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How this is BBC World News today, this is Ben Bland. Projections in

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the French election so President Macron has Marco Gottardi is an

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course for a majority. From an attack on a resort in Mali, hostages

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are afraid. Forest fires kill at least 60 people in Portugal. Also,

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Pakistan thrashed India in one of the biggest sporting classes of the

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year. Hello, and welcome to BBC World News

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today. Projections in France indicate that President Emmanuelle

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Macron's new party has won a majority of the seats in parliament.

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Lab Republic on Marsh -- on Marsh will be the biggest party in the

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National Assembly. After a second and final round of parliamentary

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elections. Interestingly, more than half of the party's and that it's

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have never been elected before. We cross now, live, to our

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correspondent in Paris. So, Hugh, just how big an achievement is this

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for Emmanuel Macron's party. Well, if you look at the big picture you

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can only say that it's an extraordinary achievement. We have

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said it so often now, and we've said it ever since he began this run

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victories, that it doesn't feel quite so amazing.

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So there's no question it is the most money men to live achievements

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and one that gives us both to wonder how it is possible to do this.

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Macron has pulled a blinder. He spotted what could be done and

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needed it. The projections suggest that the majority they are going to

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win in the assembly is not as big as some had predicted. There are also

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some other interesting elements, with Marine Le Pen looking like she

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has got a seat. Well, your first point is well made. There were signs

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of it could've been a pulverising majority with Macron winning up to

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up to 470 seat of a 577 seat assembly. It's not get to be that

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much, there's still no question that he's got a majority by a long way,

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but it's not that absolutely massive crossing into the ground of the

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opposition which some feared. That is good news for Macron, of course.

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Too big a victory can spell problems down the road when the opposition

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starts getting its opposition together again. When they can speak

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in parliament, it starts filling out onto the street. Some opposition,

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especially from the right, means that he can say that the Democratic

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system is being observed and so on. Yes, we do have Marine Le Pen

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getting a seat for the first time, she has been a European MP before,

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but that means are both well-known voice will be heard in the National

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Assembly with half a dozen other National Front MPs. We also have the

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firebrand of the fire left, a strongly watched seat down in

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Marseille, studies of the two leaders if you like. Anyway the

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populist left and the populist right will be represented in parliament

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and again that is probably a good thing in the sense that these forces

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which represent would have spilled out

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with great mass protests in the last year or so will now be channelled

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democratically. One of Macron 's ideas is to produce an element of

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proportional representation in the coming elections. That means at the

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far right may get more of a representation in parliament, but

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there is a feeling that they represent a force that has been

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excluded from the assembly until now. OK, Hugh, thank you Ray much of

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that. According to Ipsos, President Macron's they have won at least at

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least 355 of the 577 seat in the National Assembly for stop gives

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them the assembly of first terms of driving

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through The party's nearest rival,

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And Marine le Pen's far-right National Front

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its been reported that two people have

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It's being reported that two people have been killed after militants

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attacked a tourist camp close Bamako, the capital of Mali.

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People living nearby said they heard shots fire and saw smoke rising.

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Malian soldiers, as well as French troops, managed to free

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One of the people killed is thought to be French.

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Let's speak to our correspondent Thomas Fessy who is in Dakar

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what's the latest you can tell us about this? The details are very

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unclear about what's happening, but the resort is popular with foreign

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tourists and wealthy Malians hit with swimming pools and cocktail

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bars and communing activities. Children playing around at the

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weekend. You can imagine that there was a little bit of a crowd there

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when gunmen stormed the place in the late afternoon. We don't know how

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any of them there were. It's not exactly clear whether there was a

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hostage situation or not. Security forces are still deployed there and

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we are told that special forces of the Malian troops are there as well

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as UN peacekeepers and French soldiers on the ground. So, it's an

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operation that is underway and of course Bamako is no stranger to that

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kind of attack. It obviously echoes what happened nearly two years ago

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now at the reticent blue hotel -- Rattus in blue hotel were 20 people

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were killed. What is the situation, because as you suggest, this has

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happened before and they are fighting this insurgency. Is there

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any sense that they are making any progress? Well, you have a variety

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of different armed groups that are still operating in the north of the

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country, but also in the centre of the country. As a matter of fact,

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soon after the French liberated quote unquote the North from Islamic

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militants, the situation actually deteriorated quite rapidly and we

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see regular attacks on UN peacekeepers in the north and on

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Malian soldiers grow on the French who are stationed in the country, so

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this is a country that is still battling with that insurgency and is

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still under a state of emergency and it is clear that those kind of

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attacks were going to happen again. It was just a matter of time thank

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you very much Thomas. Hundreds of firefighters are trying

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to control a large forest fire in central Portugal which has killed

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more than sixty people. Many died in their cars

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while trying to escape from the district of Pedrogao Grande

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where's dense forest. Portugal's Prime Minister has

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declared three days of mourning. A desperate sometimes hopeless

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battle against nature. Searing heat, strong winds and low humidity, the

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worst possible conditions. Large areas of central Portugal now

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ablaze. This mountainous area is no stranger to forest fires, but these

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are some of the deadliest ever. The speed and ferocity of the flames

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catching people in their cars and homes. A woman screams for her house

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as the fire rages on several fronts entire villages have been evacuated.

