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This is BBC world News. The United States warned it could take further

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military action against the Syrian government. After its missile dry on

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a Syrian air base, Washington says it will no longer allowed President

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Assad to use chemical weapons without consequences. The United

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States took a very measured step last night. We are prepared to do

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more. Russia says the strikes could have very serious consequences in

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the region and the UN calls for restraint. America 's allies offer

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their support. In other news, four people are

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killed and many injured as a lorry ploughed into strop is in the

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Swedish habit. Holm. There were buddies in the street and I could

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see the police covering the body with an orange blanket.

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The United States has said it could take further military action

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It comes after Washington fired missiles at an airbase from which it

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believes President Assad's forces launched a chemical weapons attack.

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Addressing an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council,

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the American ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said it is in America's

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vital national security interest to prevent the use

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Our military destroyed the airfield from which this week's

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The moral stain of the Assad regime could no longer go unanswered.

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His crimes against humanity could no longer be met with empty words.

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It was time to say "Enough" but not only say it, it was time to act.

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Bashar al-Assad must never use chemical weapons again.

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The Syrian government denounced the attack as reckless and irresponsible

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but America has had support from other countries.

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It was after dark on the east coast of America and before the sun had

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risen in the Middle East when the commander in

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From two US warships, a volley of cruise missiles

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air base, that has been used, say the Americans to launch the chemical

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It is in the vital security interest of the

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United States to prevent and to deter the spread and use of deadly

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There can be no dispute that Syria used banned

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chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the chemical

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weapons convention, and ignored the urging

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The grotesque aftereffects of the attack, the United States believe

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a nerve agent was used, horrified the world and

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A line had been crossed and unlike his

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Assad choked the lives of helpless men, women and

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It was a slow and brutal death for so many.

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Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this

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No child of God should ever suffer such horror.

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What is astonishing, is the speed with which this administration has

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changed its policy to Syria and decided to act.

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At the start of week, President Trump saw Bashar

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al-Assad as a useful ally against Islamic State.

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But the chemical weapons attack changed everybody and

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within two days, targets had been identified and struck.

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Here what is we know about the attack.

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Targets included, aircraft, fuel depots and radar.

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Because Russian forces are also at the base, Russia

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was informed of the attack in advance.

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The aftermath shows damage at the base, but hardly devastation.

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aim was to destroy the infrastructure that allows the base

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to function and the attack has brought the president support.

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The president was authorised to conduct

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the strike, he is not asking for a declaration of war,

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he was dealing with circumstances and as the

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commander in chief not only did he have the right,

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Despite the enthusiasm we can see, to quote Churchill, it is

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the end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end.

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Donald Trump, who didn't want to get embroiled in

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foreign conflict, has just ordered US forces

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address last night, he didn't sound like an isolationist.

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Good night and God bless America and the entire

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The president, not yet 100 days in, has travelled a

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Russia - which supports President Assad -

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has reacted angrily - accusing the United States

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There would be negative consequences it said.

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Moscow also accused President Trump of damaging the fight

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against terrorism and so-called Islamic State group in Syria.

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Until recently, the Russian media have been singing

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Today, state TV accused him of an unprovoked show of force

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with the missile strike he ordered on a civilian air base.

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Moscow said it was a gross, groundless violation

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It's definitely an aggressive act against international law,

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against a sovereign country, and without any true

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evidence of the Assad regime using chemical weapons.

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It is Russian military power that's been keeping

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Russia's air force and navy is helping Syria's leader turn

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the tide of the country's Civil War, and boosting Moscow's

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Today, the Kremlin accused Washington of inventing a pretext

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the tide of the country's Civil War, and boosting Moscow's

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Today, the Kremlin accused Washington of inventing a pretext

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Those American Tomahawks may have been targeting the Syrian military,

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but judging by what the Kremlin has been saying, its US-Russian

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relations that will take a real battering now as a result

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The Russians had been hoping that with Donald Trump

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in the White House, relations with America would improve.

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So far, there's been no sign of that.

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Today, Moscow suspended a deal designed to prevent incidents

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between US and Russian warplanes over Syria.

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Which means that we have two big military powers in the area

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operating without any contact and any coordination,

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The Russians are hoping that this US strike was a one-off, but tonight,

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they are strengthening air defence systems across Syria, just in case.

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Reaction from Moscow pretty much resistant from the reaction of the

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security meeting. Our correspondent Nada Tawfik

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is in New York where the UN Security Council has been holding

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an emergency meeting. A polarised debate at the UN.

