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The funeral takes place of the elderly priest murdered


Tributes pour in as France comes to terms with its latest


extremist attack - this time by two French


teenagers pledging allegiance to so-called Islamic State.


Another day of violence in northern Syria, with reports of a gas attack


A drug to prevent HIV can be made available in England,


rules the High Court, but who should pay?


And wanted in paradise - a teacher for a very small school


on a tiny Scottish island - fancy a change of pace?


The funeral has taken place of the French priest


killed in his church by Islamist extremists.


Father Jacques Hamel, who was aged 85, was killed by two


French teenagers as he led a service in Rouen in Normandy.


The attackers pledged allegiance to the group known as Islamic State.


The attack was described by the French prime


Our correspondent James Reynolds reports from Rouen


The city of Rouen came to its gothic Cathedral to bury


The body of 85-year-old Father Jacques Hamel was borne inside.


"No-one deserves to die like he did", said Nicol Poplan,


"we knew the Father so well, it hurts us so very badly."


More than 1,500 mourners heard tributes paid


"I love you, uncle", said his niece, Jessica.


The Archbishop spoke directly to the assailants


TRANSLATION: You who are tormented by diabolical violence, pray that


God frees you from the clutches of the demon.


The mourners here at the Cathedral will have many questions.


Could the French authorities have done more to stop the two attackers


from getting to the priest in his church?


And, more broadly, what can this country do


For some here, the answer is obvious.


TRANSLATION: The government must check the prisons, it


It must not allow people who try to go and fight


Decades ago, Jacques Hamel also left his own country to go to war.


He did his military service in Algeria, where the family of one


Kareem Beniash's family is also from Algeria,


he came here to share the city's grief.


We Muslims of France, we have to be with our French


We have to be with them and with Christians,


especially Christians, because they believe in the same


France is a secular state, but this afternoon the old rituals


of the Catholic Church had their place.


In the 15th Century in Rouen, Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake.


This city knows how to grieve for those who died for their faith.


In a few minutes I will be speaking to a bikini -- an expert in teenage


radicalisation. In Syria, it's been another day


of violence in the northern city of Aleppo as rebel fighters have


continued their offensive to try and break the siege imposed


by government forces. In Idlib province, there have been


reports of a gas attack that has Idlib is a Syrian province close to


the order of Turkey and it has seen increasing attacks in the past few


days. These are people being treated at a local hospital after inhaling


toxic smoke. The video is filmed by medical staff where they say


poisonous gas was dropped by an aircraft late Monday night. Dozens


were treated and later discharged. The town is 20 kilometres east of


the area where a Russian military helicopter went down a day earlier.


No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. In


Aleppo it has been another day of violence. These are streets of the


eastern part of the city held by rebel groups. It has been under


siege by government led forces. Rebel fighters launched a major


offensive on Sunday night to break the siege and the battle has


continued. Rebel groups say they are making quick progress. The Syrian


monetary has released this video and says its forces have been fighting


back. The Government has denied rebel claims that Kerry is


controlled by it have been taken over by the opposition. -- areas.


This town is held by so-called Islamic State but a major operation


has been underway by a US backed coalition to take control of it from


IS. Kurdish fighters are leading the battle and they now claim to have


taken over large parts of the town. For Islamic State the town is an


important link leading proud of its stronghold rack. And losing it would


be a big blow. Prep is a drug that has been


labelled a "game-changer" Preexposure prophylaxis is what it


actually stands for. But who should be responsible


for paying for it? Here in the UK, the High Court has


just ruled that the National Health Previously, they said it should be


funded by local authorities. Let's look at why campaigners say


access to Prep is such Prep has been shown


to reduce the risk of HIV A handful of countries use it,


including the US and France, to help protect the most


at-risk gay men. The once-a-day pill


can cost up to ?400- or around 500 US dollars -


a month per person and works by disabling the virus


and preventing it from multiplying. His life was put on hold when he was


diagnosed HIV positive. He thought he had been chosen for a trial of


the drug now known to prevent infection but he missed out. Years


back now to his training as a circus performer and says the argument in


favour of the drug known as Prep is clear. That is one of the things, it


stops the transmission of the fact but also the psychological effects


of being diagnosed with HIV which destroys peoples lives. Trials have


shown is Prep to be highly effective for those most at risk from HIV. The


NHS argument was that the England local authorities are responsible


for sexual health and prevention survey should pay for it. That was


rejected by a High Court judge. If you ignore AIDS it could be the


death of use of both die of ignorance. AIDS is no longer on the


threat it was at the time of this advert in the 1990s. Thanks to new


drugs, HIV patients are much less likely to develop AIDS but


campaigners say reducing the HIV infection rate is a priority and the


ruling is significant. We are delighted. It is such an important


decision which could have a great impact for people at risk of HIV.


Why do you say the NHS should pay to protect people when they look after


themselves by having protected sex? The majority of gay men to protect


themselves by using a condom is and we know from studies that it condom


use is much higher than with the general population. As with the


general population, a lot of people are not successfully able to use


them every single time. NHS England says it will appeal against the High


Court ruling and even if it fails they are no -- under no obligation


to fund the drug or consider the effectiveness alongside other health


conditions. Prep will be seen and considered alongside 13 other


treatments including children with cystic fibrosis, prosthetic limbs


and certain types of implants. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland


are facing the same dilemma as they try to come to a decision on Prep.


