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this is bbc news. our top stories: 58 people are presumed to have died in the fire at london's grenfell tower — police warn that number is expected to rise. the number 58 may change. i really hope it won't that it may increase. relatives and volunteers meet with prime minster theresa may at downing street as she admits the government's response, in the hours after the disaster, has not been good enough. a mistrial — that's the ruling in the sexual assault case against entertainer bill cosby — the prosecution wants a re—trial. we can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity but justice will come. football fans in russia get a taste of what's to come ahead of next year's world cup but amid concerns about security and safety. also in the programme:
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no sat nav, no compass and certainly no wifi. we speak to one of the sailors who has just finished a three year voyage around the world in a canoe. hello and welcome to bbc news. 58 people are now presumed dead in the grenfell tower fire in west london. and police are warning the death toll is still likely to rise. the bbc understands the number of dead or missing could be around 70. the british prime minister, theresa may, has faced criticism over her response to the tragedy. she met with victims and community organisers here at downing street. in a statement after —
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she acknowledged what many local people have been saying for days — that the initial response to the fire on wednesday "was not good enough". jeremy cooke reports. 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. it's hard to know what to say, yeah. it's just horrific. we just said that everyone's busy talking, but yet you can just feel a silence. it's really overwhelming. we have been told were in grenfell tower on the night that are missing,
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and therefore sadly i have to assume and its management agency to be suspended from their landlords' responsibility. andrea newton says the community felt ignored before the tragedy, neglected since, with no access to basic information. where is everyone? what are they getting next, where are they going to move, what do they need? who needs what, and where? these are fundamental questions, and we are days after this disaster. i've done the angry. i mean, i've got to get this done. it was a robust discussion, there was forceful emotion in the room.
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people were able to say what they wanted to say and we felt that was listened to and listened to carefully. in a statement, the prime minister said: and analysis which chimes with the volunteers who have been working flat out to help victims in the absence of effective official support. they have been completely let down and it is the same people that potentially might have caused this that are now letting them down again and it's tragic. and if it wasn't the community here and the volunteers, i would dread to think what would have happened those people. the prime minister says she accepts there are huge frustrations here and she is promising to send more support into the area. it is the sort of help which is desperately needed but this
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community could have used it days ago. it's way, way too late. but you're reassured from what theresa may has said to you today? not right now, not right now. no, i'm not, not right now. with so much pain and frustration here, there are warnings that the government help must work with the community to avoid frustration and anger. and high in grenfell tower, the operation to recover bodies goes on. a reminder of what's been lost and the scale of the task ahead. jeremy cooke, bbc news, north kensington. amid the anger some are still trying to find answers about their relatives who have been missing since the fire on wednesday. the family of the first victim that was identified — a 23—year—old syrian refugee — mohammad al—hajali have just released this statement, saying: tonight the home office has
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confirmed it will assist the family to travel to the uk from syria. mark lowen has more on the search for the victims. this is a tragedy that has shaken faith in safety, equality and justice. singing. it has brought a tight community even closer, waiting, still, for any news of the missing. dozens from grenfell tower are lost. faces from the floors that were engulfed as the fire rose. the anger and demands for accountability are growing. it's always the public that runs to rescue. where's the authorities? where are they? forgotten corners of this area are becoming shrines to grenfell, to grief, to frustration. as the days since the tragedy wear on, the hope of friends and families is fading. the only comfort now would be answers as to what happened. instead, there's the
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pain of not knowing. though, as time passes, more are presumed dead. still missing, 57—year—old hesham rahman, originally from egypt. his mother and nephew fear the worst. hesham called her shortly after 3am as the fire neared his top floor flat. the last thing he said to my grandmother was, "i had spoken to the police, i told them the smoke was coming into my house and they told me that they were coming, close your door, put some wet towels on the floor, we're coming to get you, it's going to be all right." so he then said to my grandmother, "once i'm out, i'll let you know that i'm 0k." how are you at the moment? you know, we're all angry, we all want the same answers, we're all frustrated. but we really need to do it the right way.
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we all want to achieve the same thing but not with aggression. it doesn't work, it never did and it never will. my son, he's my son. a mother who watched her son's nearby home turn to horror. one story among so many from the hell of grenfell tower. mark lowen, bbc news, north kensington. the entertainer, bill cosby, has walked free from a court in the united states after a judge declared a mis—trial in his sexual assault case. the jury were unable to reach a decision on whether the seventy—nine year old was guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home thirteen years ago. the prosecution says it will seek a retrial. aleem maqbool reports. after so many accused him of being a calculated sexual predator, bill cosby
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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. chanting: we love bill! the mistrial was celebrated like a victory by cosby‘s supporters. 60 women came forward and accused him... yes, after 20—25 years. no, 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
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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. built cosby didn't take the stand —— bill cosby. women's rights lawyers have been boiled saying they still hope for a retrial. if the court allows more accuses to testify next time, it might make a difference. in other words, it's too to celebrate, mr cosby. rounded to maybejust around the corner. —— round two.
