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this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm... a month after the grenfell fire, the bbc has learned that residents were still being told to stay put in their flats almost two hours after the fire broke out. within 15 mins the whole building caught fire, after two hours it's too late. police release new footage from inside the tower block as the search for victims goes on. all i can say is please be patient, we are doing our utmost best for you and we are working as hard as we can. my teams can't work any harder. donald trump defends his son as open, transparent and innocent after the revelation that donald jnr met a russian lawyer during last year's election campaign. at the supreme court, a man who's gay has won the same pension rights for his husband as those enjoyed by heterosexual couples.
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also in the next hour, the queen and prince philip welcome the king and queen of spain on a state visit. king felipe tells parliament he's confident that london and madrid, will be able to reach an agreement over the future of gibraltar after brexit. the american singer ariana grande has been made an honorary citizen of manchester after organising a concert to raise money for the victims of the terror attack in the city. and that's it! andy murray crashes out of wimbledon, losing in the quarter finals to the american sam querrey. good evening and welcome to bbc news. fire servers advice to residents to
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stay put inside flats in grenfell tower during the fire lasted nearly two hours, the bbc has learned. a change in policy recommending residents tried to leave was made one hour and 53 minutes after the first emergency call. police released new footage from inside g re nfell tower, released new footage from inside grenfell tower, a month after the fire that killed at least 80 people. it shows officers climbing the blackened staircase — which was the only way out for hundreds of people in the flats that night. here's our special correspondent lucy manning. into grenfell tower, and up the stairs. the narrow stairs — the only escape route, that was filled with black smoke. bodies filled this stairwell. now those identifying victims climb up, struggling for breath. many of the residents who were told to stay during the fire didn't make it down these stairs.
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the bbc has seen documents setting out how the residents of grenfell tower were told to stay in their flats until 2:47am. the first 999 call was made at six minutes to one and that means for one hour and 53 minutes, those who were calling for help were told to stay put. it took nearly two hours for the advice to change to evacuate. these pictures from a0 minutes after the first emergency call show just how high the flames had reached. an hour later it had engulfed the whole tower. there's no doubt the firefighters were heroes, but the fire policy for tower blocks was and still is to stay put. the stay put advice is broadly sound. but clearly this was an unprecedented fire and at some point it was clear that the advice needed to change — whether it should have been changed earlier,
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i wouldn't want to speculate on that, but the inquiry clearly needs to look at it. for the families still waiting for relatives to be identified, the information that for nearly two hours the advice was to stay put is hard to digest. this man's mother, sister, brother—in—law and their three children lived on the 22nd floor. and this man's uncle was on the top floor. two hours — does that sound like a long time? of course. within 15 minutes the whole building caught fire. after two hours, it's too late. after that time, the chances have dropped for them and for everybody else, you know. it's the most appalling... it's like as if, you know, you're taking away that chance. when you say, stay in your house, you know, stay in your house, what can you say? what can you say?
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firefighters did risk their own lives to try to save others. the bbc understands 31 were injured, almost all from smoke inhalation. the london fire brigade said the stay put policy would be for the public and police inquiries to look at, but the advice given can change as the fire changes. this was a flat where everyone did escape, but a month on debris in the tower is now being looked at for remains. only 3a victims have been formally identified. i deeply understand the frustration the families have, the answers they want. it's only natural. all i can say is, please be patient, we are doing our utmost best for you. but with trust in the authorities low, the new council leader's admission that she's never been in a high—rise tower block won't help. yeah, i accept i might not have been up a tower block, but i have been in a huge amount
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of other people's houses and flats, and seen their circumstances. a month on, the families want to bury their relatives, and they want those responsible arrested. lucy manning, bbc news, west london. the greatest witch hunt in political history — that's what donald trump has called the controversy surrounding his son after it emerged he met a russian lawyer last year who was said to have information from the kremlin which would help his father's election campaign. donald junior met the lawyer in the expectation he would receive damaging information about hillary clinton which would damage his father ‘s and for the white house. —— which would enhance his father ‘s for the white house. today the president said his son had been open and transparent, and was innocent. our chief correspondent gavin hewitt reports. donald trump's son has been out defending himself. after revelations that he met a russian lawyer who he believed had incriminating information on hillary
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clinton. in retrospect i probably would have done things a little differently. again, this is before the russia mania. this is before they were building it up in the press. for me, this was opposition research. in his interview, donald trump junior said that he hadn't referred the meeting to his father. there was nothing to tell. i mean, i wouldn't have even remembered it until you start scouring through the stuff. it was literally just a wasted 20 minutes. which is a shame. president trump was quick to praise his son's television performance. so who are the key players involved in the meeting last year? the initial approach to donald trumer about a potential russian meeting came from rob goldstone, a british publicist. he helped schedule the appointment with natalia veselnitskaya, a russian lawyer. also in the room was paul manafort, trump's campaign manager, and jared kushner, trump's son—in—law, a clear sign they thought the meeting would be significant. the white house has been active,
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pointing out that there has been no illegality and no law broken and no sensitive information exchanged. but that doesn't mean there are no risks in all of this for the trump administration. the meeting in and of itself may not be illegal but it's got a lot of hallmarks of a criminal conspiracy. in this atmosphere of political crisis, focus turned towards capitol hill and the confirmation hearings for the new director of the fbi. his predecessor had been fired by donald trump. an issue today, the fbi‘s independence. i pledge to be the leader that the fbi deserves. and to lead an independent bureau. that will make every american proud. the proposed fbi director seemed to contradict president from today, saying that the probe into whether russia meddled into last year's american election was not a witchhunt.
