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hello, good afternoon. an 18—year—old man has been arrested in connection with the explosion on a crowded train in south—west london. he was detained in dover in kent. his arrest is being described by the police as "significant." investigators are linking yesterday's explosion to islamist extremism. 30 people were injured when the home—made bomb ignited at parsons green station. the terror threat level remains at critical — its highest. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports. the port of dover this morning, where an 18—year—old man was arrested by kent police on suspicion of terrorism. an arrest detectives described as "significant," and which is directly linked to the investigation into yesterday's explosion on a west london tube train. the arrest is the first obvious breakthrough. nobody died when the improvised explosive device produced a wall of flame in the carriage. that bags on fire... the home—made bomb in a bucket, which detectives believe is linked
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to islamist terrorism, appears to have failed to detonate fully, but 30 people ended up on casualties. three of them are still being treated at chelsea and westminster hospital, and last night the uk moved to its highest terrorism threat level — critical — and soldiers were deployed to do some of the work of armed police officers. we have authorised operation temperer, which is the initial deployment of a number of troops. they will be deployed to key sites in the uk to free up armed police. and so you will see more armed police on the streets, up to between 501,000 depending on how the police wish to deploy them. at houston this morning the changing threat level was immediately obvious —— up to between 500 and 1000. there are seven premier league football matches today and there will be more security at those and other big events. we rehearsed things a lot. we make sure we do it well, so the public will see an awful lot more
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police officers. they should expect to see more on the underground in particular, armed officers in trains, travelling on trains and in trains, travelling on trains and in train stations. officers say they are pleased with the investigation‘s progress. london's mayor siddique khan said that the city will never be intimidated by terrorism, and we will always defeat those who seek to destroy our way of life. daniel sandford, bbc news. the government's emergency cobra committee is meeting now. 0ur political correspondent leila nathoo is there. and, leila, clearly a fast moving situtation for them to consider? do we know who is taking part in this lunchtime's meeting? and what they will be discussing? we know the home secretary amber rudd will be chairing today's meeting of cobra which has just started chairing today's meeting of cobra which hasjust started in chairing today's meeting of cobra which has just started in the building behind me, the second cobra meeting that has taken place since yesterday's explosion. the prime
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minister is in her constituency but she is being kept updated on the situation. 0bviously with the significant developments in the investigation the committee which brings together intelligence, police, civil servants, security officials, they will be discussing those latest leeds and the progress of the investigation and i am sure there will be some consideration of there will be some consideration of the threat level which was raised to its highest level yesterday, given that there was a suspect and a potential bomber on the list, but bbcbizlive with this development in the situation i am sure that will be considered. —— there was a bomber on the loose. thank you, leila from whitehall. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford is here. the police are calling this a significant arrest. in what way? detectives like to use the phrase of
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keeping an open mind and i think we need to do that as well but my understanding is that ever since this device went off this cctv trawl has produced an obvious suspect, the person who seems to have been the person who seems to have been the person to have put this bucket bomb onto the train, and it is following that path that led to this 18—year—old man being arrested in dover, so if the police had been right down that line of deduction, it does look like the have got the person they think is directly involved in planting the bomb on that train. clearly know they have somebody in custody, then there are somebody in custody, then there are some possibilities that that opens up some possibilities that that opens upfor some possibilities that that opens up for lines of inquiry. it doesn't necessarily mean they have closed the investigation down. this may open up further avenues and, you know, everyone has to be alert to that. i think the clue is due —— as to how many avenues will come with that threat level. if it comes down it will be a sign that the police feel they have got this thing under control. if it doesn't, they might be worried there are still others
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out there. daniel sandford, thank you. europe's biggest airline, ryanair, says it's cancelling up to 50 flights a day for the next six weeks, to try to improve punctuality. the decision will affect about 9000 passengers each day. the airline says it needs to have more planes available on standby. borisjohnson has renewed the controversial claim that britain will save £350 million a week by leaving the eu, which could be spend on the nhs. the foreign secretary was setting out his vision of what he called britain's "glorious future" after brexit in a newspaper article. labour and the liberal democrats said government divisions had been "laid bare," and accused mrjohnson of plotting a challenge to theresa may's leadership. she is due to make a major speech on brexit on friday. russian forces have liberated the city of deir al—zour in eastern syria from so—called islamic state fighters,
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in a significant blow to the extremists, who have held it for three years. russia's military intervention in syria has been crucial in keeping president assad in power. the bbc‘s steve rosenberg is the first british journalist to enter the deir al—zour after so—called islamic state militants were driven out. on a russian military helicopter, we are heading east across syria. we are escorted by two gunships in case we come under attack. eventually, we arrive in deir al—zour, a city only starting to recoverfrom a nightmare. for three years, this part of town was cut off from the rest of the world, surrounded by is fighters. well, with the help of russian air power, the syrian army broke that siege just a few days ago. now people here tell us that is militants have been pushed back around three miles. but security is still a concern. russian special forces accompany us to the market. the syrian soldiers here, well, they're a little more relaxed.
