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The legal battle to keep the terminally ill baby Charlie Gard


alive continues as his case returns to the High Court.


A judge has heard claims of "fresh evidence" about a therapy trial


in America his parents say could help him.


CHANTING: Save Charlie Gard! Save Charlie Gard!


Emotions run high outside and in court, as Charlie's parents


accuse the hospital of lying about their son.


But specialists at Great Ormond Street insist


A Conservative MP is suspended after using racist language


Police say around 255 people survived the Grenfell Tower fire,


the first time they've given such figures.


A self-confessed IRA bomb maker finally admits being part


of the group that killed 21 people in the Birmingham pub


I apologise for all of the Republicans who had no


President Trump says he didn't know his son had met a Russian


lawyer with links to the Kremlin during the American


And two Brits in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the first time


since 1973, as Andy Murray and Johanna Konta


And coming up on BBC News, we'll have the latest on a big day


for both Andy Murray and Johanna Konta.


And we hear from Wayne Rooney who has spoken to the media following


his return to Everton for Manchester United.


Good evening and welcome to the BBC News at Six.


There were heated scenes in the High Court this afternoon


as the parents of the terminally ill baby Charlie Gard returned


with lawyers to present new evidence of an experimental treatment


in America that they say could help him.


Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, which is treating the boy,


But Charlie's parents both interrupted the hearing, shouting


11-month-old Charlie is suffering from a rare genetic condition


Our medical correspondent Fergus Walsh reports.


Vocal, passionate and determined. Charlie Gard's parents have


considerable support, including the Pope and Donald Trump. Let us pray.


And noticed pro-life -- now this pro-life evangelical preacher who


was once jailed for anti-abortion protest in the US and has been


praying by Charlie's bedside. If a court, if a judge, if a hospital


official can come and tell a parent that they don't have the right or


the authority to provide the kind of medical care that their child's


needs, then parental rights are under attack and around the world,


the fabric of our society unravels. It is well established in UK law


that where parents and doctors cannot agree, a judge must decide


what is appropriate. Charlie is so weak, he can't move and has serious


brain damage. Four different courts have ruled he should be allowed to


die with dignity. In court, lawyers for Charlie's parents said there was


new information which showed an experimental treatment on offer in


America might help their son. The judge said there wasn't a person


alive who did not want Charlie to get better and he would be delighted


the changes ruling but it had to be on the basis of clear evidence. He


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


passed in flick did more suffering an Charlie. Charlie has a rare


inherited condition, mitochondrial depletion syndrome. Mitochondria are


found in nearly every cell and provide energy to the body but


Charlie's don't function, so his muscles and organs are wasting.


Nucleoside Verratti is a powder given in food which contains some of


the building blocks of DNA and could help mitochondrial function. Animal


studies suggest a modest 4% improvement. So far, 18 patients


have been treated but crucially, none has Charlie's genetic mutation


or his severe brain damage. But the High Court was told that unpublished


data showing dramatic clinical improvement and claims the therapy


could improve brain function. The experimental therapy has never been


tried in humans or animals with Charlie's exact condition.


Paediatricians say Great Ormond Street would be concerned it could


do him harm. There's a lot of unknowns here and I think the


doctors and nurses looking after him, colleagues really will have


considered all of these processes because that is what they do, that


is their day job and they are some of the most expert people in the


world in this area. The judge said he would consider the merits of any


new evidence on Thursday. Meanwhile, Charlie continues to receive


round-the-clock care at Great Ormond Street Street Hospital.


What will it take for the judge to change his mind? The parents will


have to come up with significant new evidence that this experimental


therapy can be of benefit to Charlie. The judge was clear, he's


not going to rake over old facts. There was really immense frustration


on both sides in court. Lawyers for the hospital said they had tried


repeatedly over the weekend to find out what was this alleged to new


evidence and got nowhere. Then at one point, a text was read out from


Charlie's mon's phone from an American doctor that there was a 10%


chance of improvement to Charlie but we don't know what the source of


that information is. On the parents' side, they cried out to the judge


that the hospital was lying to him and really they should have the


chance to take their son abroad. But the parents and the doctors can


agree on nothing at this stage. The hospital says, for example, that


because Charlie's brain is no longer growing, his head circumference has


not increased in the past three months but then Charlie's mum cried


out that it has so the judge said he wanted a tape measure taken to


measure his head and on Thursday, tell him the truth. It has got to


that level of dispute between the sides. Thank you for joining us.


The Prime Minister's offer to opposition parties to work


with the government on major issues has been rebuffed by Labour,


who said her party "had completely run out of ideas".


