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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. these are the latest headlines in the uk and around the world. the us and britain warn their remaining citizens in afghanistan to leave as the taliban continue their advance, seizing a second provincial capital. hundreds are evacuated by ferry in greece, as firefighters continue to battle an unprecedented outbreak of wildfires. gold medal number 20 for team gb at the tokyo olympics — asjoe choong takes top spot, in the men's modern pentathlon. meanwhile, india gets its first ever athletics gold medal at the olympics. neeraj chopra winning the javelin to end the country's 100—year wait for glory.
the situation in afghanistan is becoming increasingly perilous, after the taliban seized a second provincial capital within 2a hours. the deputy governor of sheberghan in jawzjan province, says government forces have retreated to the airport on the outskirts of the city, where they're preparing to defend themselves. 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. richard galpin reports.
in this fast—moving offence of the taliban are claiming a second provincial s and their hands. this video appears to show them releasing inmates from the prison and the afghan authorities admit some parts of the city have been taken. just a day ago the taliban captured a city in the south—west of the country, now it seems the north is also coming under their control. in the wake of the fighting many civilians are being treated at local hospitals with serious injuries. amongst them young children. government officials such as the head of the media information centre are amongst the caliban�*s growing a list of those they have assassinated. his funeral has taken place after he was shot deadin has taken place after he was shot dead in the capital kabul. a killing
designed to intimidate those working for the government. as the situation deteriorates many afghans who have beenin deteriorates many afghans who have been in pakistan are trying to get back end but one of the key board of crossings has been closed by the taliban leaving many stranded. we came here to attend a funeral and now the border is closed, be a sitting here with no food and money and cannot go to a hotel. i appeal to the taliban leaders to find a solution for us. whilst afghans are trying to get back home with the british and american governments are calling on their citizens to leave the country. britain is sending firefighters to greece — to help battle blazes that have forced thousands of people to flee their homes. more than 150 wildfires are burning across the country, some close to the northern suburbs of the capital, athens.
two people are known to have died, and at least 20 others have been injured. greece, like many parts of europe, has been grappling with extreme weather this summer. widespread flooding, colder than average temperatures in central europe — and now baking hot weather in the south. our europe correspondent, bethany bell, reports from athens. greece is in the grip of an emergency. wildfires have been blazing out of control for days. the extreme heat means these forests near athens are like a tinderbox. helicopters keep returning here to try and put out this fire but it isn't working yet. this is the main north—south motorway near athens but it's been closed for two days because of all the fires around here and the strong scorching winds aren't helping.
as the fire spreads down the hillside, people are frightened for their houses. panicked screams. in athens, their screams for help as the flames grow closer. people are desperately trying to put out the fires in any way they can. thousands of people have been evacuated. this lady in athens told me she is worried for her family. a big national tragedy. do you live around here? i don't live here. my sister lives here. but it's horrible, for the whole of greece. this was the scene on the island of evia last night. ferries carried hundreds of people to safety after they fled to the beaches. safe on board, one man filmed the inferno on his phone.
the fire burned through a vast area of pine forests. only the sea could stop it. tonight, evia is still burning and the flames are spreading towards one of the island's largest towns. bethany bell, bbc news, athens. riot police in thailand have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at anti—government protesters who tried to gather in the capital, bangkok. the demonstrators are calling for political reforms and changes to the monarchy. they're also angry at the thai government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. as jonathan head reports. these protests are not yet on the scale of last year's mass rallies. but they are no less determined. pushing once again for the government to resign and for the lavish funds spent on the military monarchy
to be diverted instead to fighting the covid pandemic. the police walled off the prime minister's home and much of bangkok's royal quarter. they push the protesters back with volleys of tear gas. a now familiar confrontation we are seeing each weekend despite the government's declaration that such gatherings are strictly forbidden. the grievances that fired up thailand's youth last year have not gone away. if anything, the government's botched vaccine rollout combined with the rapid spread of the delta variant overwhelming hospitals and morgues in a country that largely contained the virus last year, has sparked even wider public anger. the prime minister, who seized power seven years ago in a coup, is seen by many as out of touch and authoritarian.