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supplying the city with food and drink and medicine is easier now. during the siege, deir al—zour had to rely on humanitarian aid by air. thanks to god, thanks to the syrian army and the russian army, this man says. syria is victorious. there is still fighting in deir al—zour, but the syrian army has reclaim much territory in and around the city. this oil—rich region was the heart of islamic state's economy. defeating is here would be a major victory for president assad. life may be returning to this city, but there's still danger here. steve rosenberg, bbc news, deir ez—zor. the american actor harry dean stanton has died peacefully at the age of 91. stanton had a career spanning six decades and was best—known for roles in godfather 2 and alien.
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his last role was in lucky, a film to be released later this month. his agent confirmed he died yesterday of natural causes. let's ta ke let's take a look at the sporting action for the rest of the day with mike at the bbc sport centre. hello, everybody. crystal palace went into the match against southampton without a point and a goal so far this premier league season. and that hasn't changed. roy hodgson, their new manager, got a warm welcome, but their first new manager, got a warm welcome, but theirfirst call, for new manager, got a warm welcome, but their first call, for southampton, it came within six minutes. they are still winning 1—0 at selhurst park after 38 minutes. red bull's max verstappen will be hoping to claim the first pole position of his career for the singapore grand prix. which is tomorrow. in final practice at the spectacular marina bay street circuit, the dutch teenager was seven hundredths of a second quicker than the ferrari of sebastian vettel. championship leader lewis hamilton was third, just a tenth of a second off verstappen. in rugby union, world champions
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new zealand have completed a record victory over south africa in auckland, thumping them 57—0. the all blacks were ruthless, running in eight tries. scott barrett was among the scorers, while his older brother beauden kicked 17 points. it was new zealand's biggest winning margin over the springboks. the wait is nearly over for one of the most eagerly anticipated boxing matches of the last decade. unified middleweight champion gannady golovkin defends his titles against the mexican star saul alvarez in las vegas. and as ade adedoyin explains it's a match up that fight fans have wanted for years. a rare sight in boxing, the two best fighters in their weight division going head to head. it has been billed as the fate of a decade but was it overshadowed by the mayweather and mcgregor fight.“ you were entertained by that, june and on saturday night, september 16.
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it will be 8—9 rounds of hell for both guys —— tune in on saturday night. it was one of the richest fight in history, but many considered it a freak show, a circus. with this fight, they want to get really excited. translation: this is the fake people have wanted to see, be waiting to see, and it will not be overshadowed by any other event. i'm really excited. you know, for the last three months, i have been in the gym, 100%. i want to win this fight. i will give everything for this fight. despite some talk of boxing being under pressure and under declining, it sold out in less than two weeks and thousands have travelled to vegas to be part of what could be a special night. britain's double olympic
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champion nicola adams makes us debut on the undercard says the sport is looking towards the future. to have a woman on an undercard of such a big event, in vegas, yes, we are definitely changing the game for the better. i just hope definitely changing the game for the better. ijust hope when an's boxing sta rts better. ijust hope when an's boxing starts to really grow and expand and we get to see it a lot more —— i just hope that women's boxing structurally draw. this one has divided opinion amongst experts and fa ns divided opinion amongst experts and fans alike. bbc news, las vegas. yes, huge night ahead, especially for nicola adams. good luck to her. still 1-0 to for nicola adams. good luck to her. still 1—0 to southampton at crystal palace, who haven't scored all season. palace, who haven't scored all season. back to you. mike, i'm sure things can only get better! you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. welcome back to the bbc news
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channel. it is now 11 minutes past one. let's get more on our top story — the arrest of an 18—year—old man at dover in connection with yesterday's bombing of a london underground train. the arrest is described as significant. armed police and military personnel are being deployed at key locations across the uk, following the raising of the terror threat level to "critical". it's the highest possible alert, meaning a further attack may be imminent. joining me now from our brighton newsroom is andy oppenheimer, a defence analyst specialising in counter—terrorism and explosives. good to speak to you again on bbc news. let me ask you first of all about what you have drawn from the circumstances in which the device was found, and the device itself. so far, when things happened yesterday,
