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welcome to bbc news. i'm duncan golestani. these are the top stories: the 620 summit has ended with world leaders failing to bridge the divide over climate change. president trump called it a "wonderful success". after two days of violent protests, hamburg starts to recover from the havoc caused by demonstrators at the summit. edging closer to victory in mosul — some iraqi government forces begin celebrating the defeat of so—called islamic state. still searching for survivors after heavy rains and floods in southern japan. 16 people are dead and dozens stranded. and canada declares a state of emergency as 180 wildfires put more pressure on emergency teams in british columbia. hello and welcome to the programme.
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the 620 summit has drawn to a close in germany with donald trump claiming victories on trade and climate change. in a joint statement the other 19 world leaders, they did acknowledge america's isolated commitment to coal and some trade tariffs but they all renewed their pledges to the paris climate change agreement and to promoting free trade. president trump left the summit without giving a news conference but tweeted that it had been a "wonderful success." our diplomatic correspondent, james robbins, reports from hamburg. the first 620 summit for donald trump was never going to be easy for the leaders of the world's other major economies, dealing with an american president who is deeply sceptical of the international system based on shared rules. "america first" means he prefers individual dealmaking. ok, i'll work that out. in the chair, 6ermany‘s
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chancellor angela merkel found him especially difficult. she accused the united states of making talks on trade and protectionism very tough. and today, she deplored, once again, trump's decision to withdraw america from the paris climate accord. she blamed him for holding out to the bitter end against this summit‘s conclusions on global warming. translation: i think it's very clear but unfortunately, we could not reach consensus. but the differences were not papered over. they were clearly stated. and president trump, apparently to protect america's capacity to pollute, insisted today on the inclusion of separate us—only paragraphs in the summit conclusions, stressing his long—term commitment to fossil fuels. the president also raised eyebrows by asking his daughter to take his place during one working session. true, she's a white house advisor, but a senior russian official tweeted out this picture, later removed.
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the showstopper of this summit, of course, was yesterday's first face—to—face encounter between donald trump and vladimir putin. whatever the eventual outcome of the talks, today, the russian leader used his press conference to offer this assessment of donald trump. translation: trump on television is very different than in real life. he's very concrete. he analyses things quite quickly. i think if we can continue to build our relations, then there's every reason to think we can restore, at least in part, the level of cooperation we need. but donald trump himself passed up the chance to brief the press or answer questions, his reserved podium left empty, the stars and stripes eventually removed. this summit did survive all the efforts of violent there have been further clashes between protesters and police in hamburg as hundreds of anti—capitalist marchers remained on the streets after the close of the summit. the police have been using pepper
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spray and water cannon to try to disperse demonstrators who have remained after a largely peaceful march in the afternoon. the two—day summit has been marred by violent demonstrations. jenny hill reports. the fury, the violence, took hamburg by surprise. shops looted, businesses trashed. this man has been trading here for nearly 50 years. he told us he has never seen anything like it. translation: really shocked. you're helpless and shocked. the business has been here for 70—80 years. we know there were problems in the neighbourhood but it wasn't people from around here who did this. for nearly two days, the streets of hamburg have been a battleground. clashes flaring all over the city, more than 200 officers injured. this is, they say,
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a new dimension of violence. translation: we had to bring in special forces, trained in antiterrorism operations, to protect officers. we had intelligence they had molotov cocktails and concrete blocks ready to throw from the rooftops. the morning after, a brief lull. what is really striking about hamburg today is the quiet. for the first time in nearly two days, there are no helicopters circling overhead, there are no sirens, no clashes breaking out. but in the air, i think there is a sense of quiet shock. this city, after all, has experienced nearly 48 hours of near—continuous violence. many here simply wanted to protest peacefully.
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this afternoon, they got their chance. few extremists, little violence, just a gesture, as police removed their riot helmets. but officers fear there will be more trouble tonight. it may not be over for hamburg just yet. jenny hill, bbc news, hamburg. state television in iraq is reporting security forces are on the verge of retaking the city of mosul, which has been under the control of the so—called islamic state for more than three years. after nine months of intense fighting, soldiers have been celebrating on the streets. but, asjonathan beale reports, there's still no official word of victory from the iraqi government. it's been the fight of their lives. their battle to retake mosul from the group calling itself islamic state started in october last year. they have lost many comrades along the way, but today, the iraqi security forces
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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 have defeated is in the city that was once their stronghold, but there are still pockets of resistance, the occasional sound of gunfire. but look everywhere around you, and you will see that pretty much every building has been damaged or destroyed. if this is victory, it's come at a cost. no—one yet knows how many civilians have lost their lives in this city. it's still a fight for survival. translation: hunger, thirst, and fear of aerial bombing. we lived in a cellar. look at this! our house fell on top of us. the extremist rule may be coming
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to an end but they are by no means finished in iraq. 16 people are thought to have been killed after heavy rain hit japan. 15 people are still unaccounted for after floods and mudslides affected the southern island of kyushu, and more rain is expected. caroline davies reports. surveying the devastation after the storm. homes swallowed by mud, roads damaged, and railway tracks washed away. japan's southernmost island of kyushu was hit by floods on wednesday and more could be on the way. the community can barely comprehend what has happened. translation: i'm a local farmer and we grow grapes and strawberries here. the damage is so great, i am not sure what to do now.
