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Tonight, Ireland's Prime Minister shows his frustration

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

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On his first official visit to Belfast, Leo Varadkar warns

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against economic barriers between the UK and Ireland,

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At a time when Brexit threatens to drive a wedge

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between North and South, between Britain and Ireland,

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we need to build more bridges and fewer borders.

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The future of the Irish border is a key part

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

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

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

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

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What should be the scope of the Grenfell Tower inquiry?

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Survivors have put forward hundreds of suggestions.

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

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

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

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

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expensive footballer is unveiled at his new club.

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

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

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

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

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of the Irish border after Brexit Speaking during his first

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

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barriers between Britain and Ireland, and called for "unique

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solutions" to preserve links He also attacked those he called

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

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the Democratic Unionist Party said Our Ireland correspondent

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Chris Buckler reports. Leo Varadkar crossed the Irish

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

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

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Unionists with recent But, inside Queen's University

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today, the new Taoiseach was keen to talk about

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solutions, not divisions. At a time when Brexit

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threatens to drive a wedge between north and south,

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between Britain and Ireland, we need to build more

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bridges and fewer borders. He is a Taoiseach

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of a new generation. The referendum over the Good Friday

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peace agreement marked the first He said the challenge of this

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generation is Brexit, and again he challenged those

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

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posed by new borders. They have already had 14 months

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

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with detailed proposals. But, if they cannot,

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

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meaningfully about solutions For example, if the United Kingdom

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doesn't want to stay in the customs union,

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

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a customs union with Turkey. In all the potential solutions

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that Leo Varadkar put forward for this border,

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there was a common theme. Free movement for people,

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goods and services. But will that be possible,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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between the countries, Northern Ireland's biggest party,

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

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remain completely open. There is no binary solution to these

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things, and actually pejorative language like "hard Brexiteers"

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

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

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agree a deal to restore The DUP are very disrespectful

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

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we say it loud and clear, the majority of people

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voted against Brexit. On this shared island,

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Leo Varadkar knows there are many shared interests,

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

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will be important on both sides Our political correspondent Ben

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

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

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

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both see this as a critically important part of the Brexit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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complete lack of progress from the UK putting serious, substantive

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

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

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

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

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

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instance, could cause alarm among some of the Leave supporting

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so-called Brexiteers in government and parliament who are very

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

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

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are pretty straightforward technological solutions which could

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The stream of stories, many focusing on allegations

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of Russian interference in last year's presidential election,

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Speaking at a rally in West Virginia,

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

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as our North America Editor, Jon Sopel, explains.

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

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

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

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

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Are there any Russians here tonight, any Russians?

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The Russia story is a total fabrication.

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

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of American politics, that's all it is.

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

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

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

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doors to consider the evidence that has been gathered.

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

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They will decide whether the material is strong enough

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

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

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

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

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investigation is intensifying and will last a good

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

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Another is the endless damaging and revealing leaks

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Today, the Attorney General announced a new crackdown.

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This nation must end this culture of leaks.

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We will investigate and seek to bring criminals to justice.

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We will not allow rogue anonymous sources with security clearances

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He has been under tremendous pressure.

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The president last week humiliated his Attorney General,

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

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We respect the important role that the press plays

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

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They cannot place lives at risk with impunity.

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The president today visited FEMA, the Federal Emergency Center,

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to look at plans for dealing with hurricanes.

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

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resorts in New Jersey and hoping that a storm whipped

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

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Residents who survived the Grenfell Tower disaster

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had their final chance today to submit ideas for the scope

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and remit of the public inquiry into the tragedy.

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

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

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Our Home Affairs Correspondent, Tom Symonds, reports.

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

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

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This man, the chairman of the Grenfell Tower inquiry,

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

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when he asked the community what other topics he should

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

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

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We did, and then you dismissed them on TV.

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I think you've misremembered what I said.

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

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

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This is what she wants from the inquiry.

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For the community, we need specific answers

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We need that closure to start healing.

