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this is bbc news. the headlines at eight. charlie gard, the baby at the centre of a high court battle over his care, has died. a family spokesperson tells the bbc "our beautiful "little boy has gone. "we are so proud of you, charlie." the government orders an independent review of building regulations and fire safety, after 82 tower blocks are found to have failed a new fire test in the wake of the grenfell tower tragedy. the chancellor says brexit in 2019 won't bring immediate changes — and it's likely to be 2022 before the full process takes place. and in the next hour: another setback for president trump amid a new white house row. the us senate rejects a fresh attempt to repeal obamacare — while the president's new media director has harsh words for his colleagues. and posting good returns — seats for the royal mail train, hidden below ground for the last 75 years, are sold out till october.
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good evening and welcome to bbc news. the parents of terminally ill baby charlie gard have confirmed he has died. he was moved to a hospice today from great ormond street hospital. his life support was then withdrawn. the family confirmed the news in a short statement, which said "our beautiful little boy has gone. "we are so proud of you, charlie". wyre davies has this report. by his side as they have been throughout charlie's short life, chris gard and connie yates fought
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to keep their son alive but today that fight came to an end. charlie was born last august. he seemed to be a healthy baby boy, but after a few weeks it was clear that something was seriously wrong. he was diagnosed with a very rare genetic condition causing muscle wastage and brain damage. in march of this year, specialists at great ormond street hospital decided that charlie's treatment should be withdrawn. his parents rejected this — they said there were doctors in america offering experimental treatment that could help charlie. for weeks they hung on to the possibility that they'd be allowed to take charlie to america. but after further scans and tests they admitted defeat and said it was time to let charlie go. our son is an absolute warrior, and we could not be prouder of him, and we will miss him terribly.
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his body, heart and soul may soon be gone, but his spirit will live on for eternity, and he will make a difference to people's lives for years to come. we will make sure of that. their campaign had been relentless. a petition was handed in to great ormond street with 350,000 signatures. an online appeal raised more than £1 million to pay for experimental treatment. and the support for charlie was global. a statement from pope francis said he was praying for charlie's parents and he hoped their wish to accompany and treat their child until the end wasn't neglected. and from the american president, donald trump, a tweet offering his support. but doctors at great ormond street hospital and the legal system saw things differently. judges at every level up to the european court
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of human rights determined that further treatment would not be in charlie's interests, and that he should be allowed if to die with dignity. throughout the long legal process, charlie's parents‘ relationship with the hospital deteriorated. i can't still to this day get my head around. we took them into the hospital, they don't want to do the treatment but there is somewhere out there that does, and they basically kept him a prisoner there. and our parental rights have been completely stripped the minute we took him in there. in hindsight, we lost him. chris gard and connie yates thanked nurses ormond street whose care they said had been second to none. but they said the hospital and the courts had denied them their final wish by determining that charlie's life—support should end shortly after he was moved to a hospice rather than allowing them to say goodbye and spend more time with him away from the hospital environment.
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the money raised to help charlie gard will now be used to set up a foundation in his name to help other desperately ill children. his parents thanked everyone who supported their son and said that by the time his short life came to an end charlie was loved by thousands of people. the prime minister has issued a statement. i am deeply saddened by the death of charlie gard. 0ur thoughts and prayers are with connie yates and chris gard. earlier i spoke to our news correspondent wyre davies. you can only imagine the toll on the parents, not just the fact they have now lost their baby son, a child born into this world apparently normal, and it was only after a couple of months his condition came to light, and then it was dragged out through the courts, on television, on social media, intervention from overseas,
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it was very difficult for the parents. they felt let down by the hospital management right up until the end. but you also have to look at the doctors and nurses at great ormond st. they went to extraordinary lengths to try to find some sort of solution to this case. they contacted experts around the world. and this was a hospital where there are dozens of other desperately ill children and only the last few weeks the hospital management had to issue a plea, a warning for all those people protesting on charlie's behalf outside, not to harass staff and other parents of other patients as well. it was an impossible situation all round. it brought into sharp relief the difference between medical opinion and parental wishes. and neither is wrong. the doctors were adamant this revolutionary treatment the parents wanted for charlie in the us could not only not benefit him but could actually be to his detriment, it could cause him further pain. and that is why the doctors were adamant he had to stay in the uk, in the specialist centre, and they would have the right
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at some point to turn off his life—support. but the parents argued they as parents had the best interests of their child at heart. they knew him better than anyone else, they spent 2a hours a day with him, and having raised the money they were not asking for money from the government, their point was they should have been allowed to go to america and at least try out this revolutionary treatment they said was available. treatment which had not been tried on anyone else with charlie's condition. it was completely experimental. but the courts and the doctors both agreed it would not have been in charlie's best interests. 82 buildings have beenjudged unsafe by the government's new fire safety test — in which insulation and cladding, of the type fitted to grenfell tower, were considered together for the first time. the test is more thorough than previous checks, which only tested the cladding. 47 of the buildings are owned or managed by local authorities or housing associations.
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at least 80 people died in the grenfell towerfire injune — and the government today announced an independent review into building regulations and fire safety. here's our home affairs correspondent tom symonds. inside the burn hall, this is where the tests have been taking place upon which the fate of dozens of tower blocks hang. so by the government has refused to release video of the tests, but it involves setting light to cladding and installation fitted to a nine metre wall. this afternoon the first results showed the same design as grenfell tower failed to meet safety standards. the test was stopped after eight minutes and 45 seconds because the fire had reached the top of the test rig. the landlords of 82 buildings, 47 of them social housing, will now have to take urgent action. in salford, anticipating
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a test failure, the cladding is being taken down. you are sleeping in bed at night time thinking that is not safe. it is bad, isn't it? they should take the lot off, i do not care how much it cost. it is not money, it is people's lives at the end of the day. the new tests are designed to replicate the way grenfell tower was refurbished with a cladding system to improve insulation and the look of the building. it is the bits that make up the system that are being tested together. the cladding itself is basically a sandwich, thin sheet of aluminium with plastic in the filling. then there is an air gap designed to improve ventilation, but did it fuel the fire? behind that, thick blocks of foam insulation. how well did they withstand the flames? the tests involve using various brands of cladding and insulation to assess how they perform in a fire. when sections of the cladding were tested on their own they
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failed spectacularly. the government has not allowed us to film any of those tests, so we obtain a piece of the same cladding used as grenfell tower and asked a company specialising in plastics to show us how it reacts to fire. when the flame was applied to the aluminium sides there was no problem. but when the sample is turned so the flame hits the plastic filling in the aluminium sandwich, this is what happens. several tests showed in similar temperatures to the grenfell fire it drips burning plastic. if you clad a building in it, you have got a fuel source for a flame to propagate on. if you do a small—scale fire test, it is not necessarily representative of what will happen on a full—scale building. which is why the government is now doing full—scale tests. but three separate sources with direct knowledge of the type of cladding used as grenfell tower has told the bbc it has never been
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subjected to the full—scale test. yet it was used on this building after a refurbishment certified as safe by kensington and chelsea's building control. was the cladding installed without the test data inspectors rely on? 0fficial advice says if flammable materials are planned for a tall building, the design should be fire tested or study provided based on test results. we have arrived at a situation where we have a series of different pieces of legislation, we have a series of different tests that can be applied to that legislation. we have created a system of cracks and shadows that people can either fall into or hide in the shadows. today a new independent review of fire safety was announced to look into those cracks and shadows. and we'll find out how this story —
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and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are john crowley, editor in chief of the international business times uk and rachel cunliffe, comment and features editor at city am. in a major blow to president trump, the us senate has for a third time rejected his attempts to overturn his predecessor's health care reforms — known as 0bamaca re. in a dramatic move, three republicans defied their party to vote against the changes — with a decisive vote cast by the veteran senatorjohn mccain, who broke off from brain cancer treatment to attend the session. here's our north america editorjon sopel. the ayes are a9, the noes are 51. the motion is not agreed to. the history books will record that before 2am this morning, donald trump's promise to repeal and replace 0bamacare, that he said would be so easy, crashed and burned on the floor of the senate.