The strategy is being seen as a an attempt by Theresa May


The strategy is being seen as an attempt by Theresa May


to reassert her authority since losing her parliamentary


But tonight, she's having to deal with a problem


with one of her own MPs, who's been suspended for making


Here's our political editor Laura Kuenssberg.


Monday morning at the market. Not any old shoppers. How are you? The


Prime Minister and her Australian counterpart, here to meet people


caught up in a terror attack. But Prime Minister Turnbull happens to


be an old friend of Theresa May. She does not seem to have many in


politics these days. Thank you, Prime Minister, Malcolm, for


visiting us today and the excellent discussions we've had. It's always a


pleasure to welcome our Australian friends to London and even more so


when you've just beaten them at cricket. With fears about her


authority in her own party, she is making an appeal for others to work


with her. You want the opposition to contribute as well as to criticise,


you are expected to say tomorrow. What do you say to your own critics,


including in your own party, who say it is you that needs to change? The


government has got an ambitious agenda. It is an ambitious agenda


which is there to address the big challenges the country faces. Of


course, one of those is getting the Brexit negotiations right but there


are other challenges we face as the country, too. I think the public


will rightly want us to get the broadest possible consensus in


looking at those issues. Jeremy Corbyn. Her offer was mocked by the


Labour leader. The government is apparently now asking other parties


for their policy ideas and so if the Prime Minister would like it, I'm


very happy to furniture with a copy of our election manifesto. A


difficult afternoon got worse. Annemarie Morris is duly elected...


While she was on her beat, a recording emerged of Tory MP


Annemarie Morris talking at a private event about Brexit, using


offensive language. She said the phrase was


unintentional and has apologised unreservedly if offence was caused.


The comments emerging on the day the Prime Minister called for an end to


abuse and MPs were quick to seize on it. She agree that where that where


that happens, organisations should take decisive and swift action?


Offensive behaviour by backbenchers is one thing. Asking the opposition


for help with another. But with no majority to call her own, the Prime


Minister can barely afford for anything to go wrong. With her


authority cracked, there are no easy days for this Prime Minister. And in


the last 15 minutes, Theresa May has now suspended that MP, Annemarie


Morris, condemning her remarks. What is not clear is for how long she is


going to be out of the Tory party. While there may be calls for her to


quit altogether, to stand down, in this the bra political atmosphere at


the moment, the Conservatives would be very nervous of any by-election.


By suspending have some time, though, it means Theresa May's


narrow current advantage in the Commons has slipped by one and this


is an era where every vote will matter. Laura, thank you.


The Metropolitan Police now say they believe around 255 people


managed to escape the fire at Grenfell Tower last month.


The official estimate of the dead and missing remains


Our home affairs correspondent Tom Symonds is at Scotland Yard.


The first time we've had such a figure.


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


There has. I mean, here is the context. On the night of the fire or


just afterwards, it was acclaimed about 500-600 people were living at


Grenfell Tower. The police today have said they think it is nearer


350 and some of them were not in on the night. Their figure for the


number who escaped injury or escape from the fire with their lives is


about 255. Crucially, the number of dead and missing remains at about


80, which is going to be controversial. Some people just


don't believe the figure. But the police investigation continues,


sifting through every bit of debris inside a tower where the temperature


reached 1000 degrees and also investigating 60 or so companies


involved in the maintenance and refurbishment of Grenfell Tower.


Stuart Cundy, the Metropolitan Police commander, said, "You can't


listen to the families and the 999 calls and not want to hold people to


account for a fire that should not have happened". Thank U.


The High Court has ruled that government arms sales


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


It follows a case brought by a pressure group,


It argued that the UK had broken international humanitarian law


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


where the Saudis have conducted air strikes against rebels.


President Trump says he did not know that during his presidential


campaign last year, his eldest son and his son-in-law met a Russian


lawyer who claimed to have damaging information about his rival,


Donald Trump Jr insists "no meaningful information" was provided


Our chief correspondent Gavin Hewitt reports from Washington.


This is Donald Trump's eldest son. I am Donald Trump Jr. Last June, after


the Republican convention, he met with a Russian lawyer who promised


damaging material on Hillary Clinton's campaign. The meeting was


here at Trump Tower in New York. Until this weekend, Donald Trump Jr


had not mentioned it but it was not a casual encounter, he brought along


Tromp's campaign manager and his son-in-law and then his story has


changed. On Saturday, he said they primarily discussed a programme


about the adoption of Russian children. By the following day, he


said, "The woman lawyer stated she had information that individuals


connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National committee and


supporting Mrs Clinton". He was told there would be information that may


be helpful to the campaign. There was no such information but again, I


want to ask your question, if we're going to keep using the word


pollution, where is the evidence of collusion. On Friday, President


Trump met President Putin and asked him directly about meddling in the


American election campaign. President Putin denied it denied it.


