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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11am... the mayor of london sadiq khan calls on the government to appoint commissioners to run kensington and chelsea council in a bid to restore public confidence following the g re nfell tower public confidence following the grenfell tower fire. the former chief of staff to the brexit secretary david davis claims negotiations with the eu are being "hamstrung" by theresa may's lack of flexibility. a former hospital employee opens fire with an assault rifle in new york, killing one doctor and injuring six other people. also in the next hour... 20 years since the end of british control of hong kong — a new leader for the territory is sworn in and the chinese president warns against any challenges to his rule there. as ceremonial events marking the day take place, there have been protests on the streets of hong kong between pro—democracy and pro—beijing demonstrators. the singer adele has cancelled her two concerts this weekend at wembley stadium —
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the singer says she is heartbroken, but has damaged her vocal cords. the british and irish lions have beaten new zealand in a thrilling second test to level the series. and in half an hour — dateline discusses the still fragile nature of britain's new government and the campaign against the jihadist group isis. good morning and welcome to bbc news. the mayor of london sadiq khan has written to the prime minister asking her to appoint commissioners to take over the running of kensington and chelsea local authority — which he says has lost the trust of local residents. the council leader, nicholas paget—brown, and his deputy, both resigned yesterday.
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simonjones reports. after angry protests at the council offices and after a meeting of the council was cut short following an attempt to ban the public and press... reporter: were you pressured by number 10 to resign? ..the pressure for the leader got too great. i have decided to step down as soon asa i have decided to step down as soon as a successor has been found. they will pumped in new deputy leader and cabinet. —— they will appoint. this is a huge human tragedy for so many families. the task for my successor is to ensure that the strengths would also characterise this place, and north kensington in particular, are seen to play their part in bringing the community together. but the mayor of london says this cannot happen with a change of leadership from among the existing councillors. sadiq khan says the fire has shown authority is not fit for purpose.
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what he called "untainted commissioners", government—appointed experts must be brought in immediately. he has the backing of one community campaigner who says residents have been ignored for too long. trust in the whole of the cabinet has just gone, confidence in the council has gone. they weren't confident in them years ago, while they were complaining and trying to raise these issues, um, and the aftermath has been disastrous, as we can all see, and new people do need to be put in place that people can be confident in. but one conservative memeber of the london assembly called the idea undemocratic. the communities secretary sajid javid said it was right the leader had stepped aside and the government remained focused on providing all necessary support to people affected by the tragedy. simon jones, bbc news. our correspondent simonjones has been at kensington town hall in west london this morning. just a couple of days after the fire, residents gathered here, some of them ran up the stairs behind me, and got into
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the council building. they were angry because they felt they haven't been listened to before the fire when they had raised safety concerns, and after the fire they felt they were being ignored by the council, and their anger continues to this day. but for the government to impose commissioners to effectively take over the council is a step to take, because it effectively means they are removing councillors who have been elected, but it has happened in the past, for example in rotherham, where commissioners were sent in because it was considered the council wasn't doing a good enoughjob dealing with child sexual exploitation. but one conservative councillor this morning said that the council had been rated as outstanding, and she believed the process would begin as early as next week of choosing a new councillor to lead this council. some breaking news which has come in
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from the press association. three men have been arrested on suspicion of the commission and preparation or implementation of acts of terrorism. detectives from the metropolitan police's counterterrorism command assisted by officers by sussex police arrested two men from essex and a third in east sussex at around six o'clock last night according to the police. the men, one aged 28 and 18 31 the police. the men, one aged 28 and i8 31 are the police. the men, one aged 28 and 18 31 are being held in custody at a south london police station. police also enacted such as at an address in east sussex and three addresses in east london. that is the arrest of three men on suspicious of terrorism offences yesterday evening ina six terrorism offences yesterday evening in a six and east sussex. we will of course give you more on that as soon as we get them. the former chief of staff to the brexit secretary has said negotiations with the eu are being "hamstrung" by theresa may's lack of flexibility. james chapman worked closely with david davis, and told the bbc that the red lines set by the prime minister had made his former boss's job very difficult as he conducts talks
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with the european union. a little earlier i was joined by our political correspondent jonathan blake, who said the interview could reveal tensions at the heart of government. well, it's a very interesting insight from somebody who was until very recently right at the heart of britain's negotiations to leave the eu. he was david davis's chief of staff, as you say, his right—hand man, and he's had some quite strong words to say about what seems to be a split, or at least a difference of opinion, at the highest levels of government around the parameters of that negotiation. he's given an interview to the week in westminster on radio 4, speaking about what he sees as the difficult position that theresa may has put david davis in. she's taken some absolutist positions on particular issues, i'm thinking particularly on the european court ofjustice. she set a red line, effectively, for a conference speech, that has hamstrung these negotiations, in my view. david davis, there isn't anybody better to be doing this negotiation in parliament, in my view. he's a very tough, resilient operator.
