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The judge re-examining the case says only dramatic new evidence will be


needed. Also tonight: A Conservative MP is suspended from the party after


recording emerged of her using a offensive term. More than 40 years


later a self-confessed IRA bomb maker admits being part of the group


that killed 21 people in the Birmingham pub bombings. We have a


special report on China's trillion pound product to build a new silk


Road across 60 countries to the UK and beyond. With no other country


offering a big idea right now this is the most ambitious bid to shape


our century. And history as two Brits make the quarterfinals, but a


shock exit for Nadal after a thrilling five set, five hour match.


And later we will have Sportsday on the BBC News channel with all the


latest reports, results, interviews and features from the BBC sports


centre. The parents of the terminally ill


baby Charlie Gard have returned to the courts to present evidence of


experimental nuclear men in America which they say could help them.


Great Ormond Street, who are treating the boy, says the


experiments have not been justified. But the parents have accused the


judge hearing the case have accused him of lying. Fergus Walsh reports.


Charlie Gard's parents have considerable support.


It includes the Pope and Donald Trump.


And now this pro-life evangelical preacher who was once jailed


for anti-abortion protests in the United States and has been


If a court, if a judge, if a hospital official can come


and tell a parent that they don't have the right or the authority


to provide the kind of medical care that their child needs,


then parental rights are under attack and around the world


Under UK law where parents and doctors cannot agree


a judge must decide what treatment is appropriate.


Charlie is so weak he cannot move, has serious brain damage


Four different courts ruled he should be allowed


to die with dignity, but today the case went back


to the High Court after hospitals in Italy and the United States said


there was fresh evidence an experimental therapy


The judge said there was not a person alive who did not want


Charlie to get better and he would be delighted


to change his ruling, but it had to be on the basis


He said he had to consider the hospital's view that every day


that passed inflicted more suffering on Charlie.


Charlie has a rare inherited condition, mitochondrial


Mitochondria are found in nearly every cell


But Charlie's do not function so his muscles


Nucleoside therapy is a powder given in food which aims to boost


mitochondrial function and takes 2-3 months to have an effect.


Charlie's parents claim there was new evidence that


treatment could have a 10% chance of success.


So far 18 patients have been treated but crucially none has


Charlie's genetic mutation or his severe brain damage.


There are a lot of unknowns here and I think the doctors


and nurses who are looking after him, colleagues,


they really will have considered all these processes


because that is what they do, that is their day job.


In fact they are some of the most expert people


Charlie's parents, Chris and Connie, left saying they hoped to persuade


the judge to allow them to take their son abroad when


the hearing resumes on Thursday, a case which is attracting


Mum and dad say that if Charlie is still fighting,


Charlie's parents wish to thank the millions of supporters of baby


Meanwhile, Charlie continues to receive round-the-clock care


A terribly difficult case, but what will it take for the judge to be


persuaded to change his mind? Hard facts, what the judge called


dramatic new evidence, that there are signs of this experimental


treatment could benefit cuts Charlie, not just the claims we


heard today. The judge said he would not allow the lawyers to rake over


old facts. In court I sensed great frustration on both sides. The


lawyer for the Great Ormond Street said there was no new evidence, we


have heard it all before. Both parents cried out, when are you


going to stop lying? The parents and the hospital cannot agree on


anything any more, there has been a total breakdown on their


relationship, especially whether Charlie has irreversible brain


damage. The past few months, a sign of brain


development not happening. The parents say this is not true. The


judge said, I want somebody to take the tape measure and measure his


head and report back on Thursday. It is a sign of how acrimonious this


It is a sign of how acrimonious this has all become.


A Conservative MP, who used racist language at a public meeting


on Brexit, has been suspended from the Parliamentary party.


The Prime Minister said the comment by Anne Marie Morris was "completely


unacceptable" and she was having the whip withdrawn.


It comes after the Prime Minister's offer, to opposition parties to work


with the Government on major issues, was rebuffed by Labour,


who said her party had completely run out of ideas.


Here's our political editor, Laura Kuenssberg.


