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Spanish police say they have killed the main suspect

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22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub is thought to have been driving

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After four days on the run, he was shot dead west of Barcelona -

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police say he appeared to be wearing a suicide belt.

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Millions of people are watching the total solar eclipse in America, the

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first in nearly 100 years. And Big Ben bongs for

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the last time in four years here in London,

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due to restoration work. Hello and welcome

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to World News Today. Spanish police say they have shot

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dead Younes Abouyaaqoub, the main suspect in the Barcelona

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terror attack last Thursday. He's thought to have been

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responsible for 13 deaths after a vehicle was driven

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at civilians on Las Ramblas. After four days being Europe's most

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wanted man, he was spotted by a civilian in a village

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west of Barcelona. After he was shot by

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a police, a robot checked the his body for a possible belt

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laden with explosives. But Spanish media say

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the suicide belt he was wearing Our correspondent James

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Reynolds reports on what's The police say that the hunt for the

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suspect on the run for four base is now over. Officers rushed to a small

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town after a woman reported a man hiding by a petrol station. Reports

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say the police shot the man when he failed to take of a suspected

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explosive belt. A bomb squad sent a robot to check him on the ground.

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The authorities confirm that it was the man they had been looking for

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since Thursday. Since he rented a van and drove it down Barcelona's

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Main Avenue. This is the root of the attack. The fan hit pedestrians.

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After 500 metres it stopped. The police say the attacker escaped into

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the nearby market. The 22-year-old was wearing a striped shirt. And

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sunglasses on his head. Police believe he was alone. These stills

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appear to show him on his getaway through the market. Now wearing his

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sunglasses. The pictures appear to show that he is walking, not

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running, doing nothing to draw any attention to himself. Security

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cameras picked him up for the last time right here on edges of the

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market. Police say he then headed out and later stabbed a man, stole

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his car and drove off. The police believe that he was part of a large

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network which they have now dismantled. Five suspected members

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were shot dead when they tried to carry out an attack last Thursday in

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the town of Cambrils. Four more have been arrested. Authorities hope to

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gain information from them. And there was an explosion in another

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town. The BBC has learned the suspected ringleader left a mosque

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in Brussels last year after Elders reported him to the police for his

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radical town. Shortly after the attack, these pictures were filmed

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from a home in the suburbs. It might show the moment officers found the

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car stolen by the attacker. Lots of police suddenly in seconds. The

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police intensified their search inside the city and across the

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region. Now they say their manhunt is over.

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Lets go to our correspondent in Barcelona.

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Let's go to the US. This is the first time in 99 years a solar

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eclipse has happened like this in the US. There is a path of darkness

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crossing from the Pacific to Atlantic coasts of the US. Thousands

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of people travel across the country to get the best view. It looks set

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to be the most observed, photographed and documented eclipse

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in human history. Let's get more now from our science

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correspondent, Pallab Ghosh , who is in Oregon in the town

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of Madras and sent us this report. And they've come to be awed by one

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of nature's greatest spectacles. We are expecting to see the whole

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sun blocked by the moon, so excited. Long queues of slow-moving traffic,

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and campsites sprawled Problems for the mayor of Madras,

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who is also a woodcarver, he has spent the last three years

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planning for this very day. The impact on some people has

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been that they didn't In fact, I have had some

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people tell me, "Why did And I keep explaining to them,

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we didn't invite them, So it's going to do

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what it's going to do. A total eclipse happens

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when the moon passes in front of the sun,

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casting a shadow over They happen around every 18 months,

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but often over the sea or in remote areas, where very few

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people see them. But this time, the sun's shadow

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will sweep across the whole It's been dubbed the great

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American eclipse. Millions of people could see it

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as it travels nearly 2500 miles all the way from Oregon to South

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Carolina. The shadow of the total

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eclipse is 70 miles wide, and will take 90 minutes

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to cross the continent. Even American football pitches have

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been turned over to science today. All across, US astronomers

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will collect data, We would like to learn

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more about how these eclipses affect the planet,

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and how they affect the atmosphere, if there is any atmospheric

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disturbance, if it causes wind changes or temporary climate

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changes in the area. Very soon, this tiny town will

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become the centre of the universe, as those here are among the first

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to witness one of the great wonders The BBC's Lukman Ahmed

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is in Nashville for us, where Skywatchers are also hoping

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to get a view of the Let me update you by looking at the

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Sunrise now. It is a crescent here. I can see them on -- the moon moving

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towards blocking the sun totally and in a few minutes this will turn into

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total darkness and a lot of people are here behind me celebrating and

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playing music. They are a of 1.4 million people gathered in

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Nashville, Tennessee to see this spectacular moment. It sounds like

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all normal practice has stopped, almost like a public holiday. There

