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The main suspect in the killing of five police officers in Dallas


is named as Micah Johnson - a former army reservist who'd


The suspect said he was upset at white people.


The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, specially


President Obama has called the shooting a despicable act -


and ordered flags to half mast as a sign of respect


Nato leaders formally approve the deployment of a force


in the Baltic states and Poland designed to deter any


And Andy Murray makes it through to the Wimbledon final


where he'll face Milos Raonic - the first Canadian ever


It was the deadliest day for police in America since the September


Five officers shot dead - another seven injured.


The main suspect has been named as Micah Johnson.


Police say he was upset about the recent police


And had stated that he wanted to kill white people.


Well the attack began at 8:45 on Thursday evening


It happened as a peaceful protest made its way through Main Street.


when it reached this crossroads, gunfire broke out.


Our North America Correspondent - James Cook reports from Dallas.


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


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 getting shot down.


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


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,


revealing a country in turmoil, convulsed by controversy about guns,


The protest in Dallas was mirrored in other cities across the country.


Where there has been fury - over the force used by police


This week - the shootings of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana


Our correspondent Nick Bryant - has been assessing


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


Well let's get more on this Kimberly Kindy is a journalist


with the Washington Post - she joins me now from their newsroom.


You've been looking at data about fatal shootings for some time -


What have you found? We started investigating after Ferguson. The


FBI were woefully under counting the number. In our efforts we have found


that fatal police shootings are up by 6%. At this point last year,


there were 465 people who had been killed. As of June 30th, we had 491


people who had been killed. A 6% increase. The other thing we found


was that more and more these incidents are being captured by


video. An increase of 38% over last year. We also, this year, in the


second year effort, we are looking with much greater depth at the


officers themselves. Beginning to gather more information on them. The


first piece of this that we rolled out this week was that most of the


officers who shot and killed people, at least this year, have been


veterans, rookie officers, with one to three years experience. They only


represented less than 20% than the largest group with ten or more years


of experience, they represent the largest group of shooters.


Interesting that most of the officers you found are quite


experienced. Why is that? There are a number of theories. We have spoken


to criminologists, police experts, and the operating theories are that


we have a number of veteran officers that have not gone through the new


style of training. The old style of training was rush in, aggressively


take control of a situation, and force people to comply if they don't


immediately comply with your demands. The new style of training


teaches officers to use different tactics. In situations where


de-escalation tactics could work. Taking cover. Perhaps call in other


offices for back-up. Sometimes that will save the lives of officers and


will save the lives of civilians. But that kind of new style of


training really is just beginning. Veteran officers have not


necessarily been through that. Another theory also was that a lot


of veteran officers sign up for high profile high risk assignments.


Traffic stops can be incredibly dangerous. They quite often sign up


for those because they get good overtime pay. They are dangerous.


Those are some of the theories as to why we are seeing more veterans


versus Rockies firing these shots. -- rookies. Thanks very much.


Well if you want more on this story you can go to our web page.


There you can find a live page -


being updated minute by minute on developments.


You can also find more analysis and interviews.


Go to our website - bbc dot com forward slash news.


Now a look at some of the day's other news.


The population of the European Union increased by nearly two million last


The EU statistics agency revealed that it rose to 510 million,


largely due to the influx of refugees and migrants,


And for the first time the EU recorded more deaths than births


Indian company Tata Steel has announced it's to postpone plans


to sell some of its UK operations, including the Port Talbot


plant in South Wales, where thousands of jobs are at risk.


The company has said it has started discussions with "strategic players


in the steel industry" - and is considering a possible joint


venture with German firm Thyssenkrupp over the future


A former model has been awarded a $97 million divorce


settlement from her Saudi billionaire ex husband -


after he divorced her and married a younger woman.


Christian Estrada - who was married to Sheikh Walid Juffali


for more than twelve years - said that she needed almost two


for more than twelve years - said that she needed almost


?200 million to meet what she called her "reasonable needs".


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 four thousand troops in Estonia, Lithuania,


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


Nato often stresses defence, deterrence, and dialogue. In Warsaw


it is very much the deterrent side which is the key focus for their


discussions. With the establishment of this new brigade along with what


they call their eastern flank, a new brigade with four battalions


stretching across four Baltic states. Nato members, most of all


Germany, have tried to emphasise to Moscow that this isn't 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 there was a threat from Russia was


actually absurd. Another aspect Russia is very concerned about is


not just this new brigade, but also the sanctions which are taking their


toll on the Russian economy. It is for that reason there is concern, a


concern in many ways, about Britain's decision to leave the


European Union. Britain has long been a strong voice within the


European Union for maintaining sanctions against Russia. When I met


Philip Hammond I asked him whether or not there would now be a wobble


in the EU about maintaining those sanctions against Russia.


