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hello this is bbc news. lam ben i am ben brown reporting live from the grenfell tower in west london where the death toll remains at 30 but is expected to rise significantly. the headlines. in an unprecedented statement on her official birthday the queen has said it is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood in the light of recent tragedies. angry residents are demanding justice for the victims of the tower block fire but ministers have defended theresa may ‘s handling of the disaster. ministers have defended theresa may 's handling of the disaster. the prime minister is distraught about what has happened as is everyone in the country. we are all desperately sad, we are all angry but of course none of us as sad, we are all angry but of course none of us as angry as sad, we are all angry but of course none of us as angry as those directly affected. hundreds of mourners attended a late night vigil for the dead and the missing as the
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search for victims and as its fourth day. i'm chris rogers. the other main headlines on bbc news. pc keith palmer, who tried to stop the terror attack in westminster, has been awarded the george medal for bravery as the queen's birthday honours are announced. among others recognised is the scottish comedian and actor billy connelly, who has been knighted. the queen celebrates her official birthday later with the trooping the colour parade. seven us navy crew are missing after a us destroyer collided with a container ship of the east coast of japan. destroyer collided with a container ship of the east coast ofjapan. in rugby scotland has beaten australia for the first time in more than four yea rs, for the first time in more than four years, winning 2a—i9 in sydney. good morning from west london.
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we are in the shadow of the grenfell tower where the death toll still stands at 30 although the bbc understands that the number of dead and missing is 70. we know that 2a people are still in hospital this morning. 12 in a critical condition. the queen has released an unprecedented statement on her official birthday. she has talked of her sadness after this tragedy and the recent tragedies. this is what she has said, today is a traditional day of celebration yet this year it is difficult to escape every sombre national mood. she said that during recent visit and visits in manchester and london she had been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people around the country to offer comfort and support
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to those in desperate need. and she added, united in oursadness to those in desperate need. and she added, united in our sadness we are equally determined, without fear or favour to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss. that statement made on the queen ‘s official birthday. 0ur correspondent frankie mccamley has this report. a moment to grieve, for a community still coming to terms with what has happened this week. side by side, hundreds held a two—minute silence. because we've done a candle vigil here we've stopped a riot. earlier the kids were getting angry because no one is communicating what is going on. there is no coordination at the moment, i've been here three days and i haven't seen one council official turn up and take responsibility and say we need to organise something, exactly. and that anger came to a head earlier on, hall, demanding more
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information and calling forjustice. in westminster large crowds gathered, making their way to downing street before marching along regent street to the headquarters of the bbc with a clear message to the prime minister, who yesterday, protected behind police officers, met victims and volunteers at a local church. but her appearance did not go down well, with anger boiling over outside. mrs may has announced £5 million to help those affected, promising to re—home everyone and get to the bottom of what has happened. but with so many still missing, others dead orfeared dead, the questions keep growing but the answers are simply not there. frankie mccamley, bbc news. we saw that demonstration yesterday at kensington town hall where some of the protesters who have been so
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incensed by what has happened actually stormed the building, 50 or 60 people. another demonstration was planned for midday today, we are hearing that has been postponed, second demonstration at kensington town hall. there's also a church service is happening at a catholic church nearby at midday, attended by the archbishop of westminster. a lot of flowers and candles have been left in memory of the dead and missing close to where we are standing at notting hill methodist church. there's a sign just along the road, referring to the prime minister, saying, stay away mrs may. there's a feeling of real hostility both to the borough council and to the government as well but we've heard today from the first secretary of state, damian green. he said the residents would play an important pa rt residents would play an important part in the public inquiry and has confirmed that a government team will be on the ground here close to
