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British Prime Minister Theresa May says

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support for people caught up in London's Grenfell Tower disaster

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58 people are missing and now presumed dead.

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That number may increase, but I really hope it will not.

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A mistrial - that's the ruling in the sexual assault case

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We can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity, but

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justice will come. Also in the programme,

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all the sport, including the latest from the third round of the US

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Open golf. Police say 58 people are now

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presumed to have died in the fire at Grenfell Tower

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in West London. They've also said that the death

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toll is again likely to rise. She has faced criticism

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over her role in the tragedy, but today, Theresa May met victims

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of the fire at Downing Street amid criticism of the government's

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handling of the tragedy. The Prime Minister has released a

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statement acknowledging what many local people have been saying for

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days, that the response was not good enough.

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This report is from our correspondent, Jeremy Cooke.

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In the midsummer heat, Grenfell Tower casts a long shadow.

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A new dark reality on the London skyline,

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with the power to shock, and to move.

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A sight which stops you in your tracks.

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Everyone's busy talking, but yet you can just feel a silence.

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Four days on from disaster, and with every

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Sadly, at this time, there are 58 people who we were told...

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We have been told were in Grenfell Tower on

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the night, that are missing, and therefore sadly I have to assume

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The investigations into how this happened will be complex and

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lengthy, but the residents' association for Grenfell Tower and

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the surrounding blocks is already calling for the Council and its

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management agency to be suspended from their

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Andrea Newton says the community felt ignored before

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the tragedy, neglected since, with no access to basic information.

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What are they getting next, where will they move,

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These are fundamental questions, and we are days after this disaster.

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Today the residents brought those frustrations to

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Downing Street, asking for more help on the ground.

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And there have been reassurances from ministers.

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There is now from today on the ground

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a central operation precisely to answer all those, you know,

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perfectly reasonable questions that people have in these

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A perfectly clear message but still, on the street,

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What we are seeing here is an aid effort run by local people.

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We are told there will be a more official

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response to what has happened, but on the ground, there is very

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little evidence of that. Amanda, you are doing all you can.

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Have you seen any Government people, local council people?

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No, I haven't. I haven't seen anyone at all.

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We have been here since the morning and have not

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The only Government or council vehicles I have seen are the

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refuse lorries, coming up and down the street.

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The pain here is plain to see, and the community strength too,

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and the determination to come together and to overcome.

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Jeremy Cooke, BBC News, North Kensington.

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In the last few hours, the Prime Minister has

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It said - "The response of the emergency services, NHS, and the

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But frankly, the support on the ground

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for families who needed help or basic information in the initial

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hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough.

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There have been huge frustrations that people do not

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know who to talk to, that they can't get through on the council hotlines.

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Earlier, I spoke to our political correspondent, Alex Forsyth, and

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began by asking her about whether the Prime Minister's statement

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There has been anger, and a lot of frustration from some

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members of the local community at what they see

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as an inadequate response to what has

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happened, not just from the

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Government but also from the local authority, Kensington and Chelsea

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Theresa May was personally criticised for not

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meeting residents and victims affected by this incident soon

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In the past few days, she visited a hospital yesterday, and

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today she hosted this meeting in Downing Street.

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I am told that these actions she has now come out with a

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direct response to what she has been hearing from people on the ground.

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which is why we have seen the Prime Minister announced

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that ?5 million emergency fund, which will start to be distributed

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That is for basic things like food, travel money.

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She has renewed the commitment to rehouse

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people within three weeks, in the local

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area if they want to, or as

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She has also talked about people on the

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ground in high viz jackets so that people

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have a point of contact, and

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the Prime Minister taking personal sponsor

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ability to ensure that the

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findings from the public enquiry into this incident are acted upon.

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Theresa May is trying to reassure people that the Government is doing

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what it can after it has had such criticism for its response so far.

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The message from the Government now is that they are trying to listen to

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the local community and do what they need. More than three days on from

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this fire, there seems to be little evidence that there is help on the

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ground for people who need it. Only this morning, we were still here and

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reports from people they are saying that the effort had been driven by

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the community rather than any of the authorities. That is what Theresa

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May is trying to address. She listened to that from residents in

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the meeting at Downing Street today which is why she came up with these

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specific actions. Damian Green, the first Secretary of State in the UK,

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to all intents and purposes, the Deputy Prime Minister, he said in an

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interview this morning that that help on the ground would start from

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today. There is a recognition that it does not been there to this

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point. The Government is saying they are acting on this now, they are

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acting on this and he will now see a difference. What remains to be seen

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is whether or not that now appears on the ground and whether or not

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that will satisfy residents in Kensington who feel that so far they

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have not had the support they need. The Government is trying to get on

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the front foot but still having to convince the community.

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The Queen has observed a minute's silence at the Trooping the Colour

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parade in memory of all those who died in Grenfell Tower

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and in the recent bombings in Manchester and London.

