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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. britain changes its international travel rules, making journeys to the uk easier for fully—vaccinated passengers. the government says they're following the science what we do is be able to work with the commissions, with the experts in order to keep a very close eye on this beta variant that we know so much about already. the un issues a stark warning about the safety of thousands of civilians in the afghan city of lashkar gar, as fierce fighting continues between the taliban and government forces. police investigating the online racist abuse of england players following the euro 2020 final
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arrest 11 people. and i'm sarah mulkerrins in tokyo, on day 13 of the olympics, where jamacia's hansle parchment has won the men's 110 metres hurdles, to shock favourite grant holloway. agricultural testified having a more harmful effect on the bees than previously thought. hello and welcome to the programme. fully vaccinated travellers returning to england, northern ireland or scotland from france will no longer need to quarantine from sunday. the change is part of a series of adjustments to the traffic light system for international travel, and brings france
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into line with other amber list countries. india and the united arab emirates are among the destinations that have been moved from red to amber, while seven more countries, including germany and norway, have been added to the green list. here's our transport correspondent, caroline davies. a near empty swimming pool, few tents pitched and no—one propping up the bar. this would normally be the busiest time of year at this campsite in western france, but at the moment, they're half—empty. hopefully there'll be a flurry of last—minute campers. we're hoping so, especially in september with the older couples who normally come who don't have families. i think it's too late for families to come because they will have booked elsewhere in the uk. across the channel, these british holiday—makers are staying home. with the kids and too late in summer, we've already had to change my holiday.
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i work for the nhs, so i've had to change my holiday that way. i couldn't quarantine when i get back, so, yeah, this is it for us this year. it's too risky to commit to an overseas holiday right now in my opinion. it's too much of an issue, effort to get tested. ijust feel a bit safer- in my own country, quite frankly, at the moment. even though they make those changes, they can make the changes again. there are new additions to the green list, including germany, but of the seven countries added, only two will allow in nonvaccinated tourists without quarantine. spain is still amber, but the government is advising passengers to have the more expensive pcr test rather than the cheaper lateral flow test before they depart for the uk. what we do want to do isjust be able to work with the clinicians, with the experts in spain in order to just keep a very close eye on this beta variant that we already know so much more about now, and pcr tests enable us to do that. labour have argued the government are still
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overcomplicating travel. having this confusion, having these changes country by country almost on a weekly basis now doesn't help the industry, it doesn't help passengers and it doesn't help instill confidence in the government. some countries are going from red to amber, including the uae. it means neil, who lives in dubai, will be able to see his one—year—old grandson for the first time in a year. despite the anger i feel towards the government, i can now put that behind me and we can now look forward and we can travel, so that's really good. and we can almost get our lives back to a form of normality of being able to see our friends and family. country by country, more of the world is opening up to uk travellers, but well into summer and after months of uncertainty, the question is how many will want to make the trip? caroline davies, bbc news. how has the travel industry responded? we will be asking
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that to the business community in 20 minutes time. let's get some of the day's other news: the biden administration is considering making it mandatory for all foreign visitors to the united states to be vaccinated against covid—i9. the country closed its borders to most international travellers during the pandemic. a wildfire that has raged for more than a week has now reached a thermal power station on turkey's aegean coast. the coal—fired facility was already evacuated and flammable and explosive materials were removed in advance of the flames. a sprinter from belarus, who defied her country's attempt to send her home from the olympics, has arrived in poland. krystina timanovskaya has been granted a humanitarian visa. her husband willjoin herfrom ukraine, where the president has stepped up security for bela rusian exiles. police in texas say a truck carrying suspected illegal migrants has crashed, killing at least ten people. local media reported that the crash took place when the van lost control on a highway in brooks county, about 150 kilometres
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from the us border with mexico. the driver was amongst those killed. the mexican government is suing major us gun companies, accusing them of failing to stop the illegal flow of weapons across the border. thousands of murders in mexico have been linked to the trafficking of arms. the un says it's deeply concerned about the safety of tens of thousands of civilians in the afghan city of lashkar gah, the capital of helmand province. taliban militants and government forces are waging an intense battle for control of the city. a un spokesman said there were reports of increased civilian casualties, and of homes and hospitals being destroyed. afghan and us airstrikes on taliban positions continued throughout wednesday. mark lobel reports.
