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A month after the Grenfell fire police release new footage

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from inside the tower block as the search for victims goes on.

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Officers are going from floor to floor, sifting through the debris.

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This staircase was the only way out for those trapped by fire.

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All I can say is please be patient - we are doing our utmost best

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for you, and we are working as hard as we can.

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The BBC has learned a residents were still being told to stay put in

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their flat is almost two hours after the fire broke out.

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Within 15 minutes the whole building caught fire -

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Only 34 victims have been formally identified so far

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and police say it will take months to search the whole flats.

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The gay man who's won a landmark ruling which will give his husband

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the same pension rights as a wife, and could affect many others.

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President Trump calls the controversy surrounding his

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son's meeting with a Russian lawyer - the biggest witch hunt

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Andy Murray crashes out of the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and

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finally admits he was injured. My hip has been sought for most of the

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event. Yeah, it was just a little bit too sore today and I was

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obviously struggling a bit on serve. Coming up in Sportsday, we will be

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rounding up all of the Wimbledon rounds from the championships.

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Good evening and welcome to the BBC News at 6.

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Police have released new footage from inside Grenfell Tower,

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a month after the fire that killed at least 80 people.

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It shows officers climbing the blackened staircase,

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which was the only way out for hundreds of people

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So far only 34 victims have been officially identified.

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Today ten more inquests were opened at Westminster Coroner's Court.

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It comes as more questions were asked about why residents

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were still being advised to stay put until almost two hours after

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Here's our special correspondent Lucy Manning.

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Into Grenfell Tower, and up the stairs.

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The narrow stairs - the only escape route,

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Now those identifying victims climb up, struggling for breath.

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Many of the residents who were told to stay during the fire didn't

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The BBC has seen documents setting out how the residents

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of Grenfell Tower were told to stay in their flats until 2:47am.

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The first 999 call was made at six minutes to one and that means

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for one hour and 53 minutes, those who were calling for help

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It took nearly two hours for the advice to change to evacuate.

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These pictures from 40 minutes after the first emergency

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call show just how high the flames had reached.

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An hour later it had engulfed the whole tower.

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There's no doubt the firefighters were heroes, but the fire

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policy for tower blocks was and still is to stay put.

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The stay put advice is broadly sound.

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But clearly this was an unprecedented fire and at some

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point it was clear that the advice needed to change - whether it should

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have been changed earlier, I wouldn't want to speculate

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on that, but the inquiry clearly needs to look at it.

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For the families still waiting for relatives to be

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identified, the information that for nearly two hours the advice

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This man's mother, sister, brother-in-law and

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their three children lived on the 22nd floor.

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And this man's uncle was on the top floor.

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Two hours - does that sound like a long time?

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Within 15 minutes the whole building caught fire.

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After that time, the chances have dropped for them and

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It's like as if, you know, you're taking away that chance.

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When you say, stay in your house, you know, stay in your house,

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Firefighters did risk their own lives to try to save others.

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The BBC understands 31 were injured, almost

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The London Fire Brigade said the stay put policy

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would be for the public and police inquiries to look at,

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but the advice given can change as the fire

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This was a flat where everyone did escape, but a month on

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debris in the tower is now being looked at for remains.

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Only 34 victims have been formally identified.

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I deeply understand the frustration the families have,

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All I can say is, please be patient, we are doing our utmost

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But with trust in the authorities low, the new council

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leader's admission that she's never been in a high-rise tower block

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Yeah, I accept I might not have been up a tower block,

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but I have been in a huge amount of other people's houses and flats,

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A month on, the families want to bury their

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relatives, and they want those responsible arrested.

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Our home editor Mark Easton joins me now. A month on and still so many

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unanswered questions? Yes, four weeks on. Today we had a political

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debate on Grenfell in the Commons and the talk was all about cladding,

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fire safety regulations, and who would pay for improvements like

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sprinklers, local or central government? But we also had ten more

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inquests of those who have been formally identified, from their DNA

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or dental records. Two things are happening right now. One is about

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safety, and the other is about people, and I think the unsettling

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fact that one month on we still don't know who and how many people

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exactly died in that fire... For Government ministers I think there

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are difficult questions about Whitehall's responsibilities on the

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safety side, but also the responsibility of all politicians to

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do more, to listen to people who live in places like Grenfell. Let

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the legacy of this awful tragedy be that we resolve never to forget

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those people. These are not my words but the words of the Prime Minister

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and the Labour mayor Siddique Khan has said something similar. Across

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the political spectrum I think there is a recognition that Grenfell poses

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profound questions actually for our whole society. Mark Easton, thank

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you. A gay man has won a landmark ruling

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at the Supreme Court which will give his husband the same

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pension rights as a The ruling could have a dramatic

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effect on the entitlement of thousands of people in same-sex

