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Tonight, Ireland's Prime Minister shows his frustration


at the pace of Brexit talks, saying the "clock is ticking".


On his first official visit to Belfast, Leo Varadkar warns


against economic barriers between the UK and Ireland,


At a time when Brexit threatens to drive a wedge


between North and South, between Britain and Ireland,


we need to build more bridges and fewer borders.


The future of the Irish border is a key part


of talks with Brussels, but the Taioseoch says so far,


Mr Varadkar's calling for "unique solutions" to preserve links


The US President calls the Russia allegations "a fake story",


as his top law official says he'll crack down on leaks


What should be the scope of the Grenfell Tower inquiry?


Survivors have put forward hundreds of suggestions.


He is a one-man world superpower! Gold for Mo Farah!


Momentous Mo - Farah wins gold on the opening night of the World


Lots of people say that perhaps you are doing this for the money.


And we ask Neymar the ?200 million question, as the world's most


expensive footballer is unveiled at his new club.


Coming up in the sport later, we will have the action from the


opening night of the world athletics Championships, with all eyes on


Usain Bolt and Mo Farah. Ireland's Prime Minister,


Leo Varadkar, says Britain must soon address the key issue of the status


of the Irish border after Brexit Speaking during his first


official visit to Belfast, he said he doesn't want economic


barriers between Britain and Ireland, and called for "unique


solutions" to preserve links He also attacked those he called


"hard Brexiteers" in the North. But Arlene Foster of


the Democratic Unionist Party said Our Ireland correspondent


Chris Buckler reports. Leo Varadkar crossed the Irish


border for the first time as Ireland's Prime Minister to set


out his concerns about what could He arrived in Belfast having upset


Unionists with recent But, inside Queen's University


today, the new Taoiseach was keen to talk about


solutions, not divisions. At a time when Brexit


threatens to drive a wedge between north and south,


between Britain and Ireland, we need to build more


bridges and fewer borders. He is a Taoiseach


of a new generation. The referendum over the Good Friday


peace agreement marked the first He said the challenge of this


generation is Brexit, and again he challenged those


he called the Brexiteers to come up with proposals to ease the problems


posed by new borders. They have already had 14 months


to do so, which should have been ample time to come up


with detailed proposals. But, if they cannot,


and I believe they cannot, then we can start to talk


meaningfully about solutions For example, if the United Kingdom


doesn't want to stay in the customs union,


perhaps there can be an EU-UK After all, the European Union has


a customs union with Turkey. In all the potential solutions


that Leo Varadkar put forward for this border,


there was a common theme. Free movement for people,


goods and services. But will that be possible,


particularly if it turns out to be There's going to be some form


of border, because the UK will not want people sort of coming


into Ireland, the south of Ireland, and using it as a sort


of gateway into the UK itself. Ever since before, you know, I'm too


young, I didn't see the border, but I can imagine that it


won't be good. When people talk about the Irish


border of the past, they tend to refer to the years


of the Troubles, when huge security This is actually the dividing line


between the countries, Northern Ireland's biggest party,


the DUP, campaigned for Brexit. But they believe these roads can


remain completely open. There is no binary solution to these


things, and actually pejorative language like "hard Brexiteers"


doesn't really work for anybody. Brexit has led to a lot of divisive


language in Stormont, where the main parties still can't


agree a deal to restore The DUP are very disrespectful


about the vote in the north. The majority of people here,


we say it loud and clear, the majority of people


voted against Brexit. On this shared island,


Leo Varadkar knows there are many shared interests,


and the final details of the deal that sees the UK leave the EU


will be important on both sides Our political correspondent Ben


Wright joins me from Westminster. The status of the border is one of


the key issues for Brexit negotiators in Brussels. How much of


a priority is it for the UK Government? Yes, the UK and the EU


both see this as a critically important part of the Brexit


negotiations and both sides are acutely aware of the risks if they


get it wrong. Today, the UK Government says what they have said


since the referendum which is that they don't see any need for a hard


border in Ireland. They want to see frictionless trade and keeping the


Common travel area in place. The question of course is how and we


heard today real concerns from Ireland about what they see is the


complete lack of progress from the UK putting serious, substantive


proposals on the table and they worry that time to talk is starting


to slip away. So we heard from the Irish Prime Minister and his plan


for a new customs agreement between the EU and the UK to sort this out,


similar to the one turkey has with the EU. That is one idea but all of


these are politically problematic here and that is something that, for


instance, could cause alarm among some of the Leave supporting


so-called Brexiteers in government and parliament who are very


concerned about any idea that might limit the UK's ability to go out on


strike its own trade deals after we have of the EU. Some have said there


are pretty straightforward technological solutions which could


get around the ID of border posts, something the Irish Prime Minister


sounded pretty sceptical about today. I think there's a willingness


on both sides to make progress and they think they can as soon as


October on the Irish border question but of all the Brexit Rubiks cube


issues they are grappling with at the moment, this I think is proving


one of the to tackle. Ben Wright at West Minster, there.


