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  • Confederate monuments testify to the Union's unfinished victory

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    The violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Va., is emblematic of an old American tradition of progressivism followed by racist reaction.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:55:13 -0400
  • Second vehicle attack: five terror suspects 'wearing suicide vests' shot dead in Cambrils

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    Residents of the Spanish seaside resort of Cambrils fled in terror in the early hours of Friday after five terrorists wearing suicide vests launched the second ramming attack in the country in a matter of hours.  At least six people were hurt when the attackers drove into pedestrians before being shot dead by security forces, just hours after a similar attack in nearby Barcelona. The Audi A3 car rammed into people on the seaside promenade of the tourist city 74 miles south of Barcelona, where a van had earlier sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others. Police said the suspects in Cambrils carried bomb belts, which were detonated by a police bomb squad. Barcelona terror attack, in pictures Media reports said a car crashed into a police vehicle and nearby civilians and police shot the attackers, one brandishing a knife. Police did not immediately say how the attack was being carried out. A police officer and five civilians were injured and two were in serious condition. Police were working on the theory that the Cambrils and Barcelona attacks were  connected, as well as a Wednesday night explosion in the town of Alcanar in which one person was killed.. "The alleged terrorists were in an Audi A3 and apparently knocked down several people before coming across a police patrol and a shoot-out ensued," said a spokesman for the regional government of Catalonia, where Cambrils is located in Spain's northeast. Spanish Policemen inspect a street in Cambrils  Credit: EPA Markel Artabe, a 20-year-old restaurant worker, said he was on the seaside promenade when he heard what he initially thought were fireworks, but soon realised were gunshots. He said he saw someone lying on the ground "with a gunshot in the head". The victim's friends were crying out "help", he added. Joan Marc Serra Salinas, a 21-year-old waiter, said he heard many gunshots. "And shouting. And more shouting. I jumped onto the beach and didn't move," he said. Police said they were "working on the hypothesis that the terrorists shot dead in Cambrils could be linked to what happened in Barcelona". How the Barcelona terror attack unfolded 01:10 The attack in Cambrils happened as security forces hunted for the driver of the van used in the Barcelona rampage, who was seen escaping on foot.  Police announced the arrest of two suspects over the Barcelona attack, identified as a Spaniard and a Moroccan, but said the driver was still on the run. "We're united in grief," Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a televised address after rushing to Barcelona. "Above all we're united in the firm intention to defeat those who want to take our values and way of life from us."

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:36:22 -0400
  • Nearly 600 dead in S. Asia floods

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    Nearly 600 people have died and millions have been affected by monsoon floods in South Asia, officials said Saturday, as relief and rescue operations continued. Indian authorities sought military help in two districts of northern Uttar Pradesh state after fresh heavy rains left hundreds of villages marooned. "We have sought army's help to reach out to the affected people," T P Gupta, a senior official from the state's disaster management authority, told AFP.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:52:07 -0400
  • Southern anger: Nazis, KKK 'hijacking' Confederate debate

    CHULAFINNEE, Ala. (AP) — White Southerners who equate Old South symbols with regional pride rather than hate are even more on the defensive since neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and other extremists became the face of the fight over Confederate monuments.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:42:40 -0400
  • USS Fitzgerald's Leadership Removed Over Poor Seamanship

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    This is not the first time U.S. Navy took a strict action against the leadership for acting inappropriately in a particular situation.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:25:33 -0400
  • Pakistan holds state funeral for German nun who fought leprosy

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    Pakistani soldiers on Saturday carried the flag-draped coffin of German-born Catholic nun Ruth Pfau to a state funeral where she was honored after devoting her life to eradicating leprosy in the country. Widely known as Pakistan's Mother Teresa, Pfau died last week in the southern city of Karachi at age 87. Mourners paid their last respects as Pfau's coffin was carried to the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre that she founded before being taken on to St. Patrick's Cathedral for the official service.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 05:22:05 -0400
  • No Human Remains Found In Search For Natalee Holloway: Prosecutor

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    Dave Holloway, father of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, said on national television this week that he found human bones in Aruba, where his daughter vanished a dozen years ago, and submitted them for DNA testing.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:58:10 -0400
  • KKK leader threatens to 'burn' black Latina journalist and calls her a 'n*****' during interview

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    An Afro-Latina journalist conducting an interview with a member of the Ku Klux Klan has said he threatened her so violently that she was concerned for her safety. Ilia Calderón, a Univision journalist with both African and Colombian heritage, agreed to visit KKK leader Chris Barker on his wooded North Carolina property. Almost immediately, Mr Barker asked her why she didn’t “go back” to her country of origin.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:10:00 -0400
  • Grace Mugabe absent from S.Africa summit as assault claim lingers

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    Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe failed to appear Saturday at a summit in South Africa attended by her husband, an event overshadowed by her effort to obtain diplomatic immunity over assault allegations. The wife of President Robert Mugabe has not been seen since being accused of attacking a 20-year-old model with a electrical extension cord last weekend in a Johannesburg hotel where the couple's two sons were staying. The alleged assault is a political headache for South Africa and Zimbabwe, close neighbours with deep economic and historical ties.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:58:59 -0400
  • Former neo-Nazi: Trump’s message parrots my old propaganda

