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Police in the Spanish region of Catalonia say the terror network

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behind Thursday's deadly attacks was originally planning

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Hundreds of flowers and candles now mark the spot where the biggest

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Side by side for a minute's silence, Spain's King Felipe VI

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Two people die and eight others are injured in a stabbing in Finland.

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Police say it's not currently being treated as a terrorist incident.

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And Steve Bannon - the man once described

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as the President's brain - has been fired from his role

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Hello and welcome to World News Today.

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Police in the Spanish region of Catalonia say the jihadists

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who killed 14 people in two vehicle attacks had been planning

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a much bigger atrocity involving explosives.

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The Chief of Police said their plot appeared to have been disrupted

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by the explosion of a bomb factory in the town

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of Alcanar on Wednesday, leading them to adopt more

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13 people were killed and scores wounded yesterday afternoon

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when a van was driven into crowds on Las Ramblas in the

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centre of Barcelona - a popular tourist site.

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During the night, five suspected terrorists were shot dead

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in the coastal town of Cambrils after they drove a car into people,

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So far, four people have been arrested in

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Across another European city touched by terror,

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one minute of stillness filled the space that words could not.

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A void with a single burning question, why?

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Then, as King Felipe and the Prime Minister looked on,

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But the previous 24 hours of violence were shocking.

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This, a street in the coastal town of Cambrils.

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A terror suspect is cornered and is wearing what police

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They decide there is only one course of action.

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The dead man was one of five who tried to mow

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All of the attackers were shot by police and investigators now

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believe they were part of a terrorist cell

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of eight to 12 people, some of whom were in this house,

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120 miles from Barcelona the night before, when a blast killed one

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It is thought explosive devices were being prepared,

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as well as the blueprint for Barcelona's Las Ramblas attack.

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Nick and Stephanie from Lincoln were caught up in the panic.

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A white van ploughed into the path of hundreds of people.

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They run for cover into a nearby cafe.

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The only thing going through my head was Paris, and the London attacks,

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where the attackers would come through restaurants and bars,

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I thought, we are going to get shot, we are going to get shot.

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When we turned around, after the first bang,

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bodies everywhere, kids everywhere, people shouting.

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I can't seem to shift that from my mind at all.

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It is absolutely heartbreaking, what people have gone through here.

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You don't understand what is happening.

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And then you see the people on the floor, you realise

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Police have released this image of four suspects.

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A young Moroccan man, Moussa Oukabir, three others.

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His older brother was arrested and then released yesterday.

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More information is coming out about the victims,

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like Bruno Gulotta, 35 and from Rome, on holiday

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with his wife and two children, a little boy

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There are concerns for Julian Cadman, who is seven

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and thought to have dual Australian and British nationality.

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He has not been seen since the attack.

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24 hours after the blood-letting, this is Las Ramblas,

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where, a few hours ago, bodies lay, now there are flowers.

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On the boulevard where the white van eventually crashed,

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So many have told us that life must go on,

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But lives have been changed here for ever.

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Let's speak to the BBC's Ben Brown, who's in Barcelona.

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Then, we are seeing how life is continuing. Las Ramblas is now a

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shrine. Where are we in the investigation now? Yes, people are

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back on the streets 24 hours after that attack on Las Ramblas, but a

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few minutes ago Google were again and running in terror, there was

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some kind of fight a few hundred yards from our location. That was

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enough to get people running in panic once more and it is quite an

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Aidy and tense atmosphere, although people wanting to show they are

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prepared to come back out onto the streets and defy terrorism. Where we

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are in this the destination is that police have arrested four men but

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they are looking for more, those men that you saw and that report,

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including Moussa Oukabir who is believed to have been the driver of

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the van that caused so much death and destruction in Las Ramblas.

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According to some reports, he then went to this other town south-west

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of hair, Cambrils and that is where he was one of five terror suspects

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shot dead there. That has not been confirmed but there are persistent

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reports in the Spanish media that he was one of the five terror suspects

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killed there as well. What seems to now be the case and this is what the

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Catalan police are telling us is that they do believe there was a

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much more deadly atrocity that was being planned by this wider terror

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network. They had a lot of gas canisters at this house south of

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here. They somehow blocked on Wednesday night at the house where

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they were stored and that changed the plans of the terrorist because

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after that they could not carry out wit Wardle bomb attack they were

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planning and they decided in the words of the police to carry out a

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much more rudimentary attack using vehicles. So here in Barcelona and a

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few hours later in the early hours of the morning down about the course

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hundred kilometres from here. The total death toll from that is 14

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with more than 130 people injured. And we are hearing more details

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about the people that lost their lives. Yes, and from many different

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countries, the injured we are hearing are from some 34 different

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countries. The dead are from countries like the United States,

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Italy, Belgium and so on. Barcelona is a city that attracts people, of

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course, from all over the world, it is one of the most beautiful cities

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in the world, not surprising, but Las Ramblas, when that van drove at

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high speed for some half a kilometre along there, swerving into

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pedestrians, Las Ramblas was absolutely packed with people from

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many different countries, tourists, holiday-makers, sightseers. This is

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one of the main tourist attractions in Barcelona, it is what people come

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to see, the promenade along the Las Ramblas. So that is queried what the

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terrorists had in mind, they wanted to kill people not only from

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Barcelona but for killing people from many different countries as

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well and they had succeeded in doing that. But the police believe that

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perhaps a much more deadly atrocity may have been prevented just by the

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fact that those gas canisters blew up on Wednesday night. Then, a

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sobering note on which to end. Thank you. Ben Brown, speaking live from

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Barcelona. We will be speaking to an expert on terrorism later on, do

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stay with us for that. Police in Finland say two people

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have been killed and at least seven others injured in a stabbing attack

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in the south-western city of Turku. A young man has been

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arrested - he is thought The authorities say

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they are reinforcing security at border crossings

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and across the country. European Commission President

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Jean-Claude Juncker has since issued a statement saying,

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"We strongly condemn this unprovoked attack which comes only 24 hours

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after the horror that My thoughts are with the victims

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and their loved ones." On the line is Wali Hashi,

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a journalist from Finland. I know that you were very quickly

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after the attacks took place, you were quickly on the scene, tell us

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what you saw. Thank you very much. I was at the bank and I just saw

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people running, I do not hold a reason, but when I came out I saw

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that they were shouting. A few seconds later I saw that two ladies

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were stabbed in front of the bank and I ran into another building. I

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try to help one of the woman but at the same time, tried to call the

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police and emergency services. It was a terrible situation at that

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time. This was one of the people who had been attacked? Yes. We try to

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concentrate on the lady, tried to save her life if we could and at the

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same time called the police and the ambulance. For about ten minutes

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after that, the ambulance came down and tried to save and taken to

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hospital. It was a very bad situation, especially for this lady

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because she was stabbed in the neck and I would be surprised if she

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survived. I know that you then went to the press conference that the

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authorities give, what points of information do you think stood up

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from what they said? Not so much. We're talking about a country that

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has been very peaceful for some time, one of the best locations in

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the world, if you like for that. It is a civilised country, the man.

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People were shocked that this happened in this country. We have

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seen their televisions in Barcelona, France and London, but we thought we

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would be different because we are not a colonised country and so on.

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But when I saw the press conference and the police, the first thing you

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can see is that everything is about the beginning, they do not want to

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give anything away. They do not want to tell you that this is terrorism,

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the only thing we got from them is that we try to find out how many

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people were injured or died. Two people died and seven were injured

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in Turku today. Everything is about trying to find out what was the

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motivation, who was this guy, and why he did what he has done. We do

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not know if it is linked to Barcelona, those questions have not

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been answered at this conference. Thank you very much for sharing your

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experience and thank you for telling us about what you saw arriving on

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the scene shortly after those attacks. The journalist from

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Finland, telling us about those attacks.