America's top legal official, Jeff Sessions, says he's determined


to end what he calls "the staggering number of leaks"


The stream of stories, many focusing on allegations


of Russian interference in last year's presidential election,


Speaking at a rally in West Virginia,


Mr Trump called the Russia claims "a total fabrication",


as our North America Editor, Jon Sopel, explains.


Donald Trump is never happier than when he is out of Washington.


An adoring crowd in West Virginia, the problems of Russia, collusion,


special counsels and grand juries a long way from these country roads.


Have you seen any Russians in West Virginia or Ohio or Pennsylvania?


Are there any Russians here tonight, any Russians?


The Russia story is a total fabrication.


It is just an excuse for the greatest loss in the history


of American politics, that's all it is.


He didn't mention the special counsel by name but had him


I just hope the final determination is a truly honest one.


A grand jury is made up of members of the public meeting behind closed


doors to consider the evidence that has been gathered.


They can force people to testify or to hand over evidence.


They will decide whether the material is strong enough


But crucially, they don't decide if a potential defendant


Of course, it may be the grand jury meeting at this courthouse will come


to the conclusion that the evidence doesn't add up to much and there


But the fact that a grand jury has been called is a sign that this


investigation is intensifying and will last a good


And the other worry for the Trump entourage is that the scope


Another is the endless damaging and revealing leaks


Today, the Attorney General announced a new crackdown.


This nation must end this culture of leaks.


We will investigate and seek to bring criminals to justice.


We will not allow rogue anonymous sources with security clearances


He has been under tremendous pressure.


The president last week humiliated his Attorney General,


This was much more muscular, with an attack on the media, too.


We respect the important role that the press plays


and we will give them respect but it is not unlimited.


They cannot place lives at risk with impunity.


The president today visited FEMA, the Federal Emergency Center,


to look at plans for dealing with hurricanes.


And then he was off on his holidays, two weeks at one of his golf


resorts in New Jersey and hoping that a storm whipped


up by the grand jury does not barrel down on him.


Residents who survived the Grenfell Tower disaster


had their final chance today to submit ideas for the scope


and remit of the public inquiry into the tragedy.


330 submissions are thought to have been made, but some campaigners


still fear the inquiry won't be wide-ranging enough.


Our Home Affairs Correspondent, Tom Symonds, reports.


Day after day, the names of the Grenfell victims are confirmed.


Today, Fatima Choukair, just 11, Hashim Kedir, a favourite uncle,


This man, the chairman of the Grenfell Tower inquiry,


Sir Martin Moore-Bick, has to answer those questions but,


when he asked the community what other topics he should


This is why it's so important to get the terms of reference right


and for you to tell me what you think it should cover.


We did, and then you dismissed them on TV.


I think you've misremembered what I said.


Thomasina Hessell's been in a hotel since the fire,


caught between her old life before Grenfell and an unknown new one.


This is what she wants from the inquiry.


For the community, we need specific answers


We need that closure to start healing.


But the underlying, broader issues behind this,


social housing issues, fire regulations, building


regulations, the idea that the government is putting


profits before people, these are nationwide issues.


The judge has to achieve a balance between those wider issues,


potentially a huge task, and simply explaining the fire,


Next week, he'll make his private recommendations


Two weeks from now, she's expected to make public her decisions


on the inquiry's remit, and she has the final decision.


In September, the inquiry's due to begin work and, within a year,


the chairman says he will produce an interim report.


It's the judge's job, of course, to find the facts of this tragedy,


but the police will have to prosecute anyone responsible,


and it's likely their job will take priority which means,


if there are prosecutions, the inquiry could be delayed.


But keeping the community onside could be one


There's a lot of anger, there's a lot of emotion,


and I entirely understand why it should be so.


We're going to continue to work with them.


While remaining impartial, his critics say that doesn't


mean he has to ignore the community's feelings.


The community has a right to be part of the process.


