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The BBC understands at least 60 high-rise buildings

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failed a fire safety test, where insulation and cladding

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were tested together for the first time.

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The buildings identified so far are nine council blocks in Salford.

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Work to remove the cladding is already under way.

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We will have the latest about the new safety tests.

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The Chancellor says any transitional deal after Britain leaves the EU

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must end before the next general election. Another blow for Donald

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Trump, as the US Senate fails, for a third time, to overturn President

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Obama's health care initiatives. Pakistan is thrown into

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political uncertainty, after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

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is forced to resign in the light Rubbish piles up in the streets

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of Birmingham, as council refuse workers step up

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their industrial action. Coming up in the sport on BBC News,

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Alistair Cook falls short of his first century,

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since stepping down as England Test captain, on day two of the third

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match against South Africa. Good afternoon, welcome to the BBC

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News at One. The BBC understands officials

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believes at least 60 buildings have failed an official fire safety test,

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in which ininsulation and cladding, of the type fitted at Grenfell

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Tower, were analysed together for the first time.

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So far, just nine of the buildings which failed have been identified.

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They're in Salford in Greater Manchester,

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where the local council is asking for help from central government

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As those affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower wait to find out how

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and why the fire spread, across the country, others are anxiously

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waiting to find out if their homes are at risk too. But for many, it's

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not good news. The BBC understands officials believe at least 60 tower

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blocks have failed a new fire safety test. Including nine in Salford,

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where the removal of cladding began weeks ago. The thought of it not

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being safe and you're sleeping in bed of a nighttime, do you know,

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that's it, it's bad, isn't it? Really bad. They should take the lot

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off. I don't care how much money it costs them. It's not money, it's

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people's lives. I think we're sitting on a tinderbox. Costs to

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remove and replace cladding are expected to run into tens of

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millions of pounds. The concern now is who will pick up the bill. Local

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authorities, Housing Associations, some of them have reserves. All of

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them have access to borrowing capacity and if there are any

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authorities that have difficulties, we will ensure that we make

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additional capacity available to them so that they can get the cash

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they need to do any urgent and necessary work. In the first round

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of tests, cladding from every building failed, but critics said

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this wasn't realistic. Experts are now carrying out new, more thorough

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tests, like these, combining cladding and insulation to find out

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which materials are dangerous when put together, like they were on

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Grenfell Tower. Polyetholene is an oil based material. When it reaches

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600 degrees it will perform like paraffin. We know what paraffin

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does, it burns. If you clad a building in it, you've got a fuel

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source for a flame to prop gait on. Yesterday the Metropolitan Police

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said there were reasonable grounds to suspect that the company that

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managed Grenfell Tower and Kensington Chelsea Council may

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have committed corporate manslaughter. It's very, very

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important that we now have a proper inquiry that finds out what

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happened, why that fire spread, whether the materials are the right

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materials and I and my colleagues will support that public inquiry.

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More than six weeks on, there's no escaping what happened here and with

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reverberations being felt across the country, there's clearly a lot of

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work to be done to ensure a tragedy like this never happens again.

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In a moment, we will be speaking to Judith Moritz in Salford,

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but first, we can speak to our correspondent, Tom Burridge,

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who is by Grenfell tower in West London.

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Tell us more about these tests, Tom. Previously the Government

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commissioned tests, smaller scale tests, on samples of cladding

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similar to that on Grenfell Tower. What's happening now are larger

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scale tests on a combination of both cladding and insulation. In the case

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of this first set of results, we're expecting today, it's significant

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because the type of cladding in the test and the type of insulation

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taken as a whole and tested is exactly the same type as on Grenfell

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Tower, we're talking about a combustible type of insulation and

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we're talking about a type of cladding with a combustible plastic

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or polyetholene core. Given that it's hardly surprising it's failed.