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—— seem to contradict president trump today. gavin hewitt, bbc news, washington. let's speak to our washington correspondent gary o'donoghue for more on this. president trump has tweeted, i don't know if you have seen this, that he believes russia's president putin would have been happier if the democrat hillary clinton had won the american election, apparently that was in an interview on the reuters news agency. that has just come out. is that really the case? well... certainly according to the 17 also intelligence services that this country boasts, right from the cia to the nsa to the defence intelligence agency, all 17 of them, according to all of them the
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russians were working for a trump victory and were hoping for a donald trump victory. so i think that would bea trump victory. so i think that would be a little surprising. it was no secret that vladimir putin had no time hillary clinton whatsoever. they had a very poor relationship when she was secretary of state. i think it would be surprising, to say the least, that vladimir putin had really wa nted the least, that vladimir putin had really wanted mrs clinton to win the election. but donald trump might have a better reason for thinking that. the white house is making it clear that there was no collusion, no suggestion of impropriety involving donald junior and the meeting with this russian lawyer during the campaign last year. jared kushner was at that meeting as well, and paul mariner four. was at that meeting as well, and paul marinerfour. has was at that meeting as well, and paul mariner four. has there was at that meeting as well, and paul marinerfour. has there been any suggestion yet that mr kushner
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and mrtrumpjuniorare any suggestion yet that mr kushner and mr trumpjunior are going to be hauled before any of the congressional committees looking into this and under oath?|j congressional committees looking into this and under oath? i think it is pretty likely, we know the senate judiciary committee wants to have a word with paul manafort, they have said that pretty openly. the other committees here and in the house, i suspect, will want to do exactly the same. you take these three names, manafort, kushner, donald trump same. you take these three names, manafort, kushner, donald trumer, they were the inner circle of the campaign and even more significantly, jared kushner has a job inside the white house right now, unlike these are the two men. donald trump jr has now, unlike these are the two men. donald trumer has tried to dismiss this e—mail chain is a nothing, as he put it, earlier today and in his interview last night, but it was not a nothing at the time because he got
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the inner circle together, he got them together within six days of having had this e—mail and we know that his reaction to this idea that a foreign power with connections to the russian government, as he believed at the time, whether that transpired to be the case or not, as he believed at the time, was offering him dirt on hillary clinton. his response? i love it. thank you, gary o'donoghue on capitol hill. a gay man has won a landmark ruling at the supreme court which will give his husband the same pension rights as a wife would receive. the ruling could have a dramatic effect on the entitlement of thousands of people in same sex marriages or civil partnerships. clive coleman reports. victory after an 11—year legal battle. john walker worked for the company innospec for 23 years, paying into the firm's pension scheme. victory for basic fairness and decency... civil partnerships became legal in december 2005. shortly after, mr walker and his long—term partner entered into one. they are now married, but innospec,
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relying on an exemption in the equality act, refused to take account of his pension contributions before that date, dramatically reducing the pension mr walker's husband would receive. the highest court in the land found that an anomaly. if mr walker married a woman, even after his retirement, indeed even now, she would be entitled to a pension. the court ruled that eu equality law, any british exemption. trumped any british exemption. mr walker's husband will be entitled to a spouse's pension on mr walker's death, provided of course that they remained married. it would be the same with anybody, whether it is a heterosexual couple or a same—sex couple ‘ someone you love, that person, you want to make sure is looked after as long as they are alive. i'm olderthan him, therefore statistically, the chances are that iwill die before him. i wanted to ensure he was looked after.
