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Protesters bash May over London apartment fire response

Protesters gathered at Downing Street Friday and Saturday to challenge British Prime Minister Theresa May on her response to the massive fire in a London apartment building that killed at least 30 people Wednesday. May has announced a $6.4 million fund to help survivors, but she has been criticized for "misread[ing] the public mood" and waiting until Saturday to meet with building residents.

Queen Elizabeth visited survivors Friday. The U.K. "has witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies," she said in a statement calling for prayer and courage. "Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity. United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favor, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss."