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this is bbc news. the headlines at six: the government says it will keep a close eye on kensington and chelsea council after its leader quit over the grenfell tower fire. the absolute priority remains looking after the victims, their families and friends, making sure they get everything they need and in doing so, when it comes to the local council, nothing is off the table. after days of intense fighting, iraqi forces have taken control of the main base of the so—called islamic state in the city of mosul. thousands of people take to the streets in central london to march against austerity. the former chief of staff to the brexit secretary, david davis, claims eu negotiations are being "hamstrung" by theresa may's lack of flexibility. also in the next hour: tributes are paid to the film critic barry norman, who has died at the age of 83. the director—general of the bbc, tony hall, has described him as a first class
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presenter and critic. in rugby, a memorable second half comeback secures the british and irish lions victory in new zealand, levelling the three test series. hello. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the government says it has no plans to send independent commissioners to kensington and chelsea council, following criticism of its handling of the grenfell tower fire disaster. the mayor of london, sadiq khan, had urged ministers to appoint commissioners following the resignation yesterday of the leader of the council. instead, the government says it will keep a "close eye" on the situation. frankie mccamley reports. as the tributes continue to arrive and the missing posters line
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many of the streets, the anger towards the council here is clear. it was the breakdown of this, the first cabinet meeting at the council since the fire at grenfell tower, that led to the resignation of its leader, nicholas paget—brown. as council leader, i have to accept my share of responsibility. pressure had been mounting on the council, following intense criticism of the way the disaster had been handled from day one. the resignation has been welcomed by many, including the mayor of london, sadiq khan, who has urged the prime minister to appoint commissioners to run the borough. he wrote... but the government says it is keeping its options open. nothing is off the table in making sure that the local residents, especially the victims, their families and friends, get all the support they need. clearly there's a role for the local council and government
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and for many others, but where anyone is not stepping up and doing what is expected of them, then nothing should be off the table. the council now needs a new leader and that person will have to be elected by the council itself, not by the people, and some residents here say they're not happy with that. they want a bigger say on who is going to be making those key decisions. and some are sceptical of whoever is put in charge. they cannot just impose their old boy network and their friends and family scheme that they seem to operate elsewhere. there needs to be a proper process for the selection of those commissioners, and that has to be community led, they cannot do that on their own. we're not going to be imposed on at state level again. it's understood a new council leader will be elected next week, in the hope of rebuilding trust with those whose lives have been torn apart. frankie mccamley, bbc news. let's cross now to our
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correspondent, jonny dymond, who's outside kensington and chelsea's town hall. it is relatively calm at kensington and chelsea town hall, as you would expect on saturday evening. much camera than it was a couple of weeks ago when simmering anger erupted just outside the stores. but the difficulties for those who are both in the tower and around the tower, they continue. they are the folk is as sajid javid said, of all efforts to assist them. i am joined by someone to assist them. i am joined by someone who was evacuated from a property. thankfully, you were not in grenfell tower. talk to me about the situation for you now. currently there is a lot of help available, especially as the community has organised itself. but there is an issue with accessing it. only people active in the community are able to hear because it is done through
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word—of—mouth. especially for people in the tower, they are not out there, they are still in bereavement and facing trauma, so to get the word out to them is difficult, to find where they are. unless you're actively searching for it, you will not be receiving it. the efforts to assist people in the area has stepped up significantly over the last couple of weeks, after a faltering start. how is it for you, for others around the tower, as far as those efforts are concerned, are you getting the assistance you need? hammersmith and phil are coming in with social workers and housing people. i have had calls from people at the estate, to ask how i am. it is frustrating. it is like a slap in the face. we need support, we have housing issues. none of it seems they're been dealt with efficiently. the community has helped. fighting with the council has helped us but
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the supporters coming too late. you know there is controversy about who should read the council, who should lead the efforts to help the residents of the estate. would you like to see central government getting involved and imposing leadership on the council, or are you happy that the deputy leader and the leader has gone, and there will be new leadership for the council? central government is already taking control. my concern with that is, yes, the leaders has stepped down, but they are part of the same group. friends will be appointed. it will be the same voice with a different face. that is my concern. in essence, this is a discredited organisation for you, the council does not fit? not only the council, but the pmo. the tenants management organisation. the chief executive has resigned to take part in the enquiry but we feel he is a suspect in the enquiry. thank you for your
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help. that is it from kensington and chelsea. the political ructions go on as to who should lead this organisation but the efforts of most people are focused on who can best help the residents. many thanks. iraqi forces say they've taken control of the main base of the so—called islamic state group in the city of mosul after days of intense fighting. the militants have been driven from a hospital compound where several senior is leaders were thought to have been hiding. fighting continues in the old city area, but commanders say they're confident a final victory is in sight. our correspondent orla guerin reports from mosul. a symbol of victory, planted this morning in what was the main base of is in mosul. troops weary after driving the militants from this vast medical complex but vowing to hunt down every last one of them. translation: we will keep chasing them and those who support them.