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It leads credence to the theory that the building materials used, as a

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whole, on Grenfell Tower were not appropriate. It then beggars the

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question: Was an appropriate test carried out on that system, that

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cladding system, the insulation with the cladding, or not? That will be a

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focus of both the public inquiry and the investigation by the

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Metropolitan Police. Tom, thank you. The upshot of this is that work is

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already going on where you are. Yes, Salford Council say they didn't want

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to wait, in fact, they conducted their own review pretty much

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straight after Grenfell and they began work to start taking away

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cladding last month. If I step out of the way now, the camera will move

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and try to show you what's happening here. If you look at the top of this

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building, can you see there is the grey and the red clad there. That

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cladding is thought to be unsafe, similar to Grenfell. That has been

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there, it took two years to put up and that is going to start coming

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down. Moving the camera down, you can see below it, when the cladding

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comes away it exposes the silver insulation. The council say they

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don't want to leave that exposed, if you move the camera across, you can

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see where the lettering is there on the side of the building, that is

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new cladding, temporary, it consists of concrete boarding. The council

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says that it is safe for now, but it's not a permanent solution. They

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want to carry out further tests next month to find the sort of cladding

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that long-term they can put on these buildings. They know it will take a

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long time and will cost millions. They are demanding help from the

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Government with that. Thank you.

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The Chancellor Phillip Hammond has said there is broad agreement

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in Cabinet that there should be a transition period of up to three

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years after Britain leaves the EU, but that it should be finished

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before the next general election, which is scheduled for 2022.

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The Chancellor said a failure to implement a transition deal

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Our political correspondent Iain Watson is in Westminster.

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What does all of that then mean for the Brexit time table? As you know,

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the Prime Minister's very fond of saying "Brexit means Brexit". But

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full Brexit might take longer than some people thought. Yes, we will

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leave the European Union in March 2019, but the Chancellor has got his

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Cabinet colleagues on board for a concept of a transitional period

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beyond that and during that time, things might not look all that

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different. We might have similar levels of EU migration, for example,

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until a new system is put in place. But in return, his Cabinet

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colleagues have voted leave during the referendum have a guarantee from

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the Chancellor that transitional period won't last longer than three

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years. There's a general view that any

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transitional period would have to be finished by the time we get

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to the date set for the next general It depends on the technical

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requirements to put in place customs and immigration arrangements

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and so on, and, of course, this is all subject to negotiation

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with the European Union. But the overriding concern,

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as we leave the EU - and the job will be done on the 29th

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March, 2019 - the overriding concern is to make sure that we go

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through this process in a way that avoids disruptive cliff edges

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for business and for The Cabinet agrees with all that,

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but as is often the case in politics, the devil is in the

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detail. Let me give a brief example. If the European Court of Justice

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would have a role during the transition period, if the EU insists

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on that, this apparent Cabinet unity could be shattered. Thank you.

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In a major blow to President Trump, the US Senate has failed,

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for a third time, to repeal President Obama's

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In a dramatic late-night sitting, three Republicans voted

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Among the three was veteran senator John McCain.

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He broke off brain cancer treatment to attend the session,

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and his "no" vote proved decisive, as Richard Lister reports.

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Breaking news a massive blow to the Republican plan to repeal at

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Fordable care act... Americans are waking up to the news that ObamaCare

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lives on and seems, for now, unassailable. President Obama's

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Affordable Care Act required nearly all Americans to buy health

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insurance and required insurance to cover everyone. Republicans

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condemned it. Momentum is building for the repeal of the health care

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bill... Too invasive, too expensive, they said. For seven years, they've

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demanded it be replaced. But they can't agree on how and with a single

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vote margin on last night's repeal bill, all eyes were on one man. Mr

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McCain. The self styled maverick Republican cast with a thumbs down

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to gasps in the chamber. And that killed the bill.

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CHEERING For ObamaCare supporters, this was a

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real victory, further repeal efforts seem unlikely for now. This is

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clearly a disappointing moment, from sky rocketing cost to plummeting

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choices and collapsing markets, our constituents have suffered through

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an awful lot under ObamaCare. This repeal bill was highly

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controversial. It would have abolished the legal mandate to buy

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insurance, but increased the number of uninsured people by 15 million

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and increased some premiums by 20%. Democrats said it was time for a new

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approach. Every place in every corner of the world, of the country,

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where we go, the number one thing we are asked, and I know this because

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I've talked to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, is can't

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you guys work together? Let's give it a shot. This is a test of Donald

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Trump's presidency too. Let ObamaCare implode, he tweeted.