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there are red lines that have been set for him, that make the job he's got to do extremely difficult. i suppose some people will say there's a shock, theresa may inflexible, hadn't we heard some of this before? it's interesting you say it's coming from james chapman. are some people around theresa may perhaps a little irritated by this? do they see these as the opening salvos of a potential leadership bid? well, they may well be. it is a very different state of affairs to a few weeks ago, before the election result. when we are seeing cabinet ministers speaking a little more freely than they would have done, perhaps, beforehand. and yes, a lot of people are saying this is david davis getting his excuses in early, before things, perhaps, may well go wrong, or unravel if they do, during the brexit negotiations. maybe he has leadership aspirations of his own, and he's posturing to put forward perhaps a potentially different brexit than the one theresa may would like. but a lot of people will think, and james chapman is specifically talking about the role of the european court ofjustice having any kind of jurisdiction over the uk, and many people who voted
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to leave will think, well, if there is anyjurisdiction, what's the point? we're leaving the european union, that's what brexit is about, so there shouldn't be any ties there to any of the european union's many different arms and bodies. but there's been no comment from downing street, and no comment from the department for exiting the eu either. and you can hear the whole interview with james chapman, david davis's former chief of staff, on week in westminster on radio 4 on the iplayer. a doctor has been shot dead and six others were seriously injured, after a man opened fire inside a hospital in new york. the gunman, who was a former employee at the hospital, later killed himself. nada tawfik reports from new york. the bronx—lebanon hospital is normally a place of care and concern but on friday afternoon, one doctor broke his oath to do no harm. a former employee of the hospital entered the building with an assault
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rifle concealed under a white doctors coat. media reports have identified him as dr henry bello. the 45—year—old fired numerous shots on the 16th and 17th floors of the hospital, which struck many doctors on duty. i want to say at the outset, thank god this was not an act of terrorism. it is an isolated incident. it appears to be a workplace related matter but that makes it no less tragic or no less horrible. immediately, emergency services responded and locked down the building. responding officers went floor to floor looking for the shooter, following a trail of blood. they were told he was on the 17th floor and, once there, they found him dead from a self—inflicted gun wound. one female doctor was found dead and six others are injured. five are in serious conditions, and fighting for their lives. there are still many unanswered questions, including how a man was able to enter a hospital with an assault rifle in one of the few places in the country
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where they are banned. world leaders are gathering in strasbourg for a day of events to commemorate the life of the late german chancellor, helmut kohl. he died on june 16th, at the age of 87. dignitaries including the former us president, bill clinton, have been paying respects at his coffin, which has been draped in the eu flag. mr kohl, who oversaw germany's reunification, was seen as one of the driving forces behind closer european integration, along with the late french president, francois mitterrand. helmut kohl will be buried in germany later in the day. a number of british airways cabin crew are launching a 16—day strike from this morning in a long—running dispute about pay and conditions. the airline says that no short—haul flights will be affected, but it has brought in aircraft and crews from qatar airways to reduce the impact. we can now speak to oliver richardson, national officer for civil aviation
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at the trade union unite. hejoins me on webcam from west london. thank you for being with us on bbc news this morning. let me ask you first of all, we were hearing from simon called a couple of hours ago who was saying that he understood that pretty much the union and the management have reached an agreement on the pace issue, the outstanding issueis on the pace issue, the outstanding issue is over these rights and things that the crew enjoy which we re things that the crew enjoy which were removed as part of the dispute. is that correct? broadly speaking thatis is that correct? broadly speaking that is the case. we have a long—running dispute with 26 days of strike action and after that initial strike action and after that initial strike action and after that initial strike action we met with the government and reached a broad position that we prepare prepared to ta ke position that we prepare prepared to take back to our members. however the club they were insistent that there would be sanctions and that was the removal of pay as well as the benefits, and that was simply unacceptable
