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this is bbc news. our top stories: at least 100 people are feared to have been buried by a landslide in central china. a search for survivors is underway. 4,000 residents from five london tower blocks are evacuated over safety concerns following last week's devastating grenfell tower fire. i have a young daughter, wife, a cat, and i don't know where we are going to go or what we - going to going to go or what we are going to do. i've also got a job. qatar's neighbours call for the closure of aljazeera as the gulf‘s political crisis escalates. the broadcaster says it's a bid to "silence freedom of expression". take on the all blacks in auckland. —— lions. hello.
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thousands of people are being evacuated from five tower blocks in north london so that urgent fire safety work can be carried out. the buildings in camden have the same type of cladding that contributed to a huge blaze last week at grenfell tower. 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, opening a rest centre in an attempt to find somewhere to sleep for 4,000 people. individuals are not being forced
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to leave, they have been told to leave for their own safety, and it's down to them to make the decision. in the aftermath of the grenfell fire, 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 the best 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 ta ken tonight. the shadow of the worst fire in decades now looms large over social housing. grenfell tower was destroyed from the bottom to the top. the fire started in a kitchen on a lower floor. now police have confirmed what eyewitnesses said — the origin of the inferno was a hotpoint fridge, like this one, in that kitchen.
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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 insulation simply 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?
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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 are 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 insulation of their ageing tower blocks. 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. i mean, 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,
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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. more than 100 people are feared buried after a massive landslide swallowed about a0 homes in south—west china. video posted by the people's daily newspaper shows the emergency rescue operation underway in sichuan province, where debris from a collapsed mountain is blocking a 2km stretch of river. stephen mcdonall is our correspondent in beijing. what more do we know? as you
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mentioned, a frantic rescue effort is under way as we speak. to give people an idea of the type of landscape we talking about here, it is very prone to landslides and i've been to this area of sichuan province and like in a big earthquake there in 2008, it is not uncommon for entire side of a mountain to collapse into a valley. so you can imagine, apart from engulfing those a0 homes with, as you say, or than 100 people trapped under there, it also blocks the access under there, it also blocks the a ccess roa d under there, it also blocks the access road so long to kilometre stretch we have a whole area which has collapsed under a giant landslide. now, on top of the difficulty of getting there and digging through all of that rubble and rocks which collapsed down on those people, you have the ongoing
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rain which is what partly to blame for this landslide in the first place so this time of year and in fa ct place so this time of year and in fact all year round it rains a lot in the mountains of sichuan, making the rescue effort if you cook. but there are large rescue teams which have been sent to the area, they are using heavy equipment, and pretty quickly have managed to somehow punch through a road and get heavy digging gear in their to try to rescue people. but he would have to fearfor rescue people. but he would have to fear for those more than 100 rescue people. but he would have to fearfor those more than 100 people, around a0 households, apparently, trapped underneath the rubble, that they would be expecting a lot of those people to have died. qatar says the list of demands presented by four arab states imposing a boycott on it is not " reasonable and actionable". saudi arabia, egypt, the united arab emirates and bahrain want the qataris to close a turkish military base and reduce ties to iran, along with shutting the aljazeera news network. david schenker is a senior middle east analyst
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at the washington institute for near east policy. he was previously responsible for advising the pentagon on the military and political affairs of the middle east. he told me the latest demands by the gulf nations are a limited escalation of the pressure on qatar. it is quite a bit but we must remember the souk, the marketplace, is about bargaining and i think this is an opening salvo. i'd cannot imagine that the people of qatar would be amenable to agreeing to the broad range of these issues, but perhaps may make some compromise, ultimately, on a few of them. why has the disagreement broken out now? was it the comments made earlier by donald trump? no, not necessarily. i think these emerged after the visit of donald trump to saudi arabia. i think the saudis and the uae understood that there was a profound change from the 0bama administration
