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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11: the government outlines plans for trade after britain leaves the european union, but the eu's chief negotiator says there are other issues to settle first. president trump blames again both sides for the clashes in virginia over the weekend, accusing some protesters on the political left of attacking white nationalists. i think they're‘s blame on both sides. i think they're‘s blame on both sides and their‘s no doubt about it. —— there's. the public inquiry into the grenfell fire will examine the response of the authorities, and refurbishment of the tower — but not wider social problems. commuters face the biggest increase in railfares forfour years, as inflation hits 3.6%. india's prime minister leads commemorations marking 70 years since partition and the establishment of modern india. and sailing to the north pole — it's never been done before — but explorer pen haddow is giving it a go. good evening and
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welcome to bbc news. the government has set out its plans for how it wants to trade with the eu and the rest of the world after brexit. ministers say they want to avoid a sudden and drastic change for business so they're calling for a temporary relationship with the eu while a more permanent arrangement is developed. their ultimate goal is to have a system of trade with the eu that is as close as possible to what we have now. but the eu parliament's chief negotiator described that as fantasy.
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our business editor simonjack reports. dover, the uk's easiest port. nearly 20% of all goods traded through the eu come through here. businesses fear any blockages will have dire consequences for them and the rest of the uk. for logistics firms like this one, time is money. our business runs on a timely basis. we have had shipments having to do customs clearances, inbound and outbound. that would be damaging at dover, going in and out of the country. it would grind our business toa country. it would grind our business to a halt. there may be 21 miles of sea between here and france, but in trade terms, there is no barrier thanks to our membership of the customs union. it is a club of eu countries in which borders disappear, goods move freely and
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with minimal checkups. but there is still an external border between the eu and the rest of the world. there, goods are checked and that some cases, tariffs are payable. what happens when we are outside the club? —— in some cases. the government said it wanted to leave and a new deal, but it could take five years. until then... and a new deal, but it could take five years. until then. .. the interim period where we get to it, it will take some time to get the structures in place. it will be a bit like the customs union. not the current customs union, we want to go out and strike out trade deals. while levy the border relations unchanged for a couple of years, we minimise disruption while forging new trade with people around the world. we will eventually end up with an almost frictionless arrangement with our old friends in the eu. it is a win—win—win westaby,
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we could have our cake and eat it too. parts of the proposal have been described as fantasy. while david davis' direct counterpart said there are more important things to settle first such as a rights, the divorce bill and ireland. any additional friction at this border could be very politically sensitive. the impact on politics in northern ireland, sinn fein, other parties, how were they react to the manifestation of customs checks? they could see it as re— partitioning the ireland. borders, customs, trade, it is complicated enough without party politics, which some think have shaped these proposals and the response to them. why don't we just stay in the customs union? if they want to have something, if it looks like a duck
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and quacks like a duck, it is a duck. they seem to be going to great lengths to differentiate what looks like the customs union from the actual customs union. this is all about the conservative party and not addressing the challenges faced by the british public and the needs of the british public and the needs of the economy and jobs. we are leaving, but nothing will change at the borderfor leaving, but nothing will change at the border for now. leaving, but nothing will change at the borderfor now. at least leaving, but nothing will change at the border for now. at least that is what the government is hoping for. we will find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages. the public inquiry into the grenfell tower fire — which left more than 80 people dead — is officially under way. it will look at how the blaze started, the design and refurbishment of the tower as well as the response of the authorities. but broader questions about social housing will not be considered. that has prompted criticism
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from the local mp, residents and campaigners — as our special correspondent lucy manning reports. hanging from near the top of the tower. there are still remains to be found, victims to be identified, a crime scene to be investigated. and still, so many questions to be answered. why did it happen? how did it happen? questions the public inquiry will now look at. the inquiry now says it will examine the cause and spread of the fire, the design and construction of the tower block, including safety regulations, and the response of the fire brigade to the blaze, and central and local government's response after it. but it won't look at social housing policy, or the relationship between residents and the council, and the tenant management association. karim mussilhy is still waiting for the remains of his uncle, hesham rahman, to be found and identified. we thought that it's covering pretty much what we want it to cover, in terms of, you know,
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the cause and spread of the fire, the response with the local authorities and the residents, before and after. do you think the inquiry could be broader? i think it should be more broader and be more detailed in terms of that. yeah, definitely. you'd like it to look at social housing? absolutely, of course. it is a massive aspect. but he still can't say he has confidence in the inquiry. i support it. confidence is another, very strong word. i mean, i have more confidence in a criminal investigation than i do in a public inquiry. while sir martin moore—bick, the head of the inquiry, won't examine policy on social housing, the government says ministers will. there is a listening exercise we need to do in government as well as about wider social housing policy and that is precisely what i will be doing over the coming weeks and months. as residents marched in silence last night to remember the tragedy, many still feel the inquiry doesn't go far enough. sid—ali atmani escaped with his family from the 15th
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floor of grenfell tower. the social housing policy should be a part of the terms of reference. the reason why i'm saying that is because there are people that lived there, they used to live on high floors, old people, disabled people. the ninth floor. that's why. they passed away, they died. that's why it should be added to the the terms of reference. we do feel betrayed. this is what we felt was going to happen at the beginning of this consultation process and this is what we've ended up with. the inquiry‘s had a difficult start, with the judge accused of being out of touch. he needs the confidence of the survivors, the bereaved, the whole community here, or this will be seen as a whitewash. and, after today's announcement, he still doesn't have theirfull support. the grenfell inquiry will hold its first hearing next month, and hopes to have an initial report on the cause and spread of the fire by easter. one survivor said,
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"we just want the truth." lucy manning, bbc news, west london. president trump has again blamed both sides for the violent unrest in virginia at the weekend, which left an anti—racism protester dead and many injured. he had drawn sharp criticism for his response because it had taken him until yesterday to explicitly condemn right—wing groups for the clashes. but tonight at a press conference in new york he accused some protesters on the political left of attacking white nationalists. there was a group on this side, you can call them the left, you've just called them the left, that came violently attacking the other group. you can say what you want, that's the way it is. you think there's blame on both sides sir? you said there was hatred and violence on both sides? i do think there's blame on both
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sides, i think there's blame on both sides, you look at both sides, i think there's blame on both sides. our correspondent rajini vaidyanathan joins us from washington. here we go again. he looked like he had dug himself out of a self—inflicted hole, but he is back in? that's right. in a way, this is the tale of three different press conferences. on saturday, he was criticised for not condemning it directly the white supremacy in the wa ke directly the white supremacy in the wake of the events in charlottesville. then on monday, the president was at the white house, delivering scripted remarks and reading from an autocue, being very direct in saying that he denounced neo—nazis and members of the kkk. then today, he visited trump tower, and it was an unscripted, off—the—cuff press conference. it was meant to be about infrastructure but it went down a rabbit hole. not
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quite clear and certainly not rolling out of the way to directly reject white supremacy. the reaction on cross reject white supremacy. the reaction on cross party lines has been one of angen on cross party lines has been one of anger. there would be quite a lot of frustration at the white house. the infrastructure issue played begin the campaign and he had a good chance of getting some kind of cross party support for that in terms of rebuilding airports and highways that had been neglected. it ends up being diverted into talking about charlottesville. being diverted into talking about cha rlottesville. have being diverted into talking about charlottesville. have people been struck by how many republicans, senior republicans, has been prepared to criticise this particular issue? i should just say, it is breaking right now, we have seen it is breaking right now, we have seen a it is breaking right now, we have seen a lot of senior republicans in the last few moments tweeting condemnation of what the president has delivered in those remarks. we saw the most senior republican in the house of representatives, paul ryan, saying that white supremacy is clearly repulsive and bigotry is
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counter to what the country stands for. senator marco rubio stood for the republican nomination and said that anger and hatred towards people does not justify that anger and hatred towards people does notjustify all lead towards violence. he said these groups use the same arguments and symbols as nazis and the kkk. condemnation from both sides of the political art. the democrats have said something similar. it is worth pointing out that many white supremacists and sympathises have found this music to their ears, the fact that the president did not directly come out and condemn neo—nazis and the kkk. we heard on twitter that the former grand wizard we heard on twitter that the former grand wiza rd of we heard on twitter that the former grand wizard of the kkk thanked donald trump for his honesty and courage. the concern many people haveis courage. the concern many people have is that by not coming out and condemning this racist ideology, the