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President Trump's controversial chief strategist

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The embattled White House chief strategist who helped the President

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win the 2016 election is the latest to get the push.

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Let's go straight to our correspondent Gary O'Donoghue

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This is Gary, there was a lot of discrepancy about whether he

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resigned, whether he was pushed, we do now know that he was actually

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getting a little help to me. Yes, he was fired, no question about that.

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He was going to be fired a few weeks ago for various reasons and they

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held. But the new chief of staff inside the White House, General John

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Kelly, clearly had enough of Steve Bannon, who had gone off and done a

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bunch of unauthorised interviews recently. The latest one, really

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countering the White House message on things like North Korea. He

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described North Korea as a sideshow, not something the White House once

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said Atol in public because he did not -- because he does not believe

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it. But also because of some friction he was said to be causing

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between himself and the national security adviser HR McMaster who was

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also falling out with people like Jared Kushner, the President's

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son-in-law on policy issues as well. So he has gone. He was a hugely

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influential figure for the president in many ways, a sort of ideological

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base from where the present in many ways won has election victory. --

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for the President. Donald Trump had been distancing himself from Steve

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Bannon, telling everyone he had his own strategists, but he has set up

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the Breitbart right-wing website and it has a voice that is still out

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there, many of those, has poorer nonurban white reporters who did

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vote for Donald Trump will not be happy about Steve Bannon's

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departure. There was a very interesting to read from the editor

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of Breitbart in the last few minutes. One single word with one

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hashtag, war. We saw the president criticised for taking a long time to

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react to the rallies in Charlottesville, was that making

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Steve Bannon's position untenable or was it simply the fact that he was

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not fitting in as well any more and he was simply taking too much

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limelight away from the President? I think the latter name but also in

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this particular week, with the Charlottesville problem, and the

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President being accused of any since drawing a moral equivalence between

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neo- Nazis and those who, to protest against getting rid of Steve Bannon

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may help send that message that he really is not ambivalent about

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right-wing supporters or the far right in America, so I think it will

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be helpful in that sense, although, to be fair, it is not really Steve

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Bannon that has done the damage to Donald Trump this week, it is Donald

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Trump that has done the damage to Donald Trump this week. But it may

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help to allay some of that criticism, I think. But, you know,

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you must remember that the Donald Trump victory was based on a lot of

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ideology that Steve Bannon proposes, economic nationalism, as it is

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called, making America great again and bringing manufacturing and jobs

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back to this country. So I would be surprised if you saw a radical,

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ideological switch on the approach of Donald Trump from there won't

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even though he has got rid of his chief strategist. OK, Gary, we will

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leave it there for the time being. I am sure we will get more reaction on

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this. Thank you very much. Let's take a look at some of

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the other stories making the news... The South African Government has

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denied media reports that it's planning to grant diplomatic

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immunity to the Grace Mugabe is accused

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of beating a 20-year-old model in a hotel room,

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near Johannesburg, Police expected Mrs Mugabe to turn

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herself in on Tuesday, Firefighters are struggling

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to control two major blazes in central Portugal that have cut

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off a village of 2,000 people. The fires broke out on Tuesday

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evening and have so far left 92 people injured,

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seven of them seriously. Let's go back to our top story -

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Barcelona is the latest European city to suffer an attack

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where vehicles have been used For authorities, such attacks

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are extremely difficult to prevent and many have been wondering

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what more - if anything - Let's speak to Colin Clarke

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who is a political scientist at the RAND Corporation -

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a US think-tank - where his research focuses on terrorism,

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insurgency and criminal networks. He joins me via webcam

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from Pittsburgh. Thank you for joining us live from

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Pittsburgh. In terms of where this group was plotting all of this, we

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are talking about Barcelona, south from Barcelona, were you aware that

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this was such a hot for this of activity? Indeed, this has long been

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known to be a Hot Spot of radical Islamic activity, in fact, the

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leading terrorist in the 911 attacks met with an Al-Qaeda operative beer

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prior to 9/11 just a couple of years ago in 2015. We saw a number of

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businesses, butchers, phone call centres that were cracked down upon

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and investigated for financing terrorism and sending money from

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Spain to the Middle East and it has been documented that Spain has over

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120 citizens that were known to travel to Iraq and Syria to fight

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with ISAs and other Jihadi groups as foreign fighters. So quite a bit

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that is there. Quite a bit of activity. In terms of this

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particular group, do you think that it was being controlled by so-called

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Islamic State or was it just motivated by it, how does that work?

