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today. this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 3:00 — cladding on 3a tower blocks in 17 council areas in england fails safety fire tests, as some residents in north london whose blocks have been evacuated insist on staying put. the brexit secretary, david davis, says he's not sure at the uk will get a withdrawal deal with the eu, and we have to be prepared to "walk away". you can be sure there will be a deal, of which the deal i want, the free trade agreement, the customs agreement and so on, it's... i'm pretty sure, but i'm not certain. more than 140 people are feared to have been killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames in pakistan. a vehicle has collided with pedestrians outside of a sports centre in newcastle. police say they're not treating it as a terror incident. performances get underway at glastonbury for the third and final day, with ed sheeran providing the grand finale on the main stage this evening. and at 3:30, click considers futuristic proposals to solve the traffic problems of los angeles. good afternoon and
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welcome to bbc news. tests are continuing on cladding from tower blocks around the country after it was revealed every one of the 3a samples tested so far has failed to meet fire safety standards. the towers tested so far are in 17 local council areas. the tests were ordered following the grenfell tower fire in which 79 people last their lives. meanwhile, residents of four tower blocks evacuated in camden on friday evening are spending a second day in temporary accomodation, as simon jones reports. i have to ask a supervisor whether they will let me back in if i leave... despite being told his tower block isn't safe, roger evans is refusing to go, believing the council is overreacting.
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each time he leaves, he's worried he won't be allowed back in. how do you feel about that? scared, i feel really nervous, upset, distressed. why won't you leave? as far as i'm concerned, this building is as safe now as it was last week, nothing has changed. but the council is clear — the cladding has failed safety checks and there are concerns about fire doors and gas pipes. the council have again today been knocking on the doors of people who don't want to leave, telling them that if they don't go, they risk delaying the work designed to make their homes safe. they say they could ultimately pursue a legal route to get people out, but at the moment they want to use persuasion. so far, 200 offers of accommodation have been made to residents, hundreds of others are staying with friends or family, but this could go on for weeks. some had to bed down for the night at the leisure centre. it's like starting a new life again, and how long am i going to go for?
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things have not been going smooth, as they should have in many people's eyes, and it shouldn't have happened like this. work has already started to improve this block which wasn't evacuated. there are concerns over many other high—rises — 3a tower blocks in 17 areas have failed tests. more checks are continuing at pace. i think they've done the right thing, you have to err on the side of caution. you can't play russian roulette with people's safety. they've received the advice from the experts, and acted on the advice. the local government organisation says where cladding fails safety tests, buildings will not necessarily be evacuated, but it's warning all areas waiting for test results to prepare contingency plans, so measures can be taken quickly. our correspondent, simonjones, is in camden in north london. simon, the council must be getting
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frustrated if people are still refusing to get out. the council is making it clear to people who have refused to go that now is the time to make that decision. they are saying that people do not leave, it could hold up the building work designed to make the tower blocks safe once again, which is already planned to take about weeks. so it could delay that even further. it is very busy here at the leisure centre. at night, people have been sleeping here an inflatable mattresses. during the day, people have been coming here trying to get emergency accommodation. let's talk 110w emergency accommodation. let's talk now to one of the residents who has beenin now to one of the residents who has been ina now to one of the residents who has been in a tower block for 2h years. you have not left so far, why not? because i feel safer and happier in
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my own home. what about the council, saying it is not safe, you have got to get out? it is as safe as last week. i appreciate what they are doing for the residents that are panicking, but personally, i would like to stay where i am for now. you say it is as safe as last week, but obviously this is in the light of the awful events at grenfell tower that has cost the authorities to look once again at safety. are they not doing the right thing?” look once again at safety. are they not doing the right thing? i think they are doing the rate thing for those people that want to move, but ido those people that want to move, but i do not. —— the right thing. i am just more comfortable in my own bed at home. how determined are you to stay? if we get a court order to get out, i will go, stay? if we get a court order to get out, iwill go, but stay? if we get a court order to get out, i will go, but i would like to stay for as long as possible. out, i will go, but i would like to stay for as long as possiblem out, i will go, but i would like to stay for as long as possible. it is good to take a court order to get you to go? yes. some may say, like the council, that if you do that, it