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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. an egyptian court has recommended the death penalty for thirty 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. our middle east regional editor alan johnston reports. pandemonium in cairo court room. the judge 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's most senior prosecutor at a time of extraordinary tension back in 2013.
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there were massive protests in the streets of cairo. this descent was crushed and in hisjudicial capacity, hisham ba ra kat crushed and in hisjudicial capacity, hisham barakat was involved in prosecuting thousands of islamist. he would have been loath i opponents of the ruling establishment. this is where hisham barakat‘s enemies establishment. this is where hisham ba ra kat‘s enemies killed establishment. this is where hisham 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 the killing on the muslim brotherhood and the palestinian hamas then. both groups denied being responsible. spanish bullfighter ivan fandino has died after being gored by a bull during a fight in south—western france. the 36—year—old stumbled in the bullring after catching his feet in his cloak and was gored by the bull whose horn punctured his lung.
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one report said fandino suffered two heart attacks on his way to the hospital. but hospital authorities declined to comment. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: the british queen observes a minute's silence at trooping the colour — and speaks of a sombre national mood. 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 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.
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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. all this is bbc news. the latest headlines... 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. well, on monday all government buildings will hold a minute's silence at 11 a.m. and, today, the queen has observed a minute's silence at the trooping the colour parade. it's in memory of those who died in the grenfell tower tragedy and also in recent
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attacks in manchester and london. on what is official birthday, 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. in a statement issued at six o'clock this morning, the queen said: yesterday she'd visited the scene of the fire at grenfell tower and met some of those who have lost friends and neighbours. it had clearly made a deep impression.
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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. saudi arabia, uae and two other states last week imposed unprecedented sanctions against qatar over its support
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for terrorist groups. it's led to the worst crisis in the gulf region for decades. our chief international correspondent lyse doucet spoke to saudi arabia's foreign minister adel al—jubeir and asked him if pressuring qatar financially to get the country to comply amounts to bullying. they are one of the richest countries in the world. economic crisis is not significant to them. we wa nted crisis is not significant to them. we wanted to send a powerful message to our brothers and qatar that they need to act with us. nobody wants to harm the people, we made that clear. but we also made clear that we will not deal with them as long as these policies continue. not allowing the overflight of territory, that sends a message. cutting off diplomatic
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relations as a sovereign ma right and it sends a message. what about that ten point list you sent to about sitting down networks and suchlike? much may be speculation. we are working with egypt and by crane and the emirates on a list of grievances and what qatar needs to do at its core it is stopping the funding of terrorism. stopping incitement and interference in affairs of other countries. that is it. that is what we expect from all of our neighbours and it is what we expect our neighbours to expect from us. expect our neighbours to expect from us. many a vast why you are putting pressure on qatar, how about saudi arabia and the accusation funding of mosques and schools abroad propagates the more extremist forms
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of islam. it has to do with history and legacy. we have taken steps over the last few years to make sure that we set our charities. and we cut down, shut down the financing of terrorism. we have laws on the books that criminalise funding extremism and terrorism. we have people put on trial and put in jail. and terrorism. we have people put on trial and put injail. we are adopting a policy of zero tolerance. some believe this is about your chief rival in the region and the willingness of qatar to open dialogue with iran. other nations have relations and a dialogue with iran. but this is because of —— this
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is not because of their independent policy. this is about stopping policies that endanger our safety and our security and that of the whole region, throughout the world, namely, funding extremists and terrorists. now this is a pretty impressive achievement. a traditional polynesian canoe has just completed its first ever round—the—world trip without using modern navigation methods. the boat returned to honolulu in hawaii after being on the journey for three years. the crew used the stars, wind and ocean swells to guide it on the journey. using the same techniques that brought the first polynesian settlers to hawaii hundreds of years ago. it visited 19 countries. let's speak to one of the 1a crew involved in the journey — her name isjenna ishii, thank you for being with us. firstly, how on earth did you manage
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to navigate this canoe without modern methods? in the pacific for the first year it is all traditional navigation and we used whatever nature gives us. stars, wind, moon, birds, planets and ocean swells. as we went through different oceans will use the same clues to guide our way. it took three years. did you get lost? no. actually the navigation system we used, depending on nature forfinding our way navigation system we used, depending on nature for finding our way was accurate. we had backup devices on board for help if we needed it but the system is so amazing that you just follow the stars and look at your cues you will end up finding the island you are looking for. that is impressive. what happened when you entered rough water? the boat is 62x22