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we will throw them in the garbage. commanders say they have removed a cancer here but one that has already spread. translation: our message is daesh is not only an iraqi problem, says the colonel, it is international. he was interrupted by a booby trapped bomb, the militants may have gone from here but they left plenty of threats behind. and lots plenty of wreckage in iraq's second largest city. this is what victory looks like in mosul after more than eight months of fighting. the remaining is militants have been driven from here but at what cost?
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this hospital complex which was a place of healing now lies in ruins, like many other parts of mosul. the city may be regaining its freedom but there will be a great deal of rebuilding to do. this territory has now been reclaimed but not before some iraqi troops gave their lives. the city is not fully liberated yet. commanders admit that even when it is, there's a real risk is could be back. orla guerin, bbc news, mosul. thousands of people have been protesting in central london, calling for an end to government cuts. the shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, told the demonstrators austerity was a "political choice." labour failed this week in a vote in the commons to force an end to the government's public sector pay cap. the leader of the labour party, jeremy corbyn, told marchers that austerity needed to be replaced with investment in society. grenfell taught us
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a message about housing. it taught us a message that so many people are frightened of living in tower blocks, frightened of the danger, frightened of the insecurity, and so many sleeping on our streets and trying to survive, and so many children growing up in overcrowded, damp, overpriced private rented accommodation. that is the face of modern britain with the tories, that is the face of modern britain with austerity, end austerity and invest in the future, invest in decent housing. and opportunities for everyone else, because the election campaign was presented as a kind of walk in the park for the tories. and it all changed when people began to realise that the social care crisis
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is a crisis made by this government. 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 with the european union. earlier i asked our political correspondent jonathan blake to expand on james chapman's latest comment. he specifically talks about the european court ofjustice, which is the eu's highest court. the eu has said quite clearly that it wants it to have a role and expects it to have a role in guaranteeing the rights of eu citizens living in the uk post—brexit, but theresa may has been very clear that it should have nojurisdiction in the uk. many people who voted leave may well agree with that, thinking that if we are leavingthe eu then there should be
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no authority there. but he spoke quite strongly about some other areas where he thinks david davis' job has been made particularly difficult. she has taken some absolutist positions on particular issues, particularly on the european court of justice. she set a red line effectively for a conference speech that has hamstrung these negotiations, in my view. david davis, there is not anyone better in parliament to be doing this negotiation. he's a very tough, resilient operator. the red lines have been set for him that make the job he has to do extremely difficult. he is a former adviser to david davis. do we have any idea how much his comments had been sanctioned by david davis? in short, no, there has been no comment from the department for exiting the european union oi’ david davis himself, and to that end, no comment from number 10 either. but i think we can assume that it would be unlikely for james chapman to come out and say these things without david davis' blessing at least. he was in the job until very recently, and as far as we know, he has no particular axe to grind on that basis. if indeed it does
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reflect the position of david davis, maybe he is feeling a little bit frustrated, maybe he is feeling that his hands are tied to an extent in what is already a very difficult and complex operation. others are saying that this is david davis potentially using james chapman to get his excuses in early should the brexit negotiations go wrong or fail ultimately. i think we have to take james chapman's comments at face value. it is an interesting insight from somebody who, until relatively recently, was working right alongside the brexit secretary, who is, of course, charged with negotiating the uk's exit of the eu. the president of sinn fein, gerry adams, says he doesn't believe a deal to restore power—sharing in the northern ireland assembly will be agreed by the deadline of monday. the controversy over a green energy scheme that left the devolved administration almost half a billion pounds overspent led to the collapse of the assembly almost six months ago. talks between sinn fein and the democratic unionist party will