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the effect of today's ruling is massive. it doesn'tjust aboutjohn walker — it affects everyone who is in a civil partnership oi’ same—sex marriage and that is whether they are paying into an occupational pension scheme with a private employer or within the public sector. supporters were thrilled, but the human rights group liberty which supported john walker sees a possible storm cloud on the horizon. it is only eu law that allowed him to win today. so obviously what mr walker wants to know and what liberty wants to know is what is going to happen to these rights when we leave the european union. the government says it's reviewing the ruling. john walker is happy that equality at the heart of civil partnerships and same—sex marriage has finally caught up with pensions, and there is a pot at the end of the rainbow. clive coleman, bbc news. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:1i0pm
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in the papers. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are susie boniface, columnist at the mirror, and the broadcaster charlie wolf. it is 8:15pm. you are watching bbc news. the top stories... as police continue to surge grenfell tower, the bbc has learned residents were still being told to stay put in their flats almost two hours after their flats almost two hours after the fire broke out. donald trump has defended his son is open, transparent and innocent after the revelation that donald junior met a russian lawyer during last yea r‘s met a russian lawyer during last year's election campaign. at the supreme court, a man who is gay has won the same rights for his husband to do with pensions as those enjoyed by heterosexual couples. now time for the sports news. good evening.
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it's all over at wimbledon for andy murray. and just like the first time, his second title defence has ended at the quarter final stage. the world number one was beaten by the american sam querry in five sets at a tournament throughout which there have been questions about murray's fitness, and problems with his hip. 0ur sports correspondentjoe wilson reports from wimbledon. no player owned centre court, but it's where andy murray learned to belong. in 2008 he reached his first wimbledon quarterfinal. ten years of consistency. but from feet, through hip, to mind, we knew this wimbledon would test him. by the end of today's match, he looked empty. it started so well against sam querrey. murray broke at the first opportunity. and the first set followed, 6—3. that is a hungry performance from murray. murray was bossing the second set, too. 4—3 up with a break. and then something just went wrong. a self—inflicted error. and querrey suddenly has an opportunity. he knew it. inspired, he won three games in a row, and from nowhere he had won the second set.
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why not? what could murray find? well, he said there was no point in calling a trainer. in the third set tie—break, we saw sheer endeavour. murray scrambling, covering every blade to get it back. and hoping his opponent might do this... murray's set. but he could barely compete in the fourth set. his mind was urging, but his body wasn't responding. nervousness gripped the crowd, but sam querrey was getting stronger by the second. that is beautifully done by querrey. in the fifth set querrey kept moving and reaching, kept murray chasing in a way that seemed almost cruel. and murray tried, he pursued, but it was gone. greatest moment of querrey‘s career? certainly. murray lost the final set 6—1, and as he walked towards the handshake, that limp seemed more obvious than ever. the whole tournament i've been a little bit sore, but, you know, i tried my best right to the end. i, you know, gave everything i had. so, you know, i'm proud
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about that but it is obviously disappointing to lose. you know, at wimbledon there is obviously an opportunity there, so i'm sad that it's over. to knock out the champion is a fine achievement, but along with everyone watching, i wondered if murray had been in shape to defend. obviously he didn't want to relinquish his crown too easily. but today he was half the player that he normally is, towards the latter stage of the match. and it was sad to see him go out in that fashion. because, you know, he's a great, great player and he was so desperate to play here, and you could see the pain he was in today. i felt very sorry for him. where next? a rest, yes. but all those years of effort and excellence take their toll. well, novak djokovic couldn't even last to the end of his quarterfinal. an injured shoulderforced him to pull out a set and a break down against thomas berdych.
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berdych will play roger federer, who beat milos raonic in straight sets. federer is now the firm favourite for an eighth wimbledon title and nineteenth at a grand slam. marin cilic beat gilles muller and will play sam querrey for a place in the final. and britain's heather watson and her finnish partner henri kontinen have made it through to the mixed doubles quarter—finals. they beat the fourth seeds ivan dodig and sania mirza in straight sets. england's women are into the semi—finals of the cricket world cup after beating new zealand. 0pener tammy beaumont got england off to a good start in derby — she made 93. and when she was joined by natalie sivver, who made 129 — her second century of the world cup. they pushed on to 284—9 off their 50 overs. new zealand began well.
