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hello. this is bbc news. i am david eades at the european summit in brussels, where a major plank of britain's brexit negotiations has been laid out before eu leaders. theresa may offers to ensure the rights of 3 million eu citizens living in britain once it leaves the union. the german chancellor, angela merkel, called the plan a good start, but said much work remained to be done. hello i'm rachael home in london. the other main stories this hour: on the frontlines in the fight for raqqa — we have a special report from syria with us—backed fighters battling to drive the so—called islamic state out of their last stronghold. thousands of people descend on somerset as the glastonbury festival gets underway with heightened security. and coming up in business: oil falls prey to the bears. crude is down some 20% this year — despite opec's attempt to prop it up — and it could have further to go. hello. thank you forjoining us here
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in russells. it was precisely a year ago that the eu was waking up to a reality that one of its member states wanted out of the european union. one year on, and they are beginning to hear some of the details surrounding that departure. —— brussels. theresa may laid out before her fellow eu leaders last night the plan for allowing 3 million eu citizens the same rights as british citizens, those who are living in the uk, and have been there for at least five years. there are certain other details attached about, but she described the plan as about, but she described the plan as afairand about, but she described the plan as a fair and serious offer, trying to provide certainty and reassurance to those eu citizens. she has also made it perfectly clear that for that to
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work, there must be what she is calling reciprocity. the same sorts of measures for uk citizens living gci’oss of measures for uk citizens living across the eu, once the uk is out of the club. more details from our brussels reporter, adam fleming. a year to the day since the uk voted to leave the eu, and european leaders are digesting the offer made to them by theresa may over dinner at this summit. she said she wanted no families to split because of brexit. eu citizens with five years residence would have settled status, meaning lifetime access to health, education, and benefits. and there will be a grace period for new arrivals to build up enough time to qualify. the eu's row ministers and presidents made their own proposal on this issue earlier this year. this is the first time heard the british view and they are waiting for the small print to be published on monday. —— prime ministers. translation: theresa may made it
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clear today that eu citizens that have been in britain forfive years can keep their full rights. have been in britain forfive years can keep theirfull rights. that have been in britain forfive years can keep their full rights. that is a good start, but of course, there are many other questions about brexit, about finances, the relationship with ireland, which means we still have a lot to do until october. but theresa may could be working into a big row. the eu wa nts a be working into a big row. the eu wants a role for european judges. she does not. she —— they want rights for families, she she does not. she —— they want rights forfamilies, she is not so sure. and how much money it is the uk over the eu? —— how much money does the uk owe the eu? the message came from angela merkel and man u macron was that they did not see this as the forum for discussion on those proposals. the details of these proposals, and
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there are a lot of them, that will be laid out for the negotiating teams on monday. —— emmanuel macron. of course, theresa may has come to the summit in a weakened position. she held an election in which she lost conservative party majority government, and she is still working to put together effectively a working majority with another party within the uk. what might be the application of that? according to the european parliament's president, he believes it points towards a softer brexit. so a need for more legibility, possibly, from the uk. —— that ability. the important thing is to separate. after the separation, it is possible to discuss after that. do you feel that you know what britain's negotiating position is? because... it is not ourjob. it is a british
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job. it is not the european union against the uk. if they want to leave, what do they want? they want to leave, and they want a model like norway, switzerland? or they want to leave, and nothing more? this is not oui’ leave, and nothing more? this is not ourjob. this is the problem for the uk. i don't know after the election, after the referendum, really what the british want to do on this. for me, it is important to achieve agreement. i am optimistic, finally. we will have an agreement before the elections. the position of theresa may was very strong. now, i think in the uk, in this situation, it is more pleasurable. that is my point of view. but i think we don't have a final position from the uk. if the uk want to achieve another
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agreement, it is possible to do it. we need to ask the european union, do you want to stay in agreement as with switzerland or norway? this is possible to do. but in my opinion, it isa possible to do. but in my opinion, it is a point that is possible to do. it is possible to decide on this after a negotiation. for this, do. it is possible to decide on this aftera negotiation. forthis, it do. it is possible to decide on this after a negotiation. for this, it is important to know the real position of the uk. so that is the president of the european parliament, antonia tajani. we're still waiting for the full information on theresa may's per —— theresa may's proposals. we will put all of the information as it comes in on the website. if you want to keep up with any of the twists and turns of brexit in all the time ahead, we have the analysis, we have
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the comments, and all use for you, oui’ the comments, and all use for you, our website. that's at bbc.com/news. it also includes a bitesize page on all you need to know about the uk leaving the eu. i don't know if it is all the information you need to know, but the key points, certainly. we also have a report on how the uk economy is faring one year from the brexit vote. you can also get all this by downloading the bbc news app. so this morning after theresa may laid out those proposals we will be garnering information on that for the rest of the day. but for now over to rachel in london. emergency checks have revealed that at least 11 high—rise residential buildings in england so far have combustible cladding. the safety tests were being carried out in 600 buildings it's believed the covering may have contributed to the rapid spread of the blaze in which 79 people are believed to have perished.