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i can't even think about it. the death toll has continued to rise as japan's authorities search for the missing. hundreds of thousands left their homes because of the floods and the mudslides that followed. some of those that couldn't get out have been rescued by the emergency services. others were stranded. translation: my parents are still trapped with 16 other people in the area and i have absolutely no information about the situation there, so i can only wait here in the hope they will be rescued by helicopter. it is the same for everyone here. for now, work is underway to clear the roads and reach isolated areas but the storm clouds still hang overhead. a state of emergency has been declared by the canadian province of british columbia as it battles over 180 wildfires. thousands of homes have been
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evacuated and hundreds of kilometres of land has been scorched, as the flames burn out of control. many of the fires started after lightning strikes in dry electrical storms. hot, dry and windy conditions are hampering the efforts of firefighters. cbc news reporter anita bathe is in british colombia where one of the region's largest fires is burning nearby. 0ne fire that is burning about an hour away from where we are is 4000 hectares in size. the last update we got today, fire crews had 0% containment. so that sort of gives you a picture of how intense these fires are. they have been fighting them all day but they cannot get a handle on them. especially because of the weather conditions. the dry, hot weather is continuing and there has also been wind in those areas and that is giving fire crews hard time today. what will the weather look like for the next few days? much of the same. fire crews are expecting for the next 5—7 days, they could be battling these blazes
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in similar conditions. the hope is that no new big fires start up and these current ones do not spread. that they at least stay where they are. but everyone is hoping they will diminish in size. we spoke to a number of people who had to leave their home today and they are devastated. many of them do not know what state their home is in. some of them had watched their home go down in flames and it is a very hard day for a lot of people here. anita, give us a sense, for people watching here in the uk, how unprecedented the sort of wildfires are for you. we do get wildfires every summer but not to this extent. the last time we saw something anywhere near this, and that was much worse, was 2003 and that was when there were 2,500 wildfires. right now, we have 180. it is a high number to have at one time. part of that problem is that
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many of these fires are burning close to each other and are burning close to areas that people live in. that causes problems and forces evacuations. this area of british columbia is hot and dry in summer but because we also have a long wet spring, people say that that may be contributing to the wildfire season being much worse this year. we are looking at some pictures of the huge plumes of smoke that you have there. what has the response been like from state and national government? there are about 2,000 firefighters at this point, trying to get a handle on the blazes and they are resorting to a national scale. they have called in firefighters from other provinces across the country. we know there are airplanes that dropping water on these fires,
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they will come in from other parts of the country. everyone is trying to get a handle on the situation. not just putting out the fires but also helping the 7000 people who have been forced from their home. you say you are looking at some footage, well, some of the footage we have seen has been very chaotic and devastating. we have seen some crews are driving through the hot flames to fuel up and it really is something to see. thank you very much. and south of the border in california, a record—breaking heat wave has left fires raging across the state. more than 2,000 firefighters are attempting to contain more than 20 fires. a 5—year drought, followed by rainfall in the winter and spring, spurred the growth of dense vegetation that has dried out and become a tinderbox in the heat. the weather conditions are set to continue. stay with us on bbc news.