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Officials are still much what remains. We were inside the house,

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the fire was all around us. The firefighters gain to get us out,

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because we can hardly breathe. As to whether the house burned, it must

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fire on the right-hand side of the fire on the right-hand side of the

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car and with in 10-15 seconds at the most, he went that the fire created

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let across to the other side and within 30 seconds it was to the

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right left and back of the car. You had no option but to keep driving

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into the fire. Have at at times it's been chaotic, hundreds of

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firefighters working since yesterday. Some people say they had

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been left to themselves while their homes burned. Thick low-lying clouds

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of smoke are making it hard for a firefighting aircraft to work

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effectively. France and Spain have sent their brains to drop. -- planes

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to help. As the death toll mounts, the government has declared three

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days of moment Luiz mummy. Morning. Bodies of US sailors have been found

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The bodies of a number of US sailors have been found -

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after they went missing when their ship collided

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with another off the coast of Japan on Saturday.

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The USS Fitzgerald was hit by a Philippine cargo ship.

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From Tokyo Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports.

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this is the US Fitzgerald today, safely tied up at a time porting

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Japan but lying low in the water. The damage to the shipside is

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obvious to see. What is hidden from view is the damage below the water

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line. The commander of US forces in Japan today said damage below there

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was worse. The damage was significant, it is not a small

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collision. It was right TV pilot's out, there was a big puncher

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underneath the ball water line. The water rushing into the ship

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overwhelmed seven sailors, probably as they slept in their bunks. This

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morning you are staying -- US Navy divers went on the compartment and

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found their bodies. For some hours after the collision on Friday night

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it was touch and go, the water rushed in so fast, senior officers

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admit that the ship was in danger of sinking for a time. The heroic

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efforts of the ships crew prevented this ship from foundering or even

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thinking last night. There isn't much sadness here at the loss of

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life. Most are now focusing on this Philippine cargo ship. The damage to

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its power tells its own tail. Satellite tracking appears to show

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the ship made a series of Huw Jones in the busy shipping lanes just

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south of Tokyo Bay. -- U-turns. The last came just before the collision

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with USS Fitzgerald. Investigators will want to know why and how to

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such modern ships fail to see each other on a calm, clear night.

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Other stories this hour, the Iraqi army says it forces are preparing to

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enter Moselle in part of a final assault on the city. The UN has

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warned that the IS fighters may be holding thousands of people as human

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shields. Officials in Yemen say that an air strike read by Saudi

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officials. Has killed several Al-Qaeda leaders. Official in

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Afghanistan say five police officers have been killed and about 30

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people, most of them civilians say at a controlled in a suicide bomb

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attack in the city of gardeners. -- gardeners.

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You're watching BBC News, still with us to come. Pakistan thrashes India

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in the ICC Champions Trophy in London.

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The South African parliament has destroyed the foundation of

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apartheid by abolishing the population registration act, which

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are 40 years forcibly classified it says and according to race.

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Germany's parliament, the Bundestag, as voted by a narrow majority to

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move the seat of government from Bonn to Berlin. Berliners celebrate

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through the night but the decision was greeted with shock in Bonn. The

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then new prince was taken earlier this evening to their apartment in

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Kensington Palace. The real focus of attention at today was Valentina

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carrots over that the world's first female cosmonaut. ...

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Hello, this is BBC World News today. The latest headlines... The polls

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are closed in the final round of parliamentary elections in France,

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with projections showing President Macron's party on course to win. An

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attack on a tourist resort in Mali leaves two people dead. Reuters is

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reporting that security forces managed to three 332 hostages. Here

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in the UK, the is bringing in 18 -- 18 to improve the response to the

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Grenfell Tower tower fire. Residents are complaining they got little or

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no help while it happened. Police have issued new photos from inside

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the tower block showing how badly the fire destroyed the building.

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There are now questions being posed about materials used for the

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refurbishment. Friday we pray for those who are

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suffering loss. The Luther tower, people of all faiths are trying to

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heal. It continues to be a time of the welding and, of anxiety and

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anger. Some of the dead and missing are known in this congregation and

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even in moments of Heaven knows what the nextr few

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weeks, if that death toll keeps What is going to happen,

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because I have never seen anger like It is terrible and they are

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mad about everything. At a nearby mosque, more donations

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for the bereaved and displaced. The community response

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remains overwhelming. But five days on, some feel

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they are still having to do what the authorities

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should be doing. No one knows that they are

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here, they are sitting at empty desks, I don't

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know who is coming down, The local gym is a rescue centre

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for those who have lost After criticism of the Council,

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a neighbouring authority I would say, small

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steps of improvement. have told me there

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is progress but it 24 hours ago, government said

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that they would get a grip. There does not feel like there is,

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they are not here, central For us to feel that

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there is a grip, the government needs to remember that it

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is on the side of the people. The extra foot patrols

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promised by Theresa May are now on the ground,

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brought in from other parts of London to provide

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reassurance and information. The leader of Kensington

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and Chelsea Council says he understands the criticism his

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authority has faced, he has also Yes, of course, there

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is more we can always do, and we are attempting to do that

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but this was an enormous disaster, firefighters, who are searching

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for the lost, night and day. There is a growing

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sense here that all the emotion unleashed by the fire

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must lead to change. Angry, angry about the poor

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response, but also, the years of neglect

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from the council and While politicians talk of the legacy

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and of lessons learned, for some the British finance minister Philip

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Hammond has said that if Britain leaves EU without a deal it would be

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a very very bad outcome. Talks begin on Monday and are likely to include

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issues like the rights of using citizens living in Britain and

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British citizens living in EU. The British spy minister, Theresa May,

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has previously said she be willing to walk away -- Prime Minister,

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Theresa May, has BBC said she would be willing to walk away. It was a

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pretty reason for the election. Every vote for the Conservatives

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will make me stronger when negotiate with Presidents chancellors and

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prime ministers of the European Union. On the campaign trail,

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repeated promise... Strengthened my hand in those negotiations... On

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Brexit, those prime ministers red-faced pressure from all sides.

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-- face pressure from all sides. Philip Hammond is a one of those

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pressing for a moderate reproach. Today he upped the stakes on getting

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a good deal from the EU. No deal, would be a very very bad outcome for

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Britain. But there is a possibly work outcome and there's a deal that

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is deliberately structured to punish us, to suck the lifeblood out of our

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economy. He said that the UK would leave the single project -- market

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and Customs union but there has to be a transitional arrangements to

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keep the finances flowing. He even attacked the financial Tory election

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campaign about the economy -- for not talking enough about the

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economy. Whatever the reason this is the result. Anger from some, but

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lacking enough MPs on their own and the Tories have tainted the DUP

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party of Northern Ireland for support. There it take on Brexit

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will have to be considered too. Theresa May is facing tough battles

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here, there are a whole raft of laws associated with Brexit the need to

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be passed, Parliament has been extended to two years to give them

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more time but without the views of political opponents, they will need

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a lot of help. Labour is its political muscle, suggesting that

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Britain could stay within the print market which allows free trade

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within the EU. So we could stay inside the customs union. No deal is

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what happens when we get to the individually using our unable to

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reach an agreement, you get pushed over the cliff. Extracting the UK

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from the EU is not going to be easy. There is still no clarity from

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anyone about what breakfast shed or will look like -- Brexit should or

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will look like, but there's no question that the Prime Minister is

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facing a tough night. Time now for the sport... We will start with the

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Goth, the final round of golf in Wisconsin. Eric Carmen took a

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1-stroke lead into the last round of 18 holes. Brooks capture has birdied

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the first two holes and Harman is still at 12 under par after the

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first. Rickie Fowler, who led after the first round is left with Justin

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Thomas at nine under round of 63 on Saturday. Now moving to cricket,

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Pakistan has shocked the world by thrashing India in the finally the

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ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday. Pakistan, ranked bottom of the teams

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in the Jordan, the their rivals by a massive 100 and 88 runs in the

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final. It's their first tournament victory over their rivals since the

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World Cup in 19 92. South London neutral territory for rivalry. A

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relationship, but cricket is common ground. This match, the sporting

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event to be. Costlier thousand pounds for a flight returning

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tonight, and ?250 a ticket. Even online is going to ?500, thousand

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pounds. Know the expected Pakistan to be here, next up the Oval.

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India's's first wicket wasn't. Whatever the line, not out. The man

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was the Ripley batsmen -- reprieved batsmen. His 114 was a foundation

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for Pakistan. Play until he's 100 and it may never reach that feeling.

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The two countries don't each other at the moment thanks to the

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political climate so this final was like a summit meeting. Of sport.

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Want to watch? Find a route. -- find a route. Remember Ramadan era?

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Corrupted jailed rehabilitated. He starved India before they could

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start including captain the holy and -- thereat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Full

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stop India are wealthy, mighty, that doesn't mean you always win, that's

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sport. 158 all out. Pakistan, world cricket's unpredictable, improbable

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champions. In athletics, the diamond league move to Stockholm on Sunday

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where Muriel Padraig made up for losing. She was given victory over

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the Daphne skippers on Thursday, but with skippers missing Stockholm

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overrate cruise to the win. Just let you know, you can keep up-to-date

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with all the final round US Open on the BBC sport website. Coutinho

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thanks very much. -- good to know, thanks very much. Plenty more news

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for you on the website, and that's it for now, thanks for watching.

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