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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is duncan golestani. our top stories: a us navy destroyer is seriously damaged in a collision off the coast of japan. at least seven crew members are missing. consternation in cuba — havana says it won't be forced into making political changes despite president trump announcing tougher policies towards it. angry protests in london as residents demand justice for the victims of the grenfell tower fire, and support for the survivors left homeless. we are sent from hospital to hospital, to shelters, why is there no community help for family members — why? why do we have to go there and actively look for them? a us navy destroyer has collided with a philippine container ship off
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the east coast of japan. the navy says the uss fitzgerald is now heading for the nearby port of yokosuka under its own power. the japanese coast guard is at the scene. there are reports of some injuries. no details have been released about the container ship, the acx crystal. sarah corker reports. the uss fitzgerald sustained significant damage to its starboard side. in the middle of the night it somehow collided with a container ship in the approach to tokyo bay. us navy has confirmed that seven crew members are missing. up to three compartments are flooded but the ship is not in danger of sinking. the incident happened at 2:30am local time on saturday. 56 nautical miles south—west of a busy commercial waterway. the warship has a crew of over 300 sailors. the number of injured
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are still unknown but the ship's commanding officer was hurt and airlifted to hospital. there is major damage to the ship and any time you hear a ship is taking on water that means, of course, that the hull has been breached. this was notjust bumping, this was a serious collision we will need to wait to see why it happened, why the ships did not see each other or nor communicate clearly, or if there was something else around. this is the merchant vessel involved, the philippine registered acx crystal with light damage to the port bow. the fitzgerald is a guided missile destroyer. in february a $21 million upgrade and repair was completed. its role is to support security and stability in the asia—pacific region. with the help of the coast guard, the warship is now slowly and headed back to port under its own power.
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these kind of incidents are rare butjust how did a warship, with one of the most advanced naval radar systems, hit a huge container ship in open water? cuba says it will not be forced into making political changes despite president trump announcing tougher policies towards it. the cuban government said it's willing to continue cooperating with the united states to improve relations but said any attempts to violate its sovereignty or impose political and economical change would fail. our correspondent will grant is in the cuban capital, havana. he told me the government there was taking a firm line. yes, and i think they felt they needed to give a very robust response given that mr trump's own words were very, very powerful against the cuban government. he constantly referred to how communism was failing its people, how dissidents were being jailed, he called on them to come up with a better deal. he was vociferous, really,
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against the leadership, but military and civilian, in cuba. so i think that they really felt that they needed to respond to that in kind. and as you said in your introduction, said any attempt to change the political system in cuba would be destined to fail. what about the reaction from ordinary cubans? i imagine they are starting to feel the affects of this opening up in relations? they are in the sense that if you work in any area that's sort of directed towards tourism or catering for visitors from abroad, then the idea of that being curtailed somewhat by white house policy is obviously cause of some concerns and i think that more than anything most cubans just dared to begin to hope that the days of firey rhetoric from the white house against the government in cuba might be behind them. it has been a long time,
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almost 60 years, they've been on a hostile footing with the united states. and a lot of people are very tired and to find that in fact those days are not completely behing them but they might be looking down the barrel of another four more is obviously the cause of some dismay for lots of people. one of the things that seems to have irritated president trump is businesses in cuba that are linked to the military. how does that work? there are two key parts to the cuban military in terms of the commercial and tourism wings but indeed the cuban military have scores of different companies and the suggestion is that us entities will now be banned from working directly with those commercial and tourism wings. the problem is however that they are just so important to the cuban economy.
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they're involved in so many sectors of it — whether or not it's transportation, import—export, food production — the military are very, very key to the production and running of the cuban economy. and so to say that if anybody wants a serious commercial presence they'r egoing to somehow be able to do that without working with the cuban military, is to not really understand how cuba works. and that is one of the key criticisms levelled at this new policy from the white house. that was will grant and have honour. —— in havana. protests have taken place in london to demand justice for the victims of the grenfell tower fire and support for survivors who've been left homeless. the number of people known to have died has risen to at least 30 — but the bbc believes the total could be at least 70. anger boiled over at a demonstration at the headquarters of kensington and chelsea council, which owns grenfell tower.
