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this is bbc news. our top stories: the un fears for up to 150,000 civilians — trapped in the last enclave of mosul in iraq — held by so—called islamic state. yemen is suffering the world's worst cholera outbreak, says the un — as the number of cases passes 200,000. the search for survivors — after a massive landslide in china's sichuan province. more than 100 people are missing. in england — 3a high—rise blocks fail fire safety tests carried out after one of the worst fires in recent memory. and a rock star's welcome — for britain's opposition leader jeremy corbyn. he tells the glastonbury crowds he's inspired by youngsters getting into politics. hello and welcome to the programme.
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the united nations fears for the safety of up to 150,000 civilians — trapped in the last enclave of mosul. it's still held by the so—called islamic state but the iraqi army is closing in. as it does the un humanitarian co—ordinator in the country warns civilians are at extreme — almost unimaginable risk. more on that in a moment. but first, our correspondent 0rla guerin reports from the front line in mosul‘s old city. she's with cameraman nicholas hameon and producer firle davies. a warning — her report contains distressing images. a journey to the front line, our windscreen a reminder of the dangers ahead. 0ur escort from iraq's elite counterterrorism force.
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snaking forward towards an enemy that is still inflicting casualties. like this wounded soldier, being rushed away as we arrived. and families fleeing, too. 0n foot. escaping hunger and fear, and a beloved city robbed of life. no food, no water. this is the old city area, it is really the heart of the battle. and when you look around here you get a real sense of how fierce the fighting has been. the damage is immense in every direction. the narrow streets a tight squeeze as troops close in on the last pockets of is resistance. we were told the militants were just 300 metres away. some on the receiving end
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of an iraqi missile strike. the extremists are now facing defeat here but it has taken three years to get this far. and immense damage has been done to the fabric of mosul and the unity of iraq. 0rla guerin, bbc news, in the old city of mosul. we heard from some civilians who had escaped in 0rla's report. but what about those still trapped? i've been speaking to lisa grande — the un humanitarian co—ordinator in iraq. i think it's very clear that the 100- 150,000 i think it's very clear that the 100—150,000 civilians who are still trapped in the old city of mosul are facing extreme risk. it includes being used as human shields and we
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know that families who are trying to escape from the old city to safety are being directly targeted. we estimate that at least 30% of all the people who have been shot at women and children. we also know that people trapped inside mosul asked suffering from food deprivation. it's very hot right now in mosul and we know water supply has been cut for a long time and that means families don't have saved rikki water. do you think the immediate challenge will be in cabinet your team scope on the ground? -- drinking water. we estimate 750,000 people would flee. already, even before the old city has been reta ken, already, even before the old city has been retaken, 900,000 civilians have left mosul. in other words, we have left mosul. in other words, we have surpassed the worst case. having said that, we have been able to stay under the leadership of the government and working with everybody just one step government and working with everybodyjust one step ahead. now as we are entering the final stages,
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we just as we are entering the final stages, wejust don't as we are entering the final stages, we just don't have the funding to support the huge number of people that have left and the 100— 150,000 civilians who are still inside of the old city. this is why we are asking the international community to stand in solidarity of the people of iraq and provide the funding that is so urgently needed. at its humanitarian need but what about the military need? humanitarian need but what about the military need ? that humanitarian need but what about the military need? that that is the humanitarian need. do you think as ceasefire is in order? it is clear that this is some of the most intense fighting we have seen in the entire campaign to oust isil from iraq. this is why the un, or is it before, we are saying it as strongly as you can, all of the parties have to do everything they can to ensure that civilians survive, but they are protected and they receive the assistance and they need. the parties to the conflict are responsible for making sure the
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civilians live. the number of suspected cholera cases in yemen has now passed 200,000, according to the united nations. a statement from the world health organization and the un children's agency, unicef, said the country was now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world. more than thirteen—hundred people have died already. the two un agencies say they are doing everything they can to stop the cholera outbreak from accelerating. they are tracking the outbreak and deploying rapid response teams telling people how to protect themselves by cleaning and storing drinking water but they are facing impossible circumstances. two yea rs of facing impossible circumstances. two years of civil war have destroyed health services and sanitation systems. severe set —— severe food shortages have led to widespread malnutrition, leaving especially children more vulnerable to disease.