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president is playing into the hands of white supremacists. rescue workers in sierra leone have recovered almost 400 bodies after a massive mudslide near the capital, freetown and the death toll is expected to rise. homes were engulfed by mud and water when part of a mountain collapsed yesterday morning. thousands have been left homeless. the authorities are planning mass burials for those who've been killed because the mortuaries are full. from freetown, our correspondent umaru fofana reports. the mountainside collapsed in an avalanche of mud, families were buried as they slept. the deluge of water surged through streets, leaving total devastation and few survivors. outside the freetown mortuary, it's been a difficult day for the emergency services. hundreds of bodies have
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been brought here. this is a disaster, which even by the reckoning of the head of this mortuary, who's been doing this for decades, it's absolutely unprecedented. he says it compares to nothing with the ebola virus outbreak. it does not compare to the civil war. he says he has never seen anything like this. those who did escape look on other places where they used to live. this man lost eight members of his family. translation: i first saw the body of my sister and called on people to help me. we laid her on the floor. then i started hearing other people nearby crying. i've lost all of my family. meanwhile, the rescue operation continues. it's hoped survivors might still be found. it is believed that hundreds of people are lying dead here beneath the mudslide and the hope is that they will be able to find any one of them alive. those hopes are fading fast. in fact, because of the late arrival of the heavy machinery and equipment needed for that initial reaction when this mudslide happened on monday morning.
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many here believe that help did not come in time. the mudslide and flash floods have shaken this country. people here have already suffered a bloody civil war and a devastating ebola outbreak. now thousands have lost everything. the headlines on bbc news: brexit secretary, david davis, says the government wants to negotiate a temporary customs union with the eu for when the uk leaves. the actions of kensington and chelsea council will be examined as part of the public inquiry into the grenfell tower disaster. at least 80 people died when a fire quickly spread through the tower block in june. president trump has again blamed both sides for the violence in virginia over the weekend, accusing what he called "alt—left" activists of attacking white nationalists. millions of rail passengers are facing the biggest rise in train
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fares for five years. tickets are going up by 3.6% in january, because of a rise in the rate of inflation. the increases will affect season tickets, so—called "anytime tickets" and some off—peak fares. unions have called it a kick in the teeth for passengers. our transport correspondent richard westcott has the story. quick coffee. good boy. little treat for einstein the cat. and catch the train. rebecca's commute from taunton to bristol costs £3,500 a year, and it's due to go up by £130 next year, as most commuters face a 3.6% price rise. there's this gradual erosion of your actual real wealth that's happening to an awful lot of people, where you will find that your salary may have gone up, but everything else is going up so much faster and so much more that year on year,
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we're all actually, feels like, worse off. it's not the train companies that set around half of our rail fares, it's actually the government. they've been putting the fares up for years because they want to change who pays for the railways. it's all part of a plan to shift the financial burden away from taxpayers, most of whom don't commute on trains, and onto passengers. fares used to account for about half the cost of running our trains. that's risen to around 65%. across britain, people are facing tough choices. if it goes on, i probably won't be able to afford to go to work. i'll have to get the car to work. because it's cheaper to get the car to work. i work in the public sector. my pay rise is maximum 1%. that makes us worse off when they put up fares like that. i wouldn't mind the rise if you got a better quality carriage and everything else. they're pretty tatty these things now. campaigners have criticised the use of the rpi rate of inflation,
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which is usually higher. the rail firms say they face the same increases. railway companies costs are going up in line with that inflation as well. they have to cover the costs in order to provide the services that we want as passengers. ministers argue that the money is needed to pay for a £40 billion upgrade to the network. a lot of it is still victorian and it's struggling cope with record numbers of passengers. critics claim fares have outstripped wages for years and say it's time for a price freeze. the government could still change its mind in the autumn budget. richard westcott, bbc news, luton. india's prime minister, narendra modi, has led his nation in marking the 70th anniversary of the country's independence from britain. the division of colonial india into two states, india and pakistan, in 1947, was followed by sectarian violence between hindus, muslims and sikhs. up to a million people were killed. the partition led to the movement of around 12 million
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people in one of the largest migrations ever seen. many muslims fled east and west out of hindu—dominated india. similarly, millions of hindus and sikhs headed the other way to flee pakistan. reeta chakra barti reports from amritsar. modern—day india has a huge population. it is in a spike in religious violence, directed at muslims. this report contains some distressing footage. this is a day of celebration for india.
