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Evening Update 18 Aug 2017

Attack - Local leaders have been reacting to the attack in Barcelona, with Prince Albert of Monaco writing to King Felipe of Spain to express his repulsion at the attacks. President Macron said we remain united and determined with Spain, while the Mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard, said the murders were committed by cowards.

Christian Estrosi, the Mayor of Nice which was hit by a similar attack last year, has called on the EU for a common fund to fight against terrorism. He is proposing a meeting with mayors of large and medium cities popular with tourists, to discuss how they protect the destinations against radicalisation.

The French Minister of Foreign Affairs is in Barcelona this afternoon to support the 25 French victims, 11 of whom are seriously injured.

Yacht - Authorities are keeping watch on the 39m luxury yacht which caught fire and sank off the coast between Villeneuve-Loubet and Antbies. There is a worry that the remainder of the 40,000 litres of diesel, what was on board, may leak and pollute the coastline. There are no signs of this happening yet, but the  coastguard is keeping watch on the area for fuel, and for potential debris.

Bruce - In the UK, vetern television presenter, Sir Bruce Forsyth has died at 89 years of age. He passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his wife and family. Sir Bruce was the star of Saturday night television for decades with programmes including The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and Strictly Come Dancing.

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Global financial markets are feeling the effects of the Spanish terror attacks, with all major European indexes trading down today. Airlines have been particularly badly affected amid fears that the travel industry could see a downturn due to the terrorism. Shares in Ryanair, IAG and Easyjet all fell by around two to three percent.

South Africa's mining sector has been thrown into turmoil by new guidelines and legal requirements. The new mining charter stipulates, among other things, an increase in black ownership. The South African government says it wants to transform the sector and redress many inequalities. Mining firms say it could destroy the industry.

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Football - Liverpool have rejected a third bid from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho believed to be in the region of €125m. Last week, the Reds rejected a €100m bid from the Spanish giants for the Brazilina attacking midfielder.

Meanwhile, in Diego Costa’s continuing dispute with Chelsea,  the player says his London club are demanding too high a fee from Atletico Madrid for the striker to complete the move, that he wants to make, to get back to his former club. In the meantime he’s refusing to return to London.

Rugby - British & Irish Lions prop Joe Marler has signed a new deal to stay at Harlequins until 2021. The 27-year-old, whose contract had been due to expire next summer, has played 152 times for the Premiership side since his debut in 2009. He was also part of the Lions squad in New Zealand this summer, appearing in five warm-up matches on the tour.

Tennis - Britain's Johanna Konta has won a hard-hitting contest against Slovakian Dominika Cibul.kova to reach the Cincinnati Open quarter-finals. The seventh seed won 6-3 6-4 to reach the last eight for the first time, setting up a rematch of her Wimbledon quarter-final against Simona Halep.

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