16/06/2017 World News Today


The news programme for audiences who want more depth to their daily coverage. With a focus on Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Similar Content

Browse content similar to 16/06/2017. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!



the heat but by Tuesday, things turning just a little fresher. We


keep the cloud into the far north-west.


Frustration and anger following the tower block


fire in west London - as crowds gathered to add their


The British Prime Minister - already criticised for her


response - visits some of the injured in hospital.


She's announced a six million dollar fund to help the victims.


What we need to do is to ensure that immediately people have the support


that they need in order to deal with what is an horrific


and terrible circumstance that people are in.


Also ahead - "Terrible and misguided."


President Trump's view on the previous


He's signed an order to revoke the agreement set


Effective immediately, I am cancelling the last administration


completely one-sided deal with Cuba. And he's one of the political giants


of modern European history. Germany's longest-serving


Chancellor, Helmut Kohl, Could Ronaldo be


getting rid of Real? The BBC learns he's so upset


at being accused of tax fraud, Hello and welcome


to World News Today. Police say that at least 30 people


are now confirmed to have died in the fire that engulfed


Grenfell Tower in west London. The BBC understands that the TOTAL


number of people who are dead But the BBC understands that many


more people are missing. There is growing anger at the way


the authorities have dealt with the aftermath of the fire -


earlier around 500 protestors Some protestors then moved


to the centre of London, and staged a sit-in at Oxford Circus,


in the heart of London's West End, and just a few hundred


metres from this building. With the story of a day that people


in West London who were affected by the tower block fire began


to express their anger, A crowd storms Kensington Town Hall,


demanding action. I understand that the response


we get from the council They want to hear from the local


authority officials How could this tragedy have


happened on this scale, We are sent from


hospital to hospital. Why is there not community


help for family members? Why do we have to look for


information? Today, again, in the shadow


of Grenfell Tower, It is an overwhelming community


tragedy with an overwhelming We get all the missing


people on the same window. A continuing grassroots


mobilisation, doing But the Queen and Prince William


left in no doubt of the agony Rescue crews are still making


their way through the building. It is hard to imagine


a more challenging task. It is why the official death toll


remains so much lower than what the people here expect,


and what they fear. The building itself


is in a very hazardous state. It is going to take a period of time


for our specialists, both from the police


and the London Fire Brigade, to fully search the building,


to make sure we locate and recover everybody that has sadly


perished in that fire. We will be doing that as swiftly


as we can, absolutely. With all of that comes frustration


and the sense among many that more help is needed


at the official level. There is a woman on the train who


goes past and she sees body bags. OK, even if you can't


identify them, don't lie. Say, we have this many


bodies unidentified. Because there are people


out here looking for The investigations, inquests


and enquiries will take months, perhaps years to complete


but the people here believe they already have a fundamental


understanding of this tragedy, that the fire swept


through the building at breathtaking pace,


and that so many people from this Away from the crowds,


it is now three days on. The fire is out and


London rumbles on. Grenfell Tower, 127 homes,


stands monument now to the lives, Jeremy Cooke, BBC News,


North Kensington. The British Prime Minister Theresa


May has offered a ?5 million relief A short while ago she spoke


to my colleague Emily Maitliss and insisted the government


was doing everything it could. We are committed to rehousing


people. Some people may want to go to another borough where they have


support. But we went to make sure that within three weeks were people


will be rehoused and they have a home to goes to. Do you except that


you misread the mood, the anger, you didn't meet residents are resented


that? This was a terrible tragedy that took place. People have lost


their lives and others have lost everything. All their possessions,


their home, and everything. What we are doing is putting in place the


support that would help them. That it is a


-- terrible tragedy. I have heard reports from the fire brigade, the


police and the victims in the tower themselves. But also from other


residents, some of them have not been able to go back to their homes


either. What was the response? What I am now absolutely focused on is


ensuring they get that support on the ground. The government is making


money available, we are ensuring we will get to the bottom of what has


happened. We will ensure people are rehoused, but we need to make sure


that that actually happens. My colleague Ian Watson joins us


from London. What did Theresa May say? She didn't answer that


directly, she talked about the practical thing she was doing. She


did say in the interview that this was a terrible tragedy and we all


affected but people weren't just for practical messages, they were


looking for empathy. She said the priority was to meet the emergency


services as she did yesterday in a private meeting, nonetheless he did


not meet the residents directly, that I think aloud a gap for her


opponents to suggest she was lacking in sympathy for some of the


resident. She was not listening to the concerns. And by the time she


did meet the residents outside the church where she met some victims


and the victims two families, she was met with cries of coward and


shame on you. For a Prime Minister have just come out of a election


with a reduced number of MPs in Parliament, would a week in hand, if


you like, it wasn't desperately helpful to have the past 24 hours


focusing on her again her character, her ability to keep in step with the


mood of the country, not necessarily the inability to deal quickly with a


totally. We have -- with a tragedy. We have seen the anger of people we


-- who want answers. It will be such a difficult process in getting the


information they need? Dart things here. What Mrs May was trying to do


was trying to start the process of finding the truth. There will be a


public enquiry led by the judiciary, an independent enquiry into what


happened. In terms of references for that enquiry, not yet drawn up, can


be interest to limit the influence by the tenants and residents of the


area affected so they can have a say over what the enquiry should look


at. But they want answers now about their last relatives, feared dead.