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That is a great question, unfortunately it is too early to

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tell the forensics, with what happened, poor that this was a group

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of individuals that had consumed large quantities of Isis propaganda

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or decided to act on their own or whether there was a virtual planning

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going on were Isis chiefs were communicating from Iraq and Syria

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through encrypted duplications with these men in Spain and talking to

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them about the tactics of such an attack. I would tell you that the

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levels of sophistication of this attack, although the house blew up

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on Wednesday night and Alcanar and the other vehicle attack was foiled,

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there was some sophistication to this attack, so that this hint that

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potentially Isis could have added more direct role. You talk about

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Alcanar and it could have been so much couldn't it? If that house had

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not exploded, the potential to do damage could have been an awful lot

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worse, what do you make of that? Absolutely, what do I make of it?

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Once again, they were saved by the ineptitude of the Terrace partly. We

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talk about the capabilities of law enforcement but often we are saved

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by inept terrorists. Unfortunately, they were not totally inept, they

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were able to take vehicles and drive them into people but again, that

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does not take a lot of skill, it is a very crude, basic attack and

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unfortunately, it is a trend and we have seen that across Europe, in

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East Berlin and London and the use of the vehicle is very troubling

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because it is so easy to attack soft targets. Colin Clarke from the Rand

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Corporation, thank you for sharing your expertise in terrorism with us.

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More than 460 people are now confirmed to have died

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in the landslide and flooding that hit Sierra Leone's capital Freetown,

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Around 600 are still missing and the UK has pledged nearly

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The BBC's Martin Patience reports from Freetown.

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A simple wooden coffin for a victim with no name.

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More than 200 graves were freshly dug for a mass burial of those

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The bodies are being brought from the main mortuary in Freetown

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This cemetery was last used during the Ebola outbreak,

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and it gives you some sense of the scale of this problem

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and how the authorities have been overwhelmed.

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The country's president is calling for national unity.

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This is another painful episode in our nation's history.

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Hundreds of our unsuspecting compatriots were swept

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At a distribution centre, tempers are fraying.

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Getting your hands on clean water is a struggle.

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Families are now sheltering in half built houses.

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There is no comfort here, just grief.

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This woman lost both parents and now she doesn't know how she'll

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"We need help, the government needs to support us," she said.

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"We need housing, we need help to start up our businesses again."

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This young girl flicks through pictures of family.

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But she may be too young to ever remember them.

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In the US, millions of people will get their first chance to see

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a total solar eclipse with their own eyes,

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but for one couple in Missouri it will be a familiar sight.

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They've travelled the world chasing eclipses for 26 years,

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but on Monday, the celestial event will come right to their backyard.

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We caught up with them to hear why this eclipse will be so special.

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Nothing is like a total solar eclipse.

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Well, I'm not a mystic at all, but it does have a kind

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My name is Sharon Hahs and I've been married to Billy Hahs for 48 years

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and I think we like to call ourselves eclipse aficionados.

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We have loved chasing solar eclipses around the globe for about 26 years.

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So these are the photos that we captured in Thailand.

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We have been to 14 and we have seen and experienced 11 because...

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We were rained out in Costa Rica, we were snowed out in Mongolia

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And, of course, next is Missouri, USA.

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Even though this was the third eclipse, this was the first time

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we noticed that the sky was actually not black.

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If you want to get in touch with us here at BBC World News,

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Thank you for watching World News Today.

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Many of us saw some heavy, thundery downpours today.

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Tomorrow, on the face of it, is still a showery day

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