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but then collapsed, losing four wickets to england's spin bowlers in quick succession. they were bowled out for 209, giving england victory by 75 runs, theirfifth in a row. australia and south africa are also through to the last four. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour thank you, hugh ferris. survivors of the grenfell tower disaster have confronted the senior investigating police officer looking at the fire during a hated public meeting tonight. it was intended to give the locals... (inaudible) . well, the meeting was intended to give locals an opportunity to question key figures, it descended into chaos as residents became angry and upset. the investigating officer matt bonner was quizzed at st cle m e nts
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matt bonner was quizzed at st clements church, a short distance from where the blaze happened exactly four weeks ago. he told the residents that his team would interview the 650 firefighters who went into the building and 300 police officers at the scene. he would also be talking to the 255 survivors from the tower and any other residents who did not live in the tower. just to repeat, a meeting that was hopefully going to give local residents an opportunity to ask questions of the senior investigating police officers looking into the causes of the blaze and looking into what should happen later has turned into a chaotic shouting match with the man leading the police investigation being shouted down at that meeting. we will hopefully get more from our correspondent who was at the meeting. i should also tell you that elizabeth campbell, the new leader of kensington and chelsea council,
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following the resignation two weeks ago of nicholas paget—brown following criticism of the handling by the council of the aftermath of the fire, she was at that meeting as well. any more on that, we will bring it to you when we get it. the royal bank of scotland has agreed to pay nearly four—billion pounds to the us authorities for its role in selling on risky mortgages. a separate deal with the department ofjustice is expected later this year. the mortgages — which had been repackaged as investment products — later proved to be worthless when the financial crisis hit. our business editor simon jack has more. 0k, we're going to move on now. the european union's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, has said that britain must recognise the existence of its financial obligations to the eu. yesterday the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, suggested that the eu could go whistle for what he described as extortionate financial demands. today, mr barnier hit back saying he couldn't hear any whistling, just the clock ticking. 0ur europe correspondent damian grammaticus reports.
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in brussels today, determination and frustration. the eu's chief brexit negotiator venting his feelings, first on this, what borisjohnson said yesterday about the money the uk owes. the sums that i have seen that they've proposed to demand from this country seem to me to be extortionate and i think to go whistle is an entirely appropriate expression. i'm not hearing any whistling. just the clock ticking. that's because time to reach a deal is slipping by. "it's not a ransom in any way", said mr barnier. "it's not an exit bill, a punishment, a revenge". adding, "we have to settle the accounts before we can discuss future ties with the uk". another of michel barnier‘s frustrations — he's produced nine publicly available documents on these areas under negotiations, setting out the eu's position.
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david davis has produced one, on citizens, so the eu side doesn't know what the uk wants. he knows that must be impossible. in the commons today, the brexit secretary sought to laugh it all off, but emily thornbury, standing in forjeremy corbyn, was making the same complaint. what is the plan in the event no deal is reached? on march the 12th he said that there was a plan, on march the 17th he said that there wasn't. on may the 19th he said he spent half his time thinking about it. and yesterday he said that he wasn't prepared to comment. commenting today, standing in for theresa may, damian green said the plan is to get a deal, but not one that punishes the uk. and we believe that it is notjust in the interest of great britain but also in the interests of the other member states of the european union to reach a deal with what is one of their biggest trading partners.
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but here in brussels it is clear michel barnier is increasingly concerned. he says he wants clarity and fast, preferably by monday, because that is when the real hard negotiations begin. damian grammaticus, bbc news, brussels. the commons speaker has announced the result of the votes for the committee chairs. conservative remain campaigner and former education secretary nicky morgan will take over as the chair of the influential treasury committee from andrew tyrie, who stood down at the election. the conservative mp for tonbridge and malling tom tugenhat, who campaigned to remain, will take over as foreign affairs committee chair. labour former shadow work and pensions secretary rachel reeves has won the contest to chair the business, energy and industrial strategy committee. a huge iceberg hasjust broken away from antarctica. the giant block is estimated to cover more than 2000 square miles. experts are not blaming global warming, though —
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they say it's normal behaviour for ice sheets. joining me now is martin siegert, professor in geological sciences at imperial college london and co—director of the grantham institute for climate change and environment. good evening, thank you forjoining us. good evening, thank you forjoining us. this is no big deal? well, it's very interesting as a phenomenon, very interesting as a phenomenon, very large icebergs like this are quite rare in antarctica so they ca ptu re quite rare in antarctica so they capture our attention and we are ready... able to monitor them quite well with satellite information, we ta ke well with satellite information, we take an interest and we can learn a lot by their study. a block of ice half the size of wales snapping off and floating away, that doesn't have any other effect on us and the rest of the planet? probably not. the way that the ice flows in antarctica is
