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this is bbc news. the headlines at 7:00. donald trump says he's hoping for a quick trade deal with britain post—brexit —— but the prime minister asks him to re—think his climate stance. like other world leaders here, i am dismayed at the us decision to pull out of the paris agreement, and i have urged president trump to rejoin. vladimir putin says he's established a working relationship with president trump —— the russian leader said he was "very different than on tv". celebrations in mosul, as iraqi forces say they're battling to clear the last pockets of resistance among militants of the so—called islamic state. after the grenfell tower fire, london mayor sadiq khan promises firefighters all the equipment they'd need — after claims there was no tall ladder for the first 30 minutes. labour leaderjeremy corbyn addresses one of europe's biggest trade union events — he says he wants to call time on austerity. and pride in london gets under way. tens of thousands of people march through the capital — marking 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised
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in england and wales. and mixed emotions for the lions as they draw their test series with the all blacks — more on that in sportsday in half an hour. good evening and welcome to bbc news. president trump says he expects "a very powerful" trade deal with the uk, to be completed "very quickly". speaking at the 620 summit in hamburg, he also talked about the special relationship between america and britain, and said his planned visit to the uk would go ahead. this report from hamburg, by our deputy political editor, john pienaar, contains some flash photography. theresa may sees this relationship as key to a successful brexit. she was counting on warm
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words, encouragement. today, on trade, the president offered plenty of both. we're working on a trade deal that will be a very, very big deal. a powerful deal. big for both countries. and i think we'll have that done very, very quickly. it wasn't all this chummy. mrs may wants him to drop opposition to the but trade is a priority. the charm offensive will go on. and soon he'll be in britain. not everyone will be as happy as mrs may to see him. worth cultivating the us friendship with the president and his family, his advisers — though his daughter ivanka is both. meeting the japanese leader was important too. shinzo abe has just done a trade deal with the eu. britain wants one just as favourable. warm words about trade and cooperation can be comforting, even politically useful, at a summit like this. but striking deals
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with america, india, with anyone, will take hard bargaining. and plenty of british businessmen, government officials, even theresa may's chancellor, remain to be convinced that agreements around the world could ever compensate for a tough, even harsh, deal with the european union. the prime minister insists it can be done. mrs may is widely seen as being weakened by the june election, but today insisted she be bold. i've held a number of meetings with other world leaders at this summit, and have been struck by their strong desire to forge ambitious new bilateral trading relationships with the uk after brexit. do you accept that if eu leaders insist on tougher trade terms after brexit than those we have now, there is a risk that the uk could end up worse off? what we are doing is working to negotiate a good comprehensive free trade agreement with the european union. and i think it in the interest of both sides to have that good trade agreement.
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but i'm also optimistic about the opportunities that we will see around the rest of the world. her ambitions will be tested hard 0 along with her own hopes of carrying on much longer as prime minister. john pienaar, bbc news, at the 620 in hamburg. 0ur diplomatic correspondent says president trump has actually often been the odd one out at the summit. he changed the whole nature of this global gathering. we know he is deeply sceptical of a whole range of international multilateral agreements, and frankly that became apparent both in the discussions on trade, with angela merkel in the chair, she made clear that the united states was the biggest single barrier to getting a good outcome. and then of course crucially over climate change where donald trump is ina minority
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climate change where donald trump is in a minority of one, having decided to withdraw the united states from the paris global climate accord. angela merkel wanted some sort of consensus at this meeting, she realised that was impossible, the finalsummit realised that was impossible, the final summit text would have to have two sections, one for the united states only where donald trump emphasised his commitment to fossil fuels, and another for the 19. emphasised his commitment to fossil fuels, and anotherfor the 19. later we will hear more from some of the otherworldly those who were at the 620 otherworldly those who were at the g20 summit, and see how it —— and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages, at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are nigel nelson, political editor of the sunday mirror and sunday people and political commentatorjo phillips. iraqi state television says government forces expect to take full control of the city of mosul from so called islamic state, within hours. the military operation to drive the extremists from their main base in iraq began eight months ago. jonathan beale hasjust sent this report from mosul. it's been the fight of their lives.
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their battle to retake mosul from the group calling itself islamic state started in october last year. they've lost many comrades along the way, but today the iraqi security forces were firing their weapons in celebration, claiming victory over their enemy. translation: this joy has been achieved by the sacrifices of our martyrs and the blood of our wounded heroes. god willing, may happiness prevail in iraq. after nearly nine months of brutal street to street fighting, these iraqi security forces believe they've defeated is in the city that was once their stronghold. but there are still pockets of resistance, the occasional sound of gunfire. no—one yet knows how many civilians have lost their lives in this city. it's still a fight for survival. translation: hunger, thirst,
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fear, aerial bombardment. we lived in a cellar. look at this. our house was destroyed on top of us. the extremists' reign of terror in mosul may be coming to an end. but they are by no means finished in iraq. jonathan beale, bbc news, mosul. the london fire brigade, says it's modified procedures the london fire brigade says it's modified procedures for attending high rise fires, after the grenfell tower disaster. it comes as an investigation by the bbc‘s newsnight programme found that a high ladder engine didn't arrive until more than half an hour after the first fire crews were dispatched. dominic casciani has the story. disaster unfolding in the middle of the night. as the first firefighters battled the growing inferno inside grenfell tower, they couldn't see what was happening outside. flames spreading from floor to floor, as cladding caught alight. bbc‘s newsnight has uncovered a series of
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apparent failings that hampered the emergency response. including a delay in sending this high ladder to the scene. london fire brigade eventually called in an even taller platform from neighbouring surrey, because the capital doesn't have its own. that fire, they could not turn it off. there's no way they had anything. and i don't know what time they brought the hydraulic crane or whatever they had, but these guys were outnumbered. records show london fire brigade sent teams from across the capital. they didn't dispatch a 30—metre aerial platform from paddington until 1:19am, almost half an hour after the first mobilisation. that equipment would have reached higher than the floor where the fire began. by the time it arrived, the fire had raced up the exterior. i have spoken to aerial appliance operators in london who drive and operate those appliances and who attended that incident, who think that having that on the first attendance might have made a difference. london's mayor, sadiq khan,
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speaking at today's pride festival, said nothing should detract from the bravery of the firefighters — but answers are needed. there's going to be a public inquiry, and a police investigation. i'm unwilling to wait for that, though, so i've asked danny cotton, the commission of the london fire service, to carry out an urgent review. the review will tell me what she needs, what the fire service needs, and my promise to her is to make sure the london fire service, the fire brigade, get exactly what they need. while that review begins, the investigation continues inside the tower. answers to all the disturbing questions the disaster has raised are still a long way off. dominic casciani, bbc news. let's speak to matt wrack, general secretary of the fire brigades union, who you heard from in that report. thank you forjoining us. why, in your view, was this high ladder not sent to what was obviously a
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high—rise fire? sent to what was obviously a high-rise fire? i think we have to be conscience —— conscious about using terms like "failings", what was done on that night was incredible. they worked wonders in terms of what they were able to do. i think the art whole range of things that will have to be looked at. the normal expectation would be to fight the fire from inside the building, and that is the logic of wire aerial appliances would not be put onto an automatic attendance. i think now that we know this far has happened, then i think clearly fire services need to review what they are planning for because we now have are planning for because we now have a very clear example of fire spreading up the outside of the building, in which case those sort of appliances would be of use in
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that situation. i don't think anybody is intending any criticism of your colleagues, i think most people are in awe of what they did that night. but as we had in that report, an extra long ladder had to be brought in from surrey, what does that tell you about the extra equipment that sadiq khan might be asked to provide for you and your colleagues? my understanding is that that vehicle is unique in the uk. so i'm sure that will be part of that review and people will have to consider whether it is appropriate, i don't want to prejudge that, i suspect that is probably what we will be supporting but we need to look at all the evidence. we were very pleased that the london fire brigade has now added aerial appliances to the predetermined attendance, that is the planned automatic attendance, two fires in those residential blocks of flats,
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andi those residential blocks of flats, and i think it is an issue we are now looking at across the uk. what other equipment might you think that you need to be completely prepared for something like this, now you have seen a fire on this scale? well, the firefighting is based on what we call a speed and weight and attack —— weight of attack, so you did the right resources. and the truth is that in london we have seen the biggest cuts in history, forced through by boris johnson. the biggest cuts in history, forced through by borisjohnson. we saw ten fire stations closed, a whole number of fire stations taken out of service, and that means that the very first response to the grenfell tower fire, there were fire engines that would have been there a few yea rs that would have been there a few years ago, but are no longer there. they could have got there quicker. soi they could have got there quicker. so i think all of that needs to be built into the discussion about how we make sure people are safe in
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their homes. as far as you are aware, what are the changes that have been made in other parts of the country by colleagues in other fire services, because they have seen what you have had to deal with here? well, it will be a big wake—up call for everyone, if you take high reach appliances, there have been reductions in recent years. in other fire services, they are not permanently crewed. so the is a question of making them available to —— of public ruin, and in my view and the view of the union —— of permanent crewing. and there is also