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marriages or civil partnerships. Victory after an 11-year

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legal battle. John Walker worked for the company

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Innospec for 23 years, paying Victory for basic

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fairness and decency... Civil partnerships became

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legal in December 2005. Shortly after, Mr Walker and his

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long-term partner entered into one. They are now married, but Innospec,

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relying on an exemption in the Equality Act,

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refused to take account of his pension contributions before

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that date, dramatically reducing the pension Mr Walker's

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husband would receive. The highest court in the land

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found that an anomaly. If Mr Walker married

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a woman, even after his retirement, indeed even now,

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she would be entitled to a pension. The court ruled that EU equality law

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trumped any British exemption. Mr Walker's husband will be entitled

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to a spouse's pension on Mr Walker's death,

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provided of course that It would be the same with anybody,

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whether it is a heterosexual couple or a same-sex couple -

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someone you love, that person, you want to make sure is looked

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after as long as they are alive. I'm older than him,

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therefore statistically the chances are that

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I will die before him. I wanted to ensure

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he was looked after. The effect of today's

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ruling is massive. It doesn't just affect John Walker -

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it affects everyone who is in a civil partnership

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or same-sex marriage and that is whether they are paying

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into an occupational pension scheme with a private employer

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or within the public sector. Supporters were thrilled,

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but the human rights group Liberty, which supported John Walker,

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sees a possible storm It is only EU law that

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allowed him to win today. So obviously what Mr Walker wants

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to know and what Liberty want to know is what is going to happen

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to these rights when we leave The Government says it's

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reviewing the ruling. John Walker is happy that equality

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at the heart of civil partnerships and same-sex marriage has finally

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caught up with pensions, and there The defending champion and world

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number one was beaten in the quarter quarter-finals by the

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American Sam Querry. Throughout the championships

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there've been continuing questions about Murray's fitness -

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and problems with his hip. Our sports correspondent Joe Wilson

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reports from Wimbledon. No player owned Centre Court, but

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it's where Andy Murray In 2008 he reached his first

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Wimbledon quarterfinal. But from feet, through hip,

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to mind, we knew this By the end of today's

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match, he looked empty. It started so well

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against Sam Querrey. Murray broke at the

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first opportunity. That is a hungry performance from

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Murray. Murray was bossing

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the second set, too. And Querrey suddenly

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has an opportunity. Inspired, he won three games

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in a row, and from nowhere Well, he said there was no point

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in calling a trainer. In the third set tie-break,

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we saw sheer endeavour. Murray scrambling, covering every

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blade to get it back. And hoping his opponent

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might do this... But he could barely

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compete in the fourth set. His mind was urging,

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but his body wasn't responding. Nervousness gripped the crowd,

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but Sam Querrey was getting In the fifth set Querrey kept

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moving and reaching, kept Murray chasing in a way that

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seemed almost cruel. And Murray tried, he

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pursued, but it was gone. Murray lost the final set

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6-1, and as he walked towards the handshake,

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that limp seemed more The whole tournament I've been

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a little bit sore, but, you know, So, you know, I'm proud

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about that but it is obviously You know, at Wimbledon there

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is obviously an opportunity there, To knock out the champion

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is a fine achievement, but along with everyone watching,

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I wondered if Murray had Obviously he didn't want

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to relinquish his crown too easily. But today he was half

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the player that he normally is, towards the latter

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stage of the match. And it was sad to see him go

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out in that fashion. Because, you know, he's a great,

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great player and he was so desperate to play here, and you could see

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the pain he was in today. But all those years of effort

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and excellence take their toll. August 28th is the day to have in

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mind, the day the US Open starts. Andy Murray has said today he is

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aiming for more majors, but also has said he is doing everything he can

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really to manage the wear and tear on his body. This is an issue for

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all the top players in fact in the last few minutes on Court number

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one, Novak Djokovic has just retired, hurt, in his quarterfinal,

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so his opponent was there. Still, he did manage to be two set up at the

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age of 35. Some words to cheer us up in the meantime, Johanna Konta

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tomorrow. STUDIO: Thank you for that, from

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Wimbledon. The greatest witchhunt

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in political history - that's what Donald Trump has called

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the controversy surrounding his son after it emerged he met a Russian

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lawyer last year who was said to have information from the Kremlin

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which would help his Today the president

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said his son had been open and transparent -

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and was innocent. Our chief correspondent

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Gavin Hewitt reports. Donald Trump's son has been

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out defending himself. After revelations that he met

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a Russian lawyer who he believed had incriminating information on Hillary

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Clinton. In retrospect, I probably would have

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done things a little differently. Again, this is before

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the Russia-mania. This is before they were building

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it up in the press. For me, this was

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opposition research. In his interview, Donald Trump Jr