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g re nfell tower will be on the ground here close to grenfell tower from today answering questions from the community. after the meeting yesterday of the recovery task force, there is now, from today, on the ground, the central operation precisely to a nswer central operation precisely to answer all those perfectly reasonable questions that people have in these desperate circumstances. so there will be a combination of the local council, and central government, the department for local governments, they will be representatives of those departments on the ground immediately accessible to the residents so that all those questions can be answered. we have moved fast to set up a public inquiry. we want that to be set up as fast as possible, we will appoint as fast as possible, we will appoint a judge as chairman within days, rather than weeks, it will produce interim reports so people would have to wait a long time, and i think
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importantly the residents will have a direct voice. there will be consulted on the terms of reference of public inquiry and if they want legal representation at the public inquiry, the government will pay for that so the residents's voices will be heard loudly about inquiry. that's the body that will look at the cladding and all the other issues that have arisen. that was the first secretary of state, damian green. let's speak to frankie mcca mley green. let's speak to frankie mccamley who has been all morning. how do you assess the mood of people? we saw so anger yesterday. we did, we saw anger and then we saw that vigil which seemed to calm moots but has not dispelled the angen moots but has not dispelled the anger. people are still extremely angry. people have been coming up to me and asking me questions and saying how angry they are and how something needs to be done but there
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is also this feeling of community spirit. we arejust is also this feeling of community spirit. we are just buy the church andi spirit. we are just buy the church and i have seen people carrying boxes out of the church. it had about 1000 boxes full of clothes. i have seen boxes of men's shirts and women's shirts taken out, food, essentials, people really coming together to try to help. because they have had so much, thisjudge says it has been overwhelmed, they are now taking these things to storage so that when people need more food and water they can then ta ke more food and water they can then take those things from storage to help people. but we have the announcement of this task force that's going to be on the ground. i was just asking people, that's going to be on the ground. i wasjust asking people, what that's going to be on the ground. i was just asking people, what do you think and people are saying, about time, we are exhausted, we other ones have been on the ground picking up ones have been on the ground picking up the pieces, about time. the complaints seemed to be about lack of call ordination and communication. —— lack of coordination. people felt they
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hadn't been given enough information about the numbers of people involved in the tragedy. that's what we saw yesterday when people stormed the town hall demanding answers. people have lost trust with the government and the council. a lot of people demanding answers, wanting them quickly. but of course the death toll officially stands at 30 and we believe it could be around 70. if you look behind us at the charred building it will take some time for firefighters to get in there and says that damage. people are still angry and still want these answers. there's a church service at a catholic church, i think they will be won at this methodist church tomorrow. i suppose there will be time to reflect and think about all the dead and the missing. we have
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seen that this morning, people are bringing their children here, they feel it is important for their children to see this when things have died down and they can come here safely. they thought that the building had collapsed at one point but people of all ages are coming here, they want to come together. —— they believed the building might collapse. people, not just they believed the building might collapse. people, notjust from london, people from far and wide are coming here, one lady we spoke to said, iam a coming here, one lady we spoke to said, i am a mother, coming here, one lady we spoke to said, iam a mother, i have family, ican said, iam a mother, i have family, i can see this and i'm sad. people have come to pay respects to the community, people are saying, we can't sit down and watch this unfold, they are bringing boxes, saying, we need to help. thank you, frankie. we will see if there is evidence of this government task falls on the day. the government did promise this £5 million fund, it is called the grenfell tower residents's discretionary fund. it
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isa residents's discretionary fund. it is a promise to rehouse those made homeless within three weeks as closely to this area as possible and as frankie said, the aid effort from local volunteers is continuing all the time. that's the latest from here, back to the studio. thank you, ben. the queen celebrates her official birthday today with the trooping the colour debate. prince william will take part. in his role as colonel of the 1st battalion of the irish guards, pictured here at a rehearsal earlier this week. more than 400 musicians, 200 horses and 1400 troops will take place. the background to this ceremony is the latest tragedy to strike the country in recent weeks including the fire in london which has led to this unprecedented official birthday message from the queen. yes, normally a moment for
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celebration, and it is a beautiful morning in terms of the weather. there are very large crowds who already. footguards already starting to move down towards horse guards parade. this is an unusually subdued trooping the colour for obvious reasons. that feeling reflected in this unprecedented statement issued by buckingham palace in which she talks about a sombre national mood after a succession of terrible tragedies. we saw the queen visiting g re nfell tower tragedies. we saw the queen visiting grenfell tower and it is evident that you was struck by what she saw as is everyone across the country. 0ne as is everyone across the country. one month ago she visited manchester after the terrorist attack, she visited people who had been injured in hospital. she says in her statement that she has been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of those two come and
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offer aid to those in need. she says this of the united kingdom, "but to the test, the united kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity. the band is playing behind me, one of the bands of the regiments moving down towards horse guards parade. and injust over half an hour the queen will leave buckingham palace to make her way towards was guards parade. in many ways there is no better show of unity than the crowds coming behind you for the trooping the colour. but do you think recent events will affect the parade today, in particular the mood of the parade? it will take place as normal with the precision that one would expect from the footguards and the household cavalry which will be moving down shortly. there can be no
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question that the mood is a sombre one, as the queen has referred to in this statement, of course on top of that, there's the fact that there is extremely tight security, tighter than i have seen for a trooping the than i have seen for a treepingthe before. we mustn't colour parade before. we mustn't forget also that this may be the last time that we see the duke of edinburgh ata last time that we see the duke of edinburgh at a queen's birthday parade. we know that he will be withdrawing largely from public life in the autumn, he may possibly choose to appear on future trooping the colour occasions but possibly this may be the last time we see him. ina this may be the last time we see him. in a sense, all those details are him. in a sense, all those details a re less him. in a sense, all those details are less important on this trooping the colour than they would be in any other year because it is that feeling of sombre reflection on the events of the past week and of past weeks that is the backdrop, as you have said, to this particular birthday parade. nicholas, thank
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you. much more from nicholas throughout the day. full coverage of trooping the colour on bbc as well. well meanwhile — the queen's birthday honours list has been released. julie walters and june whitfield have received damehoods and there's also a knighthood for billy connolly. in a break with tradition, the queen's civilian gallantry list has been released at the same time. 0ur entertainment correspondent, lizo mzimba, has more. several people are being recognised for their bravery among the mpc keep palmer killed as he tried to stop a man from entering parliament in the westminster attacks in march, he has been awarded a posthumous george medal. for pcs craig nicholls and jonathan knight who arrested the man who killed jo cox mp, queens gallantry medals. bernard kenny who was with the mp received the george medal. esau jo and he tried to save her and we cannot thank you enough. and the two boys, similarly unarmed,
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just went in. they knew that he was armed, but not a thought. theyjust went in. we are absolutely delighted. true heroes. true heroes. and the last surviving member of the famous dambuster rates, johnny johnson, has been made an mbe. in the world of music 19605 eurovision winner sandie the world of music19605 eurovision winner sandie shaw becomes an mbe. chart—topping singer ed sheron has also been made an mbe. i'm on record as having said, why would i learn algebra, i have no intention of going back! billy connolly says his knighthood i5 going back! billy connolly says his knighthood is likely to produce a 5trong knighthood is likely to produce a strong response from fans. some will 5ay strong response from fans. some will say high time and some will say what the hell is all that about. i don't know what to prepare for. terry and june and absolutely fabulous's june
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whitfield has been made a dame. just a few of over 1000 people being honoured. lizo mzimba, bbc news. the latest headlines, three days after the fire in the tower block in london the queen has is sued and president statement on her official birthday saying it is difficult to escape a sombre national mood. angry residents have been demanding justice for the victims of the tower block fire but ministers have defended theresa may's handling of the disaster. pc keith palmer who tried to stop the terror attack in westminster has been awarded the george medalfor his westminster has been awarded the george medal for his bravery of the queen's birthday honours are announced. a former new zealand trade negotiator has been appointed by the government to advise on securing new deals with countries outside the european union. crawford falconer, who previously called brexit an "enormous opportunity",
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will work with the international trade secretary liam fox to set up deals to be signed when the uk leaves the eu. mr fox is due to visit washington on monday to develop new links with the us. us officials say and seven crew members are unaccounted for after a us navy destroyer collided with a merchant ship off the coast of japan. the us as fitzgerald was seriously damaged as it was struck bya seriously damaged as it was struck by a filipino registered container ship in the middle of the ship sustained considerable damage to its starboard side, in the middle of the night it somehow collided with a container ship in the approach to tokyo bay, seven savers are still missing, crew members were airlifted to hospital including the commanding officer who is in a stable condition. the total number of
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injured is not known. the incident happened at 2:30am local time on saturday. 56 nautical miles south west of hugh cosco, a busy commercial waterway. this is the merchant vessel involved, the filipino registered crystal with relatively light damage on the port bow. yet the fitzgerald with a crew of with 300 began taking on water with at least three compartments flooded. there's major damage to the ship and any time you hear that a ship and any time you hear that a ship is taking on water that means of course that the hull has been breached. so this wasn'tjust bumping each other, this is a pretty serious collision and we'll have to wait to see why it happened and why the two ships didn't even see java or communicate clearly or if there's something else going on. the fitzgerald is a guided missile destroyer based at you cosco. in february $21 million upgrade completed. it's
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february $21 million upgrade completed. its role was to support stability and security in the region. with the help of the coast guard the warship is slowly heading back to port under its own power. these incidents are rare but how did warship with one of the most advanced radar naval systems and huge container ship in open water? sarah corker bbc news. a jury in the us state of minnesota has acquitted a police officer who fatally shot an african—american man after pulling him over for an alleged traffic offence. philando castile's girlfriend, who was beside him in the car, live—streamed his dying moments on facebook lastjuly. laura bicker reports. we got pulled over for a busted tail light and the police, he's just killed my boyfriend. philando castile was pulled over by the police because he had a faulty brake light. minutes later he was shot five times. his girlfriend, diamond reynolds,
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streamed the aftermath on facebook as the officer kept his gun trained on the car. oh my god, please don't tell me he's dead. please don't tell me my boyfriend just went like that. keep your hands where they are please. yes, i will sir, i will keep my hands where they are. philando castile was seen telling the officer there was a legally purchased weapon in the car but he wasn't near it. the officer said he felt his life was in danger, that mr castile was high on marijuana and matched the description of a robbery suspect, thejury believed him and found him not guilty of manslaughter. the family of philando castile could not contain their grief at the verdict. my son loved this city and this city killed my son and a murderer gets away.
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nojustice! no peace! this vigil sparked protests in cities across the us. first, peaceful, but the frustration at the fault line of racial division grew. tonight again they gathered in the city of st paul with a cry ofjustice. they marched, voices and banners raised, the police have dismissed officerjeronimo yanes despite the verdict and there is an appeal for calm but this community is again in pain and determined to show it. laura bicker, bbc news, washington. donald trump says he is reversing agreements signed by his
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predecessor ba rack 0bama with the cuban government. (tx 00v) the deal, which restored diplomatic ties between the countries two years ago, was described as "totally one—sided" by president trump. at a ceremony in miami mr trump said his new policy would tighten rules on travel and sending funds to cuba. easing restrictions on travel and trade doesn't help the cubans, it just enriches their leaders. communities across the uk are coming together this weekend, there will be street parties and concerts, picnics and barbecues, these arejust street parties and concerts, picnics and barbecues, these are just some events taking place to mark the first anniversary of the murder of labourmpjo cox, first anniversary of the murder of labour mpjo cox, it is called the great get together and has been organised by her family. one year ago jo cox was a young mp with just one year of experience thejob, she was energetic, caring, passionate, a rising star with so much to give. but that was all taken away in moments, she was brutally murdered just as she was about to hold a constituency surgery and meet people in need of her help. in honour of her life,