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which had this remarkable outreach to iran and saw iran as a force for stability in the middle east. donald trump has reverted to, i think, what is the more traditional us view of our sunni allies in the region and i think these allies were emboldened and acted, so it is really a time of opportunity for them. also, after years of being, sort of, provoked and needled by qatar, a state with only 200,000 citizens, they were fed up. over the next few days and weeks, how well is qatar able to withstand a boycott? qatar has, remarkably, despite the fact that they are an island and they are isolated, they have some remarkably good allies, particularly turkey,
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which is another state that is essentially a muslim brotherhood state that agrees with qatar and supports them with the muslim brotherhood. and oddly, but not really, iran. qatar and iran share an enormous gas field that runs under the persian gulf and have developed a great working relationship which they share and cooperation. they have a similar worldview that seems to want to provoke incessantly saudi arabia and the uae and kuwait, etc, all of the traditionally us allies. and if, as seems likely, qatar does not make the demands within ten days, what will happen next? —— let's take a look at some
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of the other stories making the news. saudi arabia says it has foiled a terrorist plot targeting the grand mosque in the city of mecca. a suicide bomber blew himself up after security forces cornered him in a residential building. the building collapsed injuring 11 people, including police officers. muslim pilgrims from around the world have gathered in mecca for the end of ramadan. five people have died after being electrocuted at a water park in turkey. the first three victims were children swimming in a pool. the park owner and his son died when they tried to rescue them. a sixth person was injured and two people received shocks. tropical storm cindy has left a trail of destruction in parts of the us. in alabama, four people were injured after tornadoes flattened a number of buildings. roofs were torn off and vehicles turned over. in nebraska, two doomsday military planes — designed to withstand the heat from a nuclear blast — were grounded after being damaged by a tornado.
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the white house says president trump is not planning to fire robert mueller, the head of the inquiry into possible collusion between the trump election campaign and russia. mr trump's spokesman sean spicer said the president had the authority to dismiss mr mueller, but had no intention of doing so. he was speaking after mr trump questioned mr mueller‘s impartiality in a television interview. he is very, very good friends with james comey which is very bothersome but he is also, we will have to see. we will have to see in terms... there has been no obstruction, there has been no collusion, there has been leaking by james comey but there has been no collusion, no obstruction and virtually everybody agrees to that. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: calling time on climate change —
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arnold schwarzenegger and french president emmanuel macron forge a new friendship. members of the 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. a search for survivors is under way. a,000 residents from five london tower blocks are being evacuated over safety concerns following last week's devastating grenfell tower fire. eu leaders have responded coolly to theresa may's opening move in the brexit negotiations, and her offer to protect the rights of eu citizens in the uk after brexit. the president of the european council, donald tusk, described the offer as below expectations, while the german chancellor, angela merkel, said it didn't represent a breakthrough. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg reports from brussels. goodbye to the flag, goodbye to this town.
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a year ago today, britain decided this place would be written out of our future. but what the picture outside will look like for millions who've made their lives around the continent is now starting to become clear. we've set out what i believe is a serious offer, a fair offer, that will give the reassurance to eu citizens living in the uk. 0ne—to—one attempts to sell her plans. but citizens who've lived in the uk for five years can remain for good. and until we leave the union, others could come. but her eu rivals have plenty of questions. what about spaniards now in the uk with family abroad, or anyone else? is the cut—off date when the brexit process started, or the moment when we actually leave? not until monday will ministers at home be ready to give those answers. are you getting a clear idea of the kind of brexit that the uk government wants?
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no. translation: it's vague. we want to be sure the rights of citizens are protected. that's important for us. there are a lot of our citizens who are not covered with mrs may's proposal. she might not have gone far enough here, but for many at home is theresa may's plan tough enough? it gives those three million eu citizens in the uk certainty about the future of their lives, and we want the same certainty for the more than one million uk citizens who are living in the european union. you've always said voters gave politicians a clear instruction to control immigration. but under your plans, for nearly another two years, as many europeans as they like can still come to live in the uk. for many voters, do you think that will really sound like taking back control? what voters voted for when they voted to leave the european union was to ensure that outside the european union, the united kingdom could establish our own rules on migration, on movement of people from the eu into the uk.
