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this is bbc news. the headlines at 2.00pm: the prime minister of iraq announces victory over is in the city of mosul. the parents of terminally ill charlie gard are expected to join a demonstration outside great ormond hospital. government ministers say unacceptable amounts of drugs and numbers of mobile phones are being found in prisons in england and wales. sir vince cable, tipped to be the next leader of the liberal democrats, says he believes brexit may never happen. also in the next hour: going back to his roots — after 13 years away, wayne rooney rejoins his boyhood club, everton, as he says goodbye to manchester united. in half—an—hour here on bbc news, politics europe looks at why, according to french president emmanuel macron, europe has lost its way. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news.
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iraq's prime minister has declared that no soul has been liberated —— most soul has been liberated from the group that calls itself islamic state. the prime minister travelled to most sober he is expected to make her victory speech this afternoon. well, just in front of us is what the iraqi security forces say is the last bit of is territory that they predict will soon fall. meanwhile, rescue teams, search and rescue teams, have been going through rubble. this looks like it was an air strike, considering that
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kind of devastation. and they are going through the grim job of trying to find bodies. but, of course, most of what they are finding is being put into bags. the chances of people being alive here are very, very slim. not just the devastation but the extreme heat, as well. we are seeing people who have been trapped under is control coming out looking gaunt, looking haunted, wanting food and water desperately, being taken down this road just past where the search and rescue teams are. it is still a grim job. there is still a lot of misery in mosul. we will be returning to iraq for more on that story when we get it.
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the parents of charlie gard are delivering a petition to great ormond street hospital in london, calling on doctors to allow their terminally ill baby to travel to the us for experimental treatment. the petition has been signed by more than 350,000 people. the ii—month old boy's case is due to return to the high court tomorrow. still desperately fighting to keep their son alive for as long as possible. charlie gard's parents started a legal battle with great ormond street hospital in march. they'd raised £1.3 million to take charlie, who has a rare genetic condition, to the us for experimental treatment. but doctors here say they believe there is no chance of improvement, and as the ii—month—old can't hear, see, move, cry orswallow, instead his life support should be switched off. so far the courts have agreed with them. but support has grown for the family, with charlie's story crossing borders and reaching the american president and the pope. and then a development.
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seven specialist researchers led by the vatican children's hospital signed a letter saying the use of nucleoside therapies should be reconsidered following success in conditions similar to charlie's. we're quite happy with today's outcome, and we're hopeful that charlie may get a chance now. a hearing at the high court in london tomorrow will determine whether or not this evidence changes the legal decision. great ormond street has made clear its view remains the same, that the treatment would be futile. but his parents are keeping the pressure up, hoping against hope that at some point soon, charlie's future will look very different. kathryn stanczyszyn, bbc news. 0ur correspondent anisa kadri is outside great ormond street hospital. charlie and his parents have had some fairly high—profile supporters,
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donald trump speaking out, too. in practical terms what do the parents and supporters of this petition hope can be achieved? what they are hoping is that they will hand this petition into great 0rmond hoping is that they will hand this petition into great ormond street hospital and as a result a b c will be allowed to go abroad for treatment. you can already see where iam,a treatment. you can already see where i am, a meters down the road from great ormond street hospital, you can see some of his supporters in the background, including this reverend who has them all the from america, and people with banners, one t—shirt said i am in c's army, if he is still fighting, we are still fighting. there are hoping that as a result of today's handing in the petition and as a result of tomorrow going to the high court, they are hoping that charlie's life—support machine will not be turned off and he will be allowed to go abroad. that is all in light of
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new evidence from medical researchers who think they may be able to help him, although the hospital is not convinced yet, they believe it is right to put charlie's fate in the hands of the high court. quite a dilemma for the judges tomorrow. they have looked at this case once. this evidence will have to be pretty powerful to shape their previous decision. you would have thought so. there has been a lengthy legal battle that went all the way up legal battle that went all the way up tojudges legal battle that went all the way up to judges in legal battle that went all the way up tojudges in europe. it. but their decision that treatment would not make a difference meant that charlie's life—support machine would have been turned off, but in fact the legal battle carries on. connie and chris, charlie's parents, say the fight is carrying on and many bad we would agree. we will come
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back to you later, particularly if charlie's parents are there when the petition is handed in. let's return to art top story. that is that most soul has been liberated from so—called islamic state. does it feel where you are as if the fighting is over? know, from our perspective, at the moment we are still receiving patients who are severely injured after being trapped in the middle of a broken country, where they went through horace. they have gone through bombardments and suicide attacks. people baby who