That does not compromise impartiality at all.


Last night, there was another reminder of what's at stake,


a second fire at a tower block in Dubai, which has cladding blamed


This time, the building was evacuated quickly.


Not so here - one of the world's worst tower block


Now the struggle for an explanation begins.


Tom Symonds, BBC News, at Grenfell Tower.


Let's take a look at some of the day's other top stories.


The Royal Bank of Scotland was back in profit in the six months to June,


the first time it's been in the black since 2014.


The bank, which is still mostly owned by taxpayers, made a recorded


profit of ?939 million, compared with a ?2 billion loss


Airlines are urging British holidaymakers in Europe


to allow extra time to get through security and passport


The EU has been struggling to implement tighter checks


The NHS says it's found a bed for a suicidal teenager,


whose case prompted a senior judge to issue a scathing attack


on services for children with mental health problems.


The head of the family courts in England and Wales


said, if a safe place wasn't found for the girl on her release


from a secure unit, then the state would have "blood" on its hands.


Sales of new cars have fallen for the fourth month in a row.


Two officers and two pilots, accused of misusing


a South Yorkshire Police helicopter to film naked sunbathers


and a couple having sex, have been cleared of all charges.


During the trial, the four men blamed a former colleague,


PC Adrian Pogmore, who'd already admitted misconduct


For many, there's disbelief that hundreds of millions of pounds have


But the man himself, the Brazilian star Neymar,


faced the press today, and denied his move from Barcelona


to Paris St-Germain was motivated by money.


It's estimated, after tax, he'll get more than half


a million pounds a week, and he's been speaking to our Sports


Neymar, finally in Paris with a ball and the world at his feet.


At ?200 million, his transfer from Barcelona


But when wages and bonuses are included, the final bill will be


But, speaking to me today, the Brazilian star insists


he has followed his heart, not his wallet.


Lots of people are saying that perhaps you are doing


this for the money, that that is your motivation.


TRANSLATION: I have nothing to tell, to say to those people.


They don't know my life and I regret that they think that way.


I didn't come over here for the money.


I came here for the motivation of the challenge and the challenges.


On the Champs-Elysees this morning, fans were happy to part


Hundreds of them queued for hours to buy the new Neymar shirt.


The club is backed by the country of Qatar's vast wealth.


But its president thinks he has bagged a bargain.


I would love to see, you know, in one year, and then,


Today, until now, just in five hours, we sold already merchandise,


like half a million euros, and this is just for


Nice little bit of skill from Neymar!


Neymar has been a star for both club and country from a young age


but critics of this megadeal point to the vast sums involved


and there are questions, too, over whether he is merely a pawn


in Qatar's efforts to spread its influence across the globe.


The man at the centre of it all, though, told me he has come


What will be success to you at this club?


How would you say, "I have made it here, I have delivered"?


That's, I came over here to make history.


PSG want Neymar to spark a new sporting revolution for them.


And, leaving the stadium tonight, he was greeted


A British computer expert who helped stop a worldwide cyberattack


which hit the NHS is about to appear in court in America after being


Marcus Hutchins, who's 23 and from Devon, will face


a judge in Las Vegas, accused of six counts of creating


and distributing malware, designed to steal bank details.


Our correspondent, James Cook, is in Vegas.


What are we expecting from the court? We are expecting a relatively


short procedural hearing today, a first hearing from Marcus, and at


this hearing, he will be given the opportunity to hear again the


charges against him, and then the case will move on. The big decision


will be whether or not he is kept in custody there and transferred to


Wisconsin, where the indictment has been laid against him, where an FBI


team was tested best game -- was investigating the alleged crime for


two years, or whether he will be released and allowed to make his own


way there. It will be up to the judge to make that decision. He was


arrested here just minutes before he was due to fly back to the UK from


the United States, and his arrest has caused consternation within the


cyber security is community. Many people don't think the charges


against him will stand up and they are worried this will damage


cooperation between hackers and the federal government to try and take


down this kind of malware. James cook live in Las Vegas.


As you may have just seen, Mo Farah has won gold tonight


as the World Athletics Championships got under way in


It was in the gruelling 10,000 metres, his last competitive


race at the distance, before retiring from the track.


Earlier, Usain Bolt began the defence of his 100 metre title,


Our sports correspondent, Natalie Pirks, is following


This was the scene of his greatest treat. Five years on, London and his


family were ready to watch Britain's team get off to the perfect start.


As usual, he adopted his favourite position, near the back of the pack.