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the indian prime minister, narendra modi, talked of the country's successes — its growing economy, its efforts to tackle corruption and his vision for a secure, developed nation with equal opportunities for all. he knows that there are challenges. he made a point of speaking out against hate crimes. translation: in the name of religions, some people in this country commit crimes. this is the land of gandhi and buddha and violence in the name of faith will not be tolerated. he is talking about india's tiny minority of hindu extremists, people like this man. modi is a hindu nationalist and tensions have been growing between the country's hindu majority and its large muslim minority. at the centre of the controversy is the slaughter of cows for meat. muslims eat beef. but the cow is a sacred animal in hinduism, regarded as a mother figure.
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translation: if i find someone killing my mother cow, i won't hesitate to kill him. i don't need the police or the authorities. i will give him punishment. i'm the court. i give the verdict. vijaykant is so passionate about protecting the cow he and his supporters take to the streets. they've been told they've got no permission to stop vehicles, but they're stopping them anyway. stopping these lorries to see if they're carrying any cows. translation: i have information that they are smuggling cows in a truck like this. cow vigilantes have been increasingly active across the country since modi took power and there have been murders. this muslim man was accused of illegally transporting cows for slaughter by a different group of vigilantes. they beat him to death.
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avoiding communal conflict is crucialfor india. this new bridge isjust one of scores of major new infrastructure projects. the country's doing well — the fastest growing large economy in the world. so here is the government's dilemma: it wants to keep its hardline hindu supporters onside but, at the same time, it knows economic success depends on the country remaining peaceful. with tensions between hindus and muslims running high, that could be quite a challenge. justin rowlatt, bbc news, uttar pradesh. this city lies right on the border with pakistan, and as india has been celebrating its 70th anniversary,
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the country is just starting to publicly acknowledge its bloody beginning, when it was cut into. it was a difficult start, as i found out, for the founding fathers of india and its first government. one of a tiny number of transport links between neighbours. this train operates just twice a week, taking indians over the border and bringing pakistanis here to the outskirts of amritsar. but it's a journey very few make, because of decades of mistrust between the two countries, which started with the horrors of partition. amritsar is becoming a centre of remembrance. this week, india is launching the first ever partition museum here, recording the acts of violence and bravery of that time. people actually haven't spoken much about partition in the past, which is a real tragedy. the reason being that i think that generation when they came across, a, they were traumatised, and b, because they were so busy setting up their own lives, because they had lost everything.