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    A reformed neo-Nazi says President Trump is partly to blame for legitimizing the white nationalism that exploded in Virginia last weekend.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:00:23 -0400
  • Hero police officer shot dead four terrorists in Cambrils and saved injured partner's life

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    An outnumbered police officer shot dead four of the five terrorists who attacked the seaside city of Cambrils last night, saving his injured partner’s life, according to a dramatic account of the shootout. The officers were carrying out a routine check at a roundabout near the seafront of Cambrils when the terrorists launched their attack, which, it was confirmed today, killed one woman. Their white Audi A3, coming from the direction of the city, ploughed through four pedestrians before smashing into the police car and overturning. The crash left one officer with a broken tibia and an injured head. According to a report in the La Vanguardia newspaper, the five men got out of the overturned vehicle, armed with knives and axes, and wearing false explosives.  The overturned car used in the attack in Cambrils Credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP The hero police office shot down four of the terrorists and the fifth fled in the direction of a nearby park, stabbing a pedestrian in the face with a knife. He was gunned down by a separate police officer. The chief of Mossa, the Catalan police force, confirmed that one officer had killed the four terrrorists.  Josep Luis Trapero told reporters at a press conference: "To kill four people, even if you are a professional, is not easy to digest." Video footage has emerged of one of the terrorists taunting police before being shot down. A British tourist told how families and residents were ordered to take cover as bullets tore through the air in a scene he described as being like "watching a horror film". Terror in Spain: Dozens killed and injured in Barcelona and Cambrils A total of five civilians were injured in the attack with a sixth dying from her injuries in hospital. Cambrils is tourist city 74 miles south of Barcelona, where a van had earlier sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others. Police said the suspects in Cambrils carried bomb belts, which were detonated by a police bomb squad. Earlier in Barcelona a van had sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others. One tourist told how families and residents were ordered to take cover as bullets tore through the air in a scene he described as being like "watching a horror film". A terrorist heads towards police armed with a knife Credit: Sky News A total of five civilians were injured in the attack with a sixth dying from her injuries in hospital. Cambril is tourist city 74 miles south of Barcelona, where a van had earlier sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others. Police said the suspects in Cambrils carried bomb belts, which were detonated by a police bomb squad. Earlier in Barcelona a van had sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others. Barcelona attack key articles  

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:56:28 -0400
  • Boy, 7, From Australia Is Missing After Barcelona Van Attack

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    Julian Alessandro Cadman is missing after he was separated from his mom, who was seriously injured in Thursday's terrorist attack.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:09:00 -0400
  • Chinese traders furious after crackdown on N. Korean imports

    BEIJING (AP) — Furious Chinese businesspeople said Friday that Beijing's decision to enforce U.N. sanctions on North Korean seafood imports would hobble the economy of an entire northeastern city, sparking a rare public protest earlier this week after the surprise move suddenly choked off border trade.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:06:49 -0400
  • Historians: Robert E. Lee and George Washington Are Not Equivalent

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    The differences and similarities between Robert E. Lee and George Washington after Trump's lawyer sent an email arguing they're the same.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:17:45 -0400
  • Weather Channel Founder Says Climate Change Isn't Real

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    "I'm just a dumb old skeptic. A denier, as they call me. But you know something? I'm right. So I don't care."

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:13:12 -0400
  • Furor erupts over killing of teenager as Philippines drugs war escalates

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    By Erik De Castro and Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines police came under pressure on Friday to explain the killing of a high-school student after the 17-year-old became one of at least 80 people shot dead this week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte's ruthless war on drugs. Television channels aired CCTV footage that showed Kian Loyd Delos Santos being carried by two men to the place where his body was later found, raising doubt about an official report that said he was shot because he fired at police officers first. Witnesses told the ABS-CBN channel that the teenager did not have a firearm and police officers at the scene handed him a gun, asked him to fire the weapon and run.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:09:18 -0400
  • Chicago activist loses US citizenship, will be deported

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    An activist known for helping Arab women in the Chicago area lost her U.S. citizenship Thursday and will be deported for failing to disclose convictions for bombings in Jerusalem decades ago.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:01:09 -0400
  • 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli Juror Transcript Full Of Brutal Insults

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    It wasn’t easy finding jurors who didn’t automatically hate “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli’s guts.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:52:20 -0400
  • Mitt Romney: 'This is a defining moment for President Trump'

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    Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called on Trump to apologize for his remarks on Charlottesville in which he blamed "both sides" for the brutal clashes.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:18:26 -0400
  • Witness: Cambrils terrorist taunted and smiled at police as they shot him

