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this is bbc news. the headlines at four: tests continue on cladding from tower blocks around the country as every one of the 3a samples tested so far fails to meet fire safety standards. the brexit secretary, david davis, says he's not certain the uk will get a withdrawal deal with the eu, and the government is 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. six people were injured, three of them seriously, after a car ploughed into a group of pedestrians outside a sports centre in newcastle. police say it's not terrorism. in istanbul authorities have banned a 93v in istanbul authorities have banned a gay pride parade. participants
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have turned up, but they have been met with a heavy police presence. performances are in full swing for the third and final day of glastonbury, with ed sheeran providing the grand finale on the main stage this evening. it's been stop—start at the f1 grand prix in azerbaijan as head rest problems for lewis hamilton end his hopes of victory. and at 3:30, talking books is at the hay festival and speaks to the award—winning author sebastian barry. good afternoon and 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.
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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. 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,
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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? 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.
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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. and simon canjoin me now from camden in north london. he is with a key player in the ongoing story. to get the latest, let's talk to the council leader. you have been telling me i'm a you have 200 people in those tower blocks that don't want to leave, what are you doing about that? we have people knocking on those doors, talking to people about the safety risk. we have dispatched social workers do have individual conversations with those families and individuals about what will help them to move out. i have spoken to
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many of those people overnight. some of them want to leave, but they don't want to come and spend a night here, which is completely understandable. we want to get those people directly into appropriate accommodation. there are specific issues, some people with agoraphobia, particular medication, they want to be sure they have the right accommodation. after i have spoken and given this update, i am going back to the blocks to knock on doors and have conversations. talking about persuasion, but if people are as stubborn and will not wa nt to people are as stubborn and will not want to leave, will you force them out? we really clear that those buildings are not safe. that is what the fire services have told us. on that, we have to work closely with fire services. we are in constant communication with them. their advice counts on this. if it comes to the point where people really won't leave, it is a last resort, the last thing i want to do is force people out of their homes. the conversations i have been having with residents is that they willing to work with us, and i will have
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those conversations again to not. the most important thing is to work with them. if those buildings aren't safe, if it comes to that, we will work with the buyers services on it. is there a deadline? it isn't a magic picture. the most important thing is that we have people wake on those blocks going up and down. when i first happy conversations with the fire services, and they said that it wasn't safe, it wasn't safety spent a night there, when the whole blog is sleeping, where we have residents, we will continue to knock oi'i residents, we will continue to knock on their doors, i am sure it is deeply disruptive, but we will keep having the conversations again and again, keeping people away, making sure there are people on the block. the fire services say it is not safe to stay, and they need to go. we have started work. for us to complete that work as quickly as possible and get people back, we wa nt possible and get people back, we want the buildings to be anti—. possible and get people back, we want the buildings to be anti-. you are saying to people, try to stay with friends and family for as long as possible, but if this takes a
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month, that is a big ask. absolutely. we have had people stay with friends and family for a couple of days and they are coming now to the rest centre. we expected that. we have said to everyone, if you have stayed for a couple of days, you now need accommodation, come back here and register here, and we will look for a solution for you in the next couple of weeks. can you guarantee that everyone who needs a hotel room tonight will get one? the re st ce nt re hotel room tonight will get one? the rest centre will have to be open to night, some people will spend the night, some people will spend the night here. we had some 60 people, 23 families here last night. because people are coming back from friends and family, it was all have to be open tonight. we will keep reviewing that every day. the priority is to get people into hotel accommodation, somewhere they can get a good night of sleep, and we are putting every effort into that. how much i be spent on this now? we are giving everyone £100, just in
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the interim, people have a £20 food allowa nce the interim, people have a £20 food allowance for each day. so we up at out allowance for each day. so we up at our resources into it, cause i have been all day here talking to residents. they are exhausted. you are dealing with some 3000 people who have been evacuated, it is a huge operation, but various people we have been speaking to today has said there is confusion, chaos, hotel rooms are available and then not available they go to a hotel and find someone else is in there. not available they go to a hotel and find someone else is in therelj have had a lot of the same conversations, as you can imagine. this is a fast moving picture. we didn't have a lot of time to plan. asi didn't have a lot of time to plan. as i said, we found out the buildings weren't safe at 5pm on a friday night. we have moved as quickly as possible. we think we now have processes in place that are improving things. we are putting every bit of effort we can and every was all is we have into getting
