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Officials in New York say last night's explosion in Manhattan
However no evidence of a link to international groups
This is a very serious incident, it's going to take a lot of careful
investigation to get to the facts, to get to the truth.
Emergency talks at the UN after America expresses regret
for an airstrike in Syria which Russia says killed
Russia's prime minister says his United Russia party has won
the country's parliamentary election.
President Putin says the party won because people trusted it.
TRANSLATION: Based on these exit polls, we can say our people have
faith in the party even though we cannot deliver all we want to
achieve. And after a summer of unprecedented
sporting action, Rio prepares to say goodbye to the Paralympic
Games. Officials in New York
say an explosion in Manhattan last night,
which injured 29 people, But they've said there's no evidence
of a link with international groups Security has been heightened
in the city - an extra 1,000 police officers
are being deployed at bus stations, The blast took place in a district
of Chelsea. Everybody has been released from hospital.
These are the sort of scenes that New Yorkers have dreaded for years.
The frightened aftermath of an explosion in the heart of Manhattan.
This was the moment the bomb went off.
A fireball that came within an incredibly loud bang.
It had just gone 8.30pm, the middle of a Saturday night.
The aim clearly was to maximise casualties.
It was like close and people were running for their lives.
I turned around and saw smoke shooting up over the tops
of the buildings and frankly began running.
The blast ripped through Chelsea, a fashionable neighbourhood
where the bars and restaurants are always crammed at the weekend.
The police released a photo of a mangled container,
the possible source of the explosion.
Into the New York night rushed the emergency services
Dozens were injured, though none sustained
As forensic teams started to comb the streets for clues,
reports came through a second device had been found a few streets away.
We're just approaching 1am and the police have just issued
an emergency alert saying there was a suspicious package
They are telling people to stay away from their windows.
This is what they found - a pressure cooker with wires
Similar to the home-made bombs left at the finish line of
The device was taken away by the bomb unit in
a specially-designed trailer so that robots could examine it.
The New York authorities are saying that at this stage,
there is no evidence of a connection with international terrorism
but the investigation is still in an early phase.
We know there was a bombing but we have a lot more work to do
to be able to say what kind of motivation was behind this.
Was it a political motivation, a personal motivation?
An extra thousand police officers are now protecting this city,
a high visibility presence at tourist sites like Times Square.
September is always a time of heightened security
Only last week, New York remembered the most traumatic
day in its history - 9/11 - this week, world
leaders gather here for the United Nations General Assembly.
Well, a knife attack in Minnesota, has now been claimed
A news agency linked to the group, says the attacker responsible
was a "soldier of the Islamic State".
The attacker stabbed at least eight people at a mall,
before he was killed by an off-duty police officer.
Police say the suspect made at least one reference to Allah
17 Indian soldiers have been killed in the most deadly militant attack
in years in the Indian-administered Kashmir.
All four of the attackers were killed.
Carrying guns and grenades they stormed a base in Uri,
close to the Line of Control with Pakistan in a pre-dawn ambush.
Indian Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh reacted by calling Pakistan
It is the deadliest attack on security forces
It comes as violent protests against Indian rule
in the disputed region continue, with a strict curfew imposed.
More than 80 people, nearly all anti-government protesters,
have died in more than two months of violence.
Let's go to Washington now and speak to Lisa Curits,
a Senior research fellow at the Heritage foundation, ad has
What is your assessment of this attack and how it will affect
relations between India and Pakistan? Tensions were already very
high between India and Pakistan because of these protests which had
been occurring in Kashmir over the last two month and had resulted in
80 civilians being killed. But there's attack today, as you said
was a major attack. It has brought the region to a crisis point. We
have seen a lot of calls on Prime Minister Modi for some kind of
retaliation against Pakistan. But in the past, India has shown a lot of
restraint, take the 2008 Mumbai attacks, when over 170 people were
killed in those attacks, but the Indian government reacted with
restraint. But the government will have to look at escalating the
situation and whether India would be walking into a Pakistani trap. We
know the Pakistanis want to elevate the Kashmir situation, and this is
how they do it, by provoking some kind of military crisis. Is it fair
to say there has been a failure of a long term strategy in Kashmir? If
you are talking about the civil protests that have been going on
over the last two month in Kashmir, the Indians need to use a lighter
touch. They need to stop using these pellet guns, which have resulted in
a lot of injuries to the Kashmiri people. But we have to separate the
symbol protests that have been having, which is an issue for the
Indian government to deal with. The fact this attack was likely carried
out by Pakistan -based terrorists, so that means there has to be
something done to convince Pakistan to crack down on terrorists that
continue to operate on its soil. That is where the US role comes into
play. The US must do more than simply called for dialogue between
India and Pakistan. The US has to call on Pakistan to crack down on
terrorist that reside on the inside of the border. It also must get both
sides, Indian and Pakistani leaders to tone down the rhetoric. Right
now, we see the UN General Assembly is going on and Prime Minister
Sharif is probably going to make a speech there this week. It is
important he not escalate the situation more by using this
rhetoric on Kashmir. The same with India. India must refrain from the
rhetoric on Baluchistan, which it has recently started to raise. Human
rights atrocities on Pakistan. It needs to cool the rhetoric and that
should help defuse the situation. Lisa Curtis, thank you very much.