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protesters tried to force their way in. there were also demonstrations in central london. 0urfirst report is from jeremy cooke. this is what happens when grief turns to anger. crowd chants: we want justice! the target is kensington town hall, the office of the council that owns g re nfell tower. they want answers. we want justice! we need to be heard! we all have things to say. we are in pain. i understand that the response we got from the council is not satisfactory. they want to hear from the local authority officials who they hold responsible. justice! how could this tragedy have happened on this scale in this city in 2017? the whole procedure is chaos. we are sent from hospital to hospital, to shelters. why is there not a community
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house for family members? why? why do we have to go out there and look actively for them, and then be told misled information? be told there is a checklist and they are possibly alive. they make us call family members, and every someone else telling us, no, that is not made by themselves, but by someone on their behalf. we live in a modern world. why is it carried out like this? it doesn't make sense. but today, again, in the shadow of grenfell tower, a different kind of response. sorry. sorry! it is an overwhelming community tragedy still being met with an overwhelming community response. if we get all the missing people on the same window... a continuing grassroots mobilisation, doing all they can. and visited today by royalty. a time to reflect and to thank. you guys did a brilliantjob in unprecedented circumstances. but the queen and prince william left in no doubt of the agony
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and the grief here. royal protocol meets raw emotion. william, harry, come on here, please. could you tell us who they are in the pictures? family, friends, 0k? they're not my children. it is my family's friends. all of them that died in there are my families and friends and children. when the queen turned up, everyone came. go to the media, show the queen you are nice. sorry to the policeman and the fireman but you are not doing the right job. the rescue crews are still making their way through the building. it's hard to imagine a more challenging task. dangerous and slow work — it is why the official death toll remains so much lower than what the people here expect, and what they fear.
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the building itself is in a very hazardous state. it is going to take a period of time for our specialists, both from the police and the london fire brigade, to fully search that building to make sure we locate and recover everybody that has sadly perished in that fire. we will be doing that as swiftly as we can. i completely understand the need for those who have lost loved ones, that as quick as we can, we are able to announce that. tonight, the government announced what it calls a comprehensive package for the victims. anger, disappointment. we haven't seen anyone in the authority who we can give some responsibility to because there was no one here to organise anything at all. i've got friends who died in there, but no one is telling us. we've got friends who died in there. what do you think the problem is?
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they are not bringing out the truth. they need to talk the truth and get real. theresa may doesn't come to see none of us. in the manchester thing, she was all about the place. you know, no truth. the investigations and the inquests, the enquiries, will take months, perhaps years, to complete, but the people here believe they already have a fundamental understanding of this tragedy, that the fire swept through the building at breathtaking pace, and that so many people from this neighbourhood have lost their lives. where are the children? the general belief here tonight, the hardest of truths, is that the dozens of missing are among the dead. and so, three days later, the fire is out, london rumbles on, and grenfell tower, 127 homes, stands monument to the lives, to the families who have been lost. jeremy cooke, bbc news, north kensington. for more information on this story
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you can head to our website,, for all the latest developments. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. a jury in minnesota has acquitted the police officer who fatally shot an african—american. philando castile's dying moments during a traffic stop were captured on a facebook video in a case which shocked america. jeronimo yanez was found not guilty on three charges, including second—degree manslaughter. ajudge in massachusetts has ruled that a 20—year—old american woman who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself is guilty of causing his death. michelle carter faces up to 20 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. 18—year—old conrad roy was found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning injuly 2014. the german chancellor angela merkel has led tributes to one
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stay with us here on bbc news, still to come — a big honourfor the big yin. comedian billy connolly is made a knight in the queen's birthday honours. more on our top story now. politicians from all parties, the prime minister in particular, are facing a barrage of criticism over their response. all but hidden from view, the crowd of police protection told you this was theresa may. she had been meeting people from the neighbourhood, meeting volunteers inside this little church. as she was ushered into her car afterwards, rage boiled over in the street outside as she left. the government failed. the government failed us,
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and her coming over here trying to speak to, who? who do you want to speak to, who? who do you want to speak to? you had your chance. now everybody will be angry. it is a pr start. i don't know why the church n. it isa start. i don't know why the church n. it is a shame it has come to this. more residents would have come out if they knew she was here, to protest. it is about, what are you doing? where is the carer? she was very cold not to meet with any victims. earlier today, unlike yesterday, the prime minister met casualties, people touched by the disaster. yesterday she met only emergency services and that went down badly in the area. speaking to the bbc, mrs may promised help. the government is making £5 million available as emergency funds for people who need just to get money to be able to buy the normal things of everyday life. this morning i was in one of the hospitals meeting some of the victims there, and one of the women said to me, basically she ran out of groenefeld power, basically
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with a t—shirt and a pair of knickers. she has nothing. —— groenefeld power. that is why the government is putting that funding in. we will do other things as well, to ensure people can be rehoused in three weeks. you must read the anger people feel about this. they shouted cow people feel about this. they shouted cow that you this afternoon when he left saint clements. —— coward. cow that you this afternoon when he left saint clements. -- coward. what i have done since vista places first of all, yesterday, ensured that the public services have the support they need to do the job they were doing in the immediate aftermath. but making this kind of loss and this kind of horror, the last of its kind, means that thousands of locks must be inspected. millions of pounds in work, who knows how many moved to safety? today the government pledged action. we will do whatever it takes. we will take the expert advice, do whatever it ta kes to the expert advice, do whatever it takes to make those buildings safe or make those people say. zverev ta kes, or make those people say. zverev takes, we have to be led by the experts. there can be no shortcuts to this. donations of clothing have
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been pouring into day. london's mayor demanded help, answers and justice for those hit by the tragedy. it is really important we are not tragedy. it is really important we a re not left tragedy. it is really important we are not left waiting two, three, four years before we get answers. we need answers now. what i'm asking is foran need answers now. what i'm asking is for an interim response the enquiry this summer. may must go! tonight, anti—government protesters took up theissue anti—government protesters took up the issue and took to the streets. more anger on the streets tonight. hundreds of demonstrators marched past downing street and into central london. chungking, "may must go". the prime minister's authority was weakened by the general election. now she is facing another defining test, and it has come far sooner than theresa may ever could have imagined. expect more of this. demonstrations, disruption. this tragedy has become a cause, and another reason for the government's enemies to turn up the volume. this is bbc news.