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more than 1300 people have ready died of cholera. for more on this i spoke with najwa mekki, spokeperson for more on this i spoke with najwa mekki, spokeperson for unicef. this is not the first time we have faced this in cholera —— in the yemen. the fact it is such a high number, it is a shame. we are talking about half of the 200,000 people you mentioned our children. a lot of the fatalities are children. children are seriously impacted by this outbreak and it's important and crucial that we get to them with the help and assistance they need so we can beat this. unicef say this is the worst cholera outbreak in the world. how has it come to this? the worst cholera outbreak in the world. how has it come to thi57m is unfortunately the sad reality of the country that has been reeling
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from years of poverty, chronic malnutrition, systems that are not functioning properly. the situation has works and in the last two years asa has works and in the last two years as a result of the two years of fighting which has left the health system in tatters. it has almost collapsed. health workers haven't been paid for the past month so people, 50 million people don't have access to regular healthcare. —— 50 million. people have been pushed even further into poverty. people say they can't even take their kids who are sick to hospitals to get treatment for cholera that they can't even afford the cost of transport. so, given the fighting on the ground, are your team is able to reach the people who need help? we are, toa reach the people who need help? we are, to a certain extent. we have seen some considerable improvement to the spread of the disease in those areas. we continue to appeal
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to the authorities in the country and the parties in the conflict, treat the families of the children who are impacted so we can help provide safe drinking water which is crucial in this outbreak and so we can provide the coronation that is needed to make sure people have water to drink and have hydration to prevent further spread of the disease —— chlorination. prevent further spread of the disease -- chlorination. how many people do you believe have cholera and how many people have died so far? we estimate it is 200,000. this is double what the case was just 2.5 weeks ago. we think and we fear that the number will reach 300,000 just in the next few weeks. the rate we are seeing is unprecedented and we are seeing is unprecedented and we are recording something like 5000 cases a day. we fear it is going to continue to spread and the death toll u nfortu nately continue to spread and the death toll unfortunately is going to rise. therefore, what do you need
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governments to do in order to reach the people that need help? we do need support in terms of funding. we are needing to provide the resources we need in order to get the supplies that we need and we need sustainable access to the communities that are affected. it is crucial to us as a humanitarian organisation, it is crucial that we get the population and go beyond the conflict lines so we manage to get aid to these families. let's not forget cholera is treatable but it can be deadly within hours if it is not addressed. let's go to china — where rescue work is continuing after a massive landslide in sichuan province. more than sixty homes have been buried. it happened after the side of a mountain collapsed after days of heavy rain in mao—xian county. officials say fifteen bodies have been found. but more than 100 people are still missing. here's our china correspondent — stephen mcdonell
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chinese rescue teams have been digging through mounds of rubble searching for survivors. more than a0 homes were buried when the top of the mountain collapsed causing a major landslide in this remote part of western sichuan province,. working in constant rain, and with roads covered by mud and rocks, the rescue effort has been difficult. and yet local officials say some survivors have been pulled out and taken to hospital. they say this has included a couple and also a baby. translation: at around five o'clock the baby cried so i change the nappies and then i heard a loud noise. i went to the front door but was hit by wind and water and stones came flying that pinned me to the ground.
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my wife and i slowly got up, held the baby and escaped. hundreds of rescuers have been deployed and once the road was cleared, heavy digging equipment could be brought in. but it has also been a case of using much more basic methods and sometimes even bare hands to try and clear the debris. sichuan‘s mountains are prone to deadly landslides and earthquakes. meaning emergency teams in the area are used to dealing with these types of disasters. recent heavy downpours are thought to have contributed to the instability which triggered part of a mountain to fall down onto the village below. stephen mcdonell, bbc news, beijing. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the french president — emmanuel macron wants the world to sign up to a new environmental agreement — that would make a clean and healthy environment a human right. speaking in paris, he unveiled draft
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proposals for a legally—binding treaty, which supporters hope will be adopted by the united nations. it follows president trump's decision to pull the us out of the paris climate change accord. a cyber attack on the uk houses of parliament has targeted the e—mail accounts of some mps and members of the house of lords. the parliamentary authorities said unauthorised attempts had been made to access some accounts. it comes just over a month after 48 of england's hospital trusts were hit by a cyber—attack. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: very important pandas get the red carpet treatment as they arrives to take up residency in berlin. members of the of the neo—nazi resistance movement stormed the world trade center armed with pistols and shotguns. we believe that, according to international law, that we have a right to claim certain parts of this country
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as ourland. i take pride in the words "ich bin ein berliner." cheering and applause chapman, prison pale and slightly chubby, said not a single word in open court. it was left to his lawyer to explain his decision to plead guilty to murdering john lennon. he believes that onjune 8th, god told him to plead guilty, and that was the end of it. the medical research council have now advised the government that the great increase in lung cancer is due mainly to smoking tobacco. it was closing time for checkpoint charlie which, for 29 years, has stood on the border as a mark of allied determination to defend the city. this is bbc news.
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the latest headlines: the united nations fears for up to 150 , 000 civilians trapped in the last enclave of mosul in iraq held by so—called islamic state. yemen is suffering the world's worst cholera outbreak, says the un, as the number of cases passes 200,000. after one of the deadliest fires london has seen in recent memory, the uk government has confirmed 3a high—rise buildings in england have failed fire safety tests on their exterior cladding. around 600 buildings are undergoing tests, with local authorities working urgently to identify those at risk. duncan kennedy reports. in the subdued streets of west london, one more silent, reflective assembly of mourners and neighbours. as these people paused, elsewhere,
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the now relentless checking of hundreds of tower blocks was continuing. the government asked councils to send in examples of cladding from buildings they were most concerned about, but it's become clear tonight that only 3a tests on cladding had so far been carried out, involving 17 councils, and that every one had failed. the councils involved include manchester, camden, plymouth, hounslow, barnet and brent, with many saying the government must help pay for any changes they make, like sprinklers. retrofitting of sprinklers should be one of our responses here. and when the chief fire officer of your region tells you that, clearly as a leader of a city you've got to start listening to that, so we started to look at the figures, and it comes out at around £31 million. as well as the cladding, the fire authorities are having to examine exposed pipes,
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cable ducts, escape routes, dry rises and fire doors. it's a huge undertaking, and it's notjust residential blocks. inspections are also taking place in schools and nhs buildings, like hull royal infirmary. so is the government saying it will pay for every safety defect that's found ? if they need financial support, and not every one of them will need it, but if they need it, we will make sure they have the resources they need to do this necessary work, absolutely. that will not be put at risk. at glastonbury today, the music also gave way to talk of safety in tower blocks, with jeremy corbyn demanding the government, in his words, get a grip. the prime minister needs to come to parliament again and describe what's going on, and it needs an emergency approach by government, including the use of cobra if necessary. it's important there are resources together now. back at the scene of the disaster, there was no dwindling of the numbers coming to absorb the scale of the horror and pay their respects.
