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This is BBC world News today. The headlines: Oscar Pistorius learns
when he is due to be sentenced over the murder of his girlfriend Reeva
Steenkamp. The former Olympian removed his prosthetic limbs at his
sentencing hearing, in an effort to shore his vulnerability to the
court. Donald Trump suggests tighter gun laws for terror suspects in the
wake of the Orlando shootings. Police in Florida say that there's
now no doubt the two-year-old boy snatched by an alligator is dead and
they are searching for his body. And coming up, as police fired tear gas
at a crowd of football fans in Lyon, we have the latest from the Euro
2016 tournament, on and off the field.
Former Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius will be sentenced early
next month over the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The
double amputee known as the Blade Runner faces a minimum of 15 years
in prison for shooting Reeva Steenkamp at his home in 2013. Today
at his sentencing hearing in Pretoria he removed his prosthetic
legs and hobbled on his stumps, as his defence told the court he was of
honourable man. But Terry Neill fired back saying pity will play no
role in the sentence. Karen Allen reports.
The defensive at present would break. In a carefully choreographed
moves, Oscar Pistorius is asked to remove his perfect -- remove his
prosthetic legs. As he shuffles around the court, his stumps
exposed. Gasps from the public gallery. Then tears as Oscar
Pistorius, his head bowed low, is positioned in front of the judge.
For what seems like a gesture of Mercy. Bubba Croft -- the
prosecution remained unmoved. Then came the trump card. Permission for
graphic photographs of the victim after her death to be made public.
It is what her father asked for, in an attempt to deter others. The
athlete fired four shots through a closed door. Oscar Pistorius was
found guilty of manslaughter. A year later, it was converted to murder on
appeal. That carries a minimum sentence of 15 years, and less
compelling circumstances can be shown. The athlete has been her
trade as a trigger-happy villain whose Morse is in doubt. Or other
vulnerable man, anxious and broken. It is up the judge to decide. Now
the world's most famous athlete will learn of his fate on 16 July. The
FBI has appealed for more information about the gunman who
opened fire in a Florida nightclub at the weekend, killing 49 people.
We need your help in getting a clear
peak of what the shirt are and why. There is information on our website,
including photographs and additional information. We want to hear from
any member of the public who has had any connection or involvement with
or any information about the shooting. No matter how big or small
you think that information may be. We want to hear from you. You have
come through for me and I appreciate that. We have received leads and
tips we have been following up on. Regardless of how small it
information may be, I still want to hear about it. The FBI stands ready
to receive your information. Speaking at the same press
conference, our US attorney said it was too early to speculate about
whether any charges would be brought regarding the mass shooting. The
wife of Omar Mateen has been questioned by police. She is
reported to have told officers she tried to talk to her husband out of
the attack. Donald Trump, the presumptive
Republican nominee, says people on Terror watch lists should be
prevented from buying guns in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting.
On Twitter, he said he will meet the National Rifle Association about not
allowing people on the terror watch list or the no-fly list to buy guns.
It is a softening of his position after he told an NRA convention last
month that he would protect the constitutional right to bear arms.
Our correspondent is in or land for us. What did you make of that press
conference that we just heard? Well, I think people have been
speculating, act -- asking lots of questions about how the
investigation is proceeding, whether they have uncovered any new leads.
And speculation about what role did the wife of Omar Mateen play in all
of this. She said she knew that he had a desire for a jihadist
attention, but she didn't know what exactly he might do. All of this
still being explored. The press conference is still going on in time
my. The FBI have asked for more time and patience from everybody, so they
can continue to carry out what they described as a methodical
investigation. Earlier this week, I spoke to the Mayor of Orlando. He
said at some point as part of the process of these things, they would
want to try and recreate the crime scene as it happened. The crime as
it played out. That gives you an idea of the fact that this will take
a lot of time. That is why we didn't learn too much in terms of the
investigation and we were once again asked for patience and to think of
the families. The press conference also talked
about incidents against the Muslim community. It sounds like a
difficult time for Ms Lohan is in Orlando?
-- Muslims. If you think about the initial reaction to the attack,
there was a fork is about whether or not this was an act of terror linked
to IDS. In the days since then, the focus has shifted slightly and has
been more talk about this being a hate crime and an act against the
gay community, against the Hispanic community. A lot of questions raised
by this. Concerns amongst the Muslim community, but also amongst the
Hispanic and gay community. It has been amazing to see at the vigils
and attempt to unite. Tell us more about what we are
hearing from Donald Trump on gun control. He had some interesting
things to say. Perhaps a little bit different to his previous stance?