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the latest headlines: a us navy destroyer has collided with a container ship off the east coast of japan. at least 7 us sailors are missing. protests in west and central london as anger increases following the grenfell tower fire. there are growing calls for answers as to why it became engulfed so quickly. so as we've heard theresa may has pledged to re—house all those who've lost their homes in the grenfell fire within three weeks. but how realistic is that? kensington & chelsea is one of the richest boroughs in britain but it still has a substantial housing waiting list and among the highest rates of people living in temporary accommodation in london. clive myrie has been looking at what happens next for the residents of grenfell tower. it dominates the horizon, a blackened tomb in the sky. the shell that is grenfell tower has raised uncomfortable questions about our society, about poverty and helplessness. the housing around here is very poor.
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shoddy work, inferior materials, building materials. that is what it's about. i think people are just fed up with the situation. they want to know what happened, they want an answer. especially those who have lost everything. what now for them beyond the nightmares? sabha abdullah lost his wife in the fire. holmes, the council put him up in a hotel and then inexplicably moved into this old people's home, far from the life he knew. we have found you a good flat, so you don't need to stay in the hotel. i said, i'm happy here, happy in the hotel. they said, no, this is a good one. you might lose it. this is for elderly people. what on earth am i doing here? in fact, he is the only resident from grenfell tower living here. most of the places here are empty.
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and it is half empty? that doesn't make sense, does it? you tell me. some feel there is confusion in the council's attempts to deal with the aftermath of the tragedy. but the long—standing shortage of social housing in the area is making matters worse. kensington and chelsea is wealthy, with stunning homes and handsome facades. some argue empty terraces should be requisitioned for the homeless of g re nfell towers, because of years of neglect in building council housing. this borough has one of the highest levels of households living in temporary accommodation, yet it is one of the richest in london. last year, more than 2700 people were on the social housing waiting list. meanwhile, more than 1800 people are living in temporary accommodation. that's more than a much poorer borough like lewisham. today, theresa may made a commitment, that those
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who lost their homes in the fire would be rehoused in three weeks, and as close as possible to grenfell tower. the local mp says that as a pipe dream. how much of a problem is social housing in what is probably one of the richest boroughs in the country? yeah, it's chronic. i have been a councillorfor 11 years, and some of the cases i have seen over that time have just been horrific. she agrees, empty luxury apartments should be taken over. the idea that there are empty flats there and people sleeping on church floors i find obscene. in a statement, the council said... this man is now living in a hotel.
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he says the council has no option but to follow through. if the councils don't rehouse people, there would be a riot, there would be a genuine riot. if you think, that would make everybody unite more than they have and stand up and stand together. and as dusk began to fall, we could feel the tension rise in a determined community. police said there was nothing to suggest wednesday's fire was started deliberately. investigators are still trying to piece together what happened and how the blaze spread so quickly through the building. there now three inquiries — by the police, by the fire brigade and the full public inquiry. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds now on the questions the public inquiry will have to consider. it is the first obvious question.