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Senator McCain was cheered outside Congress but he's left his party in

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chaos and his president humiliated, unable to overturn Barack Obama's

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health care legacy. President Trump's new communications

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director has become involved in an extraordinary public feud

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with two senior colleagues, Anthony Scaramucci has launched

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a scathing attack on both the White House chief of staff,

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Reince Priebus, and Mr Trump's chief Laura Bicker reports

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on this, the latest episode President Trump's West Wing

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is at war with itself. The appointment of the flashy

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financier, Anthony Scaramucci, of communications has prompted

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a bitter battle to win Mr Scaramucci has indirectly

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accused his colleague, the White House chief of staff

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Reince Priebus, of leaking information about

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the administration. He called a US network

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show to say that only Mr Trump could judge

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whether the tense relationship When I said we were brothers

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from the podium, that is because... But some brothers are

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like Cain and Abel. Other brothers can

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fight with each other I don't know whether this

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is repairable or not, Tonight, in an extraordinary

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phone call with a reporter from the New Yorker,

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Anthony Scaramucci described Reince He also took personally

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about Mr Trump's chief strategist, On Twitter he said he would refrain

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from using "colourful language", but would not give up

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the passionate fight Mr Scaramucci has been

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in the West Wing just one week, and appears to have spent more time

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launching personal attacks than pushing the

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President's policies. He may also be forcing the chief

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of staff, and a key Republican Let's hear more about everything

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going on in Washington overnight. What now for health care, what

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happens with that? What a night of drama under the dome of Capitol

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Hill. When it comes to Republicans they're picking up the pieces but

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they are bruised and they are battered. How they go forward with

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health care is now uncertain. Because one, they're running out of

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time. This is part of a spending bill. And two, as you heard from the

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Senate majority leader there, perhaps it's time to move forward.

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And many of his party may feel the same. And the public feuding is

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quite extraordinary. Well, this is as close to a reality TV White House

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as we've ever seen. What we have here is the White House chiefs of

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staff versus the newcomer, the communications director. Now Anthony

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Scaramucci seems to have the ear of the president and he's a chip off

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the old block. They are very similar personalities and backgrounds. If it

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comes to a fight between Anthony Scaramucci

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and Reince Preibus, I fear he will be voted out. (

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Pakistan's prime minister, ( Nawaz Sharif, has resigned,

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after being disqualified from office by the supreme court,

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over corruption allegations against his family.

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The allegations stem from documents that came to light -

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the so called Panama Papers - regarding his children's

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offshore business holdings, which include four luxury apartments

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For opponents of the Pakistani Prime Minister, today's court decision is

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a huge and unprecedented victory for accountability in a country where

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politicians often have a reputation for corruption. Today, Nawar Sharif

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resigned after the highest court disqualified him from office. A

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panel of five judges unanimously decided he had not been honest when

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explaining his and his family's financial dealings to a corruption

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inquiry. The Supreme Court has led from the front. And democracy will

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strengthen. Democracy will evolve in Pakistan and we will be able to

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establish a new Pakistan. The allegations against Sharif revolve

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around four luxury central London flats. The documents from the Panama

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paper leaks revealed were linked to a number of his children. The

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Pakistani Supreme Court has been trying to establish where the money

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came from to buy them. The Prime Minister's daughter widely seen as

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his political successor, as well as her father, will now face further

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inquiries by the national anticorruption body. No Prime

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Minister in Pakistan has ever completed a full term in office.

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Sharif served twice in the 90s, but was overthrown in a military coup.

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Some of his supporters have claimed the allegations against him now are

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an attempt by the country's powerful army to oust him again.

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His family have always denied any wrongdoing and outside the court

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some of his ministers remained defiant.

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TRANSLATION: No matter who becomes the Prime Minister, the Prime

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Minister in the hearts of the Pakistani people will always be

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Nawaz Sharif. The ruling party will now have to nominate a new leader

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but with elections due to take place by the middle of next year, the

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country is facing real uncertainty. The BBC understands officials

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believe at least 60 high rise buildings failed a fire safety test

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where insulation and cladding were tested together for the first time.