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tom burridge reports. it took a tragedy to change fire safety in britain. is so frustrating that we have been asking for the building regulations to be reviewed every year, and nothing at all has happened, until now. already, in another london borough, they are stripping off cladding from five tower blocks. the cladding here is similarto tower blocks. the cladding here is similar to that used on grenfell tower. camden council claims it was misled and told that the cladding used on these buildings was a set tight. the cladding will be a key pa rt tight. the cladding will be a key part of the investigation into the fire at grenfell tower. like many other buildings, it had an outer skin with an aluminium composite cladding. the best has a mineral call, which does not burn. but the court at grenfell tower was polyethylene. that might have been a factor that caused the fire to spread. the government says it is now testing 300 buildings —— 600 buildings. but there are reviews
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under way on privately owned buildings as well. premier and has said that three of its hotels did not appear to comply with government guidelines for tall buildings. the company said it received independent advice that the hotels could stay open given otherfire advice that the hotels could stay open given other fire safety measures. “— open given other fire safety measures. —— premier inn. but other buildings owned by others elsewhere could be in a similar position. —— company. yesterday, the prime minister was booed again on a visit to north kensington. the deadly fire at grenfell tower will change our buildings are built. but the political legacy is still unravelling. tom burridge, bbc news. let's round up some of the other main stories happening right now. president trump says he didn't make secret recordings of his conversations with the former fbi chief, james comey. the american president controversially sacked mr comey last month and hinted that their chats might have been taped. but he now says this didn't happen.
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a former american diplomatic officer has been arrested and charged with giving top secret defence documents to a chinese agent. kevin mallory is alleged to have travelled to shanghai earlier this year — he told fbi agents he believed the person he met there was working for a chinese think tank. the woman at the centre of south korea's corruption scandal, choi soon—sil, has been sentenced to three years in jail for bribery. in the first of a series of criminal cases against her, the long—time friend of south korea's disgraced ex—president, park geun—hye, was found guilty of bribing professors to have her daughter admitted to a prestigious woman's university. there's a new offensive underway to gain control of raqqa, the city which so—called islamic state regards as the capital of its declared caliphate in syria. in the past few days fighting has intensified between is and the syrian democratic forces which are backed by the us. our correspondent gabriel gatehouse and cameraman fred scott are with the sdf on the frontline, and sent this exclusive report from raqqa.
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this has been a long and brutal road. we're inside raqqa now, driving to the centre with the syrian democratic forces, the sdf, a coalition of kurds and arabs. they've onlyjust retaken this street off fighters that call themselves islamic state. here is is often unseen but all the more dangerous for it. a noise in the sky signals the presence of a drone. what's happening, we'vejust driven down these narrow sidestreets and suddenly there's gunfire. everyone's searching in the sky for these is drones. the sdf is advancing on three sides. as they push forward, cars emerge flying white flags. some of these families have spent years trapped inside a nightmare. there are tens of thousands of people still in raqqa, hostages essentially.
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is has been killing anyone caught trying to leave. the sdf has made rapid advances towards the centre. they have support from american air strikes and artillery. but now they're within a few hundred metres of the old city. islamic state is hemmed in here, almost surrounded, and they're fighting back. sniper.
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snipers, booby—traps, suicide bombers. is has weaponised here. they have done this perhaps more successfully than any other group. but these fighters seem immune to terror. this war has been going on for longer than world war two. this is about as far forward a position... gunfire. ..about as far forward as they have managed to hold but as you can see there's still sniper fire going on here. welcome to raqqa, the capital of a caliphate under siege. among the kurds, men and women fight alongside one another. even on the front lines there are no distinctions. delilah is 22 years old. she was studying to become a nurse but here she's found her true calling.
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returning from the front, fighters describe intense all—night battles as islamic state uses its network of tunnels to stage sneak attacks behind the sdf lines. this is going to be a long, hard fight. if is loses raqqa it will surely mean the end of the caliphate. but then what? will the ideology die along with it? probably not. it certainly won't be the end of syria's long war or the violence it has spawned around the world. now a quick preview of what's coming up in world business report. we will be focusing on the price of oil, because, once again, despite the best efforts of the oil producing nations to prop it up,
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it is on the slide. this week it entered what traders call a "bear market" — that's when the price of an asset falls 20% from its recent peak. it often signals a loss of confidence and further falls to come. it can be a bit of a vicious circle. we will be asking how low crude can go. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: we speak to festivalgoers at glastonbury about heightened security — and the music. members of the neo—nazi resistance movement stormed the world trade center, armed with pistols and shotguns. we believe that, according to international law, that we have a right to claim certain parts of this country as ourland. i take pride in the words "ich bin ein berliner." cheering and applause. chapman, prison pale and slightly chubby, said not a single word in open court.