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the question of how fast we get to fires, and the truth is we are getting their slower than 20 years ago, asa getting their slower than 20 years ago, as a direct result of cuts. but the london fire brigade says it has changed procedures since the g re nfell tower changed procedures since the grenfell tower fire, what does that mean? i understand the london fire brigade have altered the automatic attendance if the call was to a fire ina attendance if the call was to a fire in a residential block of flats. so that there will now be an additional extra fire engine, and additional pumping appliance, and the high reach appliances. so there will be five fire engines on the high reach appliance. we welcome that, and we have worked with the london fire brigade to ensure that is provided. but across the country, if you close a fire station, it inevitably means that when a fire happens in that area, firefighters will be travelling from further away, and it will take longer to get to the
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incident. so that is why a response times are slower than they were 20 yea rs times are slower than they were 20 years ago. we have heard that the residents of this that have suffered immense trauma because they were caught up in something so completely appalling. but so were your colleagues, your members. what sort of support are they getting for the physical and mental demands placed upon them that night? to be fair to the london fire brigade i think they have done —— provided remarkable support so far. they are dealing again in that area of work with reduced resources, which again under the former mayor the counselling services were cut from 14 to two. the idea that two counsellors can deal with potentially hundreds of firefighters over the course of the incident is clearly not achievable. but the london fire brigade and
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other fire services and other agencies have provided counselling support, firefighters also take a lot of effort in looking after themselves and their colleagues. it isa themselves and their colleagues. it is a job based on teamwork so they rely on each other in these circumstances as well. so i think there has been a lot of support put in place, but we don't know the full effect of what is happening, these things take time to unfold and eve ryo ne rea cts things take time to unfold and everyone reacts differently. ptsd is a long—term matter and not something you can't necessarily quickly fixed. thank you very much for talking to us. the headlines: splits over climate change among the g20 group of world leaders, president trump is urged to reconsider pulling out of the paris
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accords. celebrations in mosul as iraqi forces say they are battling to clear the last pockets of resistance among militants of so—called islamic state. the london mayor promises london firefighters all the equipment they need, after claims there was no tall ladderfor the first 30 need, after claims there was no tall ladder for the first 30 minutes to attend the grenfell tower fire. let's return now to our top story — the final day of the g20 summit in hamburg. almost all the leaders of the 20 member countries renewed their pledge to implement the paris climate change agreement — with the notable exception of us president donald trump. during the german chancellor's press conference, angela merkel didn't hide her disappointment in american actions on climate change. translation: one translation: 0ne crucial issue was climate and energy, and what came out of this meeting was what i had already said at the beginning of this meeting, wherever there is no
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consensus, disagreement has to be made clear. you know that u nfortu nately made clear. you know that unfortunately the united states of america left the climate agreement. you know that unfortunately, and i deplore this, the united states of america left the climate agreement, or rather announced their intention of doing this, so what becomes clear in this declaration is the dissenting view of the united states. but i am very gratified to note that the other 19 member states of the g20 say that the proposed agreement is irreversible, that we feel committed to what we agreed on, and that it is to be implemented as quickly as possible, and that we also agreed on a so—called hamburg action plan on climate and energy. donald trump left hamburg without holding a news conference. the president boarded air force one to return to washington, apparently content with what he achieved
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during his meetings with other world leaders. details are slowly starting to emerge — the chinese state news agency says president xi jinping called for more international peace—making efforts on the korean peninsula during his talks with president trump. it also says china's navy willjoin us—led pacific rim military exercises next year. mr trump also had his first face to face meeting with his russian counterpart vladimir putin. here's mr putin discussing how he responded to mr trump's questions about russia's alleged meddling in the us election. translation: the president of the us posed the question, we discussed this question, it was not one question, it was many. he devoted —— we devoted a lot of time to it. our position is well known, there is no basis to say russia interfered in the us elections. what is important is that we agree there should be no
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i’ooiti is that we agree there should be no room for doubt in such things in future. i said this at the last 620 session, it is directly linked to cyberspace. we agree with the president of the us that we would create a working group, and work together on how to control security in the area of cyberspace. 0n how to ensure international legal norms are observed, how to ensure that the show observed, how to ensure that the snow interference in the internal affairs of foreign states. above all, this concerns the us and russia. i think we are able to do this, andl russia. i think we are able to do this, and i see no reason to doubt that. then, there will be no more speculation on this matter. this is mr putin's assessment of the donald trump he met — compared to the donald trump you see on tv. translation: i don't know how this will sound, but i think the tv donald trump is different from the real donald trump. he is very concrete. he analyses quite quickly and response to questions that are
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posed or that arise during discussions. sol posed or that arise during discussions. so i think form our relations in the way our conversation went yesterday, there is every reason to think we can restore, at least in part, the level of cooperation that is required. as the g20 leaders wrapped up the summit in hamburg, police and security officials counted the cost of violent protests. some 200 officers were injured, while a similar number of protesters were detained or arrested. jenny hill reports. the fury, the violence, took hamburg by surprise. shops looted, businesses trashed. this man's been trading here for nearly 50 years. he told us he has never seen anything like it. translation: really shocked. you are helpless and shocked. the business has been here for 70, 80 years. we know there are problems in the neighbourhood, but it wasn't people from round here who did this.