They want how many people have died, answers on how quickly and where


there might be rehoused. She suggested the local area, they were


worried they might be moved out of the area and the community. Those


are pressing questions, they say they have not been answered. There


is a great deal of anger and frustration spilling over, this is


getting a bit wider now. There are demonstrations going past ten


Downing St, to Oxford Street, the main shopping street of London, the


headquarters of the BBC. There's a feeling that something that had


started as a desperate tragedy, there are now bigger questions about


how people are treated in this country, the gap between rich and


poor, a bigger political time is not just for the Prime Minister that all


political parties in Britain. Ian Watson, thank you for the time


being. That protest has now moved on. We'll have much more coverage of


the West London tower block fire from 9:30pm local time, the viewers


in the UK. President Trump has announced that


he's cancelling what he's called his predecessor's one-sided


deal with Cuba. At a ceremony with the


Cuban-American community in Miami, he signed what he described


as a commitment to strengthen the policy


of the United States towards Cuba. He said that easing restrictions


on travel and trade only enriched the Cuban regime and did not


help the Cuban people. The profits from investment and


tourism flow directly to the military. The regime takes the money


and owns the industry. The outcome of last administration's executive


action has been owned the more profession and a move -- more


repression and a move to crush the peaceful democratic movement. So


effective immediately, I am cancelling the last administration's


completely one-sided deal with Cuba. President from speaking to some of


the Cuban-American community in Miami. We spoke to will grant in


Havana. That is what stood out to me, we knew he would break with the


Obama policy, reimposing restrictions that have been eased by


his predecessor. But it was just the degree to which he ramped up the


rhetoric that stood out to us in Cuba. This was speaking about the


government as a dictatorship, attacking the military as milking


the tourism dollars that were coming into Cuba, it was heavy on human


rights, he challenged keeper to lay out as he put it, a better deal.


Despite all the noise, if you look at exactly what was said, he has not


rolled back completely on the Obama era policies. Thus on certain


elements. Specifically, to do with travel, and trade so that US


companies can't work with the commercial wing of the Cuban


military. But things still will continue as they were in terms of,


for example, direct flights to Cuba from the United States. Don't go


away, we will go to Washington now and Barbara Joyce us. We were


expecting this but as we'll was saying, a stronger rhetoric than


perhaps we have anticipated? President Trump had promised a


certain constituency, Cuban-American hardliners in Miami, that he would


do this. They are the minority, actually, in that community now,


over time there has been much greater openness to a did


it was to them he was speaking. He spoke to them in Miami. These are


their views about the Castro regime. He was influenced by hardline


Cuban-American lawmakers, especially Senator Marco Rubio. He went with


that rhetoric, painting the regime and very black colours, making this


very much a human rights issue, saying that the regime was


oppressing people, destabilising the region, and that it was benefiting


from the results of President Obama 's's detente and that they would


change it in that way but we'll is right, the actual changes were not


so much a rollback but tightening some of the money to the commercial


element of the military. I think what we will be looking for is that


tone that he has set, that line, how that will affect the relationship


with the government, I think it probably signals a return to a much


more adversarial type of relationship and that is going to


distress a lot of people here, the business and tourism community, and


lawmakers as well. Not just about that those on the Republican side of


the who are pressing for this let's point those two will. From


those who want a transparent process, political parties to be


allowed, voting and free elections, that won't happen Willett? Not


through these means, no. I don't think the Cuban government has ever


responded well to those demands from Washington and it won't start now.


He almost suggested the fact that President Raul Castro is stepping


down next year was somehow related to this harder stance. But Mr Castro


has made it clear he intended to step down for quite some time. In


fact, if anything, human rights organisations are advising against


taking this type of harder stance because they fear that it might


strengthen the hand of hardliners within the Cuban Communist Party. So


there is a lot of people pointing out some of the inconsistencies in


this policy. For example, obliging US citizens to come to Cuba in


organised groups. That means the chances are they would stay within


state run hotels and not the private Centre, exactly the part of the


economy that the Trump administration is trying to empower.