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said that he hadn't referred It was such a nothing,

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there was nothing to tell. I mean, I wouldn't have even

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remembered it until you start It was literally just

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a wasted 20 minutes. President Trump was quick

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to praise his son's television So who are the key players involved

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in the meeting last year? The initial approach

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to Donald Trump Jr about a potential Russian meeting came

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from Rob Goldstone, He helped schedule the appointment

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with Natalia Veselnitskaya, Also in the room was Paul Manafort,

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Trump's campaign manager, and Jared Kushner, Trump's

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son-in-law - a clear sign they thought the meeting

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would be significant. The White House has been active,

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pointing out that there has been no illegality and no law broken and no

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sensitive information exchanged. But that doesn't mean there are no

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risks in all of this The meeting in and of itself may not

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be illegal, but it's got a lot of hallmarks

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of a criminal conspiracy. In this atmosphere of political

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crisis, focus turned towards Capitol Hill

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and the confirmation hearings His predecessor had been

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fired by Donald Trump. An issue today,

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the FBI's independence. I pledge to be the leader

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that the FBI deserves. The proposed FBI director seemed

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to contradict President from today, saying that the probe

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into whether Russia meddled into last year's American election

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was not a witchhunt. Questions are being asked about how

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the White House is coping with this, there have been reports of the

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president is paralysed and the White House paralysed and he is spending

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lots of time watching cable TV, but today he hit back at that, saying

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the White House was functioning perfectly. He had no time to watch

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TV. But there is a sense in this town of an administration under

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siege. STUDIO: Thanks for joining us.

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A month after the Grenfell fire - police release new footage

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from inside the tower block as the painstaking search

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And still to come all the pomp and ceremony

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Coming up in Wimbledon sports day, more reaction to Andy Murray's

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quarterfinal exit and use of a fifth stage victory for Marcel Kittel at

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the Tour de France -- news of. The parents of the terminally ill

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baby Charlie Gard will return to the High Court tomorrow

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as their legal battle to allow him to be given an experimental

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treatment abroad continues. At the very centre of the case

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is the question of how far you should go to keep a terminally

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ill child alive? In a separate case,

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Branwen Jeffreys has been speaking to the mother of a seriously ill

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10-year-old girl who is facing She contacted the BBC because she

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wanted to tell her story. For ten years, Juliet has

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cared for her daughter. All her life, Rose has been

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in and out of hospital. She's blind, can't move,

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her brain isn't fully developed. She's suffered frequent seizures

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since she was a baby. It's so distressing to actually

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watch, even though I've I've laid next to her to see what's

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happening and I can feel her body And I can only begin to imagine

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what it will be like if that was me And if I can't say,

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"This really hurts". There's no name for what causes

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this but she can hear There have been better times,

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but earlier this year Her mother now wants

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doctors to consider The best solution in my heart

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would be that if Rose is going to continue suffering

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like she is suffering now, if her future is going to be very

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limited, quality-of-life, then the kindest thing we can do

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right now is to withdraw things that are keeping her alive

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which is her medications, her fluids, because she's

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now fed through a tube. Rose is on various medications, tube

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feeding has the same legal status. It is counted as

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life-sustaining treatment. It is a dilemma no

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parent wants to face. How do you balance the right to life

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against the fear that more treatment Quite simply, it's the child's

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interests that have to be put first Juliet is Rose's main carer

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as well as her mother, Doctors use guidelines to help

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decide on a child's best interests. Every single case has to be looked

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on in terms of the quality-of-life It's something that people,

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medical professionals and parents and carers,

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spend a lot of time thinking about and really

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considering in depth. What about the need to protect

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the life of every disabled child, to do everything we can to keep them

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alive, to keep them well? This is not about the fact

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that Rose is disabled. Whether she has the brain of a baby

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or in a wheelchair being blind, This is about the complexities

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of her medical needs. And the day-to-day suffering

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and the future potential suffering. Rose is being assessed

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by another team of doctors, to help future decisions

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about what's best for her. Unemployment has fallen

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to its lowest level since 2005. It dropped by 64,000 to 1.49 million

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in the three months to May. Figures out today also said that

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earnings, excluding bonuses, rose by 2% year-on-year,

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slightly higher than expected, The Royal Bank of Scotland has

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agreed to pay nearly ?4 billion to the US authorities

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for its role in selling A separate deal with

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the Department of Justice The mortgages - which had been

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repackaged as investment products, later proved to be worthless

:21:44.:21:50.

when the financial crisis hit. A huge iceberg has just broken

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away from Antarctica. The giant block is estimated to

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cover more than 2000 square miles. Experts are not blaming

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global warming, though, they say it's normal behaviour

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for ice sheets. The European Union's chief Brexit

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negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said that Britain must recognise

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the existence of its financial Yesterday the foreign secretary,

