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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is duncan golestani. our top stories — 58 people are presumed to have died in the london tower block fire — police warn that number is expected to rise. that number, 58, may change. i really hope it won't, but it may increase. bill cosby walks free from court after a jury is unable to reach a verdict in his sexual assault case. the prosecution wants a retrial. hello and welcome to bbc news. 58 people are now presumed to have died in the grenfell tower fire in west london. police have warned the death toll is likely to rise. the bbc understands the number
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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 at downing street. in a statement after, 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. four days on from disaster, and with every official update, more grim news.
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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 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?
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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. today the residents brought those frustrations to downing street. it was a robust discussion, there was forceful emotion in the room. 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.
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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 community could have used it days ago. it's way, way too late. but you're reassured by 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. our political correspondent alex forsyth has more from downing street on that meeting earlier saturday. the statement that theresa may issued after that meeting was clearly an attempt
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to counter some of the claims that her government's response has lacked sympathy and understanding. it was a long statement in which the prime minister said she had heard the concerns of residents, their frustration and their fear that their voices hadn't been listened to and their questions were going unanswered. she announced a series of measures, money immediately for things like food and clothes, a promise to rehouse people, extra personal and support down on the ground to offer advice. and the response from some in the community is so far cautiously optimistic. but theresa may has been under significant pressure. notjust in terms of the handling of what happened at grenfell tower but also as a result of the election which left her position weakened. this was clearly an attempt to try to put her government back on the front foot, to show that she understands, that she's offering support and that she's providing action, too. this was her trying to cement her authority. the question remains whether it will be enough, particularly for those in the community which has lost so much.
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the queen observed a minute's silence at the trooping the colour parade in memory of those who died in the grenfell tower tragedy — and also in recent attacks in manchester and london. on what is her official birthday — she said it was "difficult to escape the very sombre national mood". the uk government said a minute's silence will also be observed on monday at 11am. 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
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of the fire at grenfell tower 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
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feelings of shock and grief. nicholas witchell, bbc news, at buckingham palace. and to keep up today on this, and all the stories we're following, just head to our website — 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 calculating sexual predator, bill cosby is free now to go home. the jury didn't acquit him, but they couldn't unanimously agree to convict him either. we came here looking for an acquittal, but like that rolling stones song says,
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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, we love bill. the mistrial was celebrated like a victory by cosby‘s supporters. is justice way overdue? there‘s a waste of tax payers‘ money... what do you say to those people, 60 women came forward and accused him... yes, after 20—25 years? c‘mon, please. back in his heyday bill cosby was the most prominent african—american, the highest—paid actor, and undoubtedly a trailblazer... but dozens of women who came forward saying he drugged, then sexually assaulted them. most cases couldn‘t go to trial because it was so long since the alleged incidents. one case was heard in court, though, brought by andrea constand, a former university employee who claims that in 2004 he drugged and molested her. bill cosby didn‘t take the stand during his trial.
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instead, his defence team tried to undermine the credibility of his accuser. women‘s rights lawyers have been appalled but say they still hope for a retrial. if the court allows more accusers to testify next time, it might make a difference. in other words, it‘s too early to celebrate, mr cosby. round two may be just around the corner. for now, bill cosby does walk 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. let‘s take a look at some of the other stories making the news. portuguese officials say a forest fire in central portugal has killed at least nineteen people and injured several others,
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including a number of firefighters. sixteen of the victims had burned to death in their vehicles when they were trapped by flames. an explosion at a shopping centre in the colombian couple has killed three people. authorities say they believe the explosion was caused by a small bomb in the ladies toilets. it is not yet known who was behind the attack. more than 100 migrants have been rescued by a cargo ship in the mediterranean sea. the merchant ship deployed emergency rafts after they saw the rubber dinghies carrying men, women and children deflating off the coast of libya. all of the migrants were then transferred to a rescue ship and are said to be in good health. a temporary ceasefire has been agreed in an area including the rebel—held syrian city of daraa, in the south of the country. the syrian government side, which has been bombarding the city says the 48—hour truce is intended to support reconciliation efforts. the government of the philippines
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says more than 300 people are known to have been killed in the battle against islamist militants in marawi. situated on the southern island of mindanao the city is a centre of islam in the overwhelmingly christian philippines. president duterte says the presence of fighters from the so—called islamic state had made it a brutal conflict. sarah corker reports. despite an intensive bombing campaign by the philippine military, islamist fighters remain holed up in pockets of marawi city. trapped civilians are being used as human shields. the dark plumes of smoke mark the latest battleground. the army says its troops are retaking areas and bridges. translation: it is hard because they have occupied the tallest buildings and you don‘t know where they will hit you from. you can‘t see the snipers. the battle began in may when hundreds of militants waving
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black flags of the so—called islamic state group stormed the city. the president then declared martial law across the southern philippines. so far, 329 people have been killed. they have so corrupted the name of that in the form of religion to kill mainly innocent persons and to destroy for nothing. the fighting is going on but, of course it‘s winding up, but at the cost of so many soldiers also. marawi is a predominantly muslim city in an overwhelmingly catholic nation. the government says is‘s plan was to declare a caliphate in the region and as the battle moves into its 27th day, the damage to the city is extensive, while more than 200,000 people have fled, now living in overcrowded evacuation centres. translation: i hope my husband gets out.