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0utside, opponents who had been waiting, celebrated. the coup de grace was delivered by senatorjohn mccain with a dramatic thumbs down. to gasps and sharp intakes of breath, the person the president had hailed as a hero earlier in the week for returning from treatment to vote, now the villain of the piece. it left the senate leader ruing a humiliating defeat. this is clearly a disappointing moment, from skyrocketing costs to the plummeting choices, and collapsing markets, oui’ constituents have suffered through an awful lot under obamacare. but that wasn't the only drama unfolding. here at the white house, the most extraordinary bare knuckle cage fight has broken out among the three most senior people in the west wing who aren't the president. the new communications director anthony scaramucci talking in abusive and obscene terms about the chief of
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staff, and the chief strategist, steve bannon. anthony scaramucci has apologised for the language used, not the sentiments expressed. in his conversation with the new yorker magazine, anthony scaramucci said of the chief of staff: and earlier in the week, anthony scaramucci told the bbc that his style was going to be more direct. one of the things i cannot stand about this town is the backstabbing that goes on here, 0k? where i grew up, we are front stabbers, we tell you where we are from and what we are doing. donald trump left washington a short while ago to fly to long island, new york, to look at efforts to
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curb inter gang rivalry and violence. he could have stayed at home. in the past hour president trump, speaking in new york about gang violence has given his reaction to the senate's rejection of his attempts to overturn 0bamacare. this should have approved health ca re last this should have approved health care last night, but you can't have everything. they have been working on that for seven years. can you believe it? this one. but we will get it done. i said from the beginning, let 0bama clear implode and then do it. it turned out to be right. —— let to implode. the headlines on bbc news: charlie gard — the ii—month—old boy, whose parents fought a strenuous legal battle to take him to the us for treatment for a rare genetic
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condition, has died. the government has announced that an independent review will be carried out into building regulations and fire safety, in the wake of the grenfell tower fire. the chancellor, phillip hammond says there should be a transitional period of up to three years after brexit, to avoid a so—called "cliff edge". sport now and a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. it was a rather amusing defrosting with‘s ben stokes and toby rowland jones on the second day of the third test with south africa at the oval. and in sick full control thanks to 112 from ben stokes and four wickets from tony roland—jones on his england debut. south africa ended 126-8, england debut. south africa ended 126—8, trailing by 227 runs. he may not be the captain any longer but no one can deny alistair cook's innings on di was the kind captains made of. having reached 88, this balding ended the chances of a
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century. but a different type of century. but a different type of century celebration, could another englishman reached three figures? then stalks tried. his half—century. it continues after lunch as toby roland—jones showed us just how co mforta ble roland—jones showed us just how comfortable he is with test cricket. things can change quickly at this level. but no matter, the man at the other end took on south africa. silly sixes in quick succession and another to take ben stokes to the century. —— chris gard sixes in quick succession. what england needed was an early wickets. a better as. stuart broad getting a
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brilliant wicket. this is a special day. we wanted to try to push ourselves as high as possible. defend. still testing conditions at times. it was outstanding. elevating ourselves to a score that would be competitive. it is helpful when you have got players with the experience ofjimmy and stewart. the work can and guiding me through the opening few of us. there was more bad news for south
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africa as their fast bowler bernard philander will spend the night in hospital on a trip following a stomach bug. britain have added a fourth swimming gold in budapest. that means 200 meter relay team were led on. great britain won two years ago, they are champions again. britain world champions once again. what a great swimmer from all of us. tonight wasjust what a great swimmer from all of us. tonight was just about getting back. we are world champions. carl frampton has failed to make the weight fight with his yellows which
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will note no longer serve as a wbc featherweight eliminator. he came in £1 overweight. he will not go on to face gary russelljr as a mandatory challenger should he win in belfast. it is carl framptonpos—macro first fight since his first professional defeat back in las vegas. that is all the sport for now. philip hammond says there is broad agreement there should be a transition period of three years to smooth the process that that should be finished before the general election and 2022. we are gradually now getting a clearer picture of how on earth we are going to tackle this huge job of