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theice that the ice flows in antarctica is the ice sheet, the bulk of ice in antarctica, is very thick, two, three or sometimes four kilometres thick, flowing slowly towards the ocean. sometimes when the bed on which it rests is below sea level, theice which it rests is below sea level, the ice as it thins becomes a float. 0nce the ice as it thins becomes a float. once it is floating, back and be 300 400 metres thick by that stage, that is called a ice shelf. and as the ice shelf close to the ocean, icebergs break. that very normal, this is one of the top ten largest icebergs that we know about. nothing to do with global warming? probably not. we're very concerned about the ice shelves and their state of health around the ice sheet, the reason is because they provide a back stress which the grounded ice
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u pstrea m back stress which the grounded ice upstream from flowing into the ocean. if the grounded ice got into the ocean, the sea level will go up asa the ocean, the sea level will go up as a consequence. we are the ocean, the sea level will go up 3s a consequence. we are very interested in the stability of the ice shelves. we know about some ice shelves have been prone to catastrophically break of due to surface water ponding on them. this is not that, this is an iceberg coming off an ice shelf. it is not the same sort of process that we expect to cause ice shelf disintegration. is the captain of a ship ora disintegration. is the captain of a ship or a trawler or whatever possesses through this area, should he or she be worried that this thing could get into a shipping lane?|j think we should probably be all right with this particular iceberg, it is so huge we could spot it at some distance. it is several tens of metres above the water, a few hundred metres thick, it is so enormous and horizontal length that
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we will be able to track it very well with satellites. the most important thing is not the huge iceberg itself, some ships might have to go around it but are unlikely to crash into it, it is the small icebergs that might break from it, they are probably more hazardous to shipping. professor martin siegert, thank you for the explanation. good to talk to you. the king of spain has been to westminster today, where he addressed both houses of parliament. he said he's confident the uk and spain can reach an agreement over the future of gibraltar. king felipe and queen letizia of spain have begun a three day state visit to britain. it's being seen by the government as an opportunity to forge closer ties with spain as the uk prepares to leave the european union. 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. a state visit is pageantry with a purpose. high—end hospitality with a strong dose of interstate diplomacy. the queen, of course, is used to it. greeting the king of spain as if he were family. which is, distantly. both are descendants
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of queen victoria. so too is the duke of edinburgh, who escorted king felipe as they inspected the guard of honour. this supposedly is the duke's last appearance at a state visit before he steps back from public life in the autumn. from horse guards to the mall, and a carriage ride escorted by the household cavalry. but behind all the ceremony, there is serious business. and a state visit creates a mood in which friendships can be deepened and difficult messages can be made without giving offence. between britain and spain there is one intractable issue, gibraltar. last year king felipe called it a colonial anachronism. today he told parliamentarians at westminster it was time to seek a negotiated settlement. i'm confident that through the necessary dialogue and effort, our two governments will be able to work out towards arrangements that are acceptable to all involved. tonight at the palace, the state banquet.
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there will be speeches by the queen, and another by king felipe. as brexit approaches, britain wants closer ties with individual european nations. that, for britain, is the subtext of this state visit. nicholas witchell, bbc news, at buckingham palace. beautiful day across the country. take a look at the picture, absolutely stunning. improved across the south of the country. yesterday a deluge. the cloud shifting away,
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most of us having a fine day, cloud here and there. high pressure in charge. things settling down, tonight and into tomorrow. quite chilly in the countryside. city centre temperatures 10 degrees, the lowest. rural spots could see five. way outside of terms. in the north—west, the cloud increasing showers into northern ireland and the western scotland. showers across more central areas. 0n the whole, another fine day. 20 more central areas. 0n the whole, anotherfine day. 20 in belfast, 23 in london. this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie. the headlines — as police continue their search of grenfell tower, the bbc has learnt that residents were still being told to stay put in their flats almost two hours after the fire broke out. at least 80 people are believed to have died in the flames. grenfell
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tower survivors have confronted the senior police officer investigating the blaze during a heated public meeting. matt bonner said the police investigation would not be quick, but would be thorough. donald trump defends his son as "open, transparent and innocent," after the revelation that donald junior met a russian lawyer during last year's election campaign. he said his son was transparent and innocent. critics have accused or from junior of colluding with the russians. pension rights for his husband, as those enjoyed by heterosexual couples. an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london king felipe of spain has said he's confident and madrid will be able to reach an agreement over the future of gibraltar after brexit. defending wimbledon champion andy murray has been knocked out in the