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we re suicide attacks. people baby who were injured several days ago by a mortar or an were injured several days ago by a mortaroran airstrike were injured several days ago by a mortar or an air strike and if you have not been able to access health care. we are seeing live pictures coming out of most soul. we understand the iraqi prime minister is on his way. after the declaration that comes the practicality of clearing up and one of the most important elements of that is the work you and your colleagues are doing in terms of medical treatment. what sort of number of people are you having to deal with, and what are the facilities like? we are one of the two hospitals in the west pa rt of the two hospitals in the west part of the city, to front line. there are points were patients are stabilised and they are preferred to oui’ stabilised and they are preferred to our hospitals. we received the
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patients who need immediate care. in about two weeks we have received over 400 patients, most of them with war related trauma injuries and urgent cases that require treatment within minutes. many gunshot injuries, shelling injuries, burns from explosions, fractures and so on. people have been living in rough conditions. we see dehydration, exhaustion, especially with babies and children who have had to wait days under the rubble of their houses. do you hope that it will get easier to evacuate the patients with the most serious injuries to different parts of the country were facilities are better? it might become easier away from the front
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line here. but there is still lots of concern in terms of availability of concern in terms of availability of health structures. the needs will be big for mental health, for post—operations services, for any kind of service that requires health care. stephanie, thank you very much for being with us. stephanie, thank you very joining me now is doctor ghassan atiyyah, the director of the iraq foundation for democracy and development. thank you for being with us. can you give us a sense how important an announcement it will be for iraq when he is able to say that mosul has been freed from islamic state. the winning of mosul is a great thing for the prime minister because
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he needs this victory. iraq needs financial help to rebuild the area. it will be a political victory not just the military one. what viewers are seeing, we have been showing pictures of the prime minister are arriving in mosul. he is there in the city but we await his formal announcement. in the sense i suppose this is just the announcement. in the sense i suppose this isjust the beginning, certainly not the end of the process of trying to notjust eliminate islamic state, but create something sta ble islamic state, but create something stable and secure and not perhaps repeat some mistakes of the past. absolutely. in 2010 the americans we re absolutely. in 2010 the americans were able to defeat al-qaeda but
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failure on behalf of the iraqi government to win the hearts and minds of the people in that area created an atmosphere conducive to a new problem. the americans thought at the time that al-qaeda would come back but not as fast and strong as this. the prime minister of iraq is ina this. the prime minister of iraq is in a difficult position and needs all the support. the west is aware 110w all the support. the west is aware now that debate islamic state, we have to fight them ideological as well as militarily. the opportunity is open and i hope the west will seize this chance to rebuild the damaged area and prove to the iraqis that the west is on their side, not only using them to defeat al-qaeda 01’ only using them to defeat al-qaeda or isis. one of the most impressive things in the last few months has been the way that groups who share very little in common otherwise have been prepared to bury their differences and work together on
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retaking mosul. prints of the passion burger, who are keen to see an independent kurdistan rather than exceed to the power of baghdad. they have a common enemy in islamic state, but if that common enemy is gone, state, but if that common enemy is o . state, but if that common enemy is gone, is there a chance they could turn on one another? by the way, isis is still there. it is in different places in iraq and western iraq. the fight will keep on. the rivalry is there between different shia factions and the kurds. they we re shia factions and the kurds. they were always thinking what would happen next. 0nce isis is out of the
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scene, not only in mosul but in all of iraq, first of all there will be a confrontation between the americans and the iranians. the 0bamas administration did not think of iran is their target, but isis as their target. but with donald trump saying about how he will deal with iran. in this case, the prime minister of iraq will be a bit difficult position, who can't hit things in his favour? it is the wrong time for the kurds to push their position because isis is not yet finished. the shia are holding a conference in baghdad in ten days to create a new leadership. the shia are divided as well. in this
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situation we find it very difficult to imagine stability within a year 01’ to imagine stability within a year or two or three, but the prime minister is the only person that so far he is able to win the moderate iraqis, whether kurds, shia or sydney. —— sunni. iraqis, whether kurds, shia or sydney. -- sunni. sobering thoughts, there. thank you very much. a ceasefire brokered by the us and russia has come into force in south—western syria. it was announced after presidents donald trump and vladimir putin met for the first time at g20 talks on friday. the truce is also backed byjordan. it is in force along a line agreed by syrian government forces and rebels. 0ur correspondent sophie long is in beirut and joins us now. sophie, this is very early days in the ceasefire and the records of
