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The British Prime Minister Theresa May has been told her offer for EU

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citizens in the UK falls "below expectations".

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My first impression is that the UK's first offer is below

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our expectations, and it risks worsening the situation of citizens.

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The London Grenfell Tower fire - police say the cladding

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and insulation has failed safety tests and charges may follow.

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We are looking at every criminal offence, from manslaughter onwards.

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Reports from Turkey say five people have died

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after being electrocuted at a water park.

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"Time to shut down Al Jazeera," say Gulf countries, upping the stakes

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in their row with Qatar, the owner of the broadcast network.

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European leaders have criticised the offer to EU

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citizens living in the UK from the British Prime Minister

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Theresa May after the start of Brexit talks in Brussels.

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It's exactly a year since the referendum vote, which has

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unleashed a degree of political turmoil here.

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The British Prime Minister is now weakened with a minority Government

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Ros Atkins is outside the EU Commission in Brussels for us.

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Not that all a warm reception for Theresa May's initial proposals. It

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is interesting that despite the fact that the EU and the UK say this is

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an absolute priority to sort out the issue of EU citizens in the UK, UK

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citizens in the rest of the EU, the response this morning from EU

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leaders from what Theresa May had to say was decidedly, OK, that is a

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starting point, but nothing more. It is as being some riveting days to

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see how the EEC about its future with the UK and seeing how it

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handles the presence of Theresa May and her colleagues from the UK

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Government. Let's bring ourselves up-to-date. Here is a latest report

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from Laura Kuenssberg. Goodbye to the flag,

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goodbye to this town. A year ago today, Britain

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decided this place would be But what the picture outside

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will look like for millions who have made their lives around

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the continent is now We have set out what I believe

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is a serious offer, a fair offer that will give the reassurance to EU

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citizens living in the UK. One-to-one attempts

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to sell her plans. But citizens who have lived

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in the UK for five years can remain for good,

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and until we leave the EU, But her EU rivals have

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plenty of questions. What about Spaniards now in the UK

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with family abroad, or anyone else? Is the cut-off date

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when the Brexit process started? Or the moment when

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we actually leave? Not until Monday will

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ministers at home be ready Are you getting a clear idea

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of the kind of Brexit We want to be sure that the rights

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of citizens are protected. Could be a lot of our citizens not

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covered with Mrs May's proposal. She might not have gone far enough

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here, but for many at home, It gives 3 million EU

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citizens in the UK certainty about the future of their lives,

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and we want the same certainty for the more than 1 million UK

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citizens who are living You have always said voters gave

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politicians a clear instruction to control immigration,

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but under your plans, for nearly another two years,

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as many Europeans as they For many voters, do you think

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that will really sound What voters voted for

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when they voted to leave the European Union was to ensure

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that outside the European Union, the United Kingdom could establish

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our own rules on migration, on movement of people

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from the EU into the UK. Away from home, there is relief that

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at last the UK TRANSLATION: It is a good

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beginning, but not a breakthrough. We have understood the UK

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does not want They, just as they left together,

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will decide together with the rest My first impression is that the UK's

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offer is below our expectations and that it risks worsening

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the situation of citizens. Reservations shared

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by the opposition, who in contrast, their leader is loving his time

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in the sun. We should not be

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negotiating about this. What we should be doing

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is unilaterally saying, as Labour has said from day one

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after the referendum, that all the EU nationals should be

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given permanent residents' rights. Concerns over these proposals

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reflect Theresa May's 3-way bind, a united opposing frontier

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in Brussels, clashing expectations among the public

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at home and at her back inside her own party, different

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strands of thinking and demands. And even a leader at the peak

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of their powers would struggle Prime Minister, have your

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proposals gone far enough? Relieved perhaps to be leaving,

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but believed perhaps due to be away But governing is doing,

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not just fending off enemies. Theresa May, at least today,

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has been doing that. Laura Kuenssberg,

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BBC News, Brussels. Exit has not been the only subject

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discussed. There has also been talks on the economy, defence and

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migration. Let's pick up on that issue with Catherine Woollard who is

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the secretary here. Thank you for joining us. There is a lot of

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dealing with this at the source, can you explain to our viewers how this

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is meant to work. That is about tackling the root causes of forced

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displacement, there are more people forcibly displaced than any point in

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history and tackling the causes about, be it conflict and other

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reasons, is the only way in the long-term to tackle displacement.

