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tv   World News Today  BBC News  June 17, 2017 9:00pm-9:31pm BST

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this is bbc world news today. the headlines at 9:00 — british prime minister theresa may says support for people caught up in london's grenfell tower disaster "wasn't good enough." 58 people are missing and now presumed dead. that number may increase, but i really hope it will not. a mistrial — that's the ruling in the sexual assault case we can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity, but justice will come. also in the programme, all the sport, including the latest from the third round of the us open golf. good evening.
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police say 58 people are now presumed to have died in the fire at grenfell tower in west london. they've also said that the death toll is again likely to rise. she has faced criticism over her role in the tragedy, but today, theresa may met victims of the fire at downing street amid criticism of the government's handling of the tragedy. the prime minister has released a statement acknowledging what many local people have been saying for days, that the response was not good enough. this report is from our correspondent, jeremy cooke. in the midsummer heat, grenfell tower casts a long shadow. a new dark reality on the london skyline, with the power to shock, and to move. a sight which stops you in your tracks. too much to take in.
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it's hard to know what to say, yeah. it's just horrific. everyone's busy talking, but yet you can just feel a silence. it's really overwhelming. four days on from disaster, and with every official update, more grim news. sadly, at this time, there are 58 people who we were told... we have been told were in grenfell tower on the night, that are missing, and therefore sadly i have to assume that they are dead. the investigations into how this happened will be complex and lengthy, but the residents‘ association for grenfell tower and the surrounding blocks is already calling for the council and its management agency to be suspended from their landlords‘ responsibility. andrea newton says the community felt ignored before
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the tragedy, neglected since, with no access to basic information. where is everyone? what are they getting next, where will they move, what do they need? who needs what, and where? these are fundamental questions, and we are days after this disaster. i have done the angry. ijust have got to get this done. today the residents brought those frustrations to downing street, asking for more help on the ground. and there have been reassurances from ministers. there is now from today on the ground a central operation precisely to answer all those, you know, perfectly reasonable questions that people have in these desperate circumstances. a perfectly clear message but still, on the street, official help has been hard to find. what we are seeing here is an aid effort run by local people. we are told there will be a more official response to what has happened, but on the ground, there is very
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little evidence of that. amanda, you are doing all you can. have you seen any government people, local council people? no, i haven't. i haven't seen anyone at all. we have been here since the morning and have not seen anyone from the government. where's the government? i personally don't know. the only government or council vehicles i have seen are the refuse lorries, coming up and down the street. # we shall overcome...#. the pain here is plain to see, and the community strength too, and the determination to come together and to overcome. jeremy cooke, bbc news, north kensington. in the last few hours, the prime minister has issued a statement. it said — "the response of the emergency services, nhs, and the community has been heroic. but frankly, the support on the ground
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forfamilies who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough. there have been huge frustrations that people do not know who to talk to, that they can't get through on the council hotlines. earlier, i spoke to our political correspondent, alex forsyth, and began by asking her about whether the prime minister's statement reflected the concerns of residents. there has been anger, and a lot of frustration from some members of the local community at what they see as an inadequate response to what has happened, not just from the government but also from the local authority, kensington and chelsea borough council as well. theresa may was personally criticised for not meeting residents and victims affected by this incident soon enough. in the past few days, she visited a hospital yesterday, and today she hosted this meeting in downing street. i am told that these actions she has now come out with a direct response to what she has been
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hearing from people on the ground. which is why we have seen the prime minister announced that £5 million emergency fund, which will start to be distributed from today. that is for basic things like food, travel money. she has renewed the commitment to rehouse people within three weeks, in the local area if they want to, or as close to the area as possible. she has also talked about people on the ground in high viz jackets so that people have a point of contact, and the prime minister taking personal sponsor ability to ensure that the findings from the public enquiry into this incident are acted upon. theresa may is trying to reassure people that the government is doing what it can after it has had such criticism for its response so far. the message from the government now is that they are trying to listen to the local community and do what they need. more than three days on from this fire, there seems to be little
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evidence that there is help on the ground for people who need it. only this morning, we were still here and reports from people they are saying that the effort had been driven by the community rather than any of the authorities. that is what theresa may is trying to address. she listened to that from residents in the meeting at downing street today which is why she came up with these specific actions. damian green, the first secretary of state in the uk, to all intents and purposes, the deputy prime minister, he said in an interview this morning that that help on the ground would start from today. there is a recognition that it does not been there to this point. the government is saying they are acting on this now, they are acting on this and he will now see a difference. what remains to be seen is whether or not that now appears on the ground and whether or not that will satisfy residents in kensington who feel that so far they have not had the support they need. the government is trying to get on the front foot but still having to
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convince the community. the queen has observed a minute's silence at the trooping the colour parade in memory of all those who died in grenfell tower and in the recent bombings in manchester and london. earlier, she issued an unprecedented statement — on what is her official birthday — in which she said it was "difficult to escape the very sombre national mood". our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, reports. on a day intended for celebration, the queen led the nation in sorrow. before leaving buckingham palace for horse guards, she stood with the duke of edinburgh for a minute's silence. a moment of reflection, joined by the footguards on the parade ground and the cavalry at the palace gates — in remembrance of those lost at grenfell tower, and in the terrorist attacks in london and manchester. yesterday she'd visited the scene of the fire at grenfell tower
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and met some of those who have lost friends and neighbours. it had clearly made a deep impression. in her statement she said, "i have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need." she went on: band plays her birthday parade went ahead. it had all the familiar components. the footguards marched and trooped the colour of the irish guards, and the royal family appeared on the palace balcony, where prince george, as usual, stole the show, gazing down at the crowds, and then as the raf fly—past appeared, up at the sky with his sister. but this was no ordinary trooping. this was a year when the head of state reflected the country's feelings of shock and grief. nicholas witchell, bbc news, at buckingham palace. ajudge in the united states has
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declared a mis—trial in the sexual assault case against entertainer bill cosby. the jury failed to reach a consensus on all three counts, after more than 50 hours of deliberations. the prosecution says it will seek a retrial. the 79—year—old actor had denied drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home 13 years ago. our north america correspondent, aleem maqbool, reports. after so many accused him of being a calculating sexual predator, bill cosby is free now to go home from court. the jury didn't acquit him, but they could not unanimously agreed to convict him either. we came here looking for an acquittal, but like that rolling stones says, you don't always get what you want — sometimes, you get what you need. god bless you all, and happy father's day. the mistrial was celebrated like a victory by cosby‘s supporters. what do you say to the 60 women came
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forward and accused him... yes, after 20—25 years. come on, please. back in his heyday, bill cosby was the most prominent african—american, the highest—paid actor, and undoubtedly a trailblazer. .. of the dozens of women who came forward saying he sexually assaulted them, most couldn't go to trial because it was so long since the alleged incidents took place. one case was heard in court, though, brought by andrea constand, a former university employee who claims that in 2004 he drugged and then molested her. all of the jurors were not convinced. for now, bill cosby walks free, but there is the prospect he is going to be retried, and there is no question that in spite of this result his reputation as something of an american father figure has now been tarnished.
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let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the government of the philippines says more than 300 people are known to have been killed in the battle against islamist militants in marawi. president rodrigo duterte says the presence of fighters from the so—called islamic state had made it a brutal conflict. police in paris have arrested a man who's suspected of attacking a prominent centre—right candidate while she was campaigning for the french parliamentary elections. the former environment minister, was left unconscious for several minutes on thursday after a man grabbed her election pamphlets and thrust them in herface, knocking her to the ground. more than 100,000 events occurred across the uk to remember the labour mp, jo cox, who was murdered a year ago. her husband said she would be "incredibly humbled" by the events taking place in her name.