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    A witness told of how a terrorist responsible for the second attack in Spain yesterday taunted police before they shot him dead. Fitzroy Davies, from Wolverhampton, was caught up in the second attack in Cambrils and described what he saw. He told the BBC he was in Spain for a judo camp and was in a meeting with the coaches when the incident unfolded. "These girls ran into the bar off the street and then people were running up the road. "One of our guys stood up, looked and just said 'run', so we all ran. "This guy came running up the road and was shouting something. "I didn't know what it was, so we said call the police. "Within 30 seconds the police was already there, jumped out of the car, started shouting at the guy, the guy was then saying something else again. "And then they 'pop, pop', did a couple of shots and he fell down. "He stood back up and then he stepped over the fence and he started, he was taunting, smiling and he carried on walking to the police, and then they gave it to him again, a couple more shots and then he fell to the ground." In the early hours of Friday, as the world reeled after the attack in Barcelona, residents of the Spanish seaside resort of Cambrils fled in terror after five terrorists wearing suicide vests launched the second ramming attack in the country in a matter of hours.  Suicide-vest wearing terrorists shot dead after second car attack 01:02 At least six people were hurt when the attackers drove into pedestrians before being shot dead by security forces, just hours after a similar attack in nearby Barcelona. Of the six civilians caught up in the Cambrils attack, two were said to be in a serious condition. The Audi A3 car rammed into people on the seaside promenade of the tourist city 74 miles south of Barcelona, where a van had earlier sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others. Police said the suspects in Cambrils carried bomb belts, which were detonated by a police bomb squad. Media reports said a car crashed into a police vehicle and nearby civilians and police shot the attackers, one brandishing a knife. Police did not immediately say how the attack was being carried out. A police officer and five civilians were injured and two were in serious condition. 

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:00:01 -0400
  • 911 Call Reveals Harrowing Escape of Woman Cops Call 'James Bond' After She Jumped Out of Car

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    Jordan Dinsmore's suspected attackers have been arrested.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:49:00 -0400
  • Violence erupts between white nationalists, counterprotestors in Charlottesville: Part 5

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    White nationalists had gathered in the Virginia city to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:21:19 -0400
  • Children in conflict zones vulnerable to killing, rape: UN draft

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    Children are particularly vulnerable in the conflicts raging around the globe, according to a draft UN report that specifically pointed the finger of blame in Yemen at the Saudi-led coalition. The draft of an annual UN report on the impact of armed conflict on children lists the countries and entities accused of recruiting child soldiers and using children as weapons of war. "I am highly concerned by the scale and severity of the grave violations that were committed against children in 2016, which included alarming levels of killing and maiming, recruitment and use and denial of humanitarian access," Secretary General Antonio Guterres says in the draft seen by AFP.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:56:07 -0400
  • Wildfire leads to more evacuations in Montana

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    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A month-old wildfire flared up in western Montana, forcing the evacuation of hundreds more homes and devouring another large chunk of forest as the drought-stricken state struggles with one of its worst wildfire seasons in years.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:14:44 -0400
  • Here's a Preview of the Solar Eclipse Traffic Nightmare

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    The backup in Oregon was between 20 and 30 miles long

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:13:42 -0400
  • Neo-Nazis love media attention. But ignoring them isn't an option | Bob Garfield

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    There is a genuine conflict of two public interests: the collateral damage of publicity versus the right to know. First there was the violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, where crowds of neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white nationalists and assorted alt-right mouthbreathers were televised chanting racist and antisemitic slogans and roughing up counter-protesters, culminating in the death of one woman. Yep, some of the finest neo-Nazis this great country has to offer.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:08:09 -0400
  • Twitter Blasts Ex-Google Employee Who Says Being Conservative Is Like Being Gay In The '50s

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    Ex-Google employee James Damore made quite a disturbing false equivalency when he compared being a conservative at the tech company to being gay in the 1950s.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:36:20 -0400
  • The interview that got Steve Bannon fired

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    Steve Bannon was forced out of the White House after he labelled members of the white supremacist movement "clowns". Mr Bannon downplayed the danger posed by Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi sympathisers and revealed his ambition to dominate anti-Trump groups focused on "race and identity" in an interview with left-wing magazine The American Prospect on Tuesday. The Breitbart News boss's combative remarks came as Republicans and Democrats called for him to be removed from his post following Donald Trump's controversial response to the Charlottesville attacks which left one dead and dozens injured on 12 August.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:35:00 -0400
  • Barcelona attack: Five terror suspects 'wearing suicide vests' shot dead in Cambrils after van crashes into crowd at Las Ramblas, killing 13