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could potentially delay the vital work to make your home, and the homes of hundreds of other people, safe once again. well, i have heard that herod, —— out that said, but i do not understand how, because we sat through the whole 4% of the whole block, and we had episodes where the electricity board is cut. —— we sat through the whole refurbishment. we had to accommodate the electricity being cut, and i do not see why we cannot be accommodated now. what do you make of the situation here?” accommodated now. what do you make of the situation here? i have seen a lot of distressed people, who are waiting still. i have got two people on my floor who are waiting to be rehoused right now. they do not want to be there, and i havejust reassured them that i think it is 0k. reassured them that i think it is ok. but i have respect if they want to go, that is fine. thanks very much. she says it will take a court order to get her to leave her tower
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block. others coming here wanting to get away, but finding it difficult to get any sort of accommodation. hotel rooms seem to be quite scarce despite what the council is trying to do. thank you, simon. the leader of camden council, georgia gould, has put out a statement this lunchtime saying that there are various legal routes that people can ta ke various legal routes that people can take requiring people to leave their homes. they are saying they do not wa nt to homes. they are saying they do not want to do this, butjudging by what that president was saying, that maybe the council's only option. the brexit secretary, david davis, has said he is "pretty sure", that the uk can reach a suitable deal with brussels on leaving the european union, but has suggested britain may need a transitional arrangement if everything isn't agreed within the two—year time frame. mr davis insisted that britain had to be ready to walk away if the deal was a bad one. susana mendonca reports. we've had some smiles and that never—ending handshake, but behind the scenes of the brexit negotiations, the man
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charged with doing a deal for britain seems uncertain as to whether he'll get one. i am pretty sure, i'm not 100% sure, it's a negotiation. because you said right at the beginning of this, "we are guaranteed to get a deal, you can be sure we'll get a deal." we can be sure there will be a deal, of which the deal i want, which is the free trade agreement, the customs agreement and so on, it's... i'm pretty sure, but i'm not certain. what the brexit secretary did seem certain about was that a transitional arrangement with the eu of between one to two years would have to be done. he said if there was no deal that would be better than a punishment deal, and he had a promise for eu citizens living here. we're trying to ensure that every individual citizen gets their current position, as it were, locked in place for them, so the anxiety can go. this is the real issue, it's about people's anxiety, it's not about the prospect of deporting people, it's about the anxiety that they can't stay — that's the real issue. more details of that offer to eu
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citizens living and working in the uk will be laid out tomorrow, but it's already been criticised by the european commission and the labour party for not going far enough. the irish border is another issue britain wants settled. we want to have effectively an invisible border between the north and south. now, there are technical ways of doing that — number plate recognition on vehicles, tagging of containers. the liberal democrats accused the brexit secretary of inspiring as much confidence as a drunken trapeze artist and said people should have the option of turning back. if it's a bad outcome or if there's no outcome, which is potentially worse, with a catastrophic cliff edge, we should have the option of the public approving it or not approving it. as britain awaits the eu's go—ahead on trade talks, the government's promising tariff—free trade on goods, like bananas that come from developing nations, will continue. that trade is worth £20 billion a year, but that's less than 5%
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of the value of the uk's total imports, so a trade deal with the eu is the big prize. more than 140 people are feared to have been killed in pakistan, when an oil tanker — which had overturned on a highway — caught fire. villagers in the punjab province had rushed to the roadside after the tanker tipped over. many others are in critical condition in hospital. firefighters have now brought the blaze under control. richard lister reports. the tanker blazed for hours after the explosion. onlookers struggled to control their grief. the blast consumed everything around it, killing scores of people in an instant and injuring many more. nearly all the victims came from surrounding villages. the tanker had come off the road, spilling thousands of litres of fuel. in this impoverished area, people rushed to collect it. it's thought someone lighting a cigarette may have caused the explosion.
