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In the last few minutes, he has rescinded the deal which was set up

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with Cuba by President Obama. The president has also said

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that he is being investigated for obstruction of justice,

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by the man who told him Frustration and anger

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following the tower block fire in west London,as crowds

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gather to add their voice The Prime Minister, criticised for

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her response, visit some in hospital and has announced a ?5 million

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relief fund. We want to ensure that people immediately have the support

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the need for them to be able to help deal with terrible and horrific

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circumstances. And he was Germany's

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longest-serving Chancellor, presiding over German re-unification

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and a driving force behind Hello and welcome

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to World News Today. President Trump has just cancelled

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his predecessor 's agreement with Cuba. He said the agreement only

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hilt the rich and Cuba did nothing to help the American people.

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This is the scene live in Miami where the President is speaking.

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It was a great day. It was a very important moment, just like this is

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no. This is a very important moment for Cuba. America will always stand

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for everything and we will always cheer for the freedom of the people

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of Cuba. That little boy whose story I just talked, the one who played

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the violin so beautifully so many years ago, is here with us today in

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our fact an extremely warm auditorium. Of course, he is no

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longer a little boy, but the world renowned violinist. Today, he will

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once again playing his violin and fill the hearts of all of those who

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cherish Cuba, the United States and freedom. I would like to invite him

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to the stage. This is President Trump live addressing the Cuban-

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American community in Miami. He has within the past half-hour reversed

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the three years of United States policy which with Cuba. President

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Trump talking about the human rights record in Cuba and said he is not

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going to the ease the travel restrictions until Cuba holds fear

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and free elections. The profits from investment and tourism flow directly

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to the military. The regime takes the money and owns the industry. The

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outcome of the last administration executive action has only been more

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repression and a move to crush the peaceful, democratic movement,

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therefore, effective immediately, I am cancelling the last

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administration is completely one-sided deal with Cuba. I am

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announcing today a new policy. Just as I promised during the campaign. I

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will be signing the contract rate at that table in just a moment. Our

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policy will seek a much better deal for the people of Cuba and for the

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United States of America. We do not want US dollars to prop up a

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military monopoly which exploits the citizens of Cuba. Our new policy

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begins strictly enforcing United States law. We will not lift

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sanctions on the Cuban regime until all political prisoners are freed

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from prison. Freedom of assembly and expression are respected, all

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political parties are legalised, and three and internationally supervised

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elections are scheduled. We will finish strongly restrict American

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dollars for falling to the military, security and intelligence services

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that are at the heart of the Castro regime. We will be restricted. --

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they will be restricted. We will enforce the ban on tourism. We will

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enforce the embargo. We will take concrete steps to ensure that

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investments fall directly to the people, so they can open private

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businesses and begin to build their countries great, great future. A

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country of great potential. President Trump speaking with the

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last 30 minutes. He is still speaking at the moment. Speaking to

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the large Cuban - American community in Miami.

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He is making good on a lot of these campaign promises? Yes, although he

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said it was a terrible deal that President Obama mean, he is not

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doing a complete turnaround. President Obama Normalised

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diplomatic relations. The first United States Embassy in Havana was

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opened at couple of years ago. He has brought in tougher restrictions

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when it comes to things like travel restrictions banning business with

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the new Cuban military, which could affect the Cuban economy. It is not

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a complete rule back. This will be popular with his base. You can see

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the code around him. In Florida, he won 54% of the vote of Cuban-

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Americans. It was a vote winner. We will talk to you slightly later in

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the programme. Staying with this issue of Cuba. We can no speak to.

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the Washington Office of Latin America.

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She worked with the Obama administration and opposes

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I am assuming you are disappointed but not surprised by what you hear

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unknowns. That is exactly right. I am surprised. Any step back from

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normalisation is bad for America and bad for Cuba. The only people at

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benefits as a small minority of focal Cuban- Americans in Florida. A

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lot of people did vote for him in the campaign and what he said it did

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prove popular. That is what these people wanted. Absolutely. They are

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a small minority who wonders. The overwhelming majority of Cuban-

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Americans favour lifting the embargo. This policy is not only

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unpopular amongst Americans, it will be unpopular amongst Cuban-

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Americans. We were expecting him to focus on the human rights record in

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Cuba. He was talking about encouraging political transparency.

