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this is bbc news. i'm sally bundock with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. an olympic sprinter from belarus who was ordered home is granted a humanitarian visa by poland and is due to fly to warsaw on wednesday. the international olympic committee announces an investigation. we need to establish the full facts, we need to hear everyone involved. that obviously can take time. in the meantime obviously ourfirst take time. in the meantime obviously our first concern is for the athlete. i'm sarah mulkerrins with all the latest from the games in tokyo, where we have had a new world record in the men's 400 metres as norway's karsten warholm wins gold.
wildfires fuelled by high temperatures and strong winds are sweeping parts of greece, turkey and lebanon, forcing the evacuation of thousands. the travel industry welcomes a decision by the uk government to abandon plans for a further change to its traffic light system for international travel. there are fears the taliban are on the verge of taking control of lashkar gah, the capital of helmand province in afghanistan. hello and welcome. a sprinter from belarus who refused her team's order to fly home early from the olympics has been granted a humanitarian visa by poland. krystina timanovskaya is at the polish embassy in tokyo, and it's believed she plans to go to poland on wednesday.
the athlete says she was forcibly taken to the airport for criticising coaches, but belarus says she was removed from the team because of her emotional state. the spokesperson for the international olympic committee, mark adams, hasjust spoken about the incident at a press briefing. this is what he said. we spoke yesterday twice to krystina timanovskaya, we spoke to her twice, she reassured us once again she is feeling safe and secure, i believe there is and secure, i believe there is a call going on this morning with her as well, and together with her as well, and together with the relevant authorities and competent organisations, she is planning herfuture, we are also in contact with the unhcr, our partner, which is helping out, we were in contact with them right from the get 90, with them right from the get go, on the evening of, as i was
mentioned yesterday, we were there on the night of the incident. she is in a safe and secure place, we have contacted the embassy of poland, if you have been following the story, and in terms of what the ioc can do for her in terms of her future, we have talked to them with regard to her sport after her arrival in warsaw if that is where she does indeed choose to end up. so in terms of her safety and security, i think we have dealt with most of the issues that needed to be dealt with. as i said yesterday we are expecting and have asked for a report from the noc today, we requested that yesterday, we want it today, we have decided to launch, not surprisingly, a formal investigation which will be led by the ioc administration and we need to establish the full facts, we need to hear everyone involved, that obviously can take time, and in the meantime obviously ourfirst take time, and in the meantime obviously our first concern is
for the athlete. mairko, has there been much news coverage injapan on this story and what's the reaction been? i saw the story being covered by several news programmes this morning but it's definitely not the top story. the main headline still here is the surging covid cases, but also how the government is now asking covid—i9 patients to stay at home unless their symptoms are really severe, and there the i there are reports that over 10,000 people are resting at home with mild symptoms of covid—19, and there is quite a lot of criticism that if their conditions turn worse, is there a possibility for them to seek help. about half of them are trying to call an ambulance, and get admitted to hospital, but they couldn't get that done, so we are starting to see signs that hospitals are getting
overwhelmed as experts have long warned about for quite some time. at the same time there is also a lot of excitement in the local press about how welljapanese about how well japanese athletes about how welljapanese athletes have been doing. tonight we will see japan's men's football team in the semi—final, but also the baseball team beat america yesterday, so that is causing quite a lot of excitement here. as for the belarus unit athlete, i thought it was quite interesting on social media that some people here injapan have been comparing how she has been treated compared to the other athlete who tried to run away earlier in the game. it's not as simple as their skin colours, one trying to run away from his hotel room, the others sought help to an official channel, through the ioc, but others are speculating whether the fact that she sought asylum outside ofjapan may the fact that she sought asylum outside of japan may have contributed to the way she was treated here because of course depend does not grant asylum to many people, including elite
athletes. ., athletes. mariko there from to 0, athletes. mariko there from tokyo. and _ athletes. mariko there from tokyo. and we _ athletes. mariko there from tokyo, and we will- athletes. mariko there from tokyo, and we will return i athletes. mariko there from i tokyo, and we will return to the olympics shortly. let's bring you this news. meanwhile, the head of an organisation helping belarusians who've fled abroad has gone missing in ukraine. vitaly shishov, who ran the belarusian house in ukraine, was reported missing after failing to return from a jog. friends of mr shishov reported that he had been followed recently. many belarusians have left the country since the violent suppression of anti—government protests there. much of the political opposition to president alexander lukashenko is now based abroad. more details on that story online. well let's take a look at the olympic sporting action now, i'mjoined by sarah mulkerrins in tokyo. sarah there have already been some medals today. fill us in!
absolutely. i have barely caught my breath from the action we have seen in the last hour, a remarkable performance on the track in one of the finals, the 400 metres hurdles final, amend, it had been hotly anticipated because we had the norway hurdler going in, he was the world record holder and he pulled out one of the most phenomenal performances in track and field and indeed hot sport in the last hour because he won in a world record of 45.94 seconds. you can see the shock on his face, he ripped open his shirt after, his previous record was almost a second slower. the american who finished in second also broke that previous world record, it was just a phenomenal wasjust a phenomenal performance from an was just a phenomenal performance from an athlete who has promised so much over the
years, double world champion, he has now broken his own world record by nearly one second, and he has that olympic gold medal to go along with it, and this track here that we have been seeing in tokyo, they call it potentially the trampoline, it potentially the trampoline, it has produced some very fast times, we have seen national records being broken as well, and also one interesting point as well is that there is new technology in the shoes, in the spikes they are wearing that helps them propel them forward so it's interesting to see what sort of impact that may be having, but for karsten warholm, that was just a superb performance from him, no doubt it will take all the headlines around the world. there was also one other medal awarded in that early session in the track and field and that was in the women's long jump, with a german athlete taking gold, she was the only one of those long jumpers tojump was the only one of those long jumpers to jump past seven metres. for her, late on in the
competition, the american britney rees had been in the lead but she had to settle for second, and the nigerian athlete won the bronze, and thatis athlete won the bronze, and that is nigeria's first athletics medal since 2008, so remarkable scenes at the track and field stadium this morning in tokyo. let's take a look at the updated medal table and see how it stands. it is china who has more gold medals, a whopping 29. still plenty of time for other nations to win more medals, 22 more upper grabs, so let's have a look at what else day 11 has in store. . more action in the evening session in the
athletics, the 100 metre champion from jamaica going for the double, no doubt pushed and by shelley and fraser price of jamaica also going into that, we will have the first boxing medals handed out today with the men's welterweight division, and also the women's featherweight coming up. in the velodrome, it could be a good day for britain's golden couple, laura and jason kenney, they are both competing, laura won the teen precision at two olympics in a row, and jason kenney won the team sprint at every game since the team sprint at beijing 2008, and another event is sports climbing, which promises to be one of the toughest gold medals to win in tokyo, you have to take part in three events in that, and of course domestic fans all around the world will be very pleased to see
america's star gymnast simone biles returning to action, taking part in the beam final. semester some of the events here she needed to prioritise here she needed to prioritise here she needed to prioritise her mental health. so, plenty of action to come, but i think everybody who has been watching the olympics, and particularly interested in the track and field will take a bit of time tojust field will take a bit of time to just process that world record that we saw, the phenomenal performance from norway's karsten warholm. certainly that will go down as one of the biggest performances here at these olympic games. absolutely incredible. thank you sarah, we will see you again soon. wildfires fuelled by high temperatures and strong winds are sweeping parts of greece, turkey and lebanon, forcing the evacuation of thousands. more turks and foreign tourists have been evacuated from southern coastal resorts. nearly 60 forest fires have broken out in western greece in the last 24 hours. russell trott reports.