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the charred wreckage gives an idea of how many people were there. pictures too graphic to broadcast showed bodies piled by the road. "children were bringing buckets to take the petrol", he said. "there was a huge crowd and suddenly an enormous explosion." this man had a lucky escape, he'd already taken some petrol and then felt dizzy because of the fumes and decided not to go back for more. the army flew out some of those injured by helicopter. for many of the other casualties, the nearest hospitals were a two—hour drive. with so many people critically injured and requiring specialist burns care, the medical services have been stretched to the limit; hospital teams working flat out to assist the injured and console the bereaved. richard lister, bbc news. at least seven people have died in
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kashmir in india after a cable car crashed. a cable snapped during strong winds. people are still trapped in the caverns and a rescue operation is underway. we will have more on that story as soon as we get it. -- more on that story as soon as we get it. —— trapped in the cabins. at least six people, including three children, have been injured when a car collided with pedestrians in newcastle this morning. police have arrested a 42—year—old woman. the car mounted a pavement outside westgate sports centre, where hundreds of people were celebrating eid, which marks the end of ramadan. police say it's not terrorism related. our correspondet, sharon barbour, is at the scene. hundreds of people were gathered here to celebrate eid, the end of ramadan, a real sense of celebration in the sunshine, when suddenly a car seemed to be out of control and ploughed into a group of people. as you say, six people hurt, three of those, children, and one of those children critically injured. we spoke to a number of people who told us what they saw.
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we were wishing everybody happy eid, and suddenly we heard a lot of screaming. we did not know what it was. we were just talking when we heard a woman came from outside, started driving into the people. i do not think she has lost control of the car. there is a few casualties, people who are seriously injured. people are panicking, but the police did a greatjob to come the people down. to calme the people down. i have seen some injured people, some families, badly injured. it happened like that. i was on the floor. it did not hit me.
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and my brother—in—law has been hit, so right now he is in the ivi, taken by ambulance. everybody was panicking, but she did not do it on purpose, honestly. there was a real sense of panic, as you can hear. fears obviously connecting to other incidents recently, and the emergency services were here very quickly. the first ambulance within two minutes, the air ambulance, and a large emergency response. but as you say, a 42—year—old woman has been arrested, and the police are very keen to reassure people they do not believe this is a terrorist incident. the police are out and about in the community today. they are out with extra patrols, and the boy in hospital, we understand, remains critically injured. back to you. police have just confirmed that two
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children are in intensive care. one aduu children are in intensive care. one adult is in a trauma height dependent unit. the other two adults and one child have serious but not life—threatening injuries. organisers of istanbul's annual gay pride march say it will go ahead despite a ban by the authorities of turkey's largest city. the event has been called for sunday evening in the city's taksim square. authorities banned the march for third year in a row, citing security concerns after threats from far—right groups. mark, the opposition to this march, is it from these fringe groups, or is it from these fringe groups, or is it from these fringe groups, or is it really from the authorities themselves? that is a good question. there is a feeling among organisers of the pride march and those
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supporting it that the government is using the excuse of these groups to cancel something that is inherently anathema to the kind of conservative religious government in power in this country. the pride march took place very peacefully in this country for over a decade, and it is now being banned for the third year running by authorities. they say this is because of a threat from ultra nationalist groups, but many people think that that is a convenient scapegoat. you can see just how many police are guarding the entrance to this streetjust next to taksim square. this is the street where the pride march was supposed to be happening. it was supposed to be happening. it was supposed to be kicking off right now, but people are not being allowed to start marching. this is where it should have been taking place, but given the heavy police
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presence, anyone who is trying to u nfu rl presence, anyone who is trying to unfurl a rainbow flag or a walk—through the police barrier looking like they might take part in the pride parade is being stopped from doing show. —— from doing so. things have obviously changed from one year ago, because there has been the coup attempt, the trials and so on. is there a sense that perhaps it is simply too risky this year after those events to consider defying the authorities? that would probably be the argument of the government, and they say the right to gatherings is restricted analogy to the risk of repeated terror attacks and an attempted coup. but there are other gatherings in istanbul and other big cities in turkey with no problems at all. really, there is a kind of