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resume on monday. here's what mr adams had to say to journalists a well, our northern ireland reporter, sara girvin, joins me now from belfast with more. as you say, northern ireland has been without a functioning devolved government since january. the talks between political parties in northern ireland aimed at trying to record power—sharing resumed after the general election but it has been a very bumpy road since then. the two main parties involved, sinn fein and the democratic unionist party, the dup, seem unable to agree on major issues. each is blaming each other for the lack of progress. one of the main stumbling blocks between the parties seems to be the nationalist and republican demand foran nationalist and republican demand for an irish language act which the dup opposes. the deal a few weeks ago between the dup can deprive minister, theresa may, to prop up a government essentially, seems to
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have muddied the waters on the discussions. last night, downing street issued a statement after theresa may spoke to both sinn fein and dup leaders. she said her government would do everything they could to help the parties and get a successful conclusion, but she urged them to find the agreement. today there was a campaign in belfast, a rally for same—sex marriage. northern ireland remains the only pa rt northern ireland remains the only part of the united kingdom where it is banned. at the rally, sinn fein president gerry adams, who is in favour of same—sex marriage, outlined why are there would be no deal by monday. the dup are showing no urgency or inclination to deal with the rights that are at the crux of the difficulties, and i'm talking here about the bill of rights, the whole nature of marriage equality, a whole
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range of other matters including legacy issues, and unless they step change, ijust legacy issues, and unless they step change, i just can't see, legacy issues, and unless they step change, ijust can't see, here we are on saturday afternoon, ijust can't fit... and we told them this very directly, howard deal can be put together by then. and of course, if there is a step change, and part of that step changes for everybody to understand that equality and respect has to be at the heart of the institutes. they have to deliver for everybody, not just the institutes. they have to deliver for everybody, notjust the sinn vote, not just the for everybody, notjust the sinn vote, notjust the dup vote but for everybody, including those people who don't vote and those people who are vulnerable and in poverty, who wa nt are vulnerable and in poverty, who want their rights. that's the only basis on which these institutions are going to be put together. what happens next? essentially all attention now turns to monday. it is not a deadline. the deadline
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for some sort of resolution on these talks was last thursday, though that has been and gone. monday, the secretary of state for northern ireland james brokenshire intends to go to the house of commons to update them on what has happened. he has several options, he can extend the talks, he can call another assembly election or he can reintroduce direct rule from westminster. he spoke earlier today in belfast and james brokenshire said he still believes power—sharing can happen but he added, it has not happened yet. when it comes to the political parties in northern ireland themselves, the dup traditionally do not take part in talks on sundays for religious reasons. it means the talks begin again in earnest on monday but there is really no hope ofa monday but there is really no hope of a deal being struck. 0k, sarah, thank you. the time isjust the time is just after 6:15pm. the headlines on bbc news: the government says it will keep a close eye on kensington and chelsea council as it prepares to elect a new leader,
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following the grenfell tower fire. the former chief of staff to the brexit secretary david davis claims negotiations with the eu are being undermined by theresa may's lack of flexibility. the veteran film critic and former bbc presenter, barry norman, has died at the age of 83. three men have been arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. detectives from the metropolitan police's counter—terrorism command, assisted by officers from sussex police, arrested two men in essex and a third in east sussex at around 6pm on friday. the men, two aged 28 and one aged 31, are being held in custody at a south london police station. and anti—terror police have arrested two men at heathrow airport after they landed on a flight from turkey. both are aged 21 and are from leicester and birmingham. there have been scuffles between
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pro—democracy demonstrators and police in hong kong just hours after the new chief executive was sworn in. it is 20 years since britain handed over hong kong to china. activists have accused beijing of clamping down on free speech, but the visiting president xi has warned against any challenge to beijing's authority, as steve mcdonnell reports. in their tens of thousands, hong kong's pro—democracy demonstrators poured through the streets. they'd come to mark 20 years since this former british colony was returned to beijing, with a message to the president of china, xijinping. they say that in recent years theirfreedom of assembly, freedom of speech and the independence of the judiciary have all, to some extent, been undermined. then there's what they claim is a breach of promise, for genuine democratic elections to choose this city's leader.