It is not clear how forcefully President Trump pursued this but


there was an agreement between the two leaders that it was now time to


move forward. News of Trump Jr's Russian meeting does not put


President Trump in immediate jeopardy. He says he has no


knowledge of it. What it does do is keep open the central question that


has dogged the administration. Was there collusion between the Trump


campaign team and the Russians? It promises months of further


investigations. Trump Jr called the latest revelation is a big yawn but


it is the first public indication that some in the Trump campaign were


willing potentially to accept Russian help. For the president, it


is a reminder that not everything goes his way. Gavin Hewitt, BBC


News, Washington. The legal battle to keep


the terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard alive continues,


as his case returns A pay gap on teachers will stay but


there are warnings that is putting off new recruits.


Coming up on BBC News, the latest on a big day for Andy Murray and


Johanna Konta, at 6:30pm. The Birmingham pub


bombings in 1974 - it was one the worst IRA attacks


in England during the many 21 people were killed


and almost 200 were injured. Now, decades later -


a self-confessed IRA bomb maker has finally admitted that he was part


of the group responsible In an exclusive interview


with the BBC, he has apologised to the families of those


who were killed. But he has refused to say


exactly what role he played Today, a relative of one


of the victims called him a coward. Here's our Ireland


correspondent Chris Buckler. The bombs were left in the heart


of Birmingham on a Thursday night. Placed inside pubs


to cause destruction. In the same year - 1974 -


Mick Hayes took part in this funeral He was a well-known Republican,


an admitted IRA bomb-maker who was convicted of paramilitary


offences in the Republic of Ireland. And now, four decades


after the murders in Birmingham, Mick Hayes has emerged again


to admit he was part of the group Was a participant in the IRA's


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


campaign in England. But you're not answering


the question - did I'm giving you the only


answer I can give you. Mick Hayes has in the past been


questioned and named as a suspect in the bombings,


but he's never been charged. Even now, he won't say what role


he played in the IRA attack, but he says he takes "collective


responsibility" for it. And I apologise,


not only for myself. I apologise for all Republicans,


who had no intention of hurting And the relatives, again,


the relatives will say that you have I know they'll say that,


and from their point of view, I don't shirk my responsibility


in that direction. A group of men were charged


and found guilty of the bombing, but it was a famous


miscarriage of justice. And the convictions


of the men who became known as the Birmingham Six


were eventually overturned. For 16.5 years, we have been used


as political scapegoats! Today, the families of those


murdered in the pub bombings watched Mick Hayes' apology,


and were angered by it. He reckons that he'd rather die


than be an informer. But he's more than happy to take


"collective responsibility" for the murder of 21


innocents in Birmingham. Mick Hayes avoided many questions,


but he claims mistakes led the IRA to give bomb warnings too late,


and that he personally defused a third bomb left in Birmingham


city centre that night. When they found out what had


happened, we defused the third one. In the Hagley Road.


Who defused it? Many in modern-day Birmingham


will question why Mick Hayes has come forward now,


particularly as no-one has ever been held legally responsible


for murdering the 21 people who died The independent pay review


of teachers has recommended how teachers pay should be divided,


within the Government's 1% further, or are the days of 1% pay


rises numbered? Schools are beginning to feel the impact took -


not enough people training as teachers, others leaving after just


a few years. Can schools afford to give them any more? The people


coming out of university, they looked at the Hay of various


different jobs, and it is producing our ability to recruit. The review


body said last year that if there is not a pay rise of more than 1%, and


I think they meant quite a bit more than that, then there will be a


problem in teacher recruitment. Teachers pay in England has been


held down. First, a two-year pay freeze meant no increase in 2011 and


2012. Then, a 1% average paid cap rise has been in place, just like


the rest of the public sector. It would cost around ?1.6 billion for


schools in England to increase pay in line with inflation. Teachers'


pay isn't what parents talk about in the playground, but school budgets


are, and the two are connected, because page, national insurance and


pensions all come out of what schools have to spend. And it is the


concern around the budget pressures on schools which can shift the


political compass in the debate about public sector spending.


Ministers have been singing very different tunes on public pay. But


the Education Secretary has not called for the pay cap to be lifted.


Justine Greening is facing bigger pressures on school budgets. Rising


costs already mean real terms cuts per-pupil. So today, no promise of


more money for teachers but a warning this can't go on forever.


The Government made it very clear to all the pay review bodies that they


should be looking at limiting increases overall to 1%, within the


Government's paid targets and spending targets. Politics may have


changed more recently, but the work of this review body will have


happened over the last several months, and they're still working


within the instructions which were even to them a year ago. Schools


face growing pressures on their budgets, they'd need enough


teachers, too. It is a problem today's report warns won't go away.