his is one of several governments in this region whose already shaky legitimacy is being tested by covid. yet, with infection still rising and much of thailand in lockdown, only a few people are prepared to take the risk ofjoining these demonstrations. for now, they remain small and unless they pick up momentum, little threat to the thai government. jonathan head, bangkok. let's look at some of the day's other news. a ship carrying more than 250 migrants has docked in sicily, a week after those on board, were rescued off the tunisian coast. passengers on the vessel — run by the german aid agency, �*sea watch international�* — clapped and cheered as they arrived at the italian port of trapani. italy has urged other european union countries to accept some of the new arrivals. thousands of people have been protesting across france, against a new health pass,
intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus. it's the fourth consecutive weekend of demonstrations. the pass will be needed at cafes, restaurants, shopping centres — and on inter—city trains. it shows that the holder has been fully vaccinated, has recently tested negative, or has recovered from the virus. you're watching bbc news. it's been another day of success for team gb, at the olympics in tokyo — with two more gold medals — taking the overall tally to 20. the boxer, galal yafai, won britain's first gold in the men's flyweight division, since 1956. whilejoe choong triumphed in the men's modern penthathlon. and there was more success, for the diver tom daley. here's natalie pirks. what a moment for galal yafai.
from working in a carfactory in solihull to the fulfilling a lifelong olympic dream — it's been quite the six year ascent for galal yafai. so, we are under way, then... in the men's flyweight final, carlo paalam of the philippines stood in his way but tokyo represented yafai's shot at redemption and he was determined to deliver a masterclass. oh, and he's down! his aggressive start won him the first round unanimously with thejudges and he never looked back. in blue... yes, and there is confirmation! i'm olympic champion, man. i'm just going to chill, relax with my family and friends and then look at my next chapter after. can hear the vocal encouragement coming from choong. _ yesterday, kate french won gold in the women's modern pentathlon. today, joe choong was determined not to be outdone. he'd led from the very start of the fencing and with only two fences down in the showjumping, the world number one took a 12 second lead into the final run and shoot. in the high—stakes game of laser
tag, choong showed composure, endurance and speed to beat egyptian ahmed elgendy in the last 200 metres and complete a glorious double for team gb. this was britain's first male gold in history. new olympic champion for great britain! i've always said i wanted to be the best in the world at something and i've been world number one but it's not the same as winning a world champs or an olympics. this is literally a dream come true. in the olympic final for great britain's tom daley... after the joy of synchronised gold, today tom daley was flying solo. as his son robbie watched on from home with his husband, there was no knitting to alleviate the nerves this time, just six dives between him and the individual gold he so craved. yes, get in! he got off to a cracking start but his remarkable chinese rivals soon turned the screw. 0h! cao yuan became the first man in history to win olympic gold in three different disciplines. his compatriot, yang jian, took the silver.
for daley, bronze and a little piece of british diving history. well, that bronze is tom daley�*s fourth olympic medal at his fourth olympic games. just like a fine wine, he seems to be getting better with age. so, what's next? i don't know. i've always said i'll keep going as long as my body will let me or if i become an olympic champion, but now i've become olympic champion i'm kind of like, ooh, that felt good. i want to try and do that again! but you know, i don't know. hopefully they'll have the mixed synchro events in the olympics next time or the team event and that will be something that will definitely be worth coming back for. that's something for him to chew over then, for the next three years. natalie pirks, bbc news, tokyo. there's been success in the velodrome too, for great britain, on the penultimate day of the games. ethan hayter and matt walls won silver in the men's madison. and on the track, josh kerr took bronze in the men's 1500 metres. with more details, here's andy swiss.
they're housemates back in manchester and look what they're taking home. in cycling's version of the relay, matt walls and ethan hayter proved the perfect combination, as a late burst in the madison saw them surge to this silver. it's been another superb ride! there was also success in the athletics, as norway's jakob ingebrigtsen charged to gold in the 1500 metres. not far behind him was a new british star. and a brilliant bronze medalforjosh kerr! 23—year—old josh kerr winning britain's first medal in the men's event since 1988. i know i have this weird confidence in myself. some may call it cockiness. today i felt like a world—beater and ijust had to come out and perform. there was history, meanwhile, in the javelin. neeraj chopra winning india's first ever gold in athletics. india's prime minister nahendra modi said his achievement would be remembered forever. but the day's biggest
celebrations belonged to japan. for this baseball—mad nation, a first ever gold in the sport after beating the usa. and with each player getting a 10 million yen bonus, the wait has certainly been worth it. andy swiss, bbc news. well, all that leaves great britain 5th in the medals table. tomorrow, the final day of the games, there are 13 golds up for grabs. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers — our guestsjoining me tonight are nigel nelson, political editor for the sunday mirror, and katy balls, deputy political editor for the spectator. wales has moved to covid alert level �*zero,’ meaning social distancing
rules and most other restrictions, have now come to an end. people can gather indoors, and nightclubs can re—open. but facemasks will still be required by law, in shops and on public transport. here's our wales correspondent, hywel griffith. it's not quite ripping up the rules but from today, life in wales is far less limited. social distancing is no longer written into law. no need to count how many people meet indoors. facemasks are still mandatory in shops and most indoor spaces, something emma says she can live with. i think it's quite a good idea, really, because there's still quite a lot of vulnerable people. i don't like wearing them but it's just something we've all had to do, really, isn't it? for the manager here, it's about keeping customers confident. they can't afford to take risks. we need to move steadily, gently to complete normality. it isn't going to happen overnight
but we do need to build our trade up because since we've reopened, we're only taking about 60% of what we took in 2019. while there's obvious relief at ending some of the restrictions people have had to live with for almost a year and a half, there's already some nervousness about the months ahead. the welsh government has warned that the rise of another coronavirus variant could yet mean having to reimpose some control measures. barring people from the bar again would be unpalatable for many in the beer trade. from today, table service and masks are no longer legally required in welsh pubs, restaurants and cafes. they hope they've seen the last of lockdowns. basically, we've taken no money. we've managed to survive with the brewery, we've got an independent brewery. plus we've been doing home deliveries. but if we hadn't have had that, i don't know if we'd have survived and i think that pubs in general are struggling. everyone hopes today is a first taste of real lasting freedom. but for now, few are getting carried away.