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quarterfinals. beaten in five sets by the american sam querrey. donald trump has claimed his son has been subjected greatest political witchhunt in history. it is claimed he met the russian lawyer last year to help his father's campaign. it came on the day that the confirmation hearing took place for christopher ray to be the head of the fbi. following the sacking of the fbi. following the sacking of the last one following in fbi investigation to his links with russia. in a meant i will speak to washington reporter. first let's hear how the new director said he would act. i believe to my core that there is only one right way to do thisjob. that is there is only one right way to do this job. that is with strict independence. by the book. playing
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it straight. faithful to the constitution, faithful to our laws. faithful to the best practices of the institution this without fear, without favouritism, and certainly without favouritism, and certainly without regard to any partisan political influence. that is the commitment i have brought to my yea rs, to commitment i have brought to my years, to gigi, as a line prosecutor. that is the commitment i brought to my time at the head of the criminal division. that is the commitment that the american people rightly expect the fbi director. let's get reaction from daniel lipman, a reporter for the nonpartisan news website politico. you heard that, christopher ray saying the only way to do the job, if he becomes fbi director, is to be com pletely if he becomes fbi director, is to be completely independent, play it straight, without fear or
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favouritism. that is what all the congressional leaders, the folk in congress want to hear. it is what the american people want to hear. congress want to hear. it is what the american people want to heatm is, the fbi is helping conduct this massive investigation into trump's russia connections. they need a leader at the top not swayed by any phone calls from donald trump. i almost imagine what trump must‘ve been thinking when he saw the footage of his own fbi director saying he would be nonpartisan, not swayed by any top leaders in the administration telling him what to do. given that trump is the focus of the investigation. he reassured a lot of americans and senators watching, that trump picked a good man to be the new fbi director to
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succeed james coney. the implication is that james coney was lent on by donald trump. that donald trump said he fired in because of the russia investigation. you have to wonder whether trump ever gets angry with his new fbi director, will he fired him to? the only issue with that is the fbi nominee, wray, will not have his hands to fall. robert miller is heading up the investigation. wray said the presence as a special investigator prompted him to take thejob, and investigator prompted him to take the job, and leaving investigator prompted him to take thejob, and leaving his very lucrative law practice, making $9 million, representing companies and individuals, tojoin the million, representing companies and individuals, to join the trump administration as director of the
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fbi. christopher wray, the man trump has put forward as the director of the fbi was pressed as to whether he thought the russians were guilty of hacking, and if it would be fair to describe donald trump junior and subjected to which aren't? first he was quizzed as to whether hillary clinton's campaign was targeted by russia? de believe the russians did it, when it comes to hacking? de believe the conclusions?” it, when it comes to hacking? de believe the conclusions? i have no reason to doubt the conclusions of the intelligence. would that make it good candidates? interfering with out good candidates? interfering with our elections is an adversarial act. in light of the donald junior e—mail and allegations, the trump campaign, is that a witchhunt? is that a fair description of what we're dealing in
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america? i cannot speak to the basis of those comments. i am asking you is the future fbi director, do you consider this endeavour which aren't? i do not consider director miller to be on a witchhunt? two points. first of all he says, mr wray, he has no reason to doubt the intelligence agencies when they say russia tried to interfere in the us election. secondly he does not believe the investigation is in any way, robert miller, a witchhunt. as a result of those two comments, he's already on a collision course, the president does not agree with those two ideas. the president must find himself isolated, in this position, that the russians did not interfere, there were doubts, other countries interfere, but i think any
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reasonable person reading those e—mails between don junior and reasonable person reading those e—mails between donjunior and his contact, promising a russian government attorney with negative information on hillary clinton were pretty clear evidence there was some connection, some attempt to meddle between russia and the trump campaign. wray just stating between russia and the trump campaign. wrayjust stating the fa cts campaign. wrayjust stating the facts and latin american believe, russia interfered in our election, and they may do it again. only a matter of time before the various congressional committees, looking into possible russian involvement in the american election campaign last year, only a matter of time before they call the trump administration? that is true. they are trying to make sure they do not
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conflict with mueller‘s investigation. they do not want to put the senior aides understand before mueller has a chance to interview them, get everything they know. that would interfere with mueller‘s investigation. they want mueller‘s investigation. they want mueller‘s to take the lead on interviewing these witnesses. they do not want to this unintentionally create problems and make mistakes in terms of putting these people under the harsh light of congressional questions. that is what i predict will happen. all getting very interesting. live to the state banquet for the visiting king and queen of spain.