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i can‘t look after our children on my own. i keep fainting becuase i‘m so stressed. the government says it‘s only a matter of time before troops liberate the city but the militants have stockpiled food and weapons, thought to be preparing for a long siege. sarah corker, bbc news. a reminder of our top story... 58 people are missing and presumed dead from london‘s tower block fire. theresa may says that support for people caught up in the disaster was not good enough. in westminster anti—government demonstrators had gathered to protest against the conservatives agreement with the dup. people also raised concerns
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over the tower fire and other situation has been handled. our political correspondent mark lobel was there. hundreds of people have been protesting outside downing street today. the protest organiser is owen jones. hejoins us now. i went, you have more faith than you did in jeremy corbyn a week ago, but if we put that aside, you are calling for big change at the moment during a precarious time for british politics. is that not risky? we have a coalition of chaos in power, barely, with a government that is trying to rely on the support of some homophobe climate change and nine at extremist. i don't think that will form a stable government for this country. —— that will form a stable government forthis country. —— deniers. this
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is one of the reasons that people here. there are many reasons.“ is one of the reasons that people here. there are many reasons. if you look at the government this week, they are going to start brexit negotiations. they are going to have a queens beach. should you not be backing them and pushing your agenda, rather than asking for change? this government is paying us over a cliff. we are an international laughing stock. she hoped to destroy the opposition with these elections. she failed. she said she needed is an election to get strength in mandate, and at a reduced mandate. this is a government that is incapable we're dealing with a national crisis as we have seen in west london. nobody is responsible for the mass this governor dissent, other than themselves. it is shambolic and embarrassing. they are responsible. we are asking not to have a coalition of chaos leading the country. you mention the events in london. how much momentum in to this do you think that provided? --
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momentum to this. working—class people won't listen to for many years. they warned what was going to happen. working—class and black people lived in the tower block. with the housing crisis in the country, their failure to build affordable, comfortable, safe housing, that the country needs. and the failure of the government to look after those who survived. i think that sums up many of the problems in society. that has focused a lot of anger that you see that this protest. because it shows, it exposes many of the injustices that exist today. if you do bottle your message into a very small bottle, what would it be, and what change would you be for now? theresa may should resign. clearly, even can get conservatives are calling for her to resign. she get conservatives are calling for herto resign. she has get conservatives are calling for her to resign. she has disgraced assault in office. she cannot provide strong and stable leadership
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for discussion. —— even conservatives are calling. that was owenjones, the conservatives are calling. that was owen jones, the organisation conservatives are calling. that was owenjones, the organisation to make organiser of this process —— organiser of this process —— organiser of this protest. theresa may has been tried to make sure that oui’ may has been tried to make sure that our resources available to help the victims of the grenfell tower disaster and also meeting some of the local community of the residents of that area, too. hoping to get their trust and confidence in the government‘s handling of the crisis. russia has beaten new zealand 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 fans are right at the heart of st petersburg. and as the
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confederations cup kicks off a fortnight of football here, people can watch it on the giant screen over there. —— confederation cups. people can come down for all sorts of activity. —— confederations cups. the event is notjust about the of activity. —— confederations cups. the event is not just about the fund oi’ the event is not just about the fund or even about the football. for russia, this is a warmup for the world cup next year, and the fans here, for one, say they are ready for it. football is a big culture in oui’ for it. football is a big culture in our country. we are so proud of our football players. so that confederations cups is very important for us. it is one more chance to win for our team. a pretty good atmosphere here in the fan zone for the opening match in the confederations cups. in the run—up to the survey, there have been concerns over security in russia,
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and this comes after the scenes in france last year, when a russian hooligans were involved in a battles in marseilles. police said a —— they have the situation under control. russia knows this is its chance to prove that it is a safe host country for the next world cup. transact their world —— translation: there are problems with this sort of thing all over the world. the crowd here are leading pretty ha p py world. the crowd here are leading pretty happy after that performance. 2-0 pretty happy after that performance. 2—0 against new zealand in that opening game. the grass as it is not security that worries them, but how their team performs on the pitch. —— their team performs on the pitch. —— the crowds here say that it is not. from football, to rugby, let go to the bbc will sport centre. mike brown broke clear before
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producing a brilliant offload to simply as francis over as england led i8— simply as francis over as england led 18- 13 simply as francis over as england led i8— 13 at simply as francis over as england led 18— 13 at the interval. they we re led 18— 13 at the interval. they were missing 30 of their best players, largely due to the lions tour. but they held on to win. we we re tour. but they held on to win. we were outgunned in the first. we get back the second. our scrum and maul a sense improved. that got us back into the game. the ability to score their mistakes —— our ability to score from their mistakes was fantastic.