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several provincial capitals under taliban attack — at least two reportedly breached, and security is forcing many afghan residents from their homes. we see a lot of schools are being destroyed, a lot of water plants, hospitals which are essential. we see that access to care and healthcare is extremely difficult. displaced in kandahar, these families were separated from loved ones in the chaos. kabul came under attack on tuesday night, first a car bomb targeting the defence minister, then deadly attackers roamed the streets. but these protesters say the taliban aren't welcome in the capital. 0ur message was more to our troops, to stand in solidarity with our soldiers who are fighting the war, not just for afghanistan
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but for the entire world, against terrorism. in step with the protesters, the afghan president branded the taliban "hypocrites" for attacking what he called "real muslims." he pledged to rapidly expand the number of afghan special forces fighting them. translation: there is no better opportunity to end i the 15—year war and bloodshed as foreigners have left the country. after all, it is only the efforts and swords of the afghans that keep this country together! but despite the army's efforts, the taliban has already taken swathes of the country in the past few weeks. the question is how easily they may be able to capture urban areas. there is a much wider middle—class established, the cities are much bigger and stronger within the political economy of the country, and women have really come
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into their own, but how much of these kinds of social and economic bulwarks will stop a kind of afghan — and economic bulwarks will stop a kind of traditional afghan — i mean taliban islamist takeover — and a reversion to the kind of maoist policies that they adopted last time round is hard to tell. this is a bad time. it will take more than people power to keep the taliban off the main streets, with many weeks of the country's seasonal fighting season yet to come. mark lobel, bbc news. police investigating the online racist abuse of england players following the euro 2020 final have arrested 11 people. the uk football policing unit says it received 600 reports of offensive messages, around a third of which werejudged to possibly be criminal. let's get more from our news correspondent, tim muffett.
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it was a dramatic and toothy european championship. a penalty shootout between england and italy. three england and italy. three england players miss penalties. all three were victims of racial abuse online afterwards. the uk football policing unit received more than 600 reports of offensive messages and a third are deemed possibly criminal in nature and 44 account have so far been identified as being in the uk. the unit has made request to social media companies, and where they can they have passed on information. 11 arrests have been made so far offences ranging from malicious to breaches of the communication act. from 18 to 63—year—old and
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the chief comfortable mark roberts, overseeing this investigation, has thanked facebook, instagram and twitter for responding to the police requests so quickly. he says if people think they can hide behind a social media profile to make such abhorrent comments they need to think again. what about outside of the uk? 0f they need to think again. what about outside of the uk? of the 207 post, 123 accounts are believed to belong to individuals outside the uk. details of those people are being passed to police in the relevant countries to act upon them. 50 other cases whether police unit awaiting for details. the police leading the investigation have stressed how complex it can be to investigate social media abuse. there are often false names and false identities but they have
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stressed they have investigated still seeking out abusive comments in relation to this match and if they are deemed to have reached a criminal level, people will be arrested. thank ou ve people will be arrested. thank you very much- _ people will be arrested. thank you very much. we _ people will be arrested. thank you very much. we have - people will be arrested. thank you very much. we have so i people will be arrested. thank i you very much. we have so much more for you on bbc news still to come. and upset at the olympics as hansle parchment beat the american grant holloway into the 110 metre hurdles. 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.
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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 news, the latest headlines: written changes as international travel rules, making journeys to the uk easierfor making journeys to the uk easier for fully vaccinated passengers. —— britain. the un issueis passengers. —— britain. the un issue is a stark warning about
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the of civilians and the afghan city of lashkar gah as fierce fighting continues between the taliban and government forces. malta is being urged to drop a case against three young migrants, accused of terrorism. the teenagers, two of whom were children at the time, are alleged to have hijacked a ship and forced it to take them to europe. they were rescued in the mediterranean in 2019 along with more than 100 others, as they fled libya. both the united nations office for human rights and the archbishop of malta are asking authorities to drop the case, calling the charges disproportionate. in a bbc exclusive, our europe correspondent, jean mackenzie has been to meet the boys, who face life in prison. this is the first time they have spoken publicly. one is still a minor, so we're using the name given to him by court. these three young men risk their lives to make it to europe. in return, they have lost their freedom. i cannot be a terrorist, i will
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never be a terrorist. they have been accused by maltese authorities of hijacking the ship that rescued them and 100 others at sea as they attempted the treacherous crossing from libya. this is the moment they arrived in malta. seconds later, they were handcuffed and led away. it was as simple as they arrested me, took me to present directly. yes, here to the present. the mean was just a child, present. the mean wasjust a child, 15 stop he said at first the captain tried to take them back to libya. eventually, he agreed to libya. eventually, he agreed to take them to malta. he was the only person on the boat who spoke english, and he says the captain asked him to translate. why would i hijack the ship? why? the captain was in full