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translation: we're here to voice our disappointment towards our government, and to criticise the distorted one country, two systems model. we do not accept the gambling of the hong kong government, that this is under the pro—beijing party. on his historic visit, president xi had his own message for the people of hong kong, that he believes their region has a very bright future indeed. but that a line which now could not be crossed was involvement in any action threatening china's sovereignty here. translation: any attempt to endanger china's sovereignty, 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. in support of president xi, there are also those protesters
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who turned out to back china's leader, and taunt the opposition. this will give you an idea of the battle for the hearts and minds of the people of hong kong. on the street here we have tens of thousands of pro—democracy protesters. on this side of the road, a small but very vocal group of pro—beijing demonstrators, and in the middle is the police, keeping their two groups apart as they hurl insults at one another. two decades after the handover, this is a divided city, with very different views about the role beijing should play in its governance. but after a long, hot, tense day, at least there was something of a happy ending, as this unique metropolis turned on one of its legendary fireworks displays, in honour of this occasion.
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steven mcdonnell, bbc news, hong kong. the late german chancellor helmut kohl is due to be buried in germany. he was honoured in a special ceremony at the european parliament in strasbourg earlier today. the former statesman oversaw germany's reunification and was a major driving force behind closer european integration, as hugh schofield reports. helmut kohl's coffin brought into one of europe's high places, the parliament, as old faces and new came to bid farewell to one of the greats. this was a man revered for doing what many thought impossible — making germany one nation again, but within europe, and without waking the dark memories of an inglorious past. in speeches, they paid tribute to helmut kohl's achievement, and his generous, large personality. friends from the past, like former spanish prime minister felipe gonzalez, and bill clinton, who delivered a rhetorical tour de force.
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helmut kohl gave us the chance to be involved in something bigger than ourselves, bigger than our terms of office, bigger than our fleeting careers, because all of us, sooner or later, will be in a coffin like that. and the only gift we can leave behind, is a betterfuture for our children and the freedom to make their own choices, including their own mistakes. angela merkel, who had a notoriously difficult relationship with helmut kohl in recent years, said all that was now forgotten and that europe would be forever grateful for what her predecessor had done. translation: thank you for the chances and the opportunities you gave me, thank you for the chances that you gave to many others as well. thank you very much for the chances which we, as germans and europeans, have received thanks to you. you achieved a huge amount,
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may you rest in peace. now it's up to us to actually preserve and guard your legacy. i bow before you, and your memory, in gratitude and humility. it has, of course, been a sad occasion. the presence of helmut kohl's widow, maike, a reminder that this was the death of a man, not just a politician. but it's more than that, because this has, in effect, been the european union's first ever state funeral, and if it's been conducted with such a sense of ceremony, it's because europe's new leaders — especially emmanuel macron and angela merkel — want to capture and distill something of the spirit of helmut kohl, that worked to such effect a quarter of a century ago. after the european farewells, the german. helmut kohl's body transported to his hometown of ludwigshafen, where he was born and died. and from there, by river boat, to the cathedral in the medieval
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town of speyer, a i,000—year—old building which he loved and which he said symbolised the essence of european union. hugh schofield, bbc news, strasbourg. the film critic and journalist barry norman has died, he was 83. for more than 25 years he hosted a film show for the bbc, which was regarded by many movie buffs as essential viewing. he'd been suffering from lung cancer. david sillito looks back at his life. good evening. tonightjoseph losey talks about the assassination of trotsky... it began in 1972, a slightly stiff and nervous new tv presenter, barry norman. ...who then went on to 26 years of the film programme. his father was the producer and director leslie norman, and his relaxed style, shrewd opinions and comfy jumpers were perfect for the late—night movie show.