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    CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW LATEST LIVE UPDATES Terror in Barcelona as van hits crowd in Las Ramblas 13 people killed and more than 100 people injured  Driver still on the run, 2 arrested 'Five terrorists wearing bomb belts' shot dead in Cambrils Barcelona attack: Everything we know  Terror returned to the streets of Europe on Thursday when a van ploughed into a crowd of people in Barcelona, killing at least 13 and injuring more than 100 others. Footage of the scene showed dozens of bodies sprawled across the pavement in Las Ramblas, a street popular with tourists. Two men, one Spanish and one Moroccan, were arrested but police said the driver of the van was still at large.  In the early hours of Friday morning, in the town of Cambrils, 70 miles away,  at least six people were hurt when "alleged terrorists" drove into pedestrians before being shot dead by security forces. The five attackers in the Audi A3, who were wearing bomb belts, were shot dead, police said. The bomb belts were detonated by the force's bomb squad. Two of the injured in Cambrils were in critical condition, emergency services said. Police say the attacks were linked. Spanish policemen patrol the street after five suspected terrorists were killed by the police in Cambrils Credit: EPA Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack as Joaquim Forn, Catalonia’s police chief, warned: “Unfortunately the number of fatalities will likely rise.” On Thursday night it was confirmed that a three-year-old child was among the victims and 15 people people were in a critical condition. Liam Searle, 22, from Chichester, West Sussex, said he was skateboarding along the road at around 5.15pm with his headphones on when he heard “massive bangs and thuds” which he thought were gunshots.  “I realised it was the van next to me hitting people.” he said. “The van had stopped right next to me. That’s when two men got out and I ran for my life.” A handout photo made available by Spanish National Police shows Driss Oukabir, alleged to have rented the van which was used to crashed into pedestrians in Las Ramblas Credit: Spanish National Police/ HANDOUT Driss Oukabir, a 28-year-old of Moroccan origin, was suspected of having rented the van used in the assault. Spanish reports later said he had handed himself in to police, who were investigating whether his brother had stolen his documentation. Two explosions at a house in the town of Alcanar, 120 miles south of Barcelona, on Wednesday night were last night linked by police to the attack. Officers said the residents had been preparing explosives. At least one person died and more than 16 were injured in what was initially thought to be a gas explosion.   Theresa May, the Prime Minister, condemned the “terrible” Las Ramblas assault and said Britain stood firmly with Spain against terrorism.   Pictured: the van reportedly used in the attack Donald Trump, the US president, tweeted that the US “will do whatever is necessary to help”, adding: “Be tough & strong, we love you!.”   The Spanish royal family described the attackers as “assassins, criminals who won’t terrorise us”, while Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, said the attack was “jihadist terrorism” requiring a global response. Barcelona terror attack, in pictures ​ This was the eighth terror attack using a vehicle in Europe in the past three years, following the Nice assault in July 2016 that killed 86 and attacks on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge earlier this year that left four and eight people dead.  Mapped: Barcelona van attack Earlier this year, jihadists warned that they would be seeking to take their campaign of death and destruction to popular areas in the Mediterranean. The CIA warned Spanish police two months ago that Las Ramblas was a potential target, reports said.   6:17AM Nationalities of victims The injured and dead came from 24 different countries, the Catalan government said on Friday in a statement, ranging from France and Germany to Pakistan and the Philippines. Belgium said one of its citizens had died in the Las Ramblas assault, while The Hague said three Dutch were injured and a Greek diplomat reported three nationals had been wounded - a woman and her two children. In Australia, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop confirmed that four Australians had been hurt in the attack, while one person is missing. 5:55AM 'Search for more vans' The New York Times reports that three vans had been rented under Driss Oukabar's name.  Barcelona police were frantically searching for the two other vans, combing the streets and underground parking garages, a national police official told the paper.  It is not known if one of the vans was used in the Cambrils attack.  A counterterrorism expert, who was briefed on the details of the investigation, told the Times the police believed the plot initially involved the use of explosives and a large truck. “Part of the plan was they tried to rent a larger truck, but they didn’t have the right permit and so they ended up getting” smaller vans, said the expert. The house in Alcanar which was destroyed by an explosion Credit: EPA He added that the building in Alcanar where the explosion occurred had been packed with gas canisters, as well as other materials used to make explosives. 5:46AM 'There is a connection' The Catalan government says the attack in Cambrils is linked to the vehicle attack in Barcelona. The region's Interior Minister Joaquin Forn has told local radio RAC1 the Cambrils attack "follows the same trail. There is a connection." He did not explain what connected the attacks. He confirmed the driver in the Barcelona attack remains at large. Police earlier said two people who have been arrested were not the driver.  