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taliban fighters enter the presidential palace in kabul, as they retake the afghan capital 20 years after being forced from power. their arrival sparks an exodus from the city, as afghans head towards the border and the president flees the country. embassies are closing, diplomats are flying out, leaving afghan civilians and former top officials fearing what lies ahead. i might face consequences that i never even dreamed of, and i guess that's the price that we pay for trying to make this world a little better. british troops are in kabul for the uk's evacuation effort, as the prime minister called for like—minded nations to work together on afghanistan. plainly, the situation remains very difficult, and it's clear
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that there is going to be, or there is going to be very shortly, a new government in kabul. parliament's being recalled to discuss the situation, as the united states rejects comparisons with the fall of saigon. we'll be live in kabul and washington. also tonight: the search for survivors in haiti, as the death toll from a huge earthquake rises above 700. the victims of the plymouth gunman are remembered with tributes at sunday services across devon. and in cricket, it's all to play for, as england go into the final day of the second test against india. good evening.
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taliban forces entered the heart of the afghan capital, kabul, today, the culmination of a rapid advance and retaking of control almost exactly two decades after they were ousted from power. fighters were filmed inside the presidential palace after ashraf ghani, now the former president, fled the country. afghans and foreign nationals have been trying to get on planes at kabul airport, where international troops have been involved in evacuations, but security there is reported to be fragile. the latest developments come after the taliban moved through one province after another in recent days and headed towards the capital. our first report is from our diplomatic correspondent paul adams. afghanistan has new masters. 20 years after their first experiment in power came to a shattering end, the taliban are back. i was after arriving in kabul, sitting at the president's desk. —— hours after.
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earlier, at the same disc, president ashraf ghani clinging to the fragments of power. but the man gazing down on kabul�*s streets has fled, he says to avoid bloodshed. as the taliban moves in, the west moves out. american helicopters busy over kabul all day today, ferrying diplomats from the us embassy to the airport. this disorderly end was not the plan. hundreds of british troops have now arrived to help with the evacuation of thousands of british and afghan civilians. the operation is well under way. these troops may not be on the ground for long. kabul is in chaos, people desperate to leave, taking what they can, fearing a bloody assault. there is little violence so far, but a lot of panic. crowds descended on banks, trying to
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take out of their savings, as police officers and security officials abandoned their positions, the taliban urged people to stay calm. we wanted to avoid bloodshed and destruction to the properties of the people and not to give a chance to plunderers, looters, who are waiting for such moments to loot or plunder the properties of the people. but the streets are full of dread. tens of thousands of civilians displaced by fighting elsewhere living out in the open, telling stories of abuses at the hands of the taliban. translation: the taliban came into our village in the night. - after a few days, we managed to escape as they were murdering the men and boys. they accused them of being in the army or the police. they were taken out of their homes and murdered because they worked for the government.
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0utside outside the capital, the taliban consolidate the rape on major cities. unfazed by the head long success, which has government ministers reeling. the saddest part is that i didn't expect this. but now i might face consequences that i never even dreamed of, and i guess that's the price that we pay for trying to make this world a little better. at the border with pakistan, afghans are leaving. with or without fighting, the taliban's takeover looks set to trigger yet another wave of refugees. i ,at , at tonight at the airport, military and _ , at tonight at the airport, military and civilian - , at tonight at the airport, | military and civilian planes , at tonight at the airport, - military and civilian planes offer the only way out. who will be left behind? is this how the west's 20
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year adventure in afghanistan will be remembered? paul adams, bbc news. let's go live to kabul and the bbc�*s malik mudassir. what can you tell us, malik, about the extent of the taliban presence in kabul tonight? yes, and the taliban have taken all of afghanistan almost, now they are in kabul city, and they are patrolling in the streets, they are keeping the government official vehicles and army vehicles that they have captured from the forces in afghanistan. they are patrolling here, and they are just marking places, two checkpoints, to get a vantage point from.— vantage point from. what is the effect of that, _ vantage point from. what is the effect of that, would _ vantage point from. what is the effect of that, would you - vantage point from. what is the effect of that, would you say, i vantage point from. what is the | effect of that, would you say, on the people of the city?—
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effect of that, would you say, on the people of the city? well, that is very catastrophic. _ the people of the city? well, that is very catastrophic. as _ the people of the city? well, that is very catastrophic. as soon - the people of the city? well, that is very catastrophic. as soon as i | is very catastrophic. as soon as i landed this morning here in kabul, the atmosphere of the city was entirely different, and there was a huge trafficjam in kabul city from the airport towards the outskirts of the airport towards the outskirts of the kabul city, and i could see the families, kids, females, everyone with their belongings in their cars, trying to get out of the city, and they looked depressed, devastated and defeated.— and defeated. malik mudassir in kabul and defeated. malik mudassir in kabul. thank — and defeated. malik mudassir in kabul, thank you _ and defeated. malik mudassir in kabul, thank you very _ and defeated. malik mudassir in kabul, thank you very much. - here, the prime minister chaired an emergency cobra meeting this aftermoon, and parliament is being recalled to discuss the situation. borisjohnson said the immediate priority is to evacuate british citizens and afghans who had worked with the uk. here's our political correspondent ben wright. for 20 years, the uk has committed its military, money and lives to afghanistan. some of the fiercest fighting was here in helmand. the effort ends with a frantic scramble to get out.
