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this is bbc news. our top stories: 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 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 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. and keith palmer, the policeman who died confronting the westminster attacker in march, has been awarded a posthumous medalfor his bravery. hello, welcome.
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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. protesters tried to force their way in. there were also demonstrations in central london. jeremy cooke has the story. crowd chants: we want justice! this is what happens when grief turns to anger. the tigers is
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kensington town hall, the officers of the council which owns grenfell tower. they are demanding answers. we need to be heard! we all have things to say! we are in pain! i understand that the response we get 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 house for family members? why? why do we have to go out there and look actively for them, and then be told misled information? we told the rest of the checklist and makea we told the rest of the checklist and make a call family members. and
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every somebody else telling is actually no sorry, that is made by someone on actually no sorry, that is made 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! it is an overwhelming community tragedy with 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 and the grief here. royal protocol meets raw emotion. william, harry, come on here, please! could you tell us who they are in
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those pictures? families, friends, 0k. they are not my children, my family's friends. all of them died in there, my family, friends and children. the queen turned up, eve ryo ne children. the queen turned up, everyone came, yeah? show the queen or life, sorry to the policemen, sorry to the fire man, but you are not doing the rightjob. 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. 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. absolutely. i completely understand
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the need for those that have lost loved ones that, as quickly as we can, we are able to confirm that. tonight, the government unveiled what it calls a comprehensive package of support for the big ones. for those here, it cannot come fast enough. anger, frustration, disappointment. there are people here looking for their family and friends. we have seen no one in authority, you know, that we can give the responsibility to because there was no one here to organise anyone at all. i've got friends who died in there but not one is telling us. died in there but not one is telling us. we have good friends who died in there, do you hear what i am saying? what do you think it is? not bringing out the truth, man. theresa may steps down and none of us around here, the manchester thing and everybody else she was all about the
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place, you know? the truth. the investigation, inquest and enquiries would take months perhaps years to com plete would take months perhaps years to complete but the people here believe they already have a fundamental understanding of this tragedy, but the fire swept through the building at breathtaking pace and that so many people from this neighbourhood have lost their lives. where other children? the general belief here tonight, the hardest of troops, is that dozens of missing are among the dead. —— truths. so three days later, the fire is out, london rumbles on, and grenfell tower, 127 homes, stand monument to the lives, to the families who have been lost. politicians from all parties — the prime minister in particular — are facing a barrage of criticism over their response. here's deputy political editor, john pienaar.
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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, and her coming over here trying to speak to — who? who do you want to speak to? you had your chance. now everybody will be angry. and go crazy. it's a pr stunt. i don't know why the church let her in. it's a shame it's come to this. more residents would have come out if they knew she was here, to protest. it's about — what are you doing? where is the care? 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.
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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 grenfell tower, basically with a t—shirt and a pair of knickers. she has nothing. that's why the government is putting that funding in. we will do other things as well, to ensure people can be rehoused in weeks. you must read the anger people feel about this. they shouted "coward" at you this afternoon when you left st clements. what i have done since this took place is 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,
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the last of its kind, means that thousands of blocks must be inspected. millions of pounds in work, who knows how many moved to safety? today, the government pledged action. we'll do whatever it takes. we'll take the expert advice, do whatever it takes to make those buildings safe or make those people say. —— buildings safe or make those people safe. whatever it takes, we have to be led by the experts. there can be no shortcuts to this. donations of clothing have been pouring in today. london's mayor demanded help, answers and justice for those hit by the tragedy. it's really important we are not left waiting two, three, four years before we get answers. we need answers now. what i'm asking is for an interim response the enquiry this summer. —— what i'm asking is for an interim response to the enquiry this summer. chanting: may must go! tonight, anti—government protesters took up the issue and took more anger on the streets tonight. hundreds of demonstrators marched past downing street and into central london, chanting "may must go."