4:28AM Five terrorists were wearing bomb belts, police say More details are coming in regarding the attack in Cambrils. Police say the seven people were hurt when five "alleged terrorists" drove into pedestrians in the Spanish seaside resort before being shot dead by security forces. The five attackers in the Audi A3, who were wearing bomb belts, were shot dead, police added. The bomb belts, were detonated by the force's bomb squad. One of the injured in Cambrils is in critical condition, emergency services said. "The alleged terrorists were in an Audi A3 and apparently knocked down several people before coming across a police patrol and a shoot-out ensued," said a spokesman for the regional government of Catalonia, where Cambrils is located in Spain's northeast. In #Cambrils police operation underway possibly linked to the attack in #Barcelona. Ppl told to get off the streets. pic.twitter.com/D6JXfAb1jQ— Kevin Rincon (@KevRincon) August 17, 2017 Markel Artabe, a 20-year-old restaurant worker, said he was on the seaside promenade when he heard what he initially thought were fireworks, but soon realised were gunshots. He said he saw someone lying on the ground "with a gunshot in the head". The victim's friends were crying out "help", he added. Joan Marc Serra Salinas, a 21-year-old waiter, said he heard many gunshots. "And shouting. And more shouting. I jumped onto the beach and didn't move," he said. Police said they were "working on the hypothesis that the terrorists shot dead in Cambrils could be linked to what happened in Barcelona". 3:35AM Scene in Cambrils Spanish Policemen inspect a car in Cambrils Credit: EPA Five suspects were killed in Cambrils Credit: EPA 3:30AM Fifth suspect dies in Cambrils The police force for Spain's Catalonia region says the fifth suspect shot in the resort town of Cambrils has died and six civilians have been injured. Police had earlier said four suspects had been killed in the town south of Barcelona during a police operation to "respond to a terrorist attack." The confrontation came about eight hours after the Barcelona attack.  The regional police said they cannot say how the six civilians were injured at the moment. They earlier tweeted that they are investigating whether the Cambrils suspects were wearing explosive vests. Its officers planned to carry out several controlled explosions. The force says it is working on the theory that the Cambrils suspects were linked to the Barcelona attack, as well as to a Wednesday night explosion in the town of Alcanar in which one person was killed. 3:04AM New York lights up In other tributes, the Empire State building and the World Trade Center in New York lit up in Catalan and Spanish colours. Empire State Building lit up in the blue, red & yellow of the Catalan flag tonight #TotsSomBarcelonapic.twitter.com/I63KBMB2mh— Harriet Alexander (@h_alexander) August 18, 2017 Spire of One World Trade Center shines red and yellow in tribute to the victims of #Barcelona terror attack. Photo: @maximusupinNYcpic.twitter.com/mCBL4NUFHU— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) August 18, 2017 2:01AM Eiffel Tower turns off lights in tribute Tonight, from 12:45 am, I will turn my lights off to pay tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack. #EiffelTowerpic.twitter.com/NVtVgAQmE8— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) August 17, 2017   1:48AM Cambrils terror suspects 'had attempted to carry out a similar attack to that in Barcelona' RTVE reported that the suspects had attempted to carry out a similar attack to that in Barcelona by driving a van at pedestrians. The broadcaster said seven people were injured, including two seriously. 1:07AM Suspected attackers killed in Cambrils Spanish police have killed several people in a coastal town south of Barcelona in response to a terrorist attack. Reports of an operation by security services in Cambrils emerged shortly after 1am local time, some eight hours after a van driver killed 13 people and injured more than 100 in a terrorist attack in Barcelona. Bystanders could be seen running for cover and several gunshots heard in footage posted on social media that appeared to have been filmed on the town's beachfront promenade. We work with the hypothesis that the incident of #Cambrils respond to a terrorist attack. We have shot down the perpetrators— Mossos (@mossos) August 18, 2017   12:48AM 'Possible terror attack in Cambrils' Police say they are dealing with a "possible terror attack" in Cambrils. Local media report that three people have been killed in a police shootout. 12:26AM Operation underway in Cambrils A police operation is underway in the town of Cambrils, 70 miles south of Barcelona. The 112 Catalonia emergency service tweeted: "IF YOU'RE NOW IN £Cambrils avoid going out. Stay home, stay safe. Police operation ongoing." IF YOU'RE NOW IN #Cambrils avoid going out. Stay home, stay safe. Police operation ongoing— EmergènciesCatalunya (@emergenciescat) August 17, 2017   11:41PM Spanish PM says Barcelona van attack result of 'jihadist terrorism' Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the van attack in Barcelona that has killed at least 13 people was "jihadist terrorism" which required a global response. "Today the fight against terrorism is the principal priority for free and open societies like ours. It is a global threat and the response has to be global," Rajoy told a news conference in Barcelona. He said he would call on other Spanish political parties to reaffirm the country's anti-terrorism pact. 10:24PM Explosion on Wednesday in Alcanar linked to Las Ramblas attack Spanish newspaper El Pais reported that an explosion on Wednesday night in Alcanar, 120 miles south of Barcelona, is now believed to be connected to Thursday's attack. At the time police thought it was a gas explosion. The house was destroyed, with six people injured and one dead. Inside the house, which police believe was occupied for a few months, they found around 20 canisters of butane and propane gas. General view of the debris of a house after it completely collapsed after a gas leak explosion in a real state in the village of Alcanar, Catalonia, northeastern Spain, 17 August 2017 Credit: EPA/JAUME SELLART A woman was found dead inside and a man, discovered among the rubble, was taken to hospital in a critical condition. The explosion could be heard for several miles. 10:11PM Police: driver of van not among the two arrested suspects Police have said that neither of the two detained suspects was the driver. Josep Lluis Trapero, a senior police officer, said the two suspects in custody were directly linked to the attack, "but that doesn't mean that either were the author of the attack". The wereabouts of the driver was unclear last night. The two suspects in custody in the Barcelona van attack are a Spanish national from Melilla and a Moroccan.  