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Absolutely. We got to hear from several states about their opinion

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on the US air strikes. We heard strong language from the US

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ambassador saying the US was justified in their actions and that

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they would do more if necessary, also calling on the Syrian

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government to start engaging in political talks that the UN has been

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holding, saying they haven't held up to that agreement. On the side of

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the US we had Britain and France saying they thought this was a

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legitimate response to what they consider a war crime and really

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holding Russia counter to the several failed the toes they have

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used to block action against President Assad. On the other hand,

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we had those who were upset with the US action, Russia's position. It was

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said to be against international law, they didn't get permission from

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the UN Security Council, saying that they were the investigator,

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attorney, judge, and executioner. We heard this is going to be the end of

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the beginning, not the beginning of the beginning, not the beginning of

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the end. The ambassador saying that more could happen. Under what

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conditions will she talking about? I think she was trying to send the

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message that the US will act decisively in the case of any kind

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of chemical weapons use, the idea that President Assad and act or

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whoever was responsible for the chemical weapons could act without

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international reaction, those days are over. What we did see on the

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council was disagreement amongst council was disagreement amongst

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everyone, really, that we wanted to tempt down the tone of the things,

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escalating. The US Secretary General escalating. The US Secretary General

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also heard anyone talk when this also heard anyone talk when this

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Newlyn has been negotiating in Newlyn has been negotiating in

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Geneva. The key question is how the talks really are going to make any

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progress for the Syrian people when the seventh year of this conflict

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these kinds of division still remain. Thank you.

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Until the chemical attack in Syria, President Trump seemed to be against

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any intervention. Jeremy Bowen reports evocations of the US strikes

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for the seven-year Syrian war. The war crime that killed so many

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pushed the Americans into military action. The long-term impact on the

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war itself depends on what the Americans do next. More chemical

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weapons attacks on civilians might bring a tougher response. The Syrian

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regime denies it has ever used chemical weapons. I think Trump

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himself knows that Syria did not use any chemical weapons and does not

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have any chemical weapons and it has given its stockpile to the

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International organisation responsible for that. The Americans

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say they have cleared proof that the Syrian Armed Forces carried out war

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finds by using nerve gas against civilians, they are certain of that,

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that is why they carried out this raid. Four years after the invasion

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of Iraq we see Iraq has been destroyed. Syria is the second

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secular state after Iraq that is being targeted by the West simply

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because it is secular and it has an army and again with the Israeli

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occupation of Palestine. In one of the Damascus suburbs in which more

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than 1000 people were killed by chemical weapons in 2013, local

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people stopped believing the regime years ago. They want more military

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action from the Americans. TRANSLATION: We hope that foreign

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intervention will bring an end to the suffering of the Syrian people

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and not just a single hit. The solution is for the Assad regime to

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step away from power, the end of the massacres in Syria, the end of

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targeting civilians. A major reason why the Syrian war is so hard to

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stop is that so many countries are involved with different interests

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and objectives. President Assad's main allies are Russia and Iran, the

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biggest Shia Muslim trees. These days, the rebels still fighting the

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regime mainly Muslim Sunni Islamist. Some are approved by the West, some

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are Jihadis. Revel sometimes fighting but -- each other. There is

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also a war against so-called Islamic State led by the US and its allies.

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Think of it all as layers of conflict. Sometimes they are

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parallel and sometimes they intersect and now Donald Trump has

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added a whole new layer. The events and the US response will force the

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Syrian regime to take American threats more seriously, including

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calls for regime change. What is certain is that more foreign

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intervention, no matter Do stay with us. We will be live in

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Stockholm with the very latest on a spec it terror attack that truck in

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which four people were killed. Today is about the promise of a new

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future, a day when a line can be drawn under the bloody past.

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I think the works of Picasso were beautiful, they were intelligent,

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and it is a sad loss to everybody who loves art.

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This is BBC News. Our mains dory, after a missile strike on a Syrian

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air base, Washington says it will no longer allow President Assad to use

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chemical weapons without consequences.

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In other news, Swedish police are investigating suspect it terror

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attack that killed four people, injuring many others. A man has been

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arrested in connection with the attack with his identity not

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disclosed. The incident happened outside a department store on the

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busy pedestrians treat in the afternoon. People have warned

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against travel to send. Holm against -- are less strictly necessary.

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Sadly this afternoon panic. People running for their lives. Around the

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corner, Laurie has ploughed into a department store. And on its way,

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smashing through this pedestrian area, killing and injuring those who

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happens to be there. I could actually see bodies lying on the

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street, I could see the police covering the body with an orange

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blanket. There were lots of police around, lots of people standing

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around filming, taking photos. I heard the noise on the screens and

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saw the people, as I walked out. There were just outside the store, a

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dead dog of the owner screaming, it was a lady laying with a severed

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foot, there was blood everywhere, there were bodies on the ground

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everywhere. And a sense of panic. People standing by their loved ones

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but also people running away. Mainly into the minor streets around. A

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sense of sheer panic. After the police and ambulances arrived at the

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scene, it became clear this was not an accident. TRANSLATION: Sweden has

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been attacked. Everything indicates this is a terrorist act. The

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government is doing everything to support the authorities who are

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working now and we urge the public to be alert and to listen, not least

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to the information from the police. The police locked down the city

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centre, the Metro was closed, and government offices shut. They have

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not found the truck driver at the scene, it was thought he may have

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entered a nearby Metro St -- station to get away. But soon these pictures

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were released of a man the police wanted to speak to with connection

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with the incident. And now there has been an arrest. After a day in which

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four people were killed and many more injured. The people of Sweden

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have not suffered an incident like this for many years.

