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The British Prime Minister Theresa May has been told her offer for EU
citizens in the UK falls "below expectations".
My first impression is that the UK's first offer is below
our expectations, and it risks worsening the situation of citizens.
The London Grenfell Tower fire - police say the cladding
and insulation has failed safety tests and charges may follow.
We are looking at every criminal offence, from manslaughter onwards.
Reports from Turkey say five people have died
after being electrocuted at a water park.
"Time to shut down Al Jazeera," say Gulf countries, upping the stakes
in their row with Qatar, the owner of the broadcast network.
European leaders have criticised the offer to EU
citizens living in the UK from the British Prime Minister
Theresa May after the start of Brexit talks in Brussels.
It's exactly a year since the referendum vote, which has
unleashed a degree of political turmoil here.
The British Prime Minister is now weakened with a minority Government
Ros Atkins is outside the EU Commission in Brussels for us.
Not that all a warm reception for Theresa May's initial proposals. It
is interesting that despite the fact that the EU and the UK say this is
an absolute priority to sort out the issue of EU citizens in the UK, UK
citizens in the rest of the EU, the response this morning from EU
leaders from what Theresa May had to say was decidedly, OK, that is a
starting point, but nothing more. It is as being some riveting days to
see how the EEC about its future with the UK and seeing how it
handles the presence of Theresa May and her colleagues from the UK
Government. Let's bring ourselves up-to-date. Here is a latest report
from Laura Kuenssberg. Goodbye to the flag,
goodbye to this town. A year ago today, Britain
decided this place would be But what the picture outside
will look like for millions who have made their lives around
the continent is now We have set out what I believe
is a serious offer, a fair offer that will give the reassurance to EU
citizens living in the UK. One-to-one attempts
to sell her plans. But citizens who have lived
in the UK for five years can remain for good,
and until we leave the EU, But her EU rivals have
plenty of questions. What about Spaniards now in the UK
with family abroad, or anyone else? Is the cut-off date
when the Brexit process started? Or the moment when
we actually leave? Not until Monday will
ministers at home be ready Are you getting a clear idea
of the kind of Brexit We want to be sure that the rights
of citizens are protected. Could be a lot of our citizens not
covered with Mrs May's proposal. She might not have gone far enough
here, but for many at home, It gives 3 million EU
citizens in the UK certainty about the future of their lives,
and we want the same certainty for the more than 1 million UK
citizens who are living You have always said voters gave
politicians a clear instruction to control immigration,
but under your plans, for nearly another two years,
as many Europeans as they For many voters, do you think
that will really sound What voters voted for
when they voted to leave the European Union was to ensure
that outside the European Union, the United Kingdom could establish
our own rules on migration, on movement of people
from the EU into the UK. Away from home, there is relief that
at last the UK TRANSLATION: It is a good
beginning, but not a breakthrough. We have understood the UK
does not want They, just as they left together,
will decide together with the rest My first impression is that the UK's
offer is below our expectations and that it risks worsening
the situation of citizens. Reservations shared
by the opposition, who in contrast, their leader is loving his time
in the sun. We should not be
negotiating about this. What we should be doing
is unilaterally saying, as Labour has said from day one
after the referendum, that all the EU nationals should be
given permanent residents' rights. Concerns over these proposals
reflect Theresa May's 3-way bind, a united opposing frontier
in Brussels, clashing expectations among the public
at home and at her back inside her own party, different
strands of thinking and demands. And even a leader at the peak
of their powers would struggle Prime Minister, have your
proposals gone far enough? Relieved perhaps to be leaving,
but believed perhaps due to be away But governing is doing,
not just fending off enemies. Theresa May, at least today,
has been doing that. Laura Kuenssberg,
BBC News, Brussels. Exit has not been the only subject
discussed. There has also been talks on the economy, defence and
migration. Let's pick up on that issue with Catherine Woollard who is
the secretary here. Thank you for joining us. There is a lot of
dealing with this at the source, can you explain to our viewers how this
is meant to work. That is about tackling the root causes of forced
displacement, there are more people forcibly displaced than any point in
history and tackling the causes about, be it conflict and other
reasons, is the only way in the long-term to tackle displacement.