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spanish scientists are working with british colleagues to tackle disease. we are also significant investors in each other‘s economies. the united kingdom being principal european recipient of spanish overseas investment. however relationship, founded on great strengths and common interests will ensure that both nations prosper, now and in the future. whatever challenges arise. with such a remarkable shared history, it is inevitable there are matters on which we have not always unite to why. the strength of our friendship has breadth of resilient spirit of cooperation and goodwill. —— has breadth. 0ur countries are reliable
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partners and good friends. we deeply appreciate the significant contribution that spain continues to make to this country, and assure you of our enduring friendship in the future. ladies and gentlemen, i invite you to rise, and trinket toast the king in queen spain. —— the king and queen of spain. there you have it, a toast to the king and queen in spain. the first state visit from the spanish monarchy. since the early 80s, when king juan carlos came here. a lot of issues for the government and the spanish to discuss. brexit looming. the status of spanish citizens in
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the uk. and all those brits who have holiday homes in spain. their status after brexit. many spanish businesses, sa ntander, after brexit. many spanish businesses, santander, the huge spanish bank. of course the status of gibraltar, not sovereignty, but trade, once brexit takes place. that state visit will continue for the next couple of days. we will take you to west london. the situation there, four days after the grenfell tower disaster. a meeting tonight involving police officers investigating what happened. and also the leader of the council for kensington and chelsea, also at the meeting, with local residents. louisa preston is at a vigil near
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g re nfell tower. louisa preston is at a vigil near grenfell tower. you were at the meeting a little bit further away. it turned into a raucous affair apparently? it really did. here at the vigil, still very much a sense of anger. four weeks after the event. if you look over my shoulder, people all the way down there, lighting candles, in respect for the people who died there. also for the people who died there. also for the people still missing. as you turn the camera around. hundreds of people all here in solidarity. as you say, i was at the public meeting. the scene was one of anger. the residents are extremely angry. they have lost belief in the council, and the new leader of the council, and the new leader of the council, elizabeth campbell, she was at the meeting. she was shouted at, told to go home. at the beginning of the meeting, people could not hear her. when she was told to go home,
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and there were angry scenes. the met police was there, shouted down, found it difficult to get out what he wanted to say to very angry residents. 0ne he wanted to say to very angry residents. one of those residences joining me now. thank you for joining me now. thank you for joining us. very angry scenes at the meeting. tell me more? fecking people have been waiting for information. the communication does not work. people vented anger and frustration. they feel they have been misled. a clear lack of trust. they have heard promises, nothing else translated on the people's anger. speaking to people, some people without clothes and food. people saying the community are working together, but others are not helping. we have been on our feet since the day of the tragedy, helping neighbours. we have not had a chance, not eating, not sleeping.
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so concerned, survivors telling us they are not getting proper support. people telling us the offers they have been made are ridiculous. nobody on earth would accept. people still waiting for clothes or money to come through. somebody even told, we have already given you money, a bit insensitive. the way the survivors have been treated. do you have belief that elizabeth campbell will make any difference in this matter? we are prepared to give her the benefit of the doubt. there is i'io the benefit of the doubt. there is no accountability. people are very sceptical. she has not come forward with any tangible action. not showed herself as a leader. we would have expected her to come out and give us a clear action plan. a plan which meet our needs, and she has failed to do that. you are concerned the situation the people of grenfell tower a re situation the people of grenfell tower are still in. absolutely, the community has no confidence in the local council. i am
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community has no confidence in the local council. lam not community has no confidence in the local council. i am not too sure whether elected representatives to have a mandate in the eyes of the public. sadiq khan has said commissioners should be brought in to help from the government. do you think that would help? we would welcome that, so long as they are looking at the current structure, operational teams. those teams have failed us. the council uses clear performance indicators, that do not show performance, they are failing to engage. we are happy to have independent commissioners coming in. we need to review the actual structure, and review the way they engage with the community, clearly not working. express that there, very much anger. tonight, a vigil where people are paying respects. back to you. let's go back to king felipe of spain. we showed you pictures from the state visit. he has spoken of
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his confidence that the governments of madrid and london can overcome differences to reach agreement over brexit. speaking in the palace of westminster in the first day of a three—day visit. seen as a close opportunity to forge ties as the uk leads the eu. earlier the queen and prince philip greeted the royals at horse guards parade. here is what the king had to say over gibraltar and citizens of writes. during our rich and fruitful history, there have been estrangement and rivalries. but the work and determination of our governments, authorities and citizens have relegated such events to the past. i am certain that this resolve to overcome our differences will be even greater in the case of gibraltar. and i'm confident that through the necessary dialogue and effort, our two governments will be
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able to work out arrangements that are acceptable to all involved. we must particularly bear in mind the thousands of britons and spaniards who live in each of our nations, who form a sound foundation for our relations. these citizens have a legitimate expectation of decent and stable living conditions for themselves and for their families. i therefore urge our two governments to continue working to ensure that the agreement on the uk withdrawalfrom the eu provides sufficient assurance uncertainty. king felipe speaking earlier. joining me brendan kealy, spain correspondent for the times. king
