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France reels from another horrific attack
An elderly priest in the city of Rouen is brutally murdered by two
men armed with knives, who filmed the attack before
Very, very gentle, kind priest, attentive to people.
He wanted to be at the work until the end.
He was helping the parish priest here.
Police have made an arrest following the attack,
in which several people were held hostage.
President Hollande visited the scene.
TRANSLATION: This group has declared war against us.
We must face up to this war by all means.
I'm Nick Bryant at the Democratic Party convention in Philadelphia,
where Bill Clinton is due to speak later.
Last night, Michelle Obama brought a degree of unity to a fractured
party as she heaped praised on their Presidential candidate.
Because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, and all our sons
and daughters, take for granted that a woman can be president
The attacks keep coming, the horror is unimaginable.
Foul attacks in the last two weeks alone in France or Germany, inspired
by so-called Islamic State. Today an 84-year-old Catholic Priest
was murdered in church. Two men armed with knives stormed
into morning mass in the northern city of Rouen and took
several people hostage. A nun who escaped says the attackers
forced the priest to kneel The attackers were
shot dead by police. This scene has become France's
shorthand for horror. Today, the sirens were sounding
for the dead and wounded of saying for an elderly priest and a handful
of nuns and worshippers knifed during their morning service by two
men claiming to wage Father Jacques Hamel was executed
in this quiet local church. Reports say his throat was cut.
He was 84 years old. His attackers shot dead by police
as they stepped outside Jean-Claude had known
Father Jacques for years. This was a peaceful town,
he says, too small to be a target. TRANSLATION: I knew
the priest personally. The nuns were my neighbours,
and they would have lunch together next door.
They were humble people. The priest was a good
man, calm and friendly. Today, the line between president
and public was thin. But this was an act designed
to start a war, create division. An act the president linked
to so-called Islamic State, TRANSLATION: The threat
remains high, very high. This is what we've lived
through over the past few days, We must face up to this war
by all means, whilst respecting The far right leader Marine Le Pen
has described it as another horror Less than two weeks after its last
attack here, France is again faced with the problem of how
to confront its jihadist threat. Police have raided a nearby flat
amid reports that one of the attackers was a local man,
who may have been wearing an electronic tag after trying
to travel to Syria. But this is a national battle,
for the things France values most - its freedoms,
its lifestyle, its identity. Each time, France argues a little
more over the cause of this menace and how to beat it,
and each time, it happens again. With me now is Frederic
Ischebeck-Baum, Intelligence and Security Analyst
at King's College London. Just to let you know, President
Hollande has just been speaking, and he said that the threat from Islamic
militants has never been so great in France. Obviously, he has said
before this is a war. But France is just not equipped to fight a war
with the enemy in its midst, is it? With so many new migrants who have
been welcomed into Europe I Angela Merkel, nobody knows who they are.
Well, the migration and refugee issue is certainly flaring up again
in the whole discussion. The thing as that now we know that one of the
attackers from today happened to be known to the security services.
Occasional failure is something quite natural, sadly, so people
slipping through the net of security is something we cannot avoid.
But we have no idea, with all the people who came in. I know some of
these attacks are not being committed by new arrivals, but the
fact is, people are going to be incredibly fearful and scared, and
the rise of right-wing politics, we have seen it already, it is
inevitable, isn't it, if the authorities got no answer key macro
because these attacks are coming daily.
Yes, indeed. I fear that we will see a shift to the right, obviously.
Stemming from the public fear, as you say.
Do you think, though, that the fact that each new attack is still,
obviously, the horror is so bleak, that there is a risk of contagion?
We have seen four in two weeks. What about the fear of the copycat, the
fact that the media inevitably have to report this?
Yes, this is clearly something we can observe. We can observe three
things, I believe. The first is individuals who clearly have a
well-established link with Islamic State, so they have people behind
these attackers. Then you can see the lone wolves, as we know them,
and then, there are also the typical copycats, so the issue I see here is
that if someone, for example, who has no IS background, they can,
before, during or shortly after the attack, most of the time shortly
before they die, they can just declare that this happened to be in
the name of IS, and this is what makes us deal with the attack.
