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this is bbc news. the headlines at 10:00 — every sample of cladding sent for fire safety tests so far has failed. the number of tower blocks affected has risen to sa in 17 local authority areas four buildings in camden in north london were evacuated last night by the authorities for "urgent fire safety works". they said there was nothing that we could do to guarantee residents‘ safety that night. in that situation, given the circumstances we are in, i thought we had to act swiftly. you have to leave, pack a bag. i said, for how long? they said, just for a couple of days. i said, what if we don't leave? and they said, well, we will have the police round to forcibly remove you from your flat. also in the next hour — a cyber attack at westminster. house of commons authorities say they‘ re investigating attempts to hack mps‘ and peers‘ email accounts. all blacks defend their record
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against the british and irish lions, beating their visitors 30—15 in their first head to head of the three test series. good evening. 3a high rise buildings around the country have failed fire safety tests on their external cladding, according to the latest government figures. thousands of buildings, including some schools and hospitals, are now being checked following the grenfell tower disaster. so far, all the samples sent to be
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tested have failed. camden council in north london has defended its decision to evacuate four tower blocks at short notice, moving hundreds of people into emergency accommodation. 0ur correspondent, richard lister, reports. why was we all ordered to be evacuated at 8.30 at night? tempers were running high today, the leader of camden council took the brunt of the frustration from people evacuated overnight. i am being told they can't rehouse me because i've got a dog. a hotel place was found for this woman and her dog, but there are thousands of others, people and pets, facing weeks of uncertainty. more than 100 spent the night at this leisure centre. the cladding at four of these blocks is similar to that on grenfell tower, but it was issues with gas pipes and fire doors that made the fire service demand an evacuation. they said there was nothing that we could do to guarantee residents‘ safety that night. in that situation, you know, given the circumstances we are in, i thought we had to act swiftly. peter bertram, who is 94, had to leave the flat he has had for almost 50 years.
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i felt sorry for people who are a lot worse than me, especially with children. they have to carry on. but there are at least 80 flats where residents are refusing to leave. i really cried last night. the council officials came to the door, banging on the door, "get out, get out," but the chap round the hallway said, "no, she‘s not going, she is getting on for 80. "she can‘t go anywhere, she‘s got a cat." work is under way to fix the faults but it will take weeks to complete. the residents of this tower block feel themselves to be in limbo, unsure of just how dangerous this building is and how long they might be excluded from their homes. in some cases it is possible to take mitigating action and the fire service are content that the blocks are safe, in others it has been necessary for people to move out on a temporary basis, that is what happened in camden last night.
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most living in these blocks have been back to get enough for an extended stay somewhere else, even as others argue there is no need to leave. local authorities across the uk are working urgently to identify other buildings at risk. fire safety officers are carrying out inspections, with suspect cladding sent for independent testing. the government has promised to meet the costs but some councils are warning they need more help, as duncan kennedy reports. no amount of days that pass can ease the hurt of loss felt by those left bereft by the grenfell fire. in silence and in unity, volunteers and families of some of those who died gathered today, near the tower to reflect. not since the second world war have so many buildings been subject to checks in the aftermath of a single fire. 27 blocks have failed safety inspections across 15 councils.