9:55PM Theresa May full statement The Prime Minister has given a longer statement: I am sickened by the senseless loss of life in Barcelona today. The Foreign Office is working to establish if any British nationals were involved in this appalling incident and we are in close contact with the authorities in Spain, who have our full support. Following the attacks in Manchester and London, Spain stood alongside the British people. Tonight, Britain stands with Spain against the evil of terrorism. 9:53PM CIA 'warned Spanish authorities two months ago Las Ramblas was a terriortarget' The CIA warned Spanish police two months ago that Las Ramblas in particular was a terror target, reports said. 9:09PM Oukabir 'denies involvement in Las Ramblas attack' A local newspaper in Catalonia, El Nacional, reported that Oukabir told police in Ripoll that he had nothing to do with the Barcelona attack. He said that his documents had been stolen and used to hire the car, sources told the paper. Jordi Munell, mayor of Ripoll, confirmed that Oukabir had denied any involvement in the attack. The Mossos d'Esquadra, the Catalan police force, said they were looking into the report and not confirm or deny it. 8:34PM Man who drove at police officers at checkpoint shot dead The police force for Spain's Catalonia region says troopers have shot and killed a man who was in a car that hit two officers at a traffic blockade in Barcelona. The Mossos d'Esquadra force did not indicate if the incident was related to the van attack in the city's Las Ramblas . Local media reports say a white Ford Focus ran over the officers and then was intercepted by police 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) away. That's where troopers shot one man dead. 8:27PM Islamic State claims responsibility The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack, according to a statement from its Amaq "news agency". 8:20PM Death toll 12 - 80 people hospitalised Catalonia's regional president says 12 dead and 80 victims hospitalised in Barcelona van attack.  8:16PM Two arrests made after attack Catalonia's regional president says there have been two arrests after the Barcelona van attack.  Separately local reports said a suspect had been shot dead by police. It remains unclear how many people were involved in the attack. 8:07PM Spain's royals condemn the 'assassins, simply criminals who will not terrorise us' Spain's royal palace has condemned the deadly van attack in Barcelona, calling the perpetrators "assassins, simply criminals who will not terrorise us." The royal palace's statement, which was posted on Twitter, also said that "All of Spain is Barcelona. Las Ramblas will once again be for all." 8:02PM Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy heads to Barcelona to coordinate security response Me traslado ya a Barcelona. Máxima coordinación para detener a los autores, reforzar la seguridad y atender a todos los afectados. Unidad MR— Mariano Rajoy Brey (@marianorajoy) August 17, 2017 Mr Rajoy said that "the terrorists will never destroy a united people who love liberty over barbarism. All of Spain is with the victims and families." 7:58PM Former Holby City star hid in restaurant freezer during attack Laila Rouass, the former Holby City actress and wife of snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan, hid in a restaurant freezer during the attack. In the middle of the attack. Hiding in a restaurant freezer. Happened so fast. Praying for the safety of everyone here x— Laila Rouass (@lailarouass) August 17, 2017 Gunshots just heard. Armed police running down thw street looking for someone— Laila Rouass (@lailarouass) August 17, 2017 Ronnie O'Sullivan receiving an O.B.E. in 2016 pictured with his mother Maria O'Sullivan (right) and partner Laila Rouass (left) Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS   7:51PM 'Suspected attacker killed in shootout with police' -local media reports One of the suspected attackers involved in mowing down people in Barcelona has been killed in a shootout with police on the outskirts of the city, La Vanguardia newspaper reported. Police earlier confirmed they had arrested a man in connection with the attack. It was not immediately clear how many attackers were involved in the incident 7:44PM Angela Merkel condemns 'revolting attack' The office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday condemned the "revolting attack" in Barcelona. "We are thinking with profound sadness of the victims of the revolting attack in Barcelona - with solidarity and frienship alongside the Spanish people," tweeted spokesman Steffen Seibert. 7:42PM Macron vows solidarity with Spain French President Emmanuel Macron voiced solidarity with Spain. "We remain united and determined," Macron said on Twitter, describing it as a "tragic attack" and saying his thoughts were with the victims. 7:41PM Briton caught up in Barcelona attack talks of her 'unbridled fear' Susan Maclean, who is on holiday in Barcelona with her husband, said she was "very lucky" to have avoided the van as it ploughed through the crowds. She told Channel 4 News: "All of a sudden, there was this screaming and hordes of people, like a tidal wave of people, fear etched in their faces, running towards us, many of them yelling in Spanish. "We had no idea what was going on. My first thought was this is a terrorist attack." She said she felt "unbridled fear" during the incident where she was barricaded into a nearby shop for safety. Ms Maclean said: "It was very difficult to know what was going on. "People were shouting. We could hear the word 'shooting, shooting'. We weren't really sure whether that was shooting as in the English or a Spanish word so it was just unbridled fear." 7:29PM Theresa May: 'UK stands with Spain against terror' Britain "stands with Spain against terror", Prime Minister Theresa May said following the deadly attack. "My thoughts are with the victims of today's terrible attack in Barcelona and the emergency services responding to this ongoing incident. The UK stands with Spain against terror," the prime minister wrote on Twitter. 7:04PM Donald Trump: we'll do whatever is necessary to help The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017   7:01PM Melania Trump send her thoughts and prayers The US first lady tweeted: Thoughts and prayers to #Barcelona— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) August 17, 2017   7:00PM Suspect arrested Spanish public broadcaster RTVE says one suspect in the Barcelona van attack has been arrested.  