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And, coming up, hidden below ground for 75 years,

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the Royal Mail railway you'll soon be able to hitch a ride

:18:07.:18:09.

Coming up in sport, Lewis Hamilton is just third quickest

:18:10.:18:13.

in the first practice ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

:18:14.:18:15.

He goes into the weekend trailing Sebastian Vettel by just a point

:18:16.:18:18.

Aid workers in Greece have told the BBC they're dealing

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with hundreds of extremely vulnerable refugees

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Many have suffered torture and sexual abuse at the hands

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of so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

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The European Commission has said such refugees should be moved

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to Athens for specialist treatment but charities say

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Our Europe reporter, Gavin Lee, is on the island of Lesbos.

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Rare footage from a place journalists are banned.

:18:59.:19:05.

It shows tents have been replaced by containers,

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a reflection of Europe's waiting room being made a little more

:19:09.:19:11.

long-term for the 4,000 being held on the island.

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Violence, rioting and fires are becoming routine.

:19:27.:19:28.

The camps are full and migrants, though small in number,

:19:29.:19:30.

Since so-called Islamic State started to lose ground,

:19:31.:19:33.

many who arrived in Greece have escaped attention, men tortured

:19:34.:19:36.

by tortured by IS fighters, women used as sex slaves.

:19:37.:19:38.

There is little support for them and it is worsening the problem

:19:39.:19:42.

You need to improve the health care that is given to these people.

:19:43.:19:48.

If they are vulnerable, they need to be recognised as such,

:19:49.:19:50.

and they need to move to somewhere where they can receive care.

:19:51.:19:53.

The reality is, there isn't this care here on the island,

:19:54.:19:56.

and they need to move to the mainland to receive it.

:19:57.:19:58.

Osama was once a Syrian policeman, but was caught by rebel groups

:19:59.:20:03.

He says he was regularly beaten and sexually abused by his captors.

:20:04.:20:13.

I have been in captivity for three years.

:20:14.:20:15.

Sometimes I feel if I had been killed it would be better than this

:20:16.:20:49.

humiliation. The policy is clear that vulnerable

:20:50.:20:52.

migrants should be taken off the island quickly for specialist

:20:53.:20:55.

treatment. So why are they still here? I would like at this point to

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remind that 30,000 people have come through the island since March 2016

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so there can be individual cases, some individual cases, that may have

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- they may not have been processed as quickly. The Greek Government is

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promising to take extremely vulnerable migrants off the Islands.

:21:17.:21:19.

In the meantime, those needing the most help are still waiting.

:21:20.:21:22.

Gavin Lee, BBC News, Lesbos. Companies working on the Crossrail

:21:23.:21:29.

project have been fined more than ?1 million after three sets

:21:30.:21:31.

of failures, one of which led The companies pleaded guilty to

:21:32.:21:34.

offences following an investigation. Rene Tkacik died after being crushed

:21:35.:21:44.

by wet concrete in 2014. Two other men were injured

:21:45.:21:47.

in separate incidents within six Four men have been arrested

:21:48.:21:49.

on suspicion of making an explosive Police say no one was hurt

:21:50.:21:55.

when a device erupted. The incident only came to light

:21:56.:22:01.

when a prison worker contacted a Welsh Assembly member,

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with concerns about staffing. Following an incident here at HMP

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Cardiff on 15th June, a member of staff at the prison

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contacted the south-west Wales Assembly member

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Bethan Jenkins with concerns The worker told Ms Jenkins that

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prisoners had fashioned an explosive device out of tea whiteners

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which are very flammable. The Assembly member instantly

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contacted the Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah with her concerns

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that the situation could have He was implying to me

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that the prisoners could revolt, could take over the prison

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because of the situation potentially with the staffing,

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although there are other issues also and that's something I think that

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everybody needs to be aware of so that we ensure these type

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of situations don't happen again. The prison worker that contacted

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Ms Jenkins said that staffing levels at the Welsh capital's prison played

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a part in this incident occurring. He went on to say that staff morale