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the great get together was based on the message in mrs cox's maiden speech in parliament that "we have more in common than that which divides us". an egyptian court has recommended the death penalty for 30 people convicted of involvement in the killing of the country's top public prosecutor. hisham barakat died in a car bomb attack two years ago. the country's religious authorities will now decide whether to confirm the death sentences passed by the court. our middle east regional editor, alan johnston, reports. pandemonium in a cairo courtroom. the furious accused protest. ajudge recommended the death penalty for all those charged, and now the religious authorities will be asked to approve the verdict. it was handed down for the killing of this man, hisham barakat. he was appointed as egypt's most senior prosecutor at a time of
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extraordinary tension, back in 2013. there were mass protests in the streets of cairo by supporters of the ousted muslim brotherhood— backed president, mohamed morsi. this dissent was crushed, and in his judicial capacity, hisham barakat was involved in prosecuting thousands of islamists. he would have been loathed by opponents of the ruling establishment. this is where mr barakat‘s enemies killed him. a car bomb targeted his convoy. he was the highest—ranking egyptian government official to be assassinated by militants in recent years. the authorities blamed his killing on the muslim brotherhood and the palestinian hamas movement. both groups denied being responsible. alan johnston, bbc news. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come — more on the aftermath
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of london's deadly fire — we'll hear from someone who is helping with the volunteer effort — and who is calling for calm in the face of community anger. british prime minister theresa may says support for people caught up in london's grenfell tower disaster "wasn't good enough". 58 are missing and now presumed dead. my colleague ben brown has spent the day in kensington just next to grenfell tower, where local people are helping one another cope with the effects of the fire. he spoke to one of them, swarzy macaly, a volunteer who's helping with the emergency effort and asked her how things were going. it is going really well. volunteers are in high spirits and doing everything they can to put everything they can to put everything into storage. but ijust wa nted everything into storage. but ijust wanted to touch upon your point where we are calling for people to
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become, and there are loads of peace ceremony is being conducted, and just a few words, we want to be peacemakers acres there is enough grief and we do not want that to be confused by that your kindness is taken confused by that your kindness is ta ken forward confused by that your kindness is taken forward this. this is an atrocity that should not have happened but we want to respond in love so that those who are grieving feel loved by the community. to you understand the anger you have seen in the last day or so? definitely, and there needs to be answers, there needs to be a response to that, but if you are just here at this scene, so if you are just here at this scene, so many people are grieving and weeping that i do not think lashing out... the news and the press do a great job, out... the news and the press do a greatjob, but out... the news and the press do a great job, but yesterday was out... the news and the press do a greatjob, but yesterday was not out... the news and the press do a great job, but yesterday was not a true reflection of what happened. i was at a church and all we did all day was boxed up thousands of boxes to send for storage, and all over the news is riots and kicking down doors. that is not a true
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reflection. if you are on the ground, you know what the community spirit is, and it is in the hands of the press to show a balanced view. yes, people are angry, but also people are loving. we have been trying to showing credible effort from the community to deliver aid, to bring in aid, you have got enough supplies no. we have got too many supplies no. we have got too many supplies now! we want to see a massive thank you to van drivers, people opening up storage and homes. i would love to get a conversation going between storage and donation centres because i have not seen any council members, and we are doing this very organically, but we are doing our best to lead a community, but we are still morning very much. that is one of the issues, we have heard that people are still sleeping on floors, people who have been made homeless, and also this government task force, which has been created, is supposed to be on the ground today. have you seen any evidence that? note, but there is a lot of
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talk of community, people saying that we are in the richest borough, people could just purchase a block and house people. it is not as straightforward as that, but people on the ground are thinking, why, it is not just happen? on the ground are thinking, why, it is notjust happen? wejust want things to get done. a few days after this disaster, it is such a difficult time, the grief is still so difficult time, the grief is still so raw, because not everybody knows what happened to their loved ones in that building. yes, and one of the ladies who was really grieving, and the grief is understandable, we are not saying you cannot grieve, because of course you see all the information going out, but actually, i would like to encourage people to have people in grief. people are very end in need of a hug and consolation, so a bottle of water and a hug, and in well. one very passionate volunteer helping the