seeking safety on the seashore. farmers take advantage after the tourists fled to turkey's southern resorts to bring down their cattle from the hills, where wildfires continue to burn uncontrollably in the high temperatures and scorching wins. turkey has experienced its worst fires in a decade, large swathes of forest com pletely large swathes of forest completely destroyed. the government is facing criticism for its handling of the crisis. 200 separate blazes have been extinguished, but it had to request help from its neighbours. russia, iran, azerbaijan and ukraine have already sent firefighting aircraft to assist. more firefighting from the air elsewhere in southern europe, italy's adriatic coast and parts of sicily worst affected. in greece, like albania, turkey
and so much of the mediterranean, temperatures have reached more than 40 celsius. even at night, temperatures remain in the mid 30s, with no sign of letting up. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: it's considered one of the hardest gold medals to win — we meet the australian teenager competing in the new olympic discipline of sport climbing. the question was whether we wanted to save our people — and japanese as well — and win the war or whether we wanted to take a chance on being able to win the war by killing all our young men. the invasion began at two o'clock this morning. mr bush, like most other people, was clearly- caught by surprise. we call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all iraqi forces.
100 years old and still full of vigour, vitality and enjoyment of life — no other king or queen in british history has lived so long, and the queen mother is said to be quietly very pleased indeed that she has achieved this landmark anniversary. this is a pivotal moment for the church as an international movement. the question now is whether the american vote will lead to a split in the anglican community. this is bbc world news, the latest headlines: an olympic sprinter from belarus who was ordered home has been granted a humanitarian visa by poland and is due to fly to warsaw on wednesday. the international olympic committee announced an investigation. norway's karsten warholm beats his own world record to win gold in the men's
400 metre hurdles. the travel industry in the uk has welcomed the government's decision to abandon plans for a further change to its traffic—light system for international travel. it had been considering an amber watch list of countries at risk of being put onto the red list, which requires hotel quarantine on return to the uk. simonjones reports. getting away from it all, but safely. the british government, like administrations around the world, has been grappling with how to allow international travel in an age of covid. people want to go abroad, i understand how much people plan, prepare for the summer holidays, but we've also got to remember that this is still a dangerous virus and that we must try and stop variants
coming in and must stop importing variants from the broad so we must have a balanced approach. ﬁn broad so we must have a balanced approach. on monday britain opened _ balanced approach. on monday britain opened its _ balanced approach. on monday britain opened its borders - balanced approach. on monday britain opened its borders from people from the us and most of the eu have been fully vaccinated, but further changes are also being looked at the stop the government has been using a traffic light system for travel. using a traffic light system fortravel. people using a traffic light system for travel. people can visit a green country. when they returned they need to take a covid test before departure, and another tensed once they're back. on returning from an amber country, people who are fully vaccinated don't need to isolate. entering the uk from a red country will involve quarantining in a hotel for ten days. the government had been considering an amber watchlist, flagging up countries at risk of moving to read. but that has now been abandoned following opposition from some mps. decision welcomed by the travel industry. we decision welcomed by the travel indust .~ . ., , ., industry. we already have a hu:el industry. we already have a hugely complex _ industry. we already have a hugely complex system, i industry. we already have a hugely complex system, a l hugely complex system, a traffic light system that governs international travel and i think most people are
struggling to keep up with those changes and to hear that we were about to have another layer of complexity added to that i think was concerning for people. whenever those rules change it impacts people's confidence. it is welcome news. but the opposition labour party has accused the government of hanging in total chaos over its border policy, saying the travel industry needs maximum clarity, not u—turns and confusion. simonjones, bbc confusion. simon jones, bbc news. fighting in a major city in afghanistan has been intensifying. there are fears lashkar gah in the southern helmand province could be the first provincial capital to fall to the taliban. a tv station there is reported to have been seized by the militants, and thousands of people have been fleeing rural areas. ramzan karmali has the details. gunfire.
