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this is bbc news. i'm kasia madera. our top stories: around 4000 people are being evacuated from five tower blocks in north london because of safety concerns over cladding in the aftermath of the grenfell tower disaster. i know it is difficult, but grenfell changes everything, and ijust don't believe we can take any risk with our residents‘ safety, and i have to put them first. not realistic or reasonable. qatar response to demands put to it by four arab states. vladimir putin accused of meddling in the us president. and theresa may has been told her brexit offered at four eu citizens in the uk is not enough. -- far. my first impression is that the offer is below our expectations, and it risks the situation of citizens.
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hello and welcome to bbc news. 800 households are being evacuated from five tower blocks in camden in north london, so that urgent fire safety work can be carried out. the buildings have the same type of cladding that contributed to a huge blaze last week at grenfell tower, in the west of the capital. at least 79 people are known to be dead or missing after the blaze, and authorities are now looking at criminal offences including manslaughter. tom symonds reports. there was no warning, just a request. we need you to move out because we can't be sure you are safe. i just don't want to go now. i feel bad to just suddenly i have to leave my flat. tonight, camden council's mobilising its staff, block booking hotels,
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opening a rest centre in an attempt to find somewhere to sleep, for 4000 people. individuals have been told to leave for their own safety and it's down to them to make the decision. i intend to stay put. i intend to go there tonight. it's a knee jerk reaction by the council, they had to be seen to be doing something but this is creating chaos and pandemonium. in the aftermath of the grenfell tower the cladding on these towers had already been ruled unsafe, but on top of that residents raised concerns about other issues, including fire doors and gas pipes. camden felt it had to act. any area which wasn't completely up to robust standards was a deep concern, given the combination, and that was the message from the fire services today. the issue was the combination of the two factors and that's why we've taken the action we've taken the night. the shadow of the worst fire in decades now looms large over social housing. grenfell tower was destroyed
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from the bottom to the top. the fire started in a kitchen on the lower floor. now police have confirmed what eyewitnesses said, the origin of the inferno was a hotpoint fridge, like this one, in that kitchen. flames escaped through a window and began to race up and across the outside of the building. which is why the focus right from the start has been on what was added to the tower during its refurbishment. aluminium cladding and foam insulation and right from the start, police wanted to know how fire resistant was it. preliminary tests on the insulation samples collected from grenfell tower show that they combusted soon after the test started. the initial tests on the cladding tiles also failed the safety tests. such are our safety concerns on the outcome of those tests we have shared our data with the department for communities and local government. the cladding and installation simply
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should not have burned so quickly. instead of a fire which devoured the tower, it should have been contained, like this fire, in camden, five years ago. this tower is now being evacuated. so the police tests have thrown up a string of questions. how did it spread? the materials used are under suspicion, but was the design of the refurbishment also to blame? did the work, completed last year, breach building regulations? and are the laws governing building standards clear enough and tough enough? this is a criminal investigation. police seizing documents from the companies that managed and refurbished grenfell tower. and they will consider potential criminal charges, breaches of health and safety, or even corporate manslaughter, though that is difficult to prove. for several decades now, councils have been putting up cladding to improve the look and installation of their ageing tower blocks.