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A short while ago, the Swedish Prime Minister gave this statement. Sweden

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has been attacked at 2:53pm, a truck violently ram a pedestrian rate in

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the heart of our capital, leaving at least four people dead, and 15

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people Syriza the injured. -- seriously injured. My thoughts are

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first of all with the Vic Tims and their families. In this difficult

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moment police and hospitals are doing everything they can to stay

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day wise and maintain our safety. Thoughts, concerns, and condiments

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is have reached many of us from all around the world and we are grateful

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for the many warm expressions of sharing our grief. We are determined

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never to let the values that we treasure, democracy, human rights,

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and freedom, to be changed by hatred. Let's cross live to

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stockholder. Manny Savage is near the scene of the attack. The hunt is

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still on for the driver of the truck. The hunt, we understand, is

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still on for the driver of the truck. One person has been arrested

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person is understood to fit the profile of somebody else or possibly

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the same person from a picture that release released earlier on today.

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Somebody wearing a light jacket with a black pudding and the leaflet -- a

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black pudding underneath it. We haven't even given the name of the

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person. We are waiting to find any more information emerges on that.

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You might be able to hear distracting traffic in the

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background, the roads around the city centre are starting to reopen,

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having been closed for several hours, the subway system also

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reopening which is allowing a lot of people who were stranded in the city

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centre says the attack to finally make it home to their loved ones. As

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you heard, the Prime Minister said he will do everything it takes to

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make Sweden's safe but I think it is safe to say that while people are

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very shocked about a terror attack happening here in a very peaceful

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country, this has happened at a time when there has been heightened

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national political debate about Sweden's repaired this for an

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attack. Very early on, the Prime Minister said everything pointed to

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an act of terrorism in this case. Yes, that is understood to be the

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case, and that message is still something that he is seeking to

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betray. One other thing he mentioned in the press conference earlier was

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that he is adding reinforcements to Sweden's borders, to ensure that

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safety is maintained there, and also, this Friday night, a lot of

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major public places also remaining closed. Shopping mall is, all of

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this on and theatres as well, so that police and security forces can

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focus their efforts on the places they believe to be most important

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for the investigation. Thank you. Here in London, are mainly tourist

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two was locked -- knocked into the River Thames last month has died.

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31-year-old Andreea Cristea had been visiting London with her boyfriend.

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Her death brings the number of people killed by the attacker

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There had been a hope that Andreea Cristea would make it.

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She was young, she'd been on holiday, about to receive

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Doctors at St Bartholomew's said she'd been in a critical

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Yesterday, they decided to withdraw life support.

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We are saddened by the death of Miss Andreea Cristea

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She had been receiving care here since the Westminster terror

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attacks, having been initially treated at the Royal

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And our thoughts are with her friends and family

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I'd like to pay tribute to all the staff who showed

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great care and compassion in looking after her.

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Her family praised the kindness and empathy shown by medical

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After fighting for her life for over two weeks, they said,

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our beloved and irrepressible Andreea, wonderful daughter, sister,

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partner, dedicated friend and the most unique and life-loving

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person you can imagine, was cruelly and brutally ripped away

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from our lives in the most heartless and spiritless way.

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She will always be remembered as our shining ray of light that

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will for ever keep on shining in our hearts.

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Khalid Masood can't have cared who he targeted that day,

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using a blunt weapon, a hire car.

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He mowed down his victims, somehow sending Andreea over

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the railing of the bridge and into the river.

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Leslie Rhodes, Aysha Frade, Kurt Cochrane and PC Keith Palmer

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The inquest into their deaths has been adjourned, but it will consider

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what happened in precise detail that day.

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The benefit the coroner has is the sheer number of witnesses.

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It's thought 1,500 people may have seen what happened.

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Last week, Andrei Burnaz laid a single flower in memory

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of the woman he'd hoped would be his wife.

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Today, for all the victims, the flowers, the candles

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Senators in the United States have confirmed as the preening quart

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judge following a battle over the post. It is seen as the biggest

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success so far for president tramp. -- resident trumps. -- President

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Trump. There are rallies in South Africa

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demanding the resignation of the president following his dismissal of

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the finance minister. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to keep

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the rival groups of them as traitors apart. -- the groups of

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demonstrators. Lots more on our website. From us,

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thanks for watching. Thank you for joining me, let's

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start with North America, the

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