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disentangling ourselves from the eu. going from britain on the inside to britain on the outside and it is becoming clearer now that there will becoming clearer now that there will be this transitional arrangement, that we want just wake up be this transitional arrangement, that we wantjust wake up with a bump the morning after. chancellor philip hammond has been arguing for this transition arrangements, saying that things will looks like that morning after. getting used to an idea it will be stage by stage process that britain will gradually develop a new relationship, with the eu. he has been saying this is crucial to minimise disruption. but the overriding concern as we leave the eu, and the job will be done on 29th of march, 2019, the overriding concern is to make sure that we go through this process in a way that avoids disruptive cliff edges for business and for individual citizens. howe agreed as the cabinet on this? there does seem to be broad
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consensus. but plenty of stumbling blocks to come. for example over three movement, freedom of movement, how long might that continue? how long might any grace period be? how much power might that european court ofjustice continue to have in future. also from some prominent leave campaigners, they have argued that this sort of transitional arrangement must not look to the british public that we are backsliding on brexit, having won through to them, one foot out, the government will need to be clear to the public about how long these transitional arrangements will last. yes, some more agreement is now on this transitional period, but still plenty of political obstacles to come. japan's public broadcaster, nhk, said government officials suspected the missile may have landed injapanese waters; the country's prime minister, shinzo abe, has convened an emergency meeting.
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one person has died and others have been injured in a knife attack in hamburg, according to german police. a man armed with a knife attacked shoppers in a hamburg supermarket this afternoon. an arrest has been made. police say the motive for the attack is not clear. two men in their early twenties were attacked with a noxious substance on tuesday evening, and were treated in hospital for life changing injuries. a 23—year—old man has been arrested for grievous bodily harm with intent. pakistan's prime minister nawaz sharif has resigned, after the country's supreme court disqualified him from public office, after corruption allegations. revelations about his family's lavish lifestyle stem from documents known as the panama papers which were leaked last year. the papers focus on his children's links to luxury apartments in london's mayfair. 0ur pakistan correspondent secunder kermani reports on pakistan's, now, political uncertainty.
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for opponents of the pakistani prime minister, today's court decision is a huge and unprecedented victory for accountability in a country where politicians often have a reputation for corruption. today, nawar sharif resigned after the highest court disqualified him from office. a panel of five judges unanimously decided he had not been honest when explaining his and his family's financial dealings to a corruption inquiry. the supreme court has led from the front. and insha'allah, democracy will strengthen. democracy will evolve in pakistan and insha'allah, we will be able to establish a new pakistan. the allegations against sharif revolve around four luxury central london flats. the documents from the panama paper leaks revealed were linked to a number of his children. the pakistani supreme court has been trying to establish where the money came from to buy them. the prime minister's
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daughter, widely seen as his political successor, as well as her father, will now face further inquiries by the national anticorruption body. no prime minister in pakistan has ever completed a full term in office. sharif served twice in the ‘90s, but was overthrown in a military coup. some of his supporters have claimed the allegations against him now are an attempt by the country's powerful army to oust him again. his family have always denied any wrongdoing and outside the court some of his ministers remained defiant. translation: no matter who becomes the prime minister, the prime minister in the hearts of the pakistani people will always be nawaz sharif. the ruling party will now have to nominate a new leader, but with elections due to take place by the middle of next year, the country is facing real uncertainty. we can now speak via webcam
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to dr gareth price, senior research fellow for the asia programme at chatham house. thank you forjoining us. how satisfied are you that this is just about the supreme court enforcing the rule of law for pakistan? 0n the one hand that has an optimistic view of it. if this was the start of a new pakistan, it would be a welcome development. it is more politically motivated against nawaz sharif. that is not
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going to be applied across—the—board and that is the problem. who is behind it? if it is a decision by the supreme court and yet you see it is politically motivated, by whom? look back to the 19805, motivated, by whom? look back to the 1980s, two governments, each of which was cut short, because there we re which was cut short, because there were legitimate corruption allegations. the problem with pakistan is the relationship between the military and the civilian government and the power balance between the two with the military working to sure that it is in charge. that was the issue in the 19905. charge. that was the issue in the 1990s. no really seem to be replicating it. the military did not initiate the problems with nawaz sharif. that was initiated by the panama papers as your reporter was seeing. but there are lots of people concerned in pakistan that it is the establishment saying to the civilian politicians in pakistan not to