hywel griffith, bbc news, maesteg. lets take a look at the latest government coronavirus figures and there were more than 28,500 new infections, in the latest 24—hour period. that makes an average of nearly 27,000 new cases per day, over the last 7 days. so the longer term trend remains slightly down. 103 deaths were recorded in the last 2a hours. that's an average of 90 a day, in the past week. nearly 89 percent of adults in the uk have had theirfirstjab — and more than 7a percent, are now fully vaccinated. the headlines on bbc news... the us and britain warn their remaining citizens in afghanistan to leave as the taliban continue their advance, seizing
a second provincial capital. the end of most coronavirus restrictions in wales — no more limits on meeting indoors, plus an end to rules on social distancing. and it's gold medal number 20 for team gb — asjoe choong takes top spot in the men's modern pentathlon let's return to our top story — the deteriorating situation in afghanistan. our diplomatic correspondent paul adams says that even though the military situation may not yet be clear, the image of the taliban winning ground is likely to have a significant effect in the country. in the past couple of months taliban have successfully captured around half the districts of afghanistan so the impression of a lightning advance is getting harder and harder to ignore. and that has catastrophic effects,
for example, and the morale of tens of thousands of troops. in a ratherfamiliar way, we are hearing reports that they are simply abandoning their positions and throwing off their uniforms. these are people who are poorly trained, badly and in some cases not paid. and they are not fighting for kind of victory or glory as the taliban. they are not perhaps willing to die as members of the taliban. as members of the taliban are. so this impression of a lightning advance is something that is becoming more and more apparent. here, a 32—year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, after the death of a 2—year—old girl in dungannon, in county tyrone. it's understood the little girl 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. two metropolitan police officers have been discharged from hospital, after they were injured in an attack
in north london last night. a 61—year—old man — who was stabbed in the same incident — suffered non—life threatening injuries. three people have been arrested and remain in custody. the incident is not thought to be terrorism—related. around 200 people have gathered to pay tribute to a 5—year—old—boy who was found dead in a river in wales. logan mwangi — also known as logan williamson — was discovered in the river ogmore near bridgend last weekend. the community gathered to release balloons and bubbles near the scene earlier today. the boy's mother and step—father appeared in court on friday charged in connection with his death. back now to british success at the olympics — and as we heard earlier, one of team gb's gold medals today was won byjoe choong in the men's modern penthathlon gold forjoe choong.
his parents beverley and michael spoke to shaun ley about their son's success. it has been a roller—coaster. a fabulous roller—coaster. that is pentathlon. asjoseph said two days ago, after a good fence, that is only one sport down. you do well in one sport, you are on 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 in him because he had been performing so well. talk us through the different challenges joe has faced. as your wife has said, these are five different events, some of them are totally different. absolutely. lots of nerves. we knowjoseph can do it.
as a family we want to thank and praise god for all his blessings. the glory is all his. anything can happen in pentathlon. luckily today everything went well. what event did he get into first? you do notjust become a modern pentathlete. running initially. he always liked all sports 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 and somebody spotted he could swim and run and added in fencing. but it must have been a strange year
because of coronavirus, it would have affected his training schedule, and last year as the games were cancelled. we were concerned, because britain could not go to the world championship. we were concerned that he was short of competition experience. but it worked out well. have you spoken tojoe since his success? about five minutes ago. he had just finished doping control and is on the way back. that always takes a while.
