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This is BBC World News Today with me, Geeta Guru Murthy.


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


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