What are the responses you are hearing about? Germany is talking
about some change now, isn't it? Well, there has to be some change,
in modus operandi, as to how the intelligence of the two services
operate, but again, as I said in the beginning, occasional failure, I
would not want to call it failure, really, but occasional attacks that
do happen... What about the talk of potential conscription in Germany
and a new National Guard and so on? Well, in Germany right now,
conscription is suspended, by the constitution. I haven't heard
anything about re-enacting it yet, but people are talking about
establishing something like the National Guard. These talks have
happened in Berlin today. So we will see where things go. I fear, as I
said before, that there will be a shift to the right.
You think, briefly, that the media is playing a role in this? Yes. In
what way? Should we be doing something different key macro
terrorism needs publicity. Without publicity, without the media,
terrorism fails to achieve its goal. So the best thing would be to cut
off every media from them, but that is, of course, something we can't
do. We will have to leave it there. I do
very much. -- thank you very much. In the US, Hillary Clinton is due
to be formally nominated in a few hours' time by the Democratic Party
to be the first woman The traditional roll call
of delegates could get feisty, unless Bernie Sanders has been
persuaded to effectively And hoping to build on the unifying
speech by Michelle Obama last night, this evening, appearing
at the Convention for the first time as a political spouse,
the former President, Bill Clinton. For more, let's cross
to the BBC's Nick Bryant, Nick, it is extraordinary. I first
saw Bill Clinton speak in the immediate aftermath of the Monica
Lewinsky scandal, when his wife, of course, had been globally
humiliated, and here he is coming to draw attention and proclaim his wife
as a potential future leader. Yes, I covered that in Washington as
well. What amazes me most is, I wrote my first Bill Clinton story
almost 25 years ago! I am feeling like a veterans and night here in
Philadelphia. I think we are seeing a different kind of Bill Clinton in
this campaign. He doesn't quite have the energy, perhaps not the same
magnetism, perhaps not the same sort of overpowering charisma that he has
had in previous years. He made a remarkable speech in 2012 on behalf
of Barack Obama, in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the Democrats last
met. Can he do the things I? Big question. And then he repeat the
success last night at Michelle Obama, talking about charisma and
magnetism. She really did deliver an electrifying speech last night, as
you can hear now. In this election, and every
election, it is about who will have the power
to shape our children for the next And I am here tonight because,
in this election, there is only one person who I trust with
that responsibility. Only one person who I believe
is truly qualified to be President of the United States,
and that is our friend, Some speech. Well, joining me here
in Philadelphia is a long-time Hillary Clinton supporter, worked in
the Bill Clinton White House, on the National Security Council, and also
in Hillary Clinton's State Department. Daniel Farmer, welcome
to the programme. When you heard those blues yesterday, as a
long-term fan of Hillary Clinton, had it make you feel? I think the
most important thing to note is, we saw last night a remarkable
experience, where I think the perception that this is a party that
does not, is not unified at this point, is way overblown. We saw over
the course of the evening those blues being minimised to the point
where you did not hear them at all any more. Most you saw laid out such
a stark difference between what Democrats were laying out together,
and unified, compared to the very frightening philosophy that Donald
Trump and his supporters have laid out.
A lot of Bernie Sanders supporters here clearly hate Hillary Clinton.
Not just dislike, but hate her. And her public persona, a lot of people
in the country at large, don't like her either. How does her public
persona differed from the Hillary Clinton you know, and why is she
having so much difficulty with this kind of likeability issue?
First of all, this is a person that has endured just a barrage of
attacks from 25 years, but my experience with her is, and that
virtually anyone who has worked with her, is overwhelmingly positive, and
the reason that we are all such passionate supporters. Not only are
we so frightened by the prospect of a trump presidency, but we truly
believe in this Hillary Clinton, the one that I know is extremely
thoughtful, is a listener, is very analytic, is rigorous, is one, is
funny, writes to my young daughters when they send very Christmas card,
and they now believe, as Michelle Obama said last night, that they can
do anything. Brings back a teddy bear from Afghanistan for them at
some point. And one that I just trust her judgment and their
analysis, anything that she would make a wonderful president. We have
never seen a candidate this prepared before.