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overstep the mark. that is the problem. what pakistan needs is an unchanged period of civilian rule. and yet every time but that appears to be an option that doesn't happen. in this case no one can exonerate nawaz sharif from what he has done. and that this is the start of a new pakistan which is seeking out corruption whenever it may be, that is all to the good, but i doubt that that will be the case. what will anybody have achieved politically if his party is going to be the one who chooses his successor, and they see it will happen saturday afternoon? because all the main political parties in pakistan are based around families. you can have someone else pretend in there but they will not really be, either his brother or
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someone really be, either his brother or someone else. if it is someone else knocked from his family it will wea ken knocked from his family it will weaken that party in the same way that the other party is based. if you want to weaken civilian government, this is a good way of doing it. in the longer term, the civilian politicians need to get better, and corruption needs to be tackled for sure, if pakistan is going to be put on a longer—term footing, but the use of corruption asa footing, but the use of corruption as a tool to strengthen the role of the military is something that has held pakistan's democracy back for decades and this is the latest step. this lets take a look at the weather. still showers around in scotland and
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northern ireland but rain developing england and across england and wales heavy bursts of rain and strong gusts particularly near the south coast. most sweeps through with clearer skies following behind. a mixture of sunshine and showers again tomorrow for scotland and northern ireland unfunded part of the day wales and the midlands and east anglia may be dry with some sunshine but this rain never clears away from the said coast and starts to push north steadily through the day, that will spoil the click it. the temperature very similar to what we have seen over the last couple of days. keep an eye on this rain because through the late afternoon and evening becomes more widespread across england and wales, gusty winds and sweeps through and then sunshine and showers on sunday, heavy showers sweeping their way through the country. hello.
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this is bbc news. 0ur headlines this evening. charlie gard, the baby at the centre of a legal row over his treatment, has died — his mother has paid tribute, calling him "our beautiful little boy". the government has announced that an independent review will be carried out into building regulations and fire safety, in the wake of the grenfell tower fire. president trump has received another significant setback in his bid to scrap the health care laws introduced under president 0bama. the chancellor, phillip hammond says there should be a transitional period of up to three years after brexit, to avoid a so—called "cliff edge". more now on the us senate rejecting the latest attempt to repeal 0bamacare. reversing the legislation was one of president trump's key election campaign pledges. joining me now to discuss this further is larry sabato who is the director of the centre for politics at the university of virginia.
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thank you forjoining us. what was so wrong thank you forjoining us. what was so wrong with this bill that even on the third attempt 0bamacare couldn't be repealed? all of the repeal attempts and repeal bills that have been introduced by republicans removed health care from millions of americans. the one voted on last night it was estimated that 16 million americans would lose health insurance. that's difficult to defend. but president trump is now saying that it will be fine, let 0bamacare implodes. saying that it will be fine, let 0bamaca re implodes. what saying that it will be fine, let 0bamacare implodes. what does that mean? how does it implode if you leave it alone? he believes, probably incorrectly, that if some changes are made within the ball ——
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within obamacare that both parties agree needs to be done, then insurance companies will pull out of certain states and regions. that is possible but congress could repair this and tragically they have chosen not to. how could they repeal it? that are some quick fixes. you induce insurance companies to come backin induce insurance companies to come back in the states and regions where they are no longer competitive and these fixes are well— known, but to fix it means obamacare stays and president trump, during the campaign and early in his presidency, said that was his number one goal, to see obamacare die because it was such a monstrosity and so evil. it was supposed to be done on the first day according to president trump. and he has failed so how significant is that? this underlines the incredible fa ct that? this underlines the incredible fact that this president is the first in modern history to control both houses of congress and yet six