The Prime Minister trying to stride out in front. A visit from an old


friend, by chance the Australian Prime Minister. An offer to


political enemies, asking the opposition to contribute. But then


this. Then we get to the real part, the real end in the woodpile. An MP


caught on tape using offensive language. It emerged while Theresa


May was on her feet in the House of Commons. MPs wise to what was going


on were quick to press her, asking if in theory if there had been


racism, should the culprits face action? Does she agree that where


that happens organisations should take decisive and swift action. It


is for all of us to use appropriate language all the time. We are told


she decided immediately to suspend her from the Tory party, that it is


not yet clear for how long. She has apologised unreservedly. It is the


worst word, the most deeply offensive and horrible word anybody


can use. I apologise on her behalf because she should never have used


that expression and that word, nobody should, it is a horrible


word. So for now Theresa May loses even one more from her tiny commons


advantage. With no majority to call her own Theresa May is now calling


on the opposition to help her out. The government is apparently now


asking other parties for their policy ideas and so if the Prime


Minister would like it, I am very happy to furnish her with a copy of


our election manifesto. But in her own party Tories want to see not


just reaching out to the others, but listening to her own side. You want


the opposition to contribute as well as to criticise. What do you say to


your own critics, including in your own party, who say it is you that


needs to change? The government has got an ambitious agenda which is


there to address the big challenges that the country faces. One of those


is getting the Brexit negotiations right, but there are other


challenges we face of the country. The public will rightly want us to


get the broadest possible consensus in looking at those issues. She has


a lot of convincing to do. For this Prime Minister, her authority


cracked by the election, there are no easy days.


A man who's confessed to being an IRA bomb maker has told


BBC News that he accepts "collective responsibility" for all


of the group's actions in England, including one of the deadliest acts


of the Troubles, the Birmingham pub bombings.


Mick Hayes, who's never spoken openly about his role,


says he was an active volunteer on the November night in 1974


The IRA has never officially admitted carrying out the attack.


Today, an apology from Mr Hayes was dismissed by relatives as insulting.


Our Ireland correspondent, Chris Buckler, reports.


The bombs were left in the heart of Birmingham on a Thursday night.


Placed inside pubs to cause destruction.


In the same year, 1974, Mick Hayes took part in this funeral


He was a well-known republican, an admitted IRA bomb-maker,


who was convicted of paramilitary offences in the Republic of Ireland.


And now, four decades after the murders in Birmingham,


Mick Hayes has emerged again to admit he was part of the group


I was a participant in the IRA's activities in Birmingham.


I was a participant in the IRA's campaign in England.


But you're not answering the question.


I'm giving you the only answer I can give you.


Mick Hayes has, in the past, been questioned and named


as a suspect in the bombings, but he's never been charged.


Even now, he won't say what role he played in the IRA attack,


but he says he takes "collective responsibility" for it.


And I apologise, not only for myself.


I apologise for all republicans, who had no intention of hurting


And the relatives, again, the relatives will say that you have


I know they'll say that, and from their point of view,


I don't - I don't shirk my responsibility in that direction.


A group of men were charged and found guilty of the bombing,


but it was a famous miscarriage of justice.


And the convictions of the men who became known


as the Birmingham Six were eventually overturned.


For 16-and-a-half years, we have been used as political scapegoats!


West Midlands Police said tonight that the investigation into the 21


One of those who died was Maxine Hambleton.


Her sister Julie was among a group of relatives


who watched the interview with Mick Hayes this afternoon.


His words and apology caused nothing but anger.


He reckons that he'd rather die than be an informer.


But he's more than happy to take "collective responsibility"


for the murder of 21 innocents in Birmingham.


Mick Hayes avoided many questions, but he claims mistakes led the IRA


to give bomb warnings too late, and that he personally defused


a third bomb left in Birmingham city centre that night.


When they found out what had happened, we defused the third one,


Many in modern-day Birmingham will question why Mick Hayes


has come forward now, particularly as no-one has ever been


held legally responsible for murdering the 21 people who died


The full documentary - Who Bombed Birmingham?


is on tonight after the news on BBC Northern Ireland,


The Metropolitan Police now say they believe around 255 people


managed to escape the fire at Grenfell Tower last month.


The official estimate of the dead and missing remains


Our home affairs correspondent, Tom Symonds, is at Scotland Yard.


It's the first time we've had such a figure.


There's been a lot of dispute about how many were there that night?


There has. In the days after the fire local people estimated that


between 500 and 600 people were resident at Grenfell Tower. Today


the police say they believe the true figure is much lower, 350, and they


say about 14 of those people were out on the night of the fire. They


also say their new figure, 255 people escaping the fire, and 80 or


81 having been killed or still being missing, do add up. There is a big


investigation continuing, officers working inside the tower in a place


where temperatures reached 1000 degrees, looking for human remains.