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and what all this means is that, in the ten days since grenfell, the lives of literally thousands and thousands of people have been affected, and with more testing of cladding, fire doors, pipes and other buildings still to come, those numbers will almost certainly increase. tonight, as the government called for more cladding samples to be submitted, it seems even now no—one knows just how big the consequences of grenfell will be. as you heard in that report, the opposition leaderjeremy corbyn appeared at glastonbury. our entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba is at the festival, and told me the labour leader got a rock star welcome from the crowd. glastonbury prides itself on being a particularly elliptically engaged festival as compared to similar
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events across the country, and as you would expect, he got a very warm and positive reception from the crowds here. a large audience here in front of the main pyramid stage. small portions of the audience started chanting his name sporadically when he came on and went on speaking. also in the left—field area, another area of glastonbury dedicated to talking about left—field ideas and concepts. let's get back to the music. what oui’ let's get back to the music. what ourfans let's get back to the music. what our fans looking forward to tonight? they've had katy perry already, one of the biggest acts on the world, on the tyranny stage. now they are gathering for foo fighters. they we re gathering for foo fighters. they were supposed to headline a few yea rs were supposed to headline a few years ago but one of the members broke his leg falling off the stage so they had to cancel unexpectedly, making way for florence and the machine. but they've made good on their promise so they will be up there, on the pyramid stage, at about 10:15 there, on the pyramid stage, at about10:15 p.m., and
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there, on the pyramid stage, at about 10:15 p.m., and then, at what's been relatively mud free glastonbury, they are hoping to see ed sheeran on the main stage at glastonbury, bringing to an end an unusually mud free glastonbury weekend. the major islamic holiday of eid is being celebrated by muslims all over the world. hundreds of thousands of people scrambled to get a on ferries and trains in bangladesh to get home to celebrate with friends and family. in the besieged rebel held town of duma on the outskirts of damascus, ba kers duma on the outskirts of damascus, bakers prepare sweets for eid. and despite the terrible problems we've been telling you about in yemen, children are being given colourful clothes to wear as they prepare to celebrate the coming together for food and celebrations in yemen. many of the world's 1.8 billion
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muslims will be celebrating. i've been speaking to salehjuma to find outjust how significant this is for muslims around the world. eid is significant because it is too experienced that significant, eid, because, after a whole month of fasting and preventing yourself from the things you love the most, and then, all of a sudden, you have relief, and then of course that moment of relief, the pleasure, even the words cannot express, cannot do justice to express the pleasure that someone gets during eid. eid is actually an arabic word which means to come back all return. it's something which always, every year, muslims are looking forward to, to
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getting together worldwide to celebrate, like in christianity people celebrate christmas. eid is such a huge event in the muslim calendar, isn't it, all over the world ? calendar, isn't it, all over the world? i calendar, isn't it, all over the world ? i know calendar, isn't it, all over the world? i know you are from zanzibar. give us a sense of the scale of eid. in zanzibar cover people celebrate for seven days eid. here, only one day, but over there, seven days, and at the same time people are happy and can relate to that. it's because people get to meet each other more and they get to socialise more, and the way that eid allows them to do that as well, so you find that crowds of people, hundreds of thousands of people, get together, and just get to know each other and there's a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood again, because of the huge gatherings, getting together and caring and sharing — you know, thatis and caring and sharing — you know, that is something that everybody is
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looking forward to, because most people suffer here in this country from depression and stress because they are lonely. they are alone. so when you have this, eid keeps coming back again and again, and the main thing about eid is getting together. one imam from leicester speaking to me about the significance of eid. two pandas from a top breeding centre in china have arrived in berlin. they are the latest envoys in what's become known as panda diplomacy. like other jet—setting bears before them, they are destined to become huge stars, as andrew bryson reports. mangmang andjiaoqing mangmang and jiaoqing became the latest envoys to break hearts. they
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arrived in berlin with a ton of bamboo. clearly groggy after the 12 hourflight, bamboo. clearly groggy after the 12 hour flight, the pandas bamboo. clearly groggy after the 12 hourflight, the pandas were mostly placid during the welcome ceremony. the chinese ambassador on the left provoking the only drama. the male panda giving the diplomat a lesson in the dangers of getting too close. translation: panda bears are sacred in china. panda bears are also ambassadors of friendliness and solidarity. i hope mangmang and jiaoqing feel at home in berlin, that you fall in love with them, and that you fall in love with them, and that soon we see the fruits of their love. germany joins a select list of only about a dozen countries which china sees as important enough to receive pandas. the zoo gave daily updates in the lead up to their arrival, helping to stoke the panda mania that tends to accompany them. translation: they eatjust bamboo. they are black and white. they have
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the fussiest years you can imagine. and fortunately they are very humble and don't know they are the stars, that's the best part. the pandas will have a week before being unveiled by angela merkel and xi jinping ahead of the g20 summit in germany. the two countries have found common ground recently on free trade, and they agree with each other, not the us. whether the pairing of these two pandas will prove equally fruitful only time will tell. those pandas looking less than impressed! don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team: that's it from me and 13. thanks for being with bbc news. —— me and the team. thanks for being with bbc news. goodbye for now. things are pretty much back to normal across the united kingdom.