It seemed there was a tag team of other nations working together to


keep Mo Farah out of the. Lap after lap, he stayed out of trouble and


bided his time, even asking the crowd for more passion. It's not


hard enough, and he's going to start slow food is relaxing. The gauntlet


had been laid down. Can he hold them off? He's done it before. When he


went to the final lap in the lead, it was never in doubt. Mo Farah is


going to win it! Another world title! The London crowd brought him


home. What a race. What a legacy. I got a bit emotional at the start and


I just had to get in the zone. It's just been amazing. It isn't only so


Mo Farah bidding goodbye after these championships.


He lapped up the love, but Bolt fans know he hasn't been


Usain Bolt has a bit of work to do. Here he and there he goes.


The time wasn't spectacular, but it didn't have to be,


strolling through to tomorrow's semis, where


he is aiming for his 12th - that's 12th - world title.


They always show me so much love, and I really appreciate it.


Sprinting has suffered more than most from the spectre of doping.


Today, in what will be a recurring image at these Championships,


retribution for the likes of Christine Ohuruogu,


who collected two bronzes and an upgraded silver


that she and other relay team members were cheated out


And four Britons are through to the semis


of the women's 1500 metres, including medal-hope Laura Muir.


Britain has never had a champion in the event.


But it has yet another in Sir Mo, the greatest athlete


Natalie Pirks, BBC News, the London Stadium.


Our Sports Editor, Dan Roan, is at the stadium.


What a way to say goodbye. To the 10,000 metres. Mo Farah delivers


again. That's right. His domination of distance running continues. He's


simply become unbeatable when it comes to the track. Is he now the


greatest distance runner of all time? It's hard to argue against


that. He faced real competition and had to really dig deep in that race.


It was fantastic, but when it matters he always tends to prevail.


His remarkable tenth consecutive global title for Sir Mo Farah, which


is unprecedented. You could make it 11 next week and he goes in the 5000


metres, in what would be his last race in a major competition for he


turns his attention to marathon running in the next part of his


career. It's all the more impressive, what he achieved this


evening, when this was a troubled build-up for Mo Farah, once again


having to reiterate his credentials as a clean athlete. Elsewhere, an


encouraging start for British medal prospects, in the 1500 metres Laura


Muir, and the one and only Usain Bolt. Tomorrow, he will race for the


final time in the individual 100 metres before retirement for the a


packed house, great atmosphere. Perfectly to start the


championships, especially for Sir Mo Farah.


They're young, British, and taking on Hollywood.


A new generation of black actors, including John Boyega


in the blockbuster Star Wars, have been trained at the Identity


Established in 2003, it now boasts a roster of talent


The British Film Institute has identified a lack


of diversity in film making, and Colleen Harris has been to meet


some of the school's stars who are breaking


They are some of the British faces breaking into Hollywood,


an industry under scrutiny over its lack of diversity.


Before hitting the big time with Star Wars,


John Boyega began his career at the Identity School of Acting,


I went to see the school and to meet John.


They teach you what it's like to work.


How much about what you do is about breaking glass ceilings?


And there's a purpose in everything, I feel, and there's a value


in making others see themselves in a better way.


You've got to break glass ceilings to do that,


Today, it's thriving and open to all, but the school opened 14


years ago as Britain's first black drama school.


Its founder, Femi Oguns, also set up an agency with it


For me, rather than join the chorus of complaint,


I just decided, you know what, we can do something about this,


and this is something that we nurtured and developed


We developed this whole sense of worth.


You have to celebrate your sense of purpose and you have to realise


that you are the architect of your own fortune.


Another Identity graduate, Letitia Wright, will


soon appear in cinemas in the new Marvel


She says the school instils a sense of confidence and self-belief.


We went into audition rooms not looking at the colour of our skin


I remember when I went for Holby City, I was the only


black girl in the room, but I never felt inferior.


I felt, I have something to offer, and the role turned from a Caucasian


girl to a black girl, because our agent made that


That attitude helped launch Malachi Kirby,


His portrayal of Kunta Kinte in the Roots remake has been


My way of fighting is through my art and by not accepting


that there are roles that aren't for me or won't be given to me.


There are stories that I want to tell and there are stories


that I believe I know how to tell, and they are not just defined


Capitalising on its talent, 60% of Identity's clients are now


working and based in the States but, here, the work continues,


and John Boyega is being honoured for his success.


Identity, a movement nurturing the next Hollywood talent.


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