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is excitement, people are very excited to see this phenomenon. It

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is almost 540 years for this city to see a total eclipse. It is something

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which happened a very long time ago. People are trying to grab this

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moment and catch this moment in about a minute. Everybody is putting

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their glasses on and trying to see what is happening just now. It is

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very beautiful to see how the moon is moving to blocking the sun. We

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should explain that the reason you're putting those glasses on us

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because if you look at this eclipse without them it can be very damaging

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for your eyes. Absolutely. Everyone should not look into the sun unless

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you are wearing these classes. That is why I am doing this. I can see

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the spectacular scene. Everybody here have these classes. And people

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are distributing glasses. It seems everyone is ready to see that moment

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. Enjoy it as it passes through Nashville.

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The US Navy is to pause its worldwide operations

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to reassess its fleet after a collision between a US

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Ten sailors are still missing since the incident.

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The USS John S McCain was sailing east of Singapore.

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It's the second collision involving a US Navy ship in recent months.

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Our Asia Correspondent Karishma Vaswani has been to see the ship

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This is what happens when a massive oil tanker

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A gaping hole in the left side of the USS John S McCain,

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an American destroyer with more than 300 crew on board.

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It was on its way to Singapore when just before dawn it collided

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with this merchant vessel, the Liberian flagged Alnic MC,

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an oil and chemical tanker much larger than the warship.

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It's still not clear how the collision happened,

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but an international search and rescue operation was launched.

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President Donald Trump has tweeted about the accident,

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saying his thoughts and prayers are with the US Navy

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sailors on board, and the search and rescue teams.

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And the US Defence Secretary James Mattis says there will be a wider

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investigation into US Naval operations after the collision.

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The chief of naval operations broader inquiry will look

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at all related accidents, incidents at sea,

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He's going to look at all factors, not just the immediate ones,

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which will fall rightly under the fleet commander's investigation.

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But this isn't the first time tragedy has struck a US

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The last one in June resulted in the deaths of seven American

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sailors and disciplinary action against the commanders of the ship.

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This is an international disaster for them.

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It's possible that some combination of poor seamanship or some

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combination of things going wrong with the ship, actually things

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physically going wrong with the ship that could have led to this.

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This collision couldn't have come at a more awkward time

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It's in the midst of its annual military drills with South Korea

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All of this is raising questions about just how effective the world's

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most powerful navy is in this part of the world.

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Karishma Vaswani, BBC News, Singapore.

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Let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news.

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The US embassy in Moscow says it will temporarily stop

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issuing visas for Russians, to visit the United States

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It comes amid a deepening row over the expulsion of diplomats.

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The statement says, they'll resume the service on a greatly

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The Chinese car maker Great Wall says it wants to buy all or part

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of one of the world's leading motor companies, Fiat Chrysler.

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The firm says it's particularly interested

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Tens of thousands of troops, aircraft and naval vessels

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from the US and South Korea are embarking on a major

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The joint military exercises, which have taken place

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regularly since 1976, are occurring at a time of rising

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North Korea has condemned the operation as a highly

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Across South Asia, this season's monsoon rains have

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devastated huge areas, killing more than 700

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people, and forcing more than a million from their homes.

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Bangladesh is experiencing its worst flooding in 30 years -

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more than a third of the country is underwater.

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Sanjoy Majumder sent this report from the capital Dhaka.

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The only way around Northern Bangladesh is by boat.

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With little sign of the water receding, people are settled on any

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A partially submerged bridge is now home to this family.

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They have brought with them whatever possessions they could carry,

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TRANSLATION: The flood just washed away our home.

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We were able to quickly grab some things and our animals.

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Many of Bangladesh's major rivers flow through here,

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which is why it is the worst affected part of the country.

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This is the Brahmaputra River, one of the world's largest.

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What's happened is because of heavy monsoon rain, it's breached

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its banks and the entire area around it is flooded.

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These people here have taken up the only sliver of land that's

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Aid workers are trying their best to get relief to flood victims

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but there's a mad scramble - such is the need for something

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It's now a race against time, to get to those affected

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In London, the world famous clock Big Ben fell silent earlier today.

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It won't chime again, except for special occasions,

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Our political correspondent Ben Wright reports.

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As midday approached, a cloud swelled in Parliament Square.

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All eyes on the clock, waiting for the bell.

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There's about ten minutes to go until we hear it for the last time.

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It's just part of being British, isn't it?

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You're around in London and it's one of those things

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To be a part of all this, and it's going to be the last

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time for four years, erm, a little bit sad.

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Protecting the hearing of workers renovating Elizabeth Tower is one

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reason Parliament decided Big Ben must not be struck for four years,

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except for Remembrance Sunday and New Year's Eve.