6:43PM Passport 'found at scene' Barcelona's Tv3 reports that the Spanish passport of a person of Moroccan origin was found at the scene of the attack. 6:42PM Second van 'found by police' Reuters, citing local authorities, reports that a second van has been found by police in the town of Vic, north of Barcelona. 6:39PM Jeremy Corbyn tweets his support Terrible reports from Barcelona. My thoughts are with those killed and injured, and the emergency services working to save lives.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) August 17, 2017   6:36PM London stands with Barcelona Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has tweeted: My thoughts are with the victims of this barbaric terrorist attack in the great city of Barcelona and with their brave emergency services.— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) August 17, 2017   6:16PM 'There was a mini stampede'  Ethan Spibey, a charity director on holiday in the city, said he had taken shelter in a nearby church with several others after Thursday's van ramming. "All of a sudden it was real kind of chaos... people just started running screaming," he told Sky. "There was kind of a mini stampede. "It seems like a lot of people have taken refuge in shops and local cafes." A woman cries as she phones after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing one person and injuring several others on the Rambla in Barcelona Credit:  AFP/Getty Images A video circulating on social media showed at least 19 people lying injured on the pavement down the centre of Las Ramblas. Many victims can be seen bleeding, some heavily, while being tended to by passersby. Souvenirs are strewn across the path, having apparently been knocked over in the chaos. Armed police are visible in the background. 6:12PM One death confirmed by police A police official in Barcelona has said that one death has been confirmed, and 32 others have been injured in the van attack, ten of which are seriously injured.  At least 56 people have been taken to hospitals across the city, according to local newspaper La Vanguardia.    6:08PM Van 'was going very fast, without caring about who was in its way' TV3 says it now has official confirmation that thirteen people are dead. It also says there are dozens of injured. Eyewitness Lourdes Porcar told TV3 television station that she saw the van running people over. “It was going very fast, without caring about who was in its way,” she said. Police have set up roadblocks around the city amid reports that a second van was involved in the attack and fled the scene. Injured people are treated in Barcelona, Spain There are also reports that at least on attacker is holed up in a Turkish restaurant on Carrer Hospital, which leads off from the spot in which the van appears to have come to a halt. Television pictures show that a van came to a halt on top of a Joan Miro mosaic, half-way down Las Ramblas - meaning that it would have covered more than 500 metres. 5:59PM Las Ramblas potentially deadliest attack since 2004 bombing The deadliest recent attack in Spain was in March 2004, when Islamist militants placed bombs on commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people and wounding more than 1,800.   5:55PM Death toll 'could be as high as 13' Reuters reports that at least 13 people have been killed in the attack, citing local media.  5:52PM President has been informed, says White House The White House's chief of staff said it was keeping President Trump closely informed about the situation. 5:49PM 'Second van' linked to attack Police are looking for a second van that may have been involved in the attack, Sky News reports 5:49PM Tourists speak of shock  Police stationed at the cordon a block away from Plaza Catalunya, on Passeig de Gracia, say they have no information what is happening inside. Confused tourists, shoppers and business owners gathered at its edges, awaiting some word or direction as to what to do.  Ines Prauka, a 49 year old tourist from Berlin arrived with her 14 year old daughter Adel for a one week holiday just an hour or two before the attack. Injured people are treated by emergency services at the scene They had just checked in to an apartment at the top of the Ramblas and come out in search of a supermarket to find pandemonium on the street. "Everybody was running and panicking and crying," she said. Ambulances arrived and police told them to run away, but they did not understand as the orders came in Spanish, she said, and had to ask.  Ms Prauka was clearly in shock and struggled to speak at times. "It's unbelievable. Two hours in Barcelona and this. We are shocked. Policemen accompany an elderly woman near a cordoned off area Credit:  PAU BARRENA "It's the first time we've been in a situation of everyone crying and panicking around us, we didn't know if it was terrorism, a bomb." Berlin had been touched by terrorism but they had never experienced it personally, she said, adding that she did not know where to take her daughter now.  "A one week summer holiday in Barcelona and that was the start," she said.   5:45PM Barcelona police to hold press conference Local police are expected to begin a press conference in around ten minutes. Stay with us for the latest updates.  5:39PM 'There was panic everywhere," says eyewitness Daksha Dixit, a 28 year old tourist visiting from Mumbai with family, said they had been on a tourist bus which had just dropped them off one block from Plaza Cataluña when they heard the news. "We got off and people were panicking, no one knew what was going on. There was panic everywhere." An injured person is carried in Barcelona, Spain Credit:  Oriol Duran/AP The family arrived just yesterday for a one week trip and their hotel is on the Ramblas inside the cordon. They were unclear as to what exactly was unfolding, with Miss Dixit adding: "I don't know what to do". 5:32PM Attacker used rented van Catalan police say they are treating the crash as a suspected terrorist attack but cannot yet confirm the motive.  It has also been reported that the attack vehicle was a rented van.  That would suggest, if this is confirmed as a terrorist attack, that same terrorists are imitating the perpetrators of the London Bridge attack, where a rented van was also used.  