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i'm rico hizon in singapore, the headlines: three days of national mourning in portugal — after more than sixty people are killed in wildfires. london police say more than 58 people died in the tower block fire and warn some victims may never be identified. deeply troubled — the un human rights commission calls on thailand to amend its law on insulting the monarchy. pakistan's cricket fans go wild as their team thrashes india in one of the biggest international sporting clashes of the year. it's 8am in singapore and 1am in portugal where emergency workers
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are hoping for lower temperatures and winds after at least 61 people were killed in a huge forest fire at the weekend. many of the victims died in their cars while trying to flee the densely—forested district of pedrogao grande. portugal's prime minister has declared three days of mourning. paul adams reports. a desperate, sometimes hopeless, battle against nature. searing heat, strong winds and low humidity — the worst possible conditions. large areas of central portugal now ablaze. this mountainous area is no stranger to forest fires, but these are some of the deadliest ever. the speed and ferocity of the flames catching people in their cars and homes. a woman screams for her house. as the fire rages on several fronts,
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entire villages have been evacuated. officials still not sure what remains. translation: we were inside the house, the fire was all around us. the firefighters came to get us out because we could hardly breathe any more. as to whether the house burned or not, it must have burned, for sure. almost instantly, we saw the fire on the right hand side of the car, and within 15 seconds at the most, the wind that the fire created leapt across to the other side, and within 30 seconds, it was to the right, to the left, to the back of the car. you had no option but to keep driving into the fire. at times, the response has seemed chaotic. hundreds of firefighters working furiously since yesterday. but some people say they have been left to fend for themselves while their homes burn. thick low—lying clouds of smoke are making it hard for firefighting aircraft to work effectively.
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france and spain have sent their aircraft to help. as the death toll mounts, the goverment has declared three days of national mourning. with no signs of a break in the weather, this battle isn't over. paul adams, bbc news. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. at least two people have been killed after militants attacked a tourist camp close to bamako, the capital of mali. special forces managed to free around 30 other people. our west africa correspondent thomas fessy, says the situation is being brought under control. the security minister spoke about guests who have been rescued. he is not clear whether those hostage situation or not. what we know is that the operation under way has helicopters hovering above the leisure centre. the troops,
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supported by french soldiers and un peacekeepers are at the site and it is not clear how many attackers have been involved. is it one or are there several? where are they from, which group do they belong to? these are the details that we are still waiting for. we understand that at least 30 people have now been rescued from that tourist centre. also making news today — iran says it has fired missiles into eastern syria, aiming at the bases of militant groups it holds responsible for attacks on its parliament which left 18 dead last week. it came hours after supreme leader ayatollah ali khamenei made a statement on his website, vowing iran would "slap its enemies" in honour of the victims‘ families. the united states says one of its fighters has shot down a syrian warplane after it dropped bombs on forces fighting islamic state militants in raqqa province. us central command said the syrian aircraft was brought down
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in accordance with rules of engagement allowing it to defend allied forces in syria. the philippine military says it has killed nearly 250 militants in its fight against the islamist maute group holed up in the southern city of marawi. troops are continuing to pound militants allied to is with air strikes and artillery. the military says resistance is dwindling 26 days into the offensive. sailors missing after the uss fitzgerald collided with a container ship offjapan have been found dead. seven sailors were left missing and three injured after saturday's collision, which the us navy said almost sank the destroyer. singapore's veteran politicians have called for the end of a bitter family feud over the will of the former leader lee kuan yew, who died in 2015. mr lee's younger son says his father
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wanted his home to be demolished as it says in his will. but his older brother and singapore's prime minister lee hsien loong have raised concerns over the addition of that clause. the british government is bringing in a team to improve the official response to the grenfell tower fire disaster in west london. some residents have complained that they got little or no help after it happened. police have issued new pictures from inside the tower block. they show how badly the fire destroyed the building. jon kay reports. a week ago, this was someone's home. a bedroom... a kitchen... a bathroom... the people who lived in these flats are all accounted for. they agreed police could release