Let's take a look at some other stories now.
Exit polls following city elections in the German capital,
Berlin, suggest that Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian
Democrats have lost ground to the right-wing anti-migrant
Mrs Merkel's popularity has waned since her decision last year
to allow more than a million migrants into the country.
The leader of France's far right party, the National Front,
says the British vote to leave the European Union has provided
Marine Le Pen told her supporters that next year's presidential
election presented a choice between preserving the sovereignty
and values of France, and opting for a country that was no
longer in the hands of the French, as she put it.
A boat accident in central Thailand has killed at least 13 people.
Around 100 passengers were travelling on a double-decker
boat on Thailand's Chao Phraya river when it crashed into a concrete
Several people are still missing, but rain and darkness are making it
difficult for rescue crews to carry out a search.
Our Correspondent Laura Trevelyan is in New York.
There was a press conference a few hours ago and the London mayor said
they don't know the motivation behind this attack but it wasn't
linked to international terrorism? We have heard from two New York
elected officials, first the governor, who announced they were
going to be 1000 extra police and National Guard officers on the
street at transit hubs across the city in the wake of this explosion.
He was speaking this morning, and he said at that point there didn't
appear to be any international terrorists linked to this explosion
in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan last night. Also, a second
unexploded device, a pressure cooker device was found a few blocks away.
And then the mayor who spoke after that, would only call this a
bombing. He didn't say it was a terrorist act, which is what the
governor said. The mayor said this was a bombing but that is about all
we know currently. We don't know the motivation, we don't know if it was
political or criminal. So many more questions than answers. We do know
the device that exploded, the one that didn't explode and also a pipe
bomb that went off in New Jersey on Saturday morning, but didn't injure
anyone, all of those devices are going to the FBI facilities in
Virginia where they are going to be examined. This afternoon in New
York, police are carrying on with their forensic evidence, combing
through the scene of that explosion in Chelsea as they try and find
clues. Of course, they are looking through surveillance video to see if
it will provide any evidence about who was behind this. Thank you very
much. The Russian prime minister,
Dmitry Medvedev, has said his United Russia party has won
the parliamentary election. Exit polls indicate that the party
is on course to win nearly 45% of the seats in the lower
house of parliament. The Russian president,
Vladimir Putin, said the party had TRANSLATION: The turnout has not
been the highest in Russia but it has been high enough
to say our people have demonstrated we have a civil society,
that wants to be in charge We know our people face
lots of problems, there are numerous People voted for the United Russia,
even when their lives are not easy. Based on these exit polls,
we can say people have faith in the party, even
when we are not able to deliver There is no one else in the country
able to deliver better than us. Let's go to Moscow to speak
to our correspondent Oleg Boldyrev. If confirmed, how significant is
this result for United Russia? United Russia is losing a chunk of
the vote, it still remains the largest party in the parliament. The
Russian voters going to bed will face exactly the same composition of
parties in the Parliament. Although the Communists seem to be coming
third and the Liberal Democratic party second. In essence, it is the
same Parliament which used to be there five years ago. And the hopes
of some liberals, the novelty, now their individual candidates were not
on the party list, but individually, those candidates will try and be in
the Parliament. Even though those hopes don't seem to be realised. How
do you foresee United Russia governing in this next term, given
what you are saying? For five years, the Parliament has been approving
pretty much everything the Kremlin was telling them to do. The
government is initiating most of the laws and is enjoying a good ride in
the Parliament. There is no reason to expect something will change.
Some analysts were saying that perhaps now times are more difficult
for Mr Putin, he needs a more robust Parliament, Parliament which will
reflect the level of discussion in the society. But this doesn't seem
to be happening. So far, the only deputy, the only MP which was
symbolising the liberal lobby in the last Parliament seems to be losing
to another United Russia candidate. Thank you very much.
Stay with us on BBC World News, still to come:
All the latest sports and their reaction as Watford beat Manchester
United for the first time in many years. 30 hours after the earthquake
that devastated Mexico City, rescuers don't know how many people
have died. There is people are alive and people not alive. We have just
got to help with what ever we've got. It looked as though they had
come to fight a war. But their mission is to bring peace to East
Timor and nowhere on earth needs it more badly. The government's case is
being forcefully presented. The justice minister has campaigned for
abolition having witnessed one have his clients being executed.
Elizabeth spent a lot of her time here.
This is BBC World News today. The latest headlines: A bomb that
exploded in New York City was an act of terrorism. The governor says
there is no link to international groups.
Assyrian warplane has been shot down during an operation against Islamic
State group. As tensions escalate between Russia and the US over a
ceasefire. Let's stay with that story.
The Syrian military says it's lost an aircraft in the east
of the country where it's fighting IS militants.