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


both through to the last eight at Wimbledon. Andy Murray and Johanna


Konta will play in the quarterfinals. Joe Wilson is there


for us. Yes, two British champions, it is still on! The second week of


Wimbledon, in some ways you're relieved just to still be going,


like the Grand National, but then your mind turns towards the


finishing line, and today is a special day. Monday morning, keep


moving, if you want to see everything. The umbrella? Your


choice. What unites everyone here is what Wimbledon calls the pursuit of


greatness. It has been expect it of him, motivates her and still entices


him. Johanna Konta was up against Caroline Garcia in a match of small


margins. The first set was tight. The tie-break was tight. Johanna


Konta won it. Back came Darcey to win the second set. Garcia had


served brilliantly, but this was match point, this was Wimbledon and


this was a critical mistake. Give Johanna Konta an occasion, she will


rise to it. It is those situations that I dreamt of when I was a little


girl, and to be part of those battles on big stages, that's really


what it's about to be a professional athlete. Now, the first British


woman into a quarterfinal at Wimbledon since 1984 and Jo Durie -


what does that mean to you? That's pretty special. When Andy Murray is


doing his own running commentary, there is concern. But he got through


it today. He was up against Benoit Paire, number 46 in the world. At


Wimbledon, Murray has never lost to a player ranked so low. Murray was


getting there. Tie-break in the first, 6-4 in the second. In the


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


Court sympathised. A challenge to immediately! No matter, Murray said


it was the best he had hit the ball so far in the tournament, and


ultimately, Benoit Paire couldn't match it. Two British players


through today, two French players made way. Meanwhile, close by,


Rafael Nadal walked on to No. 1 Court, limbering up - without


Headroom! Ouch! He soon found himself two sets down against Gilles


Muller, of Luxembourg. Nadal has made a comeback, and they are into


the fifth set. Meanwhile, Roger Federer is two sets up on Centre


Court. For Johanna Konta and Andy Murray, for a day at least, the hard


work is done. Thomas Gainsborough was one


of the most famous portrait and landscape painters


of the 18th century - but despite his fame,


25 of his sketches have for decades been wrongly


attributed to another artist. The pictures, which he drew


as a young man, have been discovered in the Royal Collection at Windsor


Castle. Our arts correspondent


Rebecca Jones reports. Gainsborough's most famous portrait,


The Blue Boy, painted in 1770. He was the most important British


artist of the second half of the 18th century,


yet few of his early drawings They've lain undiscovered in this


album, here in the Print Room at Windsor Castle, since the reign


of Queen Victoria. She wanted some drawings


by Landseer, and this but little did she know


that the drawings inside are actually by a different


artist altogether. It was only when the historian


Lindsay Stainton was sent a box of photos of the drawings


that the mistake came to light. I was looking at boxes


and boxes of photographs and I thought, "Oh, I'll just


have a look through these". and I thought, "Oh, I'll just


have a look through these." And I just jumped up from my chair


and said to myself, "Good God, that's a study for Cornard Wood


and all of these are early And this sketch of Cornard Wood


near Sudbury in Suffolk would appear to be the compelling evidence that


proves the drawings When it is laid over the finished


picture, it matches exactly. This was his preparatory study,


and it's as if we're present in the studio with him,


which is a rather wonderful thought. But the discoveries


didn't end there. A drawing of the head of a young


woman was found on the back It could even be


Gainsborough's future wife. All the pictures can


now be viewed online Time for a look at the weather. And


there is some change ahead, is that right? Changeable is the word we


could use, yes. A mixed week as we head through the next few days. One


thing we will all feel is a cooler and fresher feel to the weather,


compared to what we have had of late. This was the scene, a


beautiful landscape at Lerwick in Shetland. It was a different story,


though, this afternoon in East Anglia, storm clouds gathering in


Felixstowe. On the radar picture, you can see some showers scattered


across the country, particularly heavy ones breaking out across East


Anglia this afternoon. Some of those will continue into the evening. They


will tend to ease, and things will be clouding over from the west.


There will be some rain, particularly across western areas.


It will be feeling cooler tonight than it has been of late. Tomorrow,


this low pressure wobbling in from the west. A bit of uncertainty still


about which track it will take. But it's southern areas which will get


the wettest weather. A bit of uncertainty about how much rain will


get into the likes of north Wales, the north Midlands and northern


England. For Scotland and Northern Ireland, it is another day of


sunshine and showers. Temperature is, way down on where they were,


particularly in the south-east. There is a chance of seeing some


rain on and off at Wimbledon tomorrow, which could interrupt


play. Wednesday, the low will clear away, that means some drier and fine


weather, still feeling cooler. For the end of the week, mainly dry with


some rain at times. That is all from the BBC News at