There are a lot of people suggesting this is misguided but the


administration is clear that the previous of nurses and midweek,


rolled over for the Castro government, and that they will take


a harder stance. -- the previous Administration was weak. We will


keep the focus on Donald Trump because the president has once again


taken to twitter. The president has taken to Twitter


to confirm he's being investigated for obstruction of justice


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


for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me


to fire the FBI Director!" Once again he called


it a "Witch Hunt". He also insisted that "After seven


months of investigations and committee hearings


about my alleged collusion with the Russians, nobody has been


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


Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, say he may have


to recuse himself from the inquiry as he may now be


a potential witness. Our correspondent in Washington,


Rajini Vaidyanathan James Comey the former FBI director,


testified before the Senate last week and remember, he was fired by


President club at the beginning of May. He testified before the Senate


but President Trump was not the subject of the investigation is into


whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. But of course, he


only knew what was going on while he was in post. But then James Kelly


was fired, and someone called Robert Mallo was taken over -- takeover of


the investigation as special council. Now that Mr Muller has


taken over. He has broadened the scope of the enquiry and is now


investigating President Trump. But whether he is -- for whether he


obstructed justice. He is now being investigated for his role in firing


James Comey. Stay with us on BBC World News for


lots to come, including sports News, the latest from the second round of


the US open. There was a bomb in the city centre


and AI Oblak codewords -- IRA codeword. Thus South African


government has abolished the force registration act, which forcibly


classified citizens according to race. Germany's parliament has voted


by no majority to move this seat of government from Bonn to Berlin. It


was greeted by a shot in Bonn. Just a day old and the Royal baby is now


sleeping in his cot. He was taken to apartment to Kensington palace. The


first Russian cosmonaut. -- woman cosmonaut.


The former Chancellor of Germany, Helmut Kohl, who presided over


the reunification of the west with the former communist


The current Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has led the tributes,


describng him as 'a great German and a great European.' From Berlin,


His name rang out at a turning point in history.


East Germans hailed him as a saver from communism, the Cold War was


over. As a child, Helmut Kohl saw his country destroyed by World War


II. It inspired or a lifelong ambition to unify Germany and


Europe, and put an end to war. His Christian Democrat principles and


his giant physique proved unstoppable. First he was the leader


of Rhineland then leader of opposition in West Germany. And when


Schmidt's government collapsed, the Cold War. He was mocked for his


appetite and accent. His time might have run out were it not for a


political earthquake. The fall of the Berlin Wall. Now Helmut Kohl


with the history man, the reassuring with the history man, the reassuring


figure who convinced the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to reunite


Germany which would pose no threat. On the day of reunification, Helmut


Kohl with the father of the nation. But in eastern Germany, the economy


failed and brilliance lost their jobs. Helmut Kohl felt dearly. He


had ignored the costs of unity and Germany paid the price. Helmut Kohl


turned to his other big idea, reuniting Europe with the French


president. Tap-in became the architect of the new European union,


with its own currency. At the end, Kohl's ruthless attempts to cling to


power led to his downfall. Then a corruption scandal. He admitted he


flouted the law for years, taking secret donations which he said he


passed on political friends, but the courts letting go three. His


reputation never really recovered but his legacy is filled. In 2010,


he joined the celebrations to mark 20 years of German reunification.


The West and east are back together, and Helmut Kohl will always be


remembered as the Chancellor of German unity.


That did all the sports news. BBC sport understands that Christiano


Ronaldo wants to leave Spain. After being accused of tax fraud. The


contract is signed last year keeping him at Real Madrid for five years,


includes a 1 billion year wrote release clause. The former rail


Madrid president called a run, agrees he could make a shock exit.


In that sense, I don't think it's going to be easy to change. He is a


strong minded and gets what he wants. When I signed him, he was


going to come the year before, he didn't because he committed to


Manchester United. When he did for Real Madrid, he didn't change his


mind. Despite that Barcelona were offering more. It's true. Let's hope


that he's not so clear leaving Real Madrid. Let's get the latest on the


second round of the US open goal. The American Rickie Fowler, leader


after round one has picked up the shot, he is now eight under, one


behind books his countrymen. -- copter, his countryman. There was a


trouble but fixing the treble bogey earlier today. The world number two


and three will miss the cut, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day finished six


and ten over par respectively. To recap, Brooks Koepka now nine under


par, a shot in front of Ricky Fowler. Andy Murray is trying to


defend his title next week before aiming at his personal -- third


Wimbledon title next month. Murray told BBC sport that his time at the


top could soon be over. I know some of the players have been doing


really well into the 30s recently, but that might not be the case with


me. Maybe the next couple of years, the last few well I have the chance


to compete for the majors and the biggest tournament. I want to make


the most of them. Staying with tennis, Feliciano Lopez upset third


seed Tomas Berdych. Top seeds Federal and dimmer jobs were knocked


out in the second round and it took the Spaniards two hours and seven


minutes to get to the number six seed, Mischa Zverev. No problems for


the fourth seed, he beat the Kohlschreiber in three sets. That's


all the sports are now, back to you. Thank you, all the sports news


there. We have a special programme focusing on the Grenfell Tower Fire


next, so do stay with us next for that.


Download Subtitles