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and it will be for the fire brigade to answer. the accounts of the residents will be important. this video was shot 20 minutes or so after a fridge caught light on the fourth floor. the guy's fridge was by his kitchen window. the fire had already gone on the outside, and the wind helped it, and then all of a sudden, the cladding has fallen. he said the cladding caught. and that leads to question number two. it shouldn't have. the building was redesigned with aluminium panels in 2016. the work was signed off by the council. so far there is no evidence standards were breached, but... the minimum safety standards which is expected for a building to keep it reasonably safe. if you're using materials, or in a circumstance which you know are more dangerous, then
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you have to mitigate that, make a risk assessment and engineer out at risk. in this test, the fire is contained by flameproof walls. experts say good fire safety results from good design. was the redesigned g re nfell tower safe ? and were there other factors? after the work was completed, has pipes were moved to public areas after the work was completed, gas pipes were moved to public areas in the tower. residents were furious. thejob of finding out who might be to blame has now been taken over by the police. we will get to the answer of what has happened and why. that's why the police are taking the lead for the investigation. and if criminal offences have been committed, it is who will investigate that. examining the wreckage willjust be the start. they will have to look at the role of the council, building managers, contractors, subcontractors — a hugejob. but are tower blocks safe? the government is now identifying similar blocks for extra checks,
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a string of councils are doing their own assessments to reassure residents. but fatal fires in tower blocks are incredibly rare. this week's fire is unprecedented. this is something the public inquiry is likely to consider. there have been plenty of warnings in the past. in another fire in southwark in 2009, cladding was also a factor. a coroner demanded a review of fire safety in towers, suggesting more sprinters systems might be the answer. but introducing them widely might mean a new approach to fire safety. grenfell tower's design should have contained the fire — so—called passive safety. could all blocks have active measures to prevent fire? one of these modern developments will have fire detection systems and sprinklers, and bringing those older blocks up to this sort of standard would not be cheap, and it would certainly be disruptive for the residents. but what price should we put
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on a life, especially on the lives of those living in towers, often the poorest in society? this disaster has triggered a national debate which could last yea rs. the jury on the bill cosby sex assault trial continues to be deadlocked after five days of deliberation. the judge has instructed thejury to continue to try to reach a verdict. mr cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting andrea constand at his philadelphia—area home in 200a. he spoke to supporters outside the trial. ijust want i just want to wish all of the fathers are happy fathers day and i wa nt to fathers are happy fathers day and i want to thank the jury for their long days and that i must work
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individually. i also want to thank the supporters who have been here and, please, to the supporters, stay calm, do not argue with people, just keep up the great support. thank you all. the policeman who died confronting the westminster attacker in march — pc keith palmer — has been awarded a posthumous medalfor his bravery. he was one of a handful of officials acknowledged in the queen's civilian gallantry list, released this year alongside her birthday honours. there's also a knighthood for the comedian and actor billy connolly. lizo mzimba reports. i am going on record at school saying viginal and algebra? i have no intention of ever going there! billy connolly knows his knighthood is likely to produce a strong response from fans. some of them will say high time and some of them will say, what the hell's that all about? i don't know what to prepare for! i'm a little embarrassed,
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but deep within me i'm very pleased to have it. terry and june and absolutely fabulous's june whitfield has been made a dame. i am still in shock, really, but it is wonderful to know that people have been good enough to appreciate what i've done. in the world of music, the 1960s eurovision winner sandy shore becomes an mbe. a puppert on a string...# #...come on set the tone...# charttopping singer ed sheeran is also made an mbe. several people are being recognised for bravery, including pc keith palmer, killed in march's westminster attack. he receives a posthumous george medal. pcs craig nicholls and jonathan wright, who arrested the man who killed mpjo cox,
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have been given queen's gallantry medals. bernard kenny, who was with mp when she was attacked, receives the george medal. he just sano and tried to save her and we can't thank him enough. the two boys, similarly, unarmed, just went in, they knew he was armed, but not a thought. just went in. we are absolutely delighted. true heroes. just a few of the more than 1,000 people being honoured. lizo mzimba, bbc news. we are looking at a lot of dry weather this weekend, with some very warm if not hot conditions spreading across most of the uk. it will feel quite humid as the day goes by and although mostly sunny there will be a little bit of cloud around at times, notably across
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the north of the uk. the hot weather not just affecting the uk, also across europe we have highs of 46 in parts of spain, 3a in france, 30 across the uk, making it the hottest weather of the year so far. it will be a warm start to the day. a bit of cloud in the sky across the hills of wales and northern england, at quite the end. the cloud will tend to melt away quickly. staying cloudy for the north—west of scotland. a weather front bringing breezy conditions, with outbreaks of rain. away from the north—west corner, the bulk of the country bathed in sunshine. fair weather cloud developing in the south. becoming very warm. highs of up to 29 degrees on saturday afternoon. this is bbc news. the headlines: the japanese coast guard says seven us navy crew are missing after a us navy destroyer collided with a container ship under philippine flag off the east coast of japan.
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the uss fitzgerald has suffered extensive damage, but is heading for the nearby port of yokosuka under its own power. there've been angry demonstrations in london calling forjustice for the victims of the grenfell tower fire, with some protestors demanding the resignation of the prime minister. the number of people known to have died in the fire has risen to at least 30, but it's expected the final total will be higher. theresa may, says she's been deeply affected by the tragedy of the fire in west london. she's setting up a £5 million emergency fund for victims of the blaze. she made herfirst visit to meet survivors, after being criticised for failing to see local people on thursday. now on bbc news, in about ten minutes we'll have this week's


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