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away from home, there's relief that at last the uk's putting things on the table. but for europe's new power couple... translation: it's a good beginning, but not a breakthrough. we've understood the uk doesn't want to give eu citizens full rights. they, just as they left together, will decide together with the rest of the eu how they feel about that. my first impression is that the uk's offer is below our expectations and that it risks worsening the situation of citizens. reservations shared by the opposition, who, in contrast, their leader is loving his time in the sun. we should not be negotiating about this. what we should be doing is unilaterally saying, as labour has said from day one after the referendum, that all eu nationals should be given permanent residence rights. concerns over these proposals reflects theresa may's three—way bind.
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a united opposing front here in brussels, clashing expectations among the public at home, and at her back inside her own party, different strands of thinking and demands. and even a leader at the peak of their powers would struggle to deal with all that. reporter: prime minister, did your proposals go far enough? relieved perhaps to be leaving, but relieved perhaps too to have been away from hostility at home. but governing is doing, notjust fending off enemies. theresa may, at least today, has been doing that. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, brussels. police have charged darren 0sborne with terrorism—related murder and attempted murder after the attack at a mosque in finsbury park in lorca london in the early hours of monday morning. one man died at the scene and nine other people were taken to hospital. the a7—year—old from cardiff appeared in court this afternoon and was remanded in custody. 0ur correspondent
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daniel sandford reports. darren 0sborne being driven off to prison after his first court appearance this afternoon. he's accused of the murder and attempted murder of a group of muslims leaving prayers. in the dock, with a detective on either side, he'd confirmed that he was a7 years old and said he has no address. he appeared to have a black eye. the prosecution said it was their case that darren 0sborne was motivated by extreme political views and a personal hatred of muslims. they said he had acted deliberately to kill, maim, injure and terrify as many people as he could. the attack, in which a hired white van drove into worshippers leaving prayers, happened in the very early hours of monday morning. nine people were taken to hospital, and 51—year—old makram ali died at the scene from multiple injuries. this diverse community has shown commendable
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restraint and self—control. today, in his mosque, friday prayers were full as they remembered makram ali, and the three people still in hospital, two of whom are in a critical condition. daniel sandford, bbc news. arnold schwarzenegger has warned that tackling global warming must not be seen as a political issue. the actor said that everyone breathed the same air and it shouldn't be a question of right versus left. he met french president emmanuel macron, who will later give a speech proposing a global environment pact. laura westbrook reports. i'm here with president macron, we're talking about environmental issues and a green future. we will deliver together to make the planet great again. an undisguised dig at the man who pulled america out of the paris climate deal. the former california governor met with french president emmanuel macron, who will later announce a proposal for a global environment pact.
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mr schwarzenegger, who has publicly sparred with donald trump, says tackling global warming must not be a political issue. this is not the right versus the left because there is no liberal air or conservative air. we all breathe the same air. in the mediterranean, a research crew has made a surprising discovery. they've found the rising temperature and acidity of waters here is faster and greater than anywhere else on the planet. that means species such as oysters are at risk of extinction. they say the cause is man—made climate change. what's happening here and in coastal areas around the world is year by year, bit by bit, the level of the sea is rising. it's why scientists say climate change is making a real impact and why many are worried about the us pulling out of the paris accord. president trump says it's about us jobs but renewables like solar
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and wind are outcompeting coal on price and creating three times morejobs. donald trump may have fulfilled his promise, but america first might mean america alone, leaving a gap for other countries to take the lead. laura westbrook, bbc news. only a few hours to go before the first test match between the british and irish lions and new zealand in auckland. the bookies make the all blacks firm favourites for the game, but many analysts think it will be tight, with the set piece being a key battleground area. the all blacks also have a formidable record at eden park and haven't lost there in over 20 years. patrick mckendry is a sports reporterfor the new zealand herald in auckland and joined me a short time ago. i was out last night in downtown auckland on the streets were awash with men and women of all ages
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wearing red jackets and supporting the lions. they were enjoying the moment ahead of what is going to be an interesting and exciting test potentially. you have had wet weather and everything could be slippery. who does that benefit? you would have to say the lions. that will suit them a bit more. in terms of the pitch, i think it will be a good surface. it drains very well so it will be hard and fast i imagine. showers are coming through today but will ease off by kick—off comes around. i think it will be perfect conditions, really, potentially for running rugby and i hope that is what we see. this tour has prompted more media coverage than any i can ever remember. is that the case in new zealand? yes.
