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tonight at six: the family of the youngest victim of the manchester bombing speak publicly for the first time. saffie roussos would have been nine today. she was killed. her mother was taken to hospital, where she's still being treated. she looked at me and said, "saffie‘s gone, hasn't she." i was dreading it. shejust looked at me and said, "she's gone." i said yeah. she said, "i knew." we'll also hear from saffie‘s sister about how that fateful evening began. also tonight: north korea test fires a missile and claims it could reach america — the country's dictator wants to put a nuclear warhead on it. calls for the chairman of the grenfell tower inquiry to step down — we speak to residents who don't trust him. how mapping your genetic make—up could open the way to personalised treatment. this year's wimbledon favourite takes centre stage — we'll have the latest on day two of the championship. and in sport we will have
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all the latest action and reaction from day two of the championships. join me for wimbledon sportsday at 6:30pm on bbc news. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. amidst all the horror of the manchester bombing in may was the fact that the youngest victim was just eight years old. saffie roussos would have been nine today and her family have chosen the occasion to speak to the bbc about what happened that evening. the terror attack on the ariana grande concert left 22 people dead. some of those who survived have life—changing injuries. saffie's own mother is still in hospital. judith moritz met the family. singing
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saffie roussos shone — always and smiling, always singing and smiling, she loved music, and couldn't wait to see her idol onstage. you couldn't be out with saffie without having fun. but her dream was to be famous. it was her everything, and we bought her the tickets for christmas. she was just counting the days, the seconds, and it was just ariana grande ‘til nine, ten o'clock at night, and she would sing and dance every single song. she was ariana grande obsessed, so to see how happy she was, it wasjust... obviously, i had to go with her. you were watching her watching ariana 7 pretty much, yeah. she kept going, "come on, ashlee, you promised me you would get up and dance!" so we had a little dance. and she wasjust so happy, just elated all night, grinning. saffie was at the concert
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with her mum, lisa, and sister ashlee. they were all caught in the blastjust as the rest of the family arrived to meet them. i remember i was thrown to the ground, and then my next instinct, ijust sort of rolled over and crawled, because i couldn't walk. for you that night, andrew, had you come to the arena to collect? what were you doing? we were sitting there, weren't we? just a few minutes, and didn't hear anything, but just. .. hell broke loose, just people, children, screaming, crying. then, as i turned round the corner, i saw ashlee outside injured. and when did you learn about saffie? the detective that i spoke to in the hospital, he went away and he came back about 12, half 12, and told me. and you have all had to cope, haven't you, with saffie's loss and also lisa's recovery? how is she doing?
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she's fighting. i mean, she's got that many injuries around her body, just that alone. she's like a soldier. the world knew what had happened. lisa was not conscious. no. and when she came round, you had to tell her. no. she looked at me and said, "saffie‘s gone, isn't she?" i was dreading it. she just looked at me and said, "she's gone, isn't she?" and i said, "yeah." she goes, "i knew." do you have thoughts about the person who did this? no. i've not seen pictures, i don't want to know. i'm not interested. it doesn't mean anything to me. no, same here. if i could think about it, analyse it, break it down, sort it out and get saffie back, i would do it, but i can't. how do you find it? there are times when you are sad and times when you are happy, so it is kind of like a mix. you met ariana grande —
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tell me about that experience. i wanted to meet her to tell her what saffie meant to her, and i wanted to tell her from a father's point of view that she's got nothing to be sorry for. there's nothing... it wasn't her fault. saffie's family say she would have been a star one day. now, her name is known, but for the saddest of reasons. we've lost everything. we have, because life willjust never be the same. the family of saffie roussos there, speaking to our correspondentjudith moritz. north korea has tested what it says is a missile capable of striking anywhere on the planet. the claim, if confirmed, raises the prospect that a country ruled by a dictator may be a step closer to its goal of having a long range nuclear strike capacity. responding on twitter, president trump urged north korea's main ally, china, to intervene.
