this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at two. gold medal number 20 for team gb asjoe choong takes top spot in the men's modern pentathlon. bronze on the track asjosh kerr runs a personal best in the men's 1,500m for his medal. boxing gold for galal yafai as he wins in the flyweight division for team gb. success in the pool, too. tom daley earning bronze in the ten metres platform diving — his second medal of the games. britain's matt walls and ethan hayter took olympic men's madison silver — behind denmark in first. in other news, the united states and britain warns their remaining citizens in afghanistan to leave immediately as the taliban continue their advance.
we are extremely concerned about the safety and security of people in cities under taliban attacks and what brutality would await them. a volunteer firefighter has died as wildfires spread across greece, with thousands being moved from their homes to the north of athens. the end of most coronavirus restrictions in wales — no more limits on meeting indoors, plus an end to rules on social distancing. hello and welcome to bbc news. gb have taken their gold medal tally to 20 — with two more golds on day 15
of the olympic games. joe choong won gold in the men's modern pentathlon, giving britain a clean sweep of top honours in tokyo after kate french's gold in the women's event on friday. in the last hour, britain have won a sixth medal on the track with a bronze forjosh kerr in the men's 1,500 metres. it's britain's first medal in the event since the 1988 olympics in seoul. galal yafai won gold in the flyweight division — britain's first in the weight class since 1956. he beat carlo paalam of the philippines. and tom daley has won a second medal in the diving, taking bronze in the men's ten metre platform to add to his gold from earlier in the games. with four medals, the 27—year—old becomes britain's most successful olympic diver. so, 20 golds and 63 medals so far in tokyo for team gb — making it their second best
performance at an overseas olympics. here's our sport correspondent andy swiss. olympic gold has rarely tasted sweeter. british boxing hadn't had a champion at these games. but galal yafai soon saw to that. oh, and he's down! oh, there you go! it took him barely a minute to put his opponent on the canvas. and from there, victory was gloriously inevitable. before the last games, yafai was working in a car factory. now the 28—year—old, whose two brothers are also boxers, had achieved the ultimate. and so has this man. after swimming, fencing, showjumping and shooting, joe choong sprinted to gold in the modern pentathlon. and there is the new olympic champion for great britain. delight for the 26—year—old from kent. and, after kate french's victory in the women's event yesterday, a dazzling double for team gb. there was more british
success in the cycling. matt walls and ethan hayter are housemates back in manchester, and they teamed up to take silver in the madison. and there was another medalfor tom daley. oh, tom daley, you superhero! a bronze in the individual event to go with his earlier gold in the synchronised. he's certainly had a glittering games. andy swiss, bbc news. britain'sjosh kerr has won a bronze medal in the men's 1,500 metres. a brilliant bronze medal. the scot came home in a personal best time. it's britain's first medal in the race since peter elliott won silver in seoul 33 years ago. he almost beat the world champion kenya's timothy cheriot on the line to silver, while the clear winner was norway's jakob ingebrigtsen. team gb have now won six medals
on the track at tokyo. a german coach has been thrown out of the olympics for appearing to punch a horse who was refusing to jump or trot during the modern pentathlon. the coach, kim raisner, was heard on german tv urging the athlete, annika schleu, to "really hit" the horse, which she was struggling to control during the showjumping round of friday's women's event. athletes are given just 20 minutes to bond with a horse they have never ridden. modern pentathlon's governing body, said it had reviewed video footage that then appeared to show raisner striking the horse with her fist.
firefighters are continuing to battle an unprecedented outbreak of wildfires in greece. blazes are raging across the country including in the capital athens. where one volunteer firefighter has died after being hit by a falling electricity pole. thousands of people have been evacuated from areas surrounding the capital. in the villiage of limni more than a thousand people fled on ferry boats as the fires closed in. the greek prime minister said the people are his priority. translation: all the people affected by the fires are at the first priority. we will change the way fire prevention works.
bethany bell is in athens for us today and she sent us this update. this is the main north—south motorway. it has been closed for two days because of the fires that keep breaking out here. over the past 30 minutes we have seen helicopters coming back year time and time again, trying to put out the blazes on these mountainsides, but it is not working yet. the strong scorching wins are making things very difficult for the emergency services. international help is on its way. people are trying to do as much as they can. but the authorities are saying this is an unprecedented situation. the wildfires have been exacerbated by the hot and dry conditions across southeast europe. matt taylor is at the bbc weather centre for us today, and he sent us the latest forecast for the fire—hit areas.
