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Hello and welcome to BBC World News today.
The Headlines: French religious leaders call for more security
at places of worship following the brutal murder
Fresh pictures emerge of the siege at the Normandy church
where Islamists carried out the killing on Tuesday.
Pope Francis has said the recent spate of jihadist attacks in Europe
is proof that the world is, as he put it, at war,
but he said he didn't mean it was a "war of religions."
A big explosion in a mainly Kurdish city in northeastern Syria has
caused massive destruction - at least 40 people have died
On patrol ahead of the Rio games - the head of security tells the BBC
the threat of a terror attack is one of his biggest concerns.
The head of France's Muslim community has described yesterday's
murder by Islamists of an elderly priest as "blasphemous
sacrilege which goes against all the teachings of our religion".
Dalil Boubakeur joined representatives of Christian,
Jewish and Buddhist faiths in a show of unity with President Hollande.
They called for more security at places of worship.
The priest, Father Jacques Hamel, was killed while conducting
morning mass in his church in a suburb of Rouen.
His killer, 19 year old Adel Kermiche, had twice
previously tried to join the so-called Islamic State group -
also known as Daesh - in Syria.
Our correspondent Lucy Williamson reports.
The words that follow these attacks have lost their power to console.
They used to give France strength, now they highlight its betrayal.
In the streets where he grew up, Adel Kermiche is remembered
as a troubled man whose radical views had already alerted his
TRANSLATION: He was clearly pro-Daesh.
Once his parents took him to the police station,
they said, lock him up, he's going to commit a crime.
The police said they were already monitoring him, but couldn't
Last year, he was arrested in Germany while trying to reach Syria.
Two months later, he was caught again in Turkey and
In March this year he was released with an electronic tag,
which allowed him to leave his house between 8:30
During that window yesterday morning, he came here
and together with an accomplice, carried out his assault while elite
The moment filmed by a local resident who was woken by the noise.
With every new target and every new location,
So that the death of a local priest in this small suburban church
becomes a test of national resilience, an attack
In Paris, the government was left defending itself against
the charge that its defence of France had failed.
But was this a failure of intelligence, security or judgment?
Or simply the result of freedoms the country wants to protect?
TRANSLATION: Everything that can be done under the rule of law
There can still be some changes, discussions.
We are open to suggestions from the opposition.
But you cannot protect the rule of law by rejecting the rule of law.
And on a visit to Italy today, the Prime Minister said
In the Church of Notre Dame tonight, prayers have begun to honour
Father Jacques Hamel and the hostages of Saint Etienne.
But faith in France's protectors is harder now,
with the country divided over what protection means.
Pope Francis has said the recent series of jihadist attacks in Europe
is proof that the world is, as he put it, at war.
The pope was careful to stress he did not mean
it was a "war of religions", but rather a conflict between
He made the comments to journalists on board his plane to Poland
TRANSLATION: The world is at war, in pieces. There was the war of 1914
with its methods, then the big war of 1939-1945, and now this. It is
not organic. Organised, yes, but not organic. But it is war.
This holy priest who died at the very moment in which he offered the
prayer for peace is one, but how many Christians, how many more
innocent people, how many more children will die?
Let's take you to Krakow and speak to our correspondent Tom Burridge.