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now, in what amounts to a crisis for that strategy, some of it is being taken down. in islington, initially for testing, but next week, for good. everyone in the block is saying if you live in a tower block especially, you are thinking oh my god, it could have been us. especially now they've said it's in our cladding, we are thinking oh my god. i'm quite tearful, actually. so far it's affecting high—rise residents in nine council areas. in wandsworth, where this fire broke out in 2010, 100 tower blocks are to be fitted with sprinklers. but there is grim, unfinished business back at grenfell tower. everyone has been accounted for in this flat, but the police need help to be sure they've identified all the victims. their message today, if you know someone who was there, for whatever reason, we need to know. tom symonds, bbc news. with me is stephen mackenzie, who's a fire and safety consultant. there are so many questions
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regarding grenfell tower. but let's told about tonight, because everything is changed, as we had to be said, since grenfell tower. we now have 4000 people being evacuated and moved from their houses in north london. is that the right thing to do? i think this is a question for the parliamentary enquiry. this is beyond individuals. this is a national catastrophe. we've seen the g re nfell tower national catastrophe. we've seen the grenfell tower fatalities and knee—jerk responses. we have seen inaccurate information and now we see a mass evacuation. they should not happen. lessons were learnt after previous fires. the inquirer was taken to the house of commons, and it said that they did not
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believe that a serious fire should believe that a serious fire should be put before minimising risk. —— the enquiry. now we have evacuation. where will it and? you say that there were so many pointers, and yet we still had the horrific tragedy at g re nfell tower, we still had the horrific tragedy at grenfell tower, with 79 people feared dead, and actors george a. had we get there? i don't know. the wadi signals were there. —— and that number could change. —— the warning signals. this is an unprecedented event. traditionally, blocks of flats that are at low risk, fire should be contained in apartments. but now we have evacuation of tower blocks. what about the tower blocks that have been left in situ? the
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government has identified additional buildings. we need to have proper pr coverage. properfeedback. buildings. we need to have proper pr coverage. proper feedback. and proper responses, now. when it comes to g re nfell proper responses, now. when it comes to grenfell tower, what, in your opinion, was the cause of this? was at the design? was it the building regulations, whether they not strong enough? where was the weak spot?|j think on the rapport sedate about the equipment failure within the fridge to the way the fire spread, there have also been concerns about there have also been concerns about the internal fire spread. there have also been concerns about the internalfire spread. —— i think on the reports we have had about. there has been failures on a number of levels. we don't know the a nswe rs , of levels. we don't know the answers, yet. is it bringing into question a building standards
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registration? i don't know. it will ta ke registration? i don't know. it will take an expert to look at this now. stephen mackenzie, we're out of time. but thank you for talking us through some of those points. stephen mackenzie, a fire and safety consultant. thank you. we have a special area on all of this on our website. so have a look at that. qatar has issued a brief initial reaction to the list of demands presented by four arab states imposing a boycott on it. qatar's government communications office director sheikh saif al—thani said in a statement "we are reviewing these demands out of respect for regional security. but the demands are not reasonable and actionable. " a qatar semi—government human rights body also said that the list of demands presented were a violation of qatar's human rights commitments. earlier today, the saudis backed by bahrain, the uae and egypt have issued a list of 13 demands they say qatar must meet within the next ten days. the closure of the qatari—funded media network aljazeera is one
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of the main demands. jamal elshayyal, a seniorjournalist and a spokesman for the channel gave his reaction. we have grown accustomed to the pressure which is being exerted on us ever pressure which is being exerted on us ever since the inception of al jazeera. we were the first independent news network in the arab world. and because we continue to speak truth to power, and continue to provide information to the citizens, not only in the arab world, but of the entire globe. there are government are probably the worst track record of human rights, the worst track record of respecting freedom of expression and freedom of information and all other human rights, really. they insist on cracking down on us. so we have grown accustomed to that. we will continue in our message. 0ur message is very clear, to provide balance, quality information, and news to our
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viewers, wherever they might be. it is their right. this is a right enshrined by the un charter on human rights. it is a legally held sacrosanct, regardless of what other political developments might be going on. that is for different countries to deal with between themselves. but as aljazeera, as journalists, our message is clear. it isa journalists, our message is clear. it is a message we hold sacred, and it isa it is a message we hold sacred, and it is a message will continue, regardless of what happens. an investigation by the washington post claims the cia had evidence last august that russian president vladimir putin gave specific instructions to interfere in the us presidential election. in response president 0bama approved covert measures — the equivalent of cyber bombs that could be detonated in case of an escalation. but some former officials are questioning why the administration didn't publicise the threat more forcefully. ellen nakashima was among the reporters who broke the story. we asked her why she thought president 0bama was so reluctant to act at the time.