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—— lions tour. warren gatland has been entering criticism from eddie jones. i will let eddie do his own talking. he can do plenty of it. we have made the decision that we think is the best decision for us. i understand eddie‘s concern and people‘s concern. i understand his point, i suppose, people‘s concern. i understand his point, isuppose, but people‘s concern. i understand his point, i suppose, but i people‘s concern. i understand his point, isuppose, but i know people‘s concern. i understand his point, i suppose, but i know how difficult it is doing that travel game from argentina. it is not as if you are in buenos aires. you need to get around the world and acclimatise. you use past experiences for that. and that is all the support, for now. the world record for the largest haka has been smashed — in where else but new zealand. it happened just before the match between the maori all blacks and the british and irish lions.
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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. incredible. now, this is a pretty incredible achievement, as well. a traditional polynesian canoe has just completed it‘s 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. the same techniques — that brought the first polynesian settlers to hawaii hundreds of years ago. it visited 19 countries in total. earlier i spoke to the voyaging
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society captain naalehu anthony. he explained how they did it without using modern technology. we have been studying for more than 40 we have been studying for more than a0 yea rs, we have been studying for more than a0 years, now, the art of non— instrument navigation. what that comes from is keen observation. you have stars rising and setting. you have stars rising and setting. you have swirled that come from certain directions, for days at a time, as well as wind patterns. so there were some of those navigators left in micronesia in the 1970s, and some of oui’ micronesia in the 1970s, and some of our captains micronesia in the 1970s, and some of ourcaptains and micronesia in the 1970s, and some of our captains and navigators spent many years working with them to be able to learn how it is that this system works. tell me, honestly, did you ever get slightly lost? yes. i think lost is a relative term, though. the system of navigation has an error of plus or minus five
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degrees, and so it is really being able to find your lan ‘s target after many, many miles. ijust got off the canoe a week ago, and we were, it was a 2500 mile journey. off the canoe a week ago, and we were, it was a 2500 milejourney. —— land target. we were off by only a fume aisles. we were still able to find out targets, so we were called that successful. obviously an incredible adventure, but there is a serious message. tell us why you have been doing this for the last three years? yes. we have been trained to share an important message to take care of your place, 01’ message to take care of your place, or your home, or your planet. the idea that things are changing rapidly with global climate change, and other factors that are really at dressing, and affecting island people. —— addressing. —— trying to.
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we have been tried to push back and talk about how the idea of how we made these islands sustainable for many hundreds of years could be applicable to the rest of the planet, as well as have the ability to inspire others and be inspired by those different communities who have similar values, but in different venues. naalehu anthony speaking to me earlierfrom honolulu. coming up next, it is dateline london. but now, the weather. hello again. you did‘t need to catch a 2,000 mile flight to enjoy some hot summer weather. with temperatures in teddington hitting 30 degrees yesterday, teddington was actually hotter than teneriffe. the hottest weather the uk has had so far this year with the heat widespread across england and wales. parts of scotland and northern ireland not too bad either. we had beautiful skies, too,
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this was a weather watcher 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. it‘s a very mild start to the day, if you‘ve not been out already. 20 degrees to begin across norwich and london as well. it will rise quickly in thejune strong sunshine. across scotland and northern ireland, with the weather front close by, cloudier skies to start the day, but that cloud should break up across parts of northern ireland and eastern and southern parts of scotland. the damp weather is restricted to the far north west of scotland. for england and wales it will be another beautiful start 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 at 9:00 in the morning and it will be another hot day. if anything, hotter than it was yesterday. the heat could trigger an isolated shower or storm across east anglia and south—east england but you would be unlucky to see that.
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the vast majority having a fine dry and hot day. temperatures — 31 or so for london and the south—east, 26 for newcastle and the mid—20s in edinburgh. high levels of pollen so for some of us it could be quite a sneezy day and it‘s notjust pollen, you also have high to very high levels of uv. it may be worth thinking about using sun cream. for the next few days, we will keep the hot air across southern parts of the uk. high pressure still in charge further north but it‘s dragging in cooler air so things will cool down across the north and north—east over the next few days. in scotland on monday, a weather front brings damp weather once again, probably cloudier weather working through the central belt so not quite as warm here but still plenty of hot sun shines the england and wales. again, temperatures peak at 31 degrees. the cooler air in the north of the uk will continue to move southwards so in sheffield the temperatures into the low 20s through tuesday and wednesday but stay on the warm side across southern parts of the uk for much of the week ahead.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: police say 50 eight people are now presumed to have died —— police say 58 people are now presumed to have died from wednesday‘s tower block fire in london. they warn it could take weeks to recover the dead and the number could rise. the british prime minister, theresa may has admitted initial support for victims "was not good enough". prosecutors in the united states say they seek a retrial in the sexual assault case against the entertainer bill cosby. a judge declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict after more than 50 hours of deliberations. bill cosby denied he assaulted his accuser thirteen years ago.
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