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Hello and welcome to World News Today.
At least 28 people have been killed in clashes in northern India
after a self-styled holy man was convicted of rape.
More than 100,000 supporters of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh had
gathered in the northern town of Panchkula ahead of the verdict,
which saw the guru found guilty of raping two female members
Thousands of his devotees went on the rampage after the verdict,
setting vehicles, buildings and railway stations on fire.
Police responded with rubber bullets and then with live ammunition.
The self-styled "godman" is known as the "guru in bling"
for his flamboyant taste in costumes covered in jewels.
He's acted in films as well as staging pop-music style concerts.
Ram Rahim Singh claims to have 50 million followers in northern
Justin Rowlatt brings us our first report.
Violence broke out almost as soon as the guilty verdict was handed
down by the court in this town in north India.
More than 100,000 followers of the self-styled
godman guru had flocked to demonstrate their support.
They went on the rampage, burning cars and attacking the police,
who responded with tear gas and water cannon.
When that didn't subdue the crowd, they fired live ammunition and there
This train was torched by an angry mob here
in the Indian capital, Delhi.
Elsewhere in the city, buses have been set on fire.
The guru has an absolutely enormous following.
The fear is that violence could spread in north India.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is a charismatic figure.
He calls himself the messenger of God, sports a huge beard, and has
He has been dubbed the baba of bling, and starred
And despite his extraordinary appearance, he is regarded
as a living saint by many of his followers.
This is the latest in a series of scandals here in India
involving ascetics who claim exceptional spiritual powers.
Guru Ram Rahim says sect is a social welfare and spiritual group,
but he has been accused of involvement in murder,
and it is also claimed he persuaded 400 of his acolytes to have
themselves castrated in order to get closer to God.
It's that kind of devotion that explains the scale and intensity
of the violence here in North India, but also why the authorities
Let's get more on this. With me is our correspondent. Welcome. What is
the latest on at the moment because it is night-time in India the
situation is under but still very tense. On the service it looks as
though there is no large-scale violence but there are still small
incident is being reported, large parts of north India are under
lockdown so it has affected train services, bus services, people were
asked to leave their offices early, even as far as in the capital in
Delhi which is now, not sort of next door when all of this happened, but
the tension is quite palpable still there. A lot of troops as a low
security forces on the ground, more than 2000 people have been arrested.
Including birds but Zabaleta is riveting order meaning people are
not allowed to gather together as it could lead to violence and classes.
We are waiting for the whole of the weekend and the actual sentence will
be given on Monday, it could be delayed. There is still a lot the
security forces to deal with given there is a massive following. He is
a very popular man as we were seeing in the report. Tens of thousands,
millions of followers he says around the world. Was this violence to be
expected in any way? With the Government perhaps forewarned or
armed with this? To be honest this was expected, most news reports
start with just as expected given his huge followings are a lot of
criticism that the administration was underprepared. They were not
caught unaware but could they have prepared better for this? About is
what is being questioned. The Prime Minister and saying he is quick to
stress of that but a lot of people have said the Government should have
done enough to make sure that there is another security on the ground.
