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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.


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