It is interesting because he has the endorsement of the NRA here in
America. He is coming out and saying he wants to try and push for some
changes to the law. He wants people on the no-fly list to possibly not
have access to guns. The Republican party here are supportive of the
right to bear arms. It will be interesting to see how the rest of
the Republican Party respond to Donald Trump's suggestion. He has
said that he intends to meet with the NRA later this week.
Thank you for your time. Two Russian gay men
after trying to leave a message over the Orlando shooting
The pair were held for three hours after being detained as they tried
to place a handwritten banner reading "Love Wins" at a makeshift
Following their release, they said police accused them
Human rights activists, and Western governments,
have in the past criticised the Russian authorities
over their treatment of the LGBT community.
Police in Florida are continuing to search for the body
of a two-year-old boy, who was snatched by
an alligator at a hotel near Disney World in Orlando.
The child was paddling in a lagoon, when he was dragged into the water.
Parts of Disney World have been sealed off.
All beaches in the resort have been closed.
It follows the dramatic disappearance of a two-year-old
boy as his family were relaxing by a lake here.
The child was in the water, about a foot in the water,
Father hears what is categorised as a splash.
He goes and sees what is happening and he finds that his child
basically is in the mouth of an alligator.
The father goes to try to grab the child but the alligator gets
the child, takes the child off into the water.
Search and Rescue teams have been at work both in the air
Trappers have caught and killed several alligators but have so far
Well, they first said they were optimistic,
but police now are fearing the worst.
On land and almost sea, the referendum clashes
Bob Geldof taking Nigel Farage on the Thames!
Crowds and campaigners shouting the odds, too.
The Chancellor with the man who used to do his job for Labour,
claiming if you voted to leave, a sudden deterioration
in the country's bank balance would mean whopping
You've got a situation today where you've got a Conservative
Chancellor and a Labour Chancellor telling people there will be a big
gap in the public finances, that you would have to raise
taxes and cut spending, and I tell you, there's
only one thing worse than passing a Budget like that,
it's not passing a Budget to solve the situation and sending
But there's been furious backlash from those wanting out.
When you have today even the Leave campaign saying there will be
an economic consequence, people need to know that before
He claims he would have no choice but to deliver such bad news.
Because he would have to fill a ?30 billion hole in the books.
But the chances of George Osborne standing on these steps
It would be almost impossible to get the support.
But the message that Number 11 wants to give is that if the country
votes to leave the EU, we will all pay one way or another.
There are nearly 70 Tories who want out of the EU and they have
One MP told me, smart guy, stupid move.
The Leave campaigners haven't made their views public
This is no longer just about the referendum
You have a Chancellor coming out and irresponsibly trying to scare
I've never seen anything like it in 24 years and he needs
to think again and stop this nonsense at once.
You are saying if he carried on like this, you would have to go?
What is responsible is for a Chancellor to say,
no matter what happens, Britain is good enough
But there could be huge turbulence if we vote to leave.
The Out campaign have talked about five new laws
It's almost like an alternative mini manifesto.
This campaign has gone way beyond the ordinary,
far past the usual insults and intrigue of politics,
and now with a significant chunk of Tory MPs saying
if the country votes out, they would try to oust
George Osborne, it feels like there's a coup in-waiting.
The police even got involved as campaigners weren't just messing
around on the river, but taking each other on.
There's little sign of apathy as this decision approaches.
Every awareness of how much it counts.
Police in Germany say a number of workers have been killed
after scaffolding collapsed on a motorway bridge
which was under construction in the south of the country.
Several people are believed to be buried under rubble.