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Earlier, she issued an unprecedented statement

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- on what is her official birthday - in which she said it was

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"difficult to escape the very sombre national mood".

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Our Royal correspondent, Nicholas Witchell, reports.

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On a day intended for celebration, the Queen led the nation in sorrow.

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Before leaving Buckingham Palace for Horse Guards, she stood with the

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Duke of Edinburgh for a minute's silence.

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A moment of reflection, joined by the footguards on the

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parade ground and the cavalry at the palace gates -

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in remembrance of those lost at Grenfell Tower, and in

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the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

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Yesterday she'd visited the scene of the fire at Grenfell Tower

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and met some of those who have lost friends and neighbours.

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It had clearly made a deep impression.

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In her statement she said, "I have been profoundly struck

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by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country

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to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need."

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The footguards marched and trooped the colour of the Irish Guards,

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and the Royal Family appeared on the palace balcony,

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where Prince George, as usual, stole the show,

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gazing down at the crowds, and then as the RAF fly-past appeared,

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This was a year when the head of state reflected the country's

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Nicholas Witchell, BBC News, at Buckingham Palace.

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A judge in the United States has declared a mis-trial in the sexual

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assault case against entertainer Bill Cosby.

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The jury failed to reach a consensus on all three counts,

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after more than 50 hours of deliberations.

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The prosecution says it will seek a retrial.

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The 79-year-old actor had denied drugging and sexually

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assaulting a woman at his home 13 years ago.

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Our North America correspondent, Aleem Maqbool, reports.

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After so many accused him of being a calculating sexual predator,

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Bill Cosby is free now to go home from court.

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The jury didn't acquit him, but they could not unanimously

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We came here looking for an acquittal, but like that

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Rolling Stones says, you don't always get what you want -

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God bless you all, and happy Father's Day.

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The mistrial was celebrated like a victory by Cosby's supporters.

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What do you say to the 60 women came forward and accused him...

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Back in his heyday, Bill Cosby was the most prominent

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African-American, the highest-paid actor, and undoubtedly

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Of the dozens of women who came forward saying

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he sexually assaulted them, most couldn't go to trial

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because it was so long since the alleged incidents took place.

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One case was heard in court, though, brought by Andrea Constand,

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a former university employee who claims that in 2004 he drugged

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All of the jurors were not convinced.

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For now, Bill Cosby walks free, but there is the prospect

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he is going to be retried, and there is no question

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that in spite of this result his reputation as something

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of an American father figure has now been tarnished.

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

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The Government of the Philippines says more than 300 people are known

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to have been killed in the battle against Islamist

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President Rodrigo Duterte says the presence of fighters

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from the so-called Islamic state had made it a brutal conflict.

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Police in Paris have arrested a man who's suspected of attacking

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a prominent centre-right candidate while she was campaigning for

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The former environment minister, was left unconscious for several

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minutes on Thursday after a man grabbed her election pamphlets

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and thrust them in her face, knocking her to the ground.

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More than 100,000 events occurred across the UK

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to remember the Labour MP, Jo Cox, who was murdered a year ago.

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Her husband said she would be "incredibly humbled" by the events

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The Great Get Together was based on the message in Mrs Cox's

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"we have more in common than that which divides us".

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An Egyptian court has recommended the death penalty for 30 people

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convicted of involvement in the killing of the country's

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Hisham Barakat died in a car bomb attack two years ago.

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The country's religious authorities will now decide whether to confirm

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the death sentences passed by the court.

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Our middle east regional editor, Alan Johnston, reports.

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A judge recommended the death penalty for

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all those charged, and now the religious

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authorities will be asked to approve the verdict.

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It was handed down for the killing of

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He was appointed as Egypt's most senior

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prosecutor at a time of extraordinary tension, back in 2013.

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There were mass protests in the streets of Cairo by supporters of

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the ousted Muslim Brotherhood- backed president, Mohamed Morsi.

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This dissent was crushed, and in his judicial capacity,

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Hisham Barakat was involved in prosecuting thousands of

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Islamists. He would have been loathed

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by opponents of the ruling establishment.

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This is where Mr Barakat's enemies killed him.

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He was the highest-ranking Egyptian Government official to be

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assassinated by militants in recent years.

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The authorities blamed his killing on the Muslim Brotherhood

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Both groups denied being responsible.

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Stay with us on BBC World News, still to come -

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More on the aftermath of London's deadly fire -

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we'll hear from someone who is helping with

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the volunteer effort - and who is calling for calm

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British Prime Minister Theresa May says support for people caught up

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in London's Grenfell Tower disaster "wasn't good enough".

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58 are missing and now presumed dead.

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My colleague Ben Brown has spent the day in Kensington just

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next to Grenfell Tower, where local people are helping

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one another cope with the effects of the fire.

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He spoke to one of them, Swarzy Macaly, a volunteer who's

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helping with the emergency effort and asked her how things were going.