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birmingham says the government must help pay for it. retrofitting of sprinklers should be one of our responses here, and when your chief fire officer of your region tells you that, clearly as the leader of a city you have to listen to that so we started to look at the figures and it comes to around £31 million. manchester, plymouth, hounslow and portsmouth are many others are also facing huge bills. the government insists it will help on a case by case basis. if they need financial support, not all will need it, but if they need it we will work with them to make sure they have the resources to do this necessary work, absolutely. that will not be put at risk. the grenfell fire was reflected today, at glastonbury, where jeremy corbyn appeared on the pyramid stage pressing for what he calls a national government response. is it right that so many people are frightened of where they live at the
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moment, having seen the horrors of what happened in grenfell tower? away from the crowds in west london, the fire continues to draw people to reflect on the disaster, and the difficulties being felt. and what all this means, is that in the ten days since grenfell, the lives of literally thousands and thousands of people have been affected. and with more testing on cladding, fire doors, pipes, and other buildings still to come, those numbers will almost certainly increase. as those checks continue, resources everywhere are being put under huge pressure, the one capacity there is no shortage of is sympathy. hounslow council, in west london, has told tenants in similarly affected blocks that they won‘t be moved, as victoria cook reports. residents of clements caught in
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hounslow have lived with this blue cladding for nearly ten years. now they know it is and flammable has to come down. the council has invited residents to a meeting this morning to tell them what they are doing about this dangerous cladding. they think it will come down in the beginning ofjuly. they are submitting 24—hour fire warden on site. but at this stage, they are not announcing an evacuation. the council says they have been advised by the fire service but it is safe enough for people to stay. after the meeting, this man and his daughter showed us around. his family are so worried that they want to leave. showed us around. his family are so worried that they want to leavem has played only a little bit. i have got a very good friend, and i talked
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to her about it. it has affected your sleep. he does not want to go to sleep. he watches films or whatever, but it is like not wanting to go to sleep, just in case. he was given a piece of the cladding by the original builders. now his daughter onceit original builders. now his daughter once it out of the flat. there is your fire. dangerous cladding is just one of the reasons why hundreds of flats have been evacuated in camden overnight. it is thought there are now eight councils across there are now eight councils across the capital that have discovered similar risks to tower blocks. each one has been dealt with in a different way. back in hounslow, the scaffolding is going up but residents will not be moved. the council says there will be more fire safety checks on monday. and we‘ll find out how the latest developments in these stories and many others are covered in tomorrow‘s
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front pages at 10:a0. and 11:30 this evening in the papers. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are martin lipton, who‘s deputy head of sport at the sun and the journalist and broadcaster, rachel shabi. funerals in absentia have been taking place in london for some of the victims of the grenfell tower fire. at the al manaar mosque, near to the tower block, hundreds gathered to say farewell to some in the community feared to have lost their lives in the tragedy. they also joined in a peaceful march to remember all the victims of the grenfell fire. the bbc asian network‘s shabnam mahmood was there. a distraught husband, a grieving father. this man led a silent march of peace towards grenfell tower, stopping only at the school where is daughters had studied. earlier, the grief—stricken father, whose wife posted a harrowing video on social media
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as the fire engulfed the tower, led prayers in absence for his family at the local mosque where they worshipped. his wife used to be one of our volunteers. she always brought us a home—made sweets every friday. during ramadan, she has been always at the mosque with her two daughters. her husband is also a member of the mosque, so it is like dealing with a member of the family. he sings hundreds gathered to pay their respects. we cannot even find the right words to describe her. she is generous, she is kind, she is lovable. she used to help everyone. she is being remembered as a mother, as a wife, as part of the community, as a person who left an imprint in the community. and i just think that the crowd and everyone coming out is a representation of what she has done for the community.
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as muslims get ready to celebrate the festival of eid to mark the end of ramadan this week, celebrations will inevitably be overshadowed by the events at grenfell tower. more families are coming to terms with holding funeral prayers in absentia for their loved ones as emergency services continue their search of the building. a huge rescue operation is taking place in south—west china, where more than 100 people are feared to have been buried by a landslide. the search is taking place in a mountainous area of sichuan province, close to tibet, after the side of a mountain collapsed following heavy rain. stephen mcdonell reports from beijing. chinese rescue teams have been digging through mounds of rubble in the village searching for survivors.