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charge of hypocrisy that is being levelled at the government here, saying there is a security threat for this particular gathering or any opposition protests. but pro—government protests are allowed to go ahead with huge numbers. and really, you have to remember that this is a country still negotiating eu membership, it still officially once tojoin the eu membership, it still officially once to join the eu even though many believe it will never achieve that. so at this pride march today, we have representatives from denmark and the netherlands, saying that if turkey wa nts and the netherlands, saying that if turkey wants to be seen as a forward—thinking pro—western democracy, it needs to allow a peaceful pride parade to take place. as frequently happens in this country, that criticism will fall on deaf ears. mark, we will come back to you if there are any developments. thank you. the headlines on bbc news — cladding on 3a tower blocks in 17 council
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areas in england fails safety fire tests — as some residents in north london whose blocks have been evacuated, insist on staying put. the brexit secretary has said he is not sure britain will get a deal with the eu, and we have to be prepared to walk away. more than 140 people are feared to have been killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames in pakistan's punjab province. the united nations says the number of suspected cases of cholera in yemen has now passed 200,000. the world health organisation and the un children's agency, unicef, say the country is facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world. rylee carlson reports. this child is being taken care of at a camp. unicef says the country has the worst cholera outbreak in the world.
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health officials are worried a lack of access to medical care will mean more people will be infected, and more will die. this is double the caseload of two and a half weeks ago. we fear that the number will reach 300,000 just in the next few weeks. the rate we are seeing is unprecedented. we are recording something like 5,000 cases a day. the scale of the outbreak is devastating. overall, more than 200,000 people are thought to have become infected. so far, 1,300 have died, of those, a quarter are children. more than two years of conflict in yemen have devastated the country. fighting between rebels and government forces have killed more than 8,000 people. as is usually the case, civilians are paying
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the highest price. the situation is really a disaster at the moment. it is basically the result of continued conflict, and it is absolutely man—made. almost seven million people in yemen are on the brink of famine, making them more susceptible to diseases like cholera. unicef and the world health organisation said they are trying to teach people how to protect themselves by cleaning and storing drinking water, but the fighting means they do not have access to every area, making it difficult to stop the disease from spreading. the former snp leader, gordon wilson, has died after a short illness. he was 79. mr wilson led the party from 1979 to 1990, and represented dundee east at westminster for 13 years. scotland's first minister, nicola sturgeon, said he'd made an "immense" contribution
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to the success of the snp. the archbishop of canterbury, justin welby, has urged theresa may to set up a cross—party commission to advise her on brexit. writing in the mail on sunday, he says such a commission could "hold the ring for the differences to be "fought out" and "draw much of the poison from the debate". performances are under way on the final day of the glastonbury festival. ed sheeran will bring the show to a close on the pyramid stage later on this evening. our entertainment correspondent, lizo mzimba, is there. we were here four years ago, and it was insane, so god only knows what is quick happen today. you play all over the world, of course. what makes glastonbury so special? the
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numbers are pretty insane. wejust like the vibe. it is interesting but ijust happened like the vibe. it is interesting but i just happened to like the vibe. it is interesting but ijust happened to come here at a time where london feels... i do not know if the word is magical, that probably is not the right word, but i landed the day after the fire, and i volunteered, and i was hanging out with a lot of the kids who are volunteering, and it wasjust amazing to me. a real sense of community. i was blown away, i felt the love and the compassion, and it was also nice to get my hands dirty a bit. istarted was also nice to get my hands dirty a bit. i started out as a community volunteer, so it was sort of... it was really cool, it was great to be with my people. and music wise, what will it be like when you are out on stage, chic performing? that part is