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the situation in afghanistan continues to be extremely difficult, getting more difficult, i would say. and our priority is to make sure that we deliver on our obligations to uk nationals in afghanistan, to all those who have helped the british effort in afghanistan over 20 years, and to get them out as fast as we can. uk troops first went to afghanistan in october 2001 after the 9/11 attacks, joining us—led action against al-qaeda and the taliban. by the time combat operations ended in 2014, a54 uk soldiers and military personnel had died. successive prime ministers stressed their commitment to the country and protecting the progress made. today, cross—party fear that progress could vanish. the real danger is that we're going to see every female mp murdered. we're going to see ministers strung up on street lamps, and this is the decision that i'm afraid has been taken. we haven't heard from the foreign
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secretary in about a week, despite this being the biggest single foreign policy department, disaster, sorry, since suez. it has been a catastrophic miscalculation, that is absolutely clear. the uk and the united states both overestimated the capacity of the afghan government to hold off the taliban and underestimated the capacity of the taliban to advance throughout the country, and that has been clear, actually, for days. the uk says its mission in afghanistan had to end once the us announced its decision to leave, despite the consequences. it's a mark of the crisis that mps and peers will be brought back from their summer break on wednesday for a day's debate. many are livid about the way afghanistan is being left. but talking here won't stop the taliban, and all mps can do is ask ministers how a humanitarian and security disaster might be avoided.
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forjames kyle, today is difficult. he was a captain in the light dragoons, served in afghanistan in 2007 and 2009, the year the regiment lost six of its soldiers. it's incredibly sad to see the change happen so quickly after years and years of incredibly hard work from remarkable armed services in the country. i don't know how i could ever, ever look the parents of fallen soldiers in the eye and say that what they did was worth it. the situation in afghanistan will be deeply felt by many families closer to home — reflecting on a mission that wasn't meant to end like this. ben wright, bbc news. and ben is with me now. it was striking to hear the way the prime minister accepted that this change is happening, that a new government is being formed. it change is happening, that a new government is being formed. it was a blunt acceptance _ government is being formed. it was a
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blunt acceptance of _ government is being formed. it was a blunt acceptance of the _ government is being formed. it was a blunt acceptance of the facts - government is being formed. it was a blunt acceptance of the facts on - government is being formed. it was a blunt acceptance of the facts on the l blunt acceptance of the facts on the ground, and borisjohnson said he wanted to see like—minded nations now work together, do not prematurely recognise any new regime in kabul without agreement. he also said the uk was determined to prevent afghanistan become a breeding ground for terror, but the rhetoric charged with reality, because this is out of their hands. tonight in kabul, british officials are scrambling to get uk nationals onto charter flights and military planes. borisjohnson said the cut would do everything it could to honour its obligations to afghans who had helped the uk government and try to get as many people out as the code. it's clear the taliban advance code. it's clear the taliban advance code to the government by surprise, dominic raab only came back from holiday today, for instance, a decision labour said was shameful. mps will meet on wednesday, they will ask how we got here, where we will ask how we got here, where we will go next, but i think it will feel rather late. for the united states, the lowering of the flag and the closure of its embassy
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in kabul mark the end of a phase that began almost exactly two decades ago in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. 0ur north america editor, jon sopel, has been looking back on that period — and on what these events mean for the biden administration. 0ver many years and at a cost of tens of billions of dollars, the us trained and equipped afghan forces to be ready to take back control of their country. but they collapsed like a house of cards — one of many miscalculations made by the biden administration over these dizzying few weeks. and today america's most senior diplomat was trying to put a brave face on events. what we're focused on now is making sure that we can get our people to a safe and secure place, that we can do right by the people who stood with us in afghanistan all these years, including afghans who worked for the embassy, worked for our military. we have a massive effort under way to bring afghans at risk out of the country, if that's what they so desire.