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here's our diplomatic correspondent james landale. this is the moment that north korea says it became a major power. the launch of a missile that it claims can reach across continents and deliver nuclear weapons as far away as the united states. the news was announced on state television with barely constrained joy. we have become a nuclear power with intercontinental ballistic missile is, the presenter said, showing the handwritten order given by the country's leader, kim jong—un. handwritten order given by the country's leader, kimjong—un. he personally supervised the launch of a missile which he believes will secure his power, protect his people and dismay his opponents.“ secure his power, protect his people and dismay his opponents. if north korea ignores our military‘s warning and continues provocations, we are clearly warning kim jong—un‘s regime
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will face destruction. this is the missile that could carry the regime's nuclear weapons. it was launched from an airfield here in western north korea, and it was aimed ata western north korea, and it was aimed at a steep angle, and rose to an altitude of about 1700 miles it's claimed, thought to be the highest any north korean missile has got to. it then landed 37 minutes later more than 500 miles away, somewhere in the sea towards japan. the key point is that if this missile were fired ata is that if this missile were fired at a more shallow angle it might have the power to reach potentially more than 31100 miles, the minimum defined range for an intercontinental ballistic missile. and if so that could mean reaching as far as alaska on the mainland of the united states. the pressure being applied internationally is having very little effect on changing the tactics of the regime towards development. it's also significant as well because it has
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been reported that it is an intercontinental ballistic missile which means north korea are making tangible steps towards being able to target the us. experts said it was still not clear if north korea had the technology needed to protect a warhead on re—entry and guide it to its target but if north korean missiles can now reach the us, it is a significant step forward and one that president trump said earlier this year just wouldn't that president trump said earlier this yearjust wouldn't happen. today in a tweet he again urged china to put pressure on north korea, but so to put pressure on north korea, but so far china has shown no willingness to do that. the president of china was in russia today, both he and president putin called for a freeze on north korea's weapons programme and suspension of exercises by the us and north korea. the fear among diplomats is the dispute could destabilise an already tense region packed full of conventional weapons. at this
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weekend's 620 summit, all sides will be looking for answers. let's speak to our washington correspondent 6ary 0'donoghue. president trump seems to be leaving it to china to deal with this. china has the most leverage over north korea of any country in the world, but make no mistake, here as americans celebrate their independence day, this is being seen asa independence day, this is being seen as a serious provocation against the united states. we understand from reports the national security officials are meeting now to discuss potential responses. i have come off the phone to the pentagon and they tell me that having already... they are conducting a detailed assessment of what this projectile was with a night to seeing if it was an intercontinental listed missile. if it is, that threat becomes even more serious. the us can then up its diplomatic effort, it can increase
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its military footprint in the western pacific, though that would antagonise china. the difficulty is that any pre—emptive strike runs the risk of tens of thousands of people in south korea being subject to artillery bombardment from across the border in the north so the options here are not very good, but the prospect of america being within range of a nuclear missile from north korea is increasingly on the horizon. gary, thank you very much. even before the 6renfell tower inquiry has got under way properly there's growing pressure on thejudge leading it to step down. labour mp for kensington emma dent—coad says sir martin moore—bick lacks credibility with the local residents. and the london mayor, sadiq khan, has also warned that he urgently needs to improve relations with the community. our home editor mark easton has been getting the views of residents and politicians alike. 6 re nfell tower
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6renfell tower is black with urgent and unanswered questions. the community in its shadow seeks a nswe rs community in its shadow seeks answers but many say they don't have confidence in the man the prime minister has appointed to head the public inquiry. sir martin moore—bick, cambridge educated and called to the bar in 1969, is a formerjudge but his professional credentials don't impress the area's local labour mp who says he should quit now. we don't have anyone we can trust and some of the groups are refusing to cooperate with the inquiry, and what kind of inquiry is that? there is no inquiry at all if people refuse to cooperate and i understand that, these people have been betrayed. close to the tower i met chris, a local charity worker who lost a close friend in the fire. his views reflect those of many here. if we can get someone who can empathise or understands the feeling of the people they are representing