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for nearly two days, hamburg's streets have been a battleground. clashes flaring all over the city; more than 200 officers injured. this is, they say, a new dimension of violence. translation: we had to bring in special forces trained in anti—terrorism operations to protect our officers. we had intelligence that the protesters had molotov cocktails and concrete blocks ready to throw from the rooftops. the morning after, a brief lull. what's really striking about hamburg today is the quiet. for the first time in nearly two days there are no helicopters circling overhead, no sirens, no clashes breaking out, but in the air there is, i think, a sense of quiet shock. a sense of quiet shock —
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this city, after all, hasjust experienced nearly 48 hours of almost continuous violence. for now, peaceful protest. but police believe extremists planned to huack police believe extremists planned to hijack this as well. hamburg, the so—called gateway to the world, is now a city on age. jeremy corbyn has used his speech at the durham miners' gala to praise his party's performance in the general election campaign. speaking earlier this afternoon mr corbyn said the tories took the election for granted, and questioned the credibility of their deal with the dup. we raised the whole question of real solidarity, and what it means. well, you know something? the tories went into this election
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thinking it was going to be a walk in the park. it became a walk in the dark, and a nightmare for them. but do you know what? i am not sure they have learned very many lessons from it. because they have done a deal with the dup, which has cost them £1 billion, and the same levels of investment around the rest of the country would mean £50 billion being invested in all of the english regions. money going into scotland and wales — but no, they've got £1 billion to buy ten votes in parliament, they've got £1 billion for those ten votes to stay in office, and they cannot find a penny for the health workers, education workers or any other group in the public sector.
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tens of thousands of people have been taking part in the annual pride in london parade, which celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. it comes fifty years after parliament began the decriminalisation of homosexuality, in england and wales. wyre davies has the details. for the last 45 years, this has been where londoners openly celebrate where londoners openly celebrate where they —— who and what they are. when percy and roger became a couple, publicly declaring their love was still illegal. 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, they are enjoying the equal rights but younger people here take for granted. now, i think they are lucky, they can do what they are lucky, they can do what
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they like, where they like, and whatever they like. isn't that wonderful? a friend of my father once told me that he thought homosexuality was worse than murder. and that was the prevailing attitude. and so when i look at this, i think what happened to the world?! the parade was opened by lgb tt members of the emergency services, many of whom attended the g re nfell tower services, many of whom attended the grenfell tower fire and the london terror attacks. among the million or so spectators, a young refugee from syria, enjoying an atmosphere he could only dream of at home. syria, enjoying an atmosphere he could only dream of at homelj syria, enjoying an atmosphere he could only dream of at home. i am really grateful about what i am now, andi really grateful about what i am now, and i am really, really happy. iam over the moon. in the run-up to the festival there were accusations the event festival there were accusations the eve nt ha d festival there were accusations the event had become too corporate and had lost some of its radical
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puppets. but with hundreds of thousands of people on the streets of london, it seems as spontaneous as ever. “— of london, it seems as spontaneous as ever. —— its radical purpose. looking rather underdressed! let's ta ke looking rather underdressed! let's take a look at the weather forecast. it's a glorious evening in london for those celebrations, and up and down most parts of the country. we have got a front bringing rain to the far north west of scotland, elsewhere dry. but it is another humid, muggy sort of night out there. there's tab bridges are going to fall no lower than about 70 degrees or so. —— those temperatures. some clearer air moving in. this front will shift south, bringing rain at times to northern ireland, to the north of that there will be some sunshine and
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further south across england and wales it is looking largely dry and bright once again. temperature 22 to 27. the bulk of the rain gets out of the way for monday, then it is going to be sunshine and scattered showers. top temperature is around 17 to 24 showers. top temperature is around 17 to 2a degrees. this is bbc news. the headlines: donald trump says he's hoping for a trade deal to be agreed "very quickly" with britain after brexit, as theresa may asks the president to reconsider withdrawing from the paris climate change agreement. like other world leaders here i am dismayed at the us decision to pull out of the paris agreement, and i've urged president trump to re—join the paris agreement. in his end of summit address, russian president vladimir putin says he has established "personal
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relations" with president trump — saying the us president is ‘very different than on tv‘. firefighers tell the bbc they didn't have the necessary equipment needed to tackle the blaze at grenfell tower. and tens of thousands of people march through the capital iraqi forces say they are close to recapturing the old city of mosul from so—called islamic state militants. and tens of thousands of people march through the capital to celebrate pride and mark 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in england and wales.
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