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You can imagine a story where this may work in 15 years or 20 years.

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Can it make a difference in the much shorter term? There are measures to

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be taken immediately in terms of offering opportunities, investment,

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development for people so they have some prospects where they are, and

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measures such as bringing conflicts to Anand. -- bringing conflicts to

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Anand. Talking to the Austrian Chancellor, he is third he is not

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happy about the fact there is still not an agreement over the EU over

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where migrants go when they come here. One part of the solution we

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believe to be essential is an agreement among the member states on

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solidarity, meaning a collective response. The numbers of people

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arriving and numbers that Europe could manage, but it can only manage

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them collectively. At some EU summits, they talk about unity, but

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it is elusive? We cannot give up. Problems take time, and I think the

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alternative suggesting blocking access within Europe is a short-term

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fix, and it will not work in the long-term. There is an argument that

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a simple block such as the deal struck with Turkey is more effective

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than the long-term investment ideas than we have seen promoted recently.

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We can see the appeal of these and the agreement such as the ones with

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Turkey. I think they are very dangerous for the youth. It was the

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EU at the mercy of the counterparts in those agreements, so all that is

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needed to create a crisis in Europe is for those countries, Turkey, as

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you mention, to release people. The power lies with them. Another issue

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is the risk countries follow suit and block access to protection. Mind

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scent of refugees are not in Europe. They are in the same, rather fragile

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countries such as Kenya, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey itself. It is a risk

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that those countries refuse to continue hosting refugees and they

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are forced out. Thank you very much. We appreciate it. The EU summit has

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come to the end. All of the leaders from across the EU have gone back to

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their respective countries, but while they may be going away from

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borstals, the issues of Brexit negotiations are not going anywhere

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at all. No, it is very much in flux. Thank

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you very much. This one will run and run, I think!

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Police in Britain say that a fire at a London tower block in which 79

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people were killed was started in a fridge freezer.

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Officials also say that outside cladding and insulation

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on the building had failed safety tests.

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Our world affairs correspondent Richard Galpin has more.

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In the first horrifying minutes of the disaster,

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a resident of Grenfell Tower escapes and looks back at

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A rapidly spreading inferno, which police today confirmed had its

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origin in a kitchen of a flat slowdown in the tower.

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It began, they said, with a Hotpoint fridge

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Witnesses say flames escaped through the window,

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where they began to race up and across the outside of the building.

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Which is why the focus right from the start has been

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on what was added to the tower during its refurbishment.

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Aluminium cladding and foam insulation.

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And right from the start, police wanted to know how

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Preliminary tests on the insulation samples collected from Grenfell

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Tower showed that they combusted soon after the tests started.

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The initial test on the cladding tiles

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Such are our safety concerns on the outcome of those tests,

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we have shared our data with the Department

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The cladding and insulation simply should not have burned so quickly.

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Instead of a fire which devoured the tower, the damage should have

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been little more than this - a fire in Camden in 2012,

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So the police test have thrown up a string of questions.

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The materials used are under suspicion.

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But was the design of the refurbishment also to blame?

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Did the work completed last year breach

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And are the laws governing building standards

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Police are seizing documents from the companies that managed and

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And they will consider potential criminal

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charges, breaches of health and safety, or even corporate

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For several decades now, councils have been

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putting up cladding to improve the look and insulation

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Now in what amounts to a crisis for that strategy, some of

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In Islington, initially for testing, but next week

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Everyone in the block is thinking if you live in a tower

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Especially now that it's in our cladding.

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It makes you feel quite tearful, actually.

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So far it's affecting high-rise residence in nine council area.

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All we want is some strong reassurance.

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There's a lot of, shall we say, stressed people at this

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In Wandsworth, where this fire broke out in 2010,

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100 tower blocks are to be fitted with sprinklers.

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But there is grim, unfinished business back

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Everyone's been accounted for in this flat, but

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the police need help to ensure that they have

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Their message today - if you know someone

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that was there for whatever reason, we need to know.