The Chief minister of that state has been quite heavily criticised for
this. But if you look at what is opening on the streets, you look at
these pictures of violence but on the other hand if you turn to social
media, people are coming out and criticising massively here is a
person has been convicted of rape, of two women, and this is the kind
of support but India and people in India chauffeur them so that is a
lot of anger and most people, what is the kind of image that it is
showcasing and what is the Government is doing? 28 people have
been allowed to die in this kind of perhaps preventable situation. Thank
you. A court has found two white
South African farmers guilty of attempted murder
after they forced a black man into a coffin and threatened
to burn him alive. The judge said it was clear
Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson had intended to kill Victor
Mlotshwa. The two farmers were arrested
after a video of the attack The video of the assault caused
outrage here in South Africa. It once again highlighted racial
tensions in farming communities. Two white farmers shoving
a black man into a coffin, They accused him of
trespassing on their farm. The two men were arrested
after the video of the attack was widely circulated
on social media. They said they only wanted
to teach the victim, Victor Mlotshwa, a lesson,
and that they meant him no harm. But the judge dismissed the claim,
saying it was clear that their intention
was to commit murder. In relation to the attempted
murder of Victor Mlotshwa, In the intent to cause grievous
bodily harm to Victor Mlotshwa, Shortly after the verdict
was delivered here in court, the visibly emotional victim,
Victor Mlotshwa, told me that he was relieved that justice
has finally been served. Victor Mlotshwa's mother
welcomed the ruling. TRANSLATION: All I am
asking is for harsh prison The ordeal left my son deeply
traumatised and I am happy that his attackers have
been found guilty. Various political parties'
supporters protested The convicted men will be sentenced
in two months' time. Many who attended the trial
are hoping the judge The United States has
announced new financial sanctions against Venezuela,
designed to further isolate The measure bans dealing
in the bonds of some Venezuelan public companies,
including the state-owned Earlier this month
the US imposed sanctions on President Maduro himself -
and some of his closed aides - We have just had reaction from
Venezuela to this latest action from the US. The Foreign Minister of
their has accused Washington of trying to stoke a humanitarian
crisis. He said, we don't understand it and he has said that they vowed
the Government of President Nicolas Maduro would defend itself. The US
ambassador to the United States Nikki Haley said Washington was
determined to maintain pressure on Venezuela. It is a strong message
that the people of Venezuela and it is a strong message to President
Maduro. We are not going to tolerate the dictatorship years trying to
create and we will not respect the Assembly. Because we are not seeing
any progress towards lifting up the Venezuelan people and we see more of
the power grab that President Maduro is trying to do, sanctions are
another option to send him a message. The billionaire
vice-chairman of Samsung has been found guilty of bribery and
embezzlement and sentenced to five years in prison. He was accused of
making inappropriate donations worth around $6 million to be close
confidant of the country's former president in exchange for government
favours. One of those accusations also helped trigger the dismissal of
the president from office. From Seoul, a warning, this report
contains flash photography. Jae-Yong Lee is one of the most
powerful businessmen in the world. Now he's facing a jail sentence
that is among the longest ever given Mr Lee, has been found
guilty of paying bribes His lawyers say they will
go to a higher court. TRANSLATION: As a lawyer, I cannot
accept any of the legal judgment, We will make an appeal immediately
and we are confident The case is part of a major
corruption scandal which erupted in South Korea late last year
and evoked public anger. Tens of thousands came
out on the streets. And that triggered
the removal of the country's she was accused of allowing her
close friend to accept donations from South Korea's large
conglomerates in return Outside court on Friday,
anti-corruption protesters gathered once again as the verdict
was being delivered. "Samsung is evil",
one woman shouted. But there were others who were
unhappy with the court's decision. She, and a group of Park Geun-hye
supporters, think the whole verdict is part of a government plan
to eventually prove that the former The verdict that come from this
court room is about so much more If Mr Lee's sentence is upheld,
and one of the most powerful businessmen of this country actually
has to spend a significant amount of time in jail,
it could be a turning point for the relationship
between South Korea's big firms Large conglomerates like Samsung
dominate South Korea's economy and so, even when they've been found
guilty of corruption in the past, The country's new government though,
has promised to take And Jae-Yong Lee's trial
could be just the start. The governor of Texas has expected
to hold a news conference shortly before the state is battered by an
ever strengthening storm. McCain Harvey is churning off because as a
category two storm and could be the worst there in years. As well as
those heavy winds officials say it could also bring life-threatening
flooding. Dawn Champion has been braving
the winds in Corpus Christi, I think that we don't even need
words to understand what is going on there to stop tell us how strong
those wins art. Good evening. Within the past two hours we started to
peel the tropical storm force winds move into this part of the Texas
Gulf Coast. Of course that is a sign that Harvey is churning ever closer
to this region. As you mentioned it is expected to be catastrophic for
this part of the United States. Take a look behind me. This is the Baker
in Corpus Christi. This morning the water was much lower than it is now.
I chatted before coming on air and the storage -- storm surge is
already up two beat and they want is starting to splash with this blog.
By the end of this weekend I can guarantee that this very spot I am
standing and will very likely be under several feet of water as the
storm surge just inundate these coastal areas, before Harvey makes
landfall. The storm is expected to strengthen even more before making
landfall sometime tonight or early Saturday morning just north of where
I am standing. The big danger and the big thing that officials are
worried about here in this region is the flooding that is expected with
the storm. More than 30 inches of rain is quite possible in parts of
this region. Just to give you an idea of how much that is the city of
Corpus Christi typically gets 30 inches of rain in just a year. They
are going to get that amount of rain in a matter of a few days here.
Actually they are very concerned and it is very serious for officials
here. As you can see behind me, remarkably there are still plenty of
people here who have decided to stay put and tried to ride out the storm.
A lot of them coming over here to the coastal area are taking
pictures, just taking in the side. Certainly this will grow ever more
dangerous for these bugs who dared to do this as the day wears on here.
This is something the governor here in Texas has been going on local
media discussing all morning long telling these folks that time is
literally running out for them to get out of this region safely. Stay
safe. Thank you. It is one of the most anticipated
boxing matches in history - former world champion boxer
Floyd Mayweather is coming out of retirement to fight mixed martial
arts champion Conor McGregor. Mayweather is undefeated
in his professional career. Our BBC Sport correspondent
Richard Conway is in Las Vegas. Richard, we are expecting that way
in any time soon but all anyone is talking about here is the money.
Hundreds of millions of dollars at stake for both fighters here. If the
dollar but the money or is it really about some showmanship as well? If
you talk to both Callum McGregor and Floyd Mayweather they are
unapologetic about the cash. Floyd Mayweather telling me earlier this
week that he wouldn't have taken any other site because it wouldn't have
paid him not. This matchup offers assemblage chants he deals to make
hundreds of millions of dollars. The exact figures are hard to pin down.
It depends on the number of pay-per-view burgesses for TV and
the details in the contract. Floyd Mayweather insisting he will be a
very rich man or even richer we should say after Saturday night. So
to four, McGregor. At the heart of it there is annexed in treating
sporting contest here. Questioning the legitimacy of the bad given the
overriding focus on the money, a lot of people, but this is a class of
styles, Floyd Mayweather -- Floyd Mayweather one of the greatest
boxers of his generation. The talking is nearly done. The way in
will happen soon and on Saturday night both men will it in the ring
to see who is the better man. All will be revealed in 24 hours' time.
Thank you. It is a week since the terror attacks in Barcelona which
killed 15 people. The initial unity between the Spanish government and
Madrid and the autonomous government in Catalonia which ones to hold a
referendum on independence in a month's time has been replaced with
finger-pointing over which police force missed information about the
terrorist plots. Tom Burrows reports. Still bustling. Tourists
and locals paying their respects. In the town where the attackers lived,
a father insisting on never saw any sign that two of his boys were
planning to kill. One of his sons looking relaxed here shopping. Hours
later they would attack tourists in a coastal resort. The football pitch
they used to play on. Opposite the family house of the van driver. Some
of those who knew the men didn't want to go on camera. This man grew
up with one of the group. He was a colleague to the attacks.