rain would be welcome in wildfire hit regions now. none in prospect as we speak. the only chance of rain is to eastern parts of turkey. gusty winds. temperatures have reduced from mid 40s to mid 30s, closer to where they should be for the time of year. blue on this chart is colder than average, but notice how orange starts to build. an indication that temperatures are set to soar again. not quite to the levels of last week but we could see a cluster of close to 40 but we could see a cluster of close to a0 celsius in albania. mid 30s in greece. temperatures also soaring in italy, sardinia. conditions are right forfurtherfires.
most coronavirus restrictions in wales ended this morning. people are able to gather in unlimited groups indoors, and nightclubs can re—open. but face masks will still be required by law in shops and on public transport. our correspondent, hywel griffith, is outside the senedd — the welsh parliament — in cardiff. from today people can do that without legal limits on their numbers. there is no longer a legal requirement to socially distance. changes that happened in england three weeks ago. the welsh covenant has asked people to be cautious. still seeing if they can meet outdoors and keep their distance and work from home, to carry on doing so for now. also, the rules on facemasks are largely staying the same. only in venues such as bars and cafe is b mask free. and people who have been doubly vaccinated and
the under 18—year—olds no longer to sell isolated that our self—isolate. to northern ireland, where a 32—year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, after the death of a two year old girl in dungannon, county tyrone. it's understood the child died in hospital after an ambulance attended an address at park avenue in the town yesterday afternoon. the 32—year—old man remains in custody. families of the victims of the september 11 attacks in america are among those calling on president biden not to attend this year's memorial events unless he declassifies files that they contend will show saudi leaders supported the atrocity. this year marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks in new york, virginia and pennsylvania, which killed nearly 3,000 people. our north america correspondent, barbara plett usher, explained more about what the group is asking of the president.
1700 people have signed this letter, including survivors and first responders. they have been asking for access to classified government documents on whether the cloudy arabian government was implicated in the al-qaeda plot, whether cloudy officials helped our funded the hijackers in any way. the cloudy government says they were not involved. previous us administrations have said... it is 20 years since this has happened. joe biden made a campaign pledge to dry to resolve this issue. if he does not do so, people who signed this petition say they will be obliged to stand against him in any memorial services in september. they are basically drawing a line in the sand. the white house has responded,
then white house spokesperson has said thatjoe biden was still committed to that place. also that white house officials had met family members a number of times. but it does not clear how this is going to play out. in the uk, one of the largest muslim conventions has returned for the first time since the pandemic began. the three—day meeting called jalsa salana is the annual gathering of the ahmadiyya muslim community and takes place in alton in southern england. the bbc�*s atif rashid reports on the first day of the event. this is not your ordinary religious gathering. it is taking place on 200 acres of hampshire farmland turned into a makeshift village and hundreds of volunteers have been working all week to get it ready. i work as an investment banker, i work in canary wharf, but for these three days i will be
spending my time getting my hands dirty, picking up litter, packing up bins, picking up mess, trying to make the site look as clean as possible. usually, 35,000 people from around the world attend, but this year only 10,000 people from the uk are allowed. the ahmadiyya muslim community is a reformist movement within islam. persecuted in other countries it's found refuge here in the english countryside, from where the ahmadiyya caliph can openly preach his message of peace, patience and prayer. spirituality is something that we constantly need to be working on, to be reflecting about and this is an opportunity for us to get together in a community. i'm very, very excited for the next three days. seeing a lot of old faces i haven't been able to meet within the last 18
months, a time to reflect on our own past two years. please wear your facemasks. covid has drastically changed this event, which like so many others, had to be postponed or cancelled last year. strict measures are being enforced and with the reduced numbers, people have to sit with their masks on inside of a socially distanced marquee. it feels a bit weird wearing the mask all the time because you can feel your breath coming back onto you, but all the restrictions are for our own safety. a bit of food, a wander about the exhibition, then everyone takes their seats in the main marquee to listen to speeches and worship together on a scale like this for the first time since the pandemic began. the headlines on bbc news...
gold medal number 20 for team gb — asjoe choong takes top spot in the men's modern pentathlon. and josh kerr secures bronze — and a personal best — in the men's fifteen—hundred metres. now to south africa where a truly phenomenal event occurs each year — the sardine run. from may tojuly, millions of sardines breed in the cool waters of agulhas bank and move northward along the east coast of south africa — with thousands of ocean predators and birds in their trail. deep under south africa's east coast, a beautiful and intriguing ballet�*s being performed, a choreographed dance of nature.