It said the aircraft's pilot was killed in the area
The jihadist group said the war plane was brought
But Syrian military officials say they've regained control of areas
they lost to IS fighters on Saturday after a US-led coalition airstrike
Russia has criticised that US-led air attack for jeopardising
The US has expressed regret for the unintentional
We have the political and media adviser to Bashar al-Assad. She
joined me earlier from Damascus and I started by asking her if she
accepts the US apology? It is not enough to express regret, especially
as events on the ground have shown that probably there is a kind of
coordination between the United States and IS terrorists against the
Syrian army. American planes were striking at our army for quite
awhile,. When IS occupied the hills where the Syrian army was, they
stopped shelling IS. There is a big question, how could this happen.
They could not be a mistake, we do not think so. It is terrifying to
think they are coordinating attacks with IS. It is an awful thought.
That is quite an allegation, United states says it has been coordinating
with Russia over its air strikes. What went wrong in this situation?
The United States only notified Russia it was going to conduct an
air strike. Russia did not know where, or against food. They did not
give Russia any details. Russia would never have agreed to striking
the Syrian Arab army. One question I ask, the United States, the
superpower, the greatest country in the world, makes mistakes in
targeting armies and...? It doesn't make sense to us. The other
explanation is there is one authority and they wanted to conduct
this and the other doesn't want to. There is a kind of problem and
ministering issues in the United States and that is why they are
finding it difficult to implement what they agree with the Russians
regarding Syria. Russia says this ceasefire is now in danger of
collapse. What is Syria's position on this? The Syrian position is that
we agreed to a truce, we agreed the cessation of hostilities. We agreed
to a reconciliation, we agreed to any step that would stop the
bloodshed of the Syrian people. But we are not the problem. The reports
from the UN said over ten terrorist groups refused the truce and refuse
to adhere to it. The problem is, there are other interested parties
who have an interest in prolonging this war against our people. We also
saw strong words exchanged between Samantha Power and literally
choking. This isn't helpful in terms of the humanitarian situation. Aid
is still not getting to the thousands of people who need it? The
humanitarian aid is reaching thousands of Syrian people
everywhere that is possible. In the Western media, they never mentioned
that every single day, convoys are going to all places, Al ACPO, all
places, where we can reach without any problems. Now the Russians and
the United States in coordination with the Syrian army are trying to
make sure this assistance will reach Aleppo or Eastern Aleppo without
being targeted. But if you allow me one second, the aim of all
coordination among international targets, not only be to make
humanitarian assistance to reach people, but to put an end to this
war on Syria. Syrian people want to grow their crops, want to plough
their lands, want to go to their factories. And they never, ever
needed help from anybody when peace and security was secured for them in
Syria. That was earlier from Damascus.
The Paralympic Games come to an end with the closing ceremony
A tribute to the Iranian cyclist who died is expected
to mark part of the event, before the Paralympic flame
is extinguished and the flag handed over to Tokyo,
After eleven days of incredible sporting achievement it's China
who sit atop of the medal table with a total of 239 medals.
Great Britain are second with 147 medals, 64 of them gold.
Ukraine third, improving on their fourth placed finish
Nico Rosberg has now overtaken Britain's Lewis Hamilton at the top
of the Formula One drivers' championship after winning
the Singapore Grand Prix for the first time.
Hamilton could only manage third place and saw his two point lead
in the title race become an eight point deficit to his
It has been an awesome weekend in Singapore. Yesterday with the pole
lap, and today with a great start. I had a great car in the race. Daniel
tried to get one past me with the pit stop, but we knew it was going
to be tight in the end, but it worked out.
It has been a miserable week the Jose Mourinho. Watford got a
deserved win and their first over Manchester United in 30 years. The
setback followed a derby defeat by Manchester City and the Europa
League last to Feyenoord in the week. It is the first time Jersey
finish Jose Mourinho lost three games in a row since he was in
charge of Porto. I cannot control their mistakes. Against Manchester
City is the result, not the mistakes of the penalty and the red card.
Today, the story of the game will be the results and not the ridiculous
situation of their first goal. The holders Great Britain are out
of this years Davis Cup. Their semi final tie with Argentina
went down to a deciding singles rubber after World number two
Andy Murray beat Guido Pella in straight sets to level the score
at 2-all But Leonardo Mayer fired Argentina into the final
with a victory over four Argentina, who have been finalists
four times in the past 10 years, will attempt to win their first
Davis Cup when they travel Croatia sealed their place
in the final after gaining an unassailable 3-1 lead over
France in Zadar. The Croatians led 2-1 overnight
and Marin Cilic's straight sets victory over Richard Gasquet
sealed their place in Let's stay with sport because it is
one of our top stories. The final sporting events at the Paralympic
games have taken place in Rio ahead of a closing ceremony which gets
underway in two hours. It will include a tribute to the Iranians
cyclist who died after crashing in the men's road race on Saturday.
That is it from me and the team here on BBC World News today. Goodbye for
now. Good evening. The month of September
so far has been a show stopper. Let's reflect on last week,