TRANSLATION: All of those who ended up as terrorists and their
afternoons here, they seemed like normal guys. There was nothing
strange. We have spoken to a group of women who have just come out of
the family home, in fact the woman's own children went to the same mosque
and were taught by the same preacher. They say they never heard
or saw anything to suggest he was the ringleader of a terror plot. But
he was known to the authorities in Belgium. In Spanish and Catalan
newspapers this week, recriminations. Spanish sources
blaming Catalonia's own police force for not sharing information. Catalan
sources suggesting the fault lies with the National Security agencies
in Spain. If I was the mother of one of the children there, I would be so
cross to sit down in front of the television and watched the police
fighting between each other and doing this playground conflict. We
have to be united and not show this image of lack of coordination and
division, because the terrorist want this. Pro-independence Catalan flags
hang in Barcelona. One month before the autonomous government here plans
what Spain says will be an illegal independence referendum. A city and
a country united in grief, but political divisions have revealed
cracks in policing. Let's take a look at some of
the other stories making the news... At least 14 people,
including five children, have been killed after an air strike
hit a residential area Witnesses said two buildings
in the south of the city, which is controlled by Houthi
rebels, had been destroyed. The former Thai Prime Minister,
Yingluck Shinawatra, has fled the country,
hours before a verdict was to be delivered in her trial
for criminal negligence. She faces up to ten years in jail
over a rice subsidy scheme. More than 20 people have been killed
in an attack in an attack on a Shia mosque in Kabul as they gathered
after impress. A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the mosque. Two
gunmen stormed the building and were killed by special forces after a
siege lasting several hours. A white convicted...
A white supremacist convicted of racially motivated Moors three
decades ago in Florida has been executed by lethal injection.
Mark Asay is the first white man in state history to be executed
Semi-automated, self-driving lorries will be tested out on British
The trucks will be connected wirelessly with up to three lorries
The technology has already been tested elsewhere in Europe
Supporters say it will mean cheaper fuel hills, lower emissions
Our correspondent Richard Lister looks at how it will work.
This could be the future, the driver in the second
lorry is only steering, his speed is controlled
by a computer, which is monitoring what the lead driver does.
These Dutch trials suggest lorries, linked by Wi-Fi like this,
can drive much closer together, and that may have benefits.
That means 10% less fuel, that's money off yours
It's 10% less CO2, so we're going to be really helping the planet.
Congestion, if we get platooning, vehicles are running smoother
together, we're not going to get the traffic jams we have
We're going have robots and sensors not making mistakes hopefully that
This is one of the specially equipped lorries that'll take part
in the British trials - first on test tracks and then,
This technology is moving fast, some cars can already
The haulage industry wants to catch up.
So the big question is, do sophisticated lorries
Well, the short answer is, yes, most British roads are too small
and too complex for mighty road trains, but vehicles
like this could revolutionise long distance haulage.
So Daniel, what we're going to do now, is jump into the vehicle
and then we'll pull forward and start the exercise.
Les is training the next generation of lorry drivers here in Slough.
Daniel's almost ready to take his test, neither is keen
on sharing the driver's seat with a computer.
If a driver sees something is wrong, they can deal with it,
but if a machine breaks down, which is my main concern,
Wi-Fi connections, what if that breaks down?
I really don't think it's a good idea.
We should be fully in control of the vehicles we're driving,
there's other road users and you have to account
for all these things, all these factors all the time,
when your driving these size vehicles.
The British trials will have three lorries in a platoon,
but even that, say some, is too many.
UK motorways are the most congested in Europe,
we have more entrances and exits and if you've got a platoon
of driverless lorries, it's very difficult to see road signs.
It'll be difficult to exit the motorway.
But with several countries now testing this technology,
it looks like it is coming and the UK will have
Planning your funeral is not the curious of topics but here is
something to lighten the mood. How about renting a robot to play a part
in proceedings? In Japan people are being offered the chance to do just
that, carrying out some of the funeral rites at a fraction of the
price of the human priest. It might seem a little weird to have
robots involved in something so religious. In Christianity
technology and religion are often opposed to one another.
Perhaps not surprising. Certainly a bit different.
Don't forget you can get in touch with me and some
of the team on Twitter - I'm TheSamSimmonds.
That is it for me. Back a little later with the headlines.
Hello, a Bank Holiday weekend on the way for parts of the UK and it looks
like we will see some sunshine and