it's the annual migration of millions of sardines, the so—called sardine run, in this part of the indian ocean. but behind the beautiful sight looms danger. it attracts a host of marine predators looking for food. these dolphins lead the trail. they're on the hunt, a sure sign of an upcoming feast. this is a super pod of common dolphins. so, you just see... thousands and thousands of common dolphins, and these guys are always associated with the starting run. this group of divers are scanning the surface for activity. and after several hours at sea, they strike it lucky. the cape gannets are there already. this is what's known as a bait ball, a group of sardines that predators have cut off from the main school.
sardines are always looking for depth, for protection, so they try to go down deep and that's where the sharks come in. the sharks are at the bottom, stopping them from going down. so, you have the sharks at the bottom, you've got the dolphins around the edges. and you can see how those dolphins... you see how they're jumping around? it'sjust stopping the sardines from running away. and then one of the most menacing of guests arrives. stealthy, deadly, a large dusky sharkjoins the frenzy. the bait ball is decimated in minutes, to thejoy of the watching tourists. it was great! it was amazing! best time ever! if you haven't had that, you're not living. you've got to have that. that is an amazing experience. the hunt will repeat itself many times over the next three to four months, as kilometres of shoals migrate.
tens of thousands of health workers in bangladesh are leading a major drive to increase the number of people being vaccinated against covid 19. the country hopes to vaccinate 3.2 million people in a just week, as it battles the latest surge in cases. bangladesh's national lockdown has been extended until august 10. let's speak to our south asia correspondent danjohnson in delhi. we saw extraordinary scenes, people fleeing. many have had to go back because of jobs and families. to give you some perspective, there have been 22,000 covid deaths since
the start of the pandemic, a quarter of those have happened sincejuly. this is why the authorities have taken the step to ramp up the vaccination programme. about a million people in bangladesh are already fully vaccinated. the population in total is over 160 million. even if they reach their target within one week there is a long way to go for bangladesh to be protected and get out of the
pandemic. how is the infrastructure bailing app? pretty badly. to some extent bangladesh had been coping, the delta variant has had an effect. intensive care beds are running out. emergency services are overstretched. 30 ambulances, the first of 100 donated from india have arrived. they are trying to vaccinate as many people as they can over the next week, offering the vaccination to everyone over the age of 25. and there are teams going
into refugee camps as well. but their health service in some parts of the country is not coping. bangladesh is reliant on faxes being imported. the government wants to produce its own that it is way off being able to do that. —— reliant on vaccines. forthe being able to do that. —— reliant on vaccines. for the moment, being able to do that. —— reliant on vaccines. forthe moment, bangladesh is at the mercy of the vaccinations it is able to import and then how many it is able to distribute across a country that faces significant statistical challenges. thank you for bearing with as, there is a five second delay on the line. more now on the olympics in tokyo — britain'sjoe choong won british 20th gold in tokyo in the men's modern pentathlon — it follows on from kate french's gold in the women's event on friday. we can speak now tojoe�*s mother
and father, beverley and michael. thank you for your olympian efforts to get through, we have had a lot of technical difficulties this afternoon. we are glad to see you and we are glad to see all those pictures ofjoe. can you put into words what today has been like for you? it words what today has been like for ou? . , , . words what today has been like for ou? , ., ., you? it has been a roller-coaster. a fabulous roller-coaster. _ you? it has been a roller-coaster. a fabulous roller-coaster. that - you? it has been a roller-coaster. a fabulous roller-coaster. that is - fabulous roller—coaster. that is pentathlon. as joseph fabulous roller—coaster. that is pentathlon. asjoseph said two days ago, that is only one sport down. you do well in one sport, you have a high, but then you can see what can happen, unfortunately yesterday, suddenly you are right at the bottom. we have done this roller—coaster many times now. this one, we came through. we knew he had it on him because he had been performing so well. talk as through the different challenges joe has faced.