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months then not have a single major legislative victory. there is nothing. you have got a supreme courtjustice confirmed nothing. you have got a supreme court justice confirmed and that nothing. you have got a supreme courtjustice confirmed and that is it. but how much is he to blame for that? surely it is the republican party has a hole and the democrats asa party has a hole and the democrats as a whole failing to agree on anything, as john mccain as a whole failing to agree on anything, asjohn mccain said very powerfully the other day. you have to ask why the democrats and republicans are so polarised and why internally some of the republicans don't want to do donald trump any favours. it is because president trump has become president chaos. literally every day there are new crises and scandals and tweaks that make no sense. it is difficult for some of these republicans, who don't come from heavily republican districts and states, to support him, and the entire democrats are
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opposed to everything he does because of the way he does it. opposed to everything he does because of the way he does itm sounds as though they are going to move sounds as though they are going to m ove o nto sounds as though they are going to move onto some of those other priorities such as tax cuts and big infrastructure investment. how do you rate the chances of them getting any of those ideas through given the fa ct any of those ideas through given the fact there is no bipartisan ship at the moment? very difficult. infrastructure requires $1 trillion ata minimum. infrastructure requires $1 trillion at a minimum. i can see the republicans making that kind of commitment financially and i don't think democrats would be inclined to support it if it has donald trump's name on it. they are going to move on to tax reform, which the designated as their big priority. if it is an across the board tax cut the republicans can probably manage to do that but if they want real tax reform they will activate 1000 lobbyists and interest groups and it will all fall apart. millions of people voted for donald trump. how many would do so again given the
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lack of progress the administration has made so far? i think he has lost some support but a large majority of his voters would still back him. we call it the trump cult because it doesn't matter what he does or doesn't matter what he does or doesn't get accomplished or not, they support the person. they love it when he speaks out against institutions and criticises both parties. they love that. maybe they wa nt love parties. they love that. maybe they want love it in another year when there is nothing done. keeps you busy! thank you very much. thank you. and replacing 0bamacare isn't donald trump's only headache today. in aberdeenshire, plans for a second golf course at a resort owned by the us president been objected to by scotland's environmental watchdog. 0ur correspondent rebecca curran gave us the latest from the resort. plans for a second golf course here at the menie estate in aberdeenshire have been talked about for years. what you see around me is much scaled—down version of what was initially proposed by president trump, which was two golf courses,
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a luxury five star hotel and hundreds of homes. the initial plan was submitted for the second golf course and 2013, it was then resubmitted in 2015. if approved, it will be named after mary macleod, the mother of president trump who was born in scotland. these objections could derail the plans. sepa has raised serious concerns about sewage and waste and also water drainage. scottish natural heritage is unhappy with the location of the new course. the trump organisation has responded and said the normal part of the planning process and there was nothing out of the ordinary. aberdeenshire council has to look at submissions from agencies like sepa for planning permission like this. the trump organisation does now have the opportunity to amend its plans to comply with the demands before they go before a committee on the 22nd of august. council refuse workers in birmingham
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are stepping up their industrial action in a dispute that's left rubbish piling up in the streets. members of the unite union have been refusing to do overtime, and have been carrying out 2 hour stoppages every day — which rose to 3 hours today. the dispute is about planned changes to working practices. 0ur correspondent sima kotecha reports. it looks bad, it smells even worse. piles and piles of rubbish strewn across some of birmingham's streets. on this road, it's been weeks since the rubbish was collected. we seen a rat over there yesterday. absolutely disgraceful. for weeks now it's been there. absolutely terrible. we pay all our money, council tax, and they won't come and get it. give the bin men what they want. it's absolutely disgusting. we come out of our house and it
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stenches of rotten food. it's horrible. dirty nappies. obviously, there's no other way to dispose of them. try to get as much poo off them as possible, but there's always some left. and they're in the bins. you open the bin, all you get is a whiff. flies flying out, the big green ones. while the stench from this pile of rubbish here really is unbearable, i'm not sure if you can see or not, but there are flies everywhere. and with this strike due to carry on until september, for people living on this street, the smell is going to get a lot worse. since earlier this month, bin workers have been striking for two hours every day over conditions and pay cuts. from today, they'll be striking the three hours a day. jackie's fed up with how it's looking around where she lives. and then you have these bags piling up against the door... she walks around her estate received where the situation is the worst. this is possibly a public health hazard.
