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A van has been driven into a crowd of pedestrians near a London mosque, killing one man and injuring eight other people. The victims are believed to include worshippers who had just left Finsbury Park Mosque following evening prayers after breaking the Ramadan fast.

One eyewitness told how he had jumped out of the way of the van, saying: “He just came into all of us. There was a lot of people.”

Police have declared a “major incident” and Prime Minister Theresa May said: “All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene.” The Muslim Council of Britain called the incident a “violent manifestation of Islamophobia.”

A 48-year-old man has been arrested, while counter-terrorism officers are searching the scene. For the latest developments, go to our live page.

Brexit talks get under way

Almost a year after the UK voted to leave the European Union, Brexit talks are finally starting. Brexit Secretary David Davis has promised a “deal like no other in history”, with subjects of early negotiations including the status of expats, the UK’s “divorce bill” and the Northern Ireland border. Things get started at about 11:00 BST.

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Grenfell Tower tragedy ‘preventable’

London’s Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan has said people in Kensington, west London. are “sick to death of platitudes from politicians” following the Grenfell Tower fire. He complained of “years of neglect” by the council and a “poor response” by the government to what he called a “preventable accident”. Meanwhile, ministers say households who lost their homes will receive 5,500 each. The BBC understands about 70 people may have died in last week’s disaster.

Macron wins parliamentary majority

It’s not the landslide many predicted, but French President Emmanuel Macron’s party has won a clear majority in the country’s parliamentary elections. His centrist La Republique En Marche group, with its MoDem ally, took more than 300 seats in the 577-member National Assembly. But voter turnout hit a record low – just 42%.

Analysis: Macron’s conquest is complete. What now?

By Hugh Schofield, in Paris

The problems he will face in the coming months will be the classic ones that face all democratic leaders. Should I give way to demonstrators? Or should I use force to enact my manifesto? How do I balance the budget? Which is worse, a massive deficit or cuts in social spending?

Read Hugh’s full article

What the papers say

“Inside hell” is the Daily Mail’s headline, as a photograph taken inside a flat in Grenfell Tower dominates its front page. The Mirror chooses the same words to describe another scene at the building. Meanwhile, the Guardian reports that EU leaders fear the UK could be left with a “brutal Brexit” because of the fragility of Theresa May’s government, but the Daily Express says confidence is “high” as UK-EU talks get started.

Daily digest

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Today’s lookahead

12:00 Former Labour leader Ed Miliband hosts BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show, which he is doing all week. Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith takes over next week.

15:00 Cuba’s government delivers its formal response to US President Donald Trump’s speech on Friday, in which he announced he was reimposing certain travel and trade restrictions eased by Barack Obama’s administration.

On this day

1975 An inquest decides that Lord Lucan, who has been missing for seven months, murdered his children’s 29-year-old nanny, Sandra Rivett.

From elsewhere

My last conversation with my father (New Yorker)

The normalisation of conspiracy culture (The Atlantic)

How your job is killing you (Sydney Morning Herald)

The day Keith Richards joined us at the cricket (Guardian)

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40318084

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