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still to come: a million—strong spectators watch london's annual pride march. the mayor of london, sadiq khan, said the event was the biggest of its kind in the capital's history. central london has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks. police say there have been many casualties, and there is growing speculation that al-qaeda was responsible. 6ermany will be the host of the 2006 world cup. they pipped the favourite, south africa, by a single vote. in south africa, the possibility of losing hadn't even been contemplated, and celebration parties planned in all the big cities were cancelled. the man entered the palace through a downstairs window and made his way to the queen's private bedroom. then he asked her for a cigarette, and on the pretext of arranging for some to be brought, she summoned a footman on duty, who took the man away. one child, one teacher,
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one book, and one pen, can change the world. education is the only solution. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the 620 summit has ended in germany, with world leaders failing to bridge the divide over climate change, following america's withdrawal from the paris agreement. the 620 summit. president trump met with theresa may in hamburg, saying he expects a powerful trade deal with the uk to be completed very quickly. he added his planned visit
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here would go ahead, though no date has been set. this report contains some flash photography. theresa may sees this relationship as key to a successful brexit. she was counting on warm words, encouragement. today, on trade, the president offered plenty of both. we are working on a trade deal, it's a very, very big deal, a very powerful deal, great for both countries. and i think we will have that done very, very quickly. it wasn't all this chummy. mrs may wants him to drop his opposition to the climate change treaty, but trade is a priority. the charm offensive will go on, and soon, he will be in britain. not everyone will be as happy as mrs may to see him. worth cultivating the us friendship with the president, his family, his advisers, although 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,
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but striking deals with america, india, with anyone, will take hard bargaining. and plenty of british businessmen, government officials, and even theresa may's own 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 that it can be done. mrs may is widely seen as being weakened by thejune election, but today she insisted that she would 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. prime minister, do you accept that if eu leaders insist on tougher trade terms after brexit than those we have now, there's a risk the uk could end up worse off, whatever deals you may
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strike with america, orjapan, or anyone else? what we are doing, john, is working to negotiate a good, comprehensive, free trade agreement with the european union. and i think it's in the interest of both sides to have that good trade agreement. but i'm also optimistic about the opportunities that we will see around the rest of the world. her ambitions will be tested hard, along with her own hopes of carrying on much longer as prime minister. john pienaar, bbc news, at the 620 in hamburg. the mayor of london, sadiq khan, has asked london fire brigade for an urgent review into its resources following the fire at 6renfell tower last month. a bbc newsnight investigation has identified a series of failings which could have hampered efforts to control the spread of the fire, that killed at least 80 people. dominic casciani has the story. disaster unfolding in the middle of the night. as the first firefighters
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battled the growing inferno inside of the 6renfell tower, they couldn't see what was happening outside. flames spreading from floor to floor as the cladding caught alight. bbc‘s newsnight has uncovered a series of apparent failings that hampered the emergency response. are you 0k? including a delay in sending this high ladder to the scene. london fire brigade eventually called in an even taller platform from neighbouring surrey. that fire... they could not turn it off. there was 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, but 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 the appliances and who attended that incident
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who think that having that on the first attendance might have made a difference. the london mayor, sadiq khan, spoke at the pride festival today, and said that nothing should detract from the bravery of the firefighters. but answers are needed. there's going to be a public enquiry and a police investigation. i'm not willing to wait for that, though. so i've asked the commission of the london fire service to carry out an urgent review. that review will tell me what she needs, what the fire service needs, and i've promised to her to make sure that the london fire service and the fire brigade get exactly what they need. as the review of fire service equipment begins, the painstaking and emotionally painful investigation continues inside of the tower. it'll be months before the police have recovered all that they can. finding answers to all of the troubling questions this disaster has raised will take a lot longer still. a look at some other stories making
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the news. 85 migrants have been rescued off the coast of libya after their boat sank. fisherman alerted their boat sank. fisherman alerted the coastguard. a rescue team was sent out, but 35 people, including seven children, are feared to have drowned. supporters of the ku klux klan have had a protest against the planned removal of a statue of 6eneral planned removal of a statue of general lee from the civil war. they we re general lee from the civil war. they were met by hundreds of counter protesters. the web and agency unesco has added a new site to its list. —— the united nations. venezuelan opposition leader
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leopoldo lopez has been moved to house arrest after more than three yea rs house arrest after more than three years injail. mr lopez had been sentenced to 1a years in prison for leading anti—government protests in 2014. pascale davies reports. a small slice of liberty for venezuela's most famous political prisoner. leopoldo lopez will now complete a 1a—year sentence at home with his family. the last three years were spent in jail for leading anti—government protests in 2014. now out from behind bars, he is determined to continue the fight against president maduro's government. translation: venezuela, i am speaking on behalf of leopoldo. this is a step towards freedom. i don't have any resentment, nor any desire to end my fight. i maintain my firm opposition to this regime, and i am firm in my conviction to fight for true peace, coexistence, change, and freedom. the supreme court says
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the harvard—educated former mayor was granted house arrest due to health problems, though his family says he is in good shape. for years, the president has described him as a dangerous terrorist, and refused to pardon him. his surprise release a small victory for government opposition, who have had few of their demands met. protests over the last three months have erupted in violent clashes, killing over 90 people, and lopez has called for them to continue. 1 million people in london watched the annual pride parade. the houses
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of parliament were lit up for the first time to celebrate 50 years since homosexuality was partially decriminalised in england and wales. all backgrounds, all persuasions and all colours of the rainbow. for the last 45 years, pride has been where londoners openly celebrate who and what they are. but when percy and roger became a couple, publicly declaring their love for each other was still illegal. this is their first pride, and they're making up for lost time. 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, they're enjoying the equal rights that younger people here now take for granted. now, i think, they are lucky. they could do what they like, when they like and wherever they like, and they‘ re going to get away with it. and isn't that wonderful? a friend of my father once told him that he thought homosexuality was worse than murder, and that was the prevailing attitude. and so, when i look at this, i think, what's happened to the world, you know? despite visibly increased security
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after recent terror attacks, this has always been a deliberately relaxed event, in what has become one of the world's most diverse and arguably most tolerant cities. it's so easy to kind ofjust hide. you just want to show that you're out and proud, and that there's loads of other families out there as well. in the run—up to pride there were accusations the event had become too corporate, and had lost some of its original, radical purpose. but, with hundreds of thousands of people on the streets of london, pride this year seems as spontaneous as ever. wyre davies, bbc news, central london. we will be back shortly. please stay with us here on bbc world news. hello there.