Also a big investigation of the 60 or so companies who were involved in


running and refurbishing the tower. They say they are intent on getting


to the bottom of it. Stuart Cundy, the commander in charge, says you


cannot listen to the families and not want to hold people to account


for a fire that should not have happened.


In what's become Britain's longest-running extradition case.


A Scottish man has lost his legal battle against being sent to the US.


Philip Harkins, who's 38, denies shooting a man dead


He has been fighting extradition since 2003.


Now the European Court of Human Rights has ruled


that his rights would not be breached, if he were jailed for life


The High Court has ruled that Government arms sales


to Saudi Arabia are lawful and shouldn't be halted.


It follows a case brought by a pressure group,


It argued that the UK had broken international humanitarian law


by selling weapons that had been used to kill civilians in Yemen,


where the Saudis have conducted air strikes against rebels.


The ever The issue of low pay and the quality of our working lives


will be addressed tomorrow in a report published by the Government.


It's expected to say the ambition should be for all work to be "fair


and decent" and provide job satisfaction, including for those


Our special correspondent, Allan Little, has been looking


at the some of the challenges facing low-paid workers in London.


He and his wife share this house in north London with six


He gets up at 4:30am every morning to go to the first


Saturday I start at five o'clock and finish at two o'clock.


Sunday I start at ten o'clock and finish at six o'clock.


But I have to pay 500 for this room, the rent, and transport and food.


Sam Wadicor is 26, he is a mental health support worker.


He cycles around London because he can no longer


I don't feel that I earn a fair wage for the work that I do.


You are constantly told that having any sort of luxury in life is sort


of bad and you need to knuckle down and work harder and it


That is what I find most difficult about it.


It is not just not having enough money each month to maybe go out


to the pub once a week, it is being told that is a luxury


It used to be thought that work was the surest way out of poverty.


That old truth has been demolished in the decade


In 2008, more than half those living in poverty


Now most are in work and they live alongside very conspicuous wealth.


Every day they see a world that they seem to be locked out of.


What does that do to their sense that they have a proper


Their sense that shared citizenship has any real meaning?


The most dangerous feeling we have seen in recent years is that


actually our democracy may not be worth fighting for, may not


Rule of law is a fiction, educational equality


And we have to fight to rebuild that because the belief in the continued


openness in our society requires a belief that everyone is part of it


I think that we are dealing with a threat to the whole


This woman in her 20s was too anxious about her job


It is a bit crazy that the thought of not being able to pay my rent can


cause such a bad thing for me emotionally.


I was upset a lot of the time and I was actually put


on antidepressants for how bad my anxiety got.


Bills were going up, travel is going up, everything


So obviously where you are looking at the bigger picture,


where I used to be able to save a little bit


Even in a period of economic recovery the working poor know


the big truths of their own lives, that wealth is not


Our age of rising inequality is also an age of rising popular anger.


The New Silk Road stretching from China to the UK and beyond is


the Chinese President's project of the century.


He plans to spend nearly ?1 trillion on road,


rail and infrastructure that will cross 60 countries.


But critics say this bid for strategic influence could leave


the countries in China's path with costly debt for years to come.


To understand China's ambitions, the BBC's China editor,


Carrie Gracie, has been travelling the length of the New Silk Road.


Her journey begins in Eastern China, where the new rail route to the UK


They call them the ships of the desert.


For centuries the camel trains of the Silk Road dominated trade


Now China wants to recreate the Silk Road.


When Wu Xiaodong started here 34 years ago, China sold


Now he is a foot soldier for a trading superpower.


TRANSLATION: We are under a lot of pressure, expectations are high,


We need the train to develop faster and better.


Not led by merchants, but by a president.


Chinese emperors once claimed to rule all under heaven.


With the United States no longer leading on trade,


He calls his vision the belt and road.


China's belt and road vision is so vast it may be decades before


we can tell whether it is a worthy successor to the ancient Silk Road.


But what we can say is that with no other country offering


a big idea right now, this is the most ambitious bid


Already China shapes our material lives.


This is one of the biggest markets in the world.


But selling abroad and building at home is no longer enough to keep


But when the talking is done, Chinese traders


The world buys much more from them than the other way around.


Red tape can make importing a nightmare.


The government can change the law at any time,


It is a very grey area at the moment.


If the government made it a little bit more clear


on how to go about it, it would be a bit easier.


But the new Silk Road is China solving China's problems,


money and muscle heading west on a journey across three


continents, bidding to redraw the map and command the century.


