve or look like, is still very much up for debate.
She was supposed to be even more unsinkable than the Titanic.
But like her sister ship, she ended up at the bottom of the sea
after she hit a mine during the First World War
100 years later, our correspondent Andrew Bomford
120 metres down on the Aegean seabed, a forgotten secret
Looming in the dark-blue depths is the grave of the gigantic ship
Britannic, Titanic's bigger and better sister,
Up above, on the ship U-boat Navigator,
At 400 feet down it is a challenging and dangerous dive.
Two state-of-the-art submersibles will join them in the deep
The divers call her the Everest of the dive world,
the biggest ship to be sunk in the First World War.
Can you imagine the ship crashing to the seabed,
We are 120 metres deep. The thing was longer than that,
so when it sank, the bow was hitting the seabed and the stern
Poking your head inside to have a look,
lots and lots of things, glassware intact, beautiful lamps inside,
Keeping watch is the British owner of the wreck,
who bought it from the UK Government.
It's a very unusual thing to say that you own a shipwreck.
It just draws people in and you are looking at
a far better preserved version of the Olympic class liners
Diving down in the submersible, the light slowly fades,
turning everything the deepest blue and then, out of the dark,
It's the most awe-inspiring sight I have ever seen.
This truly titanic sleeping beauty lying here on her side
But the detail - you can see everything, down here,
It's amazing, it's interesting, it's cool, it's dangerous.
Divers swim through a giant tear in the hull.
Now the divers are working into the entrance
Britannic was a luxury liner refitted as a hospital ship
for the First World War Battle of Gallipoli, when disaster struck.
But miraculously, unlike Titanic, only 30 people died.
Still down here are the handrails, glass windows, floor tiles,
Andrew Bomford, BBC News, Kea, in Greece.
something livelier in the the Brexit campaign.
For the very latest we can join our political correspondent Ben Wright
I know that you cannot talk much about the polls but both sides are
chucking everything they can add it with the Labour Party very much to
the fore in the last they also. Why is that? It feels exceptionally
close. Opinion polls have been badly unreliable and everyone is wary of
them. It was very tight. What is certain as that this is not whether
UK Government wanted to be this stage. They thought a week ago that
they would have nailed the argument with warnings of the economic risks
of leaving the EU, that it would have trumped everything else. That
has clearly not happened. The momentum peels to be with the league
campaign. The reason everyone is talking about Labour is that the
feeling is that it is Labour supporters who hold the key to this
referendum, traditional, blue-collar, working-class voters,
many of them worried about immigration, and today, the Labour
Party, which wants Britain to stay in, its senior members are making BR
unit on immigration, saying that wraps in future more can be done to
curb EU workers coming to the UK whilst also trying to sell the
benefits of EU migration in British public services like the service. It
is a complicated mess is to get across, but with a few days to go,
they are trying to win supporters back to the remain campaign. Tom
Watson, making that argument. Realistically given that David
Cameron failed to get much movement, is that going to be seen as an empty
promise? Immigration has been key to making people decide, in different
ways. People might hear what Tom Watson is saying about a possible
future effort to impose fresh restrictions on EU workers coming to
the UK, with a hefty degree of scepticism. They will say, if David
Cameron could not get that during this renegotiation, he got some
small limits to the benefits that EU workers can get, but nothing that
would slash the numbers. Given that, why should we believe that it can
happen in the future? That is what some Labour voters may feel. It is a
sign of panic within the remain campaign, the Labour Party, that
they are having to get out on the stump to try and make the case. What
is interesting about today is that with a few days to go, the Prime
Minister, senior government figures from the Conservatives are not in
evidence, they are leaving it to labour to make this case. We have to
leave that now, thank you very much indeed. Much more online on the
current Brexit campaign. Let me remind you of the main news.
A survivor of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in the US has
described how the gunman returned to people he had already shot
in the head as he lay wounded. that Omaar Mateen tried to shoot him
Well that's all from the programme. Next, the weather.