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we have low pressure in charge of our weather. you can see this curl of clouds in the north of the uk, the centre of the low pressure and the closer you are, the stronger the wind feels. and the heavier the showers are. there are some showers across scotla nd there are some showers across scotland tonight. by the end of the nightan area scotland tonight. by the end of the night an area of rain getting into western england and wales. quite a lot of isobars as the low pressure d rifts lot of isobars as the low pressure drifts towards scandinavia. lot of isobars as the low pressure drifts towards scandinavia. drifting towards the north and north—west around that area of low pressure, never a particularly warm area for us. and quite blustery across scotland. some eastern areas getting off toa scotland. some eastern areas getting off to a decent start, as in northern ireland and much of northern england to. however, across manchester towards hull, some wet weather first thing, and
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manchester towards hull, some wet weatherfirst thing, and east manchester towards hull, some wet weather first thing, and east anglia and the south—east starting largely dry if rather cloudy and breezy, but relatively warm, 17 in a few places. further west, some of that rain affecting glastonbury for a time in the morning. it's not heavy that some rain nevertheless. through the morning, something of a north—south split. certainly not a washout but some wet weather in central parts of wales, the midlands and towards east anglia by the afternoon with a fair bit of cloud either side of that. further north, sunny spells, scattered showers, 15 degrees also in glasgow, 23 in the london area. of course it the last day of glastonbury already, so a little bit of rain early on, but it should clear away, gradually brightening up into the afternoon and evening. 17, 18, but a noticeable breeze, and a breeze, too, at queen ‘s club for the finals, but it should be fine and dry. by monday, a lot of dry weather for the eastern side of the
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uk. someone's, that an area of rain pushing into the north and west. some questions about the timing, so keep an eye on the forecast, but at the moment some heavy rain across northern england, southern scotland monday night into tuesday, and tuesday looks quite wet for the western side, the north as well. dry further east, but underneath the rain it will not feel all that great. looking fairly unsettled on tuesday, and for much of this coming week it will be quite unsettled with spells of rain, which could be heavy at times, and to go with that there will be a noticeable breeze and not much sunshine in the forecast. this is bbc news, the headlines. the united nations says there may be up to 150,000 civilians still trapped in the last enclave of mosul — held by the so—called islamic state group.
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officials say they are at extreme — almost unimaginable risk. 15 bodies have been found after a huge landslide that buried a mountain village — in china's sichuan province. over 100 people are missing. yemen is suffering the world's worst cholera outbreak, says the un — as the number of cases passes 200,000. more than 1,300 people have died as health and sanitation services collapse due to yemen's two year civil war. france's president macron has promised to work towards a global agreement that would make a clean and healthy environment a human right. he was presenting draft proposals for a new legally—binding international treaty. now on bbc news, panorama investigates what happened that terrible night when fire engulfed grenfell tower. richard bilton‘s special report
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contains distressing scenes from the start. it's been six days since britain's worst fire in living memory. they were warned several times, countless times. they were warned probably until the day before the fire. panorama has been with the people of grenfell tower... we've got a 12—year—old missing. they deal with the worst possible news. he died, yes? heroes are made.


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