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is this superstardom you now have, is this going to change your life at all? no dear, i've had my change of life. to meet you, ijust have to make a movie. that's right. ijust have to go up and like spend $55 million... good evening, or rather, where you are, good morning and welcome to the 70th oscars celebrations here at the shrine auditorium in downtown los angeles. bbc, barry norman, i can't believe it! barry norman's here. this is it, the bbc. he came over on the screen, quite rightly, as a man who really knew his subject, an expert, a man who knew what he was talking about. and somebody said this very day, a very serious man. i said, no, not when you were with him. he liked people, he was gregarious, he loved a laugh. oh boy, i miss him. hello, and why not? that, in a sense, is why it's there. who cares? he even had the honour of a spitting image puppet,
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but that alleged catchphrase and "why not" was that creation of the impressionists. but by 1998, frustrated at being bounced around the schedule, he left the bbc for sky, but his place in tv history was already assured. he was, for more than a quarter of the century, tv‘s face of film. barry norman, who has died at the age of 83. celebrations are taking place across canada and hundreds of thousands of people are gathering in the capital to mark the 150th anniversary of confederation. meanwhile, prince charles, who's in the country for the festivities, has been awarded the order of canada — the second highest honour, created in canada's centennial year of 1967 to recognise the community. gavin hewitt is in ottawa ahead of the celebrations. tens of thousands of canadians have gathered here on parliament hill in ottawa. but then, this is an important moment to celebrate 150
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years of their identity, of their history, of their culture. there's been torrential rain but it hasn't deterred people. they have come in ponchos, some of those ponchos decorated with maple leaves. but there's also a question here about whether indigenous canadians are going to be celebrating this last 150 years. many of them have spoken of mistreatment, of broken promises, and of some violence against them during that period. yesterday, prime ministerjustin trudeau went into a teepee for a0 minutes to try and reassure them that they too could enjoy reconciliation in a modern culture that emphasised multiculturalism and diversity. time for a look at the weather now. it has been a reasonable start to the weekend. ok, not dry everywhere, there has been a weather front moving into the north—west bringing cloudy skies and some rain but many of us had seen at least some
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sunshine during the day. a beautiful day in cornwall in bude, some sunny skies and surfers enjoying the breaks. on the satellite picture you can see the early—morning cloud thinning and breaking up with sunshine coming through. this is the weather front bringing cloudy weather front bringing cloudy weather over more recent times to northern ireland in western scotland with outbreaks of rain. this evening the weather front will slide into north—west england and wales, bringing from damp weather and with it some late sunshine returning to scotla nd it some late sunshine returning to scotland and northern ireland, albeit with strengthening winds. overnight, district of cloud and outbreaks of rain works southwards across england and wales. it might become murky across higher ground in south—west england and patchy outbreaks of rain in southern of england. many areas will avoid it and stay dry. tim rogers overnight between 10—16, so yes, a mild night. windy in the northern isles, bringing in showers. it is the picture through sunday. any overnight rain clears away from
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southern england quickly and the rest of the day looks dry. the cloud will tend to break up and we will see some sunny spells coming through. the north—westerly wind helping to break that ploughed up. for northern ireland, a few showers here. most of them will be toward the north coast, largely dry as well. brisk south—westerly winds will bring plenty of shows to the western isles and highlands in particular. some could be quite heavy as we go on through the day and will continue into the afternoon. showers affecting the northern isles, strong winds easing down gradually through the afternoon. elsewhere the cloud tending to break up and we will see some sunshine coming through. temperatures are below to those of today, 18—23d. looking at the weather over the next few days, a quiet day on monday but on tuesday we see this area of low pressure sliding in across central portions of the uk. that will bring a spell of the uk. that will bring a spell of what weather. 20—30 millimetres of what weather. 20—30 millimetres of rain falling for some. the rain


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