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That is not unreasonable. The question is not if it is

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unreasonable, but how best to go about promoting that. We believe the

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best way to go about doing that is to get more engagement, not less. In

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terms of the practicalities, what with the embassy, the first United

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States Embassy, it would remain open. But practically, how will this

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affect the community? In terms of the community on the island? In

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terms of travel both ways. This makes it harder for Americans to

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travel. This punishes the private sector, the very people that

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President Trump wants to hilt. The notion that travel only hilt the

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Cuban military is simply not true. $40 million have gone to private

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homeowners in Cuba through travel. That has definitely been an obvious

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benefit of the lifting of the travel ban. Thank you very much for joining

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us. Donald Trump has taken to Twitter,

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to confirm he is being investigated for obstruction of justice

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in connection with the firing He said: "I am being investigated

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for firing the FBI Director "by the man who told me

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to fire the FBI Director!" Once again, he called

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it a "witch hunt." He also insisted that, "After seven

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months of investigations and committee hearings

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about my alleged collusion with the Russians, nobody has been

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able to show any proof." As a result, sources close to the US

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Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, say he may have

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to recuse himself from the inquiry, as he may now be

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a potential witness. This gets more and more complicated.

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Starting from the beginning, we heard from the president that he is

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not being investigated. He is now being investigated. What do we make

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of this? James Comey testified before the Senate last week. He was

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fired by the president at the beginning of last month. He said the

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president was not the subject of the investigation as to whether his

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campaign colluded with the Russians. James Comey Was then fire. The

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investigation was then taken over by a special counsel. He has broadened

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the scope of the enquiry and is now investigating president Trump. With

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a naughty obstructed justice by filing James Comey. It sounds rather

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complicated. He was not been investigated before but he is no.

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What happens if Rosenstein recuse as himself? He is the deputy Attorney

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General. He is the most senior person investigating the Russian

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investigation. The Attorney General had to take himself off the case

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because he was a former senator who was a key surrogate for the Trump

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campaign. There was a potential conflict of interest for him. The

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deputy general was no overseeing this. It was him who authored the

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letter setting out why James Comey was fired. He has now been

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criticised by the President this morning and it looks like he himself

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may have to take himself off the investigation because he could no be

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a witness perhaps because of that letter which set out why James Comey

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was fired. James Comey Says he believes he was fired because of his

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involvement with the Russian enquiry. Thank you for clarifying

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Oliver. There has been growing anger in

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London about the situation surrounding the major tour block

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blaze. The BBC's Dan Johnson

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gave us the latest from I'd say at the height of this

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protest there was probably 4-500, maybe more, people here and some

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of them decided that it wasn't enough just to stand outside

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and chant their message to make their demands plain,

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they decided that they were actually going to take that message

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inside the council offices. They went in through the front

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doors, they were in the foyer The police have arrived and heard

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most of those people away. They are now, most of them,

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still gathered here. Some have left but there

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are still a couple of hundred They are now just been reading

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through a list of the names of those people that are known to have died

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in this fire. They say that they just haven't been

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getting enough information quickly They say that at this point,

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two or three days on, just isn't going quickly

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enough, they say. They say they know people have been

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missing since the fire happened. They strongly suspect they have

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lost their lives and want that official confirmation

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so that they can move At the moment, they also

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have the demands that they want the council to meet,

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more funding for those who have been left homeless

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because of this disaster, they want to know that everyone

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will be re-homed as quickly That is one of their

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immediate priorities. They say temporary accommodation has

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also got to be of a better standard There is understandably a lot

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of anger and emotion in this crowd. People are really upset

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and frustrated by the response from They feel it hasn't been good enough

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and hasn't addressed They say the council hasn't

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been accountable to them and they want to council officials

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to come out and actually be to them, They have had a written response

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from a council official but that, they say, is not satisfactory,

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so quite a big crowd still here trying to get

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the message through. They are deciding what

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they need to do next. Certainly, there are wider

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issues at play here. You might be able to see

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that there are political posters now Certainly, this disaster has sparked

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a wider sense of unease and feelings of inequality in this

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borough and beyond. Issues they want to be addressed

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as quickly as possible. In the last hour, the Prime Minister

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Theresa May has offered a ?5 million relief fund for those

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affected by the fire. A short while ago, she spoke

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to my colleague Emily Maitliss and insisted the government

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was doing everything it could. We are committed to

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ensuring that people are rehoused, as far as possible,

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within the borough. Some people may actually

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want to go to another part of London where perhaps

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they have a greater support network, where they have

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friends and relatives. We are ensuring that within three

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weeks people will be rehoused so they have

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a home to go to. I ask you again, do you accept that