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victims of the grenfell tower fire disaster. seven us crew members are missing after an american warship collided with a philippine container ship off the east coast of japan. the uss fitzgerald, which has now arrived back at port, crashed into the phillipine vessel in the middle of the night. it was heading for the nearby port of yo—koss—ka under its own power. it's believed that the ship's commanding officer is among those injured. people have been evacuated for treatment. it looks like it was an outsider attack. an afghan soldier was killed and another was wounded. a few days ago, we had a similar incident, three american soldiers we re incident, three american soldiers were killed in the eastern part of the country. mostly such attacks are claimed by the taliban and the claim is that they are infiltrators. our people, who make their way into the
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army and wait for an occasion or opportunity to carry out such attacks, and at times they are normal soldiers who, for whatever reason, reasons can vary, turn their gun at their american partners. they are either influenced by the taliban ideology orfor are either influenced by the taliban ideology or for other reasons. lets get some sport for you now. charlie hoffman leads the leaderboard at the us open. tommy fleetwood and rickie fowler are both still in contention. brooks cocker and justin thomas are also there. leigh halfpenny kicked the british
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and irish lions into a half—time lead, the lions forwards dominating the second half, and a penalty try saw them take the maori all blacks apartany scrum. saw them take the maori all blacks apart any scrum. it had been a mixed tour for the lions before the alive the —— arrived here. to beat a side like the maori all blacks was a big statement. the forward pack was excellent, the driving force behind dominating and defeating the maori. sam warburton, the tour captain, is not guaranteed a starting place in the first test due to the performance of other players. leigh
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halfpenny put in a flawless performance and looks certain to ta ke performance and looks certain to take a number15jersey performance and looks certain to take a number 15jersey against the all blacks. before that, the lions will travel to hamilton where they will travel to hamilton where they will take on the chiefs. the court has been criticised for some of the players he brought in to boost his squad, colin in players from wales and scotland who have been touring in australasia and overlooked england players in argentina. eddie jones has criticised that decision because he has picked players not on merit, but on geography. defending champions have hammered. the final is expected to be watched by more thani million is expected to be watched by more than i million people. is expected to be watched by more thani million people. —— i billion people. you can never tell how the team. the
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tournament. some teams might not have the best start but will come back, which pakistan has done. have the best start but will come back, which pakistan has donelj have the best start but will come back, which pakistan has done. i do not think we have exceeded expectations. we came here with the firm opinion that we wanted to come here and when it, and that has been our chat all the time. it has been used numerous times. we wanted to get to london, and now we have done that we want to go one step further. this is part of being an indian
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cricketer. you have to find a way to deal with that, you cannot ignore it and find a balance. that is the sport from now. it has been the hottest day of the year so far. we had some high temperatures across much of england and wales. some sunshine came out in
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northern ireland and scotland and became quite as well —— quite warm as well, 2a in edinburgh. this was the scene in hackney, great greater london, but you cannot help but notice this streak of cloud that has been with us all day. after such a warm day, temperatures will be slow to fall, so an uncomfortable night. these are the kind of temperatures you might be going to bed with. temperatures will be slow to fall. clear skies overnight and it will cloud over across northern ireland and scotland overnight. the cloud will be thick enough for spots of rain in western scotland. that's how we start on sunday, a damp and mild start. quite a lot of cloud in northern ireland but in scotland and northern ireland it will thin and break in the afternoon. for most across england and wales it's going
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to be a beautiful start to the day, plenty of sunshine. at 9am, we will see temperatures rocketing up, 2a degrees. another hot day. for the rest of the day the cloud is going to be broken up in the southern and eastern counties of northern ireland and parts of scotland but in england and wales again we will have plenty of sunshine and it will become part, temperatures around 3! in the south—east, the high 20s in the rest of england and when the sunshine comes out, low to mid 20 in scotland. very high levels of uv so it may be worth putting on some suncream. next week we will keep the hot air across southern parts of the uk but the high pressure will bring in some fresh air from the north so the temperatures will drop away, for example in sheffield, down to 20 between monday and tuesday. further south, we will keep the hot weather
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for much of the week ahead. this is bbc world news. the british prime minister theresa may says that support for people caught up in london's grenfell tower disaster wasn't good enough. 58 are now missing, presumed dead. a mistrial has been declared in the sexual assault case against entertainer bill cosby. thejury assault case against entertainer bill cosby. the jury was unable to reach a verdict after more than 50 hours of deliberations. the prosecution insists it wants a retrial. nato says seven us service personnel have been wounded in an insider attack at an army base in the north of afghanistan. an afghan soldier is said to have opened fire ata
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