Injured people react after a van crashed into pedestrians in Las Ramblas, downtown Barcelona,   5:26PM 'We heard gunshots...there was screaming and shouting'  Steve Garrett was in a nearby market and sheltered in a bakery with several others after streams of people ran inside. One member of the group, who took refuge with him, said she had heard gunshots after the incident. Armed police officers patrol an empty street after a van crashed into pedestrians near the Las Ramblas avenue in central Barcelona Credit:  REUTERS Mr Garrett told the BBC: "A very large number of people ran into the market area in a big kind of way, lots of screaming, lots of shouting. "The security guards immediately responded. We ran into the bakery with four or five other people and ran straight upstairs and hunkered down whilst an enormous wave of people went through the market. An armed policeman arrives in a cordoned off area after a van ploughed into the crowd, injuring several persons on the Rambla "Obviously coming from England it was reminding me a great deal of what happened in London, so we were very concerned about what might be going on next. Police speak to an injured person at the scene. Local media report the van driver ran away "The lady that was with us said she heard some gunshots." Mr Garrett said a "second wave" of people then entered the market, followed by armed police.  Screengrab taken with permission from video posted on twitter by @pawilerma of the scene in Las Ramblas He said: "They seemed to sweep through the market area. They seemed to be looking for someone. They were going very carefully, very cautiously, stall to stall." Jordi Lino was on a bus going down the Ramblas when he saw the attack: "First I saw people running and then the van. There were injured people in the middle of the Ramblas." 5:20PM Footage appears to show crash vehicle Footage appears to show damaged vehicle in cordoned-off Barcelona street 00:31   5:16PM Confusion and panic in Las Ramblas Telegraph reporter Hannah Strange has arrived at Las Ramblas, where she says there is a very heavy police presence,  confusion, and helicopters flying overhead.  Local media is reporting is that several people have died.   The Spanish newspaper El Pais quoted unnamed police sources as saying the perpetrators of the crash were holed up in a bar in Tallers Street. There was no immediate police confirmation of the report. Inside the glossy stores of Passeig de Gracia, shoppers and staff sheltered behind glass windows. Many streamed away from the cordon but others stayed on the street in an eerie limbo, the ambulances racing past the only clue as to the status of the situation.   5:14PM Armed police pictured at scene Omg �� #barcelonapic.twitter.com/p0jZd25oxx— sommermädchen (@_corazondelsol) August 17, 2017   5:12PM Restaurant hostage situation is ongoing Two armed men have entrenched themselves in a Turkish bar and restaurant in Barcelona's city centre after a van mowed down dozens of people, El Periodico newspaper reported on Wednesday. El Periodico reported gunfire in the area of La Boqueria Market, although it did not cite the source of the information. It was not immediately clear that the men were the drivers of the van.  5:06PM Several bodies lay in street in aftermath of attack In a photograph shown by public broadcaster RTVE, three people were lying on the ground in the street of the northern Spanish city Thursday afternoon, apparently being helped by police and others. Videos of the scene recorded people screaming as they fled. A police officer cordon off a street in Barcelona, Spain Police cordoned off the broad, popular street, ordering stores and nearby Metro and train stations to close. They asked people to stay away from the area so as not to get in the way of emergency services. A helicopter hovered over the scene. 5:02PM 'It was chaos...everyone was in panic mode' Aamer Anwar was walking down Las Ramblas at the time, which he said was "jam-packed" with tourists. He told Sky News: "All of a sudden, I just sort of heard a crashing noise and the whole street just started to run, screaming. I saw a woman right next to me screaming for her kids. "Police were very, very quickly there, police officers with guns, batons, everywhere. Then the whole street started getting pushed back." Panicked onlookers at the scene of the attack Mr Anwar described the scene as "chaos", with everyone in "panic mode". He added: "Police officers who got there just started screaming at people to move back, move back. "One of the shopkeepers tried to speak to him. He said he saw five or six people seriously injured on the ground, a van had driven into people. "And literally within probably 30 seconds, police vans, ambulances, police officers with guns, were piling out and we were being sectioned off and then being pushed rapidly back down Ramblas." 4:51PM Eyewitness: It was terriyfying One witness told Sky News: "It was quite terrifying. All of a sudden scores of people ran towards us, hysterical, children hysterical... first of all they said someone had been shot. ��Atropello múltiple en las #Ramblas. Se solicita a los ciudadanos no transitar por la zona de Plaza Catalunya. +info @emergenciescat— Policía Nacional (@policia) August 17, 2017 "All of a sudden a second wave of people came down the street, we just ran, I lost my husband in the melee. The shops went into lockdown mode." She added: "We really had no idea what was going on other than that we needed to get ourselves out of there very quickly... there was just hundreds of people running away very quickly."  Police at the scene of the crash Another said: "We were just told to run, it must have been quite close because... there was an immediate stampede to run away. We were just a minute away from it." 4:50PM Local media: Armed men have entered a restaurant Spanish media is now reporting that armed men entered a restaurant shortly after the attack took place.  4:48PM Emergency services  - close nearby train and metro stations Catalan emergency services have asked that nearby metro stations be closed. Here are some images of the scene.  A policeman stands next to an ambulance after a van ploughed into the crowd, injuring several persons   4:43PM Suspected driver 'fled on foot' The suspected driver has fled the vehicle, according to local police. 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