So when you look at Hillary Clinton on the political stage, do you see a
different person than the Hillary Clinton you see behind closed doors
and on the diplomatic stage? We certainly saw on the diplomatic
stage where her favourite abilities were very high, and the US stage and
internationally, by the time you laptop is. She introduced America to
the rest of the world again, extreme since her split, and built extremely
successful relationships with the UK, Europe and elsewhere, and
demonstrated this belief in partnership and doing these things
together, not only domestic, but in our international partnerships, as
we saw in Afghanistan, which I was responsible for, with a very strong
and important support of the British others.
So I see someone that I believe in, and I know has the experience and
judgment to be a remarkable president.
We will see how many people agree with you at the end of this
convention, and indeed, at the end of this election. Many thanks.
And with that, we handed back to London.
In for another fun few hours! Thank you very much.
Later today at the Democratic convention, we'll be hearing
from the mothers of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
They were two black men whose deaths at the hands of police sparked
That whole question of all the tensions linked to race in the US
have alarmed similar people across the country.
Singer Michelle Williams sold millions of records around the world
as part of the American group Destiny's Child in the
More recently, she's been speaking out on racial tensions in the US,
as result of a spate of shootings involving black men
The BBC caught up with her on a trip to the UK and asked her how
she reacted to the recent series of shootings.
My reaction is still shock, hurt, questions.
What were they thinking, the fear, and how
Did you know that they were scared for their life?
They don't know what's going on, and then you just shoot them
because you have a gun in your hand and your hand's on the trigger
and you think that's your only choice.
Now, I don't know what goes on in the police academy, and
I thank the amazing good police and authority that there is,
because there is more good, I believe, than there is bad.
Are you trained to get your gun first, or are you trying to
Even just the other day, a man in Miami -
I don't know if you saw - he's lying on the ground, his hands
are actually up, he's saying, "I don't have a gun.
And you still shot him! So it's like, man!
When you're doing right, you still might get shot.
And now, to think that every time a black man
goes out of his house, he has to worry, what is he going
to encounter today that might not end so well?
What, because you're angry, you don't like
them, you think I'm going to take justice into my own hands?
Somebody got a phone call saying, can you come identify this body?
No matter how you slice it, it's all wrong.
Uniting with people different from you, actually being hands-on with
people who are different from you always helps, so that you can no.
Getting out there. Get in the hood. Singer Michelle Williams, speaking
to the BBC. Police in Japan are questioning
a 26-year-old man about the country's worst mass
killing in generations. He's suspected of stabbing 19 people
to death at a residential care home near Tokyo where he worked
until February this year. Many more were injured.
John Sudworth reports. This CCTV footage from outside
the care home is thought to capture the moment late last night
that the killer arrived, This morning, forensic teams
began piecing together the elements of a crime
that is beyond imagination. And Japan is a country
in profound shock. In room after room,
the victims were found Many had serious
mental disabilities. The oldest of those
killed was aged 70. Shortly afterwards, a former
employee at the care home, 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu,
seen here in a Facebook photo, TRANSLATION: This wasn't
an impulsive crime, where the suspect just blew up
and grabbed a knife. He went in the dead of night,
opened one door at a time, and stabbed sleeping people
one at a time. Again, this footage is said
to match the timings, and shortly afterwards,
the alleged killer handed himself Uematsu had begun to publicly
express his disturbing view that disabled people, unable to live
independent lives, should be killed, and in February this year,
his employment came to an end after he wrote
to the national parliament. The letter, pictures of which have
been broadcast today, was enough to prompt the authorities
to act, and Uematsu was detained But, just two weeks later,
he was released, returning to live in this house a short
distance from the care home. TRANSLATION: When I worked there,
the staff and tenants Amid the grief, the debate
is already turning to whether more Now a look at some of
the day's other news. There have been two car bomb attacks
at the main entrance to the airport in the Somali capital,
Mogadishu. Bursts of gunfire have
been heard at the scene. At least 12 people are believed
to be dead, many of them The Islamist group Al Shabaab says
that it carried out the attack. Canoeing is the latest
sport to ban some Russian The president of South Sudan has
sacked his long-standing rival, the opposition leader, and replaced him
as first vice president with the former mining minister. He fled the
capital at Cawood Juba earlier this month, after fighting between his
forces and those loyal to the president left hundreds dead.
The Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina says a swift operation
against suspected Islamist militants has saved the country
from what she called "a terrible situation".
Her comments came after police said they killed nine Islamists
at their hideout in the capital Dhaka.
It is not yet clear which group the men belonged to.
From the capital, Anbarasan Ethirajan.
It's hard to imagine that suspected Islamists were living in a quiet
residential area like this one here in Dhaka.
It is hard for the police officers to bring in vehicles through these
They say they started this operation earlier in the morning,
The militants were living on the fifth floor of an apartment
at the end of this road, and the fighting started as when one
at the end of this road, and the fighting started as and when one
of the gunmen threw a bomb on the police officers.
Residents here talk about several hours of gunfights
Nine Islamist militants have been killed.
Bangladesh has been on high alert since the attack on a cafe
in Dhaka earlier this month, in which more than 20
people were killed, most of them foreigners.
Police here suspect that dozens of young men could have been
radicalised, and they could be living in a residential area
like this one here in Dakar, and also, in other parts
The celebrated Egyptian film director Mohamed Khan has
died at the age of 73 after a prolific career.
Khan has been one of Egypt's leading cinematic figures since the 1980s,
making a string of movies tackling social issues.
Soumer Daghastani looks back at his life and career.
Acclaimed by the critics and the public alike,
Khan was one of Egypt's leading cinematic figures
A British national, born to an Egyptian mother
and a Pakistani father in Cairo in 1942, his directing
He was one of the founders of Egypt's neorealism cinema movement.
He led the way in taking the cameras out in the city,
shooting most of his films on the streets of
His 24 films always focused on the lives of ordinary
In many of them, he portrayed the hardships faced by women.
One of his most memorable films, The Wife of an Important Man,
Khan tells the story of a woman married to a brutal police
officer involved in the repression of opponents
Despite being widely celebrated as a great figure
in Egyptian and Arab cinema, Egypt only granted Khan
nationality in 2014, after a presidential decree.
His death has left Egyptian cinema bereft of one of its biggest names,
The first solar-powered round the world flight
The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has flown 26,000 miles using only
It landed in Abu Dhabi in the early hours of this morning, at the end
Just to warn you, there is some flash photography
Arriving to great fanfare, the smooth and controlled touchdown
bringing an end to what's been a remarkable and record-breaking
Solar Impulse 2 is the brainchild of Bertrand Picard, who
was piloting the plane for the final time.
Everything is possible. Why don't we dream more?
And when I touch my wheels here, I thought, OK.
The aircraft has the wingspan of a jumbo jet,
Using the sun's rays, it's powered by 17,000 solar cells,
peppered all over the wings, which drive four electric motors.
Its mission, to promote renewable energy.
The aircraft set off from Abu Dhabi on the 9th of March last year,
heading for the Persian Gulf, then across India, China, America,
and lastly Europe, before returning to the Emirates this morning.
The fifth leg of its journey, from Burma
to China, was deemed to be one of the trickiest
by the pilot and his compatriot, Andre Borschberg,
Today, it is the flight to China, Chongqing.
If everything goes well all day, we continue tomorrow
morning with Solar Impulse, to bring into Nanjing.
For the team behind this wonder plane, a chance
now to reflect and consider that maybe, one day in the not-so-distant
future, passenger planes could become a lot greener and cleaner.
And there's just time for one last, tall story.
When it comes to height, it seems Dutch men tower
New research shows the average Dutchman is now 183
But to find the tallest women, you need to travel further east
in Europe and make your way to Latvia.
There women, on average, are 170 centimetres tall.
The research, published in the journal eLife,
has tracked growth trends in 187 countries since 1914.
I wonder if there is a secret, has someone somewhat vertically
challenged! If you know the secret to having tall children, let me
know. See you soon. It certainly looks as though we will
see some rain in the forecast over the next couple of days. In fact,
once you wake up on Wednesday, you could start the day