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those processes right. working with local authorities, things are moving, people are going into hotels. i have visited people in hotels. i have visited people in hotels that feel better about things. but as you say, it is a lot of people and we are doing the best we can. things are seen differently in the light of what happened that g re nfell tower, in the light of what happened that grenfell tower, but answer the question from residents that say they have lived there for years, they have lived there for years, they have lived there for years, they have never had a problem. then suddenly overnight, they are told it wasn't safe. have you let these people down in the past? those are exactly the questions that i am asking. what has happened to allow these buildings to have this cladding and have these issues that make them an safe? of course, we need to have a thorough review of what went on here, every aspect of it. i what went on here, every aspect of it. lam what went on here, every aspect of it. i am committed to doing that and answering those questions. at the moment, my number one priority is to move people into secure accommodation, to get people through the rest centre, and somewhere safe
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and secure to stay for the next couple of weeks. and then we will have to look at all of our processes and make sure we have the best possible fire safety. these people's lives are so important. thank you for talking to us. i know you are busy, people want to talk to you. as you can see, and ongoing operation thatis you can see, and ongoing operation that is going to last potentially weeks here. people will have two stay at this leisure centre overnight because there aren't enough accommodation spaces in hotels. they are saying they are trying to get on top of this situation, but it is a big issue, trying to find accommodation and deal with 3000 people that have been displaced throughout this operation. clear evidence there that ultimately
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the council may have to take legal action, because it doesn't think it can carry out the work as quickly as it needs to with people still staying in the block, but it is trying to persuade them first, and knocking on doors as we speak. let me bring you an update on a story that was developing during the course of friday and saturday. the story at westminster about a cyber attack that had been reported on some of the computers. at one point yesterday, mps were only able to access e—mails if they were at westminster. they couldn't access e—mail accounts from devices elsewhere in the country. the weekend sees them in their constituencies, which cause problems will stop in the end, the press association says fewer than 90 e—mail accounts were compromised during the cyber attack. comparatively small numbers for the number of people working there, but inconvenient, and potentially difficult any information in e—mail accou nts difficult any information in e—mail accounts was accessed that shouldn't have been. 90 e—mail accounts, most
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during that cyber attack on westminster. 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 charged with doing a deal for britain seems uncertain as to whether he'll get one. i'm 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...
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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. 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 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.
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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% of the value of the uk's total imports, so a trade deal with the eu is the big prize. 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
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after threats from far—right groups. our correspondent mark lowen is there for us now. it is, what, sometime after 6pm now where you are, so presumably by now things would be in full flow? yeah, this is the main shopping street in central istanbul, where they would have wa nted central istanbul, where they would have wanted the organisers of the pride parade. people showing pride in their sexuality and the lgbt i cause, but this is what you have got, armed police on every side street. tear gas and water cannon at the ready. this is repeated in all of the side streets of istanbul. the authorities have banned the march this year, because they say there was a threat from a far right of the
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nationalist group that would have endangered public order and endangered public order and endangered tourist in istanbul. critics and organisers of the parade have said is that the government should be standing up against these ultranationalist should be standing up against these ultra nationalist groups, not should be standing up against these ultranationalist groups, not giving into them. actually, it is a convenient it is used by a conservative and religious government to clamp down on something that is frankly anathema to the kind of ideals that the government is trying to promote. really, this was, in 2014, i was here and there was a giant rainbow flag that took up the whole of the central part of this street. the largest gay pride in the middle east. but now, for the third year running, it has been banned. even though participants have tried to come out, they have been blocked by this very heavy police presence. the headlines on bbc news: tests continue on cladding from tower blocks around the country as every one of the 34 samples tested so far fails to meet
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fire safety standards. the brexit secretary, david davis, says he's not certain the uk will get a withdrawal deal with the eu and the government is prepared to "walk away" more than 140 people are feared to have been killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames in pakistan. it has been a lively afternoon on the formula 1 circuit. let's get the sport. chaotic at the grand prix. daniel ricciardo has claimed fred all. ricciardo took the chequered flag
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ahead of mercedes's valtteri bottas, who recovered from last to pip rookie lance stroll for second place. england and south africa's cricketers are under way in cardiff, with their three—match t20 series tied at 1—1. the hosts have made three changes, including resting captain eoin morgan. well, south africa put england into bat in the decider and debutant dawid malan set up a big total with some huge hitting in cardiff. eventually, he tried one big hit too man as he was out for 78 off 44 deliveries, caught by peterson off the bowling of imrah tahir. south africa to regular audits to stump into an‘s charge. 31 from jos buttler helped england to 181 for eight from 20 overs. spain's lopez who knocked out grigor