Let's get more on this from our Berlin correspondent, Jenny Hill.
what more can you tell us? Well, the police have now said that
at least one person has been killed and a number of others endured. Six
of them seriously after this motorway bridge collapsed. It is
perhaps a little difficult to imagine. This bridge was under
construction, brand-new bridge designed to carry a motorway. By
huge construction site. The bridge itself is 20 metres high. Something
like 20 workers were actually on the construction site when a section of
that bridge collapsed, taking with it the scaffolding which was
attached to it, and some of the workers. The picture is emerging
from the scene are quite chaotic. Tangled metal and concrete lying on
the ground. About 150 emergency services workers there. It is not
clear how many if any people are trapped under the rubble. Are very
chaotic scene at the moment. There is some confusion as to how many
people may have died. The police are saying at least one person. The
Bavarian Interior Ministry said at least two. We expect the confusion
to die down over the coming hours. But just know it emergency workers
are combing the site, trying to find anyone still trapped under the
rubble. An alliance of opposition forces
in Syria is on the verge of taking back control of a key city
from the so-called A combined force of Kurdish,
Arab and Turkmen fighters, backed by US air support,
have encircled Men-bij Manbij The town is a crucial staging post
on the group's supply lines between the Turkish border
and its headquarters in Raqqa. Our correspondent Jiyar Gol
and producer Joe Inwood are the only international broadcasters to have
gained access to this area. It is a difficult drive to the front
line at Men-bij Manbij. Isis has retreated but left minds and deadly
truck spying. We have to do drive off-road. Now is silly and
democratic forces have encircled the city. Islamic State is under siege.
Men-bij Manbij is mainly Arab region. Arabs are fighting alongside
the Kurds. We are the gates of Men-bij Manbij.
God willing we will liberate our families from them. Coalition
fighters face a determined enemy, willing to die. This man was just
seconds away from detonating his suicide belt. Western special forces
are also on the court ground here. We caught a glimpse but were told to
stop filming. Coalition air strikes are taking out key Islamic State
targets. And this is what coalition air power can do. Here you can see
this as one of the ISPs and is. Bodies are laid everywhere. But even
behind the front lines, these people are not safe from Islamic State
fighters. We are interviewing when this happens. We are hearing sniper
bullets flying overhead. It seems the fight is intensifying. I can see
the smoke rising from the village. I think something happened in the
village. Although the militants are on the back foot, they are far from
out of the fight. And this makes these men nervous. They think they
are coming under attack from an ISO truck bomb. But a closer look
reveals it is civilians they are firing on. They have been living
under strict ISP control for two and a half years. This group has managed
to flee. TRANSLATION: It is shameful. We have kids and older
people. We gathered them and tried to get away. TRANSLATION: They
killed as. They killed our children. They made us grow beards and told us
what to wear. The woman had to be covered. God help us. The youngest
to escape was one-day-old. Welcome to this world. These people may have
escaped, but tens of thousands remain trapped. With IS digging in,
the coalition may need to fight them street by street. The battle for
Manbij is far from over. The World Anti-Doping Agency says
more than 700 attempts to carry out drug testing in Russia have been
obstructed. This is a damning report two days before a key decision
regarding by the Russian athletes can compete at the Olympics in Rio
de Janeiro. The report says testers had been intimidated by security
services and packages containing samples had been tampered with. And
athlete had provided false information on their whereabouts or
avoided trouble -- avoided drug testers at competitions. More on
this story as we get it. French police have fired tear gas
at England football fans Thousands of extra police had been
drafted in after clashes between Russian, English and French
fans in Marseille. Russia lost 2-1 to
Slovakia in Lille today. England are playing Wales in nearby
Lens on Thursday. The BBC's Danny Savage
is in the centre of Lille. Tear gas was fired nearby. England
fans responded to reports of trouble. They try to get out of the
square and up to other England fans, looking to see what happens. They
have been pushed back into the corner of the square. There being
noisy and boisterous. The feeling I get from talking to some of them is
that some of them are looking for trouble. It doesn't bode well for
the rest of the evening. It is quite tense here in Lille at the moment.
After violence in the stands at the end of the football game
between Russia and England game on Saturday, Uefa said it
would disqualify Russia from Euro 2016 if there
That's not gone down well back in Russia, where many people
believe their country has been unfairly punished.
Steve Rosenberg talked to football fans in Moscow.
I am in a bar in Moscow premiere showing the Russia against Slovakia
match. I want to know what Russian football fans back home think about
the violence which has overshadowed the start of Euro 2016. What did he
think of Uefa ruling their team would be disqualified if Russian
fans were involved in further crowd disturbances in the stadium?
Speaking to people here has got me thinking. I often get the impression
that many Russians feel the whole world is against them. They feel
that America is plotting revolution here or that Nato is planning an
attack the West wants to stop Russia taking part in the Olympics or take
away the 2018 World Cup from Russia. It is a very different picture from
what we see in the West. Many Russians see themselves as the
victims and not the aggressors. Another very lively day across the
United Kingdom. Showers