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and the people they will interview, because he's going to interview witnesses, he needs to knows where they are coming from. if he doesn't have that kind of background, it will be difficult for him to even imagine. the london mayor, echoed by labour's leader, has not called for the inquiry had to go but says he must win the community's confidence. dominic 6rieve inks we should let him get on with the job. dominic 6rieve inks we should let him get on with the joblj dominic 6rieve inks we should let him get on with the job. i think we should be careful in reacting and saying someone else has got to be provided. 0nce saying someone else has got to be provided. once we start going down this road there's potentially no stopping it. this community has long felt marginalised from those who have power over them, respect and trust were always in short supply. this tragedy has served to diminish those priceless commodity is still further. in one of the flats beneath the tower, i met a mother with a couple of preschool kids who's also a local labour
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councillor. she says the borough's conservative leader, newly appointed, also faces an uphill struggle to win the trust of the people in this ward. why would anything change now? i am quite doubtful because i feel like they will cover up a lot of things. this isa will cover up a lot of things. this is a community still grieving, still in shock. and it is hard, as a mum, to imagine what the parents went through when the fire was coming and they were on the phone to some people, and they said the fire is coming, we cannot get out. the physical and emotional needs of those touched by the tragedy are still being dealt with. the response tea m still being dealt with. the response team said it has now fulfilled the promise to rehouse all of those made homeless by the tragedy within three weeks. but this family, currently in
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a hotel, say the flat they have been offered is too small and too far away. i told you, offered is too small and too far away. itold you, i'm offered is too small and too far away. i told you, i'm not going away from this area. then they offer you, you don't like it, you don't take it, you will be on the street. it is no more. building the strength and trust needed to move forward from this tragedy is going to take courage and commitment. our top story this evening: the family of saffie roussos — the youngest victim of the manchester bombing — pay tribute on what would have been her ninth birthday. and coming up on bbc news, join me for wimbledon sportsday at 6:30pm. we will have all the latest action and reaction from the all—england club, including a rather controversial day on centre court. most cancer patients could be
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offered genetic tests within five years to help create more effective, personalised treatments. that's the ambition outlined by england's chief medical officer. in her annual report, professor dame sally davies says there needs to be a national network of genome testing. here's our medical correspondent fergus walsh on how genetic testing could bring about a step—change in medicine. his report contains some flashing images. hello, mate. could i have two cappuccinos, please? cancer runs in toby knight's family. both his parents died from it and he was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago. now, he's one of 31,000 patients who have had their entire genome mapped by the nhs. i'm very excited about it. for me, hopefully, if my cancer decides to come back, it will benefit me. more importantly, it will benefit
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a lot of other people, forfuture generations, for better treatments, for quicker treatments, better diagnoses. dame sally davies says genome testing is still a cottage industry. she wants dna analysis to be the norm for cancer patients within five years. patients will benefit if we can offer them the scan of their genome that'll make a difference to their treatment. that's clearly all people with rare diseases, of whom there are 3 million or more in this country. it's most patients with cancers, and quite a lot of infections. 0ur genome contains the instructions for how our bodies work. errors in the dna code can trigger disease. six out of ten cancer patients who have genome analysis can benefit from targeted treatment — drugs which attack dna faults in their tumours. this can spare them the more toxic side effects of chemotherapy. it costs £680 to scan
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a genome, and that price is falling every few months. in some cases, it's now cheaper than existing tests, like invasive biopsies. but what about data confidentiality? the nhs believes it can protect genomic information, but some are concerned about the safeguards. if you're going to take a lot of sensitive information from people, then you need to make sure that every use of it is consensual, that people have choices and can make choices, that it is handled safely, that you've got security, rules that are applied around who can access it. the more we learn about our dna, the greater the potential for new treatments and even cures. concerns over sharing data will need to be resolved if patients are to get the full benefits of the genome revolution. fergus walsh, bbc news. a conservative mp has appeared