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and in keeping with her beliefs, there are more than 100,000 events taking place across the uk this weekend. yards from the recent terror attacks at borough market in london, jo's sister kim tells me why these events are so important. with the recent terror attacks, it brought it all back to us as a family, my mum found it particularly difficult, families ripped apart, this isn't a way of feeling bad but what it is a way of doing is saying, as a country, as a community we will not be beaten by those who try to divide us. because the vast majority of people are good and we have seen that in 12 months, there is such kindness in this country. that small minority of people who want to change that, we cannot let them win. a street party here on sunday that
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will cater for local people, the theme of the weekend is the great get together. there's even a specially commissioned beer. in birmingham christians and muslims have come together to prepare and eat the meal taken at the end of the day of fasting during ramadan. birmingham itself is a really diverse city but we don't often create opportunities to cross paths or integrate, that's the word i'm looking for, so this isjust an opportunity for people from different walks of life to get together and hopefully have some conversations. that's the plan. how come, i'm not helping with this meal. because i am a veteran, as i've said, and you're not! the great get together in its simplest form is a celebration both of the life ofjo cox and the lives of our local communities. i think it's really important in a city like birmingham that we don't just live side—by—side but we are connected and know our neighbours
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a deep way, that we can talk about things, understand each other‘s points of view. and although we are not trying to be the same we have lots in common asjo so famously said. it is just a way of understanding each other better and when you know each other well those prejudices and fears can't flourish because you know the reality of each other‘s lives and stereotypes just seemed to vanish. during her first speech in the house of commons jo said "we have far more in common with each other than things that divide us". this weekend as potentially millions of people from different generations, religions and backgrounds share time together, her words will be more pertinent than ever before. john maguire, bbc news. people remembering the work and life ofjo cox. 0f people remembering the work and life ofjo cox. of course people are coming together this weekend,
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trooping the colour is about to begin, just tentatively about a dog in need. a charity in warwickshire is struggling to find a home for a german shepherd because he only understands polish! as report. stay, stay. when four—year—old caleb arrived at this dog is in kenilworth, the stuff noticed a communication problem. drop it. it became clear that this german shepherd didn't have a grasp of english. he was obviously an saddled with it being any place so at first we thought it was that and that he was just really not listening, aloof. however when a polish man who was re—homing another dog spoke to caleb in his native tank he understood every word. he was sitting down, lying down, giving him his poor, giving the ball back, all
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sorts, and when we tried we got nothing, he was all over the place. with my polish as good as caleb's english i decided to take something along which might benefit both of us. caleb, sit down. caleb! speaks in the polish. we're here today to learn some polish folk caleb. in the training room it's the staff who are being taught new tricks. this is the word for paul. and it seems to be working. caleb, for his part, is beginning to learn english, which will make re—homing him much easier now he is a bilingual dog. anyone interested in giving him a new home should contact the dogs trust directly. bbc midlands today, kenilworth. let's find out what the weather has
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in store this weekend. helen has the details. allow to be sunny picture, less cloudy than yesterday, temperatures will rise a bit, not certain if everyone, cloud in northern ireland and western scotla nd northern ireland and western scotland with some rain because of a weather front. away from the weatherford area, high uv levels, unusually high across england and wales. —— away from the weather front. that sunshine continues for the rest of today. although it will be damp and breezy over the north west highlands of scotland and today that will affect the northern isles. so cooler although temperatures should reach the central 205, in the south and east, up to 28 or 29, possibly higher, if we don't see 30 today we should see it tomorrow because temperatures overnight will drop as much, it should feel stifling overnight. temperatures should reach the low 305 tomorrow. into the mid—205 for eastern
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scotla nd into the mid—205 for eastern scotland and northern ireland. not just the weekend, the heat lasts until the beginning of next week. it is 10:30am. this is bbc news with chris rogers. the headlines: three days after the devastating fire at a tower block in west london, the queen has issued an unprecedented statement on her official birthday, saying it's difficult to escape a very sombre national mood. angry residents are demanding justice for the victims of the tower block fire — but ministers have defended theresa may's handling of the disaster. the prime minister is distraught about what has happened, as everyone in the country is. we are all desperately sad, we are all angry, but of course none of us are as angry as those directly affected. hundreds of mourners attended a late—night vigil for the ‘dead

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