talk as through the different challengesjoe has faced. as your wife has said, these are five different events, some of them are totally different.— totally different. absolutely. lots of nerves. totally different. absolutely. lots of nerves- we — totally different. absolutely. lots of nerves. we know— totally different. absolutely. lots of nerves. we know joseph - totally different. absolutely. lots of nerves. we know joseph can i totally different. absolutely. lots| of nerves. we know joseph can do totally different. absolutely. lots - of nerves. we know joseph can do it. of nerves. we knowjoseph can do it. as a family we want to thank and praise _ as a family we want to thank and praise god — as a family we want to thank and praise god for all his blessings. the glory— praise god for all his blessings. the glory is all his stock as you can see, — the glory is all his stock as you can see, anything can happen in pentathlon. —— the glory is all his. what _ pentathlon. —— the glory is all his. what events— pentathlon. —— the glory is all his. what events did he get into first? you do notjust cam a modern paint athlete? what first got him enthused. he athlete? what first got him enthused-— athlete? what first got him enthused. . , ~ ., athlete? what first got him enthused. . ~ ., , enthused. he always liked all sports and never wanted _ enthused. he always liked all sports and never wanted to _ enthused. he always liked all sports and never wanted to concentrate - enthused. he always liked all sports and never wanted to concentrate on | and never wanted to concentrate on just one, but swimming was the big one. then he was a naturally good
runner, so they spotted that and it progressed from there when he went to secondary school stop somebody they are spotted he could swim and run and added in defence. —— added in fencing. but it must have been a strange year because of coronavirus, it would have affected his training schedule, and last year at their games were cancelled. josephs had to live with this. wasn't going to get cancer that the last minute? it have been a weird year to be building at. —— was its going to get cancelled? we were concerned that he was short of competition experience. but it— of competition experience. but it worked out well. have you
spoken to joe but it worked out well. have you spoken tojoe since his success? about five minutes ago. he hasjust finished doping control and is on their way back. that always takes a while stop absently delighted, exhausted, emotional. —— absolutely delighted. paw; exhausted, emotional. -- absolutely deliahted. �* , ., exhausted, emotional. -- absolutely deliahted. �* , . ., , ., delighted. any tears? tears of 'oy. the entire family i delighted. any tears? tears of 'oy. the entire family was in i delighted. any tears? tears of 'oy. the entire family was in tears. h the entire family was in tears. happy— the entire family was in tears. happy tears. i hope he is going to get some chance to celebrate, the big celebration is when he comes home. monday, we are waiting for confirmation that he is home. we have not been able to see him. there has been such a fear of covid and
getting a positive test. we just said, we cannot see him. it getting a positive test. we 'ust said, we cannot see him. it will be a very big — said, we cannot see him. it will be a very big hug _ said, we cannot see him. it will be a very big hug from _ said, we cannot see him. it will be a very big hug from mum - said, we cannot see him. it will be a very big hug from mum and - said, we cannot see him. it will bej a very big hug from mum and dad, said, we cannot see him. it will be - a very big hug from mum and dad, and i hope a very big party. it will be. thank you so much for being with us. thank you so much for being with us. thank you so much for being with us. thank you for persisting. sorry about the technicalities. do send congratulations to your son. an congratulations to your son. an congratulations to your son. sift incredible achievement. thank congratulations to your son. fifi incredible achievement. thank you, and to all the teams support behind him, it is a team effort. lovely to talk to both of them, particularly after they have just spoken to their son. running, shooting, fencing, swimming, on horseback, what an achievement. now to afghanistan, where the taliban have seized a second provincial capital within 2a hours. the deputy governor of sheberghan injawzjan province says government forces have retreated to the airport on the outskirts of the city, where they're preparing
to defend themselves. shebhergan — in northern afghanistan — is the stronghold of former afghan vice president abdul rashid dostum whose supporters fight against the taliban. the us and the uk have asked their citizens in afghanistan to leave the country immediately because of the worsening security situation in the country. how disturbing is this development? the government must be worried at this point. the change in situation is fast. we spoke yesterday about the fall of a provincial capital yesterday. within 2a—hour is, in the north, they are showing how they can reach out to a different part of afghanistan. they captured
sheberghan, also the stronghold of former vice president abdul rashid dostum. the city has changed hands eight a few times. this will be the second major provincial capital to be captured by insurgents. this is stretching afghan forces. look at what has happened in lashkar gah in the south, and in the north as we speak, heavy clashes are going on there. and reports that at least 11 civilians have been killed in the fighting so far. and also there is a big push on the biggest eastern city. it is fair to say that abdul rashid dostum is, for want of a better word, one of the strongmen in afghan politics, fighting the taliban for years, he effectively has his own military forces, as is true in lots of parts of afghanistan. as this is what this is turning into, a
regionalfight, rather than one what this is turning into, a regional fight, rather than one that is directed from kabul? many people see history is repeating itself, these warlords, the weather and leading the fight, they were fighting against the taliban. the president wanted to strengthen the institution of the afghan national army. he was trying to sideline the warlords for a while and build a national institution comprising all communities. many soldiers left the army, orsurrendered communities. many soldiers left the army, or surrendered to the taliban. now, looking back to the warlords. this is what we have seen last week.
now we see that abdul rashid dostum and his supporters, if civilians are going to be armed, this could become more ethnic, this is what people are worried about. thank you for talking to us about the developing situation in afghanistan. now it's time for a look at the weather with tomasz. hello. not much change or a day with a front for today and tomorrow. a lot of cloud, gusty winds in places. scattered downpours across the uk, particularly northern parts of the country, they are likely to continue into the evening hours, through to sunday and into monday as well.