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after a warm, muggy night, sunday should bring us some more warm weather, with some sunshine. not dry everywhere, though, some rain in the forecast too. during saturday, there were scenes a bit like this. a lot of sunshine around, this is ceredigion, in wales. and now, and as we move through the day on sunday, similar day for many of us, blue sky and sunshine, but there will be some rain around across northern parts of the country. we have got quite a slow—moving front, and that is bringing outbreaks of rain across parts of scotland and northern ireland through the day on sunday. whereas further south, across england and wales, higher pressure is holding onto the warm weather. not a lot of isobars on the map, so just a very light breeze around. a pleasant enough day across most parts of the country. as we move through the day, we've got that front bringing cloud and patchy outbreaks of rain for northern ireland, intermittently to southern and western scotland. northern scotland, though, should brighten up, and england and wales should have quite a lot of dry weather, too. so this is 4:00pm in the afternoon. some sunshine for stornoway and inverness. cloudier for aberdeen, with some rain across northern parts of northern ireland,
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sinking its way south into parts of dumfries and galloway, for example, too. as we move into england and wales, mostly sustained dry, with some good spells of sunshine, but there is just the odd chance of catching one or two of these light, passing showers, particularly across the east of wales, the midlands, down towards the south—west of england. fewer showers, i think, reaching eastern parts of england. it is likely to stay dry at lord's for the fourth day of the test match. england continue to play south africa. 26 degrees or so, perhaps a bit more cloud around than we have seen over recent days. moving into sunday evening, still that rain in northern ireland, central and southern scotland, pepping up for a time, in fact, and then drifting its way eastwards overnight. fairly cloudy skies further south, with a few showers around. could get the odd thunderstorm across the far south—east, as well. but still muggy, 17 degrees or so in the south, although slightly fresher conditions moving into scotland and northern ireland. after that fairly cloudy start for some of us, i think it should brighten up on monday, and then we're set to see a day of sunny spells and scattered showers bubbling up through central and eastern areas, in particular, through the course of the afternoon.
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the odd heavy one, but certainly not a washout. some good spells of sunshine in between any showers. highs between about 16 to 25 degrees or so. into tuesday, further showers across northern parts of the country, and more persistent rain moving its way east, across southern parts of england, south wales, as well. we could do with a little bit of rainfall across this part of the world. and it will be a little bit cooler, with temperatures around about 16 to 21 celsius. and then it stays a little bit cooler, particularly overnight. more comfortable for sleeping as we head through into the middle part of the week, with a few showers in the north. bye for now. this is bbc news, the headlines. the 620 summit in hamburg has closed with a failure by world leaders to bridge the divide over climate change. angela merkel said she deplored america's decision to withdraw from the paris agreement. president trump said his first summit was a success for his policies on trade and energy. state television in iraq say
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security forces are on the verge of retaking the city of mosul, which has been under the control of the so—called islamic state. some soldiers were celebrating on the streets, but there's still no official word of victory from the iraqi government. injapan, 16 people are thought to have been killed after heavy flooding destroyed many homes. search and rescue teams are still looking for the missing. the national weather agency said some places have seen more rain in a matter of hours than they usually get injuly. now on bbc news, it's time for politics europe.
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