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control of the ship. what is it like being accused of being a terrorist? it is very, very, very hard for me. very hard. it is eating me up. whenever i think they are calling me a terrorist. what has happened on board has never been proven. authorities are still collecting evidence. and it could be years before they face a trial. so far, we haven't seen evidence of terrorism, and we question the ability of the prosecution to bring such evidence. what those people are fleeing from as a hellhole. from our clients�* perspective, it was the natural thing to do to save themselves and save the other people on board. malta is on the frontline of migration across the mediterranean, and human rights organisations say that in trying to stop boats from arriving, it acted disproportionately. the archbishop of malta has
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intervened, and urged authorities to drop the case. migration is not a crime. honestly, i don�*t know why. to give an example? i don�*t know. no—one from the police or prosecution would answer our questions, but the foreign minister has agreed to meet us. is this case reallyjustified? is this case reallyjustified? i told you, i am not in a position— i told you, i am not in a position to go to the specifics of the — position to go to the specifics of the case. i am not trying to simply— of the case. i am not trying to simply avoid your question. but — simply avoid your question. but people are telling us that these three people have been caught up in a political game, that this case as a product of politics. i that this case as a product of olitics. ., �* ., politics. i don't agree with that interpretation. - politics. i don't agree with that interpretation. these | politics. i don't agree with . that interpretation. these are self—righteous people should self— righteous people should try self—righteous people should try to — self—righteous people should try to understand what pressure we are — try to understand what pressure we are faced with, and what it means— we are faced with, and what it means to _ we are faced with, and what it means to carry the responsibility on our own to be the central mediterranean route~ _ route. in - route. in these bags
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mt — in these bags are letters of support, hundreds arriving each week. his translator read them out. my out. my name is nina... .this my name is nina... . this let�*s and hope for a better future. day 13 of the tokyo olympics is getting under way. we already have a number of golds, the most recent being hansle parchment of jamaica who was fastest across the line in the 110m metres hurdles mens�*s final. his jamaican compatriot ronald levy added to his countries glory with a third place finish. favourite and incubent world champion grant holloway of the us came in second. and in team gb news 16—year—old andrea spendolini—sirieix and lois toulson both reached the final of the women�*s 10
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metres platform event. they will compete against the chinese competition favourites in the next few hours. for more on this, we can now cross live to tokyo and sarah mulkerrins. some drama this morning at the athletics stadium? athletics stadium ? certainly was, athletics stadium? certainly was, there was a big shock and that means 110 metres final in the hurdles that you were mentioning, because everyone was thinking it was going to be american grant holloway racing to victory. he is the world champion, running fastest times. he was looking super in qualifying, however he had a great start, then slowed, and it was the jamaican, hansle parchment who was able to come through and pick him on the line to the gold medal. he won bronze in 2012 in london, and now he leaves with a gold medal here and at the men�*s 110
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metres hurdle. great surprise. also a shock in the qualifying for the four by 100 metres relay — the usa have been dominant in this event, up until about 2000, the olympics, and then they had a series of disqualifications and mess ups, really, in the qualifying. the latest comes today — a dreadful second changeover of the pattern in their head, so they finished in sixth place. china won the head. jamaica qualified in the other heat, and team gb are through and at the men�*s and women�*s relay in that four by 100 metres. and women�*s relay in that four by100 metres. but, and women�*s relay in that four by 100 metres. but, yes, and women�*s relay in that four by100 metres. but, yes, drama on the track, we are getting used to it on the track. and a moment for indian hockey? absolutely, this is a brilliant story. we had the bronze medal match for the men�*s hockey today and it was a dramatic game. india against germany. germany were leading 3—1 end of
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the second quarter but india fought back, levelling it up and ending up with a win, 5—14—mac. that is their first time out in the game since 1980. the women�*s team already made history, making it through to the semi—final. it was the first time for that women�*s team. they lost, so tomorrow they will be in with a chance of securing a bronze medal when they take on a team gb. it will be a great day for indian hockey. be a great day for indian hocke . , be a great day for indian hockey-— be a great day for indian hocke . , , , hockey. this time yesterday, we were transfixed _ hockey. this time yesterday, we were transfixed by _ hockey. this time yesterday, we were transfixed by the _ hockey. this time yesterday, we were transfixed by the skate - were transfixed by the skate park. what is happening there today? it has been equally as brilliant. absolutely one of my new favourite sports. everyone has been loving it. it has been such a success. we had winds today, and we just had another in the last few minutes. keegan palmer from australia has taken
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gold, pulling off a brilliant run. he put in a great first run, but the rest of the field under pressure, and then pulled out a sensational third run, which is called even higher. he had a score of 95.83 on that final run. everyone else than trying to pull off the high level skills. trying to pull off the high levelskills. it trying to pull off the high level skills. it brings in big danger. we saw some tumbles and falls, but pedro paris of a result of the silver medal. then, a youngster from america winning the bronze medal. similar scenes in the women�*s event yesterday. they were all congratulating each other after every single run, just loving the action taking place and the skills of their fellow competitors. it skills of their fellow competitors.- skills of their fellow com etitors. , , competitors. it is interesting that ou competitors. it is interesting that you describe _ competitors. it is interesting that you describe a - competitors. it is interesting i that you describe a 22-year-old that you describe a 22—year—old as a youngster. we had a 12—year—old went out yesterday getting silver. incredible. let�*s talk about the heat, there are real problems with