firing on the city of herat, just one of the three provincial capitals coming under fire by the taliban. in kandahar in the south, thousands have been forced to flee, and in lashkar gah in helmand province, the taliban are reported to have seized a local tv station. over the last few months, the taliban have taken over large parts of the countryside, but in recent days fighting has been taking place on the outskirts of the capital kabul. the insurgents' main focus has been on three provincial cities, with the cities under the heaviest assault being lashkar gah in the southern helmand province. the president of afghanistan is clear who is to blame for the increase in violence. translation: the reason for our current situation i is that the decision to withdraw was taken abruptly. i told the president of the united states that i respected his decision but i knew it would have some consequences.
president ghani said that there was a plan to regain control, but that is giving little comfort to the many who find themselves close to the violence. translation: for me as a herati and a lady, j this war is worrying. the the situation in the city of herat has changed these days and people are scared. there are no women in herat. this is not a good situation and women who usually work in government offices are not going to work. artillery. although nearly all of its military forces have left, the us has continued its air offensive in support of afghan government troops. strikes targeting lashkar gah continued late on monday. the biden administration condemned the actions of the taliban. we've seen the reports of atrocities being committed by the taliban in various places where they are on the offensive. and these reports are deeply disturbing and totally unacceptable. helmand was the centrepiece of the us and british military campaign, but if lashkar gah were to fall,
it would be the first provincial capital won by the taliban in five years and would be a bitter blow to the afghan government. ramzan karmali, bbc news. concern has been expressed for the survival of chimpanzees in sierra leone. the population of the animal has been disappearing fast on the african continent, largely due to deforestation and other human activity. sierra leone is the first country to declare the primate a �*national animal�* and emblem of the country as it tries to reverse the trend. umaru fofana has been to one of the continent's largest chimpanzee sanctuaries, just outside the capital freetown. a race against extinction. baby chimpanzees left motherless by poachers. if they are found they are rescued and brought to this century. this woman who
has grandchildren of her own carries out the task of a chimp mother. she says as a grandmother it breaks heart to see what the baby chimps have to go through. see what the baby chimps have to go through-— to go through. taking care of the babies... _ to go through. taking care of the babies... and _ to go through. taking care of- the babies... and translation: i take care of orphaned chimps. i take care of orphaned chimps. i like working with animals like celia who came here when she was two months old, toothless. she could not even sit by herself. since then i have been taking care of her and now she has grown teeth and can sit by herself. crawl and walk, and has now got to this stage. walk, and has now got to this staue. ~ , ., ., stage. when they grew older and stron . er stage. when they grew older and stronger and _ stage. when they grew older and stronger and can _ stage. when they grew older and stronger and can move _ stage. when they grew older and stronger and can move on - stage. when they grew older and stronger and can move on their l stronger and can move on their own, they learn how tojump within this perimeter fence before they are released to join the 100 others now call this place their home. they are part of an estimated nationwide chimp population of around 6000
believed to have gone down fivefold from 30 years ago. that dwindling number is part due to the disappearing forest cover across the country. to reverse the trend, this man who founded the tacugama chimp sanctuary years ago is on a mission. the international _ ago is on a mission. the international union - ago is on a mission. the international union for l international union for conservation nature, they announced two years ago that the western chimpanzee, that is the western chimpanzee, that is the subspecies we have in sierra leone, is extremely threatened and endangered and that means these chimps can disappear in a lifetime. you are talking about the next 20-30 are talking about the next 20—30 years. and sierra leone has a significant population stop between sarah leone, guinea and liberia, probably we have about 70— 75% of this western chimpanzee. so if we don't address this issue as the three nations, and i think we have all the chance of, i mean, just watching them disappear right before our eyes.- right before our eyes. there
