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This is BBC World News Today with me, Alpa Patel.
a despicable attack - President Obama condemns
the killing of five Dallas police officers.
25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson who was a member
Police say he was angry over the recent killings of black
He's now been blown up by a police bomb.
The suspect said he was upset at White people. He stated he wanted to
kill white people, especially white officers. Police have been searching
his home here in a suburb of Dallas, and the army have confirmed he
served with them in Afghanistan. Nato leaders formally approve
the deployment of a force in the Baltic states and Poland
designed to deter any Britain's Andy Murray makes it
through to the Wimbledon final He'll face Canadian Milos Raonic,
who knocked out Roger Federer. All eyes are on Sunday night. It
will be the host nation France against Portugal in the final of
Euro 2016. President Obama has described
the shootings in Dallas which killed five police officers
as "despicable". It happened during a peaceful
protest against the shootings of two black men by police officers
earlier in the week. The officers were shot
at by at least one sniper The shootings happened
in the downtown area of Dallas as a rally was making
its way down Main Street, reaching a crossroads between this
skyscraper on the right The main suspect has been
named as Micah Johnson. Police say he was upset
about the recent police shootings The US Army say Johnson had served
as a Private First Class in the Army Reserve and was deployed
to Afghanistan in 2013 to July 2014. Very also people have been deterred
in connection with the shooting. -- three other people.
It was the deadliest day for police in America
since the September 11 attacks in 2001.
Other large police forces in the United States have been
Our North America Correspondent James Cook has
been following events, and sent this report.
In downtown Dallas, this is the moment a peaceful
The crowd was demonstrating against police violence
when one man apparently decided to seek his own bloody vengeance.
There was panic as the crowd and the police tried to figure out
It's a sniper from up here somewhere.
And, as ever, in the America of 2016,
the horror was documented, minute by minute.
Michael Bautista was in the thick of it.
They're shooting right now and there's an officer down.
It's coming from the right over there from around these buildings.
There had to have been five or six cops, they were
Police poured into the area, running towards the danger,
heavily armed but, at the same time, suddenly exposed and fragile.
This footage seems to capture a gunman, on the street by now,
murdering at point-blank range, in scenes that are too
Eventually, after a shoot-out lasting several hours,
police sent in a robot to blow up a suspect.
We cornered one suspect and we tried to negotiate for several hours.
Negotiations broke down, we had an exchange of
We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot,
for it to detonate where the suspect was.
Police arrested and released two men and a woman, and the chief says
the suspect who died had told negotiators he was working alone.
He's been identified by US media as 25-year-old Micah Johnson -
a former US Army reservist, seen here in pictures
The suspect said he was upset at white people.
The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people,
And now the faces of the dead are beginning to emerge.
Brent Thompson was 43 and had just got married.
Patrick Zamarripa said he was addicted to the thrill
His family said they were mourning a hero, remarks echoed
Today is a wrenching reminder of the sacrifices
We also know that when people are armed with powerful weapons,
unfortunately, it makes attacks like these more deadly
And, in the days ahead, we're going to have to consider
Some of the police officers here have told me that they have
friends who didn't make it last night.
And yet they're out here in force again today,
protecting a crime scene which sprawls for several blocks
around the building here, where the shooting began.
And across Texas, across the United States, they are praying.
This was the deadliest attack on US law enforcement since 9/11.
It reveals a country in turmoil, convulsed by controversy about guns,
Let's cross to our correspondent Laura Bicker, who is in Dallas.
There was originally some confusion over how many gunmen were involved
in this attack, but all signs are now pointing to this suspect Micah
Johnson. There has certainly been a bit of confusion. We heard from the
Dallas police jeep on a couple of occasions, where he said suspects
instead of suspect. But it now appears that certainly be cheap
suspect is Micah Johnson, and we have seen pictures of him now in his
Army uniform. -- certainly the chief suspect. He served in Afghanistan,
the Army has confirmed that. Police have been searching his home here in
a suburb, and mixed neighbourhood outside Dallas. This certainly was a
very confusing picture for police. It was hours of stand-off where they
negotiated with Mr Johnson. Certainly they came to the
conclusion that the only way to end their stand-off was to send robot
armed with an explosive. That has never been done by the police on US
soil, so that is what they did, and the gunman was killed by that bomb.
When it comes to the reaction here, both in Texas and right across the
United States, the shock is now giving way to a call for
unification, for an America that, James mentioned in his package, and
America in 2016 that are facing across a very big divide, whether
across the racial tensions or about guns or criminal justice. This is an
Americano looking at one another, trying to figure out how to move
forward. There has been calls for calm in light of what has happened,
and also the Orlando shooting is not that long ago. Tensions must be
quite high across the country. I have just come from Louisiana, where
I was yesterday, where there were several protests at the death of
Alton Sterling, who was shot by a white police officer. Certainly
there are tensions were running high. The protest that broke out
last night right across the United States, from Washington, DC to New
York to hear, where peaceful. These were peaceful protests. However, it
seems that one man decided perhaps that he would have his vengeance. Of
course that is under investigation, but the police has said that he told
negotiators he wanted to shoot white people, especially white police
officers. You have heard from President Obama today, who has
praised the work of police, who said it is no time for America to come
together and pray and heal. -- it is now time. We have also heard from
Loretta Lynch, who said it is time that the violence ends. Violence
solves nothing. These are high-profile figures in America.
They are urging people here to stay calm and try to let figures of
authority come to some conclusion as to how they bring this issue
forward. Thank you very much. The protest in Dallas overnight
was mirrored in other cities across America, where there has been
real anger over the shootings Our correspondent Nick Bryant
is in Minnesota, where he reports This week, America celebrated
its national birthday, July the 4th. But what seems to be uniting this
country right now is not an idea, an aspiration, a dream,
but rather, feelings Saint Paul, Minnesota started
as a focal point last night for vigils and demonstrations
which unfolded in New York, No words can express the way
that we feel. And here, the main speaker
was the mother of Philando Castile, the school cafeteria worker shot
dead by a policeman. It was my son today,
but it could be yours tomorrow, or yours the next day,
or your grandmother, 50 years after the landmark civil
rights reforms of the 1960s, many African-Americans still feel
they are second-class citizens. It has fuelled the Black Lives
Matter campaign. Why, in 2016, we're
still talking about, Why do we have to keep
saying, we're human? The mood this morning in Saint Paul
was very different. A handful of people where yesterday
thousands had gathered. But fury quickly came to the surface
over the events here and in Dallas. And I'm sorry to their families,
that you feel what we feel. But I'm going to tell you something,
and don't think this is insensitive. Many hoped that the election
of the country's first African-American president
could heal the breach in race relations, that it
would usher in what was called Plenty more details interviews and
analysis on this story on our website.
The Islamic State group says it's behind an attack near a Shia
mausoleum in the town of Balad, north of Baghdad, which has killed
It comes days after almost 300 people were killed in the worst
single bombing in Baghdad since Saddam Hussein was toppled.
Here's our Middle East correspondent, Jeremy.
The entrance to the shrine in Balad has been badly damaged.
The shrine itself is untouched, but here, where there were shops
and places for people to buy cold drinks and so on, it is really
What the people here are saying is that around midnight,
four jihadist gunmen came in, heavily armed, and there was a gun
battle lasting one to two hours, and finally the men
They have taken a lot of lives with them, a lot
All this is happening because the jihadists
of Islamic State have been under attack.
That's why they hit back last weekend in Baghdad,
with that enormous bomb that has killed almost, by now, 300 people,
Here, the intention as well, I think, is to try to provoke
a return to the worst days of the sectarian wars
The idea is to try to destabilise the country,
Islamic State have been losing ground in Iraq,
and they know that if they lose this country, it's going to be much
harder for them to hang on to what they have in Syria.
And if that goes, it's the end of their dreams
So the likelihood is, they will keep on fighting,
they'll keep on hitting, they will continue trying to provoke
another sectarian war, or a deepening of the existing
So the future, I'm afraid to say, is likely to include many more
of these kinds of incidents, many more dead.
Now a look at some of the days other news.
The population of the European Union increased by nearly two million last
The EU statistics agency revealed that the population
rose to 510 million, largely due to the influx
of refugees and migrants, mainly from the Middle East.
And for the first time, the EU recorded more deaths than births
Job growth in the United States surged in June, exceeding many
Figures showed 287,000 were added to the US economy last month -
Analysts had predicted there would be an increase of around 175,000.
But the unemployment rate also jumped to 4.9% from 4.8% -
this was because of more people entering the labour force.
Six people are being treated in hospital in Spain
after being gored by bulls during the San Fermin
More than 1000 people took part in one of the event's famous
bull runs, which lasted nearly six minutes -
Nato has said it doesn't want to isolate Russia -
despite its decision to deploy thousands of troops to the eastern
Meeting at a summit in Warsaw, Nato leaders have approved
the deployment of 4000 troops in Estonia,
Lithuania, Latvia and eastern Poland.
They're specifically aimed at deterring threats from Russia,
in the light of what happened in Ukraine and Crimea.