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these images tonight to showjust how much damage has been done, to show the conditions recovery teams are now faced with as they search grenfell tower. father, we pray for those who are suffering loss, while we pray for those who are waiting with hope, in the end fear. beneath the tower, people of all faiths are trying to heal. it continues to be a time of bewilderment, of anxiety, of anger. some of the dead and missing are known in this congregation, and even in moments of peace, you can feel the rage. heaven knows what the next few weeks... if that death toll rises, i'm being deadly serious,
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what is going to happen, because the anger, i have never seen anything like it. it is terrible. the community is terrible, and they are mad about everything. at a nearby mosque, more donations for the bereaved and displaced. the community response remains overwhelming. but five days on, some feel they are still having to do what the authorities should be doing. are you from the home office? no, i live up the road. no—one knows that they're here, they're sitting at empty desks. i don't know who's coming down. so i've done a little poster. but there are signs of progress, the main rescue centre is now being run by a neighbouring council after all the criticism of kensington and chelsea. and the extra foot patrols promised by the prime minister are now here, brought in from other parts of london to provide
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reassurance and information. but politicians from all sides know that emotions are still running high. angry. angry not simply at the poor response in the days afterwards from the council and the government, but the years of neglect from the council and successive governments. tonight, the prime minister has announced that every household affected is to get £500 cash immediately with at least £5,000 more to follow, and that there will be additional money available to pay for funerals and for mental health services. it is a good gesture, i guess, in a way, because at least... but patricia, who lives nearby, told me money is only part of the answer. i'm a mother and a grandmother, and no amount of money could replace their life. the leader of kensington and chelsea visited the scene today. he said he understood all the criticism, but he also defended the response.
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the council has been incredibly active since the early hours of wednesday morning. i was here at 3:30am on wednesday morning, i've been here on and off ever since. there are still so many questions about the way the tower was built, the way it was refurbished and managed. and despite the desperate need for answers, people know it will take time. gratitude tonight for the firefighters searching through the wreckage, months of gruelling work lie ahead. while politicians talk of the legacy and of lessons learned, for some here it is far too early. on a day like this, they say, it is impossible to think about the future. jon kay, bbc news, north kensington. a stretch of water in south—east asia is considered one of the riskiest regions in the world. indonesia, malaysia
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and the philippines are launching a maritime patrol in the sulu and celebes seas. it's due to a spate of kidnap for ransom incidents since last year. many of which have been attributed to the abu sayyaf militant group operating out of the southern philippines. i spoke to maritime defence expert collin koh and asked him why it took so much time for the region to agree on this security arrangement. there are actually a few issues, one has to do with the political issue of sensitivity for one another‘s sovereignty. initially deferring that perception when it comes to the severity of these issues. of course i think there is something more practical, it is to do with the need to not just co—ordinate with agencies of these three countries but within each country, the co—ordination of various agencies because it's very unlike the case of the malacca strait when we're dealing with piracy and armed robery, we are looking at dealing with terrorism so you're requiring co—operation between the defence
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ministry, foreign ministry as well as home industry, so it's a complex undertaking. it is indeed a very complex undertaking but have all these three countries gotten their heads together with the political will in one deal to be able to make this happen? yes, correct. this is actually replicating the previous malacca strait patrol, and i think at the end of the day they recognised that if they don't resolve this issue it is going to dent the image of the association of southeast asian nations so as to affect the trade that is taking place in the sulu sea. we're talking about a total of us$40 billion annually in terms of trade passing through. because of the threat of the terrorism and other the transnational issues in the sulu sea, we are looking at shippers who were concerned because they had to reroute and therefore had to incur more costs. i think we are looking at a return to the early situation that afflicted the malacca strait
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where the issues of economic pressure and the severity of issues come into place. i think there's one more element in it, the threat of extra—regional intervention as well. alright. this is indeed a major agreement that has to be signed by these three countries, but will it have the assistance of maybe the americans or the chinese, these two global powers? yes, i think if we go by the normal approach taken by asean countries, they will not want extra—regional direct intervention, meaning direct policing of the waters, but all financial, technical and training assistance will be welcome. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: the french national assembly election delivers another win for president macron — but on a very low turnout.