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was at an all-time low and that unless things were to change

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an event of this nature Because there's not enough staff

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to do routine stuff like cell searches every day and checks

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on cells they may be But that's always been the case

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for the past five years and that's why we are insisting that 2,500

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extra prison officers We have lost over 7,000 and we need

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those 7,000 replaced. In a statement, the Ministry

:23:24.:23:32.

of Justice said that nobody had been hurt in the incident

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and that the matter had been They added that it would be

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inappropriate to comment South Wales Police have released

:23:42.:23:44.

all four individuals One without further action,

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but investigations continue Council refuse workers in Birmingham

:23:48.:23:51.

are stepping up their industrial action in a dispute that has left

:23:52.:23:59.

rubbish piling up in the streets. Members of the Unite union have been

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refusing to do overtime, and have been carrying out daily

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two-hour stoppages - The dispute is about planned changes

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to working practices, as our correspondent

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Sima Kotecha reports. Piles and piles of rubbish strewn

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across some of Birmingham's streets. On this road it's been three weeks

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since the rubbish was collected. We have seen a rat over there

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yesterday, absolutely disgraceful. Four weeks now it's been here,

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absolutely terrible. So we pay all our money, council tax

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and they won't come and get it, It's not fair on the kids,

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the kids can't even play out any It's disgusting, we come out

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of our house and it stenches While the stench from this

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pile of rubbish here really is unbearable,

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not sure if you can see or not, And with this strike due

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to carry on until September, for people living on this street,

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the smell is going to get worse. Since earlier this month,

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bin workers have been striking for two hours every day over changes

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to their shift patterns and plans to cut the number

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of supervisor jobs. From today, they'll be striking

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for three hours a day. They say the proposed changes

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will lead to staff being paid I can talk about working patterns,

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I can discuss those with my members. What I can not discuss is members

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who are low paid, losing money They have mortgages to pay and food

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to put on the table, remove that, don't have those on the lowest wages

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pay for austerity and mismanagement The local council says budgetary

:25:50.:25:52.

constraints mean they need to adopt In a statement, it says: Positive

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discussions are continuing to take place with the unions and we hope

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to be able to resolve this With August around the corner,

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a mixture of hot temperatures and more rubbish is what many

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here are dreading. For 75 years, an underground network

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of railways was used by Royal Mail to move post around the capital

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but in 2003 the system Now it's reopening,

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as a tourist attraction - members of the public will be able

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to take a unique ride through tunnels previously travelled

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by only parcels and letters. Throughout its 500-year history,

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the Royal Mail's mission has NEWSREEL: Now down

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the chute into the vans... To harness technology

:26:52.:26:56.

of the day to deliver letters and parcels as quickly

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and accurately as possible. This new Postal Museum shows how

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deliveries have evolved. But by the early 20th century,

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the mail system in London faced two big problems -

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heavy fog caused by smoke billowing In 1927, this underground

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rail network opened. NEWSREEL: On the Post Office tube

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railway, 25,000 mails bags travel through 6.5 miles of tunnels below

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crowded city pavements... For 75 years, unmanned trains

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shuttled mail between six sorting offices and two railway stations,

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Liverpool Street and Paddington. I guess it was designed

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for letters, not people. Passengers will soon be able

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to ride specially-adapted trains It was a really important

:27:51.:28:00.

part of moving the mail It was essential to allowing that

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communication to happen quickly Its running costs

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were deemed too high. Transporting mail above ground

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was considered more cost-effective. This is one of the mail platforms,

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where the trains would have stopped and the mail would have been

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loaded into containers. It almost looks like

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it was abandoned. The equipment was all left down

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here, newspapers and things like that still laying around,

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all the trolleys, the trains Soon to become a quirky visitor

:28:36.:28:37.

attraction, for some the Mail Rail The postal service is really

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the first social network, keeping people in touch,

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allowing people to stay in touch over distance and quickly,

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and it was important, the speed was important,

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and that's what Mail Rail was about, Tim Muffet, BBC News,

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70 feet below London. The third cricket Test is finely

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balanced after both sides enjoyed success at the Oval. England are