Nato leaders also discussed the consequences of the UK's
Our chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet
Yes, Nato often stresses the three Ds, defence, deterrence and
dialogue. Here it is very much the deterrence side that is a focus with
this new reggae and there are keystone flank. Four battalions
stretching across for Baltic states. Nato members, most of all Germany,
have been at pains to emphasise to Moscow that this is not meant to be
something aggressive towards Russia. They are still open to dialogue. But
that has meant an angry response from Moscow today, as the Nato
summit got underway. Saying that the idea of the threat from Russia was
absurd. Another aspect Russia is concerned about is not just this new
gate, but the sanctions, which are taking their toll on the Russian
economy. It is for that reason that there is a concern in many ways
about Britain's decision to leave the European Union, because Britain
has long been a very strong voice within the EU for maintaining
sanctions against Russia. When I met Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip
Hammond, I asked whether there would now be a wobble in the EU about
maintaining those sanctions against Russia. We remain a full member of
the European Union, and we will do for some time to come yet. We will
continue to make the arguments, as we have done over the last couple of
years, to stiffen the resolve of partners to maintain these
sanctions. I'm sure we will be able to maintain a robust stance over
Russia's aggression in Ukraine. But it is a different question whether
in the future, and European Union without Britain in it will have the
same political will to do these things. I hope it will, because
economic sanctions are a very good way of dealing with this kind of
aggression, where we are frankly not willing to meet a military response
ourselves, but we do want to send a clear signal that actions have costs
to those who are mounting the aggression. British leaders are also
trying to send a strong signal here that when it comes to Britain's
membership of Nato, it's place at this top table, it will not change.
It will remain no and in the future a strong member of the transatlantic
alliance. Brexit is not formally on the agenda here, but everyone is
talking about it, and expressing anxiety is - what will happen to
Britain's defence spending in the future? What will happen to the
really crucial relationship between Nato and the European Union? All of
the readers here are trying to send out a signal to say there will
continue to be a strong relationship between Britain, Nato and Europe,
and also, they say, an effort of both to reach out but to send a
strong message to Russia as well. -- all of the readers here.
France's victory over Germany in Euro 2016
and understandably led to scenes like these across the country -
thousands of proud French fans celebrating their team's success.
It's the first time they have won against Germany in 58 years.
France now face Portugal in the competition final on Sunday.
Ros Atkins is in Paris - Ros, how expected was this final
I think we could have predicted that France would be in the final, they
were favourites coming into the turn it. Portugal less so. Let's talk
with Jonathan Johnson about this, asset boll writer on French
football. We talked right at the beginning of the tournament, and
despite the Fifa rankings, Francois was expected to do well. Yes, buoyed
by home support, talented team, generation of it excellent young
players and experience once. I am not sure the French public really
expected them to make the final, but obviously they are delighted to make
the final. They are strong favourites. With all respect to
Portugal, they have not set the blood racing that often. Absolutely.
Looking at how portable has fared so far, and the way that France have
been faring, France have to be overwhelming favourites, mix with
that home support. Although the home support will be tempered by the fact
that there is a big Portuguese contingent that lives here in Paris.
All signs point to France victory at the moment. What are your feelings
on this expanded euros format, I feel conflicted about it. The Welsh
and the Icelandic side have made the case for the bigger pool of teams.
There have been some fantastic stories, that has been one of the
positives. But to its detriment is the fact that so many games have
suffered in quality, like you said. There have been a few dead rubbers.
I think one of the biggest problems the tournament has is not
necessarily the fact it has been expanded, it is just that there is
so much football played during the course of a season that the players
are so tired when they arrive it is difficult for them to play at a high
level every couple of days. Good to speak to you. Thank you very much
indeed. I am here in Paris through the weekend, bringing you coverage
from the fanzone right at the base of the Eval tower on the day of the
final on Sunday. Depending on who wins, I will either be staying put
or getting on an early flight to Portugal on Monday morning. We will
also be covering the celebrations after the final.
Enjoy it, and very tasty final to come.
Milos Raonic has reached his first grand slam final after the world
number six stunned Roger Federer with a dramatic five-set win
He will be playing Andy Murray in the final. We will be live at
Wimbledon over on BBC world in a few minutes.
If there's one street food snack that nearly everyone in Kolkata
loves and eats regularly, it would have to be jhal muri.
It's also a great leveller - you'll often see businessmen
queueing for it alongside the city's poorest residents.
Our own Justin Rowlatt went to see what all the fuss is about.
I am in the mighty capital of Bengal, Kolkata.
Like the rest of India, it has its own distinctive
and delicious food traditions, and you can taste some of them
in its most celebrated street food, jhal muri.
This is puffed rice - essentially this is Rice Krispies.
So he puts in a few handfuls of the puffed rice, go into the pot.
Then he adds a bit of cornflakes, a few peanuts, a couple of lentils.
He adds some chopped coconut, some cucumber, bit of potato.
There is tomato, there is onion, there is coriander,
Then he puts in this chilli paste of his,
Then he adds a little bit of mixed spice.
He squeezes on a little bit of lemon.
And now, an essential ingredient, very Bengali, this -
And the trick now is to mix the whole thing up, get
And then into one of his little recyclable bags,
Here is where it gets complicated, because there are actually similar
So it would be dangerous for me to tell you that Sal's
jhal muri is the best, but let me just taste it.
It does look delicious. A reminder of our main news this hour. Details
have begun to emerge about the main suspect in the Dallas killings. He
has been named as Micah Johnson, an Army reservist who served in
Afghanistan. He told police that he wanted to kill white people,
especially white officers. That is all from me. Goodbye for now.
Hello. As we approach the weekend. It looks like rain for some but not
for all, because of this area of low pressure starting to push in from