- Adam Easton. Strong words from a very sombre Pope Francis but she was
very keen to point out that he did not mean it was a war between
religions. I think what he wanted to point out was to actually call a
spade a spade. He said often terror attacks, the word used is insecurity
and he said that is not the correct word. The word we should be using is
war. So I think he wanted to highlight the severity, the gravity
of the situation that the world is facing. He later came back
afterwards and said that he wasn't referring about a religious war. He
said that all world religions want peace, so the assumption would be
that the people who carry out these terror attacks are not true
believers of their faiths, and as you said and in the clip we just
heard, he talked about some of the more general causes of conflict such
as competition for scarce resources, competition for land, the domination
and also for power. A little bit later, he gave a speech in front of
the Polish president and the Polish bishops in the beautiful Gothic
castle. He did not refer to terror attacks there, but he did refer to
consequences of conflict, of war, and she meets a rather pointed
comment to the Polish host and said that not only society and churches
but states should do more to welcome refugees, asylum seekers, people
fleeing war and hunger, and to say that in front of the Polish
authorities is quite something, of course, because the Polish
authorities have made it clear that they are not interested in taking
any Muslim refugees or asylum seekers. That is also pretty much
the opinion of the majority of Polish society so a rather pointed
remark to be made by the Pope in his first speech after he arrived in his
host country. Adam, thank you very much. Adam Easton in crack of in
Poland. -- Krakow in Poland. There was another reminder today
that most of so-called Islamic State's victims
are in the Middle East Around 50 people were killed
after a truck bomb, which IS says it planted, exploded
in the predominantly Kurdish town The BBC's Yogita Limaye reports
from Beirut. Even before they understand what's
hit them, another explosion. A fuel tank blows up,
triggered by the bomb that went off near a Kurdish military
government building. There used to be shops, homes,
and a busy street here. Dozens have been killed in the worst
terrorist attack this city has seen. Two of them are doctors and like
most of the family they are living here, most of the family
have lost members here. Not just here, I'm living far
from here about 700 metres, all the windows in my house
are destroyed completely because of So-called Islamic state has
said it was behind the This woman was in her house when the
explosion occurred. TRANSLATION: When I looked at myself, I saw blood
on my hands. Then my son came rushing out of the bathroom and
asked me how I was. I said, I don't know. And I wasn't sure if his wife
had been killed. As for the rest, they were being pulled out by
others. I don't know if they are dead or alive.
So-called Islamic state has said it was behind the
Qamishli is a mainly Kurdish city near the border with Turkey.
The Kurds are battling Islamic state across northern Syria.
Backed by the US, and along with some Arab forces,
a major offensive has been underway to regain the town of Manbij.
And IS say the attack in Qamishli is retaliation for that.
Freelance journalist Basheer Talate is in Qamishli.
And looked at this officer, they told me they could not stop it. The
attacks happen everywhere. Not just here but also in Europe. There is a
lot of sadness but because a lot of the people you can see that they are
used to this but at the same time they are saying that ices cannot
kill the lights inside us. -- ices. -- Isis.
Police in the East of England investigating the attempted
abduction of a Royal Air Force serviceman last week have released
e-fits of the two men they suspect were involved.
The victim fought off the attackers who tried
to bundle him into a vehicle, as he was jogging
Police said both attackers were of "Middle Eastern appearance."
Our correspondent Robert Hall reports.
Were you in this area between 1pm and 4pm?
It was an instant which lasted less than a minute, but which has led
to another day of intense activity on the lanes of Norfolk.
The focus has been on these faces, created from the memories
of the young serviceman who ran for his life a week ago.
Investigators believe someone from the RAF community may have seen
the men as they prepared or fled from their attempted abduction.
The serviceman had told police that he became aware of a dark
vehicle, possibly a people carrier on the other side of the road.
He said in a matter of seconds a man had jumped out of that vehicle,
If he had not reacted as he did by head-butting that man
and knocking him to the ground the outcome would have
The landscape here illustrates the challenge of tracing that
Empty farmland, quiet roads and little CCTV.
Last week's incident has added to concerns over security
Police say that the motive for this attempted abduction
We said last week that there was no credible evidence of it
being a terrorist-related incident but we couldn't discount it,
But if it is not a terrorist related abduction, attempted abduction,
I am looking at other possibilities, could this be a case of mistaken
identity, could this be something entirely unconnected?
Norfolk police are in close touch with anti-terrorism specialists
but they believe key information will emerge locally.
They have warned anyone spotting the suspects
Robert Hall, BBC News, at RAF Marham.
Now a look at some of the day's other news.
The man who tried to assassinate the former US president
Ronald Reagan is to be released from a psychiatric hospital
John Hinckley Junior injured Mr Reagan and three others
when he opened fire on them outside the Washington Hilton hotel in 1981.
Hinckley was found not guilty on grounds of insanity.
The judge said Hinckley no longer poses a danger.
Prosecutors in the US city of Baltimore have dropped charges
against three police officers still facing trial over the death
last year of Freddie Gray - a black man who was critically
Freddie Gray's death fuelled perceptions of police brutality
towards African Americans and sparked the worst protests seen
Former French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier has been appointed
by the European Commission to negotiate with
In a tweet, Mr Barnier said he was honoured to be
The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he "wanted
an experienced politician for this difficult job".