So I'm now at the camel enclosure in the Silk Road oasis town, it's just


before dawn. The camels are gathering for the tourists of the


day come to see sun rise. What's important to understand about this


project is that for the best part of the past 70 years China's felt


disadvantaged by what it sees as a Western international order. Now


with the West preoccupied by problems at home and lacking a


coherent message abroad, China sees a moment of opportunity and hence,


this idea for what it calls the new era of globalisation. It's already


been building the military muscle to match its trading might. Now this,


in a way, the new Silk Road, is the carrot to go with that stick. It's a


huge stack of cash to spend on Chinese infrastructure across Asia,


Europe and Africa. Now China's regional rivals are suspicious. They


fear this is a bid for strategic dominance in Asia and beyond. That


China will control key assets and enslave neighbours through debt.


China says that's nonsense, that this is merely to boost trade, that


it's a revival of the ancient Silk Road that, of course, was going on


here. But I think what's important to remember is that the big


difference between the ancient Silk Road and the new version is that


this is not private traders, private Americanants dealing amongst them --


merchants dealing amongst themselves, this is Chinese money.


More from Carrie throughout this week, as she continues to follow


The White House has tried to play down the revelation that


Donald Trump's son had a meeting last year with a Russian lawyer,


who said she had damaging material about Hillary Clinton.


It took place during the presidential campaign and plays


into concerns that the Trump's inner circle had developed


Our chief correspondent, Gavin Hewitt, reports.


Last June, after his father's nomination, he met with a Russian


lawyer ,who promised damaging material on Hillary


The meeting was here at Trump Tower in New York.


Until this weekend, Trump Jr hadn't mentioned it,


He brought along Trump's campaign manager and his son-in-law.


On Saturday he said, "We primarily discussed


a programme about the adoption of Russian children."


By the following day he said, "The woman lawyer stated


that she had information that individuals connected


to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee


He was told there would be information that may be


Again, I want to ask you a question, if we are going to use


the word "collusion", where is the evidence of collusion?


Trump Jr pushed back sarcastically on Twitter today to say,


"Obviously I'm the first person on a campaign to ever


take a meeting to hear information about an opponent."


On Friday, President Trump met President Putin and asked him


directly about meddling in the American election campaign.


It's not clear how forcefully President Trump pursued this,


but there was an agreement between the two leaders


News of Trump Jr's Russian meeting doesn't put President Trump


It keeps open the central question that has dogged this administration.


Was there collusion between the Trump campaign


It promises months of further investigations.


Trump Jr called the latest revelations a big yawn.


But it is the first confirmed meeting between members of the Trump


The Senate Intelligence Committee says it wants to committee


For the president, it's a reminder that not everything goes his way.


For the first time in 44 years, a British man and a British woman


are both through to the last eight at Wimbledon, with Andy Murray and


But there was shock tonight as Rafa Nadal crashed out


of the Championships in a dramatic five-set, five-hour match.


Monday morning, keep moving if you want to see everything.


What unites everyone here is what Wimbledon calls


It's been expected of him, motivates her and still entices him.


Johanna Konta at the top of the screen was up


against Caroline Garcia, in a match of small margins.


Garcia supporters saw her take the second set.


This was Wimbledon and this a critical mistake.


Give Johanna Konta an occasion, she'll rise to it.


It's those situations that I jumped on when I was a little girl.


And even now to be part of those battles on big stages.


You're now the first British woman into a quarter final at Wimbledon


since Jo Durie in 1984, what does that mean to you?


The last British woman to win Wimbledon was Virginia Wade in 1977.


Imagine if there were two British champions this year,


Andy Murray was playing Benoit Paire of France, 46 in the world.


At Wimbledon, Murray had never lost to a player ranked so low.


Tie-break in the first, 6-4 in the second.


In the third set, Murray got heated with the umpire over a challenge


No matter, Murray said it was the best he'd hit the ball


in the tournament so far and Paire ultimately couldn't match it.


Rafael Nadal walked out onto Number 1 Court,


limbering up without head room - ouch.


Soon he found himself in a phenomenal struggle


This point made it 10-10 in the fifth set.


At 34, Muller is suddenly in the form of his life, seeded


Nadal kept facing match points and kept saving them.


Pursuing greatness takes everything you've got.


The next goal is to clear them from Raqqa in Syria.


Tonight, we have a remarkable film about the forces leading that


struggle and the things they've found in territory they've taken.


We meet the Kurdish woman who is commander


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