As far as Siddique is concerned, the new drug deserves a fair hearing. I


missed a chance and that is why an advocate for Prep. Other people in


my position on the right knowledge that can be provided. Themselves


from contracting HIV. Even though I am fit, it is still hitting me every


time I think about it. For more I'm joined by Yusef Azad


from the National Aids Trust, who led the legal challenge


against the National Health Service. Why is Prep so important,


given the range of other precautions Why should the National Health


Service pay for a drug when people can take action and practice safe


sex themselves and protect themselves? Prevention is always


cheaper and better than treatment. Spending money on Prep is cheaper


than spending money on a lifetime of treatment for someone who could have


not got HIV if they were on Prep. It is still more expensive than


spending money on someone who has protected themselves through taking


responsibilities. Asking for Prep is responsible and we need to push back


on the idea that they are possibly being irresponsible. They want to


protect themselves and their sexual partners from the risk of HIV coming


to your important point, condom is, apart from anything else, Prep


doesn't protect from other sexually transmitted infections. No one is


proposing that Prep replaces condom use. Studies in the real world, Prep


doesn't replace condom use. We have been promoting condom use for 30


years. If we were able to get 100% of people to use them all the time


we would have done it by now. Even with all the proportion -- promotion


we do now, daybreak and people are not in the Right Reverend find at


the right time. In some ways they are not always wearing it. We need


to add to condom use with a further prevention option which will do


something to reduce the still high rate of HIV transmission in this


country. The message that you mentioned, 30 years of campaigning


for condom use, it hasn't worked 100%, but don't you feel the


availability for something like Prep could undermine the message even


further? No, because we would be advocating, as would the NHS, if it


is provided through them, a combination of prevention options.


The study that has taken place, people did not migrate from condoms


when they started ticking Prep. They used both. There was no different in


STI rates between those on Prep and not on Prep. They will go every


three months to pick up the drugs and have a full checkup and also be


offered condom is talk through issues they would have over safer


sex. This is about belt and braces and about strengthening further our


response to sexual health risk. It isn't encouraging people to move


from one option to another. NHS England has said it will appeal


this. Where do you see this going next? We are disappointed, because I


have never read a judgment which soak come principally comes out in


favour of every point that we made, that process will go on. We are


disappointed because it could delay things even further. It is kicking


he can down the road while everyday, eight gay men acquire HIV, many of


them could benefit from Prep. NHS England have said they will now


restart the decision-making process that they to everyone's astonishment


abandoned in March, so they will be ready with a view on Prep, depending


on the outcome of the appeal. But our message to NHS England is, you


say you prioritise prevention, this is a fabulous prevention option. It


is a much cheaper than lifelong treatment. Provided as soon as


possible. Thank you very much. Now a look at some of


the day's other news. The president of the International


Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, has called for a complete overhaul


of sport's anti-doping system. At a meeting of the IOC in Rio ahead


of the opening of the Olympics on Friday, Mr Bach said he wanted


a more robust, efficient system The newly elected governor of Tokyo


has promised a formal review of the city's preparations


for the 2020 Olympic Games. In her second day in office,


Yuriko Koike said an independent panel would assess whether tax money


had been used appropriately. The Tokyo Games have been plagued


with setbacks over the cost and The Rio Olympics opens on Friday,


and one of the likely stars could be The 24-year-old will


compete in the 100 and 200 Which brings to mind another Dutch


woman who changed the way the world For our Greats of the Games series,


David Eades looks back at the 1948 Olympics when Fanny Blankers Koen,


a 30-year-old mother-of-two, demolished records,


rivals and prejudices. Postwar Wembley and the unveiling


of the role of honour after the first Olympics


since the Berlin games in 1936. The 14th Olympiad took place


in London, the first It was a huge relief


that it happened at all. It was also the first time that


a female athlete emerged as arguably In the 100 metre dash,


everyone else seems to be standing still as The Flying Dutchwoman turns


on the power. In the late 40s, her dominance


was as complete as any athlete. In London, it translated into gold


medals in the 100 metres, Women doing sport at all


was kind of frowned on, let alone a 30-year-old


with two small children. She was kind of beyond her time


in the 30s and 40s. She may have won the high jump


and long jump, but was only allowed to compete in three


individual events. Make no mistake, her nickname


of the Flying Housewife hinted She was single-minded


and determined, nothing interested It seems like she was not just one


hell of an athlete but also No hiding the esteem


in which she was held But for that war, she might have


competed in five Olympics. In 1948, her place in Olympic


history was sealed. Let's go back to our top story, the


funeral in France of the Catholic priest killed in an Islamist attack


last week. I have been speaking to Farhad Khosrokhavar via webcam from


Paris. He is and Iranians born sociologist and author specialising


in teenage radicalisation. I asked him how the issue of radicalisation


may change France in the future. My guess is that European society has


to get used to it, other they will have lots of anger, anxiety, anguish


and so on. This phenomenon will last at least another decade. The next


ten years to come, Europe will be the theatre of this sort of


terrorist attack by Daesh, the self-proclaimed Islamic State in


Syria in Syria and Iraq. One way is to accept the risks and to behave


not in an anguished way. Is it always right, the sense that whoever


carries out this attack or kind of attack, feels isolated and


segregated to some extent, because even last week one of the teenagers


who carry out the attack on the priest was a very integrated part of


the community from a very normal family. Yes, you are right. There is


a kind of copycat effect. There are lots of people who have mental


problems, psychological problems, who get involved in this sort of


thing. The problem is the more you make noise about that, the more you


show some sort of anger, the more they are encouraged to act, those


people who are mentally disturbed. That is one of the major problems.