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at westminster magistrates court charged with allegedly overspending in the 2015 general election. craig mackinlay is accused of inaccurately recording expenses during the campaign, when he defeated former ukip leader nigel farage in south thanet. mr mackinlay and two members of his team pleaded not guilty to the charges. the case has been sent for trial at southwark crown court. the latest round of talks to restore the northern ireland's power sharing executive — which has been suspended for months because of a dispute between the political parties — has ended without agreement. in the last couple of hours, the dup has said it wants to continue discussions over the summer. sinn fein has blamed theresa may's political arrangement with the dup for the failure of talks. what this constitutes is a monumental failure on behalf of theresa may. she has set back decades of work that has been done here throughout the years. and it's a consequence, as we all know, of the dup
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supporting the prime minister, and in turn, the prime minister supporting the dup. i want to send that message very firmly to the people that we represent — that we are still here, still trying to find accommodation. i think what we want to see is an agreement which everybody can buy into, whether you are a nationalist or a unionist. i think that's very important. 0ur ireland correspondent chris buckler is at stormont for us this evening. how long can this go on for? how is northern ireland running without a government? i think that a lot of people will be asking that tonight. there have been months of talks since power—sharing collapsed in january but they have failed to bridge the gaps between the dup and sinn fein. there are many disagreements but at the heart of the dispute is sinn fein‘s demand for legislation that would give official status to the irish language. yesterday the northern ireland secretary in his statement
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to the house of commons seemed relentlessly upbeat, talking of the possibility of a deal in the coming days. that doesn't seem realistic. even yesterday there were parties here shaking their heads. james brokenshire released a statement tonight saying the government will do everything it can to try to resolve or help resolve the outstanding issues between the parties. however, it feels the deal at westminster between the dup and conservatives has added an extra level of distrust and angst here. that press conference from sinn fein, talking about how theresa may was partly responsible for the deal doesn't feel like it's in the near future, anyway. female genital mutilation has been banned in britain for more than 30 years — and yet it persists, now, in the 21st century. it's a practice carried out in the name of tradition that is common within some immigrant communities, notably from africa, the middle east and asia. new figures published today show there were almost 5,400 new cases recorded last year.
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0ur midlands correspondent sima kotecha has been looking at what the authorities in birmingham are doing to stop it happening. this can't happen. she's my daughter. and she's just a child. a father's fear. a daughter's potential mutilation, and his fight to stop the five—year—old from being taken abroad by his wife for f6m. my wife thinks it's the right thing to do, because she comes from that culture. her family are very strong believers in it, and it's very hard to convince her. she's just confused. it's not only illegal to carry out f6m here in britain, but it's also against the law to send someone abroad to have it done. here in diverse birmingham, f6m is very much part of some cultures. it's striking to hear people defend it and explain that it's done out of love and good intentions. you need to know about female genital mutilation, or f6m. some girls, who originate
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from places like 6ambia and somalia, are taken there during the holidays to have it done. that's why schools are using the next couple of weeks to tell them what it is and why it's wrong. so what did the nine—year—olds take away from the session? it's done because of their culture, and it could hurt them. it causes different feelings like anger, depression, sadness. they thought it was the right thing to do, but now they banned it and they are trying to stop it. they figured out it's not the right thing to do. west midlands police want more schools to do the same, because the number of girls who live here and have been cut is particularly high. however, questions are being asked as to why nobody has been convicted for carrying out the procedure when it's been illegalfor decades. a prosecution may send a really clear message to communities. however, we don't take children off all families,
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understanding that this may be something that's not against the law in the country of origin maybe cultural to that family, but if they are living in the uk and the children go abroad and are cut, it's a crime and we investigate. but for some f6m victims, speaking out is the best deterrent. it's very devastating. this is very devastating. i wouldn't want anybody to go through it, because cutting someone's flesh is so painful. she says the memories of how she was cut will haunt her forever. sima kotecha, bbc news, birmingham. world champion peter sagan has been kicked out of the tour de france after an incident with british rider mark cavendish. peter sagan appeared to elbow mark cavendish into the