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this tour has been looked forward to by the new zealand public and media for a long time. we love hosting the lions and what they are about. the unfortunate thing then is the america's cup happening at the same time in bermuda. the new zealand boat is doing well over there at the moment and we are on the brink of potentially bringing the america's cup back to new zealand. in terms of rugby, it is building up now. much more media has arrived from the uk and ireland for the test series and we are on the brink of something special, hopefully. the america's cup may not be your fortress, as it were, but eden park are certainly is. not many people come away from anything positive there. yes. it is 23 years since we have lost their and that is a game that everybody remembers, we lost to france in 199a. the all blacks like everything about the surface, the crowd
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that turns up so, again, that will play in their favour, or definitely does, the fact this is their fortress. but you need to also think about how the lions attending this match, reports of about 20,000—22,000 fans will be there. they are in good voice already. in the fan zone, the lions den, they are charging already. it should be a good atmosphere, i believe. patrick mckendry from the new zealand herald based in auckland, that match taking place in just over three hours. all the best to both sides. this is bbc news. well, let's see what the weather's got in store for this weekend
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and it is looking a little mixed, not a completely dry one. there will be some showers around but sunshine too. it is going to be windy in northern parts of the uk, particularly scotland, and here it will feel fairly cool. this cooler weather's been rolling off the atlantic for the last couple of days. some beautiful pictures coming in, here's one from scotland. that heatwave we had in the south is now a distant memory. this is what the weather map looks like right now, there is 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 figures just outside of town.
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starting with scotland at 9am, a mixed bag, quite windy, especially in the north, winds freshening during the day, showers as well. further south across the country, also 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 in the morning you'll 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, with temperatures just around 20 degrees or so. then in the afternoon they'll be a little bit of rain especially across the valleys there into north—western england, but blustery showers across scotland. winds could be up to gale force here and the best of the weather on saturday will be across eastern and south—eastern areas and here temperatures in the sunshine if it comes out for any lengthy period of time could get up to 23 degrees. how are we doing compared to the rest of europe? it has cooled off in paris, temperatures down to 26, it's been well in the 30s as well, the real heat is just
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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 and very blustery through the lowlands especially in the morning, the winds will be buffeting those trees. to the south of that also breezy but actually in the afternoon after a cloud—ish morning, the afternoon is looking a lot brighter with temperatures of 23 in london and a cool 16 in glasgow. have a good weekend. this is bbc news. the headlines. a search is underway in china for more than 100 villagers feared to have been buried by a massive
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landslide in sichuan province. more than a0 houses are thought to have been destroyed. thousands of people are being evacuated from five tower blocks in north london so that urgent fire safety work can be carried out. the buildings in camden have the same type of cladding that contributed to a huge blaze last week at grenfell tower. at least 79 people are known to be dead or missing after the blaze. qatar's neighbours have called for the closure of aljazeera as the gulf's political crisis escalates. the broadcaster says it's a bid to "silence freedom of expression". the white house says the tension between qatar and other gulf nations is a family issue which should be resolved locally. police have charged darren 0sborne with terrorism—related murder —— the government's deal with a french energy company
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