In November, American voters are going to make a choice.
Some are choosing between Republican and Democratic.
Others are choosing between what they've described
Hillary Clinton may have made history as the first woman to be
the presidential nominee for a major party, but many Democrats backing
Bernie Sanders have told us they think Clinton is part
On the Republican side some have told us they want anyone but Trump.
It's left a large share of American voters feeling disappointed,
if not angry, at the options for their next leader.
I'm probably going to vote for Hillary,
but I'd rather not have to
because I want more optionsthat are actually more representative
of what people want and not a lesser than
If the best that we can do for people that are
going to represent usis Donald J Trump
and Hillary Rodham Clinton, I
Maybe being involved within the Washington world
for so long I think that can kind of have a bit of a
dehumanising effect after a while in that it doesn't
seem like she really has the ability or feels like she
has the ability to think for herself as a person
and so I think that when
she's trying to cater to what can and cannot be
done that there isn't going
to be any of the real change that we need
I guess she's really the only person to vote
I mean, once the Republican Party chose Trump, I mean who else
I mean, as a woman, it's definitely a step
I truly believe it's anything but Trump, but
I think Hillary Clinton is a better choice, for sure.
The Democrats convention in Philadelphia is about to
I'm joined now by Michael Scherer, the Washington
I hope you can hear me. I hear it is quite noisy there. I just wanted to
ask you how much of a problem for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are
these people who do not see anything they particularly want to vote for
in either of these candidates? It could be a big problem but polls
show that about 90% of Bernie Sanders voters in the primary
support Hillary. What is different about this primary is that the real
die-hard activists, the people who work all year to get Bernie Sanders
elected, our year and it is not even representatives. That said, if this
sort of anger at Hillary Clinton continues, it will be really
problematic, not just the people who voted for Bernie Sanders, but for
young people and minority people who Hillary has to find a way to
motivate and she has not been able to so far. How unified or otherwise
would you say the Democratic party is right now? We heard jeers at the
name of Hillary Clinton in this convention. That is right. Both
parties are not very unified. But been surprised by how un-unified the
Democratic party is. It is too soon to know what consequences that will
have. If you're watching the Republicans in Cleveland, you would
see a similar disunity so it is bubbly going to hurt both candidates
and we have a long way to go before we know who will turn up at the
polls. But what this will come down to is turnout. It is about
motivating people who are not your regular voters and a lot of young
people are listening to their friends and they are saying that
Hillary is just part of some giant machine of corruption, even if they
are progressives, that will be a big problem for her. I want to ask you
about a story that is beginning to really get some traction now. This
row breaking out Clinton's campaign spokesman saying it is the first
time a major presidential candidate had encouraged a foreign power to
conduct espionage against a political opponent. I am talking
about Donald Trump and what he has apparently said about Russia. Yeah.
It was a remarkable press conference this morning. I think it is not as
the Clinton campaign. I think a lot of Republicans and political
observers are sort of still getting their bearings after he said it.
What he said was that he has nothing to do with the hack of the
Democratic National committee and does not know if Russia was behind
it but then he added that if Russian hackers could find the 30,000
e-mails that Hillary Clinton says she deleted because they were
personal correspondence not work correspondence, they should put them
out quick. It was essentially the Republican nominee for president
asking for a crime to be committed by a foreign power against the US.