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it was left to his lawyer to explain his decision to plead guilty to murdering john lennon. he believes that onjune 8th, god told him to plead guilty, and that was the end of it. the medical research council have now advised the government that the great increase in lung cancer is due mainly to smoking tobacco. it was closing time for checkpoint charlie which, for 29 years, has stood on the border as a mark of allied determination to defend the city. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the british prime minister theresa may offers to ensure the rights of eu citizens in britain after it leaves the eu. a new offensive is underway to take raqqa, the capital of the caliphate of the so—called islamic state in syria. four us republican senators have signalled that they cannot support the draft healthcare bill put
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forward by the party's leadership to replace obamacare. they said they were open to negotiation. a vote is not expected until next week, but losing four republican votes in the senate would block the bill. our washington correspondent laura bicker has more. if republicans thought they could avoid controversy by drafting this bill behind closed doors, well, they were wrong. within just a few hours of it being released, already, there is dissent within the party. why? well, for some republicans, the cuts go far too far. they're looking at the likes of medicaid cuts. this is a programme for the poorest, the lowest incomes in america, in order to help them get healthcare. the cuts are over a longer period of time than its predecessor in the house, but they will go deeper. and there are some moderates in the party, some worried about re—election, some worried about the effect it may have on people within their states, they're already coming out
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and saying they have to think about this because these cuts may go far too far. and then there are those on the right of the party — rand paul, ted cruz for instance — they're saying this is "obamacare—lite" and they say there is too much federal involvement in healthcare and they want this bill to go much further. a vote has been scheduled in the senate next week. they've certainly talked about it. but until those two sides get together and find a way to get to some kind of compromise, i think it's unlikely that that vote will go ahead. and there's one key other thing to watch out for, and that's the congressional budget office. this is an independent body that will look at this bill and decide how many americans will lose their health insurance. on the house draft, they've already said that 23 million americans will lose their health insurance. next week they'll come out with their findings. and if that number or more will lose their health insurance
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under this plan, you may see more moderate republicans running for the hills. in sport, we start with football and in thursday's group b matches at the confederations cup cameroon and australia drew i—i — which did neither side any favours — while a 1—1 draw between chile and germany leaves them both on the brink of the semifinals. colm harrison rounds up the action. germany were hoping to make it when number 100 under their coach but suffered an early setback in kazan. the defender played the price for wayward pass and his arsenal teammate sanchez made the most of the mistakes to put the south american champions in front after only six minutes. he is now his country's record goalscorer with 38. it almost got worse for germany before it got better will stop one whiff of a crossbar away from making it 2-0. whiff of a crossbar away from making it 2—0. three minutes before half—time the germans were level. a
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combination set up for the second call of the tournament. a win for either side would have sealed their place in the last four but 1—1 was the final score. the days earlier game in st petersburg between karun and australia also finished 1—1. andre for a number of research at the champions in front on the stroke of half—time and earnest the bupa's challenge on alex gersbach second in half was deemed a penalty by the video assistant referee and mark milliken put away the kick for the socceroos. neither side freshener when although cameron went close and a point for each side from this game may not be enough for either team in the end. those results meant germany and chile need a draw from their final games to qualify for the semifinals. australia and cameron bruce need to win to have any chance of going through. roger federer remains on course for a ninth title at halle in germany after a straight—sets win over home favourite
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mischa zverev on thursday. the 35—year—old swiss moves through to the quarterfinals where he'll face zverev‘s compatriot florian mayer after this 7—6, 6—4 win. the 18—time grand slam champion was knocked out in the first round last week in stuttgart but finds himself coming into form on the grass as he prepares his bid for an eighth wimbledon title. a plague of crickets is causing havoc in parts of peru, leaving locals unable to sleep at night. the bugs have invaded schools and houses, forcing people to leave. locals are now being asked to help control the plague, as frankie mccamley reports. it's notjust the sight but the sound of the crickets that's causing misery in this province of peru. and they are everywhere, making their way inside homes and forcing people to move out, leaving their belongings behind. translation: we won't live alongside these crickets. they fall on the ground and sometimes they stay alive. everything stinks.