We remain a full member of the European Union. We will do for some


time to come yet. We will continue to make the arguments, as we've done


over the last couple of years, to stiffen the resolve of partners to


maintain these sanctions. I am sure that we will be able to maintain a


robust stance over Russia's aggression in Ukraine. But it is a


different question over whether in the future a 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 make 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 its place at the


top table it will not change. It will remain now and in the future a


strong member of the transatlantic alliance. Brexit isn't formally on


the agenda here, but everyone is talking about it and expressing


anxiety is over what will happen to Britain's defence spending, what


will happen to the relationship, really crucial relationship, between


Nato and the EU. All of the leaders here are trying to send out a signal


to say they will -- there will continue to be a strong relationship


between Britain, Nato, and Europe. And they also say in it that both to


reach out and send a strong message to Russia, as well.


Stay with us on BBC World News, still to come:


The build-up to the final of 2016. Everyone has got the final they were


hoping for. It is France against Portugal on Sunday and the


excitement is already building. The headlines: The chief suspect of


the Dallas shootings that have left five police officers dead has been


named as 25-year-old Micah Johnson. He served in Afghanistan. Barack


Obama called the shooting of a despicable attack. The Dallas police


chief said it was a well-planned, evil tragedy.


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 has been untouched, but here, where there were shops, it is really


very badly damaged. What the people are saying is that around midnight


four jihadists gunmen came in. Heavily armed. And there was a gun


battle lasting one to two hours. Finally the men blew themselves up.


They have taken a lot of lives with them. A lot of people wounded, as


well. All this is happening because the jihadists of IS have been under


attack. That is why they hit back last weekend in Baghdad with that


enormous bomb that has killed almost, by now, 300 people as the


wounded are still dying. Here, the intention is to try to provoke a


return to the worst days of the sectarian wars of eight to ten years


ago. The idea is to try to destabilise the country, unhinge it,


if they can. IS have been losing ground in Iraq. They know that if


they lose this country it is going to be much harder for them to hang


on to what they have in Syria. And if that goes it is the end of their


dreams of a so-called caliphate. The likelihood is they will keep on


fighting, keep on hitting, continue trying to provoke another sectarian


war or a deepening of the existing sectarian war here in Iraq. So the


future, I am afraid to say, is likely to include many more of these


kinds of incidents, and many more dead.


Sunday's Wimbledon men's final will be between Britain's Andy Murray


Murray booked his place with a straight sets victory


It's his third final - he hasn't won the title since 2013.


The match they had all been waiting for, hoping to record the moment


when Andy Murray reached another Wimbledon singles final.


He has been at least this far six times in the last seven years,


and maybe that experience made the difference.


Berdych made 13 unforced errors in the first set.


In contrast, Murray was almost infallible.


Two breaks of serve to one, the first set dispatched 6-3.


Both players settled in the second and showed what they are capable of.


Although this was just to hold on to his serve early on.


Tomas Berdych has been a top ten player for more than six years now


and is more than capable of giving Murray the runaround.


They were neck and neck for six years.


Relief when Murray finally made the breakthrough


in front of a good 90% of the centre court crowd.


It was not long before they got what they wanted.


An outright winner for the second set.


Berdych had made it to the final back in 2010.


But as the third set progressed it was obvious it wasn't


As good as the Czech was, Murray was just that bit better.


COMMENTATOR: Murray continues to torment Tomas Berdych.


It would not be long before it was all over.


Just under two hours, in fact, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.


Perhaps he will appreciate being that little bit


fresher for Wimbledon final number three.


He will be hoping to give British tennis fans something to really


Milos Raonic stunt Roger Federer with a dramatic five set win. Roger


Federer looked on course for victory when leading 2-1. Then he was


hampered by a thigh problem. Milos Raonic will be the first Canadian to


play in the final of a major tournament.


France's victory over Germany in Euro 2016,


which secured them a place in the final of Euro 2016.


Well understandably it led to scenes like these -


right across the country - thousands of proud French fans -


It is the first time they have won against Germany in 58 years.


France now face Portugal in the final on Sunday.


Ros Atkins is in Paris - Ros how expected was this final


Hopes must be high. The scene has been set. The weather


is good, the Eiffel Tower is looking glorious, and the French are in the


final. Something shifted last night. At the beginning of the tournament


you could walk around Paris and he would not even know anything was


happening. Lots of people not tuned in. But walking around last night,


there were people all over the streets, tooting their horns, waving


their flags, and suddenly this tournament is centre stage. France


take on Portugal on Sunday night. Despite runout though, the French


will be the favourites. They have just applied the faith people have


put in them. An incredible homecoming in Cardiff


today, as well. Yes, it's been what we have


expected. The Welsh have done well in this tournament, getting to the


semifinals where they lost to Portugal. Going through a packed


Cardiff City centre, cheered all the way from the airport and around the


city streets. Their destination was the home of Cardiff City football


club. Let me show you what happened when the team got there.


There is the slow handclap the Icelandic fans have made so popular.


A few people in Icelandic watching this might feel that it has been


pinched from them. France were doing it last night. It has become a


feature of the tournament. It is just one of the ways the French are


choosing to celebrate their amazing run through to the semis. I will be


live throughout the day on Sunday as we cover the final on BBC world


News. I will either be here or in Portugal depending on who wins,


Monday. We look forward to it. -- on who


wins come Monday. That is it from me. Have a good




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