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269-6 at lunch. What shall we do about Alistair? Try

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and get him out early. Toppling the former captain surely top of the

:29:30.:29:33.

agenda at the South African pre-play huddle. Cook closing in on a 31st

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Test century knows what it feels like to be the wicket to take. And

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they nearly got him. Just a few overs in, just a few inches too far

:29:46.:29:49.

away and Cook was saved by barely a brush on the grass. Not so lucky the

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second time around, though. Six added to his overnight total and

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Cook was gone, lbw. Hopes of another 100 dashed. After a long day's work

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yesterday, today it's a long day watching. But Ben Stokes was still

:30:06.:30:10.

there. Swinging his way to over 2,000 Test runs and whipping one

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away to the boundary, flying over flaying finger tips to bring up his

:30:17.:30:23.

10th Test 50. Bairstow was going well too. But with the new ball, his

:30:24.:30:29.

luck turned. Edged, caught. Out for 36.

:30:30.:30:34.

However, after yesterday's rain the clouds are blowing away for England,

:30:35.:30:41.

prospects perhaps brightening. Test tight, series tied. All those that

:30:42.:30:45.

have gone before can do is watch and wait.

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Is the weather brightening, here is Nick.

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Not much summer warmth today or for the

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Signs of summer in North Wales today. But as is typical with our

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weather at the moment it will be raining before the end of the day.

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Two zones in our weather looking at the satellite picture, northern

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England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, sunshine and showers. But the rest

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of England and Wales turning cloudier as the system moves in from

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the south-west with rain and stronger winds. That rain patchy in

:31:18.:31:20.

nature through southern England but more persistent for us and edging

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northwards in Wales. Cloud increasing in eastern England where

:31:25.:31:28.

we have seen sunshine today. Patchy rain working to parts of the

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Midlands and north-west England. Elsewhere in northern England we are

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back into sunny spells and a few showers and a few for Northern

:31:35.:31:41.

Ireland. More especially into Scotland and could be thundery.

:31:42.:31:44.

Sunny spells in between. It's cool and breezy across the UK and a windy

:31:45.:31:49.

end to the day to the south-west as this rain becomes more extensive

:31:50.:31:53.

across England and Wales for a time going into this evening. Before

:31:54.:31:56.

clearing all. Still a few showers overnight for Scotland and Northern

:31:57.:31:59.

Ireland. Elsewhere, turning dryer and clearer with overnight

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temperatures of around ten to 15. The big picture for the weekend, a

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weather front close to the south coast lingering like a bad smell

:32:09.:32:12.

before coming back Saturday and low pressure to the north-west a source

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of showers for Scotland and Northern Ireland on Saturday and widely by

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Sunday. This is Saturday. Sunshine scattered showers for Scotland and

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Northern Ireland, one or two elsewhere. But elsewhere quite a lot

:32:22.:32:26.

of dry and sunny weather for a time. Remember that weather front close to

:32:27.:32:30.

the south coast, it comes back to life. Cloud and rain gradually

:32:31.:32:34.

edging north through the afternoon. But if you are dry and sunny for any

:32:35.:32:41.

period of time, it will feel warmer but it's not looking promising

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tomorrow afternoon at the Oval for the cricket, there will be some

:32:45.:32:48.

outbreaks of rain edging northwards, not just through the Oval, but

:32:49.:32:53.

elsewhere to parts of England and Wales into the evening. Heavier

:32:54.:32:57.

bursts, south-east Wales, parts of the Midlands. Still showers in

:32:58.:33:00.

Scotland and Northern Ireland. Part two of the weekend, Sunday, could be

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a fine start. It won't last, showers and heavy will spread east across

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the UK but the further east you are they may not arrive until quite late

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on. This is the weather menu for this weekend. Refunds are not

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available. If you do get sunshine, it may feel pleasant for a time.

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It's hard to feel short-changed a little bit by our weather so far in

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the second half of summer. The BBC understands officials

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believe at least 60 high rise buildings failed a fire safety test

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where insulation and cladding were tested together for the first time.

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That's all from the BBC News at One, so it's goodbye from me

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and on BBC One we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.

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