It was quite a remarkable statement. And reduce the damaging? You know,
Donald Trump has been making remarkable statements for six months
now. -- who do you see a damaging? And in a lot of cases this has not
damaged him. I do not know if it will change the race dramatically. I
think it will remind people who are not yet on board list on why they
have concerns and it will play into Hillary Clinton's message on trumpet
which is that he is just not prepared for the job. At the same
time, I think that Trump has shown that there is an anger, a
frustration, a fury with the way the rules and politics are set up in
this country and that breaking them helps him. It motivates his
supporters and then again he may be able to pull other people into the
process by speaking like this that he has not been able to before. The
other thing to mention is that Trump often says the things we're sort of
a glint in his height, almost as if he's kidding when he says that. It
is interesting because with the whole campaign he has gotten away
with a lot of things that other candidates would never be able to
get away with. He said a day after the Republican convention to the
National Enquirer that John McCain, the former Republican nominee, is
not the kind of war hero he likes because he got captured. These are
things that just would not be acceptable in any other year but
this is not any other year. It certainly isn't. Only a day after
history was made, we have the first female President candidate, it is
not even really top of the agenda. Where are we? What is going on? You
was asked about Hillary been the first female nominee in his press
conference today and we will hear a lot more about that tonight with
President Obama and Joe Biden and her vice presidential pick Tim Kane
speeding so I do not think that will go away but it is certainly a
strange time. Thank you. As we mentioned there Barack Obama,
Vice President Joe Biden and Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine
will speak in the coming hours. As always we will have live
updates and analysis There will also be plenty of content
on our smart phone app. The Russian Olympic Committee chief,
Alexander Zhukov, says international federations have approved more
than 250 Russian competitors to take This comes after a report
into state sponsored doping. 108 Russians have been banned so far
- including all but one The Russian President Vladimir Putin
has once again criticised the decision to barr
some competitors, saying medals won at Rio 2016
will be devalued and that the Games He made the comments at an event
with Russian athletes, Here's some of what President Putin
had to say. TRANSLATION: I think that your
colleagues would understand that the quality of their medals will be
different now because it is one thing to win against strong, equal
competitors and it is a different thing when you compete with someone
so obviously lower in class. Such a victory has a completely different
taste, if any. Meanwhile, the man in charge
of security at the Rio Olympics has told the BBC the threat
of a terrorist attack An extra 80,000 security personnel
have been brought in to patrol the streets of Rio de Janeiro
and the Olympic venues. As our Brazil Correspondent,
Wyre Davies reports, there's concern the country
is a soft target for criminals. Rio has a reputation
as one of the world's Within sight of the beaches where
Olympic volleyball and triathlon events will take place, armed police
patrol narrow alleyways which by night revert to the control
of violent drugs gangs. They let off fireworks to let us
know they're watching. After a quiet couple of years,
violence has returned to many Rio is a much safer
place today than it was 20 years ago, but even in the last
year or so, in these pacified favelas, the drugs gangs
have moved back in. There have been more
murders and more attacks. And with the Olympic games taking
place down in the tourist areas
on Copacabana beach, there is a real concern
that some of this violence could spill
over during the games themselves. In this Olympic city,
shocking numbers of innocent victims are killed
in crossfire, often by police. Children are taught to dive
for cover at the And petty crime invades
the tourist beaches below. Police officers warned
they might not be able to guarantee Welcome to hell,
their stark message to visitors at Rio's
International Airport. We police officers are hiding our
badges, our wallets, our guns because they
are being hunted. But city and state officials say
that with an extra 80,000 security personnel on the streets,
Rio will be safe during the games. But says Rio's security chief,
there is one overriding concern. TRANSLATION: For me,
the biggest threat is terrorism. Brazil is not an obvious
target, but we have a weakness and it is
our immense borders. The BBC recently saw evidence
showing just how easy it More than 70 Syrian nationals were
able to acquire genuine Brazilian passports from crime gangs
and corrupt officials. Training exercises are designed
to ease concerns, but with 10,000 miles
of often porous land borders, Brazil would be a soft target for anyone
seeking to disrupt the games. Rio de Janeiro is still
one of the world's most beguiling cities
and will provide a stunning backdrop
for the Olympics, but it has
an ominously dark side too. Stunning aerial video has
been released showing what is believed to be the world's
deepest underwater sinkhole. Researchers in China studying
the so-called Blue Hole - in the South China Sea -
believe that it's 300 metres deep. The team says it looked at things
like tidal water levels and temperature to
work out the depth. Until now, the deepest known
Blue Hole was Dean's Blue Hole, which is two hundred
and two metres deep, We end on an object lesson on how
not to invest your money. A man from Georgia in
the United States who won three million dollars in a lottery
has pleaded guilty to using the money to invest
in a crystal meth ring. 45-year-old Ronnie Music Junior
used his windfall to buy the drugs, then supply them
to others who could The local Attorney described it
as an "unsound investment strategy". Mr Music is expected to serve years
in a federal prison. If you want to get in touch with us
here at BBC World News, But for now from me and the rest
of the team, goodbye. Hello there. If your gardens didn't
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