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it looked like yet another attempt to make a home—made device out of possibly a peroxide —based explosive. these have been used not only in the terrible london attacks of 2005 and also a later attack during the same month, which used a similar explosive which failed to go off, and there have been similar failures. there was one earlier this year after station in brussels in belgium where that same kind of explosive was used, and this time it looks like there may have been an additional component, a timer, with various things that were found on the burning device. it failed to detonate properly, in other words it failed to produce a proper explosion. it set on fire rather than fully blowing up thankfully, because otherwise that would have been much more catastrophic. but now they will be looking at how this thing was put together, and whether the mix was wrong all the
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connections were wrong, because so much depends on how things are connected up in a device and also how the main charges made and how the detonator works as well. should we ta ke the detonator works as well. should we take any confidence in the apparent amateurishness of this, and the fact that it didn't cause the terrible carnage it could have done, notwithstanding the fact that it injured 30 people, three of whom are still in hospital. i don't think we can take too much comfort, because there is so much going on that is very random in the sense of learning from the internet which may produce fa u lty from the internet which may produce faulty recipes for bomb—making, but there are so many self—starter cells now, we are not even calling them lone wolves, we are according self cells, because there are almost a lwa ys cells, because there are almost always other people involved somewhere along the line. they may be teaching themselves in passing on bits of information which is not for training in the way that the ira did or even al-anda, but they are kind
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of picking up bits of information. so it is not all that difficult to get hold of the materials for these home—made devices, but putting them together and getting it right is more difficult. we can take some comfort in that, particularly as the internet will have recipes on there which are not correct, that is deliberately done obviously so that people are not going to be able to do this so easily from the web. but they can teach one another, and they can be trained to do it better because they do learn quickly, even when they are doing it in a random way. so so much effort now is being made to try to stem that particular line of learning, but you can't stem the actual availability of very common chemicals, these things are used all over in household and retail outlets and so on. one of the contrast that can be drawn compared to the terrorism we saw in the irish context in northern ireland and in
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other parts of the uk was that it was often a question of smuggling in explosives. these are improvised devices, which presumably again makes the challenge for the authorities that much greater. you we re authorities that much greater. you were talking about try to ensure that people don't look at this stuff, and there are laws in place that someone who even go searching for this never mind downloading it or acted upon it, is committing a criminal offence. but in terms of self—starter cells and what you were saying, that presumably adds another level of difficulty in terms of the intelligence gathering, because you can intelligence gathering, because you ca n follow intelligence gathering, because you can follow people who are connected, but if these cells are appearing almost from nowhere, what warning do you get until they have done something? exactly, and we have to realise that as we keep hearing, there are 500 investigations going on atany there are 500 investigations going on at any one time, thousands of people who are suspected of possibly being either radicalised or being involved in actual violent activity, bomb—making activity and other forms
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of terrorism that we are seeing very sadly at the moment, the sort of terrorism we are calling low technology, using vans to know people down and so on. but the ied, improvised explosive device, is still the weapon of choice. they do wa nt to still the weapon of choice. they do want to keep making these. and if they are self starting, and they are learning as they go along, there will be more botched attempts, but that doesn't mean that people won't be hurt by them, because these devices are so volatile. even if they don't fully detonate, if it is owning closed space like in a crowd as we saw in manchester when the thing did go off, and that was a ta tp device as well, this is a very popular mix and it does look as though this sort of thing will continue, but we do have to realise that the authorities have got so many people that they have to follow, they have to watch, they certainly can't catch every single attack, so we have to think again
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about how we make these materials available to the public. there are certain regulations about some materials, things were done about odium —— ammonium nitrate, used as a fertiliser, but these materials are made even more available for household use, so it may be that something more needs to be done on that front, but it is difficult when you think that so many of these things are common chemicals which you can obtain quite readily. thank you can obtain quite readily. thank you forjoining us. the budget airline ryanair has announced it will be cancelling between a0 to 50 flights a day until the end of october — in order to improve punctuality. approximately 285,000 flights could be affected. in a statement on their website, the company said this would amount to only 2% of its flights. well, lots of passengers have taken to twitter to voice their unhappiness at the situation. beky lucas wrote "thanks so much @rya nair for cancelling our flight