You can imagine a story where this may work in 15 years or 20 years.
Can it make a difference in the much shorter term? There are measures to
be taken immediately in terms of offering opportunities, investment,
development for people so they have some prospects where they are, and
measures such as bringing conflicts to Anand. -- bringing conflicts to
Anand. Talking to the Austrian Chancellor, he is third he is not
happy about the fact there is still not an agreement over the EU over
where migrants go when they come here. One part of the solution we
believe to be essential is an agreement among the member states on
solidarity, meaning a collective response. The numbers of people
arriving and numbers that Europe could manage, but it can only manage
them collectively. At some EU summits, they talk about unity, but
it is elusive? We cannot give up. Problems take time, and I think the
alternative suggesting blocking access within Europe is a short-term
fix, and it will not work in the long-term. There is an argument that
a simple block such as the deal struck with Turkey is more effective
than the long-term investment ideas than we have seen promoted recently.
We can see the appeal of these and the agreement such as the ones with
Turkey. I think they are very dangerous for the youth. It was the
EU at the mercy of the counterparts in those agreements, so all that is
needed to create a crisis in Europe is for those countries, Turkey, as
you mention, to release people. The power lies with them. Another issue
is the risk countries follow suit and block access to protection. Mind
scent of refugees are not in Europe. They are in the same, rather fragile
countries such as Kenya, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey itself. It is a risk
that those countries refuse to continue hosting refugees and they
are forced out. Thank you very much. We appreciate it. The EU summit has
come to the end. All of the leaders from across the EU have gone back to
their respective countries, but while they may be going away from
borstals, the issues of Brexit negotiations are not going anywhere
at all. No, it is very much in flux. Thank
you very much. This one will run and run, I think!
Police in Britain say that a fire at a London tower block in which 79
people were killed was started in a fridge freezer.
Officials also say that outside cladding and insulation
on the building had failed safety tests.
Our world affairs correspondent Richard Galpin has more.
In the first horrifying minutes of the disaster,
a resident of Grenfell Tower escapes and looks back at
A rapidly spreading inferno, which police today confirmed had its
origin in a kitchen of a flat slowdown in the tower.
It began, they said, with a Hotpoint fridge
Witnesses say flames escaped through the window,
where they began to race up and across the outside of the building.
Which is why the focus right from the start has been
on what was added to the tower during its refurbishment.
Aluminium cladding and foam insulation.
And right from the start, police wanted to know how
Preliminary tests on the insulation samples collected from Grenfell
Tower showed that they combusted soon after the tests started.
The initial test on the cladding tiles
Such are our safety concerns on the outcome of those tests,
we have shared our data with the Department
The cladding and insulation simply should not have burned so quickly.
Instead of a fire which devoured the tower, the damage should have
been little more than this - a fire in Camden in 2012,
So the police test have thrown up a string of questions.
The materials used are under suspicion.
But was the design of the refurbishment also to blame?
Did the work completed last year breach
And are the laws governing building standards
Police are seizing documents from the companies that managed and
And they will consider potential criminal
charges, breaches of health and safety, or even corporate
For several decades now, councils have been
putting up cladding to improve the look and insulation
Now in what amounts to a crisis for that strategy, some of
In Islington, initially for testing, but next week
Everyone in the block is thinking if you live in a tower
Especially now that it's in our cladding.
It makes you feel quite tearful, actually.
So far it's affecting high-rise residence in nine council area.
All we want is some strong reassurance.
There's a lot of, shall we say, stressed people at this
In Wandsworth, where this fire broke out in 2010,
100 tower blocks are to be fitted with sprinklers.
But there is grim, unfinished business back
Everyone's been accounted for in this flat, but
the police need help to ensure that they have
Their message today - if you know someone
that was there for whatever reason, we need to know.