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more than a0 homes were buried when the top of the mountain collapsed causing a major landslide in this remote part of western sichuan province. working in constant rain, and with roads covered by mud and rocks, the rescue effort has been difficult. and yet local officials say some survivors have been pulled out and taken to hospital. they say this has included a couple and also a baby. translation: at around five o‘clock the baby cried so i changed the nappies and then i heard a loud noise. i went to the front door but was hit by wind and water and stones came flying that pinned me to the ground. my wife and i slowly got up, held the baby and escaped. hundreds of rescuers have been deployed and once the road was cleared, heavy digging equipment could be brought in. but it has also been a case of using much more basic methods and sometimes even bare hands to try and clear the debris. the mountains are prone to deadly
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landslides and earthquakes. meaning emergency teams in the area are used to dealing with these types of disasters. recent heavy downpours are thought to have contributed to the instability which triggered part of a mountain to fall down onto the village below. thousands of people have been celebrating armed forces day in liverpool. prince edward and the prime minister were among those paying tribute to veterans and serving members of the forces. andy gill reports. fire! a two—gun salute marks the official start of national armed forces day in liverpool. fire! across the city, the parade of serving land, sea and air military personnel began its journey past thousands of
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supporters. i thought it was absolutely marvellous, the turnout to support the troops is what they need. absolutely excellent. so proud of our serving forces. the veterans were amazing and the cadets. they are out of our sight but they should never be out of mind and it is very important that we continue to thank them. some of the loudest cheers came when the veterans of world war ii and other conflicts joined the parade. the earl of wessex and the prime minister among those taking the salute. the veterans appreciated the public support. it was an honour to walk through a city like that, you know, everyone clapping you. it was amazing. it was brilliant. what we have been through and for everyone to turn out, ijust think it's amazing.
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the honour they give you. fabulous. there's a lot of things in this world that we have forgotten about. and we shouldn't forget about them. the reception we got from liverpool was brilliant because as soon as we started off, the people that were around us started clapping and they were clapping all the way until we finished. a battle of britain memorial flight was another highlight. parliament has been hit by a cyber—security attack. house of commons authorities say they are investigating unauthorised attempts to access mps and peers‘ email accounts. mps were told about the attack on friday night. professor alan woodward is a cyber security specialist at the university of surrey, and hejoins us from wiltshire via webcam.
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in essence, yes, but the best password is the one you can‘t remember. i don‘t know about anybody else, but i have dozens of accounts, so i cannot remember them all. if you ask me my passwords to most things, i could not tell you. password, and it‘s very complicated. and then that actually generates very strong passwords for me. but also, in some of these systems including the ones that the mps use, they use two—stage verification, which we have all probably used. as well as putting in your username and password, it then texts you with a code that is only valid for about a minute, and then you have to put that in as well. and that makes it a lots more difficult for the hackers, so i would
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encourage people to use two—stage authentication whenever you can. and how likely is it that they will find the culprits? there is the rub. these days, they can hide behind different networks and hide where they are. they might appear to know where it is coming from, but they probably will not find them. i suspect the way they will find them if they do find them as if they have made a mistake, they have left themselves exposed in some way, although they have hidden behind one of these so—called non—amazing networks. of these so—called anonymising networks. they may have made a mistake, left their fingerprints on something. with something like the national cyber security centre after you, you do not want that. i would not want that at all! how will the authorities be trying in to bolster the system and make sure it is well protected, over and above making individuals take the steps you have mentioned? in some ways, this is a bit
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of a success story. we heard about how the nhs was hit very hard, and this is a success story in that the court that before hard, and this is a success story in that they caught that before anything was compromised, because early on, so that is good news because it shows that the monitoring systems work. it is interesting that the official advice from the national cyber security centre, it has changed very recently, so rather than forcing people to change their passwords regularly, so my own systems force people to change their passwords every three months. that is actually counter—productive because we all, not on not under our current password, and we then cannot remember the next one, so we make it simpler and simpler. advice is now taking into account the human in the loop and is now stopping some of these things, and that is actually helping.
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it sounds a bit counterintuitive, but that helps to make things more secure. 34 3a buildings around the country have failed a fire safety test with hundreds more still to be assessed. the government says every sample of cladding from tower blocks tested in manchester, plymouth and london failed to meet safety standards. a london council defends its decision to exactly rate four tower blocks deemed unsafe as the government insists it will help to meet the huge cost councils are facing.“ they need financial support, we will work with them to make sure they have the resources needed. the final battle for mosul. iraqi forces say they will defeat the city ‘s besieged is fighters and within days. this is the old city area, it is really the heart of the battle, and if you look around here you will get a real sense of how fiercely
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fighting has been. and there is no dream start for the british and irish lions down under, as the all blacks deliver another crushing victory. good evening. 3a high rise buildings around the country have failed fire safety tests on their external cladding, according to the latest government figures. thousands of buildings, including some schools and hospitals, are now being checked following the grenfell tower disaster. around 600 buildings are due to undergo the tests, with local authorities working urgently to identify the buildings at risk. duncan kennedy reports.