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barriers as they approached the finish, sending cavendish crashing to the ground. he received medical treatment before getting back on his bike and crossing the line. race leader and fellow britain 6eraint thomas was involved in an earlier pile—up but retains the leader's yellow jersey. it's day two at wimbledon, and the top seeds in this year's draw have made it safely through to the next round. novak djokovic wasn't on court long — his opponent retired. and the top seed in the women's draw, angelique kerber, won in straight sets. but for many, today's star attraction was this year's favourite — seven—time winner roger federer. our sports correspondentjoe wilson is there for us this evening. if you had a ticket for centre court today, settling in for a feast, you ended up with more of a snack, roger federer and novak djokovic, their opponents couldn't last. maybe those players shouldn't have started the tournament carrying injuries. we we re tournament carrying injuries. we were looking for clues for the fortnight today, but we ended up with just a glimpse of the future. you don't normally see this court at
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wimbledon, it's whether kids come to have a go. don't rush, it takes decades to peak. the top four seeds in the men's draw this year are all in their 30s. but they will be stretched at some point. the number one seed in the women's singles, a mere 29. angelique kerber, at the top of the screen, windbag in straight sets in what was a full match. she was runner—up last year but time moves on. —— won in straight sets. is this man knows. novak djokovic is the tennis player who once had it all. there was a time in 2016 where he was reigning french, wimbledon, us and australian open champion. the grand slam. now, they have all gone. djokovic's current form was difficult to judge on centre court today because it was clear he was playing a man who couldn't really move. djokovic served five aces in the first set, winning 6—3, but martin klizan‘s
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ca lf winning 6—3, but martin klizan‘s calf wouldn't support him. a shame, injury ended it in the second set. 6lass half empty or half full? because now roger federer, the flying 35—year—old, on court earlier than planned. far too slick and smooth for alexandr dolgopolov. hang on, in the second set, now the ukrainian decided he couldn't continue. the crowd, as you can imagine, wanted more. b00|n6 federer wins. that was federer's 85th wimbledon win. a record, yes, but not the way he planned it.|j know a lot of fans also outside britain and they have travelled a long way. i'm sorry for them that they couldn't see more tennis today. at the same time, wimbledon remains an unbelievable place for the players to play in and fans to come through and i'm sure there are other things happening today. on court three, two british players walked out, kyle edmund or alexander ward?
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the lady on the right, alexander's mother, celebrating her birthday. kyle edmund prevailed, about time he won his first match here. everybody has to start. a bit of rain on thursday for wimbledon, louise? day three looks very nice indeed if you want it hot, 29 degrees, but there could be thundery showers on thursday. the best of the weather in the south—east, clouding over little in the afternoon. highs of 25. miserable for parts of northern ireland, southern scotland and northern england under the cloud and rain, 12 or13 northern england under the cloud and rain, 12 or 13 at the best. that whether from staying with you overnight, but a band of cloud and drizzle by then. patchy mist and fog over northern england. further south, a warm and sultry night. 17 degrees is the overnight low with a
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view sharp showers in the south—west in the early hours. a good deal of dry, sunny weather across england and northern wales. despite drizzle early on, it will ease the cloud breaking up and showers to the east of the pennines but generally a better day for scotland, northern england and northern ireland and a degree or so warm as well with highs of 18 degrees. highest value in the south—east, 29. heading into the classic summertime weather, two or three fine days and then thunderstorms. a plume of warm, moist air coming from france could trigger sharp and thundery downpours, anywhere from east wales, stretching up through the midlands into east england. the showers will be hit and miss, but if you catch them, some of them could mean business. some showery rain easing away through scotland, improving that picture. highs between 19 and 22 degrees. quieter as we had
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through friday with a return to more sunshine clouding over a touch in the west. that's all from the bbc news at six — so it's goodbye from me — and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. north korea says it's successfully tested a long—range ballistic missile, capable of reaching anywhere in the world.
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