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Boris Johnson, suggested that the EU could "go whistle"

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for what he described Today, Mr Barnier hit back saying

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he couldn't hear any whistling, Our Europe Correspondent Damian

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Grammaticus reports. In Brussels today,

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determination and frustration. The EU's chief Brexit negotiator

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venting his feelings, first on this, what Boris Johnson said yesterday

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about the money the UK owes. The sums that I have seen that

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they've proposed to demand from this country seem to me to be

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extortionate and I think to go whistle is an entirely

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appropriate expression. That's because time to reach

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a deal is slipping by. "It's not a ransom in any

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way", said Mr Barnier. "It's not an exit

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bill, a punishment, Adding, "We have to settle

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the accounts before we can discuss Another of Michel Barnier's

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frustrations - he's produced nine publicly available documents

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on these areas under negotiations, David Davis has produced

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one, on citizens, so the EU side doesn't

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know what the UK wants. In the Commons today,

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the Brexit secretary sought to laugh it all off, but Emily Thornbury,

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standing in for Jeremy Corbyn, was What is the plan in the event

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no deal is reached? On March the 12th he said

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that there was a plan, on March the On May the 19th

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he said he spent half And yesterday he said that he wasn't

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prepared to comment. Commenting today, standing

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in for Theresa May, Damian Green said the plan is to get a deal,

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but not one that punishes the UK. And we believe that it is not just

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in the interest of Great Britain but also in the interests

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of the other member states of the European Union to reach

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a deal with what is one But here in Brussels

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it is clear Michel Barnier He says he wants clarity and fast,

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preferably by Monday, because that is when the real

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hard negotiations begin. Damian Grammaticus,

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BBC News, Brussels. The King of Spain has told

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parliament he's confident the UK and Spain can reach an agreement

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over the future of Gibraltar. King Felipe and Queen Letizia

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of Spain have begun a three day It's being seen by the government

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as an opportunity to forge closer ties with Spain as the UK prepares

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to leave the European Union. Our royal correspondent

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Nicholas Witchell reports. A state visit is pageantry

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with a purpose. High-end hospitality with a strong

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dose of interstate diplomacy. Greeting the King of Spain

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as if he were family. Both are descendants

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of Queen Victoria. So, too, is the Duke of Edinburgh,

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who escorted King Felipe as they This supposedly is the Duke's last

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appearance at a state visit before he steps back from public life

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in the autumn. From Horse Guards to the mall,

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and a carriage ride escorted But behind all the ceremony,

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there is serious business. And a state visit creates a mood

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in which friendships can be deepened and difficult messages can be made

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without giving offence. Between Britain and Spain there

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is one intractable issue, Gibraltar. Last year King Felipe called it

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a colonial anachronism. Today he told parliamentarians

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at Westminster it was time to seek I'm confident that through

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the necessary dialogue and effort, our two governments will be able

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to work out towards arrangements Tonight at the Palace,

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the State banquet. There will be speeches by the Queen,

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and another by King Felipe. As Brexit approaches,

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Britain wants closer ties That, for Britain, is the subtext

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of this state visit. Nicholas Witchell, BBC News,

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at Buckingham Palace. Time for a look at the weather

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here's Chris Fawkes. Over the last 24 hours parts of

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southern England have seen over half a month's worth of rain and we have

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some dangerous driving conditions first thing this morning, this was

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in Twickenham, but the rain cleared very quickly. This is spectacular.

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This is Cumbria, barely a cloud. Those scenes were repeated around

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the country, plenty of sunshine. Clear skies overnight will allow

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temperatures to fall away free quickly. -- very quickly. In the

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countryside it will be cold enough for some pockets of ground frost and

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it will be a chilly start to Thursday, but we have the area of

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high pressure still, the Atlantic front is quite skinny and that will

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come in late in the day. Fine weather in the morning and for the

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most part it is dry with sunshine, but cloud will bubble up through the

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afternoon and that will provide the focus of showers in England and

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Wales. Some of these could be quite heavy, but they will stay away from

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East Anglia and south-eastern and where it is forecast to stay dry.

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Northern Ireland will have a skinny band of rain. Similar picture in the

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western Scotland, with the weather going downhill, but late in the day,

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and they will be sunshine before that. And if you showers in the

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north-east. At Wimbledon, there won't be any further upsets in terms

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of the weather, sunny spells for the rest of the tournament. Temperatures

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into the low 20s. Friday, more cloud, but still dry weather and

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sunny spells, and laid on the day we have another Atlantic front

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approaching the north-west and this will bring a band of rain and cloud,

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the rain spreads overnight, leaving a legacy of cloudy skies for the

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start of the weekend and a you showers in the North West but it

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could become warm and humid in the south-west if we have sunshine

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coming through the crowd.

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