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the government asked councils to sendin the government asked councils to send in samples of cladding from buildings they were most concerned about, but only 3a tests on cladding had so far been carried out, involving 17 councils. but every one had failed. the councils include manchester, camden, plymouth and hounslow. retrofitting of sprinklers should be one of our responses here. when your chief fire officer of your region tells you that, clearly as a leader of a city, you have got to listen to that. so we have looked at the figures, and it comes out at £31
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million approximately. as well as cladding, authorities are also examining things like fire doors and gas pipes. it is notjust residential blocks. inspections are also taking place in nhs buildings, like hull royal infirmary. so will the government pay for every safety defect found ? the government pay for every safety defect found? if they need financial support, and not all of them will, but if they do need it, we will ensure that they have the resources they need to do this necessary work. that will not be put at risk. at glastonbury today, the music also gave way to talk of safety in tower blocks, with jeremy gave way to talk of safety in tower blocks, withjeremy corbyn demanding that the government get a grip. the prime minister needs to come to parliament again and explain what is going on, and it needs an emergency approach by government including use of cobra if necessary to put their
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resources together now. back at the scene of the disaster, there was notable in the numbers coming to absorb the scale of the horror and pay their respects. and what all this means is that in the ten days since grenfell tower, there thousands of people have had their lives affected by this incident. and those numbers will almost certainly increase. tonight, as the government called for more cladding samples to be submitted, it seems that even now nobody knows how big the consequences of the grenfell tower fire will be. hundreds of people who were evacuated from four tower blocks in camden in north london are spending a second
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night away from home. some spoke of panic and confusion as they were ordered to leave the chalcots estate yesterday, when the council decided it was too risky to stay. 0ur correspondent, richard lister, has spent the day at the chalcots estate. why was we all ordered to be evacuated at 8.30 at night? tempers were running high today, the leader of camden council took the brunt of the frustration from people evacuated overnight. i am being told they can‘t rehouse me because i‘ve got a dog. a hotel place was found for this woman and her dog, but there are thousands of others, people and pets, facing weeks of uncertainty. the cladding at four of these blocks is similar to that on grenfell tower, but it was issues with gas pipes and fire doors that made the fire service demand an evacuation. 0ur gas pates are hidden behind a metal doorway, so we do not have access to them, so i do not know what the issue is. the fire exits are in place, but that was another
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of the issues that was given for as being evacuated. peter bertram, who is 94, had to leave the flat he has had for almost 50 years. i felt sorry for people who are a lot worse than me, especially with children. theyjust have to carry on. but there are at least 80 flats where residents are refusing to leave. i really cried last night. the council officials came to the door, banging on the door, "get out, get out," but the chap round the hallway said, "no, she‘s not going, she is getting on for 80. "she can‘t go anywhere, she‘s got a cat." the council says the fire service gives them no choice. they said her was no way that we could guarantee residents‘ safety, so given the
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situation, i thought we had to act swiftly. work is under way to fix the faults but it will take weeks to complete. the residents of this tower block feel themselves to be in limbo, unsure of just how dangerous this building is and how long they might be excluded from their homes. and as they are finding out, thousands of people across the country are facing exactly the same questions. for some, it country are facing exactly the same questions. forsome, it will country are facing exactly the same questions. for some, it will be another night on your beds in the leisure centre. the council is warning those refusing to leave their homes that they may be forced out for their own safety. scale of this has clearly gets to be assessed, but financial costs are escalating. an increasing number of these cladding tests are failing the safety test. we have a 100% failure rate at the moment. clearly, there
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isa rate at the moment. clearly, there is a long way to go. the communities secretary, sajid javid, has said that the cladding itself is not dangerous, and just because a building has failed the test does not mean it will have to be evacuated. public safety is priceless, he added. but what exactly priceless, he added. but what exa ctly d oes priceless, he added. but what exactly does that mean? in camden, people are spending a second night away from their homes. the council has put aside £600,000 so far. in birmingham, the council leader said he is putting aside £31 million to fit sprinklers to their roughly 200 tower blocks. he wants the government to stump up the cash for that. labour and the liberal democrats want the government to put aside a special fund. and democrats want the government to put aside a specialfund. and in democrats want the government to put aside a special fund. and in the last few minutes, a source from number ten has said it is a fast—moving situation but the government will support people in
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financial assistance. fight back thank you. parliament has been hit by a cyber—security attack. house of commons authorities say they are investigating unauthorised attempts to access mps and peers‘ email accounts. trading standards officers are investigating claims that the car hire company, europcar, has been deliberately over—charging some customers for repairs. the offices of the firm in leicester were raided yesterday after a number of complaints from customers. iraq‘s prime minister says the city of mosul will be freed from so—called islamic state militants within days. around 400 is fighters are surrounded in the centre of the country‘s second largest city. 0ur correspondent 0rla guerin, along with her team nicholas hameon and firle davies, have been to the front line in mosul‘s old city. their report contains images you may find distressing. a journey to the front line.