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But the underlying, broader issues behind this,

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social housing issues, fire regulations, building

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regulations, the idea that the government is putting

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profits before people, these are nationwide issues.

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

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potentially a huge task, and simply explaining the fire,

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Next week, he'll make his private recommendations

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

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

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

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the chairman says he will produce an interim report.

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

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but the police will have to prosecute anyone responsible,

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

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if there are prosecutions, the inquiry could be delayed.

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But keeping the community onside could be one

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

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and I entirely understand why it should be so.

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We're going to continue to work with them.

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While remaining impartial, his critics say that doesn't

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mean he has to ignore the community's feelings.

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

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That does not compromise impartiality at all.

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

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

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This time, the building was evacuated quickly.

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

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Now the struggle for an explanation begins.

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Tom Symonds, BBC News, at Grenfell Tower.

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

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

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

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

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

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Airlines are urging British holidaymakers in Europe

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to allow extra time to get through security and passport

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The EU has been struggling to implement tighter checks

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

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whose case prompted a senior judge to issue a scathing attack

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on services for children with mental health problems.

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The head of the family courts in England and Wales

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

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

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

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Two officers and two pilots, accused of misusing

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a South Yorkshire Police helicopter to film naked sunbathers

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

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

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PC Adrian Pogmore, who'd already admitted misconduct

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

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But the man himself, the Brazilian star Neymar,

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faced the press today, and denied his move from Barcelona

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to Paris St-Germain was motivated by money.

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

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

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

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At ?200 million, his transfer from Barcelona

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

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But, speaking to me today, the Brazilian star insists

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he has followed his heart, not his wallet.

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Lots of people are saying that perhaps you are doing

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this for the money, that that is your motivation.

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

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

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I didn't come over here for the money.

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

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

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

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

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But its president thinks he has bagged a bargain.

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

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

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like half a million euros, and this is just for

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Nice little bit of skill from Neymar!

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

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but critics of this megadeal point to the vast sums involved

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

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

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

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What will be success to you at this club?

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

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

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

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And, leaving the stadium tonight, he was greeted

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A British computer expert who helped stop a worldwide cyberattack

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

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

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

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and distributing malware, designed to steal bank details.

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Our correspondent, James Cook, is in Vegas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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cooperation between hackers and the federal government to try and take

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

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

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as the World Athletics Championships got under way in

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

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race at the distance, before retiring from the track.

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

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Our sports correspondent, Natalie Pirks, is following

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mo Farah bidding goodbye after these championships.

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

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

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

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strolling through to tomorrow's semis, where

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

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

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

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

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retribution for the likes of Christine Ohuruogu,

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who collected two bronzes and an upgraded silver

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that she and other relay team members were cheated out

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And four Britons are through to the semis

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

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Britain has never had a champion in the event.

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

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Natalie Pirks, BBC News, the London Stadium.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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packed house, great atmosphere. Perfectly to start the

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championships, especially for Sir Mo Farah.

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

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A new generation of black actors, including John Boyega

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

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Established in 2003, it now boasts a roster of talent

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The British Film Institute has identified a lack

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

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some of the school's stars who are breaking

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They are some of the British faces breaking into Hollywood,

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an industry under scrutiny over its lack of diversity.

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Before hitting the big time with Star Wars,

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

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I went to see the school and to meet John.

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They teach you what it's like to work.

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

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

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in making others see themselves in a better way.

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

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

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years ago as Britain's first black drama school.

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

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For me, rather than join the chorus of complaint,

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

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and this is something that we nurtured and developed

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We developed this whole sense of worth.

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

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that you are the architect of your own fortune.

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Another Identity graduate, Letitia Wright, will

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soon appear in cinemas in the new Marvel

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

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

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

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

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

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girl to a black girl, because our agent made that

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That attitude helped launch Malachi Kirby,

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His portrayal of Kunta Kinte in the Roots remake has been

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

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

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

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

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

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

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and John Boyega is being honoured for his success.

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Identity, a movement nurturing the next Hollywood talent.

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Now on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.

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