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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. for more information on this story you can head to our website — — for all the latest developments. a us navy destroyer has collided with a philippine container ship off the east coast of japan. the navy says the uss fitzgerald is now heading for the nearby port under its own power. the japanese coastguard 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
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significant damage to its starboard side in the middle of the night, it somehow collided with the container ship on the approach to tokyo bay. seven sailors are still missing. three crew members were airlifted to hospital, including the ship's commanding officer who was in a sta ble commanding officer who was in a stable condition. the total number of injured is unknown. the incident happened at 2:30am local time on saturday, 56 nautical miles south—west of yokosuka. and this is the merchant vessel involved, the philippine registered acx crystal with relatively light damage on the port power. but the fitzgerald, with a crew of more than 300 sailors, started taking on water with at least three compartments flooded. the race major damage to the ship at
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any time you hear the ship is taking on water, it means of course a whole has been breached and so this was not bumping each other, this was a pretty serious collision and we will have to wait and see why it happened, why the two ships either didn't see each other or didn't communicate clearly or if there was something else going on. the uss fitzgerald is the guided missile destroyer raced at yokosuka. 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 coastguard, the warship is now slowly heading back to port under its own power. this kind of incidents are rare butjust how did a warship with one of the worst advance naval radar system —— best naval radar systems hit another ship in open water. a jury in minnesota has acquitted the police officer who fatally shot an african—american. philando castile's dying moments
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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. an israeli border policewoman has been killed in a stabbing and gun attack outside the old city ofjerusalem. her attacker was shot dead, as were two other assailants who had opened fire at a group of officers nearby. police say all three attackers were palestinians, and they were armed with automatic guns and knives. the german chancellor angela merkel has led tributes to one of her predecessors, helmut kohl, who has died at the age of 87.
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she said he had brought about the two greatest achievements in recent german politics — national reunification and european unity. stay with us on bbc world news. still to come — a big honourfor the big yin. comedian billy connolly is made a knight in the queen's birthdays honours there was a bomb in the city centre. a code word known to be one used by the ira was given. army bomb experts were examining a suspect van when there was a huge explosion. the south african parliament has destroyed the foundation of apartheid by abolishing the population registration act, which for a0 years forcibly classified each citizen according to race. germany's parliament, the bundestag, has voted by a narrow majority to move the seat of government from bonn to berlin. berliners celebrated into the night
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but the decision was greeted with shock in bonn. just a day old and the royal baby is tonight sleeping in his cot at home. early this evening, the new prince was taken by his mother and father to their apartments in kensington palace. the real focus today was valentina tereshkova, the world's first woman cosmonaut. what do you think of the russian woman in space? i think it's a wonderful achievement and i think we might be able to persuade the wife it would be a good idea if i could to get her to go up there for a little while. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: 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. a us navy destroyer has collided with a container ship off the east coast of japan. at least seven us sailors are missing. cuba says it will not be forced into making political changes
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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. 0ur 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, 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.
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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, almost 60 years, they've been on a hostile footing with the united states. and a lot of people are very tired
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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. 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
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military, is to not really understand how cuba works. and that is one of the key criticism levelled at this new policy from the white house. the jury in the bill cosby sex assault trial is still deadlocked after five days of deliberation. the judge has instructed members to continue to try to reach a verdict. mr cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting andrea constand at his home in 200a. he has denied all of the claims. he spoke to supporters outside the courthouse. turkey's foreign minister has visited saudi arabia to try to resolve the qatar crisis. qatar has accused its neighbours of imposing a siege on the emirate. airlines have been blocked, ambassadors withdrawn and borders
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closed leading to food shortages in the country. so why is it happening? the small oil and gas rich state has been cut off and isolated by sunni arab nations, among them saudi arabia, united arab emirates, bahrain and egypt. they have all accused it of supporting shia—led iran, along with islamist extremists. they are also unhappy with tv news coverage by the doha—based al jazeera network. qatar strongly denies supporting terrorist groups — but saudi arabia's rulers, encouraged by president trump's recent visit to riyadh, think qatar is not taking a tough enough stance. saudi arabia says if qatar wants normal relations with them, then the country must act — in their words — in a "normal" way towards them. 0ur chief international correspondent lyse doucet spoke to saudi arabia's foreign minister and asked him if pressuring qatar financially amounted to bullying. they are one of the richest countries in the world. economic talk is not significant to them. we want to send a powerful message to our brothers in qatar that if they want to have normal relations with us they must act in a normal way towards us. nobody wants to harm qatar or the people, we also made that very clear but what we also made very clear is that we will not deal with you so long as these policies
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continue, and not allowing them over flights over our territories is our sovereign right, it sends a message. cutting diplomatic relations is a sovereign right, it sends a message. what demands are you making of qatar — there is a ten point list that you will put to them that could include measures, for example, shutting down the aljazeera network in arabaic, or changing the board of it. what are you asking them to do? a lot of what you hear in the media may be speculation. we are working with egypt and bahrain and the emirates on the list of grievances and what qatar has to do. at its essence and at its core, it's stopping the funding of extremism and terrorism, stoping the incitement and stopping the interference in the affairs of other countries. this is it. and this is what we expect from all of our neighbours and this is what we expect all our neighbours to expect from us. many have asked why you are putting pressure on qatar. what about saudi arabia and the accusation that you're funding mosques and schools abroad
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is also propagating more extremist forms of islam? this issue of saudi arabia is one that has to do with history and legacy. we have ta ken steps over the past 15 years, 18 years, in order to make sure that we vet our charities, we prevent them from operating abroad, we have cut down on the financing of terrorism — we can't shut it completely but as much we can, more than any country in the world. we have laws on our books that criminalise funding extremism and terrorism. we have people put on trial, we have injail. we are adapting a policy of zero tolerance. some believe this is all really about iran, your chief rival in the region, and qatar's willing to open the door for dialogue with iran. not really. kuwait has relations with iran and has a dialogue with iran. 0man has relations with iran, a dialogue with iran. we didn't do anything to stop that.