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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. 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
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would be a good idea if i could to get her to go up there for a little while. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. a devastating forest fire in central portugal has killed more than 60 people. hundreds of firefighters are still battling the blaze. police say the latest searches of the burnt—out grenfell tower block suggest the number of people presumed dead is higher than the official figure of 58. british police have sealed off a road outside london's park station
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after an incident. police say one person has been arrested after a vehicle struck pedestrians. there are reports number of people were injured. details are still coming into and we will have it all for you on bbc world news as this story develops. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. in the uk, the times newspaper reports on heightened tensions at the very top of british politics. it says the country's finance minister philip hammond effectively stabbed prime minister theresa may on national television. in a tv interview mr hammond criticised his own party's general election campaign, which focussed heavily on mrs may. meanwhile the china daily has a story about an unlikely energy source: combustible ice. it says reserves of gas hydrate could represent a major breakthrough in clean energy. finally the gulf news reports on the ongoing fallout between qatar and its regional allies,
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some of whom have accused it of sponsoring extremism. it says the spat could affect the fifa world cup, that's scheduled to take place in 2022. in france, president emmanuel macron's new party has won a big majority of seats in parliamentary elections. lucy williamson reports. two months ago, this result would have stunned france, more than 60% of parliament won by a party that a year ago did not even insist. the only surprise today that they didn't win more. proof of how much mr macron and his party have reshaped french politics. translation: you have given a clear
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majority to the president. this majority will have the mission to act for france. the majority of french people have preferred to choose hope over anger, optimism over pessimism, and trust over fear. the front national, by contrast, won just a handful of seats, one of them going to their lead at marine le pen. who will enter the national parliament for the first time. translation: in the face of this party and in the face of this beast of the system, we are the only force of resistance to the dilution of france, of its social models, and its identity. never before has a french political party won such a stunning majority from scratch, big enough for mr macron to push forward with his bold and controversial labour reforms, big enough even for him to weather the inexperience and diversity of his new mps. and with around 200 seats shared among a divided opposition,
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some are asking where real political pressure will come from. we must put something on the table, and for the moment, we have nothing to put on the table but to say, you are going to work more. and you are going to be paid less. if he will succeed, he will have to cope with us, and it will be a fight. who wins? i don't know. we will see. mr macron's sweeping victory hides a more complex national mood. turnout was just 43% today, the lowest for decades. and many voters wanted change, but most did not pick emmanuel macron as their first choice for president. and not everyone agrees with his plans for economic reform. mr macron's new elected army has been drafted quickly. most have never served before. having swept away the old political order, will they deliver something new?
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lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. the united nations has called on thailand to amend the harsh law against insulting the monarchy. the office of the un high commissionerfor human rights said it was deeply troubled by the high rate of prosecutions, and the disproportionate sentences for the offence. the un said that since the military coup in 2014 the number of people investigated for violating the lese majeste law has risen to more than double the number investigated in the previous twelve years, and that only 4% of those charged were acquitted. trials are routinely held in closed session, often in military courts where defendants‘ rights are limited. earlier this month a man was given a 35—year sentence for facebook posts judged to have defamed the monarchy, the harshest penalty to date. our south—east asia correspondent looks at the case of a woman who was given a similarly harsh sentence two years ago, in the city of chiang mai. once a week, this woman takes a day off work and gets her granddaughters
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ready to meet her mother. her daughter is in prison. translation: it is difficult. i have to take care of them alone. as they are girls, i have to make sure they are safe, even if they are home and out of work. her crime, posts on facebook that insulted the monarchy of thailand. the chiang mai women's prison is a short drive away. 20 years ago, sasivimol was given a sentence of 28 years. few of the other families waiting to see inmates are dealing with sentences like that. translation: i never thought this would happen. i thought it would be a one—year prison term, i thought it would be suspended. we did not sell drugs, we did not kill anyone or steal anything.