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the benefits, and that was simply u na cce pta ble to the benefits, and that was simply unacceptable to our members and they rejected that in a ballot. they rejected that in a ballot. they rejected it. we went back into discussions with ba but ba refused to re m ove discussions with ba but ba refused to remove the sanctions so we have ended up where we are today. when you say sanctions, it is a pretty normal practice for an employer to dock the pay of somebody broke a day they don't turn up to work without an adequate explanation like being sick, so what is unusual about what ba has done? they have applied sanctions and stopped pay that has no relation whatsoever to the period of strike action, so last year, 2016, when there was no strike action, they have removed that from those people who were protecting inspection in 2017, similarly the removing bonuses, performance related pay for the rest of the year regarding to win the strike action ta kes regarding to win the strike action takes place. so it is not that someone doesn't turn up to come
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under uk law they don't take up their pay, these or other benefits that are unrelated to you trying to work and taking strike action, the company have decided to remove and we think that is unlawful we are challenging it legally, we also think it is fundamentally wrong and we are challenging it industrially as well today. what about the use of planes from qatar airlines, what do you make about? we have adopted -- objected to the use of qatar aircraft. there needs to be exceptional approval for aircraft outside the eu to operate within the eu. the cea... the doctor was a request from british airways and ourselves and another that a group of cells and a number of associations objected to the use. they don't fly under the same safety regulations so they have different regulations so they have different regulations to the operation of cabin crew, fight back as well as different regulations around servicing and maintenance. not necessarily less safe though. they
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have different regulations which there needs to be a full audit trail of those regulations before the approval goes through and we don't believe that has taken place. there are not the same security arrangements regarding crew had come into europe. we have security vetting of all or crew, flight deck can come into europe and operate out of the uk and that is not the case we understand with qatar. we have concerns over the abuse of work permits, the these people are coming into the uk and working within the uk and furthermore we think it is a slap in the face because qatar have an appalling record, qatar airways as well, human rights and labour rights and they have cases against them with the international labour organisation, they have found them in breach of simple fundamental rights such as they have dismissed cabin crew who get pregnant, simply for getting pregnant. it looks like there is still a long way to go. thank you for being with us this morning on bbc news. the headlines on bbc news... as the kensington and chelsea
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council leader and his deputy resigned, the mayor of london sadiq khan calls for the council to be taken over khan calls for the council to be ta ken over by khan calls for the council to be taken over by an appointed commissioners of that public confidence can be restored following the grenfell tower fire. the former chief of staff to the brexit secretary david davis claims negotiations with the eu are being "hamstrung" by theresa may's lack of flexibility. scuffles on the streets of hong kong as its newly appointed chief executive is sworn in, 20 years to the day since britain handed it back to spain. the chinese president, xijinping, says his government won't tolerate any challenge to its sovereignty in hong kong. mr xi was speaking at a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover of the former british colony to china. his comments came as several pro—democracy activists were arrested after clashing with both police and pro—beijing demonstrators. juliana liu reports from hong kong.
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an historic day for hong kong. government officials, including the incoming chief executive carrie lam, gathered for the flag—raising ceremony — marking 20 years since the city was handed from the uk to china. here she is being officially sworn in by the chinese president xijinping. mrs lam is the first woman to hold the position of chief executive and is vowing to restore trust in the local government. translation: we will provide more opportunities for young people to discuss, debate and participate in politics, to deepen their understanding and trust for the government, and to make them future leaders for our society. the president repeated china's commitment to the one—country, two systems formula which guarantees hong kong's freedoms, but he also had strong words for those calling for self—determination or even outright independence. translation: any attempt to endanger china's sovereignty,
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challenge the power of the central government, or use hong kong to carry out sabotage activities against the mainland, is an act that crosses the red line and is not permissible. this was the scene on the streets just outside the building where the inauguration took place. hong kong is a deeply divided city, between those who want more democracy, and those who want greater integration with china. it's too soon to say whether mrs lam will be able to bridge the gap. she's already talked about efforts to try to heal these divisions in society, because she does inherit a very polarised city and very polarised public opinion, but it's unclear how she will be able to succeed in doing that. she started out as a very popular career civil servant, but in the last few years her reputation has really changed.