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previous ceasefires is not a positive one. how much faith is being put in this latest deal? positive one. how much faith is being put in this latest deanm positive one. how much faith is being put in this latest deal? it is indeed early days. the truce came into effect as midday bash at midday here, four hours ago. we have not heard any reports of air are clashes. a uk based monitoring service says that on the three main fronts in this area there have been no clashes between the regime forces and opposition factions. but there have been several ceasefires before, as you say, none of them have failed. there were positive thoughts, note of the us state department on friday. they say that the opposition factions they have been talking to are looking for an opportunity for a ceasefire. 0n the other hand, for the regime forces, they are hoping that russia, who had been part of months of talks, they
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will be exerting their influence on regime forces. it is hoped that this will hold. it comes on the eve of another round of renewed talks about peace in geneva due to start tomorrow. expectations are low for that seventh round. an envoy for syria says that if the ceasefire holds it will cause positive momentum. momentum is what everybody is trying to generate. it feels as if this process has stalled so many times. there must be weariness of the talk of peace in syria after so many years of war. indeed. the civil war is now into its seventh year. the talks are due to get under way tomorrow in geneva, they argue the ends sponsored expectations for those have been low. there have been
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paralleled talking processes going on at the same time. last week there we re on at the same time. last week there were talks in kazakhstan but did not come to any further conclusions. we are not clear about who will monitor the areas, and that is crucially important, who will police them. there are huge political talks about that. we had from the state department on friday that when this truce, even when it comes into effect, as it has done, we don't know who will police that. the newjustice secretary has pledged to tackle the problems of drugs and violence in prison after new figures revealed more than 200 kilos of drugs and 13,000 mobile phones were found in jails
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in england and wales last year. david liddington said the government was increasing the number of prison officers following cuts under the last coalition government. here's our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani. london's pentonville prison late last year. orders from inmates for drugs and mobile phones being delivered by gangs on the outside. packages thrown or catapulted over walls and security netting. prisoners use makeshift hooks to recover them. it is big business. new figures from the ministry ofjustice show the industrial scale of what's happening. 225 kilograms of drugs seized last year, 13,000 mobile phones, 7,000 extra sim cards. prison inspectors have repeatedly criticised jails for failing to stop the smuggling, which adds to violence inside. what i am determined to do is try to bring about improvements, to build on what my predecessor liz truss did in getting extra prison officers and putting in place
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effective measures to detect more accurately the problem we have with drugs, the new challenge we have with drones and mobile phones in prison, so they are more secure places. each jail in england and wales now has hand—held mobile phone detectors, and there are 300 more sniffer dogs looking for drugs. ministers have also pledged 2500 extra prison officers by the end of next year. critics say that is still fewer staff than in 2010 and the smuggling will continue to have a huge impact. the numbers are pretty eye watering, a huge number of fines for both a huge number of finds for both drugs and mobile phones, that is a good thing because the trade in prisons is very dangerous, it causes bullying, violence and self harm inside the prison, and outside the prison families have money extorted from them to pay for all these drugs and phones. this is one of the biggest challenges, stopping gangs from using drones under the cover of night. walls cannot stop the airborne
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contraband so the police and prison governors are trying to identify the gangs behind them. so far 11 men have beenjailed for a total of 40 years, but most experts say many more are ou there determined to do the same, because there is big money still to be made. dominic casciani, bbc news. sir vince cable, who is likely to become the next leader of the liberal democrats, says he is "beginning to think brexit may never happen". he told the bbc‘s andrew marr show that the problems were too enormous and the divisions between the two major parties too great. 0ur political correspondent jonathan blake is here to tell us more. some people might say that is just wishful thinking from a lib dem! there might be a certain amount of that. the lib dems have tried to position themselves as the party that could potentially stop leaving
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the eu. they didn't do well in the general election, but that hasn't stopped vince cable that breaks it might not mean brexit after all. i'm beginning to think that brexit may never happen. i think the problems are so enormous. . . really? the problems are so enormous, the divisions within the two major parties are so enormous, i can see a scenario in which this doesn't happen. 0ur our policy of having a second referendum, which did not cut through in the general election, is designed to give away our rights when it becomes clear that the exit is potentially disastrous. so that is vince cable trying to keep up the notion that the lib dems are the party if you are one of the 48% who voted to remain in the eu, that they are of the party for you.