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america's attempt to export liberal democracy to afghanistan is well and truly over. america's effort to build a civil society in kabul and beyond also in tatters. and joe biden�*s prediction from five weeks ago that everything would be just fine has not worn well. first of all, the mission hasn't failed — yet. so the question now is, where do they go from here? that, the jury is still out, but the likelihood there's going to be the taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely. the taliban wants to make a deal... the withdrawal policy was framed during the trump administration and embraced byjoe biden, who is at camp david and today was being briefed by his officials. he believes passionately that america can't stay in afghanistan indefinitely. but foreign—policy hawks are rounding on both men. what we are watching now in afghanistan is what happens when america withdraws from the world, so everybody who has been saying america needs
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to withdraw, america needs to retreat, we are getting a devastating, catastrophic, real—time lesson in what that means. archive: the us embassy helicopters flew from roof to roof... _ america's most scarring military defeat was summed up in the images of the last helicopter flying off the roof of the us embassy in saigon at the end of the vietnam war. today's scramble to get out of kabul may not be that, but it's not far short. and jon's live at the white house now. where does this leave the biden administration and its standing on foreign—policy decision—making? yeah, well, not heightened, and the few hundred afghans who have gathered here are furious at what has unfolded in these dizzying few days. i think you've got to distinguish between the policy and the implementation. the policy of america saying, look, we cannot stay for ever, afghan needs to take charge of its own affairs, that
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enjoys widespread support. but the implementation, the miscalculations, the warnings ignored are something else altogether. there were talks going on with the taliban and us officials, the taliban have ridden roughshod over them, so what leverage does that leave the americans in future? joe biden is going to have to address the country. this may have been donald trump a's policy, but it isjoe biden�*s implementation, and i think he will play quite a price for the shambles that has unfolded over the past few days. jam shambles that has unfolded over the past few dam-— past few days. jon sopel in washington, _ past few days. jon sopel in washington, thank - past few days. jon sopel in washington, thank you. i the death toll from the earthquake in haiti has risen to 724, with another 1,800 people injured. the epicentre of the 7.2 magnitude quake was only 80 miles from the capital, port—au—prince, where hundreds of buildings have been flattened. james clayton reports. the last thing a country in political turmoil needed was this. friends and family searching the rubble for loved ones —
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looking, praying, for any signs of life. translation: we recorded a total of 724 deaths, - and we have registered 2,800 injured. these people have been treated in hospitals without adding the people who are probably under the rubble. search operations continue. the morning earthquake brought buildings tumbling down — buildings made of heavy cinderblocks and cement. many people didn't have a chance. translation: the quake killed her. this death hurt us a lot because she is a street seller like us. this church was one of many structures that succumbed. the scenes eerily reminiscent of haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake. this area is remote, and many of the injured are being tended to in makeshift emergency treatment centres. translation: we cannot provide an assessment yet, _ because the situation is very critical. we have to mobilise and divide
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the resources of the hospital. the president has declared a state of emergency. however, the previous president was assassinated only last month, and some worry that haiti's turbulent political situation makes the country poorly placed to handle a humanitarian disaster on this scale. james clayton, bbc news. now to the latest uk figures on coronavirus, which show 26,750 new infections in the latest 24—hour period. that means an average of more than 28,500 new cases per day in the last week. 5,875 people are in hospital with covid. there have been another 61 deaths, which means an average of 91 deaths a day in the last week. 0n vaccinations, more than 89% of uk adults have now had theirfirstjab, and more than 76% have had both doses. a minute's silence will be observed
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in plymouth tomorrow morning to remember the five people killed in the shootings in the city. tonight the family of one of the victims, stephen washington, paid tribute, describing him as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and best friend. 0ur correspondentjon kay reports. it is a time of sadness, of shock and of horror. a moment of peace after days of pain. in this neighbourhood, many people knew the victims — and the gunman. we pray for those who have died. we pray especially for maxine. for lee and sophie. for stephen and kate. we pray also for peace forjake. i think, as a christian,
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i have to pray forjake as well, because our whole gospel is based on forgiveness. i can't forgive him at this moment in time, but he is a product of the world in which we live. jake davison only got his gun and licence back last month after an allegation of assault a few months earlier. that decision is now being investigated by the independent office for police conduct. people who knew the 22—year—old have told the bbc he had a history of mental—health problems and violence. many children witnessed the shootings, and some of them knew the youngest victim, three—year—old sophie martyn. my mum phoned to let us know to lock the doors and shut the windows. jade's family live close to the scene, and she says her son has been left traumatised. since then he's just been, "i'm scared, is the bad man coming?" he doesn't understand that he's gone
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and that he can't come back and he can't cause any more harm to anybody. "thank you for being nice." children have been showing their gratitude. it's heart—warming. but community leaders say many will need professional help. when the kids go back to school, after christmas, it's still going to be something we need to think about, notjust the interim now, it's what's going to happen in the future. investigations are continuing here tonight, but the police cordon is being lifted here at biddick drive and at the other locations in this area where people were shot dead. tomorrow morning, at 11 o'clock, the city will pause for a minute's silence. jon kay, bbc news, plymouth. finally cricket, and england's men go into the last day of the second test against india tomorrow with the outcome of the match finely balanced. england took three crucial wickets towards the end of today's play at lord's.
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joe wilson was watching. nothing in test match cricket is set in stone. actually, he's made of bronze. the immovable kl rahul. gone! 0ut forfive. mark wood, quick work — and more. rohit sharma loves to hit these, and that was his undoing. moeen ali's there — he's got it, we've got him. just one mistake is all it takes, blame the bat. hold back the biggest celebrations for this moment. that's sam curran dismissing india's captain for 20. virat kohli back in the dressing room. cheteshwar pujara faced 100 balls. he scored 12, got an ovation — it's a test match. at the tea interval, india led by 78 runs, and england needed seven wickets — quickly, preferably. well, patience is part of the tradition.
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ajinkya rahane made a painstaking, situation—saving, england—frustrating 50. stalemate? suddenly, mark wood, a catch, pujara gone. wood is england's quickest bowler and fielder — always committed, but england need him fit. 0uch — attention on his shoulder. moeen ali gets his wickets with guile, spin bowling in slow motion as the faint edge got rid of rahane. and then with clouds gathering, ravi jadeja was deceived. these moments rebalanced the match and left any outcome possible. joe wilson, bbc news, at lord's. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. goodbye.
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hello this is bbc news. let's get more on the international reaction to the events today in afghanistan, starting with reaction from london. here's lewis vaughan jones. the prime minister speaking afterwards, giving an admission, saying that shortly there is going to be a new government in kabul. if you just take a moment to think about that, imagine a british prime minister saying that a couple of weeks ago, a couple of days ago, even perhaps this morning, talking about now the priority being to stop the country becoming once again a breeding
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ground for terror. let's take a quick listen. it is clear that there is going to be, or there is going to be very shortly, a new government in kabul or a new political dispensation, however you want to put it. and i think it is very important that the west collectively should work together, to get over to that new government, be it the taliban or anybody else, that nobody wants afghanistan once again to be a breeding ground for terror. and the prime minister also giving an update on the situation on the ground there, and actually it is best to illustrate it, if we take a look at some pictures. this is british troops arriving in kabul.
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this is i think the 16th assault brigade, and the prime minister talking about two priorities in a very difficult situation, a duty to fulfil obligations to uk nationals there, firstly, and secondly to fulfil obligations to those who helped the british effort, so fulfiling obligations to those who helped the british effort there in afghanistan. the prime minister cannot have been expecting the speed of developments. let's take a look at the rest of the world, then. actually, the increasing focus of the world's attention is kabul airport itself. and nato is there. fears for security around the airport, for obvious reasons. and actually in the last hour or so, hearing from reuters that all commercial flights have been suspended now. that's to allow the priority for, clearly, the military operations, the military evacuations going on. you may have seen earlier on in the day commercial flights trying to land and turn around, but they have now been suspended. and let's take a look
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at what the nato secretary—general tweeted earlier on, saying that... and lots of countries now involved in doing just that. and we can look at france as an example. we've got a bit of footage. it's the french ambassador, and there are not any words here, but it is worth pausing for a beat to take in what is happening. this is from inside the helicopter, being taken out of the green zone, from the embassy to the airport. france said it is moving its afghan embassy close to the airport and it will keep operational there, to help the evacuation of all french citizens there, and actually they're going to do that via the uae, and actually that's going to help quite a few countries with this evacuations we are going to see now in the coming hours. the situation with germany very
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similar, saying they are doing everything they can to enable germans and local afghan support staff to leave, just a core embassy staff remaining there. couple of quick comments from other countries. qatar calling for a peaceful transition of power. turkey saying their embassy will continue its operation. that's a kind of brief overview of the international reaction. i want to focus on the people of afghanistan, a tweet from malala yousafzai. she was shot by gunmen in pakistan. her words were quite powerful... a big job for the international community. and to that end, the un security council are due to meet on monday morning.
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time for a look at the weather. hello there. cloud features quite prominently in our forecast for this week. and with the grey skies come some relatively cool conditions for the time of year. it will often, if not always, be dry. quite the windy start to the day, especially on north sea coast. lots of cloud around generally, but sunshine developing across eastern scotland and the eastern side of england. while the winds will ease a bit during the day, it will stay quite breezy and temperatures generally will be a bit below par, 17, 18, maybe 20 degrees. in the evening and overnight this area of rain pushes in from the north—west and that will get down to england and that will get down to england and wales by the end of the night. but with it all dismissed and low cloud working in, especially to western coasts and hills, and we will keep a lot of that in the
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middle part of the week. cloudy from tuesday into wednesday, rather cool, but most places will stay dry.
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hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are james rampton, feature writer at the i paper, and rachel watson, deputy political editor at the scottish daily mail. tomorrow's front pages. let's start with the metro, which because if the fall of kabul. —— which calls it. the taliban take control of afghanistan's capital,
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