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felipe made it clear he believes there is resolved between the two governments to overcome differences over brexit. are you saying quinn and confident? what you should know, there is a different line coming out of madrid these days. last year he made a speech to the united nations, a much harder line. the reason for that, there was a different foreign minister in the spanish government. you adopted a hard line to the issue of gibraltar. he is gone. a more moderate figure has come in. you would have seen him in the clips from parliament today. the reason he is important, the foreign ministry and the government really dictate what the king says. they are adopting a much more moderate line. possibly they are all looking towards future post brexit. there is
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a possibility spain may at least try and find some middle ground with britain over the issue of gibraltar. explain to our viewers, graham, what the real issue is? it is not sovereignty. it is about trade come and the crossing point. once britain leads the european union. absolutely, spain has given up to all intensive purposes, their claim of sovereignty. they will continue to mouth it. the foreign minister said the other day, the idea of joint sovereignty, that is not realistic. people in gibraltar don't wa nt realistic. people in gibraltar don't want it, it will not happen. it is about trade, moving goods and people over the border. this is vitally important. to gibraltar. also
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important. to gibraltar. also important to spain. they have six or 7000 workers going over to gibraltar from spain, from the border region. they want good terms for this silly maccabees people. when they talk about brexit, european nationals over here, british nationals in europe. a lot of people's mine sent to those brits down on the costa del sol. they have holiday homes. vital both governments agree on the status of the respective citizens in each other‘s countries. of the respective citizens in each other's countries. absolutely. one of the ministers over in london today. the minister for europe, they told me that spain had essentially wanting a reciprocal agreement. all subject to what is agreed with brussels. spain has to say that, it is part of the european union. for all intensive purposes, they want a good dealfor the expats, vickers,
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of course, it will mean a good deal for people in spain this and there are some 130,000 spaniards working in britain. notjust working in cafes a nd in britain. notjust working in cafes and bars, but working in industry, in the city, science, education this these people have made careers over in britain. they wa nt made careers over in britain. they want a decent deal. very important for them. many thanks. ariana grande has been made the first honorary citizen of manchester for all she did after the terrorist attack in may. the concert had just finished when a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing 20 people and injuring hundreds of others. to the victims were remembered during emotional council meeting. she has been made an honorary
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citizen during an extraordinary meeting of the council. this was to be no ordinary meeting. families, whose lives were changed forever, we re whose lives were changed forever, were invited to hear the council pay a tribute to the lost ones. you are for ever in the heart of manchester and its people. we will always remember them. there were prayers from all faiths. god, drivers and vision of our city, fair as she might be. a city of brotherhood, where all xavi foundered on service. it's time for reflection on sony lives lost. john atkinson. courtney boyle. councillors heard from those
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who have been directly involved in the aftermath of the bombing. we can never be the same as we were before. we can emerge stronger, and even more committed to defeating the evil that came to our city that night. more committed to defeating the evil that came to our city that nightlj am 16 years old, the memory... from those who represent the future of the city. he cannot be responded with hate. only with hope. then councillors, many of whom had not heard of ariana grande before that night, agreed to make her manchester's first honorary citizen. i believe that was unanimous. then to conclude. music that has become the soundtrack of this city's defiance in the face of terror.|j can see from your eyes, that was a very emotional event for you. yes, a
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meeting, where we could pay respects, shout outs sympathy, give them a clear message, in this city, they will never be forgotten. why they will never be forgotten. why the honorary citizenship for ariana grande. she could have been excused if she said she never wanted to come to manchester again. instead she would not perform anywhere else until she came back to manchester. ina very until she came back to manchester. in a very simple way manchester is saying thank you. congratulations to her. time for a look at the weather. thomas said the details. the weather is looking pretty good for most of us, to moderate. stunning today. look at this picture coming in from the north. beautiful sunshine. just a bit of cloud first thing in the morning across some southern a bit of cloud first thing in the morning across some southern areas. on the whole, a fine day. more fine
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weather on the way. high pressure in charge of the weather through and into tomorrow. very quiet on the weather front. the winds into tomorrow. very quiet on the weatherfront. the winds is into tomorrow. very quiet on the weather front. the winds is like. the stars are there. pretty chilly, in towns and cities, not. in rural spots comic could be down to around five celsius. tomorrow starts off on a sunny note, five celsius. tomorrow starts off on a sunny note, some five celsius. tomorrow starts off on a sunny note, some clad bubbling up. showers. the north—west of the country at risk of rain. on the whole, absolutely fine. 22 degrees in newcastle. up to 23 in london. hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source.
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donald trump junior has defended his meeting with a russian lawyer las year, who he believed had incriminating evidence about hillary clinton. again, this is before the russian mania, before they built it up in the press. for me, it was opposition research. they had something. the president is calling the greatest witch hunt in political history. but here's his nominee for fbi director in his confirmation hearing today. is the future fbi director, do you consider this endeavour a witchhunt? ido consider this endeavour a witchhunt? i do not consider direct a mullen to be ona i do not consider direct a mullen to be on a witchhunt. brazil's former president, luiz inacio lula da silva, has been sentenced to nine—and—a—half years injailfor corruption and money laundering. we'll be live in rio. in an interview with the bbc, president erdogan of turkey has
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