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We have some breaking news now from Turkey where it seems there has

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been a terrible incident at a water park in Sakarya,

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It's thought three children, and two adults who tried to rescue

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Ozge Ozdemir joins me from the Turkish Service.

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What do we know about what has happened? Two children, while they

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were swimming in the pool, there was this electricity, and the owners of

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the pool and his son, Jay jumped into the pool to save the kids.

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Unfortunately, five of them have died. There were a couple of other

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people who were trying to help them. They were also trying to jump in the

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pool, but they understood there was electricity in the pool, so they got

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some minor injuries. Unfortunately, five people have died. We do not

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want to speculate about exactly what has happened. It is tragic,

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obviously. Do we have any idea about the safety precautions that were in

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place, or the safety record generally? One of the biggest news

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agencies in Turkey are reporting that there were some cables around

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the pool, I guess there were some restoration going on, so

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unfortunately right now we do not know the real reason, but the

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speculation is there were some cables, so that was one of the

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reasons. But those sort of accidents, for example in social

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media, they are talking about the neglect in that area. Maybe not that

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kind of an accident, but we know that there were some accidents at

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fun fairs, some children also died because of the precautions were not

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taken so seriously. So there are accidents we can talk about like

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that in Turkey. Thank you very much indeed.

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The White House has said that President Trump has no intention

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of getting rid of special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

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Mr Mueller is leading the investigations

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into alleged Russian interference in the presidential election.

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He was appointed after Mr Trump fired

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the Director of the FBI, James Comey.

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In an interview with Fox News, the President had said he thinks

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the relationship between the two men might be an issue.

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They are very, very good friends with Comey,

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which is very bothersome, but he is also...

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But there has been no collusion, no obstruction and virtually

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The stakes in the diplomatic stand- off between Saudi Arabia

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and its allies and neighbouring Qatar have risen dramatically.

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The Saudis, backed by Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt have issued a list

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of 13 demands they say Qatar must meet within the next ten days.

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This includes closing the broadcaster Al Jazeera,

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closing a Turkish military base, and ending support for

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the Muslim Brotherhood and a host of armed Islamist groups.

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It is the worst political crisis in the Gulf region for decades.

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Now Qatar has been given just ten days to comply

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with a list of demands, if the blockades are to be lifted.

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain

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accused the Gulf state of funding terrorist groups

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According to a leaked document, Qatar has been asked to curb

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diplomatic and trade relations with Iran.

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Another demand is the closure of a Turkish military base,

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something Ankara says it is unwilling to do.

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the network is one of the most widely watched Arabic channels.

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According to the list of demands, Qatar must shut down the channel

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That presumably would include its English network, too.

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Qatar has been subject to more than two weeks

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of unprecedented diplomatic and economic sanctions.

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Earlier this week, the US State Department expressed

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its frustration over the stand-off, saying Qatar's neighbours needed

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to set out a series of what it called

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"reasonable and actionable conditions for lifting them".

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Now that it has been more than two weeks since the embargo was started,

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we are mystified that the Gulf states have not released

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to the public, not to the Qataris, the details about the claims

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So, the list has been made public, but we are still waiting

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for a response from the government in Doha.

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However, it does include demands that Qatar's already insisted it

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Qatari-funded media network Al Jazeera has hit back at Arab

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states' calls for it to be closed down.

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Jamal Elshayyal is a senior journalist and a spokesman

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Thank you for joining us. Are you worried that you will be closed? Not

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at all. We have grown accustomed to this pressure that has been exerted

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on us ever since the inception of Al Jazeera more than 20 years ago. We

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are one of the first independent news networks in the Arab world, and

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as a result, because we continue to street truth to power, because we

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provide information to the citizens, not only of the Arab world but of

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the entire globe, there are governments who have probably the

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worst track record of human rights, the worst track record of respecting

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freedom of the expression and information and all other human

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rights, really, they insist on cracking down on us. We have grown

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accustomed to that. We will continue in our message. That is clear- to

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bring quality information and news to our viewers wherever they may be.

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This is a right in the human... And it is something that we hold sacred,

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regardless of other political developments happening. Those are

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four different countries to do deal between themselves. As Al Jazeera,

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as journalists, our message is clear, we hold its sacred, and it is

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the message we will continue regardless of what has happened.