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there was not a consensus amongst all the intelligence agencies that vladimir putin wanted donald trump to win. that was the conclusion of the cia, as you pointed out, at least in august, if not before. the other two main intelligence agencies, the fbi and the national security agency, did not have the means to corroborate that intelligence, at least not initially, not immediately. so there was not a consensus there. and perhaps even more importantly, the white house was consumed over the summer white house was consumed over the summer with a debate about whether, in fact, they should even go public with the fact that russia had hacked the dnc and was involved in interference. 0ne the dnc and was involved in interference. one of the primary concerns was that to do so would make them appear to political, 2—part ascent, in election season. that was an election season that was
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already very partisan. —— too partisan. they knew that there was the measures they would not made public. what we revealed and what we learnt was that one of the measures involve a covert programme of cyber bombs, if you will, that would be computer code that would be implanted in russian networks that we re implanted in russian networks that were of high value to the russians, and that could be triggered at some later point, as you noted, should there be an escalation. let's say, if russia tries to intervene or medal in the 2018 elections, or maybe disrupted the power grid in the united states. —— meddle. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news.
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reports from turkey say five people, including children, have died after being electrocuted at a water park in the north—west of the country. it's thought the adults who died were trying to rescue the children. an investigation is under way. the woman at the centre of south korea's corruption scandal, choi soon—sil, has been sentenced to three years in jail for bribery. in the first of a series of criminal cases against her, the long—time friend of south korea's disgraced ex—president, park geun—hye, was found guilty of bribing professors to have her daughter admitted to a prestigious women's university. the colombian president, juan manuel santos, says the farc rebel group will finish disarming later friday, another landmark in the peace process. mr santos said this date would mark the end of latin america's oldest and most powerful guerrilla group. there's no confirmation yet from the un which is supervising the disarmament process. to stay with us here on bbc news.
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—— do. still to come: a new romantic comedy is breaking down stereotypes — the leading man taps into his muslim upbringing to find rich material. members of the neo—nazi resistance movement stormed the world trade center armed with pistols and shotguns. we believe that, according to international law, that we have a right to claim certain parts of this country as ourland. i take pride in the words "ich bin ein berliner." cheering and applause chapman, prison pale and slightly chubby, said not a single word in open court. it was left to his lawyer to explain his decision to plead guilty to murdering john lennon. he believes that onjune 8th, god told him to plead guilty, and that was the end of it. the medical research council have now advised the government that the great increase in lung cancer is due mainly to smoking tobacco. it was closing time
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for checkpoint charlie which, for 29 years, has stood on the border as a mark of allied determination to defend the city. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: 800 households in tower blocks in north london are being evacuated because of safety concerns over cladding in the aftermath of the grenfell tower fire. qatar responds to the list of demands presented to it by four arab states, led by saudi arabia, saying they are not reasonable or realistic. in breaking news in the last few minutes we have received a statement from the london fire brigade in regards to the evacuations at the camden tower blocks. they say following intensive joint visits and inspections, the brigade advised there were a number of fire safety issues and they recommended residents should not remain in the
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buildings until these issues are resolved. around 800 households being evacuated from around five tower blocks in camden in north london. european leaders in brussels have criticised the british prime minister theresa may on her proposals for the status of eu citizens living in the uk after brexit. it's one year since the referendum vote which has unleashed political turmoil here. mrs may says eu citizens can stay in the uk if british people who live in europe are given a similar deal. my colleague, ros atkins is in brussels and has been talking to the maltese prime minister, joseph muscat, about the eu's reaction to ms may's offer. i think it was positive, i think generally speaking it was welcome news. 0bviously generally speaking it was welcome news. obviously it wasn't a negotiating session, it wasn't something where she said something and we replied and we started negotiation. negotiation is handled by the commission. the fact there is the opening not to have people bargaining chips and all this is good, but obviously there are many
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questions and i myself have a lot of questions and i myself have a lot of questions about what was said. you've just come from a press co nfe re nce you've just come from a press conference with donald tusk, president of the european council, and mist tusk said those proposals at first glance risk worsening the situation? it's true in the sense that whatever is offered is below par to what europeans enjoy today in the uk and what british citizens enjoy in the european union. so we are not negotiating to increase the sort of rights we both enjoy. were negotiating for the uk to exit the european union. so it will be a lose lose situation, that's nothing new. this weekend a new romantic comedy will hit the screens with a muslim american playing the leading man. the cast believes the film will bring a more nuanced portrayal of a community which has been viewed with suspicion in the current political climate. from new york, tom brook reports.