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she's now widely seen as a beijing loyalist, which complicates efforts to bring disparate groups together. scuffles like this are visible examples of competing visions for hong kong. the differences are so great, that they're unlikely to be resolved any time soon. juliana liu, bbc news, hong kong. the british and irish lions have won the second test against new zealand in wellington to draw level in the series. they beat the all blacks 24-21, series. they beat the all blacks 24—21, their first victory over them since 1982. the all blacks played 55 minutes with 1a men after sonny bill williams was given a red card. the deciding match is in auckland next again. but speak tojohn gallagher and english born former new zealand international. hejoins me from south london via webcam. —— webcam. you are english born, he played out in new zealand for a long time, and
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divided loyalties watching the match today? i always cheer for the all blacks as i have paid 41 times with them and won the world cup. i haven't had much option. you have got 30,000 british lions fans out there, british and irish lions, and it is brilliant this series is going to the finale in auckland. i was in south—east london this morning. i have about eight or nine but this supporters with me. they were delighted. two tries to nil. the all blacks were down to 1a players with the majority of the game the lions we re the majority of the game the lions were the better sides. the weather conditions were atrocious. you can't argue with two tries. but it was blamed. i was delighted for the fans that have gone out there and it is going to be a cracking game next week. it certainly is, i imagine a few people are drowning their
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sorrows in auckland this evening, not least as a defeat on home territory which is worrying unusual indeed for them to experience. territory which is worrying unusual indeed for them to experiencem territory which is worrying unusual indeed for them to experience. it is auckland next week, auckland last week, gavin hastings was the last british lions captain to win a game out there and that was in 93, auckland is going to be a different challenge altogether. the all blacks will be going to the test match now, do ordie, in will be going to the test match now, do or die, in the same way that the lions went into the test match this morning. so there is going to be a slight shift of focus for the all blacks, obviously the main aim would be to keep 15 players on the field this week and the lions will try to keep the error count down because they gave away far too many silly penalties which allowed the all blacks at one stage to go nine points ahead. thank you. enjoy the
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rest of the celebrations and look forward to next weekend. sport and mike bushell is going to talk about everything else. saturday morning is the place to be it seems. if odd bag from nine points behind at one time. the british and irish lions have won the second test against new zealand in wellington to draw level in the series. they beat the all blacks by 24—21 — their first victory over them since 1993. the all blacks played 55 minutes with 1a men it was billed as a physical battle. sonny bill williams went too far. the first all—black sent off in 15 yea rs the first all—black sent off in 15 years and the lions snub blood. gaining an advantage on the scoreboard proved tricky. a
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disciplined display could double the series but the penalties kept racking up as did the new zealand tally. positioned the lions find familiar. taulupe faletau was somewhere he wasn't, a back row on the wing, no problem. the all blacks tired and the lions tales were up. jamie george barged through and conor murphy barged over, 21—21 with ten minutes to play. just one chance would select and it fell at the feed of owen farrell. fearless, nervous, priceless. the lions win in wellington, what one more next weekend would mean. wellington, what one more next weekend would meanlj wellington, what one more next weekend would mean. i am extremely proud of our blogs. they have proven how good they are to everybody tonight. congratulations to the lions. they have worked and worked their way back into the game and finally come over the top of us in the last few minutes to get in
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front. congratulations to them and we have to head to auckland and it is one each so we will all get excited about that. gary ballance has been recalled to the england cricket squad for next week's first test against south africa at lord's. the yorkshire captain was dropped after a poor performance against bangladesh in october, but he's the second—highest run—scorer in this season's county championship. uncapped middlesex bowler toby roland—jones is also included in the 12—man squad. the one—day cup final is under way — it's nottinghamshire versus surrey at lord's. surrey are batting, after winning the toss — and there's full coverage on the bbc sport website, including ball—by—ball commentary. surrey 55—0 as things stand. chelsea have signed ethan ampadu, after he decided to leave exeter city. there was a lot of interest in the 16—year—old, who trained with the senior wales squad ahead of euro 2016. the clubs are negotiating