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you misread the public mood, You didn't go and meet

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residents and they really This was a terrible

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tragedy that took place. All their possessions,

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their home and everything. What we are doing is

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putting in place the I have heard horrifying

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stories from the fire brigade, police, victims themselves,

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that were in the tower. Some of them, of course,

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have not been able to go What I'm now what

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absolutely focused on is ensuring that we get that

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support on the ground. Government is making

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money available. We are ensuring that we

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are going to get to the bottom of what has happened

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and we will ensure that people are We need to make sure that actually

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happens. The BBC's deputy political editor

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John Pienaar in Westminster. He gave us the latest

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on the Prime Minister's reaction The Prime Minister's having to show

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some of the empathy and the agility that some of critics say

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she was lacking when she made her I saw the truly inspiring sight

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of people of all communities, all social classes, coming together,

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offering clothing by way of donations, too much

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for the volunteers on the ground to deal with, and just

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about everyone I spoke to spoke of the lack of leadership at local

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and national level. We've heard from Theresa May today,

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she made the announcement She is under pressure,

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she'll need to see that those coming public enquiry is set up quickly,

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that it makes effective recommendations, that they

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are acted upon quickly. The roots of this goes

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beyond the last two Tory administrations, back

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through the time of the last Labour administration,

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but inevitably the buck stops on the desk of the serving

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Prime Minister, and this is a defining test of Theresa May's

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authority, weakened as it is since the election,

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and that test has come far more quickly than Theresa May

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could possibly have imagined. We have a special section on our

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website done it dedicated to the Grenfell Tower disaster.

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Let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news.

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The United Nations says so-called Islamic State may be holding more

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than 100,000 civilians in Mosul as human shields.

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It says these people are surrounded by fighting,

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with hardly any food, water, electricity or fuel.

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An operation to retake the city, led by Iraqi government forces,

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Russia's Foreign Minister says he cannot confirm that his country's

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warplanes killed the chief of so-called Islamic State,

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The night-time raid targeted the group's leaders last month.

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Earlier, the Syrian government said al-Baghdadi was killed in an air

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strike, but did not say who carried it out, nor provided any evidence

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A judge in Massachusetts has ruled that a 20-year-old American woman

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who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself is guilty of his death.

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Michelle Carter faces up to 20 years in prison

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18-year-old Conrad Roy was found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning

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The court, near Boston, heard that Carter had urged him,

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in text messages, to follow through on his plan to kill himself.

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The former German Chancellor, who presided over the fall of the Berlin

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Wall and the reunion unification of the country has died, at the age of

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87. He was Germany's longest serving post-war leader, leading the country

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for 16 years from 1972-1988. He led the country through unification

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after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The French president has paid

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tribute to Helmut Kohl. Our Berlin correspondent said that the

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international reaction to the death of Helmut Kohl was announced.

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Tributes were pouring in. He is revered here in Germany as the

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father of reunification, but Helmut Kohl is one of the political giants

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of modern European history. He saw the coming together of East and West

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Germany but then there was the introduction of the euro. He very

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much pushed that project through along with the French president. The

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German public were initially very sceptic. In later life, it has

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worked out very well for them and that something Germany is very

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popular -- grateful for. He was the longest serving Chancellor.

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Popularity did that for numerous reasons. He promised Germany that

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they would see looming landscapes following unification. It took a

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long time for these landscapes to flourish. He was later bought by a

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donations scandal which dogged his Conservative Party. He has gone to

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his grave refusing to name any of those people behind illegal payments

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to the party. But I think he will be remembered for his political

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accomplishments but on the European stage, as well. There are many

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Reports from Spain say the Real Madrid football star,

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Cristiano Ronaldo, says he is "sad" and "upset" after being accused

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of tax fraud and wants to the leave the club.

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A source close to the player has told the BBC that Ronaldo believes

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he has done everything by the rules and that he is an honest man.

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David Orstein told us the latest from the BBC Sport Centre.

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What we know is what we've been told by sources close to Cristiano

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They say he's very sad and really upset.

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He doesn't want to stay in Spain and feels he's honest,

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has good character and did everything OK.

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He doesn't understand. At this moment he wants to leave.

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The sole release to taxation charges against him. He denies the

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allegations. We do not know if this is a threat to the Spanish

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authorities to say that he will leave the club if they do not drop

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the case. The story emerged in a Spanish newspaper and says it is an

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irreversible decision. They say he has already informed his team-mates

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that he is going to be leaving. Thank you very much for watching.

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