We have some breaking news now from Turkey where it seems there has
been a terrible incident at a water park in Sakarya,
It's thought three children, and two adults who tried to rescue
Ozge Ozdemir joins me from the Turkish Service.
What do we know about what has happened? Two children, while they
were swimming in the pool, there was this electricity, and the owners of
the pool and his son, Jay jumped into the pool to save the kids.
Unfortunately, five of them have died. There were a couple of other
people who were trying to help them. They were also trying to jump in the
pool, but they understood there was electricity in the pool, so they got
some minor injuries. Unfortunately, five people have died. We do not
want to speculate about exactly what has happened. It is tragic,
obviously. Do we have any idea about the safety precautions that were in
place, or the safety record generally? One of the biggest news
agencies in Turkey are reporting that there were some cables around
the pool, I guess there were some restoration going on, so
unfortunately right now we do not know the real reason, but the
speculation is there were some cables, so that was one of the
reasons. But those sort of accidents, for example in social
media, they are talking about the neglect in that area. Maybe not that
kind of an accident, but we know that there were some accidents at
fun fairs, some children also died because of the precautions were not
taken so seriously. So there are accidents we can talk about like
that in Turkey. Thank you very much indeed.
The White House has said that President Trump has no intention
of getting rid of special prosecutor Robert Mueller.
Mr Mueller is leading the investigations
into alleged Russian interference in the presidential election.
He was appointed after Mr Trump fired
the Director of the FBI, James Comey.
In an interview with Fox News, the President had said he thinks
the relationship between the two men might be an issue.
They are very, very good friends with Comey,
which is very bothersome, but he is also...
But there has been no collusion, no obstruction and virtually
The stakes in the diplomatic stand- off between Saudi Arabia
and its allies and neighbouring Qatar have risen dramatically.
The Saudis, backed by Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt have issued a list
of 13 demands they say Qatar must meet within the next ten days.
This includes closing the broadcaster Al Jazeera,
closing a Turkish military base, and ending support for
the Muslim Brotherhood and a host of armed Islamist groups.
It is the worst political crisis in the Gulf region for decades.
Now Qatar has been given just ten days to comply
with a list of demands, if the blockades are to be lifted.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain
accused the Gulf state of funding terrorist groups
According to a leaked document, Qatar has been asked to curb
diplomatic and trade relations with Iran.
Another demand is the closure of a Turkish military base,
something Ankara says it is unwilling to do.
the network is one of the most widely watched Arabic channels.
According to the list of demands, Qatar must shut down the channel
That presumably would include its English network, too.
Qatar has been subject to more than two weeks
of unprecedented diplomatic and economic sanctions.
Earlier this week, the US State Department expressed
its frustration over the stand-off, saying Qatar's neighbours needed
to set out a series of what it called
"reasonable and actionable conditions for lifting them".
Now that it has been more than two weeks since the embargo was started,
we are mystified that the Gulf states have not released
to the public, not to the Qataris, the details about the claims
So, the list has been made public, but we are still waiting
for a response from the government in Doha.
However, it does include demands that Qatar's already insisted it
Qatari-funded media network Al Jazeera has hit back at Arab
states' calls for it to be closed down.
Jamal Elshayyal is a senior journalist and a spokesman
Thank you for joining us. Are you worried that you will be closed? Not
at all. We have grown accustomed to this pressure that has been exerted
on us ever since the inception of Al Jazeera more than 20 years ago. We
are one of the first independent news networks in the Arab world, and
as a result, because we continue to street truth to power, because we
provide information to the citizens, not only of the Arab world but of
the entire globe, there are governments who have probably the
worst track record of human rights, the worst track record of respecting
freedom of the expression and information and all other human
rights, really, they insist on cracking down on us. We have grown
accustomed to that. We will continue in our message. That is clear- to
bring quality information and news to our viewers wherever they may be.
This is a right in the human... And it is something that we hold sacred,
regardless of other political developments happening. Those are
four different countries to do deal between themselves. As Al Jazeera,
as journalists, our message is clear, we hold its sacred, and it is
the message we will continue regardless of what has happened.
Have you reported the criticisms of Qatar, made by many, that it has
funded militant groups from sunny sites? We have reported news
whenever it has happened. I myself have done reports on the pool
treatment of migrant workers in Qatar and the need for the
Government to improve those conditions. However, accusations
that continue to be broadcast on different networks are published in
different outlets of Qatar funding groups, without any sort of evidence
whatsoever from a journalistic perspective are meaningless. It is
the duty of institutions and journalist to ensure that they do
not just pedal out propaganda that is being pushed by asserting Gulf
countries that have been exposed and leaked e-mails of the impassively in
Washington and other institutions they have bought out or achieve
correspondence that we have seen from the Wall Street Journal is in
the last 24 hours that we should not pedal out that propaganda. Here are
some of our internationally recognised awards. This is for
example, the Peabody award. This is the Royal Society award. This is a
network that is acknowledged by all the major institutions, by all of
our viewers as providing quality information and quality news. I
appreciate you wanting to get that information out. Thank you so much.
Only a few hours to go now before the first Test match
between the British and Irish Lions and New Zealand in Auckland.
The bookies make the All Blacks firm favourites for the game,
but many analysts think it will be tight, with the set piece
The All Blacks also have a formidable record
at Eden Park and haven't lost there in over 20 years.
Auckland is undergoing a transformation. The Lions are coming
and a trickle has become a flood. Everyday, it is getting easier. We
are like minions walking around here with the red tops on. I hope it is
3-0 to the Lions, but I think it will be tough. You do not beat the
all Blacks at Eden Park. You might have more chance, but I doubt it.
After a few weeks of getting to know each other, the Lions must now face
the toughest test. Warren Gatland has named an attacking side against
the world champions based on form, reputation. It will be captained by
Peter O'Mahony, who could not even get in the Ireland team six weeks
ago. I am not sure if anybody could say they envisaged their son leaving
lions. You hope you make the under 12 team and hope he makes the school
team, and each time, the you have do wonder if that the level. It was
quiet a meteoric rise for Peter. This is where it all begins
tomorrow, Eden Park, which is a fortress for the all Blacks they
have not lost yet since 1994 before some of the current players were
even born. History is against the Lions. This was the last time they
tasted success in New Zealand, back in 1971. It had a profound effect on
the Lions' Kiwi coach. I thought rugby was invented in New Zealand. I
did not think the all Blacks could be beaten, so I did have an impact
on me in 1971 when the Lions beat the all Blacks. That was the first
time I realised the game was played in other parts of the world as well.
Rugby and the all Blacks are revered in New Zealand, but by the end of
this too, the Lions hope to have made their mark.
The population of Somerset in Southern England will soar this
weekend, as the 35th Glastonbury festival gets into full swing.
Here's our entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba.
The festival began with a minute's silence.
Musicians and fans remembering those who died at Grenfell Towers
and in the terror attacks in London and Manchester.
Recent events mean already significant security here has
As thousands of people have come come into the festival,
Across the festival site, random checks as well as a police
The organisers try to make sure festivalgoers feel safe
People here feel they've got the balance just about right.
Looking after each other, so I'm sure we'll all be fine.
Although there was a bit more security and a bit more time
getting through the gates, it's for a really good reason
and I think everyone is just having a great time and behaving really
well and everyone is being so kind to each other.
None of it seems to have taken away from the reason, of course,
With performances now happening across the site and, of course,
Glastonbury is a festival that's not just about music.
Hundreds of people have marked the start of the event by coming
Many people leave here with powerful memories,
but few can say there's are as special as this.
Dan surprising his girlfriend, Emily, with an onstage
Just to remind you of the breaking news. President Trump apparently has
no intention of sacking Robert Mueller. Mauro of course coming up
in BBC News. Thank you for watching. Good evening. The weather through
the weekend looks a little bit nest. Fairly breezy at times.