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vince cable is in all likelihood going to be the next leader of the lib dems, he is the only candidate at this point. there have been many stumbling blocks to get in motion, not least this week when the government will publish the repeal bill. there are already some moves afoot to get amendments put on that bill. the numbers in the house of commons, theresa may must remove the days would you still have a majority of 12. she is supported by the dup but there is always the danger that some tory mps will split away on issues to do with europe. they will struggle to push through notjust the repeal bill but any other bills that they've put forward. there is much less room for manoeuvre now for theresa may and she needs to have pretty much every tory mps on board
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to get done what you want to get done. her authority in the general election took such a dent. everton have confirmed that the former england captain, wayne rooney, is to return to his old club from manchester united. rooney, who's 31, says he's delighted and thanked united for 13 successful yea rs in manchester, as richard conway reports. he is, quite simply, one of the greatest strikers in english football history. rooney! that is absolutely fantastic! wayne rooney was a teenage prodigy but his goal—scoring exploits endured. he leaves manchester united as the record goal—scorer, but with his playing time increasingly limited under managerjose mourinho, he is heading back to where his story started, in everton. it would be good thing to get another evertonians in through the doors, one as high—profile as wayne. he will be able to come in and give everton as strength in depth with
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regards to the striking position, which everton have not had over the last couple of seasons. wayne rooney announced its incredible talent to the world with a stunning goal against arsenal at the tender age of 16. he starred for england and is by his country's leading goal—scorer. sir alex ferguson, who signed him in 2004, said wayne rooney would have excelled in any era. but its relationship with him and the old trafford fa ns relationship with him and the old trafford fans was not always smooth. the game comes to leaving for manchester city on one occasion. there was talk of wayne rooney may be moving to china, or america, but he has decided to come back to what it all began for him as a young boy and the fans will be walking through these gates at the start of the new season knowing that he is back in the blue of everton. the man who discovered wayne rooney as a major role playing for a junior team in liverpool says he remembers a boy who simply love to score goals. the strength of him. he was only a
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little lads, but that was young wayne. it has been too long since he has been here. welcome home. with some critics thinking he is a shadow of the player he once was, everton fa ns of the player he once was, everton fans will hope this move home will inspire his very best. for a player whose emotions are always close to the surface, there may be a sense of unfinished business at a club that has always been close to his heart. let's get back to the scene at great 0rmond let's get back to the scene at great ormond street hospital were at petition is being delivered in the case of charlie gard. you can see's charlie's parents. they are at their gratitude to those who have been taking part in this vigil outside the hospital. they are hoping that tomorrow the high court will allow
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charlie to be released to travel abroad to the united states, when experimental treatment there to be tried. great ormond street hospital don't believe that the treatment could be a success and they think it is best that his life support should be turned off. let's hear what charlie's parents have to say. we just want to thank you all for being here. over 350,000 people have signed the petition. 0ur being here. over 350,000 people have signed the petition. our special thanks go to america and everyone in rome who are supporting us and believe that charlie deserved this treatment, as he rightly does we believed. thank you to the public in the uk. and to the media for supporting our cause for what is right. we are trying to take her son
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from one hospital where they do a lot of specialities there. it is a fantastic hospital and they do great things, but unfortunately they are not specialists in charlie's condition. the specialists are in america. ijust condition. the specialists are in america. i just want to thank everybody, really. there are now seven doctors supporting us from all over the world, from italy, america, england as well. they think that this has a chance. there is an up to 10% chance of this working for charlie and we think that is a chance breathtaking. we have been fighting for this medication since novemberand it is fighting for this medication since november and it is nowjuly. we feel it should be a hard choice to give him a chance at life. there are is no known side effects to this oral medicine. he deserves a chance. he does not have catastrophic brain damage, as you might have read.
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there is no evidence of brain damage. his brain is affected but this medicine can get into his brain and help it. you should have had this chance a long time ago. they said it wasn't fair to leave him on a ventilator for three months for a treatment that they didn't think would work but he has now been there for seven months with no treatment so he could have had it twice over. he deserves this chance at last. we wa nt he deserves this chance at last. we want to thank everybody who has supported us and sign the petition. let's get charlie the treatment he needs. if he is still fighting, we are still fighting. there you go, that's is the parents of 11—month—old charlie gard, the little boy who is so gravely ill. they had ta ken little boy who is so gravely ill. they had taken their case back to the high court tomorrow in the hope that what they say is new evidence of the possibility of him receiving treatment can't be presented to the judges and they hope that will
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persuade them to allow them to travel to the united states. donald trump has said he will put through legislation in orderfor trump has said he will put through legislation in order for the trump has said he will put through legislation in orderfor the parents to, and received the treatment. this is bbc news. the headlines: the iraqi prime minister says the city of mosul has been liberated from the group that calls itself islamic state. the parents of charlie gard deliver a petition to great ormond street hospital in london, calling on doctors to allow the terminally ill baby to travel to america for experimental treatment.


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