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for tomorrow morning. i really appreciate the 2a hours notice that i can't go on holiday!" ali croft tweeted "so we are in krakow & #ryanair cancel our flight home on monday — what? ? ? how are we supposed to get home?" and marcelo heuer says "flight cancelled by @rya nair. i try to speak to someone straight on the desk at the airport without luck. next flight in three days." earlier i spoke to the travel editor of the independent, simon calder, who said it's all to do with a change in ryanai's annual leave calendar. it used to be done from april to april. they are chaning it to an ordinary calendar year and therefore everybody who is flying for ryanair — pilots, cabin crew — are thinking help, i've got to take my entitlement before the end of the year. as a result of that, they say they are tightening their staffing and therefore in order to improve their punctuality which has slipped in the last couple of weeks, they want to keep more aircraft on the ground to improve resilience. a cynical person would say that there has been an almighty administrative foul—up and that actually as a result
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of that they are now pre—emptively cancelling flights to the tune of 9000 passengers a day. the kind of, this business of changing the way they calculate holiday, presumably a lot of companies if you saw this problem coming down the line you might say, ok, we will be a bit flexible this year, we will allow... you can hold you leave over to the new year, but only this year. yes, it is difficult to get to the bottom of exactly what is going on. there has been some suggestion that the irish aviation authorities are to blame. and it is conceivable that when people come to claim their compensation, which is due to them under european legislation, that ryanair will say, it is beyond our control. that is what they have been telling some passengers already on twitter. that would be a difficult one to argue successfully in court. simon calder, the travel editor of the independent. borisjohnson has repeated his claim
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that leaving the eu will save britain £350 million a week, which can be spent on the nhs instead. in a long article for the daily telegraph, he set out his vision for a low—tax, low—regulation economy, and said britain would enjoy a "glorious future" outside the european union. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, said the £350 million claim was dredging up a fantasy. let's take a closer look at some of mrjohnson's comments. he says that "we would not expect to pay for access to their markets any more than they would expect to pay for access to ours". "once we have settled our accounts, we will take back control of roughly £350 million per week". he goes on to say "it would be a fine thing, as many of us have pointed out, if a lot of that money went on the nhs". the liberal democrat leader vince cable accused borisjohnson of manoeuvring to take over from theresa may. he's just arrived in bournemouth at the start of the party conference. our political correspondent eleanor garnier is there.
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it looks like the sun might be coming out this afternoon. arbour prospects for the party looking so sunny? this opportunity presumably isa sunny? this opportunity presumably is a gift for a pro—eu campaigner like vince cable to take on the foreign secretary? that's exactly right, and the sun is coming out. it is nice and warm here on the coast in bournemouth, and so vince cable has just arrived to open the lib dem conference. those words criticising borisjohnson, saying the foreign secretary was on manoeuvres, and that theresa may needed to slap him down in the strongest possible way, otherwise she would lose any authority she has in terms of negotiating brexit. he accuses the cabinet of being more split than an oak tree struck by lightning, and he
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calls borisjohnson a pound land donald trump. boris johnson calls borisjohnson a pound land donald trump. borisjohnson says he cannot wait for a glorious brexit and he is behind theresa may, but there are lots of ways to read this 4000 word epic from borisjohnson. it is hard not to see it as a snub to theresa may, and it is very difficult not to see it as a bit of a leadership bid as well. and what about the conference itself taking place this week? 2015 was a diet election for the liberal democrats, they saw some wins back in this general election not least sir vince winning back his seat in richmond. general election not least sir vince winning back his seat in richmondlj think winning back his seat in richmond.” think there is going to be a lot of soul—searching at this party conference. just why isn't the party doing any better when it is the most pro—eu party out there. you'd think it would have the pick of the 48% of
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people who voted remain of the general election. at their peak they had 57 mps, they dropped down to single figures, they are now back at 12, andi single figures, they are now back at 12, and i think the challenge for vince cable, the new leader, is to turn around their fortunes. can vince cable, the new leader, is to turn around theirfortunes. can he be the person to do that? can he help their message on brexit? the idea of having a second referendum on the deal that theresa may gets on brexit, those negotiations with brussels, can there be a second referendum on that, and can sir vince cable help that message and cut through to voters, because clearly it hasn't been doing that. he is 74 years old, he thought he had left politics behind and was busy writing a novel, then he was sprung back as an mp, nobody else wa nted sprung back as an mp, nobody else wanted to run for leader said he became the new leader unopposed, and 74, instead of tucking into retirement, he has a very big challenge on his hands. the grand