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people have argued it is because of qatar's independence policy — no, every country is free to adopt whatever policies it wants but this is about stopping policies that endanger our safety and our security and that of the whole region, if not the world — namely funding extremists and terrorists. 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 to say why it is there no algebra? i have no intention of ever going there! billy connolly, actor, musician and stand—up comedian, has received a knighthood. something sure to lead to a strong response from fans. some of them will say high time and others will say, what the hell's that all about?
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i don't know what to prepare for! i'm a little embarrassed, but deep within me i'm very pleased to have it. actress julie walters becomes a dame. as does 100—year—old gone with the wind star 0livia de havilland. she says she is extremely proud to be honoured. the same honour too for terry and june and absolutely fabulous's june whitfield. inside of me there is a thin person just screaming to get out! just the one, dear? in the world of music, the 1960s eurovision winner sandy shore becomes an mbe. charttopping singer ed sheeran is also made an mbe. and chi—chi nwanoku, the founder of europe's first black and minority orchestra, becomes an 0be for services to music. several people are being
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recognised for their bravery, among them pc keith palmer, killed as he tried to stop a man entering parliament in the westminter attack in march. he's been awarded a posthumous george medal. also recognised with queen's galla ntry medals, pcs craig nicholls and jonathan wright, who arrested the man who killed mp jo cox lastjune. bernard kenny, who was with mp when she was attacked, has received 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. that is the latest news. more on our website. and you can find me on twitter. stay with us. hello there.
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we have got some very warm weather indeed coming up over the next few days, with the high—pressure firmly in charge of our weather. that's going to bring very warm, if not hot, weather to most of the british isles. it will turn increasingly humid as we go on through the weekend, but it is going to be mainly sunny for most of us. the reason for this warm or hot weather is a jetstream has built this area of high pressure and the high tends to concentrate hot air near the earth's surface. these are the kinds of temperatures that you might see across western europe as we go on through the next couple of days. perhaps as high as 46 degrees across parts of iberia, unpleasantly hot weather here. well into the 30s for france and even here in the uk we should see temperatures peaking at 30 degrees or so as we head into the weekend. the hottest weather we have seen so far this year. it's going to be a warm start to the day. these are the kinds of temperatures you might see as you are heading outside first thing in the morning.
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there will be plenty of sunshine, but i think quite a bit of cloud to start he day across the hills of wales and northern england. it should be quite thin so should clear quite quickly and then the sunshine will come out. weather fronts across far north—west of scotland will continue to bring some thicker cloud here. and it's here where we will have the coolest weather with outbreaks of rain on and off. just 15 degrees in stornoway. a brisk south—westerly wind. not the warmest of weather. away from that north—west corner, the rest of scotland enjoying some sunshine. northern ireland looking fine, with temperatures heading into the mid—20s. but it's across england and wales that we'll see temperatures fairly widely getting up well into the 20s. 28 degrees or so in london and the south—east. pushing into the 80s in terms of fahrenheit. but, as well as those relatively clear skies, a bit of fairweather cloud bubbling up. there will be some very
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high levels of uv. so it's one of those days you might want to take the sun cream if you're out and about for any length of time. through saturday evening and overnight, after such a hot day, temperatures will be slow to fall. quite an uncomfortable night for sleeping once again. 0vernight lows no lower than 19 degrees in the centre of town. there could be a few fog patches staring to develop around the irish sea coast. here's a picture then through sunday, a repeat for many of us although perhaps a little bit more in the way of cloud moving into the north—west. the best of the sunshine, again, england and wales, eastern parts of northern ireland and eastern parts of scotland. if anything those temperatures will get a little bit higher with temperatures peaking at 30 degrees celsius, making it the hottest day of the year so far. the heat is still with us on into monday as well. this is bbc news, the headlines. there've been angry demonstrations in london calling forjustice for the victims of the grenfell tower fire 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.
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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. the uss fitzgerald has suffered extensive damage but is heading for the nearby port of yokosuka under its own power. cuba has said it's willing to continue cooperating with the united states to improve relations but said any attempts to impose political and economical change would fail. earlier, president trump announced that he was reversing agreements signed by the 0bama administration. the former chancellor of germany, helmut kohl, has died aged 87.
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