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we made a tryst with destiny... as the newly independent state of india was born, its first prime minister, jawaharlal nehru, was full of optimism and hope. at the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, india will awake to life and freedom. his vision was of a democratic, secular state in which poverty and inequality were gradually reduced. amolak swani was 17 at the time. she lived through the horrors and only narrowly escaped with her life, hidden with a fruit truck and disguised in a burkha. now 87, she's been recording her memories for her grandson rishi and also reflecting on modern india and nehru's legacy. translation: all the dreams that he showed us, they've not been fulfilled. we thought that after independence, all sorts of things would happen. we are still better off, but there are many poor people. there is still so much poverty in india. there has been major
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economic growth in india, but nehru's vision of a more equal society hasn't happened yet. one thing endures, the political mistrust between india and pakistan, a hostility that some born many years after partition can't understand. we are the same people. we probably eat similar food. we speak in a similar tongue. we mightjust worship different gods but that doesn't make us any different. but he's never been to pakistan, which is less than 20 miles away. the border between the two countries is real and psychological. partition is both history and ever—present. it is very difficult for indians to go to pakistan and vice versa. there are few transport links and few people make thatjourney. the continuing political hostility between the states of india and pakistan inevitably effect
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personal relations. people may have friendly feelings towards each other, but as for the states themselves, 70 years after partition, they're still as far apart as ever. back to you. reeta chakra barti reeta chakrabarti in amritsar. it's what performers dream of — a soprano is taken ill at a world famous concert hall, and the person who's drafted in to replace her is you. for one night only milly forrest swapped coats for the stage and wowed the audience and critics alike. chi chi izundu went to meet her. singing. it's the stuff of dreams. milly's normally back here taking coats and bags a couple of nights a week. sometimes she even gets to page turn doing a live concert. but not for the season's closing night. and that's because one of the evening's performers was taken ill.
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and milly was asked to step in. she says she was shocked by the opportunity. really excited. really scared. really, really nervous. but when i had a good look at the music, and i realised it was doable. i knew i could make sure i learned it in time. that was a bit of a relief. one critic dubbed her "breathtaking", even though at 23, her voice is still not mature enough to go into the profession full—time. a few people who i trust have said "have look at this girl." she's very young. so we have to take care of her and make sure that we don't do things too quickly. but there is a quality to the voice and her interpretation that came out very much, towards the end of the audition actually. milly's heading to the royal college of music for her postgrad in september, but has already been booked to perform at the hall again. maybe mum and dad
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will catch that one. i rang them and i said, "mummy, i'm going to be stepping in at the wigmore hall." she said, "oh, i really wish we could go, but we're going out for dinner." my dad called me again and he said, "i'm sorry, treasure. you're going to have to forgive mum for this one." next month, she'll be back taking cloaks and bags in that cloakroom. chi chi izundu, bbc news. many congratulations to her. let's look at the weather prospects ahead. it is very quiet on the weather front out there right now. lots of clear weather. some rain on the way. it is just about approaching ireland. the west. on wednesday, we could see some of our rain. the people some of us. chilly in rural
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areas in scotland, around five degrees and singledigit figures in other areas as well. this is the low pressure that is going to upset the weather in western areas on wednesday. here is the rain coming through. here is the clock, eight o'clock. you can seejust through. here is the clock, eight o'clock. you can see just getting into northern ireland. just bridging on northern parts of wales. by the time we get to the afternoon, many of us are still under the sunny skies, particularly across eastern and central areas. temperatures will get into the 20s quite widely. newcastle about 20 degrees. most coastal areas gloomy and cloudy. heavy rain at times. that is going to push across the country through wednesday night into thursday. thursday morning still some rain around across these eastern and south—eastern areas. for thursday, we are forecasting a day of sunny spells, some showers, a little breeze, but on the balance a on the
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way. temperatures will get to 21 degrees in newcastle, sheffield, and leeds. mid—20s in london. some showers are coming. not a completely dry picture on the way. quite breezy on friday. most of the showers, i think our across western and north—western areas. the best of the weather will be along the channel coast on friday. on saturday, a blustery day on the way. it will feel a little cool. some showers around. what we are watching, is this hurricane inc, hurricane gert, which is going to get mixed up in oui’ which is going to get mixed up in our own weather which is going to get mixed up in oui’ own weather as which is going to get mixed up in our own weather as it crosses the atla ntic our own weather as it crosses the atlantic and we will get some wet and windy weather

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