delighted, exhausted, every emotional. delighted, exhausted, every emotion. britain's other gold today came in the boxing ring. galal yafai took the the men's flyweight title — and earlier my colleague lucy hockings caught up with his brother kal. it's a very emotional morning. i don't think i've been so happy in my life. and you managed to speak to him just after the bout. how was that? it was crazy. i got the message and then all of a sudden i said, "sure, let's do it on zoom," it clicked the link straightaway and i was chatting to him. it was brilliant. what about that moment in the very first round when your brother,
so many people sitting in their seat, he knocked down his opponent very quickly in the first round. what was your reaction? it was a dream start. from that moment it gave me even more confidence than what i already had. i was just over the moon that not only did he win the olympic gold but the performances he has had throughout have been unreal. and you particularly know what the journey is like to get to an olympics. five or six years ago galal was working in a car factory. tell us what he had to do to get where he is today. he was working at land rover, he wasn't even boxing properly, he was just doing bits. but he got into gb, qualified in six months, went to rio, unfortunately he lost to the cuban but he stayed on and five years later he is olympic champion
and along the way he has got commonwealth gold, european medals, and now he has completed it with the olympic gold. the world is now his oyster. the parents of a 12 —year—old from somerset are begging health authorities in their county for their daughter to receive the coronavirus jab. nenna has a rare condition which means she may only live for a few more years. it also makes her particularly vulnerable if she caught covid—19. matthew hill from bbc points west reports. are you going to come over here? come and sit with me. come on, then. nenna has the mental age of a five—year—old. she is thought to be the only child in the country with a unique faulty gene,
and over the years she has stopped being able to walk and her sign language is also going. we hoist herfrom her chair to bed and into the bath and all that sort of thing. she is fed by tube. we blend all her food and put it down the tube so it goes directly into her stomach. she is prone to infection and has an awful lot of chest physio. nenna is expected to live only a few more years. covid is likely to shorten her life dramatically if she gets it. last month the government announced 12 year olds who are extremely vulnerable, like nenna, to those aged 17 and three quarters would be immunised against covid. thank goodness. it just felt that the light at the end of the tunnel. nenna's father, paul, helps a support group for other families with rare conditions like this. and he has found other children
with neuromuscular disease in devon and bristol have already been jabbed. so far there has been no appointment for nenna. kids with neuromuscular conditions are so much more prone to having severe complications from it, or dying from it. it is a real worry for all of us in the community. everyday we are making that decision, do we centre to school? it just seems cruel. ifeel like the clinical commissioning group in somerset are really stuck on the administration. governance, they are saying it is. governance. somebody needs to step up and take responsibility. a charity that represents children with rare diseases says it is a complete postcode lottery. some children have already had the first vaccine. - lots of families could be bouncing backwards and forwards _ between the consultant and the gp. somerset clinical commissioning group have told me they are waiting forfinal guidance from nhs england. in the meantime they are working with local partners and the local authority, to put in place systems and training. they plan to start vaccinating this
very vulnerable group of children by the end of the month. she has only got another four or five years of life. that's what her condition pretty much gives. and so, a year, out of that life, she has been stuck at home, is quite a lot, percentage—wise. a bat the size of a human thumb, has made a record breaking journey, flying more than 1200 miles from britain to russia — only to end up being killed by a cat. the tiny female nathusius pipistrelle bat, like the one pictured here, was discovered in a small russian village by a resident who noticed it had a ring with �*london zoo' written on. the bat had been ringed in 2016 near heathrow airport. its epicjourney is of huge interest to scientists studying the creatures in the uk.
now it's time for a look at the weather with stav danaos. hello, it has been a very unsettled day, we had some torrential downpours around giving rise, some localized flooding and some travel disruption. sunday is pretty much a repeat performance. got low pressure right on top of the uk. that's going to bring further heavy showers in places now through this evening and overnight. most of the showers will be across central northern western areas. could see some lengthy, drier interludes across the southeast quadrant. it'll be breezy here through the night. and temperatures pretty much like they've been the last few nights, range of around 11 to 1a degrees. so low pressure sitting right on top of the uk on sunday. again, the lightest, the winds will be on its centre to the north of the uk, stronger winds further south. so it does mean the showers, which will start across western areas, will rattle their way eastwards quite quickly on that breeze, whereas the showers further north will tend to be slow moving with light winds here area more persistent rain pushing on into the northern isles through the day. and i think we could start to see increasing amounts of sunshine
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