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different athletes. what is being done in terms of helping the athletes cope with the heat? it has been very difficult here in tokyo. in the buildup heat was a major issue. some events were moved north like the marathon. they walked to try and counteract that in recent days. the women�*s golf took place with up to a0 degrees on the course. 0ne place with up to a0 degrees on the course. one of the caddies had to leave with heatstroke. there is also a request to move the women�*s football final tomorrow, due at 11am local time, in order to protect the athletes. we will see if there�*s on that. athletes. we will see if there's on that.- athletes. we will see if there's on that. thank you, sarah mulkerrins, - there's on that. thank you, sarah mulkerrins, covering | there's on that. thank you, . sarah mulkerrins, covering the olympics live from tokyo. a new study has discovered that a mix of agricultural pesticides is more harmful to bees than was previously thought. the researchers from royal holloway, university of london, found that a cocktail of chemicals reacted with each other to kill
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larger numbers of bees. precious pollinators and decline. 0ur beers face multiple threats to survival — loss of food, and dozens of chemical pesticides used in agriculture. this new study set out to quantify each of those threats and to work out how they combine to affect the insects�* l90 studies measured the effects on beers from pesticides or environmental challenges. the combinations of several chemicals killed many more beers than expected. this is because researchers say that pesticides interact. each chemical enhances the damage caused by another.— caused by another. what we found is really _ caused by another. what we found is really important - caused by another. what we i found is really important when you consider how agrochemicals are sold. commercialformulas are sold. commercial formulas are sold. commercialformulas are sold. commercialformulas are sold to farmers and often contain various different
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agrochemicals, pesticides, fungicides, and our research shows that these chemicals can interact and significantly increase the potential harm and impact on bee mortality. scientists say that regulation needs to be updated to factor in this chemical interaction, and to avoid harmful cocktails of pesticide that pose a threat to the pollinating insects that we rely on. let�*s fill you in on barack 0bama�*s birthday plans. he has scaled them back amid rising covid infections nationwide. the former president, turning 60 today, had planned a major celebration this weekend, but he faced criticism for throwing a massive party as the delta varied as a surgeon, so the party on mother�*s vineyard will now only include family and close friends. —— martha�*s. my close friends. —— martha�*s. my next. changes to the traffic
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light system, travel restrictions for britons going abroad, all that and the other top stories in a moment. see you soon. hello. 0ur temperatures so far this week have topped out in the comfortable low 20s. in greece, a severe extreme heatwave is continuing. there are wildfires. temperatures by day have topped out at a7 degrees, and overnight — this is an overnight temperature on the island of crete — into the mid—30s. now, there is a bit of relief on the way towards the south—east of europe in the coming days as temperatures will come down a bit. 0urs are about to go down a bit, too. low pressure is coming into the uk. the heavy downpours, there have been a few so far this week, are about to become more widespread again. this is how we start off on thursday morning, already some showers affecting northern ireland and western scotland. it will turn much wetter through northern ireland in the morning, but across the western side of the uk, even though you may start dry, rain will move in through the day.
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that�*s going to extend eastwards to those areas still having some sunny spells even into the first part of the afternoon. now, behind this main band of rain, brightening up in northern ireland, but here some slow—moving thundery downpours bring a risk of flooding and disruption into the afternoon and evening. and temperatures still across eastern parts rising into the low 20s. all areas, though, seeing freshening winds gusting 30—a0 mph. windiest around irish sea coasts, blowing in plenty of showers as we go on through thursday night into friday morning. some longer spells of rain in scotland, and temperatures as friday starts around the mid—teens. well, that low pressure right across us on friday, and there will be further heavy showers around through the central belt, southern scotland, northern ireland, northern england, north wales, parts of the midlands. this is where there is a risk of some slow—moving, prolonged, even torrential downpours. thundery, too, they�*ll bring a risk of flooding and disruption. maybe not too many showers running across parts of southern england, but that
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could well change on saturday. another set of weather fronts coming our way from the south just pepping up the downpours across southernmost parts of the uk. whereas elsewhere, it�*s a similar story. there�*ll be some heavy and thundery downpours around. it is worth bearing in mind, though, there will also be some sunny spells, not wet all the time. there will be brighter, drier moments in between these downpours. by saturday, many places with temperatures back down into the teens. showery picture continuing on sunday and monday. by tuesday, that low pressure system is out of the way. it will turn drier for a time, though another low moves in later next week.
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this is bbc news with the latest headlines in business. hope for holiday firms, as the uk eases travel restrictions with france coming off the quarantine list from sunday. time to taper? top fed officials hint that support for the us economy could be wound down sooner than expected. huawei standoff — final arguments are heard in a canadian court, as the us tries to extradite the tech giant�*s chief financial officer. plus, soaring screen time — how the pandemic has changed our media habits.


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