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when she was summoned by the police i thought it was just for questioning. i did not think it would turn out like this. she has told me it all started because of her anger over her husband, who had gone off with another woman. she says a friend suggested a way at getting back at her, by setting up a facebook account in her name and posting controversial comments. but she did it using sasivimol‘s computer, which was later traced by the police. even by the harsh standards of thailand's majesty law, the sentence passed on her was exceptionally severe, especially considering she has no history of political involvement, says she's loyal to the monarchy and says was coerced into pleading guilty and doing the initial act,
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and would not even be in prison if she was not informed on by ordinary thai citizens who believe it is their duty to defend the monarchy. this is a passionate royalist. memories of the late king bhumibol who died last year still affect him deeply. he runs a group of volunteers in chiang mai who monitor facebook for anti—monarchy content. he is the one who informed on her posts. translation: i do not regret it. no one does. this is an issue affecting the highest and most respected institution in the country. we are the only country in the world who still have decent feelings and treats king like gods, like demi gods.
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our late king was more than a god, he was a living god. that is how thais feel about him. in sasivimol‘s home, they still keep the tattered calendar on the wall fixed on the month when she was arrested. translation: the kids were distressed that first. the oldest one seems to understand. she knew her mother was given a 28 year prison sentence, but she could not imagine how many days or months those 28 years would be. the little one, when she heard 28 years, thought her mother would come back on the 28th of the month. her long sentence has now been reduced in a world pardon to 12 years. —— royal pardon. but that still means that her daughters will have grown up by the time that she comes out. bbc news, chiang mai. we have more details on the breaking
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story, developing story. it is in the finsbury park area of north london. the metropolitan police have this statement and it says, "police we re this statement and it says, "police were called just after 1220 this morning local time on the 19th of june to reports of a vehicle in collision with pedestrians. officers are on the scene with other emergency services. there are a number of casualties being worked on at the scene and there has been one person arrested. " at the moment, british police have sealed off the road outside london's finsbury park station after this incident. police say one person has been arrested after a vehicle hit pedestrians in seven sisters road. there are reports and number of people were injured. details are still coming in and we will have more updates on this developing story on bbc world
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news. thanks for joining this developing story on bbc world news. thanks forjoining us. good morning. it was a hot, dry and sunny weekend for many of us. perhaps too hot for many of you. the best place to be is on the coast. this picture came form east sussex, bbut it could have been many resorts through the weekend. refreshing sea breezes here. temperatures widely across the country, high 20s, low 30s. the only exception was the far north—west, 13 degrees in shetland. cloud and drizzly rain. to the south, a pretty warm start to the monday morning. overnight lows only sitting at around 18—20 degrees. there will hardly a cloud in the sky. so, those temperatures are set to rocket once again. now, our weather front will start to sink south into central scotland
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and northern ireland, increasing cloud here. a hot and dry afternoon to the south of it. the chance of isolated showers. they really will be very isolated. again, the temperatures will be the talking point, high 20s, low 30s quite widely. pretty hot close to the coast. a light seabreeze. nevertheless, high uvs expected across much of the country. the cloud in northern ireland in central scotland. northern and western isles will actually see some brighter weather. sunshine for a change. just a few showers. the weather front will continue south overnight monday into tuesday. not much in the way of rain on it. it will introduce fresher air. mid—teens into the north is quite likely. the north of england in the midlands, cloudy skies, mid—twenties more likely. to the south of that front, sunny. high 20s not out of the question. wednesday, sunny and dry weather in the south—east corner. a fresh feel with a breeze coming off the sea. by the end of the day, sharp and possibly thundery
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downpours possible from the west. they will slowly clear away on wednesday, but leaving a legacy of cloud. extreme heat in the south—east potentially on thursday. 30 degrees or more. it is the start of the grasscourt season and the start of queens. it will be pretty hot for spectators and players. bear in mind high uv. sunscreen will be necessary. it will be hot at royal ascot as well. the weather will be fair and set to be hot. take care. i'm greg dawson with bbc world news. our top story. devastating forest fires in portugal have killed more than 60 people. three days of national mourning have been declared.
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many victims died in their cars while trying to escape. firefighters have tackled over 150 blazes across the country. portugal's prime minister described it as the greatest tragedy the country has suffered in recent years. police in london have said searches of the burnt—out grenfell tower suggest the number of fatalities will be higher than the official figure of 58 — but warned that some may never be identified. and some breaking news. reddish police have sealed off a road in london after an incident. police say one person has been arrested after a vehicle struck pedestrians outside a mosque. and another leading story here in the uk —
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