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dimitrov in the semifinals fought back and level the match 7—2 in the tie—break.1—1. now, here it is, 4—4 in the final set decider with serve, lopez serving, 4—4 in the decider at queens. roger federer looks in great shape for the start of wimbledon a week tomorrow, after winning a ninth halle open title in germany. it took him just 53 minutes. the 18—time grand slam champion outclassed the home favourite alexander zverev 6—1, 6—3 in the final. after winning the australian open, the 35—year—old sat out the entire clay court season, as he targets a record eighth wimbledon title. he didn't drop a set in the whole of this tournament. petra kvitova has won herfirst title since being injured in a knife attack at the end of last year. she has won the aiken classic in birmingham coming from a set down to beat australian ashley barty. the two—time wimbledon champion was told by her surgeon that she might never
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play again. but she has recovered in some style to claim a 20th career singles titles and continue her preparation for wisdom. lions head coach warren gatland says they have a huge week ahead of them, after defeat to the all blacks in the first test. they take on the super rugby champions hurricanes in wellington on tuesday. and gatland says there are still test places available for anyone who performs. rory best returns as captain for the hurricanes match, he was skipper for their best win on the tour so far, against the chiefs last week. every game, we have taken each one in isolation building up. everyone knew the bigger picture was the first test selection. that has been and gone now. we have a chance as a squad to put our hand—out for selection for the second test. and that's what is important. if we start to look beyond and think too much about saturday, you take your eye off tuesday. if you take your eye off tuesday. if you take your eye off tuesday. if you take your eye off the ball against the defending champions, and one of the strongest franchises there is, you
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can come unstuck. valentino rossi has won a moto gp race for the first time in over a year after claiming victory at the dutch grand prix earlier. the seven time world champion started from fourth on the grid and fought off fellow italian danilo petrucci to take the chequered flag in assen. marc marquezjust edged out britain's cal crutchlow to take third. the other british riders scott redding, sam lowes and bradley smith all crashed out. england have been to malaysia for— one at the lee valley centre in north london. they qualify for the world league final in india. england dominated the match, going 3—0 up before half—time, before rounding off the victory in the last 90 seconds. england had already secured their place at the 2018 world cup by beating the semis of this event. that's all sport for now. you can keep up to date with all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's and i'll have
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more in the next hour 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. 0nlookers 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. the charred wreckage gives an idea of how many people were there.
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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 the high—altitude tourist resort of gulmarg in indian—administered kashmir, when the world's second highest cable car crashed. police say the cable that operates the six—seat cabins snapped due to strong winds. hundreds are still
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stranded in the cabins. a rescue operation is under way. 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. cholera is a treatable disease, but 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.
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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 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 organization said they are trying to teach people how to protect themselves by cleaning
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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. at least six people have been injured, three of them seriously, 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. after the prayers, 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. she had a nissanjuke.
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i do not think she has lost control of the car. there is a few casualties, people who are seriously injured. people were panicking, but the police did a greatjob to calm the people down. i have seen some injured people, some families, badly injured. it happened like that. i was on the floor. the front wheel passed me. it did not hit me. it didn't hit you? yes. 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. eyewitnesses to the crash in newcastle this morning in which six
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people have been injured. 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. 0ur entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba is there and has spoken to chic guitarist, nile rodgers, who is playing at the festival for the second time. we were here four years ago and it was insane. god only knows what is going to happen today. you have played all over the world, of course, what makes glastonbury special, what made you come back? well, the numbers are pretty insane. and wejust like well, the numbers are pretty insane. and we just like the vibe. it is
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interesting that i happened to come here at a time where london feels, i don't 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 were volunteering. it was just amazing to me. a real sense of community? i was blown away. i felt the love, the compassion. and also it was nice to get my hands dirty a bit. i started out as a community volunteer, so it was actually sort of really cool, man. it was great to be with my people. music wise, what will it be like on stage? all those people chic performing? that is the easy part. we just love playing. we performing? that is the easy part. wejust love playing. we are performing? that is the easy part. we just love playing. we are so old school. we like to get in front of
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people, play and we read the crowd. we don't even know what our sentence is going to be. all we know is our first song and our last song! you have done a lot of stuff recently. a tour? as part of my foundation charity, we had an event that we hold. we have done our third event in london, which happened yesterday. it was the most magical we have ever had. now that word magical is appropriate, because yesterday was just off the charts, it was equivocal. finally, anyone else you are looking forward to seeing at glastonbury? such a wide variety of artists. i will probably run into a bunch of my friends. i try to look at the schedule and see who i could p0p at the schedule and see who i could pop over and see real quick, see if ican pop over and see real quick, see if i can see them. i don't know, i have got to look


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