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old man of liberal politics! thank you very much, eleanor garnier in bournemouth. and of course twickenham is his seat, although it is in the london borough of richmond, although that is no excuse for getting it wrong. a day after its latest ballistic missile launch, north korea has said its final goal is to match the military power of the the united states. last night, the un security council described the missile test over japan as highly provocative — but no further sanctions were imposed. bill hayton reports. north korea is celebrating another successful test for its hwasong—12 ballistic missile and kim jong—un was there to congratulate the scientists. he told them his aim is to establish a balance of force for the united states, so it cannot threaten his country with military action. but on a visit to an airbase near washington, president trump said the us will never be intimidated. but on a visit to an airbase near washington, president trump said the us will never be intimidated. after seeing your capabilities and commitment here today, i am more confident than ever that our options in addressing
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this threat are both effective and overwhelming. in new york, the un security council discussed the situation for the second time this week. this time, there was no new resolution, only a press statement strongly condemning the missile launch and urging compliance with existing sanctions. and russia says the us has to get serious about talks with north korea. but as russia and china urge patience, the us says it's running out of time. it wants an end to north korea's missile and nuclear programmes, but with those programmes making rapid progress, the choices facing world leaders are becoming more difficult. a campaign group is calling for a 50% reduction in air passenger duty to boost the uk economy after britain leaves the european union. air tax paid by people leaving
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the uk ranges from £13 to £450. here's our business correspondent joe lynam. we all like to travel, but few of us know how much of ourairfare includes a special tax called a passenger duty. now a research campaign group has underlined the additional tax burden uk travellers have to pay compared to european countries. air passenger duty is applied to departing uk flights, depending on the distance, and ranges from £13 up to £450 per flight. this research says the duty amounts to an additional tax burden of £400 million on british travellers. if you are a uk consumer and you want to travel abroad, this makes your holiday much more expensive for you and your family and if you are a consumer coming from abroad, it makes it more expensive to come and visit britain and they mayjust choose to visit elsewhere and not bother with the uk and that would be a real shame. this group, whose members include airlines and airport operators in the tourism sector,
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wants the government to cut the tax in half, something which it says will benefit consumers and businesses. a treasury spokesperson says they do not have to pay duty or vat on tickets so a passenger duty ensures the sector contributes its fair share towards funding public services. cutting taxes is always popular, but faced with a £45 billion budget deficit and demands to pay public sector workers more, the government probably can't afford to cut an income stream worth £3.4 billion any time soon. one of the biggest names in the indian film industry is in the uk this week. salman khan is one of the top grossing actors in bollywood and has made more than a hundred films. his tour in the uk will be the first in 12 years. he's been speaking exclusively to the bbc asian network's haroon rashid, ahead of his first concert tonight. singing. he's an international superstar,
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with hundreds of millions of fans around the world. and this weekend, salman khan is in the uk. one of bollywood's most famous actors is performing here after more than a decade. i'm a huge fan, salman. thank you. oh, my god! i just got to take a picture with salman khan, and... our hearts are beating. and my heart is racing right now. he told me what it's like to meet his british fans. it's amazing. it feels just... you know, it's amazing because the grandparents and the parents have, when the kids are growing up, they've kept them in touch with our culture. and our culture is... well, it's mythology, it's religion, it's families together, and it's movies. tell me about how you put a tour like this together. the last time you did this was over 12 years ago in the uk. how do you go about constructing
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what this production is going to look like? earlier, i used to do a tour like every year and a half, two years, and then i got tired of it. and then we just thought that, you know, just rebooting it a bit, just changing it a little bit, with a much better production value to it, we could once again come and do this. see, it's not about the money here, it's not about... it's about the interaction with the star and the fans.

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