has been — right before our eyes. there has been no _ right before our eyes. there has been no national- right before our eyes. there has been no national forest| has been no nationalforest inventory in sierra leone for more than 40 years but some say about a quarter of the rainforest here is gone. campaigners are concerned that it is dwindling alarmingly fast. one of the areas is here at this chimp century. —— sanctuary. so you can see what's been protected, what's been preserved. this is 26 years of work to make sure that nothing is damaged in this area. this cano is damaged in this area. this many at — is damaged in this area. this many at the _ is damaged in this area. this canopy at the sanctuary - is damaged in this area. this canopy at the sanctuary is want to behold. a common site these days —— not a common site on the peninsula. if urgent measures is not taken, this place will cease being home for these primates. umaru fofana,
bbc news. with a combination of lead climbing, speed climbing and bouldering, the new olympic sport of sport climbing will be one of the toughest gold medals to win in tokyo. usually athletes focus on one or two of the disciplines, so being an all—rounder is a big advantage. australian teenager oceana mackenzie will be challenging the world's best at the aomi sports park. as the sport aims to gain millions more fans around the world. iam oceana i am oceana mackenzie. i could do climbing and i'm from australia. so, i started when i was about eight, and, yeah, my mum, she actually took my sisters to our local climbing gym, but i would go with them and hang out at the gym and start traversing around the walls. and, yeah, i pretty muchjust loved it straightaway. climbing has this great challenge where you're actually trying to find a way to get up the climb. i loved having that challenge of trying to figure it out and challenge my mind as well as my body. the good thing about climbing is it's always really great
to find your own way because you have a special kind of way of doing things. i never expected climbing to be in the olympics, so when it was first decided, i was like, "oh, that's amazing. it can be really great for the sport!" and then when we realised that i could potentially qualify, it was like, "whoa, i can actually go to the olympics," and it happened. and, yeah, super excited. for the olympics, you do speed, bouldering and then lead. speed climbing, just to get up the wall as fast as you can. bouldering, which is a short wall, so there's multiple boulders, and you have to complete the most you can. lead climbing, which is like 17—metre walls, and that's whoever gets the highest point on the climb. it's a lot to train your mind as well as your physical body. like, it's a big part of competition climbing. there's never an end to it, i guess like a lot of sports, but you can never really be the best because there's always going to be a harder climb that you can't do, which is really cool. like, you're always having to keep going, which is really special.
we have more on the changes to the travel situation in the uk. see you soon. hello. sunny spells aplenty on tuesday, but there'll be showers around, too. and in fact it's going to stay quite showery for the rest of the week, and, if anything, it'll turn even more unsettled towards the end of the week. now, thejet stream's not on our side. we're on the cool side of the jet. the jet stream separates the cool air from the north and the warm air to the south, and it also sends weather systems in our direction. so, actually much of western and central europe is feeling the effects of that cool air. you can see the yellows there, whereas the hot air is in place across the balkans, greece, turkey and into russia. in excess of 40 degrees there. obviously not for us, not that we'd want it anyway. but this is what it looks like early in the morning on tuesday. a lot of clear weather, sunshine right from the word go, but quite nippy in the morning in some places. around five degrees in rural spots. so, the weather map for tuesday shows that we're
in between weather systems. more weather systems out in the atlantic heading our way, but in between means that we'll see those scattered showers here and there. very light winds as well. now, watch where the showers form, some across the south almost along these distinct lines here. elsewhere, a lot of sunshine around, but if you're caught underneath that area of showers, it could be very, very wet, thunder and lightning as well. but like i say, fine sunny weather for the majority of the uk, and temperatures getting up to around 20 or so. now, the showers could linger into the evening hours for some of us on tuesday. here's a look at wednesday's weather map, and there's a weak weather front approaching from the west. it'll bring some showers to parts of northern ireland, scotland, too,
and there'll be one or two showers breaking out elsewhere. but once again, plenty of sunny spells, so it's really sort of all or nothing really over the next few days. temperatures could get up to around 22 whether you're in the south or the north. now, towards the end of the week, so here's thursday and friday, a low pressure is sitting on top of us. that inevitably means strengthening winds. they could be quite strong and gusty in the south of the country, and they will bring quite changeable weather. so, frequent showers on the way. now, you can see the outlook, really not much changes overall for the foreseeable future. that's it from me. bye— bye.
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