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i have to tell you something, i've been dating this girl. she's white. a white girl? the big sick is based on the true romance of the writer and comedian. it follows his courtship with his future wife. his pa rents‘ courtship with his future wife. his parents‘ efforts to force him into an arranged marriage with other women and his wife to be's grave illness. it is cowritten by him and his real—life wife, emily gordon. a brand of tragedy, humour and cross—cultu ral brand of tragedy, humour and cross—cultural interaction. brand of tragedy, humour and cross-cultural interaction. i've a lwa ys cross-cultural interaction. i've always wanted to have a conversation with... you've never talked to people about 9/11 ? with... you've never talked to people about 9/11? in many ways he's like the lead in many other american romantic comedies. if the helm helps to be stigmatised american muslims in the eyes of the public, they eyes would —— cast would be pleased. —— if the film helps to the stigmatise. it would be good because we have
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taken a number of steps back because that would be a great side—effect of our movie. donaldj that would be a great side—effect of our movie. donald] trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states. the film has a topical residents, resonance, the president, other politicians, news media and popular culture have at times presented muslims as a threat. many american muslims as a threat. many american muslims have felt like they were demonised by president trump's attempt to put in a travel ban from six mostly muslim countries.|j attempt to put in a travel ban from six mostly muslim countries. i don't think the film strives to be political but in the current climate there is no other way to read it or be part of its intention, if the normalisation of muslims is political then this film is political. after years of negative media portrayals of muslims in cinemas, there seems to be an evolution in representation. the on—screen image of muslims in american entertainment is changing. was been lacking is nuance, only one
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type of muslim is represented in the media, for a long time it was the terrorist, the bad guy, what the big sick represents is the nuance that already exists in the country and by seeing that nuance reflected on the big screen, it's going to have a tremendous effect in the way we view ourselves as a nation. i think i just screwed it up with your daughter? you did. the big sick is a small film but it maypac add punch and its predicted it could emerge as and its predicted it could emerge as a sleeper hit among all the summer blockbusters currently invading american cinemas. tom brook, bbc news, new york. only a few hours to go now before the first test match between the british and irish lions and new zealand in auckland. katie gornall reports. tens of thousands of fans have descended on auckland and the city
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is changing. juanfran describe it yesterday like the lions fans are like the minions —— one fan described. they come in more hope than expectation. there's a lot of positivity around the lions, the lions fans hope that exists at the final whistle in auckland. it is a huge challenge for them? they've had to convincing wins coming into this and they will need that momentum because new zealand, the all blacks, they haven't lost at eden park since 1994, the lions haven't won a series in new zealand since 1971. those are some of the statistics against them here. they i've form side. kieron reid, the all blacks captain, said the lions are at the peak of their powers —— they are a form side. —— lions. they have been selected by gatlin on form rather than reputation but the lions will need to be on their top form goes there's a huge challenge in front of them
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lions. —— lions. listened uganda is trying to cope with over 700,000 south sudanese refugees who fled civil war. the government and aid agencies say they don't have enough money to handle the crisis. so an aid conference in kampala wanted pledges of $2 billion by the end of this year but they managed to raise less than half that. here's catherine byaruhanga in kampala. a big show to get donors to make some big checks. the united nations pulled out its trump card, one of the most influential men in the world. un secretary general antonio guterres posted this summit, together with uganda's president. mr gutierrez once headed the united nations refugee agency, and the plight of refugees is close to his heart. i have seen the uganda borders open, i have seen the doors of the uganda people open, i've seen the hearts of the uganda people open but not all doors are open in the
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world, not all refugees are excepted, some are addictive, and sometimes countries much richer than uganda so it's also necessary to look into this example and say clearly the international community must come together and re—establish the integrity of the refugee protection regime everywhere in the world —— some are rejected. thousands of south sudanese have been crossing into uganda every week since lastjuly. been crossing into uganda every week since last july. they been crossing into uganda every week since lastjuly. they are escaping civil war back home as president salva kiir takes on his rival, riek machar. uganda has opened its doors to those fleeing, giving them land, freedom of movement and the right to work. but president mu 78 reminded delegates at the fundraising summit that the local communities in uganda and their infrastructure are struggling to cope. despite this the un and government were not able to
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raise the $2 billion they say they need to support refugees. they only raised about a third of this figure. the un says fundraising will continue beyond this summit and it will make do with the cash it has now. but this will mean limited services for refugees. food rations have already been cut and there is growing pressure on resources like water and firewood. aid agencies and the government are finding it hard to keep up with the growing numbers. catherine byaru hanga, to keep up with the growing numbers. catherine byaruhanga, bbc news, kampala. is always much more on our website and you can get in touch with me and some of the team on social media —— as always. for the time being, thanks for watching bbc news, goodbye. let's see what the weather is up
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to this weekend and it is looking a little on the mixed side, the clouds have been rolling off the atlantic over the last couple of days bringing fresher conditions to many parts and the heatwave we had a few days ago is a distant memory. that heatwave we had in the south is now a distant memory. this is what the weather map looks like right now, a weather front crossing the country giving us a fair bit of cloud out there, some spots of rain too. to the south of the weather front it's actually a warm night, so temperatures by the end of the night will be hovering around 16 or 17 in places. to the north of the weather front it will be a lot fresher, for example in scotland it could be down to single figuresjust example in scotland it could be down to single figures just outside town. starting with scotland at 9am, a mixed bag, quite windy especially in the north, winds freshening during
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the north, winds freshening during the day, showers as well. further south across the country, although a little mixed, you can see in places there is a bit of brightness and a few spots of rain and none of this rain will be heavy, just thicker cloud and fleeting dribs and drabs of rain and that's pretty much it but not cold. first thing see around 17 or 18. what about glastonbury? not looking soggy, there might be some dampness around, a little bit of light rain but actually most of the day it should be relatively bright, most the time overcast but bright, most the time overcast but bright, with temperatures just around 20 or so. then in the afternoon they'll be a little bit of rain especially across the valleys into north—western england, but blustery showers across scotland, winds could be up to gale force wind and the best of the weather in saturday will be across eastern and south—eastern areas and hear temperatures in the sunshine if it comes out for any length of time could be 23. how are we doing compare to the rest of europe? it has cooled off in paris,
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temperatures down to 26, it's been well in the 30s as well, the real heat is just across the mediterranean where it should be at this time of year. back to the uk, saturday night into sunday, low pressure still close to the uk. a lot of isobars here so a windy day in scotland, again up to gale force wind very blustery through the lowla nds wind very blustery through the lowlands especially in the morning, those winds will be buffeting the trees. to the south of that also breezy but actually in the afternoon after a cloudy morning the afternoon is looking a lot brighter with temperatures of 23 in london and a cool 16 in glasgow. have a good weekend. welcome to bbc news. our main headlines this hour: more than 800 homes in five tower blocks on a council estate in camden, north london, are being evacuated because of safety concerns over cladding in the aftermath of the grenfell tower fire. qatar has responded to the demands made by four arab states who have imposed a blockade on it, saying they are not "realistic" or reasonable. the white house says the tension between qatar and its gulf neighbours is a family issue
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which should be resolved locally. a new report in the washington post says vladimir putin directly ordered meddling in the us election triggering covert measures approved by president 0bama. and europe's most senior official has criticised the uk's offer to eu nationals after brexit, claiming it could "worsen the situation" for them. now on bbc news its time for talking books.
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