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But a few MPs are mourning, not applauding, badgering

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the Commons authorities to think again.

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Everybody is interested in what's happening across the world,

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so it just shows what a symbol of Britain Big Ben and the Palace

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These are the chimes of freedom, and they've got to be respected.

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Most MPs are not fretting about the infrequency

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of Big Ben's chimes, but a Commons commission has

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said it will look again at the timetable for repairs.

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Trying to find a fix that would enable the bells to be

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struck on the same basis that they are currently I think

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It certainly would be a very, very expensive option.

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The crowds have thinned, the political rumpus

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will recede, and time, of course, carries on.

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The renovations are now beginning, and Big Ben...

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President Trump will announce his long-awaited

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strategy on Afghanistan - in a live TV address

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He ordered a strategic review, for America's longest running

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military engagement, soon after taking office.

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Our correspondent Gary O'Donoughue is in Washington for us.

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We have given up predicting what Donald Trump would do long ago. The

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options are from total withdrawal of American forces, 8500 currently in

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Afghanistan, bring them all home, adding another 4000 or so to shore

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up the Afghan army which is taking heavy losses in the fight against

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the Taliban, possibly using private contractors to do some of that

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training so that some American troops can come on. There are other

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idea of options. The most likely is additional introduction of troops.

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It goes against what Donald Trump said should happen before he became

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a candidate and became president. He wouldn't be the only present changes

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mind on this. Obama did the same kind of reversal. This is America's

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longest running water. 16 years and counting.

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In the last half hour, Catalonian Interior Minister Joaquim

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Forn confirmed the killing of Younes Abouyaaqoub in a news

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Just before 5pm the Catalan police shot dead Abouyaaqoub, the driver of

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the van and direct perpetrator of the attack in Barcelona on Thursday,

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causing the death of 14 people. It has been during the controls and

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operations deployed by Catalan police throughout the country. This

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afternoon I informed the Spanish president, but I have been in close

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contact, from the first moments of the terrorist attack. My profound

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thanks to the Catalan police for their very efficient task carried

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out with utmost discretion and professionalism, in close

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cooperation and coordination with all the security forces of Catalonia

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and Spain. Let's go to our correspondent

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Gavin Lee in Barcelona. This happened about 25 miles from

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here. We are talking about an operation, police operation. The

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police say it was a woman tipped the police off, she saw someone

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described as wearing clothes you would not wear in the summer,

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thought it was a suicide device, called the police and told them

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where he was. He was by a police station 25 miles west of here in a

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remote town. He ran through vineyards. Police say that two

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police officers found him crouching in a vineyard, gathered ground in,

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got quite close, ordered him to take off the suicide vest, he opened the

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jacket and shouted in Arabic and they fired on them from about ten

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metres. We have since learned the suicide vest was fake but it is

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confirmed that it is Abouyaaqoub, on the run ever four days. He killed 13

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people by hitting them with a fan. The terror cell has been dismantled

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now, four arrested, eight dead, they're still investigating but they

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said the threat has been neutralised. Another pleasant

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evening going on behind you. If I were to go to the city and did not

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know about these attacks, were to be a difference between now and how it

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was before? Possibly but only if you came to Las Ramblas. People are

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asking what is going on, not aware of it. Anecdotally, the street

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sellers you see all over Las Ramblas, they aren't not there

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because the police are there. There were questions about whether Las

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Ramblas should be cordoned off after the attacks in Nice two years ago.

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Today they Catalan government reinforced the message to reject

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barriers. Back to the solar eclipse. It is

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believed it will be the most observed, photographed and

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documented event in gym in history. We are live to Kentucky. As you can

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see it is almost like Twilight at this point. The sun is a thin

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crescent and before this it was so bright and it was sweltering.

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Everyone behind me is anticipating the moment of totality in just a few

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minutes. That is the live stream from Nasa. This is the best seat in

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the country to experience it. You will see how quickly the light is

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fading. There is just a tiny sliver of son left. Very close to the

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moment of totality. Everyone here is overjoyed and excited. People of all

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ages are in all at the moment. And now it is gone. You can barely see

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it. We have reached the moment of totality. You can see the corona. I

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can see a ring around the sun. The temperature has dropped. It is

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amazing. It is hard to describe but you can hear people gasping behind

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me. My heart is pounding. It is awe-inspiring. It reminds us all,

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from different countries, all different ages, all here to witness

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this moment. It is breathtaking. The corona is so bright. Even though you

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can Europe able's voices still, you do not hear the crickets. Scanning

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the horizon, it is viewed a full. Stunning. You can hear people

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behind, they can hardly believe it. I have to say, even seeing that

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half, it is completely blocked it is amazing. That is all.

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