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and just as a resident, i've lived here for over 30 years, and i have never known it this bad. it is very worrying to the rest of us, especially those with young children. the local council says budgetary constraints mean they need to adopt a new way of working, and that won't involve, they say, anyjob or pay cuts. the two sides say they are now willing to sit down and talk. but if there is no resolution, these strikes will go on. sima kotecha, bbc news, birmingham. four men have been arrested on suspicion of making an explosive device inside cardiff prison. police say no—one was hurt when a device erupted. the incident only came to light when a prison worker contacted a welsh assembly member, with concerns about staffing. tomos morgan reports. with charlie's parents sitting following an incident here at hmp cardiff on 15th june, a member of staff at the prison contacted the south—west wales assembly member bethanjenkins with concerns
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about the welsh capital's jail. the worker told msjenkins that prisoners had fashioned an explosive device out of tea whiteners which are very flammable. the assembly member instantly contacted the prisons minister sam gyimah with her concerns that the situation could have been much more serious. he was implying to me that the prisoners could revolt, could take over the prison because of the situation potentially with the staffing, although there are other issues also and that's something i think that everybody needs to be aware of so that we ensure these type of situations don't happen again. the prison worker that contacted msjenkins said that staffing levels at the welsh capital's prison played a part in this incident occurring. he went on to say that staff morale was at an all—time low and that unless things were to change an event of this nature could happen again. because there's not enough staff to do routine stuff like cell searches every day and checks on cells they may be missing these things. but that's always been the case for the past five years and that's why we are insisting that 2,500 extra prison officers
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simply isn't enough. we have lost over 7,000 and we need those 7,000 replaced. in a statement, the ministry ofjustice said that nobody had been hurt in the incident and that the matter had been referred to the police. they added that it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage. south wales police have released all four individuals originally arrested. one without further action, but investigations continue in relation to the other three men. tomas morgan, bbc news, cardiff. for 75 years, an underground network of railways was used by royal mail to move post around the capital — but in 2003 the system was abandoned. well, now it's reopening, as a tourist attraction — members of the public will be able to take a unique ride through tunnels previously travelled by only parcels and letters. tim muffettjumped on board. throughout its 500—year history, the royal mail's mission has
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remained pretty much unchanged. newsreel: now down the chute into the vans... to harness technology of the day to deliver letters and parcels as quickly and accurately as possible. this new postal museum shows how deliveries have evolved. but by the early 20th century, the mail system in london faced two big problems — heavy fog caused by smoke billowing from chimneys, and heavy traffic. the answer lay below ground. in 1927, this underground rail network opened. newsreel: on the post office tube railway, 25,000 mail bags a day travel through 6.5 miles of tunnels below crowded city pavements... for 75 years, unmanned trains shuttled mail between six sorting offices and two railway stations, liverpool street and paddington. i guess it was designed for letters, not people. exactly right. passengers will soon be able
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to ride specially—adapted trains through the tunnels. it was a really important part of moving the mail and speeding up the process. it was essential to allowing that communication to happen quickly. in 2003, the service stopped. its running costs were deemed too high. transporting mail above ground was considered more cost effective. this is one of the mail platforms, where the trains would have stopped and the mail would have been loaded into containers. it almost looks like it was abandoned. it pretty much was. the equipment was all left down here, newspapers and things like that still laying around, all the trolleys, the trains were still down here. soon to become a quirky visitor attraction, for some the mail rail has been underappreciated. the postal service is really the first social network, keeping people in touch, allowing people to stay in touch over distance and quickly,
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and it was important, the speed was important, and that's what mail rail was about, speeding the system up. tim muffett, bbc news, 70 feet below london. the headlines on bbc news: charlie gard, the baby at the centre of a legal row over his treatment, has died — the prime minister has said she's "deeply saddened." the government has announced that an independent review will be carried out into building regulations and fire safety, in the wake of the grenfell tower fire. the chancellor, phillip hammond says there should be a transitional period of up to three years after brexit, to avoid a so—called "cliff edge". now it's time for the film review.


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