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It is going really well. Volunteers are in high spirits and doing

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everything they can to put everything into storage. But I just

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wanted to touch upon your point where we are calling for people to

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become, and there are loads of peace ceremony is being conducted, and

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just a few words, we want to be peacemakers acres there is enough

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grief and we do not want that to be confused by that your kindness is

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taken forward this. This is an atrocity that should not have

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happened but we want to respond in love so that those who are grieving

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feel loved by the community. To you understand the anger you have seen

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in the last day or so? Definitely, and there needs to be answers, there

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needs to be a response to that, but if you are just here at this scene,

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so many people are grieving and weeping that I do not think lashing

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out... The news and the press do a great job, but yesterday was not a

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true reflection of what happened. I was at a church and all we did all

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day was boxed up thousands of boxes to send for storage, and all over

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the news is riots and kicking down doors. That is not a true

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reflection. If you are on the ground, you know what the community

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spirit is, and it is in the hands of the press to show a balanced view.

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Yes, people are angry, but also people are loving. We have been

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trying to showing credible effort from the community to deliver aid,

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to bring in aid, you have got enough supplies no. We have got too many

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supplies now! We want to see a massive thank you to van drivers,

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people opening up storage and homes. I would love to get a conversation

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going between storage and donation centres because I have not seen any

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council members, and we are doing this very organically, but we are

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doing our best to lead a community, but we are still morning very much.

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That is one of the issues, we have heard that people are still sleeping

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on floors, people who have been made homeless, and also this Government

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task force, which has been created, is supposed to be on the ground

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today. Have you seen any evidence that? Note, but there is a lot of

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talk of community, people saying that we are in the richest borough,

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people could just purchase a block and house people. It is not as

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straightforward as that, but people on the ground are thinking, why, it

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is not just happen? We just want things to get done. A few days after

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this disaster, it is such a difficult time, the grief is still

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so raw, because not everybody knows what happened to their loved ones in

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that building. Yes, and one of the ladies who was really grieving, and

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the grief is understandable, we are not saying you cannot grieve,

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because of course you see all the information going out, but actually,

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I would like to encourage people to have people in grief. People are

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very end in need of a hug and consolation, so a bottle of water

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and a hug, and in well. One very passionate volunteer helping the

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victims of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster.

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Seven US crew members are missing after an American warship collided

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with a Philippine container ship off the East coast of Japan.

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The USS Fitzgerald, which has now arrived back at port,

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crashed into the Phillipine vessel in the middle of the night.

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It was heading for the nearby port of Yo-koss-ka under its own power.

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It's believed that the ship's commanding officer is

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People have been evacuated for treatment. It looks like it was an

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outsider attack. An Afghan soldier was killed and another was wounded.

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A few days ago, we had a similar incident, three American soldiers

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were killed in the eastern part of the country. Mostly such attacks are

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claimed by the Taliban and the claim is that they are infiltrators. Our

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people, who make their way into the Army and wait for an occasion or

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opportunity to carry out such attacks, and at times they are

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normal soldiers who, for whatever reason, reasons can vary, turn their

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gun at their American partners. They are either influenced by the Taliban

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ideology or for other reasons. Lets get some sport for you now.

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Charlie Hoffman leads the leaderboard at the U.S. Open. Tommy

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Fleetwood and Rickie Fowler are both still in contention. Brooks cocker

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and Justin Thomas are also there. Leigh Halfpenny kicked the British

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and Irish Lions into a half-time lead, the Lions forwards dominating

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the second half, and a penalty try saw them take the Maori all Blacks

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apart any scrum. It had been a mixed tour for the Lions before the alive

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the -- arrived here. To beat a side like the Maori All Blacks was a big

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statement. The forward pack was excellent, the driving force behind

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dominating and defeating the Maori. Sam Warburton, the tour captain, is

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not guaranteed a starting place in the first test due to the

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performance of other players. Leigh Halfpenny put in a flawless

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performance and looks certain to take a number 15 jersey against the

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All Blacks. Before that, the Lions will travel to Hamilton where they

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will take on the Chiefs. The court has been criticised for some of the

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players he brought in to boost his squad, Colin in players from Wales

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and Scotland who have been touring in Australasia and overlooked

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England players in Argentina. Eddie Jones has criticised that decision

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because he has picked players not on merit, but on geography. Defending

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champions have hammered. The final is expected to be watched by more

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than 1 million people. -- 1 billion people.

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You can never tell how the team. The tournament. Some teams might not

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have the best start but will come back, which Pakistan has done. I do

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not think we have exceeded expectations. We came here with the

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firm opinion that we wanted to come here and when it, and that has been

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our chat all the time. It has been used numerous times. We wanted to

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get to London, and now we have done that we want to go one step further.

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This is part of being an Indian cricketer. You have to find a way to

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deal with that, you cannot ignore it and find a balance. That is the

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sport from now.

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