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compensation rather than a transfer fee is no scholarship forms had been signed. novak djokovic plays gael monfils in the final of the eastbourne international later. djokovic said he was really happy to be fighting for a trophy, after beating daniil medvedev. he isn't quite back to his best, but he hasn't dropped a set this week. you can see the match live on bbc one — coverage starts at 12:15pm. england'sjodi ewart shadoff is very well placed in the women's pga championship in chicago. she sank five birdies in a blemish—free round of 66, to move to within one shot of the leaders, who are sei young kim and danielle kang. this is the second women's major of the season. chris froome has signed a three—year contract with team sky on the eve of the tour de france. the tour gets underway in dooosseldorf in germany this afternoon — and froome's hoping to complete his third straight win, and fourth victory in five years. but he knows it won't be easy. the level of my rivals and the course we are racing on this year makes it a much more open race and it going to be the biggest
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challenge for me, for sure. it would be right up there, to win a fourth tour de france title would be incredible. i mean, i don't want tojinx it. it would just be. ..unreal. that's all sport for now. now the weather. hello. a quiet weekend of weather awaits. we started off quite cloudy in actual fact is you can see from this weather watcher picture from earlier on. a lot of cloud generally across the country. there were some breaks. beautiful start across cornwall. not a cloud in the sky along that cornish heel. but you can see it is this slice or break in the cloud that is all going to gradually drift away steadily eastwards. and improving picture for many of us with the exception of the far north and west. here a weak weather fund will bring more cloud and outbreaks of rain into scotland,
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northern ireland and perhaps the north—west of england by the end of the day. the rain should remain fairly light and patchy. maybe in eastern scotland we might keep some of that brightness and temperatures will respond. highs of around 18 or 19 celsius. but underneath the cloud and rain for northern ireland and western scotland, 15—17 the high. despite some cloud into north wales, generally speaking for england and wales it is a pleasant afternoon. dry with some breaks in the cloud, some sunshine coming through and temperatures high teens, may be up as high as 22 celsius. that weather front will gradually move its way south and east through the night. it will pep up a little bit as it pushes into england and wales, so some heavy bursts of rain overnight. that is good news for the gardens and for the growers out there. and it will lingerfirst thing in the morning across the south—east corner. at the same time the wind is strengthening. gusting to gale force in the northern isles. breezy conditions generally through scotland and a cluster of showers which will continue to be driven in by that westerly wind off the coast there.
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but once we lose the rain in the south—east corner there will be a good slice of dry, bright weather yet again, just like today, almost a repeat performance into the middle of the afternoon. and similar temperatures as well. 16—23dc the overall high. as we move out of sunday into monday, this little fella here may well bring the threat of a few showers for the start of wimbledon. yes, there is the potential for a few showers during the day, fingers crossed they are fairly light and they pass through pretty quickly. it does look as though we will continue to seek some unsettled weather to the south on monday. more heavy and persistent rain into the west by tuesday. until then enjoy your weekend. hello and welcome to dateline london. i'm jane hill. this week we discuss the still fragile nature of britain's new government, and we try to assess where we are with the campaign against the jihadist group isis. with me this week; michael goldfarb,
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host of the podcast frdh, first rough draft of history; steve richards, the political commentator and broadcaster, suzanne lynch of the irish times, and the writer about arab affairs, abdel bari atwan. welcome to all of you. good to have you with us again today. the british government has survived its first tests in the house of commons — winning the vote on the queen's speech — but compromises are everywhere. brexit talks are ongoing, and we have word today from a former insider that the prime minister's red lines are making negotiations very difficult; and northern ireland is still waiting to return to power sharing, there's been yet another extension to the deadline
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with those talks with the dup. steve, how do you assess where we are this way? we have many vivid exa m ples of are this way? we have many vivid examples of this government's fragility, it's unavoidable fragility. when we got the concession about people in northern
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