They should be treated as being vulgar, non-existent people rather


than negative heroes, that means that by giving them the sort of


importance through the media and so on, you treat them as being super


heroes. You have written extensively about the problems with


radicalisation in prison, give us a sense of how big a problem that is.


The problem of radicalisation in prison is very complex. You cannot


do it in three minutes. There is one side of it which is based on the


fact that imprisons you have most half of the inmates who are Muslims.


But necessarily practising, but they feel humiliated. -- not necessarily.


At the same time, there are short-term prisons in which you have


huge numbers of young people in small cells and sometimes two or


three in a nine square metres sell without any kind of facility so that


they feel they are humiliated and they developed this sort of hatred


towards society. And they build some kind of type with the others, self


proclaiming, and in French prisons it is another contributing factor to


worst this situation. Farhad Khosrokhavar, a sociologist there in


Paris. President Obama has weighed


in on the row between Donald Trump and the parents of a Muslim soldier


who died serving He said this shows the extent to


which Mr Trump is unfit to serve as president. He also criticised


republican leaders for continuing south to support him despite having


to distance themselves from his remarks. I think you republican


nominee is unfit to serve as president. I said so last week. He


keeps on proving it. I think what has been interesting is the repeated


enunciation is of his statements -- Annunciation is, by leading


republicans including the Speaker of the house and the Senate Majority


Leader and prominent republicans like John McCain. The question I


think that they have to ask themselves is, if you are repeatedly


having to say, in very strong terms, that what he has said is


unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him? Donald Trump has


released a statement saying Hillary Clinton is unfit for government.


Earlier he also compared his Democratic rival to the devil during


a campaign speech in Pennsylvania. He made the remark while criticising


her former party rival Bernie Sanders for backing Hillary Clinton


during the recent Democratic National Convention. Then when they


showed Bernie very angry, he made a bad deal. He should have not made


that deal. He would have gone down as doing something really important.


Once he made that deal, and believe me he has buyers remorse, this guy


has buyers remorse. He looked at that and he was so angry when they


were talking about him and his people were angry and they should


be. If he had just not done anything, go home, go to sleep,


relax, he would have been a hero but he made a deal with the devil. She


is the devil. And it is only just the beginning.


Beautiful beaches, an abundance of wildlife, extraordinary scenery


and a school where the class has just a handful of pupils.


But the tiny Scottish island of Muck is having trouble


recruiting a teacher for the start of the new term.


Parents have launched their own, online, search for someone


with a love of the outdoors who can cope with the unique


lifestyle a Scottish island has to offer.


Our Scotland Correspondent Lorna Gordon has been to visit the Isle


Meet David, Jasper, Daniel, Kitty, Willow, Tara and Hugh.


Almost the entire school roll on Muck.


The new term starts in a fortnight and they still need a teacher.


So their families have taken to social media


to try to sell the job, and the island.


I want a teacher that knows how to garden.


A teacher that knows how to, you know, teach lots of things.


I'd like a fun, imaginative and happy teacher.


Muck is the smallest of Scotland's small isles, its one road a little


You won't find a classroom like this anywhere else.


Idyllic in the summer sunshine, but in winter very different.


The island can get cut off, sometimes for days, and the outgoing


teacher says her replacement will have to come prepared.


Some days there is, you know, a short distance from the school


to the hall and some days we wouldn't try that,


it would be too windy to risk taking the children in that direction.


So when I say good waterproofs, really good waterproofs!


The island is at the mercy of the weather and the Atlantic waters.


Letters, food supplies and the doctor all have to come by boat.


There are other rural and remote communities in Scotland


which from time to time also have problems recruiting a teacher


and then getting them to stay long-term.


And while there can be challenges in a place like this,


It's a beautiful island, it's a very, very good,


strong sense of community and everybody wants to,


you know, everybody helps each other out.


That can be handy when a trip to the shops requires a near 20 mile


Life this remote is not an easy sell.


And time is not tight until the new school year.


It's going to be difficult for the kids, they've had


such a wonderful teacher for the last couple of years.


Any uncertainty like that is quite unsettling, not just for the kids,


The children will have supply teachers until a permanent


They know here that island life is not for everyone,


but there's already been interest from across the world


They hope someone will fall in love with Muck, and its school.


Lorna Gordon, BBC News, on the Isle of Muck.


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.


Tuesday has proved to be a hugely disappointing day across many parts


of the British Isles.


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