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you entered rough water? the boat is 62 x 22 feet so she sits well in rough water. we encountered storms, will we always leave and the best wethers per we just close a thousand weight or we turn a different direction with the wind. what was your favourite moment direction with the wind. what was yourfavourite moment on direction with the wind. what was your favourite moment on this journey? my favourite moment was when we were literally halfway around the world in south africa and we we re around the world in south africa and we were the youngest culture on earth, the polynesians, connecting with the oldest ancestors of the earth and we were literally halfway around the world. that was probably my favourite moment. it took three yea rs. my favourite moment. it took three years. where you set up along the way? we switched our crew 32 times because everyone is a volunteer. they all states said about one month ata time they all states said about one month at a time in the to come home. you can't wait to get back out there. thank you so much for being with us. congratulations on yourjourney. russia has beaten new zealand
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2—0 in the opening game of the confederations cup in st petersburg. the event is a warm—up for the world cup which russia hosts next year and is being held amid concerns over how safe the country is for visiting fans. sarah rainsford reports from st petersburg. this is the fan zone at the heart of saint petersburg and as the confederations cup kicks off a fortnight of football here this is where people can watch the games on the giant screen over there. it is also where they can come for all sorts of activities, people shooting goals, five aside football. this event is not only about the fun or event is not only about the fun or even just another football. for russia, this is a warmup for the world cup next year and the fancier, for one, say they are ready. football is like... a big culture in our country. we are so proud of our
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footballers. so this cup is very important for us because it is one more chance to win for our team. important for us because it is one more chance to win for our teamm isa more chance to win for our teamm is a good atmosphere here in his opening match in the confederations cup. in the run—up to this event, however, there had been concerns over security in russia and questions about racism in the game and hooliganism. last summer in france, russian hooligans were among those facing running battles in the streets of marseilles. please say they have the situation under control here. there are almost 200 hooligans on the blacklist and they will not be allowed anywhere near the ground. for russia, this is a chance to prove it is host country for the next world cup. translation: problems with fan behaviour in every
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country and russia is no exception we are a big country, there is no threat to anyone in russia. the crowd here are feeling happy after that performance. 2—0 against new zealand in his opening ground. —— game. but not worried about security, they worry about how their tea m security, they worry about how their team performs on the pitch. the world record for the largest haka has been smashed — in where else but new zealand. it happened just before that match you were hearing about between the maori all blacks and the british and irish lions. more than 7000 people turned out in rotorua, to give it their all. men, women and children created an almighty roar and threw their hands in the air. there were more than enough to break both the guinness world record and the unofficial masterton tally of 6,200. that is it from me in the team. goodbye for now. hello again. he did
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not need to catch a long flight to enjoy hot summer weather. temperatures hit 30 did greaves and teddington was hotter than tannery. the hottest weather the uk has had so far this year with the heat widespread across england and wales. northern ireland not too bad either. beautiful skies as well, this was a picture showing the sunshine but it was not sunny everywhere. to the north—west of the uk we have a weather front bringing damp weather today into the western side of scotland, particularly the north—west. a mild start the day if you not been out already. 20 degrees to begin across norwich and london as well. it will rise quickly in the strong sunshine. across scotland and northern ireland, the weatherfront close by means skies to start the day. the damp weather is restricted
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to the far north west of scotland. for england and wales that will be another beautiful to the day. clear blue skies for the vast majority and temperatures quick to rise in the june sunshine. barely a breath of wind outside, temperatures 2a degrees and nine in the morning and it will be another hot day, that is for sir de matt shaw. hotter than was yesterday in the heat could trigger an isolated shower or across the east anglia. you would be unlucky to see that. the vast majority having a fine dry and hot day. temperatures — 31 also for london and the south—east. wessex in newcastle and the mid—20s in edinburgh. high levels of pollen so for some of us it could be quite a sleazy gay and notjust pollen, you also have high to high levels of —— very high levels of uv. they may be worth thinking about using sunscreen. we will keep the hot air
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across southern parts of the uk. high pressure still in charge further north but it drags on cooler airso things further north but it drags on cooler air so things will cool down across the north and north—east over the next few days. in scotland on monday weather front brings damp weather once again, probably cloudy weather working through the central belt so not quite as won here but still plenty of hot sun shines the england and wales. again, temperatures peak of 31 degrees. call in the north of the uk continue to move southwards so in sheffield the temperature will reach low 20s but stays on the warm side across southern parts of the uk for much of the weekend. this is bbc news, the headlines. british prime minister theresa may says support for people caught up in london's grenfell tower disaster "wasn't good enough". 58 are missing — now presumed dead. a mis—trial has been declared in the sexual assault case against entertainer bill cosby. the jury was unable to reach a verdict after more than 50 hours of deliberations. the prosecution wants a re—trial. nato says seven us service personnel
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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 in the city of mazar—i—sharif. a traditional polynesian canoe has returned to honolulu in hawaii, completing the first—ever round—the—world voyage by such a vessel. the boat took three years to journey around the globe. now on bbc news ‘addicted to protein' — an investigation into the multi billion—pound supplement industry.
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