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0ur windscreen, a reminder of the dangers ahead. 0ur escort, from iraq‘s elite counter—terrorism force. snaking forward towards an enemy that is still inflicting casualties. like this wounded soldier, being rushed away as we arrived. and families fleeing too. 0n foot. escaping hunger and fear, and a beloved city robbed of life. no food. no water. mosul dead. this is the old city area, it is really the heart of the battle, and when you look around here you get a real sense of how fierce the fighting has been, the damage is immense in every direction. the narrow streets are a tight squeeze as troops
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close in on the last pockets of is resistance. we were told the militants were just 300 metres away. some on the receiving end of an iraqi missile strike. the extremists are now facing defeat here, but it has taken three years to get this far. we have been fighting house—to—house against foreign fighters. nearby, troops will axe near the bodies of militants. —— troops relax. they lie where they fell in the streets the rules with terror. the extremists are now facing defeat here, but it has taken three years to get this far, and immense damage has been
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done to the fabric of mosul, and the unity of iraq. in china more than 120 people are missing after a massive landslide in the far west of the country. it happened in a village in sichuan province after the side of a mountain collapsed following days of heavy rain. 15 bodies have been pulled from the rubble so far. president xi has urged rescue workers to spare no effort in their search for survivors. with all the sport here‘s katherine downes at the bbc sport centre... the british and irish lions have lost the opening test against new zealand. despite some brief flashes of brilliance from the tourists, the home side won easily. many here will remember the 2005
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series, which the lions would rather forget. this was a tale of underdogs, unfancied by everyone at the start of the tour, taking on a fearsome machine. the all blacks just don‘t do defeat. the lions made a ferocious start but they face the dangerfrom every a ferocious start but they face the danger from every angle. a ferocious start but they face the dangerfrom every angle. a a ferocious start but they face the danger from every angle. a forward on the wing? well, this is new zealand and this is total rugby. liam williams was too fast and too good. one of the great lions test tries was finished by this player but started by many. a run through the tourists‘ defence as few sides can. the lines were forced to admire
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new zealand‘s best at their best. this 20—year—old was not even born the last time the all blacks lost at eden park. the all blacks have not played champagne rugby. they were very direct. we need to make sure we are better in those areas in terms of combating. they are down but not out although the north—south divide in rugby seems wider than ever. some are scotland and ireland have wrapped up their summer tours. some are gregor townsend suffered his first defeat in charge of scotland as they lost 27—22 to fiji. but ireland completed a series whitewash over japan with a 35—13 win in tokyo. a shock defeat for england in their first match against india in the women‘s world cup in cricket. professional women‘s cricket.
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india‘s fastly experienced captain waited for her turn. 90 from 72 balls as mandanda had seized the moment. india celebrating, their tea m moment. india celebrating, their team has scored 281. the bit that, england would have to score like never before. they were batting. they had never chose to a total of that big. who would stay in? 42 42. heather knight had push it. but run out.
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