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the bugs have also invaded schools, with classes suspended and children sent home. the extent of the infestation is clear. the crickets are just about everywhere. translation: this village is more than anywhere else badly affected by this plague of crickets. schools, every resident and neighbours are affected by this problem. health experts in the country don't believe the crickets spread disease but are calling on locals to help control the plague. but, as people try to do their bit to get rid of them, it is clear this is a job that will take some time. the glastonbury festival officially starts later. the line—up includes radiohead, foo fighters, katy perry and ed sheeran. 135,000 music lovers have been arriving at worthy farm in somerset and this year, security at the event has been stepped up,
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as lizo mzimba explains from glastonbury. the significant security surrounding the glastonbury site. recent events mean there is now a lot more. as thousands of people come to the festival, bag searches and body searches and it's notjust at the entry points. across the festival site, security are checking out random individuals. along with a police presence that is hard to miss. the organisers try to make sure vegetable growers feel safe without affecting their enjoyment. the people here feel they have got the balance just right. the people here feel they have got the balancejust right. it's the people here feel they have got the balance just right. it's a self policing place, everyone is here for eve ryo ne policing place, everyone is here for everyone else, we are looking after each others i'm sure we will all be fine. so you feel safe? totally. there was a bit more security and
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more time getting through the gates but it is for a really good reason andl but it is for a really good reason and i think everyone isjust having and i think everyone isjust having a great time and behaving really well and everyone is being so kind to each other. and it seems to have taken away from tabriz and of course that people come here dutch courage music. ———. the main stages to get under way later that there is still going on. being here is an experienced enjoyed by people of all ages. i'm 62! and i'm coming here for the first time but i'm still young enough to sleep in a tent. what is the atmosphere been like, what you expected? yes, but far better than what i expected. it's awesome. this is our first time and it's absolutely stunning. the blown away by it all. everywhere you look at. why didn't we do it years ago? many people live here with great memories. few can say bears are a
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specialist this, though, dance apprising his girlfriend emily with an onstage marriage proposal. tell me what it means to you, this happening here. it is where we met, it is the most beautiful place ever and it's been so much. it means so much. with the increased security, some festival—goers may be feeling more anxious than in previous years but so far, those worries don't seem to be showing. take me on. i'll be back with the headlines and world business report injust i'll be back with the headlines and world business report in just a few minutes. don't go away. but he cleverly had across southern
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and central areas will soon be a distant memory. this is another book on thursday, 35 in the south—west, 31 in cardiff, 2a hours later and some areas, more than attend a great crop of his atlantic conditions start sitting in. but before that, we had a thunderstorm in kent with the dramatic picture from one of our weather watchers, and across the rest of the country, clouds have started to roll in so that fresh speu started to roll in so that fresh spell of weather that is upon us right now and this area of low pressure which is bringing fresh conditions and the ranger in the course of the night will also be responsible for bringing some quite windy weather drink the course of the weekend, particularly north. this is what it looks set 4am the weekend, particularly north. this is what it looks set ham or 5am, some rain in northern ireland, with scotland, the north—west of england and sunspots getting their brain into wales but for many eastern, central and southern areas it is dry and the rush—hour, rainfall belfast, glasgow, maybe
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edinburgh, maybe heavier therefore a time across the lake district and lancashire, some rain into the peninsular but for most of wales, certainly southern central and eastern england, it is dry to work on the weight with sunshine and to riches hovering around 15 or 16 degrees so very much what normally happens at this time of the year. the heatwave by now is well and truly gone, it is out there towards the south of europe. for friday, we are expecting a changeable day in the north—west to dampen the morning but then in the afternoon in belfast and glasgow the sun will be out, as the weather fronts in south said there could be rain and clout at times across central areas and i think the south and east will probably stay dry although with some sunshine coming and going and maybe a bit more clouds of this saturday across the south with some spots of rain, you can see the breeze off the atla ntic rain, you can see the breeze off the atlantic pushing in the fresher weather so in fact for many of us, it will be mostly in their teens, londonjust about it will be mostly in their teens, london just about getting up to roundabout 23 degrees or maybe 21 in norwich. windy in the north on
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saturday and sunday and up to gale force and some of these coastal areas. for many of us it will be around 15— 18 celsius. so a fresher weekend is on the way and beyond that as well, some rain at times but not all the time for sure, the recent sunshine on the way this weekend as well. goodbye. this is bbc world news. the headlines: the british prime minister, theresa may, has presented plans to ensure the rights of eu citizens in britain after it leaves the eu. mrs may said they would be given a new immigration status referred to as "settled eu". the german chancellor angela merkel called the plan a "good start" but said a lot of european citizens are concerned and not covered by the proposal. she told reporters that there is a "long way" to go for the negotiations. there's a new offensive taking place to gain control of raqqa, the syrian city which so—called islamic state regards as the capital of its declared caliphate. and in iraq, the un cultural organisation, unesco, has condemned the destruction of the great al—nuri mosque in mosul, which was blown up by
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islamic state militants.
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