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easy, that is second nature. we love playing, we are so old school. we just like to get in front of people, play, and we read the crowd. we do not even know yet what are set list is good to be. at the moment, we only know our first song and our last song. you have been doing a lot of stuff recently, a ted x tok? as pa rt of stuff recently, a ted x tok? as part of my charity, we have an event that we host called ted xt. and we have already done our third event in london, which was yesterday. that word magical is now appropriate, because yesterday was off the charts, it was incredible. and finally, is there anyone else looking forward to seeing here at glastonbury was not such a wide variety of artists! i will probably just run into a bunch of my friends. i tried to look at the schedule and see who i could pop over and see
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real quick, but you know, i do not know. i have just real quick, but you know, i do not know. i havejust got real quick, but you know, i do not know. i have just got to look at the landscape and see who is close by so we can do everything we need to do. our real responsible take is to put ona our real responsible take is to put on a show for the people. i will see my friends, and i just on a show for the people. i will see my friends, and ijust did a recording with everybody anyway, so i will see them all anyway. coverage of glastonbury continues on bbc four and on radio 2. it's one of the biggest sporting events taking place this year, but the chances are you've never heard of it. thousands of athletes from 23 islands around the world have travelled to gotland in sweden for the 2017 island games. jen smith has the details. 23 island nations, each with small populations, come together every two years to compete in their own bespoke competition. some have travelled from the arctic, others from warmer climes. so, why? the island games is a wonderful event for islands with a population of less than 100,000.
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but it is an event where we can come together, regardless of the distance in between us, we can come together and celebrate what we all love to do and what we do best to represent our islands. for us gibraltarians, definitely, because olympics, europeans, we don't have a chance of medaling. this is where we have a chance of medaling finally, so yeah, this is a very big deal for us. it's about competition but also about making friends and having fun and meeting a lot of cool people. this year, gotland is the host. it's a swedish island in the baltic sea, and around 60,000 people live here. but for one week in june, over 2000 competitors from islands as far afield as st helena in the south atlantic and bermuda in the caribbean will come here. so, how much work is involved in putting all that together? how much work?
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a lot of work, i can tell you that. i've been employed for two and a half years, and we've been at this since 2007, or something like that. it's ten years in the making, basically, from the first thought of maybe hosting the games again, until coming to this day. and this day could see the beginning of an olympic career, like it has for some well—known brits. we've got some old veterans in the guernsey cycling club now and their claim to fame is they once beat mark cavendish, which is quite funny looking back now, seeing how far he's come. there is some young hopefuls from the isle of man that are clearly following in his footsteps, so we'll see where they are in a few years. and for some, it's closer than that. andy from the isle of wight hopes to make it to the gold coast next april. i compete for scotland now in the commonwealth games. i've done the last three games and the qualifying distance is 67.5 metres, which i'm just short of this year. it would be nice to try and get the qualifying distance and get the trip to australia next year. so while it is known as the friendly games, there's still some serious competition. jen smith, bbc news, gotland. time now to take a look
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at the weather forecast. can we be a bit more optimistic after the confused whether the last few days? you will have to get used to the confused whether. —— confused whether. we have got a few showers at the moment. showers at the end of the day in scotland. showers continuing in northern scotland into the night, but elsewhere, clear skies and lighter winds, a much pressure nights and you have been used to across england and wales. into monday morning, temperatures down into single figures for some. if you isolated showers. —— a few
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isolated showers. it will feel warmer than today, but cloud will increase from the west during the day. sunshine turning hazy and the skies turning grey across northern ireland. the end of the afternoon will see outbreaks of rain, turning heavier into the evening and overnight, and will gradually push its way in across parts of scotland, north and west england, north and west wales. spells of heavy rain for all of us, and it will feel cloudier than last week. this is bbc news. the headlines: cladding on 3a tower blocks in 17 council areas in england fails safety fire tests, as some residents in north london whose blocks have been evacuated, insist on staying put.
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