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Have you reported the criticisms of Qatar, made by many, that it has

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funded militant groups from sunny sites? We have reported news

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whenever it has happened. I myself have done reports on the pool

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treatment of migrant workers in Qatar and the need for the

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Government to improve those conditions. However, accusations

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that continue to be broadcast on different networks are published in

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different outlets of Qatar funding groups, without any sort of evidence

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whatsoever from a journalistic perspective are meaningless. It is

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the duty of institutions and journalist to ensure that they do

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not just pedal out propaganda that is being pushed by asserting Gulf

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countries that have been exposed and leaked e-mails of the impassively in

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Washington and other institutions they have bought out or achieve

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correspondence that we have seen from the Wall Street Journal is in

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the last 24 hours that we should not pedal out that propaganda. Here are

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some of our internationally recognised awards. This is for

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example, the Peabody award. This is the Royal Society award. This is a

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network that is acknowledged by all the major institutions, by all of

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our viewers as providing quality information and quality news. I

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appreciate you wanting to get that information out. Thank you so much.

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Only a few hours to go now before the first Test match

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between the British and Irish Lions and New Zealand in Auckland.

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The bookies make the All Blacks firm favourites for the game,

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but many analysts think it will be tight, with the set piece

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The All Blacks also have a formidable record

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at Eden Park and haven't lost there in over 20 years.

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Auckland is undergoing a transformation. The Lions are coming

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and a trickle has become a flood. Everyday, it is getting easier. We

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are like minions walking around here with the red tops on. I hope it is

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3-0 to the Lions, but I think it will be tough. You do not beat the

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all Blacks at Eden Park. You might have more chance, but I doubt it.

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After a few weeks of getting to know each other, the Lions must now face

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the toughest test. Warren Gatland has named an attacking side against

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the world champions based on form, reputation. It will be captained by

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Peter O'Mahony, who could not even get in the Ireland team six weeks

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ago. I am not sure if anybody could say they envisaged their son leaving

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lions. You hope you make the under 12 team and hope he makes the school

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team, and each time, the you have do wonder if that the level. It was

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quiet a meteoric rise for Peter. This is where it all begins

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tomorrow, Eden Park, which is a fortress for the all Blacks they

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have not lost yet since 1994 before some of the current players were

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even born. History is against the Lions. This was the last time they

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tasted success in New Zealand, back in 1971. It had a profound effect on

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the Lions' Kiwi coach. I thought rugby was invented in New Zealand. I

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did not think the all Blacks could be beaten, so I did have an impact

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on me in 1971 when the Lions beat the all Blacks. That was the first

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time I realised the game was played in other parts of the world as well.

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Rugby and the all Blacks are revered in New Zealand, but by the end of

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this too, the Lions hope to have made their mark.

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The population of Somerset in Southern England will soar this

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weekend, as the 35th Glastonbury festival gets into full swing.

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Here's our entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba.

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The festival began with a minute's silence.

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Musicians and fans remembering those who died at Grenfell Towers

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and in the terror attacks in London and Manchester.

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Recent events mean already significant security here has

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As thousands of people have come come into the festival,

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Across the festival site, random checks as well as a police

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The organisers try to make sure festivalgoers feel safe

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People here feel they've got the balance just about right.

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Looking after each other, so I'm sure we'll all be fine.

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Although there was a bit more security and a bit more time

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getting through the gates, it's for a really good reason

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and I think everyone is just having a great time and behaving really

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well and everyone is being so kind to each other.

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None of it seems to have taken away from the reason, of course,

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With performances now happening across the site and, of course,

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Glastonbury is a festival that's not just about music.

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Hundreds of people have marked the start of the event by coming

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Many people leave here with powerful memories,

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but few can say there's are as special as this.

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Dan surprising his girlfriend, Emily, with an onstage

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Just to remind you of the breaking news. President Trump apparently has

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no intention of sacking Robert Mueller. Mauro of